* Volunteer Day
* Notes from the Office
The EI Weekly
Help others while helping yourself
This Saturday, September 13th, we are
holding our first Volunteer Day of
the fall term. This is your chance to
help out the community while
practicing your English in a real-life
environment. Below is a description
of the volunteer activities going on
We will meet at different times.
Students, language assistants, teachers,
and staff will meet and head to the
Please sign up on the Activities Board
for your choice of activity by 4pm on
Thursday, September 11th.
There is no cost to volunteer. Wear
comfortable clothes and sneakers.
You should bring waterto each
Family Fishing Day at UF
Ponds- Come help families enjoy
catch-and-release fishing at the UF
ponds! This event is free and open to
fishermen and non-fishermen alike!
There will be a hot dog lunch and a
free raffle for kids for some fishing
prizes. There will also be a casting
competition in which every
participant gets a prize. There are
seven stocked ponds with channel
catfish, bream, and largemouth bass!
Meet at Norman Hall at 9:15am and
we will drive together. We will return
Summerville- Come and play
Bingo and talk with senior citizens.
This is a great way to practice your
English and have a wonderful time!!
We will meet at the NRN Garage at
2:30pm and return around 5pm.
Gator Plunge-- Gator Plunge is a
community-wide service event in
which over 500 UF students, faculty
and staff volunteer with over 20
different community agencies to make
a difference. You will arrive at the
Plaza of the Americas at 8am for a
FREE breakfast. From breakfast you
will go to your preferred service
project and then return to the Plaza of
the Americas for a FREE lunch
during the afternoon.
Meet at the Century Tower at 7:45am.
We will be done around 1pm.
If you have any questions about any
of the activities, see Ximena in the
CIP Office, Room 318.
Have a great day, everyone!
r Smoking: We have noticed that
some folks are smoking right
under the "No Smoking" signs
outside the Florida Room.
Remember, students, that it is
state law now that not only is
there no smoking inside state
buildings, you must be at least 50
feet from the building to smoke
at all. Please do not smoke in this
area, even if you see other people
doing so. Remember, you are
representing not only the ELI
when you're here, but you are
also representing your country
and affecting people's opinions of
you. Smoking is permitted at the
picnic tables adjacent to the small
parking lot on the northeast side
of Norman Hall (right across
from the Credit Union).
r Noise in the Hallways:
Everyone, please remember that
we share the third floor of
Norman Hall with other
classrooms and offices. We've
had some gentle reminders from
some of our neighbors already
this semester that the enthusiasm
of our students is a little too high-
spirited. In between your classes,
if you have to socialize a lot,
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September 12, 2008
please keep it down or go
outside. Our neighbors will
> English in the Hallways:
While we're on the subject of
socializing in the hallways, we've
noticed this semester that some
of you don't seem to realize that
it's part of your ELI experience
to speak English only while
you're here. Please don't speak
languages other than English
while you're on the third floor of
Here is our afternoon activity
schedule for the semester:
MONDAY: Tea Lounge at the
Hookah Hut 8pm @ Hookah Hut
TUESDAY: Swimming 7pm @
NRN Garage (Charlotte) Bring
WEDNESDAY: Coffee Talk 7pm @
Archer Road Starbucks (Megan)
THURSDAY: Soccer 5:30pm @
NRN Garage (Lolade and Stephan)
FRIDAY: Gator Nights 6pm @ Reitz
Information Desk (Venita and
Nate) Bring Gatorl ID
Next weekend, we will be Canoeing
on the Ichetucknee. Details will be
on the Activities Board and in next
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of September 12-18:
September 14: Emesto Torre Jaimes
September 15: Svatava Rumpelova
September 16: Youngdae Lee
None this week!
Happy birthday one and all!
Q: Why do people buy water?
A: Convenience. It's a good way to
have water always ready for drinking
in a portable way. It is, however,
environmentally unsound to have all
those bottles around to dispose of,
and fewer people are buying the
Q: I ike seafood so much, but I lke it fresh.
Where can Igetfresh seafood in town, other
A: Northwest Seafood is a good
place. It's on NW 16th Blvd, next to
UFI English Language Institute
S UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA
English Language Institute
PO Box 117051
315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744
the Fresh Market near the intersection
of at NW 43rd Street.
Q: Why dopeople in the US ike to
A: Because there are a lot of idiots
who are slaves to fashion over health,
and it's still considered by some
people to be fashionable. Experts
warn that there is no such thing as
"safe" tanning, period. Tanning itself
is actually a representation of damage
to the skin. People hate listening to
Q: When can I use adverbs?
A: Whenever you want to. Seriously,
though, adverbs have four uses. They
can modify verbs, adjectives, other
adverbs, and entire sentences.
Q: Why do you only use one question mark
A: We just use one at the end of any
sentence. To my knowledge, Spanish
is the only major language that uses
If you don't like something, change it.
If you can't change it, change your
attitude. Don't complain.