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depaulbluedemon
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Anyway, I'm surprised we don't have the usual influx of perspective applicants so close to the application deadline!

I came back to say that I am re-applying to the LEEP program. I was denied admission last year.

The admission FAQ states that I have to wait one year before re-applying. Doe this mean I can apply the following year or do I have to wait 1 year between applications? I guess I'll contact Penny Ames for clarification.

I must admit I am apprehensive about applying so soon. I have not done much to improve my chances. It's been a long, stressful year. I had every intention of studying for the GRE, (I am exempt based on my undergraduate GPA, but I was hoping a decent score would only help my chances of admission). Unfortunately, certain circumstances prevented me from devoting enough time to prepare for the test.

To save you the long sob story, my mother's house is going into foreclosure and I spent the last 8 months talking to her bank, lawyers and loan-modification counselors to save her house. No matter, though, I guess I'll try again with what I have.

I definitely plan on improving my entrance essays. Also, my recommendations will come from two former professors who are better acquainted with my abilities in the classroom. Last year I had 2 professional recommendations and one academic recommendation. This year I plan to submit one professional recommendation from the assistant director of the library in which I currently work. He wrote my recommendation last year, but this time around I work directly under him and he has a better understanding of my abilities and goals in the field of library science.

So in short, the only thing that has really changed this year is the fact that I received another promotion at my library. I now work Reference, IT management, and a bit of web-mastering.

I requested an interview with the digital humanities/African Diaspora subject specialist at DePaul University. I think this will improve my interview essay. Last year I interviewed a librarian at a public library which made no sense, in retrospect, since my interest is in academia.

Well, enough of my rambling. Who else is applying for the LEEP program next year? Are any of you applying for a second time?

Any thoughts/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
aelithes
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Hi all,
I'm a new master's student at GSLIS, and (as a result of a variety of uninteresting events) I am switching from LEEP to on-campus last-minute, and will be arriving at UIUC on Monday. Since classes have already begun, however, I'll still be taking all my classes online.

I'm a bit apprehensive about the social situation, as I'll have missed orientation, and won't have the opportunity to meet people in class. Is it easy to make friends at GSLIS/UIUC (I'll be living in univ. housing, if that makes a difference)? I'm afraid the 'meeting people' period will be over, and everyone will have gone off in their cliques already. I'm planning on joining some student organizations, but do you have any other pointers as to ways to get myself in the mix?

Thanks very much in advance!
beingdrowned
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Hi all. So I've been looking over all of this registration stuff and schedules for the fall, and I'm looking for opinions about the number of classes I can take. I've only been out of school for a year, so I'm still used to the schedule of academia. It's also pretty likely that in the fall I'll only be working about 18 hours a week. (Fingers crossed that I'll still at least have a job.) So here's my question: for those of you who have taken 12 or 16 credit hours in a semester, how doable is it? I have pretty solid time management skills, and, as I said, I won't be working a whole lot - and I'd like to graduate by next December, if at all possible. Am I going to go insane if I take three or four classes?
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I am here again asking about GA positions.  I realize this gets asked every year but it seems like this year might be a little different because of budget cuts. Does anyone have any news or insights on this? I have put my resume and other info in the Library database, as well as applied to all positions on the job board I feel I might be qualified for. So far I received two rejections (of course from the two jobs I really hoped for) and no answer from the others.
I guess my question would be how realistic it would be to get any job at all in the near future? I would be willing to wait a semester and go to school part time but I have no idea what Champaign or Urbana are like and no idea if it would be possible get a decent job to help pay for rent or bills. I would hate to have to live off of loans for two years.

I feel like the financial aid problem will break me now.
scott8116b
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I looked but did not see one for GSLIS students. So I started one.

http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=93459412144

UIUC GSLIS

If anyone is interested
scott8116b
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Now that many of us know that we will be attending UIUC LEEP I thought it might be nice to get to know a little about each other in advance of classes alter this year. Why not take this opportunity to tell each of us a little about ourselves so that we may not be a bunch of strnagers come boot camp this summer?

Tell us your;

Name:
Location:
Boot camp session:

Personal trivia:

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Name: Scott
Location: Cary, IL
Boot camp session: 2nd session, 23 July - 1 August

Personal trivia: I am currently an employee (engineer) of a large telecommuncations firm and travel the world extensively. I also am just starting my 2nd term on the Cary Area Library District Board of Trustees. I am a tech geek and am active pilot and scuba diving instructor. I am looking forward to going back to school and working with a group of people from different backgrounds and experiences.

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 I was recently accepted to the LEEP program (YAY!) and I have a few questions.

An important tidbit: I currently live overseas with my husband who is stationed in the military.  Yes, the time difference will be a factor in choosing classes--there is a 7 hour time difference until we move back to the states next year.  I'm thinking of the Saturday LIS 501 and maybe another weekday class that starts at 2:00 PM or something?  But I wanted a little bit of info on this...

Are all classes synchronous, or are parts of them asynchronous?  Are there work-arounds?  Can you ask for leniency on, say, a one-time basis?

What kind of a class load can I expect if I take two classes (at 4 hours credit apiece?)  What's the difference in workload if you take a class for 2 hr credit vs 4 hour credit?  

What would you recommend as a "starting point" for number of classes to take during the first semester? I don't currently work, but I'm looking to start at a library on a part-time basis, and I have a child that requires my attention as well.

I'm sure I'll get more information at orientation, but I wanted to get a bit of a headstart.

