Know-a-BULL News
Week of 10/23/2012 - Issue # 237

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 and the Office of National Scholarships.

At a Glance

Upcoming Events

RSS Feed Upcoming Events
 10/25/2012 DINE and DISCOVER with Danielle
 10/26/2012 Pre-Health Professions Advising for First Year Students
 10/30/2012 Harry Potter Party
 11/1/2012 An Evening with UK Consul-General Kevin McGurgan
 11/1/2012 Microsoft Windows 8 appLab
 11/8/2012 Cooking with Cayla - Session 3
 11/8/2012 Duke School of the Environment Recruiting Event
 11/9/2012 Lunch With The Deans
 11/15/2012 The Medical School Application Process with Dr. Marshall
 11/27/2012 Honors Orchestra Concert
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Honors College/School of Theatre and Dance One Act Play Writing Competition

    Channel your inner creative juices!

    The following are the simple rules of the competition:
    20 minute (optimal)  original one act play - maximum of 25 minutes
    Any topic (including controversial) is ok
    Individual, duo, three member teams may submit manuscripts

    There will be 2 divisions, one for Theater and English majors, one for all others

    January 8 - electronic and hard copy due; electronic copy to; hard copy to Honors office.
    February 4 - Announcement of top three plays selected for performance April 6 and 7.
    $200 first prize, $100 second and third prizes - places announced at performance

    Week of Feb 11 - authors meet with Theatre Director and Honors Dean.
    March 4 and 5 - Acting auditions. (This will be an open call to all USF students). Writers and judges will select cast. Writer may choose to act

    April 6 and 7 – Performances.
    Writer is encouraged to direct play (help will be available)
    If selected for performance, minimal staging will be available
    Props and costumes are author and actor responsibility

    Freshpeople 5 credit will be given to entrants.
    Authors agree to accept judges’ decisions as final
    Questions? Email

    Break a pen!



    If you missed Convocation, you can now make it up.  Watch the video on Blackboard and then, on any Friday between 9 and 11, come in to swipe and receive your ribbon. 

    Go to Blackboard-Student Life-The Honors College-Lectures-Convocation

    The sound is not great but you'll understand it.

  • FREE Honors College MCAT Prep Course

    The Honors College is now accepting applications for a *FREE* MCAT preparatory course to be offered during spring 2013.  The 15-week non-credit course, facilitated by third and fourth year USF College of Medicine students, includes test strategy as well as content preparation. Each week a different subject (biology, physics, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and verbal) will be covered.  All materials including study books and full length practice exams will be provided at no cost to students due to a generous donation from the Chowdhari family.

    This course will be offered on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm (location to be determined). Attendance is required for every session. Interested students must demonstrate financial need, motivation for medical school and sufficient academic prerequisites for MCAT.  Financial need is strongly considered when applicants are selected. To apply, submit a detailed personal statement (recommended length at least one page) describing financial need and future goals to Ms. Amy Sturrock,  Please include UID#. Deadline is Friday, November 30, 2012.

  • Walk for the Homeless

    Walk for the Homeless

    There is currently a hunger epidemic in the United States that has been magnified by the economic climate. It''s estimated that there are 14 million children that risk going hungry this year in our country. The crisis is evident in the drastic increase of children that rely on free and reduced cost meals in our schools. Many of these kids go hungry at night or even for an entire weekend. Childhood hunger causes devastating effects including stunted educational development.

    Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Cares presents the Tampa Bay CaresWalk for the Homeless on Saturday, November 10 at Lowery Park Zoo.  On site registration opens at 3:30 p.m. and the event begins promptly at 5 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m.  Refreshments and festivities follow the walk.

    The Tampa Bay CaresWalk for the Homeless will benefit the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County, Metropolitan Ministries, Clothes to Kids, Pinellas Hope, Pinellas Safe Harbor, Trinity Café.

    Register to walk or support a walker by visiting and join the fight against hunger and homelessness.  Registration is $15 for children ages 4 to 11 $25 for ages 12 and over.


  • Are you interested in attending Graduate or Professional School? This is a must attend workshop

    Workshop Demystifying Graduate School - Register Today!

    Are you interested in attending Graduate or Professional School? This is a must attend workshop. Juniors and Seniors are highly encouraged to attend.

