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  • 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. 

  • On-Campus Day for NRES Online M.S. Students - Sept. 13

    Join us on Saturday, September 13, for an opportunity to meet the faculty, learn more about the University, and hear presentations from former students. Network with other NRES online Students! Hear about capstone projects!  This is a chance to meet face-to-face with may of your instructors. All NRES online M.S. students are encouraged to attend.

    For more information, please contact Renee Gracon at

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  • NRES Online Students' 2014 Photo Contest!

    The deadline for submitting photos for the 2014 NRES Online Students' Photo Contest has been extended to Wednesday, September 3! Send your best photos today! Don't forget to include your name, UIN, the photo location, photo title, and a brief description of the photo. 

    For additional information, please contact Renee Gracon at

  • Online Students Day on Campus - REMINDER

    Don't miss out!!!  

    The 4th Annual Online students' on-campus event is just over 2 weeks away. This is a once-a-year opportunity for all NRES online M.S. students to meet the faculty/instructors, learn more about the University and the NRES resources, mingle with classmates, and ask questions!  Join us for a great program designed around YOU! Build connections with the faculty who may be on your Graduate Reivew Committee. Learn about their research interests. Talk face-to-face with other students in the program. Hear about the capstone efforts of some of our graduate students. 

    RSVP to

    For more information contact Renee Gracon at

    We hope to see you there!

    Piper Hodson and Renee Gracon

  • Welcome Back Students!

    Welcome back students! Today is the first day of fall 2014 classes.  We have a terrific list of course offerings this fall and we are pleased to see so many of you beginning your capstone work. We hope this is an exciting, productive, and challenging semester for all of you.

    If you are having trouble getting motivated to submit a photo for the NRES Online Students' Photo Contest (entries are due by Sept.5), check out the latest "Here and Now" photos on the University's website at for some inspiration. We know there are many of you out there that are keeping your photographic talent a secret. Share your best photos with us today, by emailing your JPEG or GIF files and the entry form to Renee Gracon at

    Don't forget the upcoming Online Student's On-Campus Day, Saturday, Sept. 13. Whether you are new to the program or have been in the program for a couple of years, you are invited to join us on campus. This is a great opportunity to meet the faculty and staff, learn about University resources, and get to know other online students better. We hope you all attend! To RSVP, please go to For more information, contact Renee (email address above). 

    Best wishes to all of you,


  • NRES Online Students' 2014 Photo Contest

    The NRES Photo Contest is open to all online M.S. students!

    Submit photos of your incredible NRES experience, most memorable capstone assignment, or most unique field experience. The department of NRES is inviting all online M. S. students to enter their favorite photos by September 1st.  You could win a great prize!

    Entry Guidelines?  

    ·         Photos must be high resolution (min. 300 dpi)

    ·         Photos will be accepted in JPEG, GIF, or PDF format and be no larger than 3 MB

    ·         Students may submit up to three (3) photographs. Each entry should be submitted separately.

    ·         For photos taken as part of an internship or while on professional assignment, written approval from the facility manager, employer, and/or supervisor is required.

    ·         Photos that include persons other than the NRES student must include their written permission, or permission of their legal guardian (for minors), for use of the photo for NRES purposes.

    ·         Each photo entry must include:

                        o    Photographer’s name

                        o    UIN

                        o    Email address

                        o    Photo Title and Caption including date taken, location, and brief description of the

                              photo (max 200 words). If the photo was altered in any way, please explain.

    How to Submit?

    ·         Photo files and accompanying information (see above) should be emailed to Renée Gracon

    ·         All submissions should include “Photo Contest Entry” in the subject of the email.

    ·         Photos must be received by September 1, 2014


    Photos will be judged on creativity, composition, and originality. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of NRES Faculty & Staff members. All decisions will be final. Winning entries will be announced at the 2014 Online On-Campus Day event on September 13, 2014.

    Legal Information?

    Students submitting photos to this contest grant the University of Illinois (UIUC) and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) permission to use these photos for promotional purposes.

    If you have any questions regarding the photo contest, please email Renée at   

  • Capstone Advising Sessions

    Wednesday, Aug. 20th at 7:00 pm, there will be an Advising Session for students who are actively writing their Final Capstone Paper. You can join the presentation by going to 


    For those who are just starting their capstone project and who missed this evening's presentation, you can access the recorded Advising Session by going to:  

    For further information or assistance, please contact Renee Gracon at


  • Capstone Advising Sessions Reminder

    All students currently working on their capstone project or planning to begin their capstone project this fall should attend one of the Advising Sessions this week. For more details see the information below:

    If you enrolled during the Summer 2014 or are planning to enroll in Capstone Credit for Fall 2014 please attend the advising session on Monday, August 18, at 7:00 pm CST. Capstone requirements, expectations, and deadlines will be discussed. 

