Greetings! I want to take this opportunity to say two things to the Honors College community: The first is that I am tremendously proud and excited to be the Dean of this wonderful community of teachers and learners. The phrase “dream job” is badly overworked these days, but I can’t think of a better way to describe my feelings about holding this position. I knew after the initial interviews with faculty, students, and staff from across the campus that this is the job for which I have been waiting. Since taking the position, everyone has made me and my wife feel warmly welcome in the USF community, so my sense that we’re in the right place at the right time grows stronger all the time. I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can in the coming weeks and months as I learn more about the College and its people. The second thing I’d like to say is “thank you” to Dean Stuart Silverman, who was the Founding Dean of the College, and who built the fine organization that I am now privileged to lead. His generous spirit and his passion for excellence pervade every aspect of the College, and his influence will continue to be felt for a long time. There’s an old adage that cautions anyone taking a new position to “choose your predecessor carefully.” I can’t imagine a predecessor whose legacy is more worthy of honor than Dean Silverman. I know that all of you join me in wishing him the very best in his retirement. If you haven’t yet let him know how much you appreciate him, I encourage you to do so soon –
New! - 2014 TGH TGMG Summer Interns Present Research
The University of South Florida has partnered with specialty physicians at Tampa General Medical Group and Tampa General Hospital to provide a unique experience for a select group of undergraduate students. On August 4th, Honors College students Tabitha Michaud '16 (her second summer), Kyle Mascarinas '16, Leah Kingsbury '15, Micah Johnstone '15, and Allison Distler '15 presented research conducted as summer interns.
Students participated in retrospective clinical research projects with a mentoring physician, shadowed physicians in the hospital setting, and participated in a series of lectures on medically important topics. Some interns will have the opportunity to continue to work with physicians on projects during the subsequent school year. Selection for Summer 2015 will begin in early February, 2015. For more information, contact Mr. Mejias: firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Topics Course
New Course Addition: If you are interested in learning more about interprofessional health teams, please join Dr. Donna Petersen, Dean of the USF School of Public Health in this 0 to 1 credit Special Topics course on Tuesday's 4:00-4:50 pm in ALN 252 this Fall semester. As a student in this course, you will rotate among interprofessional teams that consist of a variety of health professionals. Class time will be devoted to discussions about these experiences and assignments. For more information, please contact Niharika Yerrapragada at email@example.com. The course is listed under Dr. Fogel as IDH 4930, section 006.
New! - Soros Award for New Americans Graduate School Funding
Are you an accomplished USF graduate who has overcome some challenges AND who is enrolled or plans to enroll full time in graduate, medical or law school in 2015-16? Were you born on or after November 1, 1983? And, are you a New American defined as ONE of the following being true:
1. You have been naturalized as a US citizen either on your own or as a minor child under the application of one of your parents.
2. You are - or will by the application deadline be - in possession of a valid green card. (Note, if you have a green card application pending and hope it will be approved by the application deadline, please wait to submit your application until you actually receive your green card.)
3. You are a US citizen by birth, but neither of your birth parents was a US citizen or eligible for US citizenship at the time of his or her birth, and at least one of them subsequently became a naturalized US citizen.
4. You were born outside of the United States or one of its territories and were subsequently adopted by American parents and were awarded US citizenship as a result of your adoption. To the best of your knowledge, neither of your birth parents was a US citizen.
5. You have been - or by the application deadline will have been - granted deferred action under the government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. (Note, if you have a DACA application pending and hope it will be approved by the application deadline, please wait to submit your application until you actually have been granted DACA status.)
Please join us for our USF Week of Welcome Open House event!
The Open House is a chance for students to learn more about our office, meet our advising staff and speak with previous national scholarship recipients in attendance.
The Open House will be held on Thursday, August 28 from 1pm to 3pm in the corridor outside of our office, ALN 271.
Paid Internship Opportunity in Washington DC at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
The purpose of the Congressional Internship Program (CIP) is to expose young Latinos to the legislative process and to strengthen their professional and leadership skills, ultimately promoting the presence of Latinos on Capitol Hill and in Federal Agencies.
The deadline for spring 2015 internships will be in early November.
Applications Now Open for Spring 2015 White House Internship Program
The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today's young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office of the President and engage them in public service opportunities.
