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The Update from Education at Illinois

The Update is a student newsletter that provides news,
career opportunities, and events to undergraduate
majors and minors in the College of Education at Illinois.

Student Spotlight

When incoming freshmen Education students come to campus during the summer to register for classes, they are greeted by many welcoming faces. Michelle Ellis, Michael Parrish, Kathy Ryan, and several current students are available to orient them to our college and answer questions as they navigate through the maze of course requirements and offerings for their first semester on campus. That's where Jenny and Kayla come in. They are summer registration student workers for the College of Education. When freshmen meet in the afternoons at Wohler's computer lab, Kayla and Jenny (and our advisers and ISTARS—profiles of the latter will be posted in the next issue of The Update) are there to assist with course selection and answer questions such as, "Can I get to Lincoln Hall from the Education Building in 10 minutes?"

Kayla Dossett 

Kayla Dossett
Kayla is a rising junior ECE major who wants to be just like her mother when she grows up—a teacher who demonstrates giving of one's self for others through one's profession. As part of Education at Illinois, Kayla loves the sense of a small college on such a large, prestigious university. She advises younger students to have an open mind about everything, including joining new student organizations, learning languages, and trying new foods. She says, "College is a huge learning experience academically and culturally: absorb all you can!" Other summer plans for Kayla include spending time in Chicago during her Golden Apple experience with children and "chillaxin'" with her family.

 Jenny Kuk

Jennifer Yoojin Kuk
Jenny, a senior ELED major who enjoys the fact that Education students often have projects and papers instead of finals, is a true bilingual. She lived in Korea until age 6 but has always spoken Korean with her parents at home. Jenny advises younger students to stay organized with project and assignments, which can be overwhelming at times. She should know—Jenny will have four endorsements on her teaching license by the end of this coming academic year. Jenny is assisting with research at the Natural Resource Center this summer. She will spend Summer 2017 teaching in Korea and decide then if she'd like to live there.


Saturday, June 18
Teachers, administrators, parents, community members, pre-service teachers, coders, business people, and school-board members are all welcome to EdCampCU, which brings people together to talk about the issues in education today that matter most and covers participants' questions. Previous topics have included the purpose of schools, art and technology integration, meaningful assessments, and collaboration.

Career and Professional Development

Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club Seeking Reading Tutor
June 13 - July 29
The Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club in Champaign is looking for a reading tutor for one to two students in a project modeled after the successful Reading Partners program. This person will work in tandem with a reading specialist who will provide lesson plans, advice, and support. You will learn effective strategies for promoting literacy and help a child or two become competent at reading, making a difference in his or her life. Contact Dori Harrison at for more information about the program and application process.

Happenings and Deadlines

Engaging Educators
Undergraduate students in the course "Community Engagement" (EPS 199) have created a new website called Engaging Educators, which provides an introduction to the volunteering placements that are available to future students of the course "Identity and Difference in Education" (EDUC 201). On the site, visitors can read student testimonies, get information about various placement sites and organizations, receive news updates about the education world, and learn how to get involved.

Summer Hours at Undergraduate Student Academic Affairs Office
From now through July 29, the summer hours of the Student Academic Affairs Office for undergraduates will be:

8:30 a.m. - Noon
1-5 p.m.

Contact SAAO at 217-333-2800 or for more information.


To submit information or a story, or to make inquiries or provide feedback, please email
the Student Academic Affairs Office at