Know-a-BULL News
Week of 09/08/2008 - Issue # 29  

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

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Honors College

  • Dean's Update:

    Please make sure that you RSVP to events you’d like to attend. If you do not, and if the event is too crowded, you may not get in.

    Our Freshpeople 5 events are meant for you to have a good time, interact with your peers and learn a bit as well.  We want you to enjoy whatever events you choose to attend!  Attendance will be taken at all Freshpeople 5 events so please have your USF ID with you.  When you RSVP to an event, make sure you attend.  If you do not, you are depriving a colleague student of a spot; only documented absences will be excused.

    F08 thesis workshop video has been posted on Honors Blackboard. It is under Documents/Thesis/Fall 08 Thesis Workshop Just click the link and you will see the video.

    It was wonderful to see all of you at the Convocation on Friday. You are truly an outstanding group of students and we are delighted that you chose USF. Please remember that Honors is here for you should any need arise.

    This edition of our newsletter contains information on what looks to be a unique symposium series.  The information will be on the Honors College web site and it is there that you can RSVP.  Generally speaking, 40 students is the limit for any Honors event so you need to sign up quickly.  You will notice several other events already on the web site that will allow you to meet Frank Morsani, a man who owned a large number of car dealerships across the country, is responsible for major league baseball in the Tampa bay area, has a building named for him on campus and has the main theater in town named for his wife.  Mr. Morsani has served on numerous state and national commissions and boards and is someone you ought to meet.  You can also greet Hilarion Martinez.  Mr. Martinez is with the U.S. Department of State, Diplomat in Residence for the State of Florida. The topic is: Considering a Career in the U.S. Foreign Service.  Other opportunities will appear regularly.  These are informal settings in which you can get to question an important person and get some sense of what has made him/her successful.

  • Colloquium Series - Fall 2008

    Our Colloquium series starts in less than 2 weeks and may be the best we have ever offered! You may sign up for one or multiple presentations but you probably want to go to the first one if possible so that you have the context for the rest of the series. As you will notice, some require that you go to a performance or exhibition prior to the Colloquium. In some cases the Colloquium is not in the Lounge. -Flyer-

  • "Art as a Catalyst for Social Transformation"

    The colloquium "Art as a Catalyst for Social Transformation" will be held on Friday, September 12, 9am-5pm at the new Marshall Center Plaza Room. This colloquium is related to the Honors College series so it would be a great way to get involved. I hope that you can attend. The colloquium will consider vital social issues through the lens of art, while engaging multiple disciplines; USF faculty in art, sociology, architecture and planning will respond to the presenters. The entire schedule can be accessed at You can earn freshman 5 credit if you attend sessions during the day which total 90 minutes. Please RSVP on the Honors website if you will attend.

  • Michael Berube - Why the Liberal Arts are Important to You

    This is a great event for those of you interested in why the liberal arts are important to you, no matter what your major. This is a Freshman 5 event; RSVP to the honors website if you will attend. View the Flyer

  • Mr. Frank Morsani will be coming for lunch on the 12th of September.

    Here is a bit about Mr. Morsani: As a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, I was privileged to represent the America business community throughout North America, Europe and Asia. I became involved in many areas of public policy; tax reform, interstate banking, wage and price controls, white collar crime, ballistic missiles in European countries, and international trade especially in Asia. As an advocate of these positions, I was invited to many countries to visit with political leaders, business leaders and make addresses to many world audiences. In the U.S., I was a keynote speaker on many University Campuses, state and local federations, and many Trade Association meetings. At the same time, I owned and managed 40 companies, not all at the same time; however, we did operate 10 or 12 all the time. We grew a company from 27 employees and 1 million in sales to 1000 employees and 800 million in sales.

    You know that Mr. Morsani donated the funds for the Carol Morsani Hall at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and for the new Morsani Ambulatory care Center on Campus. The Tampa Bay Rays are here because of Mr. Morsani’s leadership.

