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Wednesday Update for October 12, 2016

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Gator Global Initiative (GGI) Launch Party – October 19th
GGI Launch Party | Wednesday, October 19th |The Plazas | 12-2pm | FREE Refreshments |Show your creativity with social change!

The Gator Global Initiative (GGI) is a two-day social impact conference that allows students to explore their individual and collective capacity to affect social change. The registration fee is $25 and covers all meals and conference materials. Register by October 31st on the Brown Center for Leadership & Service website. For more information, visit our website and join our Facebook event.

Transgender Symposium: Understanding the Gender Spectrum – November 5th
This is a one-day conference that focuses on educating professionals about current topics relevant to transgender people and aims to increase understanding of how to be affirming and supportive. This conference will provide basic information about vocabulary and terminology related to gender identity and expression, offer an opportunity to hear a panel of transgender-identified individuals talk about their personal experiences, disseminate information related to the medical and mental health of transgender people, explore current issues relevant to trans students in academia, and offer suggestions for how to be more affirming towards transgender people. Gina Duncan of Equality Florida will be the keynote speaker. Registration and more information here.


UF Leadership Minor
The UF Leadership Minor is the only selective, university wide minor that give students the opportunity to develop their leadership capacity. Details here. Applications are due Friday, October 14th!

Gator Career Closet Expo – October 19th
The Dean of Students Office, in partnership with Student Government and the Career Resource Center, invites you to attend the Gator Career Closet Expo on Wednesday, October 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Plaza of the Americas. The Gator Career Closet lends professional clothing to UF students. Open in Summer 2016, the Closet is a special partnership between Dean of Students Office, Student Government and Career Resource Center. The Closet has served more than 200 students so far and offer more than 900 professional clothing and accessory items.

The Gator Career Closet Expo will help introduce this amazing resource to campus through an interactive expo!  Students will learn how to prepare both their visual resume – and their paper resume. Students can learn how to tie a tie, watch a fashion show, have a professional head shot photo taken, get a resume critiqued and more!

Emerging Scholars Program (Freshman and Sophomores)
Looking for your first research experience? Apply to the Emerging Scholars Program! To be eligible, you must have no prior research experience.  Limited slots are available. To apply, you must identify a research mentor to sponsor you and a project to work on for two semesters and apply through the college of your research mentor. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a $1000 stipend. Apply here by 5PM Nov. 18.

For more information, see the attached flyer or click here. Need help finding a research project? Come to the Career Resource Center at CR 130 in Module A. CURBS peer mentoring hours are Mon-Fri from 10:40AM-3:50 PM.

Changes to the 2017-18 Financial Aid Application Process
To apply for financial aid at the University of Florida, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Starting with the 2017­-18 financial aid application cycle, the following changes will take effect:

·         Students will be able to submit a FAFSA earlier. Students will be able to file a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change.

·         Students will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.

·         UF’s “On-Time” deadline is now December 15. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, UF’s “On-Time” deadline to receive the results of the 2017-18 FAFSA from the federal processor is December 15, 2016. Additional information and resources are available on the Student Financial Affairs’ website.

Fall ‘16 Graduate Student Research Series  
Could you use a little help with your research? Help with finding better scholarly sources like books and journal articles? Help with reading and making sense of the sources you find, and then writing up your paper?

UF Librarians David Schwieder (Political Science), Richard Freeman (Anthropology), and Helene Huet (European Studies) will present a series of research-focused sessions to help graduate students with the following topics:

Thursday October 6      Session 1: Finding Scholarly Sources
Thursday October 20    Session 2: Reading Scholarly Sources Effectively
Thursday November 3  Session 3: Making Sense of Your Scholarly Sources
Thursday December 1  Session 4: Tips for Writing an Effective Scholarly Paper

All sessions Period 7 1:55-2:45 p.m. Room 211 Library West. No registration required.

Alcohol and Technology Research
A University of Florida study on alcohol use & smartphone technology is seeking participants. The study does not involve taking medication. Please see flyer for further information.

