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Volunteer Opportunity for Students

Are you interested in volunteering in the community? Circle K International is a global, student-led organization with opportunities for service at all interest levels and flexible times that can fit anyone’s schedule. Our University of Illinois chapter participates in a variety of service events from volunteering with children at local libraries and the Orpheum Museum to participating in wider community projects like iHelp and the CarX Crazy K. We also have upcoming leadership opportunities!


If you are interested in serving with us, come to our next meeting Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00pm in 1060 Lincoln Hall. We can’t wait to see you there!


Melinda Holmes
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Class of 2017
Circle K International | Vice President


In Focus Group – spring 2016

Attached is the flyer for this semester’s In Focus Group, the Counseling Center’s ADHD Coaching Group. Please feel free to distribute and refer students who may benefit. Students do not need an ADHD diagnosis and are asked to contact me to register. Space is limited to 10 students.

IN FOCUS is a six-week group that offers education and peer support for students who experience difficulties commonly associated with ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD). Group meetings will be interactive and help students develop valuable skills for succeeding in school, career, and daily life.

in focus flyer spring 2016

Spring Writing Contests–Deadline 2/29



Deadline: Noon, Monday, February 29, 2016


The English Department sponsors and administers two annual undergraduate literary competitions in Short Fiction and Poetry.  Depending on available funding, there will be 2-3 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Short Fiction:  no contestant may submit more than one unpublished story (7500 words, maximum length)

Poetry:  no contestant may submit more than 200 lines, as a single unpublished poem or a group of unpublished poems


Only University of Illinois undergraduate students are eligible to compete.  To be considered for a prize, submissions must adhere to the following rules.  All submissions must be sent to the following email address:  Depending on your entry (poetry or fiction), the subject line of your email message must read as follows: UNDERGRAD POETRY or UNDERGRAD FICTION (not both).  If you enter in both categories (poetry and fiction), you will need to send separate emails.    Your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, net id, status (undergrad), and UIN number must appear in the body of the email.  Your fiction OR poetry entry is to be contained in one attachment (doc, docx, or rtf only), the name of which must be as follows: contest category followed by your last name, such as FICTIONJONES or POETRYJONES.  Your name should not appear in the attachment itself.



Steve Davenport

Associate Director, Creative Writing

Department of English

University of Illinois

Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer with Tap In Leadership Academy!

Get involved with a local non-profit organization serving the Champaign community through educational empowerment and leadership development during Tap In Leadership Academy’s Afterschool Enrichment Program!

Volunteers serve as tutors for elementary through high school scholars, and assist and participate in enrichment programs. Past enrichments have included cultural cooking, bucket drumming, spoken word, intramural sports and so many more!

Attend our Volunteer Orientation or email Kimarri, for more information about volunteering! Please feel free to stick around after for a quick informational meeting with our RSO President about how you can become a part of our RSO as well!

When: Feb. 8th at 6pm

Where: Gregory Hall (1GH) room 307

Kimarri Campbell

Volunteer Coordinator

Tap In Leadership Academy


2016 Senior 100 Honorary Information

On behalf of the Student Alumni Ambassadors, the student branch of the University of Illinois Alumni Association, we would like to ask for your help in identifying the top 100 seniors from the graduating class of 2016.  Senior 100 Honorary recognizes outstanding graduating students for their academic achievements, engagement, service, and demonstrated leadership while on campus.  Our hope is that these young alumni will stay connected to the University, strengthen its future and share a message of excellence within the global community.

We are hoping that you will share Senior 100 Honorary information with your students via email or by your preferred method of communication with the campus community by directing them to the application link at:

We also encourage you to nominate outstanding individuals at:

We ask that you also share this link with your colleagues. Applications are due Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

If you would like more information about Senior 100 Honorary, please do not hesitate to contact the Senior 100 Honorary Team; we are more than willing to answer any questions. Thank you for sharing this wonderful opportunity.

