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in case you missed the registration email . . . 

Many of you are looking ahead to the fall semester so we’re writing to let you know the registration timeline and provide some resources we think will be helpful. Time tickets (which tell you when you can register for Summer and/or Fall 2022 classes) should be visible starting Monday, March 21Log in to the self-service portal to view your time ticket on that date.

Registration will start April 4. Students are assigned a time on or after April 4 according to the schedule found here. We recommend that you schedule your registration appointment one to two weeks ahead of your registration date, but if you want to meet sooner than that you can. When you are ready call 217-333-4346 during the hours 8:30-noon or 1:00-4:30 to request an appointment. As always, you may request a particular advisor or ask for the first person available. For students who feel comfortable with the registration process and would prefer to do advising via email, you may contact an advisor with your questions and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Remember that we are very busy during the registration period so please don’t wait until your time ticket opens up and then send an email demanding an immediate reply. Plan ahead!

Here are some things you can do ahead of time to make your registration appointment more productive: 

  • Run your degree audit and see what you can make of it. Even if you find it a little confusing, try to get a sense of what requirements you have left to fulfill, and then when we do your registration appointment we can confirm (or correct) your interpretation of the audit and help explain anything that’s confusing. 
  • Think about what you want to accomplish in the fall. What major/minor/Gen Ed requirements would you like to complete, and what other areas would you like to explore?   
  • If you are thinking of adding a major or a minor, do you know what you need to do to get started? If you’ve already begun, can you figure out the next step?  You can explore major and minor requirements listed here: http://catalog.illinois.edu/undergraduate/
  • Consult Course Explorer and be sure to read the course descriptions in full.  Remember that if a course is called “Topics in X” then you must click through to see the individual sections and find out what topics are available. It’s also worth clicking through on any 199 (usually called Undergraduate Open Seminar) because there you may find some interesting and unusual topics being piloted, and they’re usually unrestricted. 
  • Consult the resources available on the Planning Coursework section of the advising site.  You’ll find checklists of major requirements, plus the “cheat sheet” that tells you which variable topics courses satisfy which requirements this fall. 

Do not feel that you must do all of these things before you are allowed to schedule a registration appointment, but do what you can and you may feel more confident in your ability to select courses as a result.  We are looking forward to connecting with you and we hope you’re all well.   

Anna, Keshia, and Nancy

HPRC advising and events

Ready to connect with our humanities professional development experts?  Come by Greg Hall 105 any Thursday morning between 9:30 and 11:30 to meet with Julie Higgs and start a conversation about careers.  Anna hangs out there Thursday mornings as well so if you want some academic advising you can schedule an in-person appointment with her during that time.  It’s one-stop shopping!

Seniors, check out this upcoming HPRC event: 
March 24, 5 pm
The Festival of Questions You’ve Been Afraid to Ask
105 Greg Hall

summer internships at the career center

The Career Center is hiring two undergraduate interns for the summer.  These students will be responsible for a combination of outreach duties, providing review of student resumes/cover letters, leading career readiness presentations and workshops, and some other project-based work for our office.  Undergraduate applicants from all programs and disciplines are encouraged to apply!  Applications (including, in one file/document, a resume, a cover letter, and a brief 250-word writing sample on “How does this position fit into your personal and professional goals?”) should be sent via email to James Castree (castree2@illinois.edu) by Wednesday, March 30th at 5pm.

Additional information can be found on Handshake

business minor info sessions and more

Chaya Sandler, advisor for the Business Minor for Non-Majors, will be hosting two information sessions about the Business minor program: March 24th at 10 am on Zoom and March 30th at 4pm in BIF 1041.  For more information, email Chaya at csandle2@illinois.edu.

Additionally, here are a few reminders about the minor including FIN 221 restrictions and an updated Study Abroad process. Chaya hosts virtual drop-in advising on Wednesdays 1:15-4pm and students can email busminor@business.illinois.edu to setup advising appointments.

check out this POTB (aka 2nd-8-week) course!

ENGL 199, Section X
Writing to Get that Job!
Students will develop/improve writing skills particularly germane to successfully applying for an internship, a post-baccalaureate job, or an advanced-degree program.  They will then 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.

upcoming virtual lecture

Dr. Kim Mack, “Hear Me Talking to You”: Black Women Reclaiming Power Through Literary and Musical Narrative

Friday, March 25, 2022, 3:00pm
Zoom Link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/89839309999?pwd=aG1LUHZQOHh2ek9vQ1NkcWdkTjkrQT09
Meeting ID: 898 3930 9999
Password: 679008

apply for a golden apple scholarship

If you’re on the Sec Ed path, check out the Golden Apple Scholarship program, and consider attending one of the upcoming info sessions.  Register at www.goldenapple.org/scholars-info.

