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Two upcoming ESC-hosted events

First, don’t forget the scavenger hunt this Saturday!

Second, ESC is hosting its annual Spooky Poetry Night on Monday, October 25th at 6:00 p.m. in English Building Room 150! If you’d like to share, bring a poem/prose/short story, whether it’s an original work or a favorite! There will be plenty of snacks and costumes are optional. All English and CW majors are welcome!


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A Festival of Writers—featuring the award-winning Roxane GayJericho Brown and Tracy K. Smith—will be presented at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13, 2021. The culmination of the Year of Creative Writers series, this festival spotlights some of the nation’s leading creative writers and authors.

All events are free and open to the public, but do require tickets. Visit the event page to learn more about each event and to reserve tickets.

upcoming hprc events

Publishing Fiction in Literary Magazines, with creative writing alumnus John Milas (Wednesday, November 3, 7 – 8pm, online/Champaign Public Library). “Getting published can be a mystery. John Milas will walk you through the process of submitting your short fiction and poetry to literary magazines. Don’t miss this opportunity to obtain information and advice on manuscript formatting, cover letters, and much more!” Register to get the Zoom link.

As always, if you have questions, want to explore options for your future, or need some direction in moving forward, HPRC is there to help:

Also, if you want to double up you can now schedule in-person advising appointments with Anna on Thursday mornings at HPRC!  You’ll have a private appointment in the HPRC conference room (105 Greg Hall) and then you can stick around to talk to Julie or Kirstin about career planning.  It’s one-stop shopping!

Sign up for HUM 275 to explore career paths

teach english abroad with JET

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program offers young professionals the opportunity to work in Japan as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) or Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs).

To learn more, come and speak to a JET Program representative:

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program Information Session
Thu, Oct 28, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 pm CT
Registration: https://bit.ly/3nu0xLB

AWP Intro Journals Project Submissions Call

The Intro Journals Project is a literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new works by students currently enrolled in AWP member programs. Our Creative Writing faculty can nominate one story, one essay, and three poems to this national award.

If you are currently a CW major or a CW minor or an MFA candidate and would like to be considered for nomination, please send one short story (max. 25 pages), one essay (max. 25 pages), or up to three poems via email attachment to John Dudek at jdudek4@illinois.edu by 12:00 noon, Monday, November 1, 2021.

Please include in the body of your email your name and academic year (junior, senior, MFA candidate, etc.) as well as your permanent address. Attach your submission as a .pdf, .doc, or .docx file. Your file name should be the title of your submission or some abbreviation of the title(s). The Subject line of your email should read: “AWP Genre: Last Name.” For example: “AWP Nonfiction: Dudek.”

DO NOT include your name or any personal identification on your submission file itself. Please note that work previously published or under consideration for publication elsewhere is not eligible. Previous winners are also ineligible.

Direct all questions to John Dudek, Associate Director of Creative Writing, at jdudek4@illinois.edu. 

Udall scholarship workshops

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.

Please note that 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 January 31, 2022 to be considered. 

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

Udall Scholarship Information Session (In-person)

Date: Nov 4, 2021   3:30 – 4:30 pm  
Location: 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building

Udall Scholarship Information Session (Online)

Date: Nov 5, 2021   9:00 – 10:00 am  
Zoom Registration link: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtf-yqqDMjGteOhzVHmtcHPCvTOJuQIcui 

Udall Scholarship Writing Workshop

Date: Nov 5, 2021   3:00 – 4:00 pm  
Location: 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building

For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit our website. We hope you’ll join us!

environmental leadership program

The program includes a two-day training in January, weekly presentations, and four days of experiential learning in Springfield and Urbana-Champaign during Spring Break. Students from all backgrounds, class standings, and majors are encouraged to apply! Applications are due October 31.


Our Pre-Law 101 Workshop series is designed specifically for freshman and sophomore students and strives to provide students with a broad overview of the legal profession, legal education, and pre-law student expectations.  The Workshop is divided into Sessions I and II, dates below), and students are expected to attend one of each (but don’t have to do so within a single month).  Interested students may register and learn more about the series online:

  • Pre-Law 101 – Session I: November 3
  • Pre-Law 101 – Session II: November 10
Humanities Research Institute Annual Undergraduate Survey

HRI wants to hear from undergraduates who are interested in the humanities! By completing this survey, you are helping us learn what kinds of events and research activities you’d like to see us offer. You do not need to be a declared humanities major or minor to participate in this survey. As long as you’re interested in the humanities —books, TV and film, history, culture, philosophy, politics, religion, arts, theatre, and similar topics—we want to hear from you!  The survey will remain open through December 31, 2021.

Paid Student Focus Group Opportunity

On behalf of the Office of the Provost, the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) is currently seeking student participants for our focus groups to help choose questions for a new Teaching Evaluation System on campus. You will receive a $10 Amazon e-code and refreshments for participating.  Sign up! https://go.illinois.edu/TESFocusGroup  (NOTE: Amazon e-codes are not available to international students, unless already employed by the university.) Questions? Contact CITL  citl-data@illinois.edu.

submit your work to Montage!

