Know-a-BULL News
Week of 02/11/2014 - Issue # 301

Here is your weekly copy of Know-a-BULL News. Please read this issue to keep up-to-date with all the exciting events and news from the USF Honors College and the Office of National Scholarships.

At a Glance

Upcoming Events

RSS Feed Upcoming Events
 2/12/2014 Junior Scholarship Workshop
 2/14/2014 Junior Scholarship Workshop
 2/14/2014 Leadership Series: Commitment
 2/18/2014 Science Fiction & Alternative History with Harry Turtledove
 2/18/2014 MSP3 (M.S. Pre-Prof Program) Open House
 2/19/2014 Rising Senior Scholarship Workshop
 2/19/2014 Science Fiction & Alternative History with Harry Turtledove
 2/20/2014 HLLC Improv
 2/21/2014 Rising Senior Scholarship Workshop
 2/21/2014 Rising Senior Scholarship Workshop
* Freshpeople 5 Events
* LLC Events
* PSP Events
* TOE Events
* Special Scholars Events

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

  • New! - Spend an Afternoon with guest speaker Ed Turanchik

    Commissioner Mark Sharpe is bringing attorney, former County Commissioner and Mayoral candidate Ed Turanchik to meet you at 2PM on February 21st in the Honors College, ALN 233.  Often called "Tampa's Dreamer" or "Choo-Choo" Mr. Turanchik has led efforts to get 2 billion dollars to Florida for mass transportation, to get the Olympics brought to Central Florida (we made the finals), to get a ferry from Tampa to St. Petersburg (that may happen) and that's just the beginning.

    This event will fill quickly so please RSVP.

    Freshpeople 5 credit, of course.

    Pizza will be served.


  • Volunteers needed for 2014 Homeless Count

    Your help is needed!! The 2014 Homeless Count in Hillsborough County will take place on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014. Vounteers are needed to help in various roles. All volunteers must pre-register at this link: Volunteer. 

    Students can volunteer in the following key roles:

    Pre event: Package incentive items to give to homeless people who are so kind to participate in the survey.

    Day of event:

    (a) Survey people on the streets (Volunteers will go out in teams, wearing bright colors, with incentives in hand. Volunteers

    will conduct a brief interview with homeless people whom they encounter and record answers on a survey form.)

    (b) Survey people at meal sites.

    After the event: with data entry.

    A  mandatory training will be held on: Monday, February 24th at 5:30-6:30 pm in the College of Public Health auditorium, which will be led by Homeless Coalition experts. During this session, you will learn more about homeless issues in Hillsborough County and helpful hints pertaining to the homeless count and safety considerations.

    Please register by emailing  Curtis Devetter ( with Global Health Student Association (GHSA) the following information: your name, email, phone number, academic program, t-shirt size, and preferred time slot (4:30 am - 8:30 am, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm, 4:30 - 8:30 pm, 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm).



    Link: Volunteer

  • Interested in a career healthcare

    • Full-time or part-time job opportunities for undergraduates or recent grads.
    • Hiring Research Assistants and Medical Transcriptionist
    • Will work with your class schedule
    • Office of Dr. Chowdhari located near Chipotle and the Sears close to campus.
    • Please contact Ashley at (813) 977-2222, not the doctor.


  • Paid Tutoring Position

    The Holcombe Scholars Program is looking for a tutor for the Spring 2014 semester in the following courses:

    Discrete Mathematics (MAD 3107)

    Principles of Finance (FIN 3403)

    Engineering Calculus III

    Probability & Statistics for Engineers (EGN 3443)

    Applicants MUST have an overall 3.3 GPA, taken the respective course at USF, and received an A- in the course. Applications should be submitted by following the link provided and clicking on the "Apply to be a paid tutor" link. Please contact Laura Reiser, Holcombe GA, with questions.

    Link: Tutor Application

  • 2014 Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium

    Credential Yourself and Network at the 2014 UG Research and Arts Colloquium!


