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NEWSLETTER
 
 
 

The iSchool provides our students with a variety of opportunities, including Career Support (TechTalks, Career Fair, Field Trips, Employer Relations, Workshops), ResearchHonors ProgramStudent GroupsSocial EventsMentor ProgramAdvising, Study Abroad, and so much more! We place an emphasis your holistic student experience with individualized support and development.

 
 
REMINDER
 
 

Reminder to update your courses if you plan to remain home for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester. IS 100 has an online section you can register for. If you need assistance or have any questions, please sign up for an Advising Appointment or contact us at ischool-is@illinois.edu.

Register for New Student Orientation

 
 
ADVISING
 
 
 
 

https://my.ischool.illinois.edu/advising/
Room 104 School of Information Sciences
501 E. Daniel St., Champaign - Corner of 5th and Daniel

All advising appointments will be conducted by Zoom or phone, until further notice. 

 
 

Quick appointments to discuss questions about the degree or coursework. Currently, all Express Meetings are being held virtually on Zoom and are offered weekly at the times below:

Date

Time

Advisor

Monday

1:00pm-3:30pm

Tony Torres

Wednesday

10:30am-11:30am Melissa Newell

Wednesday

1:00pm-3:30pm

Tony Torres

Thursday

8:00am-9:30am

Melissa Newell

Friday

1:00pm-3:30pm

Tony Torres

 

 
 
TEXTBOOKS
 
 

Purchase Your Textbooks Online

The Illini Union Bookstore will not be allowing individuals to shop in-store for textbooks. Please order your textbooks and course materials online and easily have them shipped directly to your residence, or have them ready to be picked up when you arrive on campus. Pick up will be held at the Illini Union, starting August 16. You can pick up your textbooks along with your PPE kit at the same time.

 
 
ADDRESS & COVID UPDATES
 
 

All students enrolled for the Fall 2020 semester are required to provide their fall address information by August 17. Maintaining an updated address enables campus health and wellness units to communicate proper protocols to students that will help us all maintain a safe and healthy campus environment during the pandemic. This requirement, along with a number of others, was shared in this massmail on Monday, Aug. 3.

Safer Illinois App for COVID Test Results

The Safer Illinois app provides users their personalized coronavirus-testing results and reminders of their scheduled testing, along with a display of their current testing status that will serve as one of the mechanisms to gain entry to university facilities during the pandemic. Students who do not have a smartphone and want to use the Safer Illinois app should contact the Student Assistance Center.

COVID-19 Guide: What to do right now

Whether you are going to be on-campus or remote, this guide provides the information you need about the university’s response to COVID-19. Find out about requirements, testing locations, and where to pick up your PPE. 

 
 
DEGREE INFORMATION
 
 
 
 

BS/IS Degree Requirements
Find the courses required for the degree in this section of our website, or look at our Pathways.

 
 

Fall 2020 Courses
We have various IS/INFO elective courses available for the Fall 2020 semester along with the courses required for the program. Visit our BS/IS website for additional details about our degree. Make sure to check the Course Explorer for Restrictions and Prerequisites on courses (some may have restrictions based on level or for a specific curriculum until a certain date).

 
 

Student Forms
Forms for undergraduate students currently in the School of Information Sciences (iSchool).

 
 
ACADEMIC DATES & DEADLINES
 
 

Summer 2020 Academic Calendar

  • August 21
    • Transcripts on hold for grades are released.
  • September 1
    • Transcripts on hold for degrees are released.

Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

  • August 17
    • Fall tuition and fee charges first appear on student accounts
  • August – TBA
    • Health Insurance Change/Waiver Period
  • August 23
    • Deadline to cancel registration (drop all classes) for full reversal of tuition and campus fees for classes scheduled in a regular semester.  For non-standard course offerings, deadline to cancel is the last day prior to instruction.
  • August 24
    • First day of instruction for the Fall semester and POT A courses
    • Deadline for students to register for first classes without being charged $15 late fee penalty
  • August 25
  • August 28
    • Deadline for ALL students to add a POT A course via Student Self-Service
    • Deadline for ALL students to drop POT A (1st 8 week) course for refund if reducing assessment range
    • Deadline to suppress directory information
  • September 4 – “10th day” add/drop deadline
    • Deadline to drop or reduce semester hours and receive refund if reducing assessment range for ALL students
    • Deadline for UG to add a semester course via Student Self-Service
  • September 5
    • Official fall enrollment information transmitted to NSC for processing to NSLDS to provide loan deferment if applicable. Notification to federal loan providers should occur within 2 – 3 weeks.
  • September 7
    • Labor Day (all-campus holiday)
  • September 18
    • Deadline for UG to drop POT A (1st 8 week) course via Student Self-Service without grade of W.  Students may contact their college office to request an exception by petition to the drop deadline in the case of extraordinary circumstances.
    • Deadline for UG to elect credit/no credit or change credit/no credit to regular grade basis in POT A course
    • Deadline for UG to file intent to use Campus Grade Replacement option in POT A course
  • September 28
    • Full payment due for Fall 2020 charges unless on a payment plan.  Visit Pay My Bill for more information regarding payment options and due dates.
  • October 13 at 2:00 PM
    • Faculty deadline for reporting midterm grades for freshmen
  • October 16
    • Deadline for UG to drop semester course via Student Self-Service without grade of W.  Students may contact their college office to request an exception by petition to the drop deadline in the case of extraordinary circumstances.
    • Deadline for UG to remove incomplete grade from previous semester to prevent change to F grade
    • Deadline for UG to elect credit/no credit or change credit/no credit to regular grade basis in semester course
    • Deadline for UG to file intent to use Campus Grade Replacement option in semester course
    • Deadline for UG to withdraw from Fall semester (drop all courses) without grade of W
  • October 19
    • Priority registration Time Tickets (earliest registration times) for Spring 2021 available on Student Self-Service
    • POT B courses begin (non-standard courses may begin earlier or later)
  • October 23
    • Deadline for UG to add POT B (2nd 8 week) course
    • Deadline for ALL students to drop POT B course for refund if reducing assessment range 
  • October 30
    • Deadline to withdraw from the University and receive the minimum 40% pro-rata refund
  • November 2
    • Priority registration for Spring 2021 begins
  • November 13
    • Deadline for UG to drop POT B course via Student Self-Service without grade of W.  Students may contact their college office to request an exception by petition to the drop deadline in the case of extraordinary circumstances.
    • Deadline for UG to elect credit/no credit or change credit/no credit to regular grade basis in POT B course
    • Deadline for UG to file intent to use Campus Grade Replacement option in POT B course
  • November 21 – 29
    • Fall Break
  • November 23
    • Spring 2021 open registration begins for all students
    • December 9
    • Last day of instruction
  • December 10
    • Reading day (no classes, no final examinations)
  • December 11–18
    • Final examination period
  • December TBA at 2:00 PM
    • Faculty deadline for reporting grades.  Students can view final grades the following day via Student Self-Service
  • January – TBA
    • Transcripts on hold for Fall 2020 grades are released
  • January – TBA
    • Transcripts on hold for Fall 2020 degrees are released
 
 
FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS
 
 

iSchool faculty have a variety of backgrounds and interests. Read some highlights from our faculty involved with our BS/IS Undergraduate Degree and courses. Faculty Profiles

 
 
GET INVOLVED
 
 

We encourage students to get involved in iSchool and campus events to build your skills, network, and professional experiences. Find more: opportunities & involvement page

24 different information sciences/informatics-focused undergraduate research projects that faculty are looking for students to work on remotely this fall!Learn more here!

