The University of Florida Undergraduate Wednesday Update Fall 2005 Vol. 8 October 12, 2005 Table of Contents ADMINISTRATIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS 1. STUDENT HEALTH CARE CENTER: Flu Shots Available Next Week ENHANCING THE UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE 2. RESEARCH: Asian Studies Undergraduate Research Fellowship 3. RESEARCH: InvestiGators Research Positions Available 4. LEADERSHIP: Emerging Leaders Conference 5. LEADERSHIP: Southeast Regional Conference of Asian American Leaders (SERCAAL) 6. INTERNSHIPS: White House Internship Program 7. SERVICE: Strengthening Opportunities And Reaching Out (SOAR) 8. SERVICE: Milk, Cookies and Social Change 9. SERVICE: Unity for the Community Canned Food Drive 10. SERVICE: Fight Domestic Violence with 'Face the Hate' 11. SERVICE: Ramadan Fast-Thon 12. OVERSEAS STUDY: Study Abroad Fellowships to East Asia 13. OVERSEAS STUDY: Study in Europe Summer 2006 14. OVERSEAS STUDY: Study in Munich this Thanksgiving! 15. OVERSEAS STUDY: Honors in Paris, Spring 2006 16. GET INVOLVED: VISA International Week EVENTS 17. EVENT: Gator Volleyball - 'Rowdy Reptile' Night TONIGHT! 18. EVENT: Basketball Tickets on Sale Monday 19. EVENT: Garba Celebrations this Weekend 20. EVENT: CPR Awareness Day 21. EVENT: Institute of Black Culture Live on 'The Set' 22. EVENT: Honors Organization Fair ADMINISTRATIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS 1. STUDENT HEALTH CARE CENTER: Flu Shots Available Next Week It's Flu Season! The Student Health Care Center will have Flu Shots Available October 17 - 21 for those in high risk categories and beginning October 25 for anyone interested. The cost is $5.00 for students and $20.00 for faculty & staff. Flu Mist is available for an additional charge. Check website for dates, times, and locations: www.shcc.ufl.edu. ENHANCING THE UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE 2. RESEARCH: Asian Studies Undergraduate Research Fellowship The Asian Studies Program would like to announce this competitive award to support undergraduate research on Asia. Up to 6 awards of $2000-$3000 are available. Students in all UF colleges and disciplines are eligible. The successful candidate will: be a UF undergraduate in good standing, pursuing a research project directly related to Asia; be accepted by a faculty supervisor for senior thesis research; have a 3.5 grade point average or higher. Applications may be downloaded from the Asian Studies website http://web.clas.ufl.edu/asian/Scholarships.html and must include the application form, description of project and direct relation to Asia (2-3pp), letter of support from thesis supervisor, and a letter of recommendation from one additional faculty member. Please consult our website, or call 392-4619 for information. Please return completed applications for Spring and Fall by 15 Nov 2005 (for Spring/Fall 06) to Asian Studies Fellowship, c/o Monica Rohrbaugh, Turlington 3312, Gainesville, FL 32611-7365. 3. RESEARCH: InvestiGators Research Positions Available The InvestiGators is an undergraduate volunteer research organization comprised of students from various disciplines and under the leadership of Dr. Peggy Borum, PhD. There are three research teams: the Carnitine Team (Piglet surgeries, carnitine research relating to metabolism), the KetoGator Team (pediatric epilepsy research) and the Gator Team (pediatric HIV research). For more information on the InvestiGators, please see http://borum.ifas.ufl.edu/Investigators/index.html. 4. LEADERSHIP: Emerging Leaders Conference Emerging Leaders Conference 2006 is currently accepting applications for Small Group Leaders for this year's conference. We are looking for individuals with significant leadership experience, motivation, and enthusiasm to help teach leadership skills to high school students. Applications are due in the Student Government office (3rd floor, Reitz Union) October 14 by 4:00pm. Please sign up for an interview also at that time. Contact Logan Murphy at [log in to unmask] with questions. 