Know-a-BULL News
Week of 10/13/2008 - Issue # 34 

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

  • Freshpeople, please remember that you must have attended 5 Honors College events by the end of spring semester. That means you should make sure that you do at least 2 or 3 events by December 1. Please sign up today for the events you’d like to attend!

  • Dean's Update:

    Please make sure that you RSVP to events youd 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 RSVPd 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.

    There are still spots left for the programs featuring Ms. Norris and Ms. Marcelli. Please take my advice and sign up now. These are the kinds of folks you do not meet often and they will give you a good sense of what successful folks are like.

    I am pleased to report that an article co-authored by Dr. John Arnaldi with Honors Student James Hudson has been accepted for publication in a peer reviewed journal. The article is "Teaching the Applied Ethics of War and Peace" and it will appear in the October 2009 issue of Peace and Change.

  • I have Honors College Underground shirts in a variety of colors and sizes for $10.00 each. They say, on the back : Honors students do it longer, harder and need less sleep in between. This, of course, refers to studying. See me if you want one.

  • Spring 2009 registration begins Monday, November 3.

    Now is the time to call 974-3087 or stop by SVC 1088 to schedule an appointment with your Honors College advisor. In addition, if you are planning to graduate in May 2009, please make sure to also schedule a graduation check with your departmental major advisor.

  • Starting thesis in the spring?

    Come eat pizza and learn about how to pick your topic and your mentor! Tuesday, October 28th, at noon in the lounge (This meeting will replace "Choosing your mentor," scheduled for October 23rd at 11.) Please RSVP on-line to reserve your place and your slice(s)!

  • Linda Marcelli

    You don’t want to miss Linda Marcelli next Wednesday for lunch! Make sure you grab one of the last few spots! Linda Marcelli received her BA Degree from Ohio State University and is a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute at Wharton, and the Tuck Institute at Dartmouth College. She worked for Merrill Lynch from 1975, moving into management in 1980 in NYC. In 2001 she moved to Tampa and was appointed Director of Merrill Lynch’s Tampa Bay Complex. In early 2007 she left Merrill Lynch for an entrepreneurial opportunity, and is currently VP of Lucky’s Real Tomatoes, which is well-known for growing and providing flavorful vine-ripened tomatoes to fine restaurant and purveyors throughout the US. While in New York City, Linda was named to the New York Academy of Women Achievers and featured in Fortune Magazine. She is on the Board of the Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum Foundation, Inc. in New York; an organization that works to foster inter- religious understanding. Locally, Linda serves as the Board Chair at Academy Prep of St. Petersburg, The USF Foundation Board, USF College of Business Advisory Board and the University Of Tampa Board Of Trustees.

  • Alumni,

    I need YOU for two panels for our two sections of Freshpeople Seminar (which did not exist when you were students!). One panel will meet on Tuesday, Dec 2 from 3:30-4:20 in BSN 1100. The second will meet on Friday Dec 5 from 11:50-12:40 in EDU 115.

    This is your opportunity to help those who are coming behind you. As a panelist you will discuss the kinds of issues that students need to be aware of in order to be successful at USF and beyond. I would greatly appreciate your help!

    Please email me if you are able to attend.

  • IDH 4000 (Major Works/Major Issues)

    DH 4000 (Major Works/Major Issues) requires that you have completed 75 hours (by the end of the semester just prior to the semester in which you will take the course – if you want to take 4000 in the spring, you must have 75 credits by the end of this semester). Exceptions are sometimes granted (for 7-year BS/MD students, for example) and may be requested of your advisor The course requires a permit which you may request now.

  • The first ever Honors College Chess Tournament will take place on Monday, October 20, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Honors Lounge, SVC 1040. There will be pizza and drinks. RSVP to Jorge Fernandez

  • Let’s help those who are less fortunate than we are:

    If you have canned food that you would like to donate to the Charit-A-Bull food drive, please drop it off in one of the boxes labeled "Canned food for Charit-A-BULL food drive," located in the Honors College Reception area. Thank you!

