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

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.

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.) 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 students to host “One Book, One Community,” featuring The Hunger Games

Seven students from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) are hosting this year’s “One Book, One Community” event on Wednesday, February 15 from 4-6pm in the Selby Auditorium on campus.  The book chosen for this year’s event is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

“By participating in the One Book Event I will be able to share my didactic experience with a larger audience through interaction with the local community, that I hope will be beneficial to, and interesting for all concerned,” said USFSM student Nina Bullard.  “Because literature, as it always has been throughout civilization, is fundamental to human communication and cultural understanding as well as personal enrichment.”

During the event, the panel of students will host a thoughtful conversation in response to aspects of the book that most affected them and will be seeking audience feedback.  The students are also inviting local high school students to join the panel and offer their thoughts on this story.

More information is available by calling 941-359-4454.

Four USF Sarasota-Manatee students chosen for National Conference of Undergraduate Research

Four students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) 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 learning 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, Assistant 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.

“At USF Sarasota-Manatee, 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 at USFSM.  “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 at USFSM in October.  They presented their research to a panel of seven faculty members and students and the top four presentations were chosen.  The USFSM Student Government Association (SGA) awarded the top four presentations with assistance in applying for the conference and a scholarship to attend if they were chosen.

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.

USF Sarasota-Manatee professor publishes first book

Dr. Keith Cavedo, a visiting instructor of American and British literature in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), has published his first book; it is titled Beyond the Infinite: Alien Encounters and the Alien/Human Dichotomy in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Tarkovsky’s Solaris. Originally his Ph.D. dissertation and scheduled for print in 10-12 weeks, the book explores alien encounters in two seminal science fiction films and is written for non-specialist science fiction and film audiences.

“The study focuses on the significance of the alien encounters in the two films and the impact of the alien encounters on our own conceptions of (human) identity,” Dr. Cavedo said.

During this summer, Dr. Cavedo taught an innovative hybrid Literature and Film course where his students analyzed and compared short stories and film adaptations. “Popular arts like film resonate not only in the culture, but in the classroom as well,” he said. “It’s important for today’s students to have a critical awareness of and appreciation for the popular arts and to be able to apply this new learning, especially in an interdisciplinary field such as Literature.”

In addition to his new book, Dr. Cavedo contributed an article to volume 2, Music and Literature, in Cult Pop Culture edited by Bob Batchelor. Scheduled for print in 2012, his article is titled “(De-) Constructions of the Hemingway Myth.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee professor a finalist for Business Woman of the Year

Dr. Sunita Lodwig, Instructor of Information Technology (I.T.) in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) has been selected as a finalist for Business Woman of the Year.   52 finalists were chosen from over 360 nominees for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Business Woman of the Year Award.

Dr. Lodwig was nominated by Frank Levey, Vice President of Education and Community Outreach at GaHoom Technology in Tampa, after Levey attended a presentation about the new Information Technology program options at USFSM.  The presentation was offered by Dr. Lodwig and Dr. John Wiginton, also an Instructor of Information Technology at USFSM, and included details about the five new I.T. concentrations available to students: Enterprise Applications Development; Information Security; Information Technology Management; Systems Administration; and Web Design & Development.

“Having worked with Sunita, I found that she is always looking for ways to help students understand very difficult concepts and collaborates with other professors in order to benefit her students,” said Levey.  “She continues to educate herself in order to provide her classes with current and accurate information.  She’s extremely dedicated.”

Dr. Lodwig has been a faculty member at USFSM since 2004 and teaches a wide range of I.T. courses to undergraduate students.  She also serves the community by offering Internet Safety courses and workshops for seniors and families in the region.  “Nomination for this award is recognition of the expanded relevance of USFSM’s IT program in meeting the evolving technology needs of our societies,” said Dr. Lodwig.

Along with Information Technology, the College of Arts & Sciences at USFSM offers Undergraduate Degree programs in: Communication Sciences & Disorders; Criminology; English; History; Interdisciplinary Social Science; Psychology; and Applied Sciences.  Graduate Degree programs are available in: Criminal Justice Administration and Social work and Certificate Programs are available in: Business & Technical Writing along with Information Technology.  Information Technology Certificates are available in each of the five concentrations mentioned above.

