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Weekly Grad Newsletter
15 August 2019

Deadlines

Aug 27: First day of Fall semester
Sept 2: Labor Day--no classes
Sept 6: Add/Drop Deadline
Sept 12: Last day to waive or change Campus Care coverage
Sept 13: Last day to Apply to Graduate this semester
Sept 13: Apply for LAS/Department Travel funding for Fall 2019 (up to $500).
Sept 30: Deadline for Student Presenter Award (Grad College; $100-$300) for travel in June, July, Aug, Sept (open to MAs).
Oct 31: Graduate Student Council Award (up to $275) application due for travel in Q3 (8/1-10/31).
Nov 1- Nov 4: Prelim Exams.
Dec 9-13: Finals Week.
Dec 18: Grades due.

Save The Date

Sep 13: Department Open House, 3-5 pm, 2028 UH.
Sept 20: One-on-One with Rebecca Hazelton and Carrie McGath. 3-5 pm 2028 UH.
Oct 25: Roundtable on academic publishing. 3-5 pm 2028 UH.
Nov 1: Frontiers Workshop at the Institute for the Humanities, 9 am-5 pm. Full details TBA.

Nov 8: Mika Turim-Nygren mock job talk, 3-5 pm, 2028 UH.
Nov 15: Colloquium: Tanya Agathacleous, 3-5 pm, 2028 UH.
Nov 22: Colloquium: Marta Caminero-Santangelo, 305 pm, 2028 UH.
Dec 5: Department holiday party.
Dec 6: Sarah Buchmeier mock job talk, 3-5 pm, 2028 UH.
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Coming Up: Events & Deadlines in the Next 7 Days

Aug 19: Graduate College New TA orientation (mandatory for new TAs) 1-3:30 pm, SES 250.
Aug 21: Comp Camp, 8:30 am-5 pm, location TBD (mandatory for TAs)
Aug 21: Graduate College New Student Orientation, 9-1 pm, SCW Thompson rooms.
Aug 22: Department Orientation, 3 pm, 2028 UH (mandatory for new students)
Aug 22: Social Hour for new and continuing students, 5 pm, Ambassador Public House; RSVP.

NEW This Week!

Sept 23: President's Research in Diversity Travel Assistance awards will support student candidates who will be presenting papers, posters, or creative work at conferences related to issues of diversity or identity, such as those involving race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, and national origin.

Jobs

Aug 30: Graduate Hourly - Student Veterans Affairs (Job ID #120062) Department: Vice Chancellor for Students Affairs / Office of the Dean of Students. Student Veterans Affairs is seeking to hire a graduate hourly to maintain our commitment to our military connected students at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  The Graduate Hourly will support Student Veterans Affairs in delivering programming, conducting research assistance and providing student support.

Funding & Fellowships

In addition to any opportunities shared here, you can find more information, including the UIUC Fellowship Finder, on the MA Funding and PhD Funding pages.

CFPs

In addition to any CFPs shared here, check the UPenn CFP forum.

Meet the New MA Students



Clockwise from top left: Julianne Angeli (CW), Grant Whittaker (CW), Adam Pengra (ENG), Phil Sudderberg (EE), Anam Akbar (ENG), Tim Jones (ENG), Dana Zions (CW). Note pictured: Matthew Barge (ENG), Katie Kalinyak (ENG), and Christopher Muratore (ENG).

Anam Akbar: From going to school on a Tanga (horse cart) to getting the Fulbright scholarship, I have faced setbacks which have helped me evolve. During the first semester of BA, I got a C for the poor quality of my write-up and after the last semester, I had a distinction. Be it unlearning things to learn new ones or realizing that the room for improvement will always be there, I have never stopped as, like Pindar, I do believe in exhausting the limits of the possible.

Julianne Angeli: I write short fiction and am excited to return to studying literature! My hobbies include traveling, learning languages, and playing games (board and card, not mind). I also have a super weird, super adorable cat named Stevie.

Matthew Barge

Tim Jones: I was born in Las Vegas, NV and moved to Colorado in the summer of 2010. I attended Creighton University and received my Undergraduate degree in English literature.

Katie Kalinyak

Christopher Muratore

Adam Pengra: A native of the Western Suburbs, Adam is returning to Chicago after a two-year internship abroad.  He hopes to further his studies in literature at UIC, and enjoys cooking, music, and tabletop gaming.

Phil Sudderberg: Hi, my name is Phil Sudderberg and I'm an educator and musician in Chicago. Since graduating from University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) in 2012 with degrees in English, creative writing, and music, I've worked as an ESL instructor, as a test prep tutor, a marketing manager at an arts non-profit, and as a drummer in a variety of projects that have afforded me the opportunity to tour both domestically and internationally. I'm so excited to begin my English Education MA this fall to hone my craft as an educator, investigate research interests germane to my own academic curiosities, and to work alongside new peers and mentors.

Grant Whittaker was born in Kansas City, and came to Chicago to study creative writing at Loyola University of Chicago. He is now continuing that education with UIC’s Program for Writers.

Dana Zions is from the south side of the city and has been a Chicago Public Schools English teacher at Infinity Math, Science & Technology High School in the Little Village neighborhood for the past seven years. She is passionate about connecting students with opportunities to better communicate and express themselves. In her experience at UIC thus far, the Writing Program has stimulated Dana's creativity and offered a therapeutic environment that challenges her to develop higher quality curriculum for her own students.

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