It’s hard to believe that another semester and another year are almost “history”! This one has gone by very quickly, as have the 21 years I’ve served as Director and now Dean of Honors. I have been particularly impressed with a number of things this year and I wanted to take a moment to tell you about them.
You have again distinguished yourselves in a variety of ways. Thesis day was spectacular with more “professional” caliber presentations than I could ever have imagined. An increasing number of you have gotten into the best, most prestigious medical, law, dental and graduate schools. The jobs you have been offered are absolutely wonderful. More of you than ever before have GPAs over 3.3, over 3.5, over 3.7 and over 3.9. This is the first year of the Grace Allen Honors College/Library Scholar program and 11 students will have their theses published on the worldwide web. Five students are to be recognized as the first USF Undergraduate Scholars, excelling in research, global experience and service. Two students this year have been recognized as the “Outstanding Senior” at graduation and more than a handful have earned the King-O’Neal 4.0 Scholar designation. What amazes me about all of this that your accomplishments come as full-time students who work and manage various family responsibilities; you are not, in the main, students who go to school and do nothing else!
The research you have presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium and at national conferences is the equal of what the best students in the country have done. You have won College, University and other awards at a greater rate than ever before. Your talents in music, film making, dancing and the arts are just wonderful.
I am impressed with the thousands of hours you donate to community agencies, your houses of worship and the University. Many of you make what you “touch” better than how you found it. You demonstrate amazing creativity in your academic activities. I see this clearly in your seminar projects and in your theses. You have published more papers in professional journals and presented more papers at national, regional and state conferences this year than ever before. I am impressed with the creative writing projects you have completed, the art shows at which you have shown your work and the music recitals at which you have performed. You are a good, talented, bright group of human beings whom I am proud to know.
Next year, take advantage of the opportunity to go to conferences to present your research, enter our research contest, come to our picnics and parties, look into the national scholarships, join our band and enjoy making music with friends. There is much that you can do now which will be harder to do later on.
I hope you have a great summer. Be productive, relax, have fun, get away. Do the things you dream of; don’t wait too long to follow your hearts. Know that we are here should you need anything. I look forward to seeing you in the fall.
To those of you who are graduating, you have my best wishes for success and happiness. I truly hope that all your dreams are realized, your lives are filled with joy and good health and that you help to make the lives of others better. Please keep in touch with Honors and let me know how you are doing. I really do care. Please remember that those who came before you helped you with scholarships, internships and all of the “extras” you received as Honors College students; please remember to help those who will come after you. Farewell!
Graduation Checks for Summer/Fall 2008
If you are hoping to graduate in summer or fall 2008, it is critical that you meet with a departmental advisor to ensure that you have registered for all required courses to graduate. If you have any questions about your Honors curriculum, please contact an Honors advisor.
- Thesis Workshops
Are you beginning your Thesis this summer? If so, you must attend one of the following Thesis workshops in the Lounge at which we will prepare you for the task ahead and answer whatever questions you might have. Attendance is required.
Tuesday, May 13 at 2 PM
Wednesday, May 14 at 10 AM
USF Undergraduate Scholars
The strategic plan of the University of South Florida seeks to expand world-class interdisciplinary research, creative and scholarly endeavors and to expand local and global engagement initiatives. The Undergraduate Scholars
program adds depth to students' University of South Florida academic experience. It is designed to help students apply academic learning to real-life issues and problems through faculty supervised research. This innovative program seeks to encourage students to engage in meaningful service and to ‘connect’ to the global community. The University Scholars program recognizes students who fulfill the University goals of community engagement, undergraduate research, and global citizenship on both transcript and diploma.
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Becoming a Grace Allen Scholar
Honors theses of outstanding quality will be published on-line through the USF library website. This is the same recognition given doctoral dissertations and on-line publication means that each thesis will be available to researchers worldwide. Students whose theses are accepted for this distinction will be recognized at graduation as “Grace Allen Scholars,” in memory of the wife of USF’s founding president, who passed away last December.
In order to be considered for this designation, students must submit an extra, unbound copy of their theses to the Honors College main office, along with a letter of nomination from the mentor, no later than August 1, 2008. Because this date is in advance of graduation, a complete draft may be submitted, with the understanding that any decision will be contingent on the presentation of the final thesis. Further information about format and other submission requirements will be distributed in over the summer.
Grace Allen was known as USF’s “first lady” for her dedication of her time, energy and resources to this institution. In one of his last conversations with Mrs. Allen, Dr. Kleine received her permission to name this outstanding thesis designation in her honor. We are gratified that this program to publish scholarship by undergraduates will be a lasting legacy to a woman who did so much for USF and its library in general and for the Honors College in particular. During her final days, she frequently mentioned us as the part of the university she particularly cherished.
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 http://honors.usf.edu/Permit_Verify.html
An overview of the elements of narrative filmmaking, including screenwriting, pre-production, production, and post-production. Students will learn essential techniques and skills, then
collaboratively undertake their own film projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Manatee Village Historical Park Summer 2008 Internship Opportunity
Intern would assist in the development of museum education programs, including but not limited to exhibits, a new traveling history trunk program and a One-Room Schoolhouse project.
This opportunity is well-suited for Education, History, or Museum Studies students searching for a hands-on experience. An UNPAID position, The Historical Park is willing to work with your academic advisor/institution regarding hours per week, assessment and academic credit.
Deadline to apply: May 15, 2008
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Campus Deadlines for 2009 Competitions:
Sept 10: Rhodes (graduate study at Oxford, www.rhodesscholar.org )
Marshall (graduate study at UK Universities, www.marshallscholarship.org )
Gates-Cambridge (graduate study at Cambridge, www.gatesscholar.org )
Mitchell (graduate study in Ireland, www.us-irelandalliance.org/wmspage.cfm?parm1=2 )
Oct 1: Fulbright (study abroad, http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html )
Goldwater (graduate study in math, science or engineering, www.act.org/goldwater )
Nov 1: Truman (graduate study in International Affairs, www.truman.gov)
Carnegie Junior Fellows (international affairs,
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