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March 28, 2019


Student Spotlight


David Pollak | With Teaching in His Blood

Senior Elementary Education major David Pollak can't remember a time growing up where he didn't want to be a teacher. With an entire family made up almost exclusively of educators, he's convinced it was always in his blood. 

As a self-made photographer and cinematographer, Student Alumni Ambassador Publicity Co-Director, and I-STAR tour guide, David has kept himself busy while on campus. After graduation, David plans to become a seasoned teacher in 1-6 grade classrooms while working his way up to the administrative level and pursuing Master's and Doctorate degrees in education. 

You can read more about David 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

Support Our Illinois Family at the Student Memorial
Illini Union, Illini Room C
March 38; 5 p.m.
As a Community of Care, we here at Illinois support one another both in times of celebration and times of struggle. The loss of any single member of our community affects us all. The Office of the Dean of Students invites you to join us as we gather to remember and honor those students of our Illinois family who have passed away in the last year. 

RSVP at 

Celebrate Women's History Month
Women Who Rise: A Panel of Illinois Change Makers
Illini Union, Room 405; March 28, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

WHM Film Series & Discussion: The Joy Luck Club
Illini Union, Room 405; March 29, 6-7:30 p.m.

Attend PechaKucha's "Making Space For Women" Event
Virginia Theatre; March 30, 7 p.m.
Siebel Center for Design Director Rachel Switzky will be presenting a the event. $10 in advance; $15 at the door.


Attend 2019 Youth Literature Festival Community Day Celebration
Community Day Celebration; March 30, 10 - 3 p.m.
I-Hotel and Conference Center
Join the Youth Litrature Festival for their Community Day Celebration! Kids of all ages will enjoy author presentations, hands-on activities, performances, puppetry, music, storytelling, and much more.

Learn more.

Participate in the 7th Annual Illini Veterans Memorial 5K
Foellinger Auditorium; April 4
Packet pickup will be at Foellinger Auditorium at 8 a.m., ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., and the race will begin at 10:20 a.m.

Attend a Boardgame-Based Make-A-Thon
CU Community Fab Lab
April 6, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The CU Community Fab Lab is hosting a make-a-thon in partnership with SCD and Playful by Design. This make-a-thon will be focusing on remixing classic board games and is open to ALL students AND the community! Register for the event here.

Attend the Diversity and Inclusion Networking Exchange Event
Illini Union, Room 314; April 10, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Join D.I.N.E— Diversity and Inclusion Networking Exchange for networking activities, prizes, food, and fun. Undergraduate and Graduate students will have the opportunity to engage with employers who value diversity, practice networking, and discover the qualities employers are looking for. 

Register here and find more information on Handshake.

Scholarships + Awards

Enter the Image of Research — UR Edition Competition
Application Deadline: March 29
The Image of Research is a multidisciplinary competition celebrating the diversity and breadth of undergraduate student research at Illinois. All undergraduate students are invited to submit entries consisting of an image and brief text that articulates how the image relates to the research. All entries will be on display at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 18, 2019 and are subject to cash prizes: First prize, $300; Second prize, $200; Up to two honorable mentions.

Learn more.

Attend the National and International Scholarship Program Information Sessions
Junior and Senior sessions: week of April 1
Freshmen and Sophomore sessions: week of April 8
During the first two weeks of April, the National and International Scholarship Program will be hosting information sessions for undergraduate students across colleges and fields to learn about some nationally competitive scholarship opportunities. Check the sessions schedule here

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

Wherever You Go This Summer, Take Online Courses At Illinois
More than 350 course sections in a variety of subjects will be offered this summer. You can find flexible 4, 8, or 12-week course options to make sure you are on-track for graduation. 

Visit or contact your advisor for more information.

Learn About Digital Learning Environments in CI210
Education Building Room 2; Thursdays 1 - 1:50 p.m
A new Social & Behavioral Sciences Gen-Ed will be offered next fall. Introduction to Digital Learning Environments (CI210) surveys a broad range of digital environments and their potential impact on learning and teaching. Students will be exposed to basic ideas and theories of interactivity and how people learn in the digital world. Topics in the course include digital literacies, multimedia learning, immersion and presence, and distributed learning. We will also discuss how learning in these environments is affected by issues of gender and culture. Students in the course will evaluate the learning and instructional potential of popular digital environments ranging from simulations and social networks to virtual worlds and video games. The course combines instructor lectures and class discussion with hands-on activities in the discussion sections. Students will interact with digital platforms in class, and they will work in small groups to create a design project in a digital platform of their choice. CRN: 66096

Attend a Writers Workshop
The Writers Workshop’s mission is to support the Illinois community by providing writing assistance for students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines and at all stages of the writing process. Whether you’re working on a course paper, senior capstone, personal statement, group writing project, thesis or dissertation, or manuscript for publication, the consultants are there to help. Visit at any stage of the writing process: brainstorming, organizing ideas, polishing final drafts, citing sources, and more. Sessions are interactive and help you better express and articulate your ideas. 

Check out the Writers Workshop schedule for more information.

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


Explore Career Opportunities in HR
School of Labor & Employment Relations; April 4, 6 - 8 p.m.
RSVP via Handshake or email to
Jason Boys
Are you interested in a people-focused, business-driven career with global possibilities? Join current LER students to learn more about a Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations degree. Topics include: application process, curriculum, first-hand experiences with recruitment for internships and full-time employment, and “What is HR?”

Dinner is provided!

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



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