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April 4, 2019


Student Spotlight


Mike Rotter | Illini 4000 Ride in Honor of Dr. David Zola

Special Education Sophomore Mike Rotter is gearing up for his second summer with the Illini 4000 group. This year, his 4000 mile ride is dedicated to his first and favorite college professor: Dr. David Zola

While the bike ride itself is a fun way to spend the summer, Rotter says he is reminded every day that they are riding for a cause. This year, that daily reminder comes from his time with Dr. Zola. 

"Zola did so much for the community and now I want to do this for him."

You can read more about Mike's summer plans 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.
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 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

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.

Apply for the Leon Bradley Scholarship
Application Deadline: May 31

The Leon Bradley Scholarship Program was established to encourage more minorities or persons of color to enter the field of teaching and school leadership. The American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) believes that it is beneficial for all students to experience diversity among the educators who serve as role models for our students. Thus, AASPA will annually award up to two scholarships to assist a minority college student seeking his/her initial teaching certification and/or endorsement and up to two scholarships to assist a minority graduate student seeking his/her administrative credential. Learn more and apply.

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.

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

Check out the NCSA's Students Pushing Innovation Open House
NCSA Atrium; April 9, 3 - 5 p.m.
Are you looking for your next internship experience? The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) is looking for highly motivated, creative students to work on hands-on research projects. The center will offer a limited number of paid SPIN internships during the Academic Year 2019-2020 session. Projects are open to students in any major and any year of study. 

Attend the SPIN Open House to learn more. Visit for more information.

Work as a Division of General Studies Media Intern in Fall 2019
Application Deadline: April 26
The Division of General Studies (DGS) is home to freshman and sophomore students who are exploring major and career interests. DGS is the 2nd largest academic community at Illinois and serves approximately 3,000 students. The role of the Media Intern is to assist staff with the creation, development and maintenance of DGS communications.

The Media Intern will report to the Senior Assistant Director for Admission and Transition Programs. This position is unpaid. Sumbit a cover letter, resume and names of 3 references to Samples of work are not required, but perferred.



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