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Honors Daily Opportunities List

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Honors Daily Opportunities List, Friday, April 3, 2009

The Honors Daily Opportunities List is an official UF e-publication sent to all students who entered UF as an honors student. Opportunities listed range from those for freshmen to seniors. To submit an announcement for posting, please fill out the online form at www.honors.ufl.edu/honorsdaily.html



Table of Contents

HONORS OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
1.      ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Pre-Professional Reception, Space-limited (NEW POSTING):
2.      ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Drop Deadline:
3.      ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Phi Beta Kappa:
4.      ANNOUNCEMENT:  Dr. Kevin Knudson appointed as Director of the Honors Program:
5.      ANNOUNCEMENT: Design the 2009-2010 Honors Student Planner:
6.      PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP / AWARD: Gilman International Scholarship Program (NEW POSTING):
7.      PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP / AWARD: Fulbright Program Orientation Session (NEW POSTING):
8.      SCHOLARSHIP / AWARD: Partners in the Parks Scholarship (NEW POSTING):
HONORS ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENTS
9.      EVENT: SHO Tropical Sundaes on Sunday:
10.     EVENT: BBQ & A:
11.     EVENT: SHO Formal:
ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
12.     ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITY: Invitation to an Open Forum with Nobel Laureate Dr. Leon Lederman (TODAY):
13.     RESEARCH: Participants Needed for Study on Sororities and Fraternities (NEW POSTING):
14.     INTERNSHIP: Arbor House (NEW POSTING):
EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
15.     ANNOUNCEMENT: FLEG Dodgeball Fundraiser:
16.     ANNOUNCEMENT: Dare to Kick Balls!  Pride Awareness Month Kickball Tournament:
17.     EVENT: Philosophy of Free Will (NEW POSTING, TODAY):
18.     EVENT: UF Interfaith Forum (NEW POSTING):
19.     EVENT: Business Law Forum (NEW POSTING):
20.     EVENT: Rally Against Higher Education Budget Cuts (NEW POSTING):
21.     EVENT: Stop Hunger Now Benefit Dinner:
22.     EVENT: The UF Apprentice:




HONORS OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

1.      ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Pre-Professional Reception, Space-limited (NEW POSTING):
You are cordially invited to attend a Pre-Professional Reception to be held on Wednesday, April 8. The event will be held at the Hume Hall Faculty in Residence Apartment from 6:00-7:30pm.

Our distinguished guests will include:
Dr. Ira H. Gessner, Assistant Dean and Chair, College of Medicine Admissions Committee.
Dr. Michael McKenzie, Associate Dean and Chair, College of Pharmacy Admissions Committee. Dr. Venita Sposetti, Assistant Dean and Chair, College of Dentistry Admissions Committee.

This event will provide each of you a rare venue opportunity for engaging dialogue with prominent individuals from three of the Health Science Center colleges.

This occasion will be limited to only 40 students to ensure a valuable experience for each participant. Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, April 7 at 3:00pm to Ms. Kathy Green at 392-1826 x210.

Business casual attire recommended. Refreshments provided.

2.      ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Drop Deadline:
The deadline to drop a class is Friday, April 10 at 5:00pm. You can pick up the form in the Registrar's Office, your college advising office or online at http://www.registrar.ufl.edu/pdf/schedulechange.pdf

To drop a course, you must take the drop form to your college's advising office (Honors advisors cannot sign drop forms). For your college advising office location, visit http://www.registrar.ufl.edu/soc/advisers.html

You have a limited number of drops at UF. Generally, you have two drops for your first sixty hours attempted at UF (not including incoming credit brought in through AP/IB) and two drops in upper-division. Hence it is not a good idea to use a drop lightly, as you may need it another semester in a true emergency.

Many people, including medical schools, recommend not dropping a course if you are earning a "C" or higher.

