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October 22, 2020

Eddie the College of Education Squirrel is election ready!
Campus polls are now open at the ARC, Illini Union, and University YMCA.

Follow along on Eddie's adventures at #CollegeofEddie

This week's Student Spotlight is...

Sean Gardiner

Sean Gardiner, a Junior in English and Secondary Education, has learned so much on his undergraduate journey. His favorite lessons so far are the tough truths of the inequality in our education system. Sean says this of his Identity and Difference in Education class, "It truly opened my eyes to the imbalances in our education system and in our world today as a whole. I have recommended it to many of my friends, even those that are not in 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


A Great Conversation with Freeman Hrabowski- Recap Video
Freeman Hrabowski, a College of Education alumnus and president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, recently joined Chancellor Jones for "A Great Conversation" on everything from their own educational experiences to the responsibility for training the next generation of world leaders. You can watch the recap video, with direct links to timecodes of specific topics, here!

It's Virtual Illinois Abroad Week!
Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23
There's still time to participate in this week's Virtual Illinois Abroad Week! 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! 

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!

Global Cafe-Tonight!
Thursday October 22, 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 Distance Learning Technology. Make your voice heard and join the conversation!

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

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! 


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.

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.

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


Student Wellness


WellTrack - The New 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.

Don't Forget Your Flu Shot!
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.

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


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 plenty of services like online workshops this fall. Students can schedule an online appointment with them at any time. Visit their website for more!

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.

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!


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