USFSM Students Awarded First Caldwell Trust Company Named Business Scholarships

October 17, 2012. Two USFSM College of Business students received the first annual scholarships from The Caldwell Trust Company Business Scholarship Fund.  Halyna Tabakova will complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in spring 2013 and plans to become a Certified Public Accountant. Born to a family of 12 in Ukraine, Halyna, who avidly volunteers with the elderly, is grateful for the financial help to realize her career goals. “This generous support is helping me to fulfill a lifelong dream of going to school,” Halyna says. “Thanks to organizations such as this, many students are able to pursue their career goals and become well-educated and successful workers in our community.”

Timothy Lim is a junior at USFSM, majoring in Business. Of first-generation Korean ancestry, Tim is an experienced world-traveler focused on finishing his degree and forging a professional career. “I’m very grateful that Caldwell Trust Company is investing in my future,” says the student who is also an archery buff, even building his own bows, arrows and quivers.

Caldwell has been a consistent USFSM supporter and takes its corporate citizenship seriously, especially when it comes to helping children and families. “The Caldwell Trust Company Business Scholarship gives us a wonderful opportunity to invest in the education of business-minded young people who are committed to strengthening the financial underpinnings of our community,” says Kelly Caldwell, CEO/President and senior trust officer. These scholarships are open to any eligible College of Business graduate or undergraduate students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee or North Port.

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has a wide range of scholarship opportunities available for students. For more information about scholarships, contact Gabriella Vega in Financial Aid at 941-359-4622.

 

USF Sarasota-Manatee HEART WALK

Please join me and the USF Sarasota-Manatee Heart Walk Team for the annual 5K walk/run, on Saturday, September 22, 2012.  Come on out, rain or shine at 7:30 AM for the USFSM group photo.  The opening presentation begins at 8:00 AM, and the walking starts at 8:30 AM.  Payne Park, downtown Sarasota (behind the police department).  For more information contact Casey Welch, caseywelch@sar.usf.edu  or call Elaine Tiberini at 359-4720. RSVP to joins by clicking here RSVP Heart Walk

New professors hired at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

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

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

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

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

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

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

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Named “Best Place to Further Your Education” In Biz(941)’s Readers’ Best of Biz Contest

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) is the recipient of the “Best Place to Further Your Education” award from Biz(941) magazine’s first Readers’ Best of Biz contest. USFSM was featured in the July issue of Biz(941) and received the award at the Best of Biz reception on July 19, 2012.

“We are delighted to be honored by the readers of Biz941,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor of USFSM.  “We are also pleased to no longer be the best kept secret in the region. We are your home town comprehensive university!”

“The contest spotlighted businesses that cater to professionals,” said Kelley Lavin, Executive Vice President and Group Publisher of Biz(941). Biz(941) is a local business guide and these are the businesses that our readers depend on.”

The results of the 2012 Biz(941) Readers’ Best of Biz contest were determined through online voting by Biz(941) readers. To see the complete list of winners and finalists, visit www.biz941.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Internal & External Calendars/Policies

There have been many discussions on campus about the development of an internal master calendar.  This is currently being developed and should roll out in the coming months.  It will be housed in Outlook and the policy for this calendar will be made available to each department.  The external calendar (on the main page of our website) is for events pertinent to students and the community and will remain as such.

Photo Contest

You have likely seen the information online and via email about our current photo contest!  Please note that this contest is open to everyone and the winner of the $100 gift card will be selected at random as long as a minimum of one photo is submitted to the contest.  For more information, please email Missy Cooper (cooperm@sar.usf.edu).

Email Signatures

As we work to establish branding consistency across all units, we would like to be certain that everyone has an email signature that looks the same!  You will be receiving an email shortly with instructions on what your email signature should look like and how to accomplish changing it.  Please be certain to have your signature changed prior to the start of fall semester (August 27th).  Thank you!

USFSM at North Port

A big thank you and congratulations to our USFSM at North Port staff – Michele Groves, Jenna Thiel and Lora Kosten – for their leadership and community involvement!  Recently, they gave a tour to twelve girls from Girls, Inc. of Sarasota County after a last minute request from the organization.  The students were each provided with a bag full of information about USFSM and we hope to see them as students in the next few years!

