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November 16, 2017

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

Student Spotlight
Ibrahim Abubakar 

An Achiever Abroad and on Campus
During his time at Illinois, Ibrahim Abubakar has studied abroad in France, Australia, and Hong Kong, experiences he said were invaluable. "To have the opportunity to go, meet with teachers and administrators, look at their curriculum, learn the stories of the students and teachers, and even be able to teach—for sure those were incredible opportunities!" he said. Closer to home, Ibrahim has made a difference on campus by joining the Senate of the Illinois Student Government and LAS Leaders. His selection as a member of the 2017 Homecoming court was a testament to the senior's commitment to philanthropy and engagement with his peers and Illinois alumni. In the classroom, Ibrahim has been highly impressed with Professor Arlette Willis of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. "The wealth of reading, activities, and her own amazing knowledge that she engages in with students cannot be beat," he said.           


News to Use: Pets Provide Comforting Campus Experience

 Screening of "Backpack Full of Cash" at College of Education

Join Backpack Full of Cash Screening at College of Education 
Dec. 7; 4 p.m.
Education Building, Room 2
Attend the screening of the film Backpack Full of Cash, narrated by actor Matt Damon, to discover the real cost of privatizing America's public schools. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with College of Education faculty members William Trent, Rochelle Gutiérrez, Chris Higgins, and Donald Owen, the superintendent of the Urbana school district. Lisa Monda-Amaya will moderate the talk.

Career and Professional Development

Next Generation Hiring Students for After-School Program
Next Generation School in Champaign is seeking students in the College of Education to work in its after-school program. The program offers preservice teachers an opportunity to cultivate their teaching skills in a supportive and fun environment. The sessions includes time for homework, snacks, crafts, games, and recess. Hourly wages begin at $9.50 per hour. Apply or send inquiries to Chris Bronowski at

Happenings and Deadlines

Submit Project Proposals for Future Learning Center
Application Deadline: Dec. 1
The College of Education O'Leary Learning Center is seeking up to 10 interdisciplinary projects from students who are interested in using the collaborative space starting in the spring of 2018. The projects will showcase the kinds of interdisciplinary and collaborative research that will take place within the center. Selected projects will receive $1,000 of funding support. Learn more...

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.

IFLIP Classes to Provide Language Learning During Winter Break
Jan. 2-12, 2018
The Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program on campus (IFLIP) will offer non-credit language courses during Winter Break that focus on conversational skills, travel preparation, and language survival skills. Languages will include Arabic, ESL conversation, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The levels of instruction vary and will be taught by advanced graduate students and faculty members. There will be no homework and no attendance policy. Learn more...  

2018-19 Avery Brundage Scholarships Available
Application Deadline: Feb. 6, 2018
Students who excel in both academics and athletics are encouraged to enter the 2018-19 Avery Brundage Scholarship competition. Undergraduate applicants must rank in the top 25 percent of their college. Students also must have demonstrated a special athletic ability in an amateur sport. Learn more and apply.  


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