Grand Challenge 2nd 8 Weeks Courses

Grand Challenge Experience 2nd 8-Week Courses

Experience, Learn, and Create to Understand Real World Problems

  • Meets gen ed requirement for Humanities and the Arts (Literature).
  • Focus on the most important challenges facing communities, nations, and the world: Sustainability, or Health & Wellness.
  • Learn from some of the best teachers on campus and enjoy a small classroom community where you can ask questions and get hands-on experience.
  • Courses begin on March 14 and run through the end of the semester.

GCL 188b: Global Epidemics (Health & Wellness pathway):
TR 3:00 -5:50 PM; 236 Wohlers Hall; Ramón Soto-Crespo

Ebola, HIV, zombies, and vampires! All share a common lineage in that they’ve been imagined as viruses that spread around the globe. You will learn how these viruses spread by reading/watching popular novels, comic books, documentaries, and films, and working with an archive of materials assembled by the University Library.

GCL 128b: Fictions of Sustainability: Food, Water, Energy (Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment pathway)
TR 12:30-3:20 PM; Location TBA; Gillen D’Arcy Wood

This course introduces sustainability through stories. Specifically, we will learn about food, water, and energy systems by reading novels and nonfiction narratives. In addition, we will take field trips to discover the sustainability landscape of the University of Illinois community. The course concludes by asking you to write a sustainability story of your own.

Student Affairs Scholarships, Internships, and Committees

Student Leadership Awards and Scholarships
Applications Due: February 26, 2016, 5pm

The Student Leadership Awards and Scholarships program gives students an opportunity to be recognized and rewarded for their tremendous contributions to the Illinois campus community, as well as their commitment to academics and extracurricular involvement. Over 20 monetary awards available, granted to freshmen through grad students. Nominate a deserving student today! Nominate someone at

2016-17 Student Affairs Internships
Various Application Deadlines

No matter what your major is or what you want to do after college, Student Affairs internships give you a chance to work with some terrific people as you pursue projects that benefit your peers. A Student Affairs internship can enhance your leadership skills, influence our Campus at a higher level, and give you valuable experience in a professional setting. Internships available in: Asian American Cultural Center, Campus Recreation, Illinois Leadership Center, Office of the Vice Chancellor, Office of Volunteer Programs, and Student Affairs Advancement.

2016-17 Fred H. Turner Fellowships
Applications Due: February 14th, 2016

Apply for a paid internship with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs! Interact with campus professionals and collaborate on projects that shape the Illinois Experience. Open to current juniors for a position in the 2016-17 academic year. Additional criteria can be found at Make an impact, leave a legacy, apply for the Turner Fellowship!

Campus Committees
Information Night: February 2nd, 2016, 7pm in Illini Union Room 405
Applications Due: February 26, 2016

No matter what your interest as a student, there is a University of Illinois committee that needs your voice! Develop your leadership skills by serving on a campus committee, and make a difference on campus and throughout the community. Most committees include both students and staff, so you will be able to network and work with professionals in your chosen field – or explore something new!

Questions? Email

Emerging Business Leaders: Program Coordinator


The Emerging Business Leaders Program is an intensive three-week program that provides 30 of the best and brightest minority high school students from across the country the opportunity to learn about Business concepts and careers.  The program offers a keen insight into an assortment of business disciplines led by College of Business faculty and staff. The College of Business Admissions team is looking for Program Coordinators to assist with the daily operations of the program. Program Coordinators must be available for the entirety of the program, which runs from July 10-28, 2016.

Minimum Qualifications:  Minimum Sophomore standing; preference given to Juniors and Seniors.  Knowledge and support of issues related to education and advancement.  Ability to act as a role model, supervise, and motivate high school students.  Ability to ensure a safe and productive living and learning environment for program participants.  Work schedule is intensive and includes evening and weekend requirements.

Other requirements:  High level of maturity and judgment.  Strong communication and interpersonal skills.  Ability to supervise and organize program participants. Ability to help participants with academic assignments.  Coordinators should plan to be on-hand and available 24 hours/day unless otherwise instructed or given the day off.  Coordinators should be team oriented, and willing to give 100% effort and commitment to program events and be supportive of staff, participants and program goals.

Typical examples of work performed:

  1. Organizes residence halls for student arrival. Oversees student check-in process and helps in implementing    participant orientation program.
  1. Participates in program functions, classroom-learning modules, field trips, academic activities and social/recreational activities.
  1. Meets daily with others to report on program and participants activities and issues. Coordinators offer suggestions for preventing and managing concerns and problems.   Coordinators work with program administrators on any crises and emergencies that may arise.
  1. Overall responsibility is to maintain safety and well-being of students while in the residence halls and throughout the program. This is inclusive of a drug, tobacco and alcohol free environment.
  1. Supervises and manages appropriate conduct and behavior of participants. Counsels and encourages participants as needed.
  1. Works with College of Business admissions team and faculty to ensure positive classroom, extracurricular and field trip experience.
  1. Works with participants, administrators, and faculty in coordinating program committees and competitions.
  1. Supports requests of administrators and faculty throughout program.

Compensation: Program Coordinators are provided a stipend of $1500. Free housing and meals are also provided.

Apply here by March 14, 2016:

student research assistants for spring 2016

Dr. Ravi Mehta, assistant professor in marketing, will like to invite applications from motivated, curious, and meticulous undergraduate students to work as student research assistants for the Spring 2016.

Dr. Mehta’s research encompasses examining and advancing current understanding of consumer psychology and behavior with specific focus on creativity and new product adoption. In this position, you will have an opportunity to gain first hand experience with conducting consumer research and understanding research processes. Student RA profile includes work like conducting experimental studies, coding dataset and completing rating tasks. You’ll also closely work with PhD students who’ll help you provide step by step guidance and insights into the research processes.

