September - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. There’s a lot going on!
Have a great week,
Melody 

FACULTY CENTER AND PARTNER UNIT HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK 
The activities below will take place in the Faculty Center (Classroom Building One, Room 207) unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, September 21st
SoTL Workshop: Generating a Research Question—10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, September 22nd
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, September 23rd
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN BRAINSTORMING SESSION RELATED TO AN ELECTRONIC SYSTEM FOR FACULTY REPORTING
UCF is moving towards an electronic system for faculty reporting (either developed in-house or licensed through a third-party vendor). The first step in this process is to brainstorm what that system would be and what it would ‘look like’ (i.e., the business processes it would support and functionality for multiple users including faculty and administrators). These meetings, facilitated by the Office of Faculty Excellence, are simply brainstorming sessions to sketch out ideas for the system. Please come prepared to discuss would be valuable for this system (e.g., reporting, scheduled activities, ad hoc functions) from your perspective as a faculty, administrator, or other. To best accommodate schedules, three sessions are scheduled. RSVP is not required.

  • Friday, Sept. 30:  1:30-2:30, Classroom Building I, room 205
  • Tuesday, Oct. 11, 12:00-1:00, Classroom Building I, room 205
  • Wednesday, Oct. 12, 10:00-11:00, Classroom Building I, room 205

INVITATION FOR FACULTY AND STUDENTS: DIGITAL VIDEO PRESENTATION BY ADOBE REPRESENTATIVE SEPTEMBER 28
A presentation led by Adobe’s head of digital video, David Helmly, is free to faculty and staff. It will take place on September 28 at 3pm in HPA1 room 125. In this session, faculty, staff, and graduate students will learn how to use Adobe's professional video capabilities in Adobe Creative Cloud to develop projects with 4K, 6K, and even 8K media, using features such as color grading, collaborative project editing, and new trends like VR. Whether novice or expert, Adobe allows you to edit with virtually any media type and output your project to any screen. Seating is limited and first come, first serve. Please register at: http://svad.cah.ucf.edu/events.php?id=3684 and note that there is also a separate session available for undergraduate students (7pm in CL1-104).

SPECIAL PRESENTATION FOR FACULTY: MOBILE PEDAGOGY
Dr. Jon Landis, US Development Executive with Apple Inc.
Monday, October 17, 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in CB1-205
Mobile pedagogy represents a fundamental shift in content access and in the role of the traditional classroom. This presentation isn't about trendy technology fads or the latest gadgets... this is about facing the challenges and maximizing the possibilities of a connected world. In addition to exploring the dynamics of this new educational paradigm, we will examine the practical implementation strategies, hardware, and support necessary to improve learning opportunity. This session has three parts:

The Why - Do mobile devices have a place in the learning experience?
The How - How does a mobility-rich environment work?
The What - What are current colleges and universities doing as a part of the mobility revolution?

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Florida Statewide Symposium: Engagement in Undergraduate Research  (October 21-22)
UCF hosts this annual professional development opportunity for faculty and staff engaged in the undergraduate research. The conference features workshops, poster sessions, and a keynote address from Trisha Thorme, of Princeton University, on Transformative Learning Through Community-Based Research. (https://researchsymposium.ucf.edu/)

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) has announced the Fall semester trainings with the Unity Star news found at https://diversity.ucf.edu/training/this-semester/. These sessions tend to fill quickly. The ODI training staff is also available for workshops and classroom presentations tailored to your needs. Please contact Barbara Thompson or Rachel Luce-Hitt by calling (407) 823-6479 or by emailing diverse@ucf.edu.

UCF “Be You” Storytelling Project – Dr. MC Santana – Plan B in Life:  Change is Inevitable and to Embrace It is to Live Fully. Wednesday, September 21 – Noon to 1 p.m. – Barbara Ying Center, Building 81. Cookies and drinks provided. Professor Santana will engage the audience with her journey through a life of commitment to others in service while adapting to changes in her life plan.  Santana, a recognized speaker on leadership and women, hopes to create a safe space for sharing and understanding. Hosted by Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

“Move Beyond Civility: How to Facilitate Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom” – Tuesday, September 271:45 to 3:30 p.m. – Teaching Academy, Room 117. Facilitator – Dr. Yovanna Pineda. “This has been a particularly difficult year as students continue to challenge faculty and administrators to hear their concerns, engage in difficult conversation and make meaningful change on campus. In this webinar, participants will learn how to help faculty members better navigate difficult dialogues and conflict in the classroom. Many faculty members are experiencing a significant increase in both frequency and intensity of difficult dialogues in the classroom. The ability to engage students and facilitate meaningful dialogue in these moments not only further learning, but also impact student success. Mismanaged conversations often result in unresolved issues, misunderstanding and simmering conflict that undermine learning outcomes and campus-wide goals to create inclusive campus environments.” Hosted by Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

MOSAIC MINORITY MENTORING PROGRAM
Dr. Ilenia Colon Mendoza, Associate Professor of Art History, School of Visual Arts and Design, is conducting a pilot program for faculty of color as part of her Leadership Empowerment Program. The objectives of project M.O.S.A.I.C. are to provide as the acronym states: Mentorship. Opportunity. Support. Achievement. Initiatives. Community for minority faculty. If you would like to participate in this mentoring program please contact her at Ilenia.ColonMendoza@ucf.edu. The initial phase of the project includes health and wellness workshops, as well as an online mentoring community available on Facebook under UCF Minority Mentorship Community.

CELEBRATE YOUR DIVERSITY AT UCF
The Presidents of the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA), Latino Faculty and Staff Association (LaFaSA), and Pride Faculty & Staff Association (PFSA) welcome all faculty and staff to join our organizations to work together to celebrate the diversity within the UCF community. For more information, visit: http://www.bfsa-ucf.org/, http://www.ucflafasa.org/, http://www.ucfpride.org/

FILM: MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART
Memories of a Penitent Heart dissects a family secret while exploring the AIDS crisis and the rarely heard story of Latino artists who died in the early days of the epidemic. Join the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, Latin American Studies Program, Department of Philosophy and Center for Humanities and Digital Research, for this film screening and discussion. Cecilia Aldarondo is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Skidmore College. She was the inaugural recipient of the 2015 Roberto Guerra Documentary Award and named by FILMMAKER Magazine as one of 2015’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” This program is also being supported by UCF Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Student Involvement, Social Justice and Advocacy, LGBTQ+ Services and the Pride Faculty & Staff Association.

Date: September 23, 2016
Time: 3:30 – 6:00 PM
Location: Visual Arts Building, Room 132
Contact: Dr. Claudia Schippert, claudia.schippert@ucf.edu, (407) 823-0144

ALTERNATIVE BREAK PROGRAM ADVISOR INTEREST FORM NOW AVAILABLE
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 December 13-19, 2016, January 12-15 and 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).

WEBCOURSES QUIZ EXTENSIONS
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/

FACULTY WRITING CLUB FALL 2016 
Join a faculty writing club to start your fall 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!

NOTE ABOUT LISTSERV ANNOUNCEMENT SUBMISSIONS
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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