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Feb. 1, 2018

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

Student Spotlight
Emma Levine 

Explorative Educator
Emma Levine is minoring in secondary education, majoring in English, and enjoying her creative writing classes as a student at Illinois. True to the literature she's absorbed as an English student, the junior has lived what some might call an inspired existence on campus. Last semester she studied abroad in the Czech Republic, exploring the region and interning at a junior high school. "Having the opportunity to teach children with vastly different backgrounds than myself demonstrated the importance of recognizing different cultures in the classroom, and I can't wait to implement those skills in my future classroom," Emma said. While working and studying, Emma has also joined on-campus organizations that have led her to meeting her best friends.                         


News to Use: Don't Let Winter Get You Down


Discover Gilman International Scholarship for Studying Abroad
Info Session: Feb. 1; 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Workshop: Feb. 2; 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Illini Union Bookstore, Room 514

Students who are concerned about the financial feasibility of studying abroad can attend an info session and workshop to learn about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, which are available for the entire semester, an entire year, and for summer programs. The info session will give an overview of the scholarships, and on the following day, participants can begin the application process with guidance from scholarship advisers. Students who are recipients of Pell Grants are encouraged to attend. Email for inquiries. 

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...

Maintaining Emotional Well-Being Workshop
Feb. 6; 7-8 p.m.
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (51 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign)

This workshop will help students identify and accept their emotions, and participants will also learn how to communicate with others in a positive way. Additionally, the workshop will offer self-care ideas that can be implemented into students' daily lives. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development

Become a Career Services Paraprofessional
Career Services Paraprofessionals on campus are paid student staff members who are responsible for reviewing résumés, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles. They also present at career-related workshops. Learn more about this opportunity at any of the below informational sessions on campus:

Feb. 1: 4-5 p.m.; The Career Center at Illinois, Room 143
Feb. 6: 5-6 p.m.; Native American House
Feb. 8: 5-6 p.m.; The Career Center at Illinois, Room 143

Happenings and Deadlines

Therapy Group for International Students Available
Tuesdays; 1-2:30 p.m.
Counseling Center (610 E. John St., Champaign)

The Counseling Center on campus will hold a therapy group specifically for international students on Tuesdays during the spring semester. The objective of the gatherings is to provide international students with the support they need, while helping them learn about themselves and others. The sessions will allow students to share their experiences and discuss ways to cope with struggles.

View the various group-therapy options available at the Counseling Center for all students.

Expressive Arts Support Group for Sexual Assault Survivors
Wednesdays (Starting Feb. 7); 4-5:30 p.m.
Women's Resource Center (616 E. Green St., Champaign; Suite 202)

Theresa Benson and Molly McLay will be hosting an expressive-arts support group this semester for survivors of sexual assault. Open to all genders, the group will focus on the creative process and other expressive-arts modalities. Those looking to participate should schedule a brief meeting to discuss the group format. Contact Theresa at or Molly at to set up a time to meet.

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 about the Spring 2018 competition and email for inquiries.

English Department Offering Creative Writing Awards
Application Deadline: Feb. 26
Students are eligible to compete for Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards, given by the English Department. The department will give two or three prizes in short fiction and poetry this year. Past prizes have ranged from $100 to $1,000. Learn more and email Stephen Davenport at for inquiries.

Learn How to Play Underwater Hockey
Mondays; 8:45-11 p.m.
Fridays: 6:45-9 p.m.
Activities and Recreation Center (Indoor Pool)
Students looking to learn how to play underwater hockey can join this informal group on Mondays and Fridays. No experience is necessary...simply bring a swimsuit and a towel. Contact Aaron at for inquiries.

Einstein Bros. Bagels Now Open in Armory
A new Einstein Bros. Bagels has opened in the Armory (505 E. Armory Ave., Champaign), offering students, faculty members, and staff of the university a great location to purchase grab-and-go food options, coffee, and assorted drinks.


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