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

Student Spotlight
Student organizations in College offer varied networking, philanthropic, and professional opportunities 

College's Student Organizations Offer Ample Opportunities
Students in the College of Education often want to go beyond the classroom to give back to the community and hone their professional development skills. The College offers such opportunities through four registered student organizations: Epsilon Delta, Golden Apple - Illini, the Minority Association of Future Educators, and the Student Education Association. Learn more...  


Michelle Espino Giving Fireside Chat for Education Students
Feb. 7; 3 p.m.
Education Building, Room 16
As part of her presentations during the Dean's Diversity Lecture Series, Dr. Michelle Espino of the University of Maryland will host a fireside chat for students, faculty, and staff of the College of Education. Drawing from critical race methodologies and Chicana feminism, Espino will discuss the slow advancement of Latina/o students, administrators, and faculty along an educational pipeline that is rooted in historical and current inequities. Learn more...

Lori Patton Davis Giving Fireside Chat for Education Students
Feb. 14; 3 p.m.
Education Building, Room 16

As part of her presentations during the Dean's Diversity Lecture Series, Dr. Lori Patton Davis of Indiana University will host a fireside chat for students, faculty, and staff of the College of Education. The research of Patton Davis focuses on African-Americans in postsecondary contexts, critical race theory applied to higher education, development theory of college students, and the influence of campus environments on student experiences. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development

Pizza & Professionals Lunch Series: Internships at Research Park
Feb. 10; Noon-1p.m.
The Career Center Interview Suite, Room 213
(616 E. Green St., Champaign)
Enjoy lunch and hear from Research Park professionals as they share their experiences and discuss internship opportunities. Learn more...

INCS Teacher Job Fair
March 18; 8 a.m.
ASPIRA Business & Finance High School
(2989 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago)
The Illinois Network of Charter Schools will host its 12th annual job fair for teachers this March. Representatives from statewide charter schools will be on hand to recruit teachers who are excited to work in a mission-driven environment and ready to lead and succeed. Learn more and register.

Happenings and Deadlines
 EDUC 499: Culture and Community: Influences and impact on P-16 Australian Education

Two Spots Left for Study Tour of Australia with College of Education
Register by Tomorrow, Feb. 3!

Culture and Community: Influences and Impact on P-16 Australian Education

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
Communities & Wildlife Conservation Summer Research Internship

This June 4 to July 29 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 of 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.

Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards Competition
Submission Deadline: Feb. 27
The English Department sponsors and administers annual literary competitions in short fiction and poetry. Past prizes have ranged from $100 to $1,000. Learn more about the contests and contact Stephen Davenport at for inquiries. 

LAS Global Studies Accepting Minor Applications
Application Deadline: March 1
The minor in Global Markets and Society builds a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences for the study of global business-society relations. Topics include corporate social responsibility, fair trade, global supply chains, and sustainable business practices. Information sessions about the minor will be held in February, March, and April. Learn more...

A Minor for Students of All Disciplines
Application Deadline: March 1
The Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Fellows Program is a campuswide undergraduate minor that prepares students for careers in the corporate sector, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and environmental advocacy groups. Open to students of all majors, this multidisciplinary program teaches a systems-level approach to ecological, societal, and economic dimensions of sustainability. Learn more and contact for inquiries. 

Take Advantage of Our Online Resources for Students
Visit the College of Education Current Students page for quick links to information about convocation, scholarships, studying abroad, student organizations, and more. Additionally, our Current Undergraduate Students page offers a plethora of information on field placement, financial aid, academic resources, and more. 


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