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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

2016 Welcome Celebration

Education at Illinois welcomed a brand-new class to the College and campus during our Aug. 19 Welcome Celebration. We're expecting great things from these new Illini! 

View photos of the event. 


Discover Volunteer Opportunities at Urbana Schools
Thursday, Sept. 8
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Urbana High School and Urbana Middle School are searching for volunteers to help students in a wide variety of subjects and activities. Opportunities include academic tutoring for students in remedial through advanced subjects; special-interest classes such as band, drama, journalism and child development; special education; support for Spanish and French speaking ESL students; and a range of after-school clubs, sports, and classes. Volunteer once a week, once a month, or for one special event. Learn more ...

Marjorie Mizes to Kick Off New Alumni Speaker Series
Monday, Sept. 12
3-4:30 p.m.
Education Building, Room 16
Don't miss the presentation "Your Major Doesn't Matter Because You Are Not Your Major" by Education alumna Marjorie Mizes, who pursued an alternative career path in publishing after earning her bachelor's degree in special education and elementary education. The presentation by Mizes will be the inaugural talk of the newly started Alumni Speaker Series, and snacks will be provided. Learn more...

Light the Night: Free Bike Light Distribution
Thursday, Sept. 22
4-7 p.m.
Bike riders: The rules of the road require you to equip your bike with front and rear lights when riding at night. Get your free set of lights, which will be available at two campus locations during this annual event. 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 through Sept. 17. Learn more about iHelp and email Marty Browne at for inquiries.

Career and Professional Development

Champaign Park District Hiring Coaches for Youth Sports
If you have a passion for sports and relating solid life lessons to youth, consider becoming a volunteer coach for the Champaign Park District, which emphasizes core values of sportsmanship, fun, and instruction. Opportunities are available this fall to coach soccer, and coaching positions will be open this winter for basketball and volleyball. This is a great learning opportunity for those who want to someday coach in middle school or high school. Learn more and contact Cody Evans at or 217-249-3428 for inquiries.

Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club Seeking Tutors
The Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club is searching for after-school tutors for grades K-12. These volunteers are needed one to two hours a week to help students in Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding area. Tutor orientations will be available Sept. 1 and 2 (5-6 p.m.) and Sept. 6-8 (4-6 p.m.). Access a volunteer application and contact Dori Harrison at for more information.

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.

Happenings and Deadlines

Illinois Club Accepting Scholarship Applications for 2017-18
Application Deadline: Oct. 15 at 5 p.m.

The Illinois Club is accepting scholarship applications for the 2017-18 academic year. An application, résumé, and other documents are required, so be sure to start the application process soon. Qualified applicants must be an undergraduate with at least 60 earned credit hours by the end of Fall 2016; have a GPA of 2.75 or above; and graduate no earlier than December 2017. Learn more and apply for a scholarship.

Apply to Serve on Academic Senate Committees
Application Deadline: Sept. 6 at 5 p.m.

Serving on a Senate committee can be an enriching, exciting experience that enables you to develop new partnerships, advance leadership skills, and become more engaged with campus. Numerous committees exist that will fit your interests and expertise. Apply to your committees of choice.

Learn About Studying Abroad

Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange Faculty-Led Programs
Application Deadline: Sept. 15
Numerous two- to six-week study abroad opportunities with faculty members will be available this winter. The transformative experiences will go toward your Illinois credit, support your degree, and fit your tight schedule. Learn more...

Lincoln Hall, Room 1060; 4-5 p.m.
Discover exciting opportunities to study abroad in Asia, Spain, and Latin America. These meetings will cover available overseas programs, the application process, and offer viewpoints from past study abroad participants. Meeting dates for Asia info will take place Sept. 2 and Nov. 17; meeting dates for Spain and Latin America will take place Sept. 1 and Nov. 16.

The Office of Education Abroad will also be holding study abroad information sessions in the coming weeks. Most programs from the College of ACES are open to students in other colleges, including this one, which will be held on Sept. 1: "ACES in Morocco, Culture & Agriculture Winter Break Study Abroad"; 5 p.m.; Turner Hall, Room W-121.

ISSS Starting New Initiative
In an effort to better serve the campus community and enhance the student experience, International Student and Scholar Services is implementing a new program called ISSS35. This all-encompassing initiative will have 35 events that address four distinct areas: American culture, cross-cultural connections, community connections, and immigration issues. These categories will incorporate educational, social, and culture exchange themes. Learn more...

Student Volunteers Needed for Edison Event
Student volunteers are needed to supervise middle school students and their younger siblings during the Sept. 7 Edison Parent Partnership dinner. The dinner will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the Douglas Community Center (512 E. Grove St., Champaign). Email Liz Rotramel at if you would like to volunteer.


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