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September 1 - Inaugural Fall 2017 Issue

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

Student Spotlight

Freshmen Share Their Summer Fun


Krizia Anne Andalajao is looking forward to meeting new people on campus and loves traveling and learning about new cultures. This summer she worked as a camp counselor and at the YMCA. She also hiked, swam, and found time to kiss a dolphin.

Janiah Chaney 

Janiah Chaney is studying pre-early childhood education, pre-elementary education, and pre-special education. During the summer she had fun hanging out with her best friends. Now that she's part of the College, Janiah, who loves traveling, can't wait to meet new people worldwide.


Cameron Davis is studying elementary education and worked as a camp counselor during the summer to make sure she wanted to pursue the field. She also attended Lollapalooza.


Sophie Knebelkamp is studying elementary education and is excited to join a sorority and become a pre-service teacher later on. This summer she worked at a day camp and at a boutique.


Suhyun Lee is majoring in learning & education studies and visited South Korea during the summer. She's looking forward to new experiences in the College that she won't find anywhere else. In her spare time, Suhyun composes music, writes, and helps others.


Xinran Lin is studying early childhood education and can't wait to meet her peers who are in the same major. This summer she visited Europe with family members and went skiing—for the first time—with friends.


Matthew Mason is studying middle grades education and is into trying new things and meeting new people. This summer he visited California for the first time and attended numerous concerts and festivals.


Broderick Muck is studying in the Department of Special Education. During the summer he worked at a community center and local pool, traveled to Kentucky to visit his sister, and caught up with cousins from Texas.


Amanda Navarro is studying middle grades education and thinks of herself as a "cool nerd" who loves school but also has an active social life. She visited Puerto Rico twice with her family during the summer.


Michael Rotter is studying in the Department of Special Education and had fun hiking the sand dunes of South Haven, Mich., during the summer. This semester he's living with a high school friend and is looking forward to meeting new people.


Phi Chi Theta Hosting Career Exploration Event
Sept. 5
7:30 p.m.

David Kinley Hall, Room 114
Phi Chi Theta Professional Business Fraternity will host the Career Exploration Night event for students interested in jobs in consulting, finance, technology, project management, banking, and trading. Multiple panels of students who have relevant experience in these fields will be on hand to help attendees learn more about these careers. Contact for inquiries.

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research Workshops
Sept. 5, 7, 13, and 14
3-4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, these workshops will cover various forms of undergraduate research that take place on campus. Attendees will get a better understanding of undergraduate research and develop the confidence to contact faculty research mentors. Learn more...

Illinois Abroad Day - Sept. 6

Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange (All Majors)
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Main Quad, Behind the Union
Explore study abroad programs, talk to students who have experienced them, and learn what studying overseas has to offer.

Workshop on Funding the Study Abroad Experience
4:30-5:45 p.m.
Gregory Hall, Room 213
Learn about the Illinois for Illinois (141) and Illinois International Programs (IIP) scholarships, awards, and opportunities that help fund study abroad trips. The session will include a short workshop on how to budget for trips.

54 - Imagine, Create, Launch
Sept. 22-24
All Day

Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science (201 N. Goodwin Ave., Urbana)
This event is for students who are passionate about solving real-life problems and have an interest in entrepreneurship. The three-day gathering will allow students to come together and form teams in an effort to launch startups. No experience is required. Learn more...

In-Focus Sessions Offer Education, Peer Support for Students
Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, and Nov. 1
1-2:30 p.m.
Counseling Center
(610 E. John St., Champaign)
In Focus is a five-week group that offers education and peer support for students who experience difficulties commonly associated with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Group meetings will be interactive and assist students with developing valuable skills for succeeding in school and in life. Contact Tzu-An Hu at 217-333-3704 or for inquiries.

Flu Shots Available at Education Building
Oct. 5
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Education Building, North Lobby

Free flu shots will be available at no charge to all Illinois students who have paid their health service fee. Please bring your University of Illinois identification card. Learn more...

Organizing Change Student Leadership Retreat
Oct. 7-8
Lake Williamson Retreat Center

This free, interactive retreat is open to all undergraduate students. It will highlight practical concepts and skills surrounding social change, identify important issues to attendees, and consider how social change relates to students' academic careers and future careers. Transportation, lodging, and food will be provided. Learn more and register.