    USF is proud to announce that the 2014 Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium will be held Tuesday April 15 from 9:30-6:00 in the Marshall Student Center. This is a high profile event for USF that highlights undergraduate research across all disciplines. Participants will be eligible for $6,000 in Research Excellence Awards!  This event is an excellent way to validate your research and serves as strong evidence of your productivity and ability to present in public. Even if you have presented in the past, this in an opportunity to network, develop your skills and showcase your work to those who have not seen it before.  If you are a beginning student, this is a great way to see all the exciting research that is happening at USF and network with faculty, graduate students are peers who you may be able to work with in the future.  

    Students in all disciplines are invited to apply.  Presentation platforms include oral, poster, performance and the arts! All participants will engage with a facilitator during the event and receive a feedback form on how the work was presented.   The application site is now open with a submission deadline of March 3, 2014:  The OUR is happy to offer letters to your instructors about class absences to attend and present at this event. 

    To assist you with developing the research abstract and the presentation, the OUR will be offering several abstract preparation workshops and also poster and PPT presentation workshops:  These are free and offered throughout the Spring semester. Register online early as last year we sold out!  Your research does not have to 100% complete in order to present. 

    For more information on the event or to speak with the OUR staff about this opportunity, please visit the OUR on the 2nd floor of the main USF library (LIB210).

    We look forward to working with you and seeing your exciting research!

  • Honors College Spring Graduates

    If you are graduating this Spring, the Graduation Certification Form is not yet open. It will be opened mid-February and you will get an email as to when you can start filling out the form.

    If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Brabant at

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • New! - Upcoming The Washington Center Information Sessions

    Internships and Academic Seminars Offered through The Washington Center - Information Sessions Held Monday, February 24 at 3:30pm in ALN 252 and Tuesday, February 25 at 3:30pm in ALN 263E. For more information, please contact the USF TWC representative, Dr. Joan Pynes at

  • Summer and Fall Study Abroad Scholarship Deadlines are Quickly Approaching

    The Gilman Scholarship provides up to $5,000 for PELL grant recipients to fund study abroad programs. If you are interested in applying, contact Ms. Celestine as soon as possible at


  • Attend an upcoming informational workshop for the Office of National Scholarships

    Interested in what the Office of National Scholarships does? Want to learn about funding opportunities for study abroad, research and graduate school? Attend an informational Office of National Scholarships workshop! View the schedule and sign up at the ONS website: under the Upcoming Events Calendar


ONS has information on a wide variety of Scholarships and fellowships for graduate study. Please check the ONS website and speak with Dr. Lucas or Ms. Schumacher.

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Speical Programs

  • New! - Exciting Opportunity to Learn and Travel in Summer 2014

    Afro-Brazilian Culture & Society and Portuguese Language 
    Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
    May 22-June 21, 2014

    As part of the University of South Florida&rsquos initiative on Afro-Descendants in Latin America, the Institute for the Study of Latin America & the Caribbean is organizing its second USF in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil program.  Salvador is a UNESCO Heritage Site, located in the northeastern region of Brazil, and it is characterized by a unique blend of African, European, and Indigenous cultures.  This program offers an intensive four week summer immersion program in two courses: 1) Afro-Brazilian culture and society and 2) Portuguese Language, so students can earn up to 8 credits.

    There is a very minimal cost to apply to the program, but space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  This program is unique because students will live with Brazilian families in a home-stay arrangement and participate in service-learning.

    Please see the attached brochure for more information or contact Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman at for more information.

    Link: Apply Here

  • Spring Dance Concert

    Please make plans to see Emily Hansel (a PSP and member of the Honors College) in the Spring Dance Concert! There will only be 8 shows.  She will be in a contemporary pointe piece choreographed by one of our faculty members as well as a piece called Minus 16, which is being set on us by a guest artist from Tel Aviv. Minus 16 was originally choreographed by named Ohad Naharin who directs the fabulous dance company called Batsheva. See more information about  this at: Spring Dance Concert.

    Link: Spring Dance Concert

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • New! - Leadership Series: Commitment

    Join the Honors College Student Council for the second installment of the 2014 Honors Leadership Series. It will take place on Friday, February 14th from 2:00 - 3:00pm in ALN 252.