Employment / Internship

PACE Center for Girls, Alachua
Are you looking for an internship that can be used for academic credit and that is flexible with your Spring 2017 schedule?

The PACE Center for Girls Internship Program offers a select group of outstanding students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to non-profit management of a school just for girls. Interns are involved in some aspect of programming, administrative duties, development, special events, and outreach. We accept students currently enrolled in a bachelor or master’s degree. We also accept recent graduates (maximum one year after graduation). PACE internships are unpaid and require a minimum of 10 hours/week.  The application deadline is November 18th!

Volusia County Teacher Fair
Volusia County School District located in central Florida is currently  recruiting teachers for our 2016-17 and the upcoming 17-18 school year too. To be considered for an invitation, candidates must hold certification in one of the following subject areas: Math, Reading, Science, Elementary Education, English Language Arts, Exceptional Student Education or Gifted. Please see flyer for additional details.

Teaching Assistant Positions
In need of graduate Teaching Assistants for LAE 6861 Technology and Media Literacy and LAE 6869 Teaching Digital Storytelling during Summer 2017 semester. These are both unpaid TA positions but graduate students can earn course credit for EDG 6940 Supervised Teaching. Preference given to graduate students who have teaching and/or research interests in technology and new literacies. Prior experience with online teaching preferred.  Please send a brief statement of interest and a CV to Dr. Kathryn Caprino at

Volunteering – Service

The UF Lastinger Center for Learning needs volunteers in Alachua County for their Winning Reading Boost program. Beginning next month, several Alachua County elementary schools will begin implementing this unique reading program along with parents, teachers, and community members like you. Together, you will accomplish an incredibly important mission: teaching struggling elementary students how to read.  Click here to learn more.

Service Opportunity for Education Students
This spring, Florida Alternative Breaks will be hosting 3 international trips! This year we have an Education Inequity trip as well as Agroecology, Marine Life Preservation. Our Education Inequity trip will be going to Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in Guatemala and will focus on learning about differences and techniques of education used in other countries. They will work with elementary school students in a classroom environment as well as their teachers.

This trip takes place during Spring Break. The cost is $1350 all inclusive and a $500 deposit is due upon signing up. We have payment plans available for all interested! You can sign up in the Brown Center for Leadership and Service in the Reitz Union 2nd floor. More information can be found on our website and on the FAQ page. In addition to our international trips we have domestic trips that focus on different social issues! Its a great opportunity for UF students seeking a service and involvement opportunity.

Yoga 4 Youth: Mindful Milestones, Milestones in the Making, Inc
Brianna Schiavoni, who has a BA in psychology and a Masters in Clinical Social Work (LCSW); is looking for university volunteers – interested in working with children managing chronic conditions like AD/HD, anxiety and diabetes. In collaboration with her mother (Lisa Schiavoni, Ed.S – a longstanding private practitioner at Milestones in the Making, Inc); Brianna has launched a series of innovative and affordable mental health service programs in Gainesville. Yoga 4 Youth initiatives offer therapeutic yoga as an affordable means to mental health and wellness. Participants enjoy yoga-based activities and games that build skills in a range of areas, including: attention, self-regulation, social skills, motor skills, language & communication, self-esteem & body-image.

In order to maintain low cost to families, the program is looking for university volunteers to act as behavioral supports during these classes. Volunteers will receive personalized training in behavioral modalities and oversight by a licensed professional. Position expectations range from 3-15 hours per month; and require a commitment of >1 academic semester. Some yoga experience is desirable. Interested parties should send resume and cover letter to and are welcomed to explore &/or for more information.

Childcare – Tutoring

Tutor Needed
I need a tutor to teach English for my daughter and me. She is a K(5 age) grade Korean girl and I’m homemaker(36 age). I want the ESOL/Bilingual Education majors or elementary education majors. $15-17/hour for payment. Location NW Gainesville. If you are interested, contact

Experienced Tutor Available
I can offer specialized, individual instruction in the areas of reading and/or math for kindergarteners through fifth grade students to improve achievement. Areas of certification and contact information located here.

