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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

summer tanager, an American songbird

@lapin537 won last week's #LASillinois photo challenge with this photo of a summer tanager, an American songbird, in her ornithology class (IB 461).

This week’s challenge: It’s I Love Illinois Week, so show us something you love about your major. Tag your photo #LASillinois on Instagram or Twitter. Winner gets a free drink at Latté Da! Cafe in Lincoln Hall and an LAS mug!

February 23 - March 1, 2015

I Love Illinois Week 2015
Through Friday, Feb. 27
Multiple Locations
I Love Illinois Week is a weeklong event hosted by the 1867 Society Council and Student Alumni Ambassadors from February 23-27. The main goals of I Love Illinois Week are to increase school spirit and student giving and to celebrate the University of Illinois’ 148th birthday at the end of the week! To learn more about all of the great events taking place throughout the week, visit our Facebook page!
Erin O'Neill,
Eating Disorders Awareness Week
Through Saturday, Feb. 28
It is estimated that clinical eating disorders affect 10-20 percent of female university students and 4-10 percent of male university students. Not surprisingly, at least three quarters of college students report being dissatisfied with their body. We want you to help us fight back against eating disorders during 2015’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Be on the lookout for information about events that will be coming soon and help spread awareness of eating disorders this February!
Sarah Rhinehart,
Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Jeans Drive
Through Saturday, Feb. 28
This year, for eating disorders awareness, the Counseling Center will be sponsoring a jeans drive called ’Be Comfortable in Your Genes!’ to promote greater body acceptance. Donate jeans that don’t fit anymore and embrace your body as it is right now! Everyone is invited to join the drive by collecting jeans and placing them in the jeans-drive boxes located in all Urbana residence halls, Bevier Hall, Newman, Snyder, Nugent, ARC, and CRCE! The jeans will be donated to Goodwill and Courage Connection. Please join our cause and help spread self-acceptance and healthy body image!
Sarah Rhinehart,
Dish It Up: National Eating Disorders Awareness Week—Feminist Reflections on the Intersectionality of Body Image and Disability
Monday, Feb. 23, noon
Second Floor, Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright, Champaign
Betsy Jane Basch, PsyD, clinical counselor, Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES), will speak on “Feminist Reflections on the Intersectionality of Body Image and Disability.” The OIIR Lunch on Us Programs offer a unique opportunity to engage with your peers in a fruitful discussion of identity, social phenomena, and justice on campus. Vegan and vegetarian food options. Should you require any additional accommodations, assistance with food and seating, large print programs, ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc. 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, Feb. 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Second Floor, Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright
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,
Hot Topics Dialogues I: ’Race, Gender, Class, and Body Image’
Monday, Feb. 23, 7-9 p.m.
Second Floor, Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright
In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness week programming at the University of Illinois, we’ll hear from experts about the intersectionality of race, gender, class, and body image. Hot Topics is a space for dialogue on gender, other social identities, and social justice. Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. If you require any accommodations, assistance with food and seating, large print programs, an ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc., please contact us. Co-sponsored by the Campus YWCA & the C-U Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
Rachel Lauren Storm,
LAS Council General Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 5 p.m.
1027 Lincoln Hall
Are you looking to get more involved? Come join LAS Council for their upcoming general meeting! There are many leadership and volunteer opportunities being offered! It is also a great way to meet other students from the College of LAS! Bring a friend and receive a special reward!
Keren Garcia,
Beauty Redefined: Promoting a Positive Body Image
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.
Room 406 Illini Union
You’re insecure? Don’t know what for! On Feb. 24, learn how to combat negative messages about body image at the Tuesday @ 7 workshop series! This workshop tackles the negative influences on body image and teaches you to be your own positive influence. By the end, you will have gained a greater awareness on the sources that influence body image and how to develop a healthy view of yourself. Get inspired to learn what makes YOU beautiful!
Y’s Friday Forum: A Place at the Table Film Screening and Discussion
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Art Theatre Co-op, 126 W. Church St., Champaign
The University YMCA’s Spring 2015 Friday Forum lecture series, FOOD JUSTICE, presents a special film screening and discussion of A Place at the Table at the Art Theatre Co-op. Free and open to the public. Suggested donation $10. Proceeds will support Sola Gratia Farm and increase donations of produce to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.
