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September 24, 2020

This edition's Student Spotlight and this week on the 'gram is...

Claudia Kobylarczyk

Senior Claudia Koblarczyk fell in love with education through her experience as a tutor.
Her adoration of literature, passion as a mentor, and guidance from educators and peers has set her on the path to success. Now, she's paying it forward with plans to return to her alma mater, Reavis High School, as an English Teacher.

We feature Education students in our weekly Student Spotlight to build community within the College, and we’d love to highlight YOU. First-year students and sophomores, juniors, and seniors please complete this quick survey if you've not yet been featured.


Virtual Opportunities


Illinois Statewide K-12 Computer Science Education Summit
Friday, September 25 at 10 a.m. - 3
p.m. CST
Join us in shaping the future of K-​12 Computer Science Education for all Illinois students! The University of Illinois, in partnership with other computer science education stakeholders, and through the generosity of the CME Group Foundation, is hosting the second Illinois Statewide CS Education Summit - #ILCSEdSummit2020. This virtual event will engage K-12 educators, administrators, policymakers, industry professionals, non-profits, and legislators in a day of collaboration, presentations, panel discussions, and working groups, with the shared goal of making CS for All a reality in Illinois. Email Raya Hegeman-Davis at raya@illinois.edu with any questions, and register today!

We CU Community Engaged Scholars Program
We CU honors students for their community-based work and provides them with training, connection to like-minded peers, and support from We CU program leaders. University of Illinois students are empowered to (remotely) respond to community needs and challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.Students completing 20 hours of service each semester will be honored at a spring awards ceremony, with distinct recognition given to those who complete 300 hours of service over the course of four years. Check the summary page or email we-cu@illinois.edu with questions. Submit your interest in the program today!

Global Cafe-Tonight!
Thursday at 8 p.m. CST
Zoom meeting ID: 931 9582 9845, Password: globalcafe
The Office of International Program is sponsoring the Global Cafe forum this Fall 2020 to allow spaces for conversation during the online instruction periods on various selected topics for our students and faculty. This week's topic is the upcoming U.S. Presidentail Election, make sure you tune in!

C-U Pride Festival 2020, "Staying Apart, Rising United"
September 25-27
LGBTQIA+ Pronoun Workshop, Saturday September 26, 12-2 p.m. CST
Culturally-Competent Care Workshop, Saturday September 26, 2-4 p.m. CST
This year's C-U Pride Fest offers lots of virtual workshops and events that foster and celebrate inclusivity in the community. This includes a virtual workshop for clinicians on providing culturally competent care for trans patients, an interactive LGBTQIA+ pronoun workshop (advanced registration required), and plenty of other fun virtual opportunites for all ages. Check out the Uniting Pride website to learn more!

Y Global Connections
Applications due September 25
Global Connections is a forum for U of I YMCA students to discuss global topics with Sierra Leone YMCA counterparts while also providing students with opportunities to develop skills to be more conscious and educated global citizens, examine stereotypes and confront inherent bias. Applications are currently open for this free program until this Friday, September 25, so apply today!

Social Skills for Life and Friday Socials at Six
These two fun social skills groups are designed for students who are on the autism spectrum or who may struggle socially. They will both meet regularly to build confidence in social contexts, and experience opportunities to connect with other students during "Socials at Six" on Friday evenings. Interested in learning valuable social skills and making some friends? Contact gorsuch@illinois.edu to get involved.

Campus Rec Cooking Classes
Members: $10 a session, 5:30-7 p.m. CST
Non-members: $15 a session, 6:30-8 p.m. CST
Zoom option: $2 a session
Spice up your meal prep with cooking classes from Campus Rec! There are 12 classes in the fall series, available virtually over Zoom, or in person at the ARC instructional kitchen. Each class focuses on a different dish, and all lessons are developed and taught by Illinois diatetics students. Spots are limited, make sure you register here to get cooking!

Building Your Teaching Toolbox I: Standards & Assessment
Fall 2020, Second 8-Weeks

Mondays, 4-5:15 p.m. CST
This course (CI 199-NK1) will help you understand learning standards, develop learning objectives, and create assessments. These skills will serve you in your methods courses, clinical experiences, student teaching, and beyond! The course is 1 credit hour, and 100% online. This class also has the option to serve as James Scholar Project credit. For questions, please contact Nancy Latham at nilatha@illinois.edu.

Online Tutoring, Mentoring and Advising with OMSA
The Office of Minority Student Affairs is offering plenty of resources to help you have a successful fall semester. Need help staying on top of your classes? Unsure about your academic plan? Just have a question and you don't know who to ask? The OMSA Mentoring and Advising Program is open for appointments or drop-ins to all OMSA students! Additionally, online tutoring sessions are availabe in a number of subjects, prepare for midterms early and make an appointment today!

