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August 27th, 2020

Welcome Back Illini!

We missed you!

The first Student Spotlight of the semester and this week on the 'gram is...

Raina Kutliroff

Raina Kutliroff

When Raina started at Illinois, she thought her fun and creative spirit meant the arts was where she belonged. But she found herself missing something in her major. She realized she could use her artistic skills as a full time educator, making the College of Education her new home. Raina’s story reminds us all that as we start a new school year, it's okay to not have it all figured out. Trust yourself on your journey, and everything will work out for the best! You’ve got this!

We feature Education students in our weekly Student Spotlight to build community within the College, and we’d love to highlight YOU. First-year students and sophomores, juniors, and seniors please complete this quick survey if you've not yet been featured.


Virtual Opportunities

The Counseling Center Hasn't Gone Anywhere!
The Counseling Center is providing quality mental health counseling in a way that best protects our students, staff, and campus community. This Fall, they are offering both individual and group outreach programming online, which can be requested here. They are also now offering brief online mental health screenings for depression, anxiety, and other common mental health concerns. These screenings are confidential and are meant to assist students to have an informed conversation with their counselor—not intended to provide a diagnosis. Check out their website to view the full list of in-person and remote services, as well as some resources to help keep your spirits lifted amid the pandemic.
For students experiencing an emergency, please call 217-333-3704 with questions.

College of Education Zoom Backgrounds
Transport your Zoom meetings and lectures with images of the lovely College of Education as your backdrop! Click here to download the College of Education's Zoom backgrounds, and check out the campus wide backgrounds here.  

Virtual Writers Workshop
The Writers Workshop is back in full swing for the fall with online consultations, take advantage and make an appointment here. In addition to individaul help, virtual class presentations and collaborations are also available by request through Zoom or similar interfaces. There are plenty of other resources on the Writers Workshop website availabe here. Their calendar of upcoming events will go live next week, in the meantime, follow them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all they have to offer!

#WelcomeEducation Pictures
Sure, maybe we’re not able to see you in person but we’d love to see your faces! Share your Illini Pride photos with us! Post selfies/pics while wearing your Illinois swag, Orange & Blue, masks, etc. and tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Make sure to use the #WelcomeEducation hashtag in your caption! If you’d like to have your photos featured in future marketing and promotional materials, please complete the photo release form


Scholarships + Awards

Luce Scholars Program Informational Events
Thursday, August 27th 3:30-4:30 pm, Zoom Link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/96778310067
Personal Statement Writing Workshop-Friday, August 28th 3-4:00 pm 
Zoom Link: https://illinois.zoom.uz/j/97241087301 
Do you want to get experience living and working in Asia? Students and recent grads may be eligible to apply for the Luce Scholars. The Luce is a one-year internship in your field after graduation in Asia or Southeast-Asia, and it is designed specifically for students and recent alumni who are U.S. citizens and who have spent less than 18 weeks in Asia since graduating from high school. To learn more, join their informational events here. 

The Gilman International Scholarship Program
Information Session: September 3rd, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Zoom Link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/99487287069 
Writing WorkshopSeptember 4th, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Zoom Link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/93901013751 
Are you interested in study abroad, but concerned about the cost?
The Gilman INternational Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 (plus up to a $3,000 supplement for critical languages) for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue summer, semester, or academic-year study abroad opportunities in other countries. This is a need-based award, and to be eligible, you must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant. The National and International Scholarships Program will assist in reviewing your scholarship application material and welcomes the opportunity to help make your application more competitive!

For more information on scholarship opportunities, contact the National and International Scholarships Program at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit their website. 



Career + Professional Development

The Career Center's Virtual Service Desk
Virtual Desk Hours: Monday-Friday, 12:00pm-4:30pm
Zoom Meeting ID: 921 4974 2009, Passcode: 266
This live Virtual Desk on Zoom connects students with real advisors and specialists to give them personal answers from anywhere. The Career Center's Virtual Desk provides everything from career drop-in advising to resume and LinkedIn profile checks. Visit their website to see the full list of services: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu

Illinois Business Consulting Application
Application Deadline: August 28th, 2020
The Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) is inviting students to apply to their Fall 2020 recruitment process to be prospective consultants. Illinois Business Consulting is a student-run consulting organization within the Gies College of Business. However, it is not just for Business students! Consulting is a wide ranging field with something to offer to everyone regardless of their major and expertise. IBC provides students with real-world consulting experience by providing them the unique opportunity to work with clientele that ranges from Fortune 100 to startups and nonprofit organizations. To apply to IBC, click here, general information can be found on their website.

Research Opportunity! Media Polarization; COVID-19 News Analytics 
Dr. Jodi Schneider and the Information Quality Lab is hiring an undergraduate research assistant for 100% remote work. This group seeks to understand how public health emergencies are reported and assess the polarization and politicization of  U.S. news coverage. You will be responsible for testing and improving search parameters, investigating contextual information such as media bias and media circulation, using text mining and data science, and close reading of sample texts. This is a paid position (8 hrs/week @ $12.50/hr) for the fall 2020 semester. For more information on this opportunity and how to apply, click here.

Exam Proctors Wanted 
The Computer-Based Testing Facility, or CBTF, is looking to hire 50 proctors for the Fall 2020 semester! The CBTF is a dedicated facility that provides academic testing services for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, now operating completely online. CBTF Online is a new testing service that uses human proctors (that would be you!) and Zoom on a second device to proctor course exams. Proctor responsibilities include monitoring and checking in test-takers, addressing student concerns during exams, and attending weekly Zoom meetings on Wednesdays from 4-5pm. If interested, you can apply at https://go.illinois.edu/cbtfproctor-application


And just like that, week one is almost done!
See you next Thursday for another edition of The Update

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