  • This year's Honors College Colloquium comes to you in an altogether different new format. It challenges you to "Experience the Arts !" through an immediate, direct and personal encounter with artists and original art productions. Dr. Janet Moore, Professor of Music and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, the organizer of the series, invites you to attend performances and shows, followed by discussions with the artists. From opera to musical to play, from print making to art exhibit and dance, USF's Fine Arts put themselves on display, exclusively for the benefit and enjoyment of USF's Honors College students.

    We will meet seven times this year during our traditional Colloquium time, Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Locations will vary. Lunch will be served when we meet in the Honors Lounge. You need to register online: go to the HC web site and sign up under Upcoming Events, but note that you commit to attending both, the performances and the discussions. The former will take place at other times and locations.

    Attention Freshmen: each event, in tandem, counts as one of the required Freshmen Five.

  • Thesis Mentors

    If students have not found mentors for thesis for Fall, they should set an appointment to speak to Dr. Yavneh or Penny Carlton as soon as possible. Please contact the Honors College office at (813) 974-3087

  • Thesis Students

    If you missed the workshop, the video is located on BlackBoard

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RED - National Fellowships

  • R.E.D.
    Would you like to know more about national competitions, such as the Rhodes Scholarship, the Marshall Scholarship, and the Pickering Fellowship?  Make an appointment by calling 974-3087 and mark your calendars now! Appointments are available for: Mondays 10AM-12PM; Tuesdays 10AM-12PM; Wednesdays 230PM-430PM; and Fridays 830AM-10AM Do you prefer to walk in?  Our walk-in hours are: Mondays 2PM-430PM; Tuesdays 1PM-3PM; Wednesdays 10AM-12PM; and Fridays 3PM-430PM


    Still can’t make it in?  E-mail Mr. Mejias:

  • Do you:
    • hope to be a "change agent," in time, improving the ways that government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions serve the public? 
    • believe there are conditions in our society or the environment which trouble you?
    • want to work in government, education, the nonprofit sector, or the public interest/advocacy sector to improve these conditions? 
    • plan to get a master's degree, a doctorate, or a professional degree such as a law degree or a Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, Master of Education, Master of Public Policy, or Master of International Affairs?
    The Truman Foundation Scholarship may be right for you!  Want to know more?  Contact RED!

  • Mississippi Teacher Corps is now accepting applications for 2009.  The first application deadline is October 14th, 2008.  Next year's class will begin, tentatively, on June 2nd, 2009.  Check out our Facebook group, "Join the Mississippi Teacher Corps," here.What is the Mississippi Teacher Corps? The Mississippi Teacher Corps is the most competitive teaching program in the country. The two-year program, designed for non-education majors, recruits college graduates to teach in the Mississippi Delta (and other critical-needs areas of Mississippi) and offers a host of benefits, including teacher training and certification, a full scholarship for a master's degree in education, job placement that includes full pay and benefits and, most importantly, the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students in one of the poorest areas of the country.For more information about the Teacher Corps please visit the web site, watch our YouTube clips, read the blogs, view participant profiles, and see our photos.  Be sure to check out the Recruiting Page which has all recruiting documents in PDF format.

  • Does Japanese culture interest you?  Would you spend a year in Japan?  Think about applying for the JET Programme!  If you are an enthusiastic, motivated and dedicated individual why not embark upon a journey that will change your life? Each year the JET Programme, with the aid of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, recruits thousands of new participants to come to Japan and experience a new and unique way of life.  Participants are assigned to be either Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) who provide language instruction in elementary, junior and senior high schools; Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) who work in communities on international exchange activities; or Sports Exchange Advisors (SEAs) who promote international exchange through sports. Participants are placed with local government organizations throughout Japan in every imaginable locality, including large cities, small and medium-sized towns, and rural farming and fishing villages.  A one year term on the JET Programme could be just what you are looking for to broaden your horizons and take a different step in life. For more information about applying for the JET Programme, e-mail Mr. Mejias ( now!

