Looking for an Academic Scholarship?


  • Educational scholarship funds from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for college and graduate students for the 2012-2013 academic year. Approximately $500,000 is available for Jewish students who are identified as having promise for significant contributions in their chosen careers, and are in need of financial assistance for full-time academic programs primarily in the helping professions.
    Academic requirements include:
     Graduate-level enrollment in a “helping profession” program, such as medicine, human services, the rabbinate, or Jewish communal service;
     Or vocational or undergraduate training in helping sectors requiring no post-graduate education for employment, such as education or nursing;
     Or mathematics and engineering, or other sciences;
     Or performing/fine arts;
     Or communications at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign;
     Or law, in the helping sector.
    Legal domicility in the greater Chicago metropolitan area, or in some cases, Cook County or Northwest Indiana. Refugees or asylees are encouraged to apply, as citizenship is not a prerequisite.

Jewish Vocational Service administers the scholarship program and personally interviews all applicants before April 20, 2012 at one of its many offices throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

To apply, go to www.jvschicago.org/scholarship. For additional information or questions, contact the JVS Scholarship Coordinator at (312) 673-3444 or via e-mail jvsscholarship@jvschicago.org.
Application deadline: February 15, 2012.
Jewish Vocational Service, a partner in serving our community,
receives support from the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation

The Banff Centre announces International Voice Workshops with Richard Armstrong


International Voice Workshops
with Richard Armstrong

Apply by March 1, 2012

These workshops are particularly relevant for professional or emerging singers and actors, however, dancers, composers, playwrights, and voice teachers have found them invaluable, and Richard Armstrong will adapt the training to the individual needs of the participating artists. Building on existing vocal and musical skills through intensive vocal, movement, and acting training, his aim is to assist in the development of the versatile performer.

Introductory Workshop
May 21 – 23, 2012

Advanced Workshop
May 25 – June 3, 2012
Watch the 2011 workshop video now!


Attention Northwestern Undergraduates: Do you enjoy doing research?

Have you ever written a paper and found yourself completely engaged in the topic? Have you ever considered becoming a professor?

You may be a perfect candidate for graduate school! It’s never too early to start thinking about your plans after graduation.

The PhD Prep Program is a 10-week series exploring important questions you should consider before applying for a PhD Program including: Why would I want to obtain a PhD? What are the benefits of a PhD over a master’s? When should I start? How can I finance graduate school? How can I improve my chances for admittance? And more…

Applications are now being accepted for Spring 2012.

To learn more about the PhD Prep program and to receive the application, please join us for a panel featuring current graduate students. Pizza will be served.

Tuesday, February 7, 6:00-7:00pm
Parkes Hall, Room 120

Although not required, your RSVP to PhDPrep@northwestern.edu is appreciated. Please direct any questions about the program to Andrea Abel at a-abel@northwestern.edu.

Does It Get Better? ShoutOUT Discussion Panel

If you are a genderqueer, a minority, religious, homeless, transgender, impoverished…

does it get better?
a Project ShoutOUT panel discussion
sponsored by the Gender Studies Undergraduate Board
Wednesday 2/1 from 7-8:30 at Fisk 311

Featuring Guest Speakers:
Tony Riveras, director of the mentorship program at the Broadway Youth Center
Bonnie Wade, community organizer from the LGBTQ Host Home Program
Malaundja Gayles, community organizer from UCAN Host Home Program 
Professor John Keene, associate professor of English and African American Studies 

Come join our discussion with these amazing guest speakers to explore ways that Northwestern Students – moving forward from the It Gets Better Project – can give back to LGBTQ community!

Do you love your Northwestern experience? Do you want to help welcome new students to NU?

Do you love your Northwestern experience? Do you want to help welcome new students to NU? Looking for a respected leadership experience on campus? 


 Being a PA makes an incredible difference to new students and is one of the most rewarding and fun leadership experiences at NU.  If you don’t believe it, click here to see what previous PAs had to say. Applications are available online Jan. 27- Feb 12. You MUST attend a call-out session before that deadline. 

 See more info see our websiteQuestions? Email Us! wildcatwelcome@u.northwestern.edu

  GO ‘CATS!  *Bring your WILDCARD to your call-out session!


NEXT – Northwestern Externship Program Registration Now Open!

Are you interested in making valuable connections that can help shape your future career? How about getting a glimpse of what daily life is like in a profession you are interested in pursuing?

