More than 16 million U.S. children grow up in poverty. One in three of those children won’t graduate high school, and of those who do, only 18% will enter a four-year college. In order to achieve educational equity, Teach for America (TFA) enlists and develops the nation's most promising young professionals to teach in impoverished communities for two years. The selection process is extremely competitve, but three HDFS 494 students—Tanis Klingler, Jordyn Fishman, and Erin Tompkins—were selected for TFA. Click here to read more about the students and their choice to serve.
College of ACES Awards
Congratulations to both the STRONG Kids and I-TOPP teams who shared the Team Award for Excellence at the annual College of ACES and Paul A. Funk Recognition Awards, and congratulations also to Dr. Barbara Fiese for winning the John Clyde and Henrietta Downey Spitler Teaching Award!
STRONG Kids and I-TOPP—Team Award for Excellence
Dr. Barbara Fiese—John Clyde and Henrietta Downer Spitler Teaching Award
HDFS 494 Etiquette Dinner
On Tuesday, April 14th, HDFS 494 students gathered at the Illini Union for a crash course in professional etiquette led by Elizabeth Reutter from FSHN. Students learned about a variety of topics such as the differences between social and business dining etiquette, appropriate dinner conversation topics, and how to navigate a formal place setting, including which utensils to use.
Undergraduate Research Symposium
Undergraduate Research Week brings students and faculty together to learn more about their research and its potential to make a difference. Throughout the week, students showcased their projects at events across campus. The main event was the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 23, which brought together students from all academic disciplines to share their research through presentations, posters, and performances. Congratulations to the following HDFS 494 students who presented their research at the symposium!
Michael Sheu, Senior, Molecular and Cellular Biology, LAS
Marija Maretic, Senior, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, AHS Natasha Joy, Senior, Communication, LAS
Lauren Amendola, Junior, Human Nutrition, ACES Megan Devine, Junior, Chemistry, LAS
Michael White, Junior, Molecular and Cellular Biology, LAS
Connie Lam, Senior, Food Science and Human Nutrition, ACES
Amanda Donald, Senior, Molecular and Cellular Biology, LAS Miles Mary, Senior, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, AHS Samantha Addante, Sophomore, Human Development and Family Studies, ACES
Jordyn Fishman, Senior, Human and Development Studies, ACES
Kelsi Ubbenga, Senior, Speech and Hearing Sciences, AHS Michelle Moynihan, Senior, Speech and Hearing Sciences, AHS Alaina Ceron, Junior, Sociology, LAS Dior Chasanv, Junior, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, AHS
Good news came out last week for thousands of families in the local community and across Illinois. The Autism Program (TAP) of Illinois received notification from the Governor’s office that the Department of Human Services is restoring funding for the fourth quarter of this year. Click here to read more.