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November 24, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving, Illini!

From Eddie, on behalf of your College of Education family:
We can’t be more grateful for and proud of you all.
Stay safe, stay well, and GO ILLINI! 

There's no Student Spotlight this week, but take this opportunity to fill out the form! First-year students and sophomores, juniors, and seniors please complete this quick survey if you've not yet been featured.


Student Wellness


Guidance for After Fall Break
Students who travel away from the Champaign-Urbana-Savoy area for Fall Break should not return to campus until the Spring semester. Students who must return to campus or the local community after Fall Break should test for COVID-19 as soon as possible after you return to campus and self-quarantine until your results are available. You then must test every other day until Dec. 18, the end of the Fall 2020 semester. Students who return to or have remained in the community after Fall Break must limit themselves to essential activities only, such as testing, visiting the pharmacy and buying groceries through the end of the semester. For more information, view messages to undergraduate studentsgraduate students and faculty/staff.

Support in Times of Stress
As the final exams approach, now more than ever we must look out for each other in whatever ways we can. Please remember to be kind and take notice of peers who show signs of panic, depression, anxiety, excessive fatigue, avoidance, or confusion, they may need your help and encouragement in seeking assistance. For psychological, interpersonal and academic concerns, students may refer to the Counseling Center, or call McKinley Mental Health at 217-333-2700. Stress management and self help resources can be found on the McKinley Mental Health website, or contact the Health Resource Center in the Illini Union at 217-244-5994. If you or someone you know is experiencing a psychological emergency, call the Crisis Line at 217-359-4141. You and the mental health professional can strategize about the best way to make certain help is received.

Drop-In Mindfulness and Meditation Workshops
Every Weekday (excluding fall break) at 4:15 p.m. CST
Zoom Meeting ID: 922 2891 7050,  Password: CCMind.

Many students have let us know they would find benefit in daily guided meditations, so the counseling center is now offering daily 30-minute mindfulness drop-in workshops on Zoom. Each day has a theme, Mindfulness Mondays, Intuitive Eating Tuesdays, Body Awareness Wednesdays, Thoughtful Thursdays, and Forget-it Fridays (Leave all of your stress about multiple pandemics, sociopolitical events, and everyday frustrations behind.) These workshops are not therapy. They are available to any student and are not confidential.

WellTrack - The Mental Health App
If school, the pandemic, and the sociopolitical climate have you feeling anxious, uncertain, or afraid, you're not alone. There are many resources on campus to support you, including a new mental health app called WellTrack. WellTrack is designed to help you track your moods and teach you about techniques to effectively manage challenging emotions and situations. In addition to these resources, counseling services on campus are available to support you through whatever you are facing.


Virtual Opportunities


New Credit/No Credit and Drop Deadlines
Academic changes have been made to the Fall 2020 semester that acknowledge the unique and challenging pandemic-related circumstances and the additional stress it has caused for students. Please refer to the recent massmail for details on the new drop and credit/no credit deadlines, as well as other information to consider before making changes. Please know the university is working on a more detailed document and FAQ, which will be available on the Office of the Provost’s policies website.

You Could Be On Jeopardy!
Qualification Test Deadline: December 3
It's sad to think of the future of Jeopardy without its beloved host Alex Trebek. To continue his legacy as he would have wanted, Jeopardy is releasing an all-new competition, The Jeopardy! National College Championship, featuring 15 colleges from across the country! Take the 15 minute qualification test and see if you have what it takes to represent The University of Illinois, and have a chance to win some money for their student loans - a win-win!

Complete This COVID-19 Survey - You Could Win an Amazon Gift Card!
Undergraduate student Bansari Upadhyay is taking on a career development project for her senior thesis. She is exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student’s career choices and goals. If you have a few minutes, please help Bansari with her important research by completing her survey link. All responses are welcome, but juniors, seniors, and recent graduates are particularly appreciated. By completing this survey, you will be entered to win one of 25 Amazon gift cards of $20!


See you next Thursday for another edition of The Update

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