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  • Register NOW for Spring 2015 Classes

    Classes begin January 20, 2015. Have you registered yet?  If not, now’s the time. To find information on course options, ordering textbooks, and who to contact with questions regarding Spring 2015 enrollment check out the following information.


    We are extremely pleased with the wide range of courses offered this semester.  If you are in need of Core Area courses the following options are available:

    • NRES 439: Environ & Sustainable Dev. from the Stewardship/Human Dimensions Core
    • NRES 455: GIS for Nat Res Planning from the Spatial Analysis and Modeling Core (2nd 8 weeks)
    • NRES 502: Research Methods and Design from the Statistics and Research Design Core
    • NRES 511: Principles of Applied Ecology from the Ecosystem Science and Conservation Core

    Consider adding NRES 500: Graduate Seminars Series to your agenda if you are in need of 500 level courses toward meeting graduation requirements.

    We are also pleased to bring back a very popular course: NRES 474: Soil and Water Conservation. We will be offering a new online course NRES 490: Surface Water Systems Chemistry (course meets both Mon. and Weds. nights).  Find complete course information and the full list of College of ACES courses available to you at: .

    (NOTE: For non-NRES courses review the information from that department on tuition rates which may vary significantly from the NRES tuition. Also, you may need to contact that department for permission to enroll in the non-NRES courses.) 


    You can purchase your textbooks through the Illini Union Bookstore at:


    If you are ready for your Capstone experience (NRES 501, NRES 503, or NRES 505) you should already have contacted the department for approval to register. You will receive confirmation of the approval and information on enrolling from the Registrar’s office soon.


    If you need help with course selection, general advising information, or questions about navigating the program, please contact Renee Gracon, Online Program Advising Specialist, at For other academic questions, contact NRES Students Services at


    For questions about how to enroll and other logistical issues, you can find help at


    We look forward to having you in classes this Spring!

    Renée Gracon

  • Job Posting: CNT is seeking an experienced and qualified project manager

    CNT is seeking an experienced and qualified project manager, with knowledge and expertise in green infrastructure/stormwater management, to support our national RainReady initiative. RainReady helps individual property owners and communities work together to find solutions to the problems of too much or too little water. We help people who find their lives disrupted by flooding or water shortages to come together to adopt RainReady practices and policies.

    Skills and qualifications
    The ideal candidate has between two and five years’ practical experience in stormwater management, with a Bachelors or Master’s degree in engineering, landscape architecture, hydrology or a related field.

    To Apply
    Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to: Center for Neighborhood Technology
    Human Resources - RRPM 2125 W. North Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 Email to:
    No phone calls please.

  • Sustainability Planning and Climate Change Considerations - Presentation

    We are happy to pass along the following presentation announcement:

    Sustainability Planning and Climate Change Considerations

    Thursday, December  4, noon–1:00 p.m. Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), One Hazelwood Dr.

    Speaker: Donald Fournier - BEAP, CEM, LEED AP; Energy Consultant for Illinois Association of County Board Members and Commissioners
    Planning for climate change - mitigation and adaptation are both necessary for our future. A broader context for sustainability planning is now required. This presentation addresses these issues providing ideas and concepts that need to be incorporated into our sustainability plans, ensuring our efforts are effective, persistent, and adaptable to future surprises. This webinar will be broadcast live and also archived for later viewing at If you cannot attend the event at ISTC, you may view the webinar live by registering at;jsessionid=abcQfgA0R6xflfoLtKlOu. ISTC is a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

  • Course Selection 2015 and Upcoming Deadlines

    If you were unable to attend last week's advising session on Course Selection for Spring 2015, you can access the archive of the presentation by going to:   Because of recent updates to the Collaborate site, you may need to scroll down to Step 2 and click on “Start Session”. 

    The end of the semester is quickly approaching. Please keep the following deadlines in mind:

    Capstone Deadlines:

    If you plan to enroll in NRES 501, 503, or 505 for the Spring 2014 semester, you must obtain permission from the program Director (Piper Hodson) and put your name on the enrollment request list before Dec. 10th. Please add your name to the list by going to  

    If you are planning to take the Written Final Exam in Spring 2015 and have not added your name to the Distribution List, please do so now. You can access the form by going to: The next opportunity to take the exam will be August 2015. Anyone who has completed at least one course from each of the four core areas is eligible to take the exam.


    If you have an "Incomplete" from Spring or Summer 2014 for an academic course, your instructor must submit your grade change by Dec. 11 in order to prevent an "F" by rule on your academic record. If you received an "Incomplete" for your Capstone course during the Spring or Summer 2014, you must file a petition to extend the incomplete. This is also due on or before Dec. 11. You will find the form at: Failure to do so may affect your Academic Standing which is calculated at the end of the semester. 

    December 11 is the last day to Drop a Fall semester course with a W recorded. To drop a course, you will need to complete a Late Course Change form with the approval of your academic program. A W will be recorded on your academic record for the course.