Megan Flowers,
Real Talk: Internship Info Night for Communication Majors
Wednesday, Feb. 25 6-7 p.m.
1090 Lincoln Hall
The Internship Program encourages you to attend our Real Talk: Internship Information Night. We will have a panel of communication majors who have had internships and earned academic credit through the Internship Program. This will be an opportunity to listen to their experiences, ask them questions, find out how to earn academic credit, and stick around to chat after. Internships are a great way to gain real-life experience and skills for your resume and to build your personal brand. Visit us on Facebook-University of Illinois Communication Internship Program.
Hallie Davis,
Understanding Eating Concerns for Queer Men, Facilitated by CCP Blake Bullock
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Second Floor, Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright
In this workshop, facilitated by Counseling Center paraprofessional Blake Bullock, we will explore the rise of eating concerns and overexercising as they relate to body image and queer men and masculinities. This event is part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week at the University of Illinois. For a full listing of NEDAW events, please contact the Women’s Resources Center at 217-333-3137.
Rachel Lauren Storm,
Yoga for Healing: Women on the Move Fitness
Thursday, Feb. 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Second Floor, Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright
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,
Gallery Conversation; “MetaModern”
Thursday, Feb. 26, 5:30 p.m.
Krannert Art Museum East Gallery
Featuring exhibiting artist Conrad Bakker, associate professor of painting and sculpture, with David Weightman, professor of industrial design; and Harvey Opgenorth, MFA candidate in studio arts.
Sex + Gender Film Series: The Mosuo Sisters
Thursday, Feb. 26, 7-9 p.m.
Second Floor, Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright,
Jua Ma and La Tsuo leave Beijing for home, a remote village the Himalayas. Exposure to the modern world irreparably changes the provocative traditions the Mosuo have built around their belief that marriage is an attack on the family. To keep their family out of poverty, one sister sacrifices her dream of an education and stays home to farm, the other leaves for the city. A city with businessmen, lecherous gangsters, Tibetan monks, and fledgling pop stars. Cosponsors: Women’s Resources Center, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP). Paid for by the student cultural programming fee.
Rachel Lauren Storm,
Friday Forum Lecture: Hunger as an Interfaith Issue
Friday, Feb. 27, noon
Latzer Hall at the Y, 1001 S. Wright St.
Who: Rev. Jennifer Bailey (Faith Matters Network). Cost: Free and open to the Public. Y’s 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.
Kasey Umland,
Illinois Interfaith Conference 2015
Friday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m., to Sunday, March 1, 1 p.m.
Second Floor, Ikenberry SDRP Building
Join college staff and faculty and students from across the Midwest at the Fourth Annual Illinois Interfaith Conference at the Ikenberry SDRP Building. IIC15 includes nationally recognized keynote speakers (like YouTube “Have a Little Faith” star Zach Anner and comedian Preacher Moss), a pre-conference on coalition building, interactive sessions led by student leaders, community activists, and student affairs professionals, and a community farm service project to talk about why we serve. Free to Illinois faculty, staff and students. Paid for in part by SORF.
Ross Wantland,
Friday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
Latzer Hall, University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St.
Amnesty International presents Slamnesty! This event promotes creative expression on current issues in the United States. Come hear spoken word artists perform slam poetry on the topics of police force, criminal justice, and civil rights. Admission is free and open to the public.
Jane McMahon,
(Opening Reception) Art @ the Y presents “HERstory,” new work by CJ McCarrick
Friday, Feb. 27, 7-9 p.m.
Murphy Gallery of the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL (Corner of Wright & Chalmers)
Cost: Free and open to the public. About the exhibition: Referencing spiritual feminism of the 70’s and 80’s, CJ McCarrick connects the representation of the Virgin Mary with the ideals associated with mother, healer, earth, and fertility goddesses from around the world. McCarrick invokes these feminine forms to comment on their individual and independent power in a male dominated society.
Megan Flower,
Exhibit Opening Celebration—South Asian Seams: Quilts from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh
Friday, Feb. 27 7-9 p.m.
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana
Join the Spurlock Museum staff for an evening of refreshments and gallery exploration in celebration of our spring Campbell Gallery exhibit. A performance of Indian music will be performed by Manny Bedi (tabla) and Gurinder Negi (acoustic guitar). Cost: Free admission.
Kim Sheahan,
KAM Chamber Music Series Concert
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2 p.m.
Krannert Art Museum, Gelvin Noel Gallery
Free chamber music concert produced in partnership with the U of I School of Music and featuring faculty and graduate student performances.