    This week, Rosemary Piedmont will be presenting on commitment. What does it mean to perform in a group? What does it mean to commit to a goal, mission, or set of values?

    Don't miss out on the opportunity to develop your leadership skills!

    If you have any questions, contact Hiram Rios at


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USF Honors College Student Council

  • New! - HLLC Improv

    Thursday, February 20th 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. JPH 1319 Come test and develop your ability to collaborate, adapt to unfamiliar situations, and communicate spontaneously and well. Learning to perform without a script not only develops your ability to think on your feet, it awakens your natural creativity. More importantly, it fosters the confidence you need to step out of your comfort zone and take calculated risks that spotlight your work and ideas. Come set yourself apart by learning the secrets of creative communication and give yourself an advantage in today's competitive environment! Join us for HLLC Improv!


    Link: Calendar of Events

  • New! - NSLC Broadcast JIM CRAMER

    Join the Honors LLC and NSLS for a Speaker Broadcast featuring Jim Cramer, host of CNBC's Mad Money. Jim Cramer believes there is always a bull market somewhere, and he wants to help you find it. He serves as an individual's personal guide through the confusing jungle of investing - navigating through both opportunities and pitfalls with one goal in mind - to help them make money. Come hear advice and learn about "Getting Rich Carefully."

    Link: Calendar of Events

  • New! - Please Pass the Job Offer Dining Etiquette Workshop

    Thursday, February 27th 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. JPH 1317 Proper etiquette exists to make you feel comfortable - not uncomfortable. Employers want to see you in social situations and observe how you conduct yourself, particularly if the job you want requires a certain standard of conduct with clients and superiors. The meal is a time to visit and interact, this is always more important than the function of eating. Come with friends and learn from an expert in a stress free environment! NOTE: Please email Kyleen or Christine for special dining accommodations



    Link: Calendar of Events

  • New! - Lunch with the Deans

    Monday, February 24th 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. JPH Dining Hall Come join us for the February edition of Lunch with the Deans! Get to know the deans of the Honors College while enjoying lunch in the JPH dining hall.


    Link: Calendar of Events

  • New! - Financial Responsibility Workshop

    Monday, February 24th 7 p.m. JPH 1313 Sometimes you just need a basic approach to the fundamentals of personal finance and money management. This workshops present financial concepts in an easy to understand format that is tailored to college students. Come learn about how you can control your money instead of letting it control you.


    Link: Calendar of Events

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Student Submissions


    My name is Meki Singleton and I am a senior at the University of South Florida double majoring in psychology and gerontology. My thesis is looking at marital satisfaction in adult-child care-giving couples who are caring for or have cared for an older adult who has Alzheimer's/dementia, Parkinson's or another chronic illness or disease that prevents them from taking care of themselves independently. Both spouses have to be willing to complete the surveys, which take no longer than 30-45 minutes. If you know of anyone PLEASE have them contact me ASAP via email: because this is a time sensitive issue!

  • New! - USF in Brazil Program

    2014 USF in Salvador, Brazil Program! 

    As part of the USF initiative on Afro-Descendants in Latin America, the Institute for the Study of Latin America & the Caribbean (ISLAC) and the Sociology Department launched its inaugural USF in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil program.  The program received a record-breaking number of applications and ultimately enrolled students from various universities around the country including: University of South Florida, Florida State University, University of Florida, Northwestern University, Howard University, and University of California - San Diego.  

    In 2014, Dr. Hordge-Freeman is gearing up for a second year of the program in Salvador, Bahia with a program that offers culture and language classes at a local university Faculdade Social da Bahia and participation in several excursions to nearby towns including Cachoiera and Praia do Forte.  This program offers an intensive four week summer immersion program in two courses: 1) Afro-Brazilian culture and society and 2) Portuguese Language, so students can earn up to 8 credits.  Perhaps the most unique element of the program is that students live with Brazilian families in a home-stay arrangement. In addition, there are excursions to nearby towns (Cachoeira and the Island of Itaparica), as well as opportunities to participate in cultural activities such as capoeira.  In 2014, Hordge-Freeman will add a service-learning element so that students will work with Instituto Steve Biko - a civil rights organization in Brazil.  Undergraduate or graduate students who are interested in participating in the program should contact Dr. Hordge-Freeman at for more information.  