  • E. L. Doctorow Talk

    Author E. L. Doctorow will visit USF and give a talk the evening of November 13th. Edgar Lawrence Doctorow is widely recognized as one of America's great masters of the historical novel. His novel, The March, is a fictional account of General William Tecumseh Sherman's infamous military rampage from the burned-out ruins of Atlanta to the Atlantic ocean, and north into the Carolinas, leaving a path of destruction that affected the South for generations. The March recently received the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award and the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award. The talk will take place at 6:00pm at the Alumni Center and is free and open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by the English Department, the Humanities Institute with generous support from private donors.

  • Hello, Thesis Writers! As the final date for prospectus submission is rapidly approaching, please read this important information to spare us both anxiety and lots of emails!

    1) A guide to writing the prospectus is available on Blackboard. This should answer many of your questions about the format and contents of the prospectus.

    2) Your mentor and second reader should read the prospectus BEFORE the mentor signs the prospectus approval form.

    3) Bring a copy of the prospectus with the prospectus approval form to the Honors College and submit it to Mr. Friday or Ms. Field. You do not need to see either Dr. Yavneh, Dr. Kleine or Dr. Silverman. Don't worry: one of us will read your prospectus and sign it.

    4) Because there are so many of you enrolled this semester (253), we will NOT be sending you an email about your prospectus unless there is a problem. If you have not heard from one of us within one week of submitting your prospectus, your prospectus has been signed and accepted.

    5) If you have not yet printed out (or sent a link to) the Honors thesis guide for your mentor, please do so.

  • A representative from The Washington Center is coming to campus next week to speak with advisors and students.

    USF is affiliated with The Washington Center (TWC), the largest full-time internship program in Washington D.C. TWC is a non-profit, experiential education institution that has placed more than 35,000 students in a wide variety of governmental and non-governmental organizations, including Congressional Offices, the White House, the Environmental Protection Agency, Embassies, NIH, CNN, The Children's Defense Fund, and Black Entertainment Television.  For more information check their website:

    USF undergraduate students can receive up to 12 academic credits by attending TWC (9 during the summer) and receive a $4500 ($4000 for summer) scholarship (a portion from the State of Florida and the remainder from TWC). TWC provides internships for all majors, housing, seminars on current topics, Congressional Breakfasts and Presidential Lectures.

    The representative will hold several meetings next week and students should be encouraged to come to find out more about the program, how USF credits the experience and the Florida Scholarship that helps defray the expenses.  The times and places are:

    Tuesday, October 21, 1-2:30 SOC 366

    Tuesday, October 21, 5-6:30, MSC 1303

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RED - National Fellowships

  • The Mississippi Teacher Corps is a two-year program, similar to the Peace Corps, that recruits college graduates to teach in the Mississippi Delta. The program is designed for non-education majors and offers a host of benefits, including:
    Teacher training and certification
    Full scholarship for a master's degree in education
    Job placement that includes full pay ($30,000+) and benefits
    The opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students in one of the poorest areas of the country.

    The Mississippi Teacher Corps has four application deadlines.

    First Deadline: 10/14/08

    Second Deadline: 11/25/08

    Third Deadline: 1/26/09

    Final Deadline: 3/17/09

    You will be notified of your application status within four weeks of the application deadline. The summer training will start, tentatively, on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009.

    Application Process:

    All candidates must have received or expect to receive a Bachelor's degree by June, 2009 and have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all course work in the baccalaureate degree. No previous education course work is required or expected.

    Go to

  • Graduating Seniors: Apply for the Emerson Fellowship!

    Do you want to spend a year fighting hunger and poverty with a tight-knit community of emerging leaders? Emerson Hunger Fellows shape and implement local anti-hunger programs all over the U.S., and then research and provide support for national policy initiatives in Washington, D.C. Read on for application instructions, or download application instructions. Applications are encouraged from candidates reflecting diverse personal, educational, cultural, and experiential backgrounds.

