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LAS Chalk is a student newsletter emailed weekly to all undergrads in the College of LAS. Postings are free. Deadline is noon on Thursdays.

#LASillinois Photo Challenge

Illinois spirit

@adurf94 won last week’s #LASillinois photo challenge on school spirit with this Illini brotherly love photo of a Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia/Sigma Alpha Iota formal and a baseball game.

This week’s challenge: Have you studied abroad with Illinois? What was one of your favorite experiences? Tag your photo #LASillinois on Instagram or Twitter. Winner gets a free drink at Latté Da! Cafe in Lincoln Hall and an LAS mug!

January 26-February 1, 2015

Dish It Up Lunch on Us: The Connection Between Bullying and Harassment in Middle School Students Featuring Dr. Dorothy Espelage
Monday, Jan. 26, noon
Second Floor, Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright, Champaign
Dorothy L. Espelage, PhD, has conducted research on bullying, homophobic teasing, sexual harassment, dating violence, and gang violence for the last 20 years. Enjoy a free meal while listening to speakers, lecturers, and panelists explore a variety of topics at the intersection of gender and other social identities. We offer a unique opportunity to engage with your peers in a fruitful discussion of identity, social phenomena, and justice on campus. Should you require any additional accommodations please contact us. Paid for by the student cultural programming fee.
Rachel Lauren Storm,
Women on the Move—Belly Fit: Free Weekly Belly Dance Classes
Monday, Jan. 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Second Floor, Womenrsquo;s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright, Champaign
Belly Fit, a series designed for women-identifying students and part of our Women on the Move Series, consists of fitness classes for students seeking a women-identified workout space for religious or healing-related purposes. These free weekly belly dance classes take place at the Women’s Resources Center and are designed for bodies of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Should you require any accommodations (assistance with food and seating, large print programs, an ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc.), please contact us at your earliest convenience.
Rachel Lauren Storm,
New Revels Players Present The Odd Couple Auditions
Monday, Jan. 26, 6-10 p.m.
1002 Lincoln Hall
Auditions for the New Revels Players’s first show will consist of cold readings from the play, no preparation is necessary. The show follows slovenly slob Oscar and uptight neat-freak Felix, two friends forced to live with each other after Felix’s wife kicks him out. Their mismatched personalities quickly get on each other’s nerves, and hilarity ensues. Performances will be held on March 13 and 14. Good luck, and we hope to see you at auditions! Questions? Email us below!
LAS Council General Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 5 p.m.
1002 Lincoln Hall
Join LAS Council for their first meeting of the semester! Become more involved with your college and meet your peers! Gain experience through our various opportunities! Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to build your leadership skills and stay for a special treat and a social event at Espresso Royale!
Keren E. Garcia,
Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Professional Society Spring Rush Information Sessions
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 30, 4:30 p.m.
160 English Building
Come find out about the nation’s oldest and largest national honor society for pre-health students! Members of the AED Illinois Delta chapter come from all concentrations in pre-health fields, such as pre-med, pre-dent, pre-PT, pre-PA, and even pre-vet. AED is a member of U of I’s Professional Greek Council and is the only pre-health professional society on campus. Attend one of our fall rush information sessions to find out more and check out our website and Facebook page (Alpha Epsilon Delta UIUC) for more rush updates.
Sivani Aluru,
AAPH General Body Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6 p.m.
165 Noyes
We hope everyone enjoyed their winter break and first week of classes. Let’s get back into school mode by attending AAPH’s first meeting of the semester. Cara Robinson, a graduate college admissions specialist at Rush University, will come out and talk to you about graduate programs offered and answer any questions you may have. You do not want to miss out!
Yoga for Healing: Women on the Move Fitness
Thursday, Jan. 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Second Floor, Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright, Champaign
If you’ve been curious about yoga but hesitant to join an ongoing class, the WRC welcomes you to a yoga for healing class. We will begin with a background of yoga including philosophy, fundamental components of a yoga class, and styles of yoga. We will explore yoga breathing practices and learn some basic yoga poses, with an emphasis on safe movement and effective alignment. Our practice will conclude with a final relaxation period. Yoga for Healing is a safe space, survivor-centered and designed for bodies of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Dress in clothes that are easy to move around in!
Rachel Lauren Storm,
Sex + Gender Film Series: The Punk Singer
Thursday, Jan. 29, 7-9 p.m.
Second Floor, Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright, Champaign
Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the “riot grrrl” movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. The Punk Singer takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and the life of this fearless leader. Free popcorn! Paid in part by the student cultural programming fee.
Rachel Lauren Storm,
Friday Forum Lecture: Justice in the Global Food Economy, Kelsey Timmerman
Friday, Jan. 30, noon
Latzer Hall at the Y, 1001 South Wright, Champaign
Kelsey Timmerman is the author of Where Am I Eating? Free and open to the public. Friday Forum is a weekly lecture series held during the fall and spring semesters that strives to raise awareness about national and international trends and events. The spring 2015 Friday Forum lecture series will address a number of important facets of food justice, including the global food security, local and national politics of food assistance, issues of food sovereignty, local food systems, food production and the environment, food labor, urban agriculture, and interfaith efforts to alleviate hunger.
Kasey Umland,
Laser Tag Event for the Midwest Food Bank
Friday, Jan. 30, 5-9 p.m.
Illini Union, Illini Rooms A, B, C
Enjoy a good game of laser tag but don’t know where to go? Well, you’re in luck! The American Medical Student Association will be hosting a laser tag event with Alpha Dog Entertainment to raise money for the Midwest Food Bank. $3 for one game and $5 for two games! Mark your calendars and be prepared for a legen-(wait for it)-dary time!
Samantha George,
Montage Open Mic Night
Friday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Etc. Coffeehouse
Montage’s second open mic series of the school year is about to begin! Join us for an evening of live readings and performances at Etc. Coffeehouse. Poetry, short stories, creative essays, and musical performances are all welcome. And you don’t have to have any experience to participate!
Jessica Sung,
Illini Swing Society Spring Kickoff Dance
Saturday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.
200 Illini Union (Union ballroom)
This event will have a free beginner lesson from 7:30-8:30 p.m., and then social dancing till 11:30 p.m. It is free! So bring your friends! Swing dance lessons also start Tuesday, Feb. 3, and Thursday, Feb. 5. Check out the website for more information.
Jenny Nevarez,
ACDIS Security Studies Group Applications Open
Due Saturday, Jan. 31
The ACDIS Student Security Group is an RSO dedicated to enhancing student inquiry into security studies and careers. The group aims to offer U of I students the networking and pre-professional training that they need in order to succeed in their future careers—whether they are in intelligence, diplomacy, academia, or policy. We will be accepting membership applications at the link below for spring 2015 until Jan. 31, but early applications are encouraged.
ACDIS Student Security Group,

