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September 4, 2020

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

Diamond Dadej

Diamond Dadej

Senior and History/Secondary Education major Diamond Dadej is teaching us a lot more than just Social Studies in this week’s blog. Read on for a lesson in building community with those around you, pride in where you come from, determination in where you are going, and one very important reminder to carry with you throughout the semester;

“Nothing is impossible for an Illini.”

These words are ever so true! (so truuue!)

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


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. Socail 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 foud 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!

Black Chorus at Illinois
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-8:20pm CST 
In Person: MUSC 463 A, CRN: 74090
Online: MUSC 463 ONL, CRN: 75418
UIUC Anyware is a service th Join the historic Black Chorus at Illinois! This 1 credit hour course is offered both online and in person, with live streamed concert performances. Since 1968, Black Chorus has fostered fellowship, scholarship, leadership, and unity within the community. This semester, participating students will be featured on televison in the PBS documentary "American Patriot" airing December 2020.  


Scholarships + Awards


Illinois Club Scholarships
Applications window: September 8-October 17 at 5pm
The Illinois Club is giving over $25,000 in scholarships, available to students in a variety of disciplianry 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.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program
Writing WorkshopSeptember 4, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Zoom Link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/93901013751 
Are you interested in study abroad, but concerned about the cost?
The Gilman International Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 (plus up to a $3,000 supplement for critical languages) for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue summer, semester, or academic-year study abroad opportunities in other countries. This is a need-based award, and to be eligible, you must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant. The National and International Scholarships Program will assist in reviewing your scholarship application material and welcomes the opportunity to help make your application more competitive!

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


Student Wellness


Flu Shot Season
Your health and wellness is more important than ever, protect yourself and get your flu shot this season! Flu shots will be available beginning September 14th. Because of capacity limits in the McKinley Health Center, flu shots will be available at a location directly outside McKinley, and various outreach locations on campus.
Stay tuned with updates on McKinley’s website.

ARC Student Food Pantry
Tuesdays 1-4 pm and Saturdays 2-5 pm 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.


Career + Professional Development


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!

Exam Proctors Wanted 
The Computer-Based Testing Facility, or CBTF, is looking to hire 50 proctors for the Fall 2020 semester! The CBTF is a dedicated facility that provides academic testing services for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, now operating completely online. CBTF Online is a new testing service that uses human proctors (that would be you!) and Zoom on a second device to proctor course exams. Proctor responsibilities include monitoring and checking in test-takers, addressing student concerns during exams, and attending weekly Zoom meetings on Wednesdays from 4-5pm.
Check out their application if you are interested! 



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