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Ethics Bowl

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Advising Corner

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Project Get Ready

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Direct Connect

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Writing Center

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Regional Stories

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Student Services

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Do you have anything to contribute to the Knight News? Please email all submissions to Megan Haught at mhaught@mail.ucf.edu Knight News Team Executive Editors: Dr. Denise Young Dr. Lauren Miller Editor: Megan Haught

From the Desk of Dr. Denise Young Southern Region The quality of the Cocoa Nursing Program was recognized in many Main Numbers ways this spring semester. Several of our students received awards or acknowledgement: Nursing student Jennifer Watts received the College of Nursing Founder's Day Award at a special university -wide recognition ceremony on the Orlando campus. Dean Leuner provided a summary of Jennifer's accomplishments as a nursing student. Here is the link to the article that details her award and a photo with Dr. Leuner: UCF News Room: Students Honored for Academics, Cocoa: Leadership and Service. Additionally, seniors Mindy Strickland and (321) 433-7821 Allison Rogers were recognized at a Who's Who in UCF ceremony . And, if that was not enough, Lydia Watkins received an Honorable Palm Bay: Mention recognition for her poster presentation at the Undergraduate (321) 433-7838 Research Showcase. Ms. Lamanna reports that Kelly Sullivan also did a nice job with her presentation. Speaking of faculty member Jackie Lamanna, we are proud to announce that she received the college’s undergraduate teaching excellence award. Finally, Mindy Strickland, Lydia Watkins and Lindsey Kimmerling all successfully defended their Honors in the Major theses. They all did a wonderful job and received great kudos from their nursing faculty members and outside nursing consultants. Mr. Heglund served as advisor for all of these students. Additionally, we have a number of students who represented UCF at the NSNA convention in Orlando in April. It was quite a semester for our Nursing Program on the Cocoa campus! Please share your congratulations with these faculty members and students. It is great to see these recognitions for the nursing program and also for regional campuses. The Southern Region Welcomes Michelle Aybar-Tapia Michelle Aybar-Tapia is the new Coordinator of Business Services for UCF Cocoa and UCF Palm Bay. She has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, a post undergraduate diploma in Human Resources Management (HR), and Master's in Business Administration. Her experience includes HR and administrative management at a company in Orlando and New York University. Michelle says, “I look forward to working with such a dedicated and committed team and I am truly honored of being a part of this department." In the Brevard Business News The University of Central Florida and Brevard Community College partnership with the 2 + 2 program received a front page write up in the April 26, 2010 edition of the Brevard Business News. The corroboration was called unprecedented in its offering the opportunity for local students to gain a first class education with minimal hassle. A copy of the article can be viewed online at the Brevard Business News site here.

Drs. Denise Young and James Drake

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Provost Update May 20, 2010 The Florida Legislature recently completed the state's budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Although the budget is not final until approved by Governor Crist, I want to share with you how the proposed budget will likely impact UCF.

cally built reserve funds, and we will use these reserves to replace the lost stimulus and state funds. Increasing tuition revenue will allow us to gradually phase the reserve funds out of our budget by 2014, according to our projections.

Unlike the past two years, UCF is facing a relatively modest one percent reduction in our 2010-11 state funding. Fortunately, projected tuition increases will make up for this most recent $2.4 million reduction in state funding.

This "soft landing" is possible due to our multi-year plan to build reserves to help manage the budget crisis. This decision to build our reserves is helping us avoid additional layoffs and program closures when the stimulus funds disappear on July 1, 2011.

This means that UCF's budget will increase slightly overall, despite the cut in state support. In fact, our fiveyear budget plan depends on continued tuition-driven budget increases to replace our current dependence on nonrecurring funds. More will be said about this below.

This multi-year funding crisis has been one of the most difficult challenges many of us have faced in our academic careers. Despite the economic pressures we have endured, I am more confident than ever before that "UCF Stands For Opportunity."

