February - Week 2

Hello everyone-
Below is a summary of upcoming activities at FCTL and beyond.  If you see an FCTL sponsored event listed below and you would like to attend but would have a hard time getting to the center due to scheduling, location, etc., please send an email to us at FCTL@ucf.edu to request that we make the session available via Adobe Connect webconferencing.  We will do our best to accommodate your request.  
Have a great week!


Monday, February 20th
Workshop: Prezi: A New, Free Alternative to PowerPoint 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Consultations:  Grant Writing 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  (No appointment necessary)
Tuesday, February 21st
Workshop: Developing Inquiry-Based Activities for the Classroom 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Consultations:  Grant Writing 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  (No appointment necessary)
Thursday, February 23rd
Workshop: Turnitin.com 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Consultations:  Grant Writing 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  (No appointment necessary)
Friday, February 24th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Managing Grades 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program announces the WAC Starter Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to foster the development of effective ways to teach writing in the disciplines, through the design of innovative instructional approaches, assignments, and classroom activities. Grants will be awarded to assist faculty in designing activities, assignments, outcomes, and even courses that will improve the teaching and learning of writing in their departments and programs. Individual faculty members and small faculty teams from all departments and academic units are eligible to apply. Part-time faculty may apply as a part of a team that includes full-time faculty.  We particularly encourage applications from faculty members teaching GEP courses, courses that serve as a gateway to a major, online courses, and large lecture courses.  A total of $5000 is available for up to ten awards. Awards will typically range from $200 to $500, with the exact amount depending on the scope of the proposed project. To read the full text of the call for proposals and to apply, go to the website of the WAC Program at http://wac.cah.ucf.edu
The College of Arts and Humanities and the Texts and Technology Ph.D. program invite all UCF faculty to attend a special guest lecture by Professor Marcel O'Gorman.  O'Gorman is Professor of English and Director of the Critical Media Lab at the University of Waterloo.  Necromedia, which Marcel O'Gorman defines as "the collusion of death and technology," is the primary topic of this lively and provocative presentation. Working through various projects developed in the Critical Media Lab, O'Gorman will provide a philosophical discussion of technocultural being, focusing primarily on what it means to be a finite creature in a culture dominated by rhetorics of infinitude and immortality. Posthumanist philosophy meets homemade retro arcade cabinets, penny farthing bicycles, canoes, and a computer-equipped coffin, in a research method O'Gorman calls "applied media theory," a mode of humanities scholarship designed to intervene in the production of digital culture.  The presentation takes place on Monday, Feb 27, at 6pm in the Morgridge International Reading Center Global Communications Room.  RSVPs to rudy@ucf.edu are appreciated. 
If you are doing spring cleaning and discover gently-used professional clothing that you no longer have a need for, consider donating it to Educational Outfitters, a student-run organization in the College of Education that provides students beginning their teaching internships in local k-12 schools to “shop” for workplace appropriate clothing on campus.  For more information, please email project coordinators Megan at megan.allen@ucf.edu or Ingrid at Ingrid.cumming@ocps.net.
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 Thursday 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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