Peace Corps Week March 1 – 7

Peace Corps Week March 1 – 7:

March 3 Returned Peace Corps Panel Discussion @ 6pm in The Career Center Conference Rm 715 S. Wright St. Champaign (this event features Returned Peace Corps Volunteers from The Gambia, Albania, and Paraguay; volunteers are also UIUC alumni)

March 4 “Peace Corps Women! Reflecting Upon Our Experiences” @ 7pm A panel discussion from Returned Peace Corps Volunteers at UIUC discussing their unique experiences as women participants in Peace Corps, exploring gender, relationships, service, and navigating culture. Co-sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center and OIIR held at The Women’s Resources Center 703 S. Wright St. Champaign

March 5 Serving the Common Good: A Panel Discussion on Nonprofit and Public Affair Careers @ 6:30 pm in The UIUC Illini Union (sponsored by the Office of Volunteer Programs)

March 7 Coffee Chat with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Campus Recruiter 10:30-11:30am @ Caffe Paradiso 810 S. Lincoln Ave. Urbana – Returned Volunteers from China, Kyrgyzstan, Micronesia, and the Republic of Cabo Verde discuss their Peace Corps experiences over coffee. Open to the public!

Additional Spring 2015 Semester Events:

March 11 Peace Corps Application Workshop 6pm @ The Career Center Conference Rm

March 18 Peace Corps booth at the All-Campus Career Fair 12-4pm @ ARC

April 1 Peace Corps Information Session 6pm @The Career Center Conference Rm

April 14 Peace Corps Application Workshop 6pm @The Career Center

April 18 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers present at the Leaders for Global Change (LGC): International Service Learning Conference 10am-2pm @ UIUC’s YMCA

May 6 Peace Corps Information Session 6pm @The Career Center

**Events are often added throughout the year, and Peace Corps is represented at most Career Fairs and international-related workshops on campus.

Application DeadlinesApril 1st (October 2015 Departure) and July 1st (Feb./March 2016 Departure)

Go Government Webinar: Interviews and Security Clearances: What to Expect

Go Government Webinar:
Interviews and Security Clearances: What to Expect

Date: Tuesday, March 3
Time: Noon-1:00pm
Location: The Career Center Conference Room

So you’ve applied for a federal job: now what?  Join us as we discuss how to prepare for a federal interview and what to expect from the security clearance process.

The Partnership for Public Service’s Go Government webinar series are designed for career services professionals to share with students and alumni looking for federal opportunities.

Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.



Deadline: Noon, Monday, March 2, 2015

The English Department sponsors and administers two annual undergraduate literary competitions in Short Fiction and Poetry.  Depending on available funding, there will be 2-3 prizes in Fiction and 2-3 in Poetry this year.  Past prizes have ranged from $100 to $1000.

As soon as we have specific funding numbers available, we will announce them at our website:

Contest rules are as follows:

Short Fiction:  no contestant may submit more than one unpublished story (7500 words, maximum length)

Poetry:  no contestant may submit more than 200 lines, as a single unpublished poem or a group of unpublished poems

Only University of Illinois undergraduate students are eligible to compete.  To be considered for a prize, submissions must adhere to the following rules.  All submissions must be sent to the following email address:  Depending on your entry (poetry or fiction), the subject line must read as follows: UNDERGRAD POETRY or UNDERGRAD FICTION (not both).  If you enter in both categories (poetry and fiction), you will need to send separate emails.    Your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, net id, status (undergrad), and UIN number must appear in the body of the email.  Your fiction OR poetry entry is to be contained in one attachment (doc, docx, or rtf only), the name of which should be as follows: contest category followed by your last name, such as FICTIONJONES or POETRYJONES.  Your name should not appear in the attachment itself.

Jumpstart to Accounting

The Illinois CPA Society will host Jumpstart to Accounting, an interactive half-day program on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 9:30a.m. to 2 p.m. in Chicago, IL. This workshop will give you an introduction to the accounting field, transitioning into the professional world, and benefits of obtaining the CPA license.  College students and professors will have the opportunity to share ideas, hear from professionals, and visit public accounting firms.

Please see this flyer for more information: Jumpstart to Accounting Flyer. There is a fee of $15 per attendee.  Registration is limited, so please secure your spot by clicking here.

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad

Are you interested in study abroad but concerned that it is not financially feasible?  Are you a recipient of the Federal Pell Grant?

