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March 29, 2018

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


Check Out How Some of Your College of Education Student Peers Spent Spring Break!

Krizia Andalajao 

Krizia Andalajao
I went to Daytona Beach with a couple of friends. It was kind of chilly, but we still took advantage of the beaches outside of our hotel. We also went to the top of a lighthouse and held a baby alligator!

Megan Balk 

Megan Balk
I traveled to Zacatecas, Mexico, with 18 people from the University of Illinois for a mission trip. We loved the people there and took in many beautiful views.

Madelyn Biron 

Madelyn Biron
My roommates and I went to Florida. While there, we traveled one day to Everglades Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs, where we saw many animals, including this flamingo who ate right out of my hand!

Cammi Davis 

Cammi Davis
I visited my old dance school and had the opportunity to help out at the team members' last rehearsals before they headed to the World Irish Dancing Championships in Scotland. (I'm second from the right in this photo.) I'm so proud of all the girls I've danced with for more than half my life and the ones I've taught since they were beginners!  

Jacob Fisher 

Jacob Fisher
I'm currently studying abroad in South Africa. We weren't on spring break last week, but I'm still having a blast. Here's a picture of me on top of Lion's Head mountain in Cape Town.

Shelley Frankel 

Shelley Frankel
I went on a cruise that took us to the Bahamas, St. Kitts, and St. Thomas. The best part was St. Kitts, where we saw men walking around with these small monkeys! We took advantage of the chance to take pictures as the monkeys climbed all over us—it was a blast!

Allison Lundquist 

Allison Lundquist
I traveled to Ireland with the Marching Illini! We played in the St. Patrick's Festival Parade in Dublin and went sightseeing all over the country. This photo shows me at the Cliffs of Moher.

Alexa Redeker 

Alexa Redeker
I ventured to Costa Rica and Panama on a College of Education study abroad trip! We visited schools, learned about sustainability, snorkeled, and visited Starfish Beach. It was an amazing experience that allowed us to learn about different cultures and education systems.

Jackie Shannon and friends 

Jackie Shannon
I took a road trip with friends to Mammoth Cave National Park, Nashville, and the Smoky Mountains! Lots of quality time and great scenery! (I'm the second-to-right person in this photo.)

Sara Temple 

Sara Temple
I went to Boulder, Colorado, with five of my U of I friends. We went to Rocky Mountain National Park to hike and saw historic buildings in Denver. We stayed on a beautiful mountain and loved every second of it—we all want to move there!


Claire Yerkey
I was able to go to Ireland with the Marching Illini! We performed in Dublin and at the Titanic Museum. We explored Dublin during the evenings and also visited Belfast and Limerick.


News to Use: Post-Graduation Employment Rates Expected to Exceed National Averages

Scholarships and Awards

Attend Info Meetings on Available Top Scholars Scholarships
The National and International Scholarships Program on campus will hold informational meetings this week and beyond for undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing merit-based scholarships. The introductory sessions will be short and will focus on how to apply for competitive scholarships in the U.S. and worldwide. The application process for these awards begins more than a year ahead of time, so be sure to join these meetings if you are interested in applying for competitive scholarships. Contact Jeff Jockey at for inquiries.


Attend Info Session on Peer Advising for Campus Unit
March 29; 3-4 p.m.
Illini Union Bookstore, Room 514
The Division of General Studies is looking for undergraduate student leaders who want to be a positive influence on the DGS community this summer. This campus unit is the starting point for Illinois students who wish to explore their options before declaring a major. The selected peer advisers will work closely with DGS advisers and administrators to gain the necessary knowledge to assist incoming freshmen with the planning of their first semester of college. Learn more at the info session and contact Jessica Arnold at for inquiries.  

Developing Children's Brains Through Music
March 29; 6:30-8 p.m.
Urbana Free Library, Lewis Auditorium
This free workshop will cover the latest neuroscience research that points to lifelong benefits of music education on children's brains. Participants will discover strategies and songs they can use with kids to improve their language and literacy skills. Register for the event by contacting Marilyn Kay at 217-367-0398 or

Discover We Love Reading Program at Upcoming Talk
March 30; 2-3 p.m.
Education Building, Room 22
The We Love Reading Program, founded by Rana Dajani, fosters a love of reading by empowering volunteers to regularly read aloud to children in their neighborhood. Discover more about the successful program from Dajani herself during this afternoon talk. A light lunch will be served. Learn more...