3.      ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Phi Beta Kappa:
Tapped to join Phi Beta Kappa? Don't just toss the invitation into the trash, thinking this is one more solicitation for your hard-earned cash. Getting selected for this honorary is a great accomplishment and recognized by grad schools, law and med schools as meaning you are among the very best students liberal arts majors at your school. It is especially an honor to be selected as a junior. Phi Beta Kappa will be noted on your transcript and will make a very nice line on your resume. This honorary also has some scholarship money for grad school, etc., so if you are a member take a look at their national website to see what is available. www.pbk.org ; UF chapter: www.honors.ufl.edu/pbk

4.      ANNOUNCEMENT:  Dr. Kevin Knudson appointed as Director of the Honors Program:
Dr. Kevin Knudson has been appointed to serve as Director of the Honors Program at the University of Florida, effective June 30, 2009.

Dr. Knudson is a member of Mississippi State University's mathematics and statistics faculty.  He has served as acting director of the Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State since 2008.  Prior to that, he served as associate director of the honors college.  He has also directed the Mississippi State Honors Undergraduate Research Program and the Distinguished Scholars Program.

Dr. Knudson completed his doctorate in mathematics in 1996 at Duke University and received his M.S. and B.S. in mathematics from Virginia Tech. in 1991.  His research interests include computational topology, discrete Morse theory, homology of linear groups, algebraic K-theory, and equivariant topology.

5.      ANNOUNCEMENT: Design the 2009-2010 Honors Student Planner:
The Honors Program is looking for creative people to design the next cover for the student planner of 2009-2010. There are no real strict guidelines, although we would prefer something that shows the uniqueness and diversity of the Honors Program in addition to, of course, something about the Gators!

The only true requirements for the planner cover are the following:
-       The image should be of dimensions 5" x 7.9375", although it can extend 5.5" x 8.4375", but anything past 5" x 7.9375" will be cut off.
-       The image should be digital, and in, preferably, .psd format. JPEG will be accepted, but please do not compress the images. Please, no Word documents.

The winner of this cover contest will win a $30 gift certificate from the University of Florida Bookstore, lunch with the Honors Program Staff and a complimentary copy of the 2009-10 planner. Questions regarding entries may be directed to [log in to unmask]
Entries are due at the Honors Program office on April 10. Good luck!

6.      PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP / AWARD: Gilman International Scholarship Program (NEW POSTING):
The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad for up to one academic year. The program aims to diversify the kinds of student who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go.  The program serves students who have been under-represented in study abroad which includes but is not limited to: students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds, students attending minority-serving institutions, and students with disabilities.

Students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the time they are studying abroad and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba.

Online applications are accepted twice a year: April 7 for Fall/Academic Year study abroad programs, October for Spring study abroad programs.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education. For more detailed information on application procedures and eligibility requirements, visit the Gilman website at http://www.iie.org/gilman.

7.      PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP / AWARD: Fulbright Program Orientation Session (NEW POSTING):
The U.S. Student Fulbright Program provides grants for over 1,500 students to conduct research or teach overseas for a year. Partnerships are established with more than 140 countries worldwide. Grants are available for undergraduates in their senior year, Master's and doctoral students in all fields of study.

All students interested in applying for a Fulbright grant are invited to attend an orientation session on Tuesday, April 7 at 4:05pm in MAEB 229. Mr. Lee Rivers, Assistant Manager for Outreach & Special Projects from the Institute of International Education will give an overview of the opportunities available through the Fulbright Program and discuss the application process. UF Fulbright Advisors will also be available.

8.      SCHOLARSHIP / AWARD: Partners in the Parks Scholarship (NEW POSTING):
The Florida Collegiate Honors Council is sponsoring four $500 scholarships for students to participate in Partners in the Park (http://www.partnersintheparks.org/), an outdoor experiential learning program in cooperation with the National Collegiate Honors Council. There are five more programs available this year:

-Zion (May 11-16)
-Black Canyon of the Gunnison (May 17-23)
-Grand Canyon-Parashant (May 25-30)
-Bryce Canyon (June 1-6)
-Acadia (Aug 8-14)

As you can see from the website, a $500 scholarship would pay for a good portion of the expenses. If a student from UF wins one of the four FCHC awards, the Honors Program will match the scholarship to help cover the cost of travel to the site (up to $500).

