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October 8, 2020

We found this little guy scurrying around the College of Education building...
We think we're gonna keep him!

Check out our social media pages to help us name our new furry friend!

This week's Student Spotlight is...


RJ Schlesinger

Senior RJ Schlesinger's skills and interests are totally unique. At Illinois, RJ doesn't have to fit into one category — he can make his own! Through research, courses, and mentorship from his professors, RJ is taking all he has learned and sharing it by becoming an educator. RJ says "I want to teach! It’s equal parts exciting and terrifying, but I am up to the challenge!"

We feature Education students in our weekly Student Spotlight to build community within the College, and we’d love to highlight YOU. First-year students and sophomores, juniors, and seniors please complete this quick survey if you've not yet been featured.



Virtual Opportunities


We CU Community Engaged Scholars Program
We CU honors students for their community-based work and provides them with training, connection to like-minded peers, and support from We CU program leaders. University of Illinois students are empowered to (remotely) respond to community needs and challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Students completing 20 hours of service each semester will be honored at a spring awards ceremony, with distinct recognition given to those who complete 300 hours of service over the course of four years. Check the summary page or email we-cu@illinois.edu with questions. Submit your interest in the program today!

Gies Virtual Mind & Body Series with Hatha Yoga & Fitness
Tuesdays 7-7:45 p.m. CST- Flow Yoga & 7:45-8 p.m., Mindfulness and Meditation.
Sundays 10:30-11 a.m., HIIT & 11-11:30 a.m., Flow
Check in with your body and mind by joining Gies College of Business for meditation and yoga classes over Zoom! Release stress and and tension with Flow Yoga, then reduce anxiety and find your focus with Mindfulness Meditation on Tuesdays. On Sundays, join the High Intensity Interval Training for an apartment friendly workout, followed by another Flow and Meditation class. Register in advance, and be sure to log in 5 minutes early! 

Free Late Night Entertainment!
Movie Night: Friday, October 9, doors open at 8 p.m. CST
Concert Night: Saturday, October 10, doors open at 8 p.m. CST
Grab your mask and I-Card, and head over to Memorial Stadium for two evenings of free entertinment! You can catch a free flick on Fridays, or a free concert on Saturdays. Free food and drink is available while supplies last, but outside snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are allowed as well. Snuggle up on the football field to enjoy this week's screening "21 Bridges” followed by “The Gentlemen”. Come back on Saturday for performances from Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers, Matt Ferranti, and DJ Silkee.

Global Cafe-Tonight!

Thursday, October 8, 8 p.m. CST
For Zoom link and password, register here.
The Office of International Program is sponsoring the Global Cafe forum this Fall 2020 to allow spaces for conversation during the online instruction periods on various selected topics for our students and faculty. This week's topic is Freedom of Speech, Protests, and Democracy. Make your voice heard and join the conversation!

Building Your Teaching Toolbox I: Standards & Assessment

Fall 2020, Second 8-Weeks

Mondays, 4-5:15 p.m. CST
This course (CI 199-NK1) will help you understand learning standards, develop learning objectives, and create assessments. These skills will serve you in your methods courses, clinical experiences, student teaching, and beyond! The course is 1 credit hour, and 100% online. This class also has the option to serve as James Scholar Project credit. For questions, please contact Nancy Latham at nilatha@illinois.edu.

Online Tutoring, Mentoring and Advising with OMSA
The Office of Minority Student Affairs is offering plenty of resources to help you have a successful fall semester. Need help staying on top of your classes? Unsure about your academic plan? Just have a question and you don't know who to ask? The OMSA Mentoring and Advising Program is open for appointments or drop-ins to all OMSA students! Additionally, online tutoring sessions are availabe in a number of subjects, prepare for midterms early and make an appointment today!

Classrooms Available for Study Space
Some classrooms are available for use between classes and events to students who may need a location to participate in an online class or to study. Social distancing and face covering requirements apply. Please wipe your own seat with the supplies provided before and after use. Furniture may not be moved within the room or to another location. Room schedules can be found outside the classroom. Please be courteous to other users and to incoming classes or events and be prepared to exit at building close. The list of available classrooms can be found here.

The Career Center is here for you!
The Career Center is still offering great tools and aid to students virtually! Get one-on-one career coaching or advising, practice your interview skills, get your resume checked, and more. Make an appointment through their website, or call at 217-333-0820.


Scholarships + Awards


Bailey Global Scholars
Application Deadline: November 8
This 7-month scholarship program is designed to help University of Illinois students grow as responsible and engaged global citizens by supporting critical reflection, dialogue, and action across differences of culture and power. Bailey Global Scholars will participate in an online "Education through Global Engagement" program during the Spring 2021 semester culminating in a volunteer immersion (virtual or in person) capstone experience during Summer 2021. Participants will also receive a $1000 academic scholarship for the Spring 2021 semester.

Research Support Grant
Application Deadline: October 15, at 11:59 p.m CST
This grant provides students from all disciplines with the funds necessary to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off-campus (including summer terms). Awards will be up to $2,000 and are meant to cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks (i.e., winter break and summer terms, NOT regular semester living expenses), and materials or other ancillary costs. We hope that this competition will both broaden and deepen the types of research being conducted by undergraduate students on campus, and that the recipients are able to use this opportunity as a way of engaging with their fields. Learn more about the eligibility requirements and application process here.

