So You Want to Be an RA/MA?

Considering applying to be an RA/MA for next year?  Join Weston Exploration/LEADS staff for our annual So You Want to Be an RA/MA program!

So You Want to Be an RA/MA?
Monday, September 30
Weston Main Lounge

Learn more about the selection process and valuable tips for completing your application, resume, and interview!

For more information on applying to be an RA/MA, visit


Apply to Attend LeaderShape 2014!

Attend LeaderShape! The Illinois LeaderShape® Institute is a six-day, five-night program where you experience a leadership process that teaches visioning, the importance of developing relationships, and leading with integrity. This intensive leadership program will be a great to add to your undergraduate experience! This year, the Illinois LeaderShape® Institute will take place from January 12 – 17, 2014 at the Allerton Conference Center.

Interested in finding out more? Attend a LeaderShape Info Session to learn more:

  • Wednesday, October 2 at 7:30 PM at Levis Center or
  • Thursday, October 3 at 12:30 PM in 290 Illini Union

Applications are due Monday, October 28 to your college department. **Weston Exploration also sponsors one student to attend LeaderShape.** We encourage you to submit an application to BOTH your academic college and WEX. Applications will be available after the information meetings next week.

If you have any questions about LeaderShape, please feel free to email Courtney Kramer, Graf Intern, at or stop by the Illinois Leadership Center in Illini Union Room 290 (access via the Quad-side staircase).

If you have questions about submitting your application through Weston Exploration, contact Jenn Smist, Weston Exploration Program Director, at

Register for Project Leadership

You are invited to register for Project Leadership! This one day workshop will provide you with an amazing leadership training to assist you as you navigate your leadership journey here at the University of Illinois.  This year, the workshops will be led by Mr. Lorenzo Kindle from the University of Illinois and Jason Connell from Ignited Leadership. If you see yourself as a leader within the Illinois residential Life community, this workshop is for you!

 Register by going to


Learn About Different Majors and the ICT Process

Check out the Informational Meetings page on this blog for a list of meetings/information sessions offered by various colleges and academic departments to learn more about these majors and the ICT process.  

Subscribe to The Freshman Press

The Freshman Press is a monthly newsletter that contains information relevant for new students on campus.  It is a great way to keep updated with events at The Career Center as well as events on campus and in the community.  Find out how to get more involved to build a resume that employers won’t be able to resist!  Learn more about how to make the most of your freshman year and how to begin preparing yourself for the world of work after you graduate!

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Kate Bornstein: Unit One Guest-in-Residence 9/15-9/19

Unit One’s Guest-in-Residence Program offers great FREE programs that are open to anyone. Interested? Just head over to Allen Hall!

Kate Bornstein will be a Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence 9/15-9/19
All events take place in the Main Lounge of Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana and are open to the public. Free parking is available in the garage across the street.

Kate Bornstein is a performance artist and playwright who has authored several award-winning books in the field of Women and Gender Studies, including Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and The Rest of Us, and My Gender Workbook. Her book, Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws, garnered praise from civil rights groups globally. Kate’s books are taught in five languages in over 200 colleges and universities around the world. Her latest book is a memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger: the true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology, and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today.

Sunday, September 15
7pm – A Queer and Pleasant Danger (main lounge)
Kate will read selections from, and invite questions about, her memoir, “A Queer and Pleasant Danger: the true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today.”

Monday, September 16
8pm – On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us (main lounge)
Kate’s signature performance, all built around the notion of a not-man, not-woman identity in a world that demands we be one or the other. It’s an evening of her favorite spoken word pieces—spanning a quarter of a century of writing and performance—and ranging from comedy, dramatic monologues, high theory, terrific video, with plenty of time for questions and talkback.

Tuesday, September 17
7pm – Hello Cruel World: An Outlaw’s Mini Guide to Survival (workshop) (main lounge)
Sometimes, whatever it is that gives you the most joy, pleasure or relief also gets you into the deepest trouble—especially when you try to explain it to other people. Like when you love someone you’re not supposed to love. Or when the way you express yourself makes other people queasy. As harmless as you feel you’re being, people may still think you’re bad, wrong or immoral. There are far too many people who are in that position in life, and it goes far beyond simply sex and gender. I want them—you?—to survive a sadly inevitable marginalization.

Wednesday, September 18
7pm – Your Gender: Now You See It, Now You Don’t (workshop) (main lounge)
One of the basic tenets of postmodern gender theory is that gender is mutable. Theoretically, we’re all capable of being/performing any gender we enjoy being, or need to be. The trick to developing this talent is to consciously shift our gender in two steps: first you’ll take your current gender off, then you’ll put another gender on. This is a two-hour workshop, with a short bathroom break. Useful for actors, and people who want to perform their gender(s) more consciously.

Thursday, September 19
7pm – Dangerous Dreams and Damned Desires: The Personal Politics of Sex Positivism and Gender Anarchy (performance) (main lounge)
Desire is the stuff of laughter, tears, and paradox. The outer edges of our desires are some of the most life-affirming dreams in our lives. With this performance, Kate will gently lead each member of the audience as close to the edge as they’re willing to go.


Two Helpful Tools from the Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar has two new tools that have implemented especially to help students. The first is an online calendar that contains all of the important dates and deadlines for the semester. This calendar can also be imported into Outlook, smart phone calendars, etc. Check it out at:

The second tool is a new mobile ap for students to be able to check their class schedule and grades. The ap can be found at: