New Biology Major Beginning Fall 2014

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It all began four years ago with a shared vision of partnership and potential. USF Sarasota-Manatee and Mote Marine Laboratory joined together to create unprecedented opportunities for local students of higher education to prepare them for careers in highly valued Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines and a range of Life Sciences. On Thursday, Oct. 17 USFSM and Mote cut the ribbon on the recently completed teaching labs that are now in use at Mote, and ushered in a new era of science and general education offerings that are part of USFSM’s transition to a full, four-year undergraduate program.

As the construction manager on the project, Willis A. Smith Construction oversaw the build-out of the 4,600-square-foot space that includes a biology lab, chemistry lab and student teaching area. Designed by Fawley Bryant, each lab has 26 individual student stations that are served by laboratory gas and fume snorkels. There are full teaching stations in each lab with ample storage cabinets and laboratory filtered water. Also included was a lab prep area that serves both labs and features subzero freezers, autoclaves, incubators and student safety stations.

At the ribbon cutting, USFSM thanked the individual donors, foundations, friends and supporters that provided the $1.5 million for construction and lab equipment.

The university also announced the launch of its new B.S. in biology, effective fall 2014. This offering is unique for the Sarasota-Manatee community because of its small class sizes, inclusion of Mote’s world-class, professional researchers as courtesy faculty and an emphasis on inquiry-based teaching, where science is taught as it is really done. USFSM designed this program to provide a private university education in a public university setting.

The partnership with Mote also opens doors for faculty mentoring, internships and undergraduate research that integrates teaching concepts and skills with scientific practice in a way normally reserved for graduate programs.

“Right now, with no biology degree like this offered by any public institution in our area, the majority of new local high school graduates and transfer students must leave our community to obtain their education, and many never return,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, regional chancellor of USFSM. “This is the most universal of the undergraduate science degrees in the College of Arts & Sciences, and will give students a foundation to build upon that complements whatever lab or research career they wish to pursue.”

Dr. Bonnie Jones, regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs added, “By offering this degree, USFSM is improving the quantity and quality of scholarship and research and providing students with a competitive edge for work in the growing life sciences, health professions and biotechnology industries throughout Florida and nationwide. The hope is that graduates will want to stay and work locally and positively impact our economic growth.”

“The next generation of scientists holds the key to our future, both for developing the economy and for sustaining the natural environments we all depend on,” said Dr. Michael P. Crosby, President and CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory. “As an independent laboratory that has nurtured rising stars of marine science for nearly 60 years, Mote has much to offer the students entering the USFSM degree program. Our scientists are out there every day working to solve real-world issues facing our oceans, and by teaching this new generation of students, Mote researchers are passing along their own experience, ingenuity and passion.”

Dr. Jane Rose, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and the architect of USFSM’s general education and science programs, looked back at the four-year history of the university’s progress and growth through development of the B.S. in biology, and the Mote partnership. She praised the success of the laboratory build-out and noted that already, freshmen are benefitting from the Mote labs’ exciting setting and equipment, where they are learning to solve problems and develop a creative approach to science.

The biology degree program is the first research program in science at USFSM and officially starts in the fall semester of 2014. New students may apply for admission to the program now, and current students may declare biology as a major at any time. For more information, contact Admissions at 941-359-4330.

USF Sarasota-Manatee is Proud to Support Legacy of Valor Campaign for Veterans

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The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is proud to announce its participation in the Legacy of Valor matching funds campaign through the creation of the Veterans Legacy Scholarship. From Oct. 15 through Nov. 15, individual donations of $25 to $1,000 made by credit card in support of the scholarship will be matched 100 percent by The Patterson Foundation.

The Legacy of Valor Campaign is a community-driven partnership created by The Patterson Foundation honoring the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families. USFSM is one of just 12 community nonprofits that were selected to participate in the campaign.

“This campaign, along with the Veterans Legacy Scholarship demonstrates USFSM’s gratitude for the service of our country’s veterans to our community and to our university,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee.

The Veterans Legacy Scholarship supports veterans by offering a non-repayable scholarship to cover the gap between veterans’ eligibility for the GI Bill and their tuition. The scholarships will enable veterans to stay in school and not lose momentum in their studies due to financial need.

“We understand the struggles that some veterans face when returning from service,” Dr. Guilford said. “We hope that this scholarship will help to alleviate some of the stress and worry that student veterans have to deal with in their lives.”

The Patterson Foundation will match eligible donations from $25 up to $1,000 made per donor/per organization through GiveToLegacyofValor.org, a site created in partnership with The Giving Partner. The Patterson Foundation will match up to $168,500, which was the collective goal determined by the participating organizations.

“Support of veterans has always been a top priority for the USF System, and especially locally at USF Sarasota-Manatee,” said Dr. Guilford. “We hope that with the creation of this scholarship that USFSM continues to be a place where veterans can successfully complete their education.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee has over 120 student veterans currently enrolled in classes and offers a wide variety of services through the Veterans Services office on campus. In addition, USF was named the fourth most veteran-friendly college in the country by Military Times.

To help support the Veterans Legacy Scholarship and to learn more about the Legacy of Valor campaign please donate below:

 

PHOTO: USF Sarasota-Manatee senior Edward Valdez, Retired U.S.M.C. Master Sergeant. Served 20 years, including combat deployments in Somalia, the Adriatic Sea and Bosnia. Awarded Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Receives Lead Gift for College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership Growth and Innovation

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USF Sarasota-Manatee announces receipt of a transformational gift from Tampa businessman John McKibbon III’s JB McKibbon Foundation. As part of the USF System’s ongoing USF: Unstoppable Campaign, this donation enables USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership (CHTL) to establish the M3 Center for Hospitality Technology and Innovation at USF Sarasota-Manatee, and to elevate the current McKibbon Hotel Management Endowed Professorship to The McKibbon Hotel Management Endowed Chair. It will also create M3 Scholars, master’s level students who will serve as graduate assistants to CHTL. It will underwrite student and faculty participation in national and international conferences and trainings and create opportunities for USFSM to host visiting faculty from around the globe for shared research, teaching and learning.

Cihan Cobanoglu, McKibbon Distinguished Chair of Hotel Management and dean of the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership, said, “With this gift, our students and faculty will conduct cutting-edge research that will advance the global hospitality industry, and allow us to share with other universities and hospitality students groundbreaking educational technologies and learning tools in hotel accounting, property management systems and business intelligence software. Working with an industry partner that is a leader in both hospitality management and information technology will enable us to create synergies that will benefit hospitality education as well as the entire industry.”

Mr. McKibbon believes that the M3 Center for Hospitality Technology and Innovation will become the first source for sharing new tools and knowledge that will propel the hospitality industry forward. “This gift will allow USF Sarasota-Manatee to immediately begin development of new technologies to serve the hospitality industry,” he stated. “Dean Cobanoglu has the energy and leadership skills to create real change in hospitality technology.”

Dr. Arthur Guilford, regional chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee, cited the meaningful nature of this leadership gift, the largest single gift in the history of USFSM. “Our College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership is on a path to reach the highest echelons of national status by the year 2020 and poised to be a leader of great influence in the industry. This gift of endowed funds assures long term rewards from Mr. McKibbon’s investment in USF Sarasota-Manatee. We are so honored by his friendship and support of our students and faculty—not only now, but in the future—with funds that are set aside for the growth of research and education, and the dissemination of unprecedented programs and technological innovations.”

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About Mr. McKibbon

Gainesville, Georgia, native John McKibbon III, is chief executive officer of McKibbon Hotel Group, Inc.; chairman of McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc.; and president of parent company McKibbon Brothers, Inc.  McKibbon Hotel Management and McKibbon Hotel Group are privately held, family run companies, managing the operations and real estate of a growing portfolio of owned and managed properties. Mr. McKibbon is also CEO of M3 Accounting + Analytics (originally known as M3 Hotel Accounting). The company produces an integrated suite of hospitality accounting products.

About USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM)

USF Sarasota-Manatee is a comprehensive, four-year 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 location, including classes in North Port and Manatee County.

About the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership

The mission of the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is to provide quality education for students in hospitality and technology leadership positions by creating an intellectual, collaborative, ethical, inclusive environment for our students, faculty, industry and community to produce educational opportunities and innovate research that will benefit the constituents in Florida, the U.S. and the world.

About the USF: Unstoppable Campaign

The USF: Unstoppable Campaign is a comprehensive fundraising effort by the University of South Florida System to celebrate the energy, vision, and future of one of the country’s most exciting and engaged universities. Our people and programs, our ideas, our research, and our solutions comprise an ambitious plan to enhance healthcare, science, technology, education, business, the arts and global partnerships.

Alumna Amanda Evora Competing on ‘Battle of the Blades’

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University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee alumna Amanda Evora has been chosen to compete on the CBC’s (Canadian Broadcast Company) ‘Battle of the Blades’ which premiered September 22.

“I am excited and honored to be part of the ‘Battle of the Blades’ family,” Evora said.

Evora is a retired professional figure skater who appeared in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Evora was a two-time United States Pairs Silver Medalist in 2009 and 2010 and a Bronze Medalist in 2011.

The USFSM alumna will be paired with former National Hockey League player Scott Thornton. Thornton, a former first round pick, spent 18 seasons in the NHL and appeared in over 1000 games with six different franchises. Thornton has traded in his hockey stick for a much more elegant outfit as he learns the art of figure skating from Evora.

“We are very much alike. We are both hard-workers. He is methodical. He has had moments where he has had to step back and take his time, but I am very patient with him. I couldn’t ask for a better partner,” Evora said.

This season is the fourth in the history of ‘Battle of the Blades,’ which has a similar dynamic to America’s ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ Professional figure skaters and NHL players team up to battle for the right to be called ‘Battle of the Blades’ Champions.

“My first goal is that I want to be the best partner that I can be,” Evora said. “My second goal is that I want to win. Who doesn’t come in wanting to win? We all come in here, and we are all competitors and we all want the title of ‘Battle of the Blades’ Champion.”

Evora graduated from USF SM in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and lives and works in Sarasota. Evora also teaches figure skating part time in Ellenton, Fla.

“Being an Olympic year, it seems like people are excited to see winter sports again and to watch figure skating and hockey, so I was excited to be a part of it too.”

‘Battle of the Blades’ airs every Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBC. For more information on the show, and to see a full list of participants, visit the ‘Battle of the Blades’ website.

Selby Foundation Continues Long Tradition of Providing Student Scholarships to USF Sarasota-Manatee

SelbyFor more than 30 years, the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation has been committed to providing scholarships for students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Since 1983, the Selby Foundation has awarded $1,244,500 in scholarships to students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at USFSM.

In 2013 alone, the foundation awarded a total of $65,000 to 55 USFSM students, making it possible for those students to continue their studies while they navigate the difficult challenges of balancing family, work, and school.

Scholarships provided by the Selby Foundation are awarded to USFSM students from Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota Counties who maintain an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester. Students may receive up to $2,000 per academic year for tuition, fees and expenses while studying at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  As state funding to public universities continues to be reduced, private gifts like these play a critical role in financing the academic careers of the future leaders and educators in our communities.

“The Selbys cared deeply about young people and the future of our area,” said Dr. Sarah H. Pappas, president of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation. “We continue to fund scholarships for USF students with financial need because they will receive an excellent education and hopefully will remain in our area and contribute to the economic well-being of our Sarasota/Manatee region.”

The Selby Foundation has been instrumental in the growth of USF Sarasota-Manatee as the university strives to create a meaningful educational experience and shape a better future for deserving students who will someday impact our communities.

International Sustainability Conference To Be Held At University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

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Sister Cities Association of Sarasota has teamed with the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce to host a major three-day conference on “Sustainability Through Renewable Energy & Aquaculture” Nov. 13-15, 2013 in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.

The goal of the conference is to bring together both professionals and students from Florida and internationally with Sarasota’s Sister Cities in a forum based on Sustainability.

“One of the major missions of Sarasota Sister Cities Association (SCAS) is to foster international relationships through exchanges in areas of business, culture and education,” stated SCAS President Beth Ruyle Hullinger. “SCAS’s objective is to develop respect, understanding and cooperation through citizen diplomacy.”

The conference will focus on three individual topics:

  • Sustainability, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 13
  • Renewable Energy Alternatives, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 14
  • Sustainability of Ocean & Water Resources, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 15

Topics covered will include:

  • Sustainability – exploring sustainability concepts; sustainable communities; sustainability management; sustainable agriculture, and water sustainability.
  • Renewable Energy Alternatives – exploring new developments in solar energy; photovoltaics; fuels from biomass, and ocean wave technology.
  • Sustainability of Ocean Resources – exploring closed circuit, non-polluting aquaculture, sustainability and profits in aquaculture  and aquaculture of giant prawns, sturgeon, and caviar.

Attendance is open to the public, but requires registration.  Full registration for the 3-day conference is $75.  An option for attending select daily sessions is $30 per day.   Lunch is included for those with paid registrations on Nov 13 and 14. To register for the conference go to: http://sarasotasistercities.org/en/form/international-sustainability-conference-registration

College and high school faculty and students may register for the conference at no cost by contacting Dr. Raymond Young, Conference Chair at aloharay4@gmail.com.  Lunch will not be provided to those attending the sessions at no cost.

Information on speakers:

The conference will involve presentations by international universities from six of Sarasota’s Sister Cities (Dunfermline, Scotland; Merida, Mexico; Perpignan, France; Tel Mond, Israel; Treviso Province, Italy and Xiamen, China); seven Florida universities or colleges; three regional businesses; plus the Florida Department of Energy; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Agency and Mote Marine Laboratory.

The introductory speaker for the Sustainability sessions Nov. 13 will be Patrick Sheehan, director of Florida’s Office of Energy in Tallahassee. Other speakers for this session will represent the Institute for Eco-Municipality Educations & Assistance in Cambridge, MA and Umea Sweden; the Province of Treviso, Italy; The Walt Disney Company, Orlando; the Patel School of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida (Tampa); State College of Florida; New College of Florida; the University of Florida; and Ringling College of Art & Design.

Keynote speaker for the Renewable Energy sessions on Nov. 14 will be Energy Consultant and Lecturer Michael Alexy.  Other presentations will be made by representatives of the University of Perpignan of Perpignan, France; the Florida Solar Energy Center of the University of Central Florida; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the Brilliant Harvest Company, Sarasota; Carnegie College & Whitlock Energy Collaboration Center of Dunfermline, Scotland, and Safrema Energy of Lakewood Ranch.

Keynote speaker for the Sustainability of Ocean & Water Resources sessions on Nov. 15 will be Russell Dunn of the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Agency (NOAA).  Other presentations will be made by representatives of the University of the Yucatan of Merida, Mexico; Jimei University of Xiamen, China; the Israeli Institute of Technology; Mote Marine Laboratories, and Florida Organic Aquaculture of Fellsmere, FL.

Dr. Terry A. Osborn Named Executive Director of FACTE

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Dr. Terry A. Osborn, Dean and Professor, College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has been named the Executive Director of the Florida Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (FACTE).

“I appreciate the trust placed in me by the Board,” said Dr. Osborn. “I will endeavor to assist them in the important work of supporting educator preparation in the State of Florida.”

FACTE provides leadership on issues related to professional education, with primary focus on teacher education and promotes effective public policy regarding professional education, enhances and improves professional education programs at member institutions, and enhances the professional effectiveness of members.

“The position provides me the opportunity to serve all the educator preparation programs that are part of FACTE and to take part in ensuring that all of our voices are heard by policymakers and friends throughout Florida, and the nation,” Dr. Osborn said.

Dr. Osborn has served as the Dean of the College of Education at USFSM for four years, where he has developed the Center for Partnership for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT) and has led the College of Education in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s transition to a four-year university.

In addition to his work with FACTE, Dr. Osborn is an internationally-recognized scholar of critical language studies who has published 13 books and 34 articles and chapters, edits six academic book series, and was the founding co-editor of the journal Critical Inquiry in Language Studies. His scholarship has received the American Educational Studies Association Critics’ Choice Award and the Stephen Freeman Award for the best published article on language teaching techniques.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Offers Knowledge-A-Bull Speaker Series

Logo_RGBUniversity of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is offering a free public Knowledge-A-Bull speaker series which will engage students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community in cutting-edge conversations with experts on subjects that have relevance in our lives. Each college within USF Sarasota-Manatee (College of Education, College of Business, College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership and College of Arts and Sciences) as well as USF Health will host one topic in the series.

This year’s subjects to date include:

  • A glimpse into the high tech future of the hospitality industry
  • The role of the U.S. in the global picture of economic recovery
  • Demystifying our personal health
  • How integrating the arts into our schools revolutionizes teaching and learning

The first event is on September 30 at 5:00 p.m. USFSM’s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership welcomes global hospitality technology expert Raman P. Rama, vice president and chief technology officer/chief information officer for JHM Hotels (a national multi-brand hotel company) in Greenville, S.C. and global vice president of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, (HFTP) to explain what technological innovations will change the customer experience in the hotels of the future. New lifestyles of tech savvy travelers determine what hotels must do to meet expectations, including mobile friendly rooms and other guest friendly technologies.

College of Business presents “The Global Economic Outlook” on October 8 at 5:30 p.m. featuring Bernard Baumohl, chief global economist, The Economic Outlook Group. Baumohl is well-known for being ahead of the curve in assessing the direction of the U.S. and world economy. Mr. Baumohl began his career as an analyst with the Council on Foreign Relations, a think-tank specializing in international relations and national security. He later served as an economist at European American Bank with responsibilities to monitor the global economy and develop forecasts. Baumohl was also an award-winning economics reporter with TIME magazine who covered the White House, Federal Reserve and Wall Street.

On January 22 at 5:30 p.m., Dr. Donna Petersen, Interim Senior Vice President, USF Health, Dean of the College of Public Health and Professor of Global Health at the University of South Florida will discuss tips on personal health and “Five Things You Thought You Knew… But You Don’t.” Peterson earned her masters and doctoral degrees in maternal and child health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She has held faculty and senior leadership positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health, at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health and served as director of the Division of Family Health at the Minnesota Department of Health.

Dr. Petersen is the author of numerous publications, book chapters and a textbook on needs assessment in public health. She is a frequent lecturer on topics related to maternal and child health, health care reform, and systems change and leadership, and has provided extensive technical assistance and training to over 25 state health departments in the areas of needs assessment, data system development, systems level accountability and the development of population-based indicators. She has served on numerous boards, commissions and task forces and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Maternal and Child Health Journal, immediate past president of the National Board of Public Health Examiners and chair of the Education Committee for the Association of Schools of Public Health. Peterson is also a member of the national advisory committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Systems and Services Research Initiative, is leading the task force on the continuum of education in public health for ASPH, and serves on the Council on Education for Public Health.

As part of the College of Education’s (SM)₂ ART weekend, on February 21, 2014, keynote speaker Brian Hersh, Program Director of Any Given Child – Sarasota County Schools, will explain why the arts are an essential and indispensable component of  a complete and successful education; not merely an add-on. Sarasota was selected in June of 2011 to be one of six cities in the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child program, the goal of which is to provide equal arts education opportunities for all students in grades K-8 by assisting communities in developing plans for access and equity.

More events will be announced in the future. All are free to the public and held in the Selby Auditorium. 

For more information on the Knowledge-A-Bull series and to RSVP, please visit http://www.usfsm.edu/news/?p=4061

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Hosts Open Houses and Homecoming Event

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The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will hold informational open houses for prospective students in October at both the Sarasota-Manatee campus and the North Port instructional site, as well as a homecoming kickoff and preview event for current and future students.

The first open house will be held at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail on Thursday, October 3rd from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The second open house is hosted at the North Port instructional site at 5920 Pan American Blvd. on Thursday, October 10th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Attendees will receive a brief overview of the university, its programs, admissions process, financial aid and other services. There will be complimentary food and beverages in addition to an onsite campus tour. There will also be an opportunity to meet in small groups with the appropriate academic advisors to discuss prerequisites, transcripts and other details pertaining to individual programs of interest.

The final event is a fun-filled homecoming kickoff and preview for current as well as prospective students, including undergrad and graduate students. Free activities will include an obstacle course, photo booth and refreshments. That takes place on Saturday, October 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.

To RSVP to these events, click here.

BLOG: Reflecting On My Time In Uganda

Student Ashley Metelus blogged during her research trip to Uganda throughout the summer. Metelus joined Dr. Lynn McBrien for research on the war-torn country of Uganda and its affect on children and families. Support from several generous donors from our community made this trip possible.

I am back from Uganda now and I am missing it more and more everyday. It was definitely an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Although this was an educational trip, it has taught me to appreciate all the educational opportunities that we have in America and appreciate the life that I am living here.

We left on July 11th, and it was a long journey. Our flights were to Atlanta, to Amsterdam, to Rwanda, then to Uganda. It was over 20 hours of flying but thank goodness I was able to sit next to some friendly people where I was able to practice my German and learn about the Ugandan culture. We arrived in Entebbe around 11:00 p.m. and then had to drive to Kampala to our hotel (so you can imagine the fatigue we had). Overall, the stay at Kampala was great. I was able to attend a social development conference where Dr. McBrien and her colleagues were able to present their book and what the women of Uganda do on an everyday basis. The women traveled from Lira to attend this conference, so they were able to experience a life they have never experienced before.

In Uganda, the people do not know how to swim so the ladies were able to get their first swimming lesson. That was fun to watch and an experience they would never forget. I felt a bit spoiled at the hotel since I had air conditioning and hot water, but I was ready to pack up my things and get a true sense for what Uganda was like.

