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April 18, 2019

We hope you had your umbrellas handy today!


Congratulations to our 2019 Undergraduate Outstanding Student Medal winner, Kelsey Linnig, Department of Special Education!


Student Spotlight


Katie Barr | IEA Student of the Year

The Illinois Education Association has named College of Education's Katie Barr Student of the Year. Barr is currently a junior majoring in Middle Grades Education with concentrations in Literacy, ESL, and Spanish, while also pursuing a minor in Spanish.

“Throughout this whole experience, I cannot help but think back to my first SEA meeting at Illinois where the president welcomed me and encouraged me to think bigger and get involved,” said Barr. “The College of Education has offered me so many wonderful opportunities and connected me with the most incredible people.”

You can read more about Katie's award 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

Take Time For Yourself
The Illinois Counseling Center is hosting various events this semester to help you take time for yourself. Some of these events include mindfullness, perfectionism, test anxiety, time management, and overall mental health workshops. Find a calendar of events here. 

Become An Undergraduate Research Ambassador
Application Deadline: April 23
The Illinois Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking motivated and experienced undergraduate researchers to participate in the Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassadors (IURA) program. The IURA program is a collaborative cohort of accomplished and experienced Illinois students. Ambassadors are responsible for promoting undergraduate research on the Illinois campus and helping the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) to develop and maintain student-focused programs that represent Illinois' diverse array of disciplines. Learn more and apply.
Participate in Epsilon Delta's School Supply Drive
Collecting supplies through April 23
Epsilon Delta, a professional teaching organization, is hosting a school supply drive at the College of Education. All of the supplies will be given to Stratton Elementary School. This will provide students and teachers with supplies that they currently do not have or do not have enough of for all of their students. Please consider donating to provide supplies to a school in the Champaign-Urbana community!


North Lobby, Education Building; April 24, 12 - 2
Next week is I Love Illinois Week on campus. To help celebrate, show off your spirit and wear orange on Wednesday!

There may be a couple giveaways for people spotted wearing orange...

Apply For The STRONG Kids Research Program
Application Deadline: April 25
The STRONG Kids Research Program provides a unique, team-based, hands-on research experience working with over 450 families with children aged 12 months -5 years. This year-long supervised research course provides students with first-hand experience working as part of a research team and develops a working knowledge of the theory and applications of transdisciplinary research. Students are provided with an overview of research program issues; develop oral and written communication skills, data management skills, team building skills, critical thinking skills, and professional work environment skills; trained in mixed methods relevant to factors that contribute to child and family health; identify opportunities and barriers in transdisciplinary team work; and prepare a scientific presentation that reflects the knowledge of transdisciplinary science gained through working on actual research projects. Learn more and apply.

Attend the LAST Global Cafe of the Year
Room 260A; April 26, Noon
Next Friday, April 26, is the final Global Cafe of the year, hosted by the Office of International Programs! It is a very special one as it features the exciting Study Abroad program to India in the summer of 2020. In this program, you will provide English training to Himalayan rural women, visit various schools including schools for the care and education for Tibetan refugee children, and experience the vast mosaic of Himalayan and Tibetan culture. 

Come learn more about the program and how you can be a part of the cultural and educational exchange in Himalayan villages!

Attend the DELTA and AppLeS Symposium
Education 22; May 6, 2 - 4 p.m.
Join fellow students in DELTA and AppLeS concentrations within the LES major for a symposium to celebrate student capstone research projects.
Scholarships + Awards

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.

Seniors: Apply for the Schwarzman Scholars Program
Application Deadline: September 26
The mission of the Schwarzman Scholars program is to foster the next generation of global leaders and build greater understanding between China and the rest of the world. The program is open to candidates between the ages of 18 and 28 years old, regardless of nationality, who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree or its equivalent. Mandarin skills are not required for admission. Whether in politics, business, sciences, or the arts, successful applicants are young people who have already begun to demonstrate the ability to lead, produce results in their fields, and a commitment to building understanding among people with differing perspectives. 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

Learn About Innovation in MACS 265
Siebel 1214; Wednesdays 9 - 9:50 a.m
An interdisciplinary MACS course, Innovation Illinois Community Lab, will be offered next fall. Where do transformative, world-changing innovations come from? How do they emerge? Who’s behind them? What makes them transformative? By drawing on past world-changing University of Illinois innovation projects—from the first wheelchair bus system to the first computer-composed music composition to the first graphical web browser—and by working with faculty from the Colleges of Media, Fine and Applied Arts, Computer Science in Engineering, and the Office of Undergraduate Research, this two-semester course sequence will enable students from across the campus to imagine, research, and develop—via paper, multimedia, and code-based prototypes--future innovation ideas. This year-long course sequence will culminate in a student-designed exhibition of collaborative prototypes that reframe innovation as inherently multidisciplinary, as a practice that necessarily emerges from creative innovation cultures that cross the arts, humanities, social sciences, and computer science. No pre-reqs needed. All majors welcome. CRN: 72044

Attend the Illinois Business Consulting Info Session
Information Sessions: April 23

Application Deadline: April 30
Illinois Business Consulting is the nation’s largest student-run, fee-based consulting firm. As a consultant, you will solve real business problems for real clients, ranging from startup to Fortune 500. You will gain access to technical development, a global alumni network, and strong corporate partnerships so you can succeed in a variety of fields. They encourage students from all majors and years to apply! Apply here. 

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.

Work With Galileo Innovation Camp For Kids This Summer
Application Deadline: May 12
Galileo Learning summer day programs are looking for exceptional students, changemakers, and leaders to join their team! They're hiring interns, team leaders, assistant instructors, teachers, mentors, and camp counselors for our innovation education programs for kids in the community. Receive personalized professional development, and learn transferable skills to build your resume while having a joy filled summer! For more job info and to apply, click here. 



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