Weekly Round-Up

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autumnal writing contest

Calling all ambitious folks searching for a creative challenge! The English department’s Instagram page (@illinoisenglish) is running an Autumnal Writing Contest called “Loose-Leaves” and would love to have you participate! Our premise is simple: submit a fragment of prose that feels like a snippet from a larger story–a forlorn page, or a “loose” leaf if you will 🙂 Submissions should average around 100 words and be sent via DM to @illinoisenglish in the form of a direct message text, Google Doc, or image. The last day to submit is Saturday, November 13th!

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allerton in-residence poetry reading
Join us for this year’s Allerton In-Residence poetry reading on Thursday, November 11 at 7:30 pm in the Allerton Park Meadow. It is free to attend but you do need to register, which you can do here
This year’s featured artist is an alumnus of the MFA program in Creative Writing, Aumaine Rose Smith. She will be joined by current MFA, Isaac Willis.
First-gen celebrations
The Office of Minority Student Affairs is thrilled to partner with the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations to #CelebrateFirstGen!
Join them on November 8th to celebrate First-Generation college students, staff, and alumni with games, giveaways, and more! For a full list of activities and locations, check out the flyer!

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Do research with impact this summer

The Community-Academic Scholars Program is a 10-week summer research experience that empowers undergraduates to address critical issues in our community related to health, poverty, and social inequity in Champaign county and beyond. Scholars work with an academic mentor and a community organization on a research project to benefit the community members served by the partner organization. Scholars receive training, support, and a $4,000 stipend. Learn more about the program and how to apply at a virtual info session at 6 p.m. on Nov. 9 . If you cannot make it, sign up to receive a notification when the recording is available. Register for Zoom details.

Contact Kelsey Hassevoort (hassevo2@illinois.edu) with questions.

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start thinking about your future!

Baffled about where your major can take you?  The folks at the Humanities Professional Resource Center LOVE talking to students in that space of uncertainty!  All good things start there.  Visit their drop-in hours (Tuesdays 1:30 – 4:30, Thursdays 9:30 – 11:30, 105 Greg Hall) or make an appointment.

Don’t forget about the Winter Break Externships (deadline: Nov. 8, 5pm)!
Questions? Email humanitiesprc@illinois.edu.

a message from your college office

Everyone in the LAS Student Academic Affairs Office is excited to share news about our Success Center in 2002 Lincoln Hall (LH), a one-stop drop-in place where undergraduates can talk with peer mentors about anything related to their Illinois Experience.  It is a place where Peer Mentors, trained within our holistic LAS Success Coach program:  

  • Assess students’ needs, sense of direction, engagement and growth in their academic, career and wellbeing pathways 
  • Assist students to set goals, map multiple pathways toward reaching those goals, and anticipate challenges and opportunities along their path 
  • Offer support and instruction for students to build skills and use campus systems, offices, resources  
  • Create opportunities for students to self-assess their progress and direction, and to imagine next steps    
  • Encourage students’ actions, skills and mindsets for growth and meeting goals, including asking questions, clarifying purpose, engaging, reflecting, and storytelling. 

The center offers academic pathway support in the LAS Success Center from 1:00pm – 4.40pm daily in 2002 LH.  Specifically, students can get: 

Registration Assistance: Peer mentors will answer Self-Service questions and help students register for SP22  

LAS Academic Request Assistance: Peer Mentors will help students understand and complete our currently open forms:  

  • Late Adds/Section Changes/Credit Changes  
  • Underloads (continuing students and graduating seniors)  
  • SP22 Overloads  
  • Credit/No Credit (POT B only)  
  • Grade Replacement  
  • Late CNC and GR Petitions  
  • Declaring/Cancelling a minor  
LGBTQIA+ peer support

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Don’t forget these!

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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.

Academic + Career Advising!

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
Mcnair scholars pROGRAM

The McNair scholars program prepares promising students to get admitted to (and graduate from) Ph.D. graduate programs. You can read more about the program by visiting our website: http://www.omsa.illinois.edu/programs/TRIO/mcnair/



The qualifications to be accepted to the TRIO McNair Scholars Programs are as follows:

  1. Junior Status
  2. First Generation and Low Income
  3. Grade Point Average Minimum 2.85
  4. Desire to attend graduate school the fall semester immediately after undergrad and earn the PhD degree.

If you’d like to learn more about the program and application process, please attend one of our information sessions. You can register for a session by Clicking the link: McNair Information Sessions

Below is the information from our website about the application process. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for your time and I look forward to reviewing your application!

Application Information:

Eligible students are invited to apply to the McNair program before all slots are filled. The application deadline is Friday, November 19th by 5:00pm to secure a slot.

HRI Annual Undergraduate Survey

Humanities Research Institute 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.

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!

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.

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!

Wellness and Diversity Workshop Series

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.

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 remaining sessions will take place in Lincoln Hall, Room 1064. 

  • Tuesday, November 30, 4-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 6, 3-4 p.m. 
OMSA Fall Tutoring 


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

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 drop a second half-session course
Friday, November 12

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