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Honors Daily Opportunities List, Friday, November 6, 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 . For more updates on the Honors Program, join our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @UFHonors





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HONORS OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
1.      ADVISING ANNOUNCEMENT: Drop Deadline / Advice about Dropping (NEW POSTING):
2.      ADVISING ANNOUNCEMENT: Completing the Honors Program (NEW POSTING):
3.      ANNOUNCEMENT: Florida Collegiate Honors Council Call for Presentation Proposals and Scholarship Opportunity:
STUDENT HONORS ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENTS
4.      EVENT: SHO General Body Meeting (NEW POSTING):
5.      EVENT: Wii Tournament (NEW POSTING):
6.      EVENT: Gators March for Babies:
ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
7.      ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Pre-Law Personal Statement Workshop:
8.      LEADERSHIP: The Art of Leadership Conference:
9.      VOLUNTEER: Help Recycle at the Vanderbilt Game This Weekend:
10.     INTERNSHIP: Summer Policy Internship in DC for Sorority and Fraternity Members:
11.     INTERNSHIP: Counterpoise Alternative Review Journal:
STUDENT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS
12.     ANNOUNCEMENT: West Virginia Ski TRiP:
13.     ANNOUNCEMENT: Shabbat at Hillel--Guest speaker, UF alumnus (TODAY):
14.     ANNOUNCEMENT: UF Menīs Rugby vs US Navy All Stars (TODAY):
15.     STUDENT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENT: Pi Mu Epsilon Meeting (NEW POSTING):
16.     STUDENT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENT: Gators for a Sustainable Campus (NEW POSTING):
17.     STUDENT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENT: Gator Society for Human Resource Management:
18.     EVENT: Asian Food Festival:
19.     EVENT: Health Professions Day:







HONORS OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

1.      ADVISING ANNOUNCEMENT: Drop Deadline / Advice about Dropping (NEW POSTING):
The deadline to drop a class is Monday, November 23 at 5:00pm. Unlike in years past, you do not necessarily need a form to drop a class. Rather, you must go to your college's advising office to drop the class. Honors advisors cannot drop you from classes. 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. A transcript littered with W's does not impress grad schools, med schools or prestigious scholarships competitions. On the other hand, those programs are not impressed with a D+ in a course you were too afraid to drop.

If you drop a tracking course for your major, the drop may set you behind for that major. Dropping a tracking course may also be an indicator that you are in the wrong major.

A full-time course load is 12 hours, and students need to be at least full-time for some scholarships and financial aid. If you are not sure about course load requirements for your situation, please check with the Student Financial Aid Office re general scholarships/Bright Futures or Fran Green ([log in to unmask]) re National Merit/Achievement Scholarships.

Students who are on Bright Futures must repay the cost of any courses dropped. For more information about Bright Futures repayment, contact Student Financial Affairs and not the Honors Program, as honors advisors are not financial aid advisors.

All the above being said, sometimes there is no other option and one needs to drop a course.  You should drop a course if you are clearly failing it (note, a "B" in a course does not equal failure).

2.      ADVISING ANNOUNCEMENT: Completing the Honors Program (NEW POSTING):
We have heard from many students who are confused about the timeline to complete the Honors Program. There is no deadline to take your four honors courses, i.e. you do *not* have to take four courses within your first four semesters at UF. You have priority to register for honors courses during that time, but you do not have to take all of them during that time. You may continue to work toward the Honors Certificate of Completion as long as you are an undergraduate. Please note that IDH 3931: Science for Life does not count as one of the four honors courses.

Additionally, honors internship and research credit may be used to count toward your four honors courses. For more information on how to register for internship or research credit, visit http://www.honors.ufl.edu/forms.html

When you have completed your four honors courses and the outside activity requirement (research, internship, study abroad, leadership, or service), you may submit the Certificate of Completion application to 118 Hume: http://www.honors.ufl.edu/forms/completion.pdf

3.      ANNOUNCEMENT: Florida Collegiate Honors Council Call for Presentation Proposals and Scholarship Opportunity:
The Florida Collegiate Honors Council Conference will take place in Gainesville on February 19-21. This event provides an opportunity for those involved in Florida honors programs to share scholarship, ideas, and friendship. We encourage students to submit proposals for workshops or presentations, and co-presentation is encouraged. Please submit 100-word description of your proposal to Melissa at [log in to unmask] by Monday, November 30 for consideration. If you would like to look at last year's program for ideas, please stop by the Honors Office in 118 Hume.

Additionally, the University Honors Program may nominate one student for the Dr. Richard Piper Scholarship. This $1000 award is eligible to seniors with a strong record of leadership and service at UF. Interested students must submit a 500 word essay addressing their educational and life goals, as well as a resume and one recommendation letter from a professor to Melissa in 118 Hume by Monday, November 30.

