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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 

A Well-Traveled Senior
Jeremy Davis is a senior in the Learning and Education Studies program who studied abroad in Austria during his sophomore year. He studied in a German language program and took all of his classes in German, getting the opportunity to visit eight different countries. "It was definitely worth all the difficulties that I went through," he said. "I proved to myself that I really can do anything I want in life." After graduation, Jeremy is confident that his LES degree will equip him with a wide range of career options.


Upcoming Sessions on Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships
Oct. 20 and 21; 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Illini Union Bookstore, Room 514
The campus's National and International Scholarships Program will hold two-day sessions on how high-achieving science, math, and engineering majors can attain Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships. The scholarship offers $7,500 to either sophomores or juniors in STEM disciplines who plan to pursue a Ph.D. in their field. Learn more...

Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders
Oct. 27; 4-5:30 p.m.
Beckman Institute (405 N. Mathews Ave., Urbana)
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 will relate her lifelong professional journey in the classroom, where she has always remained curious and engaged with colleagues and involved with stimulating school projects. Learn more about the event and discover more about Trummel's life.

Illinois Association of Teacher Educators Fall 2016 Conference
Nov. 18; 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Illinois State University, Bone Student Center
The Illinois Association of Teacher Educators will welcome all educators and undergraduate students to its fall conference. The special $25 fee for students includes breakfast and lunch. Through motivating presentations, attendees will learn about innovative approaches to what a quality education entails, share thoughts on issues, and interact with peers. Learn more and register.

Career and Professional Development

Salt Fork Elementary Seeking Part-Time Preschool Teacher
Salt Fork South Elementary School in Sidell is looking for a part-time preschool teacher with a valid Illinois professional educator license that is endorsed to teach early childhood. A PreK-age 21 special education endorsement is preferred but not required. Learn more and contact Principal Brian Allensworth at for more information.

Uniting Pride Center Hiring Part-Time Coordinator
The Uniting Pride Center of Champaign County is hiring a part-time children, youth, and families coordinator to support vulnerable LGBTQ youth through improved health, economic status, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency. In addition, the position plays a vital role in overseeing the organization's weekly youth group. People of color, trans-identified individuals, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Learn more...

Enhance Your Networking, Fine-Dining Skills at Etiquette Dinner
Nov. 9; 5:30-8 p.m.
Student Dining and Residential Programs Building (301 E. Gregory, Champaign)
Learn how to develop small-talk, make a positive impression, and improve networking skills at this Etiquette Dinner for students. The $10 fee includes a four-course dinner. Professional dress is required, and space is limited. Learn more...

Happenings and Deadlines

Student Volunteers Needed for Oct. 22 Community Day Celebration
The College of Education is looking for student volunteers for this Saturday's Community Day Celebration, an event that will cap off the 2016 Youth Literature Festival. Community Day is a family-oriented event at the I Hotel and Conference Center that includes author readings, book signings, puppet shows, live music, art displays, and numerous activities. Learn more and contact Karla Moller at to sign up.

Office Updating Funding for Undergraduate Research
The Office of Undergraduate Research is replacing its Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship-Abroad, and Research Travel Grant with the new Research Support Grant. Applications for the new grant will be available in the fall and spring, with awards of up to $2,000. Deadlines for the Fall 2016 competition will be Nov. 14. Learn more and send an email to for inquiries.

Campus Journal Seeking Undergraduates' Thoughts
Re:Search, the Undergraduate Journal of Literary Criticism at Illinois is seeking submissions for its fourth annual publication. Produced online by undergraduates, the journal publishes works exclusively authored by undergraduate students to showcase literary criticism within a greater academic discourse while nurturing a collaborative community among faculty, administration, and students. Learn more about Re:Search or contact the journal at with inquiries.

In Focus Sessions Available for Students with ADHD
In Focus is a six-week group that offers education and peer support for students who experience difficulties commonly associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Group meetings this fall will be interactive and help students develop valuable skills for succeeding in school, their career, and in daily life. Students do not need an ADHD diagnosis to attend and should contact Tzu-An Hu at or 217-333-3704 to register for the sessions.   

Learn More About Studying Abroad
Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange will be offering multiple info sessions and walk-in advising hours this semester. Students interested in studying overseas can get advice about choosing a program, starting an application, and learn about programs in specific regions from a coordinator or returnees. Visit the IAGE calendar or contact Joy Phaphouvaninh at for more information.


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