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Feb. 7, 2019


Student Spotlight


Matthew Sondag | Inspired To Change 

Junior Matthew Sondag's choice to pursue Early Childhood Education was inspired by the quote, "To see the change, you must create the change." His goal is to create a classroom that promotes acceptance, respect, kindness, and the love of learning. 

After graduation, Matthew plans to take his passion for teaching to a Pre-K special education classroom. He says it's an area where he sees the most opportunity to reduce the stigma around special needs by creating an inclusive classroom setting. 

You can read more about Matthew here.

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Events + Opportunities

Attention Seniors!
University-wide Commencement: May 11; 9:30 a.m.
College of Education Convocation: May 11; 1 p.m.
Registration for Convocation by: April 1
Information about eligibiliy, academic attire, hooders for doctoral candidates, arrival and check-in, and a Convocation 2019 to-do checklist can be found here

Register early! If you have any questions, email

Attend the Imprint i-Program 
Illinois Leadership Center; Feb. 23
Imprint is the largest Illinois Leadership Center program each year. This program focuses on skills necessary for displaying leadership during times of transition. Students develop skills in managing themselves during times of change and learn how to develop and maintain personal and professional networks necessary to sustain success in any environment.
Sign up and secure your spot for this free program!
Attend Work-It-Wednesday
The Career Center; Feb. 13
Join representatives from Research Park/Enterprise Works for The Career Center’s Work-It-Wednesday. This is a great opportunity to learn more about internships and full-time opportunities at Research Park/Enterprise Works and how you can be competitive for them.
Check out the schedule
Hear About Student Experiences in China at Global Cafe
Feb. 8; Noon
Education Building 260A
This Friday, February 8, join us in room 260A and learn about our upcoming 2019 spring break programs. Light snacks and beverages will be provided!

You can find the Global Cafe schedule for every Friday here.

Volunteers Needed for 2019 Youth Literature Festival
Community Day Celebration; March 30
The Youth Literature Festival
brings award-winning authors to area schools in a three-day event that culminates with the free Community Day celebration with author presentations, books signings, puppet shows, music, activities for kids, and more. This event is free and open to the public.

The Festival is looking for volunteers for the event. They will need many hands to welcome more than 1,500 attendees. The biannual Festival aims to create and cultivate the love of reading in the lives of children and youth around Illinois schools and community.

If you are interested in volunteering, sign up here.

Volunteer to Tutor with SOAR
SOAR: Student Opportunities for After-School Resources is a partnership between the University of Illinois and the International Prep Academy (IPA) in Champaign. The program provides after-school enrichment for Latina/o bilingual youth. Children in grades 2-5 benefit from tutoring in reading and homework followed by social activities.

One-on-One Tutoring
SOAR tutoring is scheduled for TWR from 2–3:15 p.m., with time for reading, homework assistance, and social activities with the children. Illinois students are paired with the same child for the semester and may choose to volunteer more than one day per week. Spanish-speaking skills are not necessary in order to participate. Tutors will need to complete a background check through the Champaign School District by the third week of classes. The SOAR program coordinator will provide the clearance form for the tutors. This opportunity is especially interesting to Illinois students who want to gain cross-cultural awareness and relationship skills. Email Maria Lang to get started.

Tutors Needed at Urbana Middle and High Schools
Urbana Middle and High Schools are recruiting volunteers for tutoring. If interested contact Heidi Reible at She will follow up to facilitate completion of the requirements including scheduling an individual orientation.

Be Aware of Student Assistance Center Changes
Over the past several years the Offie of the Dean of Students office has seen increases in the volume, seriousness, and complexity of the situations they are managing. In order to best serve students and be better prepared for the issues they may bring, they are moving to a model in which they strongly recommend that students make an appointment. This is beneficial to students in the following ways:

  • Students can have concentrated time with a Dean to address their questions or concerns
  • The student’s issue may require research prior to the meeting, allowing the Dean time to do some preparation in advance
  • A Dean may not be readily available at all times during peak drop-in hours

Students can schedule appointments by calling (217) 333-0050.

Although they recommend appointments, walk-in hours will remain available on a revised schedule: Mondays-Friday, 10:00am-3:00pm. During this time, students can meet with a Dean for 10-15 minutes to address quick questions or concerns. Should a student’s situation require more time, the Dean will work with them to arrange a follow-up appointment. Learn more about the changes here

Scholarships + Awards

Freshmen and Sophomores: Become a Golden Apple Scholar
Application Deadline: March 1
The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program is now recruiting aspiring teachers for Illinois schools-of-need. Scholars are provided with extensive teaching experience and advanced preparation to supplement their college curriculum, academic support throughout their preparation in college, college tuition-assistance, and mentoring during their first years of teaching.

Apply here.

Apply for the Avery Brundage Scholarship
Application Deadline: Feb. 18
Full-time University of Illinois System students at the Chicago, Springfield, and Urbana universities, including incoming freshmen, graduate, and transfer students, are encouraged to apply. Grant-in-aid recipients may be eligible for Brundage scholarships under specified conditions. Academic and athletic competence will be considered over financial need.

Undergraduate and transfer student applicants must rank in the top 25 percent of their college and incoming freshmen must rank in the upper 25 percent of their incoming class. Graduate and professional students must be in good academic standing. Learn more and apply.

Apply for the Mary Ramier Grant
Application Deadline: March 1

The Mary Ramier Grant is meant to inspire undergraduate women to develop as successful leaders, activists, and professionals. 

The grant will be awarded competitively and can be used to:

  • Support research (e.g. research travel; materials such as books, recording equipment, etc.; conference travel)
  • Creative projects (e.g. zines, films, play, etc.)
  • Field trips that are related to gender and women’s studies
  • Other activities that promote the advancement of women 

Learn more.

Career + Professional Development

Join The Chicago Teachers Project
Application Deadline: March 6
The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago is proud to announce the launch of The Chicago Teachers Project: A Laboratory for Jewish Early Childhood Education Cohort 2.

Fellows in this two-year program will assume full-time co-teaching positions in Chicago’s premier Jewish early childhood centers. Outside the classroom, Teaching Fellows will grow together as a cohort, studying cutting-edge practices in early childhood education and exploring Jewish life with a dynamic team of professors and mentors. Learn more and apply.

Attend the EIU/Illinois Educators' Job Fair
Eastern Illinois University; March 4
Open Session: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Scheduled On-Site Interviews: 1 - 3 p.m.
This is a great professional opportunity and experience for seniors! Open session will be a time for students to talk with districts and organizations regarding opportunities. Afternoon on-site interviews will be scheduled by employers during the morning session.

Bring Your Student ID for Check-In! Find more information online.

Intern at Research Park
Application Deadline: March 1
The 2019 Summer Research Internship P
rogram provides an intellectually stimulating environment and introduces the interns to the world of business research. This is a multi-disciplinary program and candidates from all majors are encouraged to apply. The program runs from May 28 – July 26 or August 2, 2019 (end dates to be determined). Apply now. 


Apply for Student Employment at Illinois Leadership Center
Application Deadline: Feb. 11
Are you a student looking for a rewarding on-campus job for the 2019-2020 Academic Year? Look no further! The Illinois Leadership Center is hiring for a variety of positions, and they want YOU to join the ILC family. Learn more here
Apply now.

Join The Career Center Team
Application Deadline: Feb 14
The Career Center is seeking two energetic and customer-oriented undergraduates to join their student summer internship program. 

They are also recruiting students who are looking for on-campus jobs. To become a career services paraprofessions apply here


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