Spring 2015 LINC Project Managers

Call for Applications: Spring 2015 LINC Project Managers
For Graduate Students and Advanced Undergraduate Students

Consider this significant opportunity to acquire training and experience in project management and classroom facilitation while leading a real project of importance to a nonprofit community partner! There are many positions available to co-manage a LINC-Learning in Community section (ENG 315) with interdisciplinary projects related to social and environmental issues, engineering and technical problems, education, community health, international development, and more! In the past, students have built bridges, produced marketing campaigns, improved water systems, developed youth programs, designed rain gardens, and lots more!

Project Managers earn 4 credit hours for ENG 598: Applied Project Management and facilitate the regularly scheduled ENG 315 sessions for one of the projects. They manage the project, participate in a weekly professional development course where they learn about service-learning and managing projects in community-based settings, coordinate communications with the partner, and assess student work. Project Managers will receive preparation for their roles during a pre-semester training on January 14-16.

Project managers will gain/learn

  • Enhanced skills in communication, professional writing, leading multi-disciplinary teams, problem-solving, conflict resolution, evaluation, organizing and prioritizing tasks, and time management
  • Knowledge, skills, and experience in applied project management
  • Experience working with diverse students, partners, and project stakeholders in authentic, community-based contexts
  • Satisfaction in guiding students to be socially responsible citizens
  • Knowledge, skills, and experience in teaching techniques
  • A sense of accomplishment in making a meaningful impact in the community and in the lives of students

Apply ASAP for equal consideration (applications are rolling and interviews begin October 27th).  For more information and to join the LINC team, see  http://linc.illinois.edu/information-project-managers  and view our introductory video, “What is LINC?” posted at http://youtu.be/f7s3aniu_40. For questions, contact Shikhank Sharma (sharma24@illinois.edu).

Global Studies Information Sessions

Please note the following remaining fall semester information session dates and times for students interested in the LAS Global Studies major/minor. Attendance at one of these sessions is mandatory for students intending to declare the major or minor.

LAS Global Studies Information Sessions 

Thursday, October 23, 3:00 pm
Tuesday, October 28, 2:00 pm
Monday, November 3, 4:00 pm
Wednesday, November 19, 2:00 pm
Wednesday, December 3, 3:00 pm

Location: Global Studies Conference Room at 703 S. Wright Street, 3rd Floor

Winter Session 2014-2015

Winter Session 2014-2015

Get a Jump Start on the New Year!

The University of Illinois will offer a number of four week online courses over the winter break this year. Winter Session 2014-2015 begins on December 22, 2014 and ends January 16, 2015.  This is a great opportunity for undergraduate degree-seeking students to take an active role in their education, learn time management, set goals, and meet them as they work toward degree completion. The high-quality courses are taught by Illinois facility and offered to University of Illinois undergraduate students at Urbana-Champaign and non-degree students at other institutions.

Course Offerings:

  • ATMS 120, Severe and Hazardous Weather
  • BADM 300, The Legal Environment of Business
  • BADM 310, Management and Organizational Behavior
  • BADM 350, IT for Networked Organizations
  • BADM 380, International Business
  • ECON 102, Microeconomic Principles
  • ECON 203, Economic Statistics II
  • SOC 100, Introduction to Sociology.

Please visit http://citl.illinois.edu/winter for more information, including registration instructions.

Writing Group for International Undergraduate Students

Navigating Academic Writing:

Writing Group for International Undergraduate Students

Would you like to talk about US academic writing?
Do you sometimes wonder what your writing assignments mean?
Do you struggle to talk with your professors and classmates about writing?
Would you like to practice US conventions of using sources?

Then you would want to join the FREE writing groups for multilingual students hosted by the Writers Workshop. These groups are specifically for writers whose first language is not English and will meet in a 4-week session. Topics will be tailored to your needs but may include organizing ideas, understanding different kinds of writing tasks, understanding instructors’ responses, and using sources. The sessions will be led by an experienced Writers Workshop consultant who understands struggles with writing in English.

In order to participate, you must attend the informational meeting on October 23 (Thursday) at 4:00PM to sign up and you must attend all four sessions. Students who have participated in Navigating Academic Writing in the past are not eligible.


Informational Meeting:
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 4:00pm
Room 251 Undergraduate Library

Writing group sessions:
Thursday, Nov 6
Thursday, Nov 13
Thursday, Nov 20
Thursday, Dec 4
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Room 251 Undergraduate Library

Please email keitges2@illinois.edu if you would like to join the writing group.

Interested in a Tech Career but Don’t Have a Tech Background?

Check out Jocelyn Ross’ presentation at the Summit on Online Education!

Facebook, Pinterest, Airbnb, Uber… Tech is an exciting industry to be in, and for people without engineering degrees, it can be hard to know how to begin. We’ll talk about how you can use your non-technical degree to get a job in tech and make the most out of your career.

WHAT: Talk as part of the Summit on Online Education
WHEN: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Jocelyn Ross will speak from 1:45-2:45 pm
WHERE: Illini Union, Illini Rooms A&B
COST: Free!

Please register at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/3167155

About the Speaker:
Jocelyn Ross was born in Urbana, raised in Champaign, and got a degree in Psychology from Stanford. She started her career at Facebook with a job in customer support in 2006; a couple years later she started and led the Risk Management team there. She is currently a data analyst at Stripe, a company that helps businesses accept payments online, where her inner social scientist gets to ask (and answer!) interesting questions about the companies Stripe works with every day.

2nd 8 weeks courses – College of Media

ADV 199: Creativity Conquers the World, 3hrs

(MWF 2:00-3:50pm; freshman only)

This course explores the role of creative thinking in solving problems and seizing opportunities – in school, life and work (notably the field of advertising). Through class discussion and hands-on exercises, students will learn about theories of creativity, traits of creative people, creative culture and frameworks for sparking creative thinking. Students will develop the ability to ask the right questions, generate ideas of greater quality and quantity, and spot a Big Idea when they see one.


JOUR 460:  The Media and You, 3hrs

(MW 9:00-10:50; all levels and majors)

Getting the Message Out This course will equip students and practitioners in journalism, public relations, business, agriculture and science and technology fields with practical knowledge and tools to understand and work with all forms of media to achieve their goals. The course will include a quick survey of contemporary public relations and clarify several discrete elements: publicity, advertising, branding, press agency, public affairs, issues management, lobbying, investor relations and development. This will set the stage for this course, which will focus on working with and, at times, around news media. The core issue of working with the media will encompass guidelines for good media relations, guidelines for working with the press, and understanding the ethical dimensions of the relationships that form. The course will employ case studies, real and hypothetical. The class will break into small groups for the last four or five sessions to develop a set of strategies, employing an array of media, to reach a PR goal the instructor will develop. The instructor will solicit real world opportunities for class teams to work with local/regional interests on a media and communications plan that suits the client.


MACS 496:  Special Effects, 3hrs

(TR 10:00-1:20, Junior, Seniors, Grad students, Sophomores with instructors permission, all majors)

MOVIE MAGIC: VISUAL EFFECTS AND CGI This roughly chronological course will explore special effects technology, history and aesthetics. More specifically, we will use the technological history of special effects (which span cinema history) to examine representational strategies of film. Academic interest in cinematic special effects has largely been limited to discussion of genre (especially science fiction) or by theoretical interest in “the digital”. This course will take a more broad historical view, in order to question the various binaries common in discussions of special effects, especially optical vs. digital, and realism vs. fantasy. Drawing on texts by theorists and practitioners alike, we will examine how the films mobilize specific technologies, and the aesthetic frameworks they bring into play. Students will be expected to apply “close viewing” strategies to assignments, specifically to understand how specific effects techniques discussed are functioning in specific instances, both technologically and discursively. In addition, students will put these viewing and analyzing practices to work in a longer, research based final paper. The course will discuss the wide variety of films that have made extensive and creative use of special effects. We will screen films ranging from early trick films, experimentation in the silent era, studio-era process photography and optical printing, 1960s avant-garde animation, the intensified interest of special effects work in 1970s blockbusters, and into the digital era beginning in the early 1990s, to the present.


MDIA 199: College of Media Orientation, 1hr

(T 12:30-1:50, open to Non Media majors, all levels)

Serves as an introduction to the College of Media and Introduces students to the multiple media perspectives represented by the College’s departments. Provides an overview of the Advertising, Agricultural Communications, Journalism, and Media and Cinema Studies curricula, areas of study, and opportunities available for careers in the field. This is not a typical freshman orientation class.


MDIA 390:  News Literacy, 3hrs

(TR 12:30-3:20, open to all students)

The metaphors used to describe the digital, networked, social, interactive and information-rich age in which we live – it’s a wave, a flood, even a tidal wave! – suggest a powerlessness that can be dispiriting. The promise of so much easily accessible information quickly transforms into peril as we wonder just how to make sense of all that abundance, how to find the signal amidst all the noise. This is a particular challenge for journalism, which is competing with ever-increasing numbers of players in the news and information arena who may – or, more often, may not – be providing news that is credible and reliable. Our aim is to build a better understanding of what makes news reliable and credible and, in doing so, help equip people to make smarter decisions and engage in democratic society.