Part of the tuition increase is known as "differential tuiThank You tion," and it comes with restrictions on how it can be spent. By law, 70 percent of differential tuition has to be In my first "Provost's Update" in 2007, I thanked you in spent on activities that directly support undergraduate advance for all that I knew you would do to assist our education, and 30 percent on need-based financial aid. students during the challenging times that were ahead. Nearly three years later, our future looks much brighter. The bottom line? Although the cut in state support is difficult—and differential tuition funds are more restrictive than state money—we should be pleased that UCF Faculty and staff members continue to educate our future leaders, perform pioneering research, and provide is not facing the magnitude of budget cuts experienced students with exceptional support services. Outstanding during the past few years. students continue to enroll at UCF, and our university State leaders deserve our thanks for making higher edu- continues to embrace, and be embraced by, the Central Florida community. cation a priority in the 2010-11 budget. Reserves Key to Our Future

The credit for this goes to our outstanding staff and faculty members, and I appreciate all that you have done for our students and university.

As I have written before, we have weathered the financial crisis better than many state universities, but budget Finally, THANK YOU for the opportunity I've had to issues remain. serve as your provost and executive vice president. It has The federal stimulus money that makes up a significant been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. portion of our budget disappears at the start of the 201112 fiscal year. While the projected tuition revenue from Sincerely, this year will help offset the loss of stimulus funds, UCF is still struggling to recover from $77 million in budget Terry L. Hickey cuts that began in July 2007. Provost and Executive Vice President Fortunately, during the past few years UCF has strategiUCF

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Haitian Relief Effort Both the Regional SGA and Administrative offices sponsored donation drives to assist relief efforts for the earthquakes that hit the island of Haiti in January. Donations , such as toiletries, non-perishable food items, child care products, ropes and tarps, could be donated to SGA, or the Business and Administrative offices on either the Cocoa or Palm Bay campuses. Faculty, staff, and students generously opened up their hearts, pantries, and wallets to help residents of the devastated island. Donations were accepted by the VolunteerUCF Southern Region Coordinator throughout the semester until May.

In another part of the relief efforts, UCF Cocoa joined BCC along with other partners to form a Haiti Relief Committee on January 14th known as BCC Helping Hands for Haiti. Monetary donations were accepted at all of the BCC cashiers and over 50 water jugs for “loose change” were placed around the campuses and with the partners. Donated clothing and supplies have been delivered to Harvest Time International in Sanford. The official end -date for BCC’s Haiti Relief project was March 26th. Over $1,500 was collected during this time with the total being donated to President Obama’s Clinton and Bush Haiti Relief Fund. Ashley Harper, the Southern Region College of Business office manager, was the UCF representative for the committee.

Information Fluency Grant: Integrating Writing and Research: A Collaborative Project to Promote Information Fluency on a Regional Campus

Drs. Lauren Miller and Denise Young and the Cocoa campus have spent a busy semester finishing up a 3-year project to increase students' ability to gather, evaluate, and use information. Barbara Rau Kyle and the BCC-UCF Writing Center, and UCF librarians Andy Todd, and Barbara Alderman worked with Charlotte Neubauer, Jim Katt, Charlie Viggiano, Maria Lavooy and their classes to improve students' research and writing abilities. Bob Boettcher and Erin Murdoch's classes were used as baselines; Jerry Sublette, Krisann Draves, Jackie Lamanna, and Steve Heglund lent their support in research design and writing consultant preparation. Sue Sorensen and Megan Haught assisted the project by coordinating the ILT Testing schedule and preparing the computer labs for the group intervention sessions.

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The team has reaped benefits that will enhance our programs, including interdisciplinary partnerships and a broader awareness of student needs. The project's results will appear in the next edition of Knight News. Barbara Kyle will share the results of the study at the European Writing Center Association Conference in Paris in May; Barbara Alderman, Andy Todd, and Barbara Kyle hope to bring a similar presentation to the October 2010 Georgia Conference on Information Literacy. Dr. Denise Young was interviewed in a taped session that will be included as one of the six projects highlighted in the university’s QEP project summary and included in the SACS five year review.


