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November 19, 2020

This week's Student Spotlight is...

Shelby Oertel

Freshman Shelby Oertel is stepping out of her comfort zone and into opportunity this year! There's a lot to take in at Illinois, and that's precisely why she's here. Shelby is looking forward to Illini basketball seasons and all the new friendships to come in the four years ahead of her. Most of all, Shelby is looking forward to gaining "The best perspective to further my professional development and allow me to help shift the workplace dynamic" through the College of Education.

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


Complete this COVID-19 Survey - You Could Win an Amazon Gift Card!
Undergraduate student Bansari Upadhyay is taking on a career development project for her senior thesis. She is exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student’s career choices and goals. If you have a few minutes, please help Bansari with her important research by completing her survey link. All responses are welcome, but juniors, seniors, and recent graduates are particularly appreciated. By completing this survey, you will be entered to win one of 25 Amazon gift cards of $20!

Global Cafe Presents "Education Today: Mosaics of Practices Worldwide"
Thursday, November 19, 8-9 p.m.
Register for Zoom link and password

The Office of International Programs is promoting global conversation and education by hosting the virtual talk series Global Cafe. This week, students are invited to hear guest speakers Mr. Martin Blackburn and Ms. Fenny Sukamto of Sekolah Ciputra IB World Schools in Indonesia, and Thaddeus Benjamin Herman of the University of Illinois: Schooling in India. Audience members will also be encouraged to share how Covid-19 has impacted their family and schooling. Join the conversation tonight!

Colors of Faith Dance Team
Colors of Faith is an interfaith dance team that aims to celebrate religious diversity, and to promote unity and mutual understanding through our art. They dance to devotional and cultural songs of various religions, and having danced to Jewish, Sikh, Christian, and Hindu songs in the past, and are ready to continue and expand. Students and community members of all identities are welcome, no prior dance experience is required to join. Fill out the interest form here.

Solidarity Garden 
The Counseling Center's Solidarity Garden collects and shares stories of people on their Instagram page @solidaritygarden from different identity groups allying with each other. This project is initiated by the API Roots and ISO teams at the UIUC Counseling Center to promote the well-being of students through psycho-educational programming and outreach activities. If you have a story you'd like to share, fill out this form!


Scholarships + Awards


Dr. Kazys Grinius Endowment Scholarship
Application Deadline: December 14,
Full time undergraduate or graduate students of Lithuanian decent, and/or of Lithuanian history, culture, or language are welcome to apply to this endowment scholarship. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded! Email uspscholarships@uillinois.edu to request an application.

Golden Apple Scholars
This teacher preparation program provides their scholars up to $23,000 in tuition assistance and mentoring that supports the development and success of new, highly-effective teachers for Illinois schools-of-need. Illinois needs passionate resilient young educators like you! High school seniors and first and second-year Illinois college students are eligible to apply.

The Boren Scholarship
Application Deadline: January 19, 2021
The Boren scholarship provides undergraduate study abroad scholarships up to $25,000 for a full academic year or up to $12,500 for a semester. 
These are merit-based scholarships, and approximately one in five eligible applicants receive awards. In order to receive the scholarship, award winners must enter into a service agreement requiring that they attempt to work in a paid position for the federal government in an area related to national security. For more information, undergraduate students should contact the National and International Scholarships Program at topscholars@illinois.edu.

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


Student Wellness


Support in Times of Stress
As the final exams approach, now more than ever we must look out for each other in whatever ways we can. Please remember to be kind and take notice of peers who show signs of panic, depression, anxiety, excessive fatigue, avoidance, or confusion, they may need your help and encouragement in seeking assistance. For psychological, interpersonal and academic concerns, students may refer to the Counseling Center, or call McKinley Mental Health at 217-333-2700. Stress management and self help resources can be found on the McKinley Mental Health website, or contact the Health Resource Center in the Illini Union at 217-244-5994. If you or someone you know is experiencing a psychological emergency, call the Crisis Line at 217-359-4141. You and the mental health professional can strategize about the best way to make certain help is received.

Drop-In Mindfulness and Meditation Workshops
Every Weekday (excluding fall break) at 4:15 p.m. CST
Zoom Meeting ID: 922 2891 7050,  Password: CCMind.

Many students have let us know they would find benefit in daily guided meditations, so the counseling center is now offering daily 30-minute mindfulness drop-in workshops on Zoom. Each day has a theme, Mindfulness Mondays, Intuitive Eating Tuesdays, Body Awareness Wednesdays, Thoughtful Thursdays, and Forget-it Fridays (Leave all of your stress about multiple pandemics, sociopolitical events, and everyday frustrations behind.) These workshops are not therapy. They are available to any student and are not confidential.

WellTrack - The Mental Health App
If school, the pandemic, and the sociopolitical climate have you feeling anxious, uncertain, or afraid, you're not alone. There are many resources on campus to support you, including a new mental health app called WellTrack. WellTrack is designed to help you track your moods and teach you about techniques to effectively manage challenging emotions and situations. In addition to these resources, counseling services on campus are available to support you through whatever you are facing.

Flu Shots Still Available
Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m-3 p.m. CST
Your health and wellness is more important than ever, protect yourself and get your flu shot this season! 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.


Career + Professional Development


Raiders Kids Club is Hiring!
St. Matthew Catholic School is hiring childcare for their after school program for children ages pre-K through 8th grade. Keep the kids busy with different games and activities, as well as helping with homework and snack time. The position pays $10.50 and hour and is from December 1-December 18, and/or January 4-May 28, Mondays-Fridays from 2:45 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. If you are interested, email a copy of your resume, your availability, and any questions to Amanda Runyan at arunyan@stmatt.net 

Illinois Department of Human Services - Virtual Information Center
November 24 at 2 p.m. CST
Join this virtual presentation to learn more about careers and the employment application process within the Illinois Department of Human Services. Manager of Recruitment, Amelia Gavina, will give a 45-minute presentation, leaving additional time for Q&A. Register and get the meeting link here.

SPIN Summer 2021 Internship Opportunity
Virtual Open House November 18, 3-5 p.m. CST over Zoom.
Are you an Illinois undergraduate looking for your next internship experience? The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) is looking for highly motivated, creative undergraduate students to work on hands-on research projects with guidance from NCSA staff and faculty affiliates. The center will offer a limited number of paid SPIN (Students Pushing Innovation) internships during Summer 2021. SPIN interns earn $12.50 per hour and are paid as Undergraduate Hourly employees. Any UIUC undergraduate student in good academic standing may apply, with no restriction on year of study or major, and International students are eligible!

Undergraduate Research Symposium
April 26 - 30, 2021

Application Deadline: March 19, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST
The Office of Undergraduate Research is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS), set to be on display April 26 - 30, 2021. All undergraduate students currently involved with research are eligible to present. For more information on URS, please visit their website.

Summer Teaching Opportunity
Parkland College's Community Education is now recruiting instructors for summer camps. "College for Kids" camps give instructors an opportunity to teach small classes in a relaxed, fun environment. This is a great opportunity to teach in an area you are passionate about, but have not yet had the chance or time. Interested individuals, especially graduate students, are welcome to apply and may contact Terry Thies with any questions at tthies@parkland.edu.


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