Know-a-BULL News
Week of 09/15/2008 - Issue # 30  

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:

    I was delighted to see so many of you at the picnic yesterday. There were close to 140 of you, the largest number we have ever had. I hope you all enjoyed the food, canoeing, volleyball, kickball and getting to know one another.

    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 you.

    Our Colloquium series starts this Friday and promises to 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. We still have room for Friday's opening session and I would strongly urge you to sign up. This session will really set the stage for what is to come. In some cases the Colloquium is not in the Lounge. -Flyer- . -Flyer-

    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.

    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.

    RSVPs: Students should regularly check the calendar of events found on the Honors website. To RSVP for an event, click on it and it will ask for your student number. To check which events you have RSVP’d for or to cancel an RSVP, look at the calendar and click on 'My Events'. When you enter your student number it will give you a list of the events you have registered for. Each event has a box next to it in case you need to cancel the RSVP. Please remember if you need to cancel, do it as early as possible so that other students have a chance to take that spot.

    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. Thesis 1 students who did not attend one of the thesis workshops will need to watch this video in order to pass the quiz on Balckboard.

    I am glad to announce that the lounge printer has been repaired and is now working. Please remember printing is free but you need to provide your own paper.

  • 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

  • December Graduates

    December Grads: If you have a 3.5 GPA and a good record of service to USF and the community, you might be the Outstanding Senior! If you are interested, please email me and I will give you the particulars.

  • Great opportunity for pre-architecture students

    There is a workshop to learn more about your intended major! Included will be:
    Admission Information
    Sample Portfolios
    Presentation by Architecture Professor Steve Cooke

    To be held: Wednesday, September 17 at 3:00 PM in ADM 185. This will provide you with valuable information.

  • 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.

  • Campus Deadlines for 2009 Competitions:

    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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  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) Workshop

    Dr. Paul Stiles will instruct an Institutional Review Board (IRB) Workshop for students conducting human subject research. Please come to SVC 1037 on September 22nd if you are interested in participating.

  • 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.

  • 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
(813) 974-6824


HCSC - Honors College Student Council

  • Honors College Student Council
    • Plan Social Activities
    • Serve Your Community
    • Leadership Opportunities for Freshman

  • 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.

    ~*Reminder*~ Dodgeball Registration forms can be picked up in SVC 1101. They are due by 5:00pm Monday, September 22nd. You will not officially be signed up to play until you pay your registration fee. ($5/team, $1/individual)

    ~Our camping trip in Fort DeSoto is quickly approaching. Please RSVP on our website, There are only 60 spots available for this trip.

    ~Interested in Volunteering as a Tutor? Come to our Informational Meeting, Tuesday, September 18th at 4pm in SVC 1101.

    Honors Council General Meetings every Tuesday at 4:30pm in the Honors Lounge

    Advertising Committee Meetings, Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 in the Honors Lounge
    Academic Committee Meetings, Tuesdays 1-2 in SVC 1101
    Events Committee Meetings, Wednesdays, 10:45-11:45 in SVC 1101
    Volunteer Committee Meetings, Wednesdays 1-2 in SVC 1101
    The Pulse Committee Meetings Wednesdays 12-1 in SVC 1101

    Honors Council Fall 2008 Schedule:
    Sept 26: Dodgeball Lower Gym 5:30-8:45pm
    Oct 10/11: Camping in Fort DeSoto 5pm (Fri) -1:30pm (Sat)
    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

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Student Submissions

  • Position Opening in Student Government

    Student Government is looking for a Supervisor of Elections. Requires 25 hours/week with competitive SG pay. Applications available online at

    The duties of the Supervisor of Elections are to oversee the presidential and senatorial elections to ensure all election rules are followed for a fair and unbiased election process.

  • You're invited to USF College of Medicine's Open House!

    Friday September 26, 2008 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    You're invited to join us for a great opportunity to learn about what makes USFCOM a unique education and personal experience. RSVP by September 19, 2008 at

  • Make a positive impact on the lives of children and their families

    Come join the Reach Out and Read early literacy program in which you can help to foster cognitive and emotional development in young children!

    See also for more information about this wonderful program.

    Also, one of the unique benefits of this program is that after you have served as a volunteer reader four times, then you can also begin to shadow a pediatrician, as long as you continue as a volunteer reader! There will be three different Reach Out and Read training sessions held this semester for students who wish to sign up for ROR (You only need to attend one session) . Students who are already participating in ROR do not need to attend another training session. Interested students should sign up for this training session by contacting Ellen Kent, MPH, at Thank you!

  • 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.

  • Great American Teach In

    I got the following from an Elementary School Counselor. She is looking for some Honors students to talk with students during the Great American Teach-In. She would particularly encourage those in the sciences who might be able to put on a “demonstration”. Please let me know if you can volunteer.

    Dear Dr. Silverman,

    Frost Elementary School in Riverview Florida is hosting our Great American Teach In on November 19 from 9:00-1:30. We would be delighted to have students come and speak, demonstrate or perform experiments in their specialized area. Our school is a K-5 Elementary school. Would you please have the students call or email to discuss the topics, grade level and times that they would be interested in visiting during our Great American Teach In. I am looking forward to hearing from your students.

    Nancy Maxwell

  • 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.

  • Paid internship for those interested in marketing, business, and advertising

    I am a small developer and general contractor getting ready to unroll a significant marketing campaign to promote the construction and sale of new single family homes to income qualified first time homebuyers within the City of Tampa. The parcels are infill lots in Southeast Seminole Heights and the homes to be built will be certified green via the Florida Green Building Coalition. Needless to say there are many facets that can be promoted. I am seeking two students to perform “guerilla marketing” for me in these neighborhoods. I have all materials available for their use and distribution. It’s as much a community informational effort as it is a true marketing effort. Students from these neighborhoods would be preferred but not required. As a follow up to this campaign, I will then need someone (possibly) two to field phone call inquiries and follow up on previous inquiries. My office is located in Tampa Heights and this is a paid offering of $10.00/hour. Please feel free to call if you have any questions.

    Cathy Byrd
    (813) 288-9335 X1101
    (813) 288-9336 Fax

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

If you would like to be included in future editions of "Know-a-BULL News", email submissions to Dr. Stuart Silverman at for consideration. Submissions should be in electronic form, text only, and brief. Flyers containing additional information should be submitted in PDF.

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