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November 9, 2017

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

Student Spotlight
Ariel Shilitz 

Keeping Her Eyes Wide Open
She may be an upperclassman, but junior Ariel Shilitz still views her student life at Illinois as if she's a wide-eyed freshman. "Every day is a new experience," she said. "I can say that I have never had two similar days while being on campus." As a future teacher, Ariel hopes to someday implement an afterschool math program that focuses on math enrichment that will assist students' math skills outside of the classroom. Her favorite instructor in the College of Education is Adam Poetzel, who teaches the Teaching Children Mathematics course in both an innovative and humorous way, according to Ariel. "He has a great sense of humor that always keeps the class laughing," she said. The New Jersey native wants to eventually pursue a master's degree in educational leadership.    


News to Use: Résumé-Building Ideas from College of Education Blogger Rachel Hernandez


OMSA Holding Inaugural First-Generation College Celebration 
Now Through Nov. 10
The Office of Minority Student Affairs is participating in a spirt week celebration as part of the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration. View the weeklong events and learn more about the first-generation events happening nationwide.

Info Sessions on Udall Scholarships 
Nov. 9 (Info Session and Discussion)
Nov. 10 (Application Workshop)
3:30-4:30 p.m. (Both Events)
Illini Union Bookstore, Room 514 (Both Events)
The $7,000 Udall Scholarships are awarded to sophomores and juniors who are committed to a career related to the environment, as well as to Native American sophomores and juniors who are interested in tribal policy or health care. Successful applicants will have a 3.0 GPA or higher with demonstrated leadership abilities and a commitment to service. The application deadline is Feb. 7, 2018, at noon. Learn more and email for inquiries.

Discover Ancient Art of Japanese Water Marbling 
Nov. 10; 7 p.m.
CU Community Fab Lab (1301 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana)
Participants at this workshop will receive step-by-step instructions on the ancient art of Japanese water marbling. This will include making marbled creations with ink on paper, learning the basic chemistry necessary to marble acrylic on paper, and laser cutting and marbling a wooden picture frame to frame the finished artwork. The cost of the workshop is $25, and participants will get to take home a Suminagashi-inspired art creation. Learn more...

Afro Language and Cultural Exchange Launch Event 
Nov. 14; 4:30-6 p.m.
51 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign
The Afro Language and Cultural Exchange (ALCE) is a new initiative on campus created to assist students—especially black and African students—who are interested in African languages and cultures, study abroad programs, scholarship and fellowship resources, and other culturally enhancing opportunities. It also offers a place for students to network and transition smoothly into the community. ALCE members will be on hand at the launch event to answer questions, highlight opportunities and resources, and introduce staff and faculty. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. Learn more and contact Kendra Nalubega at for inquiries.

Career and Professional Development

Job-Search Resources for International Students
Nov. 10; 4-6 p.m.
The Career Center at Illinois, Room 213
This workshop for international students will cover job-search resources such as LinkedIn, Handshake @ Illinois, and Participants will learn about networking, informational interviews, and creating appealing LinkedIn profiles. Students who own laptops are encouraged to bring them to the workshop. Learn more...

Illinois Leadership® Center Accepting Applications
Application Deadline: Nov. 17 at 5 p.m.
The Illinois Leadership® Center is accepting applications to fill positions on its Branding, Advertising, Marketing & Outreach team and the Assessment & Research team for the Spring 2018 semester. Learn more...

Attain Leadership Qualities via I-Programs
I-Programs on campus are daylong workshops held multiple times during the academic year that focus on a particular aspect of leadership practice. Participants will learn about and develop skills in innovation, creativity, diversity of ideas, and problem solving. Learn more...

YMCA Hiring Larkin's Place Inclusion Program Director
The Stephens Family YMCA in Champaign is seeking a full-time director who will be responsible for administrating, organizing, promoting, and managing all programing functions for individuals with developmental disabilities. The selected candidate will have a degree in special education and two or more years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Email résumé or inquiries to

Happenings and Deadlines

Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassador Program
Application Deadline: Dec. 3
The Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking motivated and experienced undergraduate researchers to participate in the new Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassadors program. Selected ambassadors will promote undergraduate research on the Illinois campus and help the office develop and maintain student-focused programs that represent the diverse array of disciplines on campus. Learn more and email for inquiries.


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