Illinois Club Scholarships
Application Window: September 8 - October 17 at 5 p.m. CST
The Illinois Club is giving over $25,000 in scholarships, available to students in a variety of disciplinary fields. Qualifications include being an undergraduate with a 3.0 GPA or higher, completing 60 hours of credit by the beginning of the Spring of 2021, and a graduation date of December 2021 or after. Descriptions of each award, other requirements, and application instructions can be found here.

For more information on scholarship opportunities, contact the National and International Scholarships Program at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit their website.


Student Wellness

Flu shots at McKinley Health Center 

Flu Shots Are Now Available!
Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m-3 p.m. CST
McKinley Health Center is now providing flu shots at CRCE, as well as a number of other outreach locations. Flu shots are free to U of I students who have paid their Health Service Fee. Be sure to have your I-Card present at the time of service.Your health and wellness is more important than ever, protect yourself and get your flu shot this season!

Everybody Eats @ Bevier Café
Mondays-Fridays, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. CST
2nd Floor of Bevier Hall
Bevier Café wants to make sure everybody eats. To do their part, they are testing a new pay-what-you-can model this semester. Pay the suggested price, pay what you can, pay a little extra to cover someone in need, or pay it forward and buy a meal for someone else! With any luck, the pay-what-you-can system will allow the continued teaching of foodservice FSHN 340 students, continue to serve delicious food to hungry patrons, and take real action toward fighting on-campus food insecurity!

ARC Student Food Pantry
Tuesdays 1-4 p.m. and Saturdays 2-5 p.m. CST
ARC Instructional Kitchen
Announcing the opening of the Food Assistance & Well-Being Program! Their mission is to ensure that the entire Illinois community has access to nutritious food and key necessities in a welcoming and educational space. The shopping-style food pantry provides the UIUC campus with access to nutritious food and necessities in a supportive, inclusive environment. Food Science and Human Nutrition Students will also be available to answer shopper questions and to provide resources to prepare the food. Visit their website for food donation forms, nutrition resources, and more.

Jubilee Cafe
Mondays 5-6:30 p.m. CST
805 S. Sixth Street
Jubilee Cafe provides a free home made meal every week to anyone who needs it. All are welcome! In addition to meals, a few pantry and personal items are also available. Got questions? Check out their website or Facebook page for more details!


Career + Professional Development


D.I.N.E. 2020
Wednesday, November 4, 5-7 p.m. CST
The Diversity & Inclusion Networking Exchange (DINE) Committee is pleased to announce DINE 2020! Students will have the opportunity to connect with employers, practice networking, and learn the right questions to ask. The virtual event features a brief panel followed by networking with real employers. Mark your calendars and register today!

S.E.E.D.S. Info Meeting-Tonight!
Info Meeting: October 8, 6 p.m. CST
Meeting ID: 935 5569 4497, Password: 763883

S.E.E.D.S (Strengthening and Empowering Educators of Diverse Statuses) is a new College of Education RSO and is looking for new members to join! S.E.E.D.S was created with the goal to connect future educators of color and provide them with a space to share their experiences. Members will have the opportunity to engage in discussion panels, mentorship, volunteer projects, and professional development workshops.

Graduate, Law and Professional School Fair
Thursday, October 15, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. CST
Law Fair hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. CST
Considering graduate, law or professional school after graduation? Attend this event for students, alumni and anyone else interested! This is your opportunity to speak with admission representatives from a variety of programs including business, science, engineering, law, social sciences, health professions and many more. Get your questions answered and learn about the admissions process. And this year The Career Center is partnering with the Pre-Law Advising Services Office to offer the Law Fair during the GLP Fair. Register now to view programs attending and their chat times. You can find a tutorial on the CareerEco virtual fair platform here.

Siebel Center for Design is Hiring Students!
Siebel Center for Design is currently hiring for two part-time student positionsopen to both undergraduate and graduate students. The Innovation at UIUC Mural team is looking for an Augmented Reality Experience Developer, and the Playful by Design group is seeking a Game Engine Programmer. Apply today!

Goldwater Scholarship
Information Session: October 15, 3:30 p.m. CST
Zoom Meeting ID: 970-7330-4903, Password: Goldwater
Writing Workshop: October 16, 3 p.m. CST
Zoom Meeting ID: 986-7818-6946, Password: Goldwater
Are you a sophomore or junior in a STEM discipline that aims to pursue a Ph.D. in your field? Do you already have research experience and strong academic performance? If so, you may be interested in applying for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Catch the two-day informational event to receive an overview of the scholarship as well as a chance to talk with a former Goldwater Scholarship recipient from Illinois. The following day, attend the writing workshop for tips on how to write a competitive scholarship packet. For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu.

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP)
Application Deadline: October 9, at 11:59 p.m. CST
Are you looking for the opportunity to start your research journey?
URAP offers undergraduate students with little or no research experience the opportunity to assist advanced graduate students with their research projects! Through a one-on-one research experience with their graduate student mentor, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to learn what it means to do research, create knowledge, and produce scholarship. Undergraduate students selected to be part of the program will begin their guided research experience in Spring 2021. Applications are competitive, so get started today!

Fall Support and Resources for Undergraduate Researchers
Undergraduate researchers, take advantage of the support and resources offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research! They offer services like online workshops this fall, including Value of Undergraduate Research and Getting Started in Undergraduate Research Workshops. Students can schedule an online appointment with them at any time. Visit their website for more!


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