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Announcements for the week of March 22, 2020


Stay-at-home Order for the State of Illinois

In response to Governor Pritzker’s stay-at-home order for the state of Illinois, Chancellor Robert Jones and Provost Andreas sent a massmail describing the impact of the governor’s mandate for our university community. You can read the full massmail online at the link above and on the university's COVID-19 webpage.

Charlotte Bauer • Graduate College

Guidance for Defining Critical and Essential Research

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation recently sent a massmail providing guidance for defining critical and essential research. You can read the message at the link above. Consult the OVCR website for additional information related to the impact of COVID-19. Please also consult the Graduate College's COVID-19 Updates page for information specific to graduate students. 

Charlotte Bauer • Graduate College

Resources for Working Remotely

Graduate College Webinars, Online Workshops, and Virtual Advising

Our career, thesis, and fellowship workshops have moved to new, virtual spaces! In the coming weeks, join us (and colleagues around CU and the world) to learn about applying for fellowships, depositing your thesis, writing resumes, and more. We're also happy to provide individual support for fellowship proproals and career advising through video chat appointments.

Student Success • Graduate College

Writers Workshop Online Appointments

The Writers Workshop has online appointments available! Our online appointments use a combination of video / audio, chat, and a whiteboard space to share text. The Workshop provides feedback on writing in individual consultations, hosts virtual productivity writing groups for grad students, and offers a range of presentations, which can be requested by classes and programs. 

Carolyn Wisniewski • Writers Workshop

 This opportunity is available online.

Zoom Available for All Students

To access all Zoom features, you must log in through the Illinois Zoom Portal at illinois.zoom.us or “Sign In with SSO” when using the desktop client. Your unit may already be providing you with specific resources and instructions. Zoom resources for instructors can be found on CITL’s Instructional Continuity website. For additional information on using Zoom, please visit this Quick Start Guide.

Technology Services • Office of the Chief Information Officer

 This opportunity is available online.

Adobe Creative Cloud and Remote Computer Lab Access

All students can now download Adobe Creative Cloud apps, and remotely access a select number of campus computer labs on your devices. You can find instructions to access these services and more on the Tech Services remote resources web page.

Technology Services • Office of the Chief Information Officer

 This opportunity is available online.

University Library Online Resources

All campus libraries are currently closed to the public through April 7, 2020. The Library will endeavor to provide virtual services during this time, including online access to collections and virtual reference service. Please visit the link above for further information about access to library services.

Heather Murphy • University Library

 This opportunity is available online.


Spring 2020 Curriculum Changes

Friday, April 3 is the last day to change your curriculum for the current term. This includes adding or dropping a campus approved minor or concentration. Please check your student program information in Self-Service to verify your program information is listed correctly. Information on how to change your curriculum is available online

Admissions, Registration, & Enrollment Services • Graduate College

Spring 2020 Upcoming Registration Deadline

March 27 is the last day to add a Part of Term B course online via Self-Service, or to drop a Part of Term B course for refund if reducing assessment range; and to submit a form to elect to audit a Part of Term B course.

Admissions, Registration, & Enrollment Services • Graduate College

Funding and Fellowships

Webinar: Writing Personal Statements for Funding Proposals

Many funding agencies require a personal statement in addition to an applicant’s research proposal. Why?! What on earth are you supposed to talk about? If these questions have induced writer’s block, this workshop is for you. We will assess the range of personal statement prompts you may encounter and distill their shared essence. Participants will learn the qualities of a compelling statement and practice a writing process they can implement to arrive at a complete first draft. Register here. Registered participants will be contacted with information on how to join the webinar. 

April 2, 2–3:30 pm • Online only

Dana Johnson • Graduate College Office of External Fellowships

 This opportunity is available online.

Career and Professional Development

Job Search Support Group - Online

Feeling stressed, confused, or isolated about landing a job? You are not the only one! The Job Search Support Group is a space for grad students and postdocs to share experiences, ask questions, and bounce ideas off both peers and career advisors about the job search process. Registration required. This group will be held entirely online. Upon registering you will receive information on how to join the online meeting space before sessions begin.

