March - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Toward the end of this announcement you’ll find several new updates from UCF Libraries. Lots of exciting things are happening.
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.)

Monday, March 17th
STEM Education Research Reading Group 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. PSB-445

Tuesday, March 18th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Honors Teaching Circle 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Wednesday, March 19th
Honors Teaching Circle 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Friday, March 21st
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Tom Conley, who is the Lowell Professor in the Departments of Romance Languages and Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, will present “The Cartographic Imagination from the Early Modern to the Post-Modern,” on Wednesday, March 19th, from 6:00-7:00 p.m., in the FCTL, Classroom Building 1, Room 205. Conley studies relations of space and writing in literature, cartography, and cinema and has won a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work in topography and literature in Renaissance France. His work moves to and from early modern France and issues in theory and interpretation in visual media. This presentation is sponsored by the Texts & Technology Ph.D. Program, the Department of English, and the UCF Center for Humanities & Digital Research.

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.

On March 25th, 1:00 pm – 2:30pm in CB1-205, Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D. and Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D. will tackle one of the most challenging issues facing colleges today: How to manage and mitigate the risk for students who attempt suicide. Bringing with them decades of experience in higher education, student affairs administration, legal practice and counseling expertise, Swinton and Van Brunt will help schools understand how to work with suicidal students without running afoul of OCR regulations. This session is appropriate for faculty and department heads.

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.

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.


  • UCF Libraries Celebrates Women’s History Month
    Since March of 1981, Americans everywhere have helped pay tribute to women whose commitment to humanity and to our planet have proved to be invaluable for society. Each year, advocates of Women's History Month choose a theme that recognizes the achievements of women in our history. This year's theme, Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment, honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. Throughout history, women have demonstrated their character, courage, and commitment as mothers, educators, institution builders, business, labor, political and community leaders, relief workers, and CEOs. At UCF, women have been instrumental in shaping our university from its origins into the institution it is presently. You can find many inspirational and informative books about women's history at the John C. Hitt Library.
  • Technology Fee Proposals
    Eighteenth Century Collection Online (ECCO) plus the National Geographic Archive from Gale, SAGE Research Methods and SAGE Knowledge, and British Periodicals Collections I & II from ProQuest are the three successful proposals UCF landed this past fall. These new resources will benefit UCF students and faculty tremendously. It is important that the library helps to improve student learning in every way possible and the technology fee has provided a great opportunity for this to happen. The collaboration between the library and faculty has been a key factor in the success of these proposals.
  • The John C. Hitt Library now has access to the following resources:
    • British Periodicals - This resource facilitates everything from undergraduate research essays, in both introductory survey courses and senior seminars, to graduate-level theses and dissertations, as well as research for scholarly articles and books. Having this much material available online through UCF Libraries will be an incredible boon to our student researchers who lack ready access to the hard copies themselves.
    • National Geographic - The National Geographic Archive contains every issue of the magazine from 1888 through 1994. The quality of the images is outstanding and the content can be used by UCF students and researchers in nearly every discipline.
    • Sage Knowledge - The SAGE guides include an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, and more.
    • Eighteenth Century Collections Online - ECCO is a primary source collection containing over 180,000 books, pamphlets, and treatises, covers not only history but also the social sciences, philosophy and religion, and will benefit both students and faculty in such areas as military, cultural, social, economic, diplomatic, and scientific history.

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!

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