Weekly Round-Up

Udall Scholarship Informational Events 11/5 & 11/6:

The University of Illinois seeks to nominate sophomores and juniors for the prestigious Udall Scholarship. The Udall awards $7,000 to sophomores or juniors who are taking action to address environmental concerns and are committed to a career related to the environment.

There are special awards also for Native American students interested in tribal policy or health care (no need to be related to the environment).

Students must be US citizens, US nationals, or US permanent residents. A successful applicant will have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate leadership and a commitment to service. The campus deadline is February 4, 2021 to be considered.

If you are interested in applying, plan to attend the Udall informational events:

  1. Udall Scholarship Information Session

Nov 5, 2020 03:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  1. Udall Scholarship Writing Workshop

Nov 6, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit their website.

HISTORY panel: legacies of WWII, 75 Years after

The Department of History and Phi Alpha Theta are hosting a special panel commemorating 75 years since the end of the Second World War on Thursday, November 5 from 7:00-8:15 PM (CDT).

This much anticipated event features Professors Eugene Avrutin, Peter Fritzsche, John Lynn, and Roderick Wilson of the History Department. They will each speak about a different facet of the Second World War’s complex and far-reaching legacy:

  • Peter Fritzsche: “World War I, World War II, and the War Against Civilians”
  • Roderick Wilson, “Asia-Pacific War”
  • John Lynn: “The Terrorist Threat in the United States”
  • Eugene Avrutin, “Postwar Reconstructions in the Soviet Union”

There will be time for an audience Q & A after the speakers are finished.

The panel will be held on Zoom:


Meeting ID: 874 7287 4547
Password: 333324

You’re Invited to LAS Impact 2020:

Students are invited to attend the virtual events that will include opportunities to connect with students and alumni from around the world. The events will be held daily from Oct. 26-30. Find out more about LAS Impact events, including registration links, on the event website.

Plan Your Global Engagement at the Life + Career Design lab:

Interested in studying abroad or participating in other global experiences? The Life + Career Design interns are available from Noon to 2 p.m. (CT) each weekday via Zoom to offer peer advising. Contact them at las-lifecareerdesign@illinois.edu for an appointment at another time if the daily virtual lab hours do not work for you.

LAS Winter Convocation Virtual Celebration:

The college is planning a virtual celebration to recognize the December 2020 and August 2020 graduates. Degree candidates will receive a link to a pre-recorded virtual celebration on Friday, Dec. 18. LAS will provide a padded diploma cover to those who do not intend to participate in a future in-person ceremony. Complete the diploma cover request form by Friday, Dec. 11. For questions or more information, please contact them at las-grad@illinois.edu.

Coursera for University Students Program Available for Illinois Students:

The Urbana-Champaign campus is now participating in the Coursera for University and College Students Program. Offered for a limited time as a response to increased course demand due to COVID-19, the program enables University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign faculty, staff, and students free access to content from Coursera’s other academic and industry partners. The enrollment deadline is Saturday, Oct. 31, and the deadline to complete courses is Thursday, Dec. 31.

Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship:

Are you interested in an unpaid internship but are concerned about the financial hardship it may cause? The Fred S. Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship Program offers academic scholarships to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who will complete an unpaid internship with a public service agency or not-for-profit organization. Awards are $1,000 for a part-time internship or $2,500 for a full-time internship and are given directly to the student. All undergraduate students regardless of academic program or citizenship status are encouraged to apply. Applications are due on November 8 for internships that will take place during the Spring 2021 semester. For more information, visit https://universityymca.org/bailey/intern/. For questions, you can stop by the virtual office hours:

Bailey Office Hours –  November 4, 1-3 PM

Bailey Office Hours – November 5, 9 – 11 AM

Diversity and Inclusion Networking Exchange:

Diversity and Inclusion Networking Exchange will be held on November 4 from 5-7 pm (CST). The event will provide you with an opportunity to connect with the employers that value diversity and inclusion, and you will have a chance to ask questions. For more information, see the following flyers:

Dates and Deadlines:

ICT/Curriculum changes for Spring 2021
Through Friday, Oct. 30

Deadline to drop CR/NCR or elect grade replacement in a second half-session course
Friday, Nov. 13

Fall Break
Saturday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 29

Priority registration for Spring 2021 begins
Monday, November 30

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Master of Social Work Open House:

School of Social Work will be hosting a Master of Social Work Open House on 7 November, 2020 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. To attend the open house, RSVP at www.socialwork.illinois.edu.

Mental Health Resources:

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has many resources to help students. The university has developed a new app called WellTrack to help you track your moods and teach you about techniques to effectively manage challenging emotions and situations. To access the WellTrack, follow these steps:

  • Download the app from Google Play or the App Store.
  • Once in the WellTrack app, enter your Illinois email address and click Continue.
  • Agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and click Sign In.
  • Enter your university NetID and password and click Login.
  • In the resulting screen, click Done (located bottom left).
  • You can also access the WellTrack via the web at WellTrack.com with your Illinois email and password.

