Spring 2014 Learning in Community (LINC) Service-Learning Courses

Spring semester sections of ENG 315: Learning in Community are online and open for registration. Graduate and advanced undergraduate students wanted for the Project Manager positions.

1. For Students – all majors, all levels—Learning in Community Courses

If you’re interested in real-life projects, service-learning, and gaining valuable teamwork and leadership experience, register for ENG 315-Learning in Community (LINC).  Students in LINC engage in a variety of research, service and fieldwork activities and collaborate on interdisciplinary projects of significance to local and international community partners. In the past, students have built bridges, produced marketing campaigns, improved water systems, developed youth programs, designed rain gardens, and lots more. Students can expect to gain knowledge and skills in conducting research, understanding social and environmental issues, analyzing community and organizational needs and assets, defining problems, generating and analyzing solutions, project scoping, planning, and execution, communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, and professional writing. Don’t miss your opportunity to gain professional experience and make a lasting impact in the community!

Open to all majors and levels (no prerequisites). ENG 315 counts as an elective for the Leadership Studies Minor. To learn more about LINC projects, see linc.illinois.edu and watch the video, “What is LINC?” at http://youtu.be/f7s3aniu_40.


Sections offered for Spring 2014 –

 AP – Allerton Park. Project related to environmental sustainability and education.

BGC – Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club. Projects related to youth programs and community development.

BMP – Bump Nonprofit Design Studio. Projects related to product design for nonprofits.

BTC – Bridge to China. Projects related to international development.

CAD – AON Center for Community Arts and Development. Projects related to youth empowerment, education and arts-based community development.

CAP – Champaign-Urbana Area Project. Projects related to youth development and juvenile delinquency prevention.

CAU – COVE Alliance Uganda. Projects related to international development and education.

CFP – Homer Interpretive Center, Champaign County Forest Preserve. Projects related to museum, education, natural and cultural history preservation.

CHC – Champaign County Healthcare Consumers. Projects related to community health, education, and health advocacy.

CUH – C-U at Home. Projects related to homelessness, support services, and advocacy.

HCS – Haiti Clean Stove Project. Projects related to international development and sustainable clean stoves.

HID – Haiti Infrastructure and Development. Projects related to international development and Haiti reforestation.

MWP – Mali Water Project. Projects related to international development, water issues, health and education.

OKO – Old King’s Orchard Community Center and Krannert Center Office of Engagement. Projects related to community development, youth programs, and arts engagement.

UES – City of Urbana Environmental Sustainability Division. Projects related to energy efficiency, water conservation and recycling.


2. Call for Applications: Spring 2014 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!


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 assess student work, coordinate communications with the partner, manage the project, and participate in a weekly professional development course. Project Managers will receive preparation for their roles during a pre-semester training on Jan 15-17. Apply ASAP for equal consideration. Applications and interviews are rolling and will continue until positions are filled. 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).


Spring 2014 Course with Spring Break Study Tour to Washington DC!

ACE 199SC Agribusiness Leadership & Policy is designed to provide students with a well-rounded immersion in the complex issues and constraints involved in policy making and implementation. This class explores the entire policy making process and the complex linkages and relationships between “Who” is involved in policy making; “What” the current topics are; “Where” it occurs, “Why” policy is important & “How” it’s implemented. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors. All majors are welcome. Course fee of $975 includes flight, lodging, transportation, and some meals.

*TO APPLY: email a statement of interest (one paragraph minimum) to jbecker2@illinois.eduwith why you feel that you would benefit from this program.

For More Information Contact:

Jon Scholl, Course Instructor & Former President of American Farmland Trust jscholl1@illinois.edu

Jessa Barnard, ACE Advisor, jbecker2@illinois.edu


Spring 2014- ARTS 299: Everyday Arts Lab

Community Outreach Opportunity for Undergraduates

ARTS 299

CRN 60660

3 Credit hours 

The Everyday Arts Lab (EAL) is a new course initiative that explores the School of Fine and Applied Arts’ public engagement capabilities.  Open to graduate and undergraduate students across disciplines, students develop skills in community arts pedagogy, arts administration, and participatory action research. Through collaborative work, EAL students develop and offer a series of free community arts projects that offer young people from low-income backgrounds participation in arts inquiry programming. Students attend weekly seminars on Wednesday and Fridays and offer two-hour after school arts workshops on Wednesday afternoons at sites in Urbana-Champaign, including Figure One, the Independent Media Center, and the Champaign Public Library.

Workshops will take place mainly after public school hours so reserve 1-5 on Wednesday afternoons for planning and presenting.