Also, if you have not had the opportunity to read the story done about Jenna and her involvement with the Make-A-Wish foundation, please take the time to do so!  The story can be found by clicking here. After being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma at the age of 10, Jenna is now giving back by volunteering with the organization!

USFSM Alums hired at local schools

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

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

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

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

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

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

USF Sarasota-Manatee to host Open House June 27th

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

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

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

Recent Faculty Publications

Roscoe LA, Tullis JA, Reich RR, Czaja McCaffrey J .  Beyond Good Intentions and Patient Perceptions: Competing Definitions of Effective Communication in Head and Neck Cancer Care at the End of Life. Health Commun. 2012 May 10. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 22574841.

Update from Casey Welch, Government & Community Relations

HB 5201 on Postsecondary Education Funding, as approved by the Governor, will take effect July 1st.  The Bill amongst many things:

  • Establishes the Florida Virtual Campus to provide access to online student and library support services, to serve as a statewide resource and clearinghouse for postsecondary education distance learning courses and degree programs and to increase student access and completion of degrees.
  • Establishes a Degree Completion Pilot Program to recruit, recover, and retain adult learners and assist them in completing degrees aligned to high-wage, high-skill, and workforce needs.
  • Increases the limit of the Capital Improvement Fee from 10% to 20% of tuition for Florida colleges, and for state universities indexes the Capital Improvement Fee to 10% of tuition, but limits increases to no more than $2 per credit hour per year.
  • Increases the surcharge for excess credit hours.

HB 7135 on Postsecondary Education, as approved by the Governor, will take effect July 1st.  Specifically, this bill requires changes in educational reporting to better inform students and their parents of the employment and economic outcomes for certificates and degrees earned at Florida College System institutions and state universities. The bill requires:

  • The Department of Economic Opportunity to prepare an economic security report on the employment and earnings of graduates of a degree or certificate program at a public postsecondary educational institution;
  • The State Board of Education, in consultation with the Board of Governors and the Department of Economic Opportunity to adopt a unified state plan for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to improve K-20 STEM education and prepare students for high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand employment in STEM and STEM-related fields.
  • The bill authorizes performance funding for state universities that are most successful in educating students who earn degrees in, and become employed in, technology fields. Up to $15 million is authorized, as appropriated for that purpose.
  • The bill requires the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors to identify performance metrics for Florida College System institutions and state universities, respectively. The metrics must include student retention, graduation, employment, licensure passage, excess hours, student loan burden and default rates, faculty awards, and other measures.

Regarding the general education requirements for an associate or baccalaureate degree, the bill:

  • Reduces the general education course requirements from 36 semester credit hours to 30 semester credit hours, beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution in 2014-2015;
  • Requires general education core course options to consist of a maximum of five courses within the subject areas of communication, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences, and requires a student to complete one course in each of those areas;
  • Requires that associate in arts degree students demonstrate competency in a foreign language; and
  • Requires the chairs of the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors to jointly convene faculty committees to identify statewide general education core course options.

If you have questions about this information, please don’t hesitate to contact Casey at caseywelch@sar.usf.edu

Faculty/Staff Kudos

Congratulations to Pam Gleason, Development Specialist in the Office of University Relations, who was recently awarded Member of the Year by the International Association of Administrative Professionals!  Pam was selected in recognition of continued dedication and support to the Chapter and for being a shining example to others of what it means to be an outstanding member of the Sara-Keys Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals.  Congratulations, Pam!

Florida Legislature to continue providing matching funds for First Generation Program

We have received confirmation that the Florida Legislature will once again provide matching funds for the Florida First Generation Program, one of the few remaining tuition funding programs that match donor contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis.  It is a need-based grant program available to degree-seeking, resident, undergraduate students who demonstrate substantial financial need, are enrolled in eligible participating postsecondary institutions, and whose parents have not earned baccalaureate or higher degrees.

“There is no more important mission for USF Sarasota-Manatee than to be able to provide opportunities for universal access to higher education and the Florida First Generation Matching Grant Program goes a long way in helping us realize that goal,” said Dennis Stover, Regional Vice Chancellor for Advancement. “It allows us the chance to serve those highly motivated, talented students who are limited by financial resources and have, historically, been underrepresented in higher education.  To be the first person in your family to attend college sends a powerful message and creates a ripple effect that benefits not only the individual and their family, but the community as well.”

For the 2011-2012 year, $90,500 was donated and, with the match, $181,000 was awarded to USF Sarasota-Manatee students meeting the criteria for this scholarship.

USF Sarasota-Manatee application deadline approaches

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

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

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

Florida Legislature to continue providing matching funds for First Generation Program

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) has received confirmation that the Florida Legislature will once again provide matching funds for the Florida First Generation Program, one of the few remaining tuition funding programs that match donor contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis.  It is a need-based grant program available to degree-seeking, resident, undergraduate students who demonstrate substantial financial need, are enrolled in eligible participating postsecondary institutions, and whose parents have not earned baccalaureate or higher degrees.

“There is no more important mission for USF Sarasota-Manatee than to be able to provide opportunities for universal access to higher education and the Florida First Generation Matching Grant Program goes a long way in helping us realize that goal,” said Dennis Stover, Regional Vice Chancellor for Advancement at USFSM. “It allows us the chance to serve those highly motivated, talented students who are limited by financial resources and have, historically, been underrepresented in higher education.  To be the first person in your family to attend college sends a powerful message and creates a ripple effect that benefits not only the individual and their family, but the community as well.”

For the 2011-2012 year, $90,500 was donated and, with the match, $181,000 was awarded to USF Sarasota-Manatee students meeting the criteria for this scholarship.  Those interested in learning more about USFSM, scholarship and grant opportunities, or giving opportunities may visit www.usfsm.edu or call 941-359-4334 for more information.

Outstanding Arts & Sciences students recognized at USF Sarasota-Manatee

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

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

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

USF College of Nursing offering program for Registered Nurses interested in Bachelor’s Degree

Registered Nurses interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing are invited to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee on Wednesday, May 30th to learn more about the RN to BS program offered by USF College of Nursing.  This program was developed to serve Registered Nurses and was created in collaboration with the USF College of Nursing’s clinical collaborative partners to ensure this program meets the needs of both nurses and employers.

Two information sessions will be held – the first from 4-5:30pm and the second from 7-8:30pm, both in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The Program Director and two Academic Advisors will be available to answer questions and provide information about this program.

This program allows an RN to build a degree focused on unique career needs in one of three tracks: Leadership/Management; Patient/Staff Education; or Clinical Excellence.  It is comprised of 30 nursing credit hours and prepares students for selected national certifications while providing a seamless transition into USF Nursing Master’s, PhD and DNP programs.  The program is fully web-based, allowing students to attend class when it is convenient.  Part-time students will complete the program in 5 semesters; full-time in 3 semesters.

National Magnet Hospitals, such as Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System, or those requesting national magnet status are required to have a minimum of 80% of nurses with BS degree or higher by 2020 according to new American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This change by ANCC is in support of recommendations made by the Institutes of Medicine.

For more information, call Dana at 941-359-4239.  Those interested in attending this free event may register online at www.usfsm.edu/rn-bsn.

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

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

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

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

Jeff Shaara to discuss his new book at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Jeff Shaara, the author of A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh, will be at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) on Tuesday, May 29th at 6pm to discuss his book.   The event will be hosted in the Selby Auditorium on campus at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

In A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh, the first of a new trilogy, Jeff Shaara returns to the Civil War terrain he knows best. With stunning immediacy, Shaara transports the reader inside the maelstrom of Shiloh as no novelist has before. Drawing on meticulous research, he dramatizes key actions and decisions, and the thoughts and voices of brave participants in a battle that many believe turned the tide of the war itself.

Following the Conversation guests will be invited for coffee and discussion. Jeff Shaara will sign only books provided by and purchased through Series Partner, Bookstore1Sarasota.

Shaara is the author of 14 previous novels on the topic of war including The Final Storm, No Less Than Victory, and The Rising Tide. Note that May 29th, the day of our Conversation with Jeff Shaara, is the publication date of A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh.

