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 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

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.

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. 

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



Arts & Sciences New Faculty

It is my pleasure to announce new faculty appointments in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Kimberly Badanich begins her appointment at USF Sarasota-Manatee as a Visiting Instructor in Psychology. She holds a doctorate in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of South Florida.

Prof. Kyna Betancourt begins her appointment at USF Sarasota-Manatee as a Visiting Instructor in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). She holds a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and is pursuing her doctorate degree in CSD at USF Tampa.

Dr. Erin Martin begins her appointment at USF Sarasota-Manatee as Coordinator of General Education and Instructor of Biology.  She holds a doctorate degree in Botany from Oregon State University with a focus on Ecology.  Dr. Martin will be instrumental in the development of the general education curriculum, and she will take the lead in the formation of the newly announced undergraduate science program.  She comes to us from the University of Portland.

Prof. Olena Maymeskul begins her appointment at USF Sarasota-Manatee as a Visiting Instructor in Mathematics and Statistics, as well as a Faculty Math Consultant, providing tutoring to students in these subjects. She holds a master’s degree in Mathematics and Teaching from Donetsk State University, Ukraine.


Internal & External Calendars/Policies

There have been many discussions on campus about the development of an internal master calendar.  This is currently being developed and should roll out in the coming months.  It will be housed in Outlook and the policy for this calendar will be made available to each department.  The external calendar (on the main page of our website) is for events pertinent to students and the community and will remain as such.

Photo Contest

You have likely seen the information online and via email about our current photo contest!  Please note that this contest is open to everyone and the winner of the $100 gift card will be selected at random as long as a minimum of one photo is submitted to the contest.  For more information, please email Missy Cooper (

Email Signatures

As we work to establish branding consistency across all units, we would like to be certain that everyone has an email signature that looks the same!  You will be receiving an email shortly with instructions on what your email signature should look like and how to accomplish changing it.  Please be certain to have your signature changed prior to the start of fall semester (August 27th).  Thank you!

USFSM at North Port

A big thank you and congratulations to our USFSM at North Port staff – Michele Groves, Jenna Thiel and Lora Kosten – for their leadership and community involvement!  Recently, they gave a tour to twelve girls from Girls, Inc. of Sarasota County after a last minute request from the organization.  The students were each provided with a bag full of information about USFSM and we hope to see them as students in the next few years!

Also, if you have not had the opportunity to read the story done about Jenna and her involvement with the Make-A-Wish foundation, please take the time to do so!  The story can be found by clicking here. After being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma at the age of 10, Jenna is now giving back by volunteering with the organization!

Recent Faculty Publications

Roscoe LA, Tullis JA, Reich RR, Czaja McCaffrey J .  Beyond Good Intentions and Patient Perceptions: Competing Definitions of Effective Communication in Head and Neck Cancer Care at the End of Life. Health Commun. 2012 May 10. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 22574841.

Update from Casey Welch, Government & Community Relations

HB 5201 on Postsecondary Education Funding, as approved by the Governor, will take effect July 1st.  The Bill amongst many things:

  • Establishes the Florida Virtual Campus to provide access to online student and library support services, to serve as a statewide resource and clearinghouse for postsecondary education distance learning courses and degree programs and to increase student access and completion of degrees.
  • Establishes a Degree Completion Pilot Program to recruit, recover, and retain adult learners and assist them in completing degrees aligned to high-wage, high-skill, and workforce needs.
  • Increases the limit of the Capital Improvement Fee from 10% to 20% of tuition for Florida colleges, and for state universities indexes the Capital Improvement Fee to 10% of tuition, but limits increases to no more than $2 per credit hour per year.
  • Increases the surcharge for excess credit hours.

