The University of Florida Undergraduate Wednesday Update Spring 2005 Vol. 14 April 13, 2005 Table of Contents ADMINISTRATIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS 1. SUMMER 2005 DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES: 2. FINANCIAL INFORMATION: 3. REGISTRAR ANNOUNCEMENTS: ENHANCING THE UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE 4. CAREER RESOURCE CENTER ANNOUNCEMENT: 5. INTERNSHIP: American Heart Association: 6. SCHOLARSHIP: Fulbright Orientation Session: 7. SCHOLARSHIP: National Science Foundation: 8. SERVICE: Ballin in the Swamp: 9. RESEARCH: Pediatric Neuropsychology: 10. OPPORTUNITY: African Languages: 11. OPPORTUNITY: Teach for America Info Session: 12. OPPORTUNITY: Summer Leisure Courses: 13. OPPORTUNITY: Student Tickets to UF Performing Arts Events: 14. OPPORTUNITY: 2005 Student Season Football Tickets: 15. EVENT: Pride Awareness Month: 16. EVENT: Apple for You: 17. EVENT: ACCENT Speaker: 18. EVENT: Free Hearing Screenings: 19. EVENT: Mountain Bike with TRiP: 20. EVENT: Emerald Legacy Apollo Night: 21. EVENT: Celebration of Pope John Paul II: 22. EVENT: Gator Dining: ADMINISTRATIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS 1. SUMMER 2005 DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES: Take a UF course from anywhere - these courses are official UF college credit and are automatically included on UF transcripts and degree tracking. Enroll today: www.distancelearning.ufl.edu/undergrad/. 2. FINANCIAL INFORMATION: Consolidate Your Student Loans NOW to Lock in a Low Interest Rate. The Federal Direct Consolidation Loan program allows students to combine one or more federal educational loans into a new loan that offers locked-in, low-interest rates. The current fixed rate of 2.875% on student loans borrowed since 1998, the lowest in history, will rise on July 1, probably to over 4%. Bills now in Congress may eliminate the fixed rate option. Continuing or graduating UF students (enrolled or in your loan grace period) who have a variable rate Stafford Loan should also consider applying. Apply by July 1 to lock in the current low rate. For more information, go to "NEWS" on the SFA Web site at: http://www.sfa.ufl.edu. 3. REGISTRAR ANNOUNCEMENTS: ADVANCE REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER/FALL 2005: Advance registration for Summer/Fall 2005 will continue through April 14. Check Registration Preparation Information on ISIS at http://www.isis.ufl.edu. CLASSES END: April 20 READING DAYS: April 21 and April 22 EXAMS: April 23 through April 29 Final Grades Available: May 2 in the evening on ISIS ENHANCING THE UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE 4. CAREER RESOURCE CENTER ANNOUNCEMENT: Thinking of a career in Education? The Career Resource Center is hosting Education Recruitment Day, April 19, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom. More than 35 school districts and education organizations will attend. Stop by to explore career opportunities or interview. A list of registered organizations is available at http://www.crc.ufl.edu/careerfairs/Events/EdDay/ed_index.php. 5. INTERNSHIP: American Heart Association: The American Heart Association's Gainesville office is offering internship and volunteer opportunities for UF students. We are looking for a few self-motivated, energetic, responsible and creative students to work in our volunteer-based office. Students will have the opportunity to participate actively in the daily operations of our office, work directly with local businesses & volunteers, create communication pieces and be a part of the production and promotion of our special events: 2005 Heart Walk and the 2006 Heart Ball. If you are interested in this great opportunity, please contact Ja'Net Glover at 352-333-3244 or [log in to unmask] 6. SCHOLARSHIP: Fulbright Orientation Session: Graduating seniors who want to conduct research or other projects overseas can learn about successful strategies to receive a prestigious Fulbright award at the Fulbright orientation session on April 13 at 4:00 pm in 219 Dauer Hall, the Ruth McQuown Room. Fulbright awards cover travel and living expenses for a year in any of over 140 countries; students in any field are encouraged to apply. Applicants for a Fulbright award must be U.S. citizens, have an outstanding GPA, have a record of community service, and be interested in international scholarship. The Fulbright campus application deadline at UF is September 25. Visit the Fulbright website for more information at www.iie.org/fulbright. For more information about the UF application process, contact Dr. Jeanna Mastrodicasa at [log in to unmask] 7. SCHOLARSHIP: National Science Foundation: An information session led by Dr. Randy Duran for future applicants of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship will be held on April 18 at 4:05 pm in 2346 Turlington Hall. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowships provide three years of support for graduate study leading to research- based master's or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering supported by the NSF and are intended for students in the early stages of their graduate study. Graduating seniors apply in November/December, with the specific deadline being related to the field of study. For more information about the Fellowships, choose "Specialized Information for Graduate Students" on the NSF website at www.nsf.gov. 8. SERVICE: Ballin in the Swamp: The Office of Community Service, UF Men's Basketball team, and International Men of America are hosting the first annual "Ballin in the Swamp" basketball tournament for Gainesville's at-risk youth on April 16 at the basketball practice complex starting at 9:00 am. Each team will be assigned a UF basketball player to be its coach for the day, but we need your help to make it a success! Sport-savvy volunteers are needed for refs and general help. For info and sign ups, contact Nicole Motter at [log in to unmask] or 392-1655 x226. 9. RESEARCH: Pediatric Neuropsychology: We are looking for students from various disciplines that are interested in meaningful research. Current studies: attention and memory in children with ADHD and longitudinal study of children with Traumatic Brain Injuries. Duties will include: administering psychological tests to children, evaluating results, recruiting participants, and general lab duties. We require: at least 4 semesters left at UF, a 2-semester commitment, 6 hours per week, and a minimum GPA of 3.5. We will be interviewing April 21-22 for new members to begin Summer C, and all those interested should contact Cara Kimberg at [log in to unmask] before April 18. 10. OPPORTUNITY: African Languages: Do you need to fulfill your foreign language requirement? The Program in African Languages at UF is one of the best in the nation. The languages offered and location spoken are: Akan (Ghana), Amharic (Ethiopia), Arabic (North Africa), Swahili (East Africa), Wolof (Senegal), Xhosa (South Africa), and Yoruba (Nigeria). Taking an African language increases your chances in the expanding international job market, you can obtain grants in graduate school for studying an African language, you can study abroad, and it prepares you for jobs in Peace Corps and other humanitarian organizations. If interested, contact Dr. Charles Bwenge at [log in to unmask] or 392-6232. 11. OPPORTUNITY: Teach for America Info Session: Teach for America Information Session on April 14 at 7:00 pm in Reitz Union B-70. Teach for America calls upon outstanding recent college graduates of all backgrounds and academic majors to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and to become lifelong leaders in the effort to expand opportunity for children. No previous education experience or coursework necessary. Full first-year teacher salary and benefits, financial aid, plus a $9,450 AmeriCorps education award (if eligible). To learn more, visit www.teachforamerica.org, or e-mail [log in to unmask] 12. OPPORTUNITY: Summer Leisure Courses: Register for Summer Leisure Courses. Registration is online only and begins April 15 at 10:00 am. Check out course offerings online: www.union.ufl.edu/leisure. All questions may be directed to the Arts & Crafts Center at 392-2378 or [log in to unmask] 13. OPPORTUNITY: Student Tickets to UF Performing Arts Events: This week at the Phillips Center, the stage heats up with Ballet Hispanico's sultry "NightClub" (April 13, 7:30 pm), and Indian music legend Ravi Shankar performs with his daughter Anoushka (April 17, 7:30 pm). Remember, UF students can purchase tickets to UF Performing Arts events for $10, anywhere in the house! Only one $10 ticket per student. Bring valid student ID to the Phillips Center Box Office or University Box Office. Limited student ticket availability. For more information, visit www.performingarts.ufl.edu or call the Phillips Center Box Office at 392-ARTS. Join UFPA's list-serve at http://www.performingarts.ufl.edu/cpa0405/menu/listserve.asp. 14. OPPORTUNITY: 2005 Student Season Football Tickets: Do you want 2005 season football tickets? If so, you must enter the student football ticket lottery by April 29. To enter the lottery and pre-pay for your tickets, please call the G.A.T.O.R.S. phone system at 352- 384-3262 locally or 877-428-6747 toll-free nationwide. You have the entire three-week period to register for the lottery and registering on the first day DOES NOT increase your chance of winning the lottery. Season tickets are $42 plus a $4 processing fee. All lottery winners will be e-mailed by May 6. If you have any questions, please call the Gator Student Ticket Office at 352-375-4683, ext. 6878 Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. 