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Join Us for ESC:

Note: there will be NO MEETING on April 13, since it’s a non-instructional break day! 

If you are interested in reading, writing, leadership positions, and more, join the ESC’s weekly meetings.

When: Every Tuesday 7:00-7:30 p.m CST
Zoom Meeting ID: 7763187140
Contact: ssadler3@illinois.edu

2021-2022 las scholarship application open:

To be eligible for an LAS Scholarship, you must be a continuing undergraduate student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Illinois, planning to continue full-time enrollment in the 2021-22 academic year (students graduating in December 2021 may still apply). Additional eligibility criteria is listed for each scholarship in the application.

Application Deadline: May 16, 2021 @ 11:59PM

Social Media Management Internship, Department of English (2021-2022):

For the 21-22 academic year, the Department of English is looking to hire three Social Media Management Interns: one Creative Writing major and two from any major in the English Department. In response to COVID safety precautions, this position is eligible for remote work.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Develop creative thematic post series for Facebook and Instagram
  • Promote, attend, and create social media posts about department events when safety allows
  • Design flyers, memes, and other posts for informing and entertaining students
  • Develop creative semester-long multimodal projects
  • Attend weekly meetings for brainstorming, task assignments, and collaboration
  • Edit videos and design flyers or posts
  • Conduct and publish interviews with faculty, alumni, students, and visiting speakers
  • Collaborate with Advising Office in creating content for the Advising Blog

Average hours worked per week: 5 (about 75 hours over a semester)

Position Wage: $11/hour

Position Starts: August 23

Recommended Skills and Experience:

  • Concise and catchy writing
  • Writing for social media
  • Develop and follow-through on creative ideas
  • Tailor message and style to genre and audience
  • Visual design
  • Work independently
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Collaboration
  • Reliability
  • Word, Publisher, Adobe, photo & video editing
  • Photography, video, and editing skills a plus

To Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter. Application materials can be addressed to Kay Emmert, Interim Co-Director for the Program in Professional Writing, and sent as email attachments to akemmert@illinois.edu by no later than 9 am on Monday, April 26.

Spring Creative Writing Awards Ceremony and Reading:

The creative writing program will be celebrating its Spring contest winners with an event later this month. It will recognize all of its winners and feature short readings by those who received the top prize in each category.

Zoom Info:

Topic: Spring Creative Writing Awards

Time: Apr 22, 2021 04:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 893 6029 5470

Password: IllinoisCW

Unpaid Internship Scholarships Available for U of I Students:

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. Application Deadline: April 30, 2021.

Learn more at universityymca.org/bailey/intern

Proud to be First Gen Workshop Series:

Are you a First-Generation student (A first-gen student is someone whose parents did not complete a four-year college degree.)? Join the Proud to be First Gen Workshop Series happening this spring semester! 

Part 2 – April 15, 2021, 5-6pm

See the flyer below for registration:

Academic Tip of the Week:

If you are planning to change majors for Fall 2021 or later, please note that Spring 2021 courses used to satisfy Curricular Declaration Criteria must be taken for a letter grade, not Pass COVID/No Pass COVID (PZ/NZ). Contact a college advisor if you have questions. Also, the class schedule for Fall 2021 opens this week. If a course says “location pending” it means the classroom will be assigned at a later date.

Career Readiness Tip of the Week:

Check out the fascinating stories of LAS alumni at the Spring 2021 Alumni Career Panels. This week’s focus is science and medicine careers, and you can view previous recordings on not-for-profit careers or careers in law and government. Reach out to one of the alums to learn more and build your professional network.

Apply for a Life+Design Scholarship for Your Summer 2021 Work, Internship Experiences:

Life + Career Design Scholarships support students’ expenses related to engaging in unpaid or underpaid work in an actual work environment. The work may be an internship, undergraduate research experience, extended volunteer experience, or possibly even a part-time job. See the FAQ’s for more information here.

LAS Scholarship Application Available:

Are you an LAS student? Do you need a scholarship for next academic year? Apply now. All full-time LAS students are encouraged to apply for LAS specific scholarships using this one application. Last year, students received more than $125,000, and in less than 30 minutes you can apply to be considered for 25 different scholarship awardsThe application deadline is Sunday, May 16. For more information click here.

Art Space: Creative Coping for Self-Care:

It’s 2021, and we’re still dealing with stress and the Big Sad. Looking for ways to deal? Dust off those paints, grab that old clarinet, or get back into broody poetry. Once a week, drop in to make some time for creativity and use the arts to cope. All skill levels are welcome. The Zoom link and password can be found here. Time: 3 p.m. Mondays through the Spring 2021 Semester.