    Deadline: January 22, 2009.

  • Another one for Seniors:

    The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a competitive national fellowship program that provides college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the Fellowship's Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a stipend, the Fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice. The program also arranges meetings for the Fellows with policy experts. Many former Scoville Fellows have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in international relations and related fields and taken prominent positions in the field of peace and security with public-interest organizations, the Federal Government, and in academia. To date, 115 Fellowships have been awarded.

  • The Historic Preservation Internship Training Program

    The Historic Preservation Internship Training Program gives undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to undertake short-term research and administrative projects with the National Park Service either during the summer or the school year. The Internship Training Program trains our future historians, archeologists, architects, curators, planners, and archivists by providing the opportunity to work under the direction of experienced professionals in the field of historic preservation. Applications are invited for Academic Year 2008 - 2009 internships with the National Park Service and the Department of Interior. The application deadline is October 17, 2008.

  • The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with ‘‘hands-on'' practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory Hollings Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

  • The PPIA Junior Summer Institute is a seven-week program structured to introduce or strengthen skills in economics, statistics, policy analysis, writing, and public speaking. At the end of the seven-week program, students will be able to present a comprehensive final report on a current policy issue that will encompass the skills acquired in their coursework, including the seminar on the intercultural dimensions of policy making, field research, policy analysis, and writing and computer workshops.

  • Campus Deadlines for 2009 Competitions:

    Nov 1: Truman (graduate study in International Affairs,
                Carnegie Junior Fellows (international affairs,

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  • Artists, Graphic Designers, Creative types

    We would like your help to design the 2009 Undergraduate Research Symposium Poster, which will also be used as the cover for the program. Feel free to work alone or in groups to create a new design for us.  Please email Liza Avramenko at to request the HC logo and last year’s poster.  Then, email her your design including the following information by November 21:

    Title: Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration, 7th Annual

    Deadline for Submissions: FEBRUARY 20

    Day of event:  APRIL 3rd

    Location: Marshall Student Center, Ballroom


    The USF/HC logo: request via email

  • Undergraduate Researchers - Another Opportunity to Display Your Posters

    The Office of Undergraduate Research has been invited to participate in the College of Arts and Sciences Research Showcase on Friday, October 24th, in the CIS Atrium. This is not a symposium or a conference, but rather an opportunity to have your research displayed alongside that of faculty and researchers throughout the university. You can put your poster up in the morning and come pick it up in the afternoon, if you wish. In order to participate, you must have presented or had the poster accepted for presentation at a conference, including (but not limited to) professional conferences, the USF UR Symposium or NCUR. Students may also display posters created as part of one of the university’s REU programs. Send your name, Title of your poster, and mentor information to

  • 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 UR 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

  • The Honors College is collecting used cell phones for individuals who have been abused. Please dig through your things and help us out! You can turn in your old cell phones at the front desk in the Honors College. We will be collecting them all month!

  • 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:
    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

  • Since 1986, the USF Libraries have been awarding scholarships to deserving graduate and undergraduate students. One of only a handful of academic libraries to offer scholarships, USF Libraries are proud of our legacy of supporting academic excellence.

    Deadline for student scholarship applications is Friday, October 31, 2008.

    Deadline for Coleman Fiction Contest is Friday, December 5, 2008.

  • Paid Internship

    Gain experience working in a professional environment by joining the RGA team.  RGA is an entreprenural architecture and development firm located in Hyde Park.  Working with some of the very best in the building industry, you will be exposed to various aspects of business from marketing, graphic design, and sales.  We seek to develop the skills and talents you already have, and introduce you to new ones, therefore this is a great internship for all sorts of career goals.  A great transition job if you don't have previous office experience, you will learn about how companies work from an operations standpoint.  We seek hard-working students, who take initiative and demonstrate leadership capabilities.  

