Severe Weather Emergency Preparedness

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

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

Severe Weather Safe Spots

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

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

National Walking Day – April 4th

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

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

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

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

http://www.startwalkingnow.org/documents/SavetheDatecard.pdf

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

5th grade students invited to (SM)2ART Fair at USF Sarasota-Manatee

On March 3, 2012 the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will host the (SM)2ART Fair for 5th grade students.  (SM)2ART stands for Sarasota-Manatee Sensational Mathematical Art and was developed by Dr. Patricia Hunsader, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Children’s Literature in the College of Education (COE) at USFSM along with a team of USFSM students majoring in Education at the university.

“At the USF (SM)2ART Fair, math, art, and fun will collide in an array of neon,” said Dr. Hunsader.  “Fifth-graders will experience over twenty-five hands-on mathematical art projects that allow them to explore shapes, symmetry, optical illusions, pop-ups, fractals, origami and more. This is math like you’ve never seen it – engaging, exciting, motivating…..and educational, too!”

This free event for 5th grade students will take place at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail from 9:30-12:30pm on Saturday, March 3rd.  Space at the event will be limited and pre-registration is required.  The online registration form can be found at www.sarasota.usf.edu/smart.  Once registration is full, a waiting list will be developed.  Questions about the smart fair can be emailed to Dr. Hunsader at hunsader@sar.usf.edu.

The College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is home to undergraduate and graduate programs preparing those who enter the field of education as teachers and administrators as well as professionals who can assume roles in business, industry, and the non-profit sector related to education.  Our graduates are in demand throughout the state and region for their excellent preparation to impact learning.  The USF College of Education has been continuously accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  To receive national accreditation, a college must meet the six NCATE standards.

Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT)

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

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

The PAInT Programs are:

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

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

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

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

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

Questions about PAInT can be directed to Dr. Liz Larkin in the College of Education – llarkin@sar.usf.edu.

Edwin Fuller, President of Marriott International, to speak at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee School of Hotel and Restaurant Management will host its annual Linda Novey-White Memorial Lectureship on Tuesday, February 28th at 4:00pm in the Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.  Linda Novey-White was a founding member of the Advisory Board for the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management (SHRM) and this lectureship, featuring renowned keynote speakers known for the experience and leadership in the advancement of best practices and customer service in the hospitality industry, recognizes Ms. Novey-Whites contributions to the field.

The keynote speaker for this year is Mr. Edwin D. “Ed” Fuller, President and Managing Director of International Lodging for Marriott International, Inc.  Based at the company’s headquarters in Washington D.C., he has been in charge of international lodging since 1990.  Under his leadership, the business has grown from 16 properties outside the United States and Canada to over 350 hotels in 70 countries with another 175 hotels under construction.

Mr. Fuller will discuss leadership, the topic of his book, You Can’t Lead With Your Feet on the Desk.  The lecture is free and open to the public, however, due to limited seating, reservations are recommended.  Reservations and questions may be emailed to LNW@sar.usf.edu or visit www.sarasota.usf.edu/LNW to reserve your seat online.

Kudos

Please join me in congratulating the College of Education Math Club and advisor - Dr. Patricia Hunsader – in achieving affiliate status for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).  There are only 21 student affiliate groups in the U.S. and USFSM COE is now the only student affiliate of NCTM in the state of Florida!  They will receive their charter at the Delegate Assembly on April 26 in Philadelphia.  From the NCTM website:

NCTM is a public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership, and professional development to support teachers in ensuring mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students. . . The  purpose of the affiliation partnership is to enhance both NCTM’s and its Affiliates’ ability to build effective relationships within their respective communities. Strong, open relationships with teachers, school leaders, parents, legislators, businesses, media, and others are all vital to the process of improving mathematics education. By working together through affiliation, we strengthen all our efforts.

Dr. Hunsader and her students’ commitment and accomplishments reflect the work USFSM COE is doing to strengthen STEM field education for our region.

(SM)ART Fair

Do you have, know or work with any 5th grade students?  If so, make sure to tell them about the (SM)ART (Sarasota-Manatee’s Sensational Mathematical Art) Fair happening on campus on Saturday, March 3rd from 9:30-12:30.

This unique event will teach 5th graders about the connections between math and art through over 25 different creative, hands-on stations, including 3 Dimensional art, optical illusion art, string art, and more.  The event is free to attend, but registration is required and space is limited, so encourage the 5th graders you know to register early!

Online registration is available through www.sarasota.usf.edu/smart and questions can be directed to Dr. Patricia Hunsader in the College of Education (hunsader@sar.usf.edu).

Nominations needed by February 6th!

Recognition is an important part of our culture at USF and this year our Outstanding Staff Award program has been enhanced to include the opportunity for team nominations in addition to individual nominations.  Additionally, a new award program has been established that focuses on our Student Success initiatives. Details on the awards and nomination process are outlined below:

NEW OUTSTANDING STAFF AWARD TYPES: Individual and Team

Individual: designed to identity a single outstanding employee’s accomplishments

Team: allow for recognition of a team of employees for its execution of a project, plan and/or initiative

Both individual and team award nominations focus on the standards of excellence set by the USF Values and the USF Standards of Service.

Each year, the University of South Florida’s Outstanding Staff Awards Program recognizes a number of exceptional employees who demonstrate a commitment to the pursuit of excellence and a level of performance that exceeds the values and standards of the university. Recognition is an important part of our culture at USF Sarasota-Manatee and the most prestigious award for Staff and Administration is the Outstanding Staff award. Nominees and our campus winner will be honored at our campus Faculty and Staff Recognition Event. This winner (team or individual) will also be recognized at USF System ceremony in March.

STUDENT SUCCESS AWARD:

This award specifically allows for the recognition of employees who have dedicated their time and services to promoting the success of a student or group of students. These nominations focus on the student success indicators and the student success mission. Nominations will be reviewed by the System Student Success Council.

Student Success Indicators demonstrate that the employee has:

  • Furthered students’ academic achievement.
  • Helped make education more accessible and/or affordable.
  • Contributed to the development of students’ skills in the areas of knowledge, communication and critical thinking.
  • Developed students both personally and professionally.
  • Recruited and/or retained students.

Nomination Process:

  • Complete the appropriate nomination from in its entirety and have it signed by the supervisor
  • Write your own letter of endorsement
  • Solicit an additional two letters of endorsement from other colleagues (a maximum of three letters including the nominator)
  • Submit the nomination form along with the letters of endorsement to Carolyn Dyson, Human Resource in B116, no later than February 6, 2012

All employees are encouraged to nominate staff/administrative employees who demonstrate the high standards of excellence expressed in the USF Values and Standards of Service and/or employees who promote the success of students.  Employees may be nominated for the individual and/or team Outstanding Staff Award and the Student Success Award (separate nomination must be completed for each award). Nominations should be submitted to Carolyn Dyson, Human Resources in B116 no later than February 6, 2011.

If you have questions, please contact Carolyn Dyson (cdyson@sar.usf.edu).

 

Community members tapped for PAInT Advisory Board at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Several members of the community involved in either arts, education or both have been asked to join the PAInT (Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching) Advisory Board for the College of Education (COE) at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM).  The group has been tasked with making local connections that will help the College of Education (COE) begin developing curriculum centered on arts infusion.

Dr. Elizabeth Larkin, Professor of Childhood Education in the COE is the lead for this new initiative and is excited about what it will mean for students, both at the University and in the local schools.  “Our USFSM College of Education graduates will benefit from the faculty partnering with a variety of arts organizations and collaboratively exploring effective curriculum design and strategies for enhancing learning,” she said.  “We are focused on developing critical and imaginative literacies to help students listen carefully to different perspectives, reflect on professional practices, find innovative solutions by reframing problems, and express ideas with clarity and conviction. We will be documenting our work, and using the outcomes to build our programs.”

While the initiative is still in its early stages, the university has already incorporated several activities and events to its annual agenda that help make PAInT a reality.  In early February, the Children’s Literature Symposium, in its 6th year, will bring together educators for a two day workshop exploring variants in children’s media.  Then, in early March, 5th graders from around the county are invited to participate in the SMART Fair on campus, an event that allows students to make the connections between math and art by participating in hands on activities.  These events, along with classroom curriculum, faculty brainstorming sessions and involvement by the local arts community will continue to unfold this initiative.

“PAInT really does set us apart,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean of the College of Education.  “It’s going to allow our students the opportunity, through their internships and teaching in the local schools, to take advantage of the tremendous resources we have in this community and take those to the classroom.  It will create a learning environment in our local schools like none other.  We are very excited about that.”

Members of the PAInT Advisory Board are: Shelly Dorfman with the Lincoln Center Institute; Nancy Roucher, a member of the Arts Education Task Force; Stephen Miles, Provost, New College of Florida; Judy Sedgeman, newly appointed Director at Manatee Tiger Bay; Johnette Isham, Executive Director of Realize Bradenton; Elizabeth Power, Executive Director of the Perlman Music Program/Suncoast; Robert Warren, Director of Education and Community Engagement at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall; Gregory Chesnut, Director of Music at First Congregational Church; Angela Hartvigsen, Fine Arts Program Specialist for the School Board of Sarasota County; and Sherry Lawrence, Curriculum Specialist, K-12 Arts & Gifted Education Director and Project STAGE for Manatee County Schools.

Recently COE faculty participated in a one day retreat led by Shelly Dorfman and Nancy Roucher where they were submerged into arts integrated learning.  The retreat utilized books, artwork, music and creative discussion to help the faculty members grasp how impactful arts integrated teaching can be.  Due to the successful nature of the discussion and experiences at the retreat, the COE has scheduled a follow up meeting to continue in their discussions and to begin to work through how these new tools will be integrated into their own teaching.

The College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is home to undergraduate and graduate programs preparing those who enter the field of education as teachers and administrators as well as professionals who can assume roles in business, industry, and the non-profit sector related to education.  Our graduates are in demand throughout the state and region for their excellent preparation to impact learning.  The USF College of Education has been continuously accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  To receive national accreditation, a college must meet the six NCATE standards.

Laura Warner, Current Student

You’re from California originally, why the move to Florida? 

I moved here with my fiancé to get out of California, for some new scenery.  I’m a Southern California girl and Florida seemed like a good trade off.  We wanted a new start somewhere, his family is here as well, and for him to finish school.

Why did you choose USF Sarasota-Manatee?

After hearing from friends about how much they enjoyed USFSM, I decided to enroll so I could finish the degree that I started in California.  I liked that it was close to home, and the classes worked well around my work schedule.

You’re very involved on campus – why did you choose to get involved with Crew/Ambassadors?

