Special Thursday Edition of the Wednesday update for September 25, 2014

*Announcements for the COE Wednesday Important Information newsletter can be sent to ronw@coe.ufl.edu by 2pm on the Tuesday prior; confirmation that your announcement has been received will be provided.


 General Announcements

 SAGE Workshop:  Coursework to Quals to Prospectus with Dr. Nancy Waldron – Thursday  October 2nd at 12:30 in the Terrace Room
Come join your peers and Dr. Nancy Waldron in a discussion that will examine how to transition from coursework into qualifying exams, strategies for coping with the written and oral sections of the exams, and suggestions on making it through the dissertation writing process.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Light refreshments will be provided.  For more information, visit the UF SAGE Facebook page.

Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies Presents – John Forster
The Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies (CEECS) invites you to join us for a presentation to be given by John Forster on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in the Norman Hall Terrace Room. John is the Chief Executive Officer of Noah’s Ark, located in Victoria, Australia. In addition to serving as CEO for Noah’s Ark, he has led systems-level efforts in Victoria and throughout Australia to foster early childhood inclusion. The title of his presentation is Australian Perspectives on Early Childhood Inclusion: From Promise to Practice.

 ECC Workshop October 8th!
ECC will be having our next workshop October 8th at 7PM in the Norman Terrace Room. The topic is Classroom Management!  As always there will be snacks and prizes! Everyone is welcome to attend!  Mark your calendars with our other fall workshop dates: November 5th and December 3rd

If you are completing a Secondary full-time internship in the Spring 2015 term applications are due by Wednesday, October 1st. Please submit signed applications to Student Services, G416 Norman Hall by 5:00 PM on the due date.

 Fall 2014 Career Showcase
The Career Resource Center would like to invite youand your students to our Fall Career Showcase on September 30th and October 1st , 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the O’Connell Center. This event is open to students and alumni only and we would love to see you and your students there! It is a two-day event featuring more than 350 employers to network with our UF candidates. The first day is Non-Technical Day (i.e. Accounting, Sales, Retail, Communications, and more) and the second day is Technical Day (i.e. Computer Science, Engineering, Information Systems, etc.).

Fall 2014 Commencement ceremonies for the College of Education
Doctoral Degrees: O’Connell Center, Friday, December 19, 4:00 pm (assemble at 2:30 pm)
Masters Specialist, Bachelor Degrees: O’Connell Center, Saturday, December 20, 2:00 pm (assemble at 12:30 pm)
More information at www.registrar.ufl.edu/commencement

 FILM:  Gainesville Latino Film Festival
Sept. 12th- Oct. 14th
Presented by the Latina Women’s League. Free admission. For more information and calendar of films: www.gainesvillelatinofilmfestival.com or info@gainesvillelatinofilmfestival.com

MUSIC:  Ribab Fusion
Saturday, Sept. 27, 7:30 pm ~ University Auditorium
A fusion of jazz, Moroccan funk and Afropop, Ribab Fusion invokes the spirit of Morocco’s southern Atlantic coast with a modern twist. These seven musicians are on a mission to revolutionize the ribab, a one-stringed, bowed instrument. Ribab Fusion’s celebration of Morocco’s Amazigh culture encompasses an entire spectrum of music, from slow jams to 70’s-style funk. The traditional meets contemporary in this bold and exciting performance. For more information, click here.

2014 Graduate Student Research Day
Monday, Sept. 29, 5:00 pm – Student’s Deadline to submit Abstracts
The Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) and I-Cubed Program are pleased to announce the 2014 Graduate Student Research Day will be held on October 28th (Tuesday). The event is open to all graduate students and will feature posters from hundreds of students and workshops related to the theme ‘Standing Out, It’s A Race To The Top!’  Graduate Student Research Day will feature a Poster Contest with monetary awards given to the highest-scoring posters. Participation in the poster contest is optional; you may submit an abstract for a poster without entering the contest (view poster instructions here).  There will also be a raffle of some cool Apple products! The more events you attend, the more raffle tickets you get and better your chances of winning! More info http://i3.institutes.ufl.edu/2014-graduate-student-research-day/

Project Makeover Project Captain Applications
Project Makeover is a student-run organization dedicated to creating a more dynamic learning environment for elementary school students in Alachua County. We are looking for students (esp. first and second year) to serve as Project Captains to help facilitate volunteer projects such as painting murals, landscaping, and a special dream project. This year’s makeover will be held the weekend of Feb. 21-23, 2015 at Metcalfe Elementary.  Check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ufprojectmakeover for more information.  Applications can be found at http://goo.gl/mclx4g and are due Friday, 9/19 at midnight.

