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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

Freshman Insights
Rachel Hernandez is studying elementary education and hopes to one day teach language arts to fifth-graders. Right now, though, the freshman is having fun as a blogger for the Admissions office on campus. View Rachel’s bio and recent posts on the stresses of move-in day, as well as her take on the deceiving first week of the Fall 2016 semester. "There are two paths you can choose during syllabus week," Rachel writes. "The scary part is your choice often defines how the rest of your college career will go." Read more...


Study Abroad Info Session for Spanish Language Programs
4-5 p.m.
Foreign Languages Building, Room G32
Learn how you can earn credit for your Spanish major/minor abroad.

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 a free set of bike lights, which will be available at two campus locations during this annual event. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development

Seminar to Cover Film Use in Classrooms
Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Pre-service teachers: Sign up for "Growing Up Asian: Coming of Age in Asian and Asian- American Films: A Seminar for 5th-12th Grade and Community College." This free professional development event, sponsored by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, will focus on how to use films in the classroom. Each film will be paired with complementary fiction and non-fiction readings, and the two-day seminar will include speakers and a performance by Elephant Rebellion. Learn more about the event and contact Duane Johansen at for inquiries.

Unpacking Arts Standards: National Core Arts and New Illinois Arts Learning Standards Workshop
Saturday, Oct. 1
Krannert Art Museum
See how the new art standards are relevant and can work for you and your students. Participants will review the National Core Arts Standards and the new Illinois Arts Learning Standards. Time will be devoted to experiencing effective strategies to immediately integrate selected standards into the curriculum. Please bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone to use during the workshop. You may indicate on the registration form if you have technology needs. Learn more...

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.

Happenings and Deadlines

Student Volunteers Needed for Community Day Celebration
The College of Education is seeking student volunteers for the Oct. 22 Community Day Celebration, which caps off the 2016 Youth Literature Festival. The festival, which brings together local and national authors, illustrators, poets, and storytellers, is sponsored by the College, the University Library, and numerous local supporters. Learn more...

Conversation Buddy English Club Seeking English Speakers
A number of international visitors, parents, scholars, and young professionals in the community need help improving their English conversational skills. The Conversation Buddy English Club is looking for native or near-native English speakers who would be interested in meeting these individuals and helping them practice their English. In exchange, volunteers will get to meet interesting people from all over the world. Learn more and email with inquiries.

University YMCA Accepting Applications for Two Scholarships
The University YMCA is accepting applications for two Fred S. Bailey scholarship programs: the International Service Travel Scholarship for Cause-Driven Leaders (application deadline Oct. 3) and the Internship Scholarship Program for Cause-Driven Leaders (application deadline Nov. 11). Learn more...  

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 Become an I-Connect Facilitator
Application Deadline: Sept. 23

I-Connect facilitators are passionate about diversity and inclusion on campus. If this sounds like you, apply to facilitate future I-Connect Diversity and Inclusion Workshops, an initiative of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations and the Division of Student Affairs. This is an opportunity for students of diverse backgrounds to use their personalities and perspectives to guide new students in understanding and accepting diversity and inclusion on campus and beyond. The position is a paid one, and interviews will be held in early October. For more information, email or call 217-244-1814.

Creative Writing Club Seeking Members from All Majors
From novelists to novices, the Creative Writing Club on campus is a great way for students in all majors to explore their writing creativity and have fun. This non-demanding club outlet is an inclusive community that encourages the development of different writing styles through fun games, brainstorming activities, and group collaboration. For more information on future meetings and the club in general, contact Carolyn Aiello at    


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