    All students who are working on their capstone project (NRES 501, 503, 505) and were enrolled in capstone credit prior to Summer 2014, including anyone who is nearing completion of their capstone project, should attend an information session on Wednesday, Aug 20, at 7:00 pm CST. This session will concentrate on expectations for the final paper, deadlines for the paper and oral presentation, and meeting all degree requirements. 

    To attend either Advising Session, please go to:  

    For further information, contact Renee Gracon at 217-333-7738.

  • Important Advising Sessions for Capstone and NRES 594 students

    We hope that you have had an enjoyable summer. As you prepare for classes to resume this fall, there are several online Advising Sessions that we hope you will attend!

    Capstone Enrollment:

    If you enrolled Summer 2014 or Fall 2014 for capstone credit (NRES 501, 503, or 505) and were not previously enrolled, please attend an information session via Collaborate on Monday, AUGUST 18, at 7:00 pm CST. Capstone requirements and expectations will be discussed. Please bring questions or send them in advance to Renée.  

    All students enrolled in Capstone Credit (NRES 501, 503, or 505) prior to Summer 2014 who are still working on their capstone project should attend an information session via Collaborate on Wednesday, AUGUST 20, at 7:00 pm CST. Capstone expectations and graduation requirements will be discussed. Please bring questions or send them in advance to Renée.

    Students Enrolled in NRES 594 (including those with an “I” for prior semesters):

    All new students, students enrolled in NRES 594, or students rolling over in “I” in NRES 594 from previous semesters should attend an information session via Collaborate on Thursday, AUGUST 21, at 7:00 pm CST. Course format, lesson distribution and submission, and M.S. program expectations will be discussed. Please be prepared to make a brief self-introduction (name, location, professional career & goals, hobbies or interests).

    To access all sessions, please meet in the Virtual Advising Office via the following link:

    If you have any questions or concerns, or are unable to make the meeting, please contact Renée Gracon at For login problems during your session, please call 217-333-7738.

    We look forward to these meetings and to helping you have a fabulous fall semester.

    Piper and Renée 

  • Los Angeles Urban Natural Resources Sustainability Science Fellowship Program

    We are pleased to share the following information with our online M.S. students:

    The Los Angeles Center for Urban Natural Resources Sustainability (LA Center) is pleased to announce the call for fellows for its inaugural Los Angeles Natural Resources Sustainability Science Fellowship Program. This Fellowship is open to all applicants currently enrolled in an accredited graduate degree program. 

    Fellows will receive a $5,000 fellowship award and will be required to develop a poster and present their research through a webinar at the close of their fellowship. We are anticipating the selection process to be competitive, so please share with your networks. 

    For more information, go to  or contact Kevin B. On'Donnell, Social Science Analyst, USDA Forest Service, at

    You may also receive a copy of the Fellowship application by contacting Renee Gracon at

  • Planning to Graduate this December?

    Planning to Graduate in December?

    Here are some important things to remember:

    Written Final Exam: If you need to take the fall 2014 Written Final Exam (a requirement for all students admitted after December 2011, and for anyone doing a Capstone Internship) the distribution date is August 8. If you have not added your name to the distribution list please contact Renée Gracon immediately (

    Pending Degree List: It is your responsibility to add your name to the pending degree list. You may do this by going to: UI Integrate (

    Degree Audit: Please request your degree audit early in the semester by contacting Karen Claus at . This is required for all students prior to graduation.

    Oral Presentations: Prior to scheduling your oral presentation, your final written paper must be approved by your Research Advisor or Piper Hodson (for those doing an internship). Keep in mind that most capstone papers take several rounds of revisions before they are approved.

    In addition, you must select your oral presentation date at least 3 weeks in advance of your presentation. The deadline for the oral presentation of your capstone project/oral exam for December graduation is on or before November 14, 2014. Therefore, if you are planning to graduate in December, you must select your oral presentation date no later than Oct 24, 2014 (and only after your Research Advisor or Piper Hodson has fully approved it).  

    Depositing your Capstone Paper: After your oral presentation, you must address all committee comments and make all requested revisions. Then re-submit your paper to your committee for final approval. Following this approval of your final paper, you must submit it to the NRES office before December 5th.

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

    Graduation: 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 16th.

    For further information about graduation requirements, see the completion document, Final Steps for Graduation (aka15 things”), available at

    For additional question/concerns, contact Renée Gracon at

  • Fall Enrollment Reminder!

