New Opportunities!

The Illini Union Office of Volunteer Programs (OVP) Ambassador Program applications are due Tuesday, February 12th.

This 8-week non-credit course is open to first-year and sophomore students from any college or major. The program focuses on introducing students to the fields of volunteerism, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship from a theoretical perspective with experiential learning opportunities.

Students will volunteer, assist in planning volunteer opportunities for other Illinois students and community residents, provide support to the Campus and Community-Wide Day of Service recently promoted in the Chancellor’s January 22nd email, and complete a project related to the field. Sessions include training on leadership, communications, diversity, career development, innovation, and planning large-scale service events. 

Course meets Wednesdays February 20th-April 27th from 5:30-7:30p (excepting March 20 and 27). For more information contact OVP at or call 217-333-7424 and ask for Kati.

 To apply, complete the form at:      

Illinois College Advising Corps

Attention University of Illinois Seniors or December 2012 graduates: Are you still thinking about working for a year or two before going to law school?  Here is an opportunity to consider!

The Illinois College Advising Corps (ICAC), a non-profit organization run through the University of Illinois, is looking for people interested in working as college advisors at several Illinois high schools. ICAC is a unique college access program that seeks to increase the number of low income and underrepresented students applying to and attending a post secondary institution. Daily advisor work includes reviewing personal statements, helping students apply to colleges, understanding FAFSA and Award Letters, advising on retaking the ACT, and making sure students graduate on time. The advisor benefits include a $30,000 salary and an additional $5,000 towards your graduate school of choice.

If you would like to become a College Advisor, and you are a University of Illinois senior who will graduate in May or  who graduated in December 2012, then you are eligible to apply. ICAC recently began its fifth year and has expanded its reach to include 23 high schools across the state. 
Feel free to go to the ICAC website at, and apply! The final date for applications is  FEBRUARY 22nd, 2013.

Please feel free to contact Dan Choi via email at or by phone at 630-270-6658 if you have any additional questions.


 Deadline: Noon, Friday, March 1, 2013

The English Department sponsors and administers two annual undergraduate literary competitions in Short Fiction and Poetry.  Depending on available funding, there will be 3-4 prizes in Fiction and 2-3 in Poetry this year.  Past prizes have ranged from $100 to $1000.  As soon as we have specific funding numbers available, we will announce them at our website:

 Contest rules are as follows:

 Short Fiction:  no contestant may submit more than one story (7500 words, maximum length)

 Poetry:  no contestant may submit more than 200 lines, as a single poem or a group of poems

 Only University of Illinois undergraduate students are eligible to compete. 

 For more information, please contact Steve Davenport at



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