Know-a-BULL News
Week of 11/03/2009 - Issue # 86

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
 11/3/2009 An Afternoon with: Les and Pam Muma
 11/4/2009 Meet w/: Duke Univ. Grad School Rep
 11/4/2009 "Oral Presentation Skills" Workshop
 11/6/2009 HCSC Scavenger Hunt
 11/9/2009 Honors Council General Meeting
 11/9/2009 Honors LLC Test Anxiety Workshop
 11/10/2009 An Afternoon with: Luis Visot
 11/12/2009 "Abstract Writing" Workshop
 11/13/2009 Second Colloquium
 11/16/2009 Honors Council General Meeting
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Because Thesis is the cornerstone of the Honors College experience, we have established Thesis Day, when students are given the opportunity to present their theses in a public forum, either orally or by poster.

    All graduating students and those who are currently enrolled in the first semester of thesis are required to attend at least one of the 90 minute sessions during the day. Each session also counts as a Freshpeople 5 event.

    This semester, Thesis Day will be Friday, December 4. The event will take place from 9 AM until 4 PM. Oral presentations will be 15-20 minutes. PowerPoint presentations are permitted but not required. A 10-15 minute discussion will follow. Poster presenters will be with their posters for one a 90 minute session. If you are selected to do a poster, we will offer advice on its production.

    All sessions will take place in SVC classrooms; the posters will be displayed in the Honors Lounge.

    Since there are more students completing their theses than can be accommodated on Thesis Day, we will select a representative sample to be presented. We will notify you for which format you have been selected. In the event that you are not selected, please know that it has nothing to do with perceived quality; it has only to do with available space and time.

    Typically the audience consists of other Honors College students, friends, parents and faculty mentors. The poster and oral presentations are "formal"; the audience is supportive. We will provide time and place details as the semester progresses.

    If your mentor and committee member can come to Thesis Day, this will count as the required public presentation; if not, you will need to present to your committee also.

    If you will finish your thesis this semester, please fill out the Thesis Day Registration Form which you can find on the Honors College Website ( under Honors College Forms and then On-Line Forms. You must have the form submitted by Friday, November 13.

    Please remember that our goal is to show off your thesis work; we want Thesis Day to be a rewarding experience for those who present.


  • Foreign Language Placement Tests

    The World Language Department now offers placement tests for French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish on Tuesdays at 2pm, Wednesdays at 11am, and Thursdays at 2pm. Placement tests for Arabic, Chinese, Modern Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese and Russion are available by appointment at Students must obtain a permit from World Languages to take any foreign language.

    There is now a $15 fee to take a placement exam. Fees can be paid with debit or credit card the day of the exam. Students can also get a payment invoice from Cooper 419, to then pay with cash or check at the Cashier's Office in ADM 131.

    Contact the World Language department at 974-2548 with questions.

  • Public Speaking Course Code Change

    SPC 2600 Public Speaking is now SPC 2608 Public Speaking. If you plan on taking this course in the Spring, be sure to use the new course code in your searches.

  • Pre-Med Students: MCAT Registration for 2010 Now Open

    As of Nov. 2, examinees can schedule their test dates.

    If you have any questions about registration, please contact the MCAT Resource Center at (202) 828-0690 or

    Link: Reserve a Seat

  • Second Colloquium

    Second Colloquium: The second student run colloquium in our Electronic Life series will address the many questions surrounding the issue of internet "piracy" and the "illegal" downloading of music, movies, games, files, and software. A quick and informal survey suggests that a majority of USF undergraduates actively participates in this practice. But, do people take the time to think through the ethical issues and even the political issues involved in such actions? What are the ethical questions raised by the copying and distribution of such material and can "piracy" itself even become addictive behavior? Our presenters will try to frame these complicated issues and spark a lively discussion among all who attend. And there'll be food.

    The event will take place on Friday, Nov. 13th at 1 p.m. in the Honors Lounge.

  • Paid Tutor Position

    The Jenkins Tutoring Program is in need of a tutor for the courses listed below. All positions are paid.
    -PHY 2048- Physics w/ Calc
    -MCB 4503- Virology
    -MCB 4115C- Determinative Bacteriology

    Link: Tutor Applicaion

  • Alternative Spring Break 2010

    Many Honors College students have participated in Alternative Spring Break programs. Applications for spring break 2010 are now available online and are due by November 5th. The ASB Fair & Site Lottery is November 5th - all interested participants must attend this event in order to select their trip! Please click on the following link for more information.