Students Invited to Join Vaccine Study:

Illinois students who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 can enroll in a study to help understand the effectiveness of vaccines in reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Participants will be paid and will receive the vaccine. Students interested in participating can sign up here or email here for more information.

Connect the Dots During SAAM 2021:

Join the Women’s Resources Center this April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) as we dive into the intersection of sexual violence and racism. This year’s events will highlight the activism of folx of color and how racial discrimination contributes to the prevalence of sexual violence and impacts healing. For a full list of sponsors and events, visit  https://oiir.illinois.edu/womens-center/wrc-events/sexual-assault-awareness-month.

Virtual Internships with Companies in Brazil:

Campus B offers internship programs where students work within an international organization on projects, with a dedicated supervisor and a program coordinator based in Brazil. The deadline to apply for fall internships is Tuesday, June 15.

Quarantine Comedy:

Join comedian Amer Zahr, writer of “Being Palestinian Makes Me Smile” and creator of the documentary “We’re Not White,” for an evening of Quarantine Comedy and a discussion on Amer Zahr’s experience growing up Arab and learning the Arabic language and culture.

Date and time: April 9 at 5:30 pm via Zoom

RSVP on Eventbrite: https://go.illinois.edu/QuarantineComedy


UIUC Film Festival:

You are invited to submit your films to the UIUC Film Festival to be held on May 1st at 5pm. The deadline for submissions is April 16th. You can submit your film at uiucfilmfest.com/submissions. For more information, see the flyers below:

Need to Meet 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.

Dates and Deadlines:

Priority registration for summer and fall begins: Monday, April 19
Non-instructional day: Tuesday, April 13
Open enrollment begins for eligible students: Monday, April 26
Last day of class: Wednesday, May 5
Students may view grades: Saturday, May 22

Weekly Round-Up

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Join Us for ESC:

Next week’s meeting will be a free-write night on Tuesday, April 6th from 7-8 p.m. We provide the prompts, you provide the art, and you can get the chance to have your work featured on our Instagram page. Hope to see you there!

For any questions, contact Sydney Sadler: ssadler3@illinois.edu.

winners announced:

The Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Spring Creative Writing Contests. 

Prizes in Fiction:

John L. Rainey Prize (sponsored by Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity)
Natalie Sarris
Josephine M. Bresee Memorial
Luke Madden
Leah Trelease Prize
Sam Blanc

Prizes in Poetry:

Folger Adam, Jr. Prize (sponsored by Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity)
Angelica Heaney
Charles and Susan Shattuck Prize
Tamar Dallal
American Academy of Poets Prize
Linda Obobaifo

Congratulations to all!

Please also save the date for a reading by our top prize winners on April 22 at 4:30. This will be a zoom event. Further details forthcoming.

tyehimba jess in residence:
Next week Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tyehimba Jess comes to campus for a virtual residency, part of the ongoing Year of Creative Writers series, presented by the Humanities Search Institute, the Creative Writing Program, and the English Department. Jess is the author of Leadbelly, winner of the National Poetry Series, and Olio, celebrated winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

You’re invited to two public events featuring Tyehimba Jess next week. Follow the links to the HRI website for more information and registration. These events will be free and open to the public.
Wednesday, April 7th • 4:30pm CT
Craft Talk: Poetry’s Musical Bloodline: A Sociohistorical Soundtrack
Thursday, April 8th • 7:00pm CT

A Reading with Poet-in-Residence Tyehimba Jess

careers in human resources:

A virtual career exploration and networking event with students from the School of Labor & Employment Relations will be held on 14 April, 2021 (Wednesday) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Topics include: social life, classes, recruitment for internships and full-time employment, and “What is HR?”

RSVP is required via Handshake or email  bneig2@illinois.edu to receive the Zoom link.

2021-2022 las scholarship application open:

To be eligible for an LAS Scholarship, you must be a continuing undergraduate student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Illinois, planning to continue full-time enrollment in the 2021-22 academic year (students graduating in December 2021 may still apply). Additional eligibility criteria is listed for each scholarship in the application.

Application Deadline: May 16, 2021 @ 11:59PM

Weekly Round-Up

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Join Us for ESC:

If you are interested in reading, writing, leadership positions, and more, join the ESC’s weekly meetings.

When: Every Tuesday 7:00-7:30 p.m CST
Zoom Meeting ID: 7763187140
Contact: ssadler3@illinois.edu

Fulbright Informational Events:

Are you looking for an exciting way to spend a year abroad starting in the Fall of 2022? If so, it’s time to think seriously about submitting an application for a Fulbright Scholarship!  Join us for an information sessions and workshops to learn more.

