‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌
Click here to see this online

April 1, 2021

This week's Student Spotlight is...

Lesly Ortega

Lesly Ortega


Junior Lesly Ortega feels that the path to teaching is the only one for her, and has felt this way since childhood. As an English major and Secondary Education minor, Lesly has enjoyed her courses in and out of the College of Education, and looks forward to returning to her high school as an English teacher as soon as possible. When she's not in class or studying, Lesly enjoys checking out the local restaurants and greeting her peer's pets on the quad.

This semester we want to celebrate YOU in our Student Spotlight Blog! First-year students and sophomores, juniors, and seniors please complete this quick survey if you've not yet been featured. See you on the blog!


Virtual Opportunities


May 10 - May 17
Commencement season is just around the corner! 2021 and 2020 graduates are invited to participate in the in-person individual, private Stage Crossing experience and should refer to the official checklist if interested. The academic attire order deadline is TODAY, April 1. Check your university email for log in information to register for stage crossing times, with responses due by April 15. See the Commencement website for additional information. Congratulations, Illini!

Lavender Congratulatory
April 28
Are you an LGBTQ+ student who graduated last year or are graduating this year? Register to be recognized at the annual Lavender Congratulatory ceremony! Learn more and register for the virtual celebration here.

16th Annual Goldstick Family Lecture
April 22, 4 p.m. CST
Join us for the 16th Annual Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders, with guest speaker and University of Texas at Austin professor in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Dr. Sandy Magaña! To partake in the virtual event on April 22, please register online by April 12. 


Scholarships + Awards


Golden Apple Scholars
The deadline to apply to Golden Apple has been extended to April 15! 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.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program
April 6, 3:30 p.m. CST on Zoom
Are you a junior, senior, or recent alumni looking for an exciting way to spend a year abroad starting in the Fall of 2022? If so, it’s time to think seriously about submitting an application for a Fulbright Scholarship!  Join us for an information session to learn more. 

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


Student Wellness


Daily Mindfulness Workshops
Zoom Meeting ID: 922 2891 7050, Password: CCMind
These 30-minute workshops are held each weekday at 4:15 p.m., each with a theme; Mindfulness Mondays, Intuitive Eating Tuesdays, Body Awareness Wednesdays, Thoughtful Thursdays, and Forget-it Fridays. These workshops are not therapy and are not confidential. All students are welcome!

Mindwise Mental Health Screenings
The Counseling Center offers Mindwise mental health screenings through its website. These quick, confidential assessments allow you to understand if feelings like prolonged sadness, anxiety, and/or hopelessness are related to depression. Other screenings for generalized anxiety disorder, alcohol misuse, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder are also available. Participants will receive immediate results at the end of each screening to print and bring to a counselor for further discussion and evaluation if indicated. Please note that these screenings are to help you have an informed conversation with your counselor. They are not intended to be a clinical diagnosis.


Career + Professional Development


Odyssey Project Internship
Apply for a paid internship with the Odyssey Project, a program that offers free college courses to adults of the Champaign-Urbana community. Odyssey Project Interns are responsible for delivering onsite content and skill support for Odyssey students during class time (Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.), which may include assisting students with technical questions and providing feedback on student writing. The position begins August 23, 2021 and ends May 13, 2022. Odyssey interns will work approximately two to three hours per week during the fall and spring semesters (with flexible hours), at the rate of $15.75 per hour. Apply today!

Online Summer School Opportunity
Looking for a summer opportunity at UIUC? Apply for Global Education and Training's 4-week, online summer school program, Artificial Intelligence in Data Science, taught by top university faculty from the Siebel Center for Computer Science and the School for Information Science. Students will perform hands-on-analysis of real-world datasets to analyze and discover the impact of the data. Apply here, and email GET Program Coordinator Meng Liu at mengliu2@illinois.edu with questions.

Join the McNair Scholars Program!
The UIUC TRIO Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) provides research, mentoring, advising, and graduate school preparation opportunities for eligible sophomores, juniors and seniors to promote their academic excellence and pursuit of a PhD. TRIO McNair Scholars engage in rigorous research with faculty mentors, attend relevant workshops and seminars, and commit to preparing themselves for doctoral studies following the completion of undergraduate studies. Check out their website and informational video to learn more.


See you next Thursday for another edition of The Update

Visit our COVID-19 site for the latest info & resources.

The Student Academic Affairs Office welcomes student input for issues of The Update.
Please submit your events, announcements, and comments via the links below.

Event   Announcement   Comment