Know-a-BULL News
Week of 11/10/2009 - Issue # 87

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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 11/12/2009 "Abstract Writing" Workshop
 11/13/2009 Second Colloquium
 11/16/2009 Honors Council General Meeting
 11/17/2009 Bowling for Panama
 11/18/2009 Honors "Rubber Band" Fall Concert
 11/19/2009 An Evening with: Dr. Tony Lazzara
 11/20/2009 An Afternoon with: Dr. Eric Elster (#2)
 11/20/2009 An Afternoon with: Dr. Eric Elster (#1)
 11/23/2009 Honors Council General Meeting
 11/26/2009 Thanksgiving Holiday
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    Introducing the Honors College One Act Play Writing Competition

    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

    January 15 - electronic and hard copy due; electronic copy to; hard copy to Honors office

    January 29 - Announcement of top three plays selected for performance in early April

    $200 first prize, $100 second and third prizes - places announced at performance

    Acting auditions - early Feb. (this will be an open call to all USF students). Writers and judges will select cast. Writer may choose to act

    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

    Authors agree to accept judges decisions as final

    Questions? Email

    Break a pen!

  • 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
    -MUT 1111 Music Theory I
    -MUT 1241 Aural Theory I

    Link: Tutor Application

  • Bowling for Panama Fundraiser on Nov 17th

    Please join us for a cosmic bowling fundraiser for kids at Nutre Hogar and Casa Esperanza in Panama! For $10, you will get to bowl two games (rental shoes are included). Tickets are available in the Honors College office (SVC 1088). General donations will also be accepted. Please RSVP through the Honors College website and contact Christie at with any questions.

    The fundraiser counts as a Freshman 5 event and will take place on Tuesday, November 17 from 9pm-2am at AMF University Lanes on 56th Street (east of campus).

  • London Paris Study Abroad Program (May 7-16)

    Earn up to six summer school credits by taking the London Paris Study Abroad Program (May 7-16) between spring and summer semesters. Spend 10 days studying politics and culture in the two most magnificent cities in the world for not much more than taking those same credits on the USF campus. Honors College helps fund Honors students.


  • Georgia Tech Graduate Technical Symposium

    The primary objective of this event is to provide a forum for exceptional undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students to communicate advances in their research while fostering interaction with corporate and university representatives.

    The Symposium is scheduled for January 14-16, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. More than $4,000 will be awarded for the oral and poster presentations. This year, there are opportunities for a select number of students to receive a limited number of lodging grants to offset hotel and travel expenses based on an essay submission on how your research encompassing the theme of the symposium: Focusing on the Global Impact: Science and Engineering Change the World.

    Abstract Submission Deadline: November 1, 2009

    Please visit the website for online abstract submission and registration, agenda and travel accommodations.


  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

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RED - National Fellowships

  • USA TODAY All-USA College Academic Team

    USA TODAY is now accepting nominations for the twenty-first annual USA TODAY All-USA College Academic Team.

    *full-time Jrs. & Srs.
    *excel academically
    *extend intellectual abilities beyond the classroom to benefit society
    *featured in USA TODAY in May 2010 and will receive trophies and cash awards of $2,500
    *nominated by school

    See website (link below) for criteria and more information.

    Nominations must be received by 11:59 p E.T. January 29, 2010

    Link: USA TODAY All-USA College Academic Team

  • 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

  • World AIDS Day: Universal Access and Human Rights

    Tuesday December 1, 2009 at 7:30PM in Marshall Center Ballroom A. Join us on World AIDS Day for a captivating lecture from Georgette King followed by an outdoor candlelight vigil with poetry. The theme this year is "Universal Access and Human Rights." Give a moment for those living with AIDS. Food and drink will be provided.

  • USF v. Rutgers Football Watch Party

    The WIN Foundation is hosting a USF v. Rutgers
    watch party on Thursday, November 12th on the
    lawn of Juniper-Poplar Hall. Admission to this
    event is 2 new, regular-sized, womens toilitries
    (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash,
    deodorant and shaving cream). THE FIRST 25 PEOPLE
    GET A $10 ADIDAS GIFT CARD!! A meal passport is
    available for $5, sponsors include Tijuana Flats,
    Mr. Empanada, Gumbys and Rockstar Energy Drink.

  • Hope for the Homeless Drive

    A group in the Homelessness and Poverty section of the Major Works Major Issues class is working to help some of the 59,000 homeless people in Florida. The group is running a donation drive Hope for the Homeless. Students are collecting basic necessities (toothbrushes, socks, shampoo, soap, etc.) for the homeless adults of Pinellas Hope. The drive will run through November 15th. Donations boxes are located in the Honors College lobby, and the Honors Lounge.

    Link: Oracle Article about the drive

  • ASME Events

    Join USF ASME for the following exciting events!

    11/13/2009: Conmed Linvatec Industry Tour 11:00 - 12:30 (Meet in fishbowl @ 10:00 AM) - RSVP Required

    11/13/2009: MATLAB Workshop w/ Dr. Kaw 3:30 - 5:30 PM, ENB 116

    11/15/2009: ASME IMECE Conference, Orlando FL. 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM. Registration Required! Email your Name, Phone, and ASME Student Member ID #.

    12/05/2009: Electrathon Race - Brandon High School

    02/19-20/2009: USF Engineering EXPO & Electrathon Race

    Link: USF ASME Website

  • New Business Class

    We are trying to put together a class to interest business students in research. Attached is the syllabus. Kevin Renschler is teaching the course. Katie Elverson will handle the registration. Email if you would like to register for this class. We are monitoring and limiting the enrollment.

    Link: Research Methods Syllabus

  • 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

  • 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

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