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April 12, 2018

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

Student Spotlight
Shelley Frankel 

Pursuing Her Passion
Shelley Frankel loves to travel—not a huge surprise given that she's a geography major who is minoring in education. The junior created a virtual field trip to Starved Rock State Park for her undergraduate research project and will head back to the Chicago area to teach earth science after graduation (she's from Buffalo Grove). "Although, I would be happy teaching any science," Shelley said. "I would love to get students just as passionate about the study of the Earth as I was in high school and help them choose a career in the study of the Earth!"    

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News to Use: Future of Sustainability on Campus Appears Positive

Scholarships and Awards

Upcoming Workshops on Fulbright Scholarships
The National and International Scholarships Program on campus is sponsoring the below workshops for students who are interested in pursuing Fulbright Scholarships.

April 20 - Fulbright Personal Statement Workshop
April 25 and 26 - Informational Webinars for Illinois Students Abroad
April 27 - Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Application Workshop
April 27 - Designing a Fulbright Research Proposal Workshop

 Recognition, Insight, and Openness series to assist students

Join Recognition, Insight, and
Openness Series

The Counseling Center on campus is offering two-part events designed to help students with managing stress, anxiety, and emotions; learning mindfulness skills that make a positive impact; and identifying what's most important to them and prioritizing accordingly. Learn more about these upcoming workshops happening in late April and early May.

Take Part in Community and Campus Day of Service
April 14; 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Memorial Stadium
Students are encouraged to volunteer for the sixth annual Community and Campus Day of Service. The goal this year is to package 151,000 meals to donate to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. Sign up for a 90-minute packaging shift.

The Effects of Study Drugs on Students' Health
April 16 and 20; 3 p.m.

Grainger Engineering Library, Room 433
Students who have personal concerns or who are concerned about friends using "smart drugs" for studying purposes are encouraged to attend one of these events, which will focus on the dangers of Adderall and other substances. The workshops will also go over effective study skills that students can utilize.

Talk to Focus on Instruction, Mentoring of Undergraduates
April 20; Noon

Education Building, Room 242
Speaker Harry Brighouse of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will discuss in this lecture how poor teaching and mentoring of undergraduate students at research universities—which he believes is prevalent—doesn't bode well for students, society, and higher education. Learn more...

Resilience Film Screening and Panel Discussion
April 25; 4-6 p.m.

Education Building, Room 2
The new documentary Resilience reveals that toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience chronicles these issues as well as a movement spawned by professionals in the education, medical, and social welfare fields who are determined to fight back. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development

Attend Open House to Discover Exciting SPIN Internships
April 16; 3-5 p.m.
National Center for Supercomputing Applications Atrium

The Students Pushing Innovation (SPIN) internship program at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications will host the SPIN Open House for undergraduates in any major who are seeking exciting internship opportunities. These 2018-19 internships are designed for highly motivated, creative students who want to work on research projects with guidance from NCSA staff and faculty affiliates. Email for more information.

YWCA Women in Leadership Program Accepting Applications
Application Deadline: May 13
The Women in Leadership program is an intensive, two-semester leadership and project-management internship that is structured as a group consulting effort. Interns will work directly with local human services agencies to learn about the nonprofit sector; identify organizational challenges; and research, propose, and implement solutions during the school year. Learn more about the program and apply.

Study Abroad
 Study abroad in Ireland!

Spend the Spring 2019 Semester
in Ireland!

The Spring 2019 study abroad opportunity in Ireland is available through a partnership with Dublin City University (DCU), a research-intensive, globally engaged institution that is recognized internationally for its high-quality education. Participants on this semester-long trip will live among DCU students, work in local schools, and sightsee in the U.K. and in Europe. Learn more about the city of Dublin and contact Allison Witt at for inquiries.  

Happenings and Deadlines

Seniors Invited to Share Thoughts on Their Illinois Experience
Graduating seniors are invited to share information about their undergraduate experience at Illinois via a unique link request form. Learn more...

Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The theme of this year's Sexual Assault Awareness Month is "Speak. Act. Change." The events happening in April to build awareness of this issue were created collaboratively across campus and with community partners. Students are encouraged to attend a rally, a workshop, or participate in training to support survivors of sexual assault. View the events.

Discover Campus Happenings During Undergraduate Research Week
April 15-21
Fostering a culture of discovery on campus, Undergraduate Research Week showcases the best of undergraduate research and creative inquiry at Illinois. Events throughout the week will include workshops on how to get started in research, special exhibits, and colloquia sponsored by different departments highlighting the best of students' work. Learn more about this weeklong celebration of student innovation and excellence.


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