Weekly Round-Up

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Friday, September 2 is the last day to add a semester course to your fall schedule!

English student association meetings and more!

Thanks to all who came to the welcome event on Wednesday! To those who couldn’t make it, there will be other opportunities to gather together later this semester. You might consider attending one or more of the weekly ESA meetings: Wednesdays from 6-7 in the Mary Kay Peer Lounge (basement of the English building), for example. If you want to know more email esaillinois1867@gmail.com.

Or, get involved with Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society if you want to connect with fellow English students, writers, and lovers of literature. You will have opportunities to gain experience publishing, speaking as a panelist at conferences, and/or meeting English students from around the world. For more information, email sigmataudeltaillinois@gmail.com.

Illinois Abroad Day

You can get information about study abroad and global exchange programs by attending Illinois Abroad Day. The event will be held on 7 September 2022 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in Anniversary Plaza, Main Quad. For more information, send an email to iage@illinois.edu.

The final study abroad application deadline for the spring 2023 semester is September 15th. For more information about the application, you can make an appointment using this link https://my.atlas.illinois.edu/login.asp?/advising/index.asp or stop by 2002 Lincoln Hall Monday through Friday from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

research apprenticeship program

The Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program offers undergraduate students with little or no research experience the opportunity to work with graduate students and post-doctoral scholars on their research projects, explore the culture and process of research, and build on their existing abilities within a community of scholars. Applications will be accepted through 6 October 2022. For more information visit http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/programs/urap.html.

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Montage arts journal

Montage Arts Journal, the undergraduate literary magazine of UIUC, is now open for submissions. All publishable forms of art—photography, paintings, sketches, digital art, collages, sculptures, poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, drama, and more—are welcome. This semester’s reading period closes December 15th, but submissions can be emailed to montagejournal@gmail.com any time before then. Please see https://montagejournal.wordpress.com for more information. 

If you are interested in becoming a student editor, please reach out to the President, Maddie Udelhofen at mu10@illinois.edu or contact Montage at montagejournal@gmail.com by Monday, September 5th.

We CU Community-Engaged Scholars Fall Info Session

We CU offers dozens of semester-long projects along with training, support, university recognition for your service, and opportunities to connect with like-minded peers. Continue the work you are already doing, develop your own project, or choose from We CU’s virtual and in-person service opportunities.

A recorded info session will be available by Tuesday morning, Sept. 6 when fall enrollment officially opens. For more information, visit https://wecu.illinois.edu/join-we-cu.


Ready to connect with our humanities professional development experts?  Beginning 9/22 you can stop by Greg Hall 105 any TUESDAY MORNING between 9:30 and noon or THURSDAY AFTERNOON between 1:00 and 4:00 to meet with Julie Higgs (note that these times have changed since last spring).  Starting September 24 Anna will be there Tuesday mornings as well so if you want some academic advising you can schedule an in-person appointment with her during that time and then talk to Julie before or afterwards. It’s one-stop shopping!

You can also connect with Julie in the English advising office during her drop-in hours: 1:30-4:00 every other Monday starting September 12.

Book Launch for TRICKSTER ACADEMY, by Jenny L. Davis

The book launch of Trickster Academy, a collection of poems published by University of Arizona Press (2022), will be held on Friday, September 9 from 2:00-3:00 pm on zoom. Please register at: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtf–qpjIiHdTEfjK0rudifzYx2BtjLY2h. The event will feature a reading by Jenny L. Davis and discussion with Daniel Heath Justice. For more information see the flyer below:

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The Office of the Provost is now accepting applications for appointment to the 2022-2023 Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board

The Advisory board is a group of diverse undergraduate students who volunteer to serve as advisors to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Provost. They aim to accurately portray the current realities of the undergraduate experience by articulating the highlights and challenges of being a student at the university. As representatives of the undergraduate population at Illinois, their objective is to convey what could make a successful undergraduate student experience. 

The Application can be accessed here:  https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/683840983.

If selected to participate as a Board member, appointments will be for one full academic year. All applications are due Friday, September 9, 2022, at 11:59 PM CDT.


Come see the new experiential space for book history and arts in the CU Community FabLab. They have three presses up and running and a new name, Skeuomorph Press. The press is on Twitter (https://twitter.com/skeuomorphpress/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/skeuomorphpress/), if you want to follow what they’re up to and hear about upcoming events. 

If you’d like to see the space, print a little something, and hear more about the goals for Skeuomorph you are welcome to attend the FabLab’s fall open house, on Friday, September 9 from 5-9pm and Saturday, September 10 from 10am-5pm. You can learn more here: http://cucfablab.org/. During the open house, they will have the presses set up to print a souvenir, and other materials on display for visitors to explore. The FabLab is at 1301 S. Goodwin Ave in Urbana. All English department students are welcome!


The Department of English at Michigan State University is delighted to announce the 4th Annual MUSE Scholars Workshop, which will be held this fall in East Lansing, from October 19-22

The MUSE Scholars Program  is intended for prospective English graduate students from underrepresented groups, including students of African American, Latinx and Chicanx, Asian American, and Indigenous descent. It aims to introduce students to a robust culture of mentoring essential for a rewarding graduate school experience, and a thriving life in academia. You can read more about our first three cohorts of MUSE scholars here.

The all-expenses paid workshop will allow students to learn more about the English department, visit graduate classes, meet faculty and graduate students, receive feedback on their application materials for graduate school, and present their research to faculty.

Students can learn more about the workshop, and submit an application here.  The deadline for applications is September 9. 

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