Know-a-BULL News
Week of 03/03/2008 - Issue # 2   

Upcoming Events

  • 03/04/2008 (Tuesday) 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Panel Discussion of Community Based Research - (Grace Allen Room, Library)

  • 03/05/2008 (Wednesday) 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - SMASHATHON (HCSC) - Cooper Hall

  • 03/05/2008 (Wednesday) 2:00 - 3:30 - Medical Anthropology Research Information Session - SOC 29

  • 03/06/2008 (Thursday) 8:00 – 11:00 PM - Coffee House Night (HCSC) - (MC Campus View East – 4th Floor)


Honors College

Dean's Update:

I hope all of you are doing well as we begin the “countdown” to the end of the semester.  Many great things are happening in the Honors College and I am glad that you are an important part of what we do.  Please look at the announcements in the newsletter and sign up for some of the activities.  You will learn and make great friends – I promise.     

Spring break is next week and I am excited about the group which will go to Costa Rica to help bring potable water to a small village.  I hope that all of you manage to spend some time during the break helping to make things better for others.  Most of you have talents which you could use to enrich the lives of those who are less fortunate than you and you will feel good about yourself if you do so.  By the way, your Student Council is doing a great job of raising money for the treatment and cure of cancer; come to the Honors Office and donate some bills or change to the Dye the Dean project. 

This is the time of year when our soon to be graduates are hearing from professional and graduate programs and from prospective employers.  I know how anxious you are and I truly hope all works out for each of you.  Please let me know of the acceptances you receive and the employment you secure.

Please remember that the Office of Undergraduate Research can help enrich your college experience immeasurably and enhance your graduate/professional school and employment applications.  Most of you will find that working to create knowledge is also fun!  Dr. Yavneh and her crew are the folks to see.

Resources for Educational Distinction (RED) strives to help you prepare to apply for the very best of the prestigious national scholarships.  However, even if you don’t win one, your resume will be most impressive if you work with Mr. Mejias on a regular basis.  

Remember, the Honors staff is here for you.  Use them!

  • The next Water Colloquium will take place on Friday, March 21st, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. in the newly decorated Honors Lounge.  Dr. John Ogden, Florida Institute of Oceanography and Dept. of Biology will present: “Use and Protection of Marine Resources”.

    As usual, please RSVP to Ms. Field at:

  • On-Campus job possibility
    I received the following email:
    Dr. Moore and I would like to hire a student to work with us and we were wondering if you might know of an Honors student who is looking for a job.  We pay $10/hr and would be happy to work around their class schedule.  Job duties are typing, filing, scanning, answering phones and running errands.  If possible we were hoping to find a student who is a Freshman/Sophomore so that they could be with us for 1-2 years or more.  We really need someone right away. 

    Please let me know if you know a responsible student who you think might be appropriate for our office.  Thank you. 

    Patricia Claytor
    Academic Affairs and Educational Outreach
    (813) 974-1836

    Contact Ms. Claytor if you are interested.

  • Chancellor of the State University System Dr. Rosenberg visited with Honors students last week and carefully listened to student suggestions for improvement.  Issues discussed included tuition, Bright Futures and impending budget cuts.  Board of Governors member Hector Perez will join us on March 4 to hear student concerns and suggestions.

  • Mayor of Tampa Pam Iorio will join us for lunch at 12:30 on Monday, March 31.  Please RSVP to Ms. Field at: if you’d like to attend.  If you RSVP, you are expected to attend; this is too important for you to reserve a spot and then not show up.  (This is not a Freshpeople 5 event.)

  • Dr. Kleine is now “Assistant Dean” of the Honors College.

  • The Lounge is beautiful!  It has never looked better.  A special “Honors College thanks” goes to Charlotte Pineda and Chris Leddy who spent more than a full workday spackling, taping, priming and painting.  As a surprise, each will get a small award for making our environment even better than before.  Well done, Charlotte and Chris. 

  • Be in the pink and wipe out cancer!
    In support of Relay for Life and to add a rosier glow to the Honors College, Dr. Yavneh will match up to $50 of donations to dye the dean’s hair pink.  She will also provide pink hair ribbons to anyone who wants to match the dean’s new do.
    Blue, yellow and green fans – are you up to the challenge?

  • Get Crafty Against Cancer and AIDS

    UR USF and the Honors College will hold our first “stitch and bitch” on Thursday, March 27, at 2:00.  Join Dr. Yavneh, Kristin Costelow and other knitters and crocheters to create chemo caps for Moffitt patients and teddy bears for our students to take to children in Tanzania, Thailand and Peru this summer.  For further information, see the Honors Blackboard.

  • First semester thesis students who have not turned in their prospecti yet must do so this week or make an appointment to come in and see Dr. Yavneh.

  • In an effort to ensure that graduating seniors majoring in Biology, Microbiology and Marine Biology will be able to register for their critical science courses in Summer and Fall 08, the Department of Biology has announced a Senior Initiative. As part of this initiative, the department has placed permit restrictions on the following critical courses offered in Summer 08: all Microbiology sections (MCB 3020C), all Genetics labs (PCB 3063L), and all Cell Biology labs (PCB 3023L). Specific information about Fall 08 Senior Initiative courses should be available by March 6. A follow-up email will be sent at that time.