    Topics include

    -How to choose a graduate school and degree that will meet your professional goals

    -Costs and return on investment

    -How to determine which fields of study are most in demand

    -How to navigate the admissions process

    Workshop Information:


    When: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 &ndash 5:00-6:30 pm 

    Where: TBD

    Facilitated by Dr. Richard S. Pollenz, Associate Dean & Director of the Office for Undergraduate Research

    To Register:

  • Puerto Rico Alternative Spring Break 2013

    Join us in Puerto Rico for Alternative Spring Break 2013!  It will be a 7-day trip (Saturday, March 9 - Saturday, March 16th) from Tampa to San Juan and stay in a vacation home near the northwestern coast.  There will be three days of service (no ditch-digging!), likely at a multiservice non-profit organization.  Trip-related ground transportation, r/t airfare, two meals, and lodging are included.  We will decide on two low-cost excursions (trips may be to the only rainforest in the U.S. forest system, the largest cavern/underground river system in the Western Hemisphere, or the world''s largest single-dish radio telescope).  The trip will cost approximately $1,260 and Honors College will offer scholarships.  This trip is not part of a course (so, no credits), but participants will learn about Puerto Rico''s complex history and rich culture.

    Link: Application for PRASB 2013

  • Peer Mentor Applications Available

    Apply to be an Honors College Peer Mentor.  This is a paid position, working the first-year Orientation sessions through the months of June and July 2013.  A Spring 2013 training class is required to be hired.  Apply online at (click on Student Employment).  Application deadline is November 2.  See Mrs. Lanier for questions.

    Link: Job Post

  • Travel Alert

    Check out the Honors College courses, destinations, and spring break opportunities! Apply NOW! All applications are due by October 24th.

    Spring 2013 Courses with International Travel

    Costa Rica-



    China- TBA, contact Dr. Bishop for details

    Spring Break 2013

    Dominican Republic-

    Puerto Rico- TBA, contact Mr. Mejias for details


  • Honors Graduation Check

    The Honors College now offers an online graduation check feature so you can make sure you are on track to graduate with Honors College Designation.  All you need do is go to the Online Forms page on the Honors website and click "Request Graduation Check" at the bottom of the page.  Remember this is only for Honors College academic requirements.  Your Major requirements need to be checked with your College Advising office.

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • Jack Kent Cooke Workshop November 2

    An informational workshop regarding the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award will be held on Friday, November 2 at 10am in ALN 252. Sign up for the workshop here:

    The intent to apply deadline is November 9 and the USF deadline to apply is November 26. Jack Kent Cooke has instituted a new two tier application process this year with more information found here:

    For more information and to apply, please contact Ms. Schumacher Chambers at


  • ONS Needs an Honors FWS Student Assistant

    The Office of National Scholarships needs an Honors FWS Student Assistant!

    We are looking for someone who can work Tuesday and Thursday 8am to 11:30am and 1pm to 5pm. If you are interested, please send your resume and availability to Dr. Linda Lucas at as soon as possible!

  • Truman Scholarship USF Deadline to Apply November 12

    The USF deadline for the Truman Scholarship is due Nov. 12, 2012. This is the most prestigious leadership scholarship for undergraduates there is!
    It is targeted at students of any major who hope to work in the public sector (education, social work, public office holder, law,  foreign aid etc.). There is a monetary award of $30,000 for graduate school, a paid summer internship in DC and a service requirement to work in the public sector for 4 out of the 7 years after receiving your final degree.
    To apply this year you need to be graduating between Dec 2013 and Aug 2014.

    You need three letters of recommendation plus a completed application. USF can nominate only four so we will send the applications out to faculty review mid November. You will know if you will be nominated  by early December which will give you time to revise your application before final submission in early February. At a minimum, you need  strong GPA (3.7 or greater), lots of leadership or research, some awards, distinctions or honors, ability to write up a policy proposal.

    Let Dr. Lucas (  know if you are interested asap.

  • Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship USF Deadline January 7

    Rangel International Affaris Program is now accepting applications for the 2013 Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship! The USF deadline to apply is January 7, 2013.

    The Fellowship welcomes applications from young people interested in careers of international service. For those who want to become Foreign Services Officers in the U.S. Department of State, The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits of up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides professional development and support activities.

    Information and application materials can be found at The application deadline is January 18, 2013. The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University.

    Please contact Dr. Bishop at to apply.

  • Want to learn Swahili Wolof or Zulu Boren Scholarship African Languages Initiatives Deadline Jan 7

    Boren African Languages Initiative - Two USF students are currently studying Swahili in Tanzania!

    For a full explanation of the African Languages Initiative, including information on the domestic and overseas programs, please go to

    and look under announcements on the left side of the page.
    In addition, Boren is holding a series of webinars this fall, including two specifically about the African Languages Initiative, on November 8 and December 19. The full list is here:

    If you plan to apply for a Boren Scholarship or Fellowship, please contact Ms. Schumacher Chambers at


  • State Department Summer Internship Deadline November 2

    State Department Internship Application Deadline for Summer 2013 Internships is November 2, 2012.

    Find opportunities here:

    You can also connect with the South Florida Diplomat in Residence Mr. Edward Loo on FB - Search for DIRSouthFlorida


  • TedxUSF Speaker Application Now Open

    On February 22, 2013 TEDxUSF "On the Edge of the Future" comes to USF. Would you like to give a TEDx talk on your big idea?

