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Feb. 22, 2018

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

Student Spotlight
Kayla Dossett 

Meet PreK Teacher Kayla Dossett
Kayla Dossett is in the field of early childhood education because she wants to do her part to make the world a better place. Following graduation, the 22-year-old senior will begin doing just that as a prekindergarten teacher in Danville. She has appreciated the "small-college aspect with the large campus resources" of the College of Education, and has made tight friendships within her cohort. Kayla's favorite professor in the College is Dr. David Zola. "He is a great mentor and endlessly wise," she said.                

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News to Use: Resource Trunks for Educators Contain Books, Samples, and Activity Kits to Support Teaching and Learning About Natural Resources in Illinois

Scholarships and Awards

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 a 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...

Horizon Fellowship Ideal for Students Interested in Technology
The Horizons Fellowship supports hundreds of university students nationwide who want to become multidisciplinary leaders using technology. The fully funded program provides real-world technology courses geared toward high-achieving students. Recipients of the fellowship have gone on to work for high-profile companies such as Google, Facebook, Visa, Yelp, and Amazon. Learn more and begin the application process.

Spring 2018 MSTE Friday Lunch Series - Exponential Educators: How Can Education Match the Speed of Innovation? 

Upcoming Talk: How Can Education
Match Speed of Innovation?

Feb. 23; Noon-1 p.m.
505 E. Green St., Room 201

As society evolves with the rapid advancement of technology, what qualities should be looked for in teachers to ensure that students are prepared for today's high-tech world? Speaker Mikkel Storaasli will broach the topic during this Friday Lunch talk hosted by the Office for Mathematics, Science, & Technology Education. Learn more...

Celebrating U! Body Diversity Workshop
Feb. 27; 7 p.m.
Women's Resource Center (616 E. Green St., Suite 202; Champaign)

This free event will promote wellness, awareness, and cultural connection to help students create their own best lives. Students Helping Students paraprofessionals of the Counseling Center will be the workshop presenters.

Tell Them We Are Rising Documentary, Discussion at Art Theater
Feb. 28; 7:30 p.m.
The Art Theater (126 W. Church St., Champaign)

College of Education Dean James D. Anderson is one of the interviewees in the PBS documentary Tell Them We Are Rising, which covers the rise, influence, and evolution of America's historically black colleges and universities. A post-movie discussion will take place after the screening at The Art Theater. Learn more...

Essential Oils 101 Teleconference Workshop
March 1; 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Activities and Recreation Center, Instructional Kitchen

Dr. Laura Hughes will cover during this workshop many aspects of health for students including how to support mood, how to detoxify living environments, and how to use essential oils. Students will also create a do-it-yourself rollerball oil blend to take home. Learn more...

HackCulture: A Hackathon for the Humanities
March 30 - April 20
Registration Deadline: March 16

This humanities-focused event will be open to students in any degree program. With a theme of "community change," HackCulture is designed to make working with data more accessible to humanists. The varied events will also encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and build a cross-campus community of peers and mentors. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development

Mahomet Club Seeking Students to Assist Children During Breaks
The Mahomet Area Youth Club is looking for individuals who love working with children to assist with its out-of-school programming during spring break and summer break. Counselors will be responsible for a group of 15 to 20 kids daily and must ensure their safety, manage their behavior, act as role models, and model constructive participation in activities. Learn more and email for inquiries.    

Women's Career Institute to Assist Women in Workforce
Feb. 24; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Chemical and Life Sciences Laboratory (601 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana)
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.

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 be an opportunity for students to network and interview with individuals from school districts who are looking for teacher candidates and education students to fill school personnel positions. Learn more...

Study Abroad
 Study abroad in Italy this spring break

Spots Open to Study Abroad in Italy and France During Spring Break!
The College of Education has two remaining spots open for students who want to learn abroad in Italy this spring break. Participants on the once-in-a-lifetime trip will visit Rome, Verona, and Venice. The $3,200 cost includes airfare, ground travel, accommodations, tourist activities, and most meals. Learn more and contact Wei Liu at for inquiries.

In addition, there are a few available openings left for students who want to study abroad in France during spring break. During this trip, participants will learn about the education in the country and discover the influence of varied culture and education systems within French teaching. Visiting the beautiful cities of Paris and Lyon is on the travel itinerary! Learn more and contact Jacob Minniear at for inquiries.

Both full-credit programs include four weeks of online learning prior to the trips, followed by two weeks of post-trip online learning.

Happenings and Deadlines

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...    

Enter TechSAge Design Competition to Help Improve Lives
Application Deadline: March 25
The TechSAge Design Competition is designed to inspire college students worldwide to develop innovative, technology-enabled design solutions for aging populations. This encompasses supporting people with chronic conditions and long-term impairments, as well as empowering them to have independence, maintain their health, and engage safely in activities. Learn more and enter the contest.   


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