Wednesday Update for February 25, 2015

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General Announcements

UF English Department Conference on Pedagogy and Film this week
The Graduate Film Studies Group, housed in the English Department, would like to invite interested undergraduate/graduate students and faculty to this year’s conference “Pedagogy 24 Frames Per Second: Film & Media in the Classroom.” The conference starts this Thursday, February 26th and goes until Saturday, February 28th in Pugh and Ustler Hall at UF. We have been lucky to schedule an amazing line-up of conference participants, keynote speakers, and filmmakers, including Phil Solomon, Francesco Casetti, and Lucy Fischer. You can view our complete agenda here: We are particularly interested in encouraging students and researchers in the College of Education to attend, as we are excited to engage in an interdisciplinary dialog about the intersections of pedagogy and film.

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

UF Master of Science – Dietetic Internship students need your help with a research project! All you have to do is complete a short online survey about food labels. The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. With your involvement, you are representing the college student population and helping us learn about the use and interpretation of food labels. Your participation is voluntary, but greatly appreciated!

If you are interested, please click: If you have any additional questions or need additional information, please contact: Dr. Bobbi Langkamp-Henken (352) 392-1991 x 205. This survey has been approved by IRB-02 protocol #2014-U-1350

ASTRA Presents: Jennifer Smith, Inspiring Hope
How did a drug and alcohol addict on the streets rise to become the Women’s Director of the House of Hope? Hear Jennifer Smith’s powerful story at ASTRA’s next general body meeting on Monday, March 9th at 6 PM in Stuzin 104. A service events update will also be given. Please RSVP at or email

ECC News!
Elections for next year’s officers will be held at our next workshop on Wednesday, March 11th at 7PM in the Terrace Room. Please email if you are interesting in running for a position!

Summer Research Course Announcement
EDF 6403 will be offered this summer. It is the six-credit required research course for all COE doctoral students. This is a great opportunity for doctoral students to focus the summer on research and on fulfilling all research course requirements. Email the instructor, Dr. Manley, at for additional information.

Summer 2015 Study Abroad
Interested in studying abroad this summer? Review all the available programs and their application deadlines. 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!

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

Interested in getting a graduate degree in business? Join us at MS in Management Information Sessions!

Talk and Book Signing with self-made business mogul Mike Fernandez
Join us on Tuesday, March 10, at 4:15 p.m. in the President’s Room at UF’s Emerson Alumni Hall for an inspirational and moving talk by billionaire entrepreneur Miguel “Mike” B. Fernandez. He will talk on some of the formidable challenges he faced and life lessons he learned while figuring out the American dream and becoming a captain of the health care industry. He wrote about his experiences in his new book, Humbled By The Journey: Life Lessons For My Family…And Yours. This personal memoir explores Fernandez’s beginnings as a penniless Cuban immigrant and his transformation to a self-made business mogul. The presentation will be followed by a book signing. Each guest will receive a free copy of the book, compliments of the UF Alumni Association. Proceeds from the sale of his book go to The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation, based in Miami. For more info, please email

Environmental Education Workshop – Saturday, March 14th from 9am-3:30pm
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is partnering with Fire in Southern Ecosystems (FISE) to offer a workshop at the Austin Cary Forest Learning Center for undergraduate and graduate students and educators in the Gainesville area. Participants will receive FISE curriculum materials, become a certified PLT educator, and receive a PLT PreK-8 guide with 96 hands-on activities. Workshop fee: $5. Please see the flyer for more information or visit

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.

Education Career Night – Wednesday April 8th
Teaching isn’t the only profession you’ll hear about if you attend UF’s College of Education Career Night on Wednesday, April 8th, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., in the Reitz Union Auditorium (open to everyone!) . A panel of four dynamic College of Education alumni will offer career advice and talk about the distinctly different career paths they each have followed—quite successfully—after earning their education degrees at UF. Following the Career Panel, UF’s award winning Career Resource Center is hosting “Careers in Education” Career Fair from 5 – 7:30 p.m. next door, in the Reitz Union Ballroom.