5. LEADERSHIP: Southeast Regional Conference of Asian American Leaders (SERCAAL) SERCAAL 2005 is almost here! Come join hundreds of students from all over the Southeast United States October 14 and 15 in the Reitz Union's Grand Ballroom. The purpose of the conference is to bring Asian American students together and educate them on how to better their lives on campus and in their communities. You can register now at www.sercaal.org. 6. INTERNSHIPS: White House Internship Program This program offers an excellent opportunity to explore public service. In addition to normal office duties, interns attend weekly lectures, tours, and complete an intern service project. Interns may serve a term in the Fall, Spring or Summer. Explore the website for additional information: http://www.whitehouse.gov/government/wh-intern.html. Application deadlines are October 18 for Spring 2006 or March 7 for Summer 2006. A strong application will demonstrate sound academic credentials, a history of community involvement and leadership, solid verbal/written communication skills and an interest in public service. Completed application materials must be submitted to Karen Race, Deputy Director and Intern Coordinator in the office of White House Personnel, at [log in to unmask] 7. SERVICE: Strengthening Opportunities And Reaching Out (SOAR) Last chance to sign up to volunteer with the SOAR Program! The Center for Leadership and Service is in need of UF students to tutor and mentor local middle school youth. Contact Nicole Motter at [log in to unmask] or call at 392-1261 ext. 4 to join the team. 8. SERVICE: Milk, Cookies and Social Change Service Ambassadors is hosting its second annual Milk, Cookies and Social Change, a dialogue/forum designed to give students the opportunity to learn about relevant social issues, talk with other passionate students about them, and enjoy all the milk and cookies they can handle! It will be held October 16 from 12pm - 5pm on the Reitz Union Colonnade. Check-in at 11:30am. Registration forms are available on the Center for Leadership and Service website: http://www.dso.ufl.edu/cls/. Contact [log in to unmask] with any questions. 9. SERVICE: Unity for the Community Canned Food Drive The Ladies of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. are accepting canned food donations and toiletries as part of a month long canned food drive. Donations will benefit Gainesville Harvest as well as relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. You may donate at the Institute of Hispanic-Latino cultures, Institute of Black Culture, and the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Affairs. For more information please contact Analiz Velazquez at [log in to unmask] Unity for the Community Canned Food Drive ends Thursday October 20. 10. SERVICE: Fight Domestic Violence with 'Face the Hate' What if you could fight domestic violence...with the Facebook? The Gentlemen of Phi Sigma Kappa are hosting a new philanthropy TODAY: Face the Hate, benefiting Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Shelter. At 12:01am this morning, an account named "Peaceful Paths" will be created on The Facebook. Sponsors have pledged to donate money for every friend the account accumulates in 1 day! Check out our webpage at www.phisigflorida.com for more information. 11. SERVICE: Ramadan Fast-Thon Join the Ramadan Fast-a-thon and help raise money for St. Francis House, a local emergency food shelter. Pledge to fast (abstain from food and drink from dusk till dawn) on Thursday, October 20 by signing up at the Islam on Campus (www.islamoncampus.com) table in Turlington Plaza anytime this week. Local businesses will donate money to St. Francis House for every person that fasts. Then join us for dinner at sunset that day in the Martial Arts room at the O'Connell Center. Email Omar Ishaq at [log in to unmask] or call (850)319-7103 for more information. 12. OVERSEAS STUDY: Study Abroad Fellowships to East Asia The Asian Studies Program announces competitive Study Abroad Fellowships to East Asia. Up to 10 awards of $1000-$4000 are available for UF students participating in academically accredited summer, semester or year-long study abroad programs to China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea and select Pacific Rim countries (Australia excluded). Students in all UF colleges and disciplines are eligible. Applications may be downloaded at http://web.clas.ufl.edu/asian/Scholarships.html and must include: a precise description of the study abroad program (1 p.); an essay on why you want to travel to Asia, goals and expected benefits of study abroad (2-3 pp.); a UF transcript and letters of recommendation from two faculty members. Refer to website or all 392-4619 with questions. Application deadlines are November 15 (Spring 06), or February 1 (Summer/Fall 06). 