Wednesday Update for February 11, 2015

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General Announcements

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

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

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.

Education College Council (ECC) Updates!
ECC will be holding our next workshop on Wednesday, 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!​

Florida Education Association (FEA)
Mark your calendars and join the Florida Education Association on Wednesday, February 18th at 8pm for our second workshop of the semester!  The focus of this workshop will be something that EVERY teacher will encounter, interpreting student data!  Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed! Join on the 18th to get informed!! This meeting will be in Old Norman room 211! As always, refreshments will be provided!  Stay up-to-date with all things FEA by ‘liking’ us on Facebook at:

SAGE Workshop: The Job Interview & Campus Visit – Thursday February, 19th at 11am in the Terrace Room
You’ve been selected for an interview!  Now what?  Come join COE professor Dr. Jacobbe and doctoral candidate Angie Hooser and learn more about the interview experience.  Discover how to prepare for the campus visit and go equipped with strategies to determine if the site is a match for you.

Student Alliance of Graduate Students in Education (SAGE) is made up of masters and doctoral students across departments in the College of Education and provides opportunities to develop social and professional connections.

Are you an undergraduate student interested in doing funded educational research?
Apply for the University Scholars Program by Friday, February 20th!
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.

Is Study Abroad in your plans? Let the College of Education help! Application deadline February 27th
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

University Women’s Club Scholars – deadline February 27th
Each spring, the University Women’s Club awards $1,000 scholarships to deserving students in honor of the wives of past presidents of the University of Florida as well as wives of distinguished campus leaders. Full time Juniors and Seniors with a minimum of a 3.6 GPA, and participation in campus and/or community activities are encouraged to apply. In addition, there are two awards specifically designated for undergraduate or graduate students with a disability that are presented from the Rita O’Connell Scholarship Foundation. Applications may be downloaded from the Dean of Students website at

3rd Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference – Call For Papers – Submission Deadline March 15th
The Black Doctoral Network Conference Committee is inviting abstract submissions for the 2015 conference themed “Paying It Forward: Transforming Research into Practice.” The conference will be an interdisciplinary event that brings together academics and professionals from the social sciences, STEM, and humanities to address how we can positively impact and inform each other’s work and engage with our communities. Submission of abstracts from graduate and doctoral students, recent Ph.D. graduates and academic professionals across disciplines are welcome. Click here for further information.

Summer Workshop in Qualitative Methods – University of California, Berkeley
The Center for Ethnographic Research (CER) Workshop provides mentorship, hands-on research experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using qualitative methods for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students. The CER Workshop will provide students with six weeks of intensive accelerated methodological training in the design and practice of qualitative methods in weekly seminars taught by CER graduate students. Further information can be found here.

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!

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

8th Grade Math Position – Branford High
For details and the application, please go to

Volunteer at Local Elementary School:
Glen Springs Elementary is in need of volunteers to help run the game booths at their school carnival on Friday, March 13th from 4-7:30pm. All profits will benefit the school, teachers, and students. This event is an essential fundraiser for the school and always fun for everyone involved! Contact Rachel Prater at

Reddick-Collier Elementary is a Cambridge Magnet School located in Reddick, Florida about 30 minutes south of Gainesville. The school is currently seeking applicants for fourth and fifth grade teaching positions. Please email or call (352) 671-6070.

Volunteer at Williams Elementary School Carnival – Friday, March 13th
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

Need volunteer hours? Or just love doing some good? ASTRA is having our 2nd General Body Meeting for the spring semester on Monday, February 16th in Stuzin 104 at 6:00 pm. We offer a diverse array of volunteering opportunities and would love to see new faces! We will have a team-building activity, refreshments, and an update on upcoming service/fundraising events. If interested, please RSVP on Facebook at or email us at We hope to see you there!

Join UF and International Student Volunteers in New Zealand During Summer of 2015!
Mark your calendars for Summer 2015! International Student Volunteers (ISV), a world-recognized and award-winning service organization named as one of the “Top Ten Volunteer Organizations” by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, will pair with UF undergraduate students for the experience of a lifetime. Participate in a 2 week volunteer experience protecting New Zealand’s fragile ecosystems, and an optional 2 week adventure portion. The trip will be led by knowledgeable and responsible trip leaders who will work closely with in country staff to provide you a safe and rewarding experience. In addition, a UF PhD student will be in attendance as a University Leader to further provide context for learning and to serve as a touchstone to the UF community. College credit may also be available through independent study. We will be accepting only 12 participants, so apply ASAP! Applications can be found on the website at, but be sure to include group code T8UL005. Filling out an application requires no commitment on your part but does signify your interest to  ISV staff. ISV staff will be happy to discuss funding and how to meet your goals for financing your trip, including some tools and resources they can provide you for this purpose.

Travel date is June 25th. More information at and Contact Carrie Schuman at to receive notification of upcoming informational meetings, obtain an application, discuss tips for funding, and to ask further questions.

International Opportunities in South Africa
Bridge Education Abroad Institute (BEAI) has Summer Programs available in Cape Town and Johannesburg for the months of June, July and August. BEAI plans short programs all across the world, to provide students with unique opportunities to experience different political cultures while strengthening leadership and diplomacy skills. Please refer to the handout for additional information.

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. ​

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

Babysitting/ Nanny/ Tutoring

English tutor NEEDED
A student tutor for 5th Grade to 12th Grade English essay writing and reading comprehension. Please contact; phone: 352-283-9756 (daytime)

Volunteer Tutors NEEDED
The N.M.B. Heart of Hope Program is seeking individuals who are looking to make a difference in a child’s life. Our tutoring program helps kids grades K-12. We are faced with the challenge of too many youth needing help, but not enough people committed to the cause. If you are that person, group, or organization that is willing to volunteer your free time to help the less fortunate children, please contact Tandra @ 352-258-3450

English tutor NEEDED
Student is in 3rd grade at Wiles Elementary School. Need someone 2-3 times per week. Pay approximately $18 per visit. Located in Asbury Park off Tower Rd, near Archer Rd. Please contact 352-281-2879

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

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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