August - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Below you'll find information about activities coming up this week at FCTL and beyond. This is a very busy week for the Faculty Center. We have New Faculty Orientation Monday and Tuesday and then a variety of other orientations and trainings throughout the week. If you need help gearing up for the new semester, email us any time (fctl@ucf.edu) or stop by or call us Wednesday through Friday. Please pay special attention to the announcement below from University Writing Center Director Mark Hall about including UWC info in your syllabus. For a reminder about other recommended and required syllabus information, check out the 2013-2014 Teaching at UCF publication at: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/FacultySuccess/SemesterEssentials/content/teaching_at_ucf.pdf . That topic is on page 34, but there’s a lot of other good info about planning your course in the chapter.
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 12th
New Faculty Orientation-Faculty Center Staff available by email only

Tuesday, August 13th
New Faculty Orientation-Faculty Center Staff available by email only
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, August 16th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

UPDATE YOUR COURSE SYLLABI: UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER INFORMATION
As you prepare your course syllabi for fall, please include updated information about the University Writing Center, including its new location in 105 Colbourn Hall: (http://uwc.ucf.edu/syllabustext.php). Writing Center peer tutors are available to assist your students from first-year to graduate with writing for any UCF course, as well for as personal and professional writing. Consultations are available for individuals and small groups, both face-to-face and online. Students may schedule appointments from the UWC website (http://uwc.ucf.edu/). For ongoing assistance with writing, we encourage you to recommend students for recurring consultations (http://uwc.ucf.edu/referstudents.php). Also, the UWC offers a variety of helpful writing resources online for faculty, staff, and students (http://uwc.ucf.edu/handouts.php).

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!

IF YOU TWEET…
If you tweet about teaching and learning issues, please follow me on Twitter @MelodyBowdon; I’ll follow you too!

 

 

 

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