Career and Professional Development

Handshake @ Illinois Replaces I-Link
Handshake @ Illinois is students' new career-services platform to access postings for jobs and internships, on-campus interviews, workshops, career coaching appointments, and much more. Handshake is used at more than 400 schools nationwide and by 230,000 employers worldwide, exposing students to more employers and job postings than ever before.

Upcoming Handshake Sessions at The Career Center:

Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. - Meet Handshake
Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. - Using Handshake at Illini Career & Internship Fair

Read more about Handshake.

Student Opportunities for After-School Resources Seeking Help
Student Opportunities for After-School Resources (SOAR) is an outreach initiative of the College of Education that serves Latino bilingual students in grades two through five in a dual-language setting at International Prep Academy in Champaign. Education students are needed for one-on-one mentoring sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2-3:15 p.m. The tutoring activities will include reading, homework assistance, and time for socializing. Mentors will be paired with the same child during the entire semester and may choose to volunteer more than one day a week. Spanish-speaking skills are not required to participate. Learn more and contact Maria Lang at for inquiries.

Next Generation School Hiring After-School Educators
Next Generation School in Champaign is seeking students in the College of Education to work at its after-school program. This engaging opportunity for pre-service teachers will cultivate teaching skills in a fun, supportive environment. The after-school time from 3:30 to 5:30 daily will include time for homework, snacks, crafts, games, and recess. Hourly wages begin at $9.50 per hour. Apply by email to Chris Bronowski at

Unity Junior High School Seeking Teachers
Unity Junior High School in Tolono is hiring a sixth-grade English Language Arts Teacher. The school also has a K-12 opening. Contact Laura Fitzgerald at or 217-485-6735 for inquiries.

Urbana Park District Hiring After-School Leaders
The Urbana Park District has several job openings for SPLASH/SPLASH Jr. after-school leaders. Selected candidates will teach at and assist with the development of recreational and educational programs at various Urbana schools. Leaders must possess a genuine interest in working with children and within the community. They must also be enthusiastic, punctual, dependable, and compassionate. Learn more...

Happenings and Deadlines

Discover Campus Resources to Assist with Student Life
Welcome back to campus, students! Be sure to check out the varied information and advice available at the below links, which may help you as you delve back into classes and student life.

Technology Resource Guide for New and Returning Students
How Not to Get Lost at Illinois
Illinois Student Affairs App
Campus Safety Mobile Guide

Education Dean Teaching Coursera Class on Race, Diversity
The Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History class, taught by Dean James Anderson of the College of Education, is now available on Coursera. Learners taking the course will deepen their understanding and appreciation of ways in which race, ethnicity, and cultural diversity have shaped American institutions, ideology, law, and social relationships from the colonial era to the present. Learn more...

Fall Class to Examine Sociology of Education
The Sociology of Education class, taught by Dr. Bernice Barnett, is a combined undergraduate- and graduate-level course that will examine major sociological theories, research studies, questions, and issues in the sociology of education. Learn more...

Human Resource Development Class to Focus on Managing Teams
No matter where you envision yourself beginning your career, being able to manage teams of professionals is a much-appreciated and universally important skill in the workplace. The Project Management for Human Resource Development/Education course offers students the opportunity to acquire skills for developing and implementing training, development, research, and community-outreach projects in any organization. Learn more...

New Fall Course: History of Antisemitism
The History of Antisemitism course (JS 201 or REL 212) will examine the negative representations of Judaism and the Jewish people within the larger context of the major historical changes taking place in the ancient Mediterranean world, medieval European civilization, and the rise of the modern nation-state. Taught by Dr. Bruce Rosenstock, the class will also explore anti-Semitic themes in film and contemporary social media, concluding with ways to counter anti-Semitism through education. Learn more...

Engineering for Social Justice Scholars Program
The Engineering for Social Justice Scholars program encourages students to explore the relationship between engineering and social justice, develop a sense of ethical and civic responsibilities in the profession, and transform the culture of engineering to embrace diversity and engage participatory problem-solving to create a more socially and environmentally just society. Apply to be an ESJ Scholar and make a difference.

Drop-In Hours Available at Office of Undergraduate Research
Starting today, the Office of Undergraduate Research will hold drop-in hours from 1-4 p.m. Staff members will answer questions on topics such as workshops, student grants, and symposium presentations. Staff can also discuss how to get started with research opportunities on campus. Learn more and subscribe to the office's blog.


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