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Faculty & Staff Achievements Angel Edgecombe represented UCF Southern region as a Leadership Enhancement Program (LEP) Scholar. This program is a restricted program and requires that those interested go through an application process as well as submit a letter of permission and leadership ability written by their immediate supervisor. Those who were accepted then become leadership "scholars". This year the Leadership Enhancement Program was hosted by the University of Central Florida and Emby-Riddle Aeronautical University. Each year the scholars have to put on a Leadership Institute which was held on Wednesday February 24, 2010 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The theme was "Leadership Through Change". This year the Leadership Institute celebrated leadership at UCF and ERAU through keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and fellowship. The UCF Leadership Enhancement Program provides leadership development opportunities for program scholars to gain career enhancing skills and leadership experiences in today's changing educational environment. Angel will be graduating from the program Friday, April 30, 2010, in Orlando. Thanks to the initiative of our Southern Region LEP scholar, Angel Edgecomb, those interested had two options for participating in the annual Leadership Institute keynote events this year. They could have attend in person in Orlando, or could view the keynote speakers via Adobe Connect. Please join us in congratulating Cocoa and Palm Bay Student Services Program Assistant, Ms. Darlyne Egan, who was awarded the Student Development and Enrollment Services (SDES) Operational Excellence Award at the annual SDES celebration in April. Ms. Egan has clearly demonstrated the three criteria of the award, which were providing exceptional service to her unit and division, ability and willingness to go beyond the expectations of her job and excellence in serving students. UCF

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Nicholson School of Communication professors Jim Katt and Steve Collins’ article “The Effects of Provisionalism and Verbal Immediacy in Written Student Assessments on Student Motivation and Affective Learning” appears in the most recent issue of Human Communication. The paper, which was presented last fall at the National Communication Association Convention in Chicago, is the second Katt and Collins have published in this line of research, examining the effects of instructors’ wording of written assessments on affective learning and motivation of the students being assessed. Dr. Katt has also presented the papers entitled “Big Three vs. Big Five: A Side by Side Comparison” at the annual conference of the Eastern Communication Association in Baltimore, MD, and “Do Traits Predict States Even in Old Age?” at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association in Denver, CO. John Lynxwiler, Associate Professor of Sociology on the Cocoa campus, published “Impact of Race on Denominational Variations in Social Attitudes: The Issue and Its Dimensions” in Sociological Spectrum 30 (1):110-27. He also presented a paper at the Southern Sociological Society meetings in Atlanta, GA, titled “The Homogeneity of Women's Abortion Attitudes Over Time.” Both manuscripts were co-authored with David Gay. Members of the Cocoa Advising office were able to attend several February on-campus training events. Lynn Mitchell and Diana Soltys were able to attend both the Pizza for Peace screening of Crash and the Diversity Training seminar. Angel Edgecomb was able to join Lynn for the Ergonomics Workshop. Leandra Preston presented a paper titled " From Cyborgs to Cybergrrrls: Harnessing Girl Power Through Technology and Media" at the National Women's Studies Association Conference in November 2009.


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Community Involvement and Events Angel Edgecombe and Angie Jones attended the Annual Joseph C. Andrews Mentoring Breakfast Thursday, February 11, 2010 8am-10am in the Student Union Pegasus Ballroom. This year's theme is "Creating A Movement of Change." The Mentoring Breakfast provides a great opportunity for students, faculty and staff to come together to celebrate the spirit of mentoring. Angel Edgecombe represented UCF Cocoa and UCF Palm Bay campuses as a member of the Brevard Complete Count committee in the Brevard County 2010 Census. The culminating event, the census bus tour, was a joint effort between the Cocoa UCF and BCC campuses. 2010 Brevard County Census theme is: "BREVARD COUNTS…EVERYBODY COUNTS". The Bus tour was held at Brevard Community College & University of Central Florida. Cocoa Campus ~ 1519 Clearlake Road, Cocoa, Florida on March 24, 2010. The event included welcome addresses by Dr. Denise Young and Dr. Joe Lee Smith of the respective campuses. There were also census representatives as well as city representatives. One of the highlights of the ceremony was the Diamond Square Drum Team that performed as well as the Brevard Education Coalition youth in attendance were mentioned as one of many local programs that benefitted from the census. The 2010 Brevard Community College Black History Month celebration honors local and national African Americans who have made significant contributions to American history. Angel Edgecombe and Angie Jones attended Brevard Community College's Melbourne Black History Soul Food Luncheon on Thursday February 25, 2010. The theme was: "Celebrating Culture and Service in our Community". The guest speaker was Val Demmings, Orlando Police Chief. Angie Jones attended Brevard Community College's Titusville Black History Soul Food Regale held on Tuesday February 23, 2010. The guest speaker was Brevard Community College's Ms. Alberta K. Wilson, Vice President, Chief Equity and Diversity Officer under the theme, "“Dream : Believe and Achieve” Angel Edgecombe and Angie Jones attended the Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition Breakfast. Thursday, March 18, 2010. The Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition is a catalyst for positive change in our community. Since we began in 2001, they have made tremendous impact on the revitalization of Melbourne's Booker T. Washington neighborhood, where the DOCK community center provides a safe place for kids after school and during the summer. Also UCF