USF Sarasota-Manatee professor a finalist for Business Woman of the Year

Dr. Sunita Lodwig, Instructor of Information Technology (I.T.) in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) has been selected as a finalist for Business Woman of the Year.   52 finalists were chosen from over 360 nominees for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Business Woman of the Year Award.

Dr. Lodwig was nominated by Frank Levey, Vice President of Education and Community Outreach at GaHoom Technology in Tampa, after Levey attended a presentation about the new Information Technology program options at USFSM.  The presentation was offered by Dr. Lodwig and Dr. John Wiginton, also an Instructor of Information Technology at USFSM, and included details about the five new I.T. concentrations available to students: Enterprise Applications Development; Information Security; Information Technology Management; Systems Administration; and Web Design & Development.

“Having worked with Sunita, I found that she is always looking for ways to help students understand very difficult concepts and collaborates with other professors in order to benefit her students,” said Levey.  “She continues to educate herself in order to provide her classes with current and accurate information.  She’s extremely dedicated.”

Dr. Lodwig has been a faculty member at USFSM since 2004 and teaches a wide range of I.T. courses to undergraduate students.  She also serves the community by offering Internet Safety courses and workshops for seniors and families in the region.  “Nomination for this award is recognition of the expanded relevance of USFSM’s IT program in meeting the evolving technology needs of our societies,” said Dr. Lodwig.

Along with Information Technology, the College of Arts & Sciences at USFSM offers Undergraduate Degree programs in: Communication Sciences & Disorders; Criminology; English; History; Interdisciplinary Social Science; Psychology; and Applied Sciences.  Graduate Degree programs are available in: Criminal Justice Administration and Social work and Certificate Programs are available in: Business & Technical Writing along with Information Technology.  Information Technology Certificates are available in each of the five concentrations mentioned above.

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.

Students at USF Sarasota-Manatee work to end homelessness

Students at USF Sarasota-Manatee participated in a unique service learning course designed to promote engagement in community issues.  These students conducted outside research and volunteered at least 18 hours in the community this summer working to understand and find solutions for homelessness in Sarasota and Manatee counties.  At the end of the semester students presented their research findings, which will be included in the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness in Sarasota County.  Research topics included: the growing number of homeless children in the community; government programs designed to help people stay in their homes; discharge planning and the importance of volunteerism; the development of a Mentoring and Advocacy Program; state budget cuts which affect homeless services; and issues relating specifically to homeless veterans.

 

Pictured (back row, L to R): Patrick Walker, USFSM Student; Miranda Richardson, USFSM Student; Richard Martin, Executive Director of the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness; Hinning Bolanos, USFSM Student; and Diane Florez, USFSM Student. (Front Row, L to R): Sarah Shumaker, Project Administrator for the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness in Sarasota County; Bonnie Greenball Silvestri, JD – Course Instructor; Diana Hartig, USFSM Student; and Shawna Machado, USFSM Student.

 

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.

USF Sarasota-Manatee professor receives Florida's Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award

Dr. Thomas Crisp, assistant professor of Reading in the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, has received the Marguerite Cogorno Radencich Award honoring Florida’s Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading.

The award is given 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.  The Florida Reading Association represents over 6,900 members who are actively interested in reading and writing instruction. It is composed of local chapters and special interest groups including the Council for Early Literacy, the Council for Adult and Family Literacy, Reading Supervisors of Florida, Florida Organization of Teacher Educators in Reading, and the Secondary Reading Council.

The Florida Reading Association is an affiliate of the International Reading Association, a 90,000 member nonprofit educational organization devoted to the promotion of lifetime reading habits and the improvement of language and literacy instruction.

Crisp was nominated for the award by Brittany Hiller, a recent USF Sarasota-Manatee graduate and fourth grade teacher at The Out-of-Door-Academy. He will receive a plaque, an invitation to the annual Florida Reading Association conference, and a feature story in Florida Reading Quarterly.

