Wednesday Update for February 4, 2015

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General Announcements

Summer 2015 Study Abroad Deadline
Interested in studying abroad this summer? Depending on the length of the program, deadlines for application are due as early as Feb 13th. The UF International Center offers weekly information sessions and walk-in advising 9:35am-4:55pm every day. Also, there is a Study Abroad Fair Wednesday, Feb 4th from 10am-3pm on the Plaza of the Americas. Consider making your gator education a global one!

Is Study Abroad in your plans? Let the College of Education help!
Study abroad can be expensive with flight tickets and tuition. The College of Education wants to help make your plans of studying abroad affordable with the COE Study Abroad Scholarship. Two scholarships, each worth $1,500, will be awarded to students looking to gain perspective and experience to later take into the educational field. Applications are due by Friday, February 27th, 4pm. Please submit this application directly to

Upcoming High Honors Information Session – Monday, February 16th
Are you a College of Education undergraduate student interested in earning Magna Cum Laude (High Honors) status at graduation? The College of Education annually invites students to participate in the High Honors Program. Eligible students are those who complete the first semester of ProTeach with a 3.75 GPA and respond to the formal invitation. The Office of Student Services will be holding a High Honors Information Session on February 16th from 10:40 – 11:30 AM in the Terrace Room. Join us to learn more about the program, the thesis requirement, and have an opportunity to ask questions. Attendance is open to undergraduate students who have been invited to High Honors or are interested in doing High Honors in the future. For more information, contact Casey Shukla, Graduate Assistant for Undergraduate Advising at

Are you an undergraduate student interested in doing funded educational research?
Apply for the University Scholars Program!
The College of Education has the opportunity to award 3 selected undergraduate students, who will be designated as University Scholars, the opportunity to work one-on-one with a chosen faculty member on a research/creative project of mutual interest. Students participating in this program will receive a $1,750 stipend to support research efforts under the faculty mentor.  This funded research will be conducted during the student’s junior or senior year.

In order to be eligible, students must have earned a 3.3 upper division GPA or a 3.0 GPA for a minimum of 75 credit hours of completed coursework. Additionally students must not graduate with their undergraduate degree before Spring 2016. More information can be found at and If selected, students must attend a mandatory orientation session at the UF Undergraduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, March 18th. Download the application from the College of Education’s website, here.  Applications are due Friday, February 20th.

Newman Civic Fellows Awards
Honor a student who is a leader among their peers and has the motivation and ability to make positive contributions to society. Students who are sophomores, juniors, and 1st year graduate students are eligible. Nominate a deserving student at Deadline February 13, 5:00 pm. Click here for more information.

The UF Teaching Center is offering a free workshop to help students prepare for the GRE exam. The four-night workshop will take place during the week of February 16-19; Verbal sessions will take place on  Monday and Wednesday, (2/16 and 1/18), and the Math sessions on Tuesday and Thursday (2/17 and 2/19). Go to the Teaching Center’s website — — and click on “Study Skills” to register and learn the workshop’s location.

Volunteer at Williams Elementary School Carnival
The Williams Elementary School Carnival Committee is looking for volunteers to staff their Spring Carnival on Friday, March 13th! Duties would include staffing a game, passing out prizes, and having fun with local families. The carnival is from 4-7pm with volunteer shifts from 3:30-5:30pm or from 5:30-7:30pm. Groups welcomed! For more information or to volunteer, please contact the

ECC Updates!
ECC will be holding our next workshop on February 18th in the Terrace Room at 7PM! We will be having teachers from Alachua County share with us how to prepare for the first week of school. Don’t miss out on this helpful information for all future educators! As always, there will be free prizes for everyone and pizza! To stay up to date with all things ECC, check out our newly updated website and like our page on Facebook – Education College Council at UF!​

Did you make the Dean’s List?
Calling all College of Education UNDERGRADUATE students that received a 3.75 or higher in Fall 2014! In recognition of your hard work, you have earned your place on the Dean’s List. Congrats! If you would like a formal certificate to celebrate your accomplishment, please email from your Gatorlink address (include your full name and 8-digit UF ID). We will confirm when you can come collect your certificate for your professional portfolio. Keep up the good work and stay gator strong!

The UF Counseling and Wellness Center would like to highlight Kognito, an online resource to help students learn to recognize signs of stress and realistically practice talking to friends about it, with the goal of connecting them with support on campus. UF students are able to do this for FREE through the Counseling and Wellness Center. This experience is done at each person’s convenience, and only takes about 30 minutes.

This gives YOU the chance to develop an invaluable set of skills to help friends in distress and, quite possibly, to help prevent suicide. If you need help setting up an account or have any questions please contact the Graduate Student Kognito Coordinator, Ashley Jacobs at Thanks for doing your part in supporting the wellness of our fellow Gators!

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers – there’s a group for you! Join us for our upcoming events!
Whether you’ve just returned from service or have been back for a while, the Gainesville Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Association (GRPCVA) would like to invite all area-Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to two upcoming events:

Happy Hour at local brewery First Magnitude Brewing Company on Thursday, February 19 starting at 5:30PM. First Magnitude typically has a food truck on-site or you can bring your own food. It’s also a family-friendly brewery (with a life-size Jenga set). Look for a RPCV sign when you arrive!

