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Nov. 15, 2018


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

Student Spotlight
College of Education student blogger Rachel Hernandez 

Shaping the World
Many in the College of Education community know middle-grades major Rachel Hernandez as the engaging student blogger who writes for the Admissions Office at Illinois. She's pursuing a career in the field of education because she believes educators can make a direct impact on the world. "Great teachers help shape great adolescents," said Rachel, who is a junior from Vernon Hills. Last winter, Rachel took a trip through the College of Education to Kayenta, Arizona, to teach on the Navajo reservation. "There are no words to describe how incredible that trip was," she said. "In fact, it inspired me to pursue a social science concentration in addition to my literacy concentration."

Rachel did in fact have words to describe her time in Navajo Nation, which were published as day one and day seven blog documentaries. Check out her blog page to view all of her posts.    


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News to Use: Meet Students Who Opted for "Gap Year" Prior to Pursuing College

Scholarships and Awards

Passionate About Innovation? Apply for Spark Scholarship
Application Deadline: Nov. 25

Galileo is offering three Spark Innovation Scholarships worth $1,000 each to undergraduate students who want to pursue a teaching path in Illinois or California. This newly created award supports aspiring educators who believe that innovation should be at the forefront of learning in order for students to be competitive and add genuine value worldwide. Learn more about the Spark Scholarship and apply.  

Service-Oriented Students Encouraged to Apply for Bailey Award
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019

The $3,000 Bailey Undergraduate awards are given to Illinois students who have demonstrated a positive influence and commitment to service, community involvement, leadership, and action. The financial needs and academic achievements of students are considered in the selection process. Learn more...


Immersive Curriculums: Virtual Reality and Humanities in Classrooms
Nov. 16; Noon

Education Building, Room 22
Sponsored by Technology Innovation in Educational Research and Design, this talk by Dr. Andrew Wilson of the University of Illinois Laboratory School will cover the practical, increasingly accessible application of virtual reality-inflected pedagogy in the humantities. Learn more...

 Cookies at the Clearinghouse at Children's Research Center

Join Cookies at Clearinghouse Fun at Children's Research Center
Dec. 5; 1-4 p.m.

Children's Research Center (51 Gerty Drive, Champaign), Room 20 in Lower Level
Students are welcome to attend this annual open house at the Illinois Intervention Clearinghouse, where cookies and punch will be available. Attendees will also be able to learn more about an incredible special-collection library and win door prizes! Learn more...

Career and Professional Development

Church Seeking Volunteer Educators Throughout Semester
Wednesdays; 5:30 p.m. (Dinner), 6-7:30 p.m. (Activities)
Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign is seeking teachers and teaching assistants this semester to assist with its Wednesday activities for children. The fun includes games, crafts, drama productions, gym activities and more. Thirty to 40 children usually attend the gatherings and range from infants to fifth graders. The free dinner at 5:30 p.m. is optional and offers a chance to get to know the kids. Contact David Wolf at or 217-359-3631, extension 23, for inquiries.

Study Abroad
 Discover international happenings at the College of Education

Preparing Globally Conscious Educators
Did you know that the Office of International Programs in the College of Education prepares globally conscious teachers, administrators, and policymakers to confront global challenges? In addition, the office offers study-abroad field work for pre- and in-service teachers, which become memories that last a lifetime. Follow Education Abroad on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news related to international events in the college and on campus and to discover study-abroad opportunities.

Happenings and Deadlines

Join Film Screening of Resilience at Champaign Public Library
Nov. 15; 7 p.m.
Champaign Public Library (200 W. Green St.)
As part of its fall Series & Discussion events, the Champaign Public Library will be showing Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope, a film that was shown at the College of Education last spring and drew a large crowd. The movie chronicles a new movement among professionals who are using innovative brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction, and disease. Members of the community and local experts will be on hand after the showing to facilitate a discussion on how to curb violence locally.

A Class for Those Inpired by Art-Science Synergies
The Where Art Meets Physics Course (PHYS 498 ART) is available this semester for students who enjoy dreaming up and creating projects that bring out awesome scientific concepts through artistic expressions. Students in the class will gain exposure to the exciting ways in which science has connected with music, theater, literature, and other arts. Students with an advanced physics background or who are practicing an artform at a reasonably professional level are preferred. Interested students can contact Professor Smitha Vishveshwara at and describe their background, what they find interesting about art-science synergies, and how they might be able to contribute to the class. Learn more...


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