At the College of Education, we are looking for signs of spring as we wrap up our planning for Convocation, just over a month away, and we're excited to—very soon!—announce a very special speaker for 2019. Convocation is the culmination of not only the academic year but also the realization of many dreams, as graduates embark on the next chapter of their lives.
In a recent message from Dean Anderson, he wrote about the campus’ new Strategic Plan that serves to fulfill our land grant mission. Specifically, he noted the distinction between becoming an Engaged University instead of a university that does engagement programming. In this edition of the Alumni Update, you will read about Education alumni who are intentional about putting this philosophy into practice by volunteering their time, expertise, and other resources for the benefit of others.
The spirit of giving back is alive in our nine alumni who returned to campus in March to be recognized as our newest Distinguished Alumni and Young Alumni Achievement Award recipients. The group participated in the College’s annual Graduate Student Conference, offering their feedback and know-how to sessions throughout the day. Check out these photos from the evening’s award event.
You can engage with us by simply nominating a fellow Illini for a 2020 Distinguished Alumni or Young Alumni Achievement award—the form is now open, so submit your nominations today.
The inspiring and educational Youth Literature Festival took place last week throughout Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding area. This three-day event would not be possible without the help of more than 75 volunteers from the university and community, as well as various donors and sponsors. Cultivating a joy of reading and being transported through storytelling is something all youth should find access to, and that’s what this festival strives to accomplish.
Finally, keep an eye out on social media for construction updates and photos this spring and summer, followed by an announcement about the opening of the O’Leary Learning Center this fall. Make sure to follow the College of Education on Facebook, Twitter, and now on Instagram.
Our College is committed to making significant impact in society, both in the scholarship we produce and the ways we engage with those around us. We’re encouraged that so many of our alumni and friends, like you, are too!
Assistant Dean for Advancement
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