Classrooms Available for Study Space
Some classrooms are available for use between classes and events to students who may need a location to participate in an online class or to study. Social distancing and face covering requirements apply. Please wipe your own seat with the supplies provided before and after use. Furniture may not be moved within the room or to another location. Room schedules can be found outside the classroom. Please be courteous to other users and to incoming classes or events and be prepared to exit at building close. The list of available classrooms can be found here.

UIUC AnyWare Service
UIUC Anyware is a service that provides optimized virtual access to over 100 software 
applications for students, whether working on campus, remotely, or in class. It also offers a remote desktop environment allowing users to access software securely, on multiple devices and operating systems including Windows, MacOS, and Linux. Get started here!

The Career Center is here for you!
The Career Center is still offering great tools and aid to students virtually! Get one-on-one career coaching or advising, practice your interview skills, get your resume checked, and more. Make an appointment through their website, or call at 217-333-0820.


Scholarships + Awards


Critical Language Scholarship
Informational Event October 2, 3 p.m. CST
Zoom meeting ID: 921 7421 7157, Password:
The Critical Language Scholarship, provided by the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for undergraduate and graduate students.  A list of eligible languages is available here. CLS institutes cover one academic year of university-level language coursework in 8 to 10 weeks over the summer, and include cultural programming, local language partners, and excursions. Learn more on their website, or tune in to the info meeting on Zoom!

Bailey Global Scholars
Launching October 5
Applications due November 8
This 7-month scholarship program is designed to help University of Illinois students grow as responsible and engaged global citizens by supporting critical reflection, dialogue, and action across differences of culture and power. Bailey Global Scholars will participate in an online "Education through Global Engagement" program during the Spring 2021 semester culminating in a volunteer immersion (virtual or in person) capstone experience during Summer 2021. Participants will also receive a $1000 academic scholarship for the Spring 2021 semester.

Research Support Grant
Application Deadline: October 15, at 11:59 p.m CST
This grant provides students from all disciplines with the funds necessary to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off-campus (including summer terms). Awards will be up to $2,000 and are meant to cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks (i.e., winter break and summer terms, NOT regular semester living expenses), and materials or other ancillary costs. We hope that this competition will both broaden and deepen the types of research being conducted by undergraduate students on campus, and that the recipients are able to use this opportunity as a way of engaging with their fields. Learn more about the elegibility requirements and application process here.

Illinois Club Scholarships
Application Window: September 8 - October 17 at 5 p.m. CST
The Illinois Club is giving over $25,000 in scholarships, available to students in a variety of disciplinary fields. Qualifications include being an undergraduate with a 3.0 GPA or higher, completing 60 hours of credit by the beginning of the Spring of 2021, and a graduation date of December 2021 or after. Descriptions of each award, other requirements, and application instructions can be found here.

For more information on scholarship opportunities, contact the National and International Scholarships Program at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit their website.


Student Wellness

Flu shots at McKinley Health Center 

Flu Shots Are Now Available!
Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m-3 p.m. CST
McKinley Health Center is now providing flu shots at CRCE, as well as a number of other outreach locations. Flu shots are free to U of I students who have paid their Health Service Fee. Be sure to have your I-Card present at the time of service. Your health and wellness is more important than ever, protect yourself and get your flu shot this season!

ARC Student Food Pantry
Tuesdays 1-4 p.m. and Saturdays 2-5 p.m. CST in the ARC Instructional Kitchen 
Announcing the opening of the Food Assistance & Well-Being Program! Their mission is to ensure that the entire Illinois community has access to nutritious food and key necessities in a welcoming and educational space. The shopping-style food pantry provides the UIUC campus with access to nutritious food and necessities in a supportive, inclusive environment. Food Science and Human Nutrition Students will also be available to answer shopper questions and to provide resources to prepare the food. Visit their website for food donation forms, nutrition resources, and more.

Jubilee Cafe
Mondays 5-6:3 p.m. CST
805 S. Sixth Street
Jubilee Cafe provides a free home made meal every week to anyone who needs it. All are welcome! In additon to meals, a few pantry and personal items are also available. Got questions? Check out their website or Facebook page for more details!


Career + Professional Development

 URAP at Illinois

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP)
Application Deadline: October 9, at 11:59 p.m. CST
Are you looking for the opportunity to start your research journey?
URAP offers undergraduate students with little or noresearch experience the opportunity to assist advanced graduate students with their research projects! Through a one-on-one research experience with their graduate student mentor, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to learn what it means to do research, create knowledge, and produce scholarship. Undergraduate students selected to be part of the program will begin their guided research experience in Spring 2021. Applications are competitive, so get started today!

Fall Support and Resources for Undergraduate Researchers
Undergraduate reseachers, take advantage of the support and resources offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research! They offer services like online workshops this fall, including Value of Undergraduate Research and Getting Started in Undergraduate Research Workshops. Students can schedule an online appointment with them at any time. Visit their website for more!


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