Please register early for these events!

Fulbright Information Session
When: Apr 6, 2021 03:30 PM CT
Register in advance for this meeting.

Fulbright Information Session
When: Apr 14, 2021 12:00 PM CT
Register in advance for this meeting.

Fulbright Personal Statement Writing Workshop
When: Apr 15, 2021 03:30 PM CT
Register in advance for this meeting.

Fulbright Information Session
When: Apr 21, 2021 08:30 AM CT
Register in advance for this meeting.

Fulbright ETA Workshop
When: Apr 23, 2021 03:00 PM CT
Register in advance for this meeting.

Fulbright Research Workshop
When: Apr 30, 2021 03:00 PM CT
Register in advance for this meeting.

Junior Quinn Award:

The winner of the 2020-2021 Junior Quinn Award is Angelica Heaney. Please congratulate her whenever you get a chance!

The faculty judges were impressed by the clear sense of purpose in Angelica’s letter of intent as well as the expansive voice in the poetry itself. The Creative Writing program has no doubt she will make great use of her winnings as she continues to develop her talent.

Womxn’s History Month:

You are invited to join the exciting events organized by the WRC throughout this month. An accessible PDF of the calendar with clickable links is available here: https://uofi.box.com/s/hrxw4zmlp3ekplvi5vtptuoyqllso9pz.

Dish It Up: I’m Speaking

You can find the calendar of WRC’s “Dish It UP” series , including info and registration links for future lunches here: https://uofi.box.com/s/ldk4e389udj27czvh1d7n6o56wfqgboq

LAS Alumni Career Panel Info for Students:

The LAS Leaders and the LAS Office of Advancement invite all LAS students to attend the first virtual LAS Alumni Career Panels, featuring LAS alumni from a wide variety of disciplines and careers. Students will get to hear directly from alumni about how they navigated the twists and turns that come with building a career after graduation.

LAS Alumni Career Panel Dates and Themes

All panels begin at 6 PM.

March 31: Law, Policy, and Government Careers

April 7: Science and Medicine Careers

April 14: Business and Industry Careers

Registration is required for each session students wish to attend.

Counseling Center Clinical Services for Spring 2021:

For Spring 2021, the Counseling Center are offering telehealth (online) counseling and virtual outreach and educational programming. For specifics of how this works, please view this blog post.

For after-hours emergencies, students who remain in the Champaign-Urbana area can reach out the Champaign County Crisis Line staffed by Rosecrance at 217-359-4141. We also have an extensive list of resources available on our website, including a listing of crisis lines throughout the United States.

Tuesday @ 7:

Led by Counseling Center Paraprofessionals, Tuesday @ 7 workshops focus on topics that are often growth areas for students. All students are welcome. Upcoming workshops include:

Tuesday, March 30: Cultivating Resilience in Difficult Times

Tuesday, April 6: Empowering Yourself Within Relationships

Zoom Meeting ID: 844 1537 2453         Password: tue7

The complete list of topics for this semester can be found here.

Daily Drop-In Mindfulness Workshops:

The Counseling Center is now offering daily mindfulness drop-in workshops on Zoom. The 30-minute workshops will be held each weekday at 4:15 p.m. starting on March 1. Each day has a theme.

-Mindfulness Mondays
-Intuitive Eating Tuesdays
-Body Awareness Wednesdays
-Thoughtful Thursdays
-Forget-it Fridays

These workshops are not therapy. They are available to any student and are not confidential.

Zoom Meeting ID: 922 2891 7050         Password: CCMind

RIO Online:

RIO, which is led by Counseling Center clinicians, provides an interactive experience that helps you

-Learn mindfulness skills to identify why you’re feeling the emotions you are and accept them.
-Manage stress, anxiety, and other emotions productively.
-Identify what’s most important to you and prioritize accordingly.

This series is open to all Illinois students—you do not need to be a current client of the Counseling Center. RIO is not considered counseling and is not confidential. Please register on their website.

International Student Circle:

The Counseling Center’s International Student Outreach Team is now hosting weekly consultation hours for students who want to connect around issues such as culture, feeling isolated, changes in immigration laws, time differences, and other challenges they may be facing. The International Student Circle meets Friday mornings from 8 to 8:30 a.m. through the end of April.

To join the Zoom call, please use the following information.