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in the Booker T. Washington neighborhood is our Greater Heights apartment community, where Brevard's working poor and the elderly can find safe, affordable and attractive housing. Their organization also recently partnered with leaders of the Powell Subdivision Neighborhood Watch, the City of Palm Bay, and Congregations for Community Action to restore a corner grocery----rooting out blight and crime and seeding in vitality and sense of community! The speaker was Dr. Catanese, President of FIT. This breakfast is the largest annual fundraiser. As part of her community activities on behalf of UCF, Dr. Denise Young, Southern Region Associate Vice President, participated in many events. Over the course of the Spring 2010 term, she attended the following: 

CivMil Commanders Banquet at Patrick AFB which was hosted by Brig. Gen. Edward (Ed) L. Bolton, Jr., Commander, 45th Space Wing in January.

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Honored for her 20 years of service to the university at the Annual UCF Founders' Day Honors Convocations in April.

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Invited speaker for the PsyChi induction on the Cocoa Campus on April 16, 2010.

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Spring Term Birthdays Cocoa January Birthdays Megan Haught. Not Pictured: Lynn Mitchell and Sheryl Schagen

Cocoa February Birthdays: Todd Jennings

Cocoa March Birthdays: Ashley Harper. Not pictured: Denise Young

Coming Up Roses on Valentine’s Day

(below left) Al Davis and Lauren Miller (below center) Ashley Harper, Kristina Watkins and Connie Allgood (below right) Angie Jones, Barbara Thompson, Terry Exum, Jessica Pardee, Doug Watkins, and Lynn Mitchell

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It’s all Shamrocks and Leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day (below from bottom clockwise) Darlene Kraft, Elaine Cruz, Kristina Watkins, Cathi Evans, CJ Luce, Darlyne Egan, Michelle Aybar-Tapia, and Connie Allgood

(below from left) Michelle Aybar-Tapia, Connie Allgood, Al Davis, Denise Young, Lauren Miller, Sue Sorensen, Darlene Kraft, and Teresa Youngman

(below from left) Lynn Mitchell, Ashley Harper, Kristina Watkins, Cathi Evans, CJ Luce, Darlyne Egan, and Michelle AybarTapia

Ergonomics Workshop On February 16, 2010, UCF Cocoa and Palm Bay staff participated in an Ergonomics training class, Ergonomics: At the Office and On the Road, facilitated by Ms. Yashira Frederick, from the UCF Office of Environmental Health and Safety. The class provided guidance on proper ergonomic practices that would help maintain comfort in the office as well as on business travel. Staff learned how to properly set up their workstations and focus on how to recognize early warning signs of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and to prevent such injuries.

factors that may cause ergonomic-related injuries. Prevention of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) is only effective when employees make the initiative to educate themselves about MSDs, understand the risk factors and practice basic ergonomic principles. It is very common among employees to be so engrossed with their daily work activities that they do not think about the effects of prolonged exposure to ergonomic risk factors until they feel pain caused by such factors. The training and informational pamphlets that was provided during the training gave staff enough information to evaluate their workstations, make note of any ergonomic risk factors The mission of the UCF Office of Environmental Health and and try to implement what they learned to prevent any ergoSafety is to provide a comprehensive ergonomics program that nomic-related injuries. would make our campus a safe and healthful working environment for its employees, students, and visitors. The Ergonom- Due to the success of the Ergonomic training class, Ms. Frederics program is intended to provide guidance in the area of ergo- ick was invited to come out again on May 18, 2010, to evaluate nomics and wellness for employees and is part of an overall individual workstations and suggest any necessary recommeneffort to provide a comprehensive safety program for the UCF dations that will help staff perform more comfortably while at community. The goal of the program is to prevent workwork. For more information about the program and MSDs, related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) by proactively pro- you can visit the UCF Office of Environmental Health and tecting workers from prolonged exposure to ergonomic risk Safety website at http://www.ehs.ucf.edu/. UCF

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College of Health and Public Affairs The College of Health and Public Affairs was featured in the March/April 2010 edition of SpaceCoastMedicine.com Magazine. The article includes mention of numerous community-based projects involving COHPA and Brevard county health groups. The projects range from using electronic health records to improve care to athletic training to a COHPA advisory board comprised of local health care professionals. The article is available at: SpaceCoastMedicine.com (http://trendmag2.trendoffset.com/ publication/?i=34843).

