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Master of Social Work Open House:

School of Social Work will be hosting a Master of Social Work Open House on 7 November, 2020 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. To attend the open house, RSVP at www.socialwork.illinois.edu.

Mental Health Resources:

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has many resources to help students. The university has developed a new app called WellTrack to help you track your moods and teach you about techniques to effectively manage challenging emotions and situations. To access the WellTrack, follow these steps:

  • Download the app from Google Play or the App Store.
  • Once in the WellTrack app, enter your Illinois email address and click Continue.
  • Agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and click Sign In.
  • Enter your university NetID and password and click Login.
  • In the resulting screen, click Done (located bottom left).
  • You can also access the WellTrack via the web at WellTrack.com with your Illinois email and password.

Below are additional resources available to students to help support mental wellness. These can be used alone to enhance your mental health self-care or in conjunction with counseling services.

  • Counseling Center Psychoeducational Series—The Counseling Center regularly offers workshops that give you powerful tools to develop resiliency and goal achievement skills. Topics include overcoming perfectionism, managing time, overcoming difficult emotions, improving focus, and using mindfulness to reduce stress and anxiety. For more information, visit the Counseling Center’s website.
  • Kognito At-Risk—This interactive, online training allows you to practice what you would say if you are concerned about a friend or classmate who is showing signs of mental distress. It then provides resources you can connect them to for help. To access this training, visit the Counseling Center’s website.
  • Mindwise Mental Health Screenings—These brief, online screenings assess for concerns such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance misuse, and eating disorders. The screenings can be a good first step to determine if counseling may be something to consider. To access this training, visit the Counseling Center’s website.
  • Healthiest You—Students who have United Healthcare through the university can access online counseling via telehelp4students.com. If you access this site through your UnitedHealthcare app, you can bypass the necessary insurance information requirement. If you need help, contact customer service at 217-333-0165 or email insure@illinois.edu.

If you are interested in counseling, please contact the Counseling Center (217-333-3704) or McKinley Mental Health (217-333-2700).

Chance to Win a $20 Amazon Gift Card:

Several departments of the University of Illinois are considering a proposal to create an undergraduate minor in Game Studies & Design.  This program would require 18 credit hours of coursework, including 9 credit hours of elective courses in a wide variety of fields including media, fine arts, humanities, information science, education, computer science, and more.  School of Information Sciences would like to know about your interest in such a minor. You will have a chance to win one of 25 $20 Amazon gift cards by responding to a survey. To complete the survey visit https://go.illinois.edu/GAME

Beinecke Scholarship Informational Events 10/29 & 10/30:

If you are a high-achieving junior and plan to attend graduate school after graduation to pursue research in the arts, humanities or social sciences, but have concerns about being able to afford it, consider applying for the Beinecke Scholarship.

The Beinecke Foundation is looking for students who have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promise during their undergraduate years. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated U.S. citizen juniors to pursue graduate studies for scholarly research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. Preference is given to candidates for whom the awarding of significant financial aid would increase the likelihood of the student’s being able to attend graduate school.

The University of Illinois is one of a select few institutions that may endorse a candidate for the Beinecke Scholarship. The National and International Scholarships Program has planned two sessions to assist students interested in earning this $34,000 award. The campus deadline for nomination is January 20, 2021. Additional information about the award may be found at: https://topscholars.illinois.edu/beineckebros

If you are interested in applying, please plan to attend the informational sessions.

The first session will be held on Oct 29, 2020 at 03:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada). You can find the link and other information regarding the first session here.

Register in advance for this meeting here:

The second session will be held on Oct 30, 2020 at 03:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada). You can find the link and other information regarding the second session here.

Register in advance for this meeting here:

For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit the NIS’s website at www.topscholars.illinois.edu

Montage  2019-2020 Issue Launch and call for submissions:

The 2019-2020 issue of Montage is now available to view at  https://issuu.com/montagejournal.  Congratulations to all the contributors, and to the editors who worked hard to put it together.  No physical copies will be available this year.

Want to know more?  Connect with Montage Literary Arts Journal on Facebook, and @montageartsjournal on instagram.

If the current issue inspires you and you want to be a part of it all, then consider submitting your work for inclusion in the 2020-2021 issue.  Please direct all submissions to montagejournal@gmail.com – limiting each submission to either 3,000 words of prose, 300 lines of poetry, or up to 10 images. The first submission period is from now until 11/18.

