Know-a-BULL News
Week of 07/21/2015 - Issue # 373

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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 7/22/2015 Office of National Scholarships Gilman Spring Application Workshop
 7/24/2015 Freshmen Orientation
 7/28/2015 Freshmen Orientation
 8/7/2015 Honors College Commencement Ceremony
 8/14/2015 Freshmen Orientation
 8/18/2015 Freshmen Orientation
* Freshpeople 5 Events
* LLC Events
* PSP Events
* TOE Events
* Special Scholars Events

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    It is with a mixture of regret (for us) and pleasure (for her) that I announce the Dr. Linda Lucas has decided to retire from USF.  She will be retiring in August, but her last day in the office will be July 10th. 

    Her departure will leave a huge hole in the Honors community that will be impossible to fill.  As many readers of the newsletter know, her contributions to the College have been numerous, and even in my short time here I have come to appreciate how great a role she has played in the College's success.  Her leadership in developing the Office of National Scholarships from an idea into one of the most successful operations of its kind in the nation is her most conspicuous contribution to the prestige of both the College and USF generally, and for that good work everyone is deeply grateful to her.  Her tireless efforts in support of our students have made possible many success stories, and have changed the lives and fortunes of many of our graduates.  Her efforts have contributed greatly to changing the academic culture at USF and have given our students -- past, present, and future -- the conviction that they can compete at the very highest national and international level.  That is a great legacy. 

    This past year, in the role of Assistant Dean for Special Projects, she has expanded her leadership role to successfully manage the College's first national faculty search, organize the complex data gathering necessary to support USF's application for a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and undertake a number of other important projects.  I am very grateful for her willingness to take on this new role in support of the College's mission. 

    I know that everyone reading this will join me in wishing her the very best in her retirement, and I hope that you will tell her so personally.  There will be an event to commemorate her service to the university, and to celebrate her retirement, sometime later this summer or early fall -- details to follow. 


  • New! - Paid medical assistant opportunity

    Are you seeking a paid medical assistant opportunity?  

    An alumna's dermatology practice, located in Plant City, is currently seeking to hire a medical and administrative assistant.  This position will include scribing for providers in the exam room, assisting with procedures, cleaning instruments, as well as reception desk duties.  It is a great opportunity to learn a little medicine, and the business side of the practice.  

    They would like a 1-year commitment, with 1 month overlap to help train his/her successor.  Employment could be 20-30 hours per week, depending on the needs of the student. Thursdays would be mandatory.

    Send your resume/CV and a paragraph stating your interest in this opportunity to Mr. Mejias:

  • Honors College Bulls Abroad International Photography Exhibition

    Who: All USF Tampa Honors College students that have participated in an international experience between August 2014-August 2015.

    What: Contestants can submit up to 3 of their favorite pictures taken internationally.

    All entries must include:

    • Name

    • Major

    • Photo title

    • City, Country (where the picture was taken)

    • Date taken        

    • Type/name of trip (ex. USF in Florence Study Abroad, USF Honors College Costa Rica Volunteer Trip, DAAD Research Internship)

    Please keeping editing to a minimum. Email a high resolution digital copy to Indira Ranaweera at with the subject line "Honors Bulls Abroad" and the required information included in the email. Honors College students will vote to choose the finalists, and a panel of professional photographers will decide the winners.  Winning photographs will be displayed in a public exhibition. The top 3 winners will receive a scholarship prize! The picture and description should be submitted to Indira Ranaweera at by September 1, 2015. It is strongly encouraged that pictures are submitted as soon as possible after the completion of the program. Please note that photos submitted to the Honors College photo contest may not be used for other photo competitions.


  • Permits and Course Descriptions

    Permits and Thesis Permits for Fall 15 registration are open. You will need a permit if you are new to the Honors College or are a double major. Incoming Freshmen should not apply for permits as you will have assistance in registering.

    ALL Thesis Requests require a permit. For first semester thesis, please see your Honors Advisor and have them check the approval box for Thesis I approval.

    Course Descriptions for Fall are posted on the Honors College web page.

  • Honors LLC End of Year Survey

    Give us your feedback about the LLC this year! Mr. Lucien has promised a pizza party to any pod or floor that has full participation in survey completion! Spread the word!


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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Are you a first generation student who wants to study abroad?

    Read this article from a Gilman Scholarship recipient and consider applying for a Gilman Scholarship! 