College of Business Charles Viggiano’s Cornerstone teams in Cocoa conducted service-learning projects for area non-profit organizations. The organizations they partnered with this semester were: The Children’s Center in Titusville, Sentinels of Freedom, Jeans for Veterans, and Harmony Farms. The teams raised over $7,000 in monetary and non-monetary items and supplies for area charities and non-profit organizations.

Colleges of Arts and Humanities/College of Sciences Debra Marshall, a former student on the Cocoa campus, was awarded tenure at Brevard Community College this semester. Debra completed her M.A. in Applied Sociology at the Cocoa campus in 2004. She currently is a sociology instructor at BCC and a Doctoral Candidate in UCF's Ph.D. Program in Sociology. Her dissertation research examines privatization in the area of child and family services. Ashley McGrath, a graduate student in the M.A. Program in Applied Sociology on the Cocoa campus, was inducted into Delta Alpha Pi, an honor society for students with disabilities. Ashley is one of 24 students who were inducted into the newly formed Alpha Xi chapter of the Delta Alpha Pi (DAP) Honor Society. Alpha Xi is the first DAP chapter in the state of Florida. A direct connect student on the Cocoa campus, Ashley received her A.A. degree in General Studies from BCC in 2006 and her B.A. degree in Sociology from UCF in 2008. She will complete her Master's Degree in 2010. Congratulations to Ashley McGrath! Rhizomes, a peer-reviewed full-text online journal (www.rhizomes.net), accepted Leandra Preston's proposal to organize and edit a special issue. The title of the issue will be "Becoming-Girl," based on Deleuze and Guattari's theories of *becoming*. Requested essays and multimodal works may focus on how girls function in and resist through digital cultures in rhizomatic ways. The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2010. For more information, contact Leandra Preston at lpreston@mail.ucf.edu. Women's Studies is now offering the following new WST courses for 2010-11: Global Feminisms, Ecofeminism (or Women and the Environment), Theories of Masculinity, Virtual Girls: Girls and Digital Media, and Girls Studies as UCF

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part of our expanding programming. Congratulations to Nicholson School of Communication 2009 graduate Anne Trelstad on her first publication, an article coauthored with NSC’s Jim Katt entitled “Application of Motivation-Hygiene Theory to a Church Worship Context.” The article, based on data Trelstad collected for and an undergraduate independent study, appears in the most recent issue of the Florida Communication Journal. Psychology students from the Cocoa and Palm Bay campuses presented their research at the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence on April 1. Members of the Cocoa Research Team were awarded with an Honorable Mention for their research on Sexism: Confronting or Self-Silencing. Students presenting were: Marie Sabbagh, Holly McFarland, Erika Wheelhouse, and Tess Hare. Faculty advisors are: Maria Lavooy and Erin Murdoch. Palm Bay student DeAnn Collins also received an Honorable Mention for her research: Investigating the Predictors of Ageism: Relationship With Older Adult Wanted. Palm Bay student Brooke Lajoie was awarded Second Place for her study Never Too Old, Never Too Young: Stereotypes in the Mixed-Age Classroom. Faculty advisors are: Karen Mottarella and Shannon Whitten. Dr. Denise Young was the speaker for the Cocoa Spring Psi Chi induction where Dr. Maria Lavooy and Psi Chi student president, Tess Hare, welcomed new members into the psychology honors association during the spring term. New members include: Bradley Nagawiecki, Melody Shull, June Straka, and Jessica Van Meir. Following the ceremony, the new members joined current members in enjoying refreshments and stimulating conversation.


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Nursing Jennifer Watts received the College of Nursing Founder's Day Award at a special recognition ceremony on main campus. Jennifer had earned a Bachelor’s in psychology when she joined the UCF Nursing program. She is active with many charities including as a coordinator for Angel Baskets, which provided clothing, food and toys to families. Jennifer is currently completing her honors thesis on how nursing interventions help patients with critical brain injuries. Cocoa Campus seniors Mindy Strickland and Allison Rogers are being recognized at a Who's Who in UCF ceremony on April 7, 2010. Lydia Watkins received Honorable Mention recognition for her poster presentation at the Undergraduate Research Showcase. Kelly Sullivan also did a nice job with her presentation.

