Save the Date: Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE) 60th Annual Conference

From Thursday, October 10, 2013 through Saturday, October 12, 2013, USF Sarasota-Manatee under the leadership of co-chair, Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake, and the Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE), will host the 60th Annual Conference of the SRATE.  This year’s theme is Teacher Effectiveness:  Brilliance in the Making and celebrates SRATE’s Diamond Anniversary.  The conference will be held in the Selby Auditorium on the USFSM campus with hotel accomodations available at the Hilton Garden Inn next door to campus.  For more information, visit or or contact Dr. Byrd-Blake at (941)359-4534 or

Dr. Jody Lynn McBrien Receives Engaged Scholarship Research Award

Dr. McBrien was recently recognized for her outstanding research in the field of engaged scholarship by the Florida Campus Compact.  Over the past 3 years, McBrien has done research on the war-affected town of Lira, Uganda.  The people in this Northern Ugandan area suffered from over 20 years of war with the Josephy Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), forcing most residents into ill-equipped internally displaced people’s camps. “Research is critically important in higher education, both in serving the global community of scholars and policymakers and in serving our students,”  McBrien said.  “It is what separates teaching and learning in community colleges and state colleges from research universities.”

Hands-On Math Workshop on September 22

Come learn a variety of hands-on mathematics activities that were presented at the 2012 National Council of Teacher of Mathematics Annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA this summer.  Registration for this free workshop begins at 8:45 am on Saturday, 9/22 in the 2nd floor rotunda on the USFSM campus.  Workshop runs from 9 am-noon.

Don’t Laugh at Me! Creating Climates of Respect.

On Thursday, September 20th at 5:00 pm, Dr. Terry Osborn,  Dean of the USFSM College of Education, will address the critical issue of bullying, both inside and outside of the school environment.  This free presentation will cover creative strategies that make it possible to foster positive educational environments so all children have the opportunity to learn.  Open to all educators, parents, administrators, health care professionals, and other school support staff, this is one you should not miss!  Location:  USFSM’s instructional site in North Port at 5920 Pan American Blvd.  To RSVP, call Jenna Thiel at 941-426-7330 or go to  See you there!

Take a Musical Trip Back in Time: Liverpool Legends Concerts Come to Town!

Purchase tickets now for the Liverpool Legends Beatles Tribute band coming to the 3 counties in October. You can go to or if you want to go to the Booker concert, go to the school’s website directly: The Booker concert is on the Saturday, Oct. 6th. The other two are Oct. 3 (Manatee HS) and Oct. 4 (Northport HS). Students can get tickets for $10 — all events start at 7:00.

Dr. Stephen Graves Awarded Emeritus Status at Retirement Event

On Friday, April 27th, Dr. Stephen Graves was honored at a retirement reception for his illustrIous career in the USF system, both at the campus in Tampa earlier in his career and in the College of Education at USFSM. USFSM Regional Chancellor, Dr. Arthur Guilford, also awarded the first ever USFSM College of Education Emeritus Professor status to Dr. Graves who will remain active in the field and in the local school community upon retirement.  Dr. Graves first came to Florida as Chair and Professor in the USF Tampa Department of Childhood/Language Arts/Reading Education from 1996-’98 where he earned tenure.  After several years there, he relocated to USFSM as a professor and later served as Interim Associate Dean of the College of Education from 2005-’06. Dr. Graves will be sorely missed by both the faculty and staff in the College of Education and all the many students whose lives he touched as a well respected and much beloved professor.

Dr. Liz Larkin Recognized for her Service by Faculty Peers

At the Faculty/Staff Recognition Day event hosted by Regional Chancellor Arthur Guilford on Aprl 12, 2012, Dr. Liz Larkin from the USFSM College of Education was recognized for her exemplary service as a faculty member both within the university and in the community.  The award was determined by her faculty peers.  Congratulations to Dr. Larkin for a well deserved recognition!