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DATES and DEadlines

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

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!

internship Opportunities with approaching deadlines

Apply for a Spring 2022 global internship
Application deadline: Monday, Nov. 15 
Virtual Global Experiences offer various opportunities for students who are eager to engage in global learning. Students are able to work virtually with international organizations, collaborate on projects, and conduct research with international faculty and students.

Spring 2022 ATLAS internship application available
Priority application deadline: Friday, Nov. 19 
Apply today for flexible, skill-based internships that work with your class schedule. We will find the internship or project for you!

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

Application for 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium is OPEN

Applications open to present at the 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium
Application deadline: Tuesday, March 15
This Office of Undergraduate Research is accepting submissions to present at the 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium set for Thursday, April 28 at the Illini Union. For more information, including answers to frequently asked questions, follow this link.

University of Michigan Student Publication Looking for Staff Writers

They’re looking for students at the University of Illinois who are interested in creative and argumentative writing to join our team of undergrads as staff writers, particularly focusing on creative nonfiction, book reviews, literary analysis, and American culture. MC is an independent, inter-university student organization. Positions are not paid, as staff are most akin to “club members” at a more typical university club.

This is a great opportunity for UIUC students to practice and hone in their writing, research, and argumentative skillsets outside the classroom in a uniquely undergraduate space.

Application link —> https://forms.gle/oHBEQFC8nqE6N3hK8 

Website —> midwesterncitizen.com

FSHN 199: Edible Entrepreneurialism – Feeding Ideas for the Future

introduces students to various elements and facets of entrepreneurialism that put the consumer first. Students will explore diverse development journeys of well-known food innovators and will participate in reflective and active learning activities to learn about facets of entrepreneurialism. Students enrolled in the course will explore the Siebel Center for Design’s Human Centered Design approach while nourishing their entrepreneurial skills. This elective course will be delivered using asynchronous online best practices, and registration will be open to all undergraduate students. Please send any course inquiries, including requests to see an example syllabus, to edibleentrepUIUC@gmail.com.

MUS 499 POD: Intro to Podcasting – Prof. Lamont Holden

Podcasting is the most prolific media platform available to any user at any level of expertise. The cost threshold is low but the potential for almost immediate monetization is high. There is a pedagogy around the art and science of podcasting that can show students a path from technical setup, to content creation, production and distribution to audience identification and monetization. Students will learn how to:
• set up and record multiple vocal channels at high quality
• pre-produce a timed episode with intros, segments and transitions
• book and interview guests
• upload and distribute their episode
• identify and market to an audience
• monetize their content through ad sales, third party platforms and direct to consumer sales with their listening audience

LER 225: Labor Issues in Sports

In recent years labor issues in the sports world have captured the public imagination. These issues include ongoing disputes over Covid vaccination in the NBA and NFL, the recent “Name, Image, and Likeness” developments in college sports, the U.S. women’s soccer team’s campaign for pay equity, and the impending labor dispute in Major League Baseball.

LER 225 is an opportunity for students to gain critical perspective on these recent developments by engaging with the past, present, and future of labor relations in sports. Readings, activities, and assignments will empower students to critically analyze a wide range of hot-button topics, including the role of unions in the sports world, labor issues faced by collegiate athletes, and the role of athletes in movements for social change.

FSHN 101: The Science of Food and How it Relates to You

• Nat Sci & Tech – Phy Sciences
• Fun food centered class where topics include:
o French fries
o beef jerky
o tofu
o The Impossible Burger
o And more!
• Unique James Scholar opportunities tailored to students’ long-term goals
• In person and online options (while they last) https://courses.illinois.edu/schedule/2022/spring/FSHN/101

FSHN 120: Contemporary Nutrition

• Nat Sci & Tech – Life Sciences
• Centered on the impact of food on health and wellness
• Discusses hot topics in nutrition
• Unique James Scholar opportunities to choose from such as helping Illini Fuel sports dietitians the NCAA athletes or writing for a wellness journal while getting a publication on the resume
• In person and online options (while they last) as well as a unique BLLC section with experiential learning opportunities https://courses.illinois.edu/schedule/2022/spring/FSHN/120

Register for a Global Classrooms course in Spring 2022 
Illinois Global Classrooms is a new initiative that supports collaborative project-based international learning experiences, facilitated by technology, between students at the University of Illinois and students from international partner institutions. Projects vary in scope and duration, but typically last between six and eight weeks. Explore the current Spring 2022 offerings below.