Below are additional resources available to students to help support mental wellness. These can be used alone to enhance your mental health self-care or in conjunction with counseling services.

  • Counseling Center Psychoeducational Series—The Counseling Center regularly offers workshops that give you powerful tools to develop resiliency and goal achievement skills. Topics include overcoming perfectionism, managing time, overcoming difficult emotions, improving focus, and using mindfulness to reduce stress and anxiety. For more information, visit the Counseling Center’s website.
  • Kognito At-Risk—This interactive, online training allows you to practice what you would say if you are concerned about a friend or classmate who is showing signs of mental distress. It then provides resources you can connect them to for help. To access this training, visit the Counseling Center’s website.
  • Mindwise Mental Health Screenings—These brief, online screenings assess for concerns such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance misuse, and eating disorders. The screenings can be a good first step to determine if counseling may be something to consider. To access this training, visit the Counseling Center’s website.
  • Healthiest You—Students who have United Healthcare through the university can access online counseling via telehelp4students.com. If you access this site through your UnitedHealthcare app, you can bypass the necessary insurance information requirement. If you need help, contact customer service at 217-333-0165 or email insure@illinois.edu.

If you are interested in counseling, please contact the Counseling Center (217-333-3704) or McKinley Mental Health (217-333-2700).

Chance to Win a $20 Amazon Gift Card:

Several departments of the University of Illinois are considering a proposal to create an undergraduate minor in Game Studies & Design.  This program would require 18 credit hours of coursework, including 9 credit hours of elective courses in a wide variety of fields including media, fine arts, humanities, information science, education, computer science, and more.  School of Information Sciences would like to know about your interest in such a minor. You will have a chance to win one of 25 $20 Amazon gift cards by responding to a survey. To complete the survey visit https://go.illinois.edu/GAME

Beinecke Scholarship Informational Events 10/29 & 10/30:

If you are a high-achieving junior and plan to attend graduate school after graduation to pursue research in the arts, humanities or social sciences, but have concerns about being able to afford it, consider applying for the Beinecke Scholarship.

The Beinecke Foundation is looking for students who have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promise during their undergraduate years. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated U.S. citizen juniors to pursue graduate studies for scholarly research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. Preference is given to candidates for whom the awarding of significant financial aid would increase the likelihood of the student’s being able to attend graduate school.

The University of Illinois is one of a select few institutions that may endorse a candidate for the Beinecke Scholarship. The National and International Scholarships Program has planned two sessions to assist students interested in earning this $34,000 award. The campus deadline for nomination is January 20, 2021. Additional information about the award may be found at: https://topscholars.illinois.edu/beineckebros

If you are interested in applying, please plan to attend the informational sessions.

The first session will be held on Oct 29, 2020 at 03:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada). You can find the link and other information regarding the first session here.

Register in advance for this meeting here:

The second session will be held on Oct 30, 2020 at 03:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada). You can find the link and other information regarding the second session here.

Register in advance for this meeting here:

For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit the NIS’s website at www.topscholars.illinois.edu

Montage  2019-2020 Issue Launch and call for submissions:

The 2019-2020 issue of Montage is now available to view at  https://issuu.com/montagejournal.  Congratulations to all the contributors, and to the editors who worked hard to put it together.  No physical copies will be available this year.

Want to know more?  Connect with Montage Literary Arts Journal on Facebook, and @montageartsjournal on instagram.

If the current issue inspires you and you want to be a part of it all, then consider submitting your work for inclusion in the 2020-2021 issue.  Please direct all submissions to montagejournal@gmail.com – limiting each submission to either 3,000 words of prose, 300 lines of poetry, or up to 10 images. The first submission period is from now until 11/18.

Questions about Mental Health?:

Chat with the Counseling Center’s Queers & Allies outreach team to get your questions about mental health resources answered. Zoom sessions will be held every Wednesday (excluding 11/25) at 4 p.m.

Zoom ID: 834 6365 0237; Password: Q&A

Latinx Healing Collective:

Latinx Healing Collective drop-in workshops will be held on Wednesdays from 3-4:30 pm CST via zoom. These workshops will consider the ways Latinx students confront social injustice. Individual & collective healing will be discussed.

Zoom ID: 815 4800 9407; Pass code: 835017

Schedule a Meeting with Latinx Student Outreach Team:

You can set up a 15-minute meeting with Latinx Student Outreach Team by contacting them via emails. These meetings are not individual counseling/therapy sessions, but rather focus on immediate needs, linking to resources, and immediate problem solving. For more information, see the flyer below:

What is English Student Council?

Are you an English or Creative Writing major or minor? Are you none of those majors or minors, but still enjoy English-related fun like reading and writing? Then you should join English Student Council! 

English Student Council is a student-led organization where students come together to enjoy English-related activities, like literature and poetry readings, play games like trivia, and much more! Anyone can join ESC and be a part of the fun where you can meet new people who love what you love! 

For more information about how to join and where you can receive ESC updates, check out the English Department and English Student Council social media accounts: 



Don’t miss out on all the fun!