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Feb. 22, 2019


Student Spotlight


Candace Hsu | Born To Teach

Candace knew her purpose in life was to be a teacher from the age of seven. As a senior majoring in elementary education and minoring in speech and hearing science, she loves connecting what she learns from one field of study to another. She hopes to create a future classroom in which her students can walk in with a smile and leave feeling encouraged and empowered. 

Candace has interned in the EDUC 101 course and volunteered as a teacher assistant at Orchard Downs Preschool in Urbana. She also volunteers locally at Loaves and Fishes Community Services thanks to the inspiration she received in a C & I course.

You can read more about Candace here.

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Events + Opportunities

Get Your Senior Portrait
YMCA Wahl Room; Feb. 18 - March 9
Illio will be hosting a Senior Picture Pop-Up Sessions. Book your appointment at to reserve the spot that works best for you. Cap and gowns will be provided! 

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

Seniors: Attend the LGBT Resource Center's Lavender Congratulatory Ceremony
May 1
Join the LGBT Resource Center as they celebrate graduating seniors. Email to let them know you'd like to be recognized during the ceremony.

Participate in Campus Climates and Racial Experiences Study and Win Amazon Gift Card
This study examines how domestic and international students perceive campus climates and experience racial microaggressions/racism. Survey participants will be placed in a drawing for rewards ($100, 50 & 20) after completing the survey. Interview participants will receive a $15 Amazon gift card. Make your voice heard for a better learning environment.

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.

Scholarships + Awards

Apply for 2019-2020 College of Education Scholarships
Application Deadline: April 7
The College of Education Undergraduate Honors and Scholarships Committee invites you to review the college scholarships available for the 2019-2020 academic year and to apply for the scholarships for which you meet the criteria. Scholarship application and instructions as well as a complete list of available scholarships can be found here. Scholarship announcements will be made in late May and scholarship recipients will be honored at the College of Education Student Recognition Banquet held annually in the fall semester.

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 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.

Apply for The Illinois LAtino Council on Higher Education Scholarships
Application Deadline: March 8

The Illinois LAtino Council on Higher Education is accepting applications for the Dr. Arias Scholarship Award for Writing and the ILACHE Scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be recognized during the 2019 ILACHE Conference on April 19 in Chicago. 

Learn more and apply.

Career + Professional Development

Seniors: Consider the New Online Masters Degree in C & I
Applications are open now for the new online master of education degree in Curriculum & Instruction, launching in Fall 2019. The program emphasizes professional development of teachers and other educators to understand interconnections among theory, research, and practice. Learn more and apply here.


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.

Work with DGS as a Summer Peer Advisor
Info Sessions
Feb. 26; 9-10 a.m. IUB 514
March 5; 3-4 p.m. IUB 514
Application Deadline: March 25; 5 p.m.
The Division of General Studies (DGS) is seeking undergraduate student leaders, who are interested in being a positive influence on the DGS campus community, to assist with their New Student Registration program. The summer peer advisors will work closely with DGS advisors and administrators to gain necessary knowledge to assist incoming freshman in planning for their first semester of college. To apply email a cover letter, resume and three references to Jessica Arnold.

Work with KE Camps This Summer
KE Camps, the leader in operating country club day camps for kids, is seeking a day camp director & counselors for Summer 2019! If you love to work with children, enjoy staying active and have endless energy, this is the job for you! In addition to being a role model for your campers and positively impacting their lives, you will earn a competitive salary and build your resume. For a complete job desctiption, camp details, and to apply online.

Explore Opportunities with Peace Corps
Panel Discussion: Feb. 27; 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Women's Resources Center
Come celebrate Peace Corps Week! A panel of returned Peace Corps volunteers who now work in higher education, agriculture, economic development, and more will be discussing both the rewarding and challenging aspects of their experiences and how Peace Corps contributed to their professional and personal development. If you're curious what Peace Corps service is really like, this is a great opportunity to hear about a wide range of experiences, so bring your questions! Snacks will be served. Email with any questions.


See you again next Thursday, Illini!

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