  • New! - PAMSA General Body Meeting

    We will be having our next General Body Meeting this Wednesday, February 12th, 2014. It will start at 5:00 P.M. in MSC 2709. We will also have free pizza, and an awesome guest speaker! Also, we still have shirts from last semester, so be sure to stop by and pick yours up if you haven't already!

  • New! - The Student Government Elections are Upon Us

    Calling all Honors College students! Elections for USF Student Government are fast approaching. This is your chance to be heard. This is your chance to be involved in student life. This is your chance to take an active role in the future of your university. As members of the Honors College, top priorities of yours should be active participation with student life and leadership, and few opportunities for either are as great as student government. This month, take part in the governance of your school by voting and by learning about the candidates running for office. Two debates are coming up, and as informed, knowledgeable students, you should take advantage of them. They are: the Bulls Radio Debate on February 10th at 7:30pm at MSC Beef O'Brady's, and the SG Debate on February 19th at 6:30pm in the MSC Ballroom. The second debate will be followed by a reception at Top of the Palms from 8 until 10pm. The following day, February 20th, a candidate mixer will be held by the Bronze Bulls at noon. The elections will be from Monday, February 24th, through Thursday, February 27th. Finally, the results party will be held in the MSC Amphitheater on February 28th from 3 until 5pm. As Honors College students you have much to gain from participating in the electoral process as voters and hopefully as future candidates. As a freshperson class, you have the most to gain as you will be at the campus longer than other students. Please consider coming out to attend the debates and to support the candidates.

  • PAID Tutoring Positions Available

    The Jenkins Scholars Program is looking for a tutor(s) for the spring 2014 semester in the following course:

    • Thermodynamics (EGN 3343)
    • Materials Engineering I (EGN 3365)

    Applicants MUST be a current USF student during the Spring 2014 semester, have an overall 3.3 GPA, taken the respective course at USF, and received an A in the course. Applications should be submitted by following the link provided titled "Apply to be a paid tutor."

    Please contact Katie Negron, Jenkins GA. at with any questions.

    Link: Apply to be a paid tutor

  • TGHTampa General Medical Group Internship

    The University of South Florida has partnered with specialty physicians at Tampa General Medical Group and Tampa General Hospital to provide a unique experience for a select group of undergraduate students. As part of this internship program students will participate in retrospective clinical research projects with a mentoring physician, and will have opportunities to shadow physicians in the hospital setting, and participate in a series of lectures on medically important topics. Although this program occurs during the summer, some interns will have the opportunity to continue to work with physicians on projects during the subsequent school year. PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: • 3.0 overall GPA (and a 3.0 science/math GPA) • Students must commit to a full-time schedule (Monday-Friday 8-5) from May 26th to August 4th, 2014 (therefore, selected students may not be able enroll in summer courses). APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: In addition to this application form, students must submit: • A current transcript (may be unofficial) • An academic resume • One letter of recommendation from a USF faculty member (preferably your academic advisor). Request the application from Mr. Mejias ( applications must be received electronically by March 1st, 2014, 4:30PM.

  • Debate at USF needs you

    Hello, Honors freshpeople! The Speech and Debate teams at USF want you to know that the second half of our tournament season has started. We have several planned trips across the southern US, and for those of you with debate experience, or with an interest in college-level debate, we'd like to invite all of you to join our growing debate society. We compete in CEDA debate and Forensics. The first is a research-intensive and highly competitive form of debate, and is one of the oldest styles of college level debate. Forensics is both debate and competitive public speaking, with parliamentary style debate and dramatic, prepared events such as Informative Speaking and Poetry Interpretation. We welcome any student with experience or not to contact us about our growing debate community. This club is a fun and exciting extracurricular and a great way to meet your Honors College peers and the wider USF student population. Interested students can reach the team at: Jonathan Gonzalez: Tory Royal: Zachary White: Alan Shaw:

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