August - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Have a great week!

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

Thursday, August 11th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, August 12th
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

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 click here for more information:

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

Hispanic Heritage Month Opening Celebration
Speaker: María S. García, Vice President, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando
Topic: Latinos Presente in the 2016 Election
Thursday, September 15, 2016
SU Cape Florida Ballroom, 316

Law & Disorder
Performer: Elizardi Castro, Prosecutor, Defense Attorney and Comedian
Topic: Latinos Presente in the Legal System
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
SU Pegasus Grand Ballroom

Hispanic Heritage Month Closing Celebration
Speaker: Jorge Estévez, WFTV/Eyewitness News
Topic: Latinos Presente in the Media
Thursday, October 13, 2016
SU Key West Ballroom, 218 LaFaSA respectfully requests that all faculty encourage their students to attend these Hispanic Heritage Month events and consider granting credit in their courses for attendance. A full calendar of Hispanic Heritage Month events will be made available on September 1, 2016. LaFaSA greatly appreciates your support of Hispanic Heritage Month!

Any questions about Hispanic Heritage Month may be directed to Dr. Cyndia Muñiz, LaFaSA President,

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
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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