July - Week 4

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Have a good week!
The activities below will take place in the Faculty Center (Classroom Building One, Room 207) unless otherwise noted.
Wednesday, July 27th
Introductory Adobe Spark Workshop 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Classroom Building One, Room 205 (see details below)
Thursday, July 28th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Friday, July 29th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
You’re invited to attend a faculty-facing workshop on Wednesday, July 27th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., led by representatives from Adobe Systems. This hands-on workshop led by Ben Forta and Patrick Koster from Adobe Systems will introduce participants to Adobe Spark, a software system for creating visual stories. Reserve your spot by emailing us at fctl@ucf.edu by Tuesday, July 26th at 2:00 p.m. The event will be held this Wednesday, July 27th, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Faculty Center (CB1-205).
The General Counsel’s Office is holding an open forum for all faculty and staff to meet the General Counsel’s Office and have the opportunity to ask questions regarding university related legal matters. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 1pm – 2:30pm at the Student Union, Garden Key Room 221. Please RSVP by July 25th to Jalisa.Curtis@ucf.edu or gcounsel@ucf.edu
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 PFSA@ucf.edu 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 safezone.sdes.ucf.edu to learn how to sign up.  Contact: Justin.Andrade@ucf.edu.

Come view this webinar and dialogue about the ways to support our LGBTQ and Latinx communities at UCF. Co-hosted by the Latino Faculty & Staff Association (LaFaSA), the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the Pride Faculty & Staff Association (PFSA), and UCF LGBTQ+ Services.  July 27 at 1PM in CB 205 (Faculty Center)

The Latino Faculty and Staff Association (LaFaSA) invite all faculty to submit a program for Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15).  The deadline is July 29, 2016.

Hispanic Heritage Month Opening Celebration Speaker: María García, Vice President, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando.
Topic: Latinos Presente in the 2016 Election, Thursday, September 15, 2016, 12:00-1:30pm, SU 218CD. LaFaSA respectfully requests that all faculty encourage their students to attend the opening celebration 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, cyndia.muniz@ucf.edu.

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 https://ucf.collegiatelink.net/organization/vucfabp. 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 http://osi.ucf.edu/abp/ or contact Miguel Ortiz, Graduate Assistant for the Alternative Break Program (miguel.ortizburgos@ucf.edu).

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 https://online.ucf.edu/support/webcourses/integrations/quiz-extensions/

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 melody@ucf.edu and we will help to spread the word.


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