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The College of Arts & Sciences is proud of its student scholars and the faculty who mentor them.

Arts & Sciences student chosen for Spring 2013 Golden Bull Award

The Spring 2013 Golden Bull Service and Outstanding Leadership Award has been awarded to Ryan Page a Criminology major in Arts & Sciences. The selection committee based their choice of recipient  based on the scope of his leadership activities, community involvement, university involvement, and academic success.  

Please join us in congratulating Prof. Hose and her prize winning students.

Congratulations to the 4 Public Anthropology Award Winners at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee in Prof. Linda Hose's ANT 3005 (Anthropological Perspective) class who participated in a North American competition involving over 3,600 students from 25 schools.  

Hannah Feliciano, Alexis Riley and Viktoriya Dzhuga are Sarasota students. 
Thanisha Benoit is a Tampa student.  
Click here for their award winning opinion pieces:
Prof. Hose has played an integral part in Public Anthropology’s online student community, showcasing the ability of USF students to learn effective writing skills while being active global citizens. She demonstrates how combining technology with cultural concerns in academic courses positively engages students to participate in the broader world beyond their academic setting, while gaining the skills needed for a productive, active life after graduation. 

Prof. Hose received her doctorate in 2007 in applied anthropology. She assisted with research, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, on the impact of relocation in three urban neighborhoods and conducted research, as part of the University Community Initiative, on the Impact of Housing Reform on an Urban Community. Prof. Hose received Public Anthropology’s Eleanor Roosevelt Global Citizenship Award in 2010.

Arts & Sciences Students receive awards at recent Student Research Symposium

The College of Arts & Sciences wishes to congratulate our students who participated in the October 26th 2012 Student Research Symposium and the the faculty that mentored them.  This information that will be posted on the symposium website:  

Poster Presentation Awards:
1st Place: Outstanding Poster Presentation Plaque and NCUR Travel Award
Sandy Joseph (Communication Science and Disorders) for her presentation "Processing Signals in Gaps: Young Listeners" mentored by Dr. Susan Fulton

2nd Place: NCUR Travel Award
Whitney Scott (Communication Science and Disorders) for her presentation "Pragmatics of Language and the Potential Impact on Reading Comprehension" mentored by Dr. Kathleen McKitchen

3rd Place
Carol Springer (Criminology) for her presentation "The Effects of Knowing the Costs Associated with the Death Penalty on an Individual’s Sentencing Recommendation" mentored by Dr. Fawn Ngo

Oral Presentation Awards:
1st Place: Outstanding Oral Presentation Plaque and NCUR Travel Award
James Mohan (Information Technology) for his Presentation "A Study of Worker Characteristics in a Dangerous Occupation" mentored by Dr. Melissa Sloan

2nd Place: NCUR Travel Award
Rose Fritz (Psychology) for her presentation "Social Emotional Experiences of Latinos in the Workplace" mentored by Dr. Melissa Sloan

3rd Place
Starloe Galletta (Educational Leadership) for her presentation "An Explanation of the Florida Value Added Model" mentored Dr. Brianne Reck

This year's recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Award, Shawna Machado (Psychology)

Shawna Machado, a senior graduating with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, was chosen as 2012s 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.

USF students participate in mock crime scene investigation.

Dr. Bill Kemper, an adjunct professor in Criminology recently had his participate in a mock crime scene investigation in North Port.  This was featured in an article in the North Port Sun, Wednesday, March 28th.  2012

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

Four students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) applied as participants in the 2012 National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and all four were accepted. 
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. For more please click here:

USF Sarasota-Manatee students selected to participate in the National Conference for Undergraduate Research mentioned in The Bradenton Times

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.
From The Bradenton Times Community News - January 22, 2012

Students to host One Book Selection Discussion on The Hunger Games

A panel of College of Arts & Sciences students will be hosting a discussion panel:
Responding to The Hunger Games: A Thoughtful Conversation
Wednesday, February 15th, 2012, from 4:00-6:00 PM in the Selby Auditorium, USF Sarasota-Manatee 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Have you read about Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire? Do you know the agony of being a tribute in the Hunger Games? Then plan to attend! Throughout the U.S., the Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins, has been one of the most popular books all year. That is particularly true in Sarasota, where The Hunger Games is this year’s “one-book” selection. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences at USF Sarasota-Manatee invite you to participate in the discussion of the Hunger Games. The panel will each talk briefly about an aspect of the book that has most intrigued them, and they will seek comments from the audience members about their impressions. Due to the popularity of this book among teen readers, the panel is also hopeful that high school students will participate both on the panel and in the discussion. If you are a high school student interested in joining the panel, please contact Ann Flynn at 941-359-4454.

