Know-a-BULL News
Week of 09/14/2009 - Issue # 79

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

RSS Feed Upcoming Events
 9/16/2009 Florida Appeals Court Judge Patricia Kelly
 9/21/2009 Honors Council General Meeting
 9/21/2009 "Using On-Line Databases" Workshop
 9/23/2009 Honors Students who have Traveled
 9/23/2009 HCSC- Dodgeball
 9/23/2009 Mr. Martinez, Diplomat in Residence
 9/28/2009 "Creating Resumes/CVs" Workshop
 9/28/2009 Honors Council General Meeting
 9/29/2009 An Afternoon with: Bob Rohrlack
 10/3/2009 HCSC Ghandi Day
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    1. The first Colloquium of the year will take place on Friday, October 9 from 1-2:30 in the Honors Lounge. The topic is “Social Networking” and, for the first time ever, the colloquium presenters are Honors College students. With you, they will consider the factors which gave ride to the immense popularity of social networking sites and look at the social implications of Facebook/Twitter/MySpace and how they affect our ability to communicate with one another. They will examine the future of such websites, problems of addiction (including rehab clinics) and the newest of technology. Of course, technology will be used in the Colloquium.

    2. Are you applying for Gradaute school? If so, we have arranged help for you. We have engaged a PhD student to work with you on essays, personal statements and the like. She can help you to effectively communicate with admissions committees. Students from other universities receive this kind of help and so should you.

    If you are interested, please contact Dr. Yavneh.

    3. We have begun 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 absence 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.

  • Interested in going abroad - talk to students how have!

    Afternoon with Honors students who have traveled

    When? Wednesday, September 23, 4 - 5 p.m.
    Where? Honors Lounge

  • Tutors Needed!

    The Jenkins Tutoring Program is looking for students who are interested in tutoring students in Determinative Bacteriology (MCB 4115C) and Virology (MCB 4503). This is a paid position. Interested students should complete the application in the attached link

  • Medical Interpreting Training Course

    A great way to gain clinical experience is through medical interpreting. Therefore, students who are fluent in English and Spanish are encouraged to complete an interpreter training session. The one day free session will take place on October 10, 2009, from 9:00am-5:00pm. More information may be found on the Honors College blackboard organization. The USF Health BRIDGE Clinic and the Judeo Christian Clinic are in need of trained interpreters.

  • Call for Pictures

    The Honors College is looking for high-quality photos of Honors College students doing what they do best: studying abroad, participating in campus events, researching, studying, and learning. If you have any pictures you would like to be considered for an Honors College display board, please email them to Cayla Lanier at Thank you!

  • Virtual Advising

    The Honors College Advisors are now available for online virtual advising. To learn more about chatting online with an advisor, click the Virtual Advising icon on the Honors website.
    Mrs. Sturrock will be online Tuesdays 10am to 12 noon.
    Mrs. Lanier will be online Thursdays 2pm to 4pm.

    Link: Virtual Advising

  • See you in Hell?

    or Purgatory? or Paradise?
    Come join Dr. Yavneh and the members of the Dante club for a weekly journey through the circles of hell and beyond. We begin Friday, September 18th, at 8:30 in the Honors Lounge, with a discussion of Inferno I.

  • Backpackers Club

    The club is back and you are invited to the first meeting of the year. Everyone interested in travel, abroad or in this country, is welcome, dreamers as well as veterans. (No, you don't have to be in the Honors College.)

    When: Thursday, September 17, 7 p.m
    Where: Honors Lounge, SVC 1040
    There will be pizza.

    For more information and to RSVP, please, e-mail:

    Matt Kondoff, President
    Stephanie Germeroth, Vice President
    Georg Kleine, Faculty Advisor

  • Organic Chemistry Tutors needed!

    The Holcombe Tutoring program is looking for students who are interested in tutoring students in Organic Chemistry 1. This is a paid position. Interested students should complete the application in the attached link.

    Link: Tutor Application Form

  • Exciting Guest Speaker from U.S. State Department

    On Wednesday, September 23, Mr. Hilarion Martinez, Diplomat in Residence, will be speaking about employment opportunities and paid internships with the U.S. State Department.

    The presentation will be held from 9:30-11:00am in the College of Business, room 115.

    Link: State Department Internships

  • Career Center On-Campus Interview Workshops

    Interested in interviewing for full time positions and internships with great companies right here on campus? This semester the Career Center is hosting these workshops in order to teach you how to navigate and sign up for interviews using Career Connections, so interview opportunities never pass you by again!

    Please call the Career Center (813) 974-2171 to sign up for one of these interactive 30 minute workshops:

    September 15 - 10:00
    September 23 - 10:00
    September 17 - 4:00
    September 28 - 10:00
    September 21 - 11:00
    October 6 - 3:00

  • Calling all freshmen

    Calling all Freshmen: please, let Dr. Kleine know if you have done some unusual travel prior to coming to USF ? We would like to gather a panel of freshmen who have, to encourage the others.

  • Deadline to apply for Fall Graduation

    The deadline to apply for Fall 2009 graduation is Friday, September 18.

    Link: Graduation Application

  • Registering for Honors Events

    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 ( 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 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.

    Link: My Events

  • New Grading Policy for Science/Pre-Med Majors

    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.

  • 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


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(813) 974-3087

RED - National Fellowships

  • 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: .

RED has information on a wide variety of Scholarships and fellowships for graduate study. Please check the RED website and speak with Mr. Mejias.

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The Office of Undergraduate Research

  • Local Archaeological Symposium

    The Archaeological Sciences of the Americas Symposium 2009 is meeting in Tampa, Florida on October 2-4 and is reducing rates for students and nonprofessionals who are interested in attending the conference without presenting a poster or paper. The special rate of $40 will be available until September 29, and after, rates will return to $60. Registration fees include admittance to the keynote address and banquet. For more information, email asas2009symposium@gmail.comor or click on the link below.


  • Conjure Journal Information

    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 We will respond to you with more information when it becomes available. Thank you!

    Link: Lauren Schumacher

  • 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 so more information can be provided to you and you can learn about training sessions etc.


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USF Honors College Student Council

  • Honors Underground T-Shirt Sales

    The Honors College Student Council is selling Underground T-Shirts. Shirts are only $10, and will be sold in SVC 1101, JPH 1309, the Honors College Front Desk, all Honors Council meetings, and our Annual Fall Picnic on Sunday, September 13. Bring your money to order your shirts in advance! There is a limited supply available!

  • HCSC's Blog

    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

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Student Submissions

  • Dance Marathon

    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 at
    Register before November 6th and the fee is only $10!

    If you are looking to teach other fellow students an amazing dance during the event, the Morale Team is the one for you. Tryouts will be held on September 14 and 15th from 6pm to 8pm in MSC 2709. Any questions about the Morale Team: please contact Peter Pudela at

    Link: Dance Marathon Website

  • Dance Marathon Leadership Opportunity

    Hey!! Want to get involved in the Craziest Party of the year? Dance Marathon Executive Board is looking for an assistant to the Dancer Relations Director. If you're interested in making miracles and helping out the kids of All Children's Hospital, contact Adriana Santos at The commitment would be about 3 hours a week to help record spirit points and attend meetings.


  • Accesi-Bull Showcase

    October 26, 2009
    Marshall Center
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    See the flyer for more information.

    Link: Accesi-BULL 2009

  • Volunteer and Leadership Opportunities

    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 if you are interested.

  • International Affairs Events 2009

    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

    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

    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.

    Link: Photo Video Poster Application

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