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.
1. Please remember that Convocation is this Firday. We will gather in front (south side) of ADM at 12:45. Covocation and your Induction ceremony will be completed before 3PM. I look forward to seeing all of you!
Old-timers, we would like to have you see our new freshpeople inducted so plesae join us.
2. We have started to post our events for the semester. There is something for everyone but spots are limited so it is important that you sign up early. We have a judge, transplant surgeon, head of the USF Board of Trustees (which sets your tuition, among other things), CEO of one of the largest AD agencies in the United States, head of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce and others. We restrict the audiences to 40 so that you can get to know and question guests. We always have food or snacks.
There are also social events you may attend and service projects to volunteer for.
You may sign up by going to the Honors College website. IF YOU SIGN UP FOR AN EVENT YOU MUST ATTEND UNLESS YOU HAVE A DOCUMENTED EXCUSE-an absense means that you are taking someone's spot and that is not a "classy" thing to do.
Freshpeople, remember you must attend 5 events so sign up early.
3. The Honors musical ensemble will meet at 6PM in FAH 101 on Monday September 14. Please be there if you play or sing.
Hurricane Research Project Opportunity
Interested in being part of a hurricane research team or contributing volunteer community service hours?
Would you like to work in a large interdisciplinary research team examining hurricane evacuation behavior?
We are looking for students to join the team. Learn about the research process, learn about social aspects of hurricane evacuations and develop interview skills as we perform a research study on people leaving during a hurricane evacuation. In addition to research this is a community service project where we will be handing out hurricane guides. You will also have some research experience to put on your resume as you network and make new contacts with people largely in other field such as Geography, Sociology and statistics. You must be willing to travel with the group at the time a hurricane evacuation is ordered in Florida. Please email Dr. Jennifer Collins ASAP if you are interested at firstname.lastname@example.org so more information can be provided to you and you can learn about training sessions etc.
Due to limited space, some Honors College events require you to RSVP. You may see a listing of all upcoming Honors events in the 'Upcoming Events' section of the Honors website (http://honors.usf.edu). Clicking an event will take you to a description on the calendar page. If the event requires an RSVP you will be able to do so there.
To see how many FreshPeople 5 events you have attended, to view outstanding RSVPs, or to CANCEL your RSVP please use the 'My Events' portion of the website located at https://honors.usf.edu/MyRSVP_Verify.html. Clicking on MYEVENTS will give you a list of events you are registered for and each has a box next to it to click if you need to cancel your RSPV. If you must cancel your RSVP please do so as quickly as you can so that the seat will open up for another student.
Note that you must bring your USF ID card to all Honors Events. If you do not have your student ID we will be unable to mark you in attendance for FreshPeople 5 credit.
Effective Fall 2009, the Biology and Chemistry Departments have instituted a new policy for students who receive D/F grades in major applicable courses. Please visit the Honors College Blackboard organization for full details. This policy will impact new and continuing USF students.
H1N1 Information -- IMPORTANT Note from Dr. Yavneh
Student Health Services and the Florida Department of Health are expecting that 25% or more of USF's students will be affected by H1N1 (swine flu) this season. This illness is marked by the SUDDEN onset of fever (100.5+), severe body ache and a cough. You should call your health care provider, but, because anti-viral medications are not very effective against this type of flu, you will probably not need to be seen unless you have or are at high risk for complications. You should plan on staying at home until you have been fever-free (without medication) for 24 hours.
To help prevent the flu, please wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
As a precaution, we recommend you stock up on tissues, ibuprofen and a THERMOMETER in advance, since health care providers will want to know your temperature when you call. As a Jewish mother, I also recommend that you buy a couple of cans of chicken soup, just in case.
If you are ill, do NOT come to the Honors College but email or phone us instead. Rather than attend class, please phone your health care provider or the student health services. They will likely ask you your temperature, which is why we highly recommend you buy yourself a thermometer.
Required Thesis Workshops
To all students registered for the first semester of thesis: you must attend one of the following Thesis workshops. Please RSVP on the Honors website.
Thesis Workshops in the Honors Lounge :
Wed, Aug 26, 10 a.m.
Th, Aug 27, 2 p.m.
Mon, Aug 31, 2 p.m.
Tue, Sept 1, 10 a.m.
Financial Literacy and Alcohol Edu Grades
The grades for the Life Skills Tutorials may take up to two weeks to be posted.
If you have questions about Financial Literacy, please contact the financial aid office. If you have questions about Alcohol Edu, please contact Jennifer Fuller at student health services.
Undergraduate Scholar Award
This message is for all of our Honors students but particularly those who are incoming Freshpeople and those getting ready to start their second USF year.
It is not too early to think about the kinds of activities you want to participate in; now is a particularly good time to do that since classes have not yet begun. All of these opportunities will enhance your education and your resume so that when you get ready to apply to graduate or professional school or for a great job, you will be competitive with the best students across the country.