We will also be hosting a general meeting over dinner at Blue Agave on Thursday, March 19 from 6-8PM. Come for some fabulous food and stay to hear about other GRPCVA events and elections! If you have questions about these events or the Gainesville Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Association, please email

Spring 2015 Commencement ceremonies for the College of Education
Doctoral Degrees: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Thursday, April 30, 7:00pm (assemble at 5:30pm)
Master’s, Specialist, Bachelor Degrees: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Friday, May 1, 7:00pm (assemble at 5:30pm)
For Schedules, Graduation Checklist, and Other Important Dates, visit

Opportunities and Employment

Study Participants Needed!
Research participants needed for a study on social media habits and learning. The study will take approximately one hour to complete and will be completed at Norman Hall. Participants will receive a $50 Visa gift card for participating. Please contact Lisa Lundgren, Science Education PhD Student, at if you would like to be considered for inclusion in this study.

Teach for DoDEA!
U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) operates 191 schools, pre-K through 12th grade, in 12 foreign countries, 7 states, and 2 territories in the United States, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, Europe and the Pacific. Becoming a teacher requires at least a bachelor’s degree, usually related to the subject in which one plans to teach. Application information, benefits, and much more can be found on the DoDEA pamphlet and the DoDEA website.

Urban Teacher Center
Every student deserves a GREAT teacher. Urban Teacher Center ensures all students have a GREAT teacher. Check out Urban Teacher Center link to find out more about our program in which you’ll receive your Masters with a dual focus, a double certification and a job. If you are interested, please apply at Questions?  Email Lynn at and we can set up a time to chat. ​

Study Participants Needed!
Research participants needed for a study on social media habits and learning. The study will take approximately one hour to complete and will be completed at Norman Hall. Participants will receive a $50 Visa gift card for participating. Please contact Lisa Lundgren, Science Education PhD Student, at if you would like to be considered for inclusion in this study.

NOW HIRING – Extended Day Enrichment Program
Energetic, knowledgeable people wanted to work with elementary school children doing arts & crafts, sports, Dance and much more in an after school program at various schools. Hours are M,T,Th,F 1:45-5:30 & Wed. 12:30-5:30 PM. Various locations close at 6:00pm. Click here for further information.

Change a Life Over Lunch, Be a Take Stock in Children Mentor!
We are looking for great people to mentor 6th- 12th grade students in Alachua County’s middle and high schools. Visit a deserving student at least twice a month during their lunch break. Encourage and help keep them on track to finish school and to reach their goal of attending college. For more information or to request an application, please contact Rachel Evans at 352-955-7390 or via email at

Roommate wanted
Private Rental Room with own bath in NEWLY RENOVATED Rockwood Villas Townhouse. $400/monthly. 1 month deposit required. Utilities not included, shared with roommate. Must love dogs. No additional pets allowed. Amenities: washer/dryer in townhouse, pool, tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, free parking, quiet/residential community, close to bus stops, near Oaks Mall & UF. Contact: 305.791.7935

Graduate Staff Positions in the Department of Housing & Residence Education
The Department of Housing and Residence Education at the University of Florida is currently seeking applicants for our Graduate staff positions for the 2015-2016 academic year. Come join our warm, welcoming and friendly staff. Side effects of joining our Housing family include: personal growth, fulfilling your potential for excellence, empowerment to learn, innovate and succeed. Our graduate staff members accumulate experiences that allow them to be strong candidates in their future professional and educational endeavors. The deadline for priority consideration is February 10 and campus visits begin February 20. For more information, please visit:

Babysitting/ Nanny/ Tutoring

After school care
Seeking mature, responsible college student, preferably male, for after school care of adolescent son. Work will include light tutoring, middle school homework monitoring and basic supervision.  Must be a non-smoker who can provide local references.  Will pay $10.00 – $15.00 per hour (5-10 hours per week expected) or a weekly rate depending on schedule and availability.  Call after 5:30 pm – (352) 672-4744.

Latin Tutor Needed
In need of a tutor for my first year Latin student. Would like at least one hour sessions. Flexible with the days, but need after school hours (after 3:00 pm). Anyone interested can reach me at

Volunteer Tutors Needed
The N.M.B. Heart of Hope Program is in need of Tutors for the ages of K-12. Teacher interns preferred. Contact Tandra @ 3522583450

Seeking in-home childcare for infant
Mother in Northwest Gainesville is looking for a nanny to help her care for a 5 month old in her home. She needs assistance 7:30am-12:30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. Contact Kate at

Babysitter/Nanny Needed
Looking for a baby sitter/ nanny for two boys 8 and 11 on Tuesday from 5:30-8pm and Wednesday from 4-7pm. Duties would include school pick up from Oakhall school and drive home, helping with HW and serving dinner and tidying up. Occasional grocery shopping and kids laundry would be appreciated too. Please contact Jasleen 408 717 0152.

Does your child struggle in reading?
If your K-3 child is having difficulty with any reading skills, don’t wait! A proven and effective research-based system is the solution for your child. I am an Early Elementary Specialist with over 15 years helping young readers with a very successful program, applying specific techniques and strategies according to your child’s needs enabling them to be able to read and write at the appropriate grade level. I offer my tutoring sessions that can be scheduled at a time convenient for you. For more information contact Maria Elena Mendez,​ or call (352) 672-4423.

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