I joined Crew because I never played competitive sports in high school.  I thought this would be a fun chance to get in shape, meet new people, and get some of that “college experience” by being part of a sports team/club.  From there, I met the Crew advisor, and he told me about Ambassadors, which he also advises. I liked that I would be able to be more involved at the school, and be able to represent USFSM at special events.  Joining these two clubs have turned out to be the best decision that I’ve made!  I have made lots of new friends, met many interesting people, and have been able to participate in a lot of great activities with the University!

What is the biggest benefit of your campus involvement?

Like I said earlier, meeting new people has been the biggest part of being involved on campus.  USFSM is a small campus, and many of us have jobs and other things going on, but by involving myself in these clubs, I have been able to meet a lot more students and faculty than I would have just by attending class.  Club involvement also gives you more of that college feel, something that I thought I might not get by attending a small campus.  

What are your 3 favorite things about USFSM?

One of my favorite things about USFSM is the size of the campus.  It’s small and personal, and because of that I feel like I’m able to get more out of my education.  I love the staff and faculty and their dedication to the students.  They are always so available and willing to help us out.  Finally, another favorite thing about USF Sarasota-Manatee is that they (the staff and faculty) really do try to make this campus a fun place to be.  We might be a small University, but they work really hard to put on events and activities that get you involved.  It’s nice for those that feel that they might miss out on the big campus feel by going to USFSM.  I’ve been completely happy since I have been here and I don’t feel like I have missed out on anything!     

Greetings from Dr. Arthur Guilford

Happy New Year!  I hope each of you had a wonderful holiday break and were able to enjoy time with your family and friends.

2011 was a banner year for USFSM and I anticipate that 2012 will be even better!  The USF Board of Trustees approved the 2012-16 Strategic Plan, we will start admitting freshmen for Fall Semester 2013, and there will be a merger of Academic and Student Affairs in order to prepare for these changes.  Of course, we will need each and every one of you to assist with the implementation of the plans based on your role at our University, similar to the manner that everyone pulled together in gaining our separate SACS accreditation.  I have said it before and I truly believe that we are capable of big things here at USFSM due to your hard work and dedication.  Thank you for making this University the success that it is!

Students and faculty will be returning to campus next week for the start of Spring Semester on January 9th and Week of Welcome will be occurring in the main rotunda from the 10th through the 12th.  You may also notice that Perlman students are still on campus for the Perlman Music Program Suncoast Winter Residency.  They will be with us for the remainder of this week and the culmination of the Residency is the annual grand Celebration Concert at the Sarasota Opera House on Saturday, January 7 at 5PM.  If you are interested in purchasing tickets to the final concert, please click here.

I am looking forward to all of the things 2012 will hold for USFSM!  Go Bulls!

 

Voice Submissions

Just a quick reminder that Voice submissions are due the Monday before it runs by 12:00pm.  Submissions received after that time will be held for the next edition of The Voice.  It is a bi-weekly publication so please be sure to send information as you receive it!

Submissions can be sent to Missy Cooper via email – cooperm@sar.usf.edu.

January Events

9-  Spring Semester Begins

10 to 12-  Week of Welcome

16-  Campus Closed for MLK Jr. Day

27-  Candidate College

28-  Graduate School Workshop

Graduate School Workshop

Do you know someone considering graduate school?  Encourage them to join us on Saturday, January 28th for our Graduate School Workshop.  The event is free and open to anyone thinking about a graduate degree.  Attendees can register online here.  Please pass this information on to anyone you think may be interested!

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

USF Sarasota-Manatee students to present business ideas for Newtown redevelopment

On Tuesday, December 6th, 15 students from USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will present their business ideas to the City of Sarasota for redevelopment in North Sarasota/Newtown at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th Street in Sarasota.  Each of the students, currently taking an Entrepreneurship class at USFSM, will participate in one of 5 presentations, each focusing on a different business plan that has been developed specifically for the North Sarasota region.

The presentations will take place beginning at 6pm and the community is welcome and encouraged to attend.  Please call 941-359-4578 with questions.  If you are interested in attending, please click here to register.

USF Sarasota-Manatee professor elected to Board of Directors for Children’s Literary Assembly

Dr. Thomas Crisp, an Assistant Professor of Reading in the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Children’s Literary Assembly (CLA) for a three year term.  The CLA is an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English, has its own refereed journal, the Journal of Children’s Literature, and publishes the annual “Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts” list.

Dr. Crisp received his Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy from the College of Education at Michigan State University where he worked in children’s and adolescent literature and literacy instruction.  His research is primarily focused on children’s and adolescent literature, reading, and literacy instruction and centers on the intersection between theory and practice. His scholarship reflects a trans disciplinary approach to the study of reading: including 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.

For more information about the College of Education at USFSM, please visit www.sarasota.usf.edu/academics/COE.

Fuzion dance artists perform “Community in Motion” at USF Sarasota-Manatee

As part of Festival sARTée, “Community in Motion”, a performance choreographed by the award-winning Artistic Director of the Fuzión Dance Artists, Leymis Bolaños Wilmott was held at USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM).  Following the presentation, Bonnie Greenball-Silvestri, Senior Fellow for Arts, Culture and Civic Engagement for the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership (IPPL) at USFSM, led a short Question & Answer forum with the choreographers, dancers and musicians to discuss the artistic process and the important theme of building community through the arts.  Pictured with the Fuzión Dance Artists above are two USFSM Student Ambassadors: Ashley Darr on the left, a Business/Marketing major and Nolan Wright, a History major/Political Science minor on the right.

USF Sarasota-Manatee students traveling to Atlanta for convention, tour of Coca-Cola Headquarters

On Wednesday, October 19th thirteen students, both undergraduate and graduate, along with three faculty members from the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management will travel to Atlanta for the Hospitality Financial & Technical Professionals (HFTP) Annual Convention & Tradeshow at the Omni Hotel.  Students will attend workshops and network with professionals in their industry at the convention on Thursday & Friday.  Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, Dean of the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management is one of the presenters on Friday.  All of the students attending are members of the HFTP Club on campus, a club that has over 60 members currently.

Also during their visit, students will be given access to a behind the scenes tour at the Coca-Cola Headquarters.  “This is a really special experience,” said Cobanoglu.  “It is so difficult to get into that building, let alone get an in depth tour.  Our students will really benefit from this rare experience.”  The group will end their trip with a stop downtown for Taste of Atlanta.

For further information about the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management, please visit our website at www.sarasota.usf.edu.

Undergraduate students at USF Sarasota-Manatee to present their research

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

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

“Community in Motion,” part of Festival sARTée, to be hosted by USF Sarasota-Manatee

On Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 5:30pm, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will host “Community in Motion” as part of Festival sARTée.  “Community in Motion” will be an original site specific, multi-media dance performance designed specially for the Clyde G. Nixon Courtyard at USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM).  It is choreographed by the award-winning Artistic Director of the Fuzión Dance Artists, Leymis Bolaños Wilmott.

Following the performance, Bonnie Greenball Silvestri, Senior Fellow for Arts, Culture and Civic Engagement for the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership (IPPL) at USFSM will lead a short Question & Answer forum with the choreographers, dancers and musicians to discuss the artistic process and the important theme of building community through the arts.

Tickets for Community in Motion are available for $15.00 each by registering online here or by emailing Holly at hlundgre@sar.usf.edu.   Students from USFSM, Ringling College of Art & Design, New College and State College of Florida are invited to attend for free by presenting a current college ID and must also email Holly to register.  Children under the age of 12 are also invited to attend for free.

USF Sarasota-Manatee receives $150,000 rebate from FPL for energy efficient chiller plant

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee received a rebate from Florida Power and Light in the amount of $150,720 for the new Central Energy Plant on campus.  The Central Energy Plant project involved upgrading the air-conditioning system from an air-cooled system similar to the ones found in most houses to a water-cooled and ice storage system designed for large facilities that consume most of their energy during the day. The project supports the efforts of USF Sarasota-Manatee to achieve a prestigious Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) certification for the campus facilities.   Pictured (L to R): Don Sayre, FPL Accounts Manager; Rae Dowling, Area Manager for External Affairs at FPL; Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor at USF Sarasota-Manatee; and Rick Lyttle, Director of Facilities Planning & Management at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

SMILE Meeting/Technology Fair

On September 21, 2011 from 3:30-5pm, a group of “exhibits” will be set up in the Selby Auditorium where students and any others who are interested can walk around, learn, talk to others about using a particular technology as a learning tool.

 

Likely topics to be covered include:

  • Promethian ActivBoard
  • Atomic Learning
  • Using a digital white board
  • Technology resources for children with special needs
  • Task Stream
  • Digital Library Math Manipulatives
  • Digital citizenship
  • Online tutorial on writing resumes and cover letters
  • & more!

If you (or someone you know) would like to show our students some aspect of technology that you know about or use, please contact Janet King (jvking@sar.usf.edu) or Dale Drees (ddrees@sar.usf.edu) – the more the better.  If you have students who have something to show or talk about, please encourage them to contact Janet or Dale and they will find space.

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.”

Bulls Networking – North Port

Hosted by: Career Services &  North Port Academic Advising

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

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Room 208 @ North Port

2-3:30pm

Business Attire required

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

Partners: Phi Beta Lamda; Toastmasters; USF IT Network

“Triumph over Tragedy: Remembering 9/11 a Decade Later” to be held at USF Sarasota-Manatee on Sept. 7th

On Wednesday, September 7, 2011, a group of first responders and those directly affected by the events of 9/11 will share their personal experiences and stories at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.  Presented by USFSM’s Institute for Public Policy and Leadership, the program, “Triumph over Tragedy: Remembering 9/11 a Decade Later,” will take place in the Selby Auditorium at USFSM, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota beginning at 4:00pm.

The event will feature Dan Hoffe, who was on the 61st floor of the South Tower when the North Tower was hit and was still in the building when the second plane hit the south tower; Jackie Barron, who was reporting for News Channel 8 at the time of the attack and was in Booker Elementary with President Bush when he received the call and had to address the nation; Luke Bencie, who was hired following the attacks to serve with the US Department of State’s Foreign Emergency Support Team; Bonnie Greenball Silvestri, who worked at the Family Assistance Unit at Pier 49 in NYC and helped victim’s families obtain death certificates; and Christopher Wenzel, Master Sergeant, US Air Force (Retired), deployed to the Mid-East after the attacks and author of a comprehensive wartime action plan checklist utilized for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

Moderating the discussion will be the Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership, Dr. Judith Sedgeman.  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend, however an RSVP is strongly encouraged due to space limitations.  To RSVP, call (941) 359-4602.

