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May 2015 Newsletter
Teach for America

More than 16 million U.S. children grow up in poverty. One in three of those children won’t graduate high school, and of those who do, only 18% will enter a four-year college. In order to achieve educational equity, Teach for America (TFA) enlists and develops the nation's most promising young professionals to teach in impoverished communities for two years. The selection process is extremely competitve, but three HDFS 494 students—Tanis Klingler, Jordyn Fishman, and Erin Tompkins—were selected for TFA. Click here to read more about the students and their choice to serve. 

College of ACES Awards

Congratulations to both the STRONG Kids and I-TOPP teams who shared the Team Award for Excellence at the annual College of ACES and Paul A. Funk Recognition Awards, and congratulations also to Dr. Barbara Fiese for winning the John Clyde and Henrietta Downey Spitler Teaching Award!

STRONG Kids and I-TOPP—Team Award for Excellence


Dr. Barbara Fiese—John Clyde and Henrietta Downer Spitler Teaching Award

HDFS 494 Etiquette Dinner

On Tuesday, April 14th, HDFS 494 students gathered at the Illini Union for a crash course in professional etiquette led by Elizabeth Reutter from FSHN. Students learned about a variety of topics such as the differences between social and business dining etiquette, appropriate dinner conversation topics, and how to navigate a formal place setting, including which utensils to use.

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Undergraduate Research Week brings students and faculty together to learn more about their research and its potential to make a difference. Throughout the week, students showcased their projects at events across campus. The main event was the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 23, which brought together students from all academic disciplines to share their research through presentations, posters, and performances. Congratulations to the following HDFS 494 students who presented their research at the symposium!


Michael Sheu, Senior, Molecular and Cellular Biology, LAS


Marija Maretic, Senior, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, AHS
Natasha Joy, Senior, Communication, LAS


Lauren Amendola, Junior, Human Nutrition, ACES
Megan Devine, Junior, Chemistry, LAS


Michael White, Junior, Molecular and Cellular Biology, LAS


Connie Lam, Senior, Food Science and Human Nutrition, ACES


Amanda Donald, Senior, Molecular and Cellular Biology, LAS
Miles Mary, Senior, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, AHS
Samantha Addante, Sophomore, Human Development and Family Studies, ACES


Jordyn Fishman, Senior, Human and Development Studies, ACES


Kelsi Ubbenga, Senior, Speech and Hearing Sciences, AHS
Michelle Moynihan, Senior, Speech and Hearing Sciences, AHS
Alaina Ceron, Junior, Sociology, LAS
Dior Chasanv, Junior, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, AHS

TAPped In

Good news came out last week for thousands of families in the local community and across Illinois. The Autism Program (TAP) of Illinois received notification from the Governor’s office that the Department of Human Services is restoring funding for the fourth quarter of this year. Click here to read more.

Also, check out A Minute With Linda Tortorelli, to read about all of the great things that TAP does.