15. EVENT: Pride Awareness Month: Pride Awareness Month is a series of events designed to educate by bringing strong leaders of the LGBTQ community to you. We strive to discuss issues facing the lives of everyone. It is our goal to portray the culture and lives of individuals in the LGBTQ community in order to promote awareness and diversity throughout the UF and world community. Events include StaceyAnn Chin, Queer Ball, Sofia and Karamo from MTV, Women's Music Festival, as well as many other fun and interesting events. Check out www.ufpam.org for a complete calendar and event list. 16. EVENT: Apple for You: Looking for a way to show your appreciation to a favorite professor, faculty or staff member? Campus Diplomats can help! Stop by our tables at Turlington and the Reitz Colonnade, April 11-15 from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm and send an apple along with a personal message. Campus Diplomats will package and deliver the apples right before finals. Best of all, it's completely free! For more information, visit our website at www.dso.ufl.edu/diplomats. 17. EVENT: ACCENT Speaker: ACCENT Speaker's Bureau is bringing Jose Canseco, former major league baseball player and controversial author to make his very first college appearance at the University of Florida! Jose will speak in the O'Connell Center at 8:00 pm on April 13. Doors open at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit http://www.sg.ufl.edu/accent/press/josecanseco.pdf. 18. EVENT: Free Hearing Screenings: UF's National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is offering free hearing screenings to the entire Gainesville community on April 14 from 2:00-4:00 pm in 460 Dauer Hall. No appointment necessary. For more information, e-mail [log in to unmask] 19. EVENT: Mountain Bike with TRiP: Mountain Bike Tsali with TRiP! April 15-17. Experience the adrenaline rush of your life on 39 miles of trail in North Carolina. For more information, please contact the Outfitter at 846-3003. 20. EVENT: Emerald Legacy Apollo Night: The UF chapter of Progressive Black Men, Inc. is proud to announce our first annual Emerald Legacy Apollo Night on April 15 at 7:00 pm in Shands Auditorium. The show will feature local high school talent and all proceeds from the event will go towards our annual Emerald Legacy scholarship. A $100 grand prize as well as 1st and 2nd runner up prizes will be available. Tickets are only $3 and pre-sell tickets are available all week. For more information, please visit http://grove.ufl.edu/~ufpbm or e-mail [log in to unmask] 21. EVENT: Celebration of Pope John Paul II: Celebration of the Life of Pope John Paul II: The Gainesville Catholic Student community would like to invite all students of every race, gender, and creed to a celebration of Pope John Paul II. This is a man who reached out to all nations and all believers and brought peace, hope, love, and life to the world. Join us on April 16 at 7:30 pm at the Reitz Union Amphitheater. For more info, visit http://grove.ufl.edu/~csf. 22. EVENT: Gator Dining: Join us April 19 for a BBQ cook-out at Broward Dining Hall from 5:00-8:00 pm. We will be serving BBQ Chicken Breast, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Baked Potatoes, Caesar Salad, Corn on the Cob, Garlic Toast and for dessert, an incredible Ice Cream Sundae Bar. Dinner and dessert will be served from 5:00-8:00 pm. We will also have free giveaways. Use Your All Campus Meal Plan or $7.22 for cash customers. ************************************** ** To submit a request for a posting on Wed. Update go to: http://www.honors.ufl.edu/wedupdate.html (please note deadline, word limit and content specifications. Submission does not guarantee a post in the Update, which is very space-limited). This e-mail is distributed by the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education. 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