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 (http://sustainability.illinois.edu/sustainability-minor/). 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 see-fellows@illinois.edu.

New Digital Environments for Learning, Teaching and Agency courses


Instructor: Dr. Emma Mercier, mercier@illinois.edu
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, mdressma@illiois.edu
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, mercier@illinois.edu
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.

Hoeft Technology & Management Program Info Sessions This Week

The Hoeft Technology & Management Program Info Sessions

The Hoeft Technology & Management (T&M) Program bridges the gap between traditional engineering and business education by offering a unique curriculum to a select group of highly qualified business and engineering undergraduates. The T&M Program is a joint venture between the College of Business and the College of Engineering and works closely with its corporate affiliate partners to groom the best and the brightest students to be tomorrow’s leaders.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 5-6 p.m., 1320 DCL
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 5-6 p.m., 2043 BIF

Who? Business and engineering majors planning to graduate in May 2018 – December 2019

Questions? Email tech-mgmt@illinois.edu

Interested students are encouraged to “like” the new T&M page on Facebook.

CMN 101: Public Speaking Spring 2016 Sections for International Students

What are these sections of CMN101?

CMN101 for International Students:

  1. Are reserved for International Students
  2. Are designed to foster a supportive and collaborative intercultural experience
  3. Contain the same content as all CMN101 sections, but have additional information for International Students, including:
    • aspects of American vocal and physical delivery
    • common pronunciation issues
    • training in American methods of citation and research
    • American approaches to argumentation
    • intercultural communication theory and practice

Section NN1 – CRN 50488 – MWF 12 pm
Section NN2 – CRN 50497 – MWF 1 pm
Section NN3 – CRN 50517 – TR 12:30 pm
Section NN4 – CRN 58536 – TR 2 pm

These sections are reserved for International Students.

If you meet this requirement, but get an error message when registering, go to http://go.illinois.edu/CMN101nonnativeEnglishspeakers for permission to register.

For more information, contact Dr. Mardia Bishop at mjbishop@illinois.edu.

The Illinois Club Scholarships

The Illinois Club is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2016-2017 academic year.  The awards offered are:

  • Nine (9) combined Make-A-Difference Awards & Isabelle Purnell Education Awards of $2,300
  • One (1) Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts Award of $3,600
  • One (1) Susan T. Haney Social Work Award of $3,000
  • One (1) STEM Education Award of $3,000
  • One (1) Peri Davis Ceperley Award of $2,300

To qualify, an applicant must:

  • Be an undergraduate with at least 60 earned credit hours by the end of Fall 2015
  • Have a GPA of 2.75 or above
  • Graduate no earlier than December 2016

The Application Deadline is Monday, November 16, 5:00PM
(an application, résumé, essay, and Self-Service Integrate documents are required, so start early!)

Applicants will be notified via e-mail when applications are received.  Semifinalists will be interviewed in late January or early February.  Winners will be honored at a Scholarship Awards Brunch in early March 2016.

Online application & details can be found here:


The White House Internship Program is a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office, and prepare them for future public service opportunities. Come learn about this competitive 3 1/2 month volunteer opportunity in Washington, DC, open to U.S. citizens from all majors and backgrounds, both graduate and undergraduate students. Applications for the Summer Internship cycle are due January 15th. Former White House Intern and Presidential Appointee, Rachel Rubin, will discuss the application process and program requirements, as well as share her experiences as an Illini serving President Obama’s administration.  Interested? Come to an event on Wednesday, November 4 at 4:30 in Room 404 David Kinley Hall.  And, see: The White House Internship: A Public Service Leadership Program,  https://www.whitehouse.gov/participate/internships

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (Pilot; Spring 2016)

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and the Graduate College are partnering to offer an opportunity for first and second-year undergraduate students to gain undergraduate research experience while working under the direct supervision of advanced graduate students. Beginning this Spring 2016, we will provide paid apprenticeships to ten selected undergraduate students.  Undergraduate apprentices will have an opportunity to conduct and learn the research process through a one-on-one research experience with their graduate student mentor. Students in the humanities, social sciences, and fine and applied arts are particularly encouraged to apply; however, we will accept applications from students in all disciplines. Please see the blog on OUR’s webpage – www.undergradresearch.illinois.edu – for more information and to apply. Deadline for application is Friday, November 20, 2015.


Questions may be addressed to: ugresearch@illinois.edu; please put “URAP” in the subject line.

Scholarship Opportunities

The Fred S. Bailey International Travel Scholarship program will fund up to 75% of the total cost of international travel with a service component.  Awards range from $600-$1800.  Eligible applicants must have been involved in the program (academic or extracurricular) for a minimum of one semester before traveling. Recipients will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to the project/program, long-term career goals in international development or related fields, the trip’s potential impact on the student’s learning and professional development, potential for positive impact on the host community and financial need.



Application Period 1 (For trips that occur between December 20, 2015 – August 30, 2016)
Applications Open: October 14
Application Deadline: November 13

Application Period 2 (For trips that occur between May 1, 2016 – January 17, 2017)

Applications Open: February 15
Application Deadline: April 18


Are you interested in an unpaid internship but are concerned about the financial hardship it may cause? The Fred S. Bailey Internship Scholarship Program for Cause-Driven Leaders offers undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who receives an unpaid internship with a public service agency or not-for profit organization is eligible to apply. Awards are $1,000 for a part-time internship or $2,500 for a full-time internship and are given directly to the student.


Spring 2016 (For internships that occur between January 1, 2016 – May 15, 2016)
Applications Open: October 14
Application Deadline: November 13

Summer 2016/Fall 2016 (For internships that occur between May 16, 2016 – December 31, 2016)
Applications Open: February 15
Application Deadline: April 18​


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