HB 7135 on Postsecondary Education, as approved by the Governor, will take effect July 1st.  Specifically, this bill requires changes in educational reporting to better inform students and their parents of the employment and economic outcomes for certificates and degrees earned at Florida College System institutions and state universities. The bill requires:

  • The Department of Economic Opportunity to prepare an economic security report on the employment and earnings of graduates of a degree or certificate program at a public postsecondary educational institution;
  • The State Board of Education, in consultation with the Board of Governors and the Department of Economic Opportunity to adopt a unified state plan for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to improve K-20 STEM education and prepare students for high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand employment in STEM and STEM-related fields.
  • The bill authorizes performance funding for state universities that are most successful in educating students who earn degrees in, and become employed in, technology fields. Up to $15 million is authorized, as appropriated for that purpose.
  • The bill requires the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors to identify performance metrics for Florida College System institutions and state universities, respectively. The metrics must include student retention, graduation, employment, licensure passage, excess hours, student loan burden and default rates, faculty awards, and other measures.

Regarding the general education requirements for an associate or baccalaureate degree, the bill:

  • Reduces the general education course requirements from 36 semester credit hours to 30 semester credit hours, beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution in 2014-2015;
  • Requires general education core course options to consist of a maximum of five courses within the subject areas of communication, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences, and requires a student to complete one course in each of those areas;
  • Requires that associate in arts degree students demonstrate competency in a foreign language; and
  • Requires the chairs of the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors to jointly convene faculty committees to identify statewide general education core course options.

If you have questions about this information, please don’t hesitate to contact Casey at

Faculty/Staff Kudos

Congratulations to Pam Gleason, Development Specialist in the Office of University Relations, who was recently awarded Member of the Year by the International Association of Administrative Professionals!  Pam was selected in recognition of continued dedication and support to the Chapter and for being a shining example to others of what it means to be an outstanding member of the Sara-Keys Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals.  Congratulations, Pam!

Florida Legislature to continue providing matching funds for First Generation Program

We have received confirmation that the Florida Legislature will once again provide matching funds for the Florida First Generation Program, one of the few remaining tuition funding programs that match donor contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis.  It is a need-based grant program available to degree-seeking, resident, undergraduate students who demonstrate substantial financial need, are enrolled in eligible participating postsecondary institutions, and whose parents have not earned baccalaureate or higher degrees.

“There is no more important mission for USF Sarasota-Manatee than to be able to provide opportunities for universal access to higher education and the Florida First Generation Matching Grant Program goes a long way in helping us realize that goal,” said Dennis Stover, Regional Vice Chancellor for Advancement. “It allows us the chance to serve those highly motivated, talented students who are limited by financial resources and have, historically, been underrepresented in higher education.  To be the first person in your family to attend college sends a powerful message and creates a ripple effect that benefits not only the individual and their family, but the community as well.”

For the 2011-2012 year, $90,500 was donated and, with the match, $181,000 was awarded to USF Sarasota-Manatee students meeting the criteria for this scholarship.

Fulbright Scholar

Michael Jones, an alumnus of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education, has been awarded a Fulbright Research postgraduate grant to Laos. The Fulbright grant will cover the costs of round-trip transportation to Laos and maintenance for the academic year.

Jones received his Master’s Degree in Teaching from the USF Sarasota-Manatee in 2007. He is the executive director of Open Equal Free (OEF), a not for profit he established that works to improve the quality of education in the developing world. OEF connects educational professionals to lesson plans, news, information, networking opportunities and other resources. He has served on the board of directors for a local and national nonprofit in the US, taught for six years both in the US and abroad, and worked as a teacher trainer and education consultant for an NGO in Cambodia. Jones has given presentations on developing curricula for the developing world in Singapore, on rethinking Education for Development, in Cambodia, and on the power of the open content movement at TEDx.

Take Your Child to Work Day

A big thank you to Carolyn Dyson and Theresa Scott in our Human Resources Department for their hard work in putting together a very successful Take Your Child to Work Day!  Students made their own pizzas, designed ads, learned Spanish and Greek Mythology, got to meet Rocky D. Bull and more.  It was fun to have these students on campus and we look forward to having them back here as students of the University in the future!

