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August 30 Welcome Back Edition
for Students, Faculty and Staff!


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

Student Spotlight

Check Out How Your Fellow Students Spent Their Summers!

Calia Brooks 

Calia Brooks
This summer I bonded with my fellow Golden Apple Scholars and our amazing directors. It was an incredible experience and I look forward to continuing my path alongside these fellow scholars!

Calia is shown at far left in photo.

Michael Caliendo 

Michael Caliendo
This summer I worked at the Summer Discovery program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My students were in high school and conducted the equivalent of undergraduate research. When we weren't busy with work we'd spend time at the beach, at amusement parks, and surfing in the ocean, where we saw dolphins!

Sydney Cooper 

Sydney Cooper
This summer I worked for Campus Recreation and helped register freshmen at the College of Education. During my free time I read by the pool or hung out at a coffee shop. I was also able to visit friends, celebrate a family wedding, and explore more of Champaign-Urbana!

Rachel Gross 

Rachel Gross
This summer I worked as a trips leader at a camp, taking kids all around the state of Maine on different hikes and trips. This included overnight jaunts and canoeing adventures, and I taught fire-building and wilderness-survival skills. It's been the best thing I've ever done in my entire life.

Emma Jones 

Emma Jones
This summer my family and I took the trip of a lifetime to England, where I posed for this picture in an old telephone booth! We also went to France, where we visited the beaches of Normandy and the Eiffel Tower. I ate exquisite food and made memories with my family that I will treasure forever.

Grace Liu 

Grace Liu
This summer I worked in the Office of International Programs at the College of Education, helping coordinate summer exchange programs for more than 60 students from universities in Hong Kong and China. They studied topics in a wide range of majors, and it was refreshing to see things from their perspective since they were visiting the U.S. for the first time!

Grace is shown at far left in front row in photo.

Grace Oberg 

Grace Oberg
This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Peru through the Campus Honors Program!

Maria Perez 

Maria Perez
This summer I spent a month at a Golden Apple internship as a teaching assistant. I made connections with lots of other scholars and got a genuine feel for what the classroom environment is like as an authority.

Maria is shown in middle of photo.

David Pollak 

David Pollak
This summer I was a camp director at Apachi Skokie Day Camp, where I supervised sports, aftercare, and the Counselor-in-Training program.

Sukanya Prasad 

Sukanya Prasad
This summer I worked with an organization called Aim High, which runs summer enrichment camps in the San Francisco Bay Area that strive to close opportunity and achievement gaps. I had the amazing opportunity to teach seventh grade at the Richmond site. It was a summer of growth and inspiration, and I'm very excited to pursue a career in education! 

Sarah Predmore 

Sarah Predmore
This summer my family and I went to a ski-resort town in Germany called Garmisch-Partinkirchen. We visited Neuschwanstein Castle, swam in a lake beneath the tallest mountain in the country, and visited a concentration camp, which I thought would be an important place to see as a future middle grades teacher.

Mia Rangel 

Mia Rangel
This summer I had the chance to work as an intern with the Noble Network of Charter Schools, speak in front of a board about charter schools, and help with the hiring process for the organization.

Mike Rotter 

Mike Rotter
This summer I biked with the Illini 4000 from New York City to San Francisco to raise money for cancer research and support services. We logged more than 4,700 miles on our 76-day journey, seeing some beautiful parts of America and raising $110,000!

Education student Mandy Tainter is shown on right in photo.

Natalia Waz 

Natalia Waz
This summer I traveled to San Francisco, Seattle, the Ozarks, Las Vegas, and to Devil's Lake in Wisconsin. It was great to see a lot of my friends and also what the different cities offered.

Allison Wengerhoff 

Allison Wengerhoff
This summer I worked as the unit director at Apachi Village in Northbrook. It's a day camp I've called home for many years!


News to Use: Check out The Daily Illini New-Student Guide

Scholarships and Awards

Attend Info Sessions on Luce Scholars Program
Aug. 30; 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Aug. 31; 3-4 p.m.
Illini Union Bookstore, Room 514
The National and International Scholarships Program is hosting two informational events on the Luce Scholars Program, a one-year internship in Asia for students who have little academic or personal knowledge of the continent.