USF Sarasota-Manatee donates furniture to Manatee County Habitat for Humanity

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee recently made a donation of furniture to Manatee County Habitat for Humanity.  The furniture was excess inventory, no longer needed due to the acquisition of newer, more space efficient furniture and technology, and included desks, chairs, book cases and filing cabinets.  “This is just another way in which USF Sarasota-Manatee is able to help the community while achieving our goals of becoming a more sustainable institution,” said Rick Lyttle, Director of Facilities and Planning Management.  “During the past year, we’ve significantly reduced our energy footprint through the development of an ice storage chiller plant.  Donating recyclable items to a well-deserving charitable organization is another opportunity to do our part.”

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.

Graduate level information sessions coming at USF Sarasota-Manatee

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

For those interested in a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), two information sessions are available – one on August 3rd and the other on September 1st, both running from 5:30-7pm in room C203A at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350. N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.  The MBA program offers students flexibility in both scheduling and course offerings.  Participants in the session will be given the opportunity to meet with the nationally recognized faculty in the College of Business along with Academic Advisors to learn more about the program.  The College of Business at USF Sarasota-Manatee is AACSB accredited.  A light snack will be served during the session.  To register for the event or if you have questions, please contact Aaron Reecher at areecher@sar.usf.edu or 941.359.4333.

An information session covering Graduate level degrees in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Educational Leadership, Reading Education, and Hospitality Management will be offered on Saturday, September 17th at 9:00am 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.  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.

New Community Leadership Council members appointed at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has announced the new members of the Community Leadership Council (CLC) who have each agreed to serve a two year term.  Steve Mixson, Community Advocate, will serve as the 2011-2012 chair.

The new members are as follows:  Ashley Abene, President  Manatee – Sarasota USF Alumni Chapter – USF Sarasota-Manatee Alumni;  Jeanne Corcoran, Director, Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office;  Richard Gerrity, Lydian Bank and Trust – USF Alumni;  Karin Grablin, SRQ Wealth Management;  Joe Gruters, Chairman of the Sarasota Republican Party and Accountant at Shinn & Company – USF Alumni;  Rebecca Gutherz, President, USF Sarasota-Manatee Student Government Association;  Kelly Kirschner, former Mayor City of Sarasota and Media Maquiladora;  Jason Krywko, Sleek Audio – USF Alumni;  Jan Pullen, St. Stephen’s School;  Teresa Rawe, Emergency Room Physician;  Ron Reagan, former representative Manatee Legislative Delegation, and MGA Insurance Group in Lakewood Ranch – USF Alumni;  Patrick Roff, City of Bradenton;  Judge Gilbert Smith, Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court of FL in Manatee – USF Alumni;  Olivia Thomas, Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center;  Jean Trammell, The Venice Company;  and Anne Weintraub, Attorney with Band Weintraub – USF Alumni.

The CLC is comprised of community and business leaders from the Sarasota/Manatee County area who represent different industries and sectors and more than 25,000 employees.

The CLC’s charge is to advise the USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Board and management team about program and service priorities, and advocate and present information on campus priorities to the community and elected officials. The council has four committees: Community Affairs, Executive, Program, and Public Advocacy.

Fall 2011 Faculty Welcome Seminar

August 19, 2011

Fall 2011 Faculty Welcome Seminar

1:00-5:00 p.m.

Selby Auditorium

Contact: Dina Kathman

Annual Faculty Welcome Seminar! All USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty are invited to attend this annual event. A formal invitation will be sent by e-mail.

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 offers new Certificate Program in Business & Technical Writing

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

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

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

New Dean appointed at USF Sarasota-Manatee

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

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

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

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

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

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

USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty article cited and downloaded more than any others in the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships

Dr. Stephen Graves and Dr. Elizabeth Larkin, both faculty members in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee, learned that their article, entitled “Lessons from Erikson: A look at autonomy across the lifespan” has been downloaded 344 times, more than any other article in the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships.  This same article has been cited 202 times (as of May 2010), also more than any other article in the Journal.

“When I first looked at the number, I walked into Liz’s office and said, ‘Do you think they’ve made a mistake?’” said Dr. Graves.  “We’ve heard that the average number of citations of professors in AAU institutions is around 12-14 times.”

Dr. Larkin agrees.  “To be cited over 200 times is extraordinary,” she said.  “So to know the article has been downloaded this many times is just incredible.”

Dr. Graves is a Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. His professional experiences include teaching undergraduate and graduate students at the University of South Florida, the University of Memphis, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of South Carolina, Coastal Carolina University, and at Manchester College in Oxford, England.  Dr. Graves received both his Ph.D. and M. Ed. from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Elizabeth Larkin is also Professor of Childhood Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Dr. Larkin holds an Ed.D. and M.Ed. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, an M.S. from Bank Street College of Education, and a B.A. from Bard College. She has served as liaison in Professional Development School (PDS) partnerships with local public schools.

“Our students are so fortunate to be learning from faculty who are so highly regarded in their field,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean of the College of Education at USFSM.  “Dr. Graves & Dr. Larkin should be exceedingly proud of this achievement.  Our faculty members put a lot of time and energy into their research in order to provide our students with current and relevant information.  When academic professionals from around the globe are looking to the research and writing of our professors, it emphasizes yet again that we have some of the best faculty in the world right here at USF Sarasota-Manatee.”

Among those who download the most often from the Journal are institutions such as the University of Oxford, Baylor University and St. Mary’s College, along with other national and international institutions of higher education.  According to their website, The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (JIR) is the forum for scholars, practitioners, policy makers, educators, and advocates staying abreast of the latest intergenerational research, practice methods and policy initiatives. This is the only journal focusing on the intergenerational field integrating practical, theoretical, empirical, familial, and policy perspectives.

The stages of psychosocial development articulated by Erik Erikson describes eight developmental stages through which a healthily developing human should pass from infancy to late adulthood. The purpose of the paper by Graves and Larkin, published in 2006, is to examine issues related to autonomy across the life span and to draw comparisons between a young child’s search for autonomy and an older adult’s efforts to maintain autonomy. A definition of autonomy and an explanation of Erik Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development are included.  The paper concludes with implications for caregivers regarding their practices with young children and older adults.

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

For more information about USF Sarasota-Manatee and/or the College of Education, please visit www.sarasota.usf.edu.

USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education hosting spring meeting to discuss Senate Bill 736

On Saturday, June 11, 2011 USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education, in partnership with the Florida Association of Teacher Educator’s (F.A.T.E.), will host a panel discussion regarding Senate Bill 736: Student Success Act.  The meeting is open to the public and will begin promptly at 8:30am in the USFSM Selby Auditorium at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

The panel will discuss Teacher Evaluations, Performance Pay, Student Growth Measurements, Salary Schedules, and Teacher Contracts.  Members of the panel include:

Ms. Ann Broomes, Principal, Rogers Garden Elementary School

Mr. Scott Boyes, Principal, Samoset Elementary School

Dr. Denise Cantalupo, Supervisor of Assessment & Accountability

Dr. Lynette Edwards, Assistant Superintendent

Dr. Pam Houfek, Director Professional Development/Teacher Evaluation

Mr. Eddie Hundley, Principal, Palmetto Elementary School

Dr. Richard King, Professor – USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education

Dr. Laura Kingsley, Principal, Fruitville Elementary School

Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean – USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education

Mr. Mike Wilder, Coordinator School Leadership Development

While this meeting is free and open to the public, an RSVP is required.  Please follow the blue RSVP link at www.sarasota.usf.edu/COE.  If you have questions regarding the meeting, please email Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake at mbyrdblake@sar.usf.edu.

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

USF Sarasota-Manatee Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford celebrates 35 years with USF

Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, is celebrating 35 years with USF.

Guilford began his career at USF Tampa in 1975 as an assistant professor of Communications Sciences and Disorders; later was Chair of the department for 15 years; and became Associate Dean of Faculty and Program Development for USF Tampa’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2004, overseeing tenure, honors and awards for over 650 faculty members.

“My past 35 years at USF have been great years of change, growth, and improvement,” Guilford said.  “In 35 years I have watched the development of the USF Medical School, the growth of USF Athletics, and certainly the important and rapid growth of strong regional presence.

In 2006, Guilford was appointed by USF President Dr. Judy Genshaft to lead the search for a new Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee. After meeting with several qualified candidates, the faculty of USFSM collectively wrote a letter to President Genshaft asking that Guilford be interviewed for the position.  She agreed, and at the conclusion of the search, Guilford was appointed Regional Chancellor in 2007.

During his time as Regional Chancellor, Guilford has been instrumental in creating a learning center in North Port, building new programs and degree programs, leading USFSM’s efforts to become LEED certified, and is spearheading USFSM’s move toward separate accreditation from USF Tampa, a process that should be approved this summer and will provide USFSM with a greater ability to respond to community needs.

“Separate accreditation will enable us to take charge of our own destiny,” Guilford said.  “It will give us the authority to hire, promote and tenure our faculty and tailor our programs based on the needs of the community.”

Guilford also foresees USFSM admitting its first freshman class in 2012 – the first step in becoming a four year university.

“We know that we lose approximately 1,159 high school students annually who leave the area because they want a university experience right out of high school,” he said.  “We will be able to provide a four-year university experience, eliminate the ‘brain drain’ and retain students, many of whom will become leaders in our community.”

Guilford has served on multiple boards of directors, including The Sarasota and Manatee Chambers of Commerce, The Manatee County Economic Development Corporation, The Sarasota County Economic Development Corporation, SunTrust Bank, the Junior League of Sarasota, the American Heart Association Sarasota/Manatee, Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Services Center, the Suncoast Workforce Board and Pines of Sarasota Advisory Board.  In 2011 he was also the chair of the Juvenile Diabetes Walk for a Cure, for which USFSM raised over $2,000.

“The University of South Florida and USF Sarasota-Manatee are so much better for Arthur’s leadership,” said USF President Dr. Judy Genshaft.  “Since he began in 1975, the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at USF has become one of the Top 5 programs of its kind in the nation.  His visionary leadership at USF Sarasota-Manatee has gained national and international attention, and I look forward to the growth that this campus will experience as a result.”

Genshaft announced to the staff and faculty at USFSM that she would love for Guilford to stay with USF for another 35 years, to which Guilford has some thoughts.

“I look forward to continuing to build upon the excellent work we’ve done here, and if I make it another 35 years – that will just be icing on the cake.”



Panel of experts to discuss the importance of Arts Education in the school system

When school budgets get tight, art is often one of the first proposed programs on the chopping block.  Arts education is especially vulnerable because of the common perception that it is not crucial to the core curriculum.  But many supporters of the arts argue that art is an important subject, not just as a supplemental activity but in the rest of education as well.

On Thursday, May 12 from 5:30 until 7 p.m., the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Institute for Public Policy and Leadership (IPPL) and Art Center Sarasota will present a panel discussion entitled “The Future of Arts Education” at the Art Center Sarasota.  The expert panel will discuss why arts education is important and how it can help students in all facets of learning.

