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Feb. 8, 2018

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

Student Spotlight
Emma Levine 

Special Senior Studying Special Education
Lauren Daleen from Westmont grew up next door to a neighbor who had Down syndrome. The experience made her aware of this population of individuals and led her to later working with people with disabilities in the community and local schools. Those experiences drew Lauren to the Department of Special Education, where she currently studies. "The SPED program is very intense and rigorous," the senior said, "but I truly appreciate the quality education I'm receiving. I can't wait to start my career as a special educator because I know I'll be very well prepared. It's an honor to learn from some of the top and most highly respected professionals in the field." Lauren plans to earn a master's degree and become a board-certified analyst, working with individuals with emotional and behavioral disorders. "I think it's crucial for kids to learn the skills necessary to communicate with others and participate in the community independently," she said.    

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News to Use: ARC Nutritional Coaching Brings Health Awareness to Campus


Use Mindfulness to Discover Strengths, Reimagine Success
Feb. 12; 4-5:30 p.m.
Lincoln Hall, Room 1027

A more mindfully in-tune approach can help improve academic performance and people's overall well-being. This LAS Success Workshop on the topic of mindfulness is for students in all majors at any stage of their academic careers. The workshop will involve hands-on activities, and students will get to take home a writing tool for further use. In addition, participants will learn about campus resources that are available to assist with meaningful academic and personal goals.

Attend Proposal Writing for Undergraduate Researchers Workshop
Feb. 15 and 16; 3-4:30 p.m.
Henry Administration Building, Room 137

These February workshops will cover the fundamentals of research proposal writing, how to formulate successful research projects, and how to explain research in a concise and compelling manner. Each workshop is limited to 30 applicants, so learn more and sign up for the Feb. 15 or Feb. 16 session by logging in with your university Net ID and password.

Hip-Hop Artist Paige Hernandez Coming to Krannert
March 2; 7:30 p.m.
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Hip-hop artist Paige Hernandez will be performing her "Liner Notes" show on campus, fusing R&B, jazz, Motown, and rock music with poetry, spoken word, and multimedia designs for a sizzling live performance. Learn more...

Educators' Job Fair to Offer Networking, Interviewing Opportunities
March 5
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Networking)
1-3 p.m. (On-Site Interviewing)
Activities and Recreation Center, Gym 1

The 2018 Educators' Job Fair will provide a great opportunity for students to network and possibly interview with school districts and organizations that are looking for teacher candidates, education students, and school personnel positions. Learn more...

Tuesday @ 7 Workshops Assist Students With Emotional Well-Being
Tuesdays During Semester; 6-7 p.m.
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

Paraprofessionals from the Counseling Center will hold free wellness workshops for students every Tuesday during the semester.

Career and Professional Development

Learn About Becoming Career Services Paraprofessional
Feb. 8; 5-6 p.m.
The Career Center at Illinois, Room 143
Attend this info session to discover what becoming a Career Services Paraprofessionals on campus is all about. Some of the tasks of these paid student staff members include reviewing résumés, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles, as well as presenting at career-related workshops.

Meet Members of Illinois Student Council on Family Relations Group
Feb. 15; 4 p.m.
Psychology Building, Room 708
The Illinois Student Council on Family Relations is seeking students from diverse disciplines who are interested in the opportunity to explore family relationships within a professional student organization that offers networking opportunities and is involved with local community service. Potential new members can learn about the organization and its upcoming events at this meeting while decorating cookies.

Discover Available Internships in Research Park
Feb. 16; Noon-1 p.m.
The Career Center Interview Suite (616 E. Green St., Champaign), Room 213
This Pizza & Professionals Panel Discussion Lunch Series event will feature individuals who are working in spaces in Research Park. The panelists will talk about their experiences and how to break into various career fields. Representatives from Synchrony Financial, the Caterpillar Data Innovations Lab, the Graybar Innovation Lab, and the AGCO Acceleration Center will speak at the event.

Women's Career Institute Prepares Women for Workforce
Feb. 24; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Women's Resource Center (616 E. Green St., Suite 202; Champaign)
The Women's Career Institute is a career and leadership program that will offer a range of workshops and panel discussions designed to prepare women for the workforce. This year's event will cover topics such as landing a job, communication and leadership, discrimination and harassment, and salary negotiation. Learn more and register.

Volunteers Needed for Educators' Job Fair
March 5; Activities and Recreation Center
Student volunteers are needed for the upcoming Educators' Job Fair being held at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). The experience will provide a great way to see what the event is like, and it could possibly lead to connecting with school-district representatives. Volunteer drivers are needed to transport attendees from parking lot E-14 to ARC. Assistance is also needed for arrival and setup preparation, printing name badges, and directing students on how to get to the fair. Sign up or contact Tori Spring at 217-333-0820 for inquiries.

Happenings and Deadlines

Apply to Become Golden Apple Scholar
Application Deadline: Feb. 15
Freshmen and sophomores at Illinois can apply to become Golden Apple Scholars, provided they meet the eligibility requirements. Selected Scholars receive tuition support of up to $23,000 as well as academic support and ongoing mentoring from award-winning teachers. Applicants must complete an online application with two references and submit essays. Learn more...  

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 offer 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.

Apply for IRTA Foundation Scholarship
Application Deadline: March 7
The Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation will be awarding an IRTA Foundation scholarship to one full-time student each academic year. All applications must be postmarked on or before March 7, prior to the applicant's junior or senior year of college. The student must be accepted into the Teacher Certification Program in order to receive the funding, and she or he must be a resident of Illinois or have graduated from an Illinois high school. Learn more and contact Susan Goetz at for inquiries.  

College of Education Undergraduate Scholarships Available
Application Deadline: April 6
The College of Education offers scholarships for undergraduate students who meet certain criteria. Awards are given on a competitive basis to students who acknowledge excellent academic achievement, display a commitment to their future profession, and participate in professional and service activities. Learn more...

Student Leadership Awards and Scholarships Available
The Student Leadership Awards & Scholarships program recognizes students and registered student organizations for academic excellence and is committed to leadership and service on a broad level. SLAS provides more than 20 monetary awards and scholarships for students who work toward enriching the quality of life at the University of Illinois. Learn more and email for inquiries.

New Tool for Students Designed to Build Optimal Class Schedules
Schedule Generator is a new tool that allows students to build their optimal class schedules based on course preferences and time for breaks during the week. Students can create their ideal schedule and then send it to Plan Ahead in Enhanced Registration, where they'll be able to complete registration when their time ticket opens. Seat availability, registration restrictions, and holds will be checked when students register, not when generating a schedule. Learn more...

African-American Families in Film Class Taking Place This Summer
The eight-week African-American Families in Film course (AFRO382/HDFS324) will be held at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago. The seminar will explore African-American family life through the use of films as "case studies," using classic and contemporary movies that depict diverse family structures, social classes, and African-American family experiences. Films will be supplemented with readings from diverse disciplines, allowing for an in-depth look at varied issues. Contact Professor Robin Jarrett at for inquiries.  


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