Know-a-BULL News
Week of 05/12/2008 - Issue # 12  

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

  • 05/12/2008 (Monday) - First Day of Classes, Summer A and C
  • 05/13/2008 (Tuesday) 2:00 PM - Thesis Workshop (SVC 1040 Student Lounge)
  • 05/14/2008 (Wednesday) 10:00 AM - Thesis Workshop (SVC 1040 Student Lounge)
  • 05/26/2008 (Monday) - USF Closed - Memorial Day

  • Please let Dr. Silverman know if you will complete your thesis and plan on graduating this summer.

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Honors College

  • Dean's Update:

    Welcome back and best of luck in your summer classes.  Honors faculty and staff are here to help and you should let us know if you face a problem or if you wish to explore opportunities which can make your education stronger.

  • 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.

    For more information, contact Mr. Mejias at

  • 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.

  • New IDH 4000 section for Fall'08: Land Development & Construction with George Karpay

    George Karpay has been developing land and building houses, apartment complexes, offices and malls for more than 40 years.  Most of his projects have been in the Tampa Bay area but he has developed and built elsewhere as well.  What Mr. Karpay does is really problem solving as applied to a specific aspect of business. 

     This seminar will help you to learn problem solving skills that can be used in any endeavor; the context, however, will be in the area of land development and construction.  Here are some of the topics which will be explored via class presentations and field experiences.  Students will get to analyze real projects.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and there will only be room for 6 students.

    A. Single Family
    1. How to determine price range
    2. Analyze costs of a finished lot
    3. Profit

    B. Multi Family
    1. Monthly price range
    2. Market research breakdown
    3. Importance of density
    4. Size of apartments
    5. Appurtenances
    6. Community improvements
    7. Analysis of income & expenses
    8. Analysis of importance of Gross Effective Income (GEI)
    9. Net profit / capitalization rates

    C. Commercial & Industrial

    D. Raw Land Development

    Steps to take before “a shovel goes in the ground”
    A. Shopping for a site
    B. Elements of a contract (purchase price, terms, conditions)
    C. Financing
    D. Government agency approval

  • 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 screenwriting, 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.

  • New Master's Program in Medical Sciences (Women's Health Concentration)
    Women’s Health concentration, within the Master’s Program in Medical Sciences, has been developed to provide a new interdisciplinary and concentrated program of study that is designed for students interested in the emerging field of gender medicine. Click Here for more information.
  • Saving Seats Equals Academic Dishonesty

    The University is carefully looking at student registrations to prevent students from "holding" places for their friends. The penalties for doing this are severe, including loss of early registration privileges, so please do not attempt to do your friend a favor.

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RED - National Fellowships

  • E-mail Mr. Mejias,, to be enrolled in Resources for Educational Distinction’s BlackBoard site!  Be the first to get news on scholarships, fellowships, and other unique opportunities!

  • PS2 : Program for Scholars in Public Service

    At the University of South Florida we believe in the importance of service, and we believe in supporting students who wish to serve their communities.  It is in that context that we offer the Program for Scholars in Public Service (PS2).  The program is open to a select group of First-Year undergraduate students; second-year students may be considered if space is available. 

    PS2  works with students to foster service, global engagement and research by providing a framework for undergraduate students who want to strengthen and maintain their commitment to serving communities locally in Tampa Bay, nationally and globally.  We believe that students with these skills and experiences are greatly advantaged when they apply to graduate and professional schools or when considered for the very best jobs.

    • Volunteer hours will be eligible for Presidential Volunteer Service Awards
    • Additional scholarships/funding; study abroad support
    • Special advising
    • National scholarship preparation
    • Opportunity to publish in Ut Prosim: The Journal of Scholars in Public Service
    • Multi-year commitment to your personal development
    • Promote public service as a vital aspect of the undergraduate experience
    • Integration of service and scholarship
    • Recognizing students who perform outstanding service

    To qualify for this exciting program, you must have an SAT score of at least 1200 or an ACT score of 28, as well as a weighted high school GPA of 3.5 or higher, and complete an application.  To learn more about PS2, contact Mr. Mejias:

  • Onsite Field Engineer Internships
    Big Sur Technologies, Inc. is seeking Field Engineer Interns to assist with our small to medium size business customers.  Candidates will:
    1. assist our customers with support from desktop to datacenter
    2. install hardware, software (antivirus, office applications, etc) and provide configuration and ongoing support

    Preferred skills include PC and Network Troubleshooting within but not limited to the following areas; TCP/IP, networking, desktops, laptops, memory, hubs, switches, printers, wireless, and more.  

    Must be willing to diversify skills, and travel to local customers.  Travel is reimbursed @ .38 a mile when traveling from our office to a customer’s site and back, not from home or school to our office.

    Candidates will have the opportunity for ongoing career enhancement via diversifying skills into other areas.  Internships could lead to full-time employment.  Contact Mr. Mejias for more information.

    For more information, contact Mr. Mejias.

  • 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

     For more information, please contact:
    Stephanie Pragnell
    (941) 741-4075

  • Campus Deadlines for 2009 Competitions:

    Sept 10: Rhodes (graduate study at Oxford, )
                   Marshall (graduate study at UK Universities, )
                   Gates-Cambridge (graduate study at Cambridge, )
                   Mitchell (graduate study in Ireland, )

    Oct 1: Fulbright (study abroad, )
               Goldwater (graduate study in math, science or engineering, )

    Nov 1: Truman (graduate study in International Affairs,
                Carnegie Junior Fellows (international affairs,

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HCSC - Honors College Student Council

  • Tentative Honors Council Fall 2008 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

  • If you are interested in volunteering abroad, the Fulbright Program, or the Peace Corps, check out the website Adam King, an Honors student, created as a thesis project, for information :
  • 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. 


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