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Honors Daily Opportunities List

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Honors Daily Opportunities List, Tuesday, April 7, 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.      ANNOUNCEMENT: Jared Diamond (NEW POSTING):
2.      ANNOUNCEMENT: Design the 2009-2010 Honors Student Planner (NEW POSTING):
3.      ANNOUNCEMENT: Office Hours for National Merit/Achievement/UWC:
4.      ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Attention Out-of-state National Merit & Achievement Scholars:
5.      ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Pre-Professional Reception, Space-limited:
6.      ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Drop Deadline:
7.      PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP / AWARD: Gilman International Scholarship Program (TODAY):
8.      PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP / AWARD: Fulbright Program Orientation Session (TODAY):
9.      SCHOLARSHIP / AWARD: Partners in the Parks Scholarship:
HONORS ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENTS
10.     EVENT: Rock the Vote and Ice Cream Floats (TODAY):
ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
11.     ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: LSAT 101 Webinar (NEW POSTING, TODAY):
12.     ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Workshop for Exploratory Majors (NEW POSTING):
13.     ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Second Year Transition Workshop (NEW POSTING):
14.     RESEARCH: Participants Needed for Study on Sororities and Fraternities:
15.     INTERNSHIP: Arbor House:
EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
16.     ANNOUNCEMENT: Give Blood & Save Lives:
17.     ANNOUNCEMENT: Mile for a Child 5K:
18.     STUDENT ORG ANNOUNCEMENT: US Rep Kendrick Meek to Speak at UF (NEW POSTING, TODAY):
19.     STUDENT ORG ANNOUNCEMENT: Student Finance Group Hosts CHEP (NEW POSTING):
20.     STUDENT ORG ANNOUNCEMENT: University Economics Society (TODAY):
21.     EVENT: Genetic Improvement of Bioenergy Crops:
22.     EVENT: UF Interfaith Forum (TODAY):
23.     EVENT: Business Law Forum (TODAY):
24.     EVENT: Rally Against Higher Education Budget Cuts (TODAY):




HONORS OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

1.      ANNOUNCEMENT: Jared Diamond (NEW POSTING):
Dr. Jared Diamond will speak about his latest book, "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed," at 8:00pm this Thursday April 9 at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets for the general public will be available Thursday beginning at noon from the Phillips Center Box Office, but the Honors Program will also have a limited number of tickets available prior to the event. Please e-mail Regan Garner at [log in to unmask] to reserve one.

Additionally, Dr. Diamond will be available for an hour long question-and-answer period in the Ustler Hall Atrium at 5:00pm on Thursday. Please take advantage of this special opportunity to hear from a Pulitzer Prize winning author!

2.      ANNOUNCEMENT: Design the 2009-2010 Honors Student Planner (NEW POSTING):
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!

3.      ANNOUNCEMENT: Office Hours for National Merit/Achievement/UWC:
Fran's National Merit/Achievement/UWC office hours have changed to Monday - Thursday, 10:00am-12:00pm. She will not be holding hours this Tuesday, April 7.

4.      ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Attention Out-of-state National Merit & Achievement Scholars:
If you are an out-of-state merit or achievement student who plans on attending summer classes, in order to use your nine credits of out-of-state fee waiver, you must turn in the summer fee waiver form that can be found off the Honors website (http://www.honors.ufl.edu/forms.html) or in 118 Hume Hall. This form must be turned in by the end of summer drop/add to Fran Green. Summer A/C drop/add ends May 12, and Summer B drop/add ends June 30.

***If the form is not turned in by the end of drop/add, your waiver will NOT be processed***

5.      ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Pre-Professional Reception, Space-limited:
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.

6.      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.

7.      PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP / AWARD: Gilman International Scholarship Program (TODAY):
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.

8.      PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP / AWARD: Fulbright Program Orientation Session (TODAY):
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.

9.      SCHOLARSHIP / AWARD: Partners in the Parks Scholarship:
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

10.     EVENT: Rock the Vote and Ice Cream Floats (TODAY):
Come out this Tuesday evening to Hume Commons from 5:00-6:00pm to hear each candidate running for a position on the 2009-2010 SHO Officer Board. They will be discussing their past experience with SHO and their goals and ideas for SHO next year. It's a great way to get informed before voting begins on Wednesday, April 8!

There will also be ice cream floats!




ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

11.     ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: LSAT 101 Webinar (NEW POSTING, TODAY):
The pre-law advisors would like to invite you to attend the "LSAT 101", an online meeting (webinar) that will be hosted Tuesday, April 7 from 7:00-7:45pm in Farrior Hall Room 200.

The webinar will provide helpful information about the Law School Admission Test:
*       How and why law school admission committees rely on it.
*       Skills that the LSAT will assess.
*       Test-preparation methods.
*       Recommendations for creating an LSAT prep plan.