Mindy Strickland, Lydia Watkins and Lindsey Kimmerling all successfully defended their Honors in the Major theses on April 6, 2010. They all did a wonderful job and received great kudos from their nursing and outside nursing consultants. Steve Heglund served as advisor for all of these students. Multiple UCF Nursing students represented UCF in April at the National Student Nursing Association annual convention in Orlando. The NSNA is a non-profit organization that mentors the professional development of future registered nurses. Its Board of Directors is comprised of nursing students from around the country. The association provides an online career planning guide for nursing students that was published in the NSNA magazine, Imprint. For more information, visit the NSNA website at: http:// www.nsna.org.

Ethics Bowl by Professor Jerry Sublette I recently received an opportunity to judge student presentations in the UCF Spring Ethics Bowl on February 21. It was sponsored by the Philosophy Department, the Burnett Honors College, and the Information Fluency Initiative. Dr. Michael Stawser and Dr.Nancy Stanlick co-ordinated the event. The competition involved 36 students organized into 6 teams of 4 – 8 students each. Each team was sponsored by one of the faculty members in the Philosophy Department. Judges included professors and administrators from diverse corners of UCF. When I arrived early for the 9 AM general assembly, I found friendly faces, breakfast rolls, and orange juice. After the organizational meeting, students competed in three preliminary rounds of 1 hour 5 minutes each, broke for a lunch of pizza and soda, and came back for semi-finals and a final round. It was finished by 4:30 PM. Here are some facets I liked most about the event, from the point of view of a former forensics coach: The format involves some research and case preparation as in policy debate formats. The format allows for up to 5 participants per team during a round. Speakers are required to support their cases with ethical theory. As in extemporaneous speaking, each team must be prepared to present cases on a diversity of topics involving ethical issues. They are given a set of 15 case studies from which value questions are asked. As in policy debate, there is some clash of arguments between the “presenters” and the “critiquers.” UCF

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Each round actually contains two mini-debates, in which the teams reverse positions from presenters to critiquers on two different topics. The format is very fast paced. I loved the team names that included the “Eth-X-Men,” the “Philostitutes,” the “Ethicizers,” and the “Philosoraptors.” Some of the students involved in the one-day intramural tournament have since competed at the intercollegiate level as Ethics Bowl is a national program established in 1993. The participants were from many different majors and all appeared to attend the Orlando campus. The intriguing aspect of this activity is that any UCF professor or administrator may sponsor up to two teams of 3 – 8 students. They can then participate in the intramural -type events within UCF and perhaps also compete intercollegiately. In fact, some of the students I observed have since competed at the national tournament. Ethics Bowl offers an opportunity for regional campuses to involve students in an organized school activity that is already established and functioning as an organization. For several years I attempted to organize several clubs on the Cocoa and Palm Bay campuses, but could never interest enough participants to reach the critical mass required to be recognized as a UCF organization. All that Ethics Bowl requires is a sponsor and three willing students. This seems ready-made for use on regional campuses. I plan to organize a team on each of the Cocoa and Palm Bay campuses where I teach. I urge my regional campus colleagues to consider doing the same.


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Advising Corner Facebook

Quarterly Tips for Academic Success

The Cocoa Advising Office has a Facebook page and have had it now for about 2.5 years. Log on to your Facebook page and search by putting in keywords: UCF Cocoa Advising Services to find us. This page is intended to keep UCF Cocoa students in the loop regarding registration, information, and events pertinent to your academic success.

A general rule-of-thumb is to plan on a minimum of 2-3 hours of homework for every one hour of class time. 12 credits = 12 hours in class a week + 24-36 hours of homework = 36-48 hours needed for school. Some weeks will require more time than others.

Project Get Ready Direct Connect to UCF and UCF Cocoa/UCF Palm Bay participated in each of the Brevard Community College's Project Get Ready's. Project Get Ready is Brevard Community College's signature High School-to-College recruitment event. High school seniors from all over Brevard County will be invited to attend this event to learn more about BCC and how to plan to GET READY for life after their high school. This was a great opportunity for us to inform prospective students of the GUARANTEED ADMISSION to UCF with the completion of their AA degree and the program and opportunities available at our UCF Cocoa and Palm Bay Campuses. This year many of our advisor, staff and student ambassadors pitched in to help including Cristina Bryan, Shakira Guice, Ashley Harper, John King, Laura Raymond, Sheryl Schagen, Diana Soltys and Kristina Watkins.