13. OVERSEAS STUDY: Study in Europe Summer 2006 The Center for European Studies offers five summer programs: Brussels, Prague, Krakow, Salzburg and Budapest. To learn more come to Information Sessions October 17 or 18 at 5pm in the Academic Advising Center, Room 200 or contact Brano Kovalcik at [log in to unmask] 14. OVERSEAS STUDY: Study in Munich this Thanksgiving! Space is still available on the program - dates are November 21-29. Explore the important sites of German history in and around the city of Munich. The program focuses on the 19th- and 20th-century history of Germany. Contact the UF International Center - 392-5323 ext, 700 or program director Dr. Geoffrey Giles - 352-392-0271 ext. 245 for further details. 15. OVERSEAS STUDY: Honors in Paris, Spring 2006 This exciting program is open to students from all majors; you do not have to speak French to attend. All students with a 3.0 GPA or above are encouraged to apply. If you're interested, please contact one of the following people immediately: Dr. Kristin Joos at [log in to unmask], Dr. Gayle Zachmann at paris- [log in to unmask], or Lucy DiLeo at [log in to unmask] More information is available online at http://www.honors.ufl.edu/ufinparis/. 16. GET INVOLVED: VISA International Week VISA (Volunteers for International Student Affairs) is preparing to present International Week November 13 - 19, wherein we hope to break stereotypes and foster learning about various cultures through interactive events and forums. If you are interested in aiding the mission of VISA in any capacity, as an Event Director or Committee member, please contact Dipesh Patel at [log in to unmask] or come by the VISA office room 316 of the Student Activity Center on the third floor of the Reitz. EVENTS 17. EVENT: Gator Volleyball - 'Rowdy Reptile' Night TONIGHT! Gator Volleyball vs. Georgia tonight at 7pm in the O'Connell Center. It's Rowdy Reptile Night - the first 1,000 students receive a free t-shirt courtesy of GRU and one student will win a mini iPOD in the Gator Body Paint Job Contest. Get creative and crazy - the student with the best Orange and Blue paint job or dressed in the craziest Gator gear wins! Students get in free with a valid Gator 1 ID card. 18. EVENT: Basketball Tickets on Sale Monday Registration for Men's Basketball tickets begins Monday October 17 at 12pm. Register for the first four home games by logging onto www.uaa.ufl.edu/tickets. Don't delay, because only the first 2,500 students will get tickets! 19. EVENT: Garba Celebrations this Weekend Nava Ratri, India's popular festival of "nine nights," honors the Mother Goddess. The tenth day, Dusshera, hosts elaborate feasts and dances, such as Garba and Raas that are performed to celebrate the victory of good over evil. For those of you interested in learning more about Indian culture or for anyone who missed Garba nights back home! Both events are free and open to the public (valid Gator1 card and/or Alachua County identification). Hindu Students Council celebrates Friday night at 8:30pm at the India Cultural and Education Center (1115 SW 13th Street). Visit http://grove.ufl.edu/~hsc for more information. Indian Students Association celebrates Saturday night in the O'Connell Center from 7:30pm to Midnight. 20. EVENT: CPR Awareness Day Join Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity and the Student Health Care Center November 17th for our Annual CPR Awareness Day. Event organizers will provide refreshments and a free t-shirt along with official Adult CPR Certification Card. Two training sessions will be offered: 4 - 6:30pm and 7:30pm - 10:00pm. Register by November 1 at a cost of $10 or later for $15. Please contact Dayron Leon at (305) 607-8462 or [log in to unmask] for registration forms and more information. BE A HERO, SAVE A LIFE! 21. EVENT: Institute of Black Culture Live on 'The Set' Come out to Turlington Plaza this Friday from 11am - 3pm and contribute to efforts to improve race relations at UF. We will have music, games, prizes, ice cream, cake and more! Bring your ideas for "100 Ways to Improve Campus Cultural Climate" and get interviewed live (videotaped) about your experiences with race on the UF campus. For more information contact the IBC at 392-1261ext. 253. 22. EVENT: Honors Organization Fair Come and learn about all the various honors organizations from campus TODAY! 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