More information about the event can be found online at http://www.usfsm.edu/conversationswithauthors/.  The cost of the event is $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

John McKibbon honored with Hospitality Award from USF Sarasota-Manatee

John McKibbon, Chairman of the McKibbon Hotel Group, was awarded by the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) with the Hospitality Leadership Award at their first semi-annual HospitaBULL Evening.

McKibbon was selected for the award based on the following criteria: recognition of an individual who has shown particular dedication to the interests of the USF Sarasota-Manatee School of Hotel & Restaurant Management by making significant and continuing contributions to the hotel and restaurant industries; demonstration of exemplary leadership abilities that enable others to succeed in the hospitality field; leadership of noteworthy contributions to the hospitality field on a single project over several years or during a career; commitment to professional growth; and service as a role model or mentor that shows dedication to the advancement of individuals in hospitality.

The award was presented at the first HospitaBULL Evening event, an educational and fundraising function for the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management (SHRM), hosted at IMG Academies Country Club in Bradenton.  The SHRM students facilitated the entire evening, start to finish, through event planning and management, meal planning, and event/banquet training.  A food preparation class prepared the meal and students selected wine for each course.  The next HospitaBULL Evening will take place November 13.  More information can be obtained by visiting www.hospitaBull.com.

Three faculty members awarded for excellence at USF Sarasota-Manatee

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

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

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

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

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

Fulbright Scholar

Michael Jones, an alumnus of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education, has been awarded a Fulbright Research postgraduate grant to Laos. The Fulbright grant will cover the costs of round-trip transportation to Laos and maintenance for the academic year.

Jones received his Master’s Degree in Teaching from the USF Sarasota-Manatee in 2007. He is the executive director of Open Equal Free (OEF), a not for profit he established that works to improve the quality of education in the developing world. OEF connects educational professionals to lesson plans, news, information, networking opportunities and other resources. He has served on the board of directors for a local and national nonprofit in the US, taught for six years both in the US and abroad, and worked as a teacher trainer and education consultant for an NGO in Cambodia. Jones has given presentations on developing curricula for the developing world in Singapore, on rethinking Education for Development, in Cambodia, and on the power of the open content movement at TEDx.

Take Your Child to Work Day

A big thank you to Carolyn Dyson and Theresa Scott in our Human Resources Department for their hard work in putting together a very successful Take Your Child to Work Day!  Students made their own pizzas, designed ads, learned Spanish and Greek Mythology, got to meet Rocky D. Bull and more.  It was fun to have these students on campus and we look forward to having them back here as students of the University in the future!

HospitaBULL Evening

Congratulations to Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu and the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management (SHRM) for the overwhelming success of their event, A HospitaBULL Evening, at the IMG Country Club in Bradenton.  Industry leaders in the hospitality field and other community leaders dined on a delicious dinner prepared and served by the students, an auction was held and a lot of networking took place, all the while raising funds for SHRM.

For those of you who did not attend this time, the next event is planned for November!

New Student Government Association Officers

Congratulations to the elected Student Government Association Officers for the 2012-2013 school year!

Rebecca Gutherz, President 

Andrew Gould, Vice President

Paul Cajka, Senate President

Anna Montana Cirell, Treasurer

Stephanie Hames, Secretary

The constitution also passed during the election. Also, Rebecca Gutherz was elected to be the Vice Chair Student Rep to USF Tampa’s Board of Trustee’s!

 


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

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

Mary Beth earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University and a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. Currently, she is enrolled in the Higher Education doctoral program at USF. Mary Beth has thirteen years of experience in Academic Affairs and Student Services at the University of South Florida in the positions of Assistant to the Coordinator of Scheduling, Academic Advisor and Director of Academic Advising. She served on USF committees including Orientation, Client Services, Scholarship Review, Enrollment Management Planning and various search committees. She provided service to the university as chair of the Faculty-Staff Campaign 2006 and volunteered for the Heart Walk. Currently, she serves on the Council of Academic Advising, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Planning Group, Veteran’s Committee, Master Plan Committee, and Enrollment Task Force.

