New professors hired at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

The newly named College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) has hired two new professors, Dr. Wan Yang and Professor Joe Askren.

Dr. Yang was born and raised in Beijing, China and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Tourism Management from Fudan University in 2006. After graduating from college, Dr. Yang came to the United States and obtained a Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

“I’m passionate about teaching and research because teachers make a difference in the lives of their students and researchers make a difference in our society,” said Dr. Yang.  “I’m very excited to be joining the distinguished faculty in the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership at USFSM. I look forward to bringing my international background and doing all I can to contribute.”

Professor Askren has served as the Lead Hospitality Instructor for Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, AZ for the past five years and also has experience as an Executive Chef for several resorts in Arizona.  He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and holds an Associate of Science in Culinary Management from Florida State College.  Professor Askren’s Master in Business Administration with a concentration in Hotel and Restaurant Management is from Colorado Technical University.

“I’m very excited to bring my hotel and restaurant knowledge to USFSM,” said Professor Askren.  “There is already such a great foundation and history in the college. I’ll just be adding a culinary perspective, which includes my past and present interests in food trends, nutrition, marketing, and management of hotels and restaurants.”

These two new faculty members will begin teaching courses this fall.  “I am very happy that we attracted two amazing individuals to our College,” said Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, Dean of the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership.  “Professor Askren brings years of executive level of industry and teaching experience to USF Sarasota-Manatee. He will lead the food and beverage curriculum at the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Similarly, Dr. Yang comes to us with impressive hospitality research and teaching skills. She will be heading the research activities and work with our undergraduate and graduate students.”

Newly named College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership announced at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Effective July 1, 2012, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) announced the newly named College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership.  Formerly titled the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, the name change reflects the addition of the Information Technology program to the college.  Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, who has been serving as the Dean of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, will serve in the role of Dean for the College.

“Dr. Cobanoglu’s international tourism research in on-line security provides an opportunity to blend hospitality and IT for our students and faculty,” said Dr. Bonnie Jones, Regional Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at USFSM.  “I envision our hospitality program ranked in the top 10 nationally within the next 10 years, and our IT program to grow exponentially as a STEM field.”

The formation of the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership will provide students access to unique programming and coursework.  “It is exciting to see two industries that are key in this community join together under the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership,” said Dr. Cobanoglu.  “I am honored to be the founding Dean of this unique and very promising college.  We will create a synergy of these fields with the support of our outstanding faculty and produce leaders who will make a large impact for the area.”

Dr. Sunita Lodwig, Instructor of Information Technology, has been appointed as the Faculty Lead for the Information Technology program inside the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership and will be responsible for the daily management of the program.  “The move to a new organization focused on professional services, like Hospitality and Information Technology, makes a lot of sense, especially under the stewardship of Dean Cobanoglu, who is a recognized leader in both fields,” she said.  “We are particularly excited for the emphasis on IT Security, which will help establish Information Security as a cornerstone of the IT program at USFSM.”

The formation of this new college is one of the many growth initiatives currently in progress at USFSM.  “We are very excited about the announcement of our new College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor at USFSM.  “We continue to move forward to ensure that we are understanding and meeting the needs of our students and the local community, while maintaining a high level of academic excellence that will lead to success for our graduates.”

More information about the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership can be found online at www.usfsm.edu or by calling 941-359-4330.

USFSM Alums hired at local schools

Six alumni from the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) have recently been hired by local schools.  Heidi Keegan, a 2012 graduate from the Masters in Educational Leadership program has been hired as an Assistant Principal at Sallie Jones Elementary School in Punta Gorda.  Dave Masony, a 2011 graduate of the Masters in Educational Leadership program was hired by Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda, also as an Assistant Principal.  Neil Armstrong Elementary School hired Grace Shepard as an Assistant Principal.  Grace graduated in 2012 with her Masters in Educational Leadership.  Valley Hayes, a 2012 graduate of the Master of Arts in Teaching program, was hired to a full-time teaching position with Toledo Blade Elementary School in North Port.  Manatee High School has hired Melissa Gagnon as Assistant Principal.  Melissa graduated in 2009 with her Masters in Educational Leadership.  Lastly, Amanda Semrinec, who graduated with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education in 2011 was hired to teach 6th grade math at Manatee School for the Arts.

“We are so proud of all of our graduates,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean of the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “I think it speaks volumes about our program to hear that students who graduated two and three years ago are reconnecting with faculty as they look for jobs and that the faculty are more than willing to be references for these students.  A University level education is about so much more than what happens in the classroom.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee to host Master’s Degree information session on July 11th

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will be hosting a Master’s Degree information session for anyone interested in learning more about the available programs this fall.  It will take place at USFSM, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota on Wednesday, July 11th from 6-7pm.  The event is free and open to prospective students and their guests.

The session will include information about the following Master’s degree programs: Business Administration, Criminal Justice Administration, Hospitality Management, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Reading Education, Teaching in Elementary Education, Teaching in Exceptional Student Education, and English Education.  A brief overview of admissions processes, financial aid, and other services will also be available. Attendees will be given a campus tour and will have the opportunity to meet with Academic Advisors who will discuss prerequisites, transcripts and other pertinent details.

Registration can be found by visiting www.usfsm.edu/admissions and clicking on the event link.  Questions about USFSM can be directed to 941-359-4330 or kjander2@sar.usf.edu.

USF Sarasota-Manatee to host Open House June 27th

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will be hosting an open house for anyone interested in learning more about the available programs offered.  It will take place at USFSM, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota on Wednesday, June 27 from 6-7:30pm.  The event is free and open to prospective students and their guests.

The open houses will include information about Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs, Certificate programs, and a brief overview of admissions processes, financial aid, and other services. A tour of campus will be available along with the opportunity to meet with Academic Advisors who will discuss prerequisites, transcripts and other pertinent details.

Registration can be found by visiting www.usfsm.edu/admissions and clicking on the event link.  Questions about USFSM can be directed to 941-359-4334 or kjander2@sar.usf.edu.

USF Sarasota-Manatee application deadline approaches

The fall application deadline at USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) is Monday, July 2, 2012.  Fall term begins Monday, August 27, 2012.  Campus tours are available by calling 941-359-4334 and the application can be found online by visiting usfsm.edu/admissions.

A wide variety of programs are offered at USFSM, including but not limited to: Elementary Education, History, Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Business, Hospitality Management and Applied Science.  These programs are comprised of diverse coursework, study abroad opportunities, internships, on campus student clubs, access to professional organizations and hands-on experiences.  USF Sarasota-Manatee students enjoy the privileges of the USF System with access to student athletic tickets, Alumni networking, USF System events and more.  Students at USFSM also enjoy a 15:1 student to faculty ratio, providing access to and personalized attention from world class instructors.

If you have questions about the application or setting up an appointment with an Academic Advisor, please call 941-359-4334.

Florida Legislature to continue providing matching funds for First Generation Program

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) has 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 at USFSM. “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.  Those interested in learning more about USFSM, scholarship and grant opportunities, or giving opportunities may visit www.usfsm.edu or call 941-359-4334 for more information.

Outstanding Arts & Sciences students recognized at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee hosted a banquet to honor its outstanding students for the Spring 2012 Semester. 

Outstanding Undergraduate students were Ana DeShields (Information Technology); Bryce Evans (History); Kyle Jacobs (Criminology); Jennifer Perez Lopez (English/Literature); Melissa Nieliwocki (Psychology); Krista Schrock (English/Business & Technical Writing); and Laura Tanksley (Interdisciplinary Social Sciences). 

 Arts & Sciences students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee were honored at an awards banquet for outstanding achievement.  L to R: Krista Schrock (English/Business & Technical Writing); Melissa Nieliwocki (Psychology); Jennifer Perez Lopez (English/Literature); Kyle Jacobs (Criminology); Ana DeShields (Information Technology); Bryce Evans (History); and Laura Tanksley (Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.) 

Graduate level information session at USF Sarasota-Manatee on June 2

Students with a Bachelor’s degree interested in pursuing a Master’s degree are invited to attend an upcoming information session about graduate level programs at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

The session will cover Graduate level degrees in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Educational Leadership, Reading Education, Business, and Hospitality Management and will be offered on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 at 9:30am in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.  The session includes an introductory information session, an Alumni panel discussion, breakout sessions with faculty and program specialists, a financial aid workshop, campus tours, and a cookout in the courtyard.

For more information or to R.S.V.P. for the event, please contact Katrina Anderson at kjander2@sar.usf.eduor 941.359.4334.

Three faculty members awarded for excellence at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Three faculty members at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) have recently been awarded for excellence. Nominations were solicited from a variety of people for each award, including students, deans and faculty members.

Eleven nominations were submitted for the Excellence in Teaching Award and Dr. Anurag Agarwal, Associate Professor of Information Systems/Decision Sciences in the College of Business, was selected from those nominees by the Faculty Senate’s Awards & Rewards Committee for his diligence, creativity, and his ability to successfully teach some of the more difficult courses offered at USFSM.  Dr. Agarwal was also recognized for his assistance to other faculty members looking to strengthen their own teaching.

The Excellence in Research Award nominees were selected by USFSM faculty members and deans.  Five faculty members were nominated and Dr. Jim Unnever, Professor of Criminology in the College of Arts & Sciences, was selected based on his extensive body of research, the fact that his research has been cited by other researchers over 1300 times, his publications in the top journals in his field, and his ongoing research work.

The Excellence in Service Award encompassed service to the university, service to the academic discipline, and service to the community. Nominations were solicited from all of the members of the USFSM community for this award. There were eight nominees for this one and Dr. Elizabeth Larkin, Professor of Childhood Education in the College of Education, was selected by the committee for her extensive contributions to USF as a faculty governance leader, her consistent service as a journal editor and reviewer over the years, and for her work with children in the local community through Schools and the Big Brothers-Big Sisters organization.

The awarded faculty members were announced at a Faculty & Staff Recognition event held on campus.

Mary Beth Wallace named Dean of Students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

Mary Beth Wallace has been named Dean of Students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

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. She served on USF committees including Orientation, Client Services, Scholarship Review, Enrollment Management Planning and various search committees. She provided service to the university as chair of the Faculty-Staff Campaign 2006 and volunteered for the Heart Walk. Currently, she serves on the Council of Academic Advising, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Planning Group, Veteran’s Committee, Master Plan Committee, and Enrollment Task Force.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Alumnus Awarded a Fulbright Research Postgraduate Grant

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.

“I’m so excited to have been awarded a Fulbright grant,” said Jones. “Not only is it a tremendous honor, but it will allow me to continue my work on improving the quality of education in the developing world. I’ve always thought, and research repeatedly shows, that education is a vital key for improving one’s life. I feel so lucky to be empowered to spend a year helping to improve lives in Laos, and hope to make my work adaptable and usable in countries all over the world.”

The Fulbright research grant will allow Jones to travel to Laos and research educational practices being implemented in Laotian schools and the effectiveness of NGOs at influencing and improving pedagogy in the schools they work with. He will be looking at how well modern educational practices are being adapted for Laotian schools and what difficulties teachers and NGOs face in adapting them. Jones will be working with both Open Equal Free and Child’s Dream to connect with schools and create resources (lesson plans, learning materials, and activities) designed to improve education and teacher quality in Laos.

“Michael has a strong commitment to Open Education Resources and Creative Commons licensing. He is successfully working to meet the educational needs of children in rural Cambodia, but in a much larger sense, he is a leader in modeling how effective education is practiced in the 21st Century,” said Dr. Rebecca Burns, Asst. Professor of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) USFSM College of Education and one of his former professors.

The Office of National Scholarships identifies, recruits and mentors high achieving students to apply for national merit scholarships across all disciplines. The scholarships and fellowships are for creative, motivated and academically strong students who are leaders in and out of the classroom.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Criminology Career Fair at USF Sarasota-Manatee on April 17th

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will host a career expo for Criminology related careers and degree programs on Tuesday, April 17th from 1:30-3:30pm in the Selby Auditorium on campus at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.  Open to students and the local community, a wide variety of businesses will be attending: Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms; Bealls, Inc (Loss Prevention); Dept. of Children & Families; Florida Fish & Wildlife; Florida Highway Patrol; Guardian Ad Litem; Manatee County Sheriff’s Office; Manatee Palms; Orange County Sheriff’s Office; Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office; Stetson Law School; The Zenith (Worker’s Compensation Fraud); U.S. Customs & Border Protection, and more.

USFSM will have information about academic programs and degrees available, such as Criminology, Psychology, Sociology and more.

For more information about this career expo, please call the USFSM Career Services Office at 941-359-4586. For information about degree programs at USFSM, please visit www.usfsm.edu or call 941-359-4334.

VA Mobile Outreach Clinic to be available at USF Sarasota-Manatee April 14th

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will host the VA Mobile Outreach Clinic on Saturday, April 14th from 2-6 pm, in the USFSM courtyard as part of USF Day at Sarasota-Manatee. This clinic, available to all veterans, provides three private exam rooms and is equipped with a diesel generator, four air conditioners, a bathroom, and two wheelchair lifts for veterans in need of assistance.  In addition to providing health care services and VA benefits enrollment, this Mobile Outreach Clinic also has the capability of assisting the community when disaster strikes.  For Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom veterans, OIF/OEF program staff will be available to answer questions about VA benefits.

USF Day at Sarasota-Manatee is hosted by the Student Government Association (SGA) and is open to area high school and college students, Alumni, and the local community.  The free event will include games, a bounce house, dance heads, balloon art, spray can art, food, campus tours, information about classes and more and will take place rain or shine.

Famed magician Peter Boie is also slated to perform at 5:00 as part of the festival.  Seating for his free show is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

For more information about USF Day at Sarasota-Manatee, please call SGA at 941-359-4717 or 941-359-4560.

Three awardees to be recognized at USF Sarasota-Manatee Commencement on May 6

On Sunday, May 6, 2012, two students and one professor will be recognized during the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s (USFSM) Commencement ceremony at the Manatee Convention Center for outstanding achievements.

Kate Shackelford, a senior graduating with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, has been selected to receive the Golden Bull Service and Outstanding Leadership Award, presented by USFSM’s Student Government Association.  As President of the PRIDE (Promoting, Recruiting, Increasing Diverse Educators) Club on campus, Kate played an active and hands-on roll in her education.  She held internships at both Ballard Elementary School and Rogers Garden Elementary School during her time as a student and hopes to obtain full time employment locally now that she has graduated.  As a result of Kate’s leadership, PRIDE has volunteered at events like the Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival and organized a Homecoming Dress Drive with Southeast High School to allow students to have access to dresses for school dances.  Kate also works part-time by giving private horse riding lessons to youth and is a Big Sister with the Big Brother, Big Sister organization of Manatee County and helped facilitate a partnership between the organization and PRIDE.

