June - Week 4

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. If you know a student who is interested in submitting a design for the 2015 Diversity Week poster, share the info below. The deadline is June 30th. Please also note the information from UCF's Student Care Services. This is an excellent resource. 
Have a great week!

Tuesday, June 23rd
Workshop: Interactive Lecture 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
STEM Education Research Reading Group 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Physical Sciences Building, Room 445 (see details below)

Wednesday, June 24th
Workshop: Principles of Learning 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 25th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, June 26th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Interested in STEM Education but need motivation to keep up with the research? The STEM Education Research reading group will be meeting to discuss and reflect on recent literature. Anyone is welcome to attend. Contact Erin Saitta (Erin.Saitta@ucf.edu) or Jackie Chini (Jacquelyn.Chini@ucf.edu) for more information including the current readings. Note: Meetings will be held in the Physical Sciences Building, room 445 on 6/23, 7/7 and 7/21 from 1-2pm.

In response to the popularity of our Teaching and Learning Day 2015 keynote presentation on digital storytelling, the Faculty Center will host a digital storytelling interest group. This group will explore possibilities of using digital storytelling in various courses and discuss how to design digital storytelling assignments, align assignments with course objectives, and use digital storytelling technologies (such as WeVideo). If you are interested in participating in this group, please contact Lissa Pompos at Melissa.Pompos@ucf.edu.

Still in its formative stages, the Florida Studies minor is ready for interested students but needs as much support as possible from all UCF components to be successful. Specifically, please help identify the following:
- Faculty and undergraduate courses that should be affiliated with the minor
- Florida studies resources that can be added to the website
- Suggestions that may enhance the minor and website
- Specific students or student groups that would be ideally suited for pursuing the minor

You can view more information on the website at http://flstudies.cah.ucf.edu/front-page/. Please provide any suggestions to Dan Murphree (Daniel.Murphree@ucf.edu); any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance for your contributions.

As you prepare for Summer B and Fall 2015 classes, Student Care Services would like to remind you of resources and support options available for students in distress. We must all play a role in supporting students who display signs of distress. Some signs of distress visible in the classroom and beyond can include: changes in behavior or appearance, poor hygiene, decreased eye contact or communication skills, missing class, or attending class under the influence of alcohol or other substances. Student Care Services has also seen an increase in students with severe financial struggles that are impacting their ability to be successful personally or academically. If you notice any signs of distress, please reach out to the student or refer them to Student Care Services. Ways to refer include e-mailing us at caremanager@ucf.edu or visiting scs.sdes.ucf.edu and completing a Student of Concern form.

If you are unsure or feel uncomfortable referring a student, please contact Student Care Services to troubleshoot the situation. You can also share a helpful resource link with students through your syllabus: www.ucfcares.com. UCF Cares provides many campus and community resources in the areas of safety and wellbeing, mental health, sexual violence, and respect.

Student Care Services staff can also attend an upcoming staff meeting to provide additional training or answer any questions you may have about how to assist and support students.

Our faculty resource guide: http://scs.sdes.ucf.edu/docs/faculty-resources.pdf

Additional FAQs are available on our website: http://scs.sdes.ucf.edu/faq#staff

Remember, if you have an immediate cause of concern  or a student is exhibiting aggressive behavior, please call the UCF Police Department at 407-823-5555 or 911. Counseling and Psychological Services provides students with a free 24/7 hotline at: 407-823-2811.

Thank you for helping to keep our campus safe for everyone!

Award Opportunities
This year, at the Diversity Breakfast, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be reinstating our longstanding practice of presenting awards to organizations and individuals who have shown commitment and dedication to advancing the university's fourth strategic goal of "becoming more inclusive and diverse." Applications for the three Diversity & Inclusion Impact Awards may be downloaded from our website at www.diversity.ucf.edu. The deadline to submit an application is 12:00 Noon on Friday, August 14, 2015. The awards will be presented at the Diversity Breakfast on October 12, 2015. 

Diversity Week Student Poster Contest
This year, our Knights are once again invited to participate in the Diversity Week Student Poster Contest and to share their creative sides with the UCF and Central Florida communities.  To enter and for complete rules, participants may visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's website at www.diversity.ucf.edu. The first place winner will be the poster that best represents the 2015 Diversity Week theme: RESPECT UCF: Engaging, Exploring and Advancing an Inclusive Culture.  Entries should be submitted to dayanara.hudson@ucf.edu by 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 13, 2015.

Alexander Street Press
The UCF Libraries recently added North American Women’s Letters and Diaries, a 150,000 page collection of letters and diaries from colonial times to 1950. North American Women’s Letters and Diaries is the largest electronic collection of women’s diaries and correspondence ever assembled. The material is drawn from more than 1,000 sources, including journal articles, pamphlets, newsletters, monographs, and conference proceedings, and much of it is in copyright. More information can be found here: http://alexanderstreet.com/products/north-american-womens-letters-and-diaries

The UCF Libraries has also recently added Latin America in Video, also from Alexander Street Press. Latin America in Video gives instructors, students, and researchers of Latin American studies, Spanish, and Portuguese a comprehensive and unique perspective on the region. It includes approximately 400 original-language documentaries—over 300 hours in all—from some of the most important producers and independent filmmakers in Latin America. More information can be found here: http://alexanderstreet.com/products/america-latina-en-video-latin-america-video

Other Database News:

Bates Visual Guide to Physical Examination

Bates Visual Guide to Physical Examination offers Head-to-toe and systems-based physical examination techniques for the (Advanced) Assessment or Introduction to Clinical Medicine course for Students and faculty in medical, nursing, and related programs. Paid for the College of Medicine. More information can be found here: http://batesvisualguide.com

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 melody@ucf.edu to learn more.


Faculty Spotlight View Other Award Winners

Abby Milon
College of Health and Public Affairs Abby     Milon Education has always been an important and valued part of my life. My parents impressed upon me the need to obtain an education because unlike material items an education cannot be taken away from you. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Master of Science and Juris Doctor from the University ...

Karen Verkler
College of Education Karen Verkler Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got a hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) I have been an educator in several different disciplines. How...

Amanda Koontz Anthony
College of Sciences Amanda  Koontz Anthony I base my teaching philosophy on the core values and structure of mentoring. I consequently define my role to be that of developing students’ abilities as independent scholars and engaged citizens. I share my enthusiasm and expertise on subjects with students, and in turn guide their applications of class co...