The women and I were on our way to Lira, which was about a 6-hour journey. On the way there, we were able to pass the Nile River but we were not able to take pictures since there were soldiers standing guard with their big guns. While passing the Nile River, we came across some baboons. That was quite a sight since they were just in the street! We finally arrived at the house that I would stay at. The Dutch interns were on their safari so I had the house to myself with the landlord for a couple of hours. When I walked into the house, I was not shocked at what I saw. I had to sleep under a mosquito net, there was no hot water, no air conditioning, and since it was rainy season we barely had electricity. We spent about a week without electricity. We all lived as if we were Ugandan. We walked everywhere; we pumped water, attempted to rake the grass, washed our clothes by hand, and washed our dishes in front of the house. We really tried to adjust to the culture; we even attempted to carry water and foods on our heads like the women. Everyone thought I was Ugandan so they did not bother me as much. The people would sometimes ask what tribe did I originate from. I even got my hair braided like the Ugandan women. It was an amazing experience. We met some great friends while being in Uganda and they were very helpful.

The first week I was there, I had some free time where I was able to interact with the children on our street. I was sort of like their mother. They would always come over and we would play with the kids. It was like our house was a daycare for the students to come after school. We played games, made balloons, blew bubbles, played tag, and had a water balloon fight. It was very sad to leave the children. I received an email today saying the children are still waiting for us at the house.

During that week, I was able to help out at a counseling training for Family Therapy. I had to type word for word what they were typing for four days. It was quite exhausting, but it was interesting to learn how to counsel people. The group was very fun and outgoing.

The following week, I was off to do my research, which I was a bit nervous about. My research topic was Educational Challenges During and Post War in Uganda. I wanted to interview both teachers and students who experienced the war and are still teaching and pursuing education. I first interviewed two of the women that were with me in Kampala because they were former teachers during the war. I interviewed 10 students from the Rachelle Comprehensive School, which was a rehabilitation center for children who were formerly abducted, but now it is a boarding school. The ages were from 14-20 and classes Senior 1 through Senior 3. I also interviewed a manager from an organization named Child Restoration Outreach Center, which is a day program for street children to come and get basic education.

The findings of my research were that paying schools fees is the number one issue that hinders children from getting a solid education. There is the Universal Primary Education policy that states that children can go for free but that isn’t the case. Most parents have to pay for other materials such as uniforms and scholastic materials. The teachers were not hesitant to state the problems that the children face during school; the students were afraid to tell me what really happens during school. More issues arise in school such as bullying, teachers beating students, teachers going on strike, sexual abuse among the young women, and the inequality among boys and girls. The dropout rate is high among young women due to menstruation.

I learned many things during my trip but the number one thing that I will always remember is that education is valued in Uganda. Many of the students when I was interviewing them stated that without education they would gain nothing in this world. Even the organization that gives children basic education, those children want to go back to school but have no money to go back to school. In Uganda, there were too many young children on the street during the day because they could not afford to go to school; it is a sad thing to watch because I believe every child should have the opportunity to go to school.

It was sad to leave Uganda but I had to go home. I still keep in contact with the people of Uganda. From Entebbe, to Amsterdam, to Detroit, to Florida on August 7th, I was finally home and reflecting on my trip.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Announces Newest Community Leadership Council Members

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University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee welcomed 10 new members to the Community Leadership Council (CLC) for 2013-13. This group of community and business leaders from the Sarasota-Manatee County area represent varied industries and sectors and more than 25,000 employees.

The CLC’s purpose is to advise the USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Board and management team about program and service priorities, and present information as well as advocate for campus priorities to the community and elected officials. The CLC meets quarterly on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.

The newest members include:

Dr. Michael P. Crosby, president and CEO, Mote Marine Laboratory; Daniel Forbes, Financial Adviser, the Mackey/Forbes Group Merrill Lynch; Teri Hansen, president and CEO, Gulf Coast Community Foundation; Marilyn Howard, executive director, Manatee Community Foundation; Todd Hughes, Student Government Association president USFSM; Roxie Jerde, president and CEO, Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Rick Mills, superintendent, Manatee County Schools; Tracy O’Neill (USFSM alumn); Carol Probstfeld, president, State College of Florida and Laddison Waldo, president, Easter Seals Southwest Florida.

Other members of the Community Leadership Council include:

Dan Bailey Jr., David Band, Bob Bartz, Kathy Black, Carl Cannova, Jeanne Corcoran, Jim Delgado, Amy Drake, David Eckel, Larry Fineberg, Brian Flynn, Roger Frazee, Dan Friedrich, Rich Gerrity, Patricia Glass, Cesar Gomez, Karin Grablin, Joe Gruters, Sharon Hillstrom, Mark Huey, Mona Jain,  Kelly Kirschner, Jason Krywko, Allan Lane, Kumar Mahadevan, Gene Matthews, Mike McCoy, Steve Mixson, Sally Piccolo, Jan Pullen, Steve Queior, Ron Reagan, Patrick Roff, H. Hamilton Rice, Mark Richmond, Gilbert A. Smith Jr., Lindy Smith, Olivia Thomas, Jean Trammell, JoAnn Urofsky, Dr. Richard Wharton, Lori White, Derek Williams and Ernie Withers.

For more information on the Community Leadership Council, please visit: usfsm.edu/administration/clc.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Adds 14 New Faculty Members; Announces Six Promotions for Current Faculty

Faculty

The University of South Florida Sarasota- Manatee has added a total of 14 new professors to the faculty for the Fall 2013 semester.

In addition to the 14 new faculty members, USFSM has awarded promotions to six current faculty members: Dr. Anurag Agarwal (Professor), Dr. Kathy Black (Professor), Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake (Granted tenure/Associate Professor), Dr. Jennifer Mariano (Granted tenure/Associate Professor), Dr. Lora Kosten (Instructor II) and Professor Thorold “Tod” Roberts (Instructor II).

The new faculty members include 10 from the College of Arts and Sciences, one from the College of Education, and three from the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership. Of a total of 14 new faculty members, 9 hold doctorate degrees in their field.

Dr. Margaret Aurilio is half-time Visiting Instructor of Psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from New College and a Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive and Neural Sciences and an interdisciplinary component in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Florida Tampa.  Dr. Aurilio has been a member of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee faculty as a part-time instructor since 2003 and currently teaches Research Methods in Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Perception, and Developmental Psychology.

Professor Joy D’Andrea is a Visiting Instructor of Mathematics and Statistics in the College of Arts & Sciences and a Faculty Mathematics Consultant for Learning Support Services.  Professor D’Andrea holds both a B.A. and M.A. in Mathematics from the University of South Florida, Tampa, where she is currently in the process of earning her Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics.

Dr. Astrid Doty is a Visiting Instructor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Arts & Sciences.  She holds degrees from the University of South Florida, Tampa, including both a B.A. and M.A. in Humanities, an M.S. in Communications Sciences Disorders, an M.A. in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Cognition, Neuroscience and Social Psychology & Communication Sciences & Disorders.

Professor Roberto Jimenez-Arroyo is an Instructor of Spanish in the College of Arts & Sciences.  Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Professor Jimenez-Arroyo holds both a B.A. and M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature, as well a graduate certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, from the University of South Florida, Tampa.

Dr. Stephanie Karidas is a Visiting Instructor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Arts & Sciences.  She holds an M.A. in Phonetics from the University of Trier in Trier, Germany, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, both from the University of South Florida, Tampa.

Dr. Donna Polelle is an Instructor of Communications Sciences and Disorders in the College of Arts & Sciences.  She holds an M.H.S. in Communication Disorders from Governors State University and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Polelle joined the Communication Sciences and Disorders department at the University of South Florida, Tampa as instructor and clinical supervisor of graduate students. Prior to her work at USF Tampa, Dr. Polelle was assistant professor at Saint Xavier University in Chicago.

Dr. Su Senapati is an Instructor of English in the College of Arts & Sciences and the Coordinator of Learning Support Services.  She holds an M.A. in English from the University of West Florida, Pensacola, an M.A. in American Literature and Asian-Indian literature from Utkal University in India, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of South Florida, Tampa.  Prior to her arrival at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Dr. Senapati was a Professor of English at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Georgia, where she taught a variety of writing, literature and humanities courses.

Professor Jacqueline Smith is a Visiting Instructor of English in the College of Arts & Sciences.  She holds a B.A. from Florida State University, an M.A. in English from The University of South Florida, and has successfully completed her coursework and exam toward her Ph.D.

Professor John Stewart is a Visiting Instructor in Professional & Technical Communication in the College of Arts & Sciences.  He has a B.A. in English – concentrating in technical writing – and an M.A. in English Rhetoric and Composition from UCF.

Dr. Timothy Turner is an Assistant Professor of English in the College of Arts & Sciences.  He holds a Ph.D. in English from The University of Texas at Austin, and prior to his appointment at USF Sarasota-Manatee, he completed a Presidential Excellence Postdoctoral Fellowship at The University of Texas at Austin, as well as Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Writing Fellowship at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

Dr. Helene Robinson is an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education in the College of Education. She holds a B.S. in Physical Education, M.S. in Emotional Handicaps, Ed.S. in Early Childhood Special Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction.

Professor Hasan Zaki is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of South Florida, Tampa, in the Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences. He is also the recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship for foreign students.  Before coming to USF Sarasota-Manatee, Professor Zaki worked as an Instructor in the College of Business at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, teaching Business, Management, Information Systems and computer courses.

Dr. Burak Mil is a Chef and Visiting Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management in the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership.  Dr. Mil holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Tourism and Hotel Management, and a Ph.D. in Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Professor William Murphy is an Instructor of Information Technology in the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership. He holds an M.A. degree in Applied Economics from the University of Central Florida and an M.A. degree in Risk Management Finance from Florida State University.  He is also currently working on his dissertation toward the completion of a Ph.D. in Business Administration at the University of South Florida, Tampa, with a concentration in Information Systems.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Hosts Take Stock in Children’s College Prep Workshop

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Take Stock in Children of Sarasota (TSIC) and USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) are embarking on a College Readiness Passport Program for juniors and seniors in high school, to ensure that they are prepared for college success when they graduate.

The year-long College Readiness Passport Program will be launched at a workshop being held at USFSM on September 7 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Selby Auditorium. One hundred Sarasota County juniors and seniors are expected to attend, along with mentors and college success coaches. For seniors, the program will culminate in a Celebration of Hope Graduation event.  The plan is to make this workshop an annual event.  “Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County has proven that with the help of our mentors and our local schools our students can graduate from high school, “ said Lisa Bechtold, executive director. “ Through our partnership with USFSM we will now ensure successful graduation from a post-secondary school.”

The primary goal of the Take Stock in Children mentoring and scholarship program is to help at-risk, low income students graduate from high school and receive pre-paid, post-secondary  scholarships. But the ultimate result is that they learn to set, work toward, and reach their own goals, gaining hope and confidence. Using new skills, education and networks, they can break the cycle of poverty.

USF Sarasota-Manatee is committed to creating successful career paths for four-year university students, and enrolled two Bradenton area Take Stock in Children graduates as part of its first freshman class in August 2013: Ariana Miraglia from Braden River High School and Davis Moeckel from Lakewood Ranch. Two Sarasota-area Take Stock in Children graduates, Rachel Warner and Danielle Hebert, both from North Port High School, attend USF Tampa as freshmen.

About the College Readiness Passport

USF Sarasota-Manatee Admissions Counselor and Adjunct Instructor Priscilla Goodwin-Serra developed the Passport while earning her master’s of education degree in Educational Leadership. She saw a need to provide high school students with guidance on college readiness, including instruction on the college search process, how to apply to college and how to be a strong applicant. “I noticed that many students fell through the cracks, not knowing what to do to prepare for college or who to see for help,” said Goodwin-Serra. “At the high schools, we had the resources to help these students, but the connections weren’t being made. The passport provides students with direction and incentives to keep them motivated.”

Thank You to the 2013 Brunch on the Bay Supporters

The 20th anniversary of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Brunch on the Bay is just around the corner. This year’s celebration is Sunday November 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Since 1994, Brunch on the Bay has been USFSM’s signature event, raising scholarship dollars and building community awareness. Through the generous support of our corporate sponsors, community partners, local media, and the many participating restaurants, USF Sarasota-Manatee has awarded thousands of scholarships to deserving students from every academic discipline. The gathering attracts about a thousand participants annually from Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Your participation in Brunch on the Bay “Celebrating 20 years of Building Community through Partnerships,” allows you to network with community leaders from across Sarasota and Manatee Counties, while sampling amazing dishes prepared by dozens of the area’s finest restaurants and cratering companies. We hope you can join us in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Brunch on the Bay.

To purchase a table or donate to scholarships at USF Sarasota-Manatee, contact Dennis Stover at (941) 359-4582 or Andrea Stephens at (941) 359-4737.

Golden Bull Sponsor

Bright House Networks

Stampede Sponsors

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing
Susan & Sam Samelson
Pittsburgh Associates

Bull Ring Sponsors

Cindy & Ross Alander
FCCI Insurance Group
Fredrick Derr & Company
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Publix Super Markets Charities
Turner Tree and Landscape

Bull Pen Sponsors

Ajax Building Corporation
Bank of America
Bealls
Biological Tree Services
Bouchard Insurance
Bright Future Electric
Cheryl & Jeff Burstein
C1 Bank
Caldwell Trust Company
Cannons Marina
Cavanaugh & Co. CPA,
Myra & Dug Cooley
Core Construction
Amy & Michael Drake – Property Solutions Group
Fawley Bryant Architects
Florida Power & Light Company
Goodwill Manasota
Lynn & Arthur Guilford
Dr. Anila Jain & Roger Frazee
Kerkering Barberio & Co. P.A.
Key Agency
Kolter Urban LLC
Elizabeth Lindsay
Mauldin & Jenkins
Mercedes Benz of Sarasota
New College of Florida Foundation
Northwestern Mutual
Porges, Hamlin, Knowles, & Prouty
Lester & Chip Rice
Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation/Sarasota Memorial Hospital
State College of Florida
Jennifer and Greg Steube
Dennis Stover & Phil King
Tandem Construction
The Furniture Warehouse
USF Alumni Association
U.S. Tent Rental
Wagner Realty
Willis A. Smith Construction
Christi Womack-Villalobos

Bullseye Sponsors

Laurey and Charlie Stryker

20th Anniversary Platinum Supporter

Susan & Sam Samelson
Laurey and Charlie Stryker

Media Sponsors

Bradenton Herald
Bright House Networks
Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
Business Observer
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Magazine BIZ 941
SCENE Magazine
WUSF Public Media
WWSB ABC7

 

Taiwanese Students Hosted by USF Sarasota-Manatee Visit Pine Avenue and the Sandbar Restaurant for Hospitality Education

TThe University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee’s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership has kicked off a 10-month international student certificate program. The school is hosting nine students from the Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism in Taiwan. Their areas of study include food and beverage management, leisure and tourism, and airline transportation service management. The program, designed by Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, dean of the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership, and Keith Barron, visiting instructor in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, includes a one-month orientation, several courses during the fall 2013 semester, and an optional five-month internship with a regional hospitality enterprise. (Biz 941, 7/31/13)

In addition to classroom instruction the students will be taking field trips to businesses, farms and locations that allow them to apply the lessons learned in the classroom to real world experiences. One such field trip took place on August 20 when the students toured Pine Avenue on Anna Maria Island specifically focusing on the Merchants Community Gardens project that has recently been implemented. The tour was led by Michael Miller, native plant and habitat expert and Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar, Beachhouse and Mar Vista restaurants and managing partner in the Pine Avenue Restoration project. Pine Avenue is known as “The Greenest Little Main Street in America”.  In addition to being awarded platinum status, the highest status rating by the Florida Green Building Association, Pine Avenue’s claim for being green is further cemented by the addition of Edible Community Gardens that are successfully growing organic vegetables. The Merchants Community Gardens Project began as an initiative of the Pine Avenue Merchants Association.  Members felt it would further enhance the “community” aspect of their efforts.  However, with land at a premium a “non-traditional” solution was needed.  This is when Ed Chiles suggested to grow food along Pine Avenue. Chiles, owner of the Sandbar, BeacHhouse and Mar Vista restaurants, is a heritage product advocate who has successfully incorporated many locally grown and harvested products into the menu mix at his three restaurants.  Once the merchants adopted Chiles’ suggestion, Miller sought to make the vision a reality. According to Miller, “The main obstacle we faced was how to give the image of abundance when we can’t get vegetables to grow in the intense heat”. Miller visited ECHO in North Fort Myers. ECHO stands for Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization. ECHO is a Christian, non-denominational organization based in North Ft. Myers, Florida that grows tropical vegetables, sends the seeds to other groups in third–world countries, who distribute the seed and teach people there how to grow and propagate the resulting produce. Miller discovered that the vegetables ECHO was growing were not your usual garden variety vegetables. According to Miller, “Not only do these unique vegetables thrive in the tropical, summer heat but some, such as, Moringa, Edible Hibiscus and Chinese Spinach, are among the most nutritious plants on earth”. After touring the facility, Miller realized that the project was possible and the vegetables ECHO was growing were exactly what they needed for Pine Avenue.

Chiles states, “I had no idea that Mike would be this successful in growing so many varieties of super nutritious, incredibly tasty greens and vegetables in the heat of our Florida summers. I enjoy harvesting them several times a week and love using them in my healthy smoothies every morning as well as sautéing and grilling them in our meals at night. These organic community gardens should serve as a model for other communities that are committed to greening up their local business districts and neighborhoods and supporting the Locavore movement.”

Some of the organic vegetables one will see in these community organic gardens may not be familiar but that is part of the uniqueness of this project and what makes it exciting. Miller explains, “We are using vegetables that are grown in the tropics. They can take the heat and they are delicious and super nutritious”.

The idea of locally grown, public food that enhances the ambiance of a community and supports the Locavore culture is one that interests the students as they study new trends in the hospitality industry. They are looking forward to getting their hands dirty and learning the process of how the local communities rely on sustainable practices to generate a positive economic benefit. The students will work with Chef Mil Burak, an award winning chef and visiting professor from Turkey, to create a selection of recipes that will feature each of the vegetables growing in the Pine Avenue Merchant Gardens. Additionally, the students will develop recipes, prepare and serve tastings, and interact with the public to explain the vegetables and their nutritional value. This public tasting part of their study will take place on Pine Avenue sometime in October.

One of the highlights of the tour was a tasting lunch at the Sandbar restaurant where they were able to taste a variety of locally produced, heritage items Chiles is incorporating into his restaurants menus. The lunch menu included bottarga, salmon tartare topped with caviar, a salad of organic greens from 3 Boys Farm as well as greens from the community gardens picked that morning, grilled eggplant, fish balls, fried Cortez Mullet with Bradley Store grits and key lime pie. As an added treat, Miller made bread from the Moringa plant that is growing in the community gardens. The guests seemed to enjoy it. Chiles’ knowledge of local heritage products and his collaborations with local farmers, fishermen and as part owner of the Anna Maria Fish Company, Lola Wines and 3 Boys Farms, provided the students with a wealth of real world experience that will enhance their studies and future careers. The students as well as the visiting deans and USF professors expressed how much they enjoyed tasting these unique, heritage items.

Attendees for the tour and tasting included the nine Taiwanese college students, Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, Dean USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership, Dr. Sami Lin, Chief of International Programs Coordinator, Dr. We-Tsung Chen, Dean of International Affairs Office, NKUHT, Dr. David Randle, Sustainable Tourism Coordinator, USF Patel College of Global Sustainability, Linda deMello, USF Sarasota-Manatee Director of University Initiatives, Amela Malkic, USF Sarasota-Manatee International Programs Coordinator, Joe Askren, Hospitality Instructor, USF Sarasota-Manatee, Dr. Mil Burak, visiting USF Sarasota-Manatee Culinary Arts Professor from Turkey and Nan Summers, Coordinator, Center of Hospitality Technology and Innovation, USF Sarasota -Manatee. Nan stated, “USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership is in a unique position to offer this broad-based service learning project that connects restaurateurs, merchants, international agricultural researchers, newly arrived Taiwanese hospitality students, a nationally renowned Turkish chef and USF faculty. The long-term community impact and international reach of this collaboration will inspire people of all ages and cultures to enjoy new foods that are fresh and highly nutritious for years to come.”

After the fall semester, the students will be eligible to secure an optional internship which would allow them to extend their stay in the U.S. for up to five (5) additional months. The internship options may include opportunities on Pine Avenue or at the Sandbar Restaurant.

For more information on the student’s visit contact Caryn Hodge at chodge@chilesgroup.com or 941-778-8705.

Knowledge-A-BULL Speaker Series at USF Sarasota-Manatee

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The Knowledge-A-BULL Speaker Series at USF Sarasota-Manatee engages students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community in cutting-edge conversations with experts on subjects that mean something to our lives. Topics for the 2013-2014 season include the high tech future of the hospitality industry, a look at the role of the U.S. in the global picture of economic recovery, demystifying our personal health and how integrating the arts into schools revolutionizes teaching and learning.

The events  are free and open to the public.

In 2013-14 each college at USFSM will host one topic in the series.

For updates on the series, including announcements on dates, locations, times and guests, please stay tuned to the USFSM Events Calendar.

