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Oct. 18, 2018

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

Student Spotlight
 Dr.David Zola

A Tribute to Dr. David Zola
College of Education student blogger Rachel Hernandez wrote a piece last month in which she shared her thoughts on the passing of beloved educational psychology scholar David Zola. "Dr. David Zola was the only man who dared to call a group of college students his family," she wrote at the start of the Sept. 29 blog post. Read the full piece.      


News to Use: University Looking to Adopt Reusable Straws

Scholarships and Awards

Join Info Sessions on Boren Scholarships
Oct. 25 and 26
Illini Union Bookstore, Room 514
Application Deadline: Jan. 17, 2019
(For any Semester or Year of Study Between May 2019 and May 2020)
Boren Undergraduate Scholarships provide study abroad funding of $6,000 to $20,000 for a full academic year or $4,000 to $10,000 for a semester. Recipients must enter into a service agreement that requires they attempt to work in a paid position for the federal government in an area related to national security. Students are encouraged to begin their application drafts prior to winter break and can attend the below workshops for assistance:

Oct. 25: Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Informational Session
Oct. 26: Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Writing Workshop


Herstory: Digital Innovations Symposium & Book Signing
Oct. 26; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

National Center for Supercomputing Applications (1205 W. Clark St., Urbana), Room 1030
Hear from Midwestern women who shaped early digital media and participate in breakout sessions focused on empowering women. The event will include 13 lightning talks followed by interactive breakout sessions based off of the book New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts. Lunch will be provided. REGISTER

Weaknesses in Preservice Teachers' Computational Skills, Understandings
Nov. 2; Noon-1 p.m.

505 E. Green St., Champaign; Classroom 201
This MSTE Friday Lunch Series event will feature speakers Jerry Beckner and Cheng-Yao Lin, who will discuss a study they conducted that found preservice teachers lack computational skills and understandings. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development

SEA Meeting to Focus on Improvisation in Classroom
Nov. 7; 7 p.m.
Education Building, Room 2

Participants of this Student Education Association meeting will hear from members of the Hive Society Improv Group to learn about improvisation in the classroom. Free pizza will be served!

Attend UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair to Teach Abroad
Feb. 1-2, 2019
Waterloo, Iowa

This event at the University of Northern Iowa will offer students a chance to connect with more than 120 American international schools worldwide. Those who register early will receive a discounted fee. Learn more and register

Study Abroad

Study Abroad in Asia or Latin America This Winter
The Office of International Programs in the College of Education is offering a pair of two-week study abroad programs to Ecuador and Hong Kong/Macau during winter break. Participants will have a chance to visit the highest-ranked classrooms in the world in Hong Kong and Macau. Students who participate in the trip to Ecuador will live with a local family and develop expertise in teaching Latin American students. Learn more about each trip:

Hong Kong/Macau

Global Cafe Session to Cover Available Study Abroad Scholarships
Oct. 24; 1 p.m.
Education Building, Room 260A
Students who are interested in learning about scholarships that offset the cost of studying abroad can attend this informational session. Samantha Celmer, the fellowships and scholarship coordinator at Illinois International, will talk about study abroad scholarship opportunities. Email for inquiries. Lunch will be provided.

Take Study Abroad Survey for Chance to Win Prize
The Office of International Programs in the College of Education wants to hear from students about the topic of studying abroad, in an effort to better develop future overseas programs. Take a survey to share pertinent thoughts and possibly win a prize!

Happenings and Deadlines

UI Launches 'Coursera for Illinois' Program
The University of Illinois has launched "Coursera for Illinois," a program designed specifically for the Urbana-Champaign campus community. All students, staff, and faculty now have free access to more than 60 online courses offered by Illinois on the Coursera platform. Learn more...


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