Shawna Machado, a senior graduating with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Award.  This award is presented by the Alumni Association.  Working on plans to study abroad on a Fulbright Scholarship before returning to USF Sarasota-Manatee for a Master’s Degree, Shawna embodies outstanding in more ways than one.  A member of the Social Justice Initiative, the Psychology Club and the Sarasota School of Social Justices, she also works as a Family Advocate for Hope Family Services and volunteers in the community on top of maintaining her status as a full time student.  She is passionate about serving the underserved, working with victims of abuse and homelessness, and speaking for those who do not have a voice.

Professor Ross Alander, Senior Lecturer in Management Studies for the College of Business, has been selected by the students as the Spring 2012 Outstanding Professor.  He has an extensive and comprehensive background in Human Resources and Organizational Development in health care, the auto industry, professional employer organizations, with service companies, with professional groups, the public sector and not for profits.  Ross has held a number of management/leadership positions at the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors, including being a factory (foreman) supervisor.  Moving into the area of health care, he served as Personnel Administrative Manager of E.W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing (Michigan) and as Vice President of Human Resources at Lansing General Hospital (Michigan), then for 10 years as the Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development for Tampa General Hospital, where he led a team of 200 members.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in social science and economics and a master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University and recently attended the Program on Negotiations at Harvard Law.

Florida Teacher Evaluations Discussion to be held April 27

On Friday, April 27, 2012, local teachers, administrators, and those considering careers in education are invited to attend “Florida Teacher Evaluations: Your Job Depends on It” from 4-6:30pm in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.  Hosted by USFSM’s College of Education, this event will feature local Principals from Manatee, Sarasota and Pasco counties who will discuss the Teacher Evaluation Model adopted in Florida and how it is interpreted in each district.

The event is free and open to the public, but due to limited seating an RSVP is required.  A link to the RSVP form can be found by visiting the College of Education website at www.sarasota.usf.edu/COE.  Questions about the event can be emailed to Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake, an Assistant Professor in the College of Education, at mbyrdblake@sar.usf.edu.  This event is also serving as the West Central Symposium for FATE (Florida Association of Teacher Educators.)

Mock Crime Scene Investigation to take place at USF Sarasota-Manatee at North Port

Students in the Abnormal Behavior and Criminality class at USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) at North Port will take an active role in a Mock Crime Scene set up on Monday, March 26th.  From 3-6pm, students will learn all about the investigative procedures used at a crime scene, including photographing and measuring a crime scene, the role of a medical examiner and proper techniques for recovering and packaging evidence, along with several other procedures.

The mock crime scene will be staged in a vacant field across from USFSM at North Port, south of Pan American Drive a few blocks East of Hwy. 41.  The public is invited to attend this course to observe, but only students will take an active role in the investigation.  “The purpose of the mock crime scene is to give the students a hands on approach to supplement their text book studies and lectures,” said Professor William Kemper, a Professor of Criminology in the College of Arts and Sciences at USFSM.

Anyone who plans to attend the mock crime scene to observe must be clothed in long pants (preferably denim) with close toed heavy shoes and, because the scene is in an open field, absolutely no smoking will be permitted.  If you would like to RSVP as an attendee, please email Jenna Thiel at jthiel@sar.usf.edu.

Community invited to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) Day on April 14

The Student Government Association (SGA) at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) is inviting area high school and college students, alumni, and the community to attend USFSM Day on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 2-6pm in the courtyard on campus.  The free event will include games, a bounce house, dance heads, balloon art, spray can art, food, campus tours, information about classes and more and will take place rain or shine.

Famed magician Peter Boie is also slated to perform at 5:00 as part of the festival.  Seating for his free show is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

For more information about USFSM Day, please call SGA at 941-359-4717 or 941-359-4560.

Mote Marine Laboratory and USF Sarasota-Manatee to Partner on Marine Science-Based Initiative

On Friday, Feb. 10, the leaders of Mote Marine Laboratory and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee signed a new agreement that will result in closer ties between the two organizations and lead to the development of new classrooms and teaching laboratories on Mote’s campus.
Mote Marine Laboratory, established in 1955, has a long history of educating students in the marine sciences through its many formal and informal K-12 programs and especially through its internships for undergraduate and graduate students that bring more than 150 college students a year to its campus. Many of Mote’s Ph.D. scientists also participate in graduate education programs through their adjunct status at colleges and universities nationwide.
The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Campus opened in the 1974-75 academic year, providing courses for upper-level undergraduates, graduates and continuing education students. Today, the campus serves more than 4,800 students annually, including classes in south Sarasota County. USF Sarasota-Manatee will begin offering Freshmen classes in Fall 2013.
Through this new agreement, USFSM will complete the build-out of classrooms and teaching laboratories in Mote’s Ann and Alfred Goldstein Marine Mammal Research and Rehabilitation Center, which already houses a conference room and offices for Mote staff dedicated to dolphin, sea turtle and manatee conservation programs. The buildout
will include dry teaching labs, wet teaching labs, a lab support room, two research labs, offices, two academic support rooms and a lounge.
Working together, USFSM and Mote will also create new joint appointments for Mote researchers who will serve as faculty and will allow USFSM faculty and students to work closely with Mote staff on the research programs and initiatives under way at Mote.
Organizations like the National Science Foundation have long supported hands-on research experiences for undergraduate students as a way to improve the nation’s expertise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The Mote-USFSM partnership will serve to directly implement such a strategy for Sarasota
and Southwest Florida by linking the growing USFSM undergraduate science degree programs with both innovative basic research and applied science and technology programs taking place at Mote.
“Mote has a long history of working with USF in many different areas of marine research, including shark research and our Aquaculture Park in eastern Sarasota County,” said Dr. Kumar Mahadevan, President & CEO of Mote. “We’re very excited that this agreement will create new avenues for Mote staff to help educate the next generation of marine
scientists and for USFSM faculty to have the opportunity to work with us on our world-recognized research programs.”
“This is a real win/win/win because the students become the real winners,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor for USF Sarasota-Manatee. “This will provide the students with the ability to work with high-quality scientists who are engaged in exciting fields of research. This is a unique, real-world model for undergraduate research.”
“One of our goals when Mote’s Board of Trustees approved a new strategic plan was to set a course for the future that included supporting a new generation of marine researchers,” said Bob Carter, Chairman of Mote’s Board. “It’s exciting to see our 2020 Vision and Strategic Plan taking shape through strong partnerships like this one with USF
Sarasota-Manatee.”

 

Rocky D. Bull, Mascot for USF Sarasota-Manatee poses with Dr. Kumar Mahadevan, President & CEO of Mote, Dr. Arther Guilford, Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee and the Mote Aquarium Mascot, Gilly.

USF Sarasota-Manatee to host open houses in Sarasota/Manatee and North Port

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will be hosting two open houses in March.  The first will take place at USFSM, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota on Thursday, March 1st from 5:30-7:00pm.  The second will be at USFSM at North Port, 5920 Pan American Drive from 5:30-7:00pm.

