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Oct. 12, 2017

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

Student Spotlight
 James Scholar Honors Program at the College of Education

Freshman Values James Scholar Honors Program at College of Education
College of Education freshman blogger Rachel Hernandez is a member of the James Scholar Honors Program, which prides itself as an organization in which academically accomplished undergraduates can engage in research, service learning, leadership, and professional development. In a September post, Rachel wrote about why students would want to be a James Scholar, what the requirements are, what the perks are, and her overall experience as a member. Learn more...  


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Info Session, Workshop on Truman Scholarship for Juniors
Oct. 12 (Info Session and Discussion)
Oct. 13 (Workshop on Applying)
3:30-4:30 p.m. (Both Events)

Illini Union Bookstore, Room 514
The National and International Scholarship Program is offering two events to assist juniors with learning about and applying for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The award, exclusive to juniors, provides $30,000 toward graduate study in public-service fields. Students who wish to apply are encouraged to attend both events. Learn more...

Celebrating the Heart of Illinois
Oct. 13; 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Main Quad

Celebrate the beloved and historic Quad at Illinois! This Friday festival will include activities and interactive booths as well as musical and theatrical performances. Students will be able to enjoy a free assortment of traditional fair foods and check out a 3-D printer, an entomology exhibit, and much more. Explore and learn about the various offerings and be inspired to celebrate the next 150 years of excellence at Illinois. View all of the Oct. 13 happenings.  

Graduate & Professional School Fair
Oct. 18; Noon-4 p.m.
Illini Union, Rooms A, B, and C and Room 104

This event is for students who are interested in attending graduate school or a professional school. View the fair participants and prepare for it by attending the Making the Most of the Graduate & Professional School Fair event today at 3 p.m.

Illini Career & Internship Fair
Oct. 19; Noon-4 p.m.
Illini Union, Rooms A, B, & C

This event held by The Career Center at Illinois will feature top employers from varied industries. Students studying in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are encouraged to attend. In addition, the following events prior to the fair will provide great preparation:

Expert on Pre-Language Communication to Give Goldstick Lecture
Nancy C. Brady, an expert on pre-language communication and language development in young children, will give the annual Goldstick Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders. Brady will describe her research and clinical activities, which led to the development of a tool that measures non-speech communication in individuals who don't or can't speak. Students are welcome to attend the Oct. 19 or Oct. 20 lecture by Brady.

Career and Professional Development

Kankakee School District Hiring Teachers
Kankakee School District 111 has teaching openings at Mark Twain Elementary School, Stueben Elementary School, Kankakee Junior High School, and Kankakee High School. Additionally, the district is seeking a special education teacher at the Avis Huff Student Support Service Center. View links to the job descriptions and contact Dr. Kathleen O'Conner at 815-802-7712 for inquiries.

Student Patrol on Campus Hiring
The University of Illinois Police Department is seeking students who want to make a difference on campus and get great career training by becoming a member of Student Patrol. View the "Work with Us" page and scroll to the bottom to see the full job description.

2017 SPIN Open House
Oct. 25; 3-5 p.m.
National Center for Supercomputing Applications Atrium
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications is offering a limited number of Students Pushing INnovation (SPIN) internships during the Summer 2018 session (June 4 through July 27). The center is seeking highly motivated, creative students to work on hands-on research projects with guidance from NCSA staff and faculty affiliates. SPIN projects are open to students in any major and any year of study. International students can apply. Email for inquiries. 

Happenings and Deadlines

Join the Service-Learning Trip to Navajo Nation this Winter
Join Professor Mark Dressman on a two-week program that will explore Navajo culture, history, and education. Students will spend a week at schools in the Kayenta Unified School District and visit Dolores, Colorado, as well as take field trips to Monument Valley, the Canyonlands, Old Fort Ben, and many other attractions. The cost is only $200 with the assistance of a College of Education study abroad scholarship. Apply for the trip or attend an Oct. 11 informational meeting at 5 p.m. in Room 323 of the Education building.

Spend Winter Break Abroad Exploring Classrooms and Having Fun
Application Deadline: Oct. 15
Be sure to explore the possibilities of spending Winter Break abroad in Costa Rica, Hong Kong, or Singapore. Participants will discover various classrooms and get to see rain forests, beaches, and top-ranked schools in world-class cities. Students will also earn three to four undergraduate or graduate credits and can receive financial aid. Learn more and contact Allison Witt at for inquiries. 

Black Minds Matter Course to Be Live Streamed at College
Oct. 23 - Dec. 11; 6:30-8 p.m.
Education Building, Room 2

Black Minds Matter class
The College of Education will be a live-streaming site for portions of the upcoming Black Minds Matter course, taught by Dr. J. Luke Wood of San Diego State University. The eight-week class is designed to raise the national consciousness about issues facing black boys and men in education. Learn more...  

Admissions Office Seeking Tour Guides
The Admissions office is seeking reliable, energetic, articulate, and enthusiastic students who are interested in being campus tour guides. The office prioritizes working with students who represent the entire campus community in the realms of social identity, academic programs, and campus and community involvement. Apply or contact Kaci Abolt at for inquiries.

Apply Soon for Illinois Club Scholarship
Application Deadline: Oct. 15 at 5 p.m.
The Illinois Club offers more than $25,000 in scholarships for undergraduate students with a 2.75 GPA or higher and at least 60 credit hours. Students who submit an application will be considered for all awards for which they are eligible. Learn more...  

Call for Proposals for Re:Search Journal
Submission Deadline: Nov. 10
Re:Search, an undergraduate journal of literary criticism at Illinois, is seeking submissions for its Spring 2018 issue. Students from all majors are encouraged to submit a proposal. The submission must engage in critical analysis of a form of text or media such as novels, movies, TV shows, video games, or graphic novels. Learn more and email inquiries to

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."


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