Zoom Meeting ID: 882 0090 2107      Password: isc21

Art Space:

Creating art can be be a stress release, help calm anxiety, and allow people to process their emotions. On Monday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m., the Counseling Center offers an Art Space Workshop via Zoom. The workshop is open to all students. It is not counseling and participants will not be asked to share their reflections.

Zoom Meeting ID: 828 4384 2873            Password: 266674

Cafecito with the Counseling Center’s Latinx Outreach Team:

Join the Counseling Center’s Latinx Outreach Team every Tuesday at 4 p.m. to discuss communal experiences, mental health, and resources. Drop in whenever you are free. All are welcome!

Zoom Meeting ID: 831 0750 3371         Password: cafecito

Sit with Sankofa Consultation Hours:

Need a safe space to discuss how you feel about everything that’s going on? Join us for Sit with Sankofa with our Black student outreach team on Thursdays at 4 p.m. on Zoom!

Zoom Meeting ID: 926 0208 7456         Password: 276763

WellTrack Available For Students:

WellTrack, an app that offers a suite of online tools and courses to help students identify, understand and address mental health issues is now available. WellTrack employs aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It features a mood tracker, modules that teach students about managing anxiety and depression, and useful tools such as meditations and reminders for users to include enjoyable activities in their days.

Students can access the WellTrack app by downloading from Google Play or the App Store and then logging in with your Illinois email address and password.  WellTrack can also be accessed via the web at Illinois.WellTrack.com with your Illinois email and password.

Mindwise Mental Health Screenings Provide Quick, Confidential Check-Ups:

The Counseling Center offers Mindwise mental health screenings through its website. These quick, confidential assessments allow you to understand if feelings like prolonged sadness, anxiety, irritability, loss of pleasure, and/or hopelessness might actually be related to depression.

Other screenings for generalized anxiety disorder, alcohol misuse, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder are also available. Participants will receive immediate results at the end of each screening to print and bring to a counselor for further discussion and evaluation if indicated. Please note that these screenings are to help you have an informed conversation with your counselor. They are not intended to be a clinical diagnosis.

To access the screenings, please visit their website

Weekly Round-Up

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Join Us for ESC:

If you are interested in reading, writing, leadership positions, and more, join the ESC’s weekly meetings.

When: Every Tuesday 7:00-7:30 p.m CST

Zoom Meeting ID: 7763187140

Contact: ssadler3@illinois.edu

career cafe at the HPRC:

Every Monday from 4-6 pm, the Humanities Professional Resource Center hosts “Career Cafe” drop-in hours. Ask questions, share your concerns about your future, get advice. Not sure even where to start? That’s okay! Just stop by to say hi and meet your career advisors, and then you can go from there.

voices reading series:

The next installment of our Voices Reading Series will be next Thursday, March 25th at 7:00pm CT.  Our readers will be M.F.A. candidates Ali Shuger, Kyle Russell, and Erich Slimak. Find the Zoom invitation below, and click here to access the Facebook event.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 882 7300 0021

Password: voices

Applications for LAS International Programs:

LAS International Programs is still accepting applications through Sunday, March 21 for the following programs! Scholarships are available.

  • Virtual Mojo Internships: Ideal for students in political science with a human rights concentration, sustainability & environmental studies, computer science, advertising and marketing, communications, design, creative writing/English, fundraising, organizational psychology, and teaching.
  • LAS Alumni Connect: (Mentored by University of Illinois Alumni!) We are eagerly looking for students who are interested in working in education, marketing, and communications!
  • Greek Studies on Site Internships and Research: Ideal for students in computer science/data management, mathematics, communications, media, advertising, economics, and social sciences.
  • VACorps Internships: Ideal for students interested in working in public health, clean energy, and sustainability.
  • Illinois in Vienna Projects: Ideal for students interested in working with migrants and refugees, human rights organizations, and fundraising.
  • Perrotis College Agrofood & Tourism Internships: Ideal for students who are interested in working in the fields of economics, tourism and hospitality, sustainability in food, business, market, and consumer research, communications, and marketing.
  • Campus B Internships: Ideal for students studying organizational psychology, computer science, economics, business, engineering, and communication.
  • Global Learning Collective – United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Internship: Ideal for students in the fields of political science, global studies, environmental studies, sustainability, and policy.
lavender congratulatory for graduating students:

LGBTQ+ students who graduated last year or are graduating this year are invited to sign up for the Lavender Congratulatory, a virtual celebration to be held on April 28.   Register at https://tinyurl.com/lavgraduiuc.

Senior Survey:

The Chancellor’s Senior Survey is currently being administered. This survey goes to all graduating seniors as a way to better understand their experiences, including their participation in activities and services, student learning outcomes, campus climate, and satisfaction with the Illinois experience.  Seniors, please check your email for a link to the survey or access it directly here: https://secure.dmi.illinois.edu/SeniorSurvey/Home/SurveyLink

Senior 100 Honorary Application:

Senior 100 Honorary is a ceremony that honors the most outstanding graduating seniors. This event recognizes 100 seniors for academic achievement and campus involvement. Apply by 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 29 at http://illinisaa.com/apply-senior-100 .

AWP Intro Journal Project:

We would like to give a  quick shout-out to Chaeyeon Park, one of our undergraduate students, for receiving an honorable mention for the AWP Intro Journals Project. Chaeyeon was noted for her Creative Nonfiction piece, “Jaegar Lecoultre.” Please tell her congratulations next time you see her.

This is at least the third year in a row that creative writing at UIUC has made some kind of showing in this national contest.

You can see the whole list of results here:


Sign-up for Grant-a-Thon:

If you’re thinking about a career in nonprofit work (community outreach, education, cultural and performing arts organizations, health care, political and community activism, and the like), consider attending the upcoming Grant-a-Thon on Friday, March 26, 9am – 3:30pm.

At this event, you’ll learn some of the basics of effective grant-writing, hear from grant-funders about how the grant process works from their perspective, and get some practice by working with a local organization on a live grant application.

Register here to take part. It is expected that participants will stay for the entirety of this virtual event (the part of the form that asks people to sign up for specific sessions is for the benefit of licensed social work professionals who can get continuing education credit for their participation).

Internship with the Odyssey Project:

Undergraduate majors in the humanities, arts, social sciences, and education are invited to apply for a paid internship with the Odyssey Project, a program through the Humanities Research Institute that offers free college courses to qualifying members of the Champaign-Urbana community.

To be considered for this internship, candidates must be humanities, arts, or social science majors and possess strong writing and communications skills, excellent attention to detail, and the ability to work independently and well with others. A broad interest in the humanities and educational justice is preferred.

The position begins August 23, 2021 and ends May 13, 2022. Odyssey interns will work approximately two to three hours per week during the fall and spring semesters, at the rate of $15.75 per hour. There is flexibility regarding the hours to be worked.

To apply, please complete the linked application form. You will be asked to submit the following documents as a single file: a one-page letter of interest, a resumé, a 3-5 page academic writing sample, and a list of two references. Your references may be academic or non-academic, so long as they can speak to your skills and work ethic; at least one referee should be able to comment on your writing skills. PDF or .docx file formats are preferred. 

Application Deadline: April 18th, 2021 (11:59 PM)

For more information, visit https://hri.illinois.edu/community-connections/odyssey-project . Questions may be directed to the Odyssey Project Advisor and Student Experience Coordinator, Michelle Awad, mmawad2@illinois.edu.

International Student Circle:

International Student Circle (ISC) serves as safe consultation space for international students to check-in about their acculturative experiences, challenges, anxieties, and much more as they pertain to local immigration news, and global news (COVID-19, wars, geopolitical conflicts, natural disasters, racism etc.). ISC will meet every Friday morning, 8:00 am-8:30 am starting tomorrow 3/19.

The ISC’s goal is to offer mental health support for the diverse international student community at UofI. Please note that ISC is not a therapy group.

Illini Career and Internship Fair:

The Illini Career & Internship Fair is taking place on Thursday, April 1st from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm virtually in Handshake!

Register here for the Illini Career & Internship Fair, where you will have the chance to sign up for one-on-one and group sessions. This is your chance to speak directly with employers about job and internship opportunities! Registration in advance is required.

Sign up early to reserve timeslots with employers where you can learn about open positions, network with company representatives, and learn from recruiters.

Emily St. John Mandel Event:

You are invited to attend an exciting event at the end of the month. Best-selling author Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven, will be (virtually) visiting campus at 6pm CT on Wednesday, March 31 for a public conversation with Professors Alex Shakar and Amy Hassinger. It’s being co-sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study and the Creative Writing Program’s Robert J. Carr Visiting Author Series.

Station Eleven is an award-winning novel about artists, and the pursuit of art, in the wake of a world-ending flu pandemic. A few notables about the novel:

  • finalist for the National Book Award
  • finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award
  • winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award
  • winner of the Toronto Book Award
  • winner of the Morning News Tournament of Books
  • soon to be an HBO mini-series

You’ll need to register for the event. Here’s the link to the event page where you can register:


Once you register, you’ll receive an email with a link to the event.

Here’s a link to an excerpt from the book: https://lithub.com/station-eleven/