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January 25, 2018

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

Student Spotlight
Melanie Smetana 

Learning That's Educational and Entertaining
Senior Melanie Smetana is studying in the Department of Special Education and thinks Associate Professor Jim Shriner is both scholastic and super-funny. "I've had him for two courses and learned a lot in both," she said. "He always made class entertaining by adding in his crazy stories." On a more serious note, Melanie cares deeply about education and strives to make sure all students receive the necessary support they need to reach their full potential. "I'm especially passionate about helping students with disabilities realize that just because they may learn differently than others, they can still achieve their goals and live a very happy and fulfilling life."                         


News to Use: Don't Let Being Unproductive Ruin Downtime


Education Justice Project Symposium:
What I've Learned from Teaching in a Prison

Jan. 25; 4-5:30 p.m.
Illini Union, Room 215 

This symposium will feature Education Justice Project instructors, who will reflect on their work with incarcerated scholars at the Danville Correctional Center. Meggan Lee and Logan Middleton will be two of the speakers at the event. Learn more...

Self-Care & Wellness 101 Session for Students
Jan. 30; 7-8 p.m.
The Armory, Room 146 

Learn how health and wellness can make a positive impact, and discover new tips on practicing self-care. Participants will also partake in activities that promote student well-being and balance amid a chaotic college lifestyle. Learn more...

The Illinois STEM Education Colloquium
Feb. 2
10:15-11:15 a.m. (Book Discussion)
12:30-1:30 p.m. (Presentation by Dr. Martha W. Alibali)
Education Building, Room 22

Stop by the Education building to participate in a discussion about the book Why Gesture?, co-edited by Dr. Martha W. Alibali of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Afterward, listen to Alibali's presentation titled "Understanding Change in Mathematical Thinking: A Perception-Action Perspective." A light lunch will be provided at the lecture. Learn more...

Check Out 'Project Studies' Exhibition at College of Education
Feb. 2-7
Education Building, First- and Third-Floor Lobbies

University Primary School, the lab school of the College of Education, will hold a "Project Studies" exhibition in the Education building in early February. Documentation and representation of fall-semester inquiry studies will be on display. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development

Handshake @ Illinois Platform Offers Premier Career Services
Handshake @ Illinois is the career platform on campus to access postings for jobs, internships, on-campus interviews, workshops, and career coaching appointments. The platform, which is used by more than 230,000 employers worldwide, provides personalized job recommendations and career info based on users' profiles and site usage, similar to LinkedIn and Facebook. Create your Handshake @ Illinois profile today and watch two-minute training videos for further info.  

2018 International Education Career Fair
Jan. 30-31
North and South Lobbies of Education Building

The College of Education is hosting the 2018 International Education Career Fair for students and others who are interested in working overseas. It's a chance to meet and schedule interviews with schools from around the world and discuss opportunities with international organizations. The two-day event will also feature workshops on building résumés, as well as information about education culture and school practices abroad. Learn more and register.

SOAR Seeking Student Volunteers This Semester
The SOAR program (Student Opportunities for After-School Resources) is seeking tutoring assistance from University of Illinois students this semester. SOAR provides after-school enrichment at International Prep Academy in Champaign for Latina/o bilingual children in grades two through five. These students benefit from tutoring in reading and homework, and tutors will have the opportunity to gain cross-cultural awareness and relationship skills. Illinois students who are interested in helping must apply by Jan. 29. Learn more...

Happenings and Deadlines

Deadline for College of Education Spring Break Programs Extended
Application Deadline: Feb. 15
Sign up to earn course credit and learn about education in Italy, France, Spain, or Costa Rica. By taking advantage of this opportunity, participants will get to travel overseas and view the sights, meet preservice teachers, and build their global competency and outlook. Learn more and discover the spring-break travel opportunities happening this year. Scholarships are available.

Available Scholarships Geared Toward Community-Minded Students
The Fred S. Bailey Scholarships for Cause Driven Students are given each year to undergraduates who demonstrate a positive commitment to service, community involvement, and leadership. Email for inquiries. 

Apply for Conference Travel Grant to Feature Research Off Campus
Application Deadline: Feb. 21
The Conference Travel Grant given by the Office of Undergraduate Research provides awards of up to $350 for undergraduate students who want to travel to professional conferences and present their research posters, papers, or creative works. Learn more and email for inquiries.

Interested in Research? Apply for Research Support Grant
Application Deadline: March 8
The Research Support Grant provides students with the necessary funds to conduct research or creative projects during the academic school year both on and off campus. Awards of up to $2,000 are given and cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks, and materials or other ancillary costs. Learn more and email for inquiries.


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