ISS Student Accomplishment

Congratulations to ISS student Jennifer DeLorey for having her paper, “Sun, Sand, Sea, Sex…& Slavery?: Human Trafficking in Florida,” accepted for presentation at the 2011 Popular & American Culture Associations in the South Conference.  Jennifer wrote the paper for her capstone project in Dr. Donna Trent’s (Interdisciplinary Social Sciences) Senior Seminar in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.

English Society Writing Contest winners Announced

Dr. Valerie Lipscomb (English, Literature & Writing) announced "Blaine Salzman (English, Literature) and Krista Schrock(English, Professional & Technical Writing) are the winners of the 2012 English Society writing contest and will be attending the Sigma Tau Delta convention in New Orleans. Both of them have the opportunity to submit their papers for possible presentation at the convention, so let's wish them luck in the selection process. I'm sure they will represent USFSM well."

Dr. Wilma Davidson and USF student Richard Easter publish article in the Journal of Accountancy

Dr. Wilma Davidson and Richard Easter, a student in her spring 2011 Managerial Communications class, have co-written an article.  It was inspired by an assignment the student completed after the class covered a unit on writing performance reviews.  Dr. Davidson asked the Journal of Accountancy, which is the major publication of the AICPA (American Institute of CPAs) if they would be interested in publishing their work - They were!
Please click on the following link for an online version of the article:

"I believe it's a tribute to what our program can accomplish—and it was certainly a highlight for me and Richard Easter!" stated Dr. Davidson.

USFSM's English Society and Sigma Tau Delta Chapter - Honor Student Service and Achievement
The English Society
Thursday, May 5th, 2011 the following students in the USF Sarasota-Manatee's English Society and Sigma Tau Delta chapter were honored in a ceremony for their service and academic achievement.

  • Marquela Zepeda - Outstanding Service as President
  • Mary Wanser - Outstanding Service as Vice President
  • Michael (Roddy) Fosburg - Outstanding Service as Secretary/Historian
  • Eden Monier - Outstanding Service as Treasurer
  • Andrew Wellman - First Place in the USFSM 2010 Writing Contest
  • Jennifer Perez Lopez - First Place in the USFSM 2010 Writing Contest
  • Mary Wanser - First Place in the USFSM 2011 Poetry Contest

  • Honors Colloquium - April 25th - Selby Auditorium, USF Sarasota-Manatee
    Honors ColloquiumThe College of Arts & Sciences held an Honors Colloquium, Monday, April 25, 2012, 5:00 - 6:30pm in the Selby Auditorium, USF Sarasota-Manatee. The program featured presentations by graduating students of the inaugural cohort of the USF Sarasota-Manatee Honors Program.  Presentations reflected each student’s thesis research, all of which explored topics related to a common area of inquiry: Humanism, the Reformation, and Shakespeare.
    The Honors Colloquium also recognized the Outstanding Students selected by the faculty of each degree program in the College of Arts & Sciences, as well as students who have produced scholarly excellence beyond their coursework in the past academic year. Please click here for a list of our students.
    2011 Erik Miller Prize for Literary Criticism
    The Erik Miller Prize for Literary Criticism was awarded to Krista Schrock
    Spring 2011  “Golden Bull Service and Outstanding Leadership”
    The Spring 2011  “Golden Bull Service and Outstanding Leadership” awardee is Psychology major Jami Worley. This USF Sarasota-Manatee Student Government Association sponsored award is given to a graduating, undergraduate student who has consistently given his or her time and energy to make the USF Sarasota-Manatee Community a better place for all students by contributing to campus life. The recipient of this award is determined based on the scope of leadership activities, the individual’s community involvement, university involvement and academic success.   The selection Committee was made up of Faculty, Staff, and Student.  Congratulations to Jami !!  
    Todd Mitchell

       Information Technology Student awarded SMART scholarship!!!
    We are pleased to announce that Todd Mitchell, a student in the Information Technology program, has been awarded the SMART scholarship.  The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.  The award was for:
    •  monthly stipend at the rate of $25,000 annually for the 18 months while still at USF
    •  full tuition and related fees for the 18 months while still at USF
    • $1000 annual book allowance
    • 12 week Summer 2112 internship (expenses paid)
    •  2 week Orientation Summer 2011 (expenses paid)

    After graduating in Dec. 2012, Todd has agreed to an 18 month service commitment. Both the service commitment and internship will be at Quantico with the Marine Corp Systems Command. However, the service commitment is just the beginning as he plan to stay with them as a career.

