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calling all May and August 2023 graduates!

This is a reminder that the deadline to register for the English & Creative Writing Convocation ceremony is Monday, April 3. See the convocation website for more information. This ceremony is optional and completely separate from the formal certification of your degree, but it’s a lot of fun and we’d love to see you there!

new courses!

We’re pleased to announce a never-before-taught course in the English department’s fall line-up.  Lori Newcomb will be teaching an advanced methods course called “The Art of Research” (see ENGL 461), and it’s open to all juniors and seniors who have completed ENGL 301 and 350.  This is perfect for any Topics concentrator graduating in December (this will count as your capstone), anybody thinking about graduate school in English or a related field, or anyone who just wants to beef up their research skills. Check it out!

some other recently added courses . . .

CW 463 (meets with GSD 409): Advanced Topics in Creative Writing (TOPIC: Design & Programming of Narrative Games & Simulations)

ENGL 461: (meets with CWL 481): Topics in Arabic Lit & Culture (TOPIC: Arabs and the Americas)

Paid Student Intern Positions

LAS International Programs is hiring for two paid undergraduate student intern positions in the Academic Year 2023-2024! Both positions have a flexible, but preferred, start date of August 1, 2023. Interested students should apply here by April 14, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

ISSS is hiring

ISSS is hiring for mid-August.  Application period is open March 27-April 7, 2023. New International Student Experience (NISE) student workers will work under the supervision of ISSS staff to welcome, greet, screen, direct, and guide students.
Duties may include, but are not limited to:
• Welcome and greet students
• Perform federally mandated immigration document check
• Sunapsis database data entry
• Document distribution and information collection
• Assist and direct students arriving to campus with the University of Illinois Shuttle Service
• Answer general questions
• Other duties as assigned Apply here: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/4461472

UC Books to Prisoners Book Sale

UC Books to Prisoners is holding its annual spring benefit book sale on Saturday, April 8th from 9am-5pm.

The sale takes place on the first floor of the Independent Media Center (IMC) located at 202 S. Broadway in Urbana. The selection is large and wide: all manner of fiction, children’s and young adult books, text books, almost every non-fiction subject, large picture/coffee table books, T-shirts, stickers and tote bags!

While there are some specially priced titles, general prices are hardcovers $2.00; trade paperbacks $1.00; pocket paperbacks 50 cents. Cash, checks and credit cards are welcome. A carry-out service is available.

For more information, call (708) 782-4608 or send an email to contact@books2prisoners.org

A Conversation with Paula Yoo

The Center for Children’s Books, along with Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas from the University of Michigan, is co-hosting a conversation with Paula Yoo, award-winning author of From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement (2021). 

The event will be held on Tuesday, April 4th from 2:00-3:00 pm Central Time via Zoom.

To register for this event, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/PaulaYooCCB 

Reach out to ccb-asst@illinois.edu if you have any questions!

Siebel Center for Design – Fall courses

If you are interested in learning more about design thinking, human-centered design, and the creative process, you might consider registering for the following courses offered by Siebel Center for Design in Fall 2023:

Don’t Forget These!

National Name Exchange

The Graduate College invites University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign undergraduate and master’s students to enroll in the National Name Exchange. The National Name Exchange was established to help match graduate schools with students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups interested in graduate education. The National Name Exchange seeks to:

  • Increase the number of qualified students from underrepresented groups accepted into graduate school.
  • Improve student access to information on graduate school opportunities.
  • Work towards personalizing the recruitment effort by designating a National Name Exchange institutional representative to facilitate information exchange between the institution and prospective students.
  • Assist graduate schools in identifying qualified candidates from underrepresented groups for consideration for graduate study.

The NNE enrollment portal is now open for the 2023 year. Students can now enroll in the National Name Exchange database. The password to access the student portal is NNE2023.  

Qualifying students must be enrolled at a participating Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) member institution (Illinois is a member institution), maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above, and be from a group historically underrepresented in higher education (qualifying groups can be found here). Students who decide to participate will be asked for their consent to share their information with other participating CGS institutions.

