New Biology Major Beginning Fall 2014

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It all began four years ago with a shared vision of partnership and potential. USF Sarasota-Manatee and Mote Marine Laboratory joined together to create unprecedented opportunities for local students of higher education to prepare them for careers in highly valued Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines and a range of Life Sciences. On Thursday, Oct. 17 USFSM and Mote cut the ribbon on the recently completed teaching labs that are now in use at Mote, and ushered in a new era of science and general education offerings that are part of USFSM’s transition to a full, four-year undergraduate program.

As the construction manager on the project, Willis A. Smith Construction oversaw the build-out of the 4,600-square-foot space that includes a biology lab, chemistry lab and student teaching area. Designed by Fawley Bryant, each lab has 26 individual student stations that are served by laboratory gas and fume snorkels. There are full teaching stations in each lab with ample storage cabinets and laboratory filtered water. Also included was a lab prep area that serves both labs and features subzero freezers, autoclaves, incubators and student safety stations.

At the ribbon cutting, USFSM thanked the individual donors, foundations, friends and supporters that provided the $1.5 million for construction and lab equipment.

The university also announced the launch of its new B.S. in biology, effective fall 2014. This offering is unique for the Sarasota-Manatee community because of its small class sizes, inclusion of Mote’s world-class, professional researchers as courtesy faculty and an emphasis on inquiry-based teaching, where science is taught as it is really done. USFSM designed this program to provide a private university education in a public university setting.

The partnership with Mote also opens doors for faculty mentoring, internships and undergraduate research that integrates teaching concepts and skills with scientific practice in a way normally reserved for graduate programs.

“Right now, with no biology degree like this offered by any public institution in our area, the majority of new local high school graduates and transfer students must leave our community to obtain their education, and many never return,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, regional chancellor of USFSM. “This is the most universal of the undergraduate science degrees in the College of Arts & Sciences, and will give students a foundation to build upon that complements whatever lab or research career they wish to pursue.”

Dr. Bonnie Jones, regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs added, “By offering this degree, USFSM is improving the quantity and quality of scholarship and research and providing students with a competitive edge for work in the growing life sciences, health professions and biotechnology industries throughout Florida and nationwide. The hope is that graduates will want to stay and work locally and positively impact our economic growth.”

“The next generation of scientists holds the key to our future, both for developing the economy and for sustaining the natural environments we all depend on,” said Dr. Michael P. Crosby, President and CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory. “As an independent laboratory that has nurtured rising stars of marine science for nearly 60 years, Mote has much to offer the students entering the USFSM degree program. Our scientists are out there every day working to solve real-world issues facing our oceans, and by teaching this new generation of students, Mote researchers are passing along their own experience, ingenuity and passion.”

Dr. Jane Rose, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and the architect of USFSM’s general education and science programs, looked back at the four-year history of the university’s progress and growth through development of the B.S. in biology, and the Mote partnership. She praised the success of the laboratory build-out and noted that already, freshmen are benefitting from the Mote labs’ exciting setting and equipment, where they are learning to solve problems and develop a creative approach to science.

The biology degree program is the first research program in science at USFSM and officially starts in the fall semester of 2014. New students may apply for admission to the program now, and current students may declare biology as a major at any time. For more information, contact Admissions at 941-359-4330.

USF Sarasota-Manatee is Proud to Support Legacy of Valor Campaign for Veterans

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The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is proud to announce its participation in the Legacy of Valor matching funds campaign through the creation of the Veterans Legacy Scholarship. From Oct. 15 through Nov. 15, individual donations of $25 to $1,000 made by credit card in support of the scholarship will be matched 100 percent by The Patterson Foundation.

The Legacy of Valor Campaign is a community-driven partnership created by The Patterson Foundation honoring the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families. USFSM is one of just 12 community nonprofits that were selected to participate in the campaign.

“This campaign, along with the Veterans Legacy Scholarship demonstrates USFSM’s gratitude for the service of our country’s veterans to our community and to our university,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee.

The Veterans Legacy Scholarship supports veterans by offering a non-repayable scholarship to cover the gap between veterans’ eligibility for the GI Bill and their tuition. The scholarships will enable veterans to stay in school and not lose momentum in their studies due to financial need.

“We understand the struggles that some veterans face when returning from service,” Dr. Guilford said. “We hope that this scholarship will help to alleviate some of the stress and worry that student veterans have to deal with in their lives.”

The Patterson Foundation will match eligible donations from $25 up to $1,000 made per donor/per organization through GiveToLegacyofValor.org, a site created in partnership with The Giving Partner. The Patterson Foundation will match up to $168,500, which was the collective goal determined by the participating organizations.

“Support of veterans has always been a top priority for the USF System, and especially locally at USF Sarasota-Manatee,” said Dr. Guilford. “We hope that with the creation of this scholarship that USFSM continues to be a place where veterans can successfully complete their education.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee has over 120 student veterans currently enrolled in classes and offers a wide variety of services through the Veterans Services office on campus. In addition, USF was named the fourth most veteran-friendly college in the country by Military Times.

To help support the Veterans Legacy Scholarship and to learn more about the Legacy of Valor campaign please donate below:

 

PHOTO: USF Sarasota-Manatee senior Edward Valdez, Retired U.S.M.C. Master Sergeant. Served 20 years, including combat deployments in Somalia, the Adriatic Sea and Bosnia. Awarded Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Receives Lead Gift for College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership Growth and Innovation

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USF Sarasota-Manatee announces receipt of a transformational gift from Tampa businessman John McKibbon III’s JB McKibbon Foundation. As part of the USF System’s ongoing USF: Unstoppable Campaign, this donation enables USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership (CHTL) to establish the M3 Center for Hospitality Technology and Innovation at USF Sarasota-Manatee, and to elevate the current McKibbon Hotel Management Endowed Professorship to The McKibbon Hotel Management Endowed Chair. It will also create M3 Scholars, master’s level students who will serve as graduate assistants to CHTL. It will underwrite student and faculty participation in national and international conferences and trainings and create opportunities for USFSM to host visiting faculty from around the globe for shared research, teaching and learning.

Cihan Cobanoglu, McKibbon Distinguished Chair of Hotel Management and dean of the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership, said, “With this gift, our students and faculty will conduct cutting-edge research that will advance the global hospitality industry, and allow us to share with other universities and hospitality students groundbreaking educational technologies and learning tools in hotel accounting, property management systems and business intelligence software. Working with an industry partner that is a leader in both hospitality management and information technology will enable us to create synergies that will benefit hospitality education as well as the entire industry.”

Mr. McKibbon believes that the M3 Center for Hospitality Technology and Innovation will become the first source for sharing new tools and knowledge that will propel the hospitality industry forward. “This gift will allow USF Sarasota-Manatee to immediately begin development of new technologies to serve the hospitality industry,” he stated. “Dean Cobanoglu has the energy and leadership skills to create real change in hospitality technology.”

Dr. Arthur Guilford, regional chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee, cited the meaningful nature of this leadership gift, the largest single gift in the history of USFSM. “Our College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership is on a path to reach the highest echelons of national status by the year 2020 and poised to be a leader of great influence in the industry. This gift of endowed funds assures long term rewards from Mr. McKibbon’s investment in USF Sarasota-Manatee. We are so honored by his friendship and support of our students and faculty—not only now, but in the future—with funds that are set aside for the growth of research and education, and the dissemination of unprecedented programs and technological innovations.”

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About Mr. McKibbon

Gainesville, Georgia, native John McKibbon III, is chief executive officer of McKibbon Hotel Group, Inc.; chairman of McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc.; and president of parent company McKibbon Brothers, Inc.  McKibbon Hotel Management and McKibbon Hotel Group are privately held, family run companies, managing the operations and real estate of a growing portfolio of owned and managed properties. Mr. McKibbon is also CEO of M3 Accounting + Analytics (originally known as M3 Hotel Accounting). The company produces an integrated suite of hospitality accounting products.

About USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM)

USF Sarasota-Manatee is a comprehensive, four-year university for those interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s degree, professional certification, or continuing education credit. USFSM offers the prestige of a nationally ranked research university with the convenience of a hometown location, including classes in North Port and Manatee County.

About the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership

The mission of the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is to provide quality education for students in hospitality and technology leadership positions by creating an intellectual, collaborative, ethical, inclusive environment for our students, faculty, industry and community to produce educational opportunities and innovate research that will benefit the constituents in Florida, the U.S. and the world.

About the USF: Unstoppable Campaign

The USF: Unstoppable Campaign is a comprehensive fundraising effort by the University of South Florida System to celebrate the energy, vision, and future of one of the country’s most exciting and engaged universities. Our people and programs, our ideas, our research, and our solutions comprise an ambitious plan to enhance healthcare, science, technology, education, business, the arts and global partnerships.

Alumna Amanda Evora Competing on ‘Battle of the Blades’

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University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee alumna Amanda Evora has been chosen to compete on the CBC’s (Canadian Broadcast Company) ‘Battle of the Blades’ which premiered September 22.

“I am excited and honored to be part of the ‘Battle of the Blades’ family,” Evora said.

Evora is a retired professional figure skater who appeared in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Evora was a two-time United States Pairs Silver Medalist in 2009 and 2010 and a Bronze Medalist in 2011.

The USFSM alumna will be paired with former National Hockey League player Scott Thornton. Thornton, a former first round pick, spent 18 seasons in the NHL and appeared in over 1000 games with six different franchises. Thornton has traded in his hockey stick for a much more elegant outfit as he learns the art of figure skating from Evora.

“We are very much alike. We are both hard-workers. He is methodical. He has had moments where he has had to step back and take his time, but I am very patient with him. I couldn’t ask for a better partner,” Evora said.

This season is the fourth in the history of ‘Battle of the Blades,’ which has a similar dynamic to America’s ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ Professional figure skaters and NHL players team up to battle for the right to be called ‘Battle of the Blades’ Champions.

“My first goal is that I want to be the best partner that I can be,” Evora said. “My second goal is that I want to win. Who doesn’t come in wanting to win? We all come in here, and we are all competitors and we all want the title of ‘Battle of the Blades’ Champion.”

Evora graduated from USF SM in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and lives and works in Sarasota. Evora also teaches figure skating part time in Ellenton, Fla.

“Being an Olympic year, it seems like people are excited to see winter sports again and to watch figure skating and hockey, so I was excited to be a part of it too.”

‘Battle of the Blades’ airs every Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBC. For more information on the show, and to see a full list of participants, visit the ‘Battle of the Blades’ website.

Selby Foundation Continues Long Tradition of Providing Student Scholarships to USF Sarasota-Manatee

SelbyFor more than 30 years, the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation has been committed to providing scholarships for students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Since 1983, the Selby Foundation has awarded $1,244,500 in scholarships to students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at USFSM.

In 2013 alone, the foundation awarded a total of $65,000 to 55 USFSM students, making it possible for those students to continue their studies while they navigate the difficult challenges of balancing family, work, and school.

Scholarships provided by the Selby Foundation are awarded to USFSM students from Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota Counties who maintain an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester. Students may receive up to $2,000 per academic year for tuition, fees and expenses while studying at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  As state funding to public universities continues to be reduced, private gifts like these play a critical role in financing the academic careers of the future leaders and educators in our communities.

“The Selbys cared deeply about young people and the future of our area,” said Dr. Sarah H. Pappas, president of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation. “We continue to fund scholarships for USF students with financial need because they will receive an excellent education and hopefully will remain in our area and contribute to the economic well-being of our Sarasota/Manatee region.”

The Selby Foundation has been instrumental in the growth of USF Sarasota-Manatee as the university strives to create a meaningful educational experience and shape a better future for deserving students who will someday impact our communities.

Lauren Henry, Student

Lauren Henry is a member of the inaugural freshman class at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Henry is a Business major who graduated Summa Cum Laude from Sarasota Christian School with a overall GPA of 4.3. Henry enjoys performing ballet and served as Senior Class President and President of the National Honor Society at Sarasota Christian.

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What would you like to do for a career upon graduation?

I am still exploring all of the options as far as careers go, but I am very interested in entrepreneurial pursuits.

Why did you choose the major that you chose?

I felt that business is a very versatile major that will equip me for a variety of positions. The skills obtained in a business major are so beneficial in everyday life, especially when it comes to running or working with companies.

What are some of your interests?

I love anything creative including music, art, and dancing. I have been training in classical ballet for 13 years, and I am thrilled to be able to continue that since I am attending USFSM! I have a youth degree from Ringling School of Art and Design, and I love to do all types of arts and crafts. I also enjoy singing, acting, traveling, writing, and cooking. Volunteering at my church, Bayside Community Church, in the Children’s ministry on a weekly basis is another thing that I enjoy doing.

What is something about you that people wouldn’t normally know about you?

I am a ballet dancer, lover of classical music, and all things creative. Volunteering and helping others is another passion of mine which drove me to complete over 350 hours of community service during high school and win the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award. I really enjoyed being involved in leadership positions in my high school; I was Senior Class President, President of National Honor Society, and  Yearbook Editor.

Why did you choose USF Sarasota-Manatee?

Attending USFSM enabled me to get a quality education at a first class institution on a beautiful campus all in my home city. I am able to keep up my extracurricular activities, namely ballet and being involved at my church, and still have a fabulous college experience without having to uproot from my current life situation that I enjoy.

Would you recommend USFSM to someone else?

I would absolutely recommend USFSM to others! The campus is gorgeous, everyone that works there is incredibly helpful, friendly, and accommodating, and all of my professors are wonderful! So far my experience at USFSM has been fantastic!

International Sustainability Conference To Be Held At University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

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Sister Cities Association of Sarasota has teamed with the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce to host a major three-day conference on “Sustainability Through Renewable Energy & Aquaculture” Nov. 13-15, 2013 in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.

The goal of the conference is to bring together both professionals and students from Florida and internationally with Sarasota’s Sister Cities in a forum based on Sustainability.

“One of the major missions of Sarasota Sister Cities Association (SCAS) is to foster international relationships through exchanges in areas of business, culture and education,” stated SCAS President Beth Ruyle Hullinger. “SCAS’s objective is to develop respect, understanding and cooperation through citizen diplomacy.”

The conference will focus on three individual topics:

  • Sustainability, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 13
  • Renewable Energy Alternatives, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 14
  • Sustainability of Ocean & Water Resources, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 15

Topics covered will include:

  • Sustainability – exploring sustainability concepts; sustainable communities; sustainability management; sustainable agriculture, and water sustainability.
  • Renewable Energy Alternatives – exploring new developments in solar energy; photovoltaics; fuels from biomass, and ocean wave technology.
  • Sustainability of Ocean Resources – exploring closed circuit, non-polluting aquaculture, sustainability and profits in aquaculture  and aquaculture of giant prawns, sturgeon, and caviar.

Attendance is open to the public, but requires registration.  Full registration for the 3-day conference is $75.  An option for attending select daily sessions is $30 per day.   Lunch is included for those with paid registrations on Nov 13 and 14. To register for the conference go to: http://sarasotasistercities.org/en/form/international-sustainability-conference-registration

College and high school faculty and students may register for the conference at no cost by contacting Dr. Raymond Young, Conference Chair at aloharay4@gmail.com.  Lunch will not be provided to those attending the sessions at no cost.

Information on speakers:

The conference will involve presentations by international universities from six of Sarasota’s Sister Cities (Dunfermline, Scotland; Merida, Mexico; Perpignan, France; Tel Mond, Israel; Treviso Province, Italy and Xiamen, China); seven Florida universities or colleges; three regional businesses; plus the Florida Department of Energy; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Agency and Mote Marine Laboratory.

The introductory speaker for the Sustainability sessions Nov. 13 will be Patrick Sheehan, director of Florida’s Office of Energy in Tallahassee. Other speakers for this session will represent the Institute for Eco-Municipality Educations & Assistance in Cambridge, MA and Umea Sweden; the Province of Treviso, Italy; The Walt Disney Company, Orlando; the Patel School of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida (Tampa); State College of Florida; New College of Florida; the University of Florida; and Ringling College of Art & Design.

Keynote speaker for the Renewable Energy sessions on Nov. 14 will be Energy Consultant and Lecturer Michael Alexy.  Other presentations will be made by representatives of the University of Perpignan of Perpignan, France; the Florida Solar Energy Center of the University of Central Florida; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the Brilliant Harvest Company, Sarasota; Carnegie College & Whitlock Energy Collaboration Center of Dunfermline, Scotland, and Safrema Energy of Lakewood Ranch.

Keynote speaker for the Sustainability of Ocean & Water Resources sessions on Nov. 15 will be Russell Dunn of the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Agency (NOAA).  Other presentations will be made by representatives of the University of the Yucatan of Merida, Mexico; Jimei University of Xiamen, China; the Israeli Institute of Technology; Mote Marine Laboratories, and Florida Organic Aquaculture of Fellsmere, FL.

Dr. Terry A. Osborn Named Executive Director of FACTE

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Dr. Terry A. Osborn, Dean and Professor, College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has been named the Executive Director of the Florida Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (FACTE).

“I appreciate the trust placed in me by the Board,” said Dr. Osborn. “I will endeavor to assist them in the important work of supporting educator preparation in the State of Florida.”

FACTE provides leadership on issues related to professional education, with primary focus on teacher education and promotes effective public policy regarding professional education, enhances and improves professional education programs at member institutions, and enhances the professional effectiveness of members.

“The position provides me the opportunity to serve all the educator preparation programs that are part of FACTE and to take part in ensuring that all of our voices are heard by policymakers and friends throughout Florida, and the nation,” Dr. Osborn said.

Dr. Osborn has served as the Dean of the College of Education at USFSM for four years, where he has developed the Center for Partnership for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT) and has led the College of Education in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s transition to a four-year university.

In addition to his work with FACTE, Dr. Osborn is an internationally-recognized scholar of critical language studies who has published 13 books and 34 articles and chapters, edits six academic book series, and was the founding co-editor of the journal Critical Inquiry in Language Studies. His scholarship has received the American Educational Studies Association Critics’ Choice Award and the Stephen Freeman Award for the best published article on language teaching techniques.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Offers Knowledge-A-Bull Speaker Series

Logo_RGBUniversity of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is offering a free public Knowledge-A-Bull speaker series which will engage students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community in cutting-edge conversations with experts on subjects that have relevance in our lives. Each college within USF Sarasota-Manatee (College of Education, College of Business, College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership and College of Arts and Sciences) as well as USF Health will host one topic in the series.

This year’s subjects to date include:

  • A glimpse into the high tech future of the hospitality industry
  • The role of the U.S. in the global picture of economic recovery
  • Demystifying our personal health
  • How integrating the arts into our schools revolutionizes teaching and learning

The first event is on September 30 at 5:00 p.m. USFSM’s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership welcomes global hospitality technology expert Raman P. Rama, vice president and chief technology officer/chief information officer for JHM Hotels (a national multi-brand hotel company) in Greenville, S.C. and global vice president of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, (HFTP) to explain what technological innovations will change the customer experience in the hotels of the future. New lifestyles of tech savvy travelers determine what hotels must do to meet expectations, including mobile friendly rooms and other guest friendly technologies.

College of Business presents “The Global Economic Outlook” on October 8 at 5:30 p.m. featuring Bernard Baumohl, chief global economist, The Economic Outlook Group. Baumohl is well-known for being ahead of the curve in assessing the direction of the U.S. and world economy. Mr. Baumohl began his career as an analyst with the Council on Foreign Relations, a think-tank specializing in international relations and national security. He later served as an economist at European American Bank with responsibilities to monitor the global economy and develop forecasts. Baumohl was also an award-winning economics reporter with TIME magazine who covered the White House, Federal Reserve and Wall Street.

On January 22 at 5:30 p.m., Dr. Donna Petersen, Interim Senior Vice President, USF Health, Dean of the College of Public Health and Professor of Global Health at the University of South Florida will discuss tips on personal health and “Five Things You Thought You Knew… But You Don’t.” Peterson earned her masters and doctoral degrees in maternal and child health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She has held faculty and senior leadership positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health, at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health and served as director of the Division of Family Health at the Minnesota Department of Health.

Dr. Petersen is the author of numerous publications, book chapters and a textbook on needs assessment in public health. She is a frequent lecturer on topics related to maternal and child health, health care reform, and systems change and leadership, and has provided extensive technical assistance and training to over 25 state health departments in the areas of needs assessment, data system development, systems level accountability and the development of population-based indicators. She has served on numerous boards, commissions and task forces and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Maternal and Child Health Journal, immediate past president of the National Board of Public Health Examiners and chair of the Education Committee for the Association of Schools of Public Health. Peterson is also a member of the national advisory committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Systems and Services Research Initiative, is leading the task force on the continuum of education in public health for ASPH, and serves on the Council on Education for Public Health.

As part of the College of Education’s (SM)₂ ART weekend, on February 21, 2014, keynote speaker Brian Hersh, Program Director of Any Given Child – Sarasota County Schools, will explain why the arts are an essential and indispensable component of  a complete and successful education; not merely an add-on. Sarasota was selected in June of 2011 to be one of six cities in the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child program, the goal of which is to provide equal arts education opportunities for all students in grades K-8 by assisting communities in developing plans for access and equity.

More events will be announced in the future. All are free to the public and held in the Selby Auditorium. 

For more information on the Knowledge-A-Bull series and to RSVP, please visit http://www.usfsm.edu/news/?p=4061

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Hosts Open Houses and Homecoming Event

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The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will hold informational open houses for prospective students in October at both the Sarasota-Manatee campus and the North Port instructional site, as well as a homecoming kickoff and preview event for current and future students.

The first open house will be held at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail on Thursday, October 3rd from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The second open house is hosted at the North Port instructional site at 5920 Pan American Blvd. on Thursday, October 10th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Attendees will receive a brief overview of the university, its programs, admissions process, financial aid and other services. There will be complimentary food and beverages in addition to an onsite campus tour. There will also be an opportunity to meet in small groups with the appropriate academic advisors to discuss prerequisites, transcripts and other details pertaining to individual programs of interest.

The final event is a fun-filled homecoming kickoff and preview for current as well as prospective students, including undergrad and graduate students. Free activities will include an obstacle course, photo booth and refreshments. That takes place on Saturday, October 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.

To RSVP to these events, click here.

BLOG: Reflecting On My Time In Uganda

Student Ashley Metelus blogged during her research trip to Uganda throughout the summer. Metelus joined Dr. Lynn McBrien for research on the war-torn country of Uganda and its affect on children and families. Support from several generous donors from our community made this trip possible.

I am back from Uganda now and I am missing it more and more everyday. It was definitely an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Although this was an educational trip, it has taught me to appreciate all the educational opportunities that we have in America and appreciate the life that I am living here.

We left on July 11th, and it was a long journey. Our flights were to Atlanta, to Amsterdam, to Rwanda, then to Uganda. It was over 20 hours of flying but thank goodness I was able to sit next to some friendly people where I was able to practice my German and learn about the Ugandan culture. We arrived in Entebbe around 11:00 p.m. and then had to drive to Kampala to our hotel (so you can imagine the fatigue we had). Overall, the stay at Kampala was great. I was able to attend a social development conference where Dr. McBrien and her colleagues were able to present their book and what the women of Uganda do on an everyday basis. The women traveled from Lira to attend this conference, so they were able to experience a life they have never experienced before.

In Uganda, the people do not know how to swim so the ladies were able to get their first swimming lesson. That was fun to watch and an experience they would never forget. I felt a bit spoiled at the hotel since I had air conditioning and hot water, but I was ready to pack up my things and get a true sense for what Uganda was like.

The women and I were on our way to Lira, which was about a 6-hour journey. On the way there, we were able to pass the Nile River but we were not able to take pictures since there were soldiers standing guard with their big guns. While passing the Nile River, we came across some baboons. That was quite a sight since they were just in the street! We finally arrived at the house that I would stay at. The Dutch interns were on their safari so I had the house to myself with the landlord for a couple of hours. When I walked into the house, I was not shocked at what I saw. I had to sleep under a mosquito net, there was no hot water, no air conditioning, and since it was rainy season we barely had electricity. We spent about a week without electricity. We all lived as if we were Ugandan. We walked everywhere; we pumped water, attempted to rake the grass, washed our clothes by hand, and washed our dishes in front of the house. We really tried to adjust to the culture; we even attempted to carry water and foods on our heads like the women. Everyone thought I was Ugandan so they did not bother me as much. The people would sometimes ask what tribe did I originate from. I even got my hair braided like the Ugandan women. It was an amazing experience. We met some great friends while being in Uganda and they were very helpful.

The first week I was there, I had some free time where I was able to interact with the children on our street. I was sort of like their mother. They would always come over and we would play with the kids. It was like our house was a daycare for the students to come after school. We played games, made balloons, blew bubbles, played tag, and had a water balloon fight. It was very sad to leave the children. I received an email today saying the children are still waiting for us at the house.

During that week, I was able to help out at a counseling training for Family Therapy. I had to type word for word what they were typing for four days. It was quite exhausting, but it was interesting to learn how to counsel people. The group was very fun and outgoing.

The following week, I was off to do my research, which I was a bit nervous about. My research topic was Educational Challenges During and Post War in Uganda. I wanted to interview both teachers and students who experienced the war and are still teaching and pursuing education. I first interviewed two of the women that were with me in Kampala because they were former teachers during the war. I interviewed 10 students from the Rachelle Comprehensive School, which was a rehabilitation center for children who were formerly abducted, but now it is a boarding school. The ages were from 14-20 and classes Senior 1 through Senior 3. I also interviewed a manager from an organization named Child Restoration Outreach Center, which is a day program for street children to come and get basic education.

The findings of my research were that paying schools fees is the number one issue that hinders children from getting a solid education. There is the Universal Primary Education policy that states that children can go for free but that isn’t the case. Most parents have to pay for other materials such as uniforms and scholastic materials. The teachers were not hesitant to state the problems that the children face during school; the students were afraid to tell me what really happens during school. More issues arise in school such as bullying, teachers beating students, teachers going on strike, sexual abuse among the young women, and the inequality among boys and girls. The dropout rate is high among young women due to menstruation.

I learned many things during my trip but the number one thing that I will always remember is that education is valued in Uganda. Many of the students when I was interviewing them stated that without education they would gain nothing in this world. Even the organization that gives children basic education, those children want to go back to school but have no money to go back to school. In Uganda, there were too many young children on the street during the day because they could not afford to go to school; it is a sad thing to watch because I believe every child should have the opportunity to go to school.

It was sad to leave Uganda but I had to go home. I still keep in contact with the people of Uganda. From Entebbe, to Amsterdam, to Detroit, to Florida on August 7th, I was finally home and reflecting on my trip.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Announces Newest Community Leadership Council Members

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University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee welcomed 10 new members to the Community Leadership Council (CLC) for 2013-13. This group of community and business leaders from the Sarasota-Manatee County area represent varied industries and sectors and more than 25,000 employees.

The CLC’s purpose is to advise the USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Board and management team about program and service priorities, and present information as well as advocate for campus priorities to the community and elected officials. The CLC meets quarterly on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.

The newest members include:

Dr. Michael P. Crosby, president and CEO, Mote Marine Laboratory; Daniel Forbes, Financial Adviser, the Mackey/Forbes Group Merrill Lynch; Teri Hansen, president and CEO, Gulf Coast Community Foundation; Marilyn Howard, executive director, Manatee Community Foundation; Todd Hughes, Student Government Association president USFSM; Roxie Jerde, president and CEO, Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Rick Mills, superintendent, Manatee County Schools; Tracy O’Neill (USFSM alumn); Carol Probstfeld, president, State College of Florida and Laddison Waldo, president, Easter Seals Southwest Florida.

Other members of the Community Leadership Council include:

Dan Bailey Jr., David Band, Bob Bartz, Kathy Black, Carl Cannova, Jeanne Corcoran, Jim Delgado, Amy Drake, David Eckel, Larry Fineberg, Brian Flynn, Roger Frazee, Dan Friedrich, Rich Gerrity, Patricia Glass, Cesar Gomez, Karin Grablin, Joe Gruters, Sharon Hillstrom, Mark Huey, Mona Jain,  Kelly Kirschner, Jason Krywko, Allan Lane, Kumar Mahadevan, Gene Matthews, Mike McCoy, Steve Mixson, Sally Piccolo, Jan Pullen, Steve Queior, Ron Reagan, Patrick Roff, H. Hamilton Rice, Mark Richmond, Gilbert A. Smith Jr., Lindy Smith, Olivia Thomas, Jean Trammell, JoAnn Urofsky, Dr. Richard Wharton, Lori White, Derek Williams and Ernie Withers.

For more information on the Community Leadership Council, please visit: usfsm.edu/administration/clc.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Adds 14 New Faculty Members; Announces Six Promotions for Current Faculty

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The University of South Florida Sarasota- Manatee has added a total of 14 new professors to the faculty for the Fall 2013 semester.

In addition to the 14 new faculty members, USFSM has awarded promotions to six current faculty members: Dr. Anurag Agarwal (Professor), Dr. Kathy Black (Professor), Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake (Granted tenure/Associate Professor), Dr. Jennifer Mariano (Granted tenure/Associate Professor), Dr. Lora Kosten (Instructor II) and Professor Thorold “Tod” Roberts (Instructor II).

The new faculty members include 10 from the College of Arts and Sciences, one from the College of Education, and three from the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership. Of a total of 14 new faculty members, 9 hold doctorate degrees in their field.

Dr. Margaret Aurilio is half-time Visiting Instructor of Psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from New College and a Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive and Neural Sciences and an interdisciplinary component in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Florida Tampa.  Dr. Aurilio has been a member of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee faculty as a part-time instructor since 2003 and currently teaches Research Methods in Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Perception, and Developmental Psychology.

Professor Joy D’Andrea is a Visiting Instructor of Mathematics and Statistics in the College of Arts & Sciences and a Faculty Mathematics Consultant for Learning Support Services.  Professor D’Andrea holds both a B.A. and M.A. in Mathematics from the University of South Florida, Tampa, where she is currently in the process of earning her Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics.

Dr. Astrid Doty is a Visiting Instructor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Arts & Sciences.  She holds degrees from the University of South Florida, Tampa, including both a B.A. and M.A. in Humanities, an M.S. in Communications Sciences Disorders, an M.A. in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Cognition, Neuroscience and Social Psychology & Communication Sciences & Disorders.

Professor Roberto Jimenez-Arroyo is an Instructor of Spanish in the College of Arts & Sciences.  Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Professor Jimenez-Arroyo holds both a B.A. and M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature, as well a graduate certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, from the University of South Florida, Tampa.

Dr. Stephanie Karidas is a Visiting Instructor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Arts & Sciences.  She holds an M.A. in Phonetics from the University of Trier in Trier, Germany, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, both from the University of South Florida, Tampa.

Dr. Donna Polelle is an Instructor of Communications Sciences and Disorders in the College of Arts & Sciences.  She holds an M.H.S. in Communication Disorders from Governors State University and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Polelle joined the Communication Sciences and Disorders department at the University of South Florida, Tampa as instructor and clinical supervisor of graduate students. Prior to her work at USF Tampa, Dr. Polelle was assistant professor at Saint Xavier University in Chicago.

Dr. Su Senapati is an Instructor of English in the College of Arts & Sciences and the Coordinator of Learning Support Services.  She holds an M.A. in English from the University of West Florida, Pensacola, an M.A. in American Literature and Asian-Indian literature from Utkal University in India, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of South Florida, Tampa.  Prior to her arrival at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Dr. Senapati was a Professor of English at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Georgia, where she taught a variety of writing, literature and humanities courses.

Professor Jacqueline Smith is a Visiting Instructor of English in the College of Arts & Sciences.  She holds a B.A. from Florida State University, an M.A. in English from The University of South Florida, and has successfully completed her coursework and exam toward her Ph.D.

Professor John Stewart is a Visiting Instructor in Professional & Technical Communication in the College of Arts & Sciences.  He has a B.A. in English – concentrating in technical writing – and an M.A. in English Rhetoric and Composition from UCF.

Dr. Timothy Turner is an Assistant Professor of English in the College of Arts & Sciences.  He holds a Ph.D. in English from The University of Texas at Austin, and prior to his appointment at USF Sarasota-Manatee, he completed a Presidential Excellence Postdoctoral Fellowship at The University of Texas at Austin, as well as Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Writing Fellowship at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

Dr. Helene Robinson is an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education in the College of Education. She holds a B.S. in Physical Education, M.S. in Emotional Handicaps, Ed.S. in Early Childhood Special Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction.

Professor Hasan Zaki is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of South Florida, Tampa, in the Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences. He is also the recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship for foreign students.  Before coming to USF Sarasota-Manatee, Professor Zaki worked as an Instructor in the College of Business at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, teaching Business, Management, Information Systems and computer courses.

Dr. Burak Mil is a Chef and Visiting Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management in the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership.  Dr. Mil holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Tourism and Hotel Management, and a Ph.D. in Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Professor William Murphy is an Instructor of Information Technology in the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership. He holds an M.A. degree in Applied Economics from the University of Central Florida and an M.A. degree in Risk Management Finance from Florida State University.  He is also currently working on his dissertation toward the completion of a Ph.D. in Business Administration at the University of South Florida, Tampa, with a concentration in Information Systems.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Hosts Take Stock in Children’s College Prep Workshop

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Take Stock in Children of Sarasota (TSIC) and USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) are embarking on a College Readiness Passport Program for juniors and seniors in high school, to ensure that they are prepared for college success when they graduate.

The year-long College Readiness Passport Program will be launched at a workshop being held at USFSM on September 7 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Selby Auditorium. One hundred Sarasota County juniors and seniors are expected to attend, along with mentors and college success coaches. For seniors, the program will culminate in a Celebration of Hope Graduation event.  The plan is to make this workshop an annual event.  “Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County has proven that with the help of our mentors and our local schools our students can graduate from high school, “ said Lisa Bechtold, executive director. “ Through our partnership with USFSM we will now ensure successful graduation from a post-secondary school.”

The primary goal of the Take Stock in Children mentoring and scholarship program is to help at-risk, low income students graduate from high school and receive pre-paid, post-secondary  scholarships. But the ultimate result is that they learn to set, work toward, and reach their own goals, gaining hope and confidence. Using new skills, education and networks, they can break the cycle of poverty.

USF Sarasota-Manatee is committed to creating successful career paths for four-year university students, and enrolled two Bradenton area Take Stock in Children graduates as part of its first freshman class in August 2013: Ariana Miraglia from Braden River High School and Davis Moeckel from Lakewood Ranch. Two Sarasota-area Take Stock in Children graduates, Rachel Warner and Danielle Hebert, both from North Port High School, attend USF Tampa as freshmen.

About the College Readiness Passport

USF Sarasota-Manatee Admissions Counselor and Adjunct Instructor Priscilla Goodwin-Serra developed the Passport while earning her master’s of education degree in Educational Leadership. She saw a need to provide high school students with guidance on college readiness, including instruction on the college search process, how to apply to college and how to be a strong applicant. “I noticed that many students fell through the cracks, not knowing what to do to prepare for college or who to see for help,” said Goodwin-Serra. “At the high schools, we had the resources to help these students, but the connections weren’t being made. The passport provides students with direction and incentives to keep them motivated.”

Thank You to the 2013 Brunch on the Bay Supporters

The 20th anniversary of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Brunch on the Bay is just around the corner. This year’s celebration is Sunday November 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Since 1994, Brunch on the Bay has been USFSM’s signature event, raising scholarship dollars and building community awareness. Through the generous support of our corporate sponsors, community partners, local media, and the many participating restaurants, USF Sarasota-Manatee has awarded thousands of scholarships to deserving students from every academic discipline. The gathering attracts about a thousand participants annually from Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Your participation in Brunch on the Bay “Celebrating 20 years of Building Community through Partnerships,” allows you to network with community leaders from across Sarasota and Manatee Counties, while sampling amazing dishes prepared by dozens of the area’s finest restaurants and cratering companies. We hope you can join us in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Brunch on the Bay.

To purchase a table or donate to scholarships at USF Sarasota-Manatee, contact Dennis Stover at (941) 359-4582 or Andrea Stephens at (941) 359-4737.

Golden Bull Sponsor

Bright House Networks

Stampede Sponsors

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing
Susan & Sam Samelson
Pittsburgh Associates

Bull Ring Sponsors

Cindy & Ross Alander
FCCI Insurance Group
Fredrick Derr & Company
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Publix Super Markets Charities
Turner Tree and Landscape

Bull Pen Sponsors

Ajax Building Corporation
Bank of America
Bealls
Biological Tree Services
Bouchard Insurance
Bright Future Electric
Cheryl & Jeff Burstein
C1 Bank
Caldwell Trust Company
Cannons Marina
Cavanaugh & Co. CPA,
Myra & Dug Cooley
Core Construction
Amy & Michael Drake – Property Solutions Group
Fawley Bryant Architects
Florida Power & Light Company
Goodwill Manasota
Lynn & Arthur Guilford
Dr. Anila Jain & Roger Frazee
Kerkering Barberio & Co. P.A.
Key Agency
Kolter Urban LLC
Elizabeth Lindsay
Mauldin & Jenkins
Mercedes Benz of Sarasota
New College of Florida Foundation
Northwestern Mutual
Porges, Hamlin, Knowles, & Prouty
Lester & Chip Rice
Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation/Sarasota Memorial Hospital
State College of Florida
Jennifer and Greg Steube
Dennis Stover & Phil King
Tandem Construction
The Furniture Warehouse
USF Alumni Association
U.S. Tent Rental
Wagner Realty
Willis A. Smith Construction
Christi Womack-Villalobos

Bullseye Sponsors

Laurey and Charlie Stryker

20th Anniversary Platinum Supporter

Susan & Sam Samelson
Laurey and Charlie Stryker

Media Sponsors

Bradenton Herald
Bright House Networks
Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
Business Observer
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Magazine BIZ 941
SCENE Magazine
WUSF Public Media
WWSB ABC7

 

Taiwanese Students Hosted by USF Sarasota-Manatee Visit Pine Avenue and the Sandbar Restaurant for Hospitality Education

TThe University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee’s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership has kicked off a 10-month international student certificate program. The school is hosting nine students from the Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism in Taiwan. Their areas of study include food and beverage management, leisure and tourism, and airline transportation service management. The program, designed by Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, dean of the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership, and Keith Barron, visiting instructor in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, includes a one-month orientation, several courses during the fall 2013 semester, and an optional five-month internship with a regional hospitality enterprise. (Biz 941, 7/31/13)

In addition to classroom instruction the students will be taking field trips to businesses, farms and locations that allow them to apply the lessons learned in the classroom to real world experiences. One such field trip took place on August 20 when the students toured Pine Avenue on Anna Maria Island specifically focusing on the Merchants Community Gardens project that has recently been implemented. The tour was led by Michael Miller, native plant and habitat expert and Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar, Beachhouse and Mar Vista restaurants and managing partner in the Pine Avenue Restoration project. Pine Avenue is known as “The Greenest Little Main Street in America”.  In addition to being awarded platinum status, the highest status rating by the Florida Green Building Association, Pine Avenue’s claim for being green is further cemented by the addition of Edible Community Gardens that are successfully growing organic vegetables. The Merchants Community Gardens Project began as an initiative of the Pine Avenue Merchants Association.  Members felt it would further enhance the “community” aspect of their efforts.  However, with land at a premium a “non-traditional” solution was needed.  This is when Ed Chiles suggested to grow food along Pine Avenue. Chiles, owner of the Sandbar, BeacHhouse and Mar Vista restaurants, is a heritage product advocate who has successfully incorporated many locally grown and harvested products into the menu mix at his three restaurants.  Once the merchants adopted Chiles’ suggestion, Miller sought to make the vision a reality. According to Miller, “The main obstacle we faced was how to give the image of abundance when we can’t get vegetables to grow in the intense heat”. Miller visited ECHO in North Fort Myers. ECHO stands for Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization. ECHO is a Christian, non-denominational organization based in North Ft. Myers, Florida that grows tropical vegetables, sends the seeds to other groups in third–world countries, who distribute the seed and teach people there how to grow and propagate the resulting produce. Miller discovered that the vegetables ECHO was growing were not your usual garden variety vegetables. According to Miller, “Not only do these unique vegetables thrive in the tropical, summer heat but some, such as, Moringa, Edible Hibiscus and Chinese Spinach, are among the most nutritious plants on earth”. After touring the facility, Miller realized that the project was possible and the vegetables ECHO was growing were exactly what they needed for Pine Avenue.

Chiles states, “I had no idea that Mike would be this successful in growing so many varieties of super nutritious, incredibly tasty greens and vegetables in the heat of our Florida summers. I enjoy harvesting them several times a week and love using them in my healthy smoothies every morning as well as sautéing and grilling them in our meals at night. These organic community gardens should serve as a model for other communities that are committed to greening up their local business districts and neighborhoods and supporting the Locavore movement.”

Some of the organic vegetables one will see in these community organic gardens may not be familiar but that is part of the uniqueness of this project and what makes it exciting. Miller explains, “We are using vegetables that are grown in the tropics. They can take the heat and they are delicious and super nutritious”.

The idea of locally grown, public food that enhances the ambiance of a community and supports the Locavore culture is one that interests the students as they study new trends in the hospitality industry. They are looking forward to getting their hands dirty and learning the process of how the local communities rely on sustainable practices to generate a positive economic benefit. The students will work with Chef Mil Burak, an award winning chef and visiting professor from Turkey, to create a selection of recipes that will feature each of the vegetables growing in the Pine Avenue Merchant Gardens. Additionally, the students will develop recipes, prepare and serve tastings, and interact with the public to explain the vegetables and their nutritional value. This public tasting part of their study will take place on Pine Avenue sometime in October.

One of the highlights of the tour was a tasting lunch at the Sandbar restaurant where they were able to taste a variety of locally produced, heritage items Chiles is incorporating into his restaurants menus. The lunch menu included bottarga, salmon tartare topped with caviar, a salad of organic greens from 3 Boys Farm as well as greens from the community gardens picked that morning, grilled eggplant, fish balls, fried Cortez Mullet with Bradley Store grits and key lime pie. As an added treat, Miller made bread from the Moringa plant that is growing in the community gardens. The guests seemed to enjoy it. Chiles’ knowledge of local heritage products and his collaborations with local farmers, fishermen and as part owner of the Anna Maria Fish Company, Lola Wines and 3 Boys Farms, provided the students with a wealth of real world experience that will enhance their studies and future careers. The students as well as the visiting deans and USF professors expressed how much they enjoyed tasting these unique, heritage items.

Attendees for the tour and tasting included the nine Taiwanese college students, Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, Dean USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership, Dr. Sami Lin, Chief of International Programs Coordinator, Dr. We-Tsung Chen, Dean of International Affairs Office, NKUHT, Dr. David Randle, Sustainable Tourism Coordinator, USF Patel College of Global Sustainability, Linda deMello, USF Sarasota-Manatee Director of University Initiatives, Amela Malkic, USF Sarasota-Manatee International Programs Coordinator, Joe Askren, Hospitality Instructor, USF Sarasota-Manatee, Dr. Mil Burak, visiting USF Sarasota-Manatee Culinary Arts Professor from Turkey and Nan Summers, Coordinator, Center of Hospitality Technology and Innovation, USF Sarasota -Manatee. Nan stated, “USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership is in a unique position to offer this broad-based service learning project that connects restaurateurs, merchants, international agricultural researchers, newly arrived Taiwanese hospitality students, a nationally renowned Turkish chef and USF faculty. The long-term community impact and international reach of this collaboration will inspire people of all ages and cultures to enjoy new foods that are fresh and highly nutritious for years to come.”

After the fall semester, the students will be eligible to secure an optional internship which would allow them to extend their stay in the U.S. for up to five (5) additional months. The internship options may include opportunities on Pine Avenue or at the Sandbar Restaurant.

For more information on the student’s visit contact Caryn Hodge at chodge@chilesgroup.com or 941-778-8705.

Knowledge-A-BULL Speaker Series at USF Sarasota-Manatee

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The Knowledge-A-BULL Speaker Series at USF Sarasota-Manatee engages students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community in cutting-edge conversations with experts on subjects that mean something to our lives. Topics for the 2013-2014 season include the high tech future of the hospitality industry, a look at the role of the U.S. in the global picture of economic recovery, demystifying our personal health and how integrating the arts into schools revolutionizes teaching and learning.

The events  are free and open to the public.

In 2013-14 each college at USFSM will host one topic in the series.

For updates on the series, including announcements on dates, locations, times and guests, please stay tuned to the USFSM Events Calendar.

1. Checking in: What will the hotel of the future look like?
September 30 – 5:00 p.m. – Selby Auditorium

USFSM’s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership hosts the first event in the series with global hospitality technology experts Frank Wolfe and Raman P. Rama (Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, HFTP).  What technological innovations will change the customer experience in the hotels of the future?

» Click here for more details and to RSVP


2. The U.S.: The Newest Emerging Economy of All?

October 8 – 5:30 p.m. – Selby Auditorium

College of Business presents “The Global Economic Outlook” featuring Bernard Baumohl, chief global economist, The Economic Outlook Group. He is well known for being ahead of the curve in assessing the direction of the U.S. and world economy. Mr. Baumohl began his career as an analyst with the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank specializing in international relations and national security. He later served as an economist at European American Bank with responsibilities to monitor the global economy and develop forecasts. Mr. Baumohl was also an award-winning economics reporter with TIME magazine who covered the White House, Federal Reserve and Wall Street.

» Click here for more details and to RSVP

 

Additional events coming soon:

Your Health: Five Things You Thought You Knew… But You Don’t
January 22, 2014 – 5:30 p.m.– Selby Auditorium
Dr. Donna Petersen, Interim Senior Vice President, USF Health, Dean of the College of Public Health and Professor of Global Health at the University of South Florida will discuss some tips on health and “Five Things You Thought You Knew… But You Don’t.”

Arts Are Essentials (Not Specials)
February 21, 2014 – TBA – Selby Auditorium
As part of College of Education’s (SM)2ART weekend, keynote speaker Brian Hersh, Program Director of Any Given Child – Sarasota County Schools, will explain why arts classes are essential elements for a complete education. Sarasota was selected in June of 2011 to be the sixth city in Any Given Child, the goal of which is to provide equal arts education opportunities for all students in grades K-8.

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The College of Arts and Sciences speaker series event is TBA.

Freshman Welcome Event Wrap-Up

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee made headlines recently by welcoming the first freshman class in school history to campus. All over the region, media outlets addressed the significance of the special event.

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First-ever freshman class at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Bradenton Herald

A bright new day dawns for USF Sarasota-Manatee with first freshman class

Dr. Arthur Guilford: USF Sarasota-Manatee freshman class makes history

USF Sarasota-Manatee welcomes first freshman class

Manatee Educational TV

USF Sarasota Manatee – First Freshman Class (Video)

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Freshman class transforms USF Sarasota-Manatee

USF to welcome first freshmen class

USFSM Freshmen Class Photo Gallery

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First Freshmen Class at USF

Tampa Tribune 

Nearly 50000 students start semester at USF

USF News

New USFSM Labs at Mote Marine

WUSF

USF Sarasota-Manatee Welcomes First Freshman Class

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Social Media 

SOCIAL RECAP: USFSM Welcomes Inaugural Freshman Class

 

 

 

Sarah Smith, Student

Sarah Smith is one of the members of the inaugural freshman class at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Smith is also one of two incoming freshman with a high school GPA of 4.3.

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Questions

What would you like to do for a career upon graduation?

Upon graduation from USF, my dream would be to become a Pharmaceutical Representative.

Why did you choose the major that you chose?

Over the past year, I’ve been tossing around what to do with my life. After taking what felt like a hundred different personality quizzes and talking to several people who work in that field, I realized a marketing degree would align me with careers that would meet my criteria for what I desired most in a profession.

What are some of your interests?

My interests include painting, writing, Irish dancing, playing piano, listening to most every genra of music, and soaking up sunshine at the beach. Also, I do enjoy a morning run every now and then.

What is something about you that people wouldn’t normally know about you?

I don’t usually broadcast this, but most every night I sit on my back porch with some type of refreshing beverage and write.

Why did you choose USF Sarasota-Manatee?

I chose USF Sarasota-Manatee because it offered me the opportunity to take classes from a renowned University, but also live at home and not be uprooted from my life to move several hours away for school. It feels like a small, private collage, but provides all the excellent resources of a large university. Also, the faculty and staff always have your best interest at heart and will do whatever they can to see you achieve greatness.

Would you recommend USFSM to someone else?

I would most definitely recommend USFSM. It’s 15 minutes from the beach, and even the security guard asks how my day is treating me every time we pass on campus. It’s a really great environment. 

Brunch on the Bay

About Brunch on the Bay

On Sunday, November 10th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the University of South Florida Sarasota- Manatee will celebrate the 20th Anniversary Brunch on the Bay, under tents on the beautiful USFSM campus.

Since 1994, Brunch on the Bay has been USFSM’s signature event, raising scholarship dollars and building community awareness. Through the generous support of our corporate sponsors, community partners, local media, and the many participating restaurants, USF Sarasota-Manatee has awarded thousands of scholarships to deserving students from every academic discipline. The gathering attracts about a thousand supporters annually from Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Your participation in Brunch on the Bay “Celebrating 20 years of Building Community through Partnerships,” allows you to network and sample amazing food from dozens of the area’s finest restaurants and cratering companies. We hope you can join us in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Brunch on the Bay.

Facts and Figures

In the 20 years of Brunch on the Bay at USF Sarasota-Manatee, the event has provided over $1.3 million to the university endowment and has awarded over $1.5 million in scholarships, including more than 450 thousand dollars to First Generation students, the first in their families to attend college.

In 2012, we awarded 66 Brunch Scholarships for a total of $51,000 dollars. Last year, more than 140 corporate and individual donors contributed to the success of Brunch on the Bay.

How to Support Brunch

There are many ways you can help support USF Sarasota-Manatee and Brunch on the Bay.

Brunch on the Bay 2013 Donor Opportunities

Golden Bull Donor – $25,500

  • Top logo placement on the USF Sarasota-Manatee Brunch 2013 Website
  • Top listing & logo on all event printed material
  • Priority seating for 20, best seats under the tent with table signage
  • Inclusion in the USF President’s Council

Brahma Bull Donor – $10,500

  • Prominent logo placement on the USF Sarasota-Manatee Brunch 2013 website
  • Prominent billing & logo on all event printed material
  • Priority seating for 10 under the tent with table signage
  • Inclusion in the USF President’s Council

Stampede Donor/Media Partner – $5,500

  • Listing on the USF Sarasota-Manatee Brunch 2013 website
  • Listing on all event printed material
  • Table for 10, preferred seating under the tent with table signage
  • Inclusion in the USF President’s Council

Bull Ring Donor – $3,500

  • Corporate name on the Brunch 2013 invitation & program
  • Table for 10 with signage at the event
  • Inclusion in the USF President’s Council

Bull Pen Donor – $ 1,500

  • Corporate name on the Brunch 2013 program
  • Table for 10 with table signage
  • Inclusion in the USF President’s Council

Bullseye Donor – $200

  • One seat at the event & listing in event program

Brunch on the Bay 20th Anniversary Platinum Supporter

  • Add to your Brunch on the Bay sponsorship or make an additional outright donation of $2,020 that will be used to grow our Scholarship Support for Future Students as we expand our student body to a goal of 10,000 in the coming years.

Brunch on the Bay 2013 Media Partner

  • As a Media Partner we ask for your commitment of $5,500 in trade advertising in 2013-2014, offering identity and awareness messaging and overall USFSM event promotion.

Media Partner Benefits

  • Listing on the USF Sarasota-Manatee Brunch 2013 website
  • Listing  and Logo on all printed materials and signage
  • Table for 10, preferred seating under the tent with table signage
  • Inclusion in the USF President’s Council

Brunch on the Bay Wish List

This year we have a Wish List noted below to help offset the expenses of Brunch on the Bay. Please contact Andrea Stephens (941) 359-4737 or ajstephens@sar.usf.edu to participate.

Brunch on the Bay Committee

Committee Co-Chairs

Charles Baumann* & Amy Drake*

Committee Members

  • Veronica Brady
  • Cheryl Burstein*
  • Alex Chavez*
  • Samantha Cummins
  • Ilene Denton
  • Rick Fawley
  • Roger Frazee*
  • Mohammad Gharavi
  • Lynn Guilford
  • Teri Hansen
  • David Hicks*
  • Anila Jain*
  • Phil King
  • Lisa Krouse
  • Michael Kulaw
  • Sandy Loevner
  • Mike McCoy*
  • Diana Michel*
  • Lucile Miller
  • Julie Milton
  • Gloria Moss
  • Margie Nanney*
  • Norman Olshansky
  • Tracy O’Neill*
  • Chip Parmrelee
  • H. Hamilton (Chip) Rice, Jr.
  • Lester Rice
  • Mary Kay Ryan*
  • Laurey Stryker
  • Robert Turner*
  • Christi Womack-Villalobos*
  • Rubylinda Zickafoose*

Honorary Committee Members

  • John C. Clarke
  • Grace Dieterich
  • Steve Mixson
  • Cheryl Mixson*
  • Ken Oden*
  • Christina Pfahler
  • Brett Rees*
  • Mark Richmond
  • Stephany Richmond
  • Lemuel Sharp
  • Richard Smith*

*Denotes USF Alumni

SOCIAL RECAP: USFSM Welcomes Inaugural Freshman Class

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee welcomed its first-ever freshman class to campus for Fall orientation. Students learned important lessons about having a successful college career while also getting a chance to connect with fellow freshmen.


 

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Welcomes Its First Freshman Class

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This is the year that the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee makes history.

The fall 2013 semester begins on August 26th and among the new students will be the university’s first-ever  freshman class, a group of outstanding young people with an average GPA of 3.59, average SAT (reading and math) score of 1093 and Composite ACT of 24. Of 389 applicants, 132 or 33 percent (33%) were accepted, with 79 students enrolled as of today.

USFSM freshmen have great stories to tell. Here are just a few:

Sarah Smith not only took her home-schooling/dual enrollment at State College of Florida to a 4.3 GPA (the highest of all incoming freshmen), the Dean’s List and 26 college credits, she also holds a part-time job in a law office, is a Champion Level Irish dancer, a pianist and active member of 4-H. Sarah will be a USFSM ambassador and hopes to study business and become a pharmaceutical representative.

Hannah Veitkus comes to USFSM from Great Britain, where the Kansas City, Kansas, native worked at the beach volleyball venue of the 2012 Summer Olympics, was a leader of the Red Thread Movement to combat human trafficking and helped renovate a secret garden at The American School in England. Hannah plans to major in Psychology with a possible minor in Biology.

Jason Ferguson is the fourth member of his family to attend USF, following in the footsteps of his father, sister and brother. He has already committed to becoming a USFSM ambassador and plans to be active in the Student Government Association. At Lakewood Ranch High School, Jason was on the Varsity soccer and track teams and a scholar-athlete, while holding part-time jobs in retail and at a restaurant.

Why is this historic for USF Sarasota-Manatee?

Since 1974, when USF began offering limited courses in the Sarasota-Manatee area, USFSM has grown to serve more than 4,500 students annually on a unique campus in Sarasota-Manatee and an instructional site in North Port. Until 2012, USFSM was an upper-division transfer university offering undergraduate and graduate course work leading to baccalaureate and master’s degrees.  Accepting sophomores beginning in 2012,  and now the first freshman class in fall 2013, signals USFSM’s major transformation to a four-year university.

To accommodate these underclassmen, USFSM has developed a new University Core Curriculum referred to as the Pillars of Intellectual Engagement.  The Pillars are values and skills that all students should demonstrate when they graduate from USFSM.  These goals and learning outcomes are associated with critical thinking, communication, ethics, leadership, diversity and community engagement.   The faculty developed the new curriculum to align with the qualities and skills that employers seek in effective, leadership level employees. By infusing these pillars into the general education and upper level courses, students may master these critical skills over their entire tenure at USFSM.

USFSM is also building state-of-the-art science labs on the campus of Mote Marine Laboratories. Working together with Mote scientists, who will hold positions as adjunct professors, USFSM will offer biology and chemistry classes this fall, and an inquiry-based B.S. in Biology program in 2014. The curriculum is unique to the region, and incorporates the core concepts and competencies that the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science state all biology majors should accomplish, contributing to the creation of a new generation of active and productive scientists. “Students in this program will be immersed in the process of science, learning to practice science as science is done,” said Dr. Erin Martin of the College of Arts & Sciences, architect of the new Gen Ed curriculum and Biology program. “This means that instead of conducting experiments for questions that we can already answer they will research and analyze the problems that require inquiry-based learning in at least five original experiments. This laboratory intensive curriculum will give USFSM students an edge when they apply to graduate school, medical school, pharmacy school, or any career path they choose. They will be well-equipped to become leaders in multiple scientific fields.”

“We are thrilled to provide our underclassmen with the advantages of our newly built labs at Mote Marine as an underpinning of our new STEM programs,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, regional chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee. The labs leverage the strengths of both institutions in a marriage of academics, research and business. Mote researchers will share their real-world experience with the students who will one day lead the next wave of Florida’s scientists, engineers, technicians and business visionaries. “In conjunction with Mote’s scientists, we are training the next generation of STEM thinkers to use science and technology-based discoveries as an economic engine for the development of our region,” said Dr. Guilford. “Our graduates will be fully prepared with opportunities to pursue careers in medicine, healthcare, environmental science and other fields utilizing their solid foundation in science.”

BLOG: Student Ashley Metelus Begins Research Trip to Uganda

Student Ashley Metelus will periodically blog during her research trip to Uganda throughout the summer. Metelus joins Dr. Lynn McBrien for research on the war-torn country of Uganda and its affect on children and families. Support from several generous donors from our community made this trip possible.

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I can’t believe that I have been in Uganda for over three weeks now! I attended the ICSD 2013 Conference which is the International Consortium for Social Development. It was for researchers all over the world coming together to promote social change and present their research projects. The conference took place in an area called Kampala, the largest city in Uganda.

On our way there, we bumped into some baboons, which is is actually quite uncommon for that area!

Baboon

Just yesterday, I arrived in Lira and moved in with two Dutch friends that I have grown close to during our trip. While they were on a safari, I was able to interact with the kids across the street. The children had never experienced bubbles, so I gave them some to see how they would react. I was able to snap a photo of them as they played. It was so nice to see how such a small gesture could make them feel so good.

Everything else is fine here, although the food is interesting. I finally start my research on Wednesday, so more pictures to come!

 

Dr. Su Senapati Joins Staff at USF Sarasota-Manatee

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The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has hired a USF alumna to the university staff. Dr. Senapati will work as the Faculty Coordinator for Learning Support Services while also teaching as an English Instructor with the College of Arts and Sciences. Learning Support Services provides tutoring services and workshops for students and is funded by the USF Sarasota-Manatee Student Government Association.

“I am a graduate of USF and had absolutely the best learning experience as a doctoral student at USF Tampa,” Dr. Senapati said. “The professors were challenging, demanding and nurturing all at the same time, so it has been a dream of mine to work for my alma mater.”

Dr. Senapati joins USF Sarasota-Manatee after serving as a faculty member and writing center coordinator at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at in Georgia. Prior to her time at Baldwin Agricultural College, Senapati taught in the English and Women’s Studies Departments at USF Tampa where she also earned her Ph. D. in English.

“Although as an English professor I taught all kinds of interesting courses, my most rewarding experiences were ones where I helped students revise their work over and over again until they wrote the perfect piece of writing that got them into schools, or jobs, or publications they wanted,” Dr. Senapati said.

Senapati hopes to use her classroom experience to assist students in other areas, as well.

“I wish to create a safe haven where students at all stages of the learning process  can collaborate and learn to improve their skills in all subject areas, as they conquer personal  challenges and meet  high academic standards set forth in each course, at speeds that are most conducive to their learning process,” Dr. Senapati said. “As an educator, I believe anyone can learn anything as long as he or she keeps trying and doesn’t quit. I visualize Learning Support Services as a place where students keep trying and never quit.”

Teach Locally, Think Globally: USF Sarasota-Manatee Launches International Student Certificate Program

Ya-Ting-HsuNine students from the Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism in Taiwan arrived in July to participate in a 10-month international student certificate program, as part of USFSM’s College of Hospitality and Technology. This inaugural, self-supporting program was designed by Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, the dean of the College of Hospitality and Technology, and Dr. Keith Barron, a professor on the CHTL faculty.

The students, eight women and one man, are all 20 years old. Their areas of study in Taiwan include food and beverage management, leisure and tourism, and airline transportation service management. While here, they will attend a one-month orientation, and then take several courses during USFSM’s fall 2013 semester, followed by an optional five-month internship with a regional hospitality enterprise. During their first month, students will stay with host families and familiarize themselves with the area. When the students return to Taiwan, they will receive credit for their tenure from the Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism.