FOOD DRIVE to support Hispanic Children in Alachua
We are volunteers of Alachua Children Literacy Project. We are organizing a food drive to benefit Hispanic, low income immigrant children in Alachua, FL. We hope the children are not hungry when they come to the literacy project. Please place granola bars, soft drinks and snacks for children in the boxes in Norman Hall.  Our boxes are placed at: the circulation desk in Education Library, outside NRN 2414.  Your support can MAKE A DIFFERENCE to these children’s life.  MORE DETAIS: please check our facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alachua-Children-Literacy-Project/730335563675182?ref=stream

UF Teaching Center offers this workshop to help students prepare for the GRE exam.  The workshop will run from Monday – Thursday, September 29 – October 2nd.  We will cover the Math section on Monday & Wednesday from 5-7 pm, and the Verbal on Tuesday  & Thursday  from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.   To register and learn the room location, go to the Teaching Center website — www.teachingcenter.ufl.edu —  and click on “Study Skills & GRE Workshop.”  If you get the message that you are on the waiting list, please attend – we’ll make room for you.

No problem!  Here are two 2015 Study Abroad options for Education (and other) majors:

  • UF IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC–undergraduate students This 6-week, Study Abroad option includes the opportunity to teach in community learning centers in Santiago, Dominican Republic.  Students take 3 credit hours of either accelerated Spanish OR 3 credits of Cultura Dominicana (en espanol) PLUS 3 credits of EDG4930, Teaching in the Dominican Republic.  Students  live in homestays with families.  Contact Dr. Maria Coady (mcoady@coe.ufl.edu) for more information.
  • UF IN FINLAND**–graduate students – Ever wonder why the Finnish education system is considered to be “the best in the world?” Find out in Helsinki, Finland in a 2-week, 3 credit hour Study Abroad program, May 3-17, 2014. Students will work with educators from the University of Helsinki, meet public school teachers (primary and secondary), observe classrooms, and engage in cultural events.  For additional information, contact  Dr. Maria Coady at mcoady@coe.ufl.edu

**NOTE: this separate Finland Study Abroad option builds upon Spring 2015 graduate seminar EDF 6812:  International and ComparativeEducation with Dr. Coady, Wednesdays, periods 9-11.  Though not required to participate in the Study Abroad, students are encouraged to participate in both.

 Fall 2014 Tapping Class – Savant Leadership Honorary
Do you consider yourself to be an established student leader who values character, integrity, and providing equal opportunities for all UF students?  Founded in 1967, Savant is a prestigious group of leaders from many different areas of campus involvement. By collaborating with each other, members use their unique experiences and roles to educate and develop fellow students. In addition to proactive networking, Savant encourages community service, diversity education, preparation for professional careers, and leadership development.  Applications to become a part of the Fall 2014 Tapping Class are currently open and can be found at www.savantuf.org. All applications must be submitted by September 26th at 10pm. If you have further questions, please email ufsavantpresident@gmail.com.

The Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students
The Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students is pleased to offer undergraduates a quick and easy way to get any questions about research answered. Additionally, they will help guide them through the research process from refining their research interests to helping find a research position that suits your needs and interests. Walk-in hours are between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, M-W-Th-F. Their office is located in Yon Hall, Room 429.  If they cannot make it during these times, contact them at ufcurbs@gmail.com to schedule a separate meeting. 

Opportunities and Employment

Student Employment Opportunity
Seeking 1 to 2 people to conduct duties related to an early intervention research study. Duties include data collection, data organization and entry, and video processing and coding. Experience with early childhood intervention programs and/or early childhood home visiting services desired. Ideal candidate(s) will have :

  • Exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills,
  • Ability to understand and follow complex, detailed technical instructions,
  • Ability to operate hand held video equipment and process video using various software

Some travel within Alachua County area may be required.  Either one 20-hour/week position or two 10-hour/week positions will be considered. Compensation will depend on experience. The position will potentially begin October 2014 through end of Spring 2015 semester.  If interested please send current CV or resume to Dr. Helena Mawdsley at hmawdsley@coe.ufl.edu.

