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March 9, 2017

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

Student Spotlight
Morgan Standley 

Inspired by Spanish Class
Stimulated by the instruction of her high school Spanish teacher at Champaign Central High School, 19-year-old Morgan Standley knew she was destined to enter the education field someday. Well, sort of. She actually arrived at Illinois as a biology major, with the goal of getting into pre-med. But Morgan switched her course of study to early childhood education, with a concentration in Spanish (thanks, Central High School teacher), and now she's on her way. "My dream would be to be able to teach in a dual-immersion school similar to International Prep Academy in Champaign," said Morgan, who is grateful for the many tight friendships she has made in the College


International Dinner & Performance Night 
March 12; 6-8 p.m.
University YMCA, Latzer Hall
(1001 S. Wright St., Champaign)
The University YMCA and International Student and Scholar Services will host the 34th annual International Dinner & Performance Night. The fun-filled evening will include food from all over the world and performances from community and campus members. Learn more and register.  

Early Years of African-American Experience at Illinois 
March 29; 7-8:30 p.m.
Main Library, Room 146
(1408 W. Gregory, Urbana)
Education at Illinois alumna Tamara L. Hoff, M.A. '08 EPOL, Ph.D. '15 EPOL, will be one of the featured speakers at this event, which will cover the early years of African-American students at Illinois. Hoff's presentation, "From Margin to Center: Black Women Students at the University of Illinois," will explore how the earliest black women at the University of Illinois understood the aims and values of education in relation to gender and racial progress. Learn more...  

Community & Campus Day of Service 
April 8
Join the fifth annual Community & Campus Day of Service to help package ready-to-boil meals that will be delivered to the Eastern Illinois Food Bank. The goal this year is to package 150,000 meals, a figure that represents 1,000 meals for every year since the University of Illinois was chartered in 1867. Last year was a huge success as more than 1,500 volunteers packaged 145,902 meals. Learn more and sign up today.

College of Education Convocation Ceremony 
May 13
12:30 p.m. (Doors Open)
1:30 p.m. (Ceremony Begins)
Huff Hall
(505 E. Armory Ave., Champaign)
Tickets are not required for the 2017 College of Education convocation ceremony, but registration is required to participate. Learn more and register.  

Career and Professional Development

Summer I-STAR Positions Open at Campus Office
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has summer positions available for Illinois Student Admissions Representatives (I-STARs). Students must be articulate, flexible, reliable, energetic, and have a positive attitude about Illinois. Those hired will begin on May 15, and compensation will be $8.25 per hour. The hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students can send résumés or make inquiries to Katie Pollard at

Herrin School District Hiring Educators for Several Positions
The Herrin Community Unit School District in Herrin, Illinois, is accepting applications for the following positions:

Elementary Teacher (Herrin Elementary School)
Language Arts Teacher (Herrin Junior High School)
Science Teacher (Herrin High School)
Title I Reading Specialist

Contact Brooke Banks at or 618-988-8024 for inquiries.

Discovery Day Camp Hiring Students for Summer
Discovery Day Camp in Indian Creek, Illinois, is looking for energetic and enthusiastic individuals who want to spend their summer working outdoors with campers ages 4 through 14. The camp will take place June 12 through Aug. 11, and interviews for all jobs will be held during spring break. Positions include group leaders, an aquatics staff, a maintenance staff, and specialists in dance, tennis, and wall climbing. Apply or contact Laura Harres at for inquiries.

North Star Camp for Boys Seeking Education Majors for Jobs
North Star Camp for Boys in northern Wisconsin is seeking qualified education majors for positions such as program instructors, cabin counselors, wilderness trip leaders, and kitchen and maintenance staff. A North Star Camp representative will be visiting the Illini Union on March 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the southeast vestibule of the building. Contact Dan Lichtenstein at for inquiries about the camp and campus visit.

Bushnell-Prairie District Seeking Math Teacher
The Bushnell-Prairie School District in Illinois is seeking a full-time math teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. Send a cover letter, résumé, transcript, and recommendations to Dawna Daily at Daily can also be reached for inquiries by phone at 309-772-2113.         

Happenings and Deadlines

Spaces Available in Social Issues Group Dialogues Courses
Classes Begin the Week of March 13
These classes in the Department of Educational Psychology provide students with opportunities to converse on specific diversity and social justice topics offered as separate sections under the course heading (EPSY 203). Each section uses a structured dialogue format to explore intergroup and intragroup differences and similarities within historical and contemporary contexts. Learn more and contact Joycelyn Landrum-Brown at for inquiries.

Share Your Story Via the Chancellor's Senior Survey
Survey Deadline: April 5
The Chancellor's Senior Survey is a snap to take and allows seniors to tell their story. Additionally, participants could win VIP graduation tickets, free rental for their cap and gown, an Illinois picture frame, or an Amazon gift card. Please check your Illinois email for the link to the survey.

Join a Campus Committee
Application Deadline: March 19
Students looking to make a difference on campus are encouraged to join a campus committee. Being involved on such committees offers students excellent opportunities to shape the Illinois experience, represent the student body, and share ideas. Learn more and contact Richard Gonigam at for inquiries.


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