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Dec. 6, 2018


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

Alumni Spotlight
Eunwoo (James) Lim named Teacher of the Week by The News-Gazette 

Topnotch Teacher Recognized
Congratulations to Illinois alumnus Eunwoo (James) Lim, who was named Teacher of the Week last week by The News-Gazette. Eunwoo graduated in August with a minor in secondary education and is a first-year chemistry and Advanced Placement physics teacher at Danville High School. What would he be doing if he wasn't teaching? "A counselor or a chef," he told the publication. "They are two completely different jobs, but I think the reason for pursuing them would be the same. My passion is to positively impact others and improve their lives."

Read the interview with Eunwoo and nominate a deserving Teacher of the Week by emailing News-Gazette writer Lyndsay Jones at       


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 Daily Illini columnist argues students' dating habits need to change


News to Use: Daily Illini Columnist Argues Students' Dating Habits
Need to Change

Scholarships and Awards

Freshmen, Sophomores Invited to Info Session on Fulbright Institutes
Dec. 7; 3-4 p.m.
Illini Union Bookstore, Room 514

The National & International Scholarships Program on campus will host a session for freshmen and sophomores covering Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes and how to be a competitive applicant. The 2019 institutes are offering nine programs in areas such as global leadership, international politics, media, performing arts, and the environment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a grade-point average of 3.7 or higher. Previous Fulbright recipients from Illinois will be on hand to share their experiences. Learn more...   

Fellowship Offers Chance to Teach High-Needs Students, Earn Master's
Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2019

The prestigious Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship given to top applicants offers a generous stipend toward the completion of a master's degree in education at a partner institution in Georgia or Pennsylvania. The program includes a yearlong clinical experience in a high-needs school, courses with rigorous subject matter, professional development opportunities, and one-on-one mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment. In addition, fellows will have access to thousands of award-winning teachers and scholars. Learn more...   

Attend EDUC 102 James Scholar Poster Session 

Discover Research of Freshmen James Scholars
Dec. 13; 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Education Building, South Lobby
Stop by the free annual EDUC 102 James Scholar Poster Session to discover the exciting research that College of Education freshmen are conducting. Refreshments will be served.

Plan to Attend 2019 College of Education Graduate Student Conference
March 8, 2019; 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Education Building
Undergraduate students who are interested in discovering the thought-provoking research being done by graduate students in the College of Education are encouraged to mark their calendars for the 2019 Graduate Student Conference, an annual event of the College. The title of this year's conference is "The Urgency of Now: A Clear Call to Action." Research topics will include teacher perspectives and challenges to public education; social justice outlooks relating to gender, race, class, and abilities; and technological innovations and other approaches that foster change. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development

Apply to Become Social Justice Educator Paraprofessional
Application Deadline: Dec. 12

Students who are interested in serving as peer leaders on campus should consider applying to become a Social Justice Educator Paraprofessional. Selected applicants will expand their knowledge of social identities and inclusivity, design fun and engaging educational opportunities for peers, and develop public-speaking and interpersonal communication skills. Learn more...

Columbia Business School Seeking Outstanding Interns
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

James Scholars and students in the Learning and Education Studies major in the College of Education may want to consider applying for the 2019 Summer Research Internship program at Columbia Business School. Designed for students who are at the end of their sophomore or junior years, this highly competitive opportunity offers an intellectually stimulating environment and introduces interns to the world of business research in the areas of accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, data analytics, and more. Learn more...

Study Abroad

Learn About Studying Abroad at College's International Office
Education Building, Room 260
College of Education students who have questions about studying abroad during spring break or summer break are encouraged to visit the Office of International Programs prior to the end of the semester on any weekday from noon to 1 p.m. or 4 to 5 p.m. Members of the office will be available to answer study-abroad questions and provide info on upcoming overseas programs. Walk-ins are welcome or students may set up an appointment by emailing

Happenings and Deadlines
 Ease Stress as Semester Winds Down With Campus Care Packages

Ease Stress as Semester Winds Down With Campus Care Packages
The Counseling Center at Illinois is offering care packages on campus at the Soul Ingredient restaurant at the Florida Avenue Residence Halls (FAR) Dec. 6 from 6-8 p.m. and at the Undergraduate Library on Dec. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. In addition, the Counseling Center will host a Finals Relief Stress Party at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) on Dec. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Take Advantage of Tutoring Help on Campus During Finals
The Office of Minority Student Affairs will be open on Dec. 15 and 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. for walk-in tutoring for students seeking assistance in math, chemistry, and physics during finals. In addition, students are welcome to attend upcoming final exam review sessions being held at the Academic Services Center and at Lincoln Hall. Covered topics during these sessions will include chemistry, math, physics, and Spanish.


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