The UF Alumni Association is looking for candidates for the Fall 2014 Outstanding Leader Awards
Applications should be submitted by undergraduate seniors who have applied for graduation this semester.  The deadline for applications is Monday, October 6, 2014 at 4:30pm. Packets can be sent via email to Kay Lewis at klewis@ufalumni.ufl.edu, faxed to (352) 846-3636 with attention: Kay Lewis, or dropped off in-person on the 3rd floor of Emerson Alumni Hall.  Each applicant should complete and submit the following:

  • Contact form (attached)
  • 1-page essay on leadership, question prompt attached
  • At least 1 UF-affiliated recommendation letter
  • Leadership resume

Volunteer Programs in South Africa
One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our 2015 Volunteer Programs in South Africa. In 2015, we are offering a variety of  2 and 4-week programs in Cape Town, South Africa! Programs Offered:April 20 – November 6, 2015. As an OHS Volunteer, you will:  Integrate yourself into and work closely with members of the local community to create positive social uplift; Teach primary school students through a mentorship program focused on building strong Math and English foundations, while empowering students; Exchange ideas and culture with people from around the world; Lead after-school programs in non-traditional subjects like dance, debate, art, and sports; Work with a small, dynamic team of international university and graduate students; Develop yourself intellectually through leadership, service, and dialogue.  We at One Heart Source believe in creating lasting social change through education and human connection. We encourage you to take a step towards providing a more socially just future for some of the most marginalized communities in the world.  Both Graduate and Undergraduate students are encouraged to APPLY NOW FOR OUR 2015 PROGRAMS!  Next Application Deadline: Sept 26.  For more information and to apply visit: www.oneheartsource.org/volunteer/apply/.  Please contact eric@oneheartsource.org with any questions!

Join Florida Alternative Breaks this 2014-2015 school year as one of our site leaders!
Site leading is an incredibly rewarding commitment. Check out this video to learn more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NglBNT1b_2w  While any of our trips will help you improve your managerial skills, students in the College of Education may enjoy leading our children with disabilities trip or children’s nutrition trip. All of our trips will give CoE students the chance to host educational activities with their participants on the social issue and also lead discussions on the issues in relation to their service.

No leadership experience? Or maybe you’re a little rusty? We got you.  To become a site leader, you will be enrolled in a 2 credit course along with your co-site leader where you will receive a thorough training on leading through service-learning. You will get tons of support from the Exec Board as well as your site leader trainers. This course will also pay for your trip (except international trips). And let’s be real, site leading just takes FAB trips to a whole new level of fun and engagement. You can find the application at http://www.leadershipandservice.ufl.edu/programs/florida_alternative_breaks/site_leaders/  If you still have questions, email FloridaAlternativeBreaks@gmail.com. If you have any conflicts about the class, email our Adviser, Angela Garcia, at angelag@leadershipandservice.ufl.edu.  Don’t forget to like us on Facebook for updates and great articles.

 Projects for Haiti (P4H)
We believe that passionate individuals can inspire local and global change!  We, Projects for Haiti (P4H), are a Gainesville- based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to partner with Haitians educationally and vocationally while collaborating with the international community to advocate for global sustainable practices. We are thrilled to announce that on November 1st, 2014 we will be bringing together over 100 Educators from around North Central Florida to host the First Annual Gainesville Connected Conference. In collaboration with the University of Florida Centers for Latin American, African, and European Studies, we hope to use the stories and passions of prominent international educational leaders to raise global awareness of global issues across world regions in our community.  This event will feature 5-6 dynamic speakers that will seek to inspire further international partnerships among educators and encourage global citizenry in North Central Florida classrooms. The goals of this conference, therefore, are as follows:  Connect Educators to Global Education opportunities; Empower Educators to create global citizens in the 21st century classroom; Support global sustainability initiatives through increased awareness.  Please visit http://gainesvilleconnected.wordpress.com to find out more information about this incredible opportunity. To RSVP please fill out the short form at http://tinyurl.com/gainesvilleconnected by October 15, 2014. Due to space restrictions, we can only accept the first 150 Educators who register, so please register early!  A Registration Fee of $10 will include breakfast, lunch, a conference t-shirt, a conference bag, and a $2 donation to Professional Development for Educators in Haiti!  Please feel free to contact us at connected@projectsforhaiti.org if you have any questions.  We are looking forward to a fantastic event and hope that you will be able to join us this November!