Thanks for the info...I went through the welcome packet but couldn't find this specific information!
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Hello all-
As one of the folks still WAITING (sigh) for their admission decision, I figured it would be helpful for myself, others like me, and future generations of LEEPers to make a collection of information here regarding admissions.  (After all, as Librarians in Training, who doesn't like a nice, quantifiable set of data?)

Therefore, if you're feeling generous (you lucky ones to hear early!) please reply with:

1) The date you received notice (email or letter...please specify)
2) Decision (Acceptance or Denial) 
3) Any other info you deem pertinent/comfortable for others to know (Undergrad institution, GPA, GRE, or date you turned your materials in)

In the interest of keeping this post easily comprehensible, please try to keep the info relevant and to-the-point!  

Thanks!  If you're like me, and still waiting, I know this information will be at least SOMEWHAT of a comfort.  Maybe we can start making some rhyme/reason out of it all.  And hopefully, next year, when LEEP hopefuls are going through the same waiting period, this post will help them out too.


P.S.  We (the waiters!) will be sure to add our stats as soon as we receive decisions. 
P.P.S. If you know the pertinent info for others who are not on livejournal, feel free to add their stats as well (to the extent of their comfort, anyway)

Hope this works!  Cheers to all!
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I haven't too hard for apartments/houses yet but I noticed nearly every place has either a six or twelve month lease. Is that about everywhere in Champaign and/or Urbana? I got accepted for this fall so obviously I will find a place by August. The problem is that my boyfriend will join me in January. Are there studios I can find that will let me get out until then? Or should I hold down a one bedroom apartment by myself in the meantime and hope whatever job/assistanship I get will be enough for me? Thanks!

P.S. Wheee! I got accepted.
beingdrowned
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I got my admittance letter for LEEP today, and now I have a couple of questions that I can't find clear answers to on the website (though maybe I'm missing something), and hopefully the answers will help me decide where to go (I also got into UW-Milwaukee, and just got back from orientation, which was really informative and good).

1. Will I have to write a thesis? If so, um, how hardcore is it? Because I've barely recovered from my '08 undergrad thesis, to be honest.

2. It is just once a semester when we have to go to campus, right? I want to make sure that I remain geographically flexible, basically, and if I have to go to campus more than once a semester, that becomes more difficult.
scott8116b
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Anyone hear anything yet?

Penny had told me that letters will be out by the 15th. I am wondering if they are getting sent out about this time.
aelithes
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Hi all,
I've been accepted to the on-campus program at GSLIS, but due to some extenuating circumstances, I may not be able to relocate to IL come fall, and was wondering if anyone has had any success in switching his/her status from on-campus to LEEP post-application. I understand that each program operates its own separate admissions (which is why you have to commit to either one or the other at the time of application), but I would hate to waste a whole year by having to apply to LEEP for 2010 instead... Thanks in advance for any input!
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I know the LEEP letters will not be coming out until next month (mid-April) but has anyone seen letters for the in residence sessions yet? They should be coming out right about now.

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I have what I realize is a pretty naive question. I am trying to figure out what exactly an assistantship covers. Do all assistantships imply a (in-state) tuition waiver + stipend? Does a 50% appointment cover 50% tuition, while a 25% appointment covers 1/4, or do the numbers simply refer to the percentage of hours out of 40 the position covers, with 25% appointments only lasting 9 instead of 12 months?

I have read the FAQs where it says, "All assistantships awarded to M.S. degree students provide a waiver of the base in-state tuition and service fee as well as a stipend." but I keep thinking this is just too good to be true.

Further, if any current students can comment on how the future assistantship situation is looking in the current economy (for example if any positions have lost funding), that would also be much appreciated.

Thanks!

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a_rodge
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Hello everyone. 
I was just wondering if there are any LEEPers in the Washington, DC area? Perhaps we could get together for coffee/discussion/etc.? 
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librarygirl00
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http://www.news-gazette.com/calendar/event/2008/06/07/14843

Where:
400-600 blocks of Green Street,, Champaign

When:
Saturday, June 7, 2008 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

Description:
Free parking, free admission, food samples, music, prizes. 11 a.m. to dusk: rock bands, street musicians, inflatables, face painting, discounts and giveaways, martial arts, dance demonstrations.

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Tech workshop dates and times have been posted for June.

Workshops include training on: Moodle (the course mgmnt system), Basic HTML, File Storage, and LEEP Live Sessions. Workshops will be held simultaneously in-person and online!

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paradoxotaur
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Hello everyone! Congratulations to both the almost-grads as well as any new GSLiSers we might have!

I myself am in the almost-grad category, and was wondering if there is anyone who would like to take over this community? Maybe even do a better job than me at oh, I don't know, posting and maintaining. Either comment here or email me at ahartma2@uiuc.edu if you're interested!
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According to the what I've seen people post on forums, on-campus letters went out on the second and third week of March. Has anyone who applied to LEEP received anything? I really don't want to pester admissions, but I am going crazy waiting to hear from from them.
At this point, it seems like I'm getting a "late" letter which is probably not a good sign... I didn't get my application in until March either, which probably doesn't bode well for me either.

Current Mood: worried worried

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Just curious? Does anyone have any idea of how many LEEP students are admitted vs. the number of applications received?

I have a BS in biochemistry, have 4 years of research related experience, and  am currently working as a research analyst at a consulting firm. Undergrad GPA was 3.08. I sent recommendation from CEO, CIO, President, and SVP of my company. I think my essays are pretty good. I know the GPA is on the lower side. I did not sumbit GRE scores because over a 3.0, but I took them years ago and got 700Q, 490V, 5.5A.

Any ideas what my chance would be>

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