1. Checking in: What will the hotel of the future look like?
September 30 – 5:00 p.m. – Selby Auditorium

USFSM’s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership hosts the first event in the series with global hospitality technology experts Frank Wolfe and Raman P. Rama (Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, HFTP).  What technological innovations will change the customer experience in the hotels of the future?

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2. The U.S.: The Newest Emerging Economy of All?

October 8 – 5:30 p.m. – Selby Auditorium

College of Business presents “The Global Economic Outlook” featuring Bernard Baumohl, chief global economist, The Economic Outlook Group. He is well known for being ahead of the curve in assessing the direction of the U.S. and world economy. Mr. Baumohl began his career as an analyst with the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank specializing in international relations and national security. He later served as an economist at European American Bank with responsibilities to monitor the global economy and develop forecasts. Mr. Baumohl was also an award-winning economics reporter with TIME magazine who covered the White House, Federal Reserve and Wall Street.

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Additional events coming soon:

Your Health: Five Things You Thought You Knew… But You Don’t
January 22, 2014 – 5:30 p.m.– Selby Auditorium
Dr. Donna Petersen, Interim Senior Vice President, USF Health, Dean of the College of Public Health and Professor of Global Health at the University of South Florida will discuss some tips on health and “Five Things You Thought You Knew… But You Don’t.”

Arts Are Essentials (Not Specials)
February 21, 2014 – TBA – Selby Auditorium
As part of College of Education’s (SM)2ART weekend, keynote speaker Brian Hersh, Program Director of Any Given Child – Sarasota County Schools, will explain why arts classes are essential elements for a complete education. Sarasota was selected in June of 2011 to be the sixth city in Any Given Child, the goal of which is to provide equal arts education opportunities for all students in grades K-8.

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The College of Arts and Sciences speaker series event is TBA.

Freshman Welcome Event Wrap-Up

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee made headlines recently by welcoming the first freshman class in school history to campus. All over the region, media outlets addressed the significance of the special event.

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First-ever freshman class at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Bradenton Herald

A bright new day dawns for USF Sarasota-Manatee with first freshman class

Dr. Arthur Guilford: USF Sarasota-Manatee freshman class makes history

USF Sarasota-Manatee welcomes first freshman class

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USF Sarasota Manatee – First Freshman Class (Video)

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Freshman class transforms USF Sarasota-Manatee

USF to welcome first freshmen class

USFSM Freshmen Class Photo Gallery

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First Freshmen Class at USF

Tampa Tribune 

Nearly 50000 students start semester at USF

USF News

New USFSM Labs at Mote Marine

WUSF

USF Sarasota-Manatee Welcomes First Freshman Class

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SOCIAL RECAP: USFSM Welcomes Inaugural Freshman Class

 

 

 

SOCIAL RECAP: USFSM Welcomes Inaugural Freshman Class

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee welcomed its first-ever freshman class to campus for Fall orientation. Students learned important lessons about having a successful college career while also getting a chance to connect with fellow freshmen.


 

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Welcomes Its First Freshman Class

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This is the year that the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee makes history.

The fall 2013 semester begins on August 26th and among the new students will be the university’s first-ever  freshman class, a group of outstanding young people with an average GPA of 3.59, average SAT (reading and math) score of 1093 and Composite ACT of 24. Of 389 applicants, 132 or 33 percent (33%) were accepted, with 79 students enrolled as of today.

USFSM freshmen have great stories to tell. Here are just a few:

Sarah Smith not only took her home-schooling/dual enrollment at State College of Florida to a 4.3 GPA (the highest of all incoming freshmen), the Dean’s List and 26 college credits, she also holds a part-time job in a law office, is a Champion Level Irish dancer, a pianist and active member of 4-H. Sarah will be a USFSM ambassador and hopes to study business and become a pharmaceutical representative.

Hannah Veitkus comes to USFSM from Great Britain, where the Kansas City, Kansas, native worked at the beach volleyball venue of the 2012 Summer Olympics, was a leader of the Red Thread Movement to combat human trafficking and helped renovate a secret garden at The American School in England. Hannah plans to major in Psychology with a possible minor in Biology.

Jason Ferguson is the fourth member of his family to attend USF, following in the footsteps of his father, sister and brother. He has already committed to becoming a USFSM ambassador and plans to be active in the Student Government Association. At Lakewood Ranch High School, Jason was on the Varsity soccer and track teams and a scholar-athlete, while holding part-time jobs in retail and at a restaurant.

Why is this historic for USF Sarasota-Manatee?

Since 1974, when USF began offering limited courses in the Sarasota-Manatee area, USFSM has grown to serve more than 4,500 students annually on a unique campus in Sarasota-Manatee and an instructional site in North Port. Until 2012, USFSM was an upper-division transfer university offering undergraduate and graduate course work leading to baccalaureate and master’s degrees.  Accepting sophomores beginning in 2012,  and now the first freshman class in fall 2013, signals USFSM’s major transformation to a four-year university.

To accommodate these underclassmen, USFSM has developed a new University Core Curriculum referred to as the Pillars of Intellectual Engagement.  The Pillars are values and skills that all students should demonstrate when they graduate from USFSM.  These goals and learning outcomes are associated with critical thinking, communication, ethics, leadership, diversity and community engagement.   The faculty developed the new curriculum to align with the qualities and skills that employers seek in effective, leadership level employees. By infusing these pillars into the general education and upper level courses, students may master these critical skills over their entire tenure at USFSM.

USFSM is also building state-of-the-art science labs on the campus of Mote Marine Laboratories. Working together with Mote scientists, who will hold positions as adjunct professors, USFSM will offer biology and chemistry classes this fall, and an inquiry-based B.S. in Biology program in 2014. The curriculum is unique to the region, and incorporates the core concepts and competencies that the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science state all biology majors should accomplish, contributing to the creation of a new generation of active and productive scientists. “Students in this program will be immersed in the process of science, learning to practice science as science is done,” said Dr. Erin Martin of the College of Arts & Sciences, architect of the new Gen Ed curriculum and Biology program. “This means that instead of conducting experiments for questions that we can already answer they will research and analyze the problems that require inquiry-based learning in at least five original experiments. This laboratory intensive curriculum will give USFSM students an edge when they apply to graduate school, medical school, pharmacy school, or any career path they choose. They will be well-equipped to become leaders in multiple scientific fields.”

“We are thrilled to provide our underclassmen with the advantages of our newly built labs at Mote Marine as an underpinning of our new STEM programs,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, regional chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee. The labs leverage the strengths of both institutions in a marriage of academics, research and business. Mote researchers will share their real-world experience with the students who will one day lead the next wave of Florida’s scientists, engineers, technicians and business visionaries. “In conjunction with Mote’s scientists, we are training the next generation of STEM thinkers to use science and technology-based discoveries as an economic engine for the development of our region,” said Dr. Guilford. “Our graduates will be fully prepared with opportunities to pursue careers in medicine, healthcare, environmental science and other fields utilizing their solid foundation in science.”

BLOG: Student Ashley Metelus Begins Research Trip to Uganda

Student Ashley Metelus will periodically blog during her research trip to Uganda throughout the summer. Metelus joins Dr. Lynn McBrien for research on the war-torn country of Uganda and its affect on children and families. Support from several generous donors from our community made this trip possible.

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I can’t believe that I have been in Uganda for over three weeks now! I attended the ICSD 2013 Conference which is the International Consortium for Social Development. It was for researchers all over the world coming together to promote social change and present their research projects. The conference took place in an area called Kampala, the largest city in Uganda.

On our way there, we bumped into some baboons, which is is actually quite uncommon for that area!

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Just yesterday, I arrived in Lira and moved in with two Dutch friends that I have grown close to during our trip. While they were on a safari, I was able to interact with the kids across the street. The children had never experienced bubbles, so I gave them some to see how they would react. I was able to snap a photo of them as they played. It was so nice to see how such a small gesture could make them feel so good.

Everything else is fine here, although the food is interesting. I finally start my research on Wednesday, so more pictures to come!

 

Dr. Su Senapati Joins Staff at USF Sarasota-Manatee

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The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has hired a USF alumna to the university staff. Dr. Senapati will work as the Faculty Coordinator for Learning Support Services while also teaching as an English Instructor with the College of Arts and Sciences. Learning Support Services provides tutoring services and workshops for students and is funded by the USF Sarasota-Manatee Student Government Association.

“I am a graduate of USF and had absolutely the best learning experience as a doctoral student at USF Tampa,” Dr. Senapati said. “The professors were challenging, demanding and nurturing all at the same time, so it has been a dream of mine to work for my alma mater.”

Dr. Senapati joins USF Sarasota-Manatee after serving as a faculty member and writing center coordinator at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at in Georgia. Prior to her time at Baldwin Agricultural College, Senapati taught in the English and Women’s Studies Departments at USF Tampa where she also earned her Ph. D. in English.

“Although as an English professor I taught all kinds of interesting courses, my most rewarding experiences were ones where I helped students revise their work over and over again until they wrote the perfect piece of writing that got them into schools, or jobs, or publications they wanted,” Dr. Senapati said.

Senapati hopes to use her classroom experience to assist students in other areas, as well.

“I wish to create a safe haven where students at all stages of the learning process  can collaborate and learn to improve their skills in all subject areas, as they conquer personal  challenges and meet  high academic standards set forth in each course, at speeds that are most conducive to their learning process,” Dr. Senapati said. “As an educator, I believe anyone can learn anything as long as he or she keeps trying and doesn’t quit. I visualize Learning Support Services as a place where students keep trying and never quit.”

Teach Locally, Think Globally: USF Sarasota-Manatee Launches International Student Certificate Program

Ya-Ting-HsuNine students from the Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism in Taiwan arrived in July to participate in a 10-month international student certificate program, as part of USFSM’s College of Hospitality and Technology. This inaugural, self-supporting program was designed by Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, the dean of the College of Hospitality and Technology, and Dr. Keith Barron, a professor on the CHTL faculty.

The students, eight women and one man, are all 20 years old. Their areas of study in Taiwan include food and beverage management, leisure and tourism, and airline transportation service management. While here, they will attend a one-month orientation, and then take several courses during USFSM’s fall 2013 semester, followed by an optional five-month internship with a regional hospitality enterprise. During their first month, students will stay with host families and familiarize themselves with the area. When the students return to Taiwan, they will receive credit for their tenure from the Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism.

Ya-Ting Hsu, also known as Sharon, is one of the nine students in the program. She says that she was eager to sign up because, “It’s extremely important to broaden my horizons in this global and multicultural industry. This program is perfect for that and, an added plus is that I will be able to strengthen my English language skills.” Hsu, 20, is majoring in food and beverage management in Taiwan and loves to cook, read and play piano.

According to Dr. Cobanoglu, the program has a simple goal. “The hospitality industry is a global field. These students will help create a global classroom and the kind of cosmopolitan atmosphere our graduates will one day encounter in the hospitality industry. Our graduates might work in Taiwan, Switzerland or Argentina—or never leave Sarasota at all. Either way, they’ll encounter guests and clients from around the world. This program will give all our students a taste of what that’s like.”

The Taiwanese students, who were selected from the top of their class at the prestigious Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism, will take four courses during their stay at USFSM, including a hospitality introductory class, event management, restaurant management, and finance and accounting management for the hospitality industry.

But not all lessons will take place on campus. Dr. Barron explains that the program will partner with a variety of area businesses and organizations, including convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, and hospitality industry leaders.

“During the next few months, we’ll partner with a host of hotels and restaurants, including the Sarasota Yacht Club and The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota,” says Dr. Barron. “Our students have acquired skills in the classroom. Now they’ll experience a test run of what they’ve learned in the real world of the hospitality industry.” He notes that the impact of this experience will go beyond applied lessons. “In the process, our student guests will forge personal and professional relationships that will last for decades,” he says.

The origin of this educational outreach is a story all its own. Dr. Cobanoglu was invited to speak as a keynote speaker at the Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism in 2012. Impressed with the school and its programs, he began a conversation with USFSM about the possibilities of starting an international certificate program. Over the period of a year and a half, he and Dr. Barron designed the program and got the buy-in from both universities. In December, Dr. Barron went to Taiwan to interview selected students. He sought out students who possessed excellent English language skills, a passion for the industry, and a desire to experience our region. Academic excellence goes without saying.

Dr. Barron adds that this class of nine is only the first class—and the first country from around the world to participate. “We’re already in conversation with a German institution for next year’s program,” he says. “Beyond that, we’re eager to engage universities in Latin America and elsewhere. After all, it’s a very big planet.”

Creating a Hospital with Hospitality: USF Sarasota-Manatee Students Partner with Blake Medical Center

What is the role of the physical environment in the hospital of the 21st century? How can smart design reduce staff and patient stress, increase effectiveness in delivering care, and improve overall healthcare quality? Four students from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership recently participated in a three-month-long initiative with Blake Medical Center to find out.

The simple goal behind the study? Creating a hospital with hospitality.

Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, dean of the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership at USFSM, says the partnership was a natural one. “We asked our students to look at the hospital experience through the eyes of the hospitality industry,” he says. “Our field offers the greatest expertise in creating hospitable and healthy environments. Why not apply some of these same principles to hospitals?”

Dan Friedrich, president and chief executive officer at Blake, says the timing could not have been better. “Over the past several years, Blake has been focused on creating high-amenity specialty units to combine clinical excellence with a high-service, hotel-like environment for our patients. As we discussed plans for the newest such unit, a post-surgical cardiac floor, we wanted to strengthen the service component. Dr. Richard Peterson, a cardiac surgeon at Blake, was the one to suggest partnering with a college hospitality program. USF Sarasota-Manatee, with its proximity and reputation for excellence, was the obvious choice for a collaborative project with our hospital.”

According to Friedrich, the goal was “to take a fresh look at, and improve, the hospital experience through the eyes of those in the hospitality industry. Some of their proposed changes were to the patient environment, including color suggestions and furniture layout. Others focused on food service quality, service quality and employee recognition.”

To evaluate the significance of these factors, four USFSM students conducted a series of interviews with hospital patients and staff. Each concentrated on a specific area of expertise. Vanja Bogicevic, an international student from Serbia studying for her second master’s degree in hospitality management at USFSM, was responsible for ambiance and design quality. Anna Shatskikh, an international student from Russia studying for her master’s degree in hospitality management (she graduated in May), and Evan Beese, studying for his bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, focused on service quality. James McManemon, studying for his master’s degree in hospitality management, concentrated on food service quality.

The result was a comprehensive, 68-page “Organizational Excellence Proposal” outlining suggested improvements and specific ways to make them happen. Proposed changes to the patient environment included uplifting and invigorating color schemes, enhanced lighting and user-friendly furniture layouts. Other suggestions focused on food service quality, service quality and employee motivation and recognition.

Friedrich says the hospital was thrilled with the results. “This project gives us a fresh look at the hospital experience through the eyes of talented young students in the hospitality industry,” he says. “This will be an extremely useful aid to us as we work to provide, not only top-quality healthcare, but also a high-service, concierge environment that our patients, visitors and staff expect and deserve.”

“This is a fantastic example of the types of partnerships and real-life experiences USFSM students experience in our community,” says Dean Cobanoglu. “We’re extremely grateful to Blake Medical Center for giving our students the opportunity to participate in this project and provide them with a meaningful, hands-on experience that will further enable them to make a real difference in people’s lives.” He adds that the hospital is in conversation with the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership to initiate an ongoing guest service training program for Blake staff members.

Three Community Leaders Appointed to University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Campus Board

Dr. Teresa Rawe, David Eckel and Anne Weintraub were named to the USF Sarasota-Manatee Board on June 21.

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SARASOTA (June 25, 2013) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee appointed three new members to the Campus Board at the June 21 board meeting. Dr. Teresa Rawe, David Eckel and Anne Weintraub replace Margaret Callihan, Elizabeth Lindsay and Bob Turner as full-time members of the five-person board joining Byron Shinn and Richard Smith.

“We are so pleased to announce the new additions to our Campus Board,” said Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford. “Anne, David and Teresa have always been strong supporters of USF Sarasota-Manatee. Their leadership and community ties will pay dividends to our university during their tenure on the board. I would also like to sincerely thank Margaret Callihan, Bob Turner and Liz Lindsay for their dedication and service for the last several years. USF Sarasota-Manatee is extremely grateful to have benefited from their wisdom and stewardship.”

The new members were approved by the USF Board of Trustees on June 6 and will begin their four-year term on July 1.

Weintraub is a shareholder and a founding member of the Sarasota-based law firm of Band Weintraub, P.L.A. and a real estate attorney. Ms. Weintraub was named one of Tampa Bay’s “Top 25 People to Watch” in 2013 by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She is also currently a member of the Stetson University College of Law Board of Overseers and is a member of the boards for The Visible Men’s Academy Charter School and the Joshua Chapnick Epilepsy Endowment Fund. In addition, Weintraub has served on the corporate board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County and was recently appointed to the University of South Florida Community Leadership Council. She is a past chairwoman of both the Sarasota Association of Realtors and the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Realtor/Attorney Joint Committee.

Eckel serves as President  and Broker/Owner of Wagner Realty, comprising 10 branch offices in Sarasota and Manatee Counties and across the Tampa Bay area. Wagner Realty is a full service real estate company, voted “The Best Real Estate Company” by The Bradenton Herald’s Readers’ Preference Awards for 15 years in a row.  In 2011, the Company was voted large business of the year by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. Eckel has been very active in the community throughout the years, and served USFSM as the Chairman of the Community Leadership Council, was Chairman of the Community Affairs Committee, and presently is an advisor to the College of Business. Eckel was a long-time Board Member of Saint Stephens Episcopal School, and has very recently been asked to serve as a Board Member of its Endowment Committee. He served as a previous Board Member of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and its Economic Development Council, a Board Member of Whitney National Bank and is a present Board Member of the Plaza at Five Points Condominium Association (Sarasota). Eckel is a previous runner up for Entrepreneur of the Year for Sarasota/Manatee Counties as named by the Gulf Coast Business Review. Eckel graduated from Cornell University and received an MBA degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also served as an officer in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge as a Captain.

Dr. Teresa Rawe is the medical director of the Emergency Department for Manatee Memorial Hospital at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.  She has served in this capacity at Manatee Memorial since 1998 and has been affiliated with Lakewood Ranch Medical Center since 2004. Prior to this appointment, Rawe was with the Edward White Hospital in St. Petersburg from 1996-2006. In 1989, she completed a medical internship at University General Hospital in Seminole, Fla., and completed her Doctor of Osteopathy at Nova Southeastern University, University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Miami, Fla. in 1988. She was a University of South Florida Chemistry graduate in 1984. Rawe holds academic appointments at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Her specialty has been Emergency Medicine since 1989. She is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, American Academy of Physician Specialists, the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association and Sigma Sigma Phi.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Hosts UnidosNow ‘Future Leaders Summer Academy’

UnidosNow at USFSM

Students of the UnidosNow “Future Leaders Summer Academy” learn the ins-and-outs of the college application process through hand-on training at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Throughout the summer, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee opens its doors to dozens of high school students from nine different local high schools and their parents for the UnidosNow ‘Future Leaders Summer Academy.’ The Academy is a series of 18 informative college prep sessions intended to prepare students for the college application process. UnidosNow is a non-profit organization committed to fully integrating the region’s Hispanic community into the state’s civic, cultural, and economic fabric, with higher education being a key focus and important building block for success.

“USFSM is delighted to partner with UnidosNow on this special program,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, USFSM Regional Chancellor. “As the region’s comprehensive university, we believe it is our leadership responsibility to inspire and provide resources to all students in our community, and to expose them to the critical importance of gaining a higher education for future success.”

The program includes 24 students that are the first from their families to attend college, seven of which are the first to graduate high school.

“College education and active leadership are imperative to empowering the Hispanic community while simultaneously bringing our nation forward,” said Cathaleen Kaiyoorawongs the Director of Education Initiatives for UnidosNow. “In the UnidosNow program, we identify promising high school students with dreams of attending college and an expressed commitment to giving back to their community, helping bring their peers up the ladder with them. Through the program, they are able to develop the academic, social and organizational skills needed to not only go to college, but also become tomorrow’s community, state and national leaders.”

The program began June 6 and wraps up August 10 with a graduation ceremony for participants.

USF Sarasota-Manatee is the host for 12 sessions of the 18 sessions, including an information session and campus tour on July 9. Some of the other workshops on the USFSM campus include: “Who Am I? Team Building Exercises” (June 11 and 13), “Interviewing Skills” (June 18), “Leadership – What is Community?” (June 20), “Career Exploration and How to Start the College Search Process” (June 25 and 27), “Testing Strategies for the ACT and SAT” (July 2 and 23), “College Essay Writing” (July 18 and 25) and a “What’s next?” (August 8).

Hosting the summer program on the USFSM campus will help prepare students and families unfamiliar with the college search process, and allow them to become comfortable communicating with admissions staff. That exposure will serve as a valuable asset as they look for the right higher education institution to fit their needs.

“By holding the program at USF Sarasota-Manatee, we are able to give the students an experience on a college campus as well as to get community partners invested in higher education for first generation college applicants,” Kaiyoorawongs said. “Integration, education, and empowerment are vital keys to our community’s prosperity.”

For more information on the summer academy and to apply, please visit the UnidosNow website.

USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education Receives Major Grant from Manatee Community Foundation

$42,000 Grant will fund a collaborative pilot program with the Manatee County school district to incorporate arts-integrated teaching into school curricula.

