November - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. This  is International Education Week on campus. Click on this link for detailed information about the activities  and consider participating in the Russian Culture Night hosted by the Faculty Center on Tuesday afternoon. 
Have a great week!

The activities below will take place in the Faculty Center (Classroom Building One, Room 207) unless otherwise noted. If you would like to participate virtually, please email us at and we will attempt to accommodate your request. 

Monday, November 16th
Academic Integrity Workshop: Why Should I and How Do I Submit an Academic Misconduct Report? 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in CB1-202
Lessons from the Science of Learning: Encouraging Mindful Learning 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 17th
Russian Culture Night 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 18th
Digital Storytelling Interest Group 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in Faculty Media Center (CB1-202)
Fall Adjunct Faculty Learning Community 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 19th
Integrating Teamwork in Your Class 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.                                                  
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, November 20th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenter: Jennifer Wright, Director, Office of Integrity and Ethical Development, Student Rights and Responsibilities
Attend face-to-face or via Adobe Connect at

Why Should I and How Do I Submit an Academic Misconduct Report?
To report or not to report a student for academic misconduct is not always as easy an answer as it seems.  Sometimes we have personal and professional conflicts regarding what is the right thing to do.   Join in the discussion of why we should report acts of academic misconduct, how to report academic misconduct, and what happens after a report is submitted.

In collaboration with Volunteer UCF (VUCF), Graduate Student Association (GSA), and various campus partners, we are happy to announce the second annual National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2015. The week will take place November 16-22, 2015, and will include a week long donation drive, interactive educational events and impactful service projects focused on hunger and homelessness issues.

The main goals of the week are to raise awareness of hunger and homelessness on our campus and in our community, to educate individuals on resources available to assist those in need and to encourage people to get involved to help overcome these social issues. The events will feature engaging activities, powerful speakers, community resources, giveaways and more. 

We ask that you support this initiative by promoting and attending these events. We also hope you will join us and participate in the donation drive. The events are worth up to 1000 LINK Loot points and qualify as LEAD Impact events. For more information on our events, please visit the UCF Cares website under News and Announcements at

For additional information, please contact: Angela Newland, Student Care Services,

The Course Preview feature is available to advertise a tentative syllabus to potential students who are registering for classes. This information is not automatically available to all students. Faculty must opt-in to this feature. The tentative syllabus can only be seen by current UCF students and is not available via the public search for classes. For more information on how to construct a course preview, visit:
For instructions on how to opt in to this feature, visit:

Help Redesign the Libraries’ Databases Page
The UCF Libraries is redesigning the Databases page of our website to make it more usable and useful. We are seeking faculty who would like to participate in a short, in-person usability test. It will take approximately 15 minutes, and can be done here in the library or in your office. We plan to run the tests between 11/12 and 11/20. Please if you’re willing to participate.

Social Justice & Advocacy oversees the UCF Safe Zone Series, which includes a series of workshops aimed to provide education on LGBTQ+ topics. “Safe Zone Quick Chats” are hour-long brown bag lunch dialogues featuring several SDES speakers. Please join us on Friday, November 13, 2015 from 11:00-1:00pm in SU Key West 218CD.

November 18th – Safe Zone Quick Chat (lunch): What is the Q?  SU 225, 12pm-1pm - Featuring Stephanie Preston, LMHC, Counseling and Psychological Services, and President of Pride Faculty and Staff Association – Join the dialogue about the word “Queer.”  What does it mean?  Is it safe to use?  Learn about the historical context behind the word and if it’s appropriate to use.

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities would like to announce the 2015-2016 Creed Art Contest. This year both University employees and currently enrolled students can submit original 2-D or 3-D pieces of artwork that represent the UCF Creed Values of Integrity, Scholarship, Community, Creativity or Excellence. This year’s theme is: Knight’s Sky- Which Creed value is your North Star? Art must be dropped off at the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities no later than November 20, 2015 at 5:00pm, (Ferrell Commons, rm.227). Prizes this year include tickets to Wet and Wild, UCF Bookstore gift certificate and gift basket, Chick-fil-A gift baskets, Forever 21 gift card, and more. University employee grand prize winner receives a one month Recreation and Wellness Center membership. For full contest information, visit:

The Undergraduate Research track within LEAD Scholars Academy is designed to allow students to have a professional, hands-on, paid, research related experience. These students are third or fourth year university students who have been accepted into the new LEAD Scholars Academy track program. This experience will include 10 hours of research per week for 15 weeks during the Spring 2016 semester. The deadline for all faculty and student applications is Monday, November 30, 2015. Apply here: 
Please contact Stacey Malaret, Director for the LEAD Scholars Academy, at 407-823-6492 or via email at

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 Thursday and Friday mornings from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. in the Faculty Center 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 a Faculty Center computer. And of course there will be coffee. Everyone is welcome!


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