    Psychology major invited to deliver a paper
    Psychology major Jami Worley has been invited to deliver a paper, “The Importance of Trial Ambiguity: Understanding the Influence of Pretrial Publicity on Jurors’ Decisions and Emotions,“ at  the 2011 Student Conference on Human Factors and Applied Psychology (HFAP) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on April 7, 2011.
    Student Success Story - English major nominated for a Pushcart Prize
    Roddy Fosburg, one of our English majors, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his poem “My Own Ending.”   The Pushcart Prize is one of the most significant recognitions for excellence in fiction and poetry, appearing in small presses.   Annually, small presses nominate what they deem as the best work appearing in their journals that year.   Roddy’s poem was nominated by the e-journal Niteblade.   Here's the website of the pub. that nominated Roddy Fosburg (Michael Roderick Fosburg):

    The Book Thief Literary Event - “An Afternoon Salon: Engaging The Book Thief”
    Taking inspiration from the literary “salons” of a bygone era, the salon will feature short presentations by 5-6 students, sharing  what they found literally remarkable about the novel—its story and the way that story is told.  Our hope is that their sharing will stimulate others in attendance to share their responses to the book.  This will not be an academic lecture, but nor will it be a book-club chat.  It will be somewhere in between.    The students leading this event, USFSM majors in English and history, are very sharp and impressive, but they are also undergraduates; as such, I think their presenting can inspiring and instructive to other students, particularly in how to present analysis with focus and clarity.    For more information about the One-Book initiative or this event, go to
    This special event was co-hosted with the College of Arts & Sciences and IPPL  

    Comus-The MelodramaCampus Event:  Comus: The Melodrama* 
    presented by The Milton Players (students of Dr. David Miller's ENL 4341 Milton class)
    for additional information please email Prof. Miller:
    Program Note
    Comus, as Milton's Ludlow masque is now called, is a court masque, an ostentatious display of wealth and status in which members of the court sing, dance, and declaim. This particular masque is a melodrama, as simple and profound as "Little Red Riding Hood." The place is the border of Wales in 1634. The occasion is the installation of a new governor. The problem, then as now, is getting the teen-age girl to daddy's house through a wolf-rich wood.  Milton's actors, like ours, were amateurs, posing and posturing, more or less gracefully, through a series of allegorical tableaux. Our scenes are cartoon equivalents. His music, provided by the famous Harry Lawes, is a marriage of voice and verse. Our music, provided by iTunes, is jarringly anachronistic, yet wildly appropriate.  Please click here for additional information.
    * Adapted by David M. Miller from John Milton's A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634 - Art by Blaine Salzman
    The College of Arts & Sciences and The English Society Congratulates the student winners of the USFSM Writing Contest:
    Jennifer Perez Lopez for her critical analysis, "Female Sexual Desire and the Male Struggle for Dominance in LeFanu’s Carmilla," and Andrew Wellman for the short story, "Owenton."  
    Both winners will be sponsored to attend the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society annual convention in March in Pittsburgh!

    The first meeting of the USF Sarasota-Manatee Criminology Club met October 20th.
    The purpose of this organization shall be to promote interest in Criminology and Criminal Justice, while enabling students to learn about the exciting range of career opportunities in this growing field. Additionally, the Criminology Club will foster civic awareness and responsibility, appealing to all USF Sarasota-Manatee students.

    Commencement News - Spring 2010

    Rose Burke will be graduating Sunday, May 9th from USF Sarasota-Manatee with her Bachelor’s in English Literature. Rose, at 81, will be the oldest graduate from USF this year.

    The honorees for our first annual Erik Miller Prize for Literary Criticism have been selected.

    The prize goes to Brittany Stamey for her essay “’I Die as Often as From Thee I Go’: The Image of the Parting Lovers in John Donne’s Profane Poetry.”
    Honorable mention goes to Jessica Szempruch for her essay “A Butterfly Forced from Her Cocoon: Imagery in ‘The Shawl.’”

    This Alumni Association-sponsored award recognizes one graduating senior each semester that has demonstrated exceptional achievements in the following: leadership, community service, work experience and school spirit.

    The Spring 2010 Alumni Outstanding Senior Award Committee has selected Valerie Connors.  Ms. Connors is a student in the College of Arts & Sciences, majoring in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences with Concentrations in Social Work and Women's Studies.

    In Spring 2009, USF Sarasota-Manatee established a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, and tapped its first members.   For more information regarding this chapter: please contact Dr. Valerie Lipscomb. March 30th 2010 - was the first official induction ceremony for Sigma Tau Delta - English Honors Society.