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September 21, 2017

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

Student Spotlight
Inaugural Learning & Education Studies graduates enter a competitive workforce prepared to succeed 

Aiming High in Education
Freshman Devon Jackson knew she wanted to enter the education field from the tender age of 6. She's followed her heart and imagination ever since and has this advice for her student peers: "You are the key to the future. Know this: People who mind don't matter, and people who matter don't mind." Devon will continue her journey toward mattering in the education field when she studies abroad in the spring of 2019. Along the way, she plans to travel the world, give back, and become a mentor.


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Education Justice Project Info Night
Sept. 25
Illini Union, Room 406

Application Deadline: Oct. 2
The Education Justice Project offers educational programs to individuals incarcerated at the Danville Correctional Center, a men's medium-security state prison. Discover more about EJP's work and mission at this Info Night event and get involved. Contact Rebecca Ginsburg at 217-300-5150 or for inquiries.

Info Sessions on Criminology, Law, and Society Minor
Sept. 26; 10:30-11 a.m.
Lincoln Hall, Room 3057

Students can learn about the criminology, law, and society minor and get their minor forms signed by a sociology adviser at this informational session. Email for inquiries. 

Graduate & Professional School Fair
Oct. 18; Noon-4 p.m.
Illini Union, Rooms A, B, & C

This event is for students who are interested in attending graduate school or a professional school. In addition, The Career Center at Illinois will host a variety of workshops throughout October ranging from how to find research opportunities to crafting your personal statement. View all upcoming events.

Career and Professional Development

Weeklong Camp to Build Leadership Skills for Undergraduates
Jan. 7-12, 2018
Allerton Park in Monticello
Application Deadline: Oct. 13
The Institute™ by LeaderShape® is a nationally recognized leadership development program for undergraduate students. Participants learn how to lead with integrity through a variety of fun and educational experiences. The College of Education will provide scholarships for two students that cover the cost of attending. Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to apply. Learn more and email to inquire about informational sessions happening in October.

Discover Tutoring Opportunities at Urbana Schools
Sept. 28; 5:30 p.m.
Mumford Hall (1301 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana)

This orientation will cover a wide range of career-enhancing tutoring opportunities at Urbana Middle School and Urbana high School. Tutors will get hands-on experiences that include everything from assisting a single student or a small group of students in their classwork to helping with life-skills programs. Tutoring sessions will be available during the school day and after school, and volunteers will be able to find opportunities that match their interests and schedule. Contact Lori Ellinger at for inquiries or to set up an individual orientation.

Sylvan Learning Center Hiring Education Students to Teach
Sylvan Learning Center of Champaign is hiring teachers from the College of Education who are in their third or fourth year of pursuing their degrees. This is a fantastic opportunity to get more practice as a teacher and is a great résumé builder. Call 217-355-0008 or email for inquiries.

School in Normal Seeking Special Education Teacher
Hammitt Elementary School in Normal has a position open for a full-time Learning Behavior Specialist 1-licensed teacher. Learn more...

Happenings and Deadlines

Center for African Studies Offering Workshop Scholarships
Application Deadline: Oct. 15

The Center for African Studies is offering scholarships to qualifying in-service teachers for the 2017 African Studies Association Teacher's Workshop in November. Learn more and apply by submitting a statement of interest to Professor Teresa Barnes at

Discover University Scholarships for Studying Abroad
Students studying abroad may be eligible to apply for a variety of scholarship opportunities from the University of Illinois and other sources. Visit the Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange page to learn about the Illinois for Illinois Scholarship, the Illinois International Programs Scholarships and more.  

Economics Tutoring Center Now Open
Monday through Thursday; 1-5 p.m.
David Kinley Hall, Room 15
The Economics Tutoring Center is a free service offered by the Department of Economics for all students during the fall and spring semesters. Tutors are advanced-level undergraduates studying economics who meet high academic tutoring standards. Learn more...    

Assist Those Who Experience Food Insecurity
Volunteers are needed to help with cooking, greeting, hosting, serving, dishwashing, and other roles during the Jubilee Café, a new weekly meal for students and community members who are experiencing food insecurity. The dinners will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. in the lower level of Community United Church (805 S. Sixth St., Champaign). Sign up to assist on any of these dates: Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30


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