USFSM Manatee Community Foundation Grant to COE

(l to r) Dr. Patricia Hunsader, assistant professor USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education; Marilyn Howard, executive director Manatee Community Foundation; Dr. Robin Thompson, executive director of teaching and learning Manatee County Schools; Dean Terry Osborn, USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education.

The Manatee Community Foundation’s Leslie and Margaret Weller Fund supporting arts education awarded a $42,000 grant to fund collaboration between the Manatee County school district and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s (USFSM) Center of Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT). The funding will be used to design and implement an arts-integrated pilot program for Manatee County educators. “Enhancing teacher education while impacting large numbers of Manatee County school children with imaginative and creative arts integration projects under the guidance of professional artists is a win, win, win for all involved,” says Marilyn Howard, executive director. The Manatee Community Foundation is excited to help launch this pilot project.”

The College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee embraces the concept of using the arts as an effective strategy for enriching learning and teaching experiences. Dr. Patricia Hunsader, assistant professor in USFSM’s College of Education, and director of the Center for PAInT says, “We’re extremely grateful for these funds, which will enable us to put these concepts into practice.”

The pilot program, “Collaboration, Arts Integration, and the Common Core” (CAICC), will pair select Manatee County teachers from a Title 1 school with USFSM student interns and Center of PAInT teaching artists to

develop innovative teaching curricula and strategies based on the Common Core State Standards. A professional development team will supply the background knowledge required for successfully implementing the pilot program. After the program is launched, another team of professional educators will meet with program participants to solve problems and develop changes based on real-time performance data from the classroom. At the conclusion of the program, educators will conduct a pupil impact assessment based on pilot trials and student surveys.

“Teachers, teacher candidates, and teaching artists will collaborate to create lessons, replicable in other settings, incorporating dance, music, theater, visual arts, and technology-based art forms,” says Hunsader. “Ultimately, the team will document and evaluate the effectiveness of these arts-integrated teaching strategies. We believe the evidence will show that arts-integrated teaching positively impacts learning by teaching skills in problem-solving, perseverance, and collaboration.”

Dr. Terry Osborn, dean of USFSM’s College of Education, says that the CAICC program will empower teachers to bring more meaningful learning experiences to their classrooms through the arts. “The Manatee Community Foundation is demonstrating its commitment to fostering innovative educational advances in our schools,” says Osborn. “With its support, we’re able to set the stage to ensure that teachers have the skills to integrate the arts in classes across the school day. We’ll make an impact in all the subjects students take, including science, technology, mathematics, social sciences and English/language arts.”

Dr. Robin Thompson, executive director of teaching and learning for the Manatee County Schools, praises the innovations in teaching that will enrich student learning thanks to this grant. “We are looking forward to participating in this partnership with USFSM and appreciate Manatee Community Foundation’s support,” she says. “It will provide opportunities for our teachers to integrate the arts across the curriculum to increase student engagement, critical thinking and achievement.”

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About USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM)

USF Sarasota-Manatee is a comprehensive, four-year 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 location, including classes in North Port and Manatee County. www.usfsm.edu

The Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching

The Center of Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT) brings faculty together across disciplines to work on integrating critical and creative literacy in teaching, and to design new academic programs and courses that will enhance the learning experiences of College of Education candidates. The size of its community of learners is small enough to permit intimate conversations, creative brainstorming, and collegial collaborations.

About the Manatee Community Foundation

The Manatee Community Foundation was established in 1998 and has grown to $26 million in assets. Last year MCF distributed $2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to worthy students. Manatee Community Foundation “connects the charitable interest of donors with the on-going needs in our community.” To learn more, please visit www.manateecf.org or call (941)-747-7765.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Announces New Professional and Technical Communication B.A. Degree

StudentsTwenty-first century communication calls for new training and knowledge. Today’s professional environment is powered by complex technology, fueled by information, and driven by masterful communication skills. To respond to these and future challenges, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has created a Bachelor of Arts in Professional and Technical Communication. “As the field of professional and technical communication becomes a strong career track, it makes perfect sense to have it become a separate degree program,” says Prof. Tod Roberts, instructor of English and director of the Writing Internship Program at USFSM. Roberts and fellow USFSM instructor Dr. Wilma Davidson designed the program, which was approved by USF System Trustees last November and will be first offered in the fall of 2013.

“This will be the only undergraduate program of its kind in the state, offering courses in professional and technical writing with electives in business and information technology,” says Roberts. “Other schools have similar programs, especially at the graduate level, but none has quite what we are offering. This is an exciting opportunity for USFSM students.” He adds that the classes, presented by instructors known for their contributions in professional and technical communication, will be kept small in order to provide “individual attention and pragmatic instruction geared to today’s job market.” In addition, many courses will be offered online, providing access to adult students working and supporting a family while earning a degree.

Davidson notes that the program also offers a strong focus on corporate communication needs in advertising, crisis management, human resources, marketing communications, and public relations. Courses in writing, editing and publishing for a wide variety of formats, including scholarly, technical, medical, non-profit and journalistic, are also part of the curriculum.

Roberts emphasizes that a vital aspect of the new degree program will be partnering with area businesses and non-profit institutions to offer internships to graduates. “This real-life experience will be a requirement for the degree and will give our graduates a strong competitive edge,” he says. “In addition to the degree, we will offer an Undergraduate Certificate in this specialty to enhance the career prospects for students in other majors.”

“Globalization, cross-cultural influences, technical advances, and new ethical and regulatory requirements have changed the communication needs of today’s marketplace,” says Davidson. “This USFSM program gives its graduates the skills they’ll need to meet these challenges and build successful, long-lasting careers.”

For more program details, contact:

Dr. Wilma Davidson • 941-387-8735 • davidson@sar.usf.edu

Prof. Tod Roberts • tr@sar.usf.edu

Recent Gifts to USF Sarasota-Manatee Totaling $240,000 Will Support a Variety of Programs and Scholarship Opportunities

Local philanthropists and business supporters have made donations to USFSM that further leadership, scholarship and growth at the university. These include:

  • Bright House Networks has donated $165,000, including $150,000 in advertising support along with the establishment of the Bright House Networks Scholarship Fund. Over three years, USFSM will award 15 Bright House Scholars up to $1,000 per academic year. Scholarships will be awarded based upon a combination of merit and need and are available to all full-time undergraduate students in any college on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.
  • Carol and Tom Williams made a naming gift of $25,000 to help build the new USFSM science labs and classrooms at Mote Marine Laboratory. As S.T.E.M. education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) becomes increasingly critical to our local and state economies, the Carol and Tom Williams Classroom at Mote Marine Laboratory will be an invaluable asset. USFSM is currently creating new undergraduate science programs that will be offered to the 2013 inaugural freshman class that begins in August.
  • The JSP Foundation created the JSP Foundation Scholarship to help individuals overcome the challenges of pursuing a degree in Education while raising a family as a single parent. This $50,000 gift will provide two $5,000 scholarships per academic year to qualified students. It is available to eligible full-time, undergraduate students in the USF College of Education on the Sarasota-Manatee campus who are pursuing a degree in K-12 education.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Signs Agreements with State College of Florida and Ringling College of Art and Design

Partnership paves the way for arts students to become teachers locally

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At a reception held in the USFSM rotunda on Monday, May 13, educational leaders and administrators from USF Sarasota-Manatee, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and Ringling College of Art and Design signed memos of understanding creating an “Artist-to-Teacher” program. Before an audience of community volunteers, educational organization leaders, faculty, arts advocates, administrators and students, the three institutions cemented their shared commitment of cooperation and partnership to improve educational options in higher education and promote economic development and growth.

USFSM Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford, SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld and RCAD President Dr. Larry Thompson praised the creation of a plan that allows arts students to seamlessly transition to teacher preparation programs. After completing their undergraduate degree at RCAD or taking arts courses at SCF in various fields, students can enroll at USFSM’s College of Education and within two years, receive either a bachelor’s or a master’s degree and be certified as public school teachers for elementary positions in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. “I want to personally thank Carol Probstfeld and Larry Thompson and their academic teams for making collaborations such as this a reality, and for being such great community partners,” said Dr. Guilford. “Together we are leveraging our resources and shaping a brighter future for all.”

“The College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee is committed to including arts-integration across all of its programs,” said Dean Terry Osborn. “International research and data clearly show that in any educational setting arts-integration works to increase student learning. Our Center of Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT) is working daily to add to that research and advocacy base. Today, we are seeking college students who love and are skilled in the arts, and want to share their skills to motivate and inspire children in the classrooms of our communities.”

The “Artist-to-Teacher” program builds on existing partnerships with the Sarasota and Manatee school districts, ensuring that the children of our region are exposed to the most effective and inspiring teaching methods possible. Sarasota County Schools Superintendent Lori White noted the value of using the arts to enhance teacher quality and learning outcomes. “They are personalizing teaching, adding emotions and context and engaging all parts of the brain with hands-on learning,” she said of the teachers prepared through this program. “We must integrate the arts into every academic program.” In her remarks, Manatee County Schools Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Diana Greene further praised the goals of the Artist-to-Teacher philosophy. “When our teaching candidates have the opportunity to imprint engaging learning with their students from day one, the real winners are the 20,000 elementary students in Manatee County.”

In addition to the three chief executives of USFSM, SCF and RCAD, the memos of understanding for “Artist-to-Teacher” were also signed by the academic officers representing their respective institutions of higher learning: Dr. Bonnie Jones, regional vice chancellor for academic and student services at USF Sarasota-Manatee; Mr. Gary Russell, vice president of academic affairs for State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and Dr. Melody Weiler, vice president for academic affairs at Ringling College of Art and Design.

For more information about “Artist-to-Teacher” and the Center of Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT), contact Dr. Tricia Hunsader, Assistant Professor, College of Education, USF Sarasota-Manatee. Hunsader@sar.usf.edu. 941-359-4226.

Two-shot photos: Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld, president, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and Dr. Larry Thompson, president, Ringling College of Art and Design each signed an individual “Artist-to-Teacher” program memo of understanding with Dr. Arthur Guilford, regional chancellor, USF Sarasota-Manatee. The program paves the way for arts graduates of each institution to enroll in the USFSM College of Education and within two years, become certified as elementary school teachers in Sarasota and Manatee county public schools.

Three-shot: Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld, president, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota; Dr. Arthur Guilford, regional chancellor, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, and Dr. Larry Thompson, president, Ringling College of Art and Design.

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2012-13 USFSM Faculty & Staff Recognition

Recognition is an important part of our culture at USF and this year our Outstanding Staff Award program honors employees who continually work to make USFSM a better place.  

The awards ceremony, held on April 24, included special recognition for Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Research, Excellence in Service, Length of Service, Outstanding Staff Award, Diversity Honor Roll, Outstanding Professor, Quiet Quality Award, Staff Senate, Administration Council, Faculty Senate Officers and Campus Committee Volunteers.

Award Winners and Special Recognitions

Excellence in Teaching: Dr. Patricia Hunsader

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Patricia D. Hunsader, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. She has taught graduate and undergraduate mathematics methods courses for over ten years, and her research interests include mathematics curriculum, arts integration and classroom assessment. She has published and presented her research work both nationally and internationally, most recently at the International Congress on Mathematical Education in Seoul, Korea. Dr. Hunsader was named a STaR (Service, Teaching, and Research) Fellow in 2011, a project funded by the National Science Foundation, and was granted the USFSM outstanding professor award that same year. 

Excellence in Research: Kiyoung Chang

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Dr. Chang joined University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee in 2010. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His teaching interests are corporate finance, financial management, international finance, and financial institution. His research interests include corporate governance, cash management, mergers and acquisitions, security offerings, international corporate finance, institutional investors, and corporate social responsibility. He served as an executive board member of the Korea America Finance Association in the past and is a member of Financial Management Association and Korea America Finance Association.

Excellence in Service: Dr. Lynn McBrien

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J. Lynn McBrien is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. She received her doctorate in Educational Studies from Emory University in May, 2005, where she was the 2004 recipient of the university’s Humanitarian Award, given to students who demonstrate exemplary service in social justice. Dr. McBrien’s service and much of her research focuses on children affected by war, whether they be resettled refugee students and their families in the United States, or children and families who have returned to their home communities following war.

For the rest of the honorees, check out our Storify of the event:

 

 

                                                                                     

 

USF Sarasota-Manatee S.T.E.M. Summit for Middle School Girls

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Hundreds of middle school girls from Sarasota and Manatee County schools will participate in the 4thannual girls’ S.T.E.M. SUMMIT on Saturday May 18 presented by USF Sarasota-Manatee. This free event offers a full-day of hands-on activities, speakers, breakout sessions, raffle prizes and more, all geared to getting girls fired up about science, technology, engineering math and medicine. From designing robots to figuring out the science of sound (such as answering the question, how you know the dog is barking on your right side and not your left?) participants will have fun plunging into real-world experiences and learning about exciting career opportunities. USF Sarasota-Manatee wants to see more young women embrace the sciences and become leaders in S.T.E.M. fields!

Registration and a light breakfast start the day at 8:30 a.m., followed by morning and afternoon workshops for girls and their parents. Lunch is included.

Activities include an inspirational video made by Brittany Wenger, Out-of-Door Academy High School senior and the grand prize winner of Google’s Science Fair for her invention of an artificial ‘brain’ to detect breast cancer.  Brittany is a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search and was recently a special guest at the White House Science Fair.

Keynote by: Gabrielle Holt, a senior at Riverview High School. One of Girls Inc’s Girl of the Year awardees, Gabrielle plans to study Physical Science at FSU, and one day hopes to join Nike in their research division to test the limits of the human body.

Some Workshop Highlights Include:

1.      Sarasota Memorial Hospital: Xtreme Aging: A “Senior Sensitivity Training Session” focused on what it actually feels like to grow old through hands-on sensory exercises.

2.      USFSM College of Arts & Sciences: “Extracting DNA from Strawberries”: Observing DNA with the naked eye, learning how to extract it and actually taking it home in the form of a necklace.

3.      Civil Engineering for Girls: “Marble Roller Coaster”: Two civil engineers take students through a team exercise in building marble roller coasters while applying basic concepts in physics.

4.      Multicultural Health Institute: “Bones, Beauty & Brains”: Learning the importance of good nutrition, measuring BMI, analyzing food labels and more.

5.      Pine View High School Robotics Demo: Florida’s Regional robotics competition winners will demo their mini robots and show what took them to the Nationals in St. Louis.

6.      USFSM College of Arts & Sciences: “Evidence Based Criminal Justice”: Using a hypothetical crime scene, students will learn about physical and scientific evidence, collecting, analyzing and interpreting data.

7.       Mote Marine: “SENSational Manatees”:  Manatees face dangers from human-related activities such as boat strikes. In order to protect these gentle giants, it is important to understand how they interact with their environment. Participants will test manatee senses to experience how they make their home in Sarasota Bay.

8.      Roskamp Institute: “Be a Neuroscientist For a Day-Evaluate Alzheimer’s Disease”: Examining pathology in brain slices from mice as a model  for understanding Alzheimer’s Disease.

9.      Sun Hydraulics Corporation: “The Intersection of Art and Science”: Girls become engineers, making their own model airplanes with prizes for the most air-worthy and most creative design.

…and lots more!

USF Sarasota-Manatee Holds 59th Commencement Ceremony

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s spring commencement exercises will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.

Of 297 students that have applied to graduate in spring, 198 are expected to attend the ceremony. This number includes 37 master’s degree candidates, 81 from Arts & Sciences, 40 from Business, 24 from Education and 16 from Hospitality and Technology Leadership.

Regional Chancellor Arthur M. Guilford will represent USF Sarasota-Manatee, and USF System President Judy Genshaft will preside. Stephen Graves, will be the ceremony announcer; Dr. Jody McBrien will bear the University mace; and Sarah Coit, USF College of the Arts, will perform the National Anthem and USF Alma Mater.

Special award recipients at the ceremony include:

Paul Searles Webecke Award: Todd Bolkema, MBA, USFSM College of Business. This honor is given to the most outstanding student in the Master of Business Administration program. Todd earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA, and has been employed at Florida Power and Light in Sarasota since 2001. He is currently a senior planning engineer. Personal: He lives in Bradenton with his wife and three sons and volunteers as the treasurer at Bradenton Christian Reformed Church and as a counselor in a youth group. Todd hopes to use the skills he’s gained while at USF Sarasota-Manatee and USF Tampa to start a business. 

Golden Bull Service and Outstanding Leadership Award: Ryan Page, USFSM College of Arts and Sciences, Criminology. The Golden Bull Award is sponsored by the USFSM Student Government Association and is presented to a student who has demonstrated excellence in leadership activities, community and university involvement, and academic success. Ryan served as president of the Criminology Club at USFSM for the past two years during which time he organized a club trip to Washington, D.C. to tour the museums and to visit the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. In addition to his work with the Criminology Club, Ryan also participated in several community events such as USFSM Freshman Round-Up, USFSM Club Rushes, USFSM Road Clean Up, and Circle K.

Outstanding Graduate Award: Dat Vu, College of Business, Accounting and Finance. This award ispresented by the USF Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the USF Alumni Association to recognize the graduating senior who embodies leadership, school spirit, community service, character and scholarship. Dat, who will graduate with an overall GPA of 3.70, came to USFSM after attending State College of Florida. He overcame a language barrier and immediately became involved in all aspects of student life. In his time at USFSM, Dat has been a student senator for the College of Business and held the position of vice president for USF Sarasota-Manatee Student Government during the 2011-12 academic year. Dat helped to found and served as president of the Phi Beta Lambda fraternity for the Future Business Leaders of America. He plans to pursue a career in Finance or Accounting.

King O’Neal Scholars Award: Michaela Cerce, College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership, Hospitality Management. The USF Alumni Association presents this award for achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout one’s undergraduate degree. The award was created in honor of charter USF graduates Lucas King and Evelyn O’Neal. Following graduation, Michaela hopes to continue her education by attending culinary school to obtain a degree in baking and pastry arts. She also helps to manage a family business in the restaurant industry in her spare time, and aspires to own her own business after finishing her education.

Spring 2013 Outstanding Professor: Dr. Richard Reich, College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Reich has been at USF Sarasota-Manatee since 2005 after spending several years working at the USF Tampa campus. Reich earned his B.S in Psychology from the College of Charleston in 1994 and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from USF. He has been published in over 10 different journals and publications and has overseen directed studies for undergraduate psychology majors at USFSM since 2006. Dr. Reich is known as an expert for cognitive factors affecting substance use and abuse as well as statistical applications to psychological research. For all this and more, the USFSM students have recognized Dr. Reich as this semester’s Most Outstanding Professor.

Andrea Stephens Joins USF Sarasota-Manatee as Assistant Director of Development for University Advancement

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USF Sarasota-Manatee welcomes Andrea Stephens as assistant director of development for University Advancement. A USF alumna with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing, Andrea has previous experience in donor relations and event management for higher education. She grew up in Sarasota, where she lives with her husband and son, and volunteers at several nonprofits in the community, including Senior Friendship Centers. “Andrea is a great asset to our team with her special appreciation for higher education, building personal relationships and showcasing all that USF Sarasota-Manatee has to offer,” said Dennis Stover, regional vice chancellor for advancement. “She is particularly excited to be putting her talents to work in support of her Alma Mater.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee IT Program to Offer New, Cutting-Edge Courses for Summer and Fall

The College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee announces new courses in the emerging areas of IT Security and Mobile Applications.

A new era of total connectivity and access to information 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week has created the demand for training in a variety of emerging technical fields, including the latest courses at USFSM in Android Web Apps, Mobile/Wireless Security, and IT Strategy and Entrepreneurship. The assembly of new programs in USFSM’s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership addresses the needs of traditional and non-traditional students, as well as working professionals seeking formal training in new technologies. The IT curriculum has been designed as a team effort among educators and industry partners, resulting in rigorous content aligned with current and emerging industry needs.

“Students live in a connected world and are bringing these ideas to the workplace,” said Shane Hartman, who will be teaching the new courses on Android Web Apps. “As such, USFSM is bridging the gap between personal and social ideas that students are accustomed to and applying them to the workplace with courses like Software Development for Mobile Apps and Android Web Apps, which shows students how to take business constructs and adapt them to the mobile environment.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee continues to be on the forefront of emerging technologies and areas of study with the addition of these three courses, made timely by the viral story of Nick D’Alosio. D’Alosio, a 17-year-old from the United Kingdom who became instantly famous for selling an app he developed to Yahoo!, for millions of dollars. “The never-ending debate between mobile and native (traditional) web applications is a debate which will undoubtedly grow along with Android’s market share,” said Fred Cavazza, a regular contributor on social and digital media and technology to Forbes Magazine.

The cornerstone of the IT program at USFSM is information security. Shane Hartman is recognized as one of the area’s premier experts on digital forensics and is the founder of the Suncoast Security Society. Hartman is joined by Dr. Bill Murphy, who will teach the course on IT Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Jeremy Rasmussen, Senior Principal Information Security Engineer at CACI, an IT solutions firm, will teach the Mobile/Wireless Security course beginning this summer.

Android Web Apps will be offered beginning in summer 2013 with Mobile Web Apps following as a complementary course starting in fall 2013. Students are advised to take both courses back-to-back.

In developing this IT track, USFSM’s goal is to be nimble and creative in designing practical programs in the field, enabling students to gain valuable training that will help them land careers in a rapidly changing world.

More information is available here.