  • 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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  • Photo Op: Dr. Yavneh has been asked to write a brief article on the use of tsatschkes (promotional freebies such as snap bracelets) for the marketing of Undergraduate Research. She would like to include a photo(s) of our wonderful UR items in the article and invites students to submit such photos to her by September 22nd. A box of our tsatchkes is available in the Office of Undergraduate Research for you to pose, photograph, and return promptly (and completely). The winner(s) will have his/her work published in the volume, "How to Market Undergraduate Research." For further info, please contact Dr. Yavneh. The winner and runners up will also be included in our website.

  • Job Opportunity: Dr. Yavneh is looking for an intelligent, responsible, experienced enthusiastic student with a clean driving record to watch her youngest daughter after school and to take to dance class several days a week. Lily is looking for someone fun, loving, giving, creative and energetic, preferably with a dance background. Please contact Dr. Yavneh.

  • Undergraduate Researchers, We Need YOU (and your posters!)

    On Thursday, October 2nd, the Student Government is sponsoring its first annual Undergraduate Research Fair. This is an opportunity for students to learn about undergraduate research on campus, and we need your help! We plan to have a research poster display in the SVC breezeway from 11 to 2. If you are willing and available to display your poster for all or some of that time, please email Rachelle Hostetler ( by September 15th with your name, your mentor’s name, the title of your poster, and where it was presented (if applicable).

  • Need a mentor? Take a look at the new placements listed under the SEARCH tab of our web site: Then, set a meeting with Ms. Carlton, Research Advisor, by calling (813) 974-6824 or emailing with a day/time that is best for you.

  • Have a mentor? Please update us! You receive a free t-shirt when you stop by and let us know. You can also update your information by logging in to our web site.

  • The Office of Undergraduate Research has many new exciting opportunities in disciplines throughout the university! Please create a profile at our web site ( and then make an appointment ( or phone 974-6824).

  • If you have published or presented with your mentor, please be sure to send us the pertinent bibliographic information for our records.

    • Naomi Yavneh, Ph.D.
      Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
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HCSC - Honors College Student Council

  • Attention Honors Alums

    The Honors College Student Council invites you to the annual Fall Picnic this Sunday, Sept. 14th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverfront Park. For more info or to RSVP, please contact Anthony Lee at

  • Honors Council is a student led organization with a mission to promote a sense of community within the Honors College and enable the personal growth and academic success of all Honors students.

    Honors Council Fall 2008 Schedule:
    Sept 9: First General Meeting 4:30 SVC 1099
    Sept 14: Fall Picnic 11am-2pm Riverfront Park
    Sept 26: Dodgeball Lower Gym 5:30-8:45pm
    Oct 10/11: Camping in Fort DeSoto
    Oct 25: Boys and Girls Club - Location and Time TBA
    Week of November 3: Freshman Event - Details TBA
    Nov 17: Cards for Troops - Details TBA

    Get involved with the Honors College at the first HCSC General Meeting! We will be planning Honors College events for the Spring, 2009 semester. Snacks will be served. Come and share your ideas with other Honors College students and make this year’s events better than ever! See you there! Honors Council will meet every Tuesday at 4:30pm in the Honors Lounge. The Council will be having reappointments in November. If you are interested in applying for a leadership position, make sure you join Honors Council and keep in mind the following dates. Nov 3: Applications available Week of Nov 10: Interviews Nov 21: Appointments announced by 5:00pm

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Student Submissions

  • Calling all Honors musicians and vocalists

    Paul Tran and Trey Penton are performing their honors thesis project, entitled A History of Florida Through Song, and they need your help! The performance will take place the week before Thanksgiving and will consist of approximately an hours worth of songs about the history of our great state. Practices will take place in October and November and will be as efficient as possible in order to save everyone time. If you play violin, viola, cello, percussion, bass, a brass instrument, a woodwind instrument, or are a vocalist they need you! This is sure to be an event that you will be proud to have been a part of! The compositions are original and fun to play and the experience will be unique to any musical performance you have ever participated in. If you are interested in joining this honors musical militia send an email to Trey Penton at or Paul Tran at or contact them through facebook.

