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Oct. 11, 2018

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

Student Spotlight

Freshmen Focus: The College of Education Welcomes ...

Savannah Gregory 

Savannah Gregory, Elementary Education; Murfreesboro, Tennessee

"I have always loved kids and am passionate about teaching them."

Fun fact: "I once saw an octopus while snorkeling." 

Sarah Hughes 

Sarah Hughes, Elementary Education; Clarendon Hills

"I wanted to get into the field of education after taking a class called Invitation to Teach in high school." 

Fun facts: "I like country music."


News to Use: Flu Shots Available at College of Education on Oct. 18

Scholarships and Awards

Grant Offers Chance to Conduct Research On and Off Campus 
Application Deadline: Oct. 25
The Office of Undergraduate Research is offering the Research Support Grant (RSG), which provides funding for students from all disciplines so they can conduct research or pursue creative projects during the academic year on and off campus. Learn more and email for inquiries.

 Office of Community College Research and Leadership Movies That Matter: 'No Greater Odds'

Join Inspirational Screening Featuring Five Community College Students
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 Edison Middle School Associate Principal
Oct. 17; 7 p.m.

Education Building, Room 2
Attendees at this Student Education Association meeting will be able to enjoy free pizza and hear the associate principal of Edison Middle School talk about the hiring process and expectations for new teachers.

College of Education Dean to Give Lecture on Citizenship, Immigration, National Identity
Oct. 17; 7:30 p.m.

Spurlock Museum (600 S. Gregory St., Urbana), Knight Auditorium
With the sesquicentennial of the 14th Amendment having taken place in July, it's an ideal time to hear College of Education Dean James D. Anderson give a talk at the Center for Advanced Study's Twenty-Eighth Annual Lecture covering the topics of citizenship, immigration, and national identity. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development

Develop Leadership Skills as Campus Paraprofessional
Early Application Due Date: Oct. 14
Late Application Due Date: Oct. 22
The Social Justice Educators Paraprofessional Program is seeking students who want to be peer leaders on campus. While expanding personal knowledge about social identities and inclusivity, selected peer leaders will design engaging educational opportunities for fellow students and develop their own public-speaking and interpersonal communication skills. Attend one of the informational sessions below or learn more and apply.

Gregory Hall, Room 205
Oct. 11; 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18; 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Event to Cover Fashion, Resumes, Interviewing to Land Dream Job
Oct. 16; 6-8 p.m.
Gregory Hall, Room 223
Co-sponsored by the Minority Association of Future Educators (MAFE), this event is a chance for students to learn about what to wear to land their dream job and how to perfect their resume and interviewing skills. Professional and business-casual clothing will be modeled, and a resume and interview workshop will take place.

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 more than 130 institutions representing approximately 1,200 different graduate- and professional-school programs will be on hand to talk to students. View the list of program attendees. 

Study Abroad
Deadline Approaching to Study Abroad this Winter, Spring 

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

Opinions Needed to Make Programs, Event More Impactful
The Women's Resource Center is seeking women-identified students to take a 5-minute survey to help make its career development programs more impactful. The results of the survey will also be used to shape the Women's Career Institute, which will take place in the spring of next year. Take the survey and contact Sylwia Dutka at for inquiries about the 2019 event.   

Bike-Sharing Program Available on Campus
All those turquoise bikes students may be seeing on campus are part of a new, dockless bike-sharing program happening citywide. Get the facts on the program and see frequently asked questions about it.

Outreach Courses Designed to Help Students be Their Best
The Counseling Center at Illinois is offering four mini-courses designed to help build academic- and stress-management skills, in an effort to provide students with the tools they need to be successful. The topics being covered are:

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and ADHD-like Symptoms
Stress, Anxiety, Mindfulness, and Prioritization
Text Anxiety


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