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April 23, 2020

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Virtual Opportunities


Attention Graduating Seniors: 2020 Convocation Video
The College is actively planning alternative experiences to ensure our graduates are recognized in special ways. We are creating a 2020 Convocation Video for you, family, and friends to watch while "gathering" safely online. Get more details and submit a photo here, and watch for more information by email.

Submit Your Video to Illinifest Student Film Festival
Illinifest Student Film Festival, hosted by the College of Media and MACS 464, is looking for student-made videos. Submit your short films, home movies made during quarantine, & TikTok videos by Friday, April 24. Videos can be submitted at https://illinifest.illinois.edu/submit/. The festival will be streamed at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Prizes awarded for audience favorites. For more information, visit https://media.illinois.edu/illinifest2020.

Online SKY Happiness Retreat
Friday, April 24 to Sunday, April 26 on Zoom
SKY at UIUC is a student organization focused on the mental well-being of students, staff, and faculty on campus and was recognized with the Robert P. Larsen Human Development Award by the UIUC Counseling Center in Spring 2019. We are hosting SKY Happiness Retreat online: providing training in foundational stress-management and leadership skills, evidence-based breathing and meditation practice, short personal yoga practice, strategies for social connection and community building, and more. SKY Happiness Retreat is offered with a full scholarship for UIUC students, staff, and faculty members. There are limited spots available for this retreat, and they are filling up fast. Availability is first-come, first-serve, by registration only and requires attendance to all sessions. Get more info and apply here.

Attend a Virtual Leadership Certificate Workshop
The Illinois Leadership Center is happy to share that the Leadership Certificate Workshops are now being offered online for students interested in enrolling or completing the program this semester. Once you have registered you will receive a link to join the Zoom meeting and any materials needed. Learn more and register here.

Check Out a RIO Mindfulness Session with the Counseling Center
Tuesday, April 28 & May 5; 4-5 p.m.
These times are not easy. Classes have switched online, we’ve been told to maintain social distance, and life is very different than it was a few weeks ago. Many people are having strong reactions to these changes. RIO, which is led by Counseling Center clinicians, provides an interactive experience that helps you: 1.
Learn mindfulness skills to identify why you’re feeling the emotions you are and accept them; 2. Manage stress, anxiety, and other emotions productively; 3. Identify what’s most important to you and prioritize accordingly.

This series is open to all Illinois students—you do not need to be a current client of the Counseling Center. They do strongly encourage you to be available to attend both online sessions. Register here.

The Writers Workshop is Still Here for You
Editing + Proofreading Strategies, Tuesday, April 28; Noon-1p.m.
As the University makes the transition to online instruction, the Writers Workshop continues to support you. They are offering a workshop called "The Final Check: Editing + Proofreading Strategies" via Zoom on Tuesday, April 28. Please register in advance hereand check out other Zoom presentations you can attend.

They have online consultations available to provide writing feedback, a number of useful resources on our website, and are available for virtual class presentations and collaborations by request through Zoom or other interfaces. Make an online appointment here.

Meet With the Career Center
Meet with a career coach, attend drop-in advising, or just check-in with the Career Center virtually or by phone. Visit careercenter@illinois.edu to learn more.

Attend a Fulbright Info Session
Application priority deadline: June 22
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 2,200 full scholarships annually to students for a year of study, research or English teaching in any of 140 countries worldwide.  

The National and International Scholarship Program will be hosting information sessions (starting April 7th) for undergraduate students and recent alumni to provide an overview of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, including eligibility, grant types, and application advice. Learn about the various info sessions here.

Attend Global Education Symposium 2020
October 14-17
The Office of International Programs invites you to participate in the second annual Global Education Symposium this fall. The symposium includes a conference with poster sessions, panels, presentations, and more. Registration is now open! Learn more here.


Scholarships + Awards


HOPE Scholarship | Apply by Friday, May 1
The Illinois Student Government’s Helping Others Personal Excellence (HOPE) Department seeks applicants for it's inaugural HOPE Scholarships. Last spring, the Illinois student body voted to create the HOPE Fee to support students who do not qualify for federal financial aid. The HOPE Scholarship, culminating from this fee, was designed to help undocumented, transgender, and students with minor convictions be equipped with the resources to pursue a higher education at Illinois. Each scholarship recipient may be awarded up to $10,000 in aid. This scholarship also includes an emergency fund for international students who have faced financial barriers to their education due to unforeseen circumstances. Apply by Friday, May 1 here.


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