12.     ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Workshop for Exploratory Majors (NEW POSTING):
The next workshop for exploratory majors is taking place on Wednesday, April 8 from 11:00am-12:00pm in 200 Farrior Hall (Academic Advising Center). This workshop topic is: Puzzled About Your Major

13.     ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Second Year Transition Workshop (NEW POSTING):
You're about finished with your first year at UF -- Congrats! But what do you know about your second year? Recovering from your summer back home, your first apartment, new commitments, choosing a major, thinking about the resume, building on your academics, getting more involved, or just learning how to cook. We will be discussing the transition toward your second year, and some of the expectations that go along with it.

Join us on Thursday, April 9 at Farrior Hall (Academic Advising Center) Room 200 from 5:00-6:30pm. Refreshments will be served.

14.     RESEARCH: Participants Needed for Study on Sororities and Fraternities:
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.

15.     INTERNSHIP: Arbor House:
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

16.     ANNOUNCEMENT: Give Blood & Save Lives:
The blood drive is April 6-10 at any of the bloodmobiles on campus. When you donate blood you'll be entered into our raffle to win prizes! Some of the prizes that we have so far are free food from Hooters, national championship license plates, Gator t-shirts, and a signed football by the Gator football team!

More than 5 million Americans need blood transfusions every year. That's an average of 728 donations a day. Someone needs blood every 2 seconds. One pint of blood can save three lives. All of the donations will go to local Gainesville hospitals.

Please contact Alicia Burns at [log in to unmask] for more information.

17.     ANNOUNCEMENT: Mile for a Child 5K:
Mile for a Child 5K is taking place on April 11 in the commuter parking lot on Gale Lemerand Dr. Registration begins at 6:45am, and the race begins at 7:45am. $12 pre-registration, $15 on day of race (Registered groups of 5 or more will receive a discount).

All proceeds will be donated to a pediatric cancer organization. Trophies for fastest male/female and largest organization. The first 30 people that register will receive a free t-shirt.

Register at www.friendsforlife.com/mfac

Please contact Bernadette Guzman at [log in to unmask] or Jordan Hester at [log in to unmask] for more information

18.     STUDENT ORG ANNOUNCEMENT: US Rep Kendrick Meek to Speak at UF (NEW POSTING, TODAY):
UF College Democrats will be hosting US Representative Kendrick Meek at noon on Tuesday, April 7 in room 361 in the Reitz Union.  Representative Meek will be speaking about his bid to represent Florida in the United States Senate.

19.     STUDENT ORG ANNOUNCEMENT: Student Finance Group Hosts CHEP (NEW POSTING):
Student Finance Group hosts representatives from CHEP as they share experiences on what makes a summer internship experience turn into a fulltime offer. Come learn strategies on how to make it a great success. Learn ways to be noticed and have a better chance at receiving a full time offer!

The meeting is taking place on Thursday, April 9 from 6:15-8:00pm in Keene-Flint Hall, room 50. Free pizza.

CHEP has a 12-week summer internship program designed for rising Junior and Senior level undergraduate students to enhance their business acumen in a particular functional area and challenge their creativity and innovation. Participants who successfully complete the program may be selected to participate in our undergraduate LDP program and / or offered a future full-time position. Bring your resumes!

Please visit www.chep.com for more information about the company and contact
[log in to unmask] with any further questions you may have. Also you may check out the event facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=67937413379

20.     STUDENT ORG ANNOUNCEMENT: University Economics Society (TODAY):
This week we've secured Roger Austin, a Gainesville-based political consultant, as our speaker. Mr. Austin has a wealth of experience in campaign finance and he'll be addressing the controversy about campaign finance reform and taking questions on the matter. In true UES style, this won't be a straightforward frontal lecture. The event will be pretty informal and the merits of campaign finance reform are definitely up for discussion.

As usual, we'll be meeting Tuesday at 5:10pm in Matherly 120. We'll have plenty of free food and drinks.

21.     EVENT: Genetic Improvement of Bioenergy Crops:
This presentation will provide an overview of the genetic and genomics resources available to improve bioenergy crops, with a focus on corn, sorghum and poplar. Challenges include the translation of results from the laboratory to large crop production systems, and the competing demands of crops being amenable to bioprocessing while being agronomically robust.

The presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 8 from 4:00-5:00pm in the Reitz Union Auditorium. Dr. Wilfred Vermerris, University of Florida Genetics Institute and Agronomy Department, will be the speaker.

For our colleagues located in offices off campus, the seminar may viewed via video stream: video.ufl.edu/wmstream.html

22.     EVENT: UF Interfaith Forum (TODAY):
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.

23.     EVENT: Business Law Forum (TODAY):
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.

24.     EVENT: Rally Against Higher Education Budget Cuts (TODAY):
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.




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