April - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Have a good 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. If you would like to participate virtually, please email fctl@ucf.edu for information and assistance.

Wednesday, April 12th
Workshop: e-Portfolio as Story: How e-Portfolios Can Tell Your Story—3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205. See details below.

Thursday, April 13th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, April 14th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

FACULTY CENTER EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS
e-Portflio as Story
e-Portfolios are often thought of as a place to store information and as a tool mainly for the presentation of information. However, this workshop will focus on the idea of e-Portfolios as a tool that tells a story to an audience and ways to refine their story by using the most appropriate tools. Emphasis will be given to how to get students to see the e-Portfolio as their story and help them define what kind of story the e-Portfolio will tell.

NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR SUCCESS OF WOMEN FACULTY
Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, Curriculum Materials Center (CMC), Education Complex Room 194. DIVerse Families: An overview of children’s and young adult books that show diversity within the family.
Books act as mirrors and windows, either reflecting our own lives or giving us a glimpse into other people’s lives. They help us navigate the unknown, help us not make things so scary, explain issues in a non-threatening way. Books can be a platform for discussion between adults and children. Come listen to a book talk describing some great books for toddlers, children, tweens and young adults that show and highlight diversity within the family. CSWF 2017 Faculty Fellow: Kristine Shrauger, Head, Interlibrary Loan, Associate Librarian, UCF Libraries.   No RSVP needed.

Thursday, Apr 13, 2017, Noon – 1:00pm, FCTL Classroom Building 1, Room 205. Social Media 101 for Academics.  Workshop will detail strategies for establishing an online identity, focusing specifically on Twitter and ResearchGate. Attendees will learn about tapping into existing online communities and strategies for sharing their research more broadly.  CSWF 2017 Faculty Fellow: Staci Zavattaro, Associate Professor, School of Public Administration, College of Health and Public Affairs.  No RSVP needed.

HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
April 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Engineering 1, room 327
Rasha Mubarak studied Molecular Biology and Microbiology at UCF and is an energetic and prolific community leader. She is Orlando Regional Director of the Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR), President of the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF), and co-founder of Arab Fest. She has met with top congressional leaders such as Bernie Sanders and intellectuals as Cornel West. She has been interviewed various times by CNN and NPR. She is also friends with and associate of Linda Sarsour (one of the three organizers of the Women’s March on Washington D.C. in January 2017). Ms. Mubarak will be speaking about “Islam in 21st Century America – Perspectives from a Muslim Young Adult.

Rob Meister is a Music Producer and Singer/Songwriter from Australia. As a humanitarian he has volunteered for 10 years with the Citizens Commission on Human Rights Australia. In the last 8 years he has become a volunteer and keynote speaker for Youth for Human Rights International. He has delivered talks on the Importance of Human Rights education in Colombia, Taiwan, Australia, Canada, and the USA and was a part of the team that achieved the landmark decision by the Mexican government that made Mandatory Human Rights Education in schools law in 2012. Mr. Meister will be speaking on the “Importance of the UN Declaration of Human Rights in Today’s World.”

THE NEW AGE OF ELIMINATIONISM IN AMERICA: HOW THE INTERNET FEEDS RADICALIZATION AND DEHUMANIZATION
UCF Teaching Academy, Room 117
Tuesday, April 18th 4:00 pm
All are welcome to attend!
 The politics of elimination - embodied in nativism, white supremacism, and similar authoritarian ideologies -  have long been part of the American political fabric, but in recent years have come bubbling forward in the wave of hate-crime incidents associated with the 2016 election, as well as mass killings such as those in Charleston, S.C., and at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Historically fueled by dehumanizing rhetoric and belief systems, eliminationism has become a common theme in rising right-wing ideologies around the globe, spread especially through the phenomenon of online radicalization, both among Islamist radicals and alt-right white nationalists. Neiwert’s talk will explore this history, and suggest ways of countering the spread of this kind of hate.