 
 
ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES
 
 

Minors: A minor is a coherent program of study requiring some depth in the subject, but not as extensive of a program as the major. Most minors will be comprehensive study in the discipline, rather than focusing on a narrow subfield of study. In general, minors consist of at least 16 and no more than 21 hours of coursework. 

Certificates: Certificate programs typically involve fewer courses than a minor, while enabling students to develop additional knowledge in a field or subfield.

Online Learning Sessions
Join iSchool Instructional Support Specialists Lindsey Sharp and Whitney McComas and iSchool advisor Jessica Williams as they share helpful hints about engaging in your online courses this fall! You’ll get a brief intro to some of the systems you’ll encounter (Zoom & Moodle), some best practices for getting the most out of your online educational experience, and time for questions with your dedicated iSchool staff members. This session is encouraged for anyone who hasn’t taken an online iSchool course before. Register below:

Wednesday, August 12, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Monday, August 17, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Monday, August 31, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, September 2, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Tuesday, September 8, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Thursday, September 10, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 

New Student Orientation
Date: Thursday Aug 20, 2020   1:30 - 3:00 pm | Registration

Fall 2020 Open House for Master's Degree in Library and Information Science
Friday, September 11, 2020 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Central
Our 4th annual fall open house will provide prospective MS in Library and Information Science students an opportunity to interact virtually with current students, faculty, alumni, and staff members. In addition, prospective students will gain insight into the application process at the iSchool. This event will be live streamed and recorded. Please register to receive information on how to participate.
Questions? Contact Moises Orozco Villicana 
 
Illinois Office of Undergraduate Research Virtual Workshops
Value of Undergraduate Research Workshop | Aug 27, 2020   2:00 pm - 3:00 pm  
Value of Undergraduate Research Workshop | Aug 28, 2020   2:00 pm - 3:00 pm  
Value of Undergraduate Research Workshop | Aug 31, 2020   4:00 pm - 5:00 pm  
Getting Started in Research Workshop | Sept 1, 2020   11:00 am - 12:00 pm  
Getting Started in Research Workshop | Sept 1, 2020   2:00 pm - 3:00 pm  
Getting Started in Research Workshop | Sept 3, 2020 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Getting Started in Research Workshop | Sept 3, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Getting Started in Research Workshop | Sept 3, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm   
Getting Started in Research Workshop | Sept 9, 2020 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Getting Started in Research Workshop | Sept 11, 2020 11:00 am - 12:00 pm   
Getting Started in Research Workshop | Sept 11, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Getting Started in Research Workshop | Sept 15, 2020 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Getting Started in Research Workshop | Sept 17, 2020 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Proposal Writing for Undergraduate Researchers Workshop | Sept 23, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Proposal Writing for Undergraduate Researchers Workshop | Sept 29, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Proposal Writing for Undergraduate Researchers Workshop | Oct 5,  3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
 
  
 
 
 

iSchool Virtual Office Hours: Thursdays 11:30am-12:30pm

Erin Leonard, International Programs (IAGE) Coordinator for the iSchool, holds virtual office hours for iSchool students seeking information on studying abroad Thursdays from 11:30am-12:30pm.  To chat with Erin during these times, use the following instructions:

  • Login to your Zoom account with your Illinois NetID and password
  • Click chat and search for “Erin Leonard”
  • Initiate a chat with her. At that time, she can convert to video chat if requested.

Erin can also be reached at ell3@illinois.edu, via phone at 217-300-2132, or you can make an individual virtual appointment.

 
 
iSchool News
 
 

iSchool to assume administration of Informatics programs
Effective August 16, administration of the Illinois Informatics Institute will be transferred from the Office of the Provost to the School of Information Sciences. This will be a hosting relationship that preserves the multidisciplinary nature of the Institute’s programs, which are managed by several colleges including the iSchool.

Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub announces leadership changes
As its second year of new funding begins, there is new leadership at the Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub (MBDH), with a swap in principal investigators and the appointment of a new executive director. Catherine Blake, a co-principal investigator (PI) on the project, has moved into the PI role, while William (Bill) Gropp transitions to co-PI duties. Blake is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences (iSchool) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an affiliate appointment in the Department of Computer Science. At the iSchool, she serves as associate director of the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) and director of the graduate programs in information management and bioinformatics.

 
 
Other Opportunities
 
 

Virtual Leadership Certificate Workshops
Virtual Leadership Training
The Illinois Leadership Center is happy to share that they now have a couple of online leadership training available for students. If needed, students are able to receive documentation as a confirmation for completing these programs. They are also offering virtual workshops for the Leadership Certificate Program. For questions or assistance, please contact leadership@illinois.edu 

STEM Lights Me Up Scholarship 
Deadline: December 31, 2020

 
 
SUPPORT SERVICES
 
 

Keep Teaching, Learning, Working, and Researching Resource Website

The new Remote.Illinois.edu website provides links, information, tools, and resources to enable a successful transition to blended or all-online teaching, learning, working, and researching at Illinois. Find helpful guides and training for online instruction. And get access to software, technology, library resources, and exam and research support.

How to Effectively Work From Home: The transition from in person to virtual classes may be difficult for some. An effective method to keep yourself focused while working from home is to set up a designated area of your home to complete your work. If possible, steer clear of your bed and set up your materials at a desk or table with a comfortable chair. We recommend setting up a designated timeframe each day to complete your work along with a checklist to keep yourself organized with upcoming deadlines, exams, and completed tasks.

Academic Support & Tutoring
Students will find a variety of Academic and Support Services on-campus and within the community. We encourage you to engage with these resources early and often. Most of these services are of no charge. Our offices are always happy to help connect you with the correct resources to ensure you are receiving support. Your academic career, professional development, and your physical and mental health is very important to us.

Campus Student Online Learning Resourceshttps://ops.citl.illinois.edu/for-students

iSchool COVID-19 Resources
We understand that there is uncertainty about how the University’s decision to move all classes online after spring break will affect the iSchool community. The iSchool and the University continue to provide updates and resources that you may find helpful, including the iSchool’s COVID-19 Resources wiki and the University’s COVID-19 website.

iSchool Help Desk - Tech Support
We are located on the second floor of the School of Information Sciences building. Visit us at the desk anytime 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday.

You can also reach us at 217-244-4903 or 800-377-1892, help@support.ischool.illinois.edu, and on our TechChat.

Student Affairs COVID-19 Support List
Student Affairs has highlighted resources for your use. In addition, all of Student Affairs resources are listed in the table below on their website.

Counseling Center & Consultations
Students who would like to schedule a phone consultation with a counselor can call us at 217-333-3704. We soon will be offering telehealth online counseling and will communicate about that on our website once it is available. 
We now are also offering brief online mental health screenings for depression, anxiety, and other common mental health concerns. These screenings are confidential and are meant to assist students have an informed conversation with their counselor--they are not intended to provide a diagnosis. 
For after-hours emergencies, students who remain in the Champaign-Urbana area can reach out the Champaign County Crisis Line staffed by Rosecrance at 217-359-4141. We also have an extensive list of resources available on our website, including a listing of crisis lines throughout the United States. 

Time Management Workshop
We know that this semester especially, focusing and getting tasks done on time can be difficult for students.  Along with staff, a few of the Counseling Center Paraprofessionals have created a brief, online tutorial with practical tips for time management in these difficult times. The tutorial can be accessed any time on their website.  

Writers Workshop Online Appointments 
The Writers Workshop is open for online appointments beginning June 15! Our online appointments use a combination of video / audio, chat, and a whiteboard space to share text. The Workshop provides feedback on writing in individual consultations, hosts virtual productivity writing groups for grad and undergrad students, and offers a range of presentations, which can be requested by classes and programs.  

 
 
CONNECT
 
 

Questions for the Undergraduate Program? ischool-is@illinois.edu

 
 
 
 
 
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