“I nominated Dr. Crisp for this award because I wanted to show the Florida Reading Association how his scholarship, teaching, course assignments, mentorship and service all make him an outstanding teacher educator,” Hiller said.  “He is innovative, bringing leading researchers into his class via Skype and other technology so that students could ask questions ‘face-to-face.’  His dedication to his students, his contributions to the field of reading and literature, and his leadership make him an exceptional candidate for this award.”

Crisp’s research is primarily focused on children’s and adolescent literature, reading, and literacy instruction. His area of research includes balanced approaches to comprehensive literacy instruction, literary analysis, critical examination of texts, pedagogical and curricular uses of books, and the cultural construction of literature, childhood, and child culture across time.

“Although it goes without saying, what a citation like this ultimately reflects is the teaching/learning culture fostered across USF Sarasota-Manatee: a university with high expectations for students and that provides exemplary learning experiences and opportunities,” said Crisp.  “I’m proud to be part of a university that values and supports teaching and instruction.  I’ve learned a great deal from all my colleagues in the College of Education.”

Students in Crisps’ classes participate in literature discussion groups, compare today’s children’s literature to that of the past, and visit local libraries and bookstores to examine the way they are constructed and why. He also co-chaired this year’s extremely successful USF Sarasota-Manatee Children’s Literary Symposium.

“Dr. Crisp is an outstanding educator who is a role model for students,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, dean of the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “His dedication to teaching and course development challenges students to expand their educational horizons.”

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

USF Sarasota-Manatee student receives SMART Scholarship from US Department of Defense

A University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee student was recently awarded a Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship from the United States Department of Defense.

 

Todd Mitchell, an Information Technology student at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s North Port location, will receive full tuition and fees, a stipend of $25,000 per year, a paid summer internship, and a guaranteed job after graduation.  He has accepted a civilian position with the Quantico, Virginia Marine Corps Systems Command to begin in 2012.  Marine Corps Systems Command is the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ agent for acquisition and sustainment of systems and equipment used to accomplish their war/fighting mission.

 

Mitchell had been in the Navy for 20 years and worked as a civilian in retail management before deciding to go back to college to get a degree in Information Technology.  He chose USFSM for its convenient North Port location and its real-world training that he knew would be applicable in the workforce.

 

“My family was already established in North Port, so I needed a convenient degree program option, and USF Sarasota-Manatee was exactly what I was looking for,” Mitchell said. “I liked that the IT program was actually teaching job skills that would make you employable, as opposed to business theory that doesn’t always apply in the real world.  The classwork I’ve done here is real-world stuff that I’m going to use in my career.”

 

Much of the real-world training that Mitchell has gotten at the university includes a specialization in Internet Security, which will be useful as he does research on cyber warfare for the Marine Corps.  He believes that his university experience and previous experience with the military helped him get the position, which was offered to only 300 of the 3,000 applicants who applied for the scholarship through the Office of National Scholarships.

 

“Most of my classes at USF Sarasota-Manatee were focused on security and writing software that isn’t vulnerable to hackers and malicious software,” he said.  “The Marine Corps was really impressed with all that I already know about the military and internet security.”

 

Mitchell’s professors at USFSM have been impressed with him as well, and are proud of him for receiving the scholarship.

 

“Todd has proven to be an excellent student, committed to his work and driven to succeed,” said Dr. Sunita Lodwig, an instructor at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “His background and motivation to succeed make him the perfect candidate for this position.”

Psychology not just for “shrinks”

Psychology is one of the most sought after degrees at the university level, but what path should a Psychology major take once they graduate?

In April the Psychology Club at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee presented “From Freud to Loftus: What you need to know for life after your Bachelor’s degree in Psychology” at the Selby Auditorium, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.

Over 40 students met with psychology professionals, graduate students, financial aid and career services to review their options for employment and post baccalaureate degrees.

“A lot of people graduate with a degree in psychology and think ‘now what?’” said Jami Worley, president of the Psychology Club at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “The great thing about psychology is that your possibilities are unlimited.  Graduates can become counselors, politicians, bankers…you’re a chameleon in whatever field you want to go into.”