The Honors Program is holding an internal competition to determine which student to forward to the state competition. The application includes a 750-1000 word essay on why you are interested in participating in Partners in the Parks, how you would benefit from the experience, and why you should receive the funding. Attach the essay in a Word document, along with a resume, by Friday, April 17 to Melissa Johnson at [log in to unmask] . All applications should be submitted via e-mail.

Scholarship winners will be asked to present on their experiences at the next FCHC conference (hosted by the University of Florida in February 2010) or if graduating, write a reflection including pictures of their experiences.






HONORS ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

9.      EVENT: SHO Tropical Sundaes on Sunday:
Can't wait for summer to get here already? The thought of finals making you break down in tears? SHO is (temporarily) bringing the relaxation of vacation to you-Sundaes on Sunday is going Tropical!

This event is taking place on Sunday, April 5 at 9:30pm in Hume Commons. It's your last chance to partake in SHO's most delicious tradition!

Come decked out in island attire and make sure to BYOB (bring your own bowl) so Mother Earth can relax too!

10.     EVENT: BBQ & A:
Join the Hume RCAs out at the grills behind Hume Commons for some BBQ & A on Monday, April 6 from 4:00-6:00pm. What more do you need in life than some barbeque, questions, answers, and casual advising? Dr. Barber, the Faculty-in-Residence at Hume Hall, and other advisors and faculty from across campus and throughout departments will be there to answer your advising woes and wows.

There will be free BBQ and fun!

Contact a Hume RCA with any questions! And check out the facebook event http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=62144293566&ref=ts

11.     EVENT: SHO Formal:
Get out your masks and your fine attire for this year's SHO Formal! The themed masquerade event will be on Saturday, April 4 from 8:00-10:00pm at the University of Florida Hillel, across the street from the O'Dome. There will be refreshments (including a chocolate fondue fountain!) and dancing. Ladies, the dress is semi-formal, and men, look nice! See you all there! If you have any questions, e-mail the Student Honors Organization at [log in to unmask]






ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

12.     ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITY: Invitation to an Open Forum with Nobel Laureate Dr. Leon Lederman (TODAY):
The UF-HHMI Science for Life Program and OASIS invites you to Candid Conversations with Nobel Laureate, Dr. Leon Lederman via a live interactive videoconference. This event will take place at the Graham Gallery on the second floor of the Graham Residence Hall at 3:00pm, Friday, April 3. All science, education, and political science students are invited to attend. Free refreshments will be served.

13.     RESEARCH: Participants Needed for Study on Sororities and Fraternities (NEW POSTING):
We are conducting a qualitative research study on the experiences of honors students who are also members of sororities and fraternities. We would like to conduct focus groups this month with students who are both members of sororities or fraternities as well as the University Honors Program. Each participant will take part in one 60-minute focus group.

If you are interested in participating in our focus group, please contact Melissa Johnson at [log in to unmask] or (352) 392-1519.

14.     INTERNSHIP: Arbor House (NEW POSTING):
Arbor House provides housing and support services for homeless single mothers and their children.

Mature, upper level female wanted for event planning and resource development. Must have understanding of poverty issues and small, nonprofit agencies. Available and willing to work some nights and weekends-working directly with the Executive Director. Focus interest in Non-Profit Management, FYCS, Women's Studies, Finance, Business, Rehab Counseling, etc.

Two year commitment--ten to twelve hours/week. This is a paid position. For details contact Gwen Gadaire at [log in to unmask]






EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

15.     ANNOUNCEMENT: FLEG Dodgeball Fundraiser:
On Saturday, April 4, the Freshmen Leadership Engineering Group will be hosting a dodgeball tournament to help raise funds for Engineers Without Borders.  Registration will begin at 1:00pm, and the event itself will begin at 2:00pm at Hume Field. There is also registration available at tables at Reitz every day until the event. Teams must consist of 5-7 players. It is 10$ per team to enter or 2$ per individual registration. There will be free food and drinks, and prizes will be given out to those who dominate the dodgeball domain!