Questions about Mental Health?:

Chat with the Counseling Center’s Queers & Allies outreach team to get your questions about mental health resources answered. Zoom sessions will be held every Wednesday (excluding 11/25) at 4 p.m.

Zoom ID: 834 6365 0237; Password: Q&A

Latinx Healing Collective:

Latinx Healing Collective drop-in workshops will be held on Wednesdays from 3-4:30 pm CST via zoom. These workshops will consider the ways Latinx students confront social injustice. Individual & collective healing will be discussed.

Zoom ID: 815 4800 9407; Pass code: 835017

Schedule a Meeting with Latinx Student Outreach Team:

You can set up a 15-minute meeting with Latinx Student Outreach Team by contacting them via emails. These meetings are not individual counseling/therapy sessions, but rather focus on immediate needs, linking to resources, and immediate problem solving. For more information, see the flyer below:

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Join Odyssey at UIUC:

Odyssey at UIUC is actively recruiting new members! Odyssey is a content creation platform in which creators can write about whatever they want. The team only requires 2 short articles per month, and there is one social, optional meeting as well! Additionally, creators can work with professional editors and build their resumes. If you are interested in joining the team, please send an email to illinoisuc.odyssey@gmail.com!

Virtual Illinois Abroad Week:

The study abroad units across campus are hosting Virtual Illinois Abroad Week from Monday, October 19 – Friday, October 23. This event is for all students, especially first years and sophomores, who might be interested in pursuing both immediate virtual study abroad experiences and future in-person international opportunities. The event website can be found at go.illinois.edu/illinoisabroadweek. Students are encouraged to RSVP to sessions they want to attend.

Virtual Peace Corps events:

In celebration of Illinois Abroad Week next week, Career Resource Center will be hosting several Peace Corps events. The event details are below. All members of the campus community are welcome!

Peace Corps Information Session 

Monday, October 19th at 2pm (CST)

Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwodOmurDgoH9dCz6X5GD2t6_j90Gd1f6zc

Returned Volunteer Panel 

Thursday, October 22nd at 4pm (CST)

Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvdeyrpz8iH9eO0XG3nAL-5wGgD8vv8xoA

Peace Corps Application Workshop: Resumes 

Friday, October 23rd at 1pm (CST)

Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtf-quqzkoHtXeX2_Q0rYW36WMgkh8e6SM

If you have questions, contact Nicholas Melrose. Nick has drop-in hours on Wednesdays from 12-2pm and Thursdays from 2-4pm. You can access these hours by visiting the UIUC Career Center website (https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu) and clicking on ‘access the virtual desk.’

Choosing a Grad School Session:

The College of Education is hosting a live session October 28th from 4 – 5 pm about choosing the right program and graduate school. The key speaker will be Dr. Christopher Span, the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. There will be time for Q&A as well. If you are considering graduate school in the future, this session is for you!

Please register at https://forms.gle/3cGHZCCGbrFSTJKy8 to receive a link for the Zoom session!

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Wallace Stevens Prize Competition:

The English Department has announced this year’s Wallace Stevens Prize for best essay on modern American or British poetry (1900-1939) by an undergraduate English department major or minor. The best critical essay will receive an award of $500. Entries are due November 5, 2020.  For more information, see the flyer.

Guidelines for Submission:

  • Length/Word limit: strict 5,000 words maximum for undergraduate entries
  • All entries must be submitted as wither .docx or .pdf files
  • Entries must be double-spaced with 12-point font
  • MLA style should be used
  • Eligibility: any student enrolled in an English department major or minor at Illinois during the previous 12 months before the submission deadline
  • One essay per entrant per year; previous winners are not eligible

All questions should be directed, and entries submitted, to Associate Head of English Rob Barrett (rwb@illinois.edu).

Confidential Advisor Services:

Confidential Advisor services has now been expanded to offer both phone and virtual support beginning Monday, October 5th. The Women’s Resources Center (WRC) is the designated campus confidential advising resource for issues of sexual assault/rape, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, stalking and abuse within a relationship. Students, faculty, and staff survivors of all gender identities are welcome and able to receive advocacy and support services at the WRC. For more information on our advocacy and support service offerings, please visit https://oiir.illinois.edu/support-services.


Part-time Student Positions:

Siebel Center for Design is currently hiring two part-time student positions (open to both undergraduate and graduate students). If you are looking for a virtual position and meet the criteria, you can apply for those positions. For eligibility and more information visit Augmented Reality Experience Developer (Mural Project) and Game Engine Programmer (Playful by Design).

