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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
John Zhu 

Enlightening Young Thinkers
Senior John Zhu began his course of study in elementary education but later found that DELTA in Learning & Education Studies interested him more. John’s goal: “I want to contribute to the future of our nation, improving the education system and improving the minds of people in future generations.” Since his sophomore year of high school, John has volunteered as a teacher assistant at a summer school in his hometown church, openly sharing his life experiences with students. “Connecting with them is an important part of teaching,” he said.

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Global Café Session on Studying Abroad in Spain and Morocco
Oct. 14; 1 p.m.
Education Building, Room 42A
Discover what it's like to study abroad in Spain and Morocco from students who have studied in those countries and from international students. Free food and drinks will be provided. Learn more...

Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders
Oct. 27; 4-5:30 p.m.
Beckman Institute
Dr. Leonard Abbeduto, a scholar at the University of California-Davis will be the guest speaker at this year's Goldstick Family Lecture. His research focuses on the development of language across the lifespan in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. A reception will follow Abbeduto's talk, "Enlisting Parents as Therapists." Learn more...

Alumni Speaker Series Featuring Betty Trummel
Oct. 28; Noon-1 p.m.
Education Building, Room 22
Alumna Betty Trummel, who has more than 30 years of classroom experience, will be the featured speaker of the College of Education's Alumni Speaker Series. During her lifelong professional journey, Trummel has always remained curious and engaged with colleagues, as well as involved with stimulating school projects. Learn more about the event and discover more about Trummel's life.

Career and Professional Development

Illini Career & Internship Fair
Oct. 26; Noon-4 p.m.
Activities and Recreation Center (201 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign)
This fall career fair is ideal for those who will be student-teaching in the spring, sophomores and juniors who have never attended a career fair, LES majors who are seeking an internship or full-time job, and those who want to meet potential employers without leaving campus. Representatives from 10-15 school districts will be on hand to meet teacher candidates. Learn more...        

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program
The Office of Undergraduate Research and the Graduate College provide first- and second-year undergraduate students (including transfer students) with the opportunity to assist advanced graduate students with their research projects. Through this one-on-one collaboration with a graduate student mentor, undergraduates will learn what it means to do research, help foster knowledge, and produce scholarship. Learn more and send an email to, with "URAP in the subject line, for inquiries.        

The Institute by LeaderShape Program
Jan. 8-13, 2017
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Registration Deadline: Oct. 24
The Institute by LeaderShape is a leadership development program that helps participants learn how to lead with integrity through a variety of fun and educational experiences. Info sessions will take place Oct. 12 and 13 at Greg Hall. Learn more and apply.

Happenings and Deadlines

A Call for Student Artists
Deadline: Nov. 1
The Illinois Board of Higher Education advances postsecondary education and the visual arts in Illinois by exhibiting student artwork in its Springfield office. The office is currently seeking artwork from students regardless of their program of study. Selected artists will receive attribution in their displayed exhibits and will be acknowledged with a certificate and letter of recognition. Learn more...    

Education Mugs on Sale for Good Cause
The professional teaching organization Epsilon Delta will be selling College of Education travel mugs to raise money for a college scholarship for a local high school senior. The mugs will be $10 each and available until Nov. 9. Contact Sydney at to purchase a mug. 

Info Session on Studying Abroad in Granada, Spain
Oct. 13; 4 p.m.
Lincoln Hall, Room 1027

Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange is offering a study abroad program in Granada, Spain, where students can earn direct Spanish credit, gain volunteer experience in their academic area, and build long-lasting relationships with host families and other Illinois students. Granada is a beautiful city that is rich in history and culture, a place to observe Moorish architecture and explore the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range. Contact Clair Bryan at for inquiries.  


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