    Are you aware that classes begin August 25, 2014? There is a terrific list of courses being offered!  Have you registered, acquired your books and verified your technological capabilities?


    Courses being offered:

    NRES 419: Env. and Plant Ecosystems  -  Tuesdays

    NRES 454:  GIS for Natural Resource Mgmt  -  Thursdays

    NRES 500: Graduate Seminar Series – Asynchronous

    NRES 586 : Soil Organic Matter – Mondays

    NRES 594: Professional Orientation  -   Asynchronous

    NRES 503 and NRES 505: Capstone  - Asynchronous (Must request permission to enroll)

    CPSC 440: Applied Statistical Methods - Wednesdays

    HORT 482: Plant Tissue Culture – Mondays

    HORT 435: Urban Food Production – Tuesdays

    HORT 505: Research Methods in Plant Sciences – Wednesdays


    For full  information on course options, please go to


    (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.) 

    For information on ordering textbooks and who to contact with questions regarding fall enrollment check out the following information.


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


    If you are ready for your Capstone experience, you will need to get department approval to register (NRES 501, NRES 503, NRES 505) Please contact Piper Hodson ( ), Director of the NRES Online M.S. Program, for assistance in registering for the appropriate course option. 


    If you need help with course selection, general advising information, or questions about navigating the program, please contact Renée 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, or you can contact Anna Mehl, Program Coordinator for the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL), at or 217-244-7023. 


    If you were not enrolled in classes this summer, there were some upgrades made to the Collaborate system. Please be sure to check your technological capabilities before your first class in case you need to make any changes due to the upgrades.


    We look forward to having you in classes this Fall!

  • Save the Date! NRES Online, On-Campus Event, Sept 13!

    SAVE THE DATE! September 13, 2014

    The 2014 NRES On-Campus Event hosted specifically for our online graduate students will be Saturday, September 13. This is a golden opportunity for you to meet the faculty and staff, tour the campus, learn more about the University’s resources, and network with other graduate students. We are in the process of developing the schedule of events, so please let us know if there is a special topic you would like on the agenda and what experiences would most interest you. For more information, contact Renée Gracon at

    We hope you will plan to attend this fun-filled and information packed day!

  • Upcoming Plant Symposium

    We are happy to forward the following information. Please note that Graduate Students are admitted free to this event. The Science Center is located near St. Louis, MO.

    2014 Fall Symposium


    Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

    September 24-26, 2014

    This year’s symposium will focus on both animal and plant pathogens, commensal microorganisms, microbiome scale investigations as well as research on the plethora of important technologies that have spawned from the study of host-microbe interactions.

    For more information,

    visit the Fall Symposium website at

    For questions regarding conference registration, contact Kim Foley at or 573-882-9558

    For questions regarding specific program content, contact Kathleen Mackey at

    or 314-587-1203

  • Important Reminder for Students Planning to Enroll in Capstone Credit this Fall

    NRES online M.S. students planning to enroll in capstone coursework (NRES 501, 503, or 505) for the FALL 2014 semester should request permission by completing the form at: 

    Before you request enrollment permission, you MUST have an approved capstone proposal on file. You will need your UIN, project title, Advisor name, course number, and number of credit hours you are requesting. Please complete this form by JULY 18. If you have any questions about capstone enrollment, please contact Renee Gracon at


  • Reminder: Register for the August distribution of the Written Final Examination

    The Written Final Examination will be distributed on August 8th to all students who have not already taken the exam and who plan to graduate in December 2014. Any student who has already completed at least one course from each of the four core areas and who wishes to take the exam is eligible as well. Only those students who entered the MS program prior to January 2012 and who are working on an Independent Research Project (NRES 501) are exempt from the exam. 

    To request that your name be placed on the Final Examination Distribution List for August 2014, please go to before July 10th to  complete the form.  You will need to provide your NET ID, the email address to which you want pre - exam notification sent, and the core courses you have completed. For further information  contact Renée Gracon at  The next opportunity to take the exam will be in early January 2015. 

  • Large River Floodplain Ecology Field Course - Summer 2014

    There is still time to enroll in Large River Floodplain Ecology Field Course (NRES 499). This course will be offered June 16 – 26 by the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC). Students will study various aspects of large river floodplain ecology by participating in a variety of field-based exercises in floodplains and other terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Credit Hours: 2.  Lunch and transportation provided during class/course time. Housing is provided at no cost to the student. Contact Dr. Lyle Guyon,, for further information.