David Neiwert
David Neiwert is a Seattle-based freelance journalist and blogger. He received the National Press Club Award for Distinguished Online Journalism in 2000 for a domestic terrorism series he produced for MSNBC.com. He edited the political blog Crooks And Liars from 2008-2012. He is currently a contributing writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center's blog, Hatewatch. His book, And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border, won the 2014 International Latino Book Award for general nonfiction. Hi forthcoming book, Alt-America: The Rise and Unreal World of the Radical Right, will be published in June 2017 by Verso Press.

PENN SUMMIT ON FOSTERING RACIALLY RESPONSIVE CAMPUS CLIMATES APRIL 18, 19, AND 20
The Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services is pleased to share information about a wonderful professional development series, the Penn Summit on Fostering Racially Responsive Campus Climates. The summit, a three-part video broadcast series, will be held on April 18, 19 and 20. It is geared toward higher education leaders, student affairs professionals, and faculty members. Presenters will periodically read and respond aloud to questions posed by persons tuned into the live broadcast. >>>READ MORE

2017 MARCHIOLI COLLECTIVE IMPACT INNOVATION AWARD SEMINAR
How do you take a novel idea, or a great idea for improvement, from conceptualization to innovation?  Each Marchioli Collective Impact Innovation Award recipient will hold an interactive seminar to share his/her strategies for building partnerships, securing funding, gaining national recognition for the project/program, documenting outcomes and impact, and many other tips. 

Over half of each session is set aside for faculty and staff to ask questions, share ideas and get feedback from peers, and participate in open discussion on how our institution can foster even more innovation for greater collective impact.

The spring 2017 Marchioli Collective Impact Innovation Seminar will be held April 10, 2017 from 12:00-1:30pm in Teaching Academy, room 130.  Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Spring 2017 recipient, will share strategies used to develop her nationally acclaimed innovative center (FAAST).

Register for the seminar using the following link https://marchioli-collective-impact-innovation-seminar_s17.eventbrite.com. Please feel free to bring your lunch to the seminar.  Dessert and beverages will be provided.

CGI UNIVERSITY STUDENT LEADER NOMINATION
CGI University is recruiting student leaders who are committed to address the world’s most pressing problems for its 2017 annual meeting. Accepted students will have the opportunity to meet with 1,000 fellow social innovators at an inspiring 3-day conference at Northeastern University and hear from high-caliber speakers and thought leaders, including President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton. The deadline for students to apply is May 1, 2017.

If you would like to nominate an undergraduate or a graduate student who would be an exceptional candidate for this opportunity, please take 2 minutes to fill out the nomination form atcgiu.org/nominate

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND COMMERCIALIZATION MENTORING OPPORTUNITY
The ORC Research Mentoring  is intended to increase the probability of success for research funding for junior researchers by pairing UCF senior researchers and junior researchers in a mentoring relationship. A total of $3,000 will be awarded to the senior researcher. Proposals are due April 15, 2017.  For more information, go tohttp://www.research.ucf.edu/documents/PDF/ORC_Mentorship_Program_for_Researchers.pdf.

PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS INNOVATION FELLOWS
The Center for Higher Education Innovation in the Office of the President is pleased to announce competitive funding for a new Predictive Analytics Innovation Fellows program. Predictive Analytics Innovation Fellows will pursue scholarship of teaching and learning projects using student analytical data. The program is open to all full-time UCF faculty regardless of rank. Each Fellow will receive a $5,000 stipend and support using student-level predictive analytics data and data tools. http://provost.ucf.edu/files/Predictive-Analytics-Innovation-Fellows-RFP.pdf

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Undergraduate Research Grant (OUR Grant proposal deadline is 5pm, Friday, July 28th for fall)
Students can apply for grants of up to $500 to support research projects in collaboration with UCF faculty. Group projects may be eligible for up to $1000. A letter of recommendation from the student applicant's faculty mentor is due one week later (mentors are electronically sent this information at the time of submission). Please click the hyperlink above for more information.
  
FACULTY WRITING CLUB SPRING 2017
Join a faculty writing club to start your spring 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. Announcements will run for two weeks, with exceptions in special circumstances. Just send your announcements to me at melody@ucf.edu and we will help to spread the word.

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