McCracken Bequest Yields More than One Million Dollar Gift to USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education for Scholarships

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Future educators from Manatee County studying at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) College of Education will have access to even greater scholarship opportunities thanks to the bequest of the estate of Francis E. and Gaile McCracken. The gifts from the McCracken Estate will bring the lifetime total of their donations to nearly one-point-three million dollars ($1.3 million) to support future educators in Manatee County who attend USFSM. 

Francis McCracken (“Mac”) was born in Indiana in 1920, the youngest of seven boys and four girls. He entered training for the Air Force and was certified as a fighter pilot just after WWII ended. Francis attended Purdue on the GI bill, earning a BS in Agriculture and an MS in Education. His wife, Gaile, attended Ball State Teachers College and Syracuse University and taught high school social studies. Francis taught vocational agriculture in Indiana and agriculture and biology in Michigan. He was also adjunct faculty for USF.

Mr. and Mrs. McCracken retired at the age of 55 and enjoyed traveling to most countries around the globe. The couple had no children, and after retiring to Manatee County, lived modestly and invested carefully. In 2007, Francis created the McCracken Educator’s Scholarships at USF Sarasota-Manatee, and was proud to provide a legacy of financial support and access to higher education for Manatee County students attending USFSM. The scholarships contain both financial need and academic eligibility requirements.

When he died last August, Francis left a bequest in his will which added more than a million dollars in endowment to the existing McCracken Educator’s Scholarships Fund for students at USFSM.

“As dedicated educators, the McCrackens believed in the value of creating a steady supply of future teachers, as well as helping Manatee County students offset the rising cost of a quality education,” said USFSM’s Regional Vice Chancellor for Advancement Dennis Stover. “The McCracken Educator’s scholarships in the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education ensure a wonderful legacy of generosity that will impact future educators and our region for many years to come.

 

USF Sarasota-Manatee ‘In The News’

Each month, we take a look back at all the major news stories about USF Sarasota-Manatee, its faculty, staff and students. For all the latest news about USFSM, be sure to sign up to get the monthly e-News by clicking HERE.

Andrew Sink, Student

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Andrew Sink is an incoming junior who will begin taking classes in Summer 2013. Andrew is a transfer student from State College of Florida and will be majoring in English with a concentration in Business and Technical Writing.

What would you like to do for a career upon graduation?

I enjoy working in Research and Development; working on new ideas and projects is something I have a great time doing.

Why did you choose the major that you chose?

I chose Business and Technical Writing because I wanted to stay involved in the technology industry. 

What are some of your interests?

I recently purchased a 3D printer, and I’ve been spending a lot of time making things with it.

What is something about you that people wouldn’t normally know about you?

I recently competed in a weightlifting meet in Tampa.

Why did you choose USF Sarasota-Manatee?

After visiting the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus and meeting some of the faculty and staff, I knew that this was a great college. Everybody was very happy and helpful, and seemed genuinely excited to meet new students. 

Would you recommend USFSM to someone else?

 Absolutely.

Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake, Faculty

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Marie Byrd-Blake is an assistant professor in the Department of Childhood Education and Literacy Studies at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. A native Floridian, she received her BS and MS in Elementary Education from Florida State University and Florida International University, respectively and her EdD in Educational Administration and Supervision with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida International University. Marie has a strong background in urban school education with 15 years of service in the Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami, Florida as a teacher, Title One Curriculum Specialist, and Assistant Principal. Prior to arriving at USF Sarasota Manatee in fall 2007, Marie held the title of assistant professor in Educational Administration at the University of Memphis and at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

What made you come to USFSM? 

I sought a University in my home state as well as a position that allowed me to focus on teacher education.

What special projects/research are you involved in?

  • WHAT I CAN BE WITH A COLLEGE DEGREE
    • February 22, 2013
    • Emma E. Booker 5th Grade Students will present their artwork that is currently being displayed in the College of Education Hallway. The event will highlight the “What I Can be With a College Degree” theme as it promotes higher education among students from diverse backgrounds. The Educators’ Alliance Student organization here on campus is has worked hard to sponsor this event.
  • I am president-elect of SRATE (Southern Region Association of Teacher Educators) and of FATE (Florida Association of Teacher Educators). SRATE will hold the 60th Annual Conference October 10-12, 2013 here at USF Sarasota Manatee. The theme of the conference is Teacher Effectiveness: Brilliance in the Making. As president-elect of SRATE, I am planning the conference. It will involve teacher educators from the following southern states:
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Maryland
  • On February 2nd, FATE will hold is winter meeting here on campus. At that time, FATE state representatives from Florida will participate in planning for the upcoming SRATE Conference.

What other positions have you held before this one and what were your roles?

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois                                              

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, School of Education

  • The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee                                                                               

Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership, College of Education

  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami, Florida                                                       

Assistant Principal, Reading Curriculum Specialist, Public School Teacher

If you were selling USFSM to an incoming student what would you say?

USFSM personalizes the higher education experience.

How has USFSM made you a better professional/person?

It has allowed me to grow professionally through service, scholarship and teaching.

What are some of your goals for the future?

My goals are to continue to bridge theory and practice in teacher education as well as further establishing myself nationally in my field.

What is the best part of USFSM?

The supportive climate of the campus is the best part of USFSM.

 

Rocky Does the ‘Harlem Shake’

Join USFSM in the 36-Hour Giving Challenge next week, when Southwest Florida unleashes its inner generosity!

You can help USFSM qualify for thousands of dollars in donations and grants that support our scholarships and programs. Please plan to CLICK, SHARE & SHOP during  The Giving Challenge, from March 5 at 7 a.m. to March 6 at 7 p.m.

Here’s how:

1.      CLICK on our “USF” profile on The Giving Partner website with this shortcut: www.USFSM.edu/click. Every unique visitor gets us closer to winning a $5,000 grant.

2.      SHARE your love of USFSM by visiting www.USFSM.edu/share, search for “USF” and make a secure donation of $25 or more.

3.      SHOP at The Furniture Warehouse, where you’ll not only get a discount during the 36-Hour Giving Challenge, but the store will make a donation to USFSM for every sale!

Please share this message with all of your friends and encourage them to support USFSM during the 36-Hour Giving Challenge!

Sponsored by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the Manatee Community Foundation with support from The Patterson Foundation.

Tourism Industry Leader’s Planned Gift to Benefit USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership

robert_h_purzycki-WebThe University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee announces a generous planned gift by Robert Purzycki of Ipswich, MA, a renowned expert on travel, tourism and the cruise industry. Bob, who graduated from USF in 1968 with a degree in Geography, created this deferred gift of $650,000 to support operations as well as need- and merit-based scholarships benefitting graduate students in the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership (COHTL).

“This wonderful donation from someone who knows the tourism industry so well from the inside will help develop our College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership into one of the top-10 programs in the country,” said Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, dean of the college. “We are proud to know that Bob Purzycki values our role as a unique resource for future leaders in global hospitality and technology education, innovation and research.”

Bob and his late wife, Jeanne, were world travelers and avid cruisers who spent their careers training professional travel agents, hotel administrators, airline managers and members of the travel, hospitality and cruise industries in innovative sales, marketing and customer service techniques. The couple met when Jeanne hired Bob to work for Garber, one of the largest travel agencies in Boston. In collaboration with Jeanne, who died in 2011, Bob co-authored five highly regarded books, as well as college curricula for schools in the Boston area. Dr. Cobanoglu and several USFSM students are currently helping revise and update the Purzyckis’ book “Sails for Profit”.

A native of Schenectady, New York, Bob put himself through college working as a radiologic technician before entering the travel and tourism field where he indulged his love of geography and foreign cultures. After being drafted into the US Navy during the Vietnam War, he learned Arabic and Spanish, taking advantage of postings to Spain, Greece, the Middle East and North Africa.

Having traveled to 120 countries and experienced 43 cruises, Bob says his favorite destination remains the Canadian Rockies. In addition to his passion for travel, Bob volunteers at the Ipswich Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. In memory of Jeanne’s long battle with breast cancer, he supports the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, and a nonprofit for the prevention of animal cruelty. He visits Sarasota frequently, and particularly enjoys sharing his vast knowledge and global travel experiences with USFSM students. “The education I received at USF, nearly a half-century ago, has constantly guided and helped me navigate through the various tangents that have come my way while pursuing careers,” Bob said. “I’m proud to support the COHTL program, giving future students a chance to live their dreams.”

Brian Mudd Hired as New Director of Technology Services

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has named Brian Mudd the new Director of Technology Services. Mudd comes to USFSM with more than 25 years of experience in higher education, including the last 23 at Saginaw Valley State University.

“I hope that within a year faculty and students will notice continued improvement in the level of Technology Services, with a customer service emphasis and responsiveness to technical issues, including exploration and implementation of innovative tools which enhance overall teaching,” Mudd said. “I look forward to meeting – and exceeding – the needs of USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty and students.”

Throughout his career, Mudd helped facilitate audio and video, library media and information and instructional technology services for faculty, staff and students. He has been a part of the opening of six academic buildings as well as designing classrooms and systems to aid in improved learning. Mudd was also in charge of running a help desk and responding personally to calls when necessary. He has demonstrated leadership, public service and management skills.

“I hope to contribute positively in the growth and expansion of USF Sarasota-Manatee, while continuing to elevate the level of customer service and responsiveness to meeting faculty and student needs and to contribute to the overall learning mission,” Mudd said.

In his new role at USFSM, Mudd will oversee all of Technology and Internet Services, including the Information Commons and Internet Café. Mudd received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees (in Program Broadcast and Cinematic Arts)  from Central Michigan University, and an Educational Certificate in Distance Education from Indiana University.

USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education Hosts Emma E. Booker Elementary Art Show

BookerThe University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee College of Education worked with students in Susan Ambriosio’s fifth grade art class at Emma E. Booker Elementary to create original works of art entitled “What I Can Be With a College Degree”.

A reception introducing the display will be held in the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on February 22nd.

“What I Can Be with a College Degree” is a collaborative effort to promote the value of higher education among students that are culturally, linguistically, racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. It grew out of the College of Education’s Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT) Center, which infuses the arts into all teacher preparation. Emma E. Booker Elementary School serves as a host for USFSM’s teacher candidates completing their internships. The Educator’s Alliance at USFSM encourages future educators to work with diverse students and encourage their growth and success through professional development and community service.

To prepare for the display, students were assigned homework researching different state universities to see what college degrees were offered and which would interest them. They researched how long it would take to acquire that degree, what clothes they would wear in that profession, what tools they would use and what type of salary they would earn once they were working in that field. Each student had a photo of his or her face taken, which was converted into a computerized line drawing that personalizes each work of art and helped the young artists focus on the professions rather than their drawing skills. Teacher Susan Ambrioso said “This project encouraged Emma E. Booker fifth graders to think about college and professions in which they may be interested. They came upon the realization that college was a possibility rather something that was out of their grasp and it wasn’t that far in the future. They also figured out that some professions require a college degree and some need a special training route instead.”

“Latavia’s” self-portrait shows that she could become a teacher. “Rose” drew herself as a labor and delivery nurse. There are several veterinarians, doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers and fashion designers in the group, as well. Through bright colors and imaginative settings, the children depicted their aspirations for the future.

“This was a special initiative because it gave us the opportunity to see the potential these students have and to encourage their dreams,” said USFSM College of Education student Bailey Leonard, currently a student teacher at Tatum Ridge Elementary. “As educators, one of our goals is to help every child reach their potential in life and to help them succeed. We really got to see that connection being made!”

The project also reinforced how important arts integration is in the classroom. “It gives children a chance to express themselves in not just a pencil and paper kind of way,” Leonard said.

USF Sarasota-Manatee Students to Host USF (SM)²ART FAIR FEB. 23RD

Children are invited to engage in hands-on mathematical art projects in a fun, interactive event sponsored by the USF Sarasota-Manatee Sharing Math [USF(SM)² Club] in two sessions on February 23, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at USFSM’s Selby Auditorium. The campus math organization hosting the fair exists to promote, encourage and support sense-making in mathematics among its members and the extended community. Members are primarily elementary education majors who will be the classroom leaders of the future.

“The (SM)²Art Fair reflects our desire to reach out to our community in a unique way to inspire children who may not associate math with creativity, expression or fun,” said Tricia D. Hunsader, Ph.D., assistant professor in the USFSM College of Education and faculty advisor for the event. “We hope that this event will get kids engaged and allow them to connect their creativity to mathematical contexts. We are not attempting to teach the math underlying the activities, much of which is aligned with high-level high school or college courses. But we will use the projects to stimulate children’s imaginations and whet their appetites for future learning.”

Fifth and sixth grade students from all Sarasota and Manatee County schools may try out 27 different activity stations centered on themes such as kaleidoscopes, optical art, symmetry, tangrams, patterns, fractals and origami. Not only will the children learn and grow through the activities, but USFSM’s future educators will be gaining ideas and resources about mathematical art that they can apply in their classrooms someday.

Attendance is limited to the first 200 students, and advanced registration is required.

To see a video of last year’s well-attended and highly rated event, go to www.sharingmath.shutterfly.com/smartfair/25.

Registration information is available at: www.sharingmath.shutterfly.com/smartfair

Bob Levi to Present “Opera Music is Everywhere” at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee College of Education and its PAInT Center (Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching)  will welcome Bob Levi for workshops entitled ‘Opera Music is Everywhere’ on Feb. 12.

Levi has served as an adjunct lecturer of business-to-business marketing at a Chicago university business school and taught chemistry at another Chicago university, before transitioning to his role as a business and marketing consultant for many years. His presentation on opera has been shared in a multitude of settings including universities, elementary, junior and high schools as well as in retirement communities.

Levi will share a lively presentation with a variety of opera influenced selections from different pop culture outlets such as movies, television, internet, commercials, radio, cartoons, recordings and musicals. The entertaining and informative program covers music from “The Golden Age of Opera,” ranging from Mozart to Puccini. Throughout the presentation, Levi shares both audio and video clips to help highlight different opera pieces and how they are used in our everyday lives. “Opera Music Is Everywhere” proposes that everyone has been exposed to the art form at some time or another mainly through various pop culture venues.

The opera workshop is made possible by anonymous donors to the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education’s PAInT Center. PAInT brings the arts into the full curriculum of the College of Education’s teacher training as a tool for enhanced learning among K-12 students. USFSM is committed to connections with the rich cultural environment of the Sarasota-Manatee community. PAInT has formed partnerships with Sarasota/Manatee arts organizations and local artists, including the Sarasota Opera, embracing the use of the arts as an effective strategy for enriching learning experiences and improving achievement outcomes for all students.

“”The PAInT Center plays a key role in organizing the College of Education’s arts partnerships to benefit our students, faculty, local schools and the community,” said Dr. Liz Larkin, Director of the USFSM PAInT Center. “Bob Levi’s presentations, along with workshops by other experts in arts-integrated teaching, including one in March by our Artist-in-Residence, Mary J. Kelly, professional storyteller, enrich our vision for making learning experiences engaging and meaningful. Our partnership with the Sarasota Opera is an exciting opportunity to explore aspects of teaching literacy, history, and even math and science, through the arts.”

Levi’s program will run from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. for USFSM students, faculty and staff, followed by an open-to-the-public second session from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Both events are in the USFSM Selby Auditorium.

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Novelist Wally Lamb to Appear in Next Conversations with Authors Event

Lamb-WebThe University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, as part of its ‘Conversations with Authors’ series, will host Wally Lamb, best-selling author of She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, both selections of Oprah’s Book Club.

The conversation and audience Q&A session will be held at the USFSM Selby Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 15 from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a reception and book signing. The ‘Conversations with Authors’ series is a partnership of USF Sarasota-Manatee and Bookstore1 Sarasota. Lamb is also speaking with academics and human service practitioners about his work with incarcerated women in Connecticut during the Duvall Family Studies Conference at USFSM earlier in the day.

“It is such a great pleasure for us to partner with Bookstore1 and the Duvall Family Studies Initiative to bring Wally Lamb to USF Sarasota-Manatee,” Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford said. “This is a special opportunity for professionals, students and the community of Lamb followers to interact with him in a relaxed setting.”

Lamb will discuss his books Couldn’t Keep It to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters, I’ll Fly Away: Further Testimonies from the Women of York Prison, The Hour I First Believed, She’s Come Undone, I Know This Much Is True, Wishin’ and Hopin’ and his newest work, We Are Water, which will be released in Fall 2013. Lamb will also answer audience questions following the conversation. Along with his writing, Lamb has served as a teacher at Norwich Free Academy for 25 years and as an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut for three years.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door which includes a reception sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The event is free for USFSM students, faculty, and staff. More information is available at usfsm.edu/conversationswithauthors

USF Sarasota-Manatee Students to Host “One Book-One Community” Event Featuring Laura Hillenbrand’s UNBROKEN

One BookFive University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) students are hosting this year’s “One Book-One Community” event on Tuesday, February 19 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Selby Auditorium on campus.  The book chosen by Sarasota County residents for this year’s discussion is UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand.

“I am thrilled that every year our students get to join others in the community as we read and discuss a wonderful book, said Dr. Jane Rose, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at USFSM. “This year, the community will be able to explore historically relevant subjects through the research of our student historians.  This event demonstrates the role that a public university can play in enriching the intellectual life of its community; we aim to be a center for thought-provoking conversations, and we are always happy to give our students a chance to shine!”

A panel of USFSM student historians will host a thoughtful conversation on topics inspired by the book, and will be seeking audience feedback.  Local high school students will also join the panel and offer their thoughts on historically relevant aspects of Hillenbrand’s gripping World War II story.

The five student historians and their topics include:

Kyle Kern will speak on “Broadcast Content: War on Propaganda on the Airways.” Kern is a Sarasota native.  After beginning his college career at Anderson University, he is completing his degree at the USFSM, majoring in history, with a minor in Political Science. His area of study is focused primarily in modern European history, specifically in Russian and Slavic labor movements in the nineteenth and twentieth century.  After graduation, Kyle plans on pursuing a PhD in history in order to pursue an academic career as a college professor.

Eric Geimer will touch on “The B-24 and Beyond.” Geimer, a Sarasota native, is currently enrolled as an Interdisciplinary Social Science major at USFSM, as well as in the Honors Program. He already holds a Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Business from Florida State University, completed in 2010. After completion of the second undergraduate degree, Eric is planning to pursue a Ph.D. degree in History, focusing on the sociology and history of science and technology. He is looking forward to having the opportunity to share some of that passion with the local community.

Joe Noe will speak about “Hideki Tojo: Understanding the Enemy.” Noe is originally from Arkansas, however after spending five years in Germany as a part of the U.S. Army Band, he moved to Florida. There he pursued a degree in Radiologic Technology and worked in that field for several years before returning to school to pursue further educational goals in 2010. He is completing a degree in History, and has just begun a second major in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, concentrating in Anthropology and Sociology. After those degrees are finished, John plans to pursue a career as a political advisor or lobbyist for non-profit organizations serving the culturally disadvantaged.

Cody Ibasfalean will discuss “Bushido: Contextualizing Japanese POW Treatment.” Ibasfalean has been a resident of the Tampa Bay area his entire life.  He is 27 years old, married, and has a 13-month-old son named Landon.  His Major is History and his minor is Political Science.  He also has a strong background in Business Administration.  He will be graduating from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee in May 2013, and plans to attend Law School in the fall. 

Audrey Platt plans to speak about “The Scars that Don’t Show: The POW Effect.” Platt is a senior completing a bachelor’s degree in History at USFSM. In addition to her academic achievements in history, she is also accomplished in art.  Platt plans to pursue both of these passions after graduation, by continuing her education to become a certified public school teacher in both History and Art.  Her long-term goal is to return to the university to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in art, so she can be a college art professor and a painter.  

Admission is free and the event is open to the general public. More information on One Book-One Community can be found at onebooksarasota.com.

USFSM Looks to Advance Partnership Under New SCF President

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USFSM Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford (left) greets new SCF President Dr. Carol Probstfeld (center) along with Regional Vice Chancellor Dr. Bonnie Jones (right).

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) welcomed new State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) President Dr. Carol Probstfeld to campus on Wednesday to congratulate her on attaining her new position and reaffirming the university’s commitment to partnering.

Probstfeld met with Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford and Regional Vice Chancellor Dr. Bonnie Jones to discuss shared values between the two institutions and ways to further expand innovative educational opportunities for the region.

Probstfeld originally joined SCF as vice-president of Business and Administrative Services in 2003 and served as interim president before being appointed to the position permanently by the Board of Trustees on Jan. 22, 2013

“This is a pivotal moment in my life,” said Dr. Probstfeld, “and in the future of State College of Florida. We are poised to move forward with optimism and have a great partner in USF Sarasota-Manatee. I firmly believe we are standing at the threshold of a new beginning. We are committed to the development of strategic collaborations between SCF and USFSM that will have far-reaching benefits for our students and the vitality of our community. “

Dr. Guilford added, “The key to our success is to leverage diverse and complimentary academic resources to develop a workforce that supports the needs of local communities and creates a national and global influence on education, business, and the arts. We congratulate Dr. Probstfeld and look forward to a renewed and invigorated relationship!”

Duvall Family Studies Conference to be hosted at USFSM

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The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will be the site of the 2013 Duvall Family Studies Conference, a biennial symposium created to bring academic research findings to human services practitioners, and practice knowledge and needs to researchers.

The Evelyn M. Duvall Family Studies Conference is a biennial symposium that brings together academics and practitioners to foster research-driven best practices within Florida and beyond.

