October 7, 2015
The University of Florida Offers Veterans Tools for Success
Have you heard of the “VSOC” program? It stands for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) VetSuccess on Campus program – and the University of Florida is a location spot! Through the VSOC program, VA places experienced vocational rehabilitation counselors on college campuses to assist the growing number of Service members, Veterans, and dependents attending school under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other VA educational programs.
These VSOC counselors are trained to provide academic and vocational guidance to Veterans, and help connect them to other VA benefits, including health care and mental health services. The VSOC counselors maintain close relationships with local VA Vet Centers and VA medical facilities, referring Service members, Veterans and dependents as needed and providing assistance applying for VA medical and nonmedical benefits. The University of Florida VSOC counselor can be found on campus in the Collegiate Veterans Success Center in Yon Hall.
VetSuccess on Campus services are available to Service members and Veterans eligible for any of VA’s educational programs, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill, as well as VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program. VSOC counselors can also assist dependents of Veterans who are receiving VA education benefits, including eligible spouses attending school through the Post 9/11 GI Bill and eligible children.
In addition, VA’s Education and Career Counseling Program offers a great opportunity for transitioning Service members and Veterans to get personalized counseling and support to guide their career paths, ensure most effective use of their VA benefits, and help them achieve their goals. Visit UF’s VSOC counselor on campus to learn more about this program.
VA’s GI Bill website (http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/) offers tools to help Veterans transition from military service to student success. For career assistance, including connecting to employers looking to hire Service members, Veterans and dependents, the new Veterans Employment Center on eBenefits (https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/jobs) is a one-stop-shop offering online tools and resources
Submitted by Charlotte Kemper, MHS, CRC / VetSuccess on Campus Counselor
Rep. John Lewis: 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
Civil Rights Activist and Representative John Lewis (D-GA) will speak about the Voting Rights Act - its tumultuous beginning, the events leading to its passage, and the impact it has had after 50 years. Rep. Lewis will speak on Friday, October 16 at 7 p.m. in the University Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Information on how to obtain tickets will posted on the Bob Graham Center website when available.
Prior to Rep. Lewis' talk, a roundtable discussion will be held, also in the University Auditorium from 5-6:30 p.m. titled, "Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act." The roundtable will feature UF Political Science Professor Michael McDonald, author Ari Berman (Give Us the Ballot), journalist Brentin Mock, and Miami-based attorney Lida Rodriguez-Taseff. The roundtable will be moderated by UF Political Science Professor Dan Smith. Visit bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu for more information.
Submitted by Shelby Taylor, Bob Graham Center for Public Service
Research and Study in Germany: How to Apply to the DAAD
Research and Study in Germany: How to Apply for Funding from the DAAD
with Dr. Michael Schuering, Department of History
Wednesday, 7 October 2015 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Smathers Library (East) 104
All UF faculty, students, and staff interested in studying in Germany, doing research at German archives or sites, or specializing in German studies are invited to participate in this interactive workshop about applying for funding from the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst /German Academic Exchange Service). Participants will learn about the range of funding opportunities from the DAAD and how to craft a competitive grant or fellowship proposal to the DAAD. The DAAD offers a variety of grants and programs for scholars in any discipline and at any stage in their academic career or discipline – whether as an undergraduate student looking for an internship, graduate student in the sciences hoping to study in Germany, or a junior faculty member in the humanities who needs research funds to finish an article or book. Participants will also learn how to take an existing proposal and craft it to “hook” DAAD reviewers as well as receive suggestions to improve grant writing techniques more generally.
What should you bring?
• Participants are not required, but are invited to bring a project idea or grant proposal that can be workshopped.
• Please bring a pen, pencil, or a suitable method of taking notes (including laptops).
What will you get out of this?
• Valuable information about the DAAD and the funding opportunities and programs they offer.
• Valuable suggestions about how to “hook” DAAD proposal reviewers by reverse engineering a successful proposal.