Panelists include:

  • Thomas Crisp, PhD, Assistant Professor in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee
  • Debra Markley, MS, Art Department Chair at Sarasota High School
  • Nancy Roucher, Arts Educator, Community Organizer, and Executive Director of the Sarasota Arts Council

“The panelists will discuss how involvement in the arts is associated with gains in other subjects as well,” said Bonnie Silvestri, JD, Senior Fellow for Arts, Culture and Civic Engagement for IPPL and moderator for the event.  “Studies have shown that the arts can improve skills in math, reading and critical thinking and should be considered an intrinsic part of our educational system.”

The event is $5 for members of Art Center Sarasota and $8 for non-members.  For more information or to RSVP, please call (941) 365-2032.

USF Sarasota-Manatee introduces new Student Government Association officers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This month, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee announced the new Student Government Association officers for the 2011-2012 term.

Members are (from left to right): Rakhi-Kumari Lansiquot, Treasurer; Regina Oykherman, Senate Chair; Rebecca Gutherz, President; Dat Vu, Vice President; Jessica Hall, Secretary.

The mission of the USFSM Student Government is to support students through activities, services, advocacy, leadership and school pride.

For more information, visit www.sarasota.usf.edu/Students/SG/.

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.

Lunch and Learn

12:00-1:30pm in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee

RSVP Here: http://www.sarasota.usf.edu/students/Prospective/RSVPInfosession.html

USF Sarasota-Manatee announces Employee of the Year 2011

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee announced Amanda Kulaw, School of Hotel and Restaurant Management coordinator, as the Employee of the Year for 2011.  Amanda’s responsibilities include providing excellent quality service to the students and faculty of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management and making sure the needs of the department are met.

Karen Harris: The Ultimate Guest Experience

USF Sarasota-Manatee alumnus Karen Harris knows that it takes more than a fancy hotel to create the mystique, grandeur, and personalized experience that encompass The Ritz Carlton.   As the Membership Experience Advisor of the Midwest Region for The Ritz Carlton Destination Club positioned at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver, her role is to provide each Member with the world class service that has given the company its reputation as a leader in the hospitality industry.
“This is my dream job – providing the highest level of service in this industry and making sure our guests enjoy their stay,” said Karen.  “My goal is to provide the ultimate in personalized service for each and every request.”
Karen’s career with The Ritz Carlton has spanned the last six years and has moved her from sunny Sarasota, Florida to the island of St Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and finally to Colorado, but the roots of her love for hospitality stem from her degree program at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.
“Everybody at USF Sarasota-Manatee – from the financial aid advisors to the career services people to the faculty of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management – was extremely helpful.  The flexible class schedules allowed me the opportunity to work full-time and go to school, and the program was excellent at providing true industry experience and knowledge.”
As Karen looks to the future of her career path, she is humbled by the knowledge that she has what she considers “the ultimate dream job.”
“Every opportunity I’ve had for the past six years with The Ritz Carlton has been a direct result of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Management and the career fair that led me to finding my first position with The Ritz-Carlton, and I’m so thankful for that experience.  ”

Harllee Middle School visits USF Sarasota-Manatee

Students from Harllee Middle School visited USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) to learn more about college.  The students were given campus tours by the USFSM P.R.I.D.E. (Promoting, Recruiting, Increasing Diverse Educators) Club, they learned about the different programs offered at USFSM, participated in a math activity presented by the Math Club and ate lunch in the Courtyard.

Crewe of DeSoto invades USF Sarasota-Manatee

The Crewe of DeSoto invaded USF Sarasota-Manatee in preparation for the DeSoto Parade that will take place on April 30th.  USF Sarasota-Manatee will participate in the parade with special guest, Rocky D. Bull.  They will be throwing beads and looking for supporters wearing green and gold.  The invasion by the Conquistadors took place during USFSM Day where students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends were invited to celebrate the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee with activities like ladder ball and bean bag toss, a poetry reading event, a BBQ, ice cream and more.

Photos can be found on our facebook page by clicking here!

If you are interested in walking with USF Sarasota-Manatee in the DeSoto Parade, please visit  www.sarasota.usf.edu/parade to register!

 

 

Honors Colloquium

Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor
and
Dr. Jane A. Rose, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Request the honor of your presence to celebrate
The 2011 Honors Colloquium
hosted by USF Sarasota-Manatee
College of Arts & Sciences
April 25, 2011
5:00 – 6:30pm
Selby Auditorium
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
RSVP to Barbara Mel at
941-359-4235 or mel@sar.usf.edu
The program will feature presentations by graduating students of the
inaugural cohort of the USF Sarasota-Manatee Honors Program.
Presentations will reect each student’s thesis research, all of which
explored topics related to a common area of inquiry:
Humanism, the Reformation, and Shakespeare
Matthew Baber
Paul Dunder
David Genualdi
Eden Monier
Jennifer Perez Lopez
Albert Richard
Brittany Stamey
Patricia Ummel
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.

US Labor Department’s Women’s Bureau to host free networking forum Monday, April 11, at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Theme is ‘Women Working Together – Writing the Next Chapter of HerStory’

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau will host a dialogue and networking forum with prominent local women on Monday, April 11. “Women Working Together – Writing the Next Chapter of HerStory” will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. EDT in the Selby Auditorium on the campus of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. This forum is one of a series of HerStory events being hosted by the Women’s Bureau across the country to encourage more intergenerational dialogue and mentorship.

 

Featured speakers include Dr. Eugenie Clark, founding director of Mote Marine Laboratory; Amanda Evora, USFSM student and Olympic figure skater; Esperanza Gamboa, coordinator of adult and youth migrant programs at Manatee Technical Institute; Barbara Harvey, Manatee County School Board; Gwen McKenzie, president and CEO, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System; Simone Peterson, USFSM student and administrative assistant at the Manatee County Department of Neighborhood Services; and Courtney Wise, executive director, Take Care Advisor LLC.

 

“The Labor Department has invited these diverse and accomplished women to share their successes, challenges, life lessons and hopes for the future,” said Paulette Norvel Lewis, regional administrator of the Women’s Bureau in Atlanta. “Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and benefit from these speakers’ experiences.”

 

Members of the public can register for this event by contacting Barbara Lewis from the University of South Florida at 941-359-4602 or barblewis@sar.usf.edu.

 

The Women’s Bureau, established by Congress in 1920, is the only federal agency designated to represent the needs of working women. Today, the bureau’s goal is to empower all working women to achieve economic security by preparing them for well-paying jobs, ensuring fair compensation, promoting workplace flexibility and helping homeless women veterans reintegrate into the workforce.  For more information, visit http://www.dol.gov/wb.

USF Sarasota-Manatee lecture – How being green can save you green

On April 27, two experts will address the ways in which businesses can benefit from eco-friendly practices in the fourth lecture of the Environmental Economic lecture series at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM).

 

The lecture, entitled “Business Sustainability,” is presented by USFSM’s College of Business and Institute for Public Policy and Leadership (IPPL) and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Selby Auditorium, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.

 

“Facilities and operations are critically important to a company’s sustainability plan,” said Judy Sedgeman, director of IPPL.  “In upcoming years we are going to see more of an urgency to turn companies green, utilize renewable energies and defend the climate.  We hope that this lecture helps business owners to effectively leverage and measure their efforts to achieve leadership in sustainability.”

 

The speakers for the event will be Michael R. Carlson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, president of Carlson Studio Architecture in Sarasota, and Julie Childers Henry, director of Conservation Enterprises Unlimited.

 

Michael Carlson is a graduate of Ball State’s College of Architecture & Planning and The Center for Energy Research/Education/Service. He serves as Chairman of the Green Business Leadership Council for the Greater Sarasota Area Chamber of Commerce and in 2010 was appointed to the Sarasota Housing Authority Board of Directors. As one of the first architects in Florida to achieve the LEED Accredited Professional designation, Carlson combines his diverse project experience with an ongoing dedication to quality through sustainable design and building practices.  His Sarasota-based firm, Carlson Studio Architecture, focuses on high performance design with every project and was responsible for designing the 2009 HGTV “Green Home.”

 

Julie Childers Henry is a current Fellow with the TogetherGreen program of the National Audubon Society, a member of the Green Committee of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.  She has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Conservation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and as a member of the Board of Directors and Conservation Committee Chair of the National Marine Educators Association.  Henry brings international experience as a Rotary cultural ambassador to both Australia and New Zealand.

 

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The cost for the lecture is $15 and includes a box lunch. The lecture is co-sponsored by The Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.  The series is designed to create a better informed public in order to make sensible political demands for energy and environmental policy changes.

 

For more information or to register for an event, please call the USF Sarasota-Manatee event hotline at (941) 359-4602 or visit http://sarasota.usf.edu/eepf.

USF Sarasota-Manatee is a comprehensive university for those interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s degree, professional certification, or continuing education credit.  USFSM offers the prestige of a nationally ranked research university with the convenience of a hometown university, including classes in south Sarasota County.

Elaine Tiberini receives Quiet Quality Award at USF Sarasota-Manatee

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford recently presented staff member Elaine Tiberini with the Quiet Quality Award from USFSM.  The Quiet Quality Award winner is evaluated based on conscientiousness, professional manner, positive attitude, work performance, responsibilities, team orientation, and contribution of suggestions.

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.

How do the 1960s compare to 2011? Event to discuss comparisons in art, culture, and government and provide glimpse of the future

On Monday, April 4 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Realize Bradenton and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Institute for Public Policy and Leadership (IPPL) will present “SHOUT!  Flash Forward, Flash Back,” a look at the 1960s through the lens of art and culture with a multimedia flashback.

The event is free, open to the public, and will be held at the Manatee Players Theater, located at 102 12th Street West in Bradenton.

A panel of speakers will explore connections between the 1960s and now, such as the role of government in promoting social justice, military intervention abroad, and conservative vs. liberal values.  Audience members will be invited to share their experiences and discuss how the nation will address similar issues that were faced five decades ago.

Members of the panel include:

  • Richard Martin, executive director of the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness
  • Michéle Des Verney Redwine, Education/Diversity Consultant/Visual Arts
  • Kaje Housman, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee alumnus

To register for the event, please call the IPPL hotline at (941) 359-4602.

USF Sarasota-Manatee is an upper-level university for those with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s degree, professional certification, or continuing education credit.  USFSM offers the prestige of a nationally ranked research university with the convenience of a hometown university, including classes in south Sarasota County.

Former Miss America serves as ambassador for diabetes awareness

Nicole Johnson, executive director of USF Health’s “Bringing Science Home” and former Miss America, visited USF Sarasota-Manatee to help kick off fundraising for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes, which was held on March 26.  USFSM’s Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford chaired the event, for which USFSM raised over $2,000.