Ya-Ting Hsu, also known as Sharon, is one of the nine students in the program. She says that she was eager to sign up because, “It’s extremely important to broaden my horizons in this global and multicultural industry. This program is perfect for that and, an added plus is that I will be able to strengthen my English language skills.” Hsu, 20, is majoring in food and beverage management in Taiwan and loves to cook, read and play piano.

According to Dr. Cobanoglu, the program has a simple goal. “The hospitality industry is a global field. These students will help create a global classroom and the kind of cosmopolitan atmosphere our graduates will one day encounter in the hospitality industry. Our graduates might work in Taiwan, Switzerland or Argentina—or never leave Sarasota at all. Either way, they’ll encounter guests and clients from around the world. This program will give all our students a taste of what that’s like.”

The Taiwanese students, who were selected from the top of their class at the prestigious Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism, will take four courses during their stay at USFSM, including a hospitality introductory class, event management, restaurant management, and finance and accounting management for the hospitality industry.

But not all lessons will take place on campus. Dr. Barron explains that the program will partner with a variety of area businesses and organizations, including convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, and hospitality industry leaders.

“During the next few months, we’ll partner with a host of hotels and restaurants, including the Sarasota Yacht Club and The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota,” says Dr. Barron. “Our students have acquired skills in the classroom. Now they’ll experience a test run of what they’ve learned in the real world of the hospitality industry.” He notes that the impact of this experience will go beyond applied lessons. “In the process, our student guests will forge personal and professional relationships that will last for decades,” he says.

The origin of this educational outreach is a story all its own. Dr. Cobanoglu was invited to speak as a keynote speaker at the Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism in 2012. Impressed with the school and its programs, he began a conversation with USFSM about the possibilities of starting an international certificate program. Over the period of a year and a half, he and Dr. Barron designed the program and got the buy-in from both universities. In December, Dr. Barron went to Taiwan to interview selected students. He sought out students who possessed excellent English language skills, a passion for the industry, and a desire to experience our region. Academic excellence goes without saying.

Dr. Barron adds that this class of nine is only the first class—and the first country from around the world to participate. “We’re already in conversation with a German institution for next year’s program,” he says. “Beyond that, we’re eager to engage universities in Latin America and elsewhere. After all, it’s a very big planet.”

Dr. Lynn McBrien, Faculty

Jody L. McBrien is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. She received her doctorate in Educational Studies from Emory University in May, 2005, where she was the 2004 recipient of the university’s Humanitarian Award, given to students who demonstrate exemplary service in social justice. She received the 2011 Faculty Research Award from USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy for her ongoing work in the formerly war-torn town of Lira in Uganda, Africa.

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If you were selling USFSM to an incoming student what would you say?

Take advantage of the small class sizes. They give you the opportunity to really learn from some highly trained experts that fill our colleges. Do not think that just because you are at a small university, the professors are not top researchers and experts, because they are! We have professors from Stanford and Harvard, from top public universities, and from international universities that offer a diversity of knowledge and perspectives. Come with more than a degree and career goal in mind; come to absorb the upper level knowledge and array of subject matter that does not get taught in high school. Fill your mind with new knowledge and concepts you have never thought of before. The undergrad experience is truly one of a lifetime. Live it fully!

How has USFSM made you a better professional/person?

I began at USFSM in 2005, the last year the campus was on the New College campus. The collegiality of the faculty and staff were nurturing and helpful as I learned my way around the full-time world of academia. I also taught in Tampa for the first two years of my career, and I had the best of mentors on that campus and at Sarasota-Manatee. I will admit, I wish I could teach more courses in my area of expertise, Comparative and International Education. However, this university has supported my international research even though we do not offer the discipline of international education at any of the USF system campuses, and this support has allowed me to receive several research awards and a fellowship resulting from that research. This support has certainly made me a better academic on all three levels of this career: teaching, research, and service. And though I do not teach a regular course in comparative education, you can be sure that my research serves my teaching and my students. Most people would never guess that Florida is the top state in the country for resettling refugees and asylum seekers, along with Cuban entrants. That number came to 28,000 in 2012. Even if our students in education never teach outside the state of Florida, in order to support our international population of children, many of whom have special challenges due to past experiences of war or terror, they need to understand perspectives of other cultures, other school systems, and the psychosocial aspects of migration. They must have a healthy debate with themselves and others that breaks past the powerful negative stereotypes about children and families they are hired to teach. My personal research with resettlement, camps, and the post-war experience gives them first-hand examples and perspectives they have not heard previously. Most are not even aware that there are millions of children around the world who would love an opportunity to go to school, but they will never have it. This kind of knowledge is life changing. It alters perspectives and teaches about privilege in a powerful way.

What are some of your goals for the future?

My immediate goal is to finish the Lira book and prepare for the amazing opportunity I have to live and work in New Zealand next year. I hope to complete the year in Australia if I can receive a Fulbright. Then when I return to USFSM, I will begin work on a book about policy and practice in the four English-speaking resettlement countries of the world: the US, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, as I will have experience in each.

I would like to have a stronger voice in policy and working towards policy that follows careful research into practices that work and make sense. I hope the work I do in New Zealand will be helpful in that goal. I also want to become more engaged in the workings of USF World, especially in international partnerships and opportunities for our students to gain international experiences while students. This July I am taking an undergraduate student, Ashley Metelus, with me to learn from the schools and the people of Lira. What an exciting opportunity to open the eyes of a highly dedicated and caring student to the rich culture of Uganda! I wish every student could have at least one international opportunity.

What is the best part of USFSM?

I think the strength lies in having the best of two academic worlds. We maintain a nurturing environment with our small classes and opportunities for students to work closely with professors. The non-traditional campus creates classes with 20-70-somethings learning from one another. At the same time, we have opportunities that come from working within a research extensive university system. Tampa resources offer us plentiful, top-notch databases for research, for just one example. I belong to the Genocide Research Group that meets twice each semester in Tampa to remain updated on other work similar to mine that occurs in the USF System. For our students and staff that enjoy sports aspects of university life, it is not too far to travel to support Bulls athletics; and we are building quite a crew team on our own campus. Our new campus is beautiful, and as we build our student body, I am hopeful that student clubs and activities continue to grow and offer our students, staff, and community opportunities to grow their minds and hearts together, from the remarkable Perlman music program in December/January to cutting edge speakers, world class biology housed at Mote, and more.

Beth Lukens, Alumna

Beth Lukens is a graduate of USF Sarasota-Manatee from the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership. Lukens currently works for Marriott International in Tampa.

Why is USFSM important to you personally?

It gave me a great educational foundation to build a career on.  I loved the small classes.  Having grown up in Sarasota, it was interesting to be able to experience the business side of tourism and what makes the destination so successful.

What parts of the university are you involved in/hope to get involved in?

I go to football games and coached at the USF main campus for a year.  I would love to have the opportunity to be more involved (speaking with students, attending events, etc).

How important was your education in preparing you for your business success?

I never thought I would be the person who followed a career path so closely aligned with my education, yet here I am.  Having the book based knowledge of hospitality has definitely given me a leg up in the business world.  I have a strong foundation in all areas of the industry, which has often come in handy in both business situations an simply for personal enrichment.  Whereas this industry used to have a lot of people with no degree at all, now more and more people are getting hospitality specific degrees so it pays to have the degree.

What made you choose USFSM for your college education? 

I was an Art Major at Florida State and came home on Spring Break knowing I needed a change.  Coincidentally USF was just launching its first ever hospitality class that summer.  I had always loved the restaurant business so I made the switch.  I never even considered another school.

If you had to sell someone on USFSM, what would be the one sentence you would say?

USFSM provides students the opportunity to learn in a small, engaging environment while being engulfed in a community that offers endless resources for success in a career in tourism.

Dr. Kimberly A. Badanich, Faculty

Dr. Kimberly Badanich is a Visiting Instructor of Psychology at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.  Her research expertise is in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience.  Dr. Badanich received her B.S. in Psychology from the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. and her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from The University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.

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What made you come to USFSM?   

The USFSM Faculty.  I felt right at home!

What special projects/research are you involved in?

My current research investigates the long-term effects of alcohol abuse on cognitive abilities. The aim of this project is to assess the impact of alcohol dependency in mice on performance of tasks requiring behavioral flexibility (attention set-shifting and reversal learning).  Furthermore, I’m characterizing how the brain is impacted in alcohol dependent mice by characterizing the sensitivity of glutamatergic and GABAergic synaptic transmission in neurons from the orbitofrontal cortex.

What other jobs have you held before this one and what were your roles? 

Graduate Student Instructor, Research Assistant, Adjunct Professor

If you were selling USFSM to an incoming student what would you say?

Students are not just a number here.  USFSM Professors and Instructors really care about their students. They care if their students pass.  You do not get that at a big University setting.

What are some of your goals for the future?

Grants! Grants! Grants!  Oh and of course publish my data in those prestigious journals with one word titles  (Science, Nature, Neuron).

Ashley Metelus, Student

Ashley Metelus is a junior Interdisciplinary Social Sciences major who will be studying in Uganda this summer with Dr. Jody McBrien. Metelus will learn first-hand about the effects of Joseph Kony’s LRA war and efforts to rebuild. She will intern at either Rachele School, a former rehabilitation center for abducted children; or at St. Katherine’s School for Girls, a site that educates many girls who were either kidnapped or retreated to internally displaced people’s (IDP) camps.

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What would you like to do for a career upon graduation?

After from graduating from USF, I would like to attend Kean University and obtain a joint degree: MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and LLM in Human Rights. I do not currently know what exact career I would like but I do know I want to be able to do research with people and areas affected by genocide and work with human rights abuses.

Why did you choose the major that you chose?

I chose the major of Interdisciplinary Social Science because I wanted a degree that would integrate two disciplines of my interest.

What are some of your interests?

My interests are history and psychology. For history, I am interested in studying, reading, and researching about the Holocaust and other genocide. For the psychology interest, I am interested in the psychological effects that people face after trauma.

What is something about you that people wouldn’t normally know about you?

One thing that most people do not know about it is that I am obsessed with all things German. I am learning German, interested in their culture, and want to spend some time over in Germany. I am very interested in learning more about Nazi Germany and researching Adolf Hitler.

Why did you choose USF Sarasota-Manatee?

I chose USF Sarasota-Manatee because I wanted a campus where it was small and intimate; I did not want to be just a student ID number. At this campus, I am not treated that way, everyone is friendly and are helpful when it comes to career options. I could not ask for a better campus to be involved in. This will only be my second semester here and I have friendships and relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

Would you recommend USFSM to someone else?

I always recommend USFSM to other students, especially the ones who are not interested in larger campuses and want to feel known and appreciated within their campus. 

Creating a Hospital with Hospitality: USF Sarasota-Manatee Students Partner with Blake Medical Center

What is the role of the physical environment in the hospital of the 21st century? How can smart design reduce staff and patient stress, increase effectiveness in delivering care, and improve overall healthcare quality? Four students from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership recently participated in a three-month-long initiative with Blake Medical Center to find out.

The simple goal behind the study? Creating a hospital with hospitality.

Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, dean of the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership at USFSM, says the partnership was a natural one. “We asked our students to look at the hospital experience through the eyes of the hospitality industry,” he says. “Our field offers the greatest expertise in creating hospitable and healthy environments. Why not apply some of these same principles to hospitals?”

Dan Friedrich, president and chief executive officer at Blake, says the timing could not have been better. “Over the past several years, Blake has been focused on creating high-amenity specialty units to combine clinical excellence with a high-service, hotel-like environment for our patients. As we discussed plans for the newest such unit, a post-surgical cardiac floor, we wanted to strengthen the service component. Dr. Richard Peterson, a cardiac surgeon at Blake, was the one to suggest partnering with a college hospitality program. USF Sarasota-Manatee, with its proximity and reputation for excellence, was the obvious choice for a collaborative project with our hospital.”

According to Friedrich, the goal was “to take a fresh look at, and improve, the hospital experience through the eyes of those in the hospitality industry. Some of their proposed changes were to the patient environment, including color suggestions and furniture layout. Others focused on food service quality, service quality and employee recognition.”

To evaluate the significance of these factors, four USFSM students conducted a series of interviews with hospital patients and staff. Each concentrated on a specific area of expertise. Vanja Bogicevic, an international student from Serbia studying for her second master’s degree in hospitality management at USFSM, was responsible for ambiance and design quality. Anna Shatskikh, an international student from Russia studying for her master’s degree in hospitality management (she graduated in May), and Evan Beese, studying for his bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, focused on service quality. James McManemon, studying for his master’s degree in hospitality management, concentrated on food service quality.

The result was a comprehensive, 68-page “Organizational Excellence Proposal” outlining suggested improvements and specific ways to make them happen. Proposed changes to the patient environment included uplifting and invigorating color schemes, enhanced lighting and user-friendly furniture layouts. Other suggestions focused on food service quality, service quality and employee motivation and recognition.

Friedrich says the hospital was thrilled with the results. “This project gives us a fresh look at the hospital experience through the eyes of talented young students in the hospitality industry,” he says. “This will be an extremely useful aid to us as we work to provide, not only top-quality healthcare, but also a high-service, concierge environment that our patients, visitors and staff expect and deserve.”

“This is a fantastic example of the types of partnerships and real-life experiences USFSM students experience in our community,” says Dean Cobanoglu. “We’re extremely grateful to Blake Medical Center for giving our students the opportunity to participate in this project and provide them with a meaningful, hands-on experience that will further enable them to make a real difference in people’s lives.” He adds that the hospital is in conversation with the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership to initiate an ongoing guest service training program for Blake staff members.

Three Community Leaders Appointed to University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Campus Board

Dr. Teresa Rawe, David Eckel and Anne Weintraub were named to the USF Sarasota-Manatee Board on June 21.

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SARASOTA (June 25, 2013) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee appointed three new members to the Campus Board at the June 21 board meeting. Dr. Teresa Rawe, David Eckel and Anne Weintraub replace Margaret Callihan, Elizabeth Lindsay and Bob Turner as full-time members of the five-person board joining Byron Shinn and Richard Smith.

“We are so pleased to announce the new additions to our Campus Board,” said Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford. “Anne, David and Teresa have always been strong supporters of USF Sarasota-Manatee. Their leadership and community ties will pay dividends to our university during their tenure on the board. I would also like to sincerely thank Margaret Callihan, Bob Turner and Liz Lindsay for their dedication and service for the last several years. USF Sarasota-Manatee is extremely grateful to have benefited from their wisdom and stewardship.”

The new members were approved by the USF Board of Trustees on June 6 and will begin their four-year term on July 1.

Weintraub is a shareholder and a founding member of the Sarasota-based law firm of Band Weintraub, P.L.A. and a real estate attorney. Ms. Weintraub was named one of Tampa Bay’s “Top 25 People to Watch” in 2013 by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She is also currently a member of the Stetson University College of Law Board of Overseers and is a member of the boards for The Visible Men’s Academy Charter School and the Joshua Chapnick Epilepsy Endowment Fund. In addition, Weintraub has served on the corporate board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County and was recently appointed to the University of South Florida Community Leadership Council. She is a past chairwoman of both the Sarasota Association of Realtors and the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Realtor/Attorney Joint Committee.

Eckel serves as President  and Broker/Owner of Wagner Realty, comprising 10 branch offices in Sarasota and Manatee Counties and across the Tampa Bay area. Wagner Realty is a full service real estate company, voted “The Best Real Estate Company” by The Bradenton Herald’s Readers’ Preference Awards for 15 years in a row.  In 2011, the Company was voted large business of the year by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. Eckel has been very active in the community throughout the years, and served USFSM as the Chairman of the Community Leadership Council, was Chairman of the Community Affairs Committee, and presently is an advisor to the College of Business. Eckel was a long-time Board Member of Saint Stephens Episcopal School, and has very recently been asked to serve as a Board Member of its Endowment Committee. He served as a previous Board Member of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and its Economic Development Council, a Board Member of Whitney National Bank and is a present Board Member of the Plaza at Five Points Condominium Association (Sarasota). Eckel is a previous runner up for Entrepreneur of the Year for Sarasota/Manatee Counties as named by the Gulf Coast Business Review. Eckel graduated from Cornell University and received an MBA degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also served as an officer in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge as a Captain.

Dr. Teresa Rawe is the medical director of the Emergency Department for Manatee Memorial Hospital at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.  She has served in this capacity at Manatee Memorial since 1998 and has been affiliated with Lakewood Ranch Medical Center since 2004. Prior to this appointment, Rawe was with the Edward White Hospital in St. Petersburg from 1996-2006. In 1989, she completed a medical internship at University General Hospital in Seminole, Fla., and completed her Doctor of Osteopathy at Nova Southeastern University, University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Miami, Fla. in 1988. She was a University of South Florida Chemistry graduate in 1984. Rawe holds academic appointments at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Her specialty has been Emergency Medicine since 1989. She is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, American Academy of Physician Specialists, the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association and Sigma Sigma Phi.

Florida Department of Education Warns Teacher Preparation Participants That Data May Have Been Accessed Without Authorization

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Florida Department of Education Warns Teacher Preparation Participants That Data May Have Been Accessed Without Authorization

~ No indication data has been used inappropriately ~

Tallahassee, Fla. (June 21, 2013) – Personal information of teacher preparation program participants was exposed on the Internet during a transfer of data between servers housed at Florida State University, the entity performing work under contract with the Florida Department of Education.

During the transfer in late May, FSU’s Florida Center for Interactive Media moved the data to a new server, but failed to enact security measures to restrict access to only authorized individuals.

For a period of 14 days, personal information of about 47,000 participants in Florida teacher preparation programs during academic years 2009-10 through 2011-12 was publically accessible. (Note: academic years include summer, fall and spring semesters, so the last participants affected by the breach were enrolled in spring 2012.) FDOE was made aware of the failure to properly secure the data on June 11 and immediately worked with university officials to close the access, clear all cached data files, and run security checks to ensure the information was only accessible by authorized users.

An initial investigation indicates the personal information may have been accessed 23 times via Google, which may have included unauthorized access. There is no indication the data has been used inappropriately. The university and the department are notifying through all possible means any individuals whose information may have been exposed.

“This is unacceptable. All Floridians deserve our unceasing protection of their personal information and must have confidence that it will never be exposed for the potential of illegal use,” said Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett. “I have ordered a top to bottom review of the security of every database and our staff is expediting the transfer of all confidential information into servers directly monitored and secured by the department.”

“The university takes the protection of personal information very seriously and took immediate action to remedy the situation,” said Liz Maryanski, FSU’s vice president for university relations. “We are working closely with the Department of Education to notify those affected and will continue to assist.”

In addition to contacting those that may have been affected, the department will have staff available Monday to assist anyone who may have been impacted. That number is 866-507-1109 and will be in operation Monday afternoon. The cost of ID protection will be provided for those affected.

While the incident is being investigated, program participants who suspect their Social Security number or other personal information may have been misused or that they may be the victim of identity theft should contact the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/idtheft or call 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338). Affected persons may also call their local sheriff’s office and file a police report of identity theft, keeping a copy of the police report.

To protect themselves from the possibility of identity theft, individuals are encouraged to place a free fraud alert on their credit files. A fraud alert notifies creditors to contact individuals before opening new accounts in their name. Call any one of the three major credit reporting agencies at the numbers below to place a fraud alert and receive letters from the agencies with instructions on how to receive a free copy of their credit report.

Experian – 1-888-397-3742
Equifax – 1-888-766-0008
TransUnion – 1-800-680-7289

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Hosts UnidosNow ‘Future Leaders Summer Academy’

UnidosNow at USFSM

Students of the UnidosNow “Future Leaders Summer Academy” learn the ins-and-outs of the college application process through hand-on training at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Throughout the summer, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee opens its doors to dozens of high school students from nine different local high schools and their parents for the UnidosNow ‘Future Leaders Summer Academy.’ The Academy is a series of 18 informative college prep sessions intended to prepare students for the college application process. UnidosNow is a non-profit organization committed to fully integrating the region’s Hispanic community into the state’s civic, cultural, and economic fabric, with higher education being a key focus and important building block for success.

“USFSM is delighted to partner with UnidosNow on this special program,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, USFSM Regional Chancellor. “As the region’s comprehensive university, we believe it is our leadership responsibility to inspire and provide resources to all students in our community, and to expose them to the critical importance of gaining a higher education for future success.”

The program includes 24 students that are the first from their families to attend college, seven of which are the first to graduate high school.