An undergraduate education in psychology helps students develop skills that are important in a variety of careers, such as human services, community or public relations, administration, and advertising and market research.  While 25 percent of undergraduate psychology students find careers in directly related fields, another 40 percent find jobs in indirectly related fields such as social work and marketing.  Many students graduating with a bachelor’s degree will work in some division of human or social services. Some common job titles in the area include career counselor, rehabilitation specialist, and psychiatric technician.

“Some of the most important things psychology majors learn during the undergraduate years are skills dealing with people,” said Worley.  “Understanding the human mind and behavior helps give students an insight into good communication skills.”

As many as 40 percent of psychology undergraduates go on to get master’s or doctoral degrees in order to become licensed clinicians in the psychology field.  Financial Aid is often available to those who want to pursue advanced degrees.

“Most people don’t understand all of the opportunities available to Psych majors,” said Worley.  “The biggest advantage of the psychology degree is its adaptability.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee has a bachelor’s degree program in Psychology.  The curriculum for the degree from USF Sarasota-Manatee prepares graduates for the many occupations (e.g., human services, community or public relations, administration, and advertising and market research) and post-graduate degree programs open to Psychology majors.

For more information about the Psychology Club or the bachelor’s degree in Psychology at USFSM, call (941) 359-4330 or visit www.sarasota.usf.edu.

Students with terminal Associate of Science degree now able to get Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and upgrade their knowledge

Until recently, the Associate of Science (AS) degree from a two-year institution was thought of as a technical, terminal degree designed to prepare students for entry level employment after graduation in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences, health sciences, or technology.  Once completed, college education for these students was finished and they immediately entered the workforce.

But students in the Sarasota/Manatee area don’t have to think of their AS degree as terminal.  The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS) degree at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee allows opportunities for AS degree holders to pursue and acquire a distinctive USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) Bachelor’s degree without having to start all over again as they do with most AS Degrees.

Kathy Henri, a former student at USFSM and school teacher in North Florida, considers the program highly beneficial to students in the region.  Henri never planned to go back to college after her AS degree in information technology (IT), but after receiving the degree, she found herself wishing she could get a bachelor’s degree and teach IT at the community college level.

“I quickly found out that transferring to a university would not be easy,” she said.  “I found I would have to make up 18 credit hours of General Education courses.  I would also lose the majority of credits I had received if I transferred into a traditional Bachelor’s program.  Then I found USF Sarasota-Manatee.  They had a new online AS to BSAS program with an IT concentration and the majority of my credits would transfer.  It was a perfect match.”

Henri was able to get a general bachelor’s degree with an IT concentration, which enabled her to have more options when it came to specialization.

If USF Sarasota-Manatee had not had the BSAS program or the information technology concentration, or if they had not offered it completely online, I would not have had the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream,” Henri said.  “USF Sarasota-Manatee created a program to reach out to individuals who hold AS degrees and afford them the opportunity to better their life through educational means.”

To pursue a BSAS with a concentration in an area of IT at USFSM, students must have a Florida AS degree, with an overall GPA of 2.0 or better in an IT-related discipline.  The program supplements the related technical skills learned in study for the AS degree and provides the remainder of the general education needed to obtain a bachelor’s degree.  The IT concentration options consist of 23 credits and include concentrations in Information Security, Web Design and Development, Enterprise Applications Development, Technology Management, and System’s Administration.

According to Dr. Sunita Lodwig, instructor of Information Technology at USFSM, the degree has been updated to make graduates more competitively employable in today’s work force.

“The rapid change of pace in the IT field, competitive job market, and opportunities for advancement have increased the need for a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology,” Lodwig said.  “Our economy is moving toward a more service-oriented, information exchange-based model as we become more dependent on high tech solutions.  This degree option provides students with the skills and knowledge to analyze and solve information technology related problems at a much higher level.”

Students with an AS degree who want to increase their employability without pursuing a full degree have another option at USFSM as well.  Certificate programs in specialized areas such as Web Design and Development, Enterprise Application Development, Information Security, Information Technology Management, and Systems Administration are available and require 15 credit hours (5 courses) of online coursework.  USF Sarasota-Manatee also provides a full bachelor’s of science degree in Information Technology.