    Link: First Generation Study Abroad

  • Congratulations to Indira Ranaweera

    Indira, an Honors College junior, has been awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Spain during the summer 2015 semester. She will be attending the University of Connecticut's Neuroscience Study Abroad Program in Salamanca.

    To learn more about the Gilman Scholarship, please visit:


  • Congratulations to Tiffany OBrien

    Tiffany, an Honors College sophomore, has been awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Costa Rica during the summer 2015 semester. As a psychology major with an interest in working with Spanish speaking populations in the future, studying abroad in Costa Rica will enable Tiffany to develop her cross cultural communication skills.

    To learn more about the Gilman Scholarship, please visit:


  • Congratulations to Myla Nguyen

    Myla, an Honors College junior, has been awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in South Korea during the summer 2015 semester. While abroad, Myla will continue her business-oriented academic pursuits at Yonsei International Summer School (YISS) in Seoul.

    To learn more about the Gilman Scholarship, please visit:


  • Interested in studying abroad in the spring?

    Attend an upcoming Gilman Information Session to learn how and why you should apply for the Gilman Scholarship Program. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards of up to $5,000 to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

    The Gilman eligibility requirements include:

    • Pell Grant recipient

    • Minimum 4-week study abroad program (in any country except Cuba or DOS's Travel Warning List)

    • U.S. Citizenship

    • Full-time Undergraduate

    The sessions will be held Tuesday, June 23 at 3pm in ALN 252 and Wednesday, July 22 at 10am in ALN 252. Sign up for a workshop at under the Upcoming Events Calendar.



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. Chambers.

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • Open LLC Opportunities on Campus

    The Honors Living Learning Community is currently full for the Fall 2015-Spring 2016 academic year.  If you are still looking for an LLC experience, here are two great opportunities for you.


    The Global Citizens LLC is open and currently accepting students for the upcoming academic year! If you are an international student, interested in study abroad, studying a foreign language, or interested in a major involving global issues, this is the LLC for you! Apply here (


    If you will be joining one of the USF ROTC programs and intend to live on campus, the ROTC LLC would love to have you! In addition to the activities associated with living on campus, the ROTC LLC has additional programming available for residents that are interested in becoming military officers and promotes camaraderie among residents. If you have any questions regarding this LLC, please contact Mr. John Sarao at


    If you have any questions regarding housing in general, please visit the Housing and Residential Education website (

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Student Submissions

  • Engineering LLC Space Available

    The Engineering Living Learning Community has spaces available for females in Castor and Poplar Hall for the upcoming 2015-2016 year! Enjoy a dinner with the Dean of the College of Engineering hosted by your mentor or take advantage of tutors that come to the floor. Connect with your peers at ELLC exclusive events such as the ELLC picnic, pancake advising, or a ropes course day at riverfront park. If you are interested in living in the ELLC, please contact John Morgan at

    Link: USF Housing Residential Education

  • Looking for Leadership Experience Future Health Professional

    HOSA: Future Health Professionals is looking for driven students to join the events committee. The events committee will assist in managing volunteer opportunities, organization-wide events, showcases, fundraisers and more. Students whom apply should want to pursue a health career, have experience with volunteering, event planning or fundraising and have a passion for growing HOSA. Previous involvement in HOSA is not required, but highly recommended. We encourage you to look at before applying. Interested applicants should send their resume/CV and a short paragraph explaining their qualifications and interest to BOTH Paige DePagter, and Kathryn Ospino, Applications will be due no later than July 31st. If you have any questions about the application process, duties or time commitment, please email

  • Learn to Row Sessions hosted by USF Rowing

    Interested in trying something new? Come try out the awesome sport beloved by Stephen Hawking and Bradley Cooper! Participate in one of the three Learn to Row sessions sponsored by the USF Rowing Club this summer. Only $15 a person for personalized coaching and a unique experience! Open to all USF students. Contact us by email at or like our Facebook page to learn more and sign up today!

    Link: Facebook page

  • Paid Tutoring Positions Available

    Interested in making $20-30 per hour? While working with CogniTutor, LLC, you choose your own working times and tutoring location. What's more, you get the chance to receive mentoring and help from a caring team. All in all, working with us is a great way for Honors College students to make money in a convenient way!

    Contact Loni Lebanoff at or 863-521-3892 with any questions.

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