    December 12 is the last day for your department to deposit your committee and departmentally approved Capstone Project paper. (The NRES department should have received your paper AT LEAST 1 week prior to this deadline.) 

    Graduating Students:

    All NRES all 2014 graduates should complete the NRES Exit Survey before graduation. You can find the survey at:

    There is no campus-wide Convocation event in December. There is a December reception for all NRES graduates. If you are interested in participating in the campus-wide graduation ceremony, Commencement is May 16   Please be sure to let the department know that you will be attending the Spring ceremonies.

  • Spring Course Selection Advising Session - Monday evening!

    Join us Monday, November 24 at 6:00 pm CST to learn more about the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Spring 2015 online course offerings. You can join the session by going to: 

    For further information, please contact Renee Gracon at

  • Advising Session - Course Selection for Spring 2015

    Interested in knowing more about the courses that will be offered this Spring? Curious about what courses will meet core area requirements? Join me Monday, November 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm CST for a look at the online course options for Spring 2015. I will briefly describe the spring courses and answer questions about future course options and capstone enrollment. You can join the broadcast by going to

    I hope many of you will plan to attend.

    For further information, please contact Renée at


  • Important Reminder about Extending Deferred or Incomplete Grades

    If you were enrolled in a capstone course during the spring or summer 2014 semester(s) and you have not finished the capstone requirements, please take note. The “incomplete" (I) grade you were awarded will automatically convert to an “F” at the end of the fall semester UNLESS you complete the petition to request an extension. You will find the form at: You will need to supply your name, UIN, the capstone course number and CRN, the number of credit hours for which you were enrolled, and a brief statement indicating that you are still actively working on your capstone project. (Those who have previously petitioned for an extension do not need to re-petition.) Please take care of this before the end of the semester! For further information, contact Renée Gracon at

  • Final Written Exam for M.S. Degree - Registration Reminder

    If you are planning to take the Final Written Exam for the online M.S. degree in January 2015, you should put your name on the Distribution list. Students who are eligible have completed at least one course from each of the 4 core areas. Please copy and paste this URL into your browser to include your name on the list: 

    The exam will be distributed on Monday, January 5, 2015 and due back within one week of the distribution. For more information, please contact Renee Gracon at  

  • NRES Capstone Presentations - Nov. 14

    You are invited to attend the upcoming virtual capstone presentations on November 14, 2014.

    12:00 pm - Conservation Efforts at Sea World – San Antonio presented by Annie Cooper.

    3:00 pm – A Conservation Leadership Experience with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) presented by Starlyn Robinson.

    You may join the sessions by copying and pasting the following URL into your browser:

    Please be sure to log in at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the presentation.

    For further information, please contact Renée Gracon at

  • Requesting enrollment in Capstone Credit for Spring 2015

    If you are planning to enroll in capstone credit for the Spring 2015 semester, please be sure that your committee-approved project proposal is on file in the NRES office. For eligibility questions, or if you are not sure whether your proposal is on file, please contact Renee Gracon ( for assistance.

    Students should request permission to enroll in capstone credit, on or before January 1st, by going to .  

  • Self-enroll for the Written Final Examination offered January 2015

    If you have completed at least one course from each of the four (4) core areas and you plan to take the Written Final Exam in January 2015, be sure to put your name on the exam distribution list at:

    For further information or questions pertaining to exam eligibility, please contact Renee Gracon at

  • Online Library Workshop

    The College of Education is hosting the following library workshop which is open to all students. 


    Library Online Workshop


    Learn to use the world class University of Illinois Library.  Workshops available completely online to provide you with personalized research training in the subject of your current coursework or research interest. 


    November 12 and 13 at 6:00 pm Central Standard Time. 


    Bring your research topic and questions and log into:


    Use the enrollment key “researchworkshop”

    Additional training materials are available at the workshop site.


    Thank you, 

    Christine Martinez

    Online Program Coordinator

    Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    PH: 217-265-7595 | 

  • Invitation to Attend Capstone Presentation

    You are invited to attend the capstone presentation titled PROPOSED ALTERNATIVE OUTLET TO LANDFILL FOR ONE WASTE STREAM AT A MANUFACTURING FACILITY by Melissa Brice on Nov. 7, at 12:30 CST, on campus in Turner Hall room S-509, or virtually via the following link.

    Melissa will discuss the waste characterization study and the alternative outlet for the prioritized waste stream that she proposed as part of her internship with Kraft Foods, Inc. If you are logging in virtually for the presentation, please be sure to log in at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the presentation.

    For further information, please contact Renée Gracon at

  • NRES - related Employment Opportunity in Carlisle, PA

    The following employment opportunity may be of interest to you:

    The Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), housed out of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, is hiring a two-year position, Assistant Director of Outreach (salary low $30K).  This position is responsible for working with ALLARM’s fracking stream monitoring communities throughout Pennsylvania – conducting monitoring workshops and providing follow up support to our fabulous volunteer monitors. In addition this position is responsible for doing outreach and promotion of ALLARM’s work.


