Wednesday Update for April 1, 2015

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General Announcements

Virtual Career Fair: 130+ Employers Hiring Full-time, Interns, & Co-ops (All Majors)
The SEC/ACC Virtual Career Fair is April 1st & 2nd! Currently we have a list of 130+ excellent employers registered for the event. (Review Employer List Here). This is a great way to immerse yourself in more opportunities that could benefit your future. REGISTER HERE!

The UF Teaching Center is offering this workshop on April 1st & 2nd from 5-7 p.m. to help students prepare for the GRE exam. Students are welcome to register for both sessions. The workshop is free. To register and learn the room locations, go to the Teaching Center website, click on Study Skills and then Workshops.

ASTRA Marches for Babies – Monday, April 6th
Looking for a diverse service club that offers a whole range of volunteer opportunities? You’ll be sure to find what you need with ASTRA! Join us at our next general body meeting on Monday, April 6th at 6:00 PM in Stuzin 104. We will have a speaker from Gators March for Babies to talk about our philanthropy project for the upcoming academic year. In addition to this, we have available for you many other events to come. Free pizza will be served and we will have a team-building activity. All are welcome! Please RSVP at or email

Attention Graduate Students & Post-docs: Upcoming Colloquium for TAs

  • Peer2Peer:  A Workshop for Teaching Assistants
    April 7th from 8:30 – 11:45am
    o Smathers Library East Room 100
    o   Round table discussions lead by experienced TAs on a variety of topics
    o   For full details and registration visit:
    o   Participants can attend one or all sessions
  • Beyond Research:  Successfully Navigating Grad School and Charting a Career Course
    o   Dr. Teri Balser leads a workshop designed to explore skills in communication, proposal writing and working with groups
    o   April 7th from 1:30 – 4:30pm
    o   Smathers Library East Room 100
    o   For full details and registration visit:

This event is jointly sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Center and the Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence. For questions, contact Jennifer Smith at

Peace Corps Info Session – Tuesday, April 7th
Peace Corps will be hosting an Information Session on Tuesday, April 7th from 1:00- 2:30pm in the International Center in the HUB. Come meet your Campus Peace Corps Recruiter, learn about Peace Corps requirements and benefits, and find out what opportunities there are to serve specifically in the Education sector. Contact Bobbi Stienmetz for more 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 4-5 pm, in the Reitz Union Auditorium, there will be a panel of four dynamic College of Education alumni offering career advice and discussing the distinctly different career paths they each have followed—quite successfully—after earning their education degrees at UF. This panel is open to everyone! Following the Career Panel, join us in the Reitz Union Ballroom from 5-7:30 pm to network with recruiters in education at the “Careers in Education” Career Fair. All majors are encouraged and invited to attend!

2nd Annual North Florida EnergyWhiz Expo – Saturday, April 11th 
Volunteers & Science Exhibitors are needed from 8am-3pm at the Santa Fe College Track. Encourage future scientists and engineers in this solar model car and solar cooker demonstration. Volunteers are needed to organize and host the expo which will feature local middle- and high school students in the Junior Solar Spring and Solar Cook-Off on the Santa Fe College track. To volunteer, visit To learn more, contact Adrienne Thieke at; Dr. Marin Smilov at or 213-1414; or Dr. Sindia Rivera-Jiminez at

Northeast Florida Education Career Fair – Monday, April 20th
North East Florida Education Consortium will be holding its annual Education Career Fair on Monday, April 20th at the Best Western Gateway Grand in Gainesville, Florida. District and school based administrators from eight school districts in northeast Florida will be present to meet with and interview teacher candidates. The attached flyer has the event details as well as the link for online registration.

Internship Orientation for Spring 2016 Interns – Thursday, April 23rd
Elementary & Special Ed Students who will begin their FULL-TIME INTERNSHIP in Spring 2016.  The Internship Orientation is scheduled for: Thursday, April 23 – Norman Room 250

Unified Elementary Proteach Inquiry Showcase – Friday, April 24th
Please plan to attend the Unified Elementary Proteach Inquiry Showcase on Friday, April 24th from 3-7 p.m. The Showcase begins in Norman Auditorium and then transitions to break-out sessions that highlight the various inquiries our teacher researchers engaged in over the past semester/year. Please mark your calendars to join us for this wonderful event!  ​

