What is English Student Council?

Are you an English or Creative Writing major or minor? Are you none of those majors or minors, but still enjoy English-related fun like reading and writing? Then you should join English Student Council! 

English Student Council is a student-led organization where students come together to enjoy English-related activities, like literature and poetry readings, play games like trivia, and much more! Anyone can join ESC and be a part of the fun where you can meet new people who love what you love! 

For more information about how to join and where you can receive ESC updates, check out the English Department and English Student Council social media accounts: 



Don’t miss out on all the fun!

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Everybody Eats @ Bevier Café:

Students can come and enjoy a meal at Bevier Café and “pay what they can.”  In addition, there is a jar as they come inside the service line with coupon cards that others have purchased to “pay it forward.”  They can grab a card and enjoy a free lunch or choose to pay what they can, whatever they are most comfortable with.  Bevier Café will continue to serve the same delicious menu, but with four distinct payment options.

  1. Pay the suggested price (menu price)
  2. Pay what you can (name your own price)
  3. Pay more (suggested price + a little extra)
  4. Pay it forward (buy a meal for someone else)

Daily mindfulness drop-in sessions:

Need a few minutes to find calm and focus? Check out the Counseling Center’s “Daily Mindfulness Drop-In Sessions.” Workshops are from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Zoom Meeting ID: 922 2891 7050 (Password: CCMind)

The Diversity & Inclusion Networking Exchange (DINE):

The Diversity & Inclusion Networking Exchange (DINE) will be held on Wednesday, November 4, from 5-7PM, through Zoom. Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with employers who value diversity and inclusion
  • Practice networking in a virtual setting
  • Hear what employers look for in new hires
  • Learn what questions they can ask to determine if an organization fits their needs

The event will involve a brief panel, followed by networking with employers that are eager to meet students. Students can register here: https://go.illinois.edu/dine2020

Short Story Contest:

Illini Union Board invites you to participate in a short story contest. This is a great opportunity for you to share your creative talent and potentially win Illini Gear. The first-place winner can also be featured on the Illini Union’s website. Submissions are accepted till October 31. You can find more information and submit your story at http://go.illinois.edu/IUBoardWritingContest.

Contact a Life + Career Design intern:

The Life + Career Design interns are available to offer peer advising from noon to 2 p.m. (CT) each weekday via Zoom. They can offer you assistance with resume preparation, help you explore possible majors and career paths, and help you find an internship. Contact las-lifecareerdesign@illinois.edu for an appointment at another time if the daily virtual lab hours do not work for you.

Critical Language Scholarship Information Session:

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), provided by the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for undergraduate and graduate students. The CLS institutes cover one academic year of university-level language coursework in eight to ten weeks over the summer, and include cultural programming, local language partners, and excursions. For more information, visit here. If you would like to learn more, join the information session at 3 p.m. (CT) Friday, Oct. 2 via Zoom (Meeting ID: 921-7421-7157, Password: CLS). For more information, contact the National and International Scholarships Program here or visit its website.

Free Flu Shots:

Free flu shots are now available to all Illinois students who have paid the Health Service Fee. A University of Illinois ID card must be presented at the time of service. Time and location: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday at CRCE, 1102 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana.  Note: McKinley Health Center is not a location for flu shots this year. For more information visit https://www.mckinley.illinois.edu/fluclinic.

The Career Center offers Coaching Appointments:

During the Fall 2020 semester, The Career Center offers 30-minute career coaching appointments online or by phone. You can schedule an appointment between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday. Limited in-person appointments may be available. Call 217-333-0820 to check availability and schedule in-person appointments. More information can be found at https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/service/career-coaching.

Adobe Creative Cloud for Students:

Adobe Creative Cloud is now available and free of charge to University of Illinois students. Head to the Webstore to get your free copy!

Meet With 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.

Secondary Education Minor:

You will find valuable information about secondary education minor in this video. To watch the video, click on https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FLnm_5J3C-ngEl-GB6K4fzzLFqtevZPk/view?usp=sharing.

