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Sept. 27, 2018

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

Student Spotlight
Colleen Finucane 

Psyched Senior
Colleen Finucane, a senior majoring in special education, has always wanted to be a teacher and can't wait to pass on her wisdom and assist students in their educational growth. Colleen also "adores" her friends on campus and has built great relationships with her professors in the College of Education. Her favorite is Dr. Lisa Monda-Amaya, whom Colleen said has broadened her knowledge and reminded her weekly why she is pursuing a career in special education. "She has been nothing short of a role model for me," Colleen said, "and I can only hope that I'm half as successful as her one day."             


Freshmen Focus: The College of Education Welcomes ...

Jorge Boyas 

Jorge Boyas, Elementary Education; River Forest

"I knew I wanted to get into the field of education when I experienced the achievement gap in my own high school."

Fun fact: "I love watching tennis."

Caitlyn Isaacson 

Caitlyn Isaacson, Elementary Education; Willowbrook

"I've been coming to campus for many years because I have family members who have graduated from Illinois. I love the atmosphere and the people. It feels like home."

Fun facts: "I love to travel and take photos."

Julia Rhodes 

Julia Rhodes, Elementary Education; Downers Grove

"I'm excited to get involved in different clubs and activities at Illinois."

Fun facts: "I've played the clarinet since fifth grade, and I give lessons to beginning players." 

Daniella Rodriguez 

Daniella Rodriguez, Middle Grades Education; Skokie

"The two advisers I met in the College of Education are very helpful and kind. I am excited to take education classes." 

Fun fact: "I have been to Mexico 24 times."

Lauren Yoo 

Lauren Yoo, Early Childhood Education; Mundelein

"I didn't know right away that I wanted to get into education. I was torn between two things I had a passion for."

Fun facts: "I love camping and the outdoors but am terrified of bugs."


News to Use: Pedestrians Should Stay Out of Bike Lanes

Scholarships and Awards

Two Scholarships Available for Leadership Retreat
Application Deadline: Oct. 19
The College of Education is pleased to offer two scholarships for students who want to attend The Institute™ by LeaderShape® retreat, which focuses on leadership development for students. The retreat will take place Jan. 6-11, 2019, at Allerton Park in Monticello, and it's recommended to register for one of the below information sessions that will take place in the Conference Room of the Illinois Leadership® Center:

Oct. 3; 1-2 p.m.
Oct. 9; 2-3 p.m.
Oct. 11; 5-6 p.m.

Students may apply at any time and can contact the center at 217-333-0604 or for inquiries.   

Info Session on Critical Language Scholarship
Oct. 4; 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Illini Union Bookstore, Room 514
Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Critical Language Scholarship is an intensive language and cultural immersion program for undergraduate and graduate students. The award covers one academic year of university-level language coursework and includes cultural programming, work with local language partners, and excursions. Attend this info session to learn more about the scholarship and email for inquiries.


SEA Meeting to Focus on Politics of Education
Oct. 3; 7 p.m.

Education Building, Room 2
This Student Education Association meeting will focus on the politics of education and how the upcoming election will impact future educators. Free pizza will be served.

Participate in Illinois Homecoming 5K Race
Oct. 7; 9 a.m.

Registration Deadline: Oct. 5
This year's Homecoming 5K race will start and end at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center (601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana). The $20 fee for individuals includes a dri-fit shirt, and groups can sign up for $60. All proceeds will support the Illinois Leadership Center. Learn more and contact Sean McGowan at for inquiries.

Career and Professional Development

Graduate & Professional School Fair on Campus
Oct. 17; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Illini Union; Ballrooms A, B, C, and Pine Lounge on First Floor
Recruiters from 132 institutions representing more than 1,200 varied graduate and professional school programs will be on hand at this open-house event. No RSVP is required and casual attire is acceptable. Learn more and contact the event support team at 217-333-0820 or for inquiries.     

Tutor Underserved Students in Community
Edison Middle School is seeking afterschool tutors who can assist underprivileged and underserved students in the community, individuals in grades one through 12 who are behind in their studies. The sessions will take place in a local church, and tutors will help students with their homework and with reading, writing, and mathematics. Volunteers are also needed to help Edison teachers three times per week in the classroom. Contact Teneka Richardson at for inquiries.     

Become an I-Connect Facilitator
Application Deadline: Oct. 1
Students who are passionate about diversity, enjoy facilitating difficult conversations, and eager to create change on campus are encouraged to apply to become an I-Connect facilitator through the Diversity & Social Justice Education program on campus. This is a paid position in which selected students will help guide new students in understanding and accepting diversity and inclusion on campus and beyond. Students of color, LGBTQ students, international students, and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Interviews will be held in early October. Learn more...     

Study Abroad
 Take a study abroad survey for a chance to win a prize

Take Study Abroad Survey for Chance to Win Prize
The Office of International Programs in the College of Education wants to hear students' thoughts on studying abroad, in an effort to develop future overseas programs. Take a survey for a chance to win a prize!

Happenings and Deadlines

Doctoral Candidate Seeking Research Assistant for Project
College of Education doctoral candidate Syahidatul (Syeda) Khafizah Mohd Hajaraih is seeking a passionate and motivated undergraduate research assistant to collect data on a project related to maternal health in immigrant populations. Fluency in French is required, and experience or a knowledge of working with low-income immigrant populations is desired but not required. Learn more...

Tuesday @ 7 Students Helping Students Workshops
Fall 2018; 7-8:15 p.m.
The Counseling Center on campus will be hosting multiple workshops covering numerous self-care topics this semester. Illinois students can also schedule workshops on request. Learn more...

WOKE Series to Assist Students With Navigating RSOs
Student organizations on campus must follow different policies, rules, and processes. This series of programs will help students navigate these issues and introduce them to several resources for leadership development. Learn more about the RSO Woke Series being presented by Student Affairs at the Illini Union.


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