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December 14, 2017

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

Student Spotlight
Ibrahim Abubakar 

Freshman a Fan of History
In 2016 freshman Ellen Reckamp, who hails from Oregon, Illinois, spoke about education at the annual convention held by the National Rural Education Association. Ellen was an ideal choice to give a presentation at the event, given how passionate she is about education. The middle grades major, whose focus is in social studies and literacy, enjoys reading a variety of plays, poems, and novels in her Intro to American Literature course (ENGL 116), which she said explores interesting subjects from American history. After graduating and teaching at a middle school for a while, Ellen wants to pursue a master's degree and become a principal.                     


News to Use: Keep in Mind What's Important During Christmas Season


Discover Research of James Scholars at Annual Poster Session 
Today; 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Education Building, South Lobby
Check out 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...

Be a Part of 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.

Career and Professional Development
 The Career Center at Illinois offers drop-in advising throughout the semester

Drop-In Advising Available at Career Center
The Career Center at Illinois offers students drop-in advising sessions throughout the semester. No appointment is necessary for the 15-minute consultations, and any topic related to careers is open to discussion. The Career Center is located at 715 S. Wright St. in Champaign.

Learn or Brush Up on Specific Language this January
Jan. 2-12, 2018
Students who will be in town in early January can sign up for language classes taught through the Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program. The not-for-credit courses are taught by Illinois instructors in the mornings and afternoons and are open to everyone. There is minimal homework, varied levels of instruction, and no attendance policy. Learn more and register.

Study Abroad in Diverse Nation of Indonesia
July 9-31, 2018
This three-week study abroad trip will introduce participants to the education, culture, and history of Indonesia. Students will learn about the country's education system, discover the impact of culture in classrooms, and meet with local teachers and university professors. On four different islands—Java, Flores, Bali, and Sumba—participants will visit a variety of schools and attend teacher workshops. For fun outside of the classroom, students will watch performances, go on different excursions, live with a host family, and immerse themselves in the country's rich culture. Learn more...

Childcare Center in Champaign Seeking Teachers
The First United Methodist Child Care Center in Champaign is looking for full- or part-time teachers for its infant classrooms. Applicants must be dedicated to helping young children actively explore the world around them, follow a play-based curriculum, and encourage kids to have fun while learning. Send résumés to or call 217-356-1247 for inquiries.

Next Generation in Champaign Hiring Spanish Teacher
The preschool classroom at Next Generation School in Champaign is in need of an individual who is fluent in Spanish to teach children ages 2 through 5. Job duties include teaching children basic language skills and cultural concepts through storytelling and active play. Applicants should be enthusiastic and imaginative in order to create lessons that engage and entertain children. Send résumés to

Happenings and Deadlines

Request Tune via Campus's Long-Running Dial-a-Carol
Dec. 14-20; 24 Hours a Day
Having been in existence for 57 years, Dial-a-Carol is the longest-running tradition to come out of University Housing. For one week, anyone from anywhere can call around the clock and request any holiday song, and volunteers will do their best to sing it over the phone. The best part? It's completely free! Learn more...

Submit Startup Idea in 2018 Cozad New Venture Competition
Application Deadline: Feb. 4, 2018
Next-generation entrepreneurs with startup ideas are encouraged to apply for and participate in the 2018 Cozad New Venture Competition. The contest is designed to inspire students to create new businesses, and team members are invited to create a venture centering on a topic of their choice. Cozad will help the winning projects ascend to the next level by providing funding and mentoring assistance. Learn more...

Apply for Avery Brundage Scholarship
Application Deadline: Feb. 6, 2018
The Avery Brundage Scholarship Fund goes toward scholarships, grants, and fellowships for Illinois students who are gifted academically and exceptional athletes. Last year, 17 students received $2,500 each from this fund. Learn more...

Participate in Undergraduate Research Symposium
Application Deadline: Feb. 16, 2018
The Office of Undergraduate Research is accepting submissions for the 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium, which will take place April 19. The symposium is the signature event of Undergraduate Research Week (April 15-21) and offers an opportunity to show students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines the undergraduate research that's taking place on campus and its potential to affect the world. Learn more about Undergraduate Research Week and submit your research project. Email for inquiries.

Take Time to De-Stress During Finals
The final exam period is a stressful time during the semester, so be sure to take time out in the coming days to unwind, have fun, and take care of yourself. Check out the many Reading Day and Finals Week events taking place on campus.


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