Weekly Round-Up

TAKE care of yourself and others!

This is a reminder to please do all you can do protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by wearing a mask, avoiding gatherings, and testing/isolating/quarantining *as instructed* regardless of whether you have symptoms.

https://covid19.illinois.edu/updates/massmail-increased-undergraduate-enforcement-of-covid-19-safety-guidelines/

Montage arts journal

More information will follow, but this is just a heads-up that Montage Arts Journal is accepting submissions for the Spring 2021 issue any time up to November 18, 2020.  Each submission should be limited to 3000 lines of prose, 300 lines of poetry, or 10 images.  For more information, email Luke Madden at lmadden2@illinois.edu. To view previous issues, see https://issuu.com/montagejournal.

Interested in the Peace Corps?

Nick Melrose is the new Peace Corps Strategic Campus Recruiter for this year!  Nick did his Peace Corps service in Thailand as an education volunteer from 2018-2020. Before joining the Peace Corps, he worked on campus as an academic advisor in the Department of Economics, and he’s glad to be returning to this community.  If you would like to know more about opportunities within the Peace Corps, get in touch with Nick at peacecorps@mx.uillinois.edu.

Join Sigma Tau Delta!

Join Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society!  The first recruitment meeting will be on Wednesday, September 9 at 6 pm on Zoom (email for link and password). Members have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other English students, participate in volunteer opportunities, conferences, and social events (safely on Zoom or at a distance!), and work on your writing skills with chances to publish your papers!

Email sigmataudeltaillinois@gmail.com if you have any questions or need the zoom information.

call for cultural committee members

The Illini Union Board is searching for passionate, organized, and responsible students to join the Cultural Committee. These students will help plan fun but educational events that promote an appreciation of diversity on campus. For more information or to indicate interest, email the director by Friday, Sept. 11.

Upcoming Book Talk

This semester, The Center for Children’s Books will host several virtual lectures presented by visiting scholars on a variety of topics connected to literacy and youth services.  Join them on September 17th for the first lecture, on the subject of audio books!

See https://ccb.ischool.illinois.edu/ss/ for more info.  Zoom details will be poster there the day of the event.

Join the Chorus!

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permission required to Underload

If you are enrolled in fewer than 12 hours for the fall semester and planning to remain so, then you need to fill out the form available on this website.  Note the guidelines ( for example, you cannot underload if you have an advising agreement that stipulates a minimum of 12 hours).  If you’re not sure whether you can or should underload, please consult a college advisor.

Did you know?

You probably all do know this, but I didn’t until a helpful new student clued me in (thank you, E.B.), so I’m sharing it here just in case.  If you’re in the registration system and you select a course in your summary and then go to “Instructor/meeting times” you can click on the instructor name and the email will pop up.  In some cases that will be easier/quicker than trying to find them in the directory, as I had previously suggested.  If you are not yet registered for a course and want to reach out to an instructor, then the directory is still your best bet.

writers workshop

The Writers Workshop is online this fall!  You can schedule a virtual consultation or attend an event (schedule is still being finalized, but you’ll find it on the website once it is).

ATLAS Internships

ATLAS is still looking for students to fill social media and communication internships this fall.  Read about the internship program here and email atlas-internships@illinois.edu if you would like to know more.  This is a great opportunity, open to all students regardless of GPA, no prior experience necessary, and it’s a great way to gain skills you can use in all sorts of ways!

Book Group for prospective teachers

Interested in education or becoming a teacher?  Join BookED: Read and Chat!

We will be reading different books and discussing them and how to implement them on a practical level. These books will be aimed at all grade levels and subject areas.

Our first book will be We Got This: Education, Equity and the Quest To Be Who Our Students Need Us To Be.

If you are interested in joining us, please fill out this Google Form for further updates.  If you have questions, please email Amanda Heinsman at heinsman@illinois.edu.

Conversation Café

The Office of Diversity and Social Justice Education will be kicking off the fall Conversation Café series Friday August 28, 2020. Chloe Johnson, a former student intern who now works with the Obama Foundation, will address first generation professionalism and imposter syndrome.