    As an Honors College student, you will most likely not be impacted by this initiative. HOWEVER, TO BE ABLE TO REGISTER FOR ANY OF THE COURSES DESIGNATED BY THE SENIOR INITIATIVE, YOU MUST REQUEST A PERMIT. In order to receive a permit for one of these courses (the courses are identified on the OASIS schedule search with a senior initiative flyer), you will need to contact Ms. Sturrock ( no later than March 19, 2008. In the email, please include your name, major, USF ID, the course reference number, course prefix and number and specific section of the intended course
(813) 974-3087


RED - National Fellowships

  • Sign up for RED’s BlackBoard (Resources for Educational Distinction):

    • RED will help you prepare and apply for the various national prestigious scholarships and for a variety of great internships

    • New!  Be among the first to receive fellowship and scholarship notices!  Send an e-mail to to be enrolled in Resources for Educational Distinction's BlackBoard site.
(813) 974-3087



  • Watch for the Undergraduate Research newsletter on Thursday to find out more about our summer REU opportunities.

  • Medical Anthropology Research--There will be an information session about the Globalization and Community Health Monteverde field school on Wednesday, March 5th from 2 to 3:30 in SOC 29.  Some funding available to qualified applicants. Please contact Dr. Romero-Daza through email if you can’t make the info session at:
(813) 974-6824


HCSC - Honors College Student Council

  • You can “Dye the Dean”.  Your Honors College Student Council is raising funds for the American Cancer Society.  In the Honors College office are four containers, each with a picture of Dr. Silverman with different colored hair.  On April 7, the Student Council will count the money in each container.  Early on the morning of April 7, Dr. Silverman’s hair will then be dyed the color of the picture on the container with the most money.  Bagels, juice and coffee will be served at the “Dye-in”.  Please donate to this cause – we need to eliminate cancer as a disease in your lifetime.  

  • Honors College Students:

    It's that time of year again!  The Honors College Student Council is making the arrangements for the Fifth Biannual Coffee House.  If you attended the event last semester, you know what a great time you can look forward to having.  Come on out, enjoy some free coffee, hot chocolate, and desserts, and spend a talent-packed evening in a cool and relaxed atmosphere.

    When: March 6, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
    Where: Campus View East (4th Floor of the Marshall Center)If you are interested in performing music, reading poetry, or displaying artwork, the Coffee House is a perfect opportunity to express yourself.  Please contact me by e-mail at  In the Subject line of your message, please indicate “HCSC Coffee House”.

    Students not affiliated with the Honors College are also invited to perform and showcase art.  However, Honors College students will get a better pick of the available time slots.  If you know anyone who you think might want to perform, please invite them too!

    See you at the Coffee House!

  • We are joining the Bakas Equestrian Center and the TRAVERSE program in two volunteering efforts.  The Bakas Equestrian Center provides physically and mentally challenged children and adults the opportunity to enjoy horseback riding.  In turn, the TRAVERSE program gives at-risk children who have experienced severe trauma or loss the chance to participate in group therapy and riding instruction.  If you are interested in volunteering for either initiative on Saturday, March 22, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., please contact Rohini Komarla at  In your e-mail, please indicate which organization you would like to work with.  Lunch will be provided after the service activity at the Honors College.

  • We are seeking advanced-standing Honors College students willing to provide academic tutoring services to other students.  Critical areas are: Organic Chemistry II, Cellular Biology, and Biochemistry.  If you are interested in helping out, please fill out the online form at under “HCSC Tutoring”.

  • SMASHATON - Take out your mid-term frustrations on and old car and help Relay for Life at the same time.

    When: 03/05/2008 (Wednesday) 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Cooper Hall

HCSC Schedule:
General Meeting: Thursdays 4:00 PM (SVC 1101)

Academic Committee: Mondays 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Advertising Committee: Wednesdays 12:00 - 12:45 PM
Events Committee: Thursdays 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Volunteer Committee: Fridays 1:00 - 2:00 PM
(813) 974-3087


Student Submissions

  • I am working on my Senior Honor's Thesis and am recruiting participants for my study.  A 'rolling dance chair' has been collaboratively developed by the College of Mechanical Engineering and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.  As part of this study we would like participants to try out the chair and give feedback about their experience in the chair. 

    Your participation would include spending two 30 minute sessions, each one week apart.  The dates for the sessions are Sunday, March 16th and Saturday March 22nd.  To participate in this study you will need to be available on both of these days; on the 16th, between 3pm-8pm and on the 22nd between 10am-4pm.  You only need to be present for 30 minutes during this time frame.  We also ask that you be willing to give detailed feedback about your experience, so please be prepared to answer several short answer questions.

    If you are interested, please contact me at  You will be compensated monetarily for your time, receiving a total of $20 for both sessions.  Please note that you must contact me prior to Friday, March 7th at 5PM.

    Thank you very much for your time!

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