“The conference will showcase scholarly research, but also descriptions of work by social work and other human services practitioners, so that the knowledge can go both ways, both to and from research and practice,” said Dr. Jane Roberts, an Instructor in the College of Arts & Sciences and Chair of Duvall Family Studies. “This was Dr. Duvall’s mission.”

The 2013 conference, “Supporting Family Development”, seeks to promote the most effective and up-to-date findings of family-related research. The priorities of the Evelyn M. Duvall endowment at USFSM emphasize collaborations among university researchers and community practitioners who can utilize family studies research findings.

“The theme this year is Supporting Family Development: Multidisciplinary Approaches,” Roberts said. “The late Dr. Duvall, a former USF faculty member and longtime benefactor, envisioned academic and practice interactions that would be useful in many different disciplines. This year, for example, social workers, psychologists, or those in child and adult protective services will all benefit from hearing the newest work on such topics as domestic violence, migrant families’ struggles, and issues facing older adults.”

Dawn Cassidy, M. Ed., Director of Education at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), will serve as the event’s plenary speaker. Cassidy will share information on the Domains of Family Practice Model which provides a way to differentiate professional roles and encourages appropriate collaboration among the fields.

“Dawn Cassidy will offer a morning plenary highlighting the ways that human services disciplines can work collaboratively to assure that families are well served in their various needs for health and well-being,” Roberts said.

The two-day Duvall Family Studies event kicks off with a pre-conference workshop Feb. 14 entitled Building Your Practice
: Entrepreneurship Research Findings
hosted by Dr. Jean Kobongo, an assistant professor of strategic management and entrepreneurship at the College of Business at USFSM, followed by an Author Reception and Registration with nationally-known author Wally Lamb.

Lamb will speak about his two books Couldn’t Keep It to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters and I’ll Fly Away: Further Testimonies from the Women of York Prison and will address the attendees at a reception. Lamb also wrote She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, which both appeared in Oprah’s Book Club. Along with his writing, Lamb has served as a teacher at Norwich Free Academy for 25 years and an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut for three years. Lamb has also instituted a writing program for women at the York Correctional Institute, Connecticut’s only women’s prison.

For more information including a complete schedule and registration, visit the event’s website. The conference requires a paid fee and is only open to those who register.

 

Lifelong Learning Academy at USFSM names New Executive Director

Janna OverstreetThe Lifelong Learning Academy at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has hired Janna Overstreet as its Executive Director.

Overstreet most recently served as the Coordinator of the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Eastern Illinois in Charleston, Ill., and has taught upper division Psychology courses for Eastern Illinois and Lake Land College.

“This position is especially intriguing as it is in Sarasota, a city known worldwide as the city to retire to if you are well educated, well-traveled and/ or interested in an active retirement,” Overstreet said. “To me, it is the mecca for Lifelong Learners and thus ‘the place’ for someone like myself to be directing a program which provides quality educational opportunities to older adults.”

The mission of the LLA is to enrich the lives of mature adults in Sarasota and Manatee Counties by providing affordable, outstanding educational programs covering a broad spectrum of topics, rich in intellectual stimulation and worthy of being taught at a university. A key aspect of many of the programs will be class discussion, and the Lifelong Learning Academy will foster social interaction on and off the campus.

“The Academy’s relationship with USFSM is symbiotic,” Overstreet said.  “We love the beautiful campus, the location and wonderful staff of the University who provide many supportive services to the Academy instructors and learners.  We on the other hand bring nearly a 1,000 learners to the campus who might not ever have visited USF had it not been for the Academy. Our learners, in turn, discover University programs that they have interest in such as the Perlman Music Program Recitals and Conversations with Authors Series.”

“We are so pleased with the ongoing collaboration and partnership with LLA,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor for USF Sarasota-Manatee. “Our relationship with the board and the 1,000 adult learners who share our campus enriches USFSM and our community.”

For more information on the Lifelong Learning Academy on the USFSM Campus, visit the Academy’s website.

USF Sarasota-Manatee to hold Master’s Degree Information Session

Prospective master’s degree students are invited to an information session on Saturday, January 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the USF Sarasota-Manatee Selby Auditorium, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.

This is an opportunity to learn about earning a graduate degree in Criminal Justice Administration, Business Administration, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Hospitality Management, Reading Education or Teaching in Elementary Education. Faculty and advisors will answer questions about admissions and financial aid and offer tours of the campus. A free lunch will be provided.

RSVP here.

USF Sarasota-Manatee to Host Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office Event with Jacquelyn Reingold

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee in partnership with the Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office will welcome Jacquelyn Reingold to the Selby Auditorium for a special film conversation on Jan. 8.

Reingold is a well-known writer for theatre, television and film and recently wrote for the NBC show SMASH and HBO’s Peabody Award winning IN TREATMENT. In addition to her hit series, Reingold has taught writing at New York University, Columbia University, Ohio University, Fordham University, Goddard College, the Stony Brook-Southampton Writers Conference, and Oberlin College.

“It is exciting that we live in such an arts-rich community. The faculty, in recognition of the power of the arts in educating children, adopted arts integration across the curriculum for every teacher, every principal and every educator who is prepared by the College of Education,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, dean of the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee. “I think it is very fitting that the Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office is holding its mixer on our campus. We are embracing the arts and the power of the creativity in this community.”

The special networking event will be held in the Selby Auditorium on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus on Jan. 8 beginning at 5:50 p.m. The mixer will include hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available to those attending.

Those interested can register now until Jan. 6, or can purchase tickets at the door on the night of the event for 12 dollars.

 

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Photo Gallery: Fall 2012 Commencement

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s fall commencement was held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 16, 2012, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center.

The ceremony recognized 14 master’s degree candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education as well as 13 MBA students. 226 undergraduate students will receive their degrees from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Hospitality and Technology Leadership. Of these 240 graduates, approximately 150 attended the ceremony.

USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Business Maintains AACSB Accreditation

SARASOTA (December 12, 2012) – University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Business recently finalized its AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) 5th Year Maintenance of Accreditation Report.

USFSM College of Business is the only local program accredited by AACSB, a prestigious distinction that only 10 percent of all business schools worldwide have achieved, which includes 18 standards of quality.

 “A good college of Business is the fuel that drives the engine of economic development and our job in the college is to provide high quality fuel,” said Dr. Robert L. Anderson, Dean of the USFSM College of Business. “Maintaining the accreditation of AACSB means the College continues to meet and exceed and the high quality standards set forth by the accrediting association.  It places our high-quality business programs in the top 5-10 percent of all business programs in the world.”

The current accreditation is under the umbrella of USF Tampa, but a scheduled meeting to obtain a separate accreditation by the ACCSB will be held January 28 and 29. The accreditation is considered a hallmark of excellence for the College of Business.

Upon separate accreditation, COB hopes to become the honors college for undergraduate business education in the state university system.

USF Sarasota-Manatee Freshmen Preview

A guide to all things USFSM for the inaugural USF Sarasota-Manatee Freshman class.
 
The preview includes information on the university, our colleges, programs, location and students. For additional information about USFSM, take a look through USFSM.edu and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
 
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USF Sarasota-Manatee Viewbook

For a comprehensive look at the University of South Florida-Sarasota Manatee, be sure to check out our viewbook. The viewbook includes information on the University, our colleges, programs, location and students.
 
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USF Sarasota-Manatee Holds 58th Commencement Ceremony

SARASOTA (December 7, 2012) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s fall commencement exercises will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 16, 2012, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center.

The ceremony will recognize 14 master’s degree candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education as well as 13 MBA students. 226 undergraduate students will receive their degrees from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Hospitality and Technology Leadership. Of these 240 graduates, approximately 150 are expected to attend the ceremony.

Regional Chancellor Arthur M. Guilford will represent USF Sarasota-Manatee, and USF System President Judy Genshaft will preside. Dr. Stephen Graves, Professor of Elementary Education, will be the ceremony announcer; Dr. Jody McBrien will bear the University mace; and Sarah Coit, student in the USF College of the Arts, will perform the National Anthem and USF Alma Mater.

Five students and one professor will be recognized at the ceremony.

Alexander Klotz is this year’s recipient of the Webecke Award, an honor given to the most outstanding student in the Master of Business Administration program. Alexander is graduating summa cum laude with a GPA of 3.93. He successfully balanced academic rigors with the social environment of higher education, serving as a leader among MBA students. Alexander is currently working as an Iberiabank asset manager and envisions moving overseas to pursue a career in business management.

Olivia Santiago, a senior graduating with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, is this year’s recipient of the Golden Bull Service and Outstanding Leadership Award presented by USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Student Government Association. Olivia is among the most involved students on campus, having served as part of Student Government, Phi Beta Lambda and Circle K International. She plans to incorporate both her academic and leadership skills into a career with a small accounting firm.

Marina Cosgrove, a senior graduating with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Award presented by the USF Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the USF Alumni Association. Marina moved to the United States in 2000 from war-destroyed Yugoslavia and overcame a language barrier to become heavily involved with university life and philanthropic activities. While studying at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Marina served as a Phi Beta Lambda officer and member of the Accounting Society, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Theta Kappa. She aspires to earn her master’s degree in accounting and launch a career with a CPA firm.

Cathleen Cornish, Diane Florez and Jessica Souders will receive the USF Alumni Association King O’Neal Scholars award for achieving perfect 4.0 GPAs throughout their undergraduate degrees.

Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Carlson, Accounting Instructor in the College of Business, has been selected by the students as the Fall 2012 Outstanding Professor. Liz grew up in Sarasota and has extensive experience in the field of forensic accounting. In addition to holding a master’s degree in accounting and certification in Financial Forensics, she is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner™ and Certified Valuation Analyst. Not only is Liz strongly dedicated to her profession, but she also serves as a member of the American and Florida Institute of CPAs and commits herself to being active in the community.

Free Perlman Music Program Events at USF Sarasota-Manatee

SARASOTA (December 6, 2012) – From December 20, 2012 to January 5, 2013, the Perlman Music Program/Suncoast will hold its Sarasota Winter Residency at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Toby Perlman, wife of renowned concert violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman, founded the residency program to offer students life-changing musical training. Students from around the globe, aged 12 to 20+, receive unparalleled instruction from Mr. Perlman and internationally acclaimed music faculty. The public residency events include orchestra and chorus rehearsals, individual recitals and viola and cello master classes. The Perlmans, PMP students and faculty participate in question and answer sessions following many of these events.

“It is such a pleasure to host this wonderful program on our campus,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, regional chancellor. “The Perlman Music Program showcases talented students and is an extraordinary opportunity for our community.”

Free tickets will be available to the public through December 10, 2012 (excluding Sunday) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s main rotunda. Tickets are also available through the Perlman Music Program’s website, PMPSuncoast.org, for a $5 online processing fee. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis; free tickets may be available on campus 15 minutes before each event.

The full schedule of events is below. Unless otherwise indicated, all events are located in a heated tent at USF Sarasota-Manatee: 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243.

Winter Residency Event Schedule

Sunday, December 23 – Student Recital (7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, December 26 – Chorus Rehearsal (5:00 p.m.), Orchestra Rehearsal (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, December 27 – Chorus Rehearsal (5:00 p.m.), Student Recital (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, December 28 – Cello Master Class (11:00 a.m.), Chorus Rehearsal (5:00 p.m.), Orchestra Rehearsal (7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 29 – Student Recital (7:00 p.m.) at Harvest United Methodist Church

Sunday, December 30 – Chorus Rehearsal (5:00 p.m.), Orchestra Rehearsal (7:00 p.m.)

Monday, December 31 – Student Recital (6:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, January 2 – Viola Master Class (11:00 a.m.), Chorus Rehearsal (5:00 p.m.), Student Recital (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, January 3 – Cello Master Class (11:00 a.m.), Orchestra Rehearsal (5:00 p.m.), Student Recital (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, January 4 – Kids’ Day / Orchestra Rehearsal (3:30 p.m.), Chorus Rehearsal (5:00 p.m.), Student Recital (7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, January 5 at 5:00 p.m. – Celebration Concert at Sarasota Opera House

Tickets are priced $40, $60 and $80 and are available through the Sarasota Opera House box office (941-366-8450) or through PMPSuncoast.org. Student and teacher rush tickets are available one hour before the concert for $10.

University Presidents Ask Legislators for $118 Million for Higher Education—Pledge No Tuition Increase

SARASOTA (December 5, 2012) – Launching a new initiative in partnership with student government leaders, Florida’s university presidents met at the state Capitol Wednesday to ask for a $118 million investment for the State University System. With that kind of investment, they said they would be able to continue providing quality education without raising tuition by “even one penny.”

The presidents highlighted the University System’s powerful economic impact— nearly $80 billion statewide annually— and its vital role in training Florida’s future workforce. They supported tying the additional state investment to performance goals, such as increased graduation rates.

The presidents’ announcement at the Capitol kicked off the “Aim Higher” initiative, a student-led campaign focused on uniting students and community leaders in supporting more funding for higher education and raising awareness of the universities’ strong returns on public investments.

Although tuition at Florida’s public universities remains among the lowest in the country, students and their families have faced double-digit tuition increases in recent years as universities have coped with severe state budget cuts. Funding to the State University System has been cut nearly 40 percent during the past five years.

A state investment of $118 million would generate the revenue of a 15 percent tuition increase across the System next year.

“Students and their families have invested in our universities more than ever during the past few years to help us maintain a high-quality education,” said Cortez Whatley, president of the Florida Student Association and student body president at the University of Central Florida. “For the sake of our students, our businesses and our communities, we need to keep college education affordable and accessible.”

State funding, which once covered about three-fourths of the cost of a student’s higher education, now pays for less than half at most state universities. “Time and again, our University System has proven its ability to provide some of the greatest returns on investments for the State of Florida,” said State University System Chancellor Frank T. Brogan. “Our students are graduating, getting jobs and helping to grow Florida’s economy. If anyone doubts whether that investment is a good one, just ask our students and families. They’ve been asked to invest more year after year, and they have done so because they know higher education leads to a brighter future.”

Florida’s public universities have a strong track record of spending tax and tuition dollars efficiently. As state funding has shrunk and enrollment has risen, universities have saved millions of dollars through cost-cutting efforts and the elimination or consolidation of academic programs.

Florida’s universities attract more than a billion dollars of research money to the state each year, which helps to find cures for diseases, develop new technologies and prepare students for a variety of jobs and industries.

“Our students, faculty members, staff, community partners and legislators can be confident that our state universities are operating efficiently and with strict accountability,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, regional chancellor of University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. “We will continue to provide students with access to a world-class education, a pathway to rewarding careers and the capacity to succeed in the most complex jobs of the future, whatever they may be.”

Watch the press conference here: http://thefloridachannel.org/video/12512-press-conference-on-legislative-priorities-for-the-state-university-system/

In attendance at the Capitol:

Florida A&M University President Larry Robinson

Florida Gulf Coast University Student Body President Peter Cuderman

Florida Gulf Coast University Student Body President’s Chief of Staff Jacob Robinson

Florida International University Student Body President Laura Farinas

Florida State University President Eric Barron

New College of Florida President Donal O’Shea

New College of Florida Student Body President Michael Long

University of Central Florida President John Hitt

University of Central Florida Student Body President and Florida Student Association President Cortez Whatley

University of Florida President Bernie Machen

University of Florida Student Body President T.J. Villamil

University of Florida Student Body President’s Chief of Staff Abby Whiddon

University of North Florida President John Delaney

University of North Florida Student Body President Carlo Fassi    

University of North Florida Student Body Vice President Mike Naughton

University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft

University of South Florida Student Body President Brian Goff

University of West Florida President Judy Bense 

 

Source: Florida Board of Governors

Storify: USFSM Student Joe Axtell’s #VolvoJoyride

Throughout the #VolvoJoyride of USFSM student Joe Axtell, USFSM collected social media posts from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and many more platforms through the use of Storify. 

In the Storify, we have photos and updates from before, during and after the event.

Make sure to follow USFSM on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for continuous updates on the University, its students and faculty.

 

 

Photo Gallery: Hospitabull 2012

SARASOTA (November 29, 2012) – University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee students from the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership hosted their annual Hospitabull Evening. The event was held at Michael’s On East in Sarasota.

$150,000 Grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Benefits USFSM Science Program

SARASOTA (November 26, 2012) – Through the generous support of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) moves closer to its scientific program expansion on the Mote Marine campus.

Fall 2013 heralds a new era for USF Sarasota-Manatee, when the university will welcome its first underclassmen, develop new academic programs and initiate campus expansion plans. The recent $150,000 grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation will support the build-out of USFSM science classrooms and laboratories on the existing 4,000-square-foot space donated by Mote.

USFSM’s collaborative partnership with Mote will appoint research specialists to faculty positions, allowing students to engage in hands-on scientific research. The estimated $4 million science wing renovation will include not only classrooms, laboratories and support space but also equipment, scholarships and a research program endowment at Mote Marine.

Construction is slated to begin by January 2013 and finish in August 2013, when USFSM’s first underclassmen arrive on campus. Through the continued support of foundation, corporate and individual contributions, USFSM is poised to provide undergraduate students a unique model for scientific research and educate the next generation of STEM-field leaders.

For information on giving opportunities for USFSM, contact Dennis Stover, Regional Vice Chancellor of University Advancement, at 941-359-4582.

USF Sarasota-Manatee Student Wins #VolvoJoyride Contest on Pinterest

SARASOTA (November  20, 2012) – Joseph Axtell, a University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee senior majoring in business, recently won a social media contest on Pinterest sponsored by Volvo, and will take the road trip of a lifetime.

In the contest, Volvo asked Pinterest users to create “Volvo Joyride” pin boards illustrating their ideal road trip during the period of September 5 to September 26. Contestants had to specify destinations, roadside attractions, clothing choices, music selections and fun activities that they would include in their itinerary, while also mixing in photos and information about Volvo and its 2013 model S60 T5 AWD car. Axtell fashioned his winning Pinterest submission around a road trip to Colorado Springs, Colo. to visit friends.

“It makes me so happy to win a trip from a car manufacturer that puts safety first and listens to what their customers want in automobiles,” Axtell says. “This #VolvoJoyride trip will give me the opportunity to really get a feel for how the S60 T5 AWD handles in summer weather as well as winter. Even though I’m 23, Volvo is something I one day aspire to own!  It is also very cool that I can show my experience to people through a real life standpoint. I love cars so much and I am still in shock that I have been granted this awesome opportunity.”

Three contest winners, including Axtell, get use of the Volvo S60 T5 AWD for four days as well as a two-night hotel stay, gas, food, clothing, music, food and drinks to enjoy during their road trip. He and his fiancé plan to spend one night in Nashville, Tn, on their way to Colorado Springs. Throughout the journey, which begins on December 1, Axtell will be describing every aspect of his on-the-road experience, from entertainment to the car’s mechanics and comfort features.

As a business student, Axtell has learned the importance of social media expertise as a tool in running a successful enterprise, and sees this as an opportunity to showcase the publicity value of social marketing.

“Social media is so important in the cyber world we have today,” he notes. “Coming from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee School of Business, I have been taught in so many classes the importance of social media. For some it’s simply a way to connect with our most loved friends and family. For someone like me and many others (like Volvo), it is a way to promote your business, present your career credentials and build a future for personal or business matters. I am hoping to promote this trip in a way that shows Volvo Corporation and other businesses my knowledge as well as my passion for the things I love most…cars!”

Axtell also sees this Volvo promotion as a savvy marketing strategy for the company. “Instead of Volvo making another commercial, they went down a trending avenue to spend their valuable ad dollars,” he says. “With its increased engine performance, Volvo is targeting a younger male demographic.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee and Axtell will partner to provide constant updates of his trip utilizing social media outlets as well as the official platforms of the university. Fans and followers can join Axtell every step of the way by following USFSM on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Axtell created the #volvojoyride fan page for his postings. During the trip, USFSM will also host a Livestream where Axtell can post photos, updates and videos from Sarasota to his end destination of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Follow Axtell on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/volvoJoyride.

USF Sarasota-Manatee Professor Earns the Engaged Scholarship Research Award

SARASOTA (November 16, 2012) – University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Jody Lynn McBrien was recognized for her outstanding research in the field of engaged scholarship by the Florida Campus Compact.

Qualified research includes “utilizing community-based inquiry that results in a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources,” according to the FLCC website.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award, as it indicates to me that the Florida Campus Compact recognizes work not only in local, but also global communities,” McBrien said.

Over past three years, McBrien has done research on the war-affected town of Lira, Uganda. The people in this northern Uganda area suffered from over 20 years of war with the Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), forcing most residents into ill-equipped internally displaced people’s camps (IDPs).

“Five years into peace, there remains much to be done,” McBrien said. “It is a joy to work with the survivors, who have so much resilience and passion to bring their town back to a thriving place.”

The award is given based of several principles in mind:

  • Value of the research to the broad field of service-learning and engaged scholarship.
  • Value of research to the applicant’s discipline, program, or institution.
  • The extent to which the research tied to the applicant’s area of expertise is of benefit to the external community, is visible and shared with community stakeholders, and reflects the mission of the institution.
  • Number and variety of publications and presentations.
  • Research rigor

“Research is critically important in higher education, both in serving the global community of scholars and policymakers and in serving our students,” McBrien said. “It is what separates teaching and learning in community colleges and state colleges from research universities. Research professors constantly bring new information to their classes, keeping their teaching fresh and relevant. My students tell me and write course evaluations stating they are inspired by my teaching because of the passion I bring to it. That passion is created by my desire to inform my students about what I am learning through my research.”