For more information about the Information Technology program at USFSM, please call Bethery von Dassow at (941) 359-4542 or visit www.sarasota.usf.edu.

First Honors Program cohort at USF Sarasota-Manatee set to present thesis research

Eight students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will become the first graduates of its Honors Program in May.  Prior to receiving their degrees on Sunday, May 8th, the students will present their thesis research at an Honors Colloquium on Monday, April 25th.

The students participating are Matthew Baber, Paul Dunder, David Genualdi, Eden Monier, Jennifer Perez Lopez, Albert Richard, Brittany Stamey, and Patricia Ummel.  Their thesis research topics are all related to a common area of inquiry: Humanism, the Reformation, and Shakespeare.

The Honors Colloquium will also recognize the Outstanding Students selected by the faculty of each degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as students who have produced scholarly excellence beyond their coursework in the past academic year.

For more information on the Honors Program or the College of Arts & Sciences at USF Sarasota-Manatee, please visit www.sarasota.usf.edu or call 941-359-4200.

3rd Annual Middle School Girls S.T.E.M. Summit to be offered at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Middle school girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math will once again spend a day exploring these fields through hands on activities, workshops and interaction with local S.T.E.M. professionals on Saturday, May 14, 2011.  The 3rd Annual S.T.E.M. Summit will be held at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) and is a free event.

Last year, girls were able to simulate the oil spill in one workshop and created snow in another.  “It is so important for these girls to be engaged in learning,” said Julie Going, the Project Manager for this year’s Summit and USFSM alum.  “Especially at their age.  I have a teenage daughter and I know that it takes a lot to keep them entertained.  Knowing that these girls can come to our local University and have a hands-on and encouraging experience is why I wanted to get involved.  It really is something special.”

The S.T.E.M. fields are generally dominated by men and the purpose of this workshop is to encourage middle school girls to pursue the fields they are interested in while giving them the necessary tools and information.  Parents/Guardians will also be invited to attend a workshop at the end of the Summit, giving them the necessary tools to continue encouraging S.T.E.M., and other, education at home.

Event registration will begin at 8:45am on May 14th with the Summit beginning at 9:15am and ending at 3:00pm with lunch provided.  Registration information can be found online at: www.sarasota.usf.edu/stem.  Space for the summit is limited and will be available to the girls on a first come, first served basis.

The S.T.E.M. Summit is co-sponsored by the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and the American Association of University Women (AAUW).  The event is made possible through the hard work of University staff and over 70 community volunteers.

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.

Le immagini della fantasia, an international exhibition of illustration for children, makes its U.S. debut at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The International Exhibition of Illustration for Children, “Le immagini della fantasia,” based in Sàrmede (Province of Treviso) has been a traveling exhibit since 1983 and will make its debut in the United States at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) on March 14, 2011.  The exhibit is made possible by the Sarasota Sister Cities Association, working in partnership with USFSM and Sarasota’s Sister City, Treviso, Italy.  Serving the purposes of continual improvement, teaching & training, “Le immagini della fantasia” boasts over 300 illustrations by 150 artists from around the world.

With typical attendance around 30,000 visitors per year in Sàrmede, worldwide exhibition centers receive an average of 15,000 guests viewing the illustrations.  “I am so happy that USF Sarasota-Manatee has been able to collaborate with the Sarasota Sister Cities Association to bring such a unique art exhibit to our area,” said Dr. Jane Rose, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at USFSM.  “USF Sarasota-Manatee strives to be an accessible center for educational enrichment, serving the people of our area.  We also strive to promote the benefits of global connection, which is epitomized by this exhibit.  As a sister city of Treviso, Italy, Sarasota is the only site in the U.S. to host this international exhibit from Foundation for the Promotion of Children’s Book Illustrations.”

The exhibit will begin with an opening celebration on March 14, 2011 from 4:00-5:30pm at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and will remain on display on the 3rd floor of the building until April 15 showcasing 63 pieces of original art.  The public is welcome to view the art between 10am – 6pm Monday – Friday and 10am – 4pm on Saturdays.  If you are interested in attending the opening, please contact Alessandra De Stefanis at frentana@verizon.net or 941-966-5131 to make a reservation.  The opening celebration is free and open to the public but reservations are highly recommended.

