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March 1, 2018

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

Student Spotlight
Maria Perez 

Pursuing Her Passion
Most College of Education students have had that moment when they absolutely knew they wanted to get into the field of education. For freshman Maria Perez, it happened when she took a high school class that allowed her to work with children with special needs. "I found myself enjoying the atmosphere and having genuine fun," she said. Maria, who speaks three languages, said she is learning a lot from her peers and mentors in the College. Following her time on campus, she plans to work in the education field near her hometown of Elmhurst and pursue a master's degree in speech pathology.                   

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News to Use: Education Alumna Creating a Buzz in Chicago Public School

Scholarships and Awards

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.


Take a Load Off as Midterms Approach
March 7; 6-8:30 p.m.
Activities and Recreation Center, MP7

The 14th annual Stress Less Party will take place near midterms to provide students with an opportunity to relax and learn stress-management techniques. There will also be free food and games at the event. Contact Lindsay Leiber at for inquiries.   

Be a Part of Civil Rights Pilgrimage During Spring Break
March 16-25
Those looking to spend their spring break in a different and meaningful way can sign up to join this unique traveling experience through the southern portion of the U.S. Participants on the journey will learn about some of the country's most transformational leaders and the locations that have been made historic by their work. The $350 cost includes transportation and lodging. 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 lead to a cross-campus community of peers and mentors. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development

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 on campus 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...

School District 163 Holding Job Fair to Fill Teaching Positions
March 20; 4 p.m.
215 Wilson St., Park Forest, IL 60466 (Multipurpose Room)

School District 163 is looking for qualified, creative, and passionate applicants to fill an array of teaching positions. The district is located 35 minutes south of downtown Chicago and has six schools ranging from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. It embraces diversity with a focus on arts, academic excellence, and the sciences. Applicants should bring their résumés and transcripts to the job fair for on-site screening and interviewing. Learn more...

RespectAbility in D.C. Seeking Spring and Summer Interns
RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization that strives to advance opportunities for people with disabilities. The organization is seeking student interns this spring and summer to assist with its Diversity in Film and Television program. The fellowships will be located in Washington, D.C. Students are needed to assist with social media tasks, website management, blog writing, photo editing, and graphic design. Interested candidates should fill out a form to apply and send their résumés and cover letters to Ben Spangenberg at       

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.    

Study Abroad

Apply for Gilman International Scholarship to Study Abroad
Application Deadline: March 6
The U.S. Department of State offers Gilman International Scholarships to assist students with financial constraints who want to study and intern abroad. It's an inclusive program that encourages the participation of students who have been historically underrepresented in education abroad, including students with disabilities. Learn more...  

Happenings and Deadlines

Office Seeking I-STAR Applicants for Summer and Fall
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has both summer and fall positions available for Illinois Student Admissions Representatives, also known as I-STARs. These positions will include multiple tasks such as checking students in and speaking with new students and their parents during summer and fall registration programs. The office is looking for University of Illinois-loving students who are articulate, flexible, reliable, energetic, and positive. Contact Katie Wiles at for inquiries.

Researchers and Writers Needed at Illinois Distributed Museum
The Illinois Distributed Museum is seeking online content authors to write about campus innovations on a variety of topics including animal science, engineering, music, astronomy and more. This is a great opportunity for writers who want to pick their topics and hours and practice writing for a public audience, using primary documents for research. Contact Kristen Allen at or 217-333-0798 for inquiries.

Applications Being Accepted for Global Markets & Society Minor
Application Deadline: March 15
Applications are being accepted for students who want to pursue a minor in global markets & society in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. An info session on the minor will take place on March 5 from 11:30 a.m. to noon on the second floor at 616 E. Green Street in Champaign. Contact Malcolm Jamal at or 217-333-0178 for inquiries.

Enter TechSAge Design Competition to Help Improve Lives
Phase I 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.     

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...    


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