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October 15, 2020

The votes are in...meet Eddie, the College of Education Squirrel!
Keep an eye out for him around campus, he likes to explore!

Follow along on Eddie's adventures at #CollegeofEddie

This week's Student Spotlight is...

Kennedy Record

Sophomore Kennedy Record is living life as an Illinois student to the fullest. She loves cheering on the Fighting Illini, checking out the local coffee shops, and most of all, she loves her work with children with disabilities. Kennedy says, "I desire to be a voice for the children who feel voiceless, someone who will fight for them when they cannot fight for themselves"

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


Virtual Illinois Abroad Week
Monday, October 19 – Friday, October 23
This event is for all students, especially first years and sophomores, who might be interested in pursuing both immediate virtual study abroad experiences and future in-person international opportunities. Check out the event website to RSVP to the sessions you wish to attend! 

Peace Corps Opportunities
Information Session: Monday, Oct 19, 2 p.m. CST
RPCV Volunteer Panel: Thurs, Oct 22, 4 p.m. CST
Resume and Application Workshop: Friday, Oct 23, 1 p.m. CST
In honor of Illinois Abroad Week, the Peace Corps is hosting a number of virtual events next week. Learn the basics at the information session, hear about the experience firsthand at the returned  volunteers panel, and cap off the week with some application and resume prep. If you have extra questions, check in with the Virtual Service Desk for drop-in hours with a Peace Corps Strategist.

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!

Sunday Drop-In Resume Reviews
Sundays 5-7:30 p.m. CST
The Career Center is expanding their drop-in services! In addition to their drop-ins scheduled during the week, you can have your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile reviewed on Sundays over Zoom

Illini Pride Advisory Council
Application Deadline: October 19
The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and Illini Pride are now accepting applications for membership on the 2020-21 Illini Pride Advisory Council. They are looking for passionate members of the Illini Pride to help create the student fan experience. The primary focus of the Illini Pride Advisory Council is to discuss the past, present, and future of the student sections for our Fighting Illini teams. Undergraduate and graduate students may apply, and can learn more on their website. I-L-L!

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  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! 

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 available 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.


Scholarships + Awards


Golden Apple Scholars Applications are Open!
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.

Research Support Grant-Closes Tonight!
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.

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.

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 

Get your Flu Shot!
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 homemade 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

URAP at Illinois 

3 Day Startup - Social Innovation
Application Deadline: October 16, 5 p.m. CST
This 3 day immersive virtual entrepreneurship experience focuses on social and environmental impact! Access valuable resources and professional mentorship, learn practical entrepreneurship skills, and more. It's free and open to all majors, grad and undergrad students. Apply and learn more here!

2020 International Career Fair
Friday, October 16, 3-5 p.m.
This Friday, former international students and alumni will share their knowledge and experience. To learn about their current work at leading companies in the U.S. in their respective industries, and how to make it there yourself, RSVP today.

The Career Center is Hiring!
Application due October 26, 11:59 p.m.
On the hunt for a campus job? Apply to become a Career Services Paraprofessional! Join their team to gain skills that will help you as a professional for years to come.

Siebel Center for Design is Hiring!
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!

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!

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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