  • 2009 INRO Program

    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the second largest Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is seeking applicants for its Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) program, which provides an invaluable opportunity for students with strong academic standing who are from populations underrepresented in biomedical research. We are looking for students with a passion to improve global health in the 21st century through a research career in allergy, immunology, and infectious diseases. During the 4-day program, students will hear lectures from world-renowned scientists and interview for potential research training positions at the Institute's Maryland and Montana laboratories. You can help us find the best and brightest applicants for INRO 2009 by doing the following: Add a link to the INRO program ( to your Web site. Include program information in the student opportunities section of your Web site. Print the program flyer and post it on a bulletin board. Forward this e-mail. The program takes place in Bethesda, MD, on the NIH campus, February 2 to 5, 2009. Students' expenses for travel, hotel accommodations, and meals will be paid. Applications will be accepted from August 15 through October 15, 2008. Interested students can apply through the program's Web site at NIAID believes that today's student is tomorrow's leader. Let's work together to help students fulfill their educational and professional goals. If you already viewed the web site, shared the program flyer, or forwarded information, I thank you.

  • Torolab: One Degree Celsius

    One Degree Celsius is part of a series of projects called Molecular Urbanism developed by Torolab, a Tijuana-based consortium of artists, architects and designers. For USFCAM the artist collective morphs the gallery space into an actual proposal and a laboratory for creative experiments investigating the multiple uses of a garden. The exhibition includes drawn proposals for large-scale architectural interventions (on the USF campus and downtown Tampa), displayed with functional sculptural elements. Illustrating a system of insertions and communications, the artists envision the creation of multiple bio-ecological environments within specific architectural urban voids, indented to have a transformative long-term positive impact upon the local climate, human interaction and disposition, and the city's physical and socio-cultural condition. Colloquium: Art as a Catalyst for Social Transformation September 12, 9am-5pm MSC2708, Marshall Center Plaza Room, USF Tampa. Please contact Summer Smith with any further questions

  • College-aged tutors needed for Liberty Middle School's Avid program.

    Avid stands for "Advancement Via Individual Determination" and is a college prep program that has been around for many years. This year Hillsborough County has added an Avid elective into all middle and high schools. The purpose of the program is to push students into college prep classes and help them with their study and note taking skills, organization, and help them realize that they can be successful in Honors classes. The college tutors are paid $10 an hour and would have to be trained. They would work on our campus on Tue and Thur from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. They would be helping students with Math, Science, Language Arts and Writing. The Avid coordinator at Liberty is Amanda Zawacki. Amanda meets with the students every day during one of their elective periods. For more information, please contact Amanda Zawacki ( or Kathy Sparks, 7th grade Counselor ( Liberty Middle School is located in Tampa Palms, a bit SW of the intersection of I75 and Bruce B. Downs.

  • International Photo and Video Competition – Deadline for submission: October 17, 2008 Submit your entry for the 2008 Annual International Photo and Video Competition! The competition is open to USF students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Photographs submitted should capture an observation made or experience had while traveling outside the United States. For entry details and to view the previous winners visit

    Former U.S. Ambassador Vicki Huddleston – Tuesday, September 30, 2008 Join International Affairs and the International Business Board on Tuesday September 30th, 2008 at 2:00 pm in the Marshall Center (room TBD) to hear the Honorable Vicki Huddleston, (former US Ambassador to Mali) will be at USF on speak to students and faculty about her work as a US ambassador. Ambassador Huddleston’s talk is titled "Africa and Cuba - What the Next Administration Should Do."