Direct Connect FIVE “W”s OF DIRECT CONNECT TO UCF 1. WHAT? Direct Connect to UCF takes the 2+2 AGREEMENT a step further. In addition to guaranteeing admission to students who complete their Associates at Brevard Community College, Direct Connect provides additional guidance and assistance to its students through dual advising, academic planning, and accelerated admissions. 2. WHY? The goal of Direct Connect to UCF is to help community college students plan ahead by including prerequisites for their bachelors program while completing their Associate’s degree. At times, students have limited upper level course work availability without having lower level course work completed. These lower level course requirements can be completed at the community college before a student transfers and will help ensure a seamless transfer and timely completion of their Bachelor’s degree. 3. WHO? Everyone can benefit from the Direct Connect to UCF program. High school students who plan to complete the Associate’s degree before they transfer to UCF can register

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for Direct Connect to UCF. Guaranteed admission is for high school graduates and BCC alumni who have not attended any other school between BCC and UCF. 4. WHEN? Students can register anytime during their Associate’s degree. Students with CPT, SAT, or ACT scores in the community college system can start benefiting from the Direct Connect to UCF program. 5. WHERE? Registering for the Direct Connect to UCF is fast, easy, and free. Students interested in the program can register at www.directconnecttoucf.com, from the Brevard Community College homepage (www.brevardcc.edu), or with their Brevard Community College advisor. Once the information is received, students will be contacted to schedule an appointment to meet with an academic advisor. We offer several services at UCF COCOA and UCF PALM BAY ranging from advising and financial aid to veterans’ and disability services. Transfer students are encouraged to visit our offices before traveling to the Orlando campus. Registering for Direct Connect to UCF is a separate process from applying for admission to UCF.


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Writing Center The Brevard Community College –University of Central Florida Writing Center is a joint effort between the two schools that was established several years ago. The Writing Center offers free services to UCF and BCC students to help with writing from start to finish and is staffed with faculty and students from both schools. It was recently hailed as the latest innovative step of the BCC/UCF partnership in the Brevard Business News. According to the BBN, during the 2009 year, the Writing Center served 382 students in 91 courses. Appointments can be made as a walk-in to Building 12, Room 221, by phone at 433-7873, or through the website at www.uwc.ucf.edu.

Regional Stories As part of the Regional Campuses website upgrade, videos featuring students with interesting stories related to their experience at UCF Cocoa or UCF Palm Bay will be included on the site. We need your assistance finding students who 1) have an interesting and relevant story to tell and 2) be willing to tell their story in front of a video camera and give permission for the video to be posted on the site. Examples might include a student (or group of students) who did a successful volunteer project in the community as part of a class assignment, a student who participated in research with a faculty member, or even a student who had a smooth transition to one of our campuses and wishes to share that experience. As long as the student can convey positive feelings about an experience at one of our campuses, the "story" or experience can be large or small.

Changes in Summer Campus Hours Starting Friday, May 21, 2010, and continuing throughout the summer, the Cocoa and Palm Bay campuses will close at noon. The new closing time reflects changes in Friday hours for other regional campus locations. Please note that on Fridays the A/C will still be on in Cocoa until 2:30 but will be powered down at that time. The A/C is scheduled to be powered down in the late evening in Palm Bay due to scheduled events.

Orientation Dates Summer & Fall 2010 Cocoa: 9 am to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2010 Thursday, June 24, 2010 Monday, August 16, 2010

Palm Bay: 9 am to 1 pm Wednesday, May 5, 2010 Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Please contact the Student Services Office at (321) 433-7950 for more information.

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Student Services and Student Government UCF Cocoa Spring Welcome

Spring Wellness Fairs

New and returning students were welcomed to the UCF Cocoa Campus at the Spring Welcome on January 21, 2010. There were a total of 250 UCF students who attended the event sponsored by UCF Cocoa SGA. The event provided students an opportunity to connect with regional campuses student organizations, student services staff and other new students. SGA showcased the availability of free YMCA access for students.

UCF Palm Bay SGA collaborated with BCC to facilitate the Spring Wellness Fair. A total of 208 Students UCF (18) and BCC (190) students attended the event and participated in activities that included massage, demonstrations rock climbing and information tables. Representatives from the UCF Orlando Recreation and Wellness Center and Health Services came out to share resource information with students.

