August - Week 4

Hello Everyone-
Hello Everyone- I hope your semester is off to a good start. As usual, below you'll find information about activities coming up this week at FCTL and beyond. Remember deadlines coming up this Wednesday and Friday for major fall activities, including the Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks faculty development cohort (application due August 30), a course innovation project called Assigning and Assessing Multimedia Student Projects (application due August 30), a learning community for new faculty (application due August 28), and a learning community for returning UCF faculty (application due August 28). Please review these invitations (also available on our website)) and contact us with any questions. Also note that many of these activities are available for faculty at regional campuses via webconferencing. Just send us an email for more info.
Have a good week!
Melody

HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK
(All events will be held in CB1 207 unless otherwise noted. If you would like to participate in a workshop via webconferencing, please email fctl@ucf.edu to make arrangements.)

Monday, August 26th
Workshop: Teaching with Scenarios and Case Studies 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 27th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Speaking Credibly in the Classroom 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CNH-146

Wednesday, August 28th
Workshop: Increasing Productivity with iPads 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Friday, August 30th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

LINKS TO APPLICATIONS FOR FALL ACTIVITIES
Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks Application Due August 30 https://ucfcos.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eRL562utHMar5gF
Course Innovation Project (Assigning and Assessing Multimedia Student Projects) Application Due August 30 https://ucfcos.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_beFEFoYjKRGiNAV
New Faculty Learning Community Application Due August 28 https://ucfcos.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1SS7sIWVZccGRM1
Experienced UCF Faculty Learning Community Application Due August 28 https://ucfcos.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2nQA4TiaAxeegU5

VOLUNTEER UCF SEEKS FACULTY ADVISORS FOR ALTERNATIVE BREAK PROGRAM Volunteer UCF is looking for engaged faculty members to serve as advisors for the Alternative Break Program. The Alternative Break Faculty Advisor plays a crucial role in helping students increase their awareness of the social topics that emerge throughout the trip in a safe and effective manner. If you are interested in learning more about this position and applying to become a faculty advisor for a future Alternative Break Program trip, please fill our online interest form at http://ucf.collegiatelink.net/organization/vucf. Once you log in, you will find the application under forms. Please feel free to visit the program website for further information or reach out to Haley Winston if you have any questions. Trip Dates: Fall: November 8-11, 2013; Winter: December 12-19, 2013; MLK: January 17-20, 2014; Spring: March 2 – 9, 2014

VETERANS ACADEMIC RESOURCE CENTER CONFERENCE OCTOBER 4
You are invited to attend the second annual one-day conference hosted by the Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC) at UCF! This year’s conference, “Student Veteran Survival Kit: Tools to Engage, Empower, Employ,” will be held Friday, October 4, 2013 here at UCF Orlando Campus. Our featured speakers Michael Dakduk, Executive Director of the Student Veterans of America and Dr. Bryan Batien, VITAL (Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership) Coordinator for the Orlando VA Medical Center, will discuss the tools faculty, student affairs professionals, and certifying officials can utilize as we seek to engage our returning student veterans, empowering them to achieve success, while personalizing their campus experience. Early bird registration of $ 75.00 includes Conference fees, including access to all keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, morning & afternoon breaks, lunch and all materials. To register or submit a proposal visit this website: http://varc.sdes.ucf.edu/conference/

SIXTH ANNUAL FLORIDA STATEWIDE SYMPOSIUM: ENGAGEMENT IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
This event has been scheduled for October 11-12, 2013 here at UCF. Presentation submission and registration are open now through September 13, 2013 (https://researchsymposium.ucf.edu). Dr. Patricia Pukkila, Professor of Biology Emerita from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and founding director of UNC’s Office of Undergraduate Research, will be the keynote speaker this year. The title of her talk is, “What is College For?: Engaging Students in Intellectual Work through Multiple Modes of Mentoring.” Please visit https://researchsymposium.ucf.edu for event updates, symposium details, and registration information. If you have any questions, please contact the UCF Office of Undergraduate Research at our@ucf.edu or 407-823-3125.

2013 FLORIDA BOOK AWARDS COMPETITION NOW OPEN; DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS DEC. 2, 2013
Established in 2006 and now the most comprehensive state book awards program in the nation, the contest recognizes and celebrates the year’s best books penned by full-time residents of the Sunshine State, with the exception of submissions to the Florida Nonfiction and Visual Arts categories, whose authors may live elsewhere. The contest categories include General Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Children’s Literature, Florida Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular Fiction, Visual Arts, Spanish Language, and the recently added category for General Nonfiction. Entries, which can be submitted by anyone (e.g. publisher, author or literary agent), must have both an original copyright date between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013, and an International Standard Book Number (ISBN). Applicants are encouraged to submit their books into competition any time after the competition is launched, and as soon as possible after books are officially published. All entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 (this is not a postmark deadline). For general information and the entry form, requirements, and more detailed instructions for the 2013 Florida Book Awards, visit http://floridabookawards.lib.fsu.edu.

FACULTY WRITING CLUB FALL 2013
Join a faculty writing club to start your semester off with a focus on productivity and camaraderie. Having trouble getting into a good writing rhythm? Need to get away from your office to get a change of perspective and a little privacy? Forget the coffee shop--join your colleagues on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in FCTL for a loosely structured writing session. We'll take five or six minutes each week to go around the room and state a goal for the time block and then spend the rest of the time working on our individual projects. Bring your own laptop or use an FCTL computer. And of course there will be coffee. Everyone is welcome!

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