“College education and active leadership are imperative to empowering the Hispanic community while simultaneously bringing our nation forward,” said Cathaleen Kaiyoorawongs the Director of Education Initiatives for UnidosNow. “In the UnidosNow program, we identify promising high school students with dreams of attending college and an expressed commitment to giving back to their community, helping bring their peers up the ladder with them. Through the program, they are able to develop the academic, social and organizational skills needed to not only go to college, but also become tomorrow’s community, state and national leaders.”

The program began June 6 and wraps up August 10 with a graduation ceremony for participants.

USF Sarasota-Manatee is the host for 12 sessions of the 18 sessions, including an information session and campus tour on July 9. Some of the other workshops on the USFSM campus include: “Who Am I? Team Building Exercises” (June 11 and 13), “Interviewing Skills” (June 18), “Leadership – What is Community?” (June 20), “Career Exploration and How to Start the College Search Process” (June 25 and 27), “Testing Strategies for the ACT and SAT” (July 2 and 23), “College Essay Writing” (July 18 and 25) and a “What’s next?” (August 8).

Hosting the summer program on the USFSM campus will help prepare students and families unfamiliar with the college search process, and allow them to become comfortable communicating with admissions staff. That exposure will serve as a valuable asset as they look for the right higher education institution to fit their needs.

“By holding the program at USF Sarasota-Manatee, we are able to give the students an experience on a college campus as well as to get community partners invested in higher education for first generation college applicants,” Kaiyoorawongs said. “Integration, education, and empowerment are vital keys to our community’s prosperity.”

For more information on the summer academy and to apply, please visit the UnidosNow website.

USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education Receives Major Grant from Manatee Community Foundation

$42,000 Grant will fund a collaborative pilot program with the Manatee County school district to incorporate arts-integrated teaching into school curricula.

USFSM Manatee Community Foundation Grant to COE

(l to r) Dr. Patricia Hunsader, assistant professor USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education; Marilyn Howard, executive director Manatee Community Foundation; Dr. Robin Thompson, executive director of teaching and learning Manatee County Schools; Dean Terry Osborn, USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education.

The Manatee Community Foundation’s Leslie and Margaret Weller Fund supporting arts education awarded a $42,000 grant to fund collaboration between the Manatee County school district and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s (USFSM) Center of Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT). The funding will be used to design and implement an arts-integrated pilot program for Manatee County educators. “Enhancing teacher education while impacting large numbers of Manatee County school children with imaginative and creative arts integration projects under the guidance of professional artists is a win, win, win for all involved,” says Marilyn Howard, executive director. The Manatee Community Foundation is excited to help launch this pilot project.”

The College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee embraces the concept of using the arts as an effective strategy for enriching learning and teaching experiences. Dr. Patricia Hunsader, assistant professor in USFSM’s College of Education, and director of the Center for PAInT says, “We’re extremely grateful for these funds, which will enable us to put these concepts into practice.”

The pilot program, “Collaboration, Arts Integration, and the Common Core” (CAICC), will pair select Manatee County teachers from a Title 1 school with USFSM student interns and Center of PAInT teaching artists to

develop innovative teaching curricula and strategies based on the Common Core State Standards. A professional development team will supply the background knowledge required for successfully implementing the pilot program. After the program is launched, another team of professional educators will meet with program participants to solve problems and develop changes based on real-time performance data from the classroom. At the conclusion of the program, educators will conduct a pupil impact assessment based on pilot trials and student surveys.

“Teachers, teacher candidates, and teaching artists will collaborate to create lessons, replicable in other settings, incorporating dance, music, theater, visual arts, and technology-based art forms,” says Hunsader. “Ultimately, the team will document and evaluate the effectiveness of these arts-integrated teaching strategies. We believe the evidence will show that arts-integrated teaching positively impacts learning by teaching skills in problem-solving, perseverance, and collaboration.”

Dr. Terry Osborn, dean of USFSM’s College of Education, says that the CAICC program will empower teachers to bring more meaningful learning experiences to their classrooms through the arts. “The Manatee Community Foundation is demonstrating its commitment to fostering innovative educational advances in our schools,” says Osborn. “With its support, we’re able to set the stage to ensure that teachers have the skills to integrate the arts in classes across the school day. We’ll make an impact in all the subjects students take, including science, technology, mathematics, social sciences and English/language arts.”

Dr. Robin Thompson, executive director of teaching and learning for the Manatee County Schools, praises the innovations in teaching that will enrich student learning thanks to this grant. “We are looking forward to participating in this partnership with USFSM and appreciate Manatee Community Foundation’s support,” she says. “It will provide opportunities for our teachers to integrate the arts across the curriculum to increase student engagement, critical thinking and achievement.”

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About USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM)

USF Sarasota-Manatee is a comprehensive, four-year university for those interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s degree, professional certification, or continuing education credit. USFSM offers the prestige of a nationally ranked research university with the convenience of a hometown location, including classes in North Port and Manatee County. www.usfsm.edu

The Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching

The Center of Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT) brings faculty together across disciplines to work on integrating critical and creative literacy in teaching, and to design new academic programs and courses that will enhance the learning experiences of College of Education candidates. The size of its community of learners is small enough to permit intimate conversations, creative brainstorming, and collegial collaborations.

About the Manatee Community Foundation

The Manatee Community Foundation was established in 1998 and has grown to $26 million in assets. Last year MCF distributed $2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to worthy students. Manatee Community Foundation “connects the charitable interest of donors with the on-going needs in our community.” To learn more, please visit www.manateecf.org or call (941)-747-7765.

Lora Kosten, Faculty

Dr. Lora Kosten is Faculty Coordinator for USF Sarasota-Manatee at North Port and also teaches courses in elementary education methods and foundations of education. She is retired from the Central Falls, Rhode Island School District where she worked as both a teacher and a principal.

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What made you come to USFSM?

For the opportunity to live in Venice and work in higher education.

What special projects/research are you involved in?

Currently I am on a Planning Committee for Leadership North Port.  Leadership North Port is an initiative involving selected participants who are connected to the community in some way.  The mission is:  To create a place where leadership skills and community resources can be applied to inspire individuals to become a leader in the North Port.

Leadership NP will meet each month February through November for a full day of presentations and tours by local government and business leaders.  I am working to help plan and facilitate four half-day trainings on leadership skills.

What other jobs have you held before this one and what were your roles?

Central Falls Rhode Island school District: General Science and Biology Teacher grades 7-12/Grade 4 teacher/Elementary School Principal

Adjunct Instructor for Leadership Studies at Rhode Island College

If you were selling USFSM to an incoming student what would you say?

USFSM is a small personalized community with huge credentials.

How has USFSM made you a better professional/person?

USFSM is a respectful environment that embraces the community.  While my students and the classes I teach are my main priority; I have been inspired to get involved in the community.  I recognize the importance of service and feel I have developed a lifelong commitment to it.

What are some of your goals for the future?

To publish a journal article about the importance of the integration of arts and education.

What is the best part of USFSM?

The students!  We have both traditional and non-traditional students, all who are dedicated and hard-working.  Helping them fulfill their dreams of a college degree is most rewarding. 

Todd Hughes, Student

Todd Hughes is the newly elected President of the USF Sarasota-Manatee Student Government. Prior to being elected President, Hughes served as co-President of the Student Veteran Society as well as the Veteran’s Administration student work study at USFSM. Hughes served his country in Iraq as a member of the United States Army.

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What would you like to do for a career upon graduation?

I would like to get involved in politics on some level to fight for Veterans’ rights. As a full time career, I would like to be a museum curator.

Why did you choose the major that you chose?

I love history and want to be able to pass my passion on to others and maybe spark a love of history in others that feel history is boring by showing them the fun in history.

What are some of your interests?

I love to tour historical sites with my family as well as competing with my friends in shooting. But over all I prefer to spend as much of my free time as I can with my kids doing whatever they want.

What is something about you that people would not normally know about you?

There is nothing I can think of that anyone that knows me would not know about me. I am very open and transparent with no secrets in my life.

Why did you choose USF Sarasota-Manatee?

At first I choose USF Sarasota-Manatee because of convenience. I live five minutes away from the school and wanted to go to a known school so it was an obvious choice. After my first couple of weeks I realized I was at the right school because it was so much better, in every way, than where I came from.

Would you recommend USFSM to someone else?

I definitely would recommend this University to everyone as long as their major is available here.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Announces New Professional and Technical Communication B.A. Degree

StudentsTwenty-first century communication calls for new training and knowledge. Today’s professional environment is powered by complex technology, fueled by information, and driven by masterful communication skills. To respond to these and future challenges, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has created a Bachelor of Arts in Professional and Technical Communication. “As the field of professional and technical communication becomes a strong career track, it makes perfect sense to have it become a separate degree program,” says Prof. Tod Roberts, instructor of English and director of the Writing Internship Program at USFSM. Roberts and fellow USFSM instructor Dr. Wilma Davidson designed the program, which was approved by USF System Trustees last November and will be first offered in the fall of 2013.

“This will be the only undergraduate program of its kind in the state, offering courses in professional and technical writing with electives in business and information technology,” says Roberts. “Other schools have similar programs, especially at the graduate level, but none has quite what we are offering. This is an exciting opportunity for USFSM students.” He adds that the classes, presented by instructors known for their contributions in professional and technical communication, will be kept small in order to provide “individual attention and pragmatic instruction geared to today’s job market.” In addition, many courses will be offered online, providing access to adult students working and supporting a family while earning a degree.

Davidson notes that the program also offers a strong focus on corporate communication needs in advertising, crisis management, human resources, marketing communications, and public relations. Courses in writing, editing and publishing for a wide variety of formats, including scholarly, technical, medical, non-profit and journalistic, are also part of the curriculum.

Roberts emphasizes that a vital aspect of the new degree program will be partnering with area businesses and non-profit institutions to offer internships to graduates. “This real-life experience will be a requirement for the degree and will give our graduates a strong competitive edge,” he says. “In addition to the degree, we will offer an Undergraduate Certificate in this specialty to enhance the career prospects for students in other majors.”

“Globalization, cross-cultural influences, technical advances, and new ethical and regulatory requirements have changed the communication needs of today’s marketplace,” says Davidson. “This USFSM program gives its graduates the skills they’ll need to meet these challenges and build successful, long-lasting careers.”

For more program details, contact:

Dr. Wilma Davidson • 941-387-8735 • davidson@sar.usf.edu

Prof. Tod Roberts • tr@sar.usf.edu

2012-13 USFSM Faculty & Staff Recognition

Recognition is an important part of our culture at USF and this year our Outstanding Staff Award program honors employees who continually work to make USFSM a better place.  

The awards ceremony, held on April 24, included special recognition for Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Research, Excellence in Service, Length of Service, Outstanding Staff Award, Diversity Honor Roll, Outstanding Professor, Quiet Quality Award, Staff Senate, Administration Council, Faculty Senate Officers and Campus Committee Volunteers.

Award Winners and Special Recognitions

Excellence in Teaching: Dr. Patricia Hunsader

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Patricia D. Hunsader, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. She has taught graduate and undergraduate mathematics methods courses for over ten years, and her research interests include mathematics curriculum, arts integration and classroom assessment. She has published and presented her research work both nationally and internationally, most recently at the International Congress on Mathematical Education in Seoul, Korea. Dr. Hunsader was named a STaR (Service, Teaching, and Research) Fellow in 2011, a project funded by the National Science Foundation, and was granted the USFSM outstanding professor award that same year. 

Excellence in Research: Kiyoung Chang

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Dr. Chang joined University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee in 2010. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His teaching interests are corporate finance, financial management, international finance, and financial institution. His research interests include corporate governance, cash management, mergers and acquisitions, security offerings, international corporate finance, institutional investors, and corporate social responsibility. He served as an executive board member of the Korea America Finance Association in the past and is a member of Financial Management Association and Korea America Finance Association.

Excellence in Service: Dr. Lynn McBrien

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J. Lynn McBrien is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. She received her doctorate in Educational Studies from Emory University in May, 2005, where she was the 2004 recipient of the university’s Humanitarian Award, given to students who demonstrate exemplary service in social justice. Dr. McBrien’s service and much of her research focuses on children affected by war, whether they be resettled refugee students and their families in the United States, or children and families who have returned to their home communities following war.

For the rest of the honorees, check out our Storify of the event:

 

 

                                                                                     

 

R.G. “Kelly” Caldwell, Donor

R.G. “Kelly” Caldwell is CEO and President of Caldwell Trust Company and its parent, Trust Companies of America, Inc. The Caldwell Trust Company Business Scholarship is an award given annually to students attending the College of Business at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

9757_KCaldwellWhy is USFSM important to you personally? 

Caldwell Trust Company has first-hand experience in the value of USFSM, not only to our community but also to our own business. Back in 2003 we hired Sonya Kristie (now Sonya Dlug), as an intern when she was a junior-year student at USFSM. Sonya proved so capable and talented that upon her graduation in 2005, we promoted her to fulltime trust assistant. She rose quickly within our company, becoming a trust associate in 2007 and assistant trust officer in 2009. By 2010—just five years out of USFSM–she was a full trust officer, serving her own clients with our complete confidence. It’s gratifying for Caldwell to know that USFSM helps to educate our young people right here in Sarasota. We don’t have to look outside our area to find capable employees who already know and love our community.

What do you think the role of USFSM is in the community?

Absent institutions like USFSM, many of our local youth would be attending colleges in other communities or states. USFSM provides the same resources, presenting a clear path for our kids to stay and work within our community. By serving our young people so well and keeping them in town, USFSM brings a vibrancy to our community.

How important was your education in preparing you for your business success?

Very important. I was trained as an engineer, a profession that taught me to approach problems with critical thinking in a linear fashion. In our fast-moving, ever-changing world, it is vitally important to bring that keen, cold-eyed look, to cut through the superficial noise and get to the heart of a situation.

What drives you in giving back to the community?  

This is my home. My family’s roots herego back to the 70s. This community has given so much to me and has meant so much to our family for generations, and I believe strongly in giving back.This is where I grew up as a child, where I wish to raise my three children. I want them to live in a strong community, a prosperous one. The best way to ensure that future for my boys—and for others here—is to contribute my time, talent and whatever other resources I can provide so that I can help to build on the outstanding resources we all enjoy. 

Dr. Richard Reich, Faculty

Outstanding Professor Award

Honorees for the Outstanding Professor Award at USF Sarasota-Manatee share a sincere involvement with their students, passion for the university and its mission, and a commitment to excellence through education. Presented by the Student Government Association on behalf of the graduating seniors, the award is the highest campus level honor for USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty members. It recognizes exceptional accomplishments, leadership, and service to the campus and community.

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Dr. Reich has been at USF Sarasota-Manatee since 2005 after spending several years working at the USF Tampa campus. Reich earned his B.S in Psychology from the College of Charleston in 1994 and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from USF. He has been published in over 10 different journals and publications and has overseen directed studies for undergraduate psychology majors at USFSM since 2006.

Dr. Reich is known as an expert for cognitive factors affecting substance use and abuse as well as statistical applications to psychological research. For all this and more, the USFSM students have recognized Dr. Reich as this semester’s Most Outstanding Professor.

What special projects/research are you involved in? 

I am involved in several projects studying the cognitive factors influencing the decision to drink alcohol.  Some of these projects are collaborations with current and former USFSM students.  I also am a research/statistical consultant on multiple projects at Moffitt Cancer Center.

What courses do you teach?

Most recently, I have taught Research Methods, Pro Seminar, Drugs and Behavior, Cognitive Psychology, Learning, and Physiological Psychology.

Why did you get into teaching? 

To some degree, vanity.  I hoped to captivate the attention of students the way I was captivated by great teachers I had.

Why did you come to USFSM? 

I came to USFSM because I needed a job.  I have stayed at USFSM for three reasons: 1) The value the administration puts on teaching and research. 2) The students, who are conscientious and rich in life experience; and 3) The enormous potential of the university. 

What does it mean to you to be named outstanding professor?  

I hope it means the students have learned something in my classes. 

Michaela Cerce, Student

King O’Neal Scholar Award

The USF Alumni Association awards the King O’Neal Scholars award every semester to those students completing their USF coursework with a 4.0 GPA. The award was created in honor of charter USF graduates Lucas King and Evelyn O’Neal.

KingONeal_MichaelaCerceMichaela is a Hospitality Management major who will graduate with a 4.0 GPA. Following graduation, Michaela hopes to continue her education by attending culinary school to obtain a degree in baking and pastry arts. She also helps to manage a family business in the restaurant industry in her spare time.

Michaela aspires to own her own business after finishing her education.

What would you like to do for a career upon graduation?

Upon graduation, I plan on attending culinary school to obtain a degree in baking and pastry arts. I currently manage a family business in the restaurant industry, and I would ultimately like to have my own business after completing my education.

Why did you choose the major that you chose?

I chose Hospitality Management due to the fact that it encompasses many aspects of the industry that I am interested in. In the future, I aspire to have an event planning/catering business.

What are some of your interests?

Some of my interests include traveling, baking, reading, scrap booking, and playing the piano.

What is something about you that people wouldn’t normally know about you?

Something that most people would not normally know about me is that I like to go target shooting, and I can hit a bulls eye from 100 yards away with an AR 15 rifle.

Why did you choose USF Sarasota-Manatee?

I chose USF Sarasota-Manatee for the smaller campus, relative location to my home, and for the degree that I was pursuing.

Why were you a good candidate for this award?

I believe that I was a good candidate for this award because I work extremely hard at trying to succeed in my education, and I have put a lot of time and effort into earning a 4.0 GPA. 

USF Sarasota-Manatee Holds 59th Commencement Ceremony

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s spring commencement exercises will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.

Of 297 students that have applied to graduate in spring, 198 are expected to attend the ceremony. This number includes 37 master’s degree candidates, 81 from Arts & Sciences, 40 from Business, 24 from Education and 16 from Hospitality and Technology Leadership.

Regional Chancellor Arthur M. Guilford will represent USF Sarasota-Manatee, and USF System President Judy Genshaft will preside. Stephen Graves, will be the ceremony announcer; Dr. Jody McBrien will bear the University mace; and Sarah Coit, USF College of the Arts, will perform the National Anthem and USF Alma Mater.

Special award recipients at the ceremony include:

Paul Searles Webecke Award: Todd Bolkema, MBA, USFSM College of Business. This honor is given to the most outstanding student in the Master of Business Administration program. Todd earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA, and has been employed at Florida Power and Light in Sarasota since 2001. He is currently a senior planning engineer. Personal: He lives in Bradenton with his wife and three sons and volunteers as the treasurer at Bradenton Christian Reformed Church and as a counselor in a youth group. Todd hopes to use the skills he’s gained while at USF Sarasota-Manatee and USF Tampa to start a business. 

Golden Bull Service and Outstanding Leadership Award: Ryan Page, USFSM College of Arts and Sciences, Criminology. The Golden Bull Award is sponsored by the USFSM Student Government Association and is presented to a student who has demonstrated excellence in leadership activities, community and university involvement, and academic success. Ryan served as president of the Criminology Club at USFSM for the past two years during which time he organized a club trip to Washington, D.C. to tour the museums and to visit the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. In addition to his work with the Criminology Club, Ryan also participated in several community events such as USFSM Freshman Round-Up, USFSM Club Rushes, USFSM Road Clean Up, and Circle K.

Outstanding Graduate Award: Dat Vu, College of Business, Accounting and Finance. This award ispresented by the USF Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the USF Alumni Association to recognize the graduating senior who embodies leadership, school spirit, community service, character and scholarship. Dat, who will graduate with an overall GPA of 3.70, came to USFSM after attending State College of Florida. He overcame a language barrier and immediately became involved in all aspects of student life. In his time at USFSM, Dat has been a student senator for the College of Business and held the position of vice president for USF Sarasota-Manatee Student Government during the 2011-12 academic year. Dat helped to found and served as president of the Phi Beta Lambda fraternity for the Future Business Leaders of America. He plans to pursue a career in Finance or Accounting.

King O’Neal Scholars Award: Michaela Cerce, College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership, Hospitality Management. The USF Alumni Association presents this award for achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout one’s undergraduate degree. The award was created in honor of charter USF graduates Lucas King and Evelyn O’Neal. Following graduation, Michaela hopes to continue her education by attending culinary school to obtain a degree in baking and pastry arts. She also helps to manage a family business in the restaurant industry in her spare time, and aspires to own her own business after finishing her education.

Spring 2013 Outstanding Professor: Dr. Richard Reich, College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Reich has been at USF Sarasota-Manatee since 2005 after spending several years working at the USF Tampa campus. Reich earned his B.S in Psychology from the College of Charleston in 1994 and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from USF. He has been published in over 10 different journals and publications and has overseen directed studies for undergraduate psychology majors at USFSM since 2006. Dr. Reich is known as an expert for cognitive factors affecting substance use and abuse as well as statistical applications to psychological research. For all this and more, the USFSM students have recognized Dr. Reich as this semester’s Most Outstanding Professor.

USF Sarasota-Manatee IT Program to Offer New, Cutting-Edge Courses for Summer and Fall

The College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee announces new courses in the emerging areas of IT Security and Mobile Applications.

A new era of total connectivity and access to information 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week has created the demand for training in a variety of emerging technical fields, including the latest courses at USFSM in Android Web Apps, Mobile/Wireless Security, and IT Strategy and Entrepreneurship. The assembly of new programs in USFSM’s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership addresses the needs of traditional and non-traditional students, as well as working professionals seeking formal training in new technologies. The IT curriculum has been designed as a team effort among educators and industry partners, resulting in rigorous content aligned with current and emerging industry needs.

“Students live in a connected world and are bringing these ideas to the workplace,” said Shane Hartman, who will be teaching the new courses on Android Web Apps. “As such, USFSM is bridging the gap between personal and social ideas that students are accustomed to and applying them to the workplace with courses like Software Development for Mobile Apps and Android Web Apps, which shows students how to take business constructs and adapt them to the mobile environment.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee continues to be on the forefront of emerging technologies and areas of study with the addition of these three courses, made timely by the viral story of Nick D’Alosio. D’Alosio, a 17-year-old from the United Kingdom who became instantly famous for selling an app he developed to Yahoo!, for millions of dollars. “The never-ending debate between mobile and native (traditional) web applications is a debate which will undoubtedly grow along with Android’s market share,” said Fred Cavazza, a regular contributor on social and digital media and technology to Forbes Magazine.

The cornerstone of the IT program at USFSM is information security. Shane Hartman is recognized as one of the area’s premier experts on digital forensics and is the founder of the Suncoast Security Society. Hartman is joined by Dr. Bill Murphy, who will teach the course on IT Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Jeremy Rasmussen, Senior Principal Information Security Engineer at CACI, an IT solutions firm, will teach the Mobile/Wireless Security course beginning this summer.

Android Web Apps will be offered beginning in summer 2013 with Mobile Web Apps following as a complementary course starting in fall 2013. Students are advised to take both courses back-to-back.

In developing this IT track, USFSM’s goal is to be nimble and creative in designing practical programs in the field, enabling students to gain valuable training that will help them land careers in a rapidly changing world.

More information is available here.

Biology Degree

  • The program to be highlighted is the new B.S. Biology Degree within the College of Arts & Sciences at USFSM—our first STEM program. The centerpiece is the partnership with the world-renowned Mote Marine Research Laboratories, where new science labs/classrooms are currently under construction. Beginning in August 2013, students can begin building a strong foundation to prepare for entrance into technical positions in the STEM fields, post-baccalaureate studies in graduate level STEM programs and entrance to professional schools, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, etc. Currently, no public institutions in our local area offer a B.S. degree in Biology. This new program will impact local, regional, state and national workforce and economic needs in the burgeoning life sciences, health professions and biotechnology industries. Mote Marine scientists will be actively engaged with UFSM students, teaching, mentoring and giving them real-world experience in research, helping USFSM become an internationally recognized undergraduate research institution, while strengthening the preeminence of the USF system. This program directly supports the 2010 “New Florida” initiative for advancing STEM fields by emphasizing natural sciences and biomedical technology, plus it readies graduates for high wage positions.
  • This is an emerging program which has been in the works for a year. Classes begin August 26, 2013.
  • We can’t measure success yet, however, this new program does fulfill many of the State University Strategic Planning Goals of 2012-2015, including: Strengthening Quality and Reputation of Academic Programs and Universities; Increasing Degree Productivity and Program Efficiency; Increasing the Number of Degrees Awarded in STEM and Other Areas of Strategic Emphasis; Strengthening Quality and Reputation of Scholarship, Research and Innovation; Increasing Research and Commercialization Activity; Strengthening Quality and Recognition of Commitment to Community and Business Engagement, etc. Fulfillment of all of these goals will make the new USFSM initiative Unstoppable, as we undertake the newest achievement that will showcase the best and brightest people and programs in the USF system. The innovative collaboration with Mote Marine Research Laboratories, creation of the area’s only public Biology degree program, addressing emerging workforce needs in the sciences and health careers, and enhancing the reputation and influence of USFSM are all elements of the community and global impact just on the horizon.

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Thank You for Your Support During the 36-Hour Giving Challenge!

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USF Sarasota-Manatee is so appreciative of the recent gifts that were given to the University during The Giving Partner’s 2013 “36-Hour Giving Challenge” on March 5 and 6. 

The participation in this community-wide fundraiser helped USFSM gain exposure and additional funds for scholarships and programs, and happily, we have learned that a total of 16 donations were eligible to be matched by The Patterson Foundation!

Before the matching dollars ran out at 7:05:37 on March 5th, the first morning of the Challenge, we were able to receive $6,600 in matching funds provided by The Patterson Foundation.

Our wonderful partners at the Furniture Warehouse also had 70 sales during the Challenge period that each qualified for a $25 dollar gift to USFSM, courtesy of the Richmond family.  The first $1,000 of their donation was matched, so their gift total was $2,750.00. That qualifies them as our largest single donor during the Challenge!  Thank you again to The Furniture Warehouse for being our business partner. Please remember to shop at the Furniture Warehouse throughout the year and mention that you are a USFSM supporter!

Overall, the total raised for USF Sarasota-Manatee during our first year with the 36-Hour Giving Challenge was $16,175 from 45 donors (including matching dollars).

Thank you all for being a part of our success!

Also, we would like to thank the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Patterson Foundation, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, Charlotte Community Foundation and the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation for encouraging our community to “unleash its inner generosity” and raise $2.78 million from 17,626 donations made from all over the country and the world. 

Andrew Sink, Student

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Andrew Sink is an incoming junior who will begin taking classes in Summer 2013. Andrew is a transfer student from State College of Florida and will be majoring in English with a concentration in Business and Technical Writing.

What would you like to do for a career upon graduation?

I enjoy working in Research and Development; working on new ideas and projects is something I have a great time doing.

Why did you choose the major that you chose?

I chose Business and Technical Writing because I wanted to stay involved in the technology industry. 

What are some of your interests?

I recently purchased a 3D printer, and I’ve been spending a lot of time making things with it.

What is something about you that people wouldn’t normally know about you?

I recently competed in a weightlifting meet in Tampa.

Why did you choose USF Sarasota-Manatee?

After visiting the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus and meeting some of the faculty and staff, I knew that this was a great college. Everybody was very happy and helpful, and seemed genuinely excited to meet new students. 

Would you recommend USFSM to someone else?

 Absolutely.

Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake, Faculty

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Marie Byrd-Blake is an assistant professor in the Department of Childhood Education and Literacy Studies at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. A native Floridian, she received her BS and MS in Elementary Education from Florida State University and Florida International University, respectively and her EdD in Educational Administration and Supervision with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida International University. Marie has a strong background in urban school education with 15 years of service in the Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami, Florida as a teacher, Title One Curriculum Specialist, and Assistant Principal. Prior to arriving at USF Sarasota Manatee in fall 2007, Marie held the title of assistant professor in Educational Administration at the University of Memphis and at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

What made you come to USFSM? 

I sought a University in my home state as well as a position that allowed me to focus on teacher education.

What special projects/research are you involved in?

  • WHAT I CAN BE WITH A COLLEGE DEGREE
    • February 22, 2013
    • Emma E. Booker 5th Grade Students will present their artwork that is currently being displayed in the College of Education Hallway. The event will highlight the “What I Can be With a College Degree” theme as it promotes higher education among students from diverse backgrounds. The Educators’ Alliance Student organization here on campus is has worked hard to sponsor this event.
  • I am president-elect of SRATE (Southern Region Association of Teacher Educators) and of FATE (Florida Association of Teacher Educators). SRATE will hold the 60th Annual Conference October 10-12, 2013 here at USF Sarasota Manatee. The theme of the conference is Teacher Effectiveness: Brilliance in the Making. As president-elect of SRATE, I am planning the conference. It will involve teacher educators from the following southern states:
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Maryland
  • On February 2nd, FATE will hold is winter meeting here on campus. At that time, FATE state representatives from Florida will participate in planning for the upcoming SRATE Conference.

What other positions have you held before this one and what were your roles?

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois                                              

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, School of Education

  • The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee                                                                               

Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership, College of Education

  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami, Florida                                                       

Assistant Principal, Reading Curriculum Specialist, Public School Teacher

If you were selling USFSM to an incoming student what would you say?

USFSM personalizes the higher education experience.

How has USFSM made you a better professional/person?

It has allowed me to grow professionally through service, scholarship and teaching.

What are some of your goals for the future?

My goals are to continue to bridge theory and practice in teacher education as well as further establishing myself nationally in my field.

What is the best part of USFSM?

The supportive climate of the campus is the best part of USFSM.

 

Rocky Does the ‘Harlem Shake’

Join USFSM in the 36-Hour Giving Challenge next week, when Southwest Florida unleashes its inner generosity!

You can help USFSM qualify for thousands of dollars in donations and grants that support our scholarships and programs. Please plan to CLICK, SHARE & SHOP during  The Giving Challenge, from March 5 at 7 a.m. to March 6 at 7 p.m.

Here’s how:

1.      CLICK on our “USF” profile on The Giving Partner website with this shortcut: www.USFSM.edu/click. Every unique visitor gets us closer to winning a $5,000 grant.

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3.      SHOP at The Furniture Warehouse, where you’ll not only get a discount during the 36-Hour Giving Challenge, but the store will make a donation to USFSM for every sale!

Please share this message with all of your friends and encourage them to support USFSM during the 36-Hour Giving Challenge!

Sponsored by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the Manatee Community Foundation with support from The Patterson Foundation.

Dr. Wilma Davidson, Instructor

WilmaWebDr. Wilma Davidson, Instructor of Business and Technical Writing

What made you come to USFSM?

We moved to Florida and I wanted to contribute in my area of expertise in academic as well as corporate classrooms, where I have been working across the globe for several decades.

What special projects/research are you involved in?

Tod Roberts and I have built the Professional and Technical Writing Program here at USFSM over the past few years—and in 2012 successfully presented a proposal to Tampa to make our concentration in Professional and Technical Writing a separate B.A. degree program (B.A. in Professional and Technical Communication).  It will begin in Fall 2014.

What other jobs have you held before this one and what were your roles?

I am still the president of Davidson & Associates Communications Consultants, Inc., a corporation devoted to helping executives and professionals manage their writing and speaking challenges in the workplace.

If you were selling USFSM to an incoming student what would you say?

Come here!  You will find professors who care, classes that are small, and an opportunity to get a quality education in a place where you can be counted.

How has USFSM made you a better professional/person?

It has allowed me the opportunity to blend my work in corporate classrooms with my work in academic classrooms.  Each informs my teaching and research.

What are some of your goals for the future?

To continue to help students succeed: to help them feel good about themselves and to give them the tools they need to write and speak professionally in the workplace.  To help them stand above the crowd. (I plan to contribute to write and publish as well.)

Regina Oykherman, Student

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Regina Oykherman, President of Bulls on Parade

What would you like to do for a career upon graduation?

My ideal career after graduation would be working as an investigator for the Medical Examiner’s office in Sarasota County.

Why did you choose the major that you chose?

The Criminal Justice Field is fascinating to me, not only do you get the ability to learn why criminals may commit crimes and what their motives are, but you are also able to learn how to better help the community and society as a whole stay better protected, and how to help those individuals that may have turned to crime at one point in their life and how there are various programs that may help them get ‘back on their feet.’

Why did you choose USF Sarasota-Manatee?

I chose USF Sarasota-Manatee not only because it is close to home, but also because USF is a great school to attend. USF Sarasota-Manatee not only has a beautiful campus, but also allows you to have small class sizes giving you the ability to work closely with your professors. What I say to any student interested in attending USFSM is that this campus is a ‘public school with a private school atmosphere’ and that all the instructors are not only teaching in the classroom, but are also working in the field, bringing valuable knowledge and experience into the classroom.

Would you recommend USFSM to someone else?

Yes, I have already recruited my brother to attend USFSM. 

How has USFSM prepared you for your career goals?

USFSM has not only prepared me through the classroom, but has also allowed me to get involved and hold leadership positions within the campus so I can grow as an individual. The knowledge I have gathered from my studies, and the experiences I have had through my involvement on campus will allow me to better understand, work and problem solve in the field.

What was your favorite class at USFSM and why?

Alternatives to Incarceration – This would have had to be my favorite class because it not only helped me understand why persons commit crimes, but also informed me of various ways to better discipline individuals through means other than incarceration/jail etc. I also enjoyed this class because not only did I learn about these types of alternatives in the classroom, but I was also given the opportunity to visit the Sarasota County Jail and do a walk-through with the rest of my class. This experience not only allowed me to see what goes on in the inside of a jail, but also allowed me to learn about various programs and activities that individuals housed there can partake in while serving their time. This class was not only informative but also eye opening, letting me know that in order to reduce re-incarceration rates, there is a major need for alternatives to incarceration and transition programs that allow persons to ‘smoothly’ or ‘more easily’ transition back into society.

What is the best part of USFSM?

There is no single good thing about USFSM. USFSM as a whole is a great campus and great school. With extremely knowledgeable professors, small class sizes and great opportunities that USFSM provides to get involved on and off campus, USFSM is indeed the whole package! 

Brian Mudd Hired as New Director of Technology Services

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has named Brian Mudd the new Director of Technology Services. Mudd comes to USFSM with more than 25 years of experience in higher education, including the last 23 at Saginaw Valley State University.

“I hope that within a year faculty and students will notice continued improvement in the level of Technology Services, with a customer service emphasis and responsiveness to technical issues, including exploration and implementation of innovative tools which enhance overall teaching,” Mudd said. “I look forward to meeting – and exceeding – the needs of USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty and students.”

Throughout his career, Mudd helped facilitate audio and video, library media and information and instructional technology services for faculty, staff and students. He has been a part of the opening of six academic buildings as well as designing classrooms and systems to aid in improved learning. Mudd was also in charge of running a help desk and responding personally to calls when necessary. He has demonstrated leadership, public service and management skills.

“I hope to contribute positively in the growth and expansion of USF Sarasota-Manatee, while continuing to elevate the level of customer service and responsiveness to meeting faculty and student needs and to contribute to the overall learning mission,” Mudd said.

In his new role at USFSM, Mudd will oversee all of Technology and Internet Services, including the Information Commons and Internet Café. Mudd received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees (in Program Broadcast and Cinematic Arts)  from Central Michigan University, and an Educational Certificate in Distance Education from Indiana University.

USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education Hosts Emma E. Booker Elementary Art Show

BookerThe University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee College of Education worked with students in Susan Ambriosio’s fifth grade art class at Emma E. Booker Elementary to create original works of art entitled “What I Can Be With a College Degree”.

A reception introducing the display will be held in the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on February 22nd.

“What I Can Be with a College Degree” is a collaborative effort to promote the value of higher education among students that are culturally, linguistically, racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. It grew out of the College of Education’s Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT) Center, which infuses the arts into all teacher preparation. Emma E. Booker Elementary School serves as a host for USFSM’s teacher candidates completing their internships. The Educator’s Alliance at USFSM encourages future educators to work with diverse students and encourage their growth and success through professional development and community service.

To prepare for the display, students were assigned homework researching different state universities to see what college degrees were offered and which would interest them. They researched how long it would take to acquire that degree, what clothes they would wear in that profession, what tools they would use and what type of salary they would earn once they were working in that field. Each student had a photo of his or her face taken, which was converted into a computerized line drawing that personalizes each work of art and helped the young artists focus on the professions rather than their drawing skills. Teacher Susan Ambrioso said “This project encouraged Emma E. Booker fifth graders to think about college and professions in which they may be interested. They came upon the realization that college was a possibility rather something that was out of their grasp and it wasn’t that far in the future. They also figured out that some professions require a college degree and some need a special training route instead.”

“Latavia’s” self-portrait shows that she could become a teacher. “Rose” drew herself as a labor and delivery nurse. There are several veterinarians, doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers and fashion designers in the group, as well. Through bright colors and imaginative settings, the children depicted their aspirations for the future.

“This was a special initiative because it gave us the opportunity to see the potential these students have and to encourage their dreams,” said USFSM College of Education student Bailey Leonard, currently a student teacher at Tatum Ridge Elementary. “As educators, one of our goals is to help every child reach their potential in life and to help them succeed. We really got to see that connection being made!”

The project also reinforced how important arts integration is in the classroom. “It gives children a chance to express themselves in not just a pencil and paper kind of way,” Leonard said.

USF Sarasota-Manatee Students to Host USF (SM)²ART FAIR FEB. 23RD

Children are invited to engage in hands-on mathematical art projects in a fun, interactive event sponsored by the USF Sarasota-Manatee Sharing Math [USF(SM)² Club] in two sessions on February 23, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at USFSM’s Selby Auditorium. The campus math organization hosting the fair exists to promote, encourage and support sense-making in mathematics among its members and the extended community. Members are primarily elementary education majors who will be the classroom leaders of the future.

“The (SM)²Art Fair reflects our desire to reach out to our community in a unique way to inspire children who may not associate math with creativity, expression or fun,” said Tricia D. Hunsader, Ph.D., assistant professor in the USFSM College of Education and faculty advisor for the event. “We hope that this event will get kids engaged and allow them to connect their creativity to mathematical contexts. We are not attempting to teach the math underlying the activities, much of which is aligned with high-level high school or college courses. But we will use the projects to stimulate children’s imaginations and whet their appetites for future learning.”

Fifth and sixth grade students from all Sarasota and Manatee County schools may try out 27 different activity stations centered on themes such as kaleidoscopes, optical art, symmetry, tangrams, patterns, fractals and origami. Not only will the children learn and grow through the activities, but USFSM’s future educators will be gaining ideas and resources about mathematical art that they can apply in their classrooms someday.

Attendance is limited to the first 200 students, and advanced registration is required.

To see a video of last year’s well-attended and highly rated event, go to www.sharingmath.shutterfly.com/smartfair/25.

Registration information is available at: www.sharingmath.shutterfly.com/smartfair

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Novelist Wally Lamb to Appear in Next Conversations with Authors Event

Lamb-WebThe University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, as part of its ‘Conversations with Authors’ series, will host Wally Lamb, best-selling author of She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, both selections of Oprah’s Book Club.

The conversation and audience Q&A session will be held at the USFSM Selby Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 15 from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a reception and book signing. The ‘Conversations with Authors’ series is a partnership of USF Sarasota-Manatee and Bookstore1 Sarasota. Lamb is also speaking with academics and human service practitioners about his work with incarcerated women in Connecticut during the Duvall Family Studies Conference at USFSM earlier in the day.

“It is such a great pleasure for us to partner with Bookstore1 and the Duvall Family Studies Initiative to bring Wally Lamb to USF Sarasota-Manatee,” Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford said. “This is a special opportunity for professionals, students and the community of Lamb followers to interact with him in a relaxed setting.”

Lamb will discuss his books Couldn’t Keep It to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters, I’ll Fly Away: Further Testimonies from the Women of York Prison, The Hour I First Believed, She’s Come Undone, I Know This Much Is True, Wishin’ and Hopin’ and his newest work, We Are Water, which will be released in Fall 2013. Lamb will also answer audience questions following the conversation. Along with his writing, Lamb has served as a teacher at Norwich Free Academy for 25 years and as an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut for three years.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door which includes a reception sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The event is free for USFSM students, faculty, and staff. More information is available at usfsm.edu/conversationswithauthors

Maria Angelina Vazquez, Student

WebPicWhat would you like to do for a career upon graduation?

I would like to work as a Foreign Service Officer for an American Embassy abroad.

Why did you choose the major that you chose?

I chose Criminology because it was a wide enough field that would later allow me to pursue a career in Law Enforcement, Government, or even take the LSAT and apply for law school. It is a good starting point into other fields.

Why did you choose USF Sarasota-Manatee?