USF Sarasota-Manatee presents Family Studies conference

On February 17-19, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, in partnership with the Evelyn M. Duvall Endowment, will present the Duvall Family Studies Conference, entitled “A Community for the Ages: Evidence-based Practices.” It will offer current information and best practices for social workers, criminologists, aging and health sciences professionals, and others.

The conference will be held in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, and will include workshops, paper presentations, and meals with USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty members.

Presentations at the conference will promote and showcase evidence-based practices, especially interdisciplinary efforts. The conference will bring together scholars, practitioners, educators, policymakers, advocates, and local and national organizations to enhance the integration of theory, research, and direct practice.

The keynote speaker for the event is Tampa attorney Johanne Valois Shoffstall, Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and founder of Parenting Coordination and Mediation Services, Inc.  For over 15 years, Shoffstall has been an attorney of family related matters, including parenting issues, property division, also known as equitable distribution, alimony, child support, and domestic violence.  She is a member of the Florida Bar Association, the United States Federal Court, the Hillsborough County Bar, American Inns of Courts, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

“We’re delighted to have presenters coming from across the nation,” said Dr. Jane Roberts, Chair of the Duvall Family Studies Conference.  “This conference will bring together the latest research in family studies and the daily experiences of human services practitioners here in Florida and the nation.”

The Duvall Family Studies Conference seeks to bring together academics and practitioners to enable research-driven best practices in the social services within Florida and beyond.  Future conferences, to be held biennially, will focus upon various aspects of family processes such as roles and dynamics, relationships, family services, or the life course.

To register for the conference and to see a schedule of events, visit http://www.sarasota.usf.edu/academics/CAS/DuvallConference.php.  For more information, call Dr. Jane Roberts at (941) 359-4604.

USF Sarasota-Manatee presents Family Studies conference

On February 17-19, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, in partnership with the Evelyn M. Duvall Endowment, will present the Duvall Family Studies Conference, entitled “A Community for the Ages: Evidence-based Practices.” It will offer current information and best practices for social workers, criminologists, aging and health sciences professionals, and others.

The conference will be held in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, and will include workshops, paper presentations, and meals with USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty members.

Presentations at the conference will promote and showcase evidence-based practices, especially interdisciplinary efforts. The conference will bring together scholars, practitioners, educators, policymakers, advocates, and local and national organizations to enhance the integration of theory, research, and direct practice.

The keynote speaker for the event is Tampa attorney Johanne Valois Shoffstall, Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and founder of Parenting Coordination and Mediation Services, Inc.  For over 15 years, Shoffstall has been an attorney of family related matters, including parenting issues, property division, also known as equitable distribution, alimony, child support, and domestic violence.  She is a member of the Florida Bar Association, the United States Federal Court, the Hillsborough County Bar, American Inns of Courts, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

“We’re delighted to have presenters coming from across the nation,” said Dr. Jane Roberts, Chair of the Duvall Family Studies Conference.  “This conference will bring together the latest research in family studies and the daily experiences of human services practitioners here in Florida and the nation.”

The Duvall Family Studies Conference seeks to bring together academics and practitioners to enable research-driven best practices in the social services within Florida and beyond.  Future conferences, to be held biennially, will focus upon various aspects of family processes such as roles and dynamics, relationships, family services, or the life course.

For more information about the conference and to see a schedule of events, visit http://www.sarasota.usf.edu/academics/CAS/DuvallConference.php.  To register for the event, call Cindy Kish at (941) 359-4708.

USF Sarasota-Manatee hosts “literary salon” to discuss best seller

On February 8 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Arts and Sciences and Institute for Public Policy and Leadership will present “An Afternoon Salon: Engaging ‘The Book Thief’” in the Selby Auditorium, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.

The event will be an interactive exploration of the world renowned book, which has won numerous awards and has been listed on the New York Times Children’s Bestseller List for over 100 weeks.  Set in Nazi Germany, it describes a young girl’s relationship with her foster parents, the other residents of their neighborhood, and a Jewish fist-fighter who hides in her home during the escalation of World War II.