 

Johnson, who won the Miss America title in 1999, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1993 and is now a diabetes advocate. She has served as an international consultant and spokesperson for diabetes issues for more than eleven years and has worked tirelessly promoting awareness, prevention and early detection of the disease.

Opening Celebration for Le immagini della fantasia

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 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.

Immigration Forum

Unidos Now and The USF Sarasota-Manatee Institute for Public Policy & Leadership

present

Immigration Forum
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

7:00 – 9:00pm

USF Sarasota-Manatee Selby Auditorium

8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

RSVP by clicking here or by calling 359-4602

Prestigious speaker line-up to focus on illustration at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s 5th Annual Children’s Literature Symposium

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s 5th Annual Children’s Literature Symposium will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011 in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota from 8:30am – 5:30pm.  This year’s Children’s Literature Symposium conference includes presentations that address innovations and developments in images and illustrations in children’s and young adult literature.   The conference is open to the public and registration information can be found online at ChildrensLiteratureSymposium.org.

The speaker and presenter line-up for this year includes several award winning and highly successful professionals involved in all aspects of children’s and young adult literature.  They are:

  • Mary GrandPré, best known for her illustrations and cover designs for the Harry Potter series.
  • Kenneth B. Kidd, Associate Professor of English at the University of Florida, where he also serves as Associate Director of The Center for Children’s Literature and Culture.
  • Poonam Arya, associate professor of Reading, Language, and Literature at Wayne State University where she teaches courses in literacy theory and research, reading assessment, and critical pedagogy.
  • Marianne Berkes, former teacher, children’s theater director, and children’s librarian, is the author of nine (and counting) award-winning children’s books inspired by her love of nature.
  • Thomas Crisp, co-chair for the symposium and Associate Professor of Reading at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.
  • Brittany Hiller, fourth grade teacher at Out of Door Academy and alum of USF Sarasota-Manatee with a Master’s in Reading
  • Janeen Mason, award winning writer and illustrator of children’s books
  • Debbie Reese, leading researcher and educator in the field of American Indian representation in literature.
  • Frank Remkiewicz, author and illustrator who has illustrated books by many authors, including Alma Flor Ada and Betsy Byers. He is perhaps best known for his illustrations in the Horrible Harry and Froggy series.
  • Breakout presenters will be: Poushali Bhadury, Patrick Cox, Tammy L. Mielke, Weimin Mo, Theresa Murzyn, Sarah Park, Stella Reinhard, Bridgid Shannon, Gwen Athene Tarbox, and Jocelyn Van Tuyl.

“The Children’s Literature Symposium highlights one of the most effective ways to positively impact a child’s educational future:  reading,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean of the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “The College of Education is pleased to sponsor the symposium offering critical insights to teachers both current and future, and bringing internationally-known expertise to Sarasota and Bradenton as only a hometown research university can do.”

Through this symposium, participants and presenters will seek to enrich understandings of the history and contemporary trends impacting the role of image and illustration in children’s texts. Speakers include nationally recognized scholars, critics, as well as children’s book authors and illustrators.  A book-signing by authors and illustrators will be held at the end of the day.  News and information will also be updated via Facebook by following “Children’s Literature Symposium.” Early-registration fees are as follows: General Public $75; alumni/USF-system faculty/staff: $50; students of USFSM, SCF, New College $30 (add $15 for lunch/snacks).  Registration includes coffee/bagels, snacks, and lunch.  Accommodation information, maps, speaker information and more can be found online at www.childrensliteraturesymposium.org. If you have questions or would like to request further information about the Children’s Literature Symposium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, please contact Diane Lewis at DLewis@sar.usf.edu or 941-359-4217.

Children’s Literature Symposium conferences center on issues related to the study of children’s and young adult literature. The overarching goal of these symposia is to critically explore genres of children’s and young adult literature through scholarship, research, and criticism. By bringing together scholars, critics, and researchers in the fields of literary analysis, education, and library information sciences, the Children’s Literature Symposium seeks to engage participants in critical discussions about children’s and young adult literature.

2010 Adult Education Administrator of the Year passionate about influencing the next generation of teachers at USF Sarasota-Manatee

It takes less than ten seconds to understand Linda Agresta’s passion for education upon meeting her.  Her excitement for the field of education along with innovative ideas, creative programming and her impact on training and teaching effective teachers landed her as the recipient of the 2010 John E. Lawrence Adult Education Administrator of the Year Award at the Annual Adult and Community Education (ACE) Conference in Orlando.  As the Assistant Director of Manatee Technical Institute (MTI) and a Professor at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), she has immersed herself in what she finds exceedingly important.  “It’s about training the next generation of educators and helping them to understand the level of impact they can have on students,” she said.

Agresta teaches English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to students in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee and was involved in the development of the program over 20 years ago when it started in Tampa.  With close to 20% of Florida residents being Spanish speakers, Agresta sees this as an imperative need for next generation teachers.  “Making students comfortable in the classroom when English isn’t their first language is so crucial.  As a teacher, you are responsible for educating students equally, so these classes really provide the necessary tools for our students to be prepared to go out and provide an optimal learning environment in the local schools,” said Agresta.

Mary Cantrell, Director at MTI and Linda’s boss and mentor finds her teaching at USFSM a benefit, both personally and professionally.  “I think the more people that you can impact in your life, that’s a good thing.  Linda has enthusiasm for learning – we want educators who are excited.  Being an educator is one of the best careers in the world – you can make a difference each day, make things better.  If she can influence the next group of teachers, help them see the opportunity before them, that’s better for everybody.  Linda teaching at USFSM is a huge benefit for everyone,” said Cantrell.  “It’s a wonderful school – a great place to make an impact and we’re happy that she’s doing so.”

For more information at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee or the College of Education, please contact Katrina Anderson at (941)359-4200 or visit www.sarasota.usf.edu.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Institute for Public Policy and Leadership to host “Reinvent Yourself” workshops in North Port

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Institute for Public Policy and Leadership (IPPL) will host “Reinvent Yourself” leadership workshops designed to “awaken your inner leader” in North Port on four consecutive Thursdays, February 19 and 24 and March 3 and 10 from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m.

This four-part Continuing Education workshop series will be held in a second floor classroom at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s North Port Instructional Site, located at 5920 Pan American Blvd.   The workshop is suitable for anyone who is interested in experiencing creativity, ease, and grace in formal or informal leadership roles.

Topics of the workshops are as follows:

  • February 19 – “Understanding the Human Experience.”  Participants will explore the foundations of individual leadership.
  • February 24 – “Separate Realities and States of Mind.”  Participants will learn the underlying reasons for disagreement and interpersonal misunderstandings.
  • March 3 – “Working from Strength, Alone and Together.”  This workshop will build on the fundamentals from the first workshop.  Participants will discuss and role-play case studies of leadership in action.
  • March 10 – “The Power of Vision and How to Share It.”  Participants will realize the power of each individual’s ability to think clearly, responsively, creatively and recognize the energy and capacity of leadership from within.

The facilitator for the events will be Judith Sedgeman, Ed.D., director of IPPL.  Dr. Sedgeman is an executive coach, seminar leader and program facilitator for professionals and organizations inside and outside of the university and is an internationally recognized speaker, seminar leader and teacher in the emerging field of Innate Health.  Presently she serves on the Board of Directors of Realize Bradenton and of Manatee Educational Television, as well as on the Health Committee of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, the Government Issues Committee of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, and the Board of the Gulf Coast South Area Health Education Center (AHEC).

Participants must plan to attend all four workshops as the learning is cumulative.  The cost for the workshop series is $150.00 and participants will receive one Continuing Education unit at the completion of the series.  For a more complete description of the workshop and to register, visit http://www.sarasota.usf.edu/eps/ or call Donna Fitzpatrick-Conard at (941) 359-4774.

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 aging issues expert to discuss planning for care through end of life

On Wednesday, February 16 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Institute for Public Policy and Leadership, in conjunction with the Sarasota Living Expo 2011, will present the first lecture in the Faculty Showcase Series, entitled “Planning for Care Through the End of Life.”  The event will be held in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, and is co-sponsored by Alderman Oaks LifeCare Services.

The speaker for the event will be Dr. Kathy Black, an associate professor of Social Work/Gerontology at USF Sarasota-Manatee and expert in end-of-life planning and aging issues.  Black will explain the growing importance of long-range planning for care and offer recommendations for individuals and families to facilitate advance care planning throughout life.

As the nation’s population continues to live longer and more people enjoy activities longer, many will experience years of functional and cognitive decline.  Planning and preparing for care throughout the end of life is critical, and oftentimes not enough planning results in less than satisfactory care during the “golden years.” Good advance planning for health care decisions is a continuing conversation – about values, priorities, the meaning of one’s life, and quality of life.  The USF Sarasota-Manatee lecture aims to address those issues and more.

Books on how to care for the aging will be distributed to the first 50 people who sign in the day of the event.  For more information or to register for this event, please visit http://www.sarasota.usf.edu/ippl or call the USF Sarasota-Manatee hotline at (941) 359-4602.

The fight for water: USF Sarasota-Manatee to discuss “Local Water Issues”

Drought has hit many parts of the country, including Florida, and statewide droughts and freezes in the past two years have caused a serious decline in water levels.  While residents, businesses, and farmers have been told to limit their water usage, drastic changes may have to be made in order to conserve Florida’s water supply.

On Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Business and Institute for Public Policy and Leadership will present “Regional and Local Water Issues:  Creative Ways to Meet Demand,” in the Selby Auditorium, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.

At the event, USF alum Karen Lloyd, Assistant General Counsel responsible for rulemaking and technical/regulatory services support for the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), will discuss the dangerous consequences of the state’s current water usage, how water is currently allocated and how SWFWMD changes will impact businesses and consumers.

“Water use and distribution in our state are larger problems than most Floridians realize,” said Don Fell, Senior Fellow in the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership.  “The winter of 2010 dramatically called this to our attention – crops were insulated from the cold weather by spraying them with water, which caused sinkholes in the earth.  New policies are being discussed in Florida to determine appropriate water distribution and use, and these policies will be discussed at this lecture.”

The cost for the lecture is $15 and includes a box lunch. The lecture is co-sponsored by The Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and is the first in the Environmental Economic series at USFSM.  The series is designed to create a better informed public in order to make sensible political demands for energy and environmental policy changes. For more information or to register for an event, please call the USF Sarasota-Manatee event hotline at (941) 359-4602 or visit http://sarasota.usf.edu/eepf.

Future lectures include:

Alternative Energy

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Speaker: Yogi Goswami, Ph. D., E.D., John & Naida Ramil Professor and Co-Director, Clean Energy Research Center, USF Tampa

Fisheries

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Speakers:  Mote Marine Representatives:  Dr. Kevan Main, Center for Aquaculture Research & Development and Dr.  Ken Leber, Center for Fisheries Enhancement

Business Sustainability

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Speakers: Michael R. Carlson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Carlson Studio Architecture, and Julie Childers Henry, Director, Conservation Enterprises Unlimited

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 professor editor-in-chief of only Hospitality Technology journal in the world

A professor at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is now the editor-in-chief of the only journal of Hospitality and Technology in the world.

The idea for the peer-reviewed journal was initiated by Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, Associate Professor of Hospitality Technology at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.  Emerald, the world’s leading scholarly publisher of journals and books in business and management, picked up the idea and is will be publishing three issues per year.

The journal covers topics by hospitality management experts, authors and scholars from around the world, including credit card security breaches, hotel website quality, and how technology is used by travel agencies.

“There is a need in our field for a journal that deals with the use of technology in the hospitality industry,” said Cobanoglu.  “This journal helps to give an understanding and appreciation for technology in every business, not just hospitality.  Advancements in technology in the travel, leisure, and hospitality industries are changing the world.”

As the head of the Technology and E-Business Committee for the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), Cobanoglu represents AHLA in President Obama’s Advisory Board for the National Strategy for Secure Online Transactions Strategy.  He is a visionary board member of Hospitality Technology magazine and editorial board member of several other hospitality publications.  His work has been featured in national and international media outlets such as BBC, NBC, ABC, CNN , Futurist Magazine, New York Times, Boston Globe and Lodging Magazine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carl Wilkens, American hero in Rwandan genocide, to speak at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Carl Wilkens, the only American to remain in Rwanda when the 1994 genocide began, will speak about international human rights and genocide at the Jane Bancroft Cook Library, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail, on January 24 at 10:30 a.m.  The event is a collaboration between USF Sarasota-Manatee and New College of Florida.

Wilkens, who is the former head of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International in Rwanda, was considered a hero when he helped prevent the massacre of over 400 orphans during the Rwandan genocide, during which over 1 million people were killed in 100 days.  He currently travels the country as the director of World Outside My Shoes, a nonprofit organization he formed to provide education about international genocide.

The event will be presented by USF Sarasota-Manatee, New College of Florida, and Humanity Working to End Genocide, a group of over 55 organizations in Sarasota and Manatee counties whose mission is to create awareness of the genocide in Darfur and throughout the world.  The program will include an update on the vote for independence in southern Sudan, the situation in Darfur, and the growing risk of genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

As part of Humanity Working to End Genocide, Richard O’Brien, an Instructor in International Human Rights, Conflict in the Modern World, and World Ideologies at USF Sarasota-Manatee, is helping organize the event.

“Public awareness of the realities surrounding genocide in foreign countries is extremely important if we want to gain an understanding of how we can help,” O’Brien said.  “Anyone who has a real interest in human rights should come to hear Carl Wilkens.  There is nothing that teaches as well as hearing the story of an individual who has actually saved lives during genocide.”

Wilkens was featured in Frontline’s “Ghosts of Rwanda” and “The Few Who Stayed: Defying Genocide,” an American Radio Works on National Public Radio.  He has received the Dignitas Humana Award from Saint John’s School of Theology and a Medal of Valor from the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Richard O’Brien at (941) 228-6218.

The Perlman Music Program Winter Residency celebrates another successful year at USF Sarasota-Manatee

International concert violinist and conductor, Itzhak Perlman (second from left), and his wife and founder of Perlman Music Program, Toby Perlman (left) celebrate another successful winter residency at USF Sarasota-Manatee with USFSM’s Regional Chancellor, Dr. Arthur Guilford and Regional Vice Chancellor of Business and Finance, Ben Ellinor.  Approximately 35 students travel from around the world to participate in the winter residency program with around 14,000 people attending to watch their free performances each season. The Perlman’s spoke at a reception and expressed their gratitude to USF Sarasota-Manatee for their hospitality in providing this experience to the Perlman students and the community.

"An Afternoon Salon: Engaging the Book Thief"

USF Selby Auditorium Sarasota-Manatee
8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

The event is free and open to the public

The College of Arts & Sciences and the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership are collaborating to host this interactive exploration of a book that has garnered world-wide acclaim.  A semi-circular forum for the audience will allow easy interaction with a discussion panel comprised of USFSM students, who will be joined by younger teen-aged students, and senior citizens.  The panel members will each describe the aspect of The Book Thief he or she found most fascinating and intriguing.

Following the panel’s reflection, the audience will be asked to contribute their thoughts about the novel’s most valuable and memorable attributes.  Light refreshments will be circulated, adding to the ambiance of a true literary “salon”.

A brief video of an interview with the author, Markus Zusak, will commence the discussion.  The community is invited to join in this lively discussion of a thought-provoking, award-winning novel.

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

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

Information session dates, times and locations are as follows:

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

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

Curran elected President of Faculty Senate at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Dr. James Curran, associate professor of Marketing in the College of Business at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, has been elected as the President of the Faculty Senate at USFSM.

The USFSM Faculty Senate serves the interests of the faculty to help support research, teaching and service.  As president, Curran will represent the faculty to the Executive Council and the Faculty Advisory Council.

Curran has over 30 years of experience working and researching in the field of marketing and the results of his research have appeared both nationally and internationally.  He has also appeared in local and national media as an expert in topics such as social networking and consumer spending.

Students at USF Sarasota-Manatee awarded International Study Abroad Scholarships

Two students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee were awarded International Study Abroad Scholarships through the Clyde G. Nixon International Business Endowment.  The scholarship is used to assist outstanding undergraduate business students who wish to study abroad as part of their academic experience and is awarded on a competitive basis.  The recipients for 2010 were Brayan Felipe and Sarah Sherman, who both received a Bachelor of Arts degree during the Fall 2010 Commencement Ceremony.   “My stay at Laval University was unique and precious to me,” said Felipe, who studied International Business at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “We got to visit many companies in the surrounding communities and saw what we learned in class being applied outside- in businesses.”  Sherman, who studied Finance, also enjoyed her experience.  “By awarding me the Clyde Nixon Scholarship, I am able to focus on the most important aspect of school – learning,” she said.

Donations from Sun Hydraulics and the Clarke Company help to make this scholarship possible.  Pictured above, back row (L to R): Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor, USF Sarasota-Manatee; Allen Carlson, President & CEO, Sun Hydraulics; Dr. Robert Anderson, Dean, College of Business, USF Sarasota-Manatee; and Tim Clarke, USF Sarasota-Manatee Alum and Founder of the Clarke Company.  Front row (L to R): Scholarship Recipient, Brayan Felipe; Community Leader, Joan Nixon; and Scholarship Recipient, Sarah Sherman.

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.

President and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association to speak at USF Sarasota-Manatee

On Monday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m., Joseph A. McInerney, President and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), will be the keynote speaker at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Linda Novey-White Memorial Lectureship.

McInerney, who has nearly 50 years of experience in the hospitality industry, will speak about international travel trends in a lecture entitled, “The Global Travel: Trends & Initiatives.”  The event is free, open to the public, and will be held in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.

Serving the hospitality industry for nearly a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers.

As the head executive, McInerney is well versed in the various skills needed to operate in association, corporate, and lodging environments. Prior to AH&LA, he was president and CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association; Forte Hotels, Inc.; Hawthorn Suites; and ITT’s Sheraton franchise division.

McInerney has been recognized with several industry awards, including induction into the 2010 University of Houston’s Hospitality Hall of Honors, the 2009 J. Patrick Leahy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association; 2007 “Above and Beyond Award” at The Lodging Conference; “Tourism Man of the Year” award by the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association; the 1999 Stephen Brener, Silver Plate Lifetime Achievement Award from Hospitality Magazine; Travel Agent Magazine’s 1998 Pacific/Asia Person of the Year, and the 1994 Economy Lodging’s “Person of the Year,” by AH&LA.

The Linda Novey-White Memorial Lectureship Series recognizes and honors the outstanding contributions that Ms. Novey-White made to the hospitality industry.  The lectureship series endowment funds annual lectures, featuring keynote speakers known for their experience and leadership in the advancement of best practices and customer service in the hospitality industry.

The event is organized by the USF Sarasota-Manatee School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. The school’s mission is to provide excellence in teaching, research and service to all persons and to build foundations for lifelong learning. The School of Hotel and Restaurant Management prepares individuals for industry management and leadership roles in a global economy and interfaces with stakeholders to deliver hospitality professionals that add to the financial, intellectual, environmental, ethical and social growth of Florida and the Nation.

Space is limited at this event so please make reservations early.  To reserve your seat, contact Amanda Kulaw at 941-359-4563 or akulaw@sar.usf.edu.

USF Sarasota-Manatee to Hold Fall Commencement on Sunday, December 12

On Sunday, December 12, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will confer degrees upon 247 students.  Almost 3,000 people are expected to attend the Fall 2010 commencement ceremony, which will take place at the Manatee Civic and Convention Center in Palmetto at 2:00 p.m. USF President Dr. Judy Genshaft will preside over the ceremony.

This Fall, 27 master’s degree candidates will receive graduate degrees and nineteen percent of the graduating class will graduate with academic honors.  USF Sarasota-Manatee offers degrees in business, education, accounting, finance, marketing, criminology, information technology, history, interdisciplinary social sciences, psychology, nursing, hospitality management and more.

Special honorees at the ceremony include:

Keynote Speaker — USF alum Anne Weintraub, partner at Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, P.A. With a devotion to giving back to the community, Ms. Weintraub serves as president of the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, a member on the Board of Overseers of Stetson University College of Law, and as a member of the corporate board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota.  She answers questions from viewers on an array of real property topics as a weekly contributor on the local ABC news channel, WWSB TV.

Outstanding Professor Award — Dr. Jennifer Menon Mariano, Assistant Professor at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education.  Honorees for the Outstanding Professor Award at USF Sarasota-Manatee share a sincere involvement with their students, passion for the university and its mission, and a commitment to excellence through education.   Dr. Mariano’s primary research involves the study of positive youth development, youth purpose and contribution, youth civic engagement, adolescent spirituality, and the transition to adulthood among youth from all backgrounds.

King O’Neal Scholars (perfect 4.0 GPA) — Jessica Sattani and Joann Wells, both of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education.  A tradition since 1988, the King O’Neal award denotes a student who has maintained a 4.0 grade point average and is given each semester by the Alumni Association in honor of charter graduates Lucas King and Evelyn O’Neal.

Golden Bull AwardAlyssa Anderson, College of Business and College of Education.  The Golden Bull Award is presented by the Student Government Organization to a student who has shown excellence in leadership activities, community involvement, university involvement and academic success.  Alyssa will graduate USFSM with two Bachelor of Science degrees from two separate USFSM colleges, one in Business Management and the other in Elementary Education.

The Outstanding Graduate AwardAlyssa Anderson, who has served as both the president and vice president of the Student Government Association.  The Outstanding Senior Award is sponsored by the Alumni Association to recognize one graduating senior each semester that has demonstrated exceptional achievements in the following:  leadership, community service, work experience and school spirit.  The Outstanding Graduate must have at least a 3.5 GPA and must receive two letters of recommendation to be considered for this award.

The Fall 2010 graduates of USF Sarasota-Manatee represent traditional and non-traditional students. Among non-traditional students, many of this year’s graduates worked full-time while attending school — balancing family, work and school responsibilities.

For more information regarding the USF Sarasota-Manatee fall commencement ceremony, please contact Michael Ayres at (941) 359-4632.

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 to celebrate and honor veterans on November 9

On Tuesday, November 9, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will honor the members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including USF Sarasota-Manatee student, staff, faculty, and alumni veterans, by hosting a Veterans Day Ceremony from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Selby Auditorium.  The university will be closed on November 11 to observe the holiday.

The Sarasota Military Academy will begin the program with the presentation of colors.  Speakers at the event will include Sean Abene, member of the Air National Guard and current student in the Information Technology program at USF Sarasota-Manatee and Robert Parker Fondes, author of From the Attic to Military Museums: How to Honor Your Family by Donating and Preserving Military History and member of the Lifelong Learning Academy at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Manatee Operation Troop Support, which is a nonprofit organization serving families and soldiers who are currently deployed overseas, will be in the courtyard immediately after the ceremony to accept cash donations in order to put together care packages for overseas troops.  Guests will also be invited to fill out postcards with well-wishes for the troops.    Also present will be the Military Assistance Program, which , supports Afghan and Iraqi veterans or active military personnel and their families, and a Local Veteran Employment Representative (LVER) and Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist (DVOP) with the Suncoast Workforce, who will provide employment assistance and job training for veterans and disabled veterans.

“We’re so proud to honor those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom,” said Toni Ripo, Career Services coordinator at USFSM and organizer of the event.  Many of our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and their families are veterans or active military, and there is no way we could thank them enough for their service.”

The event is free and will be open to the public.  For more information, please call Toni Ripo at (941) 359-4586.

Save the date for the 5th Annual Children’s Literature Symposium at USF Sarasota-Manatee

This year’s Children’s Literature Symposium conference includes presentations that address innovations and developments in images and illustrations in children’s and young adult literature.

On Saturday, February 5, 2011, the University of  South Florida Sarasota-Manatee College of Education will host its 5th Annual Children’s Literature Symposium from 8:30am-5:30pm in the Selby Auditorium on campus. This year’s Children’s Literature Symposium conference includes presentations that address innovations and developments in images and illustrations in children’s and young adult literature.   The conference is open to the public and registration information can be found online at www.ChildrensLiteratureSymposium.org.  Early registration for a discounted fee is available until January 20, 2011.

“The Children’s Literature Symposium highlights one of the most effective ways to positively impact a child’s educational future:  reading,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean of the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “The College of Education is pleased to sponsor the symposium offering critical insights to teachers both current and future, and bringing internationally-known expertise to Sarasota and Bradenton as only a hometown research university can do.”

Through this symposium, participants and presenters will seek to enrich understandings of the history and contemporary trends impacting the role of image and illustration in children’s texts. Speakers include nationally recognized scholars, critics, as well as children’s book authors and illustrators.  A book-signing by authors and illustrators will be held at the end of the day.  News and information will also be updated via Facebook by following “Children’s Literature Symposium.” Early-registration fees are as follows: General Public $75; alumni/USF-system faculty/staff: $50; students of USFSM, SCF, New College $30 (add $15 for lunch/snacks).  Registration includes coffee/bagels, snacks, and lunch.  Accommodation information, maps, speaker information and more can be found online at www.childrensliteraturesymposium.org. If you have questions or would like to request further information about the Children’s Literature Symposium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, please contact Diane Lewis at DLewis@sar.usf.edu or 941-359-4217.

Children’s Literature Symposium conferences center on issues related to the study of children’s and young adult literature. The overarching goal of these symposia is to critically explore genres of children’s and young adult literature through scholarship, research, and criticism. By bringing together scholars, critics, and researchers in the fields of literary analysis, education, and library information sciences, the Children’s Literature Symposium seeks to engage participants in critical discussions about children’s and young adult literature.

Rogers Garden Elementary 5th Grade to visit USF Sarasota-Manatee

On Thursday, November 4th approximately 50 5th grade students from Rogers Garden Elementary School in Manatee County will visit the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.  The students will arrive at 10:00 am take a tour of the campus, which includes the career services, fitness center, Jonathan’s Café, the College of Business, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Education, School of Hotel & Restaurant Management and classroom. The students will complete their day with a photo and lunch in the courtyard.

Students from the College of Education PRIDE (Promoting, Recruiting and Increasing Diverse Educators) Group will lead the tours for the visiting 5th graders.

Rogers Garden is one of three Professional Development Schools in partnership with USF Sarasota-Manatee.  Students working toward a degree in Education do their internships, observations and student teaching in these Professional Development Schools, which also includes Ballard Elementary School and Daughtrey Preparatory School of Arts & Sciences.

Catherine Day, a Recruiter in Student Services at USFSM facilitates the visits for local 5th grade students and believes they are an important way to teach young children that attending college is an attainable goal and that they can receive a degree from a prestigious university right in their hometown.  “It’s important for 5th graders to begin to plan their education and career futures, especially given that they will soon be entering middle school,” she says. “It is important for them to envision what a university education looks like and can be.”

Community celebrates retirement of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s first Dean & CEO

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

He is pictured above (left) with his wife, Irene and former State Senator Bob Johnson.

Political arguments may arise over interpretations of words such as “liberal” and “freedom,” according to Sarasota/Manatee survey

On Thursday, October 28 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Institute for Public Policy and Leadership (IPPL) will present “Meaning Matters: A Civility Survey Research of the Language We Use in Politics.”  The event will be held in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.

The focus of the event will be an examination of the words most commonly used in politics and what those words mean to different people. IPPL previously conducted a survey of registered voters in Sarasota and Manatee Counties about the interpretation of language and ideas commonly used in political discourse.

“People find different meanings in the same words,” said Dr. Judy Sedgeman, director of IPPL.  “For example, when I say the word ‘liberal,’ some people think ‘belief in liberty,’ some think ‘government rule,’ and others think ‘equal rights.’  Similarly, if I say the word ‘freedom,’ some people think ‘equality,’ some think ‘doing what I want,’ and others think ‘limited government.’  The way people interpret the language we use in politics shows how diverse people’s thinking is and plays a big role in civility.”

Event attendees will have the opportunity to take the survey using an electronic clicker system, see the results in real-time, and compare the results to the recent IPPL survey. Attendees will also see the results of the same questions asked over social media networks and discuss why those results may be different.

A panel of the lead survey investigators will discuss whether or not it is reasonable to expect civil communication without a shared understanding of the meaning of the words we use.

The panel will include:

  • Judith A. Sedgeman, EdD, director of the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership
  • Sebastian Diaz, JD, PhD, professor in the College of Human Resources and Education at West Virginia University
  • Bonnie Jones, PhD, Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at USF Sarasota-Manatee, and
  • Jeff Orenstein, PhD, adjunct professor at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information or to R.S.V.P., call the USF Sarasota-Manatee event hotline at (941) 359-4602 or visit www.sarasota.usf.edu/ippl/.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Institute for Public Policy and Leadership to host Leadership forum

On  Thursday, November 4 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Institute for Public Policy and Leadership (IPPL) and Sarasota Magazine/BIZ941will host part three of the “Reinvent Yourself” leadership series entitled “The Power of Vision: Seeing and Seizing Opportunity.”

The program will take place in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, located at 8350 North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.  Previous attendance at the first or second sessions of this three part series is not necessary.

The event will attempt to make it possible for people to see, and then seize, opportunity, even in difficult times.  It will cover how people rise from misfortune to soar towards success, and what is behind the vision for innovation and the wisdom to create something new that captures the market.

Panelists include Anand Pallegar of AtLarge, Inc., Luis Eduardo Barone of TV Net Media Group. Moderators will be Judith Sedgeman, EdD, director of IPPL and Susan Burns, editor of BIZ941.

A follow-up workshop will be offered on Friday, November 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in classroom B229.  The workshop, entitled “The Power of Vision,” is a half-day program that will build on the fundamentals from the Thursday night program.

The Thursday program is free and open to the public, but registration is mandatory.  The cost to attend the Friday workshop is $75 per person.    You may register by calling (941) 359-4602.  For more information, please visit www.sarasota.usf.edu/reinvent.  The event is sponsored by WUSF.

USF Sarasota-Manatee to host Grand Opening Celebration of Instructional Site in North Port

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will be hosting a Grand Opening Celebration of their new Instructional Site in North Port on Friday, October 15 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

USF System President Judy Genshaft and Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee Dr. Arthur Guilford will preside over the celebration, which will be held at the university’s new location, 5920 Pan American Blvd. in North Port, and will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours, music by the Herd of Thunder Show Band, Rocky the Bull, informational tables and refreshments from area restaurants.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s south Sarasota County program began in 2004 at the State College of Florida’s Venice location with only 66 student enrollments and has grown to over 600 per semester. In August, USF Sarasota-Manatee’s started classes at the new Instructional Site, which includes four classrooms, one videoconferencing room, six offices and a conference room with room to expand in the future.

The Instructional Site serves residents of Englewood, North Port, Venice and surrounding areas and offers undergraduate degrees in business, social science, elementary education, psychology and criminology as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership.

The night before, on October 14, Buffalo Wild Wings in North Port and USF Sarasota-Manatee will host a Watch Party for the USF Bulls football game versus West Virginia starting at 7:30 p.m.

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

USF Sarasota-Manatee to host football game “Watch Parties” at Buffalo Wild Wings in North Port

South Sarasota County has its own university with the opening of the new University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Instructional Site in North Port, and now they have a place to cheer for their football team too.

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and the Manatee-Sarasota Chapter will be hosting “Watch Parties” at the Buffalo Wild Wings in North Port for the USF football games.  The first will be held on Thursday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m., the night of the USF Bulls versus West Virginia game.

Watch Parties are frequently held by USF Sarasota-Manatee at the Lee Roy Selmon’s on University Blvd in Sarasota when the USF Bulls are playing a football game away from home.  The Sarasota event attracts between 60-100 people per game, and Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee, expects there to be even more for the first Watch Party in North Port.

“We expect a great turnout,” he said.  “More than 2,200 USF alumni live in the area from Venice to Port Charlotte, and this is an opportunity for alumni, students, and fans to come cheer on their home team Bulls in South Sarasota County.”

Buffalo Wild Wings Manager George Baker is looking forward to the events as well.