Sigma Tau Delta Informal Research Symposium Presentation Night

Have a project you’ve been working on? A paper in class or independent study that you want to share with your peers? Sign up for Sigma Tau Delta’s first-ever informal research symposium to present your work at the end of April! Final date will be determined after participants provide their availability.

Please fill out the questions in this form so we can gauge interest: https://forms.gle/jLoePtrsoErMcenc8. Presentations can be on research, creative, and/or personal projects. Questions? Email sigmataudeltaillinois@gmail.com.

Teacher licensure: Golden Apple Scholars Program Recruitment

Get up to $23,000 in total financial assistance and stipends and become a teacher in Illinois! For more information about the benefits, eligibility requirements, and application, visit https://www.goldenapple.org/scholars.

Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative (INI)

If you need accommodations to be successful in college, INI could be a good resource. See the flyer below:

Sourcebooks summer internships

Some summer internships are available at Sourcebooks. For more information, visit https://read.sourcebooks.com/careers.html

Open positions at ravinia festival

Ravinia is looking for talented individuals who are able to start working sooner than later. Here’s a list of what’s currently open, with more being added by the week:

Ravinia Steans Music Institute

Program Assistant, Ravinia Steans Music Institute

Coordinator, Ravinia Steans Music Institute

Production and Artistic
Production Assistant

Assistant Production Coordinator


Development Seasonal Assistant, Auxiliary Boards

Development Intern, Major Gifts

Development Intern, Corporate Relations


Intern, Web Content Editor

Guest Services

Box Office Representative

Confidential Advisors @ BNAACC, La Casa, & WRC

The Women’s Resources Center (WRC) is the designated confidential campus resource related to sexual assault/rape, sexual harassment, stalking and abuse within a relationship (sometimes called dating or domestic violence). That means when they talk with students, staff, and faculty who have experienced harm, they make sure you get what you need and on your terms! There are several Confidential Advisors at the WRC who can provide you – or someone looking to support you – with support and advocacy services. They also have two Confidential Advisors embedded at BNAACC and La Casa two days/week.

Embedded Advocate Hours: 
Tuesday and Wednesday 10am – 4pm @ BNAACC
Wednesday 1pm – 5pm and Thursday 10am – 4pm @ La Casa

Advising available by appointment | Monday – Friday @ the WRC
Hours may vary. Walk-in appointments offered as available.
Learn more about Advocacy & Support Services, here.

Friday Forum + Conversation Café

Please join Diversity & Social Justice Education this spring as Diversity & Social Justice Education (Conversation Café) continues to partner with the University YMCA (Friday Forum) for Our Community in Action:  Advancing Social Justice in Champaign-Urbana and Beyond.  We will be hearing from community leaders tackling our most pressing public concerns through an unwavering pursuit of social justice.  

Fridays Noon – 1PM at the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign 

Interested in Volunteering with the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center?

Are you interested in volunteering with the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center?
Join a Student Planning Committee today and become more involved in the community! Check out the 3 available student committees for this semester:

Speaking Queerly Planning Committees
Speaking Queerly: Love, Sex, and Dating (5 volunteers)
Speaking Queerly: All Things Drag (5 volunteers)
Lavender Congratulatory Planning Committee (5 volunteers)

To learn more and sign-up visit: https://go.illinois.edu/VolunteerAtGSRC

Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship

The University YMCA’s Fred S. Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship program provides scholarship funding to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign undergraduate students who accept unpaid internships with public service agencies and not for profit organizations. The Application Opens on March 1, 2023! For more information and to apply, visit https://universityymca.org/bailey/intern/.

Office of Conferences and Special Events

The Office of Conferences & Special Events will be hiring several students to join the 2023 Summer Conference Team. There are a variety of full-time and part-time positions available ranging from Conference Clerk to Conference Coordinator. Summer housing, hourly pay, and discounted meals are included.

For more information, go to: go.illinois.edu/csejobs2023  

Writers Workshop Resources

You can make use of the Writers Workshop resources. See the flyers below:

Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)

Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World will be held from June 12-August 5, 2023.

