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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 Life-Changing Thought
Getting into the education field was a bit of an epiphany moment for secondary education senior Kori McCullough, who is majoring in English. "We were watching a documentary in a DGS 101 class," Kori recalled, "and this guy said something along the lines of 'your career has to be something that you will absolutely love to do every day for the rest of your life.'" And what was the first choice that popped into Kori's head? "To be an educator," she said. "And the thought never escaped my mind since that moment."  


Campus Habitat for Humanity Hosting Fundraising Events 
The campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity will offer two exciting fundraising events Feb. 26 and during spring break:

Feb. 26 - Broomball Tournament at the UI Ice Arena: This competition will offer a chance to take a well-deserved break from studying for midterms. Proceeds will go toward building homes in Champaign County Sign up by Feb. 25. Learn more...

March 19-25 - Spring Break Collegiate Challenge: Explore, meet new people, and volunteer for a great cause during your time away from school in March. Students can choose from three different spring break trips, and the $300 cost includes transportation, registration, lodging, and meals. Sign up by Feb. 24. Learn more...

MAFE Student Group Hosting Get-Together at Joe's 
March 2; 7 p.m.
Joe's (706 S. Fifth St., Champaign)
The Minority Association of Future Educators will host a "Joe's Social" night out for students who want to enjoy great food, meet new people, and have a relaxing time. Burgers will be half off! Contact for inquiries.

Career and Professional Development

Mahomet Area Youth Club Looking for Counselors
The Mahomet Area Youth Club is seeking counselors to oversee a group of 15 to 20 children on a daily basis during spring break and the summer. The leaders will help manage children's safety and behavior, and they will act as role models and mentors. All counselors must participate in a training session prior to starting. Contact Chad Hoffman at for inquiries.

Seattle-Area School District Seeking Teachers
The Lake Washington School District is interviewing and hiring elementary teachers, ELL teachers, and special education teachers for the 2017-18 school year, as well as secondary teachers and administrators in the coming months. The district will be participating in the March 2 TopSchoolJobs Online Career Expo for those wanting to learn more. View all the open positions.

Champaign County Forest Preserve District Seeking Job Applicants
The Champaign County Forest Preserve District has open seasonal positions, which include day camp educators and a campground naturalist. Learn more...

Happenings and Deadlines

Study Abroad in Spain During Spring Break
Application Deadline Extended to March 1!
The College of Education is offering an eight-week course that will provide students with an overview of education in Spain and a comparative experience between European and American education systems. The time in Spain includes a trip to Barcelona! Learn more...

Social Issues Group Dialogues Course Open
The Social Issues Group Dialogues class (EPSY 203) at the College of Education is open for enrollment. This course provides students with opportunities to converse on specific diversity and social justice topic areas offered as separate sections under the course heading. Each section uses a structured dialogue format to explore intergroup and intragroup differences and similarities within historical and contemporary contexts. Learn more...

Submit Your Entry for Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards
Deadline: Feb. 27
The Department of English sponsors and administers two annual undergraduate literary competitions in short fiction and poetry. Past prizes have ranged from $100 to $1,000.
Learn more...

Office of Undergraduate Research Offering Research 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 both on and off campus, including during summer terms. Awards will be up to $2,000 and are meant to cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks, and materials or other ancillary costs.
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LAS Accepting Applications for Global Markets and Society Minor
Application Deadline: March 1
Students can currently apply to minor in Global Markets and Society in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. This is a fantastic option for students in the College of Education's Learning & Education Studies program. Information sessions will take place in March and April. 
Learn more...


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