SPECIAL Section of SPAN 228/Heritage Speakers

SPAN 228 – Section A – CRN: 47532

In order to respond to the specific educational needs of Spanish heritage speakers, SIP is offering a designated section of Spanish Composition this spring.

Fully online course for Spanish/English bilingual students who grew up speaking/hearing Spanish at home. This course will give students the opportunity to build upon their existing linguistic and cultural knowledge and will help them to develop their academic writing skills in Spanish. Students will be able to improve their control of grammar and written expression (including spelling) through weekly online assignments as well as essays and journals. Topics discussed will be related to Hispanics in the US (immigration, bilingualism, etc.).



Florencia G. Henshaw, PhD

Director of Advanced Spanish

Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese University of Illinois at



Second 8-week course: Writing to Get That Job!

ENGL 199

Writing To Get That Job

Meets 21-Oct-13 – 11-Dec-13

Through conceptual development and context-sensitive lessons/assignments, students will: [1] develop/improve writing skills particularly germane to successfully applying for an internship, a post-baccalaureate job, or an advanced-degree program and [2] apply those skills to create a polished set of recruiter-ready texts relevant to their career plans and a career-relevant, currently-advertised job/internship/program. Attending regularly-scheduled, online class meetings is expected of all students because: learning how to successfully apply writing concepts is a skill, and such skills are acquired through “enactive” experiences.

English 333: Creativity, Innovation & Vision

Enhance your creativity; enroll in ENG 333 for Sp14.  Creativity is a crucial skill for many professions and for life! This course is open to students in all disciplines campus-wide and offers a fun, life-changing way to enhance your abilities to have new ideas and to bring them to be.

Open to all majors, 4 hours, and no prerequisites. Seven sections (CR1-CR7) meeting various times on Tuesdays and Thursdays. See www.creativityatillinois.com for more information.


Global Studies 8 Week Course

LAS Global Studies is offering a new course for the second 8-weeks of the Fall Semester (10/19-12/11) This is a writing workshop for students who have studied abroad. All majors welcome.

First Person Global (GLBL 199) with Professor Carol Spindel

Tuesdays 4-5:50 pm in 1126 FLB

This is a writing workshop for students who have studied abroad and want to deepen their understanding of globalization by writing about their own experiences. Writing in the first person raises fundamental questions about identity, power, cultural understanding, and representation. In this class we challenge ourselves to chronicle our global encounters in ethical, thoughtful, and creative ways. We read and discuss narrative nonfiction and personal essays by contemporary writers and we write to have it all — vivid characters, true stories, accurate information, perceptive ideas, and robust language. (1 credit hour)

2nd 8-week course: International Competence for Study Abroad

A second eight week course option, designed for students who plan to study abroad or do some type of int’l service learning.  Open to all majors with no prerequisites.  See attached flier for details.

ANTH 226 Flier

 ANTH 226/GLBL 226: International Competence for Study Abroad

8-week course beginning Oct. 22, 2013| Meets every Tues 12:00-1:50 p.m.


Maximize your experience before you go!

This course provides you with cross-cultural communication tools and critical thinking skills that will enhance your experience abroad. Through in-class activities, group discussions, and writing exercises, you’ll gather valuable information about your host community and explore how cultural values shape daily experience.

Exploring aspects of American culture will also raise awareness about your inherent assumptions and values, making you more sensitive to the impressions you may inadvertently create while abroad. We’ll discuss options for how to productively manage common challenges, stay safe, and have a successful and fun international experience.



EPSY 220 Fall 2013 8 Week Enrollment

EPSY 220: Career Theory and Practice  

Had to drop a class?

Undecided about your major?

Unsure about graduate or professional school?

Wondering what you’ll do after college?

Worried you’ll never find a job?

Let science help!!

Registration is now open for 8-week sections of EPSY 220, a course that helps students use the science of vocational psychology to identify a major or career of interest and prepare to enter the job force. Find out more by scanning the QR Code, visiting www.tinyurl.com/EPSY220, or contacting the course coordinator, Chris Murdock, at cmurdoc2@illinois.edu.

New second 8-week course: Redefining Perspective

ENG 198, Section PER, 9:30-10:50 AM, TR, 303 English Building, CRN: 62652

Redefining Perspective: Learning to see from new points of view. This class will challenge students to see the world in new ways. After learning the basic ideology of having a perspective, students will develop an understanding of what shapes how they see the world, how others see the world, and how to live with a more open mind.

2 hours, Meets 21-Oct – 11-Dec

No prerequisites- open to all majors


J. Bruce Elliott-Litchfield

Professor and Assistant Dean

Undergraduate Programs Office

College of Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign