Undergraduate Blog

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March 25, 2020

Please see the following message from Lorne Mlotek, of LeadingGreen:


I hope this email finds you safe and healthy! Around this time of year, I usually host an in-person LEED training workshops at UIllinois to prepare students for the sustainability demands of the current industry.

Due to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus, I will be transitioning upcoming in-person workshops to scheduled live webinars. Students will still be able to participate in the identical training, while remaining safe and isolated. I will also continue to offer the on-demand online self-paced option.

With this being said, I was hoping you could send the updated invite below to the undergrads and grads in The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois as some have attended in the past. Your students can also use the discount code ‘green’ for $50 off the course price!

Please send the message below to your students in all years, staff and faculty and reply or CC me on the email you send out, so that I know you received this message!

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training

Due to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus, I will be transitioning upcoming in-person workshops to scheduled live webinars, or you can take the on-demand self-paced online workshop any time accessible for an entire year.

Webinar and Online self-paced options:


I will be offering live webinars that can be streamed on any of the following dates:

March 24 2020 – 7:00PM – 10:30PM EDT April 7 2020 – 6:00PM – 9:30PM EDT April 11 2020 – 1:00PM – 4:30PM EDT   April 18 2020 – 3:00PM – 6:30PM EDT  May 9 2020 – 1:00PM – 4:30PM EDT  -  OR  - May 15 2020 – 2:00PM – 5:30PM EDT


The above options are identical to the in-person workshops.

You can register here for a webinar - https://leadinggreen.com/webinars


Online – Start today - Self-paced recorded workshop


Or take the on-demand recorded course completed at your own pace here - https://leadinggreen.com/online


Make your resume stand out with the LEED Green Associate, the only professional designation to show employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. Buildings can become LEED Certified as can people!


To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 9000 students pass their respective exam at a 99% pass rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition and allows students to graduate with letters after their name!


This course is instructed by a USGBC Faculty member and is the most effective way to pass. The USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can be taken at any time at your nearest Prometric center. Save money by reserving your spot today and make a positive difference in your career!


Cost: $200 for students ($300 otherwise)

Use the coupon code ‘green’ for $50 off (Discounted course price $150)

To register for a live webinar please visit: https://leadinggreen.com/webinars

Or online on-demand here -  https://leadinggreen.com/online

Please contact the instructor Lorne directly with any questions at info@leadinggreen.com


Lorne Mlotek BASc., LEED AP BD+C, O+M

President, LeadingGreen


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March 25, 2020

WSP and Ardmore Roderick are currently hiring for the following Illinois Tollway positions:

Lead Engineer Lisle: Lead Engineer (ID# 44834)

Engineer II Lisle: Systemwide Support Coordinator (ID# 44836)

March 23, 2020

Please see the following message from the UIUC Writers' Workshop:


Dear colleagues:


As the University makes the transition to online instruction, I want you to know that the Writers Workshop will continue to support your students. We have online consultations available to provide writing feedback; we have a number of useful resources on our website; and we are available for virtual class presentations and collaborations by request through Zoom or other interfaces.



Our online consultations use a combination of text-sharing and audio/video/chat features. Please share this information with your students and encourage them to book an appointment!  


We are currently evaluating our scheduled presentations through the end of the semester and will update our calendar with more information soon. 


Of course, please contact me with any questions. We look forward to working with your students!





Carolyn Wisniewski, PhD

Director, Writers Workshop

Center for Writing Studies

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


March 19, 2020

In late March and early April, the National and International Scholarship Program will be hosting information sessions for undergraduate students across colleges and fields to learn about some nationally competitive scholarship opportunities.  We hope you will share this with your students!


Information Sessions for juniors and seniors (students graduating before August 2021) will be held the week of March 23rd:


For juniors and seniors, or any students graduating before August 2021, information sessions will focus on how to apply for June priority application deadlines, including many scholarships for study or research beginning in the fall of 2021.


Monday, March 23rd: 2:30-3:00, 3:00-3:30 or 4:00-4:30 pm

Tuesday, March 24th: 3:00-3:30 or 3:30-4:00 pm

Thursday, March 26th: 8:30-9:00 am

Friday, March 27th:  1:30-2:00 or 2:00-2:30 or 4:00-4:30 pm

Juniors and seniors can access webinars at the above times using this link. 





Information Sessions for freshmen and sophomores (students graduating after August 2021) will be held the week of March 30th:


For first and second year undergraduates, or any students graduating after August 2021, sessions will focus on what students should be doing to strengthen their candidacy for various awards.


Monday, March 30th: 1:30-2:00, 2:00-2:30 or 3:00-3:30 pm

Wednesday, April 1st: 1:00-1:30 or 1:30-2:00 pm

Thursday, April 2nd: 3:00-3:30 or 3:30-4:00 pm

Friday, April 3rd: 2:30-3:00, 3:00-3:30 or 4:00-4:30 pm

Freshmen and sophomores can access webinars at the above times using this link.



All information sessions will be held online.

March 19, 2020

Prof Helen Nguyen expertise is on virus transmission and control. She has prepared a presentation on coronavirus transmission and control to the general public. The presentation was recorded at 1 PM (CST) on Tuesday March 17.

Here is a link to the recording for anyone to view.