Information Session
Personal Statement Writing Workshop

Email for more information.


Attend Info Sessions on Tutoring at Urbana Schools
Sept. 5 (Animal Sciences Laboratory, Room 150)
Sept. 19 (Mumford Hall, Room 103)

5:30-6:30 p.m. (Both Events)
Urbana Middle School and Urbana High School are seeking student tutors with knowledge in numerous subjects including math, science, health, and history. The schools also need assistance with special education classes, minority enrichment programs, and a multitude of extra-curricular programs such as art, music, drama, and sports. Contact Kristin Davis at for inquiries.

Join 14th Annual Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders
Thursday, Sept. 13; 4-5:30 p.m.
Alice Campbell Alumni Center (601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana)
Dr. Krista Wilkinson, a professor of communication sciences and disorders at Penn State University, will share her experiences leading performance troupes designed for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She will also discuss and share videos on how performance promotes friendships, social engagement, leadership, and other important social and communication goals. Learn more...

iSchool Fall 2018 Open House
Friday, Sept. 14; 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Reception at 6 p.m.)
Student Dining and Residential Programs Building (301 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign)
Registration Deadline: Sept. 7
This iSchool event is ideal for juniors and seniors in the Learning & Education Studies program who are considering a career in school librarianship. Faculty, staff, and students in the school will be available to chat with, and attendees will be able to learn about preprofessional opportunities and how to apply to the program. An optional campus tour and a 6 p.m. reception will also be part of the activities. Register for the event or email for inquiries.

Tolerance Means Dialogue:
Religious Liberty and the Culture War Over LGBT Rights
Monday, Sept. 17; 7-8 p.m.
Lincoln Hall Theater (702 S. Wright St., Urbana)
Designed with students in mind on Constitution Day, the Tolerance Means Dialogue event will feature moderators Shannon Minter of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Robin Fretwell Wilson of the College of Law at Illinois. The discussion will focus on religious liberty and the culture war surrounding LGBT rights, with the goal of drawing on insights on ways to live together among differences. Learn more about Tolerance Means Dialogue and view information on the September event.

Career and Professional Development

Find Work Through Part-Time Job Fair
Sept. 4; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Illini Union, Room B

Engage with more than 20 on- and off-campus employers looking to hire Illinois students for paid part-time job opportunities. Sign in and view the list of employers at Handshake @ Illinois.

Student Tutors Needed for SOAR Program
Sign-Up Deadline: Sept. 11
The Student Opportunities for After-School Resources (SOAR) program is seeking student volunteers for its afterschool enrichment program for Latina/o bilingual youth. Tutoring takes place at the International Prep Academy in Champaign during the middle of the week and includes time for reading, homework help, and social activities with the children. Spanish-speaking skills are not necessary to participate. Learn more...

Sign Up for Getting Started in Research Workshops
Upcoming workshops hosted by the Illinois Office of Undergraduate Research will cover the various forms of undergraduate research that takes place on campus. Students will learn how to locate campus research opportunities, gain a better understanding of research in general, and learn how to create a list of faculty mentors to contact. Learn more and sign up to participate.

Study Abroad

Open House for Illinois Abroad Day
Sept. 5; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Education Building, Room 260A
The Office of International Programs at the College of Education is hosting an open house for students and faculty as part of Illinois Abroad Day. Free food, prizes, and information on studying abroad will all be a part of the fun. Learn more...

Other key dates for studying abroad:

Happenings and Deadlines

Experience Learning and Leadership Through Service in Fall Course
Thursdays; 3:30-4:50 p.m.
Talbot Laboratory, Room 105
The STEM Education Practicum course (ENG 298 SEP) available this semester is ideal for students who enjoy working with youth and want to help children from underrepresented populations someday become scientists and engineers. Participants will spend 12 hours during the semester working with youth in STEM clubs in Champaign County and Chicago. Along with earning course credit, students will also accumulate community-service hours. Learn more and contact Lara Hebert at for inquiries.

Learn About Applying to the 2018 Homecoming Court
Undergraduates who will graduate at the end of the current fall semester or at the conclusion of the upcoming spring or summer terms can apply to be on the 2018 Illinois Homecoming Court. Candidates must have accumulated at least 90 hours and have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Learn more...


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