    Students who attend an ASB program are eligible to apply for a $200 Honors College scholarship to help cover travel costs. The scholarship application is available through the Honors website (from the Scholarships tab, the form is located within the Competitive Scholarships section).

    Link: Center for Civic Engagement

  • Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

    Hunger Week begins on Monday, November 2, and is a great way for students to learn about issues of hunger & homelessness in our community. Events will be taking place all week, leading up to the campus sleep out on Friday. Please visit the following link for further information.

    Link: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

  • Panama: Beyond the Classroom Spring 2010

    Are you looking for a class that will take you outside the box? Panama: Beyond the Classroom is an Honors course for spring 2010 and will satisfy the requirement for either IDH 4200 Honors Geographical Perspective or IDH 4000 Major Works Major Issues. This course is designed to give students a hands-on, global experience to enhance their understanding of topics such as Panamanian culture and current issues facing developing countries, research opportunities, the principles of service-learning, as well as beginning dialogue about philosophies of personal and global leadership & service. This is a semester long course with an international travel component. Travel dates are March 6th - 13th, spring break 2010. Applications are available at the front desk of the Honors College SVC 1088. Application packets are due by November 30th, 2009 to be turned in to the front desk of the Honors College.

    For more questions please contact Mr. Lucien or Mr. Mejias.

  • Global Health Essay -- Win $1000

    The CSIS Commission on Smart Global Health is seeking essay submissions that answer the following question in 500-800 words by midnight, November 20th 2009:

    "What is the most important thing the U.S. can do to improve global health over the next 15 years?"


  • Thesis and Permit Forms

    The Thesis Registration and Permit Request forms for Spring 2010 are now available on the Honors College website under "Online Forms".

  • Fall 2009 Honors College Graduation Ceremony

    The Fall 2009 Honors Graduation Ceremony will take place on Friday, December 11, at 3:30pm in Traditions Hall of the Alumni Center. Invitations will be emailed to potential graduates in late October.

  • Join the team for the 2009 Tampa Bay Start! Heart Walk

    Cardiovascular disease, is the leading cause of death in this country, and claims almost as many lives each year as the next 7 leading causes of death combined.

    The USF Honors College/Undergraduate Research will be participating in this year's Start! Heart Walk on Saturday, November 14th at 8am at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

    To join our team, click on the link below and you will be taken to the web page.

    This year the USF Honors College/Undergraduate Research team fund-raising goal is $1,000.00. However, you do not have to raise money to participate; you can sign up just to be a walker.

    For more information about the Heart Walk please contact Lauren Schumacher at


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RED - National Fellowships

  • Killam Fellowships to Canada!

    The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada.
    The Killam Fellowships Program provides a cash award of $10,000 US ($5,000 US per semester).
    Approximately forty scholarships will be available for 2010-11.

    Link: Study in Canada on a Killam Fellowship

  • Funding for nursing students!

    Organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, FNSNA awards scholarships to qualified nursing students annually.
    Scholarship recipients and sponsors are recognized at the National Student Nurses Association Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida, April 7-11, 2010 during the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday evening, April 7th.

    Link: F. Tompkins Nursing Scholarship

  • NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

    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.

    Link: Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Are you interested in teaching abroad (Austria)?

    Austrian Teaching Assistantship Program
    *teaching assistants are assigned to one or two Austrian secondary schools for 13 hours per week
    *prospective teachers of German or TESOL and/or graduates with a documented interest in Austrian studies are particularly encouraged to apply
    *working knowledge of German is required and necessary to facilitate classroom work

    Link: Austrian Teaching Assistantship

  • Boren Awards to Study Abroad

    Boren Scholarships provide American undergraduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government.

    Maximum scholarship awards are:
    $10,000 for a semester or $20,000 for a full academic year!

    Link: Boren Scholarship

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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USF Honors College Student Council

  • Underground T-shirts are in!

