Wednesday Update for March 4, 2015

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General Announcements

ASTRA Presents: Jennifer Smith, Inspiring Hope – Monday, March 9th
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

Talk & Book Signing with self-made business mogul Mike Fernandez – Tuesday, March 10th
Join us 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

Presidential Service Award application for 2014-2015
Recognize students who have dedicated their time and efforts while at the University of Florida to promoting social justice, community awareness, and civic engagement on campus and in the community. Through the Presidential Service Awards one student is also selected as the Servant Leader of the Year. The recipient of the Servant Leader of the Year award has made outstanding efforts towards community service. Applications available now through Wednesday, March 11. Contact Carla Cabrita for questions.

SAGE Graduate Student Workshop:  Pursuing and Obtaining Grants – Thursday, March 12th at 11am in the Terrace Room
Now that you’ve learned the tools to land the job, it is crucial to secure your role through grant funding. Join us as COE Professors Dr. Bondy, Dr. DeJong, and Dr. Miller share their insights and answer your questions about the grant-writing process, where to find grants, and how to obtain funding for your project.

We look forward to seeing you there! Refreshments will be provided. Visit our Facebook page for more details.

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

Gator Global Initiative (GGI) Conference – March 14-15th
Two day social justice conference aimed at developing socially responsible leaders. We seek to inspire participants to take action in an issue they are passionate about, to allow participants to collaborate with other driven UF students, and provide knowledge about social issues. Whether you are a student, a member of a student club, or simply want to learn about how to take your first step in making a difference in your community, join us at the Gator Global Initiative Conference! Through panel speakers, workshops, and small group collaboration, we inspire participants to find their passion and give them the necessary tools to create a positive, sustainable impact in their community. Registration for GGI 2015 closes Monday, March 9th

3rd Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference – Call For Papers – Submission Deadline Sunday, 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.

University of Florida Impact Awards for 2015-2016
The Impact Awards are intended to recognize and celebrate the dedicated efforts of students, faculty, staff and business and community non-profit agencies who have demonstrated leadership and service in the past year. Nominations due Tuesday, March 17th. For questions, please contact Carla Cabrita at

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.

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

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.

SAVE the DATE: 2015 Connections Conference
Transforming Student Success — this program will focus on instructional design and delivery, student and academic support innovation, and high-school-to-college collaboration and alignment. Click here for program details and registration.

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

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

Summer 2015 Teaching Fellows Program in NYC
Success Academy Charter Schools is seeking dynamic full-time Summer Teaching Fellows who are passionate about public education and drawn to the intensity of our high-performing environment. By joining Success Academy, you are at the nexus of reforming education and impacting children in New York City and across the country. Click here for job description and application information.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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