2nd 8 weeks course – PS 199

PS 199: Civic Careers.  This experimental, one-credit course invites students to consider developing their own civic careers in the contemporary social and political economy. The course will emphasize the development of personal and civic objectives and skills, as well as professional development in a dynamic and fragmented local, national and global community. Topics include: taking stock of values and skills, examining contemporary civic careers, evaluating educational opportunities, preparing career narratives, networking, and selecting career opportunities  M 3:00-4:50 331 Armory  one credit hour CRN 55924

Illinois Club Scholarships

The Illinois Club is now accepting undergraduate scholarship applications online for the next academic year.  They are offering 12 awards totaling over $25,000:

  • Isabelle Purnell Education Awards & Make-A-Difference Awards – $2,000 each – 9 awards
  • STEM Education Award – $3,000 – 1 award
  • Susan T. Haney Social Work Award – $3,000 – 1 award
  • Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts Award – $3,400 – 1 award


You will be considered for all awards for which you are eligible.

The Application Deadline is November 1, 5:00PM

You will be notified via e-mail when your application is received.  In December or January you will be e-mailed again about the status of your application.  If you are a semifinalist you will be interviewed in late January or early February, with notification of all awards occurring shortly thereafter.  Study Abroad student interviews may be Skyped.  The winners and their families will be celebrated at a Scholarship Awards Brunch in early March.

Online application can be found here:

Helpful hints on supporting documents can be found here:


Illinois Club Scholarships

The Illinois Club is now accepting scholarship applications online for the next academic year.  They are offering 12 awards for UNDERGRADUATES totaling over $27,000:

  • Isabelle Purnell Education Awards & Make-A-Difference Awards – $2,000 each – 9 awards
  • STEM Education Award – $3,000 – 1 award
  • Susan T. Haney Social Work Award – $3,000 – 1 award
  • Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts Award – $3,400 – 1 award

Students will be considered for all awards for which they are eligible.

The Application Deadline is November 1, 5:00PM

You will be notified via e-mail when your application is received.  In December or January you will be e-mailed again about the status of your application.  If you are a semifinalist you will be interviewed in late January or early February, with notification of all awards occurring shortly thereafter.  Study Abroad student interviews may be Skyped.  The winners and their families will be celebrated at a Scholarship Awards Brunch in early March.

Online application can be found here: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/8344186

Helpful hints on supporting documents can be found here (read this before applying!): http://theillinoisclub.org/documents/scholarship/2014_SchAppSupportDocs.pdf

Champaign County Public Defender Internship

Are you interested in how criminal courts work?  Would you like to see an arraignment, a preliminary hearing or a real criminal trial?  Want to sit in on meetings with clients or witnesses?  Would you like to help an attorney prepare cases for court?  The Department of Political Science and the Champaign County Public Defender’s Office plan to offer an internship for academic credit in Spring, 2015.   Jamie Thomas-Ward, the Director of Pre-Law Advising Services, will provide academic supervision of these internships. Unlike other internships that require a substantial research project done in conjunction with the internship itself for an award of academic credit, the regularized nature of these internships is such as to allow an award of credit based on a series of structured academic assignments requiring integration of internship experiences with readings on the political systems, the legal system and constitutional and human rights. This is a class that meets once per week, and a requirement of about six hours per week of work at the internship site. Admission is competitive: We expect to have five openings for spring.

What, specifically, can you expect to be doing as part of this internship?

  • Watching criminal court proceedings such as arraignments, bond hearings, motion hearings, and trials
  • Reviewing criminal case files (such as police reports) with Public Defender clients both at the office and at the Champaign         County Jail
  • Organizing materials for case files
  • Discussing case information and strategy with the Public Defender attorney staff
  • Contacting potential witnesses to testify at sentencing hearings; and
  • Other research and projects as needed.

The Public Defender’s Office is a fast-paced environment. Ideal students for this program are: interested in criminal law proceedings; willing to take a variety of assignments; able to work independently when given appropriate support; and able to devote 90 hours during the semester to the Public Defender’s Office.

By Friday, October 10, students seeking to participate in the Public Defender Internship Program must submit via e-mail to jjhinch@illinois.edu a cover letter, resume and writing sample. The cover letter needs to address each of the following elements: 1) explain your interest in and motivation for undertaking this internship, 2) share your experience in working with only a modest level of direct supervision, and 3) discuss your plans for accommodating participation in the internship in your schedule (.e.g, how many other credit hours do you plan to carry, will you be studying for the LSAT, do you have other significant time commitments).  The writing sample can be a paper you have written from a previous class. All of those materials will be reviewed for a decision on acceptance into the program by the departmental internship committee.  At a minimum, students seeking to participate in this program need (1) to have completed 45 credit hours by Spring, 2015 (2) with at least one year of residence on this campus and (3) to have earned a cumulative UIUC grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  They must (4) have completed PS 101: U.S. Government & Politics  and (5) have no arrests or criminal convictions – as an adult or juvenile – or serious campus disciplinary violations involving campus or local law enforcement.  In addition to work in the Courthouse, students will need to attend a class for one hour per week on Wednesday afternoons.

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