Join the Facebook group for more information: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=61609701315

16.     ANNOUNCEMENT: Dare to Kick Balls!  Pride Awareness Month Kickball Tournament:
Help Pride Awareness Month as we raise money for the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL). SMYAL is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and support self-confident, healthy, productive lives for LGBTQ youth as they journey from adolescence into adulthood. Teams of 7-9 can participate for $20 in advance or $3 per player at the gates. The tournament will take place at the Southwest Recreation softball fields at 11:00am on Sunday, April 5. All proceeds will go to supporting SMYAL, so bring your friends for a day of fun as we support this worthwhile cause!

To register in advance, email Olivia Ordonez at: [log in to unmask]

17.     EVENT: Philosophy of Free Will (NEW POSTING, TODAY):
Robert Kane is visiting from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Kane is highly renowned as an important figure in the Philosophy of Free Will. On Friday, April 3, he will be speaking about "Free Will: New Directions for an Ancient Problem" in the Florida Gym room 210.

18.     EVENT: UF Interfaith Forum (NEW POSTING):
UF Interfaith Forum is taking place on Tuesday, April 7 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Reitz Union Amphitheater.

Why not attend UF's first Interfaith Forum? Help spread awareness about religious support on campus. Learn about the core tenets of five of UF's largest religious organizations. Advisors of Campus Crusade, Gator FreeThought, Hindu Student Council, Islam on Campus, and Jewish Student Union will share their religious beliefs.

Do you got faith? Ask questions that you want to know about God in our Open Mic Q&A. Join the Facebook Event: UF Interfaith Forum: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=60612968417

Come out to show your support for UF's religion department.

19.     EVENT: Business Law Forum (NEW POSTING):
Phi Alpha Delta and Alpha Kappa Psi are coming together to host UF's first ever Business Law forum!

The forum will be held on Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00pm in Pugh Hall. Come out to learn about the constantly changing face of business law and how it will affect your future career. A panel of distinguished lawyers and business owners will be on hand to discuss all things business law and answer your questions.

There will be free food and refreshments for all attending.

20.     EVENT: Rally Against Higher Education Budget Cuts (NEW POSTING):
On Tuesday, April 7, Coalition Save our Schools, the United Faculty of Florida, and Graduate Assistants United are hosting a mass rally and teach in against higher education budget cuts.  The event will start at 12:00pm in the Plaza of the Americas and will last about an hour and a half.  People interested in learning more or getting involved can contact [log in to unmask] or call Skeet Surrency at (941) 374 2841.

21.     EVENT: Stop Hunger Now Benefit Dinner:
The Campus Kitchens Project at UF will be hosting the "Stop Hunger Now!" Benefit Dinner on Monday, April 6 in the Graham Hall Rec Room from 7:30-9:00pm.

Bring all of your friends for an evening of delicious food, music, guest speakers on hunger in America, and videos showcasing national & international organizations that work to alleviate hunger. Find out how you can be a part of the change now!  Campus Kitchens' authentic college cookbooks will be for sale, and donations will be gladly accepted. All proceeds will benefit the Campus Kitchens Project at UF.

Ticket Prices: $7 at the door, $5 presale. Please find more information on the "Stop Hunger Now!" Facebook event site, and watch for our table in the Plaza of the Americas on Wednesday, Friday and Monday!

22.     EVENT: The UF Apprentice:
The UF Apprentice is a fun and exciting event aimed at underclassmen looking to improve their leadership skills and network with fellow leaders.  The UF Apprentice is sponsored by the SG Freshman Leadership Council.

The event is Sunday, April 5 from 12:00-4:00pm in the Graham Gallery and the dress is casual. For the event, students will complete three challenges targeted at obstacles that students face at UF and beyond. They will test your public speaking skills, creativity, professionalism, public speaking and ability to think on your feet.

The prizes include working with some of the most prestigious organizations on campus.

Do you have what it takes to become the UF Apprentice?

Register at theufapprentice.com by April 3!



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