“People in North Port are excited about having a hometown football team to cheer for,” he said.  “The partnership we have with USF Sarasota-Manatee is great because it helps bring in business to our restaurant and it gets people fired up about the university.  Some of our staff members are even looking forward to finding out more about how to sign up for classes at the event.”

Local businesses aren’t the only ones ramping up their excitement about USF’s presence in North Port.  Students have taken notice of the increased “Bulls Buzz” in town.

“The kids in my class are really excited,” said Megan Dandy, an Elementary Education senior who lives in Port Charlotte and takes all of her classes at the North Port Instructional Site.  “They’re starting to put more USF clothing in stores, we’re starting to see more USF license plates, and everyone is talking about the Watch Party.  It’s good for the community that we have our own university and football team to be a part of and cheer for.”

The Watch Party will certainly offer an atmosphere of camaraderie as the Bulls take on conference rivals West Virginia.  Food and drink specials, door prizes including tickets to future Bulls home football games, and USF Bulls decorations will all be featured at the Watch Parties.

The October 14 Watch Party event will be held on the eve of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Grand Opening Celebration on Friday, October 15 at the new North Port Instructional Site on the corner of US 41 and Pan American Blvd.

USF System President Judy Genshaft and Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee Dr. Arthur Guilford will preside over the celebration, which will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours, music by the Herd of Thunder Show Band, Rocky the Bull, informational tables and refreshments from area restaurants.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s south Sarasota County program began in 2004 at the State College of Florida’s Venice location with only 66 student enrollments and has grown to over 600 per semester. In August, USF Sarasota-Manatee’s started classes at the new Instructional Site, which includes four classrooms, one videoconferencing room, six offices and a conference room with room to expand in the future.

The Instructional Site serves residents of Englewood, North Port, Venice and surrounding areas and offers undergraduate degrees in business, social science, elementary education, psychology and criminology as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership.

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

USF Sarasota-Manatee to host Grand Opening Celebration of Instructional Site in North Port

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will be hosting a Grand Opening Celebration of their new Instructional Site in North Port on Friday, October 15 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

USF System President Judy Genshaft and Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee Dr. Arthur Guilford will preside over the celebration, which will be held at the university’s new location, 5920 Pan American Blvd. in North Port, and will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours, music by the Herd of Thunder Show Band, Rocky the Bull, informational tables and refreshments from area restaurants.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s south Sarasota County program began in 2004 at the State College of Florida’s Venice location with only 66 student enrollments and has grown to over 600 per semester. In August, USF Sarasota-Manatee’s started classes at the new Instructional Site, which includes four classrooms, one videoconferencing room, six offices and a conference room with room to expand in the future.

The Instructional Site serves residents of Englewood, North Port, Venice and surrounding areas and offers undergraduate degrees in business, social science, elementary education, psychology and criminology as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership.

The night before, on October 14, Buffalo Wild Wings in North Port and USF Sarasota-Manatee will host a Watch Party for the USF Bulls football game versus West Virginia starting at 7:30 p.m.

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

Superintendent of Manatee County Schools, Tim McGonegal, visits class at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Tim McGonegal, Superintendent of Manatee County Schools, visited an Educational Leadership class recently at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  College of Education Professor, Dr. Lyn Boyer, was excited to have him speak to her class.  “It was a privilege to have Tim McGonegal join us. He shared a unique perspective with my students and our guests that they could only hear from someone in his position. I believe they gained a better understanding of how decisions are made at the district level, and they gained insights about how they can prepare for leadership roles in the future,” she said.  Other participants shared the same sentiment.  “It was an enriching and enlightening opportunity,” said Catherine Day, a student in the Educational Leadership course.  “His candidness and genuine interest in our understanding of the complexities of educational leadership was refreshing. I appreciated his taking time out of a busy weekend to share his unique insights with us.”

To see a photo of Tim McGonegal speaking to the Educational Leadership class at USF Sarasota-Manatee, please click here.

USF Sarasota-Manatee plans healthcare needs assessment in Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte Counties

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) was approved for a $250,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration that will allow the university to conduct a healthcare needs assessment of Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte Counties over the next year.

The needs assessment will be a comprehensive study of healthcare systems in the three county area and will attempt to uncover holes in insurance coverage, emergency room care, public health, gerontology, office administration, and more.

“This full assessment will give USF Sarasota-Manatee a good handle on what is needed educationally in the healthcare sector of our community,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor of USFSM.  “We plan to create university level programming to fill that void and meet local needs.”

Meeting local healthcare needs has been an educational challenge in the past, and USFSM’s plan to provide quality programming has been welcomed by the local healthcare industry.  The university is working with Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Manatee Memorial Hospital to provide hands on learning for students.

Some shortfalls that USFSM plans to research include a shortage of nurses in Sarasota and Manatee counties, demand for health-care professionals under new Federal health care legislation, low enrollments in locally-offered nursing courses for the RN to BS degree, and dated simulated-patient equipment for the training of health care professionals.

The study will be led by Lakewood Ranch resident Linda deMello, whose past experiences include developing high achievement teams, alliance networks and nationally acclaimed programs and services in the fields of health care, workforce development and higher education.  deMello was formerly the Executive Director of the ALS Association Greater Bay Area Chapter in San Francisco, Ca., President and CEO of Alumnae Resources, and Associate Dean of Students at Notre Dame de Namur University in California.

“I’m excited about this needs assessment because it will enable USF Sarasota-Manatee to align its educational resources with the needs and opportunities in healthcare in this area, ultimately creating a higher quality workforce as well as contributing to the economic viability of the region,” deMello said.  “I think we’re going to look back on this time as a turning point in university history.”

With extensive experience in leadership, needs assessments, and organization capacity building, deMello seems the perfect fit for the job.  She has received the “Women Who Could Be President Award” from the League of Women Voters, a Community Leadership and Women Who Make a Difference Award, and an Honorary Ph.D. in Humane Letters from Golden Gate University. Another needs assessment employee will be located in USFSM’s new Instructional Site in North Port.

 “This grant will provide funding for USF Sarasota-Manatee to create an academic infrastructure that develops a diverse, culturally competent health workforce that provides the highest quality of care for all, particularly the underserved,” Guilford said. “Our goal is to eliminate health barriers, assure quality of care, and improve public health and health care systems by improving the local workforce.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee to present Bertha Palmer Centennial Woman of Achievement Award

On Thursday, October 14 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Institute for Public Policy and Leadership and the Women’s Advisory Council of the Bertha Palmer Centennial will honor Dr. Mary Elmendorf with the Bertha Palmer Centennial Woman of Achievement Award for her more than seven decades of global leadership on behalf of women.

Dr. Elmendorf was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work as a volunteer in prisons and with displaced persons for the American and British Friends during and after World War II. She served as the first Director of CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty, in Mexico, and she has participated in all of the United Nations Conferences on Women since 1975. She has had a distinguished career in anthropology and has lived in Sarasota, Florida for more than forty years.

“Dr. Elmendorf is yet another example of the immense treasures that Sarasota stores amongst our local population and is the embodiment of human capital, contributing not only to the betterment of our city but the entire globe,” said Sarasota Mayor Kelly Kirschner.  “As a former Peace Corps volunteer and USAID contractor working directly with Mayan populations on community-oriented development programs, it is with particular pride that I can represent the City of Sarasota in presenting this symbol of our admiration and respect for her service.”

The ceremony will include a screening of “A Powerful Noise,” a film developed by CARE, which tells the story of three women from Vietnam, Bosnia, and Mali who are changing the world. Following the film, Bonnie Greenball, Associate Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership, will lead a conversation with Dr. Elmendorf to explore her work with CARE, with women around the world, and her thoughts on the film. A reception sponsored by the Women’s Advisory Council of the Bertha Palmer Centennial will follow the event.

The event will be held at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.  There is no charge for the event but registration is required. To reserve your seat, please visit www.sarasota.usf.edu/ippl or call the USF hotline at 941-359-4602.

Eric Zamora "Life on the Edge" photography exhibit on display at USF Sarasota-Manatee until November 5th

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is hosting a photography exhibit by Eric Zamora, conservation and nature photographer and winner of the International Conservation Photography Award, until November 5.

The exhibit, entitled “Life on the Edge, the Story of Florida’s Nature Coast,” is being displayed on the second floor at USF Sarasota-Manatee, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.  Zamora’s photography features landscapes, wildlife and people in Florida’s natural habitats.

“Mr. Zamora’s photography brings together the Sarasota/Manatee community’s appreciation for art, nature conservation and education,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “The exhibit will feature some of Florida’s most threatened, remote and spectacular landscapes and we’re looking forward to sharing his fine art portrayal of our state.”

Images included in the exhibit feature Zamora’s 36-mile hike through the 750,000-acre Big Cypress Preserve, the remote coastline of Cape Sable in Everglades National Park, and the Santa Fe River, only a few miles from Eric’s hometown of Gainesville, FL.

For more information about his work, visit www.ericzamora.com.  For information about the exhibit on display at USF Saraosta-Manatee, contact Pam Gleason at (941) 359-4602.

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

Students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee can now earn their Master’s of Business Administration degree at their own pace in a new drop-in program designed for busy working professionals.  Previously, they were required to join a cohort of students who entered the program, took classes, and graduated together.

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

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

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

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

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

Summary of the benefits of a drop-in MBA program:

  • Students can complete the degree at their own pace rather than through a cohort system.
  • Students can enter the program in either the Fall or Spring semesters instead of waiting for the next cohort start date.
  • Students can elect to complete their MBA on a part-time basis.
  • The program allows students who have completed Business degrees in the past six years to waive up to 12 hours of core courses.
  • Two years of work experience are no longer required to enter the program.
  • MBA classes will continue to be held on Saturdays, the most convenient time for working professionals.

 

The deadline to apply for Spring 2011 MBA classes is in October.  For more information, visit www.sarasota.usf.edu/Academics/COB/MBA or contact Aaron Reecher at (941) 359-4333.

USF Sarasota-Manatee to host reception for photographer Eric Zamora

On Friday, August 27, 2010, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, will host a reception featuring photographer Eric Zamora from 5:00-7:00pm.  Zamora’s exhibit “Life on the Edge: The Story of Florida’s Nature Coast” will be displayed on campus.  The community is invited and welcome to attend this event, free of charge.  If interested in attending, RSVP to Pam Gleason at 941.359.4602 or via email at pgleason@sar.usf.edu.

“My goal in life is to make every day an experience of personal and professional growth,” said Zamora.  “I use my skills as a visual communicator and my passion for conservation to help foster a better world.”  Zamora is the winner of the prestigious International Conservation Photography Award for “Environment at Risk.”  More information about the “Life on the Edge” exhibit can be found at EricZamora.com.