Attendees will sit in a semi-circular forum to allow easy interaction with a panel comprised of USF Sarasota-Manatee students, high school students, and senior citizens.  Light refreshments will be passed, lending to a true literary “salon” ambience.  A brief video of an interview with the Australian author, Markus Zusak, will begin the discussion.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  For more information, please call (941) 359-4602 or visit http://www.sarasota.usf.edu/ippl.

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.

USF Sarasota-Manatee IT student puts education to good use in the Air Force

When Sean Abene graduated from high school in 2002, he set his sights on the Army, hoping that enlisting would help him be able to afford college.

Now, as he graduates with 247 fellow seniors from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee on Sunday, December 12, he has combined his educational experience with his military experience to earn himself a full time career in Information Technology at a company in Sarasota.

Sean enlisted in the military right out of high school and spent three and a half years in the Army, a year and a half of which he spent serving in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom.   He then transferred to the Air Force National Guard, where he has served for five years.

As a lead Technical Sergeant, Sean leads a group that sets up and maintains communications and networks for special operations teams.  He credits his experiences at USF Sarasota-Manatee and his internship for the high tech knowledge needed to attain the ranking of Tech Sergeant, which is the second most difficult rank to achieve in the Air Force and is the most difficult promotion most career Air Force members achieve.

“Having a degree from a respected university like USF Sarasota-Manatee is really advantageous in the Air Force,” he said.  “They want to see that you are a critical thinker, are knowledgeable in your area of expertise, and that you are advancing yourself through education.  It’s a great way to open doors for promotions.”

Sean’s university level education also benefits his military training.

“At USF Sarasota-Manatee we learned a lot about theory, and that comes in handy when you’re in training for situations that may arise,” he said.  “The equipment that I use is all networking, and I can use the knowledge from school to troubleshoot network equipment issues on the job.”

As a National Guard Sergeant, Sean has done one tour to Afghanistan and has been called for duty when hurricanes have hit Florida and Mississippi.  Balancing his military service with his schooling and internship hasn’t been easy, but Sean credits flexible professors, excellent advisors, and a great financial aid department with helping him navigate the process smoothly.

“My biggest challenge has been trying to balance everything, which is a lot like the challenge that most non-traditional students face,” he said.  “I haven’t had the ‘normal’ college experience, but my professors have always been willing to work with me when I’ve had military obligations.  I’ve never had to withdraw from any classes because of that.”

Sean has reenlisted for three more years in the Air Force and would like to return to active duty, but for now he is enjoying his “civilian job” as a System’s Administrator at Progressive Employer Services in Sarasota – a position for which he can also thank USF Sarasota-Manatee.

“I took a class that required an internship, and Toni Ripo in Career Services at USF Sarasota-Manatee told me about the position with Progressive,” he said.  “After the class and internship were over, Progressive offered to hire me full time.  It’s great that USFSM offers that service, it’s not easy to find a job right now and I have one before I even graduate.”

With that hurdle overcome, Sean looks forward to the commencement ceremony on December 12.

“I’ve had a great experience at USF Sarasota-Manatee and would recommend it to anyone,” he said.  “They’ve made it really easy for me to get this far.”

The USF Sarasota-Manatee Commencement Ceremony will be held on December 12 at the Manatee Civic and Convention Center in Palmetto at 2:00 p.m.  For more information about the ceremony, please contact Michael Ayres at (941) 359-4632.

USF Sarasota-Manatee student nominated for Pushcart Prize

Michael Roderick (“Roddy”) Fosburg, a senior English and American Literature major, minoring in History at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for his poem, “My Own Ending.”  The Pushcart Prize – Best of the Small Presses series has been published every year since 1976 and is considered the most honored literary project in America.  The Pushcart Prize includes short stories, poems and essays and has featured writers such as: Raymond Carver, Tim O’Brien, Jayne Anne Phillips, Charles Baxter, Andre Dubus, Susan Minot, Mona Simpson, John Irving, and Rick Moody.

