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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
Alumna Betty Trummel 

A Love of Cultural Learning

Diana Balderas
is a senior majoring in early childhood education and minoring in Spanish. She has cherished all of her teaching placements so far and said that every day is a learning experience. "I enjoy being able to bring my Latino culture to the classroom, just as I enjoy learning about new cultures from my students," said Diana, who traveled to Costa Rica last summer. Diana's desire to teach stems from being the oldest of four siblings: "With all that I learned from my younger siblings and family, the teacher in me grew as I got older."    


Meet Undergraduate Students Featured in Our Annual Report
The College of Education is proud of its students, who move on as alumni to become knowledgeable, compassionate, and effective educators. Our learners come from all over the state of Illinois with diverse backgrounds and a common desire to make a positive impact on society. Meet several undergraduates featured in our annual report, individuals who are studying in various fields and striving to make a difference.


Global Café Session on Studying Abroad in France
Nov. 4; 1 p.m.
Education Building, Room 42A
The Office of International Programs will host this Global Café session for students interested in studying abroad in France. Participants will hear from students who have previously studied in France and from international students. Learn more...

The Role of Input in Bilingual Development Presented by Cathy Cohen
Nov. 7; Noon-1:30 p.m.
Education Building, Room 22
Speaker Cathy Cohen will discuss two studies during this talk that will explore the role of input in the development of dual-language proficiency. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development

UI Lab School Seeking Assistant Coaches for 2017
The University of Illinois Laboratory School in Urbana is seeking assistant coaches for the spring 2017 boys' and girls' track and field teams. Coaches who specialize in sprints and field events are preferred. The school is also looking for a junior varsity girls' soccer coach for the spring 2017 season. Contact Athletic Director Tim Bicknell at for inquiries.

BOLD Holding Info Session for Women Innovators
Nov. 7; 6-7 p.m.
Illini Union
BOLD is a student group for women that provides the needed resources and mentors for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators who want to succeed. Register for the session and contact Brooke Newell at for inquiries about the group and upcoming info session.

Soccer Planet Seeking Marketer, Manager of Youth Programs
Soccer Planet in Urbana is hiring an individual to market and manage its youth programs, camps, parties, and activities. The qualified candidate will have experience working with young children and a bachelor's degree in early childhood education or adolescent/child development. Learn more...

Happenings and Deadlines

Submissions for Undergraduate Research Symposium Being Accepted
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2017
The Office of Undergraduate Research is now accepting submissions for the April 27, 2017, Undergraduate Research Symposium. The symposium is the signature event of the campus's Undergraduate Research Week, which takes place April 23-29 and brings together students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines. Apply for the symposium and email for inquiries.


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