Line Dance Lessons
Have you always wanted to learn to line dance? Now’s the time to start! Join me from 5:30-6:30pm on Tuesdays in the Terrace Room starting Tuesday, March 31. We will meet every Tuesday through the end of April, except for Tuesday the 14th because the Terrace Room is not available that day…unless we can find an alternative location. If you can’t make it every week, that is okay too; come when you can. No experience required and all are welcome. You don’t need to wear cowboy boots, but you are welcome to wear them if you choose. We will learn line dances to a variety of music. Dress comfortably, wear shoes you can move in, and be sure to bring water.  There is no set charge; however, I request a suggested $5 donation per class to help raise money for a mission trip to Uganda this summer to build a home for abandoned babies and work with children in an orphanage.  Line dancing is lots of fun and a great stress reliever for the end of the academic year. Please contact Jacqueline Swank with any questions,

Spring A 2015 Degree Application
If you will be completing your degree requirements in Summer A 2015, applications for award of the degree are being accepted through under the My Record menu> degree application from the left menu. The application deadline is May 13th by 5:00pm. Education minors can stop by the Office of Student Services to complete a graduation check before completing their degree applications. Let us make sure you are set to go! Graduation checks can also be completed by sending a request to

Spring B/C 2015 Degree Application
If you will be completing your degree requirements in Summer B/C 2015, applications for award of the degree are being accepted through under the My Record menu> degree application from the left menu. The application deadline is July 1st by 5:00pm. Education minors can stop by the Office of Student Services to complete a graduation check before completing their degree applications. Let us make sure you are set to go! Graduation checks can also be completed by sending a request to

Course Offerings for Summer 2015: 

  • EDF 6403: Research Course 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.
  • EDG 6931: Schools, Teachers, and the Marginalization of Students (Summer C, Wednesday, Periods 4-6) – In this new doctoral seminar, we will examine how school and teacher policies and practices disproportionately place certain student groups on society’s margins and limit their life chances. Students will develop content knowledge and skills in research and writing. Email the instructor, Dr. Brianna Kennedy-Lewis, at for additional information.
  • EEX 7526: Seminar in Grant Writing – In this seminar, students will learn the skills necessary to solicit funding from state and federal agencies, as well as private foundations. Email the instructor, Dr. Gagnon at for additional information.
  • EEX 6936: Critical Appraisal & Conduct of Systematic Reviews of Intervention Effects – Graduate Students with a focus of providing intervention services to children with disabilities who are pursuing degrees in disciplines such as: Education, Psychology, Special Ed, Allied Health Sciences, Nursing, etc. Email the instructor, Dr. Reichow, at for additional information
  • EEX 6936: Meta-­‐Analysis in Prevention and Intervention Science – A NEW Graduate Seminar in Meta-Analysis! This course is open to any and all graduate students interested in prevention and intervention science. Email the instructor, Dr. Gage at for additional information.

Seminars for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015:

Stressed? Worried about a friend? Kognito can help!
With the stress of the semester piling up and deadlines looming at every turn, 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 other students 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’s home page at where you can click on the “Worried about a Friend” link, or at This experience is done at each person’s convenience, and only takes 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 student Kognito Coordinator, Ashley Jacobs at Thanks for doing your part in supporting the wellness of our fellow Gators!

Talking Walls Framing Promo
Talking Walls has been at University of Florida for over 15 years and recently relocated to a more convenient location with store front parking. We are offering graduating students $70.00 off Diploma frames with 10% of all sales going back to UF as we’re licensed by the Collegiate Licensing Company.

Opportunities and Employment

Job Openings: Child & Youth Programs – Deadline Extended to midnight April 3rd
Peaceful Paths is currently seeking 3 qualified individuals to fill part-time positions in the Child & Youth Programs. Specific information about each position can be found at Applicants should apply using the job application found at the bottom of each job posting. Any questions about these openings can be directed to John Thomas, Director of Child & Youth Programs by email at

Volunteer Opportunity for Student Teachers — 3-day Summer Reading Camp
The Junior League of Gainesville – Read With Me Committee, is in need of teachers, student teachers, and intern volunteers to assist at a 3-day Reading Camp this summer. They are working with the Alachua County Library to offer this free-of-charge camp to elementary school children in the Gainesville area. The goal is to also include parents so that they are given better tools for reading with their children at home. The camp is tentatively scheduled for June 9-11 from 9am-12pm at the Milhopper Branch Library. If you are interested in participating or for more info, please contact Heather Sarkis at or call 352-215-1980.

Employment Opportunities in Jacksonville, Florida
St. Pius, a historically African American school located on the North side of Jacksonville, will have positions open for the next school year; 1st & 2nd grades, potentially more. If you are interested, please send your resume to the Principal, Sister Cynthia Shaffers, Explore to learn more about all of the wonderful things happening at St. Pius.