ABE 498: Global Engagement in Problems in the Critical Zone (3 credits)

This class offers students international experience developing analytical, computing, and cross-cultural skills to understand and solve water resource problems. Students will have a unique opportunity to engage with the USA, Brazilian and German partners to develop an international project related to soil & water resources, including ecosystem services and environmental and anthropogenic changing scenarios. The course will focus on linking fundamentals of hydrological processes with soil & water resources-related problems while fostering students to find potential solutions. Lectures will cover the critical zone, water pathways, groundwater recharge, interactions rainfall-forest, surface runoff generation, environmental modeling, interactions soils-plant-atmosphere, land-use scenarios, impacts of climate change, water footprint concepts, and remote sensing and GIS applications on water resource management. Furthermore, insights on nature-based solutions in water quality and quantity management are also planned to be presented in our Global Classroom framework.


CMN 432: Gender Communication (3 credits) 

Study of interactive relationships between gender and communication in contemporary American society. Examines how gender identity and expression are influenced by race, ethnicity, culture, age, ability, class, faith and other social characteristics. Explores how communication in social contexts creates and perpetuates gender roles.


HDFS 398: Child Health in South Africa (3 credits) 

This course offers a unique exploration of child development and health perspectives and challenges in South Africa. Topics will include family, cultural and societal contexts, child guidance, food security, HIV and tuberculosis care in childhood and adolescence, as well as the effect of COVID-19 on child well-being in communities already affected severely by socioeconomic and health disparities.

Teams of students from Illinois will partner with peers from South Africa to design developmentally and contextually appropriate programming for selected pediatric and youth projects in the Cape Town area. Interactions with lecturers and experts from Illinois and South Africa, as well as agency supervisors will guide student teams in critical thinking, ethics, and cross-cultural collaboration as they develop a project, curriculum guide, educational contribution, or support mechanism for their assigned agency.


IS 390: Consulting Info Professionals (3 credits) 

This course is designed to provide practical and hands-on training by simulating consulting projects. Students will develop proficiencies in problem-solving, team management, storytelling, and professional communications. As they learn the theories and practices of consulting engagements, students will have opportunities to discover how their knowledge in information sciences can be applied to various types of consulting services. The transferrable skills acquired in this class are applicable to other workplace settings.


LAST 445-1 / QUEC 410: Beginning Quechua (2-4 credits) 

Upon the consent of the Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, tutorials are available in special native Latin American languages not regularly offered by the University (i.e. Quechua, Kagchikel, Mayan). Tutorials at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels may be arranged. Students registering for unit credit for the first two terms must first present satisfactory evidence of knowledge of the language at the elementary level, either in the form of credit earned at another institution or by passing a proficiency examination.


SOC 265: Central Asian Societies (3 credits) 

Through the theoretical lens of Sociology, this course examines issues of ethnicity, religion, health, gender, demography and social stability within the nations of Central Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). Examining these will improve our understanding of the complex nature of identity in Central Asian societies. Through a combination of texts, films, and lectures, students will gain familiarity with the region and a solid understanding of sociological theory, measures, and methods.


UP 260: Social Inequality and Planning (3 credits) 

How are inequalities produced and contested in an urban environment? This course examines this question by analyzing how the urban landscape shapes and is shaped by race, class, and gender inequalities. Uses comparative cases to explore successful intervention, both from formal and informal, across multiple scales from the local to the global.


LAS Student Voices Needed

The College of LAS is interested in how students are feeling about their academic, wellbeing and career development.

All LAS undergrads received an email invitation with a unique link to the LAS Pulse survey. They can also find their link at: feedback.illinois.edu.

The current survey will take about 5-10 minutes of students’ time. Respondents who complete this survey will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win 1 of 15 $10 gift cards. In addition, respondents who complete all three LAS Pulse surveys will be entered into a special drawing with a chance to earn 1 of 5 $100 gift cards. Names will be randomly selected after data collection is complete and the winner will be notified by email.

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  TODAY, 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

Want to be a digital content creator? 
Do you like social media? Are you a social media influencer? Do you want to be? Apply today for a Spring 2022 ATLAS Internship. There is no GPA requirement.

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, CR/NCR, or elect Grade Replacement in second half-session course
Friday, Nov. 12Fall Break
Saturday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Nov. 28Open registration begins for all students for Spring 2022
Monday, Nov. 22 

Instruction Ends
Wednesday, Dec. 8


Final Exams
Friday, Dec. 10 through Friday, Dec. 17



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