Michael Schuering is DAAD Visiting Associate Professor of History at the University of Florida. Prior to coming to UF, Dr. Schuering, who holds a doctorate from Humboldt University (Berlin), taught as a visiting professor for five years at UC Berkeley. His first book, Minervas verstoBene Kinder (2006), looks at refugee scholars who were expelled from Nazi Germany. He recently completed an investigation of the role of West German Protestant churches in anti-nuclear-energy protests in the 1970s and 1980s. He teaches courses in German and European history, the history of science and technology, forced migration, and environmental history.
- This event is open to all UF faculty, students, and staff.
- It is not necessary to RSVP, but lunch and refreshments will be served to all who RSVP in advance. To secure your lunch, please RSVP with any dietary restrictions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- This event is part of the 2015-16 humanities grant-writing series organized by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the CLAS Dean’s Office and the UF Office of Research.
- For more information, please contact the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (email@example.com).
Submitted by Tim Blanton, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere
Teaching Science and Engineering Online
Dr. John Long from Deakin University, Australia will share his experiences teaching Physics and Engineering to distance students with UF Faculty and Staff on October 16th. His presentation will focus on STEM labs as Dr. Long highlights successful and unsuccessful strategies.
The Department of Physics will host Dr. Long's presentation/discussion on Friday, October 16th from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at NPB2205 (Physics Building). This event is sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence.
For more information about Dr. Long and this event, please contact Jennifer Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Jennifer Smith, Director, Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence
Saintly Animals: Islam and the Shifting Ecological Landscapes of North India Lecture
Please join the Center for Global Islamic Studies on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 5:00pm located in Smathers Library Room 100 for a lecture titled, "Saintly Animals: Islam and the shifting ecological landscape of north India."
Anand Vivek Taneja is the Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Anthropology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. His research and teaching interests include the anthropology of religion, historical and contemporary Islam and inter-faith relations in South Asia, everyday life and post-colonial urbanism, Urdu literature, and Bombay cinema. His peer-reviewed articles have been published in the Indian Economic and Social History Review, HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He is currently writing a book on time, Islam, and enchantment in the medieval ruins of Delhi.
Information is also provided on the Center for Global Islamic Studies website, http://globalislam.center.ufl.edu/event/lecture-saintly-animals-islam-and-the-shifting-ecological-landscapes-of-north-india/
Submitted by Katherine Chance, Department of Religion
What I Need to Prepare If I Receive a Fulbright Award and Go Abroad
UFIC and the Fulbright Lecture Committee are pleased to invite you to
"What I Need to Prepare If I Receive a Fulbright Award and Go Abroad"
Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
HPNP Building, Nursing Resource Center
1st floor (not ground floor)
1225 Center Drive
GAINESVILLE, Florida 32611
This workshop will be presented by Clinical Assistant and Professor of Nursing, Karen Reed. Dr. Reed was a Fulbright Scholar in Cambodia for the 2013-204 academic year. There she taught as a visiting professor at the Kampot Regional Training Center in Kampot, Cambodia as well as conducting professional development programs for Cambodian nursing faculty, nurses, and nursing administrators.
Dr. Reed holds professional memberships in Sigma Theta Tau, the North Florida Chapter of the Fulbright Association, the Transcultural Nursing Society and the Association for Rehabilitation Nurses. She has been an active volunteer for the American Heart Association as a CPR Instructor since 1982. Internationally, she serves as a volunteer mentor to nursing students in Cambodia and volunteers her time and resources to teach in their undergraduate nursing programs as well as provide professional development programming for staff nurses in both public and private Cambodian hospitals.
What better way to start off your Saturday? We hope you will join us!
This is event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged by visiting http://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-scholar-fulbright-session-what-i-need-to-prepare-if-i-receive-a-fulbright-award-and-go-abroad-tickets-18781904181
For more information please contact Dr. Charles Guy at email@example.com
Submitted by Mabel Cardec, UF International Center