Immediate Openings In Polk County
Interested students (soon to be grads) seeking immediate employment, go to to complete the online application and send an electronic resume (along with your PCPS online application reference ID#) to Annissa Brockington Wilfalk,, for follow up. If you would prefer serving in a Pilot Sub capacity with the Polk County school district to gain some additional hands-on experience and exposure in our schools, this option is available too.

Job Opportunities at Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS)
Learn more about opportunities in HCPS through Teach in Tampa and apply today. They will be attending the Careers in Education Career Fair on April 8th and setting up interviews for qualified applicants with the HCPS Principals. The Early Application Deadline is Friday, April 17th.  Candidates who apply early will have the best chance of securing early contracts for the 2015-2016 school year. The salary for teachers with zero years of experience is $38,000 plus board-paid benefits. The Teach in Tampa website has much more information about why outstanding new teachers graduating from University of Florida should consider joining Team HCPS—including our reputation for innovation, our shared commitment to excellence, and the countless opportunities we have for teachers to take a leading role in their schools and within the district.

Lakewood Ranch High School Hiring for Fall 2015
Lakewood Ranch High School will be attending the Careers in Education Career Fair on Wednesday, April 8th. This is a fairly new school having been open for 16 years. We are a big 7A school approximately 2300 students located in East Manatee County. We have been designated as an “A” school by the Florida Department of Education for most of the years we have been open.  We have built one of the most dominate high school sports programs in the state being in the top of both of the FHSAA major awards consecutively for the last 5 years.  We also excel in our fine and performing arts programs winning many awards.  The community of Lakewood Ranch is one of the fastest growing communities in the US.  We are looking for highly motivated teachers that would like to come in and help build on the success that has been started. Please email resume to Shawn Trent,, or call 941-727-6100 for questions.

Summer Camp Volunteers Needed
Balance 180 Gymnastics & Sports Academy is a local non-profit organization that focuses on integrating children with varying abilities through sports. This summer, we are running our third annual summer camp, and need volunteers that are excited to work with children with special needs! Summer camp is a great learning experience for student volunteers. All of our volunteers work 1-1 or 2-1 with the participating campers in a wide range of activities including gymnastics, crafts, and games. The athletes have a range of disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, and Cerebral Palsy among others. Camp will be offered July 13 – July 31, Monday – Friday, from 8am-5pm. Volunteers do not need to commit to the entire three weeks or all day, however, we do ask that volunteers sign up in advance for the days they are available and indicate either morning (8am-12:30pm) or afternoon (12:30pm-5pm) shifts. We are so excited to be offering an inclusive camp again this summer for children in the Gainesville community! If you are interested in volunteering, please email

Part-time and Substitute Preschool Teachers Needed
Looking for some extra income? Consider working for Holy Trinity Episcopal School of Gainesville. Visit our website at to learn more about our preschool. If you’re interested in becoming a substitute or part-time preschool teacher, please send you’re resume and availability to Pay is hourly and based on work experience and level of education.

2/1 House sublease available mid-April
Subleasing a great 2 bedroom 1 bath house available mid-April through end of July. Big fenced-in backyard perfect for dogs, quiet neighborhood, new refrigerator. It has a gas stove and water heater. Washer and Dryer in separate utility unit in the backyard. Asking $800 per month, but price is negotiable. See the craigslist ad for contact and more info:

Babysitting/ Nanny/ Tutoring

Part-time nanny needed for 3 yr old child
Professional family seeking education student with nanny experience and interest in working with one fun-loving 3 year old boy. Approximately 30 hours a week (12–6pm daily M-F with some flexibility for right individual). Responsibilities would include pick up from pre-school, make child’s meals, take child to classes and playground, and other light household responsibilities (i.e. fold laundry, tidy kitchen, etc). Must have safe car and safe driving record. Must have references. Please call or email Brian at 617-750-2264 or

Tutor Needed
10-year old child in fifth grade needs help with Reading, Language Arts, and some Math. Can meet at Cone Park Library off of East University “Lake Road”. Please contact Teneka Mavin at 352-415-5585

Tutor Needed to help with Reading Comprehension
Need tutor for 8-yr old son in second grade. Preferably someone who can go after school twice a week, after school and/or Saturday to O2B Kids Super Center on Newberry Road for at least 1/2 hour increments. He is currently working above grade level but recently since this new curriculum he has been having a bit of a struggle with the reading comprehension portion. Please contact Pamela Brown at (352) 494-9679.

Volunteer Tutors NEEDED
The N.M.B. Heart of Hope Program is seeking individuals who are looking to make a difference in a childs life. Our tutoring program helps kids grades 3-12. We are faced with the challenge of too many youth needing help, but not enough people commited to the cause. If you are that person, group, or organization thats willing to volunteer your free time to help the less fortunate children please contact Tandra @352-258-3450

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