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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 

A Feel-Good Future
Secondary education junior Grace Phillips believes in delving into teaching opportunities as early as possible to get experience in the field. She hopes to someday return to Evanston Township High School—where she was a student—to teach and coach alongside those who inspired her. Grace studied in Ireland last summer and learned about classic authors such as W. B. Yeats and James Joyce—ideal activities for an English major. As for her future in teaching, Grace feels prepared: “The secondary education program allows us to build strong relationships with other future educators. It’s great knowing that I’m going into this field with a solid support system.”


Black History Month at Illinois

From a Valentine's Day banquet to movie nights, numerous campus events are happening in February to celebrate Black History Month. This year's theme is "For Us, By Us," and the events will be hosted by the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center and several other campus units. Discover everything that's happening and email Tekita Bankhead at for inquiries.

The Mindful Student: Discovering Your Strengths and Re-Imagining 'Success'
Feb. 13; 4-5:30 p.m.
Lincoln Hall, Rooms 1022 and 1024

Designed for all majors, this workshop will provide an opportunity to explore how mindfulness can assist you in your studies and help you work toward your own definitions of success. View all the LAS Success Workshops happening this semester and contact for inquiries about the Feb. 13 event. 

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. Patton Davis's research 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...

University of Illinois Sesquicentennial Kickoff
Feb. 28; 3-7 p.m.
Krannert Center for the Performing
Arts (500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana) 
The University of Illinois Sesquicentennial Kickoff celebration will include a special performance at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The event will be open to the campus and to the Urbana-Champaign community. Call 217-333-9525 or email for inquiries.

Career and Professional Development

Office of Volunteer Programs Offering Several Opportunities
The Office of Volunteer Programs currently has various opportunities available for students. Click on the below links to learn more about each:

Email or call 217-333-7424 for inquiries.

Heartland Teacher Recruitment Fair
April, 8; 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Heartland Educational Consortium
(1096 US Highway 27 North; Lake Placid, Florida)
This year's Heartland Teacher Recruitment Fair will feature representatives from six districts in the Florida Heartland, a region of Florida located to the north and west of Lake Okeechobee. Learn more about the event and contact Gina Stafford at or 863-531-0444 (ext. 202) for inquiries.

Teaching, Coaching Positions Open at Saint Thomas More
The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign has several available teaching positions this semester and for the upcoming school year in Spanish, history, science, English, and math. The high school will also have open coaching positions. Contact Jason Schreder at for inquiries.

Happenings and Deadlines

In Focus Sessions for Students
March 29 - May 3
Counseling Center
(610 E. John St., Champaign)
In Focus is a six-week group that offers education and peer support for students who experience difficulties commonly associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The interactive In Focus meetings will help students develop valuable skills for succeeding in school and in their daily lives. Sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. For more information and to register, contact Tzu-An Hu at 217-333-3704 or   

OUR Accepting Applications for Research Support Grant
Application Deadline: March 1
The Office of Undergraduate Research is accepting applications for the Research Support Grant, which provides students from all disciplines with the funds necessary to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year and summer terms, both on and off campus. The objectives of the competition are to broaden and deepen the types of undergraduate research being conducted on campus, and to help students engage more with their fields of interest. Learn more and email for inquiries. 

College of Education Undergraduate Scholarships for 2017-2018
Application Deadline: March 31
The College of Education Undergraduate Honors & Awards Committee invites current undergraduate students to review the college scholarships available for the 2017-2018 academic year and to apply for the scholarships for which they meet the criteria. Learn more and view the available undergraduate student awards.

New Minor in Criminology, Law, and Society
The Department of Sociology is offering a new minor this fall in criminology, law, and society. The minor will be open to any undergraduate and will cover both theoretical and practical information, and students will learn about current sociological, legal, and justice issues. Those interested in learning more and registering can visit the Sociology Advising Office at Lincoln Hall, Room 3070, or email Info sessions about the minor will be held Feb. 23, March 1, and March 9 at Lincoln Hall, Room 3057. 


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