CMN 199: Business Comm Topics & Tactics:

If you are in need of a 2nd 8-week course, CMN 199 might be a good option for you. It’s a hybrid 1 hour course (Mon/Wed 3:30-4:50 PM, 1027 Lincoln Hall + asynchronous online). The course is restricted to students with Sophomore, Junior, and Senior class standing. For more information visit https://courses.illinois.edu/schedule/2020/fall/CMN/199.

Submit to the AWP Intro Journals Project (Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction):

The Intro Journals Project is a literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new works by students currently enrolled in AWP member programs. The Creative Writing faculty of the English department at the UIUC can nominate one story, one essay, and three poems to this national award.

If you are currently a CW major or a CW minor or an MFA candidate and would like to be considered for nomination, send one short story (max. 25 pages), one essay (max. 25 pages), or up to three poems via email attachment to John Dudek at jdudek4@illinois.edu by 12:00 noon, Monday, November 2, 2020.

Submission Instructions

Please include in the body of your email your name and academic year (junior, senior, MFA candidate, etc.) as well as your permanent address. Attach your submission as a .pdf, .doc, or .docx file. Your file name should be the title of your submission or some abbreviation of the title(s). The Subject line of your email should read: “AWP Genre: Last Name.” For example: “AWP Nonfiction: Dudek.”

DO NOT include your name or any personal identification on your submission file itself.

Please note that work previously published or under consideration for publication elsewhere is not eligible. Previous winners are also ineligible.

More info about the AWP Journals Project can be found at https://www.awpwriter.org/contests/intro_journals_project_overview

For questions, contact John Dudek, Associate Director of Creative Writing, at jdudek4@illinois.edu.

Year of the Creative Writer (YOCW) Events:

Next week, as part of the Year of the Creative Writer, the English Department’s Creative Writing Program, Humanities Research Institute, and The Urbana Free Library are hosting two readings by poet, Daniel Borzutzky and fiction writer, Christopher Grimes. These are Zoom events and will allow time for discussion with the authors after their readings.

The Urbana Free Library-hosted reading will be held on Tuesday October 13 at 7:00PM. You can register for it here:


The Creative Writing and HRI-hosted reading will be held on Wednesday, October 14 at 4:30PM. You can access the event with this zoom link:


Password: CW2020

Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship:

Are you interested in an unpaid internship but are concerned about the financial hardship it may cause? The Fred S. Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship Program offers academic scholarships to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who will complete an unpaid internship with a public service agency or not-for-profit organization. Awards are $1,000 for a part-time internship or $2,500 for a full-time internship and are given directly to the student. All undergraduate students regardless of academic program or citizenship status are encouraged to apply. Applications are due on November 8 for internships that will take place during the Spring 2021 semester. For more information visit https://universityymca.org/bailey/intern/.

Graduate, Law and Professional School (GLP) Fair:

If you are considering graduate, law, or professional school, join the Career Center’s Graduate, Law and Professional School Fair on October 15th. This is your opportunity to speak with admission representatives from a variety of programs including business, science, engineering, law, social sciences, health professions and many more. Get your questions answered and learn about the admissions process. And this year The Career Center is partnering with the Pre-Law Advising Services Office to offer the Law Fair during the GLP Fair. Register now to view programs attending and their scheduled chat times. You can find a tutorial on the CareerEco virtual fair platform here.

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Everybody Eats @ Bevier Café:

Students can come and enjoy a meal at Bevier Café and “pay what they can.”  In addition, there is a jar as they come inside the service line with coupon cards that others have purchased to “pay it forward.”  They can grab a card and enjoy a free lunch or choose to pay what they can, whatever they are most comfortable with.  Bevier Café will continue to serve the same delicious menu, but with four distinct payment options.

  1. Pay the suggested price (menu price)
  2. Pay what you can (name your own price)
  3. Pay more (suggested price + a little extra)
  4. Pay it forward (buy a meal for someone else)

Daily mindfulness drop-in sessions:

Need a few minutes to find calm and focus? Check out the Counseling Center’s “Daily Mindfulness Drop-In Sessions.” Workshops are from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Zoom Meeting ID: 922 2891 7050 (Password: CCMind)

The Diversity & Inclusion Networking Exchange (DINE):

The Diversity & Inclusion Networking Exchange (DINE) will be held on Wednesday, November 4, from 5-7PM, through Zoom. Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with employers who value diversity and inclusion
  • Practice networking in a virtual setting
  • Hear what employers look for in new hires
  • Learn what questions they can ask to determine if an organization fits their needs

The event will involve a brief panel, followed by networking with employers that are eager to meet students. Students can register here: https://go.illinois.edu/dine2020

Short Story Contest:

Illini Union Board invites you to participate in a short story contest. This is a great opportunity for you to share your creative talent and potentially win Illini Gear. The first-place winner can also be featured on the Illini Union’s website. Submissions are accepted till October 31. You can find more information and submit your story at http://go.illinois.edu/IUBoardWritingContest.

