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March 8, 2018

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

Student Spotlight
Abby Dizon 

Home is Where the Heart is
Abby Dizon comes from a diverse household and therefore feels right at home at the College of Education, where diversity is welcomed and encouraged. Her mom is Filipino, her dad is African-American, and her grandparents taught her a great deal about life and shaped her into the 18-year-old freshman she is today. Right now, Abby is growing as an educator at her placement site at Stratton Elementary School, and someday she hopes to be a kindergarten teacher at a Chicago Public School in her hometown. "Home is so important in someone's life, and the culture that surrounds your home creates who you are as an individual," she said. "Public schools need more teachers who truly care for their students and who thrive to see their students exceed. I want to be that teacher."                    

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Scholarships and Awards

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...


Attend This Year's College of Education Graduate Student Conference
March 9; 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Education Building
The Graduate Student Conference committee cordially invites College of Education undergraduate students to attend the ninth annual Graduate Student Conference. The theme this year is "Education in Uncertain Times." Students are encouraged to attend one or more presentation sessions to expand their knowledge on select topics, engage in critical discussion, and learn about aspects of graduate school. Learn more about the event and view the full conference schedule.

Exercise to Tunes of Mark Morris Dance Group
March 10; 11 a.m.
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Lobby
Get some exercise at this high-energy class led by members of the Mark Morris Dance Group, which has an annual residency at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. This free intermediate-level cardio experience will offer great tunes and a chance to show off your moves.

SEA to Host Panel with Special Education Teachers
March 14; 7-8 p.m.
Architecture Building, Room 302
The Student Education Association is hosting this panel discussion, which will feature special education teachers from the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago. All future educators are welcome to the event, and free pizza will be provided. Contact Katie Barr at for inquiries.

Career and Professional Development

Discover Job Opportunities at Research Park Career Fair
March 13; 4-7 p.m.
I Hotel and Conference Center (1900 S. First St., Champaign)
The 12th annual Research Park Career Fair will include representatives from more than 30 companies such as Synchrony, John Deere, AARP, Wolfram Research Inc., and Forcepoint. Learn more and stay up to date on company registrations.    

The Career Center Looking for Summer Interns
May 14 - Aug. 3
Application Deadline: March 26 at 5 p.m.
The Career Center at Illinois is seeking two energetic and customer-oriented undergraduate students to fill summer internships. The job duties will include providing assistance to visitors of The Career Resource Center, helping students with their résumés, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles, and completing various projects as assigned. Learn more...      

Allerton Park Hiring Students for Summer Positions
Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road, Monticello)
The Allerton Park & Retreat Center in Monticello is looking for a day-camp leader and director to assist at camps this summer. Contact Mindy Brand at or 217-333-3287, extension 113, for inquiries.

RespectAbility in D.C. Seeking Spring and Summer Interns
RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., 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. 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   

Study Abroad
Study abroad in China! 

An Opportunity to Study Abroad in China
May 26 - June 10
This two-week study abroad trip to China will take place in Beijing, Xian, and Chongquing. Student participants will visit Chinese schools and meet with teachers to learn about the country's culture and education. The $3,000 cost of the trip includes airfare, housing, most meals, lectures, airport transfer, ground transport, and tourist activities. The program is associated with a full-credit eight-week online course. Learn more...  

Happenings and Deadlines

Freshmen in STEM Fields Needed for Video Game Study
The Department of Educational Psychology is seeking freshmen who consider themselves experts at the game Minecraft. This is an opportunity to work with scholars in the department to help bridge the gap between sandbox video games and STEM interests. Students who participate in the approximately one-hour interview will receive a $10 Amazon gift card for their efforts. Those interested can fill out a prescreening survey to see if they qualify.

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 include multiple responsibilities 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.


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