This will be a great experience for students who may want to get hands on experience with consumer research and may be thinking about career in academic research or planning for/thinking about graduate school. Please note that this a voluntary position but offers invaluable research experience and a strong addition to your resume. However, we can only accommodate a limited number of students and may be able to offer independent study credit depending on your level of interest and commitment. Please contact Lidan Xu ( with your resume, if interested or have any questions.

CPA Exam Info Session – January 22

We hope everyone had a great winter break! The Department of Accountancy is sponsoring a CPA Exam Information Session for potential State of Illinois CPA Exam candidates.  The session will cover CPA educational requirements, application procedures, and other important information about the exam and the license.   This session is geared more toward graduate students and seniors (especially students that are currently applying for the Exam), but all are welcome.

  • Date: Friday, January 22
  • Time: 10:00-10:50 a.m.
  • Location: Deloitte Auditorium

RSVP here:

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5-year BS/MAS Application Info (Accountancy)

The Department of Accountancy has upcoming application deadlines for the BS/MAS program.   There are 2 categories of applicants – 1) Fall 2016 Graduate College Applicants (these are seniors planning to earn the BS in ACCY in either December 2015, May 2016, or August 2016 and plan to start graduate school in Fall 2016) and 2) Initial Stage Applicants (these are students that will take undergraduate coursework next year and start graduate school in Fall 2017).

Graduate College Applicants:

  • Application deadline – January 15, 2016
  • MAS Scholarship/Assistantship Application deadline – February 1, 2016
  • Concentration Application – February 1, 2016 (currently, you may indicate your concentration preference within the Graduate College application).


Initial Stage Applicants

  • Application deadline – February 1, 2016


Quick FAQ

Both stages require that you submit a course plan (Grad College applicants do need to submit an updated one). If you missed the drop-in sessions during finals week, then you can complete one when you get back to campus by making an appointment with your Accountancy advisor (slots will likely go out in the Portal sometime in early January). Accountancy advisors are Ashley Lamb (P-Z), Melinda Ohlsson (F-O), and Sue Thomas (A-E). We recommend getting the course plan done by early February.  Note:  *you do not need to get the course plan done before completing the application*.  Completing the application on time and by the deadline is extremely important.

For both stages, you need to list the contact info for references; however, *you do not need any letters of recommendation*.  Previous course instructors are good, but you are also free to use a professional reference(s).  TAs are fine as long as they have taught you.

Please be sure to follow procedures for the correct stage.  Sometimes there are students that aren’t planning to start the MAS until Fall 2017, but they accidentally fill out all the Grad College items even though it’s a year early for them. 




Enrollment Open for the Minor in Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (SEE)

Enrollment Open for the Minor in Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (SEE) 

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment (iSEE) is offering a campuswide Minor in Sustainability, Energy and Environment (called the SEE Fellows Program) that is now open for enrollment for Spring 2016. The Minor requires 16-18 credits to be obtained by selecting from a specified list of courses approved for the Minor. To find out more about the Minor and the enrollment process, visit the iSEE website ( iSEE will be hosting an information session from 5-6 pm on Monday, Nov 30th in Room 240 in the National Soybean Research Center for students to learn more about the Minor, its enrollment process, the ENVS 301 course, and meet the advisors and instructors. Please RSVP here. If you have any questions, email

New Digital Environments for Learning, Teaching and Agency courses


Instructor: Dr. Emma Mercier,
Time: Tuesday 4-6.50pm
Credit: 3 undergrad / 4 grad hours
Location: TBA
CRN: 62105

An ever-increasing number of digital toys, child-friendly computer devices and apps are being made available to support learning and development during the early years. However, there are also questions about whether young children should use technology, and whether the activities that are being replaced by technology are more appropriate to support development and learning.

Each week will focus on lectures and discussions about child development and the presentation of a technology or technology-enhanced toy and evaluation of their value for young children. Toys will be provided to students to evaluate throughout the course.

CI 482: Social Learning & Multimedia

Instructor: Dr. Mark Dressman,
Time: Wednesday, 4:00-6:50
Credit: 3 undergrad / 4 grad hours
Location: TBA
CRN: 63210

In Illinois and across the world, people are using an extraordinary range of social media—platforms and apps that create opportunities for communication with others—for an extraordinary range of purposes: to meet, to organize, to share information quickly, and to connect with loved ones or with strangers who may or may not share each other’s cultural, ethnic, political, linguistic, religious, or sexual orientations or preferences. In this course, we will focus on how these new media not only help to shape people’s identit(ies) but also on how these media create new opportunities for learning and for teaching, and to experiment with the creation of new platforms for connecting with others educationally.

The first part of the course will focus on exploring how each of us learns and teaches through engagement in social media, with an emphasis on how language and different forms of multimedia, including music, video, images, and their design, convey information to us on a variety of levels. In the second half of the semester, we’ll work in groups to design platforms of our own that use critical features of social media to connect and learn from and with others.


Instructor: Dr. Emma Mercier,
Time: Thursday 4-6.50pm
Credit: 3 undergrad / 4 grad hours
Location: 17 Education
CRN: 39496

As the range and presence of technology increases in our world, more and more experiences are either mediated or interrupted by these technologies. Concerns about the effect of interruptions are coupled with enthusiasm for the potential of technology to radically alter the learning environment.

In this class, we’ll look at the research on the relationship between attention and learning, recent work on the effects of multi-tasking and the influence that using technology in classrooms has on students’ engagement and attention. We’ll also look at arguments about how the changes in technology influences the speed (and depth) of thought, attention disorders and consider how the management of attention is a key tool for learners to develop. Each student will test some wearable devices (provided) and consider how their use changes attention to the environment.

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