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September 25, 2019

This week on the 'gram:

"It’s officially fall and you know what that means— 😍🧡
#ILLINOIShomecoming kicks off with the 5K run on Sunday, October 13. Who’s running? 🏃🏿‍♂️"



In The News


The BER Today: Rich, Relevant, and Multidisciplinary 
The Bureau of Educational Research is a proactive and prolific organization that develops, sustains, and supports a number of important research initiatives. In doing so, the bureau remains relevant today, a full 100 years after its inception.

Those initiatives originate from the College of Education, but many are interdisciplinary efforts that benefit practitioners in multiple fields. Read more.


Educational Innovation at the Heart of the O'Leary Learning Center
A $1.5 million donation from Richard and Ann O’Leary will help to usher in a new era for the College of Education, particularly in its online instruction capabilities. 

The O’Leary Learning Center officially opens on Friday, September 27, and will feature a state-of-the-art live teaching studio, says Jeremy Jones, director of infrastructure and support for the College.

“The whole idea of the center is about enhancing, innovating, and learning,” he says. Read more.


Student Spotlight


Ellen Reckamp | A Semester Abroad
Ellen Reckamp just started her junior year as an English major, Secondary Education minor. She always knew she wanted a career that worked hands-on with other people, and with education she could really help students grow and feel empowered.

In the spring, she spent a semester abroad in Birmingham, England! For the first time, she got to experience being the outsider. Even though her host country spoke English, she was still different than everyone, and they knew that as soon as she opened her mouth.

You can read more about Ellen's semester abroad here.

Do you want to be featured in The Student Spotlight? Submit your story!




This Week at The Career Center

Events + Opportunities

Interested In Secondary Education? Come Chat
Prospective Student Meetings: Every Other Thursday starting September 26; 4 p.m.
192 Education Building

Students interested in the Secondary Education minor should attend Prospective Student Meetings every other Thursday. Basic information about the minor will be reviewed and students can ask questions about the program. If you have any questions please email secedadvising@education.illinois.edu.

Achieve Your Goals With StudentLingo
StudentLingo is a series of interactive on-demand workshops, action plans, and valuable resources focused on helping college students achieve their academic, personal, and career goals. Learn more here

Take Advantage of FREE Tutoring With The Office of Minority Student Affairs
The Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) Academic Services Center offers matched and drop-in tutoring free to University of Illinois undergraduate students. Sign up and find out more here. OMSA also offers other resources such as mentoring, workshops, and supplemental instruction. Visit omsa.illinois.edu to learn more.


De-stress Before The Test
Test Anxiety Workshop: October 1; 4 - 5 p.m.
192 Education Building
The College of Education has partnered with the campus Counseling Center to provide a Test Anxiety Workshop. The workshop will address anxiety control and test taking strategies. All students welcome!

Attend Intersect i-Program With The llinois Leadership Center
FREE Program: October 5
The Intersect i-Program is coming up on October 5th! This program focuses on teaching skills in relationship-building, interpersonal communication, and team development. Students who participate will do some hands-on activities to explore group dynamics and work with fellow students to accomplish team challenge goals! Space is limited and food is provided; register here.

Learn More About The Institute by LeaderShape
Information Sessions: 290 Illini Union
October 8; 6 - 7 p.m. | October 9; 5 - 6 p.m.
The Institute, provided by LeaderShape, teaches students to lead with integrity and disregard the impossible. The Institute is a six-day, five-night leadership retreat teaching visioning, relationship building, and the importance of leading with integrity. The Illinois Leadership Center encourages all students attend an informational session to learn more about this once in a lifetime experience. This year the program will take place January 12-17 at Allerton Park & Retreat Center in Monticello, IL. Applications are due October 28.

Earn Some Money; Build a Float
Homecoming Parade: October 18
The Office of International Programs is hiring undergraduate students to work on the College of Education float for the Homecoming Parade happening on the evening of October 18. If interested, please email Noor Doukmak with a few sentences describing why your are interested and any ideas you may have for the float.
This is an undergraduate hourly position.

Scholarships + Awards

Learn About the Critical Language Scholarship
Informational Event: October 4; 3 - 4 p.m.
514 Illini Union Bookstore
The Critical Language Scholarship, provided by the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for undergraduate and graduate students. A list of eligible languages is available here.

The CLS institutes cover one academic year of university-level language coursework in 8 to 10 weeks over the summer, and include cultural programming, local language partners, and excursions. Participants receive academic credit at their U.S. institutions. Find more information here.

Apply For a Scholarship With the Illinois Club
Application Deadline: October 12
If you have a 2.75 or higher GPA, will have at least 60 hours of credit by the beginning of the Spring 2020 semester, and will graduate no earlier than December 2020, then you may qualify for one of The Illinois Club's scholarships. More information and an application can be found here.

Freshmen: Apply For the Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: November 1
Freshmen who have demonstrated an aptitude for and a skill in writing poetry are encouraged to apply for the Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship. To apply, students must submit five poems that do not exceed five total pages. Please include the name, address, phone number, email, and UIN on a title page separate from the poem entry. For submission information contact Deb Stauffer.

Career + Professional Development

Chat With the FBI in Work-It-Wednesday
Various Sessions: October 2
The Career Center
The Career Center is excited to host the first Work-It-Wednesday: Connect With Recruiters event of the fall semester featuring the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI will be offering three opportunities to connect with students interested in careers with the agency. Visit Handshake for more information.

Attend the 2019 Law School Informational Fair
October 3; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Activities & Recreation Center (ARC)
The 2019 Law School Informational Fair is an opportunity to meet with representatives from over 100 law schools. Find the school that matches your goals. Learn more here.

Save the Date: Graduate & Professional School Fair
October 16; 12 - 4 p.m.
Illini Union, Rooms ABC & Pine Lounge
Attending this fair is your opportunity to learn
about various health professions, master's and PhD programs from across the nation. At this event, you'll: talk with program representatives, get details about various schools and programs, and learn about program requirements and application processes.

Attire is causal. Schedule an appointment with a career coach at careercenter.illinois.edu to get tips on how to be prepared for the fair. 

Explore Career Opportunities at the Teach Urbana Open House
November 14; 5 - 7 p.m.
Urbana Middle School
Open House attendees will have the opportunity to meet Urbana Middle School principals and staff, attend breakout sessions, mock interviews, resume reviews, and learn how to get hired. Explore teaching positions in special education, bilingual, early childhood, elementary, and secondary education. 


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