September - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Below you'll find information about activities coming up this week at FCTL and beyond. The first fall meeting of the STEM education reading group will be held this Wednesday, September 11, at noon in PSB 445. See the attached flyer for more info. The first meeting of our fall book club on Alina Tugend’s Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong is also this Wednesday at noon in the FCTL conference room; we will discuss chapters 1-3. Books are still available, so consider joining us. Subsequent dates are October 9 (Chapters 4-6) and November 13 (Chapters 7 and 8). Several copies of the book are available now at the Faculty Center. Email to sign up and reserve your copy. A second book club reading Parker Palmer’s The Courage to Teach will begin on October 10. See more info below. Finally, attached you’ll find a flyer about the Knights Pantry’s Fall Critical Needs Drive. The Faculty Center is one of several sites for drop off across campus. Please consider donating items in support of this worthy cause.
Have a great 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 to make arrangements.)

Tuesday, September 10th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Dealing with Communication Anxiety 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CNH-146

Wednesday, September 11th
Book Club: Alina Tugend’s Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
STEM Education Reading Group: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. PSB 445

Thursday, September 12th
Workshop: Creating a Positive Learning Environment 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Friday, September 13th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

BROWN BAG LUNCH AND BOOK CLUB: PARKER PALMER’S THE COURAGE TO TEACH The first ten faculty members to sign up will receive a copy of Parker J. Palmer’s The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life. This book builds on a simple premise: good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher. It is about connecting or reconnecting with our passion for our vocation and our students. We will meet in the FCTL conference room, CL1-207, on four Thursdays during the Fall term: Oct 10, Oct 24, Oct 31, and Nov 7, 12:00 till 1:30 p.m. Please RSVP to by Friday, Sep 27.

CENTER FOR SUCCESS OF WOMEN FACULTY UPCOMING EVENTS The CSFW has a number of opportunities coming up this fall, including: CSWF & FCTL Book Club: (Open to all Faculty) “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg, Thursday, September 26, 2013, Noon to 1:00pm, FCTL Conference Room. In Lean In, Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential. Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all.” She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home. Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Read/Discuss Chapters 1 – 4.

Women’s Self Defense Class: (UCF Women Faculty Only) Tuesday, September 10, 2013 UCF Police Station 1:30 – 3:30 'S.A.F.E.'(an acronym for Self-defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange) The UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty is pleased to offer UCF women faculty a Women's Self Defense Class. The instructors will be UCF Police Officers who have been trained by the National Self-Defense Institute ( This course is designed to provide attendees with information, tactics, and options which may be useful for various types of crimes perpetrated against women. The UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty will cover the cost of this training. Twenty (20) seats are available, and are first come, first served. You can register by calling Fran Ragsdale at 407-823-4240, or email Class will be held at the UCF Public Safety Building (Police Department)

Red Cross Adult CPR Class: (UCF Women Faculty Only) Tuesday, September 24, 2013 Student Union Sand Key Room 220, 8:30 to 1:00 The Center for Success of Women Faculty is pleased to announce a FREE Red Cross Adult CPR class for UCF Faculty. The Red Cross certification now is good for two years, and the certificates are printed on an 8.5" X 11" sheet of paper There are 20 seats available, and will be filled first come, first served. To reserve your spot please contact, Fran Ragsdale 407-823-4240

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 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

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:

This event has been scheduled for October 11-12, 2013 here at UCF. Presentation submission and registration are open now through September 13, 2013 for faculty, administrators and staff. 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 for event updates, symposium details, and registration information. If you have any questions, please contact the UCF Office of Undergraduate Research at or 407-823-3125.

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

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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