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February 6, 2020

This week on the 'gram:

"Where are we? Hint: it’s a great place for meeting, collaborating, or just watching the snow fall
(read: has giant windows). ❄️


ICYMI / Student Spotlight


Amanda Navarro | Education is Powerful

Middle Grades Education junior, Amanda Navarro knows that education has the power to change the world— and that's why she's here.

"Since I was younger, it was the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do. I’ve always wanted to give back, whether it was through my community or surrounding ones, but I knew I wanted to do it through education. 

Education is powerful. You can make so much change in the world if you’re educated."

Read more about Amanda's story here.

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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.

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

Work with the Asian American Cultural Center
Informational Meetings:
February 10; 5 p.m.
February 12; 7 p.m.
Asian American Cultural Center Lounge & Kitchen
The Asian American Cultural Center paid and unpaid internship program provides students an opportunity to undertake creative & challenging assignments that promote cross-cultural understanding of global & Asian American experiences. This unique internship experience will be offered as a 2-unit Global Studies class. Applicants must attend one of the informational meetings. Learn more here.

Work at Camp Starlight
Northeast Pennsylvania

Camp Starlight is a premier summer camp located in Starlight, Pennsylvania, just two and a half hours northwest of New York City. The camp offers an active and structured sleepaway camp program in a wide variety of activites that include athletics, water sports, creative and preforming arts, and outdoor activities. They are looking for educators to fill their available staff positions. Learn more and apply here.

Join the Career Center's Team
Application Deadline: February 10

The Career Center is accepting applications for their Career Services Paraprofessional (CSP) position. They are seeking current Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors for the 2020-2021 academic year with excellent communication skills, leadership ability, and an interest in being part of a strong team that is essential to the work of The Career Center. Learn more and apply here.

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.

Work for Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy This Summer
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is looking for students to join their Summer@ISMA program which focuses on teaching STEM to elementary and middle school aged students. SITE interns co-teach or solo teach students, while Summer Camp Assistants provide a supportive role similar to a teaching assistant. The deadline for SITE intern applications is March 20; Summer Camp Assistant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply here.


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