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Student Planning Organization (SPO)

Welcome to the Student Planning Organization of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

SPO's mission is to provide a vehicle for communication between staff, faculty and students in the planning program, provide forums for workshops and discussions, and organize social events for the department.

SPO is a student run organization that focuses on student needs. If you are interested in coming to Illinois as an undergrad or graduate student, we want to help!

For more information about the SPO, including bylaws and meeting mintues, check out the DURP student wiki



Just a reminder the APA National Planning Conference is being held in Atlanta, GA from April 26-30. The deadline for early registration is on February 27. We would like all of you to consider attending this event!

The 2014 APA-IL State Conference will be held in Evanston, IL from October 1-3. This is a great opportunity for planning students to network and make connections. Please consider this event as well!

Professional Development

Mark your calendars for February 11th! There will be an event called "Get a Job!" Hosted by Professor Alice Novak and Michele Plante, this event will discuss the skills necessary to obtain a job or internsip within the field of planning. This event will take place at 12:30PM at TBH 225. Hope to see you there!

SPO is also in the process of organizing an event that will discuss how planners students can construct an effective portfolio for their future aspirations. We will send out more details once they become available.

An event related to mock interviews is always in the works as well, so stay tuned!

Social Events

The first social event will involve ice skating at the Ice Arena. Stay tuned for more details!

Saturday Seminars

The first Saturday Seminar will be hosted by Ben Leroy on Saturday, February 22nd at TBH. More details will be shown here as soon as they are determined.

General Meetings

The next SPO meeting will be on February 17th at 7PM in TBH 225.