HospitaBULL Evening

Congratulations to Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu and the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management (SHRM) for the overwhelming success of their event, A HospitaBULL Evening, at the IMG Country Club in Bradenton.  Industry leaders in the hospitality field and other community leaders dined on a delicious dinner prepared and served by the students, an auction was held and a lot of networking took place, all the while raising funds for SHRM.

For those of you who did not attend this time, the next event is planned for November!

New Student Government Association Officers

Congratulations to the elected Student Government Association Officers for the 2012-2013 school year!

Rebecca Gutherz, President 

Andrew Gould, Vice President

Paul Cajka, Senate President

Anna Montana Cirell, Treasurer

Stephanie Hames, Secretary

The constitution also passed during the election. Also, Rebecca Gutherz was elected to be the Vice Chair Student Rep to USF Tampa’s Board of Trustee’s!


Faculty & Staff Recognition Event

Please mark Thursday, April 12th on your calendars for this year’s Faculty & Staff Recognition Event!  It will be held in the Selby Auditorium from 2-4pm and ice cream, along with some other treats, will be provided.

Be sure to RSVP if you plan to attend!

Take Our Kids to Work Day

We are pleased to announce our Take Our Kids to Work Day 2012

When: Thursday, April 26th from 9 to 4 pm.

Where: USF Sarasota-Manatee

Who: We are opening this to “kids”  ages 8 to 14 (daughters, sons, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other children in our lives) of our employees and students

Registration: Please complete the registration form that was emailed to you and return to HR no later than Friday, April 13th.

We are excited about the opportunity to provide the “kids” with a chance to join us on campus for a day in order to explore and feel empowered to dream and imagine all the possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life.

Please note: parent or guardian must remain on campus for the time that their “kid” is participating in the program.

If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Scott at

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Congratulations to Mary Beth Wallace, who was recently named as our new Dean of Students.  Mary Beth earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University and a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. Currently, she is enrolled in the Higher Education doctoral program at USF. Mary Beth has thirteen years of experience in Academic Affairs and Student Services at the University of South Florida in the positions of Assistant to the Coordinator of Scheduling, Academic Advisor and Director of Academic Advising. Congratulations, Mary Beth!

The 2012 Information Fluency Conference was held at the University of Central Florida on March 14-16, 2012 and featured a keynote address, plenary sessions, and concurrent sessions with presentations on the various aspects of Information Fluency. This year’s theme was “Information Fluency & the Digital Divides.” Through a Round Table discussion at the Information Fluency Conference, Librarian Christa Fowler and Dr. Lora Kosten engaged educators in conversation about Reducing the Digital Divides.  Congratulations to Christa and Dr. Kosten!

Student Government Elections/Voter Registration Drives

Student Government Elections will be held the week of April 9, 2012 and this year, we will be conducting voter registration drives along with our Student Government Elections!  So far, Manatee and Sarasota County League of Women Voters, Sarasota and Manatee County Board of Elections and the 13 Patriot, Inc organization will all be here to help with both the SGA elections and with voter registration.

If you have questions about either of these events, please contact Alena Scandura in Student Services –

Severe Weather Emergency Preparedness

As a reminder, the following is an excerpt from the USF Sarasota-Manatee Emergency Action Plan for appropriate actions to take in the event of severe weather.

Contact University Police  at (941) 487-4210 in the case of an emergency.

Severe Weather Safe Spots

All faculty, staff and students shall become familiar with Severe Weather Safe Spots, and shall know the location of the nearest Severe Weather Safe Spot for the areas that they frequent and their work/classroom area.

Facility Location Safe Spot
Building A Interior hallway away from west window walls and mini-rotunda; stairwells
Building B Interior hallway away from main rotunda and mini-rotunda; stairwells
Building C Interior hallway away from west window walls and main rotunda; stairwells
Building D Interior gallery hallway away from window walls; stairwells

National Walking Day – April 4th

As we prepare for the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk later this year, I would like to take a moment to personally make you aware of National Walking Day.

Walking is so easy. Just put one foot in front of the other. Step by step, day after day, you walk to make progress. Every day we take thousands of steps to get where we need to go. Now we can take steps toward a healthy workplace and support the American Heart Association.

On Wednesday, April 4, USF Sarasota-Manatee will join the American Heart Association in celebrating National Walking Day. It is a day to challenge ourselves and our nation to get heart healthy, get fit and fight the No. 1 killer of Americans – heart disease.

To help in this fight, we will have an event on this day, “Walk Across Campus.”

I hope you will join in this event to help make USF Sarasota-Manatee a healthier campus community. Mark your calendars now. More details will be coming soon!

Students headed to Utah for NCUR

Four students applied as participants in the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and all four were accepted.  These four students were selected from over 3,100 submissions.  Hosted at Weber State University in Utah from March 29-31, NCUR promotes undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study.  The annual conference gives undergraduate scholars in all fields and from all types of institutions of higher education a forum to share the results of their work through posters, presentations, performances and works of art.

Jami Worley, a psychology major, will present “The Importance of Trial Ambiguity: Understanding the Influence of  Pretrial Publicity on Jurors’ Decisions and Emotions.”  Her faculty mentor is Dr. Christine Ruva, Assistant Professor of Psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences at USFSM.  Candace Rainville, a Criminology major, will present “Are Pictures Better than Words When Mapping Alcohol Expectancies?”  Candace’s faculty mentor is Dr. Richard Reich, Assistant Professor of Psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences at USFSM.  Paul Dunder, a history major, will present “It Did Not Happen Here: Nazi Infiltration of America in the 1930’s.”  His faculty mentor is Dr. June Benowitz, Associate Professor of History in the College of Arts and Sciences at USFSM.  Finally, Erin Carter, an English major, will present “Natural Law in the Tragedy of King Lear.”  Erin’s faculty mentor is Dr. Suzanne Stein, Assistant Professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences at USFSM.

“Students have the opportunity to add value to their undergraduate education by working closely with faculty mentors on research,” said Dr. Jane Rose, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  “Professors guide students as they polish work for a larger academic audience through publication and presentation at scholarly conferences.  This sort of opportunity, which is usually reserved for graduate students, gives USFSM students a clear competitive edge as they apply for employment or graduate school.”

The four students selected first applied for submission through the Day of Undergraduate Research held in October.  They presented their research to a panel of seven faculty members and students and the top four presentations were chosen.  Student Government Association awarded the top four presentations with assistance in applying for the conference and a scholarship to attend if they were chosen.


SGA is looking for faculty and staff volunteers (in one hour shifts) for the 2nd Annual USFSM Day on Saturday, April 14th from 2:30-6pm in the Courtyard.  This event will include Dance Heads (you will be the star of your own music video), Spray Can Art (they can paint on just about any surface), Body/Face Paint (by a Disney artist!), Balloon Animals, a Bounce House, food, beverages, Campus Tours and more!  Our student clubs will also have exciting, interactive and fun activities happening throughout the event.

If you are available to volunteer an hour of your time, please sign up here!

Free and open to the community, this event encourages participation from both the USFSM family and will also be a great event for recruitment/outreach and alumni relations.  Please encourage your families and friends to attend.  Campus tours will be available for prospective students and Magician Peter Boie will be performing in the Selby Auditorium at 5pm – seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

The event will take place rain or shine – plan to find all of the activities inside the building in case of rain.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Regina (359-4714) or Dat (359-4560) in Student Government!

Mock Crime Scene in North Port

Professor Kemper, who teaches Abnormal Behavior/Criminality, will be teaching using a Mock Crime Scene on Monday, March 26th from 3-5:30 across Pan American Drive, adjacent to USFSM at North Port.

The Crime Scene is open to all USF students, staff, faculty and community members interested in watching the exercise, however, only the students in class will have an active part of the investigation.  If you are interested in attending, please email Jenna Thiel at

Those who plan to attend should wear long pants (jeans are recommended) and tennis shoes (no open toes) as the exercise will take place in an open field.  Please note that no smoking is permitted at the site.

Students to camp in ShelterBox Tent on campus

The USFSM Global Initiative has announced World Engagement Week from Monday, March 26th  through Friday, March 30th to benefit ShelterBox USA.  Several activities are planned for the week to raise money to send at least one box to an area in need.

“A goal of the Global Initiative is to make connections between local and global issues relevant to the USFSM community,” said Dr. Robin Danzak, Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  “We are so excited that Shelter Box, an international disaster relief organization, has its US headquarters right here, in Lakewood Ranch. What a wonderful opportunity for USFSM to participate by building awareness and reaching out to help people served by Shelter Box around the world.” An anonymous donor has agreed to match the fundraising efforts of the University up to $500 toward the first box purchased.  The total cost for one ShelterBox is $1,000.  Donations from the community will be accepted to help purchase the Shelter Box.

Nine students will be camping out in a ShelterBox Tent with Dr. Lynn McBrien, Associate Professor in the College of Education, on campus for two nights during the week to bring awareness to the organization and assist in the fundraising efforts.  “The shelter box is one of the most innovative solutions to disaster relief and to improving the lives of those who are currently experiencing homelessness,” said Jessica Johnson, one of the nine students who will sleep in the Shelter Box tent.  “I want to participate to gain a deeper sense of compassion for others, and gratitude for everything I have.”

The USFSM Global Initiative has several other activities planned for World Engagement Week: a Yoga class, a presentation on homelessness in the region, an artisan market, a Latin Dance presentation with a free Salsa lesson, and more.  The community is invited to attend the ShelterBox kickoff event, where the students will be moving into the tent, on Tuesday, March 27th at noon in the Courtyard.  For more information or a detailed schedule about World Engagement Week, please contact Robin Danzak at


Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT)

Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT) is an initiative in the College of Education, designed to help students learn through arts integration in the classroom.  The mission of PAInT is as follows:

In partnership, we will: Set the stage for 5500 students in local schools each year to LEARN  through integration of the arts; LEAD educator preparation with arts-integrated teaching; INSPIRE other communities by the successes at USF Sarasota & Manatee; TRANSFORM colleges of education and learning in schools.

The PAInT Programs are:

Arts Partnerships: Bring artistic expertise into educator preparation courses, internships and local school classrooms

Artist-to-Teacher Scholarship: Enable artists to become certified educators through scholarships in our graduate programs

The INPAInT Digitized Resource Center: Provide an online resource of member-shared materials for learning through arts-integration

Evidence and Advocacy: Document and share how the PAInT approach adds value to learning

Continuing Education: Provide learning experiences for current educators to enhance their skills in arts-integration

Questions about PAInT can be directed to Dr. Liz Larkin in the College of Education –

Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT)

Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT) is an initiative in the College of Education, designed to help students learn through arts integration in the classroom.  The mission of PAInT is as follows:

In partnership, we will: Set the stage for 5500 students in local schools each year to LEARN  through integration of the arts; LEAD educator preparation with arts-integrated teaching; INSPIRE other communities by the successes at USF Sarasota & Manatee; TRANSFORM colleges of education and learning in schools.

The PAInT Programs are:

Arts Partnerships: Bring artistic expertise into educator preparation courses, internships and local school classrooms

Artist-to-Teacher Scholarship: Enable artists to become certified educators through scholarships in our graduate programs

The INPAInT Digitized Resource Center: Provide an online resource of member-shared materials for learning through arts-integration

Evidence and Advocacy: Document and share how the PAInT approach adds value to learning

Continuing Education: Provide learning experiences for current educators to enhance their skills in arts-integration

Questions about PAInT can be directed to Dr. Liz Larkin in the College of Education –

Update from the Transition Team

While many of you have been introduced to the Transition Team, some of you may not yet be aware of who they are and their mission.  The Team consists of Dr. Bonnie Jones, Dr. Rhonda Moraca, Linda DeMello, Mary Beth Wallace and Holly Lundgren, and has been meeting weekly since January and is working to combine Academic and Student processes.