Session includes
• ArabicPersianSwahiliTurkish, and Wolof courses
• Small class sizes and dedicated faculty and staff
• Immersive experience, complete with instruction
• Cultural activities, opportunities for language practice, conversation tables,
cooking classes, movie nights, and more!

Program registration deadline May 7, 2023

Apply and earn up to 10 credits! To apply, visit https://linguistics.illinois.edu/academics/less-commonly-taught-languages/arabic/application-and-registration. For more information contact silmw@illinois.edu

OMSA Free Tutoring Class List

OMSA tutoring is free to all UIUC undergrads. For more information and the list of classes, see the flyer below:

Library Workshops, events, and services

With the start of Spring 2023, the University Library has been busy planning and scheduling workshops, consultation services, programs, and other helpful things for students. For information about the events and workshops visit events calendar as well as  Savvy Researcher workshops.

You can find some highlighted workshops and services below:

Research Consultations
Research consultations start again this Sunday! Students can receive help with their research papers, ranging from brainstorming a topic to synthesizing their sources.  Consultations are from 4-9pm, Sunday-Thursday, and are geared towards first- and second-year students.

Speaking Center
The Speaking Center opens again this week! Students can sign up for a consultation to work one-on-one with a trained Speaking Consultant to improve presentations and speeches, attend workshops focused on building lasting speaking skills, or participate in language sessions to build foreign language skills. Upcoming workshops include “Coping with Speech Anxiety” and “Nonverbal Communication for Presentations.

Academic Success Series and Student Success Workshops
The Academic Success Series is in collaboration with the Counseling Center, and covers topics like “Healthy Relationships,” “Imposter Syndrome,” and more. Student Success Workshops will include some repeats from the fall, like “Study Skills for Neurodiverse Students,” and “Budgeting 101,” and also introduce new workshops, like “Using and Creating a LinkedIn Profile.”

Inclusive Speaker Series: Salvatore De Sando
Funded by the Library Innovation and Seed Grant, this series highlights members of the UIUC community who have done important work highlighting underrepresented voices. Salvatore will be the first in this speaker series, and will present on Feb. 14th at noon, via zoom.

Family Study Room
For students who are parents or caregivers, there is a space for them in the Main Library! Students can bring their kids with them to the Library, and can also check out Family Kits, a playpen, or children tablets for their children to play with while they study.

Introduction to Library Resources for Literary Studies

Are you new to UIUC? Do you need some help figuring out how to do research? Do you find it difficult to access library resources that can help you to succeed in courses? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, please consider attending “Introduction to Library Resources for Literary Studies.” This one-hour session will teach you to use a variety of library services and features (e.g. Inter-library loan, requesting books, accessing articles, and scheduling a research consultation). To participate, visit https://uiuc.libcal.com/calendar/savvy?cid=15337&t=m&d=2023-02&cal=15337&inc=0 and select a session that works for you. Can’t find one? Let Matt Roberts in the Literatures and Languages Library know, and he will reach out to you with more information to receive the instruction that you need.

Matt will continue to offer office hours for students. You can also schedule a consultation with him, but he will be free each Monday from 12-2 to talk with you.

NSP is hiring Orientation Leaders!

New Student Programs is looking for undergraduate students to serve as Orientation Leaders to help them welcome the Fall 2023 new students!  For position description and link to apply, see below:

Find peer mentoring at the Lisnek LAS Hub

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays, First Floor of Lincoln Hall, Behind the marble staircase
Peer mentors help LAS students access opportunities to gain hands-on experience. Drop-in for a casual conversation about exploring student organizations, undergraduate research, volunteer opportunities, study abroad, internships, and more. Learn how to access resources and apply to opportunities. 

Our old friends at the Humanities Professional Resource Center (now LAS Career Services) are still in Greg Hall 105 and available to meet with students to talk about professional development opportunities, career planning, and general life stuff of the “what am I doing here?” variety. See their website for contact info and event announcements.

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