Golden Apple scholars receiving funding and the opportunity to participate in summer training workshops in exchange for committing to teaching in a school of need after earning their teaching license.

Undergraduate Admissions- Summer I STAR Position

Admissions is looking to hire current undergraduate students to serve as I STARs (Illinois Student Admission Representatives) within the Office of Undergraduate Admissions-Campus Visits. They 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.

Details, along with the application, can be found online here: https://enroll.illinois.edu/register/summer2022ISTAR The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 20th.

alas introductory meeting

Thursday, March 24, 6:30pm
614 E. Daniel St (OVCDEI Building), 3rd Floor, Room 3070 

A private space for Undocumented and DACAmented status students in the UIUC campus community. Led by UIUC’s Undoc/DACA Mentors, the purpose of ALAS is to create a community space where students feel comfortable to share their experiences, network, and socialize with other students in similar experiences. Interested? Register here

Creative writing cluB

Do you know about Creative Writing Club?  Open to students in all majors, this group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30pm-7:45pm in room 259 of the English Building.  If you would like to be kept apprised of upcoming meetings and other activities, send a message to creativewritingclubatuiuc@gmail.com  and ask to be added to the mailing list.  You can also follow CWC on Facebook/Instagram, both @creativewritingclubuiuc.

DGS hiring summer peer advisors!

See the position description for DGS summer peer advisors in the most recent issue of the DGS newsletter.  DGS is looking to hire 10-12 students to assist us during New Student Registration this summer. If you will be in the CU area over the summer, please consider applying. It’s great if the student is a former DGS student, but not required.  The application deadline is March 18.

UIUC User experience Day
Are you interested in a career in User Experience Design (UX)? Please see the information below about the first annual UIUC UX Day: Siebel Center for Design and College of Fine and Applied Arts have come together to create UIUC UX Day, a half-day event scheduled for 12-7pm on Friday March 25 at the Siebel Center for Design. UX Day as been designed to help UIUC students gain an understanding of different directions they could pursue in the broad UX industry. Invited to speak will be professionals representing three types of design jobs – design done in-house, Big Tech design teams, and consulting firms that work with industry on design-related content. In parallel throughout the day, we will also be hosting 30 minute 1:1 sessions between professionals and students. Interested students should register at this link!
African American Literatures & Cultures Institute

If you are a current Black/African American student who will soon be rising seniors and are considering graduate study? Please apply to this summer program: African American Literatures and Cultures Institute.

The participating summer fellows will receive:

  • abundant intellectual nourishment
  • guidance on the development of research projects
  • consultation on Digital Humanities, data storytelling projects
  • a small stipend ($2,000.00)
  • travel and lodging for a research trip to New York City

More info here: AALCI at a Glance

The site says March 11, but the deadline has been extended until March 25.

Don’t Forget about These!

March events at the writers workshop


Check out the upcoming Writers Workshop events.   The Writers Workshop provides feedback on all kinds of writing including course papers, job application materials, and personal statements. We have appointments and drop-in hours, and we’re available in-person at the Undergraduate Library and online.


UIUC students – make your voice heard! The Smart and Healthy Communities Initiative is seeking current UIUC students for focused feedback sessions around potential time management app features.

Sessions will be one hour in length and conducted over Zoom. If you are interested in participating, simply fill out this brief (~3 minute) sign-up form, and the research team will reach out to you directly to schedule a session.

office of undergraduate research workshops

The Office of Undergraduate Research announces its Spring 2022 workshop calendar.  Information for each workshop including how students can register can be found here . For all workshops, OUR will be offering both virtual and in-person dates. Participation is by advance registration only; there are a limited number of spots available for each workshop, so please sign up as soon as possible. Workshops will be added throughout the term based on demand.

text 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 find out more about individual workshops and to register, please visit counselingcenter.illinois.edu/TestAnxiety. 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. If you have any questions about this group, please contact Dr. Kathy Wierzchowski at wierzch1@illinois.edu.

LAS Success Academic Workshops

Check out the Spring LAS Success Academic Workshop Schedule here:

  • All workshops are open to all students
  • All are offered in-person in Lincoln Hall
  • Our website lists events by month so you can’t access anything past February yet, but those events will become visible as the earlier events pass
Workshops – Tuesday @ 7 Starts

The Career Center – Spring 2022 Workshop Calendar

selected Dates and deadlines
  • March 11: Deadline to drop a full-semester course without a W
  • March 12-20: Spring Break
  • March 21: POT B courses begin; registration time tickets visible
  • March 25: Deadline to add POT B course
  • April 4: Priority registration for Summer and Fall 2022 begins POT B = Part of Term B (aka “2nd-8-week”)

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