    Deadline to apply: November 1, 2014


    To learn more about the position and apply:

    For more information about ALLARM:

    For more information about ALLARM’s shale-gas monitoring program:


    The College is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff, and student body. We encourage applications from all qualified persons.


    Julie Vastine, Director

    Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM)

    Dickinson College - Environmental Studies Dept.

    phone: 717.245.1135  fax: 717.245.1971

  • Winners Named in NRES Online Students Photo Contest

    Thank you to the students that participated in the 2014 NRES Online Students Photo Contest. All of this year's entries were outstanding - making the selection of the First Place winners extremely difficult! 

    It is a pleasure to announce the 2014 First Place winners:

    Category: Wildlife and Scenery  - Sandi Kukla

    Category: Students in Action - Christin Crutchfield

    You may view the winning photos at 

    Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all that participated. Don't forget to start capturing those picture perfect moments now for entry in next year's contest. 

  • Stat-Com: A UIUC Statistical Consulting Resource!

    Students in the Statistics Department PhD program are eager to inform you of  the newest graduate resource, Stat-Com (Statistics in the Community).  This is a FREE service for graduate students and faculty.  According to one of the students, Lyndsay Shand, “our main agenda is to provide guidance in resolving statistical issues – such as designing experiments, visualizing data, and conducting statistical analyses. Our expertise in statistical analyses includes regression methods, categorical data analysis, multivariate analysis, time-series analysis, surveys, and much more.” To learn more about available services contact them at

  • Sept. 27 - National Public Lands Day!

    Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike. 
    ~John Muir

    September 27, 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day. Several federal land management agencies, including many of the National Parks and U.S. Forest Service lands, are fee-free on Saturday. Many state parks are offering interpretive programs, hikes, and stewardship projects (called “hike and serve”) to jump-start and encourage volunteer participation. To find out what is going on in Illinois, check out: . If you reside in another state, use the handy site locator at: . There are over 2050 sites participating across the nation. Get involved!


  • Online Students Received Great Value from Campus Event!

    On September 13th, online students came together on campus to meet each other and to network with the NRES faculty. Five instructors and the Department Head offered their insights on what is expected of a NRES graduate student, how to find a good capstone project, and the student/Research Advisor relationship. The Director of the Online NRES Program hosted this opportunity and offered her thoughts on how to optimize the M.S. experience.

    Students attending the day remarked , “This day helped demystify the program considerably”, “It was fantastic!”, and “The information was priceless. Knowing what to expect really put me at ease”. Please plan to  join us next September  for the 5th Annual Online Students On-Campus Day!  Your time will be well spent. For more information about next year's event please contact Renée at


  • Career Opportunity in GIS

    The following is a career opportunity in Johnson County, Iowa. Ordinarily we would most this in the Career Bulletin, but the deadline for applications is Sept 12. 

    Geographic Information System (GIS) Analyst

    Posted 09/03/2014

    Johnson County Information Technology seeks a Geographic Information System (GIS) Analyst to develop web-based mapping applications, database management, research, documentation, cartography, user assistance and Global Positioning System (GPS) support.

    Bachelor’s degree in GIS, geography, computer science, planning, or closely related field; and two (2) years working within a GIS environment to include 1 year experience in developing and maintaining web based mapping applications; or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the work.

    Special requirements: Valid Iowa driver’s license and insurable under County liability coverage. May also require use of personal vehicle for official business.

    Starting hourly pay: $25.00 – $29.41 plus excellent benefits. Submit cover letter, resume and employment application at by 5:00 p.m., September 12, 2014.

    For more information go to:


  • YOU ARE INVITED On-Campus Day – Saturday, Sept. 13

    There is still time to let us know that you plan to attend the On-campus events for students in the online M.S. program this Saturday. Remember, this day was planned just for you! 

    We will start the morning in the SIMS room of the ACES library with light refreshments and a chance for you to meet fellow NRES online students. Then you will hear more about the University resources and what being part of such prestigious and renown University has to offer not only its students, but it’s alumni as well. At 10:30 am we have several faculty members who will speak about student expectations and answer questions you may have about capstone projects. Before lunch we will do a walking tour of campus. The department will treat all of our online students to lunch at Rosati’s. Following lunch a former student will speak to us about her experience as an NRES student followed by a presentation about recent capstone projects and how to move efficiently through the final steps to graduation. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to talk one-on-one with some of our instructors and to network with other NRES online students. Don’t miss out on this great day!

    If you have additional questions about the day or you plan to attend but have not had a chance to RSVP, please contact Renée Gracon at or at 217-333-7738. If you need assistance while on-route to campus, please contact Renée via her cellphone at 404-713-3623.