Montage Arts Journal, the university’s undergraduate literary magazine, is now open for submissions! We welcome all publishable forms of art—photography, paintings, sketches, digital art, collages, sculptures, poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, drama, and more. This semester’s reading period closes December 15th, but submissions can be emailed to montagejournal@gmail.com any time before then. Please see https://montagejournal.wordpress.com for more information. We look forward to reviewing your work!

Brain Matters

Looking to submit your art, photography, or writing to a professional
body of work? Are you in the market for a publishing credit? Want insight from professors and graduate students on class work, or simply to spice up your social media feed? Connect with us!

Don’t forget these!

I-STAR Application is OPEN

We are currently seeking to hire current undergraduate students to serve as I STARs (Illinois Student Admission Representatives) within the Office of Undergraduate Admissions-Campus Visits. We are looking for students who are articulate, reliable, energetic, and are enthusiastic about Illinois. The main function of an I STAR is to serve as a representative at Illinois and to give tours to prospective students and families visiting campus. I STARs also assist in the logistics of running our on-campus visit programs. The deadline to apply is Sunday, October 24th.

Details, along with the application, can be found online here: https://enroll.illinois.edu/register/spring2022istar

Beinecke scholarship information sessions

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 (those expecting to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2022 and August 2023) to pursue graduate studies 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 National and International Scholarships Program will be hosting a two-day informational event for students to learn more about this opportunity. At our in-person information session, attendees will receive an overview of the scholarship. There will be an online info session for those unable to make the in-person event.

Beinecke Scholarship Information Session (in-person)
Location: 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building
Date: October 28, 2021   3:30 – 4:30 pm

Beinecke Scholarship Information Session (online)
Date: October 29, 2021   9:00 – 10:00 am
Zoom Registration Link: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvdO6vrDkuE9Nz46pc9C-n89wAe_ercBqK

Beinecke Writing Workshop
Location: 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building
Date: October 29, 2021   3:00 – 4:00 pm

Wellness and Diversity Workshop Series for Undergraduate Students

The College of Applied Health Sciences and Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. is sponsoring a 6-part dynamic workshop series where students will engage in guided discussions on how different cultural groups navigate barriers and sustain access to resources that impact their overall health.  Participants will be given the tools to critically examine the intersections of overall health (e.g., physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental), while covering a wide range of topics from disparities in healthcare that impact black women to the importance of social wellness for veterans. Participants who enroll in the certificate program are required to attend four of the six workshop sessions and two additional reflection sessions to discuss their capstone project. The knowledge, experience, and connections gained through this interactive program will provide students with the skills to examine the inequities in wellness within the UIUC campus and their own communities.

The synchronous workshop will take place through Zoom on Tuesdays from 7-8pm starting Oct. 19th. Participants are welcome to come only to the topics of interest or enroll in the certificate program.  Register to participate in either format here https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/595116968

Test Anxiety Workshops

Could you benefit from a workshop that provides strategies for managing anxiety around taking tests? The Counseling Center hosts drop-in workshops throughout the semester with tips on:

  • Remaining calm during tests and exams.
  • Getting the most from your study time.
  • Preparing effectively for tests and exams.

To register, please visit counselingcenter.illinois.edu/TestAnxiety.  The in-person sessions will take place in Lincoln Hall room 1064.

  • Tuesday, November 30, 4-5 p.m. (in-person)
  • Tuesday, December 6, 3-4 p.m. (in-person)

There are simple, effective ways that can help you perform well on tests and not let anxiety get the best of you! These workshops are free for students.

In Focus Support Series

In Focus is a four-week series that offers education and support for students who commonly experience difficulties associated with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). You do not need to have an official diagnosis to get involved.  This series is interactive and gives students practical tips for improving focus.

We’ll cover:
• Goal Setting
• Procrastination
• Time Management
• Stress Management and Self-Care

In Focus will be offered Wednesdays from 1 to 2:20 p.m. October 27 until November 17.

For more information and to register, please go to counselingcenter.illinois.edu/InFocus.

Registration is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible to ensure you get a place!

OMSA Fall Tutoring Offerings


Sunday Resume, Cover Letter, and LinkedIn Reviews

Get feedback on your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile without having to schedule an appointment. Reviews are via Zoom. Click here to begin your Sunday drop-in review:




curious about research? Ask an ambassador!

Undergraduate Research Ambassadors are accepting virtual meetings with students throughout the semester. Staff from the Office of Undergraduate Research are available for one-on-one virtual and in-person meetings to answer any questions you have about undergraduate research at Illinois.

Schedule an appointment today at: http://go.illinois.edu/AskOUR

atlas internship program

ATLAS is interviewing for the Fall 2021 semesterApplications are accepted from all undergraduate LAS studentsOpen positions include content creation, social media strategist, communications, and website content. Internships consist of a minimum of 10 hours a week and can be online, in personor hybrid. If you are interested, apply here.

Tuesday @7 counseling center workshops


Need to talk to someone?

The Counseling Center has resumed face-to-face services for all counseling modalities except group (which will remain on Zoom). They are also offering online scheduling for initial appointments and you are also welcome to reach out to the embedded LAS counselor, Andy Novinska, at anovinsk@illinois.edu.

DATES and DEadlines

Deadline to add a second half-session course
Friday, Oct. 22

Priority registration begins for Spring 2022
Monday, Nov. 1

Deadline to drop a second half-session course
Friday, November 12

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