UF Volunteers Needed to Math Tutor for Underprivileged Teenage Girls
Growing up, many of the teenage girls here at our wonderful alternative school have either:  not been provided with the educational resources to help them succeed or been in such painful or challenging life circumstances that learning math concepts has taken a back burner.  As a UF student, you could really make a difference, explaining how to figure out middle and high school math problems (pre-algebra, algebra and geometry), and encouraging our girls’ determination.  The experience of seeing their light bulb go on about something that was previously confusing can be deeply rewarding.  Also, in addition to the intrinsic benefits, volunteering for the PACE Center for Believing in Girls, looks great on your resume!  Furthermore, there is books and internet resources here that can help you help them! If you are available to commit to focusing with our adolescents on 6-12 grade math material, volunteering on a consistent weekly schedule for a minimum of 3 hours a week – on Monday, Thursday and/or Friday between the hours of 9:45 am-4 pm.  For the first 5 people who contact us, we would pay for the $27 DJJ background screen required to be able to work to our vulnerable population.  Please respond to emi.lenes@pacecenter.org.

Environmental Education Workshop Opportunity
Attached is a flyer with information regarding an upcoming Project Learning Tree workshop taking place on Oct 4, 2014 from 8:30-3:00 at Austin Cary Forest Learning Center in Gainesville. This is a great opportunity for any education, forestry, wildlife, agriculture, natural resource, or other student interested in learning how to teach youth about the environment. PLT provides formal, non-formal, and pre-service educators with the resources and curriculum to teach environmental education to youth through activities and lessons integrated through other subjects.  The workshop is only $5. To register for this workshop, go to http://fallpltworkshop.eventbrite.com/.   


English Language Tutor needed
A doctoral student from Korea in the department of Interior Design is seeking a tutor to speak English with on Wednesday mornings in Newman Hall.  $15~20/hour for payment. . If you are interested, contact me with bigjinkim@ufl.edu or 352-226-4064.

 Seeking a babysitter for a toddler
A local parent is seeking a babysitter for her son who is 2 years and 9 months now. We are looking for a nice and energetic student to stay with our son several times a week for 2 hours, to play and to talk so that he could start learning English. Please contact Alena Prikhidko at a1978@ufl.edu

English Language Tutor needed
A UF MBA student  from Korea is seeking a tutor to speak english with for 1~2 hour a week at Starbucks.  Payment per hour can be $15~20.  If somebody is interested, contact me with junpyojeon@ufl.edu

Math Tutor needed
I am seeking a math tutor for my sixth grade granddaughter who attends High Springs Community School.   A female tutor is preferred because Elisabeth needs a female role model to show her that girls can do math too.  Please call Rita Russell at   386-454-5208.

Paid tutor wanted
Paid tutor wanted for 7 year old girl for enrichment tutoring in math and reading once a week.  Please contact Hannah Sokol at 352-226-3764 or hannahwsokol@yahoo.com.

Golden Opportunity for right person
Part-time after- school/ evening [structure and organizational] guidance for a very bright, musical and wonderful adolescent male. Understanding cognitive ADD/ ODD a plus! Please call or text: 352-870-0505.”

Babysitter needed
A local family is interested in hiring a  a babysitter with Spanish language skills. Please contact Janice L. Krieger at janicekrieger@jou.ufl.edu

Childcare needed
Seeking energetic and responsible student with childcare experience to sit with my eleven year old daughter Kyndal on an as needed basis. I am a hard working single mother and am in desperate need of someone willing to help us out. Please email resume’ and or any questions to sllmarshall2003@aol.com.

 Tutoring and Day care needed
A local parent is seeking is seeking a student to pick up his 9th grade son from Buchholz, occassionally drive him to appointments and provide tutoring for math, science, writing, and studying any high school subject. If there are no appointments, he could be brought home or to the public library or some other convenient location to get his schoolwork done for the day. The pay would be $10.00 dollars per hour and would include 30 minutes for travel time.  If interested, please send your resume or something describing your experience or ability to do this job to me via email.  I look forward to talking with you.  Send to Richard A. Johansen at richnickjohansen@msn.com

 Looking for a nanny/baby sitter
Looking for a nanny/baby sitter for 2 boys (7 and 10 years old) on Mon, Tue and Thursday evenings – 4:30/4:45-7:30 PM. Person must be energetic and reliable.  We live in town of tioga off newberry road.  Duties would be as follows:  Pick up kids from school and bring home (Oak hall school on tower road); Help with HW assignments each day; Supervise outdoor play time; Help with kids laundry and grocery shopping once a week only; willingness to help with other small chores – clean up etc would be a plus.  Please call Jas at 408 717 0152 and send me resume at jasleendhir@yahoo.com. Refrences and a good driving record is imp

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