  • 2014 Photo Contest for Online M.S. Students


    Getting ready to embark on a great summer NRES adventure? Whether you are working on your capstone or just enjoying the wonders of the world this summer, be sure to capture those special moment on film! The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science is hosting its Third Annual Photo Contest for online graduate students.  This is a great opportunity to show your University of Illinois Spirit. Sharing your favorite NRES moment, most memorable internship assignment, or unique research location could win you a great prize!

    The contest will end September 1, 2014.



    •          You In Action! Photographs in this category must show you at work on course-related work or your capstone project.  Make sure you submit a caption (maximum length 150 words) with your photograph to tell us about your experience.  Please be sure to obtain permission to take photos in the field, lab, or other work area.
    •          Natural Resources/Nature: Photos should capture unusual, remarkable, or surprising things you encounter while working your capstone project or while taking a break from studies. It may be a unique landscape, a surprising species, or just something that amazes you.  Make sure you submit a caption (maximum length 150 words) with your photograph to tell us about your experience.  Please be sure to obtain permission to take photos in the field, lab, or other work area.


    •          You in Action! Capture the sites, actions, and sounds of your experience in video. Be sure to include yourself in action! This is an outstanding opportunity for you to tell others of your adventure. Maximum length 2 minutes and only one video per student, please.  Videos may be comprised of moving video, still images presented in a slideshow format, animation or any combination thereof. Be sure to obtain permission to take video footage in the field, lab, or other work area.


    Entries will be judged on creativity, composition and originality. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of NRES faculty members not previously associated with the online program. All decisions will be final. Winning entries will be announced at the fall NRES Online Students On-Campus event, September 13, 2014.



    Students submitting photos and/or video files to this contest grant the University of Illinois (UIUC) and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES) permission to use these photos/videos for promotional purposes.

    Entries are not permitted to violate the rights of any third party. Entries that violate copyright or

    contain copyrighted music or images will be automatically disqualified unless entrant can prove

    authorization from the copyright holder to use said content.


    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science is not responsible or liable for any submission problems, damage or loss arising from, or connected with, this photo contest. Submissions that do not comply with contest rules will not be eligible to win. By submitting photos/videos to this contest you are declaring your understanding of the rules.


    1.)    Catch those fabulous moments in either digital photography or video format.

    1.  Photos must be high resolution, minimum 300 dpi.
    2.  Photos will be accepted in JPEG, GIF or PDF format, and should be no larger than 3 MB.
    3.  Videos should be in MOV, WAV, or MP4 format, narrated, and no longer than 2 minutes in duration. Large video files can be submitted on disc or via YouTube. Email the YouTube link to Piper Hodson, Student Services Coordinator, at

    2.)    Entry must be the original work of the student.

    3.)    Students may submit up to 3 photographs and/or one video entry.

    4.)    Whether doing a research project or an internship, the written approval of a facility manager, employer, supervisor, and/or any other additional person(s) in the photo is required.

    5.)    Provide entry information for each photo and/or video you submit. You must include: your name, NETID, phone number, location of picture, date taken (must be between Sept. 1, 2013 and Sept 1, 2014), category, title of picture, brief caption (150 words max), and whether this photo was edited or altered in any way.

    6.)    All entries must be received by September 1, 2014. Clearly mark your entry “Photo Contest” and  submit it by:

    1.        Attaching an electronic file to your email
    2.       Submitting a disc and the required entry information to the NRES office at N-509 Turner Hall (MC-047).
    3.        Mail the  entry to Photo Contest, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, N – 509 Turner Hall, 1102 S. Goodwin Ave. Urbana, Illinois 61801.


    If you have any questions regarding the photo contest, please email

    Renée Gracon

  • 2014 Graduation!

    We would like to extend our best wishes to all NRES students graduating this weekend! Congratulations on your wonderful achievement!

    Commencement ceremony, May 17, 9:30 am is the official University of Illinois academic ceremony. In long-standing tradition, the Chancellor presides and the President confers the degrees. This ceremony lasts about an hour and a half. For our online students, a streaming video can be viewed at beginning at 9:30 am.

    Tassel Turning Reception College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), Sunday, May 18, from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm. This is an intimate reception that offers graduates, their family members and friends a chance to gather with ACES faculty, administrators and alumni prior to the College of ACES Convocation ceremony.

    The ACES Convocation Ceremony will take place Sunday, May 18, 5:00 – 6:30 pm, at K C – Colwell Playhouse. Tickets are not needed for family members and friends that want to attend the ACES Convocation Ceremony. For those who want to attend virtually, go to:

    Good luck to all of our graduates - and please stay in touch!