Opportunities to Plan For

AAPH Presents the Third Annual Health Professionals Seminar
Register now. Event is on Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
2009 Hopkins Seminar Room in the SDRP
AAPH is excited to announce its annual Health Professionals Seminar. You’ll get a chance to speak with health professionals and even health professional students! Click the link to register for the seminar! Also, if you have any questions, contact us at the email below, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Pre-Law Honors Society
Application Deadline: Sunday, Feb. 1, 5 p.m.
Submit application to RSO Cube 28
We are planning many great things for the Pre-Law Honor Society (PHS)! There will be meet and greets with legal professionals, LSAT prep meetings, guest speakers and socials throughout the semester. Membership in PHS requires membership in the Pre-Law Club. We will have our meetings after Pre-Law Club meetings in the same room (meetings usually every other Tuesday at 7). PHS is currently working with Pre-Law Club to set dates for the semester. If you cannot attend meetings, you should email us explaining why. You must have a GPA of a 3.3/4.0 or higher to apply. Email the link below with questions.
Get the application here.
Submit Your Work to Montage Arts Journal
Deadline: Monday, Feb. 2
Submit your prose, poetry, art, and drama to Montage Arts Journal, the undergraduate literary arts journal at U of I! Our last submission period deadline is coming up. Please visit our Tumblr and read our submission guidelines for more information.
Jessica Sung,

Jobs and Internships

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship - Abroad
Application deadline: Friday, Jan. 30. (Winners notified by Feb. 13.)
The Office of Undergraduate Research is sponsoring a competitive Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for undergraduate students at U of I who will be conducting research abroad. This initiative provides students with funds designed to subsidize travel and housing costs associated with the research. Funding is provided for students who are either pursuing their own research projects or working on a faculty-led project. The research must be conducted at a location outside of the United States and in conjunction with a university or research institute in that location. See more information here.
Apply here.
Questions? Email us at
Illini Mentor Program: Mentors
Accepting applications now
RSO Office Cube 20
Want to make a difference in a child’s life? Become a mentor! The Illini Mentor Program is dedicated to fostering meaningful and consistent mentoring relationships between U of I students and children in the local community with the goal of supporting learning, growth, skill-building, and interracial and cultural understanding. U of I students gain leadership skills by connecting with the Champaign-Urbana community and advocating youth development. Please contact president Alli Gattari at the email below for more information.
Alli Gattari,
Volunteer Tutors Needed to Work with Latin@ Emergent Bilingual Students
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, 3-4 p.m.
Garden Hillls Elementary School, 2001 Garden Hills Dr., Champaign
The SOAR After-School tutoring program at Garden Hills Elementary School is looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to provide reading and homework support to Latin@ emergent bilingual students in grades 2-5 during the spring semester. Tutors are paired one-on-one with a child for the duration of the semester. Spanish-speaking skills would be helpful, but are only necessary if working with a second grader. Interested volunteers should contact Lila Moore for more information.
Lila Moore,
Join the Illio Yearbook Staff
Illini Media Building, 512 E. Green
Are you interested in writing journalistic stories, taking photos, or designing layouts? The Illio is looking for students to help fill the yearbook pages with quality content. No experience is necessary. Join the staff, have your work published in a book you can be proud of, and become a part of the tradition of the Illio! Contact Amanda if interested.
Amanda Adreani,
Academic Political Internships
You can earn academic credit in association with a political internship through the political science department. All programs are open to all majors, with possibilities from Champaign to Washington, D.C., to U.S. embassies and elsewhere abroad. It is not too late to do the local program this semester, especially if you have an internship in hand. If you are interested, contact Professor Henehan right away about your options. Government offices and political organizations are still looking for interns. For more information, contact Professor Henehan at the email below, or in David Kinley Hall 403 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons.
Professor Henehan,
Summer Research Opportunities Program
Application deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 10
The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at CIC universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities. By participating in SROP, you will gain valuable research experience on a CIC campus and enhance your qualifications for admission to graduate school..
Click here for application and more information.
Now Accepting Applications for the U.S. Dept. of State Student Internship Program
Application Deadline: Monday, March 2
This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency. The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 270 U.S. embassies, consulates, and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C., and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain firsthand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in —and with— foreign and civil service professionals who are at the forefront of America’s diplomatic efforts. We highly encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.
Internships Search for Internships (updated weekly)
See internship opportunities at Merck, Capital One, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, and more!

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