March 24–April 14, 3–5 pm • Every Tuesday

Career Development • Graduate College

 This opportunity is available online.

Thesis Tips

It's Not Too Late: Attend Our Depositing Your Thesis Workshop Online

Get a head start with the thesis submission and deposit process at our workshop! You’ll learn some of the top formatting mistakes and how to prevent them. We’ll go over deadlines and the required deposit items to help you create a timeline to stay on track. And we’ll discuss the visibility of your thesis after it is deposited. Got specific questions about your thesis? Stick around for office hours immediately following the workshop. This workshop will be broadcast online at go.grad.illinois.edu/eventspace. 

March 25, 11 am • March 25, 11 AM-12 PM, Workshop; 12-1 PM, Office Hours • go.grad.illinois.edu/eventspace

Emily Wuchner • Graduate College Thesis Office

 This opportunity is available online.

Research and Teaching

Draft List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent

The Draft List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for Fall 2019 is now available. The final list will be in the Daily Illini on April 2. If your course is missing, check your instructor report against the criteria in the draft List. At least five students must have completed relevant item(s) and you must have filled in the relevant release bubble on the Faculty Request Form. For questions or corrections, email ices@illinois.edu or call 244-3846.

ICES • Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

CITL Workshops Now Online

Looking for help with your teaching? The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning workshops have moved online. Upcoming workshops cover "Grading Fairly" and "The Power of Presentations." Look for details on the CITL calendar. 

Lucas Anderson • Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

 This opportunity is available online.

Writers Workshop Virtual Productivity Writing Groups

Looking for a productivity boost? Join the Writers Workshop for sustained writing in the company of your colleagues from across the disciplines. Our virtual writing group aims to provide community and accountability. Each session begins with a short conversation about goals and ends with a wrap-up of accomplishments. This writing group will be held as a Zoom meeting, so please register by 5pm on Thursday, March 26 to join

March 27, 9 am–12:30 pm

Carolyn Wisniewski • Writers Workshop

 This opportunity is available online.

Savvy Researcher Workshops on Hiatus

The Savvy Researcher workshops will be on hiatus until further notice. We are working on online learning support and many of our instructors are willing to meet one-on-one or offer Zoom workshops for small groups. Stay tuned via the calendar for updates.

Scholarly Commons • Scholarly Commons, Main Library

Health and Wellness

Summer Health Coverage for Graduate Students

Graduate students who wish to verify their summer health coverage eligibility or purchase an extension should visit the Summer Health Coverage for Graduate Students webpage for details. This page contains information about Student Health Insurance, McKinley Health Center Services, and Dental and Vision Insurance coverage for the summer term. Those wishing to purchase a Student Health Insurance extension can do so beginning April 27.

Business Office • Graduate College

Illinois Earth Hour 2020 - Virtual Event

Earth Hour is about much more than turning off the lights. It's about participating in a global movement. It's about doing your part to take a stand for the environment. The best part? You can make a difference without leaving the house. Join your fellow Illini on March 28 by turning off the lights for just one hour. No matter where we find ourselves this Earth Hour, let's pull together and stand in solidarity as Illini. RSVP on Facebook with the link above to commit to participating and learn more about the cause. 

March 28, 8:30–9:30 pm • Local time

Jenna Kurtzweil • Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

 This opportunity is available online.


Beginning Teacher Conference

The Illinois New Teacher Collaborative's Beginning Teacher Conference will be held June 22-23, 2020 in Champaign at the I-Hotel Conference Center. You can submit a proposal and register now. Visit the website to register and sign up for conference updates. 

June 22–23 • iHotel Conference Center, Champaign, Illinois

Amanda Heinsman • College of Education

Gain Professional Experience with an F&S Diversity Internship

Facilities & Services is recruiting students for the organization's Diversity Internship Program. These positions include work in: architecture, engineering, business, communications, planning, energy, sustainability, safety, finance, human resources, and information technology. Students are encouraged to submit a resume and request an interview for positions that match their interests. 

Eric Smith • Facilities & Services


GradLINKS is distributed weekly to graduate students and staff who work with graduate students. Please see our website for submission information

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in any of the programs or events listed in GradLINKS, please email the contact person for the event. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.


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