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NSCM eUpdate June 15, 2020

that the University's president, Dr. Alexander N. Cartwright, hosted a town hall last week? If you missed it, check the links below and find out the plan's for the fall semester.

Now you know!

Return to Campus - Pandemic Employee Survey

UCF Human Resources has created a form to assist the university in collecting information about our employees. This form was discussed during the Return to Campus forum by President Cartwright. Seresa Cruz is collecting this information for the College of Sciences. 

Please complete this form and send it directly to Seresa at seresa.cruz@ucf.edu as soon as possible but no later than Friday, June 26, 2020. You do not need to include any additional regarding the reasons associated with your answer.

Resources for Online Teaching Available

The Nicholson School has received resources for online teaching from the College of Sciences that can be found below. 

They can also be found on the Nicholson Resource website, under 'Resources."

Types of CDL Training
Fall 2020 Mode Changes
Face Masks/Coverings Required in Buildings

From the latest Return to Campus Operations Draft Plan:

Face coverings are required to be worn in all inside common spaces or when in close proximity to others.

If facilities staff, contractors, or vendors are seen without masks in the buildings, we are to report them to the work control center, 407-823-5223, with as much detail as possible (location, description, company name). All have been informed of the new requirement.

It will take some time to get used to the new requirements, but this extra effort is essential to preventing the spread of COVID-19. It is also now mandatory for UCF employees and can result in disciplinary action.

Elevator Modernization Project for NSCM Building

A project to modernize the elevators in the NSCM building has begun and will be scheduled towards the end of the fall semester.

This project/upgrades will include the mechanics of the elevator control rooms, the elevator cab, outside call buttons, and the hallways doors. One elevator at a time will be refurbished, leaving another operating in the building. The estimated time is four weeks per elevator.

Once the schedule is confirmed, it will be shared via email and eUpdate.

Sharing on Behalf of COS Research

In preparation for NSF CAREER proposals due July 27, COS Pre-Award created the following proposal checklist.

NSF CAREER Proposal Components:

  • List of Suggested Reviewers or Reviewers Not to Include
  • Collaborators & Other Affiliations Info
  • Cover Sheet
  • Project Summary (1 pg max)
  • Project Description (15 pgs max)
  • References (no limit)
  • Biosketch
  • Budget (5 yrs/$400K min, including IDC) *
  • Budget Justification (5 pgs max)
  • C&P Support
  • Facilities, Equipment & Other Resources

Supplementary Documentation:

  • Post-doc Mentoring Plan, if applicable (1 pg max)
  • Data Mgmt Plan (2 pgs max)
  • Chair's Letter (2 pgs max)
  • Letter of Collaboration, if applicable (1 pg max)

* $400,000 minimum (including indirect costs), with the following exceptions: Awards for proposals to the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), or the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) are expected to total a minimum of $500,000 for the 5-year duration.

In anticipation of a rather large proposal queue, please notify COS of your plans to submit by emailing cospreaward@ucf.edu.

      Sedona Feedback

      Now that the busy season of graduation and faculty reports is over, we would like to solicit faculty feedback on Sedona. We would like to hear what worked well and what did not. We hope with your input that perhaps we can make it more user-friendly and a useful tool for everyone. We really appreciate your help as we work on improving Sedona!

      To complete the Sedona Survey, please visit here.

      Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship — July 1

      The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Racing Writers Association (USHWA) has announced that the chapter is accepting applications for its 2020 Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship Awards. The deadline is July 1.

      The scholarship fund was established in memory of Hall of Famer Allen J. Finkelson, the former Vice President of Public Relations at Pompano Park and longtime Chairman of the Board of the national USHWA organization.

      Preference for these scholarship awards will be given to a student majoring in journalism, communication (NSCM), or pre-veterinarian/veterinarian related studies (Biology). — please share this with your students.

      For more info, please visit here.

      NSCM Building Usage — June 15-26

      The Nicholson School of Communication and Media building on main campus will be used by the police department for training. This training will be in effect from June 16 through the 26 from 2 to 8 p.m.

      There will be speakers in the hallway to simulate a fire alarm or other noises. There would also be blanks fired so that officers can actually get the audible clue of where they need to respond. There is no debris or projectiles that are associated with the blanks, just the noise and small puff of smoke.

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