Program presenters and scholarship winners will be expected to register for and attend the entire conference. For more information about either of these opportunities, please contact Melissa at [log in to unmask]







STUDENT HONORS ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

4.      EVENT: SHO General Body Meeting (NEW POSTING):
This month's SHO general body meeting is taking place on Sunday, November 8 at 8:30pm in Hume 119. All are welcome to attend.

5.      EVENT: Wii Tournament (NEW POSTING):
The chance to show off those Wii skills you have been bragging about is finally here! Come out to Hume Commons on 11/11 at 11:11am and compete to win points for your Column!

Sign-up sheets for the group competition, Rock Band, and the individual competition, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, are located outside Hume Commons. You may sign up for both events, but Rock Band teams must have at least 3 members to compete.

Food and drinks will be served!

6.      EVENT: Gators March for Babies:
SHO will be participating in Gators March for Babies, sponsored by March of Dimes, on Sunday, November 8 at 1:00pm. The march raises money to help prevent premature births and aid families affected by it. You can sign up online, at www.gatorsmarchforbabies.org. For more information, check out the Facebook page (under the SHO group) or e-mail Jordan at [log in to unmask]






ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

7.      ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Pre-Law Personal Statement Workshop:
A law school personal statement workshop is taking place on Tuesday, November 10 from 10:40-11:30am in 202 Farrior Hall.

Purpose:  To provide students with information about law school personal statements/admissions statements, including the goal of the statement, law school requirements/guidelines, and tips for writing an effective statement. You will leave the workshop with a brainstormed list of topics for your own personal statement.

8.      LEADERSHIP: The Art of Leadership Conference:
Interested in getting involved or enhancing your leadership skills? Apply to the Art of Leadership Conference! The Art of Leadership Conference (AOL) is a half-day conference designed to educate, develop, and inspire strong leaders to make personal progressive strides of change at the University of Florida and beyond. Conference topics range from organizational skills to servant leadership, from diversity to finding your passion, and many more.

The Art of Leadership conference will be held on Sunday, November 15 from 11:00am until 4:00pm in the J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. All students at the University of Florida are welcome and encouraged to attend. AOL is organized by Lead101 as a part of the Center for Leadership and Service.

Applications can be accessed through the Application clearinghouse:
http://www.union.ufl.edu/involvement/applications/

Check us out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=170313527250

9.      VOLUNTEER: Help Recycle at the Vanderbilt Game This Weekend:
The TailGator Green Team is a fun way to raise money for your favorite student organization while helping UF reduce its waste on game days. Come out to volunteer this weekend at our game against Vanderbilt. Also, join the Gator Green Team Facebook group for more information, or inquire at [log in to unmask]

10.     INTERNSHIP: Summer Policy Internship in DC for Sorority and Fraternity Members:
Patton Boggs LLP has represented the Greek world pro bono on public policy issues since 2001. For the last few years, the firm has had an unpaid summer internship for Greek students to learn more about the public policy process by focusing on the passage of the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act.

The Patton Boggs internship is open to Greek students who:
-Have time remaining in their undergraduate education (rising sophomores, juniors and seniors).
-Will be receiving academic credit for this unpaid internship.

The internship will run for 12-15 weeks, ending in early August. Starts mid-May or June (depending on the student's school schedule).

The internship will focus on developing grassroots support for the passage of the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act, a bill pending in Congress that will help Greeks provide safer and more modern housing for their student members. The interns will conduct research, develop written materials for the grassroots campaign, coordinate and attend events for the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (including organizing an event during the summer for Greek students interning in Washington, DC), maintain the campaign's website, and participate in lobbying meetings with Congress about the bill. In addition, the interns will also participate in similar public policy research and client service activities as opportunities arise. Patton Boggs LLP is the nation's largest public policy law firm and one of the 100 largest law firms in the country.

To apply for the internship, students need to send a resume and cover letter to Jessica Pung at [log in to unmask] Materials should be sent by January 29.

11.     INTERNSHIP: Counterpoise Alternative Review Journal:
/Counterpoise/, the alternative review journal, is now interviewing intern candidates for the spring and summer 2010 semesters. In addition to several editorial internships, one highly qualified intern is needed to work on a special book project, preparing for publication the seventh edition of a 200-page directory of alternative publishers. There is also one resident internship available at the Counterpoise House. Interested students for any of these positions can contact the editor-in-chief, Blakely Christopher, at [log in to unmask] Please include your phone number and say when is a convenient time to call. The Counterpoise House is located two miles south of campus at 1716 SW Williston Road, Gainesville, FL 32608 and is accessible by bus, bike, or car. Our web site (www.counterpoise.info) gives further information.






STUDENT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS

12.     ANNOUNCEMENT: West Virginia Ski TRiP:
The University of Florida Travel and Recreation Program (TRiP) will be offering students the unique opportunity to travel to West Virginia this winter break to ski with a group of 30 brand new friends!