I would like to introduce you to one of USF's highest recognitions: the Undergraduate Scholar Award. As a national research University with a global mission, students are recognized for serving the community, conducting research, and experiencing the world's diversity. Designed to foster your personal, intellectual and cultural growth, the Undergraduate Scholar Award would add depth to your University of South Florida academic experience. In addition to facilitating research opportunities, this innovative program will support you to engage in meaningful service and make 'connections' with the global community. While important in their own right, these activities also make you competitive for prestigious national awards such as the Rhodes, Marshall, and Truman scholarships. In general, these awards are designed for creative, visionary, academically strong students. Some awards are for graduate/professional study in the United States; some are for study at Oxford, Cambridge, Glasgow, or at many other world-class institutions.
To achieve our goals, over the next four years, you will complete four components as an Undergraduate Scholar: provide service to the community, conduct mentored undergraduate research, pursue an international experience, and write an integrative essay. We will reward you with praise and a handsome medallion at graduation. Further, both your transcript and diploma will identify you as an Undergraduate Scholar. You are ready to achieve, we are ready to support your efforts!
If you would like further information about the Undergraduate Scholar Award, please email Mr. Mejias at email@example.com
Seeking Prospective Applicants for Fall Competitions
The Office of National Scholarships is currently seeking prospective applicants for the following competitions: Fulbright, Gates-Cambridge, Gilman, Javits, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, NSF, Rotary, Truman, Udall, USA Today, and Elie Wiesel Ethics Prize!
For more information on these competitions, contact Mr. Mejias: firstname.lastname@example.org .
RED has information on a wide variety of Scholarships and fellowships for graduate study. Please check the RED website and speak with Mr. Mejias.
Have you had experience writing for academic publications? Might you like to be involved in other ways, such as editing, etc?
The Office of Undergraduate Research is beginning a new cycle with Conjure, our research journal. However, we are not sure who will be taking charge.
If you are interested in participating in the creative writing process with Conjure, please email Lauren Schumacher at email@example.com. We will respond to you with more information when it becomes available. Thank you!
Research Position Available at Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt Cancer Center is looking to hire a part-time (10+ hours/ week) research assistant to work for a NCI-funded study examining risk factors for glioma (malignant brain tumors) - www.southeasternbraintumorstudy.org. The position involves data entry, data cleaning, filing and administering telephone interviews. Requirements for the position include a basic understanding of research, ability to work well in a team environment, knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and Access), effective communication skills and close attention to detail. Hours are flexible. This is a paid position.
If you are interested, please send your resume to Melissa Hanahan-Madden, MPH (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please create a profile on http://ur.usf.edu by clicking MyURLogin on the bottom right and then send your resume.
The Honors Student Council blog, The Pulse, is currently seeking writers, photographers, and a historian. Candidates must be creative, committed, and able to complete at least one assignment per month. Those interested are asked to send a sample of their writing or photography to Sarah Monson at email@example.com.
Upper Class Council Students Needed
We are looking for returning Council students to join us for Convocation on 09/04. If interested please meet in SVC 1101 at 12:30 (Chelsea's office) and we will walk over to the Marshall Student Center as a group.
Dance Marathon is back again for another round. Dance Marathon is a 17 hour charity event for All Children's Hospital that will be held on the 27th of March 2010. All you have to do for this is create or join a team and do some fundraising and then wait until the big night where you and all your friends can dance until your heart's content.
Sign up online to create or join at team and start fundraising!
An Honors College student is starting a charity and is seeking volunteers to assist in the project. The purpose of the charity is to provide Necessity Bags for women in domestic violence shelters. These bags will include everyday essentials such as soap, razors, shampoo, etc.
The following positions need to be filled: Secretary, Director of Communications, 2 Co-directors of Charitable Events and 2 Co-directors of Fundraising. Volunteers will be expected to make a 3-5 hour/week commitment. Contact Amber Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Get Carded's First Meeting
Get Carded is a student organization that is dedicated about spreading awareness and clearing up misconceptions about organ and tissue donation. Come learn about donation and enjoy free cookies and treats! Our first meeting will be held on Sept 3, 2009 at 12pm in the Marshall Center (CLCE lounge on the first floor). E-mail Tami Mendelson with any questions: email@example.com
2009 International Photo & Video Competition:
International Affairs is proud to sponsor the annual International Photo Competition, open to all USF students, faculty, staff, and alumni! International Affairs is again partnering with the UFS Film & Video Association to host the Second Annual International Video Competition. Prizes are awarded in each category. More information can be found in the attached flyer and on our web site at http://global.usf.edu/photo_contest.php.
International Education Week 2009:
International Affairs celebrates international education and exchange worldwide between November 16 and November 20, 2009. Each year USF hosts a variety of events across campus, promoting and commemorating international academic exchange. To participate in International Education Week 2009, contact Samira Obeid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Abroad Fair, Fall 2009:
The Education Abroad Fair Fall 2009 will be held on September 24, 2009 outside the Marshall Center from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. The fair will give students the opportunity to study in various destinations across the globe. Opportunities include semester exchange, short term programs, service learning, volunteering, internships and dual degree opportunities.
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