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Oct. 19, 2017

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

Student Spotlight
Active secondary education minor Ciera Phillips named to 2017 Illinois Homecoming court 

Secondary Education Minor Named to 2017 Homecoming Court
When she came to Illinois her freshman year, Ciera Phillips couldn't imagine being granted even half the opportunities she's been given as well as earned through her own hard work. Now the senior, who is minoring in secondary education, is one of 20 other seniors who were named to the 2017 Illinois Homecoming court. Ciera has had nothing but good times as a student in the College of Education: "Studying in the College of Education feels like going to your grandmother's house with all of your favorite cousins, but with ongoing discussions about education philosophy and teaching theory. In short, I love it," she said. Read more...


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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. Learn more about her campus lectures being held today and on Oct. 20.

University of Illinois Homecoming Week 2017
Oct. 22-28
The 150-year anniversary of the University of Illinois makes this year's Homecoming all the more special. Check out all of the #ILLINOIShomecoming activities and join the fun!

Campus Sustainability Week 2017
Oct. 23-27
The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment will be sponsoring and promoting campus events that bring sustainability, energy, and environmental issues to the forefront during this year's Campus Sustainability Week. Learn more...

Anxiety: Supporting Yourself and Others
Oct. 24; 7 p.m.
Asian American Cultural Center at Swanlund Administration Building (601 E. John St., Champaign)
Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems affecting college students today. This event will offer information and support for those who struggle with the issue. Learn more...

Sessions on Boren Fellowships for Overseas Language Study
Oct. 26 (Info Session, Discussion)
Oct. 27 (Workshop on Crafting Application)
Illini Union Bookstore, Room 514 (Both Events)

Boren awards are an initiative of the National Security Education Program and provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students who want to study less commonly taught languages in world regions that are critical to U.S. interests. Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the area of federal national security. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. Learn more about the Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 events.

Career and Professional Development

Apply by Today for Undergraduate Research Support Grant
Application Deadline: Oct. 19 by 11:59 p.m.
The Research Support Grant provides students from all disciplines with the necessary funding to conduct research or work on creative projects during the academic year. The funding is for up to $2,000 and covers research travel costs, living expenses, and needed materials. The competition for funding is meant to broaden and deepen the type of research being conducted by undergraduate students on campus. Learn more...

2017 SPIN Open House
Oct. 25; 3-5 p.m.
National Center for Supercomputing Applications Atrium (1205 W. Clark St., Urbana)
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. Learn more and email for inquiries.

Happenings and Deadlines

School Supply Drive for Puerto Rico
Oct. 16-27
Three College of Education student organizations have come together to sponsor a school supply drive for children affected by the hurricanes in Puerto Rico. Donation boxes will be located near the north and south entrances of the Education building, as well as at the ACES Library and Mumford Hall. Items such as notebooks, folders, coloring materials, writing utensils, and children's books will be accepted. Contact Claire Stelter at for inquiries or to learn about volunteer opportunities. 

Join Fellow Students in Helping Troubled Regions
Following the recent natural disasters in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean, some Illinois students felt it was necessary to join together and provide assistance to these regions, paving the way for the #UIUCAyuda initiative. The aim of this cause is to unify various campus organizations to work together and hold fundraisers, supply drives, and call attention to the urgent situations. Learn more about this YouCaring Compassionate Crowdfunding effort.


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