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September 28, 2017

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

Student Spotlight
Two Education freshmen named Chancellor’s Scholars 

Freshmen Named Chancellor's Scholars
Freshmen Grace Oberg and Michael Rotter, both of whom are studying in the Department of Special Education, were among 140 underclassmen who were honored as Chancellor's Scholars, which recognizes academic excellence and leadership potential. Learn more...


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 Join the Campaign Launch & Community Celebration on October 13

Join 'With I' Campaign Launch & Community Celebration at State Farm Center
Oct. 13; 7-8 p.m.
State Farm Center

Students: You're invited to celebrate the Illinois story this October. Free "With I" campaign T-shirts will be given to the first 1,000 students who enter the State Farm Center! Register

Sesquicentennial Talk to Focus on '60s, '70s Black Power on Campus
Oct. 26; 7-8:30 p.m.
Main Library (1408 W. Gregory, Urbana), Room 200

College of Education alumna Joy Williamson-Lott, M.A. '95 EPS, Ph.D. '98 EPS, will give a talk on the process of researching and writing her seminal book, Black Power on Campus: The University of Illinois, 1965-75. Her lecture is part of the Sesquicentennial Speaker Series on campus.

Career and Professional Development

Majors & Minors Fair
Oct. 4; 2-4 p.m.
Illini Union, Rooms A, B, and C
Held every fall and open to all Illinois undergraduates, the Majors & Minors Fair helps students discover majors and minors related to their interests so they can choose an ideal program of study. It's also an ideal event for those who are thinking about changing their major. Students will have the opportunity to meet with departmental advisers and faculty members from academic and special programs across campus. Learn more...

LAS Career Symposium—Learn from Alumni Trailblazers
Oct. 7; 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Illini Union (Illini Rooms)
The LAS Career Symposium will offer LAS students in the humanities, social sciences, and behavioral sciences opportunities to connect with distinguished alumni to learn more about navigating their careers after graduation. Students will pair with alumni mentors to practice informational interviews and elevator pitches. Afterward, participants will break into groups for sessions focused on a wide range of careers. The $10 registration fee includes a networking lunch. Learn more and contact Erin Dittmer at 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.

Get Coaching Experience While Pursuing Degree
The University of Illinois Laboratory High School in Urbana is looking for coaching help for its boys' and girls' basketball teams starting in October, as well as for its and track and field teams in January. Contact Athletic Director Tim Bicknell at for inquiries.

Discover the Illinois Leadership Inventory Tool
Students are encouraged to take the Illinois Leadership Inventory, a tool designed by the Illinois Leadership Center to help students better understand themselves and their leadership competencies. 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

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

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.


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