February - Week 4

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Hang in there--Spring Break is almost here.
Have a great 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.)

Tuesday, February 25th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop:How to Create a Culturally Sensitive Learning Environment 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 26th
CSWF/FCTL Book Club (Bossypants) 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m

Friday, February 28th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

LATEST ISSUE OF UCF LIBRARIES ILLUMINATIONS PUBLICATION NOW AVAILABLE
The second issue of the Illuminations is now available at http://illuminations.library.ucf.edu/, featuring faculty spotlights by Doug Walls from the Department of Writing & Rhetoric and Carrie Moran, Libraries. Doug talks about his research that traces actors in moments of digital writing and asks what elements are at play in particular moments performed by people, tools, and cultures in professional and personal infrastructures. Carrie writes about the different ways in which academic librarians are embedded in their academic communities. Ven Basco, Libraries, discusses the ins & outs of H-index, a citation metric used mostly in the sciences that gauges both the impact and productivity of researchers. Rich Gause, Libraries, provides a comparison of Social Explorer and Simply Map, Patti McCall, Libraries, writes about the Center for Success of Women Faculty, and Kristine Shrauger, Libraries, contributes a piece about the Center for Research Libraries.

UCF’S S.A.F.E. (STUDENT-VETERAN ALLIED FACULTY EDUCATION) TRAINING
UCF’s (VARC) and the Orlando VA’s VITAL program are excited to continue the S.A.F.E. training program for UCF’s staff and faculty. As Veterans return from foreign conflicts and leave the military, they are returning to school and their transitions from the military to life at UCF can come with unique hurdles and challenges. S.A.F.E. training was created to help educate UCF faculty and staff about specific Student Veteran challenges. Spring 2014 training sessions will be held on March 21 and April 18. Please see attached flyer for more info.

ERIC MAZUR, DISTINGUISHED HARVARD OPTICAL SCIENTIST AND EDUCATIONAL INNOVATOR TO VISIT UCF ON MARCH 18TH
On March 18, 2014, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, will be visited by Dr. Eric Mazur, a distinguished optical scientist and an internationally recognized educational innovator from Harvard University. Faculty across campus are invited to attend a session called “Confessions of a Converted Lecturer,” which will describe Dr. Mazur’s work on interactive teaching and peer instruction. After the talk, which will be held in the Harris Engineering Center (HEC) room 101 at 2:00 p.m., Dr. Mazur will address questions about his new book on this topic until 3:45 pm.

CFE OFFERS FREE TAX RETURN FILING ASSISTANCE

  • To help make the tax return filing process easy as possible, CFE is offering complimentary Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) for anyone with a household income of less than $52,000. Services are being offered at UCF CFE Arena branch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (for information about other locations and times, contact CFE)
  • You must bring your current photo ID, Social Security card (for each person on the tax return), all income/tax documents (W-2, 1099, etc.), and any tax information regarding your education payments.

FACULTY WRITING CLUB SPRING 2014
Join a faculty writing club to 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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