Weekly Round-Up

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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