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October 29, 2020

Boo! And Happy Halloween from Captain Eddie!
Arrrrr come say hi and pose for a pic with Eddie at the trick-or-treating
event on the Quad TONIGHT!

Follow all Eddie's adventures at #CollegeofEddie

This week's Student Spotlight is...

Grace McCoy

Freshman Grace McCoy is starting her college journey under unusual circumstances, but that's not stopping her ambition, optimism, and drive! Grace has always seen the value in education, and through the support of the College of Education community, she is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. Grace says, "Any job in this profession would be rewarding and would keep me on my toes, so that I continue to feel that I am doing something worthwhile for my students."

We feature Education students in our weekly Student Spotlight to build community within the College, and we’d love to highlight YOU. First-year students and sophomores, juniors, and seniors please complete this quick survey if you've not yet been featured.



Virtual Opportunities


GO VOTE—Campus Polls are Open!
Early voting is underway on campus! You can vote at the Illini Union, the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), and the University YMCA. If you have not yet registered to vote, it's not too late! Same day voter registration is allowed, so long as you provide two forms of identification, one of which showing your current address. For the full list of locations and hours, as well as other voter FAQs, see the Illini Vote website.

Global Cafe—Tonight!
Thursday October 29, 8 p.m. CST
The Office of International Program is sponsoring the Global Cafe forum this Fall 2020 to allow spaces for conversation during the online instruction periods on various selected topics for our students and faculty. This week's topic is Reimagining Globalization after the Pandemic. For the Zoom link and password, register here. 

Solidarity Garden 
The Counseling Center's Solidarity Garden collects and shares stories of people from different identity groups allying with each other on their Instagram page @solidaritygarden. This project is initiated by the API Roots and ISO teams at the UIUC Counseling Center to promote the well-being of students through psycho-educational programming and outreach activities. If you have a story you'd like to share, fill out this form!

Homecoming Court Nominations
Nominations due November 1 
Applications due November 2 by 9 p.m. CDT

While Homecoming will look a bit different this year, we are continuing the Homecoming Court tradition of honoring our outstanding seniors. The Homecoming Court is composed of 20 student leaders in senior standing, who are selected based on their academic achievements, campus leadership, and community involvement. If there is a senior you would like to nominate, just send the name(s) of student(s) you wish to nominate to HomecomingCourt@illinois.edu and they will take care of the rest! Or, if you are a student in senior standing and wish to apply for Homecoming Court submit applications here. Nominees will still need to submit an application to be officially considered. 

Gies Virtual Mind & Body Series with Hatha Yoga & Fitness
Tuesdays 7-7:45 p.m. CST- Flow Yoga & 7:45-8 p.m., Mindfulness and Meditation
Sundays 10:30-11 a.m., HIIT & 11-11:30 a.m., Flow
Check in with your body and mind by joining Gies College of Business for meditation and yoga classes over Zoom! Release stress and tension with Flow Yoga, then reduce anxiety and find your focus with Mindfulness Meditation on Tuesdays. On Sundays, join the High Intensity Interval Training for an apartment friendly workout, followed by another Flow and Meditation class. Register in advance and be sure to log in 5 minutes early! 

Trick or Treat + Costume Contest on the Quad—Tonight!
Happy Halloweek! Celebrate spooky season with trick or treating and a costume contest on the Main Quad this evening! Don't forget your mask, I-Card, Safer Illinois access approval... and a bag for all that candy and swag!


Scholarships + Awards


Golden Apple Scholars Applications are Open!
This teacher preparation program provides their scholars up to $23,000 in tuition assistance and mentoring that supports the development and success of new, highly-effective teachers for Illinois schools-of-need. Illinois needs passionate resilient young educators like you! High school seniors and first and second-year Illinois college students are eligible to apply.

Bailey Global Scholars

Application Deadline: November 8
This 7-month scholarship program is designed to help University of Illinois students grow as responsible and engaged global citizens by supporting critical reflection, dialogue, and action across differences of culture and power. Bailey Global Scholars will participate in an online "Education through Global Engagement" program during the Spring 2021 semester culminating in a volunteer immersion (virtual or in person) capstone experience during Summer 2021. Participants will also receive a $1000 academic scholarship for the Spring 2021 semester.

For more information on scholarship opportunities, contact the National and International Scholarships Program at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit their website.


Student Wellness


WellTrack - The New Mental Health App
If school, the pandemic, and the sociopolitical climate have you feeling anxious, uncertain, or afraid, you're not alone. There are many resources on campus to support you, including a new mental health app called WellTrack. WellTrack is designed to help you track your moods and teach you about techniques to effectively manage challenging emotions and situations. In addition to these resources, counseling services on campus are available to support you through whatever you are facing.

Don't Forget Your Flu Shot!
Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m-3 p.m. CST
Your health and wellness is more important than ever, protect yourself and get your flu shot this season! McKinley Health Center is now providing flu shots at CRCE, as well as a number of other outreach locations. Flu shots are free to U of I students who have paid their Health Service Fee. Be sure to have your I-Card present at the time of service.

Everybody Eats @ Bevier Café
Mondays-Fridays, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. CST
2nd Floor of Bevier Hall
Bevier Café wants to make sure everybody eats. To do their part, they are testing a new pay-what-you-can model this semester. Pay the suggested price, pay what you can, pay a little extra to cover someone in need, or pay it forward and buy a meal for someone else! With any luck, the pay-what-you-can system will allow the continued teaching of foodservice FSHN 340 students, continue to serve delicious food to hungry patrons, and take real action toward fighting on-campus food insecurity! Plus, wear Illini gear on Fridays and get 10% off!

ARC Student Food Pantry
Tuesdays 1-4 p.m. and Saturdays 2-5 p.m. CST
ARC Instructional Kitchen
Announcing the opening of the Food Assistance & Well-Being Program! Their mission is to ensure that the entire Illinois community has access to nutritious food and key necessities in a welcoming and educational space. The shopping-style food pantry provides the UIUC campus with access to nutritious food and necessities in a supportive, inclusive environment. Food Science and Human Nutrition Students will also be available to answer shopper questions and to provide resources to prepare the food. Visit their website for food donation forms, nutrition resources, and more.

Jubilee Cafe
Mondays 5-6:30 p.m. CST, 
805 S. Sixth Street
Jubilee Cafe provides a free homemade meal every week to anyone who needs it. All are welcome! In addition to meals, a few pantry and personal items are also available. Got questions? Check out their website or Facebook page for more details!


Career + Professional Development


D.I.N.E. 2020
Wednesday, November 4, 5-7 p.m. CST
The Diversity & Inclusion Networking Exchange (DINE) Committee is pleased to announce DINE 2020! Students will have the opportunity to connect with employers, practice networking, and learn the right questions to ask. The virtual event features a brief panel followed by networking with real employers. Mark your calendars and register today!

Fall Support and Resources for Undergraduate Researchers
Undergraduate researchers, take advantage of the support and resources offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research! They offer plenty of services like online workshops this fall. Students can schedule an online appointment with them at any time. Visit their website for more information. 

Summer Teaching Opportunity
Parkland College's Community Education is now recruiting instructors for summer camps. "College for Kids" camps give instructors an opportunity to teach small classes in a relaxed, fun environment. This is a great opportunity to teach in an area you are passionate about, but have not yet had the chance or time. Interested individuals, especially graduate students, are welcome to apply and may contact Terry Thies with any questions at tthies@parkland.edu.


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