We have included a short summary for you to foreword on to your students or include in your newsletter:


“Student Alumni Ambassadors presents, Senior 100 Honorary, which strives to recognizes the University’s top 100 seniors based on their accomplishments both in the academic world and outside of it. If you would like to apply to be considered for this years Senior 100 Honorary please find the application at”

If you have any questions, please contact the Senior 100 Honorary team at We would be happy to answer any questions.

In Orange and Blue,

Senior 100 Team

Student Alumni Ambassadors

Student Alumni Ambassadors

Students Now, Illini Forever


University of Illinois Alumni Association

601 South Lincoln Avenue

Urbana, Illinois 61801

I-STAR Application is OPEN

We will be hiring I-STARs to work particularly with Summer Registration, with the opportunity for the position to continue into the Fall semester. I just posted the position on the Virtual Job Board <> , as well as included the description below. Please encourage any and all students you may think would be a good fit for this position to view the position and email me directly to demonstrate interest and a provide a resume.


The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has Summer positions available for Illinois Student Admissions Representatives (I-STARs).  We are looking for students who are articulate, flexible, reliable, and energetic, and who have a positive attitude and are enthusiastic about Illinois.


All I-STAR positions will involve giving tours of campus to prospective students and families. Summer I-STAR positions will also include assisting with Summer Registration for new students. This includes assisting with check-in, course registration, speaking with new students and parents/guests, and other tasks associated with the registration program. For this hiring season, students will begin training on May 16, 2016 and Summer Registration will begin May 23, 2016. Students must be able to work Monday-Friday during the hours of 7:30am-4:30pm the entire summer, with the option to work full-time (35 hours per week) or part-time (20 hours per week). There will also be an opportunity to continue work in the Fall semester part-time.


During the Fall and Spring semesters, I-STARs are required to work a minimum of one two-hour shift per week, with additional hours required during our large admission programs and three Saturday programs. The largest number of available work hours will be during the Summer Registration program, which is scheduled to run from May 23 to July 8, 2016. Relatively fewer hours are available from July 11 through the beginning of fall classes. Compensation is $8.25/hour with an opportunity to receive higher wages after one year of employment.  Applicants must be undergraduate students in good academic standing and must be eligible to work on campus.  Seniors graduating in May 2016, August 2016, or December 2016 are not eligible for this position.


Interested applicants should email a resume to by February 12, 2016. We may then request additional information. Those selected for an interview will be notified and scheduled for an interview. Round I interviews will take place March 1 and March 4, 2016. If selected, Round II interviews will take place the week of March 7, 2016. Successful applicants will be required to attend training week May 16-20, 2016.


Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Katie Pollard at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 217-300-3245 or

Film Screening: “Room to Breathe”

Documentary Screening & Discussion
THURSDAY, February 18, 2016

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Room 22 Education Building

All campus community members welcome

Room to Breathe tells the story of a San Francisco public middle school that introduced students to mindfunlness meditation practice. We will view the film and then have time for reflection and discussion.The concept of mindfulness can encompass a number of practices and programs, most of which conceptualize mindfulness as a state of purposeful awareness, acceptance of what is, and being grounded in the current moment.

An explosion of research during the past decade or so has generated a long list of positive cognitive, physical and interpersonal benefits. Public schools across the US are seeing the potential of some of these practices to help their students manage stress, develop tools needed for emotion regulation and healthy interpersonal relationships as well as building cognitive strengths that allow them to focus and concentrate better, among many other benefits.

The founder and other members of the local non-profit organization, The Mindful Teacher Foundation, will share information about their organization’s efforts and to answer questions you may have about mindfulness.


Mindful Writer Group

All students are invited to join Mindful Writers, a new group that will meet Fridays at 3pm in EB 303, beginning February 12th. In this group, learn how to apply principles of mindfulness to your writing. Mindfulness has been defined as “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.” This awareness can help with stress, anxiety, writer’s block, idea development, bias, concentration, memory, creativity, and attention. Also: make friends! By use of fun writing exercises, discussions, and cookies, we will learn to use writing as a tool not only for deeper inquiry into our subject, but also for seeing the world in new ways. No fancy writing skills required; come as you are. For questions contact Ryan Flanagan at .



Kristine McCoskey, Ed M

Academic Advisor

Department of English

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign