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Monday, August 29, 2016

Habitat for Humanity First GBM 8/30

Hello all!

To both our new and returning Habitaters, welcome and thank you for your interest in the UF campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity! Your enthusiasm, support, and, most importantly, dedication to volunteering is what makes our organization so successful and enjoyable. We’re so very happy to have everyone back in town! Hopefully you’ve all had a smooth transition into Fall semester and are ready to build with us!

A quick background for those who may not know or for those who may have forgotten: UF Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness in the Gainesville area, making decent shelter a matter of conscience action. To accomplish these goals, we invite our friends, peers, and fellow classmates of all backgrounds, races, and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Through volunteer labor, we are able to assist in providing affordable housing in the local community.

I’d like to extend an invitation to you all to attend our very first General Body Meeting of this Fall semester on August 30th, 8/30! Our meeting will be held at 7:20pm in Rinker 240. Find the event here, and feel free to post any comments or questions on the page!

Again, our very first GBM will be August 30th, 8/30, at 7:20pm in Rinker 240!

In the Fall and Spring semesters we hold bi-weekly meetings where you come out and celebrate the hard work of Habitat by listening to speakers, participating in fun activities, making friends, and, of course, signing up for builds! We will be having various other volunteer opportunities in addition to our builds, as well as leadership opportunities within our organization. More information will be announced and shared with you all as they arise!

I’m so, so, so excited to meet everyone and to get building with you guys! Feel free to get in touch with me or any of the other officers via email or Facebook message if you have any questions or comments.

See you at the GBM!


Lindsey Short

Habitat for Humanity


(317) 730-2891


Follow us on Facebook and Twitter/Instagram @gatorhabitat. 

Study Abroad Course at UF in Madagascar

Dear Students,


Michele Tennant, Jill Ranaivoson, and I will be teaching and leading for a second time our experiential Study Abroad course to Madagascar (“UF in Madagascar”) this Summer B, 2017.  Our course is designed to introduce students to the unique and amazing people, cultures, habitats, animals, and plants of this “island continent”.


This upcoming Thursday (9/1) from 1:00-3:30 pm, we will be presenting at the Mini Study Abroad Fair in the Reitz Union, Room 2203 (please see the announcement below). 


We encourage all interested students to stop by our table at the Mini Fair, and thereby, to meet us, see Malagasy artwork and our slide show, and talk with us about our Study Abroad course ("UF in Madagascar").  We look forward to seeing you!


Thank you,

Michael Miyamoto
Department of Biology



Dance Marathon Involvement Opportunity


I am so thrilled to welcome you to the Fall 2017 semester here at the University of Florida. To those of you who were here over summer or are returning for another year, welcome back! To those of you who are just beginning your UF journey, I'm writing to you with hopes that you'll begin that journey with Dance Marathon.
Now is one of the best times to get involved with our organization. Check out the following opportunities to get involved!

Captain Applications

Captains are leaders within our organization who have specific duties throughout the year depending on their teams. This year, we have 15 different Captain Teams, each of which can be found at
Captains are the backbone of Dance Marathon’s leadership on campus and in the community, and they are essential to maintaining an efficient, successful event. Captains typically have weekly or biweekly meetings and are responsible for maintaining a positive, influential reputation of Dance Marathon year-round.

Dance Marathon Emerging Leaders Program Applications

The Dance Marathon Emerging Leaders Program is a brand new way to get involved with Dance Marathon!

The purpose of the program is to create a culture of investment in a person's potential. This program will engage students who have a passion to help others and who believe in our vision of curing childhood illness. ELP is a great first step for students who want to get involved with Dance Marathon but may have not been involved in the past, or may not know how.
Being a member of this program means attending weekly meetings. At these meetings, students will learn more about Dance Marathon, hear from Miracle Families and grow as a leader. Each student will also be assigned to a small group of around 20 students who will help in making UF a new home away from home for each other. More information about the program can be found at

Both applications are open from Wednesday, August 24 through Sunday, September 4. The link to the application can be found here or at
If you have any questions, please contact Joey Whelihan, the Recruitment Overall Director, at


For all the right reasons,

Joey Whelihan

Joey Whelihan
Recruitment Overall Director  | Dance Marathon at UF
t: 561.827.9395 e: w:
“Motivate others to change the world; they might just do it."

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Brown Center for Leadership and Service Upcoming Events


We would like to extend a warm invitation to you to join us in serving our Gainesville community through the BCLS Gator Plunge Day of Service. During Gator Plunge, our volunteers branch out around the Gainesville area to different sites to provide beneficial service to our community. Volunteers can participate in a variety of services that range from working with animals, alleviating environmental issues, and many more interesting activities. Please consider participating in this event and making a positive impact on our amazing Gainesville community. Gator Plunge will take place on Saturday, September 24, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Volunteer registration takes place from August 25 through September 21. Please see the Gator Plunge webpage of The Brown Center for Leadership and Service website for more details.
We also have great leadership opportunities! Interested individuals can apply to be site leaders. Gator Plunge site leaders gain important leadership and facilitation experiences. They are essential to the success of Gator Plunge! Training will be provided to include skills on volunteer motivation and reflection. Site leader applications are open now to September 9.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Laura Guzman at


Looking for a way to leave your legacy and influence a young person’s life? Work with students ranging in age from elementary to high school through the Mentor UF program, an arm of the UF Brown Center for Leadership and Service. Hours are flexible to your schedule. Applications for Fall 2016 close Friday, August 26. For more info, email


The Brown Center for Leadership and Service is very excited about our monthly social issue education initiative E3 (Educate. Empower. Engage.) Each month we focus on a new social issue. Upcoming issues include education inequality, disabilities awareness, food security, civic engagement, civil rights, women’s empowerment, and mental health.

The Center partners with a campus department, a UF student organization, and a campus partner to bring information about these issues to our students, faculty, and staff. By visiting the Center, you will learn what UF is doing to improve the issue, what UF student organizations are doing to make things better, and what our city is doing to improve the issue. We even have service projects right here in our office for you to do!

Our August issue is environmental preservation (waste reduction). We are partnering with the UF Office of Sustainability, Gators Going Green, Greeks Going Green, and The Repurpose Project. People can make their own t-shirt yarn! Bring in an old t-shirt or use one of ours.

The Center is located in Suite 2015 on Level 2 of the Reitz Union.