The trip runs from December 27 to January 1 and is all inclusive (transport, food, lodging, lifts tickets, ski rentals, etc).  The cost of the trip is $600 for UF students.  Sign up as soon as possible to ensure your spot!  Only 5 spots left!

For more information, please visit: http://www.union.ufl.edu/trip/trip.asp?trip=1054

13.     ANNOUNCEMENT: Shabbat at Hillel--Guest speaker, UF alumnus (TODAY):
Hillel will welcome Rabbi Aaron Alexander, a UF alumnus and associate dean of the Ziegler School at American Jewish University, for Shabbat this weekend. The night begins at 7:00pm on Friday with three services, followed by free dinner at 8:30pm and Rabbi Alexander's discussion of the Jewish soul.

Services will continue on Saturday morning, followed by lunch and Rabbi Alexander's discussion of the Jewish concepts of heaven and hell.

Hillel is located at 2020 W. University Ave. (across from the O'Connell Center). Please contact [log in to unmask] with any questions.

14.     ANNOUNCEMENT: UF Menīs Rugby vs US Navy All Stars (TODAY):
Come support Florida rugby as they take on a selection of the best sailors from around the world. Two years ago the Navy handed the Gators a close loss, which theyīll be looking to avenge.

Kickoff is set for 6:45pm at UVS field by the SW Rec Center on Friday night.

15.     STUDENT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENT: Pi Mu Epsilon Meeting (NEW POSTING):
PME will host a meeting on Tuesday, November 10 at 5:15pm in LIT 339 (Atrium). There will be free pizza and drinks. Dr. Michael Jury has prepared the following interesting talk:

Title:  Calendar reform NOW!  Or, how to design a more accurate calendar using continued fractions.

Abstract: Our calendar must contain an integer number of days in each year, but the actual length of the solar year is roughly Y=365.242198...  days.  In order to maintain accuracy over time, the number of days in the calendar year must therefore be non-constant, and the average length of the calendar year should approximate Y as closely as possible. This is known as the "intercalation problem."  I will introduce continued fractions, explain why they are the "best" way to approximate real numbers with rational numbers, and show how they can be applied to the intercalation problem.

16.     STUDENT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENT: Gators for a Sustainable Campus (NEW POSTING):
Come out on Tuesday, November 10 to Rinker 110 at 6:30pm and learn about the ins and outs of sustainable gardening!

Ginny Stibolt, a naturalist with a master's degree in botany, writes about Florida gardening for Jacksonville's The Florida Times Union. Stibolt will visit us at Tuesday's meeting to share her knowledge about sustainable gardening in Florida. She will have copies of her book, "Sustainable Gardening For Florida", available for sale.

Come out for this fun and informative talk and Q & A, followed by delicious vegan treats! Don't forget to bring cereal boxes for a craft project we will be doing in the near future.

17.     STUDENT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENT: Gator Society for Human Resource Management:
GatorSHRM is a new student organization on the UF campus. We are affiliated with the national Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as well as the local North Central Florida Chapter of SHRM. Human Resource Management is a field that enables an organization to meet strategic goals by attracting, maintaining, and managing employees effectively. These tasks include hiring, compensation, performance management, safety, benefits, employee motivation, training, and more.

We are looking for bright and creative students to help this organization become a true success. There are many networking, leadership, volunteer and resume building opportunities available. We invite you to learn more about this organization, our goals, our benefits and how you can play an important role during our information session to take place on Monday, November 9th in the Career Resource Center's Library from 6:00-8:00pm. There will be free food and students from all majors and classifications are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP at [log in to unmask] For more information about SHRM please visit http://shrm.org

18.     EVENT: Asian Food Festival:
The Asian Food Festival is a chance for a variety of Asian organizations all around UF campus to showcase their respective cultures through food. Each participating group will present their choice of entrees and desserts, which the audience is welcome to enjoy - at absolutely no cost! In addition, there will be live entertainment from fellow UF students, including musical and dance performances.

The festival will take place on Monday, November 9 at the ICEC (1115 S.W. 13th Street). Doors open at 6:30pm and serving will begin at 7:00pm. Make sure to come early because the lines get long very quickly! If you have any questions, contact Clara at [log in to unmask]

Check out the Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=13600393229

19.     EVENT: Health Professions Day:
Health Professions Day is a one-day event for those who are studying to be a part in the healthcare field. This includes everything from nursing to dentistry. The event consists of two parts, a speakers showcase and a tabling event. The speakers showcase will include various speakers who currently work in the Health Profession field. The tabling event will have tables representing various health professions related clubs or necessities, including, but not limited to Kaplan, The Princeton Review, and various others.

The event will occur on Sunday November 8 from 1:00-4:00pm in 282 and 284 Reitz Union.










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