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Oct. 4, 2018

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

Student Spotlight
Alexandra Gilbert 

Poetzel Pep
Freshman Alexandra Gilbert said that no matter where she goes in life, she will always be a teacher. "I really feel like teaching is my calling," said the elementary education major. "I don't remember choosing teaching as my future because I've always known it's what I'm meant to do." One instructor in the College of Education who provides Alexandra with tons of inspiration is Adam Poetzel. Even if she comes to Adam's EDUC 102 class tired, Alexandra said she always peps up thanks to her teacher's cheerful and energetic style. "We talk about real-world issues facing our education system in America, which I'm really interested in, so his class is definitely a highlight of my week!" she said.            


Freshmen Focus: The College of Education Welcomes ...

Weston Acampora 

Weston Acampora, Elementary Education; Lincolnshire

"I knew I wanted to get into the field of education after taking classes in a lab school in high school."

Fun fact: "I can recite from memory pi to the 42nd digit." 

Torrie Newport 

Torrie Newport, Education (major), Spanish (minor); DeKalb

"I love the beautiful views of the Quad on campus and the atmosphere the students and professors create!" 

Fun facts: "I am a retired softball player and ballerina!"

Hallie Saperstein 

Hallie Saperstein, Special Education; Glenview

"I have always liked working with kids with special needs, so special education seemed like the right fit."

Fun facts: "I enjoy traveling and can't wait to study abroad."

Grace Seiffert 

Grace Seiffert, Special Education; Palatine

"I love that there are so many different opportunities for students to get involved on campus. You're able to find your niche and excel in areas you enjoy."

Fun fact: "I played softball for 10 years."

Shealyn Streder 

Shealyn Streder, Elementary Education; Naperville

"I love helping people grow and learn. I also enjoy working with young kids."

Fun facts: "I swam and played water polo all four years in high school."


News to Use: University Takes Firmer Online Security Measures

Scholarships and Awards

Discover and Apply for Prestigious Truman Scholarship
An informational session and writing workshop will take place this month for students who are interested in pursuing a prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which is awarded to academically strong students who have a passion for public service. Evaluators look for leadership ability, the potential for influencing public policy, community service endeavors, and the potential to perform well in a graduate school program. Discover more about the scholarship and click on the links below to learn about the informational and writing sessions.

Oct. 11: Truman Scholarship Informational Session
Oct. 12: Truman Scholarship Writing Workshop

Office Offering Two Research-Oriented Grants
Application Deadline for Research Support Grant: Oct. 25
Application Deadline for Conference Travel Grant: Oct. 10
The Office of Undergraduate Research is offering the Research Support Grant (RSG) and the Conference Travel Grant (CTG). The RSG provides funding for students from all disciplines so they can conduct research or pursue creative projects during the academic year on and off campus. The CTG provides awards of up to $350 for undergraduate students so they can travel to professional conferences to present their research via posters, papers, or in other interesting ways. Click on the links below to learn more about each grant and email for inquiries.

Research Support Grant
Conference Travel Grant

Apply for Horizons Fellowship
The Horizons Fellowship is a fully funded opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students who are looking to add real-world technology into their existing course of study by learning about building advanced software products. The fellowship supports outstanding and diverse students in their pursuit to become multidisciplinary leaders via technology. Learn more...  


Join Fountain Dyeing Party and Pancake Breakfast
Oct. 7; 9:45 a.m.

Outside Fountain at Alice Campbell Alumni Center (601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana)
Kick off Illinois Homecoming 2018 in a cool way by watching the fountain outside of the Alice Campbell Alumni Center get dyed a festive orange. A pancake breakfast, pumpkin decorating, and a live band will all be a part of the fun. All are welcome at this free event. Wear your orange and blue!

Check Out Inaugural OCCRL Movies That Matter Screening
Oct. 12; Noon-1:30 p.m.

Education Building, Room 42
The Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) in the College of Education will show a critical-cinema story designed to stimulate minds and bring forth candid conversations. Candy, pizza, and popcorn will also be a part of the Friday flicks, which will occur twice a semester. The first featured film is the Emmy-nominated No Greater Odds, which follows the inspirational stories of five community college students at the College of Southern Nevada. Learn more...

SEA Meeting to Feature Local Associate Principal
Oct. 17; 7 p.m.

Education Building, Room 2
This Student Education Association meeting at the College of Education will feature a talk by the associate principal of Edison Middle School in Champaign. Free pizza will be available.

Career and Professional Development

School of Social Work Hosting MSW Open Houses
Oct. 6 and Nov. 1
The School of Social Work will be hosting fall open houses for prospective students of varied majors who are interested in applying for the 2019/2020 Master of Social Work cohort. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the program, discover careers in the field, meet faculty, and learn about the application process.

RSVP for Oct. 6 open house.
RSVP for Nov. 1 open house.

Work-It-Wednesday to Feature FBI Agent, Info
Oct. 10
The Career Center will be welcoming to campus Special Agent Jon Kelly of the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of its Work-It-Wednesday happenings. Students will be able to attend three events at different locations on campus to discover information about exciting careers in the FBI. Learn more and contact Eden Haycraft at for inquiries.

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.

Peace Corp at Illinois Seeking Education Applicants
Application Deadline: Jan. 1, 2019
The Peace Corp is ideal for students who are looking to help with hands-on international development work that truly makes a difference. The organization is seeking applicants with education backgrounds to fill K-12 positions and positions in the areas of special-needs education and literacy promotion. Stop by The Career Center lobby on Tuesdays (1-3 p.m.) or Wednesdays (10 a.m. - noon) to meet with a Peace Corp recruiter or email for inquiries. 

Study Abroad

Join Global Cafe Spotlight on Hong Kong and Ecuador
Oct. 10; 4-5 p.m.
Education Building, Room 260A
The Office of International Programs in the College of Education will be hosting a Global Spotlight session on the Hong Kong and Ecuador study-abroad programs taking place during winter break. Speakers at the event will share information based on their experiences in the countries and answer questions. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Learn more...

Deadline Approaching to Study Abroad this Winter, Spring
Students who want to study abroad during winter break or spring break have until Oct. 28 to choose a program and apply. Remember that the College of Education offers students a $500 scholarship to study abroad. Students who have questions about studying abroad can visit Room 260A in the Education Building from noon to 1 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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

Department Seeking Spanish-English Bilinguals for Paid Study
The Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Illinois is seeking individuals who were born in the U.S. and grew up hearing and/or speaking Spanish at home, for a study that will pay students $30 total for three one-hour sessions. Participants will read and complete sentences in Spanish on a lab computer. The department is particularly interested in learning about those who feel their Spanish is not very good. Email Sara Fernandez Cuenca at to sign up or for inquiries.

Appointments Available to Learn About Undergraduate Research
The Office of Undergraduate Research will offer both advising appointments and drop-in hours this semester for those who are interested in learning more about topics pertaining to undergraduate research at Illinois. Discover the Undergraduate Research Ambassadors who are available for appointments.

The meetings for the drop-in hours generally last for 15 minutes and will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. Students seeking drop-in appointments must check in at the reception desk on the fifth floor of the Illini Union Bookstore (809 S. Wright St., Champaign).

Course Enrollment Open in Social Issues in Group Dialogue Program
Sign up to enroll in courses in the Social Issues in Group Dialogue program (EPSY 203) happening this fall
. The experiential classes are highly interactive and help students develop skills such as critical thinking, listening, and self-reflection. Students are also challenged to develop an awareness and understanding of important intergroup relational issues affecting individuals, organizations, and communities. Learn more and contact Joe Minarik at 217-333-9497 for inquiries.


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