Funding is available to USF students who receive the internship.
The deadline to apply for the spring program is September 7, 2014. If you plan to apply please contact Mr. Brian Arrowood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior Level Scholarships for Leadership and Public Service
The Truman Scholarship is a leadership/change agent scholarship for $30,000 towards graduate school in any field but particulary in public service and public policy. Truman wants those who wish to work in government, education, non-profit sector or public interest/advocacy sector to improve social conditions. They are looking for people who want to get a master's degree or doctorate or professional degree such as law, MPA in Public Administration, Public Health, Social Work, Education, Public Policy or International Affairs. You can learn more about the Truman Scholarship at: www.truman.gov
The Udall Scholarship is a leadership/change agent scholarship for the environment. Students receive $5,000 for tuition/educational expenses plus a week orientation and entry into an elite group of environmentalists at the national level. You can learn more about the Udall Scholarship at: www.udall.gov
Neurobiology of learning and memory laboratory is looking for volunteers to assist in everyday lab duties. Our interests include understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of learning and memory and in developing novel treatments for cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer's Disease.
New! - Scholarship opportunity
Epsilon chapter of Delta Tau Lambda Sorority, Inc. at the University of South Florida, is an organization that values academic excellence and strives to provide Latino women and other women of color with the tools they need to succeed. It is because of this passion that each year we raise money towards our Lydia Cruz and Sandra Maria Ramos Scholarship, which allows us to help an exceptional student continue on the path to reaching her goals.
The amount awarded this year will be $500. An overview of the scholarship is provided in the application, but to quickly summarize the eligibility requirements, applicants must be:
A woman of Latina or other minority descent.
Currently enrolled in high school as a senior entering college in Fall 2015 OR currently enrolled as a Freshman in college.
The deadline is October 3rd, 2014.  Contact: Thania Garcia:  email@example.com
The Make-A-Wish Foundation has come to USF with its new partner, Wishmakers on Campus! The new student organization works to raise funds, spread awareness and connect with children living with life-threatening medical conditions. Working closely with the foundation, Wishmakers on Campus will be hosting events and fundraisers as well as actively participating in Make-A-Wish events across the state of Florida! For more information about how to start granting wishes today, contact President Alec Waid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MSDN club at USF is looking for a new marketing director. This would entail making weekly advertisements for the events and showing up to bi-weekly officer meetings (every other Monday around 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm).
Contact: email@example.com if interested
USF IT Department Hiring Students
The USF Information Technology department is hiring at the Helpdesk!
If you have prior computer support experience, or have a good customer service background, please apply.
We offer up to 40 hours a week, work around your class schedule, and pay starts at $9.00
The new, nationally affiliated chapter of Be The Match On Campus at USF wants you! The non-profit organization Be The Match® works to save lives through the expansion of the bone marrow registry, broadening awareness, and fundraising. The application for volunteers and E-Board positions is now open. For more information on how to get involved, email the President Jillianne Ramirez at firstname.lastname@example.org Want to get involved and learn more? Our first fall meeting is on Thursday, September 4th from 7-9pm in MSC 3704.
The USF Contemporary Art Museum, in conjunction with GraphicStudio, will be hosting a Week of Welcome event on Wednesday, August 27. Please join us and visit our new exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum: "Richard Beckman: Outside the Curve of Reason" and "A Different Frame of Mind" and enjoy free snow cones and great prizes. We are also looking for 5 - 10 students to assist with welcoming students and running the scavenger hunt inside the museum. Students need not sign up for the whole two hour period, but may sign up for 45 minute blocks within the 3 - 5 pm time slot. For more information, please contact Steffanie Munguia at email@example.com.
A new club has been started on campus: the Camp Boggy Creek Chapter at USF! In affiliation w/ the non-profit pediatric camp, this club focuses on volunteering & fund-raising for children with chronic & life threatening illness by participating in weekend retreats to Camp Boggy Creek! Our club focuses on pediatric-oriented volunteering with both CBC, Shriners Hospital and the Ronald Mcdonald House Charity. For information about how to get involved email President Tabitha M at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark your calenders, our first Fall meeting will be in MSC 2703 at 5pm on Tuesday September 2nd!
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