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The Update from Education at Illinois

The Update is a student newsletter for undergraduate
majors and minors in the College of Education at Illinois.

Student Spotlight
 Lindsay Duffy in Australia last summer
 Lindsay Duffy in Australia last summer

Lindsay Duffy
Lindsay is a senior in elementary education who has had a busy summer—with no plans to slow down this fall. She is enrolled in 19 hours, has a job with Campus Recreation, and plans to volunteer with Student Opportunities for After-School Resources. Lindsay took three courses and worked as a camp counselor this summer. As a camp leader, she and her group of first- and second-grade campers participated in outdoor activities and gathered in a former preschool room for inside undertakings. "It was like I was getting practice for my own classroom," said Lindsay, who studied abroad in Australia last summer. Lindsay encourages all Education at Illinois students to learn overseas like she did: "It was an educational experience that you cannot compare to any class you have ever taken, and it is my favorite part of college so far." Lindsay wants to teach abroad someday, possibly in Thailand, Peru, or Finland. 

Check out last week's edition of The Update for information on Illinois Abroad Day.


Tap In Leadership Academy Job Fair
Friday, Aug. 19
9 a.m. - Noon
The Tap In Leadership Academy is seeking individuals who strive to make a difference in the lives of youth and their families within the community. Bring your résumé to this job fair and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews. Learn more ...

Education at Illinois Welcome Celebration for Students
Friday, Aug. 19
1:30-2:30 p.m.
West Lawn of Education Building
New and returning students are invited to the Education at Illinois Welcome Celebration. Catch up with classmates, socialize with faculty and staff members of the College, and help welcome the incoming freshmen and transfer students. Learn more ...

iHelp Day of Service
Saturday, Sept. 24
The iHelp day of service at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a way for the community and all students on campus to join together and volunteer with different organizations. Registration will be available Aug. 21-Sept. 17. Learn more about iHelp and email Marty Browne at for inquiries.

Career and Professional Development

Head Start Hiring Teachers and Teacher Aides
Head Start in Champaign County is looking for qualified teachers, teacher aides, and substitute teachers for its Head Start/Early Head Start classrooms. The Head Start program offers great benefits and incredible opportunities to get involved with Champaign County youth. View the available jobs.

Epsilon Delta Seeking Education Majors
Students in early childhood education, elementary education, middle-grades education, secondary education, and special education programs are encouraged to join Epsilon Delta, a professional teaching organization on campus. Meetings are held every Wednesday. Learn more and apply for membership today.

Student Work Opportunities
Are you a recipient of a federal work study (FWS) award this school year? If so, the Student Academic Affairs Office (SAAO) is hiring an additional FWS student worker. Also, the America Reads/America Counts (ARAC) program is hiring 150 FWS tutors this fall. To be considered for ARAC, you must attend a recruitment session. Learn more...

Student Education Association Meeting
Wednesday, Aug. 24
7-8 p.m.
Room 2, Education Building
Join the first Student Education Association meeting of the semester—free pizza will be provided. Encompassing more than three million students, teachers, administrators, and staff, SEA is the largest pre-professional education association in the U.S. The organization provides students with opportunities to learn about issues teachers face while providing them with the skills and experience necessary to become the best educators possible.

Happenings and Deadlines

Express Advising Hours Available in Student Academic Affairs Office
Service Available During First 10 Days of Fall Semester
In an effort to serve the most Education majors possible during the first two weeks of classes, advisers in the Student Academic Affairs Office will hold express advising sessions that will be brief, especially during busy times of the day. Dr. Lori Davis will hold hours in Lincoln Hall for Education minors. Learn more ...

Added Technology Assistance for Students During First Week
During the first week of classes, students will be able to receive assistance across campus with common technology issues such as WiFi, email, passwords, Illinois Compass, and VPN. Additionally, Education students can get more localized support from Technology Services in Room 25 of the Education building.

View the seven Tech Points 2016 locations where you can get the help you need.

Support Orphans Treasure Box by Donating Books
College Book Drive in School and Community Experiences through Sept. 2
The College of Education is hosting a book drive to support the local nonprofit bookstore Orphans Treasure Box, which collects donated used books and sells them online and in-store to support orphans and vulnerable children locally and worldwide. Collection boxes are available in Room 120 (School and Community Experiences) of the Education building. Learn more ...


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