Know-a-BULL News
Week of 04/21/2008 - Issue # 9   

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

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

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

  • 4/26/2008 (Saturday) Noon - 3:00 PM - UGRB Campus Picnic - (Psychology Building Lake)

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

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Honors College

  • Honors Graduation

    If you are graduating this semester and wish to attend our Honors Graduation Ceremony you must turn in the proper paperwork to Mr. Liu no later than Thursday.  He will also take your picture for the ceremony.  Your family and the staff of Honors College really want to see you graduate so I would strongly recommend that you attend.  Details are in the letter we sent you some weeks ago.
  • 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.

  • IDH 4930 Narrative Filmmaking  will be offered in the Fall Semester !
    What ?    86002 IDH 4930-005;  2 cr.  hrs  Honors elective, S/U grades
    Who ?     Taught by four prize-winning Honors students.
    When ?   Wednesdays 5 - 7 p.m.
    Where ?  Honors Lounge. 

    By permit only. For permits, visit

     An overview of the elements of narrative filmmaking, including screenwiritng, pre-production, production, and post-production. Students will learn essential techniques and skills, then
    collaboratively undertake their own film projects.

    Your instructors:

    Jesse Newman is currently an Interdisciplinary Social Sciences major at the University of South Florida and employee at The Apple Store in Tampa. He has produced a library of short films over the course of 7 years; many of which have received awards from film festivals around the country. Such awards include "Best Overall Film" at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, "Best Screenplay" at the Daytona Beach Film Festival, and "Best Drama" from the Tampa Film Review. Jesse has written, directed, shot, and edited the majority of his films and has taken acting roles in several. Jesse has aspirations to direct major motion pictures for the theaters.
    Sarah Wilson is a junior Telecommunications major, and has been creating films, PSAs, videos for clients, and commercials for the past four years. Her works have been featured in and received awards in multiple film festivals such as the Independents Film Festival, Gasparilla Film Festival, and Central Florida Film Festival.  Recently, Sarah placed first in a nation wide video contest sponsored by Bridgestone Americas, and her film "Focus", which she co-directed with senior Jesse Newman, received multiple Best Picture honors and is among the top 20 films in the nation for the Campus Movie Fest competition.
    Dan Nguyen is a second-year Bio-Medical Sciences major. His pastimes include making short films, studying, insomniac voting, and being absolutely amazing. Also, he likes red jellybeans.
    Joyce Yong is a first-year Bio-Medical Sciences major in the 7-Year Medical Program. Her experience in film has been informal and self-taught -- hence her enthusiasm for experimentation and eagerness to explore new possibilities. Her most recent involvement with short-film production involved composing original music and sound-editing for Andy Nguyen's Total Run Time, as well as audio-editing for Dan Nguyen's Mobile. Both shorts have won numerous awards in Campus Movie Fest 2008, ranked among the top three movies at USF, top 16 in Florida (Mobile winning Best Comedy), and are currently being judged nationally. Creativity and Experience are the passions that fuel her life -- extensively expressed in music, digital graphic design and photography, scavenger hunts, mysterious note-planting...and of course, writing about herself in third person.

  • 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.

  • 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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(813) 974-3087


RED - National Fellowships

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  • I'm the newly elected President of the Undergraduate Research Board and I wanted to let you know that UGRB is having a picnic on campus on Saturday April 26 from noon to 3.  We would like to see more Honors students involved in the organization this year. I'm attached a flier for the event.
    -=View the Flyer=-

    Thank you,

    Jenny Greene

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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

  • The 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences is scheduled on February 5 and 6.  The meeting will be held at the Flamingo Las Vegas - where we have met for the past two years. 

    The web site is being updated.  It is anticipated that it will be finished by the end of this month.

    This is one of few conferences which focuses on the social and behavioral sciences and which allows undergraduates to present their research.  Please contact me if you are interested.  As always, we will pay all of your expenses if you make a presentation. 

  • New course offering: GEB 4935

    Business Communication Internship (Peer Tutoring)

    Satisfies Professional Writing Requirement

    Earn credits and enhance your own communication skills!

    Business students with two to four semesters remaining and excellent writing skills can satisfy the 3-credit professional writing class requirement by training for and working as peer tutors in the College of Business's new writing center (opened Spring 2008). Training as a peer tutor (1 semester) will earn 2 credits toward graduation; working in the writing center the following semester will earn an additional 2 credits. For the third semester and beyond, continuing peer tutors with a 3.4 GPA or better will receive COB scholarships. The experience also looks great on the resume, as employers are eager to hire students with demonstrated writing skills.

    Interested students should contact Dr. Pat Nickinson, Director of the Business Communications Center, to arrange an interview, at

  • Education Expansion in Costa Rica!

    Students from a section of Major Works (IDH 4000) are collecting school supplies and technology of any kind to help develop the elementary school in Samara, Costa Rica. If you are cleaning out your dorm or apartment and are looking to get rid of old/unwanted school supplies please bring them to the Honors College office (SVC 1088) or call (813) 892-3372 to have them picked up. The project is also collecting used laptops to outfit the school with a new technology program. Please contact (727) 543-9640 or for further information.


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