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The Update is a student newsletter for undergraduate
majors and minors in the College of Education at Illinois.

Alumni Spotlight
Graduate’s collaboration with Education scholars leads to innovative dual-language programs 

Efforts of Education Alumnus Spark Dual-Language Approach in Urbana School
In 2012 Joe Wiemelt, M.Ed. '09 EPOL, Ed.D. '14 EPOL, used the academic research he attained at the College of Education to persuade educators at Leal Elementary School in Urbana to make the transition to a dual-language approach in classrooms. Several years later, elementary-aged children at Leal are valued for their ability to help English-speaking peers learn a second language. Learn more...  


Student Alumni Ambassadors Holding Info Sessions
Jan. 26; 7 p.m.
Main Library, Room 66

The Student Alumni Ambassadors, an organization of motivated and spirited students on campus, will hold information sessions in the Main Library this week. SAA promotes school spirit through campuswide events such as Homecoming, Illinois Sights and Sounds, and iHelp. The organization also helps students grow professionally and creatively as they organize, develop, and execute large-scale events that bring the campus community together. Learn more...

Join the Lunar New Year Celebration
Jan. 27; Noon
Education Building, Room 22

Stop by Room 22 of the Education building for the Lunar New Year Celebration. The camaraderie will include authentic Chinese cuisine! Learn more and submit your RSVP to Wei Liu at by Jan. 26.

EdCampCU at College of Education
Jan. 28; 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
College of Education

Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, EdCampCU brings together people who are interested in education and want to talk about issues that matter to them. Learn more and register.

Info Sessions on Civil Rights Pilgrimage During Spring Break
Jan. 30; 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Student Dining and Residential Programs Building, Room 2003

These informational meetings will offer students a chance to learn about the Civil Rights Pilgrimage happening during spring break. The trip is open to all Illinois students. Learn more...

Champaign Park District Job Fair
Feb. 11; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Douglass Annex (804 N. Fifth St., Champaign)
The Champaign Park District will hold its first-ever job fair in February. Discover employment opportunities for day camps, lifeguarding, sports officiating, and other jobs. Learn more and contact Debbie Sage at for inquiries.

Polar Plunge & Donut Dash
Feb. 25; 10 a.m. (Dash) and Noon (Plunge)
109 S. Lake of the Woods, Mahomet

This event will benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Participants must raise a minimum of $100 and will receive a Polar Plunge & Donut Dash hooded sweatshirt for their efforts. Learn more and register at  

Career and Professional Development

SOAR Seeking Volunteer Tutors
SOAR (Student Opportunities for After-School Resources) is looking for enthusiastic and dedicated tutors to provide reading and homework support to Latina/o emergent bilingual/biliterate students in grades two through five. The sessions take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2-3:15 p.m., and the sign-up deadline is Jan. 31. Learn more about SOAR and contact Maria Lang at 217-265-4705 or for inquiries.         

Head Start Hiring Teachers, Teacher Aides
Champaign County Head Start is looking for qualified PreK teachers, teachers, teacher aides, and substitute teachers. The program offers competitive benefits and a great opportunity to get involved with community youth. View all current jobs.          

Part-Time Tutoring Position Open at Illini Tutoring
Illini Tutoring in Champaign is hiring a math or science tutor to work 25 hours per week, primarily between the hours of 4-8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 12:30-6 p.m. on Sundays. The job offers competitive pay and generous vacation time. Call 217-714-8395 or email for inquiries. Interested individuals can apply online.

Happenings and Deadlines

Office of Undergraduate Research Accepting Symposium Submissions
Application Deadline: Feb. 1
The Office of Undergraduate Research is taking 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.

Spots Still Open to Study Abroad in France
Application Deadline: ASAP
While accompanied by Professor Bill Trent, participants of this spring break study abroad trip will visit classrooms in France, learn about the country's education system and culture, and meet student teachers. After experiencing the home lives of residents in Lyon, students will spend a weekend in Paris. Learn more and contact Jenn Raskauskas at for inquiries.  

Spend Your Spring Break in Spain
Application Deadline: Feb. 1
Students in the eight-week course EPS 199 SSA will research the locations of Barcelona and Tarragona, learning about the culture and its impact on the education system in Spain. Class begins Feb. 3, and the trip to Spain takes place March 18-26. Learn more about this study abroad experience and apply. Contact Allison Witt at for inquiries.  

Join the College of Education Study Tour of Australia
Application Deadline: Feb. 3
Due to great airfare pricing, the May 18-June 4 College of Education study abroad opportunity in Australia is expected to cost no more than $5,000—and that figure doesn't include the $500 scholarships that the College offers all students who learn overseas. Discover more about the trip, read the student blog that highlights the 2015 study abroad experience in Australia, and apply for the campus I4I/IIP scholarships for studying overseas. Contact Kathy Ryan at or Susan Michaels at for inquiries.

Study Abroad with ACES in Botswana this Summer
Application Deadline: Feb. 15
The June 4 to July 29 Communities & Wildlife Conservation Summer Research Internship counts toward course credit for NRES 285/ANSC 398 (two hours) and NRES 293 (four hours). The experience will include both scientific and social aspects to data collection to prepare students for interactions with communities and different cultures. Students will be placed at various research sites and learn different research and monitoring methodologies, and they will complete a mini-research project using the data they collect. Learn more and contact Robert Lee Schooley at for inquiries. 

Apply for Fred S. Bailey Scholarship
Application Deadline: Feb. 16
There is still time to apply for the 2017-2018 Bailey Scholarship for undergraduate students. This scholarship awards nearly $150,000 to Illinois undergrads who make a difference in their communities. Learn more and contact for inquiries.

iVenture Accelerator Accepting Applications
Application Deadline: March 19
Applications are now being accepted to join the 2017-2018 cohort of iVenture Accelerator, which supports the top entrepreneurial startups created by Illinois students. This is a chance to work full time on innovative ventures during the summer with provided funding, advising, space, and world-class networks. Learn more about iVenture Accelerator and apply.


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