Spring 2017 – Courses, Seminars, Study Abroad

Undergraduate Courses
EDA 4930: Introduction to Education Policy (Section # 1004)
Instructor: Dennis A. Kramer II, Ph.D.
This course is an introduction to education policy and analysis. In this course, we will explore: (1) the history of education policy in the United States; (2) key federal and state policies impacting K12 and higher education; (3) the purposes of education/policy; and (4) theoretical and conceptual approaches to policy analysis. In considering contemporary education policy in the U.S., we will pay attention to: current debates, policy designs and their assumptions, and findings on implementation and (intended and unintended) outcomes. In addition, unlike many courses in policy analysis, we will turn a critical eye to the act of policy analysis itself, considering what it means to be a policy analyst and what kind of policy analysis students might engage in as part of their practice

EDA 4930: Athletics and the University (Section # 05D6)
Instructor: Dennis A. Kramer II, Ph.D.
This course will look at the history, organization, finance, governance, leadership and symbolism of athletics as a key part of the political economy of the contemporary university.  With student athletes as a primary unit of analysis we will review the history of intercollegiate athletic competition, the symbolic role of athletics in society and the future of athletics on postsecondary campuses. Within the broader study of athletics we will turn attention to issues of institutional equity, gender and power in the modern university.

EDA 4930: Foundations of Social Justice in Education (Section # 1019)
Instructor: Lauren “LB” Hannahs
Adams (2013) states, “social diversity and social justice are often used interchangeably to refer to social differences as well as to social inequality. These two terms are closely related but not interchangeable.” This course will clarify these differences and situate inequities in education within a social justice framework, focusing on the systemic factors that create inequities and maintain oppression. Students will develop a strong understanding of social justice education, apply a social justice perspective to inequities in education, and engage in an action-based project to further understand social justice-based activism.

POS 4956 or AFA 4905: African Americans in Paris Spring Break Course
Students can earn 2-3 credits for the African Americans in Paris (POS 4956 or AFA 4905) class that will be offered in Paris, France during spring break 2017. Before we leave for Paris, the class will have to watch online lectures and documentaries and write three 3-4 page papers. In Paris, we will visit a number of historic sites of significance to African Americans. Students will also have a free day so that they can visit additional sites in Paris on their own or take a day trip to a nearby city. The $2500 cost for undergraduates doesn’t include airfare, but does include lodging, some meals, transportation in Paris, and tickets to all of the site visits. Please contact Dr. Sharon Austin, Director of the African American Studies Program and Associate Professor of Political Science at or click here for more information.

Graduate Courses
EDH 7505: Financing (Economics) of Higher Education
Instructor: Isaac McFarlin, Ph.D.
Can higher education make a person more productive?  What are the benefits of a college education?  How do colleges and universities respond to declines in state appropriations?  Are there effective policies to stimulate college-going among high-achieving, low-income students?  These questions and others are in the domain of the economics of higher education.  To address these issues, we will use basic principles from economics such as supply and demand frameworks and human capital models to better understand individual and institutional decision-making within the higher education sector. Topics will include trends in sources of revenue and expenditure for higher education; the role of information, financial aid and incentives; admissions-related policies; the labor market returns to attending college, and other economic forces shaping postsecondary institutions. Empirical content for the course will be drawn from research using modern quasi-experimental and experimental methods.

Study Abroad
UF in India: NGOs and Development
Dr. Muthusami Kumaran, faculty member in Family, Youth, & Community Sciences, IFAS is offering a study abroad program to India in Summer 2017. Click here for contact information and other details. Program information located here

UF in Ireland: Language and Education Study Abroad
The study abroad will take place April 23 through May 6, 2017. Students will stay in Homestays around Dublin (week 1) and County Donegal (week 2) and will attend schools in both settings. This is a 3 credit hour study abroad. Contact Maria Coady for more details (

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