They are currently working on streamlining the efforts of our faculty and staff as we prepare to accept our first freshmen class as there is still much to do until we are ready.  If you have any questions for them, please email Linda de Mello at

Blueprint for Health Professions Education

Linda de Mello spent the last year working on the Blueprint for Health Professions grant, conducting research locally to find areas of need with regard to healthcare professions and then assessing how USFSM can help to meet some of those needs.

Projected Outcomes: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Business with a Concentration in Elder Care Management (Fall 2012); Masters of Business Administration with Concentration in Quality Management in Health Care (Fall 2012); Bachelor of Science/Master of Science and Certificate in Hospitality Management with a Concentration in Aging Services (Spring 2013); and a Feasibility study of  Master of Science Occupational Therapy program  (2012).

USF Tampa degrees to be offered by USFSM: Second Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders (program underway); Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (in development); Proposed Speech/Language and Hearing Clinic at USF Sarasota-Manatee (in development); Proposed collaboration with USF Tampa School of Aging Studies/Long Term Care Administration degree program (in development).

The USF Sarasota-Manatee Center/School for Wellness & Longevity in partnership with USF Health is also in development and expansion of access to Nurse Education is also in progress.

Campus Master Plan

As we prepare to accept lower division students, the Campus Master Plan plays a significant role in ensuring we are fully capable of handling this growth.  The 5 and 10 year plans have been presented and approved and we are working toward the 5 year plan at this time.  The 5 year plan includes:

  • Negotiation of Campus Development Agreement with Manatee County Government.
  • Efforts for four planned construction projects will proceed concurrently and without prioritization.
  • Programming of space and budget requirements for Academic Building.
  • Conceptual design of Academic Building.
  • Prepare tools to assist the Campus Advancement, University Relations and Student Services teams in the marketing, fundraising and student recruiting efforts.
  • Interim solutions to support four-year general education demands.

To view renderings of the 5 and 10 year campus development plans, please email Sue Barbour at


USFSM Rowing

One year ago we made the announcement that USFSM’s inaugural Rowing Team would be formed.  A year later we have 22 rowers with 9 actively participating this semester.  As the first competitive club sport on campus, this team is competing at the level of an NCAA varsity program and train appropriately.

We have partnered with Sarasota Crew, one of the top rowing programs in the country. Currently, they provide our coach, Liza Dickson, who has over 25 years of coaching experience at the club and University levels.  Sarasota Crew also provides boats and equipment.

The Team is  holding practices five times a week during the fall and spring semesters, and will be racing four times in the fall and five times in the spring against both varsity and club crew teams all along the eastern seaboard. The team competed in November at the 2nd largest Regatta in USA; men’s 8 placed 28th of 39 teams and women’s 4 placed 20th of 34 teams.

As a club, Rowing receives funding from SGA, but it is largely dependent on fundraising. The team has received significant support from the SRQ Airport and Benderson Development.

Rowing is open to all individuals who meet the university’s eligibility requirements for participation. A majority of our rowers had no experience with crew prior to rowing at USFSM. To row, all students need is a competitive spirit, some athletic ability and the will to succeed.

There is significant recruitment potential in Rowing as Florida has the 6th largest population of high school rowers, Sarasota is home to two elite youth programs – Sarasota Crew and Sarasota Scullers, and South East High School, Palmetto High School and other local public and private schools have started programs and train at Fort Hamer.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Rowing events:

Fira College Championships April 13th and 14th  at Nathan Benderson Park (NBP). The team will compete as a guest against schools such as Florida, Florida State, and Stetson.

Creaky Bones 5k and Sarasota Dragon Boat Race  will be held on October 20th, also at NBP.  More details to follow!