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

Michael Jones, an alumnus of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education has been awarded a Fulbright Research postgraduate grant to Laos. The Fulbright grant will cover the costs of round-trip transportation to Laos and maintenance for the academic year.

Jones received his Master’s Degree in Teaching from the USF Sarasota-Manatee in 2007. He is the executive director of Open Equal Free (OEF), a not for profit he established that works to improve the quality of education in the developing world. OEF connects educational professionals to lesson plans, news, information, networking opportunities and other resources. He has served on the board of directors for a local and national nonprofit in the US, taught for six years both in the US and abroad, and worked as a teacher trainer and education consultant for an NGO in Cambodia. Jones has given presentations on developing curricula for the developing world in Singapore, on rethinking Education for Development, in Cambodia, and on the power of the open content movement at TEDx.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Florida Teacher Evaluations Discussion to be held April 27

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

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

Faculty & Staff Recognition Event

Please mark Thursday, April 12th on your calendars for this year’s Faculty & Staff Recognition Event!  It will be held in the Selby Auditorium from 2-4pm and ice cream, along with some other treats, will be provided.

Be sure to RSVP if you plan to attend!

Take Our Kids to Work Day

We are pleased to announce our Take Our Kids to Work Day 2012

When: Thursday, April 26th from 9 to 4 pm.

Where: USF Sarasota-Manatee

Who: We are opening this to “kids”  ages 8 to 14 (daughters, sons, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other children in our lives) of our employees and students

Registration: Please complete the registration form that was emailed to you and return to HR no later than Friday, April 13th.

We are excited about the opportunity to provide the “kids” with a chance to join us on campus for a day in order to explore and feel empowered to dream and imagine all the possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life.

Please note: parent or guardian must remain on campus for the time that their “kid” is participating in the program.

If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Scott at tmscott@sar.usf.edu.

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Congratulations to Mary Beth Wallace, who was recently named as our new Dean of Students.  Mary Beth earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University and a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. Currently, she is enrolled in the Higher Education doctoral program at USF. Mary Beth has thirteen years of experience in Academic Affairs and Student Services at the University of South Florida in the positions of Assistant to the Coordinator of Scheduling, Academic Advisor and Director of Academic Advising. Congratulations, Mary Beth!

The 2012 Information Fluency Conference was held at the University of Central Florida on March 14-16, 2012 and featured a keynote address, plenary sessions, and concurrent sessions with presentations on the various aspects of Information Fluency. This year’s theme was “Information Fluency & the Digital Divides.” Through a Round Table discussion at the Information Fluency Conference, Librarian Christa Fowler and Dr. Lora Kosten engaged educators in conversation about Reducing the Digital Divides.  Congratulations to Christa and Dr. Kosten!

Student Government Elections/Voter Registration Drives

Student Government Elections will be held the week of April 9, 2012 and this year, we will be conducting voter registration drives along with our Student Government Elections!  So far, Manatee and Sarasota County League of Women Voters, Sarasota and Manatee County Board of Elections and the 13 Patriot, Inc organization will all be here to help with both the SGA elections and with voter registration.

If you have questions about either of these events, please contact Alena Scandura in Student Services – ascandura@sar.usf.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Students headed to Utah for NCUR

Four students applied as participants in the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and all four were accepted.  These four students were selected from over 3,100 submissions.  Hosted at Weber State University in Utah from March 29-31, NCUR promotes undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study.  The annual conference gives undergraduate scholars in all fields and from all types of institutions of higher education a forum to share the results of their work through posters, presentations, performances and works of art.

Jami Worley, a psychology major, will present “The Importance of Trial Ambiguity: Understanding the Influence of  Pretrial Publicity on Jurors’ Decisions and Emotions.”  Her faculty mentor is Dr. Christine Ruva, Assistant Professor of Psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences at USFSM.  Candace Rainville, a Criminology major, will present “Are Pictures Better than Words When Mapping Alcohol Expectancies?”  Candace’s faculty mentor is Dr. Richard Reich, Assistant Professor of Psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences at USFSM.  Paul Dunder, a history major, will present “It Did Not Happen Here: Nazi Infiltration of America in the 1930’s.”  His faculty mentor is Dr. June Benowitz, Associate Professor of History in the College of Arts and Sciences at USFSM.  Finally, Erin Carter, an English major, will present “Natural Law in the Tragedy of King Lear.”  Erin’s faculty mentor is Dr. Suzanne Stein, Assistant Professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences at USFSM.

