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January 30, 2020

This week on the 'gram:

"Recycling— but make it orange and blue. ♻️
You can find these new shiny bins around the Education Building with a few options: bottles & cans, paper, and landfill.
Fun fact: these bins around campus were created using 1565 reused milk jugs and are helping campus divert 30% of its waste from landfills."


ICYMI / Student Spotlight

Trey Harris | Featured in University of Illinois "STORIED"

The College of Education's very own Trey Harris was featured in STORIED— a series discovering the Illinois stories that move us forward. Here is a small excerpt from Trey's story.

"Every time I tell people I want to teach middle school they are surprised, but happy for me. I think this is due to them having flashbacks of their middle school experiences—thinking how some of them might not have been so great. This is something that I want to change when I teach. Middle school is such a critical period for all students.

Coming from a place where there was a lack of resources, I didn’t have the tools like others to make lemonade out of lemons. I barely had the lemons, so I learned to turn my struggles and questions into learning opportunities and answers. This is what I want to bring to my students—a sense of ‘I’m here for you in the role of teacher, mentor, listener, and sometimes parent.’ I want to help make that transition from elementary school to middle school to high school a little better for my students."

Read more from Trey's story here.

Events + Opportunities

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.

Join Illinois Student Government
The Illinois Student Government is actively seeking new members for the start of this semester. ISG offers excellent opportunities to meet new people, participate in new experiences, grow your skills, and most importantly make an impact right where you live. They'd love to see some new faces to kick this semester off right. They are currently running applications for Senators, a Judiciary clerk, and a Senate Clerk (the senate clerk is a paid position!). A justice application will be posted soon as well. They also have committees that are open to anyone, regardless of experience! Go to isg.illinois.edu and visit the ‘Get Involved’ tab to learn more or explore the ‘Our Work’ tab to see what they do. Any questions? Email Matt Weiler at mweiler3@illinois.edu.

Attend Workshop Wednesdays with the Illinois Leadership Center
The ILC offers a series known as "Workshop Wednesdays." These are offered to all University of Illinois students and are held at the Illinois Leadership Center located in room 290 in the Illini Union. There are a variety of workshops offered for students to attend. Some of the topics for the spring semester are: conflict management, empowerment, and how to lead. Find the full list of workshops and how to register here

Attend an Undergraduate Research Workshop 
The Office of Undergraduate Research hosts various workshops designated to help undergraduate students with their research projects. The spring workshops are: The Value of Undergraduate Research, Getting Started in Undergraduate Research, and Proposal Writing for Undergraduate Research. Learn more and find workshop dates here.

Attend a Spring i-Program
Registration has opened for the Illinois Leadership Center's spring i-Programs. Programs include: Intersect, Imprint, Integrity, Inclusion, and Ignite. Learn more and register here.

Spend Spring Break Abroad
Application deadline: February 1
Spend your Spring Break discovering the impact of different culture and education systems on teaching in classrooms in France, Spain, Costa Rice, or Italy. Learn about course credits, cost, topics of study, scholarships available, and more here.

Research Opportunity: Community-Academic Scholars
Application deadline: February 1
The Community-Academic Scholars Initiative provides undergraduates with an opportunity to gain research experience while addressing critical issues in our community. Scholars from disciplines across campus work with faculty and community mentors to contribute to projects related to health equity, brain health, and poverty or social inequity. This includes research projects, program evaluations, needs assessments, or similar projects. In most cases, applicants will be involved in ongoing research projects or supporting an established collaboration between faculty and community partner, but there are limited opportunities to join existing collaborations. Learn more and apply here.

Take a Free Beginner Ballroom Dancing Class with Illini Dancesport
February 4; 7 - 8 p.m. | Illini Union Room C
Learn a new skill this semester with Illini Dancesport, an RSO specializing in competitive ballroom dancing. They are hosting a series of free beginner ballroom dancing lessons. There is no dress code and students will rotate dance partners in class.

Attend the Middle and High School Teacher Symposium
February 7; 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Illinois State University
Join more than 300 teachers from across the state for a day of professional development. Inspired by the theme "Hindsight is 2020," 50-minute 
sessions will look to the past to envision the future by exploring topics including: gender, orientation, race, religion, abilities, immigration, civil rights, advocacy, standards & more. Learn more and register here.

Teaching Beyond the Classroom: Coaching & Extracurriculars
February 11; 4 - 5 p.m.
Education Building Room 162
At this workshop, learn about how to prepare for activities beyond classroom teaching.

