Welcome back! Below you'll find information about activities coming up this week at FCTL and beyond. You’ll also find links that will take you to applications for major fall activities, including a 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. We’re available all this week to discuss beginning-of-semester issues and opportunities. Regional campus faculty, please remember that we are happy to work with you by phone or Skype. Have a great first week of the fall semester!
Have a good week!
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 email@example.com to make arrangements.)
Monday, August 19th
Workshop: Deterring Plagiarism with Turnitin.com 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 20th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Flipping the Classroom 101 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m
Thursday, August 22nd
Workshop: Increasing Engagement in Your Undergraduate Class 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Friday, August 23th
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
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, access to all keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, morning & afternoon breaks, lunch and all materials. Registration COMING SOON! If you are interested in submitting a proposal or have any further questions, please contact Stacie.McLeod@ucf.edu for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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