Workshops to Help Students Ease Perfectionistic Attitudes
April 4, 11, 18, and 25; 1-2:30 p.m.
Counseling Center, Room 44
The Counseling Center is offering a workshop series on combatting perfectionism. The sessions will help participants explore the origins of perfectionism, understand its impact on daily life, and cover strategies for coping with the issue. Learn more and contact Jungeun Kim at to register or for inquiries.  

Dean's Diversity Lecture and Panel:
Toward Diversity in Recruitment, Retention

April 6; Noon-2 p.m.
Education Building, Room 22
The Dean's Diversity Lecture Series, which is hosted by the College of Education, encourages introspection on timely issues of equity and justice. This talk featuring speaker Cynthia B. Dillard will cover how the structures of inequity in education are big challenges that should not be ignored or rectified with quick-fix recruitment or retention programs. Dillard will argue that such issues are complex and require more thought from multiple perspectives. Panelists at the event will include Michael Diaz, Arielle Brown, Georgina Lozano, and Tori Susberry. Learn more and email Amy Summers at to RSVP.

Career and Professional Development

2018 INCS Teacher & Administrator Job Fair
April 7; Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy (3663 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago)
9:15-10 a.m.
(Candidate Registration)
10 a.m. - Noon
(Meet and Greet)
Noon-1:30 p.m.
(Individual Interviews)
With graduation approaching, the Teacher & Administrator Job Fair held by the Illinois Network of Charter Schools will offer an ideal way for graduating students to learn about various charter-school models that exist and meet more than 50 charter public-school recruiters representing more than 120 campuses. Schools will be looking for teachers, administrators, special education clinicians, social workers and more. Graduates of all academic backgrounds are welcome. Learn more...

Help Local High School Students With Interviewing Techniques
April 12-17
Champaign Central High School is seeking student volunteers to assist its high school students with developing interviewing skills. In the past, Central students have been very responsive to college students' comments and critiques in this job-seeking realm. Conversely, this activity gives College of Education students an opportunity to polish their small-group teaching skills and assist in the community. Contact Dave Johnson at to volunteer or for inquiries.

Center Accepting Applications for Undergraduate Research Course
Application Deadline: April 23
The STRONG Kids research course (HDFS 494) provides undergraduate students with firsthand experience working as part of a research team. The study by the Family Resiliency Center focuses on the connections between food and family, and how these relationships can contribute to child and family health. Students who will have sophomore, junior, or senior standing during the Fall 2018 semester are eligible to apply. Participants of the program will be required to work six hours every week, including evenings, and must attend a two-hour course every other week. Learn more about the research program and apply.   

Several Job Openings Available at Career Center
The Career Center at Illinois is hiring for the following positions:

Graphic Design and Multimedia Intern
Videographer and Photographer
Social Media and Digital Communications Intern
Marketing and Communications Intern

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.

Study Abroad
 2018 Study Abroad Photo Contest

Submit Study Abroad Photos for Chance to Win $100!
Submission Deadline: April 6

The Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange unit on campus is hosting the 2018 Study Abroad Photo Contest. Students who have studied abroad can submit their outstanding photos in the "Committee Judged" or "People's Choice" categories for a chance to win $100! Read the contest guidelines and email for inquiries.

Study Abroad in Costa Rica
Application Deadline: May 4

Spend the fall semester studying Spanish-language courses and classes that cover education practices in Latin America, with a focus on Costa Rica. Participants will live with a host family and have a placement in a local school. The trip includes a two-week orientation in which students will visit beaches and volcanoes, and a spring break trip to Panama will be a part of the experience! Learn more...

Fun Spring Break Photos
View photos of study abroad trips to Costa Rica and Italy that students participated in during spring break this year!

Happenings and Deadlines

Undergraduates Invited to Participate in Survey for 2020 Campus Center
The Siebel Center for Design will open on campus in January of 2020. This site will offer an opportunity for undergraduate students from all disciplines to work on multidisciplinary projects that focus on the thinking, learning, and creating of design. An online survey is being conducted to discover what undergraduates can most get out of the Siebel Center. Participate in the survey to share your thoughts.

Help Shape Campus by Joining Campus Committee
Application Deadline: April 7
Students who are a part of the varied campus committees have an opportunity to shape the Illinois experience, represent the student body, and share campus-enhancing ideas. These advisory committees are run by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and touch on all areas of campus life, including cultural centers, student fees, and much more. Learn more and contact Richard Gonigam at for inquiries.


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