“Students have the opportunity to add value to their undergraduate education by working closely with faculty mentors on research,” said Dr. Jane Rose, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  “Professors guide students as they polish work for a larger academic audience through publication and presentation at scholarly conferences.  This sort of opportunity, which is usually reserved for graduate students, gives USFSM students a clear competitive edge as they apply for employment or graduate school.”

The four students selected first applied for submission through the Day of Undergraduate Research held in October.  They presented their research to a panel of seven faculty members and students and the top four presentations were chosen.  Student Government Association awarded the top four presentations with assistance in applying for the conference and a scholarship to attend if they were chosen.

USFSM Day

SGA is looking for faculty and staff volunteers (in one hour shifts) for the 2nd Annual USFSM Day on Saturday, April 14th from 2:30-6pm in the Courtyard.  This event will include Dance Heads (you will be the star of your own music video), Spray Can Art (they can paint on just about any surface), Body/Face Paint (by a Disney artist!), Balloon Animals, a Bounce House, food, beverages, Campus Tours and more!  Our student clubs will also have exciting, interactive and fun activities happening throughout the event.

If you are available to volunteer an hour of your time, please sign up here!

Free and open to the community, this event encourages participation from both the USFSM family and will also be a great event for recruitment/outreach and alumni relations.  Please encourage your families and friends to attend.  Campus tours will be available for prospective students and Magician Peter Boie will be performing in the Selby Auditorium at 5pm – seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

The event will take place rain or shine – plan to find all of the activities inside the building in case of rain.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Regina (359-4714) or Dat (359-4560) in Student Government!

Mock Crime Scene in North Port

Professor Kemper, who teaches Abnormal Behavior/Criminality, will be teaching using a Mock Crime Scene on Monday, March 26th from 3-5:30 across Pan American Drive, adjacent to USFSM at North Port.

The Crime Scene is open to all USF students, staff, faculty and community members interested in watching the exercise, however, only the students in class will have an active part of the investigation.  If you are interested in attending, please email Jenna Thiel at jthiel@sar.usf.edu.

Those who plan to attend should wear long pants (jeans are recommended) and tennis shoes (no open toes) as the exercise will take place in an open field.  Please note that no smoking is permitted at the site.

Students to camp in ShelterBox Tent on campus

The USFSM Global Initiative has announced World Engagement Week from Monday, March 26th  through Friday, March 30th to benefit ShelterBox USA.  Several activities are planned for the week to raise money to send at least one box to an area in need.

“A goal of the Global Initiative is to make connections between local and global issues relevant to the USFSM community,” said Dr. Robin Danzak, Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  “We are so excited that Shelter Box, an international disaster relief organization, has its US headquarters right here, in Lakewood Ranch. What a wonderful opportunity for USFSM to participate by building awareness and reaching out to help people served by Shelter Box around the world.” An anonymous donor has agreed to match the fundraising efforts of the University up to $500 toward the first box purchased.  The total cost for one ShelterBox is $1,000.  Donations from the community will be accepted to help purchase the Shelter Box.

Nine students will be camping out in a ShelterBox Tent with Dr. Lynn McBrien, Associate Professor in the College of Education, on campus for two nights during the week to bring awareness to the organization and assist in the fundraising efforts.  “The shelter box is one of the most innovative solutions to disaster relief and to improving the lives of those who are currently experiencing homelessness,” said Jessica Johnson, one of the nine students who will sleep in the Shelter Box tent.  “I want to participate to gain a deeper sense of compassion for others, and gratitude for everything I have.”