Opportunities to Plan For

2015 Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes
DEADLINE: Thursday, February 26, or Thursday, March 5
807 S. Wright St., 5th Floor Illini Union Bookstore
Applications are open for the 2015 U.K. Summer Institutes. There are nine summer programs available to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are over 18 and have at least two years of college left. The Summer Institute covers most participant costs, including round-trip airfare from the U.S. to the U.K., tuition/fees, room/board, and social programs. See specific websites for particular program deadlines and information. National and international scholarships can assist with your application. Make an appointment with us to discuss this unique opportunity.
Richelle Bernazzoli, National & International Scholarships Program,
Student Leadership Awards and Scholarships
Nomination Deadline: Friday, Feb. 27, 5 p.m.
Nominate a deserving student for a Student Leadership Award or Scholarship! The Student Leadership Awards and Scholarships Program recognizes and rewards students for their outstanding contributions to the Illinois campus community, as well as their commitment to academics and extracurricular involvement. More than 20 monetary awards will be awarded to students ranging from freshmen to graduate students!
The Turner Fellows,
Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Service Trips
Applications due by Monday, March 2
Several Trips Available
Don’t have any plans for spring break yet? Apply to be a part of Habitat for Humanity’s Spring Break Collegiate Challenge trips! We will be traveling to Sumter, S.C., or Thibodaux, La., and help with local building efforts. We’ll also have spring break opportunities right here in Champaign. Apply now!
Ross Skelly,
Majors & Minors Fair 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2-4 p.m.
Illini Union Ballrooms A,B,C
Interested in a second major? Want to add a minor? Thinking about changing your major? Join us for the 2015 Majors & Minors Fair! Division of General Studies, The Career Center, and University Housing.
Aaron Surratt,
IPRH Prizes for Research in the Humanities, 2014-15
Deadline: Friday, March 13
IPRH Prizes for Research in the Humanities allow us to celebrate excellence in humanities scholarship, and we are pleased to solicit submissions for the 2014-15 academic year. These prizes recognize outstanding humanities research from undergrads at Illinois. Submissions of essays that have been completed for a course during the 2014-15 academic year are invited from scholars in all sectors of the university with focus on the humanities and humanities-inflected research. The winner receives an award of $500. Please see full eligibility rules and submission guidelines at the IPRH website.
Nancy Castro,
AAPH Presents the Third Annual Health Professionals Seminar
Register now. Event on Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
2009 Hopkins Seminar Room in the SDRP
Our seminar will be a great opportunity for you to network with professionals and students in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and many other health professions. This program is open to all U of I students. If interested, please register by using the link below. For questions, contact AAPH at
ASB Spring Break Trips
Spring Break (Saturday, March 21-Sunday, March 29)
New Orleans, Kentucky, Florida, New Mexico...the choice is yours!
Alternative Seasonal Breaks (ASB) is an RSO that sends service trips across the country. These trips address a number of social justice and environmental issues and we’re sending seven this spring, many of which still have participant and (heavily discounted!!) driver spots available! Do something really incredible this break. Make great friends, do good work, educate yourself, travel for cheap...the list goes on and on! Apply at today. (Note: If your spring break is already booked, attend our Summer Info Night on March 3 at 7 p.m. in the YMCA to learn about our summer trips)!

Jobs and Internships

Teach For America Webinar
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 5 p.m.
Online Google Hangout
We will be hosting a google hangout as part of our ”Alum of the Week“ campaign. Christine Nicholson, Class of 2013, will be sharing stories about her experience both inside and outside of the classroom. This is a great resource for students interested in applying for Teach for America and/or wanting to gain more information about the day-to-day life of one of our Corps members. Please check our Facebook page for more detailed information on how to log-in.
Rosa Hong,
Now Accepting Applications for the U.S. Dept. of State Student Internship Program (unpaid)
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 first-hand, 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 Dow Agrosciences, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Shell Oil Company, and more!

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