Know-a-BULL News
Week of 04/14/2008 - Issue # 8   

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, Undergraduate Research, and Resources for Educational Distinction.

At a Glance

Upcoming Events

  • 4/15/2008 (Tuesday) - RSVP Deadline Tucker/Hall internship information session
    (SVC 1040)

  • 4/15/2008 (Tuesday) 10:00 Am - 12:00 PM - A historic walk through of the various infectious diseases and their impacts on human history and you (Teco Room - Education Building)

  • 4/16/2008 (Wednesday) 11:45 - 1:00 Pm - Honors College Faculty-Student Lunch with Dr. Robin Murphy RSVP

  • 4/17/2008 (Thursday) 5:30 PM - Natasha Tretheway Reception and Lecture (Gibbons Alumni Center - Traditions Hall) RSVP

  • 4/18/2008 (Friday) 1:00 - 2:30 - Water Colloquium #7 (SVC 1040) RSVP

  • 4/20/2008 (Sunday) 2:00 - 5:00 PM - Chinsegut Hill Picnic (Chinsegut Hill)

  • 4/21/2008 (Monday) - Baby Boomer Health and Wellness Expo (In front of the Marshall Center)

  • 4/22/2008 (Tuesday) 12:00 - 1:30 PM - TuckerHall Presentation (SVC 1037) RSVP

  • 4/23/2008 (Wednesday) 7:00 PM - Honors Musical Ensemble (Theater II)

  • 4/25/2008 (Friday) 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM - Thesis Day - (SVC 1088)

  • 05/02/2008 (Friday) Times TBA - Honors College Graduation (Traditions Hall - Alumni Center)

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

If you are a second year student who is already doing research, the Honors College Research Major may be something you can earn by “simply” continuing what you are currently doing.  This major is a program patterned after the Ph.D. and is one that you help design.  If you are going to graduate or professional school and you’d like an experience that might really give you a “leg-up” when you apply, this could be just the thing to consider. For more information on the Honors College Research Major email:

  • The Rubber Band

    Our Honors Musical Ensemble – The Rubber Band – will hold its spring concert at 7 PM on Wednesday, April 23 in Theater II.  Please come and support your fellow Honors College students as they make music for you!

  • How to Submit Your Thesis:

    You will need to submit the Thesis Approval Form, signed by your mentor and committee member(s), with a grade assigned; an Unbound copy of your thesis, and the library receipt that shows you turned in two Unbound copies to be bound.

    If you wish to be considered for the Grace Allen Award and have your thesis published on the internet, you need to submit to the Honors College a second unbound copy of your thesis and a letter of recommendation from your mentor, explaining the significance of your research, and supporting its publication.

  • Water Colloquium # 7

    We will meet for our seventh and last Water Colloquium this Friday, April 18, from 1:00 to 2:30 in the Honors Lounge. We will be hosting  Dr. Jeff Cunningham  from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, who will lead the  discussion on the question, "Are microconstituents in reclaimed water a threat to public health?"  Sandwiches and drinks; RSVP (required) to Ms Joan Field

    Please find the paper that Dr. Cunningham has provided for distribution to the participants.
    -=View the Required Readingt=-

  • "Basics of Short Film Production" and "Narrative Filmmaking"

    This course will be offered in the Fall Semester

    What ? 86002 IDH 4930-005; 1 cr. Honors elective, S/U grades
    Who ? Taught by four prize-winning Honors students.
    When ? Wednesdays 5 - 7 p.m.
    Where ? Honors Lounge.
    Watch this space next week for all the details.

  • Permits

    Permits are required for all students registering for Thesis, and for some students registering for other Honors courses. All permits are now filled out electronically.
  • Thesis Day

    All graduating students must attend at least one of the 1 ½ hour sessions during Thesis Day, whether or not they are presenting that day.  In addition, all students enrolled in first semester thesis are expected to attend at least two sessions.  Each 1 ½ hour session counts as a Freshpeople 5 event.

    This semester, Thesis Day will be Friday, April 25th, from 9 AM until 4 PM. Each student will present for 15-20 minutes. PowerPoint presentations are permitted but not required. A 10-15 minute discussion will follow each presentation.

    Since there are more students completing their theses than can be accommodated on Thesis Day, we will select a representative sample to be presented.

    Typically the audience consists of other Honors College students, friends, parents and faculty mentors. The presentation is “formal”; the audience is supportive. We will provide time and place details as the semester progresses.

    If your mentor and committee member can come to the presentation, this will count as the required public presentation; if not, you will need to present to your committee as well.

    Please remember that our goal is to “show” off your thesis work; we want Thesis day to be a rewarding experience for those who present.

    If you are finishing your Thesis this semester and were not selected to present on Thesis Day, you still must make a presentation to your committee at a time convenient to you, your mentor and your reader.  Everyone must present. 

  • Student Publications

    Some of you have been published in professional journals.  If so, I would like a reprint of the publication(s) for The Honors College.  Please let me have your reprints as soon as possible.

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HCSC - Honors College Student Council

  • Tentative Honors Council Fall Schedule

    Hey everyone,

    Here is the tentative Honors Council fall schedule. Make sure to mark your calendars!

    Sept 9- First General Meeting
    Sept 14-
    Fall Picnic
    Sept 26- Dodge ball
    Oct 10- Camping
    Oct 25- Boys and Girls Club
    Week of November 3- Freshman Event
    Nov 17- Cards for Troops

    Also, the council will be having reappointments in November. If you are interested in applying for a leadership position, make sure you join the council and keep in mind the following dates.

    Nov 3- Applications available
    Week of Nov 11- Interviews
    Nov 21- Appointments announced by 5:00 PM 

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at . Good luck to everyone with finals!

    Anthony Le
    Honors College Student Council President

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HCSC Schedule (REVISED FOR Fall 2008):
General Meeting: Tuesdays 4:00 PM (SVC 1101)

Academic Committee: TBA
Advertising Committee: TBA
Events Committee: TBA
Volunteer Committee: TBA
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Student Submissions

  • Dissertation Experiments (Robots in Search and Rescue)

    This is from a former Honors College student who is completing her Ph.D. Studies here at USF.  This would be a great research opportunity if you are interested in the social aspects of robotics.  Please email Cindy if you are interested.

     I am going to be running my dissertation experiments this summer most in May and June and I am looking to find some volunteers to help me with running the actual experiments and then looking at the data. I may be able to include them on my papers so that they would have some publications as an undergrad which will help them with graduate school or fellowship applications. My experiences doing volunteer researching as an honors student went a long way towards me being awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. I would love to find a few excellent students to work with me on this robotics project and conducting human studies using the robots and also psychophysiological equipment. They do not need any particular background or experience, I will be able to show them what they need to do. I just need to find students that are eager to learn and are dependable. :o) I will also be glad to write letters of recommendation, etc for them in the future.

    If there is any way you can assist me with this or maybe put me in touch with someone that might be able to help me find some good volunteers, I would really appreciate it. I look forward to hearing from you at your convenience.

    Cindy Bethel

  • Travel to Panama with the College of Business

    The College of Business is taking freshmen students to Panama this year.  Maria Crummett, Dean of International Affairs, is leading the trip.  Students receive 3 credits of economics lower level credit and 3 credits of GEB lower level credit.  Honors College will provide a scholarship to Honors students who go.

    April 18 is the deadline to sign up

    -=View the Flyer=-

  • Baby Boomer Health and Wellness Expo

    When: Monday, April 21st, 10:00am - Noon
    Where: In front of the Marshall Center
    Learn about some of the issues impacting the 76 million Americans that make up the Baby Boomer generation while sampling smoothies from Smoothie King. Stop by each of the tables to enter a drawing for gift cards to First Watch and Applebees!

  • USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy and the USF Humanities Institute cordially invite you and a guest to attend a VIP Reception for:

    Natasha Tretheway
    2007 Pulitzer Prize winning poet of Native Guard and Creative Writing Professor at Emory University

    Thursday, April 17th, 2008
    5:30pm - 6:30pm - VIP Reception & Book Signing
    7:00 PM - Lecture
    Gibbons Alumni Center - Traditions Hall, USF Tampa

  • Chinsegut Hill Picnic

    Looking for something to do this weekend? Come out to the Chinsegut Hill Picnic!!
    It’s this Sunday, April 20 at the Hill from 2 - 5 pm. Tons of games, hanging out and music!!!! Come check out fellow students playing songs, throw around a Frisbee, or just relax away from school for a few hours.   

    For more information on the event, please check out the Facebook group at

    Want to know what Chinsegut Hill even is? Go here first: Chinsegut Hill Manor House - Wikipedia
    See you there!!!

    P.S. The famed Dr. Kleine has confirmed his attendance!

  • Summer Job Possibility

    The First Tee is an organization which works to teach golf and “life skills” to children and adolescents. The summer staff we hire are typically camp counselors.  They are responsible for a group of about 10 kids.  They get paired up with a golf professional and assist as much as they are comfortable with the instruction times (mornings).  They make sure the kids are having a great time and help maintain order.  They take the kids out on the course and monitor play in the afternoons.  It is helpful if they are familiar with golf, but not mandatory.  We will have a handful of training sessions before the summer gets started. 

    We pay $7.50-$8.50/hr depending on age, experience and responsibility. You would be a YMCA staff member, so they get an individual membership to the Y, as well.

    For an application contact:

    The First Tee

  • $5,000 Scholarship Opportunity Available

    If you are seeking a career in the health field and were once in foster care or some form of dependent care, you are encouraged to apply for the New Vision Children’s Foundation Foster Care Scholarship.  All applications will be considered that fit the criteria.  Students from Broward County are strongly urged to apply.  There is a possibility the funding will go beyond one-year.  For an application, please contact Mandelyn Hutcherson at or (813) 974-0890 as soon as possible.

  • Moviefest Competition

    750 teams of college students entered the Campus Moviefest competition, sponsored by Apple and AT@T.   Two of our students, Sarah Wilson and Jessie Newman won first prize (10 computers and 10 copies of a professional film editing package all valued at 20,000).  They will now participate in the national competition and will be funded by the Office of Undergraduate Research.

    In that same contest, the winners of the comedy division were also USF students (7 of the 10 are Honors)  The music writer is Joyce Yong and the animator is Dan Nguyen

  • Summer internship which might lead to a career

    “Tucker/Hall ( is a national public relations and communications consulting firm. Tucker/Hall is connected to more than 1,000 consultants in 51 cities around the world. We specialize in strategic communications, crisis management and public affairs. Our counselors have experience in areas such as investor relations, competitive strategy development for fast-growing companies, research-based business-to-business marketing solutions, and public policy plan development and implementation.

    Tucker Hall has summer (paid) internships available to students majoring in Political Science, Economics, Professional/Technical Writing, Environmental Science and Policy and Psychology.  Generally, they are looking for students entering the junior or senior year and who are looking for post graduation careers rather than graduate or professional school educations.  The President and Human Resource Manager will be in the Lounge on Tuesday, April 22 from noon – 1:30 to talk about internship and career opportunities in what is really a spectacular company.  Pizza will be served.

    RSVP to Ms. Field ( no later than April 15.  We have a limited number of slots.

  • Disease Is Coming To USF!

    Prof. El-Rady’s Infectious Diseases and History course will be presenting a walk through of the various diseases that have, and still do, influence humanity today as well as you.

    Come join us on April 15th in the Teco Room (EDU building) between 10:00 am – noon for an informative and entertaining walk through time! Light refreshments will also be provided.

    Looking for more info? No problem! Check out the web site:

    What: A historic walk through of the various infectious diseases and their impacts on human history and you
    When: April 15, 10 am - noon
    Where: The TECO Room, EDU Building


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