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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.

Alumni Spotlight
Alumna Betty Trummel 

Enriched Learning through Travel
Betty Trummel
'78 C&I began her teaching career in a small farm town but went on to travel the world, incorporating many international elements into her classroom. "Betty exemplifies the great educators that come from Education at Illinois," said Lisa Denson-Rives, the College's associate director of alumni relations. "They are lifelong learners who have an impact on their students' lives well beyond the classroom." Trummel will be a guest speaker at the College on Oct. 28. Learn more about the event and discover her educational journey.    


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. Learn more...

Homecoming Parade Party and Float Launch
Oct. 28; 5 p.m.
North Side of Education Building
Illinois Homecoming starts at the College of Education! Begin your weekend by connecting with your student peers and faculty members and staff of the College. We'll be launching the Harry Potter-themed Education at Illinois float, sipping on root beer floats, and cheering on the Marching Illini!

Rainbow Book Bag Meeting
Nov. 3; 4 p.m.
Education Building, Room 288A
Rainbow Book Bag at Illinois is a group that focuses on LGBTQ equality in schools. Members of the organization plan and host events designed to provide information to schools. Learn more about Rainbow Book Bag and RSVP for the group's Nov. 3 meeting, where light refreshments will be served. Contact Johnell Bentz at for inquiries. 

Business Leadership Conference 
Nov. 4; 1-6 p.m.
Business Instruction Facility Atrium, Deloitte Auditorium
Want to build leadership skills while on campus that will prepare you to be successful in your career? Today's workforce is more diverse than ever due to globalization and changes in employee demographics. Those who lead inclusively will be the most innovative, impactful, and successful. Learn how to listen, talk, and manage at the Business Leadership Conference - Leading in Diverse Workplace. Learn more...

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...

Happenings and Deadlines

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.


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