    Office Location: 309 S Willow Ave, Tampa 33606

    Hours of Operation: Mon-Thurs, 9am-5pm; Friday 9am-12pm

    Hours: 20-30 hours/week within RGA workdays (flexible schedule)

    Pay:    Based on credentials

    Length of internship:  Will be discussed, potential for job


    Must be moderately proficient with Adobe Photoshop
    Works well with a diverse group of people
    3.0 GPA (please explain if this requirement is not met)
    Technical writing skills
    Basic understanding of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook)
    Resourceful/Problem solver
    Please note if you have extensive computer proficiency/web development/other skill which you think may be helpful to the duties of the job.

    To apply:

    Email Rochelle Barber at with your resume.  Please include a cover letter to introduce yourself and clarify any information or specific information you'd like noted.  Make sure the following information is included in your resume:

        educational information [freshman-senior status, GPA, anticipated graduation date, major]

        organization/community involvement


        previous work experience

  • Accesi-BULL Showcase

    October 21st and 22nd, 2008

    Ballrooms A and B, Marshall Student Center

    8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. both days 

    USF is excited to host "Accessi-BULL: Showcasing Abilities!"  This is the first annual event with a goal to create awareness and educate the university and community on issues related to people with disabilities.  We hope to dissolve stereotypes and create an understanding of the importance of accessibility and inclusion for everyone.  We will sponsor sessions which highlight personal perspectives, accomplishments of individuals, research findings, and tips for interacting with people with disabilities.  The sessions will target various audiences such as students, staff, faculty, and local community.  We will highlight the projects/research of various USF departments and businesses which focus on innovative services for persons with disabilities. 

    Please join us for dynamic speakers, art, music, sport exhibitions, food and fun!!!

  • Dear Honors College Students:

    As Interim Dean of the University of South Florida Graduate School and Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation, it is my sincere pleasure to write this letter welcoming those of you who are new to USF and connecting with those who have been with us for a while.   As Honors College students, you have shown your outstanding academic ability and perseverance to go the extra mile to succeed.  These are qualities we certainly look for in our graduate students.  I hope you will take the time to visit the graduate school website at to learn more about what we have to offer and all the stellar graduate programs at USF.  While we certainly hope you will strongly consider USF for your graduate school home, my message for you is that you seriously consider graduate school in general, wherever it leads you.  Graduate students are absolutely vital to the success not only of our universities but our country in that it is these students who conduct groundbreaking research in myriad settings.  As Honors students, you already are or will be participating in great research so you are preparing for your role as graduate students!
    We in the Graduate School are here to assist you any way we can in terms of learning more about graduate studies and preparing for your graduate school experience.  Our Graduate and Professional Student Council is here to talk with you about what it means to be a graduate student and help answer your questions.
    I wish you the best during this academic year and look forward to meeting with you soon in informational sessions.  Our graduate school focuses on preparing global leaders and we know that as Honors students you already are preparing for those leadership positions that will change our world!
    Karen D. Liller, PhD
    Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation and Interim Dean of the Graduate School

  • Mesoamerican Archaeology Field School in Honduras (June 7-July 18, 2009) The USF Mesoamerican Archaeology Field School is a six-week summer research program that allows participants to explore the fascinating world of ancient Mesoamerica through scientific excavation of a late prehispanic village, El Antigual, located against a backdrop of beautiful tropical forests and pristine beaches on Roatán Island, Honduras. As one of the educational components of Project Roatán, an international collaborative between the University of South Florida and the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History, the program introduces participants to the ways in which archaeology can answer questions about past lifeways and simultaneously contribute to understanding the current intersection of cultural heritage and global tourism. Through assisting archaeologists in the field and laboratory, field school participants are trained in the methods, theories, and ethics of contemporary archaeology. Participants also learn about the cultures and history of Mesoamerica through seminars and field trips led by USF faculty, and gain a broader perspective on the world by living and working in a modern Central American community. Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate. The program is led by Christian Wells and Karla Davis-Salazar, both faculty members in the Department of Anthropology at USF who have worked in Honduras and neighboring countries for over 15 years. For more information, visit the website,, or email Christian Wells,

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