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Feb. 28, 2019


Student Spotlight


Nancy Lazaro | President of Golden Apple Illini

In middle school, Nancy had no idea what college was. But after one of her teachers inspired her to be an educator, she learned about Big Ten schools and Illinois.

Today, Nancy is a Senior Golden Apple Scholar and president of Golden Apple Illini. She has also worked as a tutor with America Reads/America Counts.

As a future Latina math teacher, Nancy hopes to serve as a role model for those who cannot envision themselves in a higher world because of stigmas in society. 

You can read more about Nancy here.

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Events + Opportunities

Get Your Senior Portrait
YMCA Wahl Room; Now - 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


Attend a Coaching Info Panel
March 7; 5-6 p.m.
22 Education Building
College of Education is hosting a panel of high school athletic coaches/administrators to talk about all things coaching. This is an excellent opportunity to learn from professionals, discover different paths, and most importantly, gain professional insight.

Join Gender and Women's Studies for Feminist Friday
March 1; Noon
1205 W Nevada St
Joing GWS for their monthly lunches where alums discuss their work and passions. Pizza is provided!

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. Groups and individuals can sign up 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.

Learn about Study Abroad Trips to Namibia Global Cafe
March 1; Noon
Education Building 260A
This Friday, March 1, join us in room 260A and learn about our upcoming 2019 summer programs. This week Professor Rodney Hopson will talk about leading students into the sand dunes, classrooms, animal parks, and local communities of Windhoek, Namibia. Light snacks and beverages will be provided!

You can find the Global Cafe schedule for every Friday 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.

Apply for the Class of 1941 Memorial Excellence Scholarship
Application Deadline: March 8
The Class of 1941 Memorial Excellence Scholarship recognizes at least one man and one woman from the junior class who has excelled academically, and has volunteered as leaders of extracurricular activities sanctioned by the University. Apply here.

Apply for the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadline: March 8
The Anne Elizabeth Suratt Memorial Scholarship Fund is designated for juniors, seniors or fifth year undergraduates. Applicants must be of junior, senior or fifth year status in the Fall 2018 semester. The recipient must have a B average (3.0 GPA). Preference will be given to a student who is interested in space studies and/or earth sciences, and whose major field of study includes at least one of these areas. Preference is also given to students with demonstrated financial need. In addition, students must demonstrate vision, perseverance and enthusiasm for his/her chosen field. Apply here

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.

Apply for the Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship
Application Deadline: April 8

Are you interested in an unpaid internship but are concerned about the financial hardship it may cause? The Fred S. Bailey Internship Scholarship Program for Cause-Driven Leaders offers academic scholarship to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who will complete an unpaid internship with a public service agency or not-for profit organization. Awards are $1,000 for a part-time internship or $2,500 for a full-time internship and are given directly to the student. Learn more and apply here.

Career + Professional Development

Apply to the new Health Equity Scholars Program
Application Deadline: April 1
The College of Education and Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute at Illinois (IHSI) are launching a new Health Equity Undergraduate Scholars program that will empower up to five promising undergraduates to pursue community-based projects focused on issues in health disparities. The students will work closely with a faculty member and community organization as part of an existing collaboration, and receive a $3,000 disbursement for the 10-week summer program.

We are currently seeking research projects, program evaluations, needs assessments, or other projects that address a health disparity and involve at least one community organization (health agencies, nonprofit organizations, summer programs for children, organizations serving older adults and people with disabilities, etc.) and an Illinois faculty member. Students interested in this program need to 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.


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 LAS International Programs as an Intercultural Intern
July 16 - August 16, 2019
Application Deadline: March 30
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is accepting applications for five internship positions. Interns will support faculty and LAS International Programs staff working with a group of university students from China who will be on campus for a 4-week summer academic program: Economics and Accounting for the Global Market.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to enroll in ECON 199: Econ Instruction for Int'l Audiences with Professor Isaac Dilanni. To apply submit a resume and cover letter to Elly Hanauer at

Work with DGS as a Summer Peer Advisor
Info Session: 
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.


See you again next Thursday, Illini!

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