UCF Palm Bay Spring Welcome UCF and BCC partnered to welcome new and returning students to the Palm Bay Campus on January 27, 2010. There were a total of 375 students who attended the event (UCF 13 and BCC 362) co-sponsored by the UCF and BCC Student Government Association. Students took advantage of the opportunity to climb the rock wall and connect with faculty, student organizations and student support services. UCF Victim Services attended the event to provide support to students impacted by the Haiti disaster. Universal Knights Ticket Distribution UCF Cocoa and UCF Palm Bay students came out in mass to get free tickets to the annual UCF Universal Knights event at Universal Studios Orlando. A total of 216 Universal Knights tickets were distributed to UCF Cocoa and UCF Palm Bay student and of those 147 UCF Cocoa students and 69 UCF Palm Bay campus students took advantage of the opportunity to have a fun night out with other knights prior to turning their focus to finals week. Diversity Training Spring marked the first in a series of Pizza for Peace Film Series presentations from Dispute Resolution Services and the Office of Diversity Initiatives. The initial presentations for the Pizza for Peace Film Series were Freedom Writ- Barbara Thompson and Lynn Mitchell ers and Crash. A total of 17 continue Pizza for Peace Discussion at the annual Valentine sweet sharing attended Freedom Writers Jerry Sublette serves up a slice of (6 students, 1 faculty and 10 while cake. staff) and 14 attended Crash (3 students, 2 faculty and 9 staff), which focused on the issues of prejudice and intolerance. Sign up now for the next two Pizza for Peace Presentation, which include "Body Image and the Race for Perfection" May 26,2010 10-1 p.m. and "People Like Us: Social Class in America" July 29, 2010 10-1 p.m. Contact RCSS at 321.433.7950 for registration information. UCF

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Raymond climbing UCF Cocoa SGA sponsored the spring Laura the rock wall at the Palm event on the Cocoa Campus. A total of Bay Health Fair 33 UCF students attended the event and participated in activities that included massage, rock wall climbing and information tables. Representatives from the UCF Orlando Recreation and Wellness Center Counseling Services and Health Services brought informational resources to the event.

Scholarship Award UCF Cocoa and Palm Bay Student Rebecca Shillings was a recipient of the SGA Regional Campuses Student Achievers Scholarship, the SGA Student Involvement Scholarship, and the Rosa Parks Scholarship. Ms. Shillings, who is the first Regional Campuses Volunteer UCF coordinator was awarded the SGA Knight Thon scholarship Rebecca Shilling, UCF Cocoa and Palm Bay Student, and Volunteer for raising the second highest UCF Coordinator. Knight-Thon contributions as an individual overall for UCF. Additionally, Ms Shillings was accepted into the Graduate Program for Social Work for Fall 2010. Hula to an “A” Hula to an “A” events took place on both the UCF Cocoa and Palm Bay campuses on April 20th and 21st in the student lounges. Study tips were provided as well as free food, drink and massages. Some faculty members were on hand to answer last minute questions for students.


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Sue’s Tech Tip If you receive an email with an attachment that you will be modifying, save the attachment to a specific place on your hard drive. If you open the document right from an email, modify it, and just press save, it is saving to a temp file and will be deleted after you close the document. Always work from a document that you saved to your hard drive.

How to Create a Groupwise Archive From Sue Sorensen

Policy: Please visit the UCF General Counsel Website to review the email retention policies for UCF. They can be found at: http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~gcounsel/CurrentIssues/emailretention.html All email contained in your mailbox, or folders, that is older than 180 days will be automatically deleted. To keep items more than 180 days, you can archive them. Archiving: Click Tools › Options Double Click Environment, then click the File Location Tab Specify the location you want your archive in such as: C:\GWArchives, click OK and this folder will be created. Automatic Achive: Click on Tools › Options › Environment Click on the Cleanup tab, select auto archive, and select the number of days after an email reaches you that you want it archived. Click OK Archive an Email Immediately: Select the email in your inbox, cabinet, or sent items. Right click on the email and select Move to Archive. Open Your Archive: Click File › Open Archive Un-Archiving: Click File, Open Archive, right click on the email and uncheck (select) Move to Archive. Click on File, and uncheck Open Archive. **After you are done with the email that you un-archived, and if it is older than 180 days, you will need to move it back to the archive before the end of the day. Otherwise, it will be deleted.**

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