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March 16, 2017

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


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Student Spotlight
Morgan Standley 

Did Someone Say 'Free Food'?
Freshman Matthew Sondag is passionate about education for all the right reasons
. Majoring in early childhood education, he loves teaching young people and making connections with future educators. Matthew is also partial to Education at Illinois for another reason: "There is literally free food, like, everywhere in the College of Education," he said. After he gets his fill of food as a student, Matthew hopes to someday live in Champaign and teach at a local school while giving back to the LGBT community and working with LGBT youth. "My goal as an educator is to provide an accepting and caring environment for all students, a place where students can come to class, be ready to learn, and express themselves."


Learning Differently - The Beauties & Beasts 
March 28; 6:30-8 p.m.
Douglas Branch Library
(504 E. Grove, Champaign)
Sponsored by Linking Educators and Parents, this session will focus on helping parents, educators, and other adults learn how to best assist children who learn differently. This will include learners with dyslexia and those with other learning challenges. A panel of experts, including Topper Steinman, will offer strategies for success and methods of coping with varied learners. Contact Marilyn Kay at or 217-367-0398 to register or for inquiries.

Early Years of the 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 understood the aims and values of education in relation to gender and racial progress. Learn more...  

Join Global Café Events and Discover the World 
April 7, 14, 21, and 28
Education Building, Room 22
Sponsored by the Office of International Programs at the College of Education, Global Café events feature informal presentations by Education students who studied abroad in various countries, as well as talks by international students from those countries. The fun will take place on Fridays this spring. 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.

Watch Capstone Project Presentations by AppLeS Students 
May 2; Noon-1:30 p.m.
Education Building, Room 22

Join the fun as the Department of Educational Psychology celebrates its first graduating class of students in the Applied Learning Science (AppLeS) program in the Learning and Education Studies major. The students will present their capstone research projects and discuss future plans. Lunch will be served. Learn more...  

Career and Professional Development

Undergraduate Research Workshop
March 28; 4-6 p.m.

Undergraduate Library, Room 291
LAS Global Studies will host this workshop for undergraduates who are interested in starting their research projects, working with faculty mentors, and taking advantage of various library services, resources, and opportunities on campus. 

SPIN Event to Highlight 2017-2018 Internships
March 29; 3-5 p.m.
National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Lobby
During this event, the Spin Pushing INovation (SPIN) program in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications will promote its internships that are available in 2017-2018. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with SPIN mentors and discuss projects. This is a great opportunity for Education students who are studying in the Learning and Education Studies program. Contact Olena Kindratenko at for inquiries.

Great Lakes Academy Charter School Seeking Elementary Teacher
Great Lakes Academy Charter School in Chicago is seeking a growth-minded, positive elementary teacher to join its staff for the 2017-2018 school year. The selected candidate will be part of a group of game-changing teachers who want to enhance education. Learn more...    

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 positive. 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

Discover Education Job Postings via The Career Center at Illinois.

Happenings and Deadlines

Plan Now for Parkland Summer Courses
Students who want to earn course credit at Parkland during the summer are encouraged to apply early. Early registration will take place March 27 through April 2, and open registration for all students will begin on April 3. Contact Holly Herrera at or 217-333-4710 for inquiries.     

Share Your Story Via the Chancellor's Senior Survey
Survey Deadline: April 5
The Chancellor's Senior Survey is easy 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.


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