The USFSM Global Initiative has several other activities planned for World Engagement Week: a Yoga class, a presentation on homelessness in the region, an artisan market, a Latin Dance presentation with a free Salsa lesson, and more.  The community is invited to attend the ShelterBox kickoff event, where the students will be moving into the tent, on Tuesday, March 27th at noon in the Courtyard.  For more information or a detailed schedule about World Engagement Week, please contact Robin Danzak at rdanzak@sar.usf.edu.

 

USF Sarasota-Manatee students to camp in ShelterBox tent on campus

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) Global Initiative has announced World Engagement Week from Monday, March 26th  through Friday, March 30th to benefit ShelterBox USA.  Several activities are planned for the week to raise money to send at least one box to an area in need.

“A goal of the Global Initiative is to make connections between local and global issues relevant to the USFSM community,” said Dr. Robin Danzak, Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at USFSM.  “We are so excited that Shelter Box, an international disaster relief organization, has its US headquarters right here, in Lakewood Ranch. What a wonderful opportunity for USFSM to participate by building awareness and reaching out to help people served by Shelter Box around the world.” An anonymous donor has agreed to match the fundraising efforts of the University up to $500 toward the first box purchased.  The total cost for one ShelterBox is $1,000.  Donations from the community will be accepted to help purchase the Shelter Box.

Nine students at USFSM and one of their professors will be camping out in a ShelterBox Tent on campus for two nights during the week to bring awareness to the organization and assist in the fundraising efforts.  “The shelter box is one of the most innovative solutions to disaster relief and to improving the lives of those who are currently experiencing homelessness,” said Jessica Johnson, one of the nine USFSM students who will sleep in the Shelter Box tent.  “I want to participate to gain a deeper sense of compassion for others, and gratitude for everything I have.”

The USFSM Global Initiative has several other activities planned for World Engagement Week: a Yoga class, a presentation on homelessness in the region, an artisan market, a Latin Dance presentation with a free Salsa lesson, and more.  The community is invited to attend the ShelterBox kickoff event, where the students will be moving into the tent, on Tuesday, March 27th at noon in the Courtyard at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.  For more information about World Engagement Week, please contact Robin Danzak at rdanzak@sar.usf.edu.

The schedule for the week can be found here.

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.

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

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

 

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

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.

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

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

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

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

African American Read-In at Cook Library to celebrate Black History Month

On Wednesday, February 22nd, the community is invited to attend the African American Read-In at the Jane Bancroft Cook Library from 11am – 1pm.  This event, endorsed by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association, is being held in celebration of Black History Month.

The Read-In will provide opportunities for those in attendance to hear and read works by African American authors including poems, short story and novel excerpts.  Questions about the Read-In can be directed to the Cook Library at 941-487-4888.

Update from the Transition Team

While many of you have been introduced to the Transition Team, some of you may not yet be aware of who they are and their mission.  The Team consists of Dr. Bonnie Jones, Dr. Rhonda Moraca, Linda DeMello, Mary Beth Wallace and Holly Lundgren, and has been meeting weekly since January and is working to combine Academic and Student processes.

They are currently working on streamlining the efforts of our faculty and staff as we prepare to accept our first freshmen class as there is still much to do until we are ready.  If you have any questions for them, please email Linda de Mello at ldemello@sar.usf.edu.

Blueprint for Health Professions Education

Linda de Mello spent the last year working on the Blueprint for Health Professions grant, conducting research locally to find areas of need with regard to healthcare professions and then assessing how USFSM can help to meet some of those needs.

Projected Outcomes: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Business with a Concentration in Elder Care Management (Fall 2012); Masters of Business Administration with Concentration in Quality Management in Health Care (Fall 2012); Bachelor of Science/Master of Science and Certificate in Hospitality Management with a Concentration in Aging Services (Spring 2013); and a Feasibility study of  Master of Science Occupational Therapy program  (2012).

USF Tampa degrees to be offered by USFSM: Second Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders (program underway); Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (in development); Proposed Speech/Language and Hearing Clinic at USF Sarasota-Manatee (in development); Proposed collaboration with USF Tampa School of Aging Studies/Long Term Care Administration degree program (in development).

The USF Sarasota-Manatee Center/School for Wellness & Longevity in partnership with USF Health is also in development and expansion of access to Nurse Education is also in progress.

