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December 7, 2017

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

Student Spotlight
Ibrahim Abubakar 

Preparing for a Career in Human Resources
Senior Kennedy Stevens is studying in the Workplace Training & Development program, with hopes of interning as a human resource coordinator in the future. She said students in the College of Education who are looking to pursue the same educational path can prepare for the curriculum by taking prerequisite classes that focus on people of all ages. Kennedy admits to occasionally being late to class but likes having all her courses in one building, taught by professors she knows. "It's good to have that familiarity," she said.                   


News to Use: Green Street Set to Open for Traffic by Mid-December


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.

Info Session on Summer Fulbright Program for Freshmen, Sophomores 
Dec. 8; 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Illini Union Bookstore, Room 514
The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are four-week all-expense-paid programs for freshmen and sophomores who have not traveled outside of the U.S. Participants explore the culture, heritage, and history of the United Kingdom while experiencing university life. Learn how to apply at this info session and meet an Illinois student who recently received a Fulbright award. Contact Jeff Yockey at for inquiries.

Growing Up Trans Screening at College of Education 
Dec. 12; 6-8 p.m.
Education Building, Room 22
The group Rainbow Bookbag will host a screening of the PBS documentary Growing Up Trans, with time after the showing for a discussion. All preservice school professionals are encouraged to attend, and pizza and drinks will be available. Learn more...

Engaging Ed Tech Demo Day at College of Education 
Dec. 13; 2:30-4 p.m.
Education Building, Room 176 (IDEALL Space)
Stop by to see the demo sessions by students in the EPSY/INFO 590 class at this open-house event. Check out the prototypes, talk to the inventors, and learn more about the interdisciplinary course Engaging and Interactive Educational Technologies, taught by Dr. H. Chad Lane. Learn more...

Discover Research of James Scholars at Annual Poster Session 
Dec. 14; 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Education Building, South Lobby
Discover the research projects that James Scholar students in the College of Education have been working on in their Freshman Honors Seminar class (EDUC 102). Refreshments will be served! Learn more...

Career and Professional Development
 Practice interviewing for jobs through The Career Center at Illinois

Practice Interviewing for Job Prior to Real Thing
The Career Center at Illinois offers students the opportunity to participate in mock interviews. The experience allows participants to practice interviewing and receive feedback in preparation for actual interviews. Learn more...

Win Trip to Report on Global Poverty, Social Justice Issues
Students are invited to apply for a reporting trip with The New York Times op-ed writer Nicholas Kristof. The winner will travel abroad to cover global poverty and social justice topics, with the goal of generating interest in neglected issues that occur worldwide. Learn more...

Happenings and Deadlines

Apply for Scholarships During Winter Break
Winter Break is an ideal time for undergraduate students to apply for scholarships. Available awards include the Beinecke Brothers Memorial, the Boren Undergraduate Scholarships, and the Udall Scholarships. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Jeff Yockey at before leaving campus to make sure they have everything needed to apply. They can also email or call 217-333-4710 for inquiries.

Serve as Campus Leader by Becoming Social Justice Peer Educator
Application Deadline: Dec. 21
Applications are being accepted for students who are interested in becoming a workshop facilitator for the Social Justice Educator Paraprofessional Program. This program provides students with the opportunity to broaden their understanding of diversity and social justice issues, create and maintain a welcoming and safe campus environment, and develop interpersonal communication skills. Through training, participants will learn how to facilitate and develop interactive and educational workshops. Apply or contact Teryl Brewster at for inquiries.  

Participate in Martin Luther King Service Day 2018
Jan. 15, 2018; 1-4 p.m.
Illini Union, Rooms A, B, and C

Students will have various ways on Martin Luther King Service Day to make a positive difference in the community. Volunteer activities include making the day special for homeless children, assembling winter survival kits for campus neighbors who are exposed to the elements, and supporting the Epilepsy Center at Carle Hospital. Learn more about MLK Service Day and register to assist as an individual, with a group, or at an event.

Fred S. Bailey Scholarship for Cause-Driven Leaders
Application Deadline: Feb. 16, 2018
The Bailey Undergraduate awards for $3,000 ($1,500 per semester) are given to students who have demonstrated a positive impact and commitment through service, community involvement, leadership, and action. Learn more about the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 scholarships and contact Kasey Umland at or 217-337-1514 for inquiries.

Register for Racial Justice Allies and Advocates Training
Registration is open for the Racial Justice Allies and Advocates training sessions for the 2017-2018 academic year. The three-hour training sessions (introductory and advanced) are designed to help students, faculty, and staff enhance their understanding of and response to race and racism on campus. Sign up or email for inquiries.

Donate to Clothing Drive to Assist Local Schoolchildren
Drop off new or gently used coats, mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, and earmuffs to assist children in Champaign-Urbana this winter. There is a special need this year for large and extra-large coats for middle school boys. All collected items will go to the Champaign Unit 4 School District and Urbana School District 116. Donation boxes will be available in the lobby of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, near Intermezzo cafe, through Dec. 14.


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