  • Research Assistants Need at Moffitt

    I am a recent graduate of USF Honors College currently working with Dr. Benjamin Craig at Moffitt Cancer Center. We are looking to fill one research assistant II position and wanted to see if there were any Honors College juniors or seniors that were pre-med or similar basic sciences majors.

    This is a paid PRN (as needed) research assistant II position at Moffitt Research Center and the student must be willing to work Monday-Friday, a minimum of 20 hours or more.  Hours and days are variable and schedule flexibility can be discussed with Dr. Craig at the interview. The pay range depending on experience is between $10.93 - $13.84. More details can be found on the Moffitt web site using the link provided below. If any students are interested we ask that they apply for the position through Moffitt directly via the following link:

  • Reily & Rosas, P.A. is a CPA firm located in Temple Terrace, Florida. We currently have positions open for students with an interest in exposure to a professional office environment and plan to hire several students to fulfill our needs. The advantage we offer to USF students has always been flexible schedules, location less than one mile from campus, great working environment with competitive pay and on-the-job training. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm with an hour lunch between noon and 1pm. From February 15th to April 15th, our hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturdays 9am to 2pm. Please e-mail us your complete resume to and put “Resume for Open Position” in the Subject line. REILY & ROSAS, P.A. (813) 988-4143

  • Needed: 3-4 Volunteer Experiment Research Assistants

    I am a former Honors College graduate and currently a Doctoral Candidate and NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the Computer Science and Engineering Department. No experience is needed for the volunteer researchers. I can train the students on anything that they would need to do. The duties include assisting with conducting a comprehensive research study. They will assist with operating video equipment and processing the videos, psychophysiology equipment operation and measurements, data collection, data analysis, and possibly assist with monitoring and operating pre-programmed robots. This study is designed to evaluate participants' reactions to 2 search and rescue robots in a confined space simulated disaster setting. This will be a great experience to see the entire research process and I will be happy to mentor the students in the research process. Students contributing to the research analysis and efforts will be included in publications. I will work out a schedule for the students that will work with their current academic demands. I want this to be a positive experience for the students involved. I will also be willing to write letters of recommendation for students that perform well in this study. The most important qualities are dependability, honesty, integrity, and eagerness to learn and help.

  • RISE Scholarship

    The College of Engineering and the Institute on Black Life are again sponsoring the RISE (Resource in Support of Education) Scholarship Program for 2008/2009.
    Accepted Majors: engineering, engineering technology, computer science, computer engineering, mathematics and science.
    Qualifications: US Citizen or Permanent Resident, enrolled full-time, financial need, 2.7 GPA or above, associates degree or Junior with at least 45 hours.
    Application Deadline: September 12, 2008
    Contact: Clara Cobb, FAO 274, 974-9387

  • As with previous years, USF Athletics, the Academic Enrichment Center staff, and USF’s 505 student-athletes are poised and excited for another successful year on the playing field and in the classroom.  We are all looking forward to the beginning of classes and the start of our fall sports’ seasons.  The fall semester also marks the beginning of our recruitment of exceptional students to complete our Team of Tutors and Academic Mentors, which leads me to the purpose of my message.  The following job description has been posted on USF’s Career Connections.. The job description details our preferred qualifications, but most importantly, we are looking for students with the ability to communicate course and subject material with energy, positivity and as much enthusiasm as possible.  We take great pride in creating an environment that is very tutor-friendly and developing professional relationships that often times last well beyond one semester – we have more than five tutors who are about to start their third year in our department.                                          

    Application Instructions:    
    If you are interested in becoming an Athletics Tutor, please visit the following web site and complete the linked form. Walk-ins and unscheduled appointments will not be accepted.
    Following the initial review of potential candidate’s grades and applications, qualified tutors will be contacted and interviewed/given a tour of facilities. Walk-ins and unscheduled appointments will not be accepted.

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