I chose USF Sarasota-Manatee because it was close to home and my job.  The class sizes were small and all the staff and faculty from professors to maintenance staff were personable and very professional. I desperately wanted the “college experience” that I missed out on the first time around and was able to have it through my involvement in the Rowing Club, Ambassadors and Student Government. We had the opportunity to go to football games in Tampa, participate in the Fall Ambassador Retreat with the Tampa campus, as well as compete in different events through rowing. I liked the small size of the classrooms and knowing that I was a person and not a number. My professors took interest in me and did everything possible to help me succeed.  

Would you recommend USFSM to someone else?

I would highly recommend USFSM to everyone ranging from a high school graduate who is attending college for the first time, to a young adult as myself who has to work a full time job but still wants to feel part of a big university and have the “college experience”, to a parent who perhaps has always wanted to return to school but had to raise a family. USFSM can meet the needs of very different individuals in our community.

How has USFSM prepared you for your career goals?

USFSM has provided me with all the tools I need to succeed independently and they continue to help me as I transition from my undergrad to graduate studies. The career center was extremely helpful in preparing my resume as well as always sending information about possible employment opportunities not only in our community but abroad as well.

What was your favorite class at USFSM and why?

I would say it is very difficult to pick my favorite class because I truly enjoyed all my classes even the ones that I hated at the time I learned and took something valuable with me that I can apply to real life experience.

What is the best part of USFSM?

It is really hard to narrow down to just one thing but for me the best part of USFSM is the benefits of a small school with small professor to student ratio while still having the big University feel to it. I think it was the best of both worlds. 

Faculty and Staff Campaign

Campaign2REMINDER!  Please plan to attend the reception & coffee break for the USF Sarasota-Manatee Faculty & Staff Campaign 2013 kickoff.  2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 6, 2013, outside Jonathan’s Café under the sails. 

RSVP here to attend.

The following people have generously contributed to the USF Sarasota-Manatee Faculty & Staff Campaign for 2013.  Thank you for your support!

Ross Alander

Robert Anderson

Michael Ayres

Kathy Black

Silvia Blanco

Cihan Cobanoglu

Linda De Mello

Carolyn Dyson

Benjamin Ellinor

Michael Fehily

Susan Fulton

Pamela Gleason

Stephen Graves

Sean Grosso

Arthur Guilford

Laura Hoffman

Bonnie Jones

Dina Kathman

Janet King

Richard King

Lora Kosten

Amanda Kulaw

Elizabeth Larkin

Ron Lennon

Barbara Lewis

Diane Lewis

Valerie Lipscomb

Sunita Lodwig

Richard Lyttle

Erin Martin

Jody McBrien

Rhonda Moraca

Marilyn Nunan

Jonathan Perry

Richard Reich

Lester Rice

Jane Rose

Stephen Rushton

Jay Schrock

Ernest Scott

Justin Selph

Paul Shideler

Bonnie Silvestri

Sharon Smith

Dennis Stover

Laurey Stryker

Elizabeth Von Dassow

Mary Beth Wallace

Frederic Walsh

 

 

Kathy Black, Faculty

What made you come to USFSM?

I am a gerontologist and came to Sarasota because of the aging population- and to escape New York’s cold weather!

What special projects/research are you involved in?

Aging in place, aging in community, advance care planning throughout the end of life, end of life care, geriatric mental health, inter-generational programming and health care professional communication.

What other jobs have you held before this one and what were your roles?

I have been teaching college since 1987- 1-4 courses per semester with exception of a few summers and two semesters I gave birth.

I was a geriatric nurse in acute and long term care, medical social worker- mostly cardiac and ICU but all areas , geriatric case manager, gerontological consultant, associate director of  a gerontology center and a personal caregiver.(Her grandmother lived with me for a decade)

If you were selling USFSM to an incoming student what would you say?

“USFSM is a small school, so you won’t get lost as a number.  There is great, high-quality teaching and Sarasota is a great place to live all year round!”

How has USFSM made you a better professional/person?

To me, an extension of my role in the aging network of providers in this city.  I have a new found respect for the synergy of an engaged aging citizenry- my last publication.

What are some of your goals for the future?

To continue to serve the university and community by transforming the experience of aging.

What is the best part of USFSM?

It is small scale, so you can interact easily. 

Pamela Harper, Alumna

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How did it prepare you for the work you do now?

I have a BS for Hospitality management and now I am part owner and COO  in a company called NetWeave Social Networking.  I feel that what I learned at USFSM helped me in with learning the business aspect of a company.  I already had a hospitality background and learning the ins and outs of running a business was so beneficial.  I am able to keep hospitality alive and well for my bed and breakfast and restaurant clients.  Since I have that background I am better suited to do their social media.

What was the best thing you got out of your USFSM experience?

The best thing I got out of my USFSM experience would be everyone associated with the campus from faculty to custodians.  I felt as if everyone there was helping achieve my goals.  It truly is a community.

Do you have one anecdote or story to tell that sticks out in your memory?

I loved presenting reports and making them not just reports in front of a class, I made each report an experience.  On several occasions you could see me walking down the halls dressed in my costume for my Baroque class as Artemisia Gentileschi or cooking shrimp for Dr. Walker for a party presentation. 

What would surprise people the most to know about USFSM that you want to share?

The one thing that would surprise people about the USFSM campus is the small classes and everyone’s willingness to help if you are having difficulties whether they be academic, financial, or personal.  The guidance department is always friendly.  The student government is there at every turn with events and fun give-a-ways.  I will always be grateful to all the faculty who helped and supported me during tough times.

What made you choose USFSM?

I grew up in Tampa and because of my family situation I never thought I would have the opportunity to attend USF.  I watched the campus grow and I attended some of the summer class programs for children. Life happened and I was unable to further my education.  One day I was given the opportunity to go to university.  I heard that the USFSM campus had just finished completion and would start in 2006 was perfect timing and I knew I found my academic home.

Who you recommend USFSM to others? If so, why?

I would happily recommend USFSM to anyone.  I have two high school seniors right now and we are all excited to see that next Fall will be the first time there have been freshmen classes.  We’ve taken the campus tour with my adopted son and he loves the small class size and the campus itself.  He sees himself studying outside by the fountain between classes.

 

I already have one son attending USF and I have hired USF students.  I am proud to say that I attended the University of South Florida.  I am proud to say, “Go Bulls!”

USF Sarasota-Manatee Students to Host “One Book-One Community” Event Featuring Laura Hillenbrand’s UNBROKEN

One BookFive University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) students are hosting this year’s “One Book-One Community” event on Tuesday, February 19 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Selby Auditorium on campus.  The book chosen by Sarasota County residents for this year’s discussion is UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand.

“I am thrilled that every year our students get to join others in the community as we read and discuss a wonderful book, said Dr. Jane Rose, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at USFSM. “This year, the community will be able to explore historically relevant subjects through the research of our student historians.  This event demonstrates the role that a public university can play in enriching the intellectual life of its community; we aim to be a center for thought-provoking conversations, and we are always happy to give our students a chance to shine!”

A panel of USFSM student historians will host a thoughtful conversation on topics inspired by the book, and will be seeking audience feedback.  Local high school students will also join the panel and offer their thoughts on historically relevant aspects of Hillenbrand’s gripping World War II story.

The five student historians and their topics include:

Kyle Kern will speak on “Broadcast Content: War on Propaganda on the Airways.” Kern is a Sarasota native.  After beginning his college career at Anderson University, he is completing his degree at the USFSM, majoring in history, with a minor in Political Science. His area of study is focused primarily in modern European history, specifically in Russian and Slavic labor movements in the nineteenth and twentieth century.  After graduation, Kyle plans on pursuing a PhD in history in order to pursue an academic career as a college professor.

Eric Geimer will touch on “The B-24 and Beyond.” Geimer, a Sarasota native, is currently enrolled as an Interdisciplinary Social Science major at USFSM, as well as in the Honors Program. He already holds a Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Business from Florida State University, completed in 2010. After completion of the second undergraduate degree, Eric is planning to pursue a Ph.D. degree in History, focusing on the sociology and history of science and technology. He is looking forward to having the opportunity to share some of that passion with the local community.

Joe Noe will speak about “Hideki Tojo: Understanding the Enemy.” Noe is originally from Arkansas, however after spending five years in Germany as a part of the U.S. Army Band, he moved to Florida. There he pursued a degree in Radiologic Technology and worked in that field for several years before returning to school to pursue further educational goals in 2010. He is completing a degree in History, and has just begun a second major in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, concentrating in Anthropology and Sociology. After those degrees are finished, John plans to pursue a career as a political advisor or lobbyist for non-profit organizations serving the culturally disadvantaged.

Cody Ibasfalean will discuss “Bushido: Contextualizing Japanese POW Treatment.” Ibasfalean has been a resident of the Tampa Bay area his entire life.  He is 27 years old, married, and has a 13-month-old son named Landon.  His Major is History and his minor is Political Science.  He also has a strong background in Business Administration.  He will be graduating from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee in May 2013, and plans to attend Law School in the fall. 

Audrey Platt plans to speak about “The Scars that Don’t Show: The POW Effect.” Platt is a senior completing a bachelor’s degree in History at USFSM. In addition to her academic achievements in history, she is also accomplished in art.  Platt plans to pursue both of these passions after graduation, by continuing her education to become a certified public school teacher in both History and Art.  Her long-term goal is to return to the university to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in art, so she can be a college art professor and a painter.  

Admission is free and the event is open to the general public. More information on One Book-One Community can be found at onebooksarasota.com.

USFSM Looks to Advance Partnership Under New SCF President

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USFSM Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford (left) greets new SCF President Dr. Carol Probstfeld (center) along with Regional Vice Chancellor Dr. Bonnie Jones (right).

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) welcomed new State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) President Dr. Carol Probstfeld to campus on Wednesday to congratulate her on attaining her new position and reaffirming the university’s commitment to partnering.

Probstfeld met with Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford and Regional Vice Chancellor Dr. Bonnie Jones to discuss shared values between the two institutions and ways to further expand innovative educational opportunities for the region.

Probstfeld originally joined SCF as vice-president of Business and Administrative Services in 2003 and served as interim president before being appointed to the position permanently by the Board of Trustees on Jan. 22, 2013

“This is a pivotal moment in my life,” said Dr. Probstfeld, “and in the future of State College of Florida. We are poised to move forward with optimism and have a great partner in USF Sarasota-Manatee. I firmly believe we are standing at the threshold of a new beginning. We are committed to the development of strategic collaborations between SCF and USFSM that will have far-reaching benefits for our students and the vitality of our community. “

Dr. Guilford added, “The key to our success is to leverage diverse and complimentary academic resources to develop a workforce that supports the needs of local communities and creates a national and global influence on education, business, and the arts. We congratulate Dr. Probstfeld and look forward to a renewed and invigorated relationship!”

Duvall Family Studies Conference to be hosted at USFSM

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The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will be the site of the 2013 Duvall Family Studies Conference, a biennial symposium created to bring academic research findings to human services practitioners, and practice knowledge and needs to researchers.

The Evelyn M. Duvall Family Studies Conference is a biennial symposium that brings together academics and practitioners to foster research-driven best practices within Florida and beyond.

“The conference will showcase scholarly research, but also descriptions of work by social work and other human services practitioners, so that the knowledge can go both ways, both to and from research and practice,” said Dr. Jane Roberts, an Instructor in the College of Arts & Sciences and Chair of Duvall Family Studies. “This was Dr. Duvall’s mission.”

The 2013 conference, “Supporting Family Development”, seeks to promote the most effective and up-to-date findings of family-related research. The priorities of the Evelyn M. Duvall endowment at USFSM emphasize collaborations among university researchers and community practitioners who can utilize family studies research findings.

“The theme this year is Supporting Family Development: Multidisciplinary Approaches,” Roberts said. “The late Dr. Duvall, a former USF faculty member and longtime benefactor, envisioned academic and practice interactions that would be useful in many different disciplines. This year, for example, social workers, psychologists, or those in child and adult protective services will all benefit from hearing the newest work on such topics as domestic violence, migrant families’ struggles, and issues facing older adults.”

Dawn Cassidy, M. Ed., Director of Education at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), will serve as the event’s plenary speaker. Cassidy will share information on the Domains of Family Practice Model which provides a way to differentiate professional roles and encourages appropriate collaboration among the fields.

“Dawn Cassidy will offer a morning plenary highlighting the ways that human services disciplines can work collaboratively to assure that families are well served in their various needs for health and well-being,” Roberts said.

The two-day Duvall Family Studies event kicks off with a pre-conference workshop Feb. 14 entitled Building Your Practice
: Entrepreneurship Research Findings
hosted by Dr. Jean Kobongo, an assistant professor of strategic management and entrepreneurship at the College of Business at USFSM, followed by an Author Reception and Registration with nationally-known author Wally Lamb.

Lamb will speak about his two books Couldn’t Keep It to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters and I’ll Fly Away: Further Testimonies from the Women of York Prison and will address the attendees at a reception. Lamb also wrote She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, which both appeared in Oprah’s Book Club. Along with his writing, Lamb has served as a teacher at Norwich Free Academy for 25 years and an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut for three years. Lamb has also instituted a writing program for women at the York Correctional Institute, Connecticut’s only women’s prison.

For more information including a complete schedule and registration, visit the event’s website. The conference requires a paid fee and is only open to those who register.

 

Lifelong Learning Academy at USFSM names New Executive Director

Janna OverstreetThe Lifelong Learning Academy at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has hired Janna Overstreet as its Executive Director.

Overstreet most recently served as the Coordinator of the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Eastern Illinois in Charleston, Ill., and has taught upper division Psychology courses for Eastern Illinois and Lake Land College.

“This position is especially intriguing as it is in Sarasota, a city known worldwide as the city to retire to if you are well educated, well-traveled and/ or interested in an active retirement,” Overstreet said. “To me, it is the mecca for Lifelong Learners and thus ‘the place’ for someone like myself to be directing a program which provides quality educational opportunities to older adults.”

The mission of the LLA is to enrich the lives of mature adults in Sarasota and Manatee Counties by providing affordable, outstanding educational programs covering a broad spectrum of topics, rich in intellectual stimulation and worthy of being taught at a university. A key aspect of many of the programs will be class discussion, and the Lifelong Learning Academy will foster social interaction on and off the campus.

“The Academy’s relationship with USFSM is symbiotic,” Overstreet said.  “We love the beautiful campus, the location and wonderful staff of the University who provide many supportive services to the Academy instructors and learners.  We on the other hand bring nearly a 1,000 learners to the campus who might not ever have visited USF had it not been for the Academy. Our learners, in turn, discover University programs that they have interest in such as the Perlman Music Program Recitals and Conversations with Authors Series.”

“We are so pleased with the ongoing collaboration and partnership with LLA,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor for USF Sarasota-Manatee. “Our relationship with the board and the 1,000 adult learners who share our campus enriches USFSM and our community.”

For more information on the Lifelong Learning Academy on the USFSM Campus, visit the Academy’s website.

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Jessica Souders, Student

SoudersThe USF Alumni Association awards the King O’Neal Scholars award every semester to those students completing their USF coursework with a 4.0 GPA. The award was created in honor of charter USF graduates Lucas King and Evelyn O’Neal.

Jessica will be graduating with a 4.0 GPA and a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Management. Jessica excelled in her time at USFSM with an eye on her future. She chose the Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting, because it provided her with the widest range of opportunities.

Jessica is planning on attending law school to achieve her lifelong dream of becoming an attorney.

What special accomplishments did you have that allowed you to win this award?

I had a 4.0 GPA throughout my Bachelor’s Degree Program.

What are some of your qualities that made you a good match for this award?

I am hard-working, determined and willing to make the sacrifices necessary to succeed.

What would you like to do for a career upon graduation?

My plan is to attend Stetson University College of Law to become an attorney. Practicing law as an attorney has been a longtime dream of mine.

Why did you choose the major that you chose?

I chose Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Management because I believe it is a versatile degree and offers the widest range of opportunities and different applications in the business world.

Why did you choose USF Sarasota-Manatee?

I chose USFSM because of the convenient location, the affordability and the amenities of a bigger university with a more hometown feel.

Would you recommend USFSM to someone else?

Yes, I especially like the family movies shown in Selby Auditorium.

How has USFSM prepared you for your career goals?

The challenges that I have faced and overcome while pursuing my degree at USFSM has taught me the value in and necessity of being a self-advocate and an active participant in my education rather than merely a bystander. If you believe in it, then fight for it, because neither college nor life is designated to give you anything.

What was your favorite class at USFSM and why?

My favorite class was Cost Accounting with Professor Liz Carlson. She makes a difficult subject fun and I formed some lasting friendships in that class.

Photo Gallery: Fall 2012 Commencement

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s fall commencement was held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 16, 2012, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center.

The ceremony recognized 14 master’s degree candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education as well as 13 MBA students. 226 undergraduate students will receive their degrees from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Hospitality and Technology Leadership. Of these 240 graduates, approximately 150 attended the ceremony.

Stephany and Mark Richmond, Alumni

Stephany and Mark Richmond served as the volunteer chairs of Brunch 2012. The savvy owners of The Furniture Warehouse, a chain of stores in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties that began in 1988, are both USF alumni and met during college. Stephany studied accounting and Mark, marketing. Son Morgan is also a business grad from USFSM.  

Mark says he always knew he’d go into the furniture business after graduation, having started in the industry when he was just a teen. In 2010, the Florida Home Furnishings Representatives Association named Mark its Distinguished Retailer of the Year, an award only bestowed 10 times since 1981.

The Richmonds’ first exposure to Brunch came when they were guests of Bob Turner, publisher of the Bradenton Herald. Their youngest son, Morgan, 27, is a USF graduate. Landon, 28, is an an artist living in Boston.

What has USFSM meant to your family? 

Stephany and I met on the Tampa campus of USF in 1976. We were both business majors with Stephany graduating with an accounting degree and I graduated with a marketing degree. At graduation we became engaged and upon graduating we were married and moved to Sarasota. Our youngest son Morgan also graduated USF Sarasota campus with an accounting degree and join our family business The Furniture Warehouse. USF gave our family the educational foundation to build our family business and we are honored to be involved in helping USF today.

What do you think our role is in the community?

USF has a unique opportunity in our Sarasota – Manatee community to provide a four year college opportunity to our community. This will bring young people to our area for a college education and will allow us to retain college graduates to our area to support our community and businesses. 

How did your USF educations prepare you for your business success?

USF provide the core foundation for our business career with the prefect combination of Stephany’s accounting skill and the marketing knowledge that was provided to me. With our accounting and marketing knowledge we have been able to build a successful business in Sarasota market. Our son also receiving an accounting degree and joining our business is just the icing to the cake and will allow our business to be passed to the next generation.

Are you involved in other nonprofits/charities? If so, which ones and why?

We believe that giving back to our community is an important part of our community involvement. We support Habitat for Humanity, The All Faith Food Bank, Breast Cancer research, The Boys and Girls Clubs and many local kids’ sporting activities.

Jeff Maultsby, Alumnus

 

What was the best thing you got out of your USFSM experience?

The entire experience was outstanding. When my classmates and I started the program, we and didn’t even know each other. Now, in addition to getting a great education, we’ve become lifelong friends.

Do you have one anecdote or story to tell that sticks out in your memory?

One day, my classmates and I had to present to some visitors. Shortly after introducing the presentation I began to cough uncontrollably, embarrassing myself and distracting from the presentation. Our professor, Dr. Delaney Kirk, very discreetly handed me a cough drop which quickly squelched my cough. Her actions confirmed what I had heard about USFSM’s faculty and staff; they would do anything to help us succeed. Albeit a small act, it set the tone for me to get the help I needed when I needed it regardless the situation. All of my professors, and the administration, went out of their ways to avail themselves and help.

How did it prepare you for the work you do now?

The education I’ve gained has given me the ability to look at issues from an entirely different perspective. I am able to see things from the perspective of the decision maker sitting across from me and am able to anticipate his or her needs.

What would surprise people the most to know about USFSM that you want to share?

I think it would be the high regard in which the program is held in this community. Whenever a colleague or co-worker was made aware that I was pursuing my MBA at USFSM, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive. Before I started the program, I honestly had no idea how proud Sarasota is of USF.

USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Business Maintains AACSB Accreditation

SARASOTA (December 12, 2012) – University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Business recently finalized its AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) 5th Year Maintenance of Accreditation Report.

USFSM College of Business is the only local program accredited by AACSB, a prestigious distinction that only 10 percent of all business schools worldwide have achieved, which includes 18 standards of quality.

 “A good college of Business is the fuel that drives the engine of economic development and our job in the college is to provide high quality fuel,” said Dr. Robert L. Anderson, Dean of the USFSM College of Business. “Maintaining the accreditation of AACSB means the College continues to meet and exceed and the high quality standards set forth by the accrediting association.  It places our high-quality business programs in the top 5-10 percent of all business programs in the world.”

The current accreditation is under the umbrella of USF Tampa, but a scheduled meeting to obtain a separate accreditation by the ACCSB will be held January 28 and 29. The accreditation is considered a hallmark of excellence for the College of Business.

Upon separate accreditation, COB hopes to become the honors college for undergraduate business education in the state university system.

USF Sarasota-Manatee Freshmen Preview

A guide to all things USFSM for the inaugural USF Sarasota-Manatee Freshman class.
 
The preview includes information on the university, our colleges, programs, location and students. For additional information about USFSM, take a look through USFSM.edu and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
 
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USF Sarasota-Manatee Viewbook

For a comprehensive look at the University of South Florida-Sarasota Manatee, be sure to check out our viewbook. The viewbook includes information on the University, our colleges, programs, location and students.
 
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Storify: USFSM Student Joe Axtell’s #VolvoJoyride

Throughout the #VolvoJoyride of USFSM student Joe Axtell, USFSM collected social media posts from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and many more platforms through the use of Storify. 

In the Storify, we have photos and updates from before, during and after the event.

Make sure to follow USFSM on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for continuous updates on the University, its students and faculty.

 

 

Photo Gallery: Hospitabull 2012

SARASOTA (November 29, 2012) – University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee students from the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership hosted their annual Hospitabull Evening. The event was held at Michael’s On East in Sarasota.

$150,000 Grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Benefits USFSM Science Program

SARASOTA (November 26, 2012) – Through the generous support of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) moves closer to its scientific program expansion on the Mote Marine campus.

Fall 2013 heralds a new era for USF Sarasota-Manatee, when the university will welcome its first underclassmen, develop new academic programs and initiate campus expansion plans. The recent $150,000 grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation will support the build-out of USFSM science classrooms and laboratories on the existing 4,000-square-foot space donated by Mote.

USFSM’s collaborative partnership with Mote will appoint research specialists to faculty positions, allowing students to engage in hands-on scientific research. The estimated $4 million science wing renovation will include not only classrooms, laboratories and support space but also equipment, scholarships and a research program endowment at Mote Marine.

Construction is slated to begin by January 2013 and finish in August 2013, when USFSM’s first underclassmen arrive on campus. Through the continued support of foundation, corporate and individual contributions, USFSM is poised to provide undergraduate students a unique model for scientific research and educate the next generation of STEM-field leaders.

For information on giving opportunities for USFSM, contact Dennis Stover, Regional Vice Chancellor of University Advancement, at 941-359-4582.

USF Sarasota-Manatee Professor Earns the Engaged Scholarship Research Award

SARASOTA (November 16, 2012) – University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Jody Lynn McBrien was recognized for her outstanding research in the field of engaged scholarship by the Florida Campus Compact.

Qualified research includes “utilizing community-based inquiry that results in a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources,” according to the FLCC website.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award, as it indicates to me that the Florida Campus Compact recognizes work not only in local, but also global communities,” McBrien said.

Over past three years, McBrien has done research on the war-affected town of Lira, Uganda. The people in this northern Uganda area suffered from over 20 years of war with the Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), forcing most residents into ill-equipped internally displaced people’s camps (IDPs).

“Five years into peace, there remains much to be done,” McBrien said. “It is a joy to work with the survivors, who have so much resilience and passion to bring their town back to a thriving place.”

The award is given based of several principles in mind:

  • Value of the research to the broad field of service-learning and engaged scholarship.
  • Value of research to the applicant’s discipline, program, or institution.
  • The extent to which the research tied to the applicant’s area of expertise is of benefit to the external community, is visible and shared with community stakeholders, and reflects the mission of the institution.
  • Number and variety of publications and presentations.
  • Research rigor

“Research is critically important in higher education, both in serving the global community of scholars and policymakers and in serving our students,” McBrien said. “It is what separates teaching and learning in community colleges and state colleges from research universities. Research professors constantly bring new information to their classes, keeping their teaching fresh and relevant. My students tell me and write course evaluations stating they are inspired by my teaching because of the passion I bring to it. That passion is created by my desire to inform my students about what I am learning through my research.”

Cathleen Cornish, Student

What would you like to do for a career upon graduation?

I’ve done the first career and have a lot of pride with that.  My career goals now are to complete the process of opening a small non-profit spiritual center working in the greater North Port, Port Charlotte, Englewood, and Venice areas to facilitate Spiritual Retreats for life enrichment.  We are currently in our fourth year with our signature series-Woman to Woman-and hope to expand the day-long retreats into weekend-long events.  With my education at USFSM, I can introduce new workshops to the Center focusing on educational subjects such as Sleep Deprivation, Motivation, and Happiness (using some of my psychology tools), as well as various Religious practices (introduced through my religious studies.)

In the Fall of 2013, I will be enrolling in the Funeral Services curriculum at St. Pete College to obtain the license as a Funeral Director.   This may sound like a strange pursuit; but my religious studies education at USF sparked a new desire in me which was to honor life!    All life; even those whose stories do not get told until their final arrangements.  I want to be a part of those stories and counsel the families through this very difficult time in their lives.

Why did you choose the major that you choose?

Originally I wanted to pursue Licensed Mental Health Counselor and to ordain in a non-denominational ministry.  Hence, the ISS program was a perfect fit for me and I could tailor my education to be specifically for these areas.

During my educational path, I knew my heart was not really into the LMHC area, but counseling others, especially religiously and spiritually definitely was.  Then, after the Death and Dying class (at Eckerd) and Life After Death (USF online), I knew the better direction for me was Funeral Director.

Why did you choose USF Sarasota-Manatee?

Honestly, USF has been able to keep tuition costs down and that was a big factor for me as I paid for my education completely out-of-pocket!  No student loans for me!  But even more than that, I was able to direct my education to the fields that specifically interested me through the Interdisciplinary program.  USF offered, through a blend of in-class and on-line courses that allowed me to select very specific fields of study.  That was very important to me.

Would you recommend USFSM to someone else?

 Oh – YES – Absolutely!

It is a university large enough to offer career specific AND interest-driven courses; yet small enough that course instruction is personal and student oriented.  The faculty and staff truly care about student achievement!  Plus, USFSM is diverse; so I was confident I could receive an unbiased, yet comprehensive education-especially in the religious studies field.

How has USFSM prepared you for your career goals?

Not only did I appreciate my education in the psychology cognate; but I was also able to use it right away!  I enjoyed the Sleep and Dreams class so much; I put together a few notes and submitted them to Ilana Marks for her “What Matters” radio show airing on Friday mornings on WENG.  She invited me on and I aired a program with her on the topic of Sleep Deprivation in March 2012 (http://theumbrellaprojectllc.com).  This will definitely be a workshop I will facilitate in the future.

My experience at USFSM has provided me with a much clearer direction on the paths I want to move forward on such as facilitating workshops, leading prayer and meditation circles, and eventually providing funerary services.

What was your favorite class at USFSM and why?

It is hard to pick . . . but I would say for a web class it was definitely Life After Death (REL 3191) with Don Saunders.  This class was fascinating to me and it was the deciding factor on the pursuit of funeral director.  My favorite in-class would have to be Women in Lit (LIT3383) with Dr. Florence Hesler.  I took this class to meet my women’s studies requirement, but it was one of the most challenging and enlightening courses I had.  Dr. Hesler has a talent for breaking down stories and underlining the images they create.  She helped me so much in truly appreciating the art of story telling.

What is the best part of USFSM?

Outside of their career-specific curriculum  I would say the best part of USFSM is the excellent faculty and staff – from the support of the advisers to the professors, the student government senators and their excellent involvement with student activities, and the assistance that is available for every need.  The writing center, the libraries, the service personnel, and even Ms. Barbara Thomas at the lobby information desk – were all excellent people to work with and so supportive   I am very grateful that at USFSM you are NOT a student number; you are a person and the university knows that.  This is what helped me to succeed and not get lost in a system of numbers and statistics.  Thanks USFSM! 

Amanda Evora, Olympic Figure Skater and Alumna

What was the best thing you got out of USFSM experience?

The best thing I got out of my experience was the opportunity to take evening classes at the USFSM so that I could continue my full-time training as a Team USA athlete (figure skater) as well as continue my part-time jobs during the day.  During these evening classes, I was able to meet and network with other hard-working and motivated students striving to better their education. 

Do you have one anecdote or story that stills in your memory?

When I made it to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, it gave me plenty of opportunities.  I learned that I would always be a role model to the community due to my humble successes.  I was very honored when USFSM with the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau invited to tell my story with other prestigious and successful women in the area. This event inspired me to continue giving back to the community as a motivational speaker as I have done a handful of events since then.   

Here’s a link to the event USFSM had hosted last year :  http://www.takecarehomehealth.com/join-courtney-r-wise-msg-at-herstory/

How did it prepare you for the work you do now?

I chose to attend college and get a degree as a back-up plan to my figure skating career.  About a year ago, I was recommended for an office job in downtown Sarasota.  The company offered me the job understanding I would be achieving a degree in Business Administration – Management and Marketing.  With my recent summer graduation from  USFSM, I now work for Specialty Products Holding Corp. as the Office Administrator. 

What would surprise people the most to know about USFSM that you want to share?

I am very excited about the recent formation of the USFSM Rowing Club that was announced a little more than a year ago.  By the sounds of it, there’s a lot of interest in rowing in our area, and I wish to see the growth of this Olympic sport in our university!

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Grad Offered a Tuition Free Master’s Degree

Dr. Jane Rose and Shawna Machado

SARASOTA (November 9, 2012) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee announced at its signature scholarship fundraising event, Brunch 2012, that it has surprised a deserving graduate, Shawna Machado, 41, with a scholarship to fulfill her dream of attaining a master’s degree In Social Work. The surprise announcement was made while Machado was a guest at a taping of NBC’s Steve Harvey show November 1, in Chicago, Ill.

Dr. Jane Rose, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at USF Sarasota-Manatee, and Rocky D. Bull, USF mascot, made a special appearance during the taping to inform Machado of the opportunity to attain her master’s degree tuition-free, thanks to a partnership between USFSM and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The cost of the degree is approximately $30,000.

Machado’s story is exceptional. After earning her AA degree from a for-profit, online university and incurring $50,000 of student loan debt, Machado enrolled at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee in 2010 to finish her undergraduate degree in Psychology. She first lost her job as a medical assistant, then her apartment, and unbeknownst to her professors, was forced to live out of her car for two years. She managed to maintain an overall 3.5 grade point average despite having nowhere to study or sleep, often showering in the ladies locker room on campus. Machado’s community service while at USFSM earned her the distinction of Most Outstanding Graduate in spring 2012, and she will be awarded the Florida Commission on the Status of Women’s Florida Achievement Award on November 15th in Tallahassee, Fla. She is being recognized for her volunteer work while at USFSM as a member of Social Justice Initiative and the Sarasota School of Social Justice, where she focused on solutions for abused, neglected and homeless children. Machado currently works for the Safe Children Coalition in Sarasota, Fla.

Machado’s inspirational story of overcoming family abuse, unemployment and homelessness to excel in her studies and become an advocate for victimized children caught the attention of the producers of the Steve Harvey show. After learning of her dream to earn a master’s degree in Social Work, USF Sarasota-Manatee and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County partnered to offer Machado a full scholarship to fulfill her goals. Severe financial hardship will not be the impediment to her ability to help abused and neglected children as a credentialed social worker. “We are so delighted to be able to help such an amazing woman change her life,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, chancellor of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. “We know that Shawna will continue to impact the lives of others and are so proud to make it possible for her to attain her higher education goals.”

Machado was completely surprised by her scholarship award. “Not only did I get the scholarship, but to have it delivered by Dr. Dean Rose meant I had a connection to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee on a personal level,” she said. “The university also made sure that Rocky D. Bull was able to be there to cheer me on, just as he always does. Coming from someone who has experienced nowhere to turn, knowing the people of the university cared enough to present the gift in person meant I was back to some type of normalcy in life. The only way I can ever repay the gratitude I feel is to strive to achieve my best to help others and to thrive in a full life.”

The public announcement of Machado’s scholarship was made at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s signature scholarship fundraising event, Brunch 2012, held on the campus Sunday November 4. Machado was present when Regional Chancellor Dr. Guilford praised her determination and dedication to community service in front of more than 900 guests, including 140 corporate and individual donors, community leaders, volunteers, faculty, staff, students and friends.

Machado’s surprise episode of Steve Harvey will air at 5 p.m. on the CW44 in the Tampa Bay area on Tuesday, November 13. USFSM will hold a community “Watch Party” on Wednesday, November 14 at noon in the Selby Auditorium. The public is invited to celebrate along with Machado, and food and refreshments will be served. She will be available for one-on-one interviews at that time.

To RSVP for the “Watch Party,” please contact Ruth Lando, Director of Communications and Marketing, at rlando@sar.usf.edu.

2012 USFSM Research Symposium (Photo Gallery)

SARASOTA  – USF Sarasota-Manatee students presented proposals at the Student Research Symposium on Oct. 26. The event showcased undergraduate and graduate research done by USFSM students conducted under the supervision of the University’s faculty.

Attendees included students and families, staff, faculty and other guests such as the Lifelong Learning Academy. Those attending learned about the several areas of research that USF Sarasota-Manatee students and faculty are engaged in on a day-to-day basis.

Lisa Kerris Receives Quiet Quality Award

 

Lisa Kerris earned the Quiet Quality Award for the month of November.

USF Sarasota-Manatee staff member Lisa Kerris recently received the Quiet Quality Award from USFSM for her outstanding work in Financial Aid.  The Quiet Quality Award winner is evaluated based on conscientiousness, professional manner, positive attitude, work performance, responsibilities, team orientation, and contribution of suggestions.

Annual Brunch Scholarship Event Celebrated on Campus

SARASOTA (November 5, 2012) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s signature annual fundraising event, Brunch 2012, welcomed 900+ supporters to help raise money for local undergraduate scholarships.

Guests included corporate and individual donors, community leaders, volunteers, faculty, staff, students and friends. Nineteen of Sarasota and Manatee Counties’ finest restaurants and caterers prepared their signature dishes for the event, held under tents on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.

“From its modest beginning back in 1994, when Brunch proceeds enabled USF Sarasota-Manatee to award just four $250 scholarships in its first year, to this year, when we gave 51 thousand dollars to 66 deserving scholars, this event has provided a legacy of support for higher education unlike any other,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee. “Opportunities have been realized for thousands of students over nearly two decades that would not have been possible without the gifts that come from giving to higher education.”

This year, more than 140 corporate and individual donors gave $245,000 in support of USF Sarasota-Manatee Brunch 2012, including the co-chairs of the event, Mark and Stephany Richmond, owners of Furniture Warehouse. The generosity of the Sarasota-Manatee community supports financial aid for USFSM students from all facets of life. In the past 19 years, Brunch has generated nearly 4 million dollars in gifts, state matching funds and endowment earnings. Since 1998, USFSM has awarded 1.48 million dollars in scholarships overall, including over 450 thousand dollars to First Generation students, the first in their families to attend college.

Dr. Guilford stated, “We have embarked on a journey of leadership, scholarship and growth at USF Sarasota-Manatee that will enable us to become a robust and comprehensive 4-year university. We have already attained separate accreditation, accepted our first sophomores, and begun reaching out to the first-year students for whom we are developing enhanced curricula and a rich campus life experience.”

One former student, Shawna Machado, was honored at Brunch 2012. Machado earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology on the USFSM campus while living out of her car for two years. Her inspirational story of overcoming abuse and homelessness to excel in her studies and become an advocate for victimized children caught the attention of the

National Steve Harvey show. Machado was interviewed on the program, which taped in Chicago, Ill., last week.

After learning of her dream to earn a master’s degree in Social Work, USF Sarasota-Manatee and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County were able to surprise Machado during the Steve Harvey taping with the opportunity for a full scholarship to USF, valued at about $30,000. Machado currently works for the Safe Children Coalition in Sarasota, Fla., where she continues serving her passion to help abused, neglected and homeless children. Because of this scholarship offer, severe financial hardship will no longer be an impediment to Machado’s ability to become a credentialed social worker.

Machado’s community service while at USFSM earned her the distinction of Most Outstanding Graduate in spring 2012 and she will be awarded the Florida Commission on the Status of Women’s Florida Achievement Award on November 15 in Tallahassee. Machado’s surprise episode of the Steve Harvey show will air at a future date to be announced, at 5:00 p.m., on CW44 in the Tampa Bay area. USFSM will hold a community “Watch Party” on the airdate and celebrate along with Machado. More details will be forthcoming.

The 20th Anniversary USF Sarasota-Manatee Brunch scholarship event is on Sunday, November 3, 2013, when guests will once again celebrate making higher education possible for local students during an afternoon of food and tropical splendor under the tents on the North Tamiami Trail campus. For more information on making contributions to USFSM, contact the Advancement team at 941-359-4603.

 

Brunch 2012 Storify

Throughout Brunch 2012, @USFSM collected social media posts from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and many more platforms through the use of Storify. 

In the Storify, we have photos and updates from before, during and after the event.

Make sure to follow USFSM on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for continuous updates on the University, its students and faculty.

Cathy Gray Earns 2012 Quiet Quality Award

Cathy Gray receives the Quiet Quality Award from Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford.

USF Sarasota-Manatee staff member Cathy Gray recently received the Quiet Quality Award from USFSM for her outstanding work with the Department of Facilities Planning and Management.  The Quiet Quality Award winner is evaluated based on conscientiousness, professional manner, positive attitude, work performance, responsibilities, team orientation, and contribution of suggestions.

Follow Brunch 2012 Live on Livestream

Sarasota’s preeminent educational event turns nineteen on November 4, 2012, and to celebrate we are moving the party to our beautiful USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. For nearly two decades, Brunch on the Bay has raised millions of dollars and hosted thousands of donors and guests. In 2013, USF Sarasota-Manatee will admit its first 100 freshmen and has pledged to support its Freshmen 100 financially throughout their undergraduate career at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Through the generous philanthropy of our event partners, USF Sarasota-Manatee has awarded thousands of scholarships to deserving students from every academic discipline. Your participation in Brunch 2012 presents new opportunities for giving. Thank you in advance for investing in higher education!

 

Students Learn the Power of Networking with Alumni and Their Businesses at ‘Bulls in Biz’

Bulls in Biz gave students the opportunity to meet local business owners, and presented the opportunity to mingle with USFSM grads.

SARASOTA (October 29, 2012) – University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee students in all departments had an opportunity to network with former students and current business owners and operators at Bulls in Biz recently during Homecoming 2012. The event included over 50 students, alumni and friends from USFSM who mingled in the Clyde Nixon Courtyard on campus.

Guests networked in a fun outdoor setting that included food, drinks and “tailgate-style games.” The second annual Bulls in Biz highlighted a week full of activities on campus as a part of Homecoming week, and served to bring USFSM students, past and present, together.

Toni Ripo of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Career Services helped organize the event, and saw the importance in bringing together students and alumni. “Alumni can show students that they do not need to leave paradise to find great jobs,” Ripo said.  “They can share about their company and the viable employment options available right here in the Sarasota Bradenton area.  Students gain invaluable information about the job search process and employer expectations in today’s workforce.”

In its second year, Bulls in Biz attracted business people from across the Tampa Bay area including several who graduated from USF Sarasota-Manatee.

“Today’s employers hesitate to hire unknown quantities even after review of a resume and an interview,” Ripo said.  “A referral from contacts within a network is key to gaining a foot in the door with a company.  The first goal of networking is to seek to help others accomplish their goals.  Through this interaction, students demonstrate their abilities and become a known quantity in which contacts are more likely to make referrals to help them get their foot in the door.”

Carol Springer, a senior Criminal major, will be graduating in December and used the opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers in hopes of finding a full-time job upon graduating. “I really want to get a Federal position,” Springer said. “It is very tough to get jobs with the Federal government. I have applied in the past five years to probably several hundred positions, and you don’t ever get a call back because everything is done through computers. So, it was nice to see humans that you could actually speak to.”

Homecoming 2012 wrapped up with a photo booth and magic show on campus, a Student Research Symposium and the Homecoming football game between USF and Syracuse at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.