Campus Master Plan

As we prepare to accept lower division students, the Campus Master Plan plays a significant role in ensuring we are fully capable of handling this growth.  The 5 and 10 year plans have been presented and approved and we are working toward the 5 year plan at this time.  The 5 year plan includes:

  • Negotiation of Campus Development Agreement with Manatee County Government.
  • Efforts for four planned construction projects will proceed concurrently and without prioritization.
  • Programming of space and budget requirements for Academic Building.
  • Conceptual design of Academic Building.
  • Prepare tools to assist the Campus Advancement, University Relations and Student Services teams in the marketing, fundraising and student recruiting efforts.
  • Interim solutions to support four-year general education demands.

To view renderings of the 5 and 10 year campus development plans, please email Sue Barbour at sbarbour@sar.usf.edu.

 

USFSM Rowing

One year ago we made the announcement that USFSM’s inaugural Rowing Team would be formed.  A year later we have 22 rowers with 9 actively participating this semester.  As the first competitive club sport on campus, this team is competing at the level of an NCAA varsity program and train appropriately.

We have partnered with Sarasota Crew, one of the top rowing programs in the country. Currently, they provide our coach, Liza Dickson, who has over 25 years of coaching experience at the club and University levels.  Sarasota Crew also provides boats and equipment.

The Team is  holding practices five times a week during the fall and spring semesters, and will be racing four times in the fall and five times in the spring against both varsity and club crew teams all along the eastern seaboard. The team competed in November at the 2nd largest Regatta in USA; men’s 8 placed 28th of 39 teams and women’s 4 placed 20th of 34 teams.

As a club, Rowing receives funding from SGA, but it is largely dependent on fundraising. The team has received significant support from the SRQ Airport and Benderson Development.

Rowing is open to all individuals who meet the university’s eligibility requirements for participation. A majority of our rowers had no experience with crew prior to rowing at USFSM. To row, all students need is a competitive spirit, some athletic ability and the will to succeed.

There is significant recruitment potential in Rowing as Florida has the 6th largest population of high school rowers, Sarasota is home to two elite youth programs – Sarasota Crew and Sarasota Scullers, and South East High School, Palmetto High School and other local public and private schools have started programs and train at Fort Hamer.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Rowing events:

Fira College Championships April 13th and 14th  at Nathan Benderson Park (NBP). The team will compete as a guest against schools such as Florida, Florida State, and Stetson.

Creaky Bones 5k and Sarasota Dragon Boat Race  will be held on October 20th, also at NBP.  More details to follow!

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

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

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

Louise (Lou) Harrison makes pre-Grammy visit to USF Sarasota-Manatee

Louise (Lou) Harrison paid a visit to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) this week to speak with business students in a promotions class.  She introduced herself as “Lou” and began telling stories about her “kid brother” and “this band he was in” but did not mention either by name.  As she progressed through her story, she asked if anyone in the class could guess what band she was referring to – she dropped hints like “Liverpool” and “their big break on the Ed Sullivan show” and it wasn’t long before students began to catch on.

“I’m talking about the Beatles,” she stated, and even those that knew let out a small gasp.  “I promoted them tirelessly, even though I was met with discouragement from the men of that time.  It was expected that I would be at home cooking dinner for my husband, not out promoting my kid brother and his band.”  Lou went on to discuss her role in the beginnings of the introduction of The Beatles in the United States.  “Don’t ever promote something unless you truly believe in it,” she said.  “That is the secret to great promotion.”

The students at USFSM will be working with Lou upon her return from the Grammy Awards show next week, where she is competing with Shakespeare, Val Kilmer, Tina Fey and Betty White for Best Spoken Word Album for 2011.  The rest of Lou’s presentation entailed the details of her non-profit organization – Lou Harrison’s Help Keep Music Alive – an organization devoted to keeping music education in schools across the country.  The business students will work throughout the semester with Lou on business plans, promotion and publicity of her organization.

Louise Harrison poses with business students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee where she shared her experiences with promotion by telling stories of promoting The Beatles along with her new non-profit organization, Lou Harrison’s Help Keep Music Alive.