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March 7, 2019


Student Spotlight


Natalie O'Callaghan | An Advocate For Fellow Illini

Elementary Education Senior, Natalie O'Callaghan has loved being part of the Illini family. One of the things that has made her Illinois experience memerable was getting involved with Illinois Student Government and the UC Campus Senate as the College of Education Student Senator. While representing the College of Education, Natalie has been able to advocate for her fellow peers on issues of diversity and inclusion, mandatory midterm grade reporting, textbook affordability, and more. She considers herself lucky to have the opportunity to advocate for both Education students as well as University students as a whole. 

You can read more about Natalie 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


Join Us For the College of Education Open House Reception
March 8; 3 p.m.
Education Building South Lobby
Come meet and interact with prospective students! 

Learn about Study Abroad Trips to Indonesia in Global Cafe
March 8; Noon
Education Building 260A
Summer Study Abroad Application Deadline: March 15
This Friday, March 8, join us in room 260A and learn about the upcoming 2019 summer program in Indonesia. This three-week study abroad trip will introduce you to the education, culture, and history of Indonesia. You will learn about the education system, discover the impact of the culture on classrooms, and meet with local teachers and university professors and students while enjoying three unique islands - Java, Flores, and Bali.
Light snacks and beverages will be provided!

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


Check Out the History Department Course Showcase
March 13; 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Gregory Hall Room 319
The History Department will hold its first ever Course Showcase next Wednesday. History Department faculty will introduce the courses they are teaching in the Fall semester, discuss the central themes and overall structure of their courses, and describe what makes their course unique. The event will feature History courses at all levels – Gen Ed courses as well as advanced offerings.

Food and refreshments will be served and we will be happy to answer any student questions about the History Major or Minor during the event. All Majors welcome!

Attend the Schwarzman Scholars Information Session
Information Session for Greater China:
March 27; 3 - 4 p.m. Lincoln Hall Room 1000
Information Session for US & Global:
March 27; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Business Instructional Facility Room 3041
The University of Illinois will be hosting Christian Tanja, Admissions Outreach and Selection Officer for the Schwarzman Scholars Program. This scholarship provides a year of study leading to a Master's degree in Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. All courses are taught in English. Seniors, graduate or professional students, and graduates under the age of 28 are eligible to apply. U.S. and non-U.S. citizens are eligible.

Learn more

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.

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 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

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


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.

Apply For the Illinois Physical Activity and Life Skills Wellness Program Internship
Application Deadline: April 3
The Illinois Physical Activity and Life Skills Wellness Program (iPALS) is recruiting undergraduate and graduate students for paid and internship positions for this summer. The iPALS program is a youth development initiative that will focus on (a) physical activity, (b) academic enrichment, (c) nutrition and wellness education, and (d) social and emotional learning.

The program will run for eight weeks during the summer of 2019 beginning June 3rd and ending August 2nd. Sessions will run from Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Both group leaders and station instructions and being recruited for paid positions and internships. Group leaders will be assigned a group of 15-20 children and be responsible for helping them rotate through the stations and supporting instruction. Station instructors will lead instructional activities at one of the six stations offered during the program. Both station instructor and group leaders will be paid $10/hour and lunch will be provided.

Apply here


Attend the 2019 INCS Teacher & Administrator Job Fair
ITW David Speer Academy; April 6
Looking for a great job in 2019? Start the year right by registering for the INCS Teacher & Administrator Job Fair!

This free event is a great opportunity to meet leaders from dozens of mission-driven charter public schools in Chicago and throughout Illinois.

For more details, visit or contact Anne at


See you again next Thursday, Illini!

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