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Honors Daily Opportunities List

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Honors Daily Opportunities List, Monday, November 9, 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.      ANNOUNCEMENT: Veterans Day (NEW POSTING):
2.      ADVISING ANNOUNCEMENT: Graduating with Honors (NEW POSTING):
3.      ADVISING ANNOUNCEMENT: Drop Deadline / Advice about Dropping:
4.      ADVISING ANNOUNCEMENT: Completing the Honors Program:
5.      ANNOUNCEMENT: Florida Collegiate Honors Council Call for Presentation Proposals and Scholarship Opportunity:
STUDENT HONORS ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENTS
6.      EVENT: Wii Tournament:
ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
7.      ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Before You Sign on the Dotted Line - CRC Workshop (NEW POSTING):
8.      ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Pre-Law Personal Statement Workshop:
9.      SCHOLARSHIP / AWARD: Critical Language Scholarships (NEW POSTING):
10.     SCHOLARSHIP / AWARD: Scholarship to Study in China (NEW POSTING):
11.     VOLUNTEER: Conversation Partners Needed (NEW POSTING):
12.     INTERNSHIP: Summer Policy Internship in DC for Sorority and Fraternity Members:
STUDENT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS
13.     ANNOUNCEMENT: West Virginia Ski TRiP:
14.     STUDENT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENT: Gator CHOMP (NEW POSTING):
15.     STUDENT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENT: Pi Mu Epsilon Meeting:
16.     STUDENT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENT: Gators for a Sustainable Campus:
17.     STUDENT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENT: Gator Society for Human Resource Management (TODAY):
18.     EVENT: Asian Food Festival (TODAY):







HONORS OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

1.      ANNOUNCEMENT: Veterans Day (NEW POSTING):
In honor of Veterans Day, the University of Florida will be closed on Wednesday, November 11. Classes will resume and offices will reopen on Thursday.

2.      ADVISING ANNOUNCEMENT: Graduating with Honors (NEW POSTING):
Did you know that Graduating with Honors is a process completely separate from being in or completing the Honors Program? Graduating with honors is done through your major department and involves a GPA requirement, as well as a senior thesis / project for high or highest honors. Graduating with high or highest honors is not something you can do at the last minute. It takes careful planning with a faculty member in your department well in advance of graduation. For more information about the requirements to graduate with honors in your major, visit http://www.registrar.ufl.edu/currents/gradhonors.html and follow the link to your school or college. You may also check your department's website or speak to your department's undergraduate coordinator for further information.

3.      ADVISING ANNOUNCEMENT: Drop Deadline / Advice about Dropping:
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).

4.      ADVISING ANNOUNCEMENT: Completing the Honors Program:
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

5.      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

6.      EVENT: Wii Tournament:
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!






ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

7.      ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Before You Sign on the Dotted Line - CRC Workshop (NEW POSTING):
This workshop will be presented by Lockheed Martin on Thursday, November 12 at 6:00pm in the Career Resource Center classroom. Learn about "Total Compensation" and why it isn't all about the salary. Find out how to find target employers, what to do before you start your job search and how to choose the best job offer, when faced with multiple options.

To RSVP: Log into Gator Career Click on Events > Workshops > Click RSVP next to the event.

8.      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.

9.      SCHOLARSHIP / AWARD: Critical Language Scholarships (NEW POSTING):
The United States Department of State is pleased to announce the upcoming scholarship competition for the 2010 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical need foreign languages. The deadline to apply is December 18.

Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) provide group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection. The 2010 CLS Program will include new programs in Indonesian and Japanese.

Levels available for each language are as follows:
*Arabic, Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate or advanced level; *Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, or Urdu: Beginning, intermediate or advanced level; *Chinese, Japanese or Russian: Intermediate or advanced level.

All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level. All candidates must have completed at least their first year of university-level study by the summer of 2010. Students in all disciplines including business, engineering, sciences, social sciences and humanities are encouraged to apply. Only graduate students and graduating seniors are eligible to apply to the summer 2010 Persian program.

All CLS Program costs are covered for participants including: travel to and from the student's U.S. home city and program location, a mandatory Washington, D.C. pre-departure orientation, applicable visa fees, room, board, group-based intensive language instruction, program-sponsored travel within country, and all entrance fees for CLS Program cultural enhancement activities.

For more information on the CLS Program and the selection process, please visit www.CLScholarship.org

10.     SCHOLARSHIP / AWARD: Scholarship to Study in China (NEW POSTING):
AAU is working with the Chinese Embassy to offer a third year of the AAU/Chinese government scholarship program for students at AAU universities to study at Chinese universities. The program will provide up to 14 scholarships for one or more years of study at a Chinese university.  The AAU/Chinese Scholarship Program is targeted at AAU university undergraduate seniors interested in graduate study at a Chinese university, but the program is also open to undergraduate students who would like to study at a Chinese university as an undergraduate for one or more years.

The scholarship program will cover tuition and fees, provide dormitory housing and a living allowance. Scholarship students will be required to meet the cost of travel to and from China.

If you are interested in an application, please contact Dr. Knudson at [log in to unmask] and he will e-mail one to you.

Please note that the deadline for applications to be received in the AAU Washington office is December 21.

11.     VOLUNTEER: Conversation Partners Needed (NEW POSTING):
The UF English Language Institute attracts students from all over the world for the purposes of learning and practicing English, and we need your help.  By becoming a Conversation Partner Volunteer, you will get the chance to talk with an international student for 1 hour per week, at a time and place determined by you and your partner. This can be a mutually beneficial exchange of culture and language. Knowing a second language is not required to participate.  Please contact Sneha Patel via e-mail at [log in to unmask] to sign up or to ask for further details.

12.     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.






STUDENT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS

13.     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

14.     STUDENT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENT: Gator CHOMP (NEW POSTING):
Get involved with Gator CHOMP: a perfect combo of fun group members and community service! Our next meeting is Wednesday, November 11 at 6:00pm in Reitz room 283. We are founded on the notion of bringing together those with extra resources and those with an unmet need in order to fill empty stomachs. At its core, CHOMP seeks to deliver extra food from Gator Dining and off-campus locations to the St. Francis House food pantry regularly during the week. CHOMP also focuses on other large projects such as a campus-wide hygiene products drive. Check us out on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=26274804774 or e-mail co-president Joey Shechtel ([log in to unmask]) for more information.

15.     STUDENT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENT: Pi Mu Epsilon Meeting:
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:
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 (TODAY):
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 (TODAY):
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








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