    For those of you who ordered an Underground T-shirt, you may pick them up in SVC 1101 this Friday, 11/6 from 10am-1pm and Monday 11/9 from 10am-5pm. These are the designated T-shirt pick up times. Please email Chelsea, at if you cannot stop by on either of these days.

  • Honors LLC Facebook

    Add USF Honors-Community as a friend on Facebook to get the newest updates on what's going on it Poplar and Magnolia B! Please only add as a friend if you are an Honors LLC resident.

    Link: Honors LLC Facebook

  • Honors Council Facebook

    Add USF HCSC as a friend on Facebook to get the newest updates and event information about the Honors Council!

    Link: USF HCSC Facebook

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Student Submissions

  • Backpacker's Meeting

    Join us next Monday, November 9th, for a Student Backpacker's Association meeting. We will be discussing the trip to Europe this summer, as well as upcoming local events and possible group activities with Outdoor Recreation.

    Link: Backpack Club

  • Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

    Please see the attached flyers for two events during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

    Hunger Awareness

  • GraphicStudio

    Come join faculty and friends for the annual Honors College Reception at Graphicstudio on November 10, 6:30-9 pm. Graphicstudio is one of the premier artistic research centers in the country and you will get the chance to see how a printmaking studio works all while enjoying free food. There will also be a scavenger hunt through Graphicstudio, where the winner will win a print made at Graphicstudio.
    Graphicstudio is located at 3702 Spectrum Blvd Suite 100, it is across the street from the Embassy Suites Hotel on campus.
    Any questions? Please contact Noel Smith at

  • Get CPR Certified for LESS, MUCH LESS!

    The American Red Cross Club is hosting USF's first Mass Training CPR class on Saturday, November 14th from 9am-2pm in the Marshall Center Ballroom.

    "USF's First 100" will be a mix of Students, Faculty, and Campus Celebrities~ alongside ABC news & local radio stations at this historic event.

    We are providing this course for an unbelievable $15. Day-Of prices will go up to $20!

    Register for your seat online before they are all gone!

    For more information about CPR100 or the American Red Cross Club please email

    Link: Online Registration

  • USF v. Rutgers Football Watch Party

    On Thursday, November 12th the Women in Need Foundation is hosting a USF v. Rutgers Football Watch Party on the lawn of Juniper-Poplar Hall. Entrance is 2 regular-sized, new, women's toiletry items (including body wash, shampoo, conditioner, face wash or lotion). The first 25 people who arrive get a $25 Adidas gift card!! One lucky attendee will win FREE BULLS GEAR! A $5 meal package is available from the following sponsors: Tijuana Flats, Mr. Empananda, Gumby's and Rockstar Energy.

  • Dance Marathon Early Registration

    Early Bird Registration ends this Friday, November 6th for $10! Sign up your team members today! Registration fees increase after this date so sign up today to help be a miracle maker! Dance Marathon will be held on March 27th, 2010 from 12pm to 5am. Hope to see you there!

    Visit to sign up today!

    Link: USF Dance Marathon

  • Sigma Delta Tau's Putting on the Hits!

    Sigma Delta Tau's annual philanthropy will be held Tuesday, November 3rd at the University Community Area Center. Come help raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America and watch Greeks perform to your favorite songs! Doors open at 7:30 and the show starts at 8:30. Hope to see you there!

  • ASME Upcoming Events

    ASME invites you to join us for the following upcoming events.

    • 11/5/2009: Tampa Brass & Aluminum Site Visit - RSVP
    • 11/6/2009: SolidWorks CAD Seminar 3:30-5:30 PM, ENB 116
    • 11/9/2009: Student Presentations: Capstone Design
    • 11/15/2009: ASME IMECE Conference - RSVP REQUIRED
      • Must be ASME National Member
    • 12/05/2009: Electrathon Race - Brandon High

    Email for more information or visit our website.

    Link: USF ASME Website

  • Emerging Leaders Institute 2010

    The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement invites you to apply to this incredible weekend excursion that prepares Freshmen to take on leadership roles at USF. It will be a fun, interactive experience to help students enhance their understanding of leadership and create lasting friendships!

    Leadership retreat: JAN 23&24,2010
    Application deadline: NOV 11,2009

    Link: Emerging Leaders Application

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