Career Panel members:

  • Tina Calderone (MEd ’81, Ed Admin; EdD ’99, Ed Leadership) Seminole County School Board representative and former college administrator at UF.
  • Jayne Ellspermann (MEd ’84, Ed Leadership) principal of Ocala’s West Port High School and recently named ‘National Principal of the Year’ by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
  • Steve Freedman (BAE ’64 & MAE ’66, Education) adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Pediatrics at the University of South Florida College of Public Health and Founding Director emeritus of the Institute for Child Health Policy of the State University System at UF.
  • Skip Marshall (BAE ’95, MEd ’97, Elem Ed; EDS ’07, Curriculum & Instruction) Vice President and CTO of the Human Capital division of Tribridge (a Tampa-based technology services firm specializing in business applications and cloud solutions) and former teaching and technology fellow 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). We will confirm when you can come collect your certificate for your professional portfolio. Keep up the good work and stay gator strong!

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

Change a Life Over Lunch, Be a Take Stock in Children Mentor!
We are looking for great people to mentor 7th- 12th grade students in Alachua County’s middle and high schools. Visit a deserving student 2-4 times 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 To learn more about the Education Foundation of Alachua County visit

Lower Elementary Opportunities for 2015-2016 school year!
KIPP Jacksonville Schools is accepting applications for Co-Teachers in Kindergarten and First grade to start in July! These fully certified teachers will receive mentors under a master Lead Teacher, serve as a full staff member in their school, and have instructional responsibilities over the academic year. It is the perfect opportunity to continue to grow as a new educator. You can read the full job description and apply by clicking this link or copying and pasting into your browser. Email Lauren at with further questions!

Camp Counselor Opportunities
My name is Jessica Moody and I work with a camp counselor placement company called Camp Staff USA. We work with hundreds of camps around the country helping provide staff for their summer needs. Involving college students in this type of employment would not only help them make money over the summer, but it would also enhance their resume- being able to work with kids and helping them participate in activities. This kind of work shows not only leadership and responsibility but also patience. Please contact me at To apply, go to or using promo code CSU.

Attention Teacher Interns
Looking to make a difference in a child’s life? Come join the NMB Heart of Hope Program (non-profit 501c3) Our tutoring program services children grades K-12. Experience preferred but not required. Must be computer literate. Mon-Thurs. 3:30-5:30pm  $8:50-$9.00 hr. Contact Tandra @ 352-258-3450

Volunteer in PERU
Volunteer with AMAPERU and spend your summer break helping the underprivileged communities of Peru in Clinical Medicine, Teaching English, or Social Work. For more information, click here. For questions, please contact Aida Castillo at

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

St. Pius Catholic School in Jacksonville is seeking a long-term sub for second grade from February 23 to April 1 and one for fifth grade for the remainder of the school year. Qualified applicants who have the appropriate Florida certification should send a cover letter and resume to Sister Cynthia Shaffer at All applicants must also submit a Diocese of St. Augustine Employment Application. Learn more about St. Pius Catholic School in Jacksonville at

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

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.

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

Make a Difference!
Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County (Northwest Location) is currently looking for College of Education volunteers to work with some of our kids that are below the reading grade level. We are very limited to staff and we do not have the resources to work one-on-one with every student that needs help. We also have some students that cannot read at all and are looking for some individuals that would like to do some intensive tutoring and help develop their basic reading skills. If anyone is interested please email me at for further information.

Tutor Needed
Tutor needed to help 3rd grader with math and reading, but also increasing confidence with test taking abilities. Prices and times negotiable, but prefer evenings about 2-3 times/week. Located in the SW part of Gainesville.  Please contact Laura at 706-566-4147.

Tutoring Services Available
Help your child master skills taught at school… with a little extra fun! Small group practice and experiences will provide your child with more time to become comfortable with new skills taught at school. Flyer includes contact information, rates, and additional details.

Volunteer Tutors NEEDED
Did you know that with just 2 hours a day you can make a difference in a child’s life? The NMB Heart of Hope Program (non-profit 501c3) is seeking individuals to tutor children grades K-12 on Mon-Thurs 3:30-5:30pm. Come join the team that is committed to helping the children in our community achieve their academic goals. Help us help the children. Contact Tandra @ 352-258-3450

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.

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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