August - Week 4

Hello Everyone-
Welcome back! Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Fall Faculty Learning Communities will begin soon. To sign up for one of these informal conversation and enrichment groups, click here. You’ll also see info below about other fall offerings through the center. We hope you’ll sign up and join us.
Have a great first week of classes,

Monday, August 24th
Dedicated Drop-In Time: Academic Activity (Financial Aid Requirement) 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Workshop: Tips for Successfully Starting the Semester 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 26th
Fall Adjunct Faculty Learning Community 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 27th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Motivating Students to Learn 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning offers opportunities for faculty to examine important and new topics in teaching and learning with Faculty Development Cohorts (FDCs). Participants attend multiple workshops, including a series of hands-on experiences designed to help innovate or refine teaching techniques and learning activities. Faculty may receive support from a variety of campus offices. Registration is open until September 10th at 5:00 p.m. for Fall 2015 FDCs. Topics for the semester are “Bring Your Own Device” and “Role-Immersion Activities for Student Engagement.” For further details, including dates, times, and the registration links, please visit

UCF's Center for Distributed Learning has developed an easy-to-use tool that looks through your online course and finds possible issues that could prevent a student from accessing the content due to a disability. It's called The Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (pronounced, "You Do It"), and this workshop will go over the history and give a demonstration of the tool. After the demonstration, you will have an opportunity to run UDOIT on your own course, and CDL can show you how to make the most of your results.

CDL will offer the workshop at the following date and time. Please note that you will need to bring your own laptop to participate in the hands-on portion of the session.

September 7-13, 2015 is National Suicide Prevention Week. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health, is hosting World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th, 2015. This year’s theme is “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives,” and will focus on raising awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death on a global level.

Here at UCF, we will be hosting our annual “Field of Memories: Be Aware Show You Care” Flag Exhibit on Memory Mall, September 10th from 9:00-3:00. The exhibit is a powerful and poignant visual display representing the 1100 suicides that occur on U. S. college campuses each year. We will be asking students, faculty and staff, as they walk by to write a message of hope to someone who may be struggling with depression or to remember someone lost to suicide. The goal is to fill the field with over a 1000 yellow flags. We are asking for volunteers to help collect the flags to display or to just come out to Memory Mall to support the event by writing your own message of hope to display in the field.  

We will also be advertising our QPR a Thon – Suicide Prevention Training, which will be held the following week on Sept, 16th in the Student Union rm 316AB.  QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), guided by certified trainers, is a program designed for everyone to learn what can be done to prevent suicide. The training session is a one hour presentation where you will learn the signs of suicide and three basic principles of how to help save a life. QPR is designed for students, faculty and staff and anyone at UCF.  The trainings begin at 9:00am with a new session starting on the top of each hour. The last training offered will at 2:00 pm.

Together we can reduce the number of lives shaken by a needless and tragic death.  Please contact Teresa Michaelson-Chmelir at Counseling and Psychological Services for more information.

Student Disability Services was excited to announce an office name change effective this past April. The office is now known as Student Accessibility Services. The name change reflects the core mission of the office, which is to facilitate accessibility for students with disabilities rather than addressing the disability specifically. In addition, Student Accessibility Services has partnered with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and other offices to create a new Diversity and Inclusion syllabus statement, which can be found here on the FCTL website:

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 Learn more about undergraduate research: The 8th annual Florida Statewide Symposium: Engagement in Undergraduate Research has been scheduled for October 1-2, 2015 at UCF. Faculty, administrators, and staff are invited to registrar until August 28, 2015. Dr. Julio Rivera will be the keynote speaker this year. Dr. Rivera is the past-president of the Council on Undergraduate Research and Professor at Carthage College. The title of his talk is Defining Priorities: Rethinking Faculty Workload to Enhance Undergraduate Research. Please visit for more information.

UCF must comply with a federal financial aid regulation that states that in order to receive federal aid, students must be actively academically engaged in each course in which they are enrolled. Without verification of this engagement, students will not receive their aid. Webcourses@UCF will analyze all student activity to determine which students have met the federal standard, and that information will be sent to the Office of Student Financial Aid for processing. Please see the Center for Distributed Learning's frequently asked questions about this requirement, as well as their overview pageThe fall 2015 deadline for this requirement is Friday, August 28th, at 5:00 p.m.

UCF will host two Thursday evening football games this fall, on Sept. 3 against Florida International University and on Nov. 19 against East Carolina University. Please keep the following details in mind as you plan for fall classes. The Sept. 3 game will kick off at 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Because of the early kickoff time, classes on the main campus, in the Central Florida Research Park, at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and on UCF's regional campuses will conclude at noon. Offices at those locations also will close for normal operations at noon in order to allow adequate time for a smooth transition to game day activities, which will begin at 1 p.m. UCF will return to its usual weekday football game schedule for the Nov. 19 game, which will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.

On Nov. 19, classes on the main campus, in the Central Florida Research Park, at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and on UCF's regional campuses will be conducted through 3 p.m. University operations at those locations also will close at 3 p.m., and game day activities will begin at 4 p.m. Faculty members who have classes in progress at noon on Sept. 3 or at 3 p.m. on Nov. 19 may choose to conduct the portions of those sessions that come before the closing time.

The Faculty Center is bringing together a group of faculty members across campus who study learning spaces and their impacts on classroom outcomes. If you conduct this kind of research and/or are interested in doing so, please email to learn more.


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