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March 25, 2021

This week's Student Spotlight is...

Erin enjoys a day on the water

Erin Molay


Erin Molay is determined to give her future students the most authentic and enriching experience a classroom can offer. That's why after she has completed her studies as an Elementary Education major and Psychology minor, Erin plans to travel the world and explore the cultures and communities abroad. When asked about her time with the College of Education, Erin said, "I love the close-knit community atmosphere!"

This semester we want to celebrate YOU in our Student Spotlight Blog! First-year students and sophomores, juniors, and seniors please complete this quick survey if you've not yet been featured. See you on the blog!


Virtual Opportunities


Commencement 2021
May 10 - May 17
2021 and 2020 graduates are invited to participate in the in-person individual, private Stage Crossing experience! Interested parties should refer to the official checklist, and note upcoming due dates such as the academic attire order deadline on April 1. Keep an eye on your university email for more information on registration, with responses due by April 15, a
nd check the Commencement website for additional information.

Lavender Congratulatory
April 28
Are you an LGBTQ+ student who graduated last year or are graduating this year? Register to be recognized at the annual Lavender Congratulatory ceremony! Learn more and register for the virtual celebration here.

16th Annual Goldstick Family Lecture
Thursday April 22, 4 p.m. CST
Join us for the 16th Annual Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders, with guest speaker and University of Texas Austin professor in Autism Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Dr. Sandy Magaña! To partake in the virtual event on April 22, please register online by April 12. 

UIUC Anyware
For students who are working remotely on campus or elsewhere, UIUC AnyWare provides secure access to many applications on a variety of devices and operating systems. It also offers a virtual desktop environment allowing users to access applications securely, on multiple devices and operating systems including Windows, MacOS, and Linux, iOS, and Android. Learn more and get started today.


Scholarships + Awards


Golden Apple Scholars Applications-1 WEEK!
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021
This teacher preparation program provides their scholars up to $23,000 in tuition assistance and mentoring that supports the development and success of new, highly-effective teachers for Illinois schools-of-need. Illinois needs passionate resilient young educators like you! High school seniors and first and second-year Illinois college students are eligible to apply.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program
April 6, 3:30 p.m. CST on Zoom
Are you a junior, senior, or recent alumni looking for an exciting way to spend a year abroad starting in the Fall of 2022? If so, it’s time to think seriously about submitting an application for a Fulbright Scholarship!  Join us for an information session to learn more. 

For more information on scholarship opportunities, contact the National and International Scholarships Program at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit their website.


Student Wellness


Art Space: Creative Self-Care
Mondays at 3 p.m. CST
Zoom ID: 828 4384 2873, Password: 266674
Creating art can be a stress release, help calm anxiety, and allow people to process their emotions. On Monday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m., the Counseling Center offers an Art Space Workshop via Zoom. The workshop is open to all students. It is not counseling and participants will not be asked to share their reflections. 

Cafecito with Counseling Center's Latinx Outreach Team
Tuesdays at 4 p.m. CST
Zoom ID: 831 0750 3371, Password: cafecito
Join the Counseling Center's Latinx Outreach Team every Tuesday at 4 p.m.to discuss communal experiences, mental health, and resources. Drop in whenever you are free. All are welcome!

Daily Mindfulness Workshops
Zoom Meeting ID: 922 2891 7050, Password: CCMind
These 30-minute workshops are held each weekday at 4:15 p.m., each with a theme; Mindfulness Mondays, Intuitive Eating Tuesdays, Body Awareness Wednesdays, Thoughtful Thursdays, and Forget-it Fridays. These workshops are not therapy and are not confidential. All students are welcome!

Mindwise Mental Health Screenings
The Counseling Center offers Mindwise mental health screenings through its website. These quick, confidential assessments allow you to understand if feelings like prolonged sadness, anxiety, and/or hopelessness are related to depression. Other screenings for generalized anxiety disorder, alcohol misuse, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder are also available. Participants will receive immediate results at the end of each screening to print and bring to a counselor for further discussion and evaluation if indicated. Please note that these screenings are to help you have an informed conversation with your counselor. They are not intended to be a clinical diagnosis.


Career + Professional Development


Odyssey Project Internship
Apply for a paid internship with the Odyssey Project, a program through the Humanities Research Institute that offers free college courses to adults of the Champaign-Urbana community. Odyssey Project Interns are responsible for delivering onsite content and skill support for Odyssey students during class time (Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.). Tasks may include assisting students with technical questions related to course management systems (Compass or Moodle) and providing feedback on student writing. The position begins August 23, 2021 and ends May 13, 2022. Odyssey interns will work approximately two to three hours per week during the fall and spring semesters, at the rate of $15.75 per hour. There is flexibility regarding the hours to be worked. Apply today!

Online Summer School Opportunity
Looking for a summer opportunity at UIUC? Apply for Global Education and Training's 4-week, online summer school program - Artificial Intelligence in Data Science, taught by top university faculty from the Siebel Center for Computer Science and the School for Information Science. Students will perform hands-on-analysis of real-world datasets to analyze and discover the impact of the data. Apply here, and email GET Program Coordinator Meng Liu at mengliu2@illinois.edu with questions.

Illini Career and Internship Fair
April 1, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST
This fair is open to all majors and hosted in Handshake! On April 1 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., you will have the opportunity to meet with employers, interact with recruiters through video, audio, or chat, and discover new career opportunities. Pre-schedule 1:1 or group sessions with employers ahead of the fair or on the day-of. Register in advance here!


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