August - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Also, as you prepare your course materials, please remember that the deadline for textbook adoptions (including instructional materials, coursepacks, technologies like clickers, etc.) has passed. At this point, no new adoptions should be made unless a course has been recently added. If you need help with these issues or if you have questions about messages you receive from vendors, please contact the bookstore or a member of the Faculty Center staff. Call or stop by if you want to talk about course planning, new teaching/learning strategies, etc.
Have a great week!

The activities below will take place in the Faculty Center (Classroom Building One, Room 207) unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, August 4th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, August 5th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Whether it's a shooting, altercation, or another type of violent incident, an outbreak of meningitis or some other contagious disease, a protest or a celebration that turns into a riot, a train derailment or other transportation accident, a weather-related event or other natural disaster, the potential for traumatic events to occur on the contemporary college campus is ever-present.  Please join us for an in-depth look at how colleges and universities can better meet the needs of all those affected when an unfortunate event such as those described above occurs on campus. Indeed, understanding trauma and the impact it can have on all constituencies present on campus is essential when mounting an effective and coordinated response. It is imperative that decision-making protocols be in place that allow for a coordinated and ultimately successful intervention and recovery. This webinar will present an applications-oriented, hands-on approach to dealing with traumatic events that can occur on campus, with an emphasis on acting in the best interests of both the individual student(s) involved as well the campus as a whole.
Date: Tuesday, August 23rd from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Classroom Building One, Room 205

Richard Kadison and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo state in their book, College of the Overwhelmed, that colleges and universities are seeing an increase in the number of enrolled students struggling with serious mental health issues. When it comes to recognizing a student in some form of distress, it is no surprise that university faculty and staff are often on the front line, observers to a student’s unusual or concerning behaviors in the classroom. When this occurs, there is no doubt about the need to get involved, but more often the doubt is about HOW to get involved. The answer: QPR gatekeeper training.

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) 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, staff, and anyone at UCF. 

On Wednesday, September 14th the QPR trainers will be offering suicide prevention training during our bi-annual QPR a Thon – Suicide Prevention Training!

**The trainings begin at 9:00am with a new training beginning on the top of each hour. The last training offered will at 2:00 pm.

The event will be held in the Student Union, 316AB. Please contact Teresa Michaelson-Chmelir at CAPS if you have any questions: or 407-823-2811

The UCF lyndaCampus team would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a valuable supplemental education resource provided to all active UCF students and faculty. UCF lyndaCampus provides 24/7 access to thousands of hours of video lectures, guided tutorials, and interactive training. Content includes over 4,850 courses and spans a wide range of topics, from visual arts to software development and more.

Students from every college and academic level have found relevant and useful content through UCF lyndaCampus. Lynda content is designed with all levels of users in mind, from fundamentals to expert tips, and is available whenever you’re ready to explore. Help your students excel at exams, or start mastering new skills altogether, free and from the comfort of their home or office. The aspiring photographer, writer, IT professional, mathematician, developer, and programmer may each find hours and hours of superb content presented by industry professionals.

The UCF lyndaCampus initiative is not intended as a replacement for the traditional professor-student model, but as a source of supplementary and complementary material which can be employed and shared to the betterment of the overall academic experience for UCF students and faculty. Prestigious universities all around the country, such as Harvard, MIT and UF, provide this resource to their students and faculty. Google lyndaCampus for more institutions.

Consider joining the nearly 7,000 registered UCF students and faculty members who are loving UCF lyndaCampus. Our goal is to spread the word and get this resource into the hands of as many UCF Knights as possible.

You can access UCF lyndaCampus for desktop using your NID and NID password now at or on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device via the app.

The UCF Pride Faculty & Staff Association is an organization representative of the University of Central Florida’s goal to be more inclusive and diverse. PFSA’s mission is to promote an environment which fosters cultural sensibility and enrichment by providing quality programming, networking opportunities, and guidance to UCF’s LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff on all UCF campuses. We have an active board and are busy preparing for exciting activities and events throughout summer and into the new school year! The vision for PFSA includes being a resource to the UCF administration and we divide our interests into three areas:  education, advocacy, and outreach. We invite you to join us in being a more inclusive campus at UCF by participating in PFSA activities and programs! For more information or to join our mailing list, contact President Carrie Moran or Outreach Coordinator Jeremy Foskitt at and don’t forget to ‘Like’ us on Facebook to keep up with all of PFSA’s happenings!

Come learn how to support the LGBTQ+ community with LGBTQ+ Services!  Register for the LGBTQ+ 101 training on August 10, 2016 from 10am-12pm in the Libra Community Center, designed for all levels of knowledge about LGBTQ+ issues. In this 2-hour training, participants will be presented with general information about individual and societal concerns related to LGBTQ+ identity.

Training Objectives:
·         Gain greater understanding of LGBTQ+ culture
·         Feel more comfortable talking about LGBTQ+ issues
·         Interact more sensitively with LGBTQ+ populations
·         Help create a safer environment for LGBTQ+ individuals on campus

Visit to learn how to sign up.  Contact:

Volunteer UCF is looking for engaged faculty or staff members to serve as advisors for the Alternative Break Program. The Alternative Break Faculty Advisor plays a crucial role in helping students increase their awareness of social and intellectual issues throughout the trip in a safe and effective manner. We are looking for faculty members and A&P staff to participate. If are interested in learning more and/or applying to become an advisor for a future Alternative Break Program trip, please fill out our online interest form at Once you log in, you will find the application under forms. Trip Dates are Winter: December 13-19, 2016, MLK Weekend: January 12-15 and Spring: March 13 – 18, 2017For more information, visit or contact Miguel Ortiz, Graduate Assistant for the Alternative Break Program (

CDL has developed a Webcourses@UCF integration called Quiz Extensions. This integration provides one place to give students extra time to all existing quizzes/exams. Quiz Extensions is available in all Webcourses@UCF courses; however, it has to be added to the course menu. For directions on how to enable and use Quiz Extensions, please visit

The UCF Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) presents an award to one student, faculty/staff and community member each year at the Diversity Breakfast. The deserving party may be nominated by a UCF community member and will be selected by a campus awards committee. Overall contributions to enhancing diversity and inclusion at UCF will be considered. Nominations are due Friday, August 12, 2016. Please see the following links for submission instructions: Student | Faculty/Staff | Community Partner 

Join a faculty writing club to start your summer off with a 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 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!

The Faculty Center is happy to share information about events or activities that are relevant to faculty in the listserv each week. If you would like to request that we include an announcement, please email me  a paragraph (three to four sentences) including a link to additional information if appropriate, by close of business on Wednesday for inclusion on the following Sunday. Due to technological constraints we cannot include attachments or HTML formatted text. Remember to include critical details like the place and time for the event and feel free to suggest a headline. Just send your announcements to me at and we will help to spread the word.


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