If you answered ‘yes’ to the above questions, there is a study abroad scholarship just for you!  The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

Eligibility: U.S. citizen undergraduate students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding

Timeline: The Gilman Scholarship is available for semester-long, year-long, and summer programs (must be at least 4 consecutive weeks in a country).  The next deadline is March 3, 2015 for Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Academic year 2015-2016 study abroad programs.

2-Day Info Event in Room 514 Illini Union Bookstore:

  • Tuesday, February 17, 2:00-3:00pmInfo session: Get an overview of the scholarship and hear from Illinois Gilman Scholars
  • Friday, February 20, 3:30-4:30pmWorkshop: How to craft a competitive Gilman application

For more information, please contact the National and International Scholarships Program at

Senior 100 Honorary

Dear Class of 2015 Business Seniors:

The Student Alumni Ambassadors, the student branch of the University of Illinois’s Alumni Association is now identifying the top 100 seniors from the graduating class of 2015.  The Senior 100 Honorary Program recognizes outstanding graduating students for their academic achievements, engagement, service and demonstrated leadership while on campus.  Our hope is that these young alumni will stay connected to our University, strengthen its future and share a message of excellence within the global community.

Attached you’ll find the promotional flyer regarding this prestigious honor.

Business seniors, if you will need more information about the Senior 100 Honorary Program, please do not hesitate to contact me – I am more than willing to answer any questions.  Thank you for your prepare the next generation of leaders from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In Orange and Blue,

Nicholas Tarleton
Vice President of Alumni Relations

Study Abroad Fair

Did you know that nearly 1 in 4 Illinois students participate in study abroad, and you can too?

Learn more about your future in study abroad at the:

Study Abroad Fair
February 9, 2015
11 am – 2 pm
Illini Union Room C & South Lounge 

Discuss your program options with a study abroad advisor – semester, summer, and winter break programs available.

Find more information on scholarship opportunities and financial aid – 1 in 4 students earn the I4I scholarship for study abroad.

Chat with study abroad returnees – programs open to all majors and minors in over 60 countries.

Supply Chain Management Application

Supply Chain Management Program

We are now taking applications for a limited number of seats to the SCM program. Applications will be accepted between February 2, 2015 and February 13, 2015 at 5 pm. Applications are to be submitted on-line at the above address.

Why Supply Chain Management?

Supply Chain management is one of the most important functions in all manufacturing enterprises. It spans processes such as procurement, purchasing, plant and transportation logistics, demand fulfillment, and promotion management. For most manufacturing, distribution and retail companies, supply chains constitute a significant amount of their annual spending – large corporations may have billions of dollars of annual supply chain related costs. Managing this supply chain effectively is vital to compete in a global and hyper-competitive environment. Accordingly, there is immense interest among corporations to hire well-trained and talented supply chain professionals.

The SCM program in the College of Business has been very successful in training and placing our undergraduate students. The excellent curricular and practical training offered by the SCM program makes our graduates highly desirable to a variety of corporations, business consultancies and government.

Some things to consider:

  1. SCM majors are hired by large business consulting firms, major manufacturers and government agencies.
  2. SCM majors have a 100% job placement record.
  3. SCM majors are, on average, some of the highest paid students in the college of business.

If you are still in the process of deciding what you would like to do for your major, we think that you should look carefully at the Supply Chain Management Major.

Who Should Apply:

Students who like to blend creative and analytical thinking for solving large-scale real-world problems are well suited for the SCM program. You should have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 and must be willing to participate in all program activities, which expose you to the practice of supply chain management. You are also required to complete a summer internship before graduating.

The SCM major is also popular as a dual degree, or double major option within the department of business administration. Many of our students combine the SCM major with degrees in accounting and finance. Even more combine it with other majors such as International Business, ISIT, Marketing, or Process Management.

  • You must be a sophomore with an expected graduation date of May 2017 to apply to the program.
  • You do not need to re-apply or do anything further  If you applied in Fall and were deferred for admission. We will update your GPA based on last semester’s grades internally.
  • Students who were denied admission in Fall may reapply but please be aware that we have very few seats and the chances of admission are small.

More Information:

For a student perspective about the SCM program, you may wish to contact one of  our SCM student advisors –  Erin Brennan(; Trent Houdek (;  Nick Langhammer (

Other questions should be directed to: Professor Udatta Palekar (

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