The open houses are for anyone interested in learning more about the degree programs and certificates offered by USFSM and will also include a brief overview of admissions processes, financial aid, and other services. A tour of campus will be available along with the opportunity to meet with Academic Advisors who will discuss prerequisites, transcripts and other pertinent details of the program. Bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and certificate programs will all be addressed at the Open House.

Registration for either open house can be found by visiting www.sarasota.usf.edu and clicking on the “Future Students” tab.  Questions about USFSM can be directed to 941-359-4334.

High School student athletes invited to NCAA Eligibility Forum at USF Sarasota-Manatee

On Thursday, February 23rd the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and USF Athletics will host an NCAA Recruitment & Eligibility Forum from 7-8:30pm.  The program is for high school student athletes and will cover rules and requirements of the NCAA, recruitment and eligibility related topics.  The forum will be held at USF Sarasota-Manatee in the Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Student athletes from all sports are encouraged to attend as the forum is not sport specific.  Due to limited seating, an RSVP is recommended for the event.  Questions and RSVP’s can be directed to Pam Gleason at pgleason@sar.usf.edu or 941-359-4603.

USF Sarasota-Manatee to offer financial aid information sessions at local high schools

The Financial Aid office at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) is partnering with the Sarasota County school district to offer informational sessions regarding financial aid for students and parents at local high schools.  “The workshops will cover such topics as federal and state financial aid programs; tips for filling out financial aid forms and the FAFSA application; and state and local scholarship opportunities, including the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program,” said Gabriela Vega, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at USFSM.

Information session dates, locations and times are as follows:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Sarasota High School – 6:30pm
  • Thursday, Jan. 19 at Suncoast Polytechnic – 6:30pm
  • Thursday, Jan. 19 at Venice High School – 7:30pm
  • Monday, Jan. 23 at Riverview High School – 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, Jan. 24 at Booker High School – 6:30pm

Students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the session that is most convenient as each session will cover the same informational material.  Questions about financial aid can be directed to the Financial Aid office at USFSM at 941-359-4701.

USF Sarasota-Manatee fall Commencement to be held at Van Wezel this Sunday

On Sunday, December 11th  the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will hold its 56th Commencement Convocation for the Fall 2011 graduating class at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in downtown Sarasota.  Beginning at 2:00pm, the ceremony will recognize 38 Master’s degree candidates and 230 undergraduate students.  Dr. Arthur M. Guilford, Regional Chancellor, will represent USFSM and USF Board of Trustees Vice Chair Harold W. Mullis will preside.

During the ceremony, several awards will be presented, including: Outstanding Professor, presented by the graduating class to Dr. Patricia Hunsader in the College of Education; Outstanding Graduate, presented by the USF Manatee-Sarasota Chapter of the USF Alumni Association to Krystalle Nichols, who will receive her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education; Golden Bull Service and Outstanding Leadership Award, presented by the graduating class to Andrea Javed, who will receive her Bachelors of Science in Accounting through the College of Business; and the Webeke Award, presented by the graduating MBA cohort to classmate Joseph Ramsey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Tricia D. Hunsader is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. She teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate mathematics education. Dr. Hunsader earned her Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Elementary Education and a cognate in Mathematics Education from the University of South Florida, Tampa in 2005.  Dr. Hunsader is co-author of Mathematical Literacy: Helping Students Make Meaning in the Middle Grades (2008) and has published articles in journals including Reading Teacher, Teaching Children Mathematics, Dimensions in Mathematics, Florida Reading Quarterly, Principal, and Education Digest. Her research interests focus on elementary mathematics classroom assessment, the link between reading and mathematical problem solving, and the influence of mathematics curriculum on student achievement. She has conducted Hands-On Mathematics teacher workshops in the United States, Guatemala, and at several schools in Cambodia. She is passionate about her work with the Asia’s Hope orphan organization in Cambodia, and travels there twice annually.  One of Dr. Hunsader’s career goals is to equip her students to be effective teachers of mathematics by developing their conceptual understanding and their love of the subject. She is honored to receive this award as a confirmation that her students have learned to share her enthusiasm for teaching mathematics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Javed, an Accounting major in the College of Business, was born in Manila, Philippines.  She came to the United States with her family at the age of 16.  She graduated from Lecanto High School and holds both Associate in Science and Associate in Arts degree in Accounting.  She has lived in Sarasota for 5 years with her husband, Adnan.  While a student at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Andrea was an active member of the Accounting Society for 3 years and has carried various roles with the club, including President.   During her year as president, she facilitated five Accounting Society events with participation from as many as 125 accounting students per event.  While remaining committed to her studies as a USFSM student and remaining involved with the Accounting Society, Andrea has also worked full-time as Accounts Receivable Specialist.  Andrea graduates today with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A proud member of Sigma Phi Theta, Krystalle Nichols is graduating today with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education.  During her time as a student at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Krystalle was involved with USFSM2, a club dedicated to teaching math in low-economic schools and PRIDE (promoting, recruiting, increasing diverse educators.)  While remaining active in each of these groups, Krystalle also held internships with Rogers Garden Elementary School and Willis Elementary School and currently holds a position with A Readiness Learning Academy as Lead School Age Teacher.  Krystalle has found the time to volunteer in the midst of her many commitments at Math Nights for two elementary schools, the walk for Juvenile Diabetes, and has been a fundraiser for Myakka State Park and the “Backpack for Kids” program at the Salvation Army.  On top of all of these activities, Krystalle has maintained a near perfect GPA and graduates today Magna Cum Laude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born in Chicago, IL, Joe Ramsay, winner of this year’s Webeke Award, grew up in Oakville, CT.  He earned his Bachelors of Science in Bible from Philadelphia Biblical University in Langhorne, PA where he also did some graduate level work in Organizational Leadership.  Joe is currently a Sales Manager and plans to use his MBA to obtain a leadership role.  “The professors challenged me with new material, new ways of viewing a problem, and gave me concrete tools to use in the marketplace,” he said.  “They knew and loved their subject matter deeply and inspired their students to dig-in as well. They teach from their own passion, and that resonates deeply.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee fall Commencement to be held at Van Wezel this Sunday

On Sunday, December 11th  the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will hold its 56th Commencement Convocation for the Fall 2011 graduating class at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in downtown Sarasota.  Beginning at 2:00pm, the ceremony will recognize 38 Master’s degree candidates and 230 undergraduate students.  Dr. Arthur M. Guilford, Regional Chancellor, will represent USFSM and USF Board of Trustees Vice Chair Harold W. Mullis will preside.