Contact a Life + Career Design intern:

The Life + Career Design interns are available to offer peer advising from noon to 2 p.m. (CT) each weekday via Zoom. They can offer you assistance with resume preparation, help you explore possible majors and career paths, and help you find an internship. Contact las-lifecareerdesign@illinois.edu for an appointment at another time if the daily virtual lab hours do not work for you.

Critical Language Scholarship Information Session:

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), provided by the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for undergraduate and graduate students. The CLS institutes cover one academic year of university-level language coursework in eight to ten weeks over the summer, and include cultural programming, local language partners, and excursions. For more information, visit here. If you would like to learn more, join the information session at 3 p.m. (CT) Friday, Oct. 2 via Zoom (Meeting ID: 921-7421-7157, Password: CLS). For more information, contact the National and International Scholarships Program here or visit its website.

Free Flu Shots:

Free flu shots are now available to all Illinois students who have paid the Health Service Fee. A University of Illinois ID card must be presented at the time of service. Time and location: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday at CRCE, 1102 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana.  Note: McKinley Health Center is not a location for flu shots this year. For more information visit https://www.mckinley.illinois.edu/fluclinic.

The Career Center offers Coaching Appointments:

During the Fall 2020 semester, The Career Center offers 30-minute career coaching appointments online or by phone. You can schedule an appointment between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday. Limited in-person appointments may be available. Call 217-333-0820 to check availability and schedule in-person appointments. More information can be found at https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/service/career-coaching.

Adobe Creative Cloud for Students:

Adobe Creative Cloud is now available and free of charge to University of Illinois students. Head to the Webstore to get your free copy!

Meet With an Advisor:

To contact a college-level advisoruse the online chat, online advising appointment calendar and queue, and online forms for program change requests. Find a list of unit and college advisors along with hours and contact information on the college website.

Secondary Education Minor:

You will find valuable information about secondary education minor in this video. To watch the video, click on https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FLnm_5J3C-ngEl-GB6K4fzzLFqtevZPk/view?usp=sharing.

Free events and food in the Memorial Stadium:

Every Friday and Saturday night (until Oct. 17) from 9pm-1am there are free events and food in the Memorial Stadium.

Friday Night is Movie Night!
A double feature movie, with free hotdog, popcorn, candy and drink (bottled water & hot chocolate).  You can bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks as well.  Also, bring blankets, pillows and make yourself comfortable.  $4 Beer and hard seltzers for purchase (21 and up with a valid ID).  Doors open at 8pm and first movie starts at 9pm.

Saturday is Concert Night!
Two bands playing sets with a DJ playing before, after and in between.  Free pizza and drink (bottled water & hot chocolate).  You can bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks as well.  Also, bring blankets, pillows and make yourself comfortable.  $4 Beer and hard seltzers for purchase (21 and up with a valid ID).  Doors open at 8pm with a DJ.  The first band starts at 9pm.

For updates on the movies and bands/DJs, visit the new Student Affairs Activities website.

The events are for students only and are hosted in Memorial Stadium to provide plenty of space for social distancing.  Bring a face covering, student ID and cellphone (to check your building access stadium on the Safer Illinois app).

HRI Legal Humanities Series, 2020-21:

Humanities Research Institute at the UIUC will be hosting a number of events in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. See the flyer for more information.

Legal Humanities Undergraduate Symposium:

Undergraduate students are invited to participate in the first Legal Humanities Undergraduate Symposium. This event will be in coordination with Undergraduate Research Week. An information session will be hosted on October 23. For any questions and queries contact Buthaina (bhatta4@illinois.edu), Adem (aosman20@illinois.edu), and Maria (mariatm2@illinois.edu). Interest forms can be found at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdIL2-8FExPoL8YtQhhMKNp0bxpErNVHELzRHeFno6FNpKS0Q/viewform.

Important Dates:

ICT/Curriculum changes for Spring 2021
Monday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 30

Deadline to drop, elect CR/NCR, or elect grade replacement in a full semester course
Friday, Oct. 16

Second half-session courses begin
Monday, Oct. 19

Deadline to add a second half-session course
Friday, Oct. 23