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Sept. 13, 2018

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

Student Spotlight
Ashley Kaufman 

Inspired by Terrific Teachers
Junior Ashley Kaufman said many of her College of Education professors have made her Illinois experience "memorable and meaningful." One of her favorites is Dr. David Zola, who one day came to class dressed as the late Jean Piaget, a Swiss psychologist known for his work in child development. This semester she'll collaborate with scholar H. Chad Lane on his research project involving Minecraft and STEM education. "I am incredibly excited to work with him and dive deeper into educating myself on STEM education and Minecraft," said Ashley, who is minoring in elementary education. Following graduation, the Highland Park native plans to move back to a northern suburb of Chicago and teach near her hometown.      


Freshmen Focus: The College of Education Welcomes ...

Kara Cullerton 

Kara Cullerton, Special Education; Chicago

"I started working with special-needs students in high school and fell in love with it. It's been my passion ever since." 

Fun fact: "I was born with six fingers on my left hand!"

Josephine Jacobs 

Josephine Jacobs, Elementary Education; Riverside

"The campus is so friendly. I love kids and can't wait to study in the field of education."

Fun fact: "I was born in Switzerland."

Corey Lavallais 

Corey Lavallais, Middle Grades Education; Franklin Park

"I love math and have always had a desire to inspire young minds to embrace learning."

Fun fact: "I was the Great American Spelling Bee champ when I was 8 and 9 years old and interviewed about it on a TV talk show." 

Shakela McWaine 

Shakela McWaine, Special Education; Chicago

"I knew education was for me when I saw my peers with learning disabilities feeling comfortable coming to me for help."

Fun fact: "I love food!"

Schum Hannah 

Hannah Schum, Elementary Education; Mahomet

"The College of Education goes out of its way to make you feel welcome and at home on a large campus."

Fun facts: "I am left handed and have green eyes."


News to Use: New Earpieces Could Prevent Hearing Damage

Scholarships and Awards

Info Session on Churchill Scholarship
Sept. 14; 3-4 p.m.
Illini Union Bookstore, Room 514

This informational session and application workshop is for seniors and will provide an overview of the Churchill Scholarship. Participants will learn about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and the application process. Learn more about the Churchill Scholarship and view more info about the Sept. 14 event.


Join Goldstick Lecture Featuring Speaker Krista Wilkinson
'Supporting Social and Communication Goals for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Through the Performing Arts'
Today; 4-5:30 p.m.

Alice Campbell Alumni Center (601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana)
This evening Dr. Krista Wilkinson of Penn State University will discuss how the performance arts can promote friendships, social engagement, leadership, and other important social and communication goals. She will also share videos of these outcomes from the troupes she leads and discuss tips and resources for initiating a successful performance troupe. Learn more...

Visit C-SPAN Bus on Campus
Sept. 17; 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Bus Will be Parked Outside University YMCA (1001 S. Wright St., Champaign)
Come check out the high-tech C-SPAN bus on campus! There is no charge and students can discover the Washington, D.C.-themed selfie station, the TV production studio, and the classroom area for conversations, as well as take part in an exclusive interactive experience.

Majors & Minors Fair
Sept. 17; 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Illini Union, Ballrooms A, B, and C
Held every fall semester, the Majors & Minors Fair offers an outstanding opportunity for undergraduate students to learn about the majors and minors related to their interests. Departmental supervisors and faculty members will be on hand to discuss numerous available programs. Helpful handouts and great giveaways will also be a part of the event. Learn more...

Share Education Experiences with High School Students
Oct. 12; 4-5:30 p.m.

College of Education students will have a unique opportunity during Homecoming to share their experiences and insights with high school students who are interested in the field of education in the areas of:

  • Early childhood education
  • Elementary education
  • Middle grades education
  • Special education
  • Secondary education minor
  • Learning and education studies

Learn more about the College's Global Innovations in Education Homecoming happenings and contact Noor Doukmak at to talk about education with high school students.

Career and Professional Development

Department of English Career Showcase
Sept. 13; 5-6:30 p.m.
English Building, Room 304 (Video Gaming Lab)
Students who are interested in English, creative writing, and other related fields in the humanities will be able to learn about career paths in those areas at this event. Five graduates from the Department of English will be available to offer advice, share success stories, and answer questions. Contact Kirstin Wilcox at for inquiries.

Chicago Public Schools Seeking On-Campus Recruiters
The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Talent Acquisition Team is looking for a full-time education major who will represent CPS as an on-campus recruiter. The individual must be passionate about education, self-development, networking, and able to recruit talented future teachers to serve in the third largest school district in the country. Each selected recruiter will earn a $1,000 stipend and will work both independently and collaboratively with student organizations, professors, and fellow classmates. Learn more...

Internship Opportunity at LEAP in Urbana
The Linking Educators and Parents (LEAP) nonprofit organization has an open internship for those who are talented in the fields of art and design and who have abilities in writing and proofreading. Applicants must also have an awareness of and sensitivity to the issues experienced by those with dyslexia and other learning differences. The time commitment for the internship is one to two hours per week, and the intern will perform duties such as maintaining LEAP's Facebook page, attending LEAP events to take photographs, and publicizing workshops and public forums. Learn more about LEAP and contact Marilyn Kay at or 217-367-0398 for inquiries.  

Urbana School Seeking Help with Reading Program
Thomas Paine Elementary School in Urbana is looking for student volunteers to assist with its Battle of the Books reading program, which will take place from November through March. Participants in this program are part of teams that read a list of 30 books and then compete in a contest at the end of March. Volunteers who work with these third- through fifth-graders will meet once a month and help them organize and talk about the books, as well as assist with behavior management. The first informational meeting will take place Oct. 18. Contact Jaimee Gleisner at for inquiries.

Study Abroad

Learn About Studying Abroad at Info Session
Sept. 19; 4 p.m.
Education Building, Room 260A
Students who are interested in studying abroad during winter break or next semester can attend this info session to learn about all of the programs being offered through the College of Education. The deadline to apply for programs is Oct. 28, so come with questions and enjoy the provided snacks!

Happenings and Deadlines

Discover Peace Corps at Illinois
Joining the Peace Corps is a wonderful opportunity for service-minded graduates who are interested in hands-on international development work in fields ranging from education to agriculture to health. Applicants can choose from 2,500 open positions in more than 60 countries. Sydney Lazarus of The Career Center on campus will be holding regular drop-in hours this semester to discuss Peace Corps opportunities. Learn more about the Peace Corps at Illinois and contact Sydney at for inquiries.

Take Part in Workshops on Research Writing Skills
The Office of Undergraduate Research has partnered with The Writing Center to offer workshops focused on research writing skills for undergraduate students. Students will learn the fundamentals of proposal writing and discover a basic knowledge of research proposals and their structure. Learn more about the sessions and their upcoming dates.

New 'Bike at Illinois' Website Launched
The new "Bike at Illinois" website is a comprehensive bicycling resource for the campus community designed to help everyone have a safer, easier, and more comfortable biking experience when riding. Visit the site to map routes, find the right bicycle, fix a bike, and learn about campus biking rules.   


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