Know-a-BULL News
Week of 04/22/2014 - Issue # 311

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

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 4/24/2014 Culture Wars: German Intellectuals and WWI
 4/25/2014 National Poetry Month at USF: April 2014
 4/28/2014 Cupcakes and catch-up
 5/1/2014 Honors College Commencement Ceremony
 5/1/2014 Honors College Commencement Ceremony
 5/1/2014 Honors College Commencement Ceremony
 6/10/2014 Freshmen Orientation
 6/13/2014 Freshmen Orientation
 6/17/2014 Freshmen Orientation
 6/20/2014 Freshmen Orientation
* Freshpeople 5 Events
* LLC Events
* PSP Events
* TOE Events
* Special Scholars Events

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    My sincere thanks and congratulations to 50 members of the Honors College Jazz Band, Chorus and "philharmonic" Orchestra for providing a wonderful evening of music to a grateful audience.  your skills were great, your enthusiasm high and your music memorable.  I had a terrific experience and hope that next year there is "another op'ning, another show".


  • New! - Exciting Honors Electives for Fall 2014

    IDH 4930-005 Improvisation:

    Are you looking for a life-changing skill to enhances 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!

    Twitter CEO Dick Costolo credits improv as his  source for learning the most important lessons he would learn about business.

    IDH 4930 Mobile AppBuild - Windows 8
    If you are interested in learning how to build apps, this course offers an introduction to programming and building mobile applications. The course is designed for students with some programming experience. If you have none, we will help you succeed through extra study, office hours, and personal coaching. The course will be led by Joe Healy, a Principal Developer Evangelist with Microsoft. Students will use tools such as Visual Studio and Gamemaker to learn basics concepts of building and publishing apps for mobile platforms. The course is straightforward and offers a step-by-step approach.  It covers concepts useful to creating apps on any platforms, but will actively focus on Windows 8.  Students with a tech background but also have backgrounds in art, web design, and programming will thrive in this environment.  Different tools used allow students with diverse programming backgrounds to achieve app publishing goals.  Students are expected to put significant work in outside of class hours to achieve the app publishing and entrepreneurial goals.  The course is offered as an Honors College elective for all interested students. 

    Course Objectives

    • Publish apps into the real, world wide market of over 150 countries and millions of users

    • Build Student development portfolios

    • Engage students into an entrepreneur mindset

    • Gain a sense of confidence that students are able to do great things by becoming software entrepreneurs

  • New! - Congratulations Kari Truong!

    Kari Truong is a 2014 recipient of the USF Golden Bull award. The Golden Bull Award is one of USF's highest honors given annually to undergraduate and graduate students who encompass the spirit of USF and have demonstrated its values. Recipients must exemplify exceptional leadership and service to the University and the community.

  • New! - Global Forum on Women and Leadership

    On April 24, 2014 Price Waterhouse Cooper will be hosting its first ever live, global forum on women and leadership. 

    The first event in the series will feature special guest speaker Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's COO and the author of "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead and Lean In for Graduates". She will be joined by PwC's US Human Capital Leader, Terri McClements.

    Watch on the web at, or come to PwC's Tampa office to join our Aspire to Lead Watch Party for pizza and career workshops, mini resume clinics, and a panel discussion with PwC professionals. Participation is free and open to all.

    Visit to sign up!

    If you have any questions relating to this event, please contact Theresa Vess at or (813) 351-2694.

  • New! - Congratulations to Roberto Roldan!


    Roberto, an Honors College sophomore, has received a place on a Fulbright Summer Institute in the UK to study in Wales.  Roberto will participate in a six-week summer program at Welsh universities in the cities of Cardiff, Bangor and Aberystwyth.  His program of study will focus on industry, politics, culture, and change in contemporary Wales.  Fulbright Summer Programs cover the majority of participant costs including round-trip airfare, tuition and fees, accommodations and meals. 


    For more information about the Fulbright Summer Institutes in the UK visit



  • Permits for Summer and Fall courses

    Permits and Thesis Permits are open. You will need to request a permit for an Honors Course if you are a double-major, new to the Honors College, or for IDH 4000 or the first AND second semesters of thesis.

    Once registration begins on 3/24/14, if you have problems registering for a course (other than the course being full), you should apply for a permit for that class.

    To apply for a permit, go to the Honors website, click on Honors College Forms: Online Forms: Permit form (or below that is the Thesis Permit form).

    If you have any questions, please contact Joan Field: .

    Also, course descriptions for Fall 14 are now available on our website. You'll find them on the Honors website: Current Students: Course Descriptions: Fall 2014.


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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Congratulations to Jessica Goodman

    Jessica, an Honors College senior has been awarded one of 10 Frost Scholarships to study at the University of Oxford. 

    This is the first year for this scholarship which funds current students of the State University System of Florida for one-year, full-time Master's courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Jessica has been accepted to study for the M.Sc. in Archaeological Science. She will live in St. Hugh's College. 

    You can learn more about the Frost Scholarship at the link below.

    Link: Frost Scholarship Link

  • Congratulations to Trang Luong

    Trang has been named as the New Face of Engineering - College Edition 2014 by Discover E. The College Edition recognizes the best and brightest engineering students whose academic successes and experiences have positioned them to make an impact. 

    Trang is one of only 15 third, fourth or fifth year undergraduate engineering students in the United States to receive this scholarship. 

    She is featured on the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) website,

    Link: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) website

  • Congratulations to Steffanie Munguia

    Steffanie, an Honors College sophmore, has received a Hollings Scholarship. The Hollings Scholarship Program provides undergraduate students with up to $8,000 per year for two years for academic assistance and a 10-week, full-time paid internship position during the summer at a NOAA facility.