During the ceremony, several awards will be presented, including: Outstanding Professor, presented by the graduating class to Dr. Patricia Hunsader in the College of Education; Outstanding Graduate, presented by the USF Manatee-Sarasota Chapter of the USF Alumni Association to Krystalle Nichols, who will receive her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education; Golden Bull Service and Outstanding Leadership Award, presented by the graduating class to Andrea Javed, who will receive her Bachelors of Science in Accounting through the College of Business; and the Webeke Award, presented by the graduating MBA cohort to classmate Joseph Ramsey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Tricia D. Hunsader is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. She teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate mathematics education. Dr. Hunsader earned her Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Elementary Education and a cognate in Mathematics Education from the University of South Florida, Tampa in 2005.  Dr. Hunsader is co-author of Mathematical Literacy: Helping Students Make Meaning in the Middle Grades (2008) and has published articles in journals including Reading Teacher, Teaching Children Mathematics, Dimensions in Mathematics, Florida Reading Quarterly, Principal, and Education Digest. Her research interests focus on elementary mathematics classroom assessment, the link between reading and mathematical problem solving, and the influence of mathematics curriculum on student achievement. She has conducted Hands-On Mathematics teacher workshops in the United States, Guatemala, and at several schools in Cambodia. She is passionate about her work with the Asia’s Hope orphan organization in Cambodia, and travels there twice annually.  One of Dr. Hunsader’s career goals is to equip her students to be effective teachers of mathematics by developing their conceptual understanding and their love of the subject. She is honored to receive this award as a confirmation that her students have learned to share her enthusiasm for teaching mathematics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Javed, an Accounting major in the College of Business, was born in Manila, Philippines.  She came to the United States with her family at the age of 16.  She graduated from Lecanto High School and holds both Associate in Science and Associate in Arts degree in Accounting.  She has lived in Sarasota for 5 years with her husband, Adnan.  While a student at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Andrea was an active member of the Accounting Society for 3 years and has carried various roles with the club, including President.   During her year as president, she facilitated five Accounting Society events with participation from as many as 125 accounting students per event.  While remaining committed to her studies as a USFSM student and remaining involved with the Accounting Society, Andrea has also worked full-time as Accounts Receivable Specialist.  Andrea graduates today with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A proud member of Sigma Phi Theta, Krystalle Nichols is graduating today with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education.  During her time as a student at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Krystalle was involved with USFSM2, a club dedicated to teaching math in low-economic schools and PRIDE (promoting, recruiting, increasing diverse educators.)  While remaining active in each of these groups, Krystalle also held internships with Rogers Garden Elementary School and Willis Elementary School and currently holds a position with A Readiness Learning Academy as Lead School Age Teacher.  Krystalle has found the time to volunteer in the midst of her many commitments at Math Nights for two elementary schools, the walk for Juvenile Diabetes, and has been a fundraiser for Myakka State Park and the “Backpack for Kids” program at the Salvation Army.  On top of all of these activities, Krystalle has maintained a near perfect GPA and graduates today Magna Cum Laude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born in Chicago, IL, Joe Ramsay, winner of this year’s Webeke Award, grew up in Oakville, CT.  He earned his Bachelors of Science in Bible from Philadelphia Biblical University in Langhorne, PA where he also did some graduate level work in Organizational Leadership.  Joe is currently a Sales Manager and plans to use his MBA to obtain a leadership role.  “The professors challenged me with new material, new ways of viewing a problem, and gave me concrete tools to use in the marketplace,” he said.  “They knew and loved their subject matter deeply and inspired their students to dig-in as well. They teach from their own passion, and that resonates deeply.”

Rogers Garden 5th graders present art for halls at USF Sarasota-Manatee

5th grade students from Rogers Garden Elementary School presented art to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM).  The project, initiated by Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake, a professor in the College of Education at USFSM along with student club PRIDE (promoting, recruiting, increasing diverse educators) was designed to encourage the students to begin exploring what college is all about.  The students, 5th grade teachers and Principal Ann Broomes from Rogers Garden came to USFSM to officially present the pieces and take a tour of the campus.

 

Rogers Garden 5th graders presenting art for halls at USF Sarasota-Manatee

On Friday, December 2nd at 10am, 5th grade students from Rogers Garden Elementary School will present artwork titled “What I can be with a college degree” to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM).  The project, initiated by Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake, a professor in the College of Education at USFSM along with student club PRIDE (promoting, recruiting, increasing diverse educators) was designed to encourage the students to begin exploring what college is all about.

“While the fifth grade students were making these drawings of what they could be with a college degree, I suggested that if they could write and draw their idea on paper, why shouldn’t they be able to live the idea in life,” said Roy London, the Art Instructor at Rogers Garden Elementary School working with the 5th graders on this project.  “As was taught to me by my father and my teachers, I try to bestow upon my students the idea that they should try to work hard now (while they are young) with their minds so that they won’t have to work hard later (when they get older) with their backs.”  Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake also sees the benefit for the 5th grade students along with the opportunity it provides for her current students.  “Completing the project allowed many of the students to envision college as a possibility for the first time. Hopefully, we were able to plant a seed that will continue grow with encouragement.”

The public is welcome to attend the unveiling of the art pieces on the 3rd floor at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  More information and an RSVP can be found online at http://www.sarasota.usf.edu/academics/coe/.

USF Sarasota-Manatee Director of Computer Information Services offers tips for safe online shopping this holiday season

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, about 28 people in the United States become victims of identity theft every 60 seconds.  Rick Rampersad, Director of Computer Information Services at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has compiled a list of ten tips for safe and secure online shopping.  “Retailers anticipate that over $500B will be spent online via traditional online venues as well as emerging mobile platforms,” he said.  “There are some things you can do to minimize your risk of becoming a victim of identity theft or stolen credit cards while shopping this season.”

  1. Never open up unsolicited emails and ignore emails requesting any personal information.
  2. Guard your Social Security number and other personal information, reputable sites do not ask for such information.
  3. Look for the https: heading on websites that manage secure data, this means that the site is encrypted.
  4. Beware of fraudulent apps for mobile devices. The apps should be authored by the vendor themselves. For instance, if you do online banking, the author of the app should be your bank.
  5. Make sure all of your mobile devices are password protected.
  6. Always log off of the site upon completion of your transaction, then close it.
  7. Do not send personal information like credit card numbers or SSN via text.
  8. Ensure that the virus and anti-spyware applications on your machine are up to date.
  9. Do not use public machines to shop online.
  10. Be very cautious when using your checking account as a form of online payment.

2nd Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony to be held at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The 2nd Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony, titled “Patriotism, Liberty & Freedom,” at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 from 9-11am in the Selby Auditorium on campus.  The speaker at this year’s ceremony is Colonel Jerry Hearn, Ret, USA.   Mr. Hearn will be talking about the Honor Flight program.  This project, sponsored locally by the Southwest Florida Rotary Club, plans to send 50 to 75 World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit their Memorial and other patriotic memorials, including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The public is invited to attend this event.  USFSM is located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.  For more information about USFSM, please visit www.sarasota.usf.edu.

2011 USF Sarasota-Manatee Homecoming Countess Crowned

Samantha Ramon, a senior criminology major at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee was crowned the 2011 Homecoming Countess.  Born and raised in Bradenton, Samantha serves in the United States Navy, is a Legal Assistant at the State Attorney’s Office planning to start law school next fall, is the mom of two kids, and is the Founding President of the Multi-Culture Club on campus, a group dedicated to volunteering and giving back to the community.  “Running for Countess was important to me because I believe that no matter your background, your race, your age or your gender, anything is possible,” she said.  “Ambition is so important in being successful in life.”  Samantha will represent USF Sarasota-Manatee at USF Tampa’s Homecoming Dance & Parade.

USF Sarasota-Manatee student selected for “Eager to Engage” award at Ritz Carlton Sarasota

Mei Mei Soe, a Hospitality Management major at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) was recently selected as the recipient of the “Eager to Engage” award at the Ritz Carlton Sarasota.

Originally from Myanmar, Mei Mei began studying at USFSM during the spring semester of this year and plans to graduate in 2013.  “I’m really happy and surprised,” she said of receiving the award.  “I work in food & beverage while studying hospitality management, so I’m seeing a lot of aspects of the business.  I always do my best and I believe it pays off.”

Undergraduate students at USF Sarasota-Manatee to present their research

On Friday, October 28, 2011 undergraduate students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will be given the opportunity to present their research for a chance to attend the National Conference of Undergraduate Research at Weber State University in Utah in March 2012.  Any undergraduate student at USFSM currently conducting research or with completed research may enter to present in front of a panel of seven faculty members and students.  Presentations will take place in the Selby Auditorium at USFSM from 10am to 12pm with winners being announced between 1-2pm.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the event, but should RSVP to Alena at ascandura@sar.usf.edu.

Graduate level information session coming at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Students with a Bachelor’s degree interested in pursuing a Master’s degree are invited to attend an upcoming information session about graduate level programming at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

The session will cover Graduate level degrees in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Educational Leadership, Reading Education, Business, and Hospitality Management and will be offered on Saturday, September 17th at 9:30am in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.  “Gear Up for Grad School” includes an introductory information session, an Alumni panel discussion, breakout sessions with faculty and program specialists, a financial aid workshop, campus tours, and a cookout in the courtyard.

The Alumni Panel will feature: Dan Callendar, Regional General Manager for WCI Communities, Inc.; Ann Broomes, Principal at D. Rogers Garden Elementary School; James McManemon, Graduate Research Assistant; Charlie Thorpe, Lieutenant at  the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office; and Alwin Woodall, Social Worker for the State of Florida.

For more information or to R.S.V.P. for the event, please contact Katrina Anderson at kjander2@sar.usf.edu or 941.359.4334.

Bulls Networking – North Port

Hosted by: Career Services &  North Port Academic Advising

Gain networking tips from the experts.  Network with area businesses.  Explore career options.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Room 208 @ North Port

2-3:30pm

Business Attire required

Register today!  www.sarasota.usf.edu/CareerCenter The first 25 registrants will receive business cards & a sleek holder.

Partners: Phi Beta Lamda; Toastmasters; USF IT Network

Bulls Networking – North Port

Hosted by: Career Services &  North Port Academic Advising

Gain networking tips from the experts.  Network with area businesses.  Explore career options.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Room 208 @ North Port

2-3:30pm

Business Attire required

Register today!  www.sarasota.usf.edu/CareerCenter The first 25 registrants will receive business cards & a sleek holder.

Partners: Phi Beta Lamda; Toastmasters; USF IT Network

Masters in Social Work to be offered at USF Sarasota-Manatee, information session on July 26th

–   On Tuesday, July 26th, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will host an information session for students interested in pursuing a Master’s in Social Work.  The session will take place from 2-3:30pm at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota in room C203A.

Through a carefully designed curriculum of core courses, electives, and supervised field experience, the Masters in Social Work (MSW) program prepares students for professional social work practice. Students acquire specialized knowledge and skills necessary for clinical practice with individuals, families, and groups. At USF Sarasota-Manatee, the MSW program places an emphasis on preparing students to work with older adults and their families.

The MSW program runs in cohorts and applications are currently being accepted for the next cohort, which begins in January 2012.  Students take 3 courses per term for 7 terms, including field placements.  Students interested in the program are encouraged to attend the information session or contact Jo Lynn Raudebaugh: jraudeba@sar.usf.edu or 941-359-4587.

Competitive international grant awarded to USF Sarasota-Manatee professor

Dr. Thomas Crisp, Assistant Professor of Reading in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee, has been awarded the International Reading Association’s Elva Knight Research Grant for promising research that addresses significant questions for the discipline of reading/literacy research and practice.

The grant is awarded to approximately 5 scholars per year drawn from an international pool. It is the intent that such grants will provide researchers with the opportunity to develop important perspectives on the reading/literacy field. Dr. Crisp joins previous recipients from the United States, Australia, Mexico, Nigeria, Argentina, Cyprus and the United Kingdom.

Crisp received his Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy from the College of Education at Michigan State University where he worked in children’s and adolescent literature and literacy instruction. He was recently selected as Florida’s Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading by the Florida Reading Association to one faculty member per year who is an innovator and leader making substantial contributions in the field of reading education.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education is NCATE Accredited and home to undergraduate and graduate programs preparing teachers and administrators as well as professionals who can assume roles related to education in a variety of fields. Programs leading to state certification include Elementary Education (Undergraduate and graduate level); Educational Leadership, and Reading.

For more information about USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education, visit www.sarasota.usf.edu or call (941) 359-4330.

USF Nursing students begin training at Sarasota Memorial Hospital

A new team of 12 undergraduate second degree nursing students have begun their clinical training this summer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH). A unique feature of the USF College of Nursing Clinical Collaborative model is that students learn essential nursing skills in a one-on-one mentorship under the guidance of an experienced SMH nurse preceptor and clinical faculty. The SMH nurse preceptors serve as role models for professional nursing practice and reinforce classroom learning through clinical experience. A second cohort of nursing students will begin their training at SMH this fall. The addition of Sarasota Memorial Hospital as a new Clinical Collaborative partner supports the USF Sarasota-Manatee “Blueprint for Health Professions Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee,” a project funded by the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to assess how USF Sarasota-Manatee can best serve the local community’s health professions education needs and lay the groundwork for future academic programming.

 

USF Sarasota-Manatee Awarded Separate Accreditation

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee today was awarded separate accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

SACS is the private, non-governmental organization that accredits educational institutions in the southern states of the United States (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia). The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC) is recognized by the United States Department of Education.

“We are extremely proud that we are now separately accredited and excited about the possibilities ahead,” said Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford. “This now means that we will be able to design new programs, grant our own degrees, make faculty decisions, award diplomas, and have all advising, admissions and financial decisions here instead of in Tampa. It is a lengthy, but necessary and worthwhile process and I am so proud of our faculty, students, staff, community and President Genshaft for their incredible support.”

Institutions seeking accreditation undergo an intensive self-review process in which they assess how well they are meeting their educational missions, goals, and expected outcomes, and making improvements as needed. The institution is then visited and evaluated by a committee of experts from across the country. USF Sarasota-Manatee is committed to upholding the highest standards of teaching, research, and service, and earning separate accreditation shows the strength of their students, faculty, and staff.

“This is a terrific statement of quality for USF Sarasota-Manatee, and of maturity for the whole USF System,” USF System President Judy Genshaft said. “Congratulations to the entire team!”

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee opened in the 1974-75 academic year, providing courses for upper-level undergraduates, graduates and continuing education students. In a few years USFSM will begin recruiting a freshmen class. Today, the campus serves more than 4,500 students annually at its two location – the main campus on the border of Manatee and Sarasota Counties and in North Port.

USF Sarasota-Manatee offers new Certificate Program in Business & Technical Writing

The Certificate in Business and Technical Writing now being offered in the College of Arts and Sciences at USF Sarasota-Manatee is open to students of diverse backgrounds who wish to pursue careers as professional writers and editors serving clients and employers in industry, business, and government. The certificate program is also ideal for those who wish to supplement their training and enhance their employability in other professional fields.

Courses in this program prepare the student for graduate school, and provide practical knowledge, which can lead to career opportunities in a variety of related occupational areas, such as: advertising copy writer, editor, journalist, lawyer, press secretary, public relations director, reporter, speech writer, teacher or professor, technical writer, writer or author.

Students can pursue a certificate in Business and Technical Writing while pursuing another degree or as a non-degree seeking student. Those interested in applying for the BTW Certificate can contact the Office of Student Services at 941-359-4330. More information about this and other programs offered at USF Sarasota-Manatee can be found online at www.sarasota.usf.edu.

USF Sarasota-Manatee offers new Certificate Program in Business & Technical Writing

The Certificate in Business and Technical Writing now being offered in the College of Arts and Sciences at USF Sarasota-Manatee is open to students of diverse backgrounds who wish to pursue careers as professional writers and editors serving clients and employers in industry, business, and government. The certificate program is also ideal for those who wish to supplement their training and enhance their employability in other professional fields.

Courses in this program prepare the student for graduate school, and provide practical knowledge, which can lead to career opportunities in a variety of related occupational areas, such as: advertising copy writer, editor, journalist, lawyer, press secretary, public relations director, reporter, speech writer, teacher or professor, technical writer, writer or author.

Students can pursue a certificate in Business and Technical Writing while pursuing another degree or as a non-degree seeking student. Those interested in applying for the BTW Certificate can contact the Office of Student Services at 941-359-4330. More information about this and other programs offered at USF Sarasota-Manatee can be found online at www.sarasota.usf.edu.

New Dean appointed at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee announces the appointment of Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu as the interim Dean of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management (SHRM).  Dr. Cobanoglu is an internationally recognized researcher in hospitality information technology, the holder of twelve research awards, and the author of thirty-six refereed papers and six books. He also serves on the Advisory Board for President Obama’s National Strategy for Secure Online Transactions Act. He will assume his new post at USF Sarasota-Manatee on August 7th.

“Dr. Cobanoglu brought impeccable scholarly credentials to USF Sarasota-Manatee in 2010 when he joined the SHRM faculty,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor for USF Sarasota-Manatee. “In his dean’s role, he will be a strong academic and visionary leader who will work to take the SHRM to the next level.”

Dr. Cobanoglu will be replacing SHRM’s Founding Dean, Dr. Jay Schrock, who helped to start the program in 2002.  Under his leadership, the SHRM has awarded 86 bachelor’s degrees and now enrolls over 100 students annually.  Dr. Schrock also led the SHRM’s establishment of a master’s degree in hospitality, which will enroll its first graduate students in Fall Semester 2011.  Having accomplished these significant contributions for the SHRM, Dr. Schrock has decided to step down as Dean.  Following his academic sabbatical in Europe during the 2011-12 academic year, Dr. Schrock will continue as a full professor.

Dr. Cobanoglu earned both his master’s and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University and served as a tenured faculty member at the University of Delaware with appointments in Hotel, Restaurant, & Institutional Management and Accounting/ Management Information Systems (MIS).

Dr. Cobanoglu is a Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP), commissioned by the Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP) and the Educational Institute of American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).  He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology and Internet Editor of the International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration.  He was Chair of AHLA’s Technology and E-Business Committee and served as a member of the HFTP’s Board of Directors, the CHTP Advisory Council, the Editorial Advisory Board of HFTP, and the Hospitality Technology Magazine Board.  He also served as an editorial board member of the following publications: International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration, Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Management, and Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education.  In addition, Dr. Cobanoglu serves the industry as a consultant.

Dr. Cobanoglu’s research involves the use and impact of technology in the hospitality industry.  He writes the “Last Words” column for Hospitality Technology Magazine.  National and international media outlets, such as the BBC, NBC, ABC, CN8, Futurist Magazine, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and Lodging Magazine, have featured his work.  Dr. Cobanoglu has published in other scholarly journals within the field, such as the Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, the Journal of Information Technology in Hospitality, the International Journal of Hospitality Management, and the International Journal of Market Research. Other researchers have cited his work in over 400 refereed journal articles.  He has also made more than 200 presentations at national and international conferences.

New Dean appointed at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee announces the appointment of Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu as the interim Dean of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management (SHRM).  Dr. Cobanoglu is an internationally recognized researcher in hospitality information technology, the holder of twelve research awards, and the author of thirty-six refereed papers and six books. He also serves on the Advisory Board for President Obama’s National Strategy for Secure Online Transactions Act. He will assume his new post at USF Sarasota-Manatee on August 7th.

“Dr. Cobanoglu brought impeccable scholarly credentials to USF Sarasota-Manatee in 2010 when he joined the SHRM faculty,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor for USF Sarasota-Manatee. “In his dean’s role, he will be a strong academic and visionary leader who will work to take the SHRM to the next level.”

Dr. Cobanoglu will be replacing SHRM’s Founding Dean, Dr. Jay Schrock, who helped to start the program in 2002.  Under his leadership, the SHRM has awarded 86 bachelor’s degrees and now enrolls over 100 students annually.  Dr. Schrock also led the SHRM’s establishment of a master’s degree in hospitality, which will enroll its first graduate students in Fall Semester 2011.  Having accomplished these significant contributions for the SHRM, Dr. Schrock has decided to step down as Dean.  Following his academic sabbatical in Europe during the 2011-12 academic year, Dr. Schrock will continue as a full professor.

Dr. Cobanoglu earned both his master’s and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University and served as a tenured faculty member at the University of Delaware with appointments in Hotel, Restaurant, & Institutional Management and Accounting/ Management Information Systems (MIS).

Dr. Cobanoglu is a Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP), commissioned by the Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP) and the Educational Institute of American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).  He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology and Internet Editor of the International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration.  He was Chair of AHLA’s Technology and E-Business Committee and served as a member of the HFTP’s Board of Directors, the CHTP Advisory Council, the Editorial Advisory Board of HFTP, and the Hospitality Technology Magazine Board.  He also served as an editorial board member of the following publications: International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration, Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Management, and Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education.  In addition, Dr. Cobanoglu serves the industry as a consultant.

Dr. Cobanoglu’s research involves the use and impact of technology in the hospitality industry.  He writes the “Last Words” column for Hospitality Technology Magazine.  National and international media outlets, such as the BBC, NBC, ABC, CN8, Futurist Magazine, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and Lodging Magazine, have featured his work.  Dr. Cobanoglu has published in other scholarly journals within the field, such as the Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, the Journal of Information Technology in Hospitality, the International Journal of Hospitality Management, and the International Journal of Market Research. Other researchers have cited his work in over 400 refereed journal articles.  He has also made more than 200 presentations at national and international conferences.

Undergraduate summer application deadline May 2nd at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The summer application deadline at USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) is Monday, May 2nd.  Summer semester will begin on Monday, May 16th.  The application can be found online at www.sarasota.usf.edu/students/Prospective/apply.php or can be obtained by calling 941-359-4330.

The application deadline applies to each of the 3 colleges (College of Business, College of Education & College of Arts and Sciences) and the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management.  A wide variety of programs are offered at USFSM, including but not limited to: Elementary Education, History, Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Pre-Business, Hospitality Management and Applied Science.  These programs are comprised of diverse coursework, study abroad opportunities, internships, on campus student clubs, access to professional organizations and hands-on experiences.  USF Sarasota-Manatee students enjoy the privileges of students through the USF System with access to student athletic tickets, Alumni networking, USF System events and more.  Students at USFSM also enjoy a 19:1 student to faculty ratio, providing access to and personalized attention from world class instructors.

If you have questions about the application or setting up an appointment with an Academic Advisor, please call 941-359-4330.

Undergraduate summer application deadline May 2nd at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The summer application deadline at USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) is Monday, May 2nd.  Summer semester will begin on Monday, May 16th.  The application can be found online at www.sarasota.usf.edu/students/Prospective/apply.php or can be obtained by calling 941-359-4330.

The application deadline applies to each of the 3 colleges (College of Business, College of Education & College of Arts and Sciences) and the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management.  A wide variety of programs are offered at USFSM, including but not limited to: Elementary Education, History, Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Pre-Business, Hospitality Management and Applied Science.  These programs are comprised of diverse coursework, study abroad opportunities, internships, on campus student clubs, access to professional organizations and hands-on experiences.  USF Sarasota-Manatee students enjoy the privileges of students through the USF System with access to student athletic tickets, Alumni networking, USF System events and more.  Students at USFSM also enjoy a 19:1 student to faculty ratio, providing access to and personalized attention from world class instructors.

If you have questions about the application or setting up an appointment with an Academic Advisor, please call 941-359-4330.

Gear Up for Grad School + Profiles of Success

Saturday, April 30, 2011 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Join USF Sarasota-Manatee at a special event  for students interested in Graduate school!  We will offer several informative sessions throughout the day:

  • 9:30 – 11:00 AM Welcome and Alumni Panel
    Panel discussion with USF Graduates.
  • 11:00 – 11:45 AM Breakout Sessions with Faculty and Staff
    Meet with an Academic Advisor or a Professor from your program of interest.
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Cookout in the Courtyard
    Lunch will be served in the Courtyard.
  • 12:00 – 12:30 PM or 12:30 – 1:00 PM Financial Aid Workshop
    Meet with a Financial Aid representative to find out more options about funding your way through Grad School and filling out the FAFSA.
  • 1:00 – 4:00 PM FREE practice GRE/GMAT Test

Campus tours are ongoing throughout the day.
Gear Up For Grad Workshop
Saturday, April 30, 2011

Check-in will be in the Selby Auditorium on the USF Sarasota campus

RSVP HERE!

MBA info session to be offered at USF Sarasota-Manatee in North Port

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will host an information session for anyone interested in pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).  The session will take place on Thursday, March 10 from 5:30-7:00pm and will be held at the USFSM North Port location, 5920 Pan American Boulevard.

The MBA program will now offer students greater flexibility in both scheduling and course offerings.  Participants in the session will be given the opportunity to meet with the nationally recognized faculty in the College of Business along with Academic Advisors to learn more about the program.  The College of Business at USF Sarasota-Manatee is AACSB accredited.  A light snack will be served during the session.

For more information on participating in this information session, please contact Aaron Reecher at areecher@sar.usf.edu or 941.359.4333.

MBA program to become more convenient for working professionals at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee can now earn their Master’s of Business Administration degree at their own pace in a new program designed for busy working professionals.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s MBA is a 48-credit hour program offered through the College of Business that enables working professionals to receive the quality education of a top research university while staying close to home.  In the current cohort system, each student completes the program in two years.  The new format will allow students more flexibility and convenience, enabling them to take classes as their schedules allow.

“While the MBA cohort has worked well for our students in the past, we also realize that our students are very busy, and their personal and professional lives may stand in the way of getting a graduate degree,” said Dr. Robert Anderson, dean of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Business.  “This new delivery method should be more convenient to our students and allow more busy professionals to get their MBA.”

While students in the past may have waited up to a year to start the MBA program, the new program will allow them to enter the program at any time, rather than wait until the next cohort begins.

Students starting the program in the Fall will have the option of completing either a general MBA or choosing one of four concentrations: Accounting, Finance, Management, or Marketing.  Students starting in the Spring can complete a general MBA in two years or choose to concentrate in one of the four areas by extending the program to longer than two years.

“Being able to take classes as their schedules allow will be an enormous benefit to our students,” said Anderson.  “Increased enrollment and the hiring of new faculty have enabled us to create a program that more fully meets the needs of professionals in our community.”

Summary of the benefits of the changes to the MBA program:

  • Students can enter the program either in the Fall or Spring semesters.
  • Students who start in the Fall will have the option of completing either a General MBA or choosing one of four concentrations; Accounting*, Finance, Management or Marketing, by taking three application courses in the chosen concentration.
  • Students starting in the Spring semester can complete a general MBA in two years or choose to concentrate in one of the four areas by extending their MBA to longer than two years.
  • Students can elect to complete their MBA on a part-time basis.
  • The program allows flexibility for waiving core tool courses for those students with Business degrees obtained within the past six years. Up to 12 hours could be waived. Decisions on the waivers will be made by the College of Business Graduate Policy Committee on a case-by-case basis.
  • Two years of work experience is no longer required to enter the program.

For more information, visit www.sarasota.usf.edu/Academics/COB/MBA or contact Aaron Reecher at (941) 359-4333.

Students interested in graduate school invited to information session at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will host “Gear Up for Grad School,” a free information session for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree on Saturday, January 22 from 9am until 3pm in the Selby Auditorium on campus.

Gear Up for Grad School includes an introductory information session, breakout sessions with faculty and program specialists, and workshops along with free practice testing.  The workshop options are as follows:

  • “Money – How to Get It?” with Financial Aid, learn about scholarship navigation & get helpful tips
  • “Writing for Grad School” – including how to write a personal statement
  • “Salary Negotiation Seminar” – mostly geared toward women learning wage negotiation skills (you can choose this option instead of the practice test)

The “Salary Negotiation Seminar” is available to Gear Up for Grad Attendees and the community but you must RSVP due to limited seating.

If you are interested in participating in Gear Up for Grad School and/or the salary negotiation seminar, please contact Ashley Tyrrell at atyrrell@sar.usf.edu or 941.359.4334.

USF Sarasota-Manatee and Sarasota County schools partner to offer financial aid information sessions for parents and students

The Financial Aid office at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) is partnering with the Sarasota County school district to offer informational sessions regarding financial aid for students and parents at local high schools.  “The workshops will cover such topics as federal and state financial aid programs; tips for filling out financial aid forms and the FAFSA application; and state and local scholarship opportunities, including the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program,” said Gabriela Vega, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at USFSM.

Information session dates, times and locations are as follows:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 12 at Sarasota High School – 6pm
  • Thursday, Jan. 13 at Venice High School – 7pm
  • Wednesday, Jan. 19 at Riverview High School – 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, Feb. 1 at Booker High School – 6:30pm

Students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the session that is most convenient as each session will cover the same informational material.  Questions about financial aid can be directed to the Financial Aid office at USFSM at 941-359-4701.  Any other questions regarding the University can be directed to Missy Cooper in the University Relations office at 941-359-4578.

USF Sarasota-Manatee academic advisor named Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor for USF System

Jenny Infanti, an Academic Advisor for the College of Education and Applied Science at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), was selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award, presented by the USF System.  Academic Advisors from each of the four campuses (Tampa, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, and Sarasota-Manatee) are nominated.

Jenny was nominated based on several accomplishments in Online Orientation, Language Speech and Hearing Sciences Advising, the Undergraduate catalog, Academic Regulations Committee website and forms and her regular duties of advising undergraduate students.