The Northwestern Externship Program (NEXT) is a one-day job-shadowing program that connects you to a NU alum eager to offer you an insider’s view of daily activities in his or her profession. NU alumni in ALL parts of the country and outside the U.S. will host NU students for a one-day job shadowing experience from March 19-April 19, 2012. The exact externship date will be mutually decided by the student extern and alumni host within this month-long timeframe.

This year, over 900 externship opportunities are available in a variety of fields including:

• Consulting
• Education
• Engineering
• Entertainment
• Finance
• Government
• Healthcare
• Journalism
• Law
• Marketing/Communications
• Non-Profit
…..and more!

Visit www.alumni.northwestern.edu/next today to register for NEXT. The registration deadline has been extended – registration will now close at 9am on Monday, February 6. Be sure to pass this on to your friends as well – this is an opportunity not to be missed!

Questions? Please email next@alumni.northwestern.edu.


The Northwestern Alumni Association and University Career Services

Children’s Theatre Company announces Performing Apprentice Auditions for 2012-13





“The nation’s leading theater for young audiences.”
– The New York Times

Winner of the 2003 Tony® Award for Outstanding Regional Theater


Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is seeking actors to audition for its Performing Apprentice (PA) Program for the 2012-2013 Season.  CTC’s PA Program is one of the most intensive in the nation.  It offers a comprehensive opportunity for gifted young actors ages 19 and older.  PAs have the unique opportunity to perform on our stages alongside our Resident Company members, student actors, and locally, nationally and internationally renowned guest artists, including playwrights Carlyle Brown, Kia Corthron, Nilo Cruz, Naomi Iizuka, Kevin Kling; choreographers Danny Buraczeski, Uri Sands, Joe Chvala, Shen Pei; and composers Justin Ellington, Michael Koerner and Ruth MacKenzie.  PAs perform in lead roles, ensemble roles, understudying, and participate in readings and workshops of new works.

CTC is the recipient of the Children’s Theater Foundation of America Medallion, the National Governor’s Association Award, and the prestigious NEA Access to Artistic Excellence Award for New Play Development for two consecutive years. Named by Time® Magazine as the number one theater for young people.


Non-Equity Male and Female actors, aged 19 and older

Unlike other apprenticeships where you pay to participate, the Children’s Theatre Company Performing Apprentice Program PAYS YOU. Apprentices are paid a weekly salary of $455, participate in company health insurance and receive 15 weeks EMC credit. There is no crew, strike or other technical requirement. PA contract for next season is August 2012 – June 2013.

• Two 1-minute monologues, contrasting in both style and tone (no monologues from film, tv or “children’s theatre”)
• Two contrasting songs of only 16 measures: one up-tempo, one lyrical
• Remember to bring your color headshot and current resume to the audition

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 at DePaul Theatre School
• Auditions will be held between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm
• Simply show up to audition
• Contact Sarah Geis at DePaul for more information @ 330-605-8371 or sarah.renee.geis@gmail.com

If you are unable to attend these auditions in person, please submit a videotape/DVD audition postmarked not later than January 31. Please visit the auditions page of our website for video audition details: www.childrenstheatre.org

CTC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We advocate for diversity throughout the organization and strongly encourage applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups.

Calling all poets for the 34th Annual Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards competition.

The Thirty-Fourth Annual Evanston Public Library
Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards

2012 Judge:
Laura Purdie Salas

We are thrilled to introduce our 2012 judge Laura Purdie Salas. Laura is the author of more than 100 books for kids and teens, including Bookspeak! Poems About Books, Stampede! Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School (Finalist, Minnesota Books Award), and A Leaf Can Be…

She loves to introduce kids to poetry and help them find poems they can relate to, no matter what their age, mood, and personality. She has also written numerous nonfiction books. See more about Laura and her work at www.laurasalas.com. 

The Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards is a competition open to all adult and high school age Chicago area poets. There is also an elementary and middle school category open to Evanston elementary and middle school students. The awards are funded by an endowment to the library in memory of Jo-Anne Hirshfield, who found pleasure and delight in poetry.

The Thirty-fourth Annual Evanston Public Library Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards will be held in the Evanston Public Library Community Meeting Room on Sunday, April 29, 2011 at 2 pm.

Contest rules may be obtained below and at both Evanston Library facilities, by calling (847) 448-8650, or by e-mail at poetryawards@epl.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The deadline (drop off, email date, or postmark) for entries is Friday, March 16, 2012. All poems must be sent to:

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Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards
c/o Evanston Public Library
1703 Orrington Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201

Contest rules in PDF format (requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Adult and High School
Elementary and Middle School