    For more information regarding Hollings, please visit:

    Link: httpwwwoesdnoaagovscholarshipshollingshtmlpagetimeline

  • Congratulations to Sarah Seabrook

    Sarah, an Honors College junior, received a Udall Scholarship. This is her third national scholarship as she received the Gilman Scholarship and Hollings Scholarship in 2012.

    The award is given for a commitment to the environment and awardees receive a $5,000 scholarship to support research related to the environment. Sarah also becomes a member of a national, professional network of scientists, activists, educators, lawyers and others working on environmental issues.

    For more information regarding the Udall Scholarship, please visit:

    Link: httpwwwudallgovourprogramsmkuscholarshipmkuscholarshipaspx

  • The Washington Center

    The Washington Center is accepting applications for Fall 2014. The deadlines are provided below. Students that apply prior to the priority deadline have a greater choice in internship placements and better chances in receiving a TWC scholarship that they may apply for.

    The Washington Center Fall  2014 Semester Deadlines:

    Fall 2014 Priority Deadline: May 7

    Fall 2014 Regular Deadline: June 11

    For more information, visit:

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! - MCAT Prep Sociology Courses


    The USF Sociology Department is offering pre-med students courses that emphasize sociology, health-related research, and methodological training. These courses will assist students in preparing for content on the MCAT2015. 

    For the Fall 2014 term, two sections of "Introduction to Sociology" will be tailored to fit the interests of pre-med students by including health-related research and examples.  These sections are introductory-level courses and are appropriate for students at any level. SYG2000 sections 007 and 008 taught by Dr. W. Tyson. 

    The Sociology department is also offering an additional course specifically for juniors and seniors who are preparing to take the MCAT.  The course is listed as both ISS 3930 and SYA 4930 section 011 "Bodies, Minds, Society & Health" and is taught by Professor Donileen Loseke. This is similar to the Honors course IDH 3400 section 001 taught by Dr. Loseke this spring. Dr. Loseke's course focuses on social science research methods and includes attention to research from sociology as well as psychology and related disciplines.  


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USF Honors College Student Council

  • New! - Honors LLC Improv Showcase

    The USF Honors College LLC, in collaboration with Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF, is presenting the Improvisation Showcase on TUESDAY APRIL 22nd at 4:00 in JPH Room 1317! All semester, the students have been perfecting the art of improvisation, and in a Whose-Line-Is-It-Anyway style performance, will demonstrate their skills of quick-thinking and humorous on-the-spot scenes, all with the help of audience participation! 

    Lemonade and snacks will be available at the event, with all proceeds and donations going to Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF! Camp Boggy Creek is a non-profit pediatric camp that provides safe weekend retreats for children with life threatening and chronic illnesses! This will be a Fresh-People-Five Event, so come on out and support your fellow Honors Students and CBC at USF!


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Student Submissions

  • New! - Interested in a healthcare career

    Interested in a healthcare career?   

    • Full-time or part-time job opportunities for undergraduates or recent grads.
    • Hiring Research Assistants and Medical Transcriptionist will train
    • 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.


  • New! - Undergraduate Thesis Students

    Dr. George Blanck is a college of Medicine faculty member who has taken Honors students as research assistants for many years.  He is in the market for one or two students who can write code, especially Perl or Python, though C++ and Java are not out of the question.  Please contact him at this email address: Blanck, George <> 


  • Culture Wars German Intellectuals and WWI

    Join the Department of World Languages for Culture Wars: German Intellectuals and WWI by Dr. Helmut J. Schneider on Thursday, April 24, 2014 in the Grace Allen Room (USF Tampa Library) from 2pm-4pm.
    This will be a FreshPeople 5 Event.

  • Great Chinese Courses for the Fall

    1.) CHT3520/ Chinese Film

    TR 3:30-4:45

    In recent years, Chinese films have won numerous awards in international film festivals. Who are the major directors, actors, and producers? What are some of the recurrent themes discussed in these films? This survey course explores cinema of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, including films by Ang Lee (the director of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, and Life of Pi), Zhang Yimou (Hero, Raise and Red Lantern), Wong Kar-Wai (The Grandmaster, In the Mood for Love), and John Woo (The Killer, A Better Tomorrow). Focusing on both formal aspects and cultural contents, we will explore topics such as transnational imaginations, the aestheticization of violence, and the visualization of sexualities No knowledge of the Chinese language is required. All required films carry English subtitles, and all reading is done in English.

    2.) CHT3124/ Modern Chinese Literature in Translation TR 11:00 -12:15

    This survey class explores highlights of the Chinese literary tradition in the modern period from 1911 to the present day. We will explore influential works and literary movements that have shaped modern Chinese culture and thoughts. Primary texts include Nobel literature laureate Gao Xingjian's One Man's Bible, Taiwanese colonial writer Wu Zhuoliu's Orphan of Asia, and May Fourth intellectuals' short stories and novels. Through close reading of the selected works, we will also study literature in relation to broader sociocultural movements such as Japanese colonialism in Taiwan, the Cultural Revolution, and the postwar nativist and root seeking movements. No prior knowledge of Chinese language is required. 

    Contact Mei- Hsuan Chiang for more information at


  • Stronger Than I Knew Project

    The Stronger Than I Knew Project invites USF students to make a short video telling their story of how they successfully faced and overcame a personal challenge. The purpose of this project is to celebrate resilience and promote hope, particularly for students who may be in the midst of similar challenges.

    The trailer video and full list of guidelines for creating a video can be seen here:


    Link: Stronger Than I Knew Project Flyer

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