Dr. Valerie Lipscomb, Assistant Professor of English at USFSM, is proud of Fosburg for his nomination.  “Roddy has taken several of my classes, and he’s an excellent literature student.  His creativity is always evident in the classroom.  Roddy also is a member of our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta–the international English honor society–and is secretary/historian of our USFSM English Society.  He obviously has been putting his literature studies to good use, and we are extremely proud of his accomplishment,” she said.

Fosburg credits his coursework at USFSM for helping to expand his creativity.  “Majoring in literature has given me a firmer foundation on which to base my writing. I know so much more now about the English language and its classics, which has helped me to expand my creative horizons,” he remarked.  “I’d be a student forever if I could.”

Pushcart Prize editions can be found in most libraries and bookstores around the country.  To be nominated, little magazine and small book press editors may make up to six nominations from their year’s publications by December 1st.  Michael was one of six nominated by Niteblade, a horror and fantasy magazine.

USF Sarasota-Manatee professor ranked 5th in the country for authorship in criminology and criminal justice journals

Dr. James Unnever, associate professor of Criminology at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and Technical Advisor to the Sarasota Police Advisory Council, is tied for the 5th ranked innovative author in the nation for total number of lead or sole authored research articles in the fields of criminology and criminal justice.

The rankings were revealed in a peer-reviewed criminal justice article that identified the most prolific sole and lead authors who published their work in eight elite criminology and criminal justice journals during the first decade of the twenty-first century.  The study concluded that a small number of scholars publishing in top journals are responsible for a disproportionate amount of the most cited studies.

The news is not surprising to many who consider Unnever, who received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University, to be one of the nation’s lead experts in the criminology and criminal justice fields.

“Jim Unnever has made substantial contributions in these fields and in service-related contributions to the community,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “His expertise in areas such as bullying, capital punishment, and racism and crime have proved an asset to the Sarasota-Manatee areas.”

Unnever’s research generally examines the relationships among race, racism, and crime. He has a book forthcoming in 2011 titled Race, Racism, and Crime: A Theory of African American Offending.  He also has published first authored articles on whether racial and ethnic intolerance predicts punitive attitudes cross-nationally, factors related to whether the public wants to “get tough” on corporate crime, and the relationship between perceived racial discrimination and delinquency.

As Technical Advisor to the recently formed Sarasota Police Advisory Panel, Unnever assists in advising the City Commission and making recommendations on policy matters related to creating better relations between Sarasota’s minorities and the City.  He also provides advice on how crime in the Newtown area could be reduced.

He also has done pro-bono work in Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto counties, including leading a research study requested by Walt Smith, Court Administrator for the 12 Judicial Circuit, in 2008.  The research investigated the factors related to why some offenders are rearrested while on bail.

“I volunteered to become the principal investigator on this project not only to provide a service to the 12th Judicial Court, but also to provide employment and research opportunities for USF Sarasota-Manatee and USF Tampa students,” he said.  “The research articles that I author help not only the community and the nation, but with the development of future investigators as well.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee to host retirement celebration for first Dean and CEO

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will be hosting a retirement celebration for Dr. Robert Barylski, who served as the first Dean and Chief Executive Officer of the University from 1979 until 1989 and was instrumental in the Gateway Concept, which was the first environment and beautification preservation project of North Tamiami Trail/U.S. 41.

The celebration will be held on Thursday, October 21 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Main Rotunda at USF Sarasota-Manatee, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.

Barylski has served as a professor at the local university since 1989, and credits most of the progress in the North Trail beautification to the community, which rallied behind USF Sarasota-Manatee, New College of Florida, and The Ringling Museum as they worked together to build The Sudakoff Center, The Jane Bancroft Cook Library, and the Gateway Bridge that remains over U.S. 41 and connects the Sudakoff Center to New College.

“If you’re the head of a campus and you just sit in your office, nothing will happen if the community is not on board,” he said.  “What we did at USF Sarasota-Manatee was mobilize the community, including the Sarasota City and County governments, key donors who donated land and funds to make the projects possible, and the community and political leaders whose vision was that we would preserve and develop the Trail so that our area would be richer and more attractive.”

For more information or to R.S.V.P. for the celebration, please call Pam Gleason at (941) 359-4603.