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April 26, 2018

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

Student Spotlight
 Learning and working together, first as students, now as educators

Super-Close Cohort
Members of cohorts in the College of Education are close in school but don't necessarily expect to see much of each other after graduation
. Amazingly, four Class of 2012 students from a social studies cohort in the college do in fact see and work with one another often these days—in the same school district, no less. "It's a really neat story if you think about it," said Jay Mann, who inspired Amber Bell, Natalie Fisher, Emma Forsberg, and Meghan Gleason to create a T-shirt in his honor. Read more...

  • Check Out Photos of College of Education Student Participants at the 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium.

News to Use: Sports Offer Important Life Lessons

Scholarships and Awards

Informational Sessions on Graduate-Study Scholarships

Discover Knight-Hennessy Scholarships at Stanford University
May 2; 3-5 p.m.

Lincoln Hall, Room 1000
This event will cover the application process for the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship at Stanford University and be led by John L. Hennessy, the visionary behind the program. To be considered, applicants must be highly motivated and apply to a Stanford graduate degree program and for a scholarship. Seniors and graduates may apply for the award within four years of earning a bachelor's degree. Learn more...

Check Out Scholarship Opportunities in UK, Ireland
May 3; 3-4 p.m.

Illini Union Bookstore, Room 514
Join this event to discover scholarships that fully fund graduate study in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The informational session and application workshop is designed for juniors and seniors and will provide an overview of the Gates Cambridge, Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes scholarships. Eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and the application process for these awards will be discussed. Learn more...

Attend Upcoming Fulbright Workshops
Application Deadline: June 25
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 2,000 full scholarships every year for studying, researching, and teaching worldwide. Incoming juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing a Fulbright award can attend the below workshops in Room 514 of the Illini Union Bookstore to learn more:


Dean's Diversity Talk:
Why STEM Diversity Fails Women of Color

April 30; Noon-1 p.m.

Illini Union, Room 104
This talk featuring Dr. Kimberly A. Scott will cover why STEM diversity fails women of color, and how to best engage more underrepresented women in STEM. Scott is a professor in the Women and Gender Studies Department at Arizona State University. She is also the founder and executive director of ASU's Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, which explores, identifies, and creates innovative scholarship focused on underrepresented girls in STEM. Learn more...

Writing In-Class Essay Exams
May 1; 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Lincoln Hall, Room 1051
This helpful workshop prior to finals will focus on how to study for exams, how to plan answers, how to start essays, and how to manage time during tests. REGISTER

Navigating Summer Break
May 1; 7 p.m.

Illini Union, Room 407
This interactive workshop will cover the transition students have to make going from the school year to the summer. Whether moving back home, staying on campus, or visiting somewhere new, the switch to summer can sometimes present adjustment challenges. Staff members of the Counseling Center on campus will discuss during this event how the transitional changes affect students and how to prepare for them.

 College of Education Commencement Ceremony

College of Education
Convocation Ceremony

May 12; Noon

Armory (505 E. Armory Ave., Champaign):
Line-Up for Procession

Huff Hall (1206 S. Fourth St., Champaign):
Convocation Ceremony

Tickets will not be required for the 2018 College of Education Convocation Ceremony, but registration is required to participate. Students are invited to join a celebration at the Education Building following the ceremony. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development

Spots Available for Research-Oriented Course
Spots are still open for students who want to take the Developmental Assessment and Screening Project research course (HDFS 494). Students in the class will learn about several different developmental screening instruments and gain applied work experience by conducting screenings with children at the Child Developmental Laboratory. Those who are thinking about graduate school or who are entering a profession in the early childhood field will find this research experience to be especially valuable. Consult with Meghan Fisher at 217-300-2205 or to learn more about the class and for authorization to sign up.

Take UI Classes While Interning in Washington, D.C.
Illinois in Washington (IIW) is an academic internship program that is open to all U of I undergraduates. Participants live and intern in Washington, D.C., while taking university courses. This is an exceptional opportunity to gain rewarding work experience while observing the political, intellectual, and cultural experiences of the nation's capital. Internships have included positions with members of Congress, political parties, think tanks, social justice organizations, and government agencies. Learn more...

Girl Scouts Hiring for 2018 Summer Camp Season
The Girl Scouts of Central Illinois organization is in need of counselors and a food-service manager for its Camp Kiwanis happening this summer in Mahomet. Learn more about the camp and contact Tina Owens at for inquiries. 

Study Abroad
 Study abroad in Indonesia!

Spend July Studying Abroad in
Diverse Indonesia!

July 9 - 31

This three-week study abroad trip on four varied islands will introduce participants to the education, culture, and history of Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation with hundreds of ethnicities. Along with visiting a variety of schools and meeting with educators, students will attend teaching workshops, see performances, go on excursions, and live with host families. Learn more about this exciting opportunity.  

Happenings and Deadlines

College Seeking Volunteer Ushers for Convocation Ceremony
Deadline Date to Volunteer: April 30
The College of Education Convocation Committee is looking for eight students to serve as ushers during the college's 2018 Convocation Ceremony. The event will be held on May 12 in Huff Hall (see the "Events" section above). Volunteer ushers will get a lunch starting at 11 a.m., and work will begin promptly at noon and last until 3 p.m. Interested students should email by April 30. 

Volunteers Needed for Graduate Outcomes Data Collection
Deadline Date to Volunteer: May 2
May 9; Activities and Recreation Center, Multipurpose Room
Volunteers are needed to help with the campuswide Illini Success graduate outcomes survey data collection. Participants will assist in a variety of roles in an effort to confirm and encourage survey completion, as well as facilitate a smooth flow of people through the allotted space. The set-up and clean-up times will be dedicated to securing computers and other materials before and after the event. View the sign-up sheet to pick a shift and volunteer. 

Plant a Tree on the Main Quad
April 27; 11:30 a.m.
Outside Lincoln Hall
Help make the Quad a more environmentally friendly area by planting a tree to celebrate Illinois Earth Month and National Arbor Day. The tree-planting group, which will include campus and community leaders, will meet in front of Lincoln Hall at the start of the event. Participants will gather inside the lobby of Foellinger Hall in case of rain.


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