Join Epsilon Delta!
Next Meeting: February 12; 7 p.m.
Education Building Room 2
Epsilon Delta is a professional teaching fraternity at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Their goal is to provide students studying education with the resources, information, and support needed to prepare them for a successful career in teaching. They also host several speakers, events, and discussions throughout the year on new and exciting topics for fellow future educators. Join them for an opportunity to network, volunteer, and socialize with future teachers! They have meetings every other Wednesday. Find out more information here or email edpresident1@gmail.com.

Hack for Animal Health!
February 27; 4-9 p.m.
University of Illinois Main Library
Anxiety is a common behavior disorder in dogs, and more prevalent than many people realize. It’s not just hard on Fido – it’s also difficult for owners of anxious dogs. How might we help beloved-but-nervous canines and their families? This year’s #HackForAnimalHealth, presented by the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and SCD (and hosted by the Scholarly Commons at the University of Illinois Main Library) explores this question. Participating teams will be challenged to develop novel, humane, and owner-centered solutions for alleviating anxiety in dogs. Learn more and register here.

Apply for the 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium
Application Deadline: March 1

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS), set for Thursday, April 30, 2020. The URS is the signature event of Undergraduate Research Week (April 26 - May 2), and brings together students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, as well as corporate partners and sponsors, to learn more about undergraduate research and its potential to change the world. Over the course of the day, students present their work in concurrent oral and poster presentations (including creative performances), the breadth and scope of which reflect not only the wide range of academic disciplines at the University of Illinois, but also speak to the caliber of our undergraduates. Learn more and apply here.

Check Out the 22nd Annual Ebertfest
April 15-18
Virginia Theatre, Champaign

Roger Ebert’s Film Festival is held every April in Champaign, Illinois, and organized by the College of Media at the University of Illinois. Roger Ebert, the TV and Chicago Sun-Times film critic, was a native of the adjoining town of Urbana, Illinois an alumnus of the University, and founded the festival in 1999. Learn more about the Fest here.

Scholarships + Awards

Become a Golden Apple Scholar
The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois is a teacher preparation and tuition assistance program for freshmen and sophomores in teaching licensure majors who have the determination and drive to be excellent teachers in Illinois schools-of-need. They prepare you for immediate and lasting success in the most challenging teaching environments.

Scholars receive: up to $23,000 in financial assistance, paid residential scholar institutes, extensive classroom teaching experience, academic and social-emotional support, job placement assistance, and mentoring from award-winning teaching faculty. Learn more and apply here.

Apply for the Avery Brundage Scholarship
Application deadline: February 10
The Avery Brundage Scholaship is for students who demonstrate excellence both in academic pursuits and athletic endeavors. Learn more and apply here.

Apply For the Fred S. Bailey Scholarship For Cause Driven Leaders
Application deadline: February 16
The Bailey Undergraduate awards are $3000 awards ($1500/semester) given each year to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who have demonstrated positive impact and commitment as a result of service, community involvement, leadership, and action. Financial need and academic achievement will also be considered. Find more information and apply here.


Career + Professional Development

Attend the Overseas Recruiting Fair
January 31 - February 1; University of Northern Iowa
Over 120+ American international schools representing 50+ countries will be in attendance at the 44th annual event. The UNI Fair gives you the opportunity to network, interview, and accept a position at the event. Over 1,000 jobs are posted with them annually, and candidates average 5 interviews each. The UNI Fair is unique, fast-paced, and an exciting place to find your next job! It is highly recommended to attend all events on Friday. 
Educators seeking their first international job attend the UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair in order to make the key personal connections that are so critical in deciding on your first overseas assignment. Learn more and register here

Work for the Siebel Center for Design
Application Deadline: February 6; 4 p.m.
You’re looking for a summer internship. SCD's seeking summer interns. If you’re an undergrad or grad student interested in taking a (paid!) deep dive into design thinking and related projects for the summer, your skills and interests might be a good match for them. Much more information, including a link to upload your materials, is here. Questions? Send them an email with “2020 INTERNS” in the subject line.

Work for the Illinois Leadership Center
Application Deadline: February 7
The Illinois Leadership Center is recruiting undergraduate students for employment for the 2020-2021 academic year. Various jobs include: graphic designers, photographers, workshop coordinators, and researchers. Learn more and apply here.

Attend the Noble Schools Winter Career Fair
February 7; 6 - 8 p.m.
Chicago Bulls College Prep, Chicago, IL
Meet principals from all 18 Noble campuses at the Winter Career Fair. Noble met 40 of their new teachers at the career fair last year, so this is an event you don't want to miss. Register to reserve your spot.

Save the Date for the Educators' Job Fair
March 2; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign
There will be over 100 schools and districts in attendence. Register on Handshake to receive detailed pre-fair information on: what districts and schools will be present; booth numbers; and what positions are available. The Hilton Garden Inn is conveniently located on the MTD 10 Gold bus route.


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