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Nov. 2, 2017

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

Student Spotlight
Junior Jennifer Marnul stays busy on campus 

Junior from Chicago Active on Campus
Junior Jennifer Marnul from Chicago has stayed busy during her time on campus. Along with her involvement in a few student organizations, including the professional teaching organization Epsilon Delta, she has interned at the English Department (where she majors) and at the College of Education (where she is a secondary education minor). Her favorite professor in the College is Dr. David Zola, whose creative, hands-on lessons have made a lasting impression. "There are a lot of skills I learned from his class that I will use in my own classroom someday," she said. As for the future, Jennifer hopes to teach in the Chicago area and eventually pursue a doctorate and become a principal or dean of a high school.

Check out the pieces Jennifer has written for The Tab, which have garnered nearly 222,000 views and more than 25,000 Facebook shares.


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News to Use: Discover Top Places on Campus to Study


What if the Moon Didn't Exist? A Talk by Neil F. Comins
Nov. 2; 5-6 p.m.
National Center for Supercomputing Applications Auditorium (1205 W. Clark St., Urbana)

The moon is one of the many things we take for granted in the natural world. It lights up the night, rises and sets, goes through a cycle of phases, contributes to the tides, and is involved in both solar and lunar eclipses. In this talk, astronomer and author Neil F. Comins will explore what Earth would be like if the moon had never existed. Learn more...

Gender Inclusive Bathroom Hunt
Nov. 3; 1 p.m.
Activities and Recreation Center, Multi-Purpose Room #6 (MP6)

Meet at the above location to join the hunt to find single-use restrooms on campus so that everyone has a safe place to go. The results of the scavenger hunt will be used to create a map for all individuals who do not feel safe using multi-stall restrooms. Participants will be treated to cookies from Insomnia and will be able to participate in a raffle for gift cards from local businesses. Non-U of I-affiliated individuals are also welcome to join the fun. Register or contact Jackie Hines at for inquiries.

Inside NCSA: Reception + Interactive Demonstrations
Nov. 3; 5:30-7 p.m.
National Center for Supercomputing Applications (1205 W. Clark St., Urbana), Rooms 1005, 2103, and 2107

As part of the events happening in its Speculative Futures series, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications will open its doors to share the rich audio-visual transdisciplinary research it supports. Join the fun and learn more about the interactive demonstrations that will take place.

Lecture at Spurlock on Transformative Early Childhood Education
Nov. 9; 7:30 p.m.
Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium

This talk by Dr. Kathleen Gallagher of the University of Nebraska at Kearney will highlight the importance of providing access to high-quality early care and education programs, and why children, families, and communities all benefit from such initiatives. Learn more...

Cook with Campus Chefs During Fall Break
Nov. 20; 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Ikenberry Commons

This event is for students who will be on campus during Fall Break and want to learn how to cook a dish with chefs at University Housing Dining Services. The campus chefs will also be interested in learning how to cook a traditional dish from other countries, regions, and cultures. The event is free and open to all students, but space is very limited. Register by Nov. 11. 

Career and Professional Development

Apply for Orientation Leader Opportunity
Extended Application Deadline: Nov. 6
Students looking for a paid leadership opportunity can apply to be an Orientation Leader. The position offers a great chance to gain leadership skills, make an impact on campus, and earn extra money. Other perks include free housing, course credit, meals, and the opportunity to meet many new people. Learn more, apply, or contact Rachel Chlebanowski at for inquiries.

LAS in C-U Internship Fair
Nov. 6; 3:30-6 p.m.
Illini Union, Rooms B and C
This internship fair will offer students an opportunity to meet local employers and learn how to expand their skills beyond the classroom. The employers are seeing undergraduate interns for the school year and summer. The event is open to all students. Learn more...

Acing Your Interview
Nov. 8; 4-5 p.m.

The Career Center at Illinois, Conference Room 143
Job interviews allow candidates just a short time to convey that they're a great fit for a position or organization. Attend this event to learn about the most common types of interviews, how to prepare for interviews, and other great interviewing tips. Learn more...

African Studies Association Teachers Workshop
Nov. 18; 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Hotel, Chicago Ballroom G
These workshops are designed to assist K-12 educators with teaching about Africa. Participants will be able to earn professional-development credit, receive teaching resources, gain access to the conference exhibit hall, and enjoy a continental breakfast. Learn more and register.

Student Organization Seeking Volunteer Tutors
The Minority Association of Future Educators (MAFE) is seeking volunteer tutors to assist students on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center. Email for inquiries.

Happenings and Deadlines
 Study abroad in Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore this Winter Break

Experience the World by Studying Abroad this Winter Break
Dec. 30 - Jan. 12
Study abroad this Winter Break in Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore! During the two-week trip, students will visit top-ranked schools and universities, meet with preservice teachers, and study the culture of high-performing schools. Additionally, participants will stay in a four-star hotel in the heart of Hong Kong for part of the trip. College of Education students may qualify for a $500 scholarship toward the $2,500 cost. Learn more or contact Wei Liu at for inquiries.   

Fred S. Bailey Internship Scholarship for Cause-Driven Leaders
Application Deadline: Nov. 13
Students who attain an unpaid internship with a public-service agency or nonprofit organization are eligible to apply for this scholarship, which has a funding range of $1,000 to $2,500. Learn more...  

Dr. Kazys Grinius Endowment Scholarships Available
Application Deadline: Nov. 20
Preference for this scholarship will be given to students of Lithuanian descent and those who have demonstrated an interest in Lithuanian history, culture, and language. Two scholarships worth $1,100 will be awarded, and recipients must be U.S. citizens. Email to receive an application.

Sign Up to Assist Those with Food Insecurity
The Jubilee Café in Champaign is a volunteer-based location that provides fresh, home-cooked meals every Monday from 5-6:30 p.m. The café is open to all college students and local residents who are experiencing food insecurity. Pick a date in November to volunteer. Jobs include food preparation, cooking, greeting, serving, and cleaning.


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