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April 6, 2017

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

Alumni Spotlight
Catherine Hixson 

Alumna Lands Competitive Disney Internship
By her own estimation, 23-year-old Catherine Hixson, Ed.M. '16 EPOL, has visited Walt Disney World in Orlando once a year from the time she was 5. Now the online graduate is in Orlando in a much more official role, interning for the Disney Company's global human resources operations sector. Hixson earned the internship thanks to what she learned while pursuing her master's degree in the College's human resource development online program. Learn more...


Sign Up for Upcoming 'Make-a-Thon' 
April 8-9
CU Make is a 30-hour "make-a-thon" in which participants work together to build physical prototypes and mockups centered around a given theme. This year's theme is universal design, which refers to broad-spectrum ideas meant to produce products and environments that are easily usable by anyone regardless of age and ability. Learn more...  

Discover College of LAS Minors 
April 12; 2-4 p.m.
Student Dining & Residential Programs Building (301 E. Gregory Drive), Room 2009
The College of LAS will hold this expo for students interested in pursuing an LAS minor. The event will begin with PechaKucha-style presentations given by faculty and staff members, and there will be opportunities to interact with academic department representatives, student leadership groups, and LAS-specific resources.

Learn About Studying Abroad in Italy at Global Café 
April 14; 1-2 p.m.
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. This session will cover Italy and free food and drinks will be provided. Learn more...  

Undocu/DACA-Mented Student Ally Training 
April 20; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Main Library, Room 106
This training session will focus on how to best advocate with and for undocumented students on campus. Topics will include immigration legislation and policies, ways to support undocumented peers, and narratives of undocumented students. Register or contact Jorge Mena Robles at for inquiries.

College's Teach-In to Support C-U Immigrant Students and Families 
April 21; Noon-1:30 p.m.
Education Building, Room 22
This presentation was organized in response to the global discourse and policies that have negatively affected immigrant families in Champaign-Urbana. The College of Education is hosting this event to support immigrant families and students who are involved with or attend classes in local school districts, the College, or at the University. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development

Future Minority Educators Networking Event at El Toro
April 20; 4-6 p.m.
El Toro (723 S. Neil St., Champaign)
This meet and greet networking event will offer future minority educators a chance to network with Champaign Unit 4 School District administrators, staff members, and board of education members. Attendees will also be able to participate in an informal question-and-answer session and learn about career opportunities in the district. Free food and door prizes will be a part of the fun. RSVP by April 13 to Robin Ferguson at

Head Start Hiring Teachers, Teacher Aides
The Champaign County Head Start is looking for qualified teachers, teacher aides, and substitute teachers for Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms. Head Start offers competitive benefits, health insurance, dental insurance, retirement plans, tuition reimbursement, and high-quality programming. View all the available jobs.    

Urbana Center Seeking Activity Leaders
The Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center has openings for activity specialists who will supervise, instruct, and assist students within a positive learning environment that allows for intellectual, personal, and physical development. Preference will be given to candidates who have child care experience and those who are available in the summer. Contact Ke'Ana Lampkins at or 217-954-1749 for inquiries.    

Discover Education Job Postings via The Career Center at Illinois.

Happenings and Deadlines

Deadline Extended for College of Education Undergraduate Scholarships
Application Deadline: April 7
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 awards.

Discover Study Abroad Opportunities
Students can visit the north lobby of the Education building during the April 9-15 International Week on campus to sign up for study abroad info sessions and to learn about next year's overseas programs. Contact Allison Witt at for inquiries.

ICTM Seeking Volunteers for Math Finals Event
The 2017 Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) State Math Finals will be held May 6 on the Illinois campus, and volunteers are needed to help the event run smoothly. Many of the duties such as proctoring, filing exams, and setting up awards will be done with the assistance of coaches and long-time ICTM volunteers. Learn more about the event and sign up to help.


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