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April 13, 2017

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

Student Spotlight
Why You Should Take a Class in the College of Education … Even If You’re Not Majoring in It! 

From Roundball to Opportunities in LES
Junior Steven Waddell is a multitalented, big-hearted individual who is studying in the College's Learning and Education Studies major. He transferred to Illinois after spending his first two years in college as a team captain on the basketball team at Wilbur Wright College. Steven speaks a bit of German and Spanish and makes it a point to volunteer often. He has taught on the Navajo Reservation, helped build houses through Habitat for Humanity, and next year will travel to Puerto Rico to assist with the sustainability efforts in communities. Steven loves being involved with activities at Illinois as well. "Sometimes I wish I would have just come here right out of high school because I would have had more opportunities to explore campus," he said.


Teaching Abroad Info Session at College of Education 
April 13; 2 p.m.
Education Building, Room 372A
Those interested in teaching abroad can attend this info session to learn more about the experience and about future opportunities. Japan, Costa Rica, and other countries will be covered. Learn more...  

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 the 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...

Jean René Balekita and Bomoyi to Perform at Spurlock Museum 
April 23; 1-1:45 p.m.
Spurlock Museum (600 S. Gregory St., Urbana)
The music of Jean René Balekita and Bomoyi features Congolese rumba with flavors of gospel, jazz, and African rhythms. Jean René will play acoustic guitar and be joined by vocalists Laeticia Kyungu and Joyce Nkama with Victor Matondo on bass guitar. The group will perform for free and all are welcome. Learn more...

Learn About Studying Abroad in France and Spain at Global Café Talk
April 28; 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 France and Spain. Free food and drinks will be provided. 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

Discover Education Job Postings via The Career Center at Illinois.

Happenings and Deadlines
 Stop by the north lobby of the Education building to learn about studying abroad

Discover Study Abroad Opportunities in North Lobby of Education Building
As part of International Week on campus, students can visit the north lobby of the Education building today and Friday to sign up for study abroad info sessions, learn about next year's overseas programs, and view the inside of backpacks from around the world! #ILLINOISabroad 

Visit and Experience Rome Through Food Studies Courses
Application Deadline: April 15
Observe and experience Italy's sustainable food culture by spending the fall semester in Rome. Students will live and study in the heart of the historic city, just minutes from the Colosseum, Vatican, and Pantheon. Food production, sensorial labs, and interdisciplinary classes will all be a part of the education. Contact the Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange office at or 217-333-6322 for inquiries.

Take Wellness Survey to Inform Future Student Programs
The Student Wellness unit on campus is conducting a needs-assessment survey of student wellness. The findings will be used to inform future program offerings for the Student Wellness program at Campus Recreation. Take the survey and contact Alana Harris at for inquiries.


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