Date: Friday, August 28, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM Central Standard Time

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqc-qoqjwtH9cfdjkVu-F_t5aiqkL1mP70

Office of Undergraduate Research

The OUR is offering a variety of workshops for undergraduates on such topics as getting started in research, giving research presentations, proposal writing, and the value of research.  Check out their website for details!

Study abroad scholarship

The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards of $5,000 (plus up to a $3,000 supplement for critical languages) for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue summer, semester, or academic-year study abroad opportunities in other countries. This is a need-based award, and to be eligible, you must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant.

The National and International Scholarships Program will assist in reviewing your scholarship application material. In fact, we welcome the opportunity to help make your application more competitive! To get you started, we are offering a two-day informational event about the Gilman Scholarship.

Gilman International Scholarship Information Session

September 3, 2020 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Online: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/99487287069

Gilman International Scholarship Writing Workshop

September 4, 2020 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Online: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/93901013751

For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit our website.

Pre-Law Students

Kappa Alpha Pi is the University of Illinois’ oldest, largest, and only exclusive pre-law co-ed fraternity on campus. With over 100 members, KAP strives to prepare pre-law students with the tools necessary to successfully enter law school. KAP has chapters across the US including the University of Michigan, Cornell, and the University of California Los Angeles. Some of the benefits of joining KAP include, community with other pre-law students on campus, networking opportunities with current lawyers, judges, law school professors, and law students, and discounts/workshops with LSAT materials. One of the major benefits is invitation to the KAP Conference, which is hosted here at the University exclusively for KAP members. At the conference, you are allowed 1-1 in-person access to law school admission deans. If you are interested in rushing Kappa Alpha Pi, please email us at: uiuckapprelaw@gmail.com so that we can add you to our email list. Feel free to follow us @ illinoiskap on Instagram and @ Kappa Alpha Pi at the University of Illinois on Facebook to learn more about us and stay up to date.

Below is our recruitment schedule for the fall 2020 semester:

  • Info Session #1 (Via Zoom): Tuesday, September 1st, 6pm
  • Info Session #2 (Via Zoom): Wednesday, September 9th, 6pm
  • Social Session (Via Zoom): Tuesday, September 22nd, 5-7pm
  • Interview (invite only): Thursday, September 24th, 5pm
Student Advocacy Coalition

The Student Advocacy Coalition (SAC) is a bi-partisan student organization that promotes civic engagement and lobbies legislators for higher education and student rights on behalf of the University of Illinois. SAC is housed under the University’s Office of Government Relations and provides opportunities for students to engage with state and federal legislators online and in person. SAC members are students from all walks of campus, diverse backgrounds and majors. Members build professional development skills through one-on-one interactions with their legislators, panels with alumni who are trailblazers in their field, and discussions on critical issues impacting our country. This year, our calendar includes a Dialogue Series with the 4 major political parties on campus, Policy Panels with state legislators and community leaders on the Black Lives Matter movement, and more! SAC believes being involved is more than attending mandatory meetings, it’s about participating in activities that are actually interesting, and spending your time in a community of people who care about making a difference! Our Virtual Info Session is on September 1st at 6pm and the link is as follows https://illinois.zoom.us/j/94134221769.

Our online application will be released on our website: https://sacurbana.weebly.com/ and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sac.urbana/.

All applications are due September 15th and will be followed by Zoom interviews. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to send us an email at studentadvocacy.uiuc@gmail.com.

Get Involved!

IllinoisPIRG is a statewide student-run non-profit that works to protect the public interest and recruit and train student activists. Partnered with other state chapters, we have a 45 year track record of making social change in the US through our organizing efforts on college campuses across the state.

IllinoisPIRG interns learn valuable organizing skills, like building a team of volunteers, taking on leadership within a campaign, organizing events on campus, lobbying elected officials, and working with the media. In addition to building skills and adding to a resume, our interns work to create tangible policy change on behalf of the public interest. Interns work between 5-10hrs per week.

For more information, visit our internship application page & apply today!