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Oct. 5, 2017

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

Student Spotlight
Rachel Gross 

Well Prepared for Classroom Culture
Twenty-year-old Rachel Gross from Barrington loves her Illinois experience so far. Majoring in elementary education, she has a new appreciation for science thanks to her Friday-morning class Teaching Elementary Science I. She's also impressed with the tight-knit group of College of Education students who have collaborated with her every year. Rachel has participated in study abroad trips to France and Australia, which gave her a global perspective on varied education systems and structures. "Both trips opened my eyes to new methods and productive ways of teaching and structuring classrooms, as well as how different but similar our curriculum is to other countries," she said.


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News to Use: Etiquette Dinner Teaches Students Proper Manners for Business World


Critical Language Scholarship Info Session
Oct. 5; 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Illini Union Bookstore, Room 514
Application Deadline: Nov. 15

The Critical Language Scholarship program is a fully funded language-immersion opportunity that takes place overseas for U.S. undergraduate students. The summer program provides opportunities for a diverse range of students at every level of language learning, with the goal of broadening the base of Americans who study and master critical languages. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in future careers. Learn more...


Info Sessions on 10th Annual Service-Learning Trip to Navajo Nation
Oct. 5; 7 p.m.
Oct. 11; 5 p.m.
Education Building, Room 323

10th Annual Service Learning Trip to the Navajo Nation

Hear from Professor Mark Dressman about the winter service-learning trip this year to the Navajo Nation. Food will be provided! Learn more and contact Mark at for inquiries.


Discover Geography, GIS Courses for Gen-Ed Requirements
Oct. 9; 4 p.m.
Natural History Building, Room 2047

Faculty members of the Department of Geography & Geographic Information Science will be giving presentations about their classes to help students with their course decisions. This event is ideal for students who are looking for general-education classes to take. All majors are welcome and snacks will be provided.


All Future Educators Welcome to Student Education Association Meeting
Oct. 11; 7-8 p.m.
Architecture Building, Room 302

The Student Education Association provides students with opportunities to learn about the issues teachers face while helping them become the best educators possible. Learn more...


Volunteers Needed to Help Build Homecoming Float
Oct. 18, 20, 23, and 24
The College of Education is looking for volunteers to pair with University Primary School students to help build the Homecoming float. View the times to assist during October and sign up. Contact Ali Lewis at for inquiries.


Perfectionism Workshop
Oct. 23 - Nov. 13
1-2:30 p.m.
Counseling Center (610 E. John St., Champaign)
This four-session skills-based workshop on Mondays is open to all students and designed to help participants increase their awareness and insight into perfectionism. Students will also learn strategies for coping with perfectionism. Email inquiries to or sign up through Jung eun Kim at

Career and Professional Development

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program
Deadline Application: Oct. 30
The Office of Undergraduate Research and the Graduate College offer first- and second-year students the opportunity to help advanced graduate students with their research projects. Through the one-on-one mentorship experience, undergraduates will learn what it means to do research, create knowledge, and produce scholarship. Learn more and send inquiries to Be sure to label the subject line "URAP."

Head Start Hiring Preschool Teachers
Champaign County Head Start is hiring full-time preschool teachers to join its dynamic team. The organization offers competitive benefits, a great work environment, and incredible opportunities to get involved with community youth. Candidates must have a current Illinois Early Childhood Professional Educator License. View all current jobs.

Happenings and Deadlines

Golden Apple Scholarship Applications Open for Freshmen, Sophomores
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2018

The Golden Apple Scholars Class of 2018 application is open for first- and second-year students. The program is open to Illinois residents with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and a qualifying composite score on the ACT or SAT. View the full eligibility requirements and apply.

Office Accepting Applications for Undergraduate Research Symposium
Application Deadline: Feb. 16, 2018

The Office of Undergraduate Research is accepting submissions for the 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium, which will take place April 19, 2018. The symposium is the signature event of Undergraduate Research Week and brings together students, faculty, and staff from all campus disciplines. Submit an application to be in the symposium or email for inquiries. Be sure to label the subject line "URS Application."  

Campus Tutoring Resources for Students Recognized
This week is Tutor Appreciation Week, an ideal time for students and community members to learn about the outstanding services provided by tutors at the University of Illinois and to extend appreciation. The professionals and volunteers who staff and assist tutoring programs on campus are vital to the success of Illinois as a world-class research institution that strives to make the world a better place. View the Office of the Chancellor Proclamation on Tutor Appreciation Week and take advantage of available tutoring sessions at these units:

Take Short Survey to Help Shape Campus Tech Services
Help shape the future of campus technology services by completing a short survey. Your responses will help formulate the agenda of a panel of students who will be discussing technology issues at the Fall IT Pro Forum on Nov. 1. 


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