    USF students, faculty, staff, alumni and Tampa Bay community members with big ideas are welcome to apply! Deadline for applying is Friday, October 26th, 2012 by 5pm EST.

    For more information and to apply, please visit:



ONS has information on a wide variety of Scholarships and fellowships for graduate study. Please check the ONS website and speak with Dr. Lucas or Ms. Schumacher.

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USF Honors College Student Council

  • HCSC Harry Potter Party

    This Halloween, his journey is now yours as the Honors College Student Council brings the excitement of Harry Potter to USF! Join us for a night filled with trivia, cool prizes, dancing, those famous Hogwarts Express treats, and our very own Triwizard tournament.

    When you enter, you will be sorted into one of the four Houses so feel free to show your colors. We invite you to wear your robes, scarves, ties, and bring your wands (of course we are going to have a costume contest)!

    Bring your friends...or better yet, bring your entire pod! Not to worry...we will bring the Butterbeer!

    The event takes place October 30, 2012 from 8 - 10:30 PM in JPH 1317. Remember the password...Acid pops!

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  • Microsoft Windows 8 appLab Workshop

    App developers in the making, come enjoy a night of free development support with:

    Free live technical support!
    Design assistance for Windows 8 development!
    Free Food!
    Prizes for ALL Windows 8 participants!

    November 1, 2012

    5:30-9:30 pm

    JPH 1319

    Please refer to the Honors College Calendar for program specifics and requirements!

    FreshPeople 5 Event!

  • Get Connected to the HLLC

    If you are not connected to the Honors LLC Facebook and Twitter pages yet, you're missing out! Pictures from the luau are available via those sites and these sites are being consistently updated with new information. Log on and connect with the LLC today!

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Student Submissions

  • Join the Association of Fundraising Professionals

    Are you interested in potentially working in the non-profit industry? Would you like to obtain internships, be mentored, and/or network with hundreds of professionals in the non-profit industry? Then the Association of Fundraising Professionals is the organization for you. Our next meeting will be October 31st at5:30 pm in the Alumni Center Ambassador room. You can find us on Facebook: USF AFP. For more information, contact the President, Robinson Francois at

    Link: AFP Collegiate Website

  • Duke School of the Environment Recruiting Event

    Meet Lauren Stulgis, Admissions Officer for the Nicholas School of the Environment, to learn about graduate school opportunities at Duke.

    Lauren will host an informational table on Thursday November 8 on the 3rd floor of the Natural and Environmental Science Building from 2:30-4:30pm.  

    Duke&rsquos Nicholas School of the Environment is among the world&rsquos premier graduate professional schools for the interdisciplinary study of the environment.   The Nicholas School fully integrates science, business and policy in its environmental sciences programs, providing both theoretical and practical education in Environmental Sciences and Policy, Marine Science and Conservation, and Earth and Ocean Sciences. The two-year professional Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) degree blends science, business and policy to solve environmental issues.  Areas of study include: Coastal Environmental Management (CEM), Ecosystem Science and Conservation (ESC), Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health (EEH), Energy and Environment (EE), Environmental Economics and Policy , (EEP), Forest Resource Management (FRM), Global Environmental Change (GEC), and Water Resource Management (WRM). Duke&rsquos MEM degree aims to develop critical and creative thinkers and doers who will forge a sustainable future. Our graduates are leaders in conservation management, industry, government, environmental consulting, and academia &ndash they are multi-talented problem solvers who lead sustainability efforts at all levels of society.


  • Interested in an Eating DisorderBody Image Support Group

    There is a small group of USF students, undergrad and graduate alike, trying to form a support group on campus to deal with body image and disordered eating. If you are interested, please contact us at

  • Are You a Fan of Harry Potter or Twilight

    For my honors thesis, I am currently recruiting fans of Harry Potter or Twilight to participate in a psychology research study (IRB Pro8196) analyzing how fans perform and respond on different tasks. The research study takes place in the Psychology Building (PCD) and takes approximately 40 minutes. Contact Samantha Groene at for more information.


  • Washington Semester

    USF is affiliated with the WASHINGTON SEMESTER PROGRAM of American University (AU) in Washington, D.C. Our students are eligible to study for one semester at one of the country's most prestigious private universities and take advantage of, among other privileges, the oldest internship program of its kind in the nation's capital. The program offers classes in the following specialties:

    American Politics, Global Economics and Business, Foreign Policy, International Law and Organizations, Justice and Law (Criminal Justice or Public Law), Peace and Conflict Resolution, Journalism and New Media, International Environment and Development, Transforming Communities, and The Middle East and World Affairs.

    Applications can be submitted at  November 1 is their priority deadline. Please see Dr. Kleine who will have to endorse your application and have much additional information, including advice on how to receive help paying for the experience.

    Link: Washington Semester Website

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