Free events and food in the Memorial Stadium:

Every Friday and Saturday night (until Oct. 17) from 9pm-1am there are free events and food in the Memorial Stadium.

Friday Night is Movie Night!
A double feature movie, with free hotdog, popcorn, candy and drink (bottled water & hot chocolate).  You can bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks as well.  Also, bring blankets, pillows and make yourself comfortable.  $4 Beer and hard seltzers for purchase (21 and up with a valid ID).  Doors open at 8pm and first movie starts at 9pm.

Saturday is Concert Night!
Two bands playing sets with a DJ playing before, after and in between.  Free pizza and drink (bottled water & hot chocolate).  You can bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks as well.  Also, bring blankets, pillows and make yourself comfortable.  $4 Beer and hard seltzers for purchase (21 and up with a valid ID).  Doors open at 8pm with a DJ.  The first band starts at 9pm.

For updates on the movies and bands/DJs, visit the new Student Affairs Activities website.

The events are for students only and are hosted in Memorial Stadium to provide plenty of space for social distancing.  Bring a face covering, student ID and cellphone (to check your building access stadium on the Safer Illinois app).

HRI Legal Humanities Series, 2020-21:

Humanities Research Institute at the UIUC will be hosting a number of events in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. See the flyer for more information.

Legal Humanities Undergraduate Symposium:

Undergraduate students are invited to participate in the first Legal Humanities Undergraduate Symposium. This event will be in coordination with Undergraduate Research Week. An information session will be hosted on October 23. For any questions and queries contact Buthaina (bhatta4@illinois.edu), Adem (aosman20@illinois.edu), and Maria (mariatm2@illinois.edu). Interest forms can be found at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdIL2-8FExPoL8YtQhhMKNp0bxpErNVHELzRHeFno6FNpKS0Q/viewform.

Important Dates:

ICT/Curriculum changes for Spring 2021
Monday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 30

Deadline to drop, elect CR/NCR, or elect grade replacement in a full semester course
Friday, Oct. 16

Second half-session courses begin
Monday, Oct. 19

Deadline to add a second half-session course
Friday, Oct. 23


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TAKE care of yourself and others!

This is a reminder to please do all you can do protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by wearing a mask, avoiding gatherings, and testing/isolating/quarantining *as instructed* regardless of whether you have symptoms.


Montage arts journal

More information will follow, but this is just a heads-up that Montage Arts Journal is accepting submissions for the Spring 2021 issue any time up to November 18, 2020.  Each submission should be limited to 3000 lines of prose, 300 lines of poetry, or 10 images.  For more information, email Luke Madden at lmadden2@illinois.edu. To view previous issues, see https://issuu.com/montagejournal.

Interested in the Peace Corps?

Nick Melrose is the new Peace Corps Strategic Campus Recruiter for this year!  Nick did his Peace Corps service in Thailand as an education volunteer from 2018-2020. Before joining the Peace Corps, he worked on campus as an academic advisor in the Department of Economics, and he’s glad to be returning to this community.  If you would like to know more about opportunities within the Peace Corps, get in touch with Nick at peacecorps@mx.uillinois.edu.

Join Sigma Tau Delta!

Join Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society!  The first recruitment meeting will be on Wednesday, September 9 at 6 pm on Zoom (email for link and password). Members have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other English students, participate in volunteer opportunities, conferences, and social events (safely on Zoom or at a distance!), and work on your writing skills with chances to publish your papers!

Email sigmataudeltaillinois@gmail.com if you have any questions or need the zoom information.

call for cultural committee members

The Illini Union Board is searching for passionate, organized, and responsible students to join the Cultural Committee. These students will help plan fun but educational events that promote an appreciation of diversity on campus. For more information or to indicate interest, email the director by Friday, Sept. 11.

Upcoming Book Talk

This semester, The Center for Children’s Books will host several virtual lectures presented by visiting scholars on a variety of topics connected to literacy and youth services.  Join them on September 17th for the first lecture, on the subject of audio books!

See https://ccb.ischool.illinois.edu/ss/ for more info.  Zoom details will be poster there the day of the event.

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