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Grad Offered a Tuition Free Master’s Degree

Dr. Jane Rose and Shawna Machado

SARASOTA (November 9, 2012) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee announced at its signature scholarship fundraising event, Brunch 2012, that it has surprised a deserving graduate, Shawna Machado, 41, with a scholarship to fulfill her dream of attaining a master’s degree In Social Work. The surprise announcement was made while Machado was a guest at a taping of NBC’s Steve Harvey show November 1, in Chicago, Ill.

Dr. Jane Rose, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at USF Sarasota-Manatee, and Rocky D. Bull, USF mascot, made a special appearance during the taping to inform Machado of the opportunity to attain her master’s degree tuition-free, thanks to a partnership between USFSM and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The cost of the degree is approximately $30,000.

Machado’s story is exceptional. After earning her AA degree from a for-profit, online university and incurring $50,000 of student loan debt, Machado enrolled at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee in 2010 to finish her undergraduate degree in Psychology. She first lost her job as a medical assistant, then her apartment, and unbeknownst to her professors, was forced to live out of her car for two years. She managed to maintain an overall 3.5 grade point average despite having nowhere to study or sleep, often showering in the ladies locker room on campus. Machado’s community service while at USFSM earned her the distinction of Most Outstanding Graduate in spring 2012, and she will be awarded the Florida Commission on the Status of Women’s Florida Achievement Award on November 15th in Tallahassee, Fla. She is being recognized for her volunteer work while at USFSM as a member of Social Justice Initiative and the Sarasota School of Social Justice, where she focused on solutions for abused, neglected and homeless children. Machado currently works for the Safe Children Coalition in Sarasota, Fla.

Machado’s inspirational story of overcoming family abuse, unemployment and homelessness to excel in her studies and become an advocate for victimized children caught the attention of the producers of the Steve Harvey show. After learning of her dream to earn a master’s degree in Social Work, USF Sarasota-Manatee and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County partnered to offer Machado a full scholarship to fulfill her goals. Severe financial hardship will not be the impediment to her ability to help abused and neglected children as a credentialed social worker. “We are so delighted to be able to help such an amazing woman change her life,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, chancellor of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. “We know that Shawna will continue to impact the lives of others and are so proud to make it possible for her to attain her higher education goals.”

Machado was completely surprised by her scholarship award. “Not only did I get the scholarship, but to have it delivered by Dr. Dean Rose meant I had a connection to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee on a personal level,” she said. “The university also made sure that Rocky D. Bull was able to be there to cheer me on, just as he always does. Coming from someone who has experienced nowhere to turn, knowing the people of the university cared enough to present the gift in person meant I was back to some type of normalcy in life. The only way I can ever repay the gratitude I feel is to strive to achieve my best to help others and to thrive in a full life.”

The public announcement of Machado’s scholarship was made at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s signature scholarship fundraising event, Brunch 2012, held on the campus Sunday November 4. Machado was present when Regional Chancellor Dr. Guilford praised her determination and dedication to community service in front of more than 900 guests, including 140 corporate and individual donors, community leaders, volunteers, faculty, staff, students and friends.

Machado’s surprise episode of Steve Harvey will air at 5 p.m. on the CW44 in the Tampa Bay area on Tuesday, November 13. USFSM will hold a community “Watch Party” on Wednesday, November 14 at noon in the Selby Auditorium. The public is invited to celebrate along with Machado, and food and refreshments will be served. She will be available for one-on-one interviews at that time.

To RSVP for the “Watch Party,” please contact Ruth Lando, Director of Communications and Marketing, at rlando@sar.usf.edu.

2012 USFSM Research Symposium (Photo Gallery)

SARASOTA  – USF Sarasota-Manatee students presented proposals at the Student Research Symposium on Oct. 26. The event showcased undergraduate and graduate research done by USFSM students conducted under the supervision of the University’s faculty.

Attendees included students and families, staff, faculty and other guests such as the Lifelong Learning Academy. Those attending learned about the several areas of research that USF Sarasota-Manatee students and faculty are engaged in on a day-to-day basis.

Lisa Kerris Receives Quiet Quality Award

 

Lisa Kerris earned the Quiet Quality Award for the month of November.

USF Sarasota-Manatee staff member Lisa Kerris recently received the Quiet Quality Award from USFSM for her outstanding work in Financial Aid.  The Quiet Quality Award winner is evaluated based on conscientiousness, professional manner, positive attitude, work performance, responsibilities, team orientation, and contribution of suggestions.

Annual Brunch Scholarship Event Celebrated on Campus

SARASOTA (November 5, 2012) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s signature annual fundraising event, Brunch 2012, welcomed 900+ supporters to help raise money for local undergraduate scholarships.

Guests included corporate and individual donors, community leaders, volunteers, faculty, staff, students and friends. Nineteen of Sarasota and Manatee Counties’ finest restaurants and caterers prepared their signature dishes for the event, held under tents on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.

“From its modest beginning back in 1994, when Brunch proceeds enabled USF Sarasota-Manatee to award just four $250 scholarships in its first year, to this year, when we gave 51 thousand dollars to 66 deserving scholars, this event has provided a legacy of support for higher education unlike any other,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee. “Opportunities have been realized for thousands of students over nearly two decades that would not have been possible without the gifts that come from giving to higher education.”

This year, more than 140 corporate and individual donors gave $245,000 in support of USF Sarasota-Manatee Brunch 2012, including the co-chairs of the event, Mark and Stephany Richmond, owners of Furniture Warehouse. The generosity of the Sarasota-Manatee community supports financial aid for USFSM students from all facets of life. In the past 19 years, Brunch has generated nearly 4 million dollars in gifts, state matching funds and endowment earnings. Since 1998, USFSM has awarded 1.48 million dollars in scholarships overall, including over 450 thousand dollars to First Generation students, the first in their families to attend college.

Dr. Guilford stated, “We have embarked on a journey of leadership, scholarship and growth at USF Sarasota-Manatee that will enable us to become a robust and comprehensive 4-year university. We have already attained separate accreditation, accepted our first sophomores, and begun reaching out to the first-year students for whom we are developing enhanced curricula and a rich campus life experience.”

One former student, Shawna Machado, was honored at Brunch 2012. Machado earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology on the USFSM campus while living out of her car for two years. Her inspirational story of overcoming abuse and homelessness to excel in her studies and become an advocate for victimized children caught the attention of the

National Steve Harvey show. Machado was interviewed on the program, which taped in Chicago, Ill., last week.

After learning of her dream to earn a master’s degree in Social Work, USF Sarasota-Manatee and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County were able to surprise Machado during the Steve Harvey taping with the opportunity for a full scholarship to USF, valued at about $30,000. Machado currently works for the Safe Children Coalition in Sarasota, Fla., where she continues serving her passion to help abused, neglected and homeless children. Because of this scholarship offer, severe financial hardship will no longer be an impediment to Machado’s ability to become a credentialed social worker.

Machado’s community service while at USFSM earned her the distinction of Most Outstanding Graduate in spring 2012 and she will be awarded the Florida Commission on the Status of Women’s Florida Achievement Award on November 15 in Tallahassee. Machado’s surprise episode of the Steve Harvey show will air at a future date to be announced, at 5:00 p.m., on CW44 in the Tampa Bay area. USFSM will hold a community “Watch Party” on the airdate and celebrate along with Machado. More details will be forthcoming.

The 20th Anniversary USF Sarasota-Manatee Brunch scholarship event is on Sunday, November 3, 2013, when guests will once again celebrate making higher education possible for local students during an afternoon of food and tropical splendor under the tents on the North Tamiami Trail campus. For more information on making contributions to USFSM, contact the Advancement team at 941-359-4603.

 

Brunch 2012 Storify

Throughout Brunch 2012, @USFSM collected social media posts from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and many more platforms through the use of Storify. 

In the Storify, we have photos and updates from before, during and after the event.

Make sure to follow USFSM on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for continuous updates on the University, its students and faculty.

Cathy Gray Earns 2012 Quiet Quality Award

Cathy Gray receives the Quiet Quality Award from Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford.

USF Sarasota-Manatee staff member Cathy Gray recently received the Quiet Quality Award from USFSM for her outstanding work with the Department of Facilities Planning and Management.  The Quiet Quality Award winner is evaluated based on conscientiousness, professional manner, positive attitude, work performance, responsibilities, team orientation, and contribution of suggestions.

Follow Brunch 2012 Live on Livestream

Sarasota’s preeminent educational event turns nineteen on November 4, 2012, and to celebrate we are moving the party to our beautiful USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. For nearly two decades, Brunch on the Bay has raised millions of dollars and hosted thousands of donors and guests. In 2013, USF Sarasota-Manatee will admit its first 100 freshmen and has pledged to support its Freshmen 100 financially throughout their undergraduate career at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Through the generous philanthropy of our event partners, USF Sarasota-Manatee has awarded thousands of scholarships to deserving students from every academic discipline. Your participation in Brunch 2012 presents new opportunities for giving. Thank you in advance for investing in higher education!

 

Students Learn the Power of Networking with Alumni and Their Businesses at ‘Bulls in Biz’

Bulls in Biz gave students the opportunity to meet local business owners, and presented the opportunity to mingle with USFSM grads.

SARASOTA (October 29, 2012) – University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee students in all departments had an opportunity to network with former students and current business owners and operators at Bulls in Biz recently during Homecoming 2012. The event included over 50 students, alumni and friends from USFSM who mingled in the Clyde Nixon Courtyard on campus.

Guests networked in a fun outdoor setting that included food, drinks and “tailgate-style games.” The second annual Bulls in Biz highlighted a week full of activities on campus as a part of Homecoming week, and served to bring USFSM students, past and present, together.

Toni Ripo of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Career Services helped organize the event, and saw the importance in bringing together students and alumni. “Alumni can show students that they do not need to leave paradise to find great jobs,” Ripo said.  “They can share about their company and the viable employment options available right here in the Sarasota Bradenton area.  Students gain invaluable information about the job search process and employer expectations in today’s workforce.”

In its second year, Bulls in Biz attracted business people from across the Tampa Bay area including several who graduated from USF Sarasota-Manatee.

“Today’s employers hesitate to hire unknown quantities even after review of a resume and an interview,” Ripo said.  “A referral from contacts within a network is key to gaining a foot in the door with a company.  The first goal of networking is to seek to help others accomplish their goals.  Through this interaction, students demonstrate their abilities and become a known quantity in which contacts are more likely to make referrals to help them get their foot in the door.”

Carol Springer, a senior Criminal major, will be graduating in December and used the opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers in hopes of finding a full-time job upon graduating. “I really want to get a Federal position,” Springer said. “It is very tough to get jobs with the Federal government. I have applied in the past five years to probably several hundred positions, and you don’t ever get a call back because everything is done through computers. So, it was nice to see humans that you could actually speak to.”

Homecoming 2012 wrapped up with a photo booth and magic show on campus, a Student Research Symposium and the Homecoming football game between USF and Syracuse at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

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.

 

2013 Florida Creativity Conference Expands with USFSM Partnership

(October 11, 2012) –Florida Creativity Coalition, LLC and the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) are pleased to announce that they will partner to present the 10th Annual Florida Creativity Weekend in Sarasota March 1-3, 2013.

The conference will be conducted on the USFSM campus located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail on March 1-2, and at the newly renovated Gompertz Theatre at Florida Studio Theatre in downtown Sarasota on March 3.

The Florida Creativity Weekend is a conference that focuses on sharing creative thinking and problem solving techniques to participants in education, business, technology, government and the arts. Endorsed by the Creative Education Foundation, the nation’s preeminent creativity organization, the event is also sponsored by Florida Studio Theatre, Mote Marine, the GWIZ science museum, and Disney Destinations to provide participative presentations and educational programs. USFSM faculty and students will participate in program planning and conduct workshops.

Over 40 workshops are scheduled addressing a wide range of topics. Speakers include national experts in their fields such as Tim Hurson (ThinkX Intellectual Capital), Gert Garman (Disney), Rebecca Hopkins (FST) and Judy Winslow (Unforgettable Brands).  All sessions are open to the public, community partners, students, and educators for a nominal fee.

The Florida Creativity Coalition, LLC is made up of education, business, and not-for-profit volunteers who support the teaching of creative thinking methods. It helps provide educational scholarships to students from high school through college.

Stephen Rushton, Associate Professor at USFSM, indicates that partnering with the Florida Creativity Coalition allows the University to quickly facilitate creativity training programs coordinated with nationally recognized Creativity Conference Expands with USFSM partnership cont.

experts. “We intend to spark the expansion of creativity, and innovation directed to educators and students. By igniting their creativity, our society will gain solutions to problems helping us to move more competitively into the future.”

“People really value our programs and return year after year,” says Katherine Heusner, the Florida Creativity Coalition’s Chairperson.  “We offer a wide variety of sessions to support people in arts education, training and business, as well as helping to foster personal growth and a deeper understanding of creative thinking and problem solving.  Co-Partnering with USFSM, will help us grow the conference and support innovation in this region as well act as a destination draw for participants around the USA and in Europe.”

For more information, please go to http://flcreativity.com/, email flcreativity@aol.com or call 941-504- 4112.

USF Sarasota-Manatee to Host Informative Open Houses During October

(October 2, 2012) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will be hosting three distinct open houses for potential students interested in learning more about available programs, financial aid, scholarship opportunities and on-campus clubs and student activities.

The first is a Freshman Preview that will take place on Saturday, October 13 from 9am-noon at USFSM, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.  The event is free and open to prospective freshman students and their guests. There will be entertainment, food, music and fun, along with campus personnel on hand to explain the “Freshman First” initiative, in which qualified students enrolled in the inaugural USFSM freshman class in the fall of 2013 may be awarded scholarships for their unmet tuition costs—after federal and state grants and other scholarships have been applied. A campus tour will be available, plus the opportunity to meet with student government and academic advisors who will discuss prerequisites, transcripts and other pertinent details. This is USFSM’s historic first freshman enrollment, so high school juniors and seniors and their families are encouraged to attend and learn about the opportunities.

Other 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, from student life and leadership to career services and internships. The Open House in North Port is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17 from 5:30-7:00pm at the North Port Learning Facility of USFSM, located at 5920 Pan American Blvd. in North Port. Classes at the North Port facility are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and convenient for students from the North Port, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Englewood, Venice and Arcadia areas. Classes are provided via traditional classroom, E-Learning, and video conference technologies.

The third general Open House takes place on Tuesday, October 30 from 6:00-7:30pm, again on the Sarasota campus of USFSM on Tamiami Trail.

To RSVP for these open houses, go to usfsm.edu/infosessions or call 941-359-4334.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee partners with M3 Accounting on real-world training for hospitality students

(September 13, 2012) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is one of several universities across the U.S. that is partnering with M3 Accounting Services, using their hotel accounting software for hands-on hospitality management training.

Based on curriculum developed by USFSM’s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership, hospitality students at University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Northern Arizona University, and University of Central Florida, will be using specialized M3 University hotel software.

This educational software is programmed with one month of data for a hypothetical 100-room hotel. Through the coursework, hospitality accounting and finance students will learn to analyze data and make management decisions based on simulated scenarios.

“With M3 University, students will virtually step into the role of hotel management,” said Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, dean of USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership. “They will perform the tasks of the accounting department’s night auditor and paymaster, and use analytics to make operational and general management decisions. This invaluable tool will enforce the theoretical concepts covered in the classroom and offer students a real-world experience.”

Scott Watson, vice president of sales for M3 Accounting Services, says the software “brings textbook lessons to life – to really practice the skills needed in hospitality accounting and management. And this experience will give students an edge when they enter the work environment.”

Liverpool Legends Beatles Tribute Band to perform for local high school students

(September 10, 2012) – Louise (Lou) Harrison, sister of legendary Beatle George Harrison and founder of the nonprofit Help Keep Music Alive, brings the Liverpool Legends—“The Complete Beatles Experience”— to three area high schools for interactive performances with students in October. Louise Harrison, an advocate for the importance of music education for young people, is partnering with USFSM’s PAInT Center (Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching) to promote the value of the arts as an enriching learning experience that improves achievement outcomes for all students.

The Grammy nominated Liverpool Legends, who have had their own production in Branson since 2006, perform songs spanning the full career of the Beatles through the solo years. They have been praised for their precise attention to musical detail, using costume changes, vintage instruments and special effects. The school performances promise to engage students as a dynamic part of the entertainment.

“The work of the schools in integrating the arts is critical to ensuring all students are given opportunities to learn,” said Terry Osborn, Ph.D., dean and professor, College of Education. “Our Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT) is taking a stand and highlighting a particular asset of our region: our artistic and cultural strengths.” In support of local students, proceeds from the sale of advertisements in the evenings’ programs will benefit the high schools.

The schedule for the Liverpool Legends concerts is as follows:

  • Manatee High School, 902 33rd St. Court West, Bradenton, FL—October 3
  • North Port High School, 6400 West Price Blvd., North Port—October 4
  • Booker High School, 3201 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota—October 6

All concerts begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available at: www.liverpoollegends.com.

Arts & Sciences New Faculty

It is my pleasure to announce new faculty appointments in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Kimberly Badanich begins her appointment at USF Sarasota-Manatee as a Visiting Instructor in Psychology. She holds a doctorate in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of South Florida.

Prof. Kyna Betancourt begins her appointment at USF Sarasota-Manatee as a Visiting Instructor in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). She holds a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and is pursuing her doctorate degree in CSD at USF Tampa.

Dr. Erin Martin begins her appointment at USF Sarasota-Manatee as Coordinator of General Education and Instructor of Biology.  She holds a doctorate degree in Botany from Oregon State University with a focus on Ecology.  Dr. Martin will be instrumental in the development of the general education curriculum, and she will take the lead in the formation of the newly announced undergraduate science program.  She comes to us from the University of Portland.

Prof. Olena Maymeskul begins her appointment at USF Sarasota-Manatee as a Visiting Instructor in Mathematics and Statistics, as well as a Faculty Math Consultant, providing tutoring to students in these subjects. She holds a master’s degree in Mathematics and Teaching from Donetsk State University, Ukraine

SGA installs new President

Congratulations to Andrew Gould who was sworn in as President of the USFSM Student Government Association on August 24, 2012, succeeding Rebecca Gutherz.

Andrew is working toward a Bachelors degree in Management and expects to graduate next Fall.  “I will continue to work hard for the student body, directing SGA in ways to best serve our students”.  Please know that my door is always open”. Andrew says.

He can be reached at 941-359-4260 (24260) or email andrewgould@sar.usf.edu or visit him in the SGA offices (A110)

Fall 2012 Film Society Schedule

Dr. Keith Cavedo, Visiting Instructor in the College of Arts and Sciences and Film Society advisor invites us all to attend free film screenings for the fall 2012 semester. The genre of choice this semester is classic and modern horror films.  To view the upcoming film schedule click usfsm/filmsociety

For more information, please contact Dr. Cavedo at kcavedo@sar.usf.edu

SGA announces Student Research Symposium

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Student Government Association will be sponsoring a Student Research Symposium to be held during Homecoming Week 2012.  Tentatively scheduled for Friday October 26th, the event will highlight USFSM faculty mentored research projects in any field including Performing and Visual Arts.  Submissions will be accepted between September 10, 2012 and October 1, 2012.  For more information, contact symposium coordinator Jennifer Meier, jmeier@sar.usf.edu  or visit usfsm.edu/research

Campus Police announce R.A.D. Workshops and Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The Rape Aggression Defense System, known as R.A.D., is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands on self-defense training.  Open to USFSM and New College students, faculty and staff.  Three evening sessions September 26-28, 6 PM – 10 PM.   Enrollment is limited. Contact Officer Jennifer Andreoli at the New College of Florida Police Department at (941) 487-4210 or email jandreoli@ncf.edu.
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The USF/New College Campus Police station will be a collection site to turn in unused and expired prescription drugs for safe disposal during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, from 10 am to 2 pm. Participation in the program is completely anonymous. Drop off at 501 College Drive, on the New College campus. The public should park in the Heiser Natural Sciences parking lot opposite the police station. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is conducted through the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback .  Open to the public. For more information, contact Lt. Mike Kessie at 941-487-4210 or mkessie@ncf.edu

New Director of Student Life

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Bryan Valentine to the USF Sarasota-Manatee staff.  Bryan has been appointed to the newly created position of Director of Student Life, in the Office of Student Services.

Bryan earned a Masters in Higher Education Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from University of Pittsburgh. Currently he is in a doctoral program at the dissertation stage. He has strong experience in Student Affairs and has held positions in Student Life and in Housing and Residential Services at Ave Maria University, The University of Pittsburgh, and La Roche College.

Stop by to welcome Bryan when you have a chance! His office is located in A114 near the Student Government offices.

Director of Communications Appointment

I am pleased  to announce the selection of Ruth Lando as Director of Communications and Marketing. Ruth is an experienced journalist and writer, as well as a nonprofit communications/marketing/public relations and development professional, most recently on the staff of SCOPE, Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence. The Dickinson College graduate also served as Director of Communications for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County from 2000 to 2011. As a communicator, she is known for building strong relationships across both the public and private sectors and her monthly interviews in Style Magazine of the Herald-Tribune Media Group enjoy a wide and devoted following. Since relocating to Sarasota from Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1995, with her husband, Michael and two children, she has helped many organizations, businesses and individuals articulate their brand messages and differentiate their unique identities.

Ruth’s appointment began on September 4, 2012, reporting to Dennis Stover, Regional Vice Chancellor for Advancement.  She looks forward to meeting you and getting to know USF Sarasota-Manatee.  You can find her in C329, stop by and say hello!

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Eight USF Sarasota-Manatee students receive FICPA scholarships

Eight students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) have been awarded scholarships by the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA).  Those students are: Miranda Barber; Kimberly Kern; Colleen Laurie; Joseph McCourt; James Newman; Marcia Saulo; Jacqueline Taxdal; and Dat Vu.  Pictured above (L to R): Candy Kessel, FICPA Chapter Immediate Past President; David A. Cumberland, FICPA Chapter, President Elect; Francina M. Hollaway, FICPA Chapter, President; Dat Vu, Student, Scholarship recipient; James Newman, Student, Scholarship recipient; Leonard A. Belli, FICPA Chapter, Secretary; Robin K. Knuth, FICPA Chapter, Treasurer; and John M. Sarris, CPE Chapter Liaison.

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.

WEDU Presents a Free Community Cinema Screening at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Selby Auditorium

As a black woman who was a feminist before the term was invented, Daisy Bates refused to accept her assigned place in society. Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock tells the story of her life and public support of nine black students who registered to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, which culminated in a constitutional crisis – pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself. Unconventional, revolutionary, and egotistical, Daisy Bates reaped the rewards of instant fame, but paid dearly for it.

As part of its Community Cinema series, WEDU will host a free screening of Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock in partnership with USF Sarasota-Manatee at the Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, on Tuesday, January 31st starting at 2:00pm. Immediately following the film, a panel discussion will be held with special guests Jo-Ann Martin Hughes and Henry Lawrence.

Panelist Jo-Ann Martin Hughes had many positive experiences in her college years at Florida Memorial College. Her most profound experience was personally meeting the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was Dr. King’s words that motivated her to become heavily involved in the Civil Rights movement in St. Augustine in 1963. As a result of her involvement, she was arrested and spent 60 days jailed in St. John’s County Jail. Ms. Martin weathered the storm and graduated from Florida Memorial College with a degree in Elementary Education.

Panelist Henry Lawrence, member of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame, was an All-American at Lincoln High School in Palmetto. After transferring to Manatee High School in 1969, under the first year of integration, he rarely played for a coaching staff that didn’t know how to deal with a difficult situation. Upon being drafted by the Raiders, Lawrence also saw little field time and smaller paychecks being told that players from small black schools didn’t get as much money as other players.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri, J.D., is the Senior Fellow for Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement and she is an instructor in the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.  Ms. Greenball Silvestri is responsible for developing and implementing programs in the areas of arts and culture, social justice, and civic engagement. She received her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in English with a minor in Art History from Vanderbilt University and her Juris Doctor from The Michael E. Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University.

Today, Daisy Bates’s contributions — first as a newspaper publisher in Little Rock and then as head of the Arkansas NAACP — remain little recognized outside of Arkansas. In the 1980s, when Henry Hampton was filming his landmark series, Eyes on the Prize, Daisy Bates had been silenced and nearly crippled by a series of strokes. She was never able to tell her own story on film.

So questions persist: What motivated Daisy Bates? Was she a self-sacrificing heroine or an opportunist driven by a need for validation? As Arkansas state president of the NAACP, Daisy supported a policy that put teenagers on the frontlines of the school desegregation battle — but was that policy morally right? What price did the Little Rock Nine pay for that decision? What does her story tell us about the place of feminism in the civil rights movement? After all she did, why was Daisy never fully embraced, even within the Little Rock community?

This Community Cinema screening event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservations can be made online at www.wedu.org/events/community-cinema or by calling 813.739.2941.

WEDU’s Community Cinema screening of Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock is proudly supported by ZVRS, USF Sarasota-Manatee and ITVS.

USF Sarasota-Manatee students to host “One Book, One Community,” featuring The Hunger Games

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

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

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

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

MBA Students at USF Sarasota-Manatee score in 91st percentile nationally on Major Field Test

The Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) have scored in the 91st percentile on the Major Field Test, a test administered by the same company that develops and administers the GRE and also administers the SAT.

The ETS Major Field Test is an innovative MBA outcomes assessment designed to measure critical knowledge and understanding obtained by students in the MBA field of study and is the only comprehensive national assessment for MBA program evaluation of its kind. USFSM students scored an average of 260 with the national average among other test takers at 248.9.

“The students worked very hard both professionally and academically and the results of their efforts are reflected in the results of the nation-wide assessment examination,” said Dr. Robert Anderson, Dean of the College of Business at USFSM.  “I am very proud of the students and faculty in this accomplishment.”

The test measures performance in 5 key areas: Marketing, Strategic Integration, Finance, Management and Accounting – most notably, the students scored in the 98th percentile in Marketing.  USF Sarasota-Manatee results are compared with national data from over 14,400 students at 225 different institutions who took the MBA Major Field Test over the last two years.

For more information about the MBA program or other programs in the College of Business or at USFSM, please visit www.sarasota.usf.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

USF Sarasota-Manatee to offer financial aid information sessions at local high schools

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, locations and times are as follows:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Sarasota High School – 6:30pm
  • Thursday, Jan. 19 at Suncoast Polytechnic – 6:30pm
  • Thursday, Jan. 19 at Venice High School – 7:30pm
  • Monday, Jan. 23 at Riverview High School – 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, Jan. 24 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.

Sixth Annual Children’s Literature Symposium to be held at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Children’s Literature Symposium at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) to be held on Friday and Saturday, February 3rd and 4th.  This year, the Children’s Literature Symposium brings together presenters from across the United States and internationally who address the topic of “variants” in children’s and young adult literature and media: books with plots that build upon folklore or other previously written tales.

The Keynote Speaker for this year’s symposium is Dr. Perry Nodelman: Professor Emeritus at the University of Winnipeg; author of Words About Pictures: The Narrative Art of Children’s Picture Books, The Pleasures of Children’s Literature (with co-author, Mavis Reimer), and The Hidden Adult: Defining Children’s Literature.

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

Registration includes light lunch, snacks/beverages on Friday, as well as continental breakfast, lunch, snacks/beverages throughout the day Saturday.  More information about the Children’s Literature Symposium can be found online at www.sarasota.usf.edu/academics/coe/ where online registration is also hosted.  Questions can also be directed to Diane Lewis in the College of Education at 941-359-4217.

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.

Lifelong Learning Academy & USF Sarasota-Manatee hosting the Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty

The Lifelong Learning Academy (LLA), along with USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), will host the noted national political correspondent, Karen Tumulty, on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at the Selby Auditorium at 3:15 P.M.  As the political year kicks off, Ms. Tumulty will speak on the “2012 Election: Where Things Stand.”

Karen Tumulty will be the first of three speakers in the James and Kathleen Wood Lecture series, sponsored by George and Susan Evans in honor of Susan’s parents, who were active supporters of LLA, and politically active all their lives. A graduate of the University of Texas (Austin) with a Harvard M.B.A., Ms. Tumulty is a national political correspondent for the Washington Post.  Prior to joining the Post, she wrote on Congress and national politics for Time magazine from October 1994 to April 2010, based out of Washington, D.C.

Her numerous awards began during her tenure at the Los Angeles Times, where she covered Congress, economics, business, energy and general-assignment beats.   While at the Times, she earned the Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business and financial journalism in 1982, and the National Press Foundation’s Edwin Hood Award for diplomatic correspondence in 1993.  She has also appeared as a television news analyst for the public affairs programs Washington Week on PBS, as well as Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News.

The James and Kathleen Wood Lecture series has been sponsored by the Evans family with the goal of promoting an informed political dialog. The lecture date is advantageously positioned between the Republican candidate debates at USF in Tampa on January 23rd, and immediately precedes the Candidate College, also being held at USFSM’s Selby Auditorium.

For more information about the event on January 26th or general LLA information, please call 941-359-4296.

The Lifelong Learning Academy offers non-credit, university-level courses on topics ranging from history, politics and global issues, to arts and culture, to science and technology—and everything in between. Up to 70 different courses are offered in each of four eight-week sessions throughout the year. Classes generally meet for one hour and twenty minutes, once a week, with emphasis placed on student participation. Available benefits also include Einstein’s Circle discussion groups, Wednesday Munch and Learn gatherings, and special lectures by prominent speakers several times a year.  Classes take place at the USFSM campus at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail and other easily accessible locations in Sarasota-Manatee.

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.

Candidate College to be presented by USF Sarasota-Manatee and Sarasota Civic League

On Friday, January 27, 2012, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) and the Sarasota Civic League will host the 2012 Candidate College from 8:30am – 3:30pm in the Selby Auditorium at USFSM.  Candidate College is a workshop that was developed in order to provide information to anyone who is interested in running for office.  It is taught by well-respected grassroots leaders, former elected officials and professional political consultants.

The workshop will offer information on topics such as framing a campaign message, tips on handling the media, planning and organizing a campaign, coping with incivility and more.  Because space in this workshop is limited, it is recommended that you register by January 13th by emailing sarasotacountycivicleague@gmail.com or calling Kim Noyes at 941-925-2970.  More information about Candidate College can be found online at www.sarasotacivicleague.org.

Five recipients join the long list of students impacted by the Earl & Mary Watts Scholarship

Five students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) have joined the list of recipients of the Earl & Mary Watts Scholarship:  Lisa Baker (Accounting), Sarah Bland (Applied Science), Jodi Kremiller (Psychology), Harper Sublette (Psychology), and Willie Williams (English)  were the most recent to be awarded, each of them from either Sarasota or Manatee county with a minimum 2.5 institutional GPA.

Respect, compassion,  and perseverance are words often used by the many friends and admirers of long-time educators Mary and Earl Watts, who influenced the Sarasota County School District for more than thirty years, leaving a legacy of educational quality and standards that made local history.  Mary Watts retired in 1997 as the district’s first African American assistant superintendent. She and Earl were among the first black principals in the district. Mary was principal at Gocio and Wilkinson Elementary schools, and returned from retirement in 1999 as acting principal for Booker Middle School. Earl was assistant principal and principal at Sarasota Junior High School, and football coach at Booker Middle and Sarasota High schools. He retired in 1991 as the district’s coordinator of employee relations and supervisor of affirmative action and minority education programs. Both were affiliated with many civic and church organizations, and earned advanced degrees and professional certificates while raising two sons.

Thanks to an anonymous donor, their legacy lives on in the Mary and Earl Watts Memorial Scholarship.  The original gift was combined with state matching gift funds to establish a principal endowment.  Endowed gifts are managed by the USF Foundation and provide funds through investment earnings in perpetuity.   Available to students since 2004, the scholarship has been awarded to over 40 local students over the past seven years.   Those recipients include:  Chrystal Fields, Janyce Jones, Solanges Simmons, Shirley Whitaker, Tracy Purvis, Barbara Cancel, Elizabeth Chastain, Christopher Isidore, Chris Merrick, Brian Short, Christine Strudevant, Peter Simms, Jennifer Devlin, Edison Senat, Jacob Taylor, Karen Zapata, Gloria Gibson, Jennifer Diaz, Carol Gallegos, Alicia Long, Mary Reichard , Peggy Stiscak, Aracely Bazan, Leah Hutchinson, Karla Jaimes, Andrew Stubbs, Patrick Walker, Rebecca Wilson, Dat Vu, Ashli Van Pelt, Lisa Baker, Sarah Bland, Jodi Kremiller, Harper Sublette, Willie Williams, Carey Fitch, Rhonda Chaykin-Adams, Chelsea O’Neil, Faith Carnes, Shirley Edwards, Jennifer Hemmingway, Jessica Souders, and Heather Coonradt.

Mary and Earl Watts Memorial Scholarship is available to any Sarasota or Manatee County resident with financial need, who is admitted to USFSM as a new or continuing degree-seeking student, and who maintains a minimum 2.5 institutional G. P. A. Information and scholarship applications are available on the university Web site, at www.sarasota.usf.edu or from the campus Financial Aid office, 359-4459.

Over 400 attendees participated in Hispanic Festival at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Over 400 attendees learned about higher education, the admissions process, financial aid and more at the Hispanic Festival held at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM).  In partnership with Unidos Now, USFSM hosted families from the area on campus in order to provide workshops in Spanish.

Attendees at the Hispanic Festival at USF Sarasota-Manatee attend a workshop on Financial Aid.  Over 400 attendees learned about higher education, the admissions process, financial aid and more at the Hispanic Festival held at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM).  In partnership with Unidos Now, USFSM hosted families from the area on campus in order to provide workshops in Spanish.

Student dancers perform for over 400 attendees at the Hispanic Festival held at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM).  In partnership with Unidos Now, USFSM hosted families from the area on campus in order to provide workshops on financial aid, admissions and more in Spanish.

USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty to discuss “Living in a Material World”

On Monday, December 19th from 5:30-7pm, Art Center Sarasota will host the discussion “Living in a Material World.”  The public is invited to attend this free event that will discuss whether the current recessionary times may cause a shift from a consumer culture to a culture of caring.  Panelists for this discussion are Richard Martin, Executive Director of the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness and Jonathan Scott Perry, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.  The panel will be moderated by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri, JD, Senior Fellow for Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

The public is also encouraged to arrive prior to 5:30pm in order to view Art Center Sarasota’s Exhibition “Material World.”  Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.  Please call 941-365-2032 with questions about the event.

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 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.”

Rogers Garden 5th graders present art for halls at USF Sarasota-Manatee

5th grade students from Rogers Garden Elementary School presented art to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM).  The project, initiated by Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake, a professor in the College of Education at USFSM along with student club PRIDE (promoting, recruiting, increasing diverse educators) was designed to encourage the students to begin exploring what college is all about.  The students, 5th grade teachers and Principal Ann Broomes from Rogers Garden came to USFSM to officially present the pieces and take a tour of the campus.

 

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.

Rogers Garden 5th graders presenting art for halls at USF Sarasota-Manatee

On Friday, December 2nd at 10am, 5th grade students from Rogers Garden Elementary School will present artwork titled “What I can be with a college degree” to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM).  The project, initiated by Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake, a professor in the College of Education at USFSM along with student club PRIDE (promoting, recruiting, increasing diverse educators) was designed to encourage the students to begin exploring what college is all about.

“While the fifth grade students were making these drawings of what they could be with a college degree, I suggested that if they could write and draw their idea on paper, why shouldn’t they be able to live the idea in life,” said Roy London, the Art Instructor at Rogers Garden Elementary School working with the 5th graders on this project.  “As was taught to me by my father and my teachers, I try to bestow upon my students the idea that they should try to work hard now (while they are young) with their minds so that they won’t have to work hard later (when they get older) with their backs.”  Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake also sees the benefit for the 5th grade students along with the opportunity it provides for her current students.  “Completing the project allowed many of the students to envision college as a possibility for the first time. Hopefully, we were able to plant a seed that will continue grow with encouragement.”

The public is welcome to attend the unveiling of the art pieces on the 3rd floor at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  More information and an RSVP can be found online at http://www.sarasota.usf.edu/academics/coe/.

USF Sarasota-Manatee Director of Computer Information Services offers tips for safe online shopping this holiday season

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, about 28 people in the United States become victims of identity theft every 60 seconds.  Rick Rampersad, Director of Computer Information Services at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has compiled a list of ten tips for safe and secure online shopping.  “Retailers anticipate that over $500B will be spent online via traditional online venues as well as emerging mobile platforms,” he said.  “There are some things you can do to minimize your risk of becoming a victim of identity theft or stolen credit cards while shopping this season.”

  1. Never open up unsolicited emails and ignore emails requesting any personal information.
  2. Guard your Social Security number and other personal information, reputable sites do not ask for such information.
  3. Look for the https: heading on websites that manage secure data, this means that the site is encrypted.
  4. Beware of fraudulent apps for mobile devices. The apps should be authored by the vendor themselves. For instance, if you do online banking, the author of the app should be your bank.
  5. Make sure all of your mobile devices are password protected.
  6. Always log off of the site upon completion of your transaction, then close it.
  7. Do not send personal information like credit card numbers or SSN via text.
  8. Ensure that the virus and anti-spyware applications on your machine are up to date.
  9. Do not use public machines to shop online.
  10. Be very cautious when using your checking account as a form of online payment.

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.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Brunch on the Bay sells out with over 1,000 supporters slated to attend

A sellout crowd of over 1,000 attendees will dine on the bayfront at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s 18th Annual Brunch on the Bay.  Held at the Powel Crosley Estate on Sunday, November 6th, the event benefits USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) scholarships, particularly the First Generation Scholarship, which is matched by the state.

Since its beginnings in 1994, Brunch on the Bay has generated almost $850,000 in scholarships for local USF students.  For 2010-2011, financial aid was awarded to 265 students totaling $167,238.

As USFSM prepares to begin accepting freshman in the fall of 2013, scholarship dollars raised through events like Brunch on the Bay will assist in the transition to a 4 year University by providing incentives for students to stay local.  Currently, USFSM is comprised of four colleges and schools: the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education and the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management.  More information about USFSM can be found online at www.sarasota.usf.edu.

2nd Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony to be held at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The 2nd Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony, titled “Patriotism, Liberty & Freedom,” at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 from 9-11am in the Selby Auditorium on campus.  The speaker at this year’s ceremony is Colonel Jerry Hearn, Ret, USA.   Mr. Hearn will be talking about the Honor Flight program.  This project, sponsored locally by the Southwest Florida Rotary Club, plans to send 50 to 75 World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit their Memorial and other patriotic memorials, including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The public is invited to attend this event.  USFSM is located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.  For more information about USFSM, please visit www.sarasota.usf.edu.

USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty article purchased almost 800% more than next best-selling article 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 purchased 3,640 times.  That is almost 800% more than the next most purchased article, which was bought only 410 times.  This same article has been recognized as the most often downloaded and most often cited article in the Journal.

“We were very pleased to receive the news that our article has been downloaded 3,640 times,” said Dr. Graves.  “It was actually astonishing to learn that the number of times grew from 300 to 3,640 in a short period of time. It is the ultimate compliment to have other professors and researchers find our work useful and validate the work that we are doing.”

Dr. Stephen 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.  Dr. Larkin’s major research emphasis is intergenerational matters.  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.

“The New Health Age” to be presented at USF Sarasota-Manatee

On Tuesday, November 29, 2011 from 4-5:30pm, the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will present “The New Health Age,” an event designed to encourage asking the right questions about changes to the Healthcare System in the United States.  The event will be held in the Selby Auditorium on campus at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

Presenting these questions will be David Houle, co-author of The New Health Age and professor at Ringling College of Art & Design along with Jonathan Fleece, co-author of The New Health Age and a leading attorney in the Tampa Bay region.  Moderating the discussion will be Judith Sedgeman and Linda DeMello of USFSM.  The event is presented in partnership with the Lifelong Learning Academy and refreshments will be provided by Blalock Walters, Attorneys at Law.  A reception and book signing will follow the discussion.

The public is invited to attend the event, however RSVP’s are strongly encouraged due to limited seating.  To RSVP, please call 941-359-4774.

“Cybersecurity 101” offered at USF Sarasota-Manatee

On Thursday, November 3, 2011, the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) invites you to attend “Cybersecurity 101” at 4pm in the Selby Auditorium on campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

This program will discuss why small business computer networks are such easy targets and provide the most common tools to prevent commercial cybercrime. Audience members will leave the session with solid action items that will help protect their business networks and electronic information, including sensitive credit card information, from being compromised.

Panelists include business computer security expert Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu who is also the Dean of the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management at USF Sarasota-Manatee, along with  John Jorgensen of Sarasota-based cybersecurity company the Sylint Group, and FBI agent Stacy Arruda, who is in charge of the Tampa Division’s Cyber Crime Program. The event is free and open to the public but RSVP’s are strongly encouraged.  Please call 941-359-4774 to RSVP.

2011 USF Sarasota-Manatee Homecoming Countess Crowned

Samantha Ramon, a senior criminology major at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee was crowned the 2011 Homecoming Countess.  Born and raised in Bradenton, Samantha serves in the United States Navy, is a Legal Assistant at the State Attorney’s Office planning to start law school next fall, is the mom of two kids, and is the Founding President of the Multi-Culture Club on campus, a group dedicated to volunteering and giving back to the community.  “Running for Countess was important to me because I believe that no matter your background, your race, your age or your gender, anything is possible,” she said.  “Ambition is so important in being successful in life.”  Samantha will represent USF Sarasota-Manatee at USF Tampa’s Homecoming Dance & Parade.

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.

USF Sarasota-Manatee student selected for “Eager to Engage” award at Ritz Carlton Sarasota

Mei Mei Soe, a Hospitality Management major at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) was recently selected as the recipient of the “Eager to Engage” award at the Ritz Carlton Sarasota.

Originally from Myanmar, Mei Mei began studying at USFSM during the spring semester of this year and plans to graduate in 2013.  “I’m really happy and surprised,” she said of receiving the award.  “I work in food & beverage while studying hospitality management, so I’m seeing a lot of aspects of the business.  I always do my best and I believe it pays off.”

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.

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.”

“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.

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.

USF Sarasota-Manatee helps local school districts comply with new state law requiring online coursework

A new Florida state law requires incoming 9th grade students to take at least one online course before they graduate.  The law, effective this fall, will also have an impact on teachers, specifically those who do not know how to teach an online course.  The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is addressing this need by offering to teach the teachers.

“Teaching a course online differs from teaching a course in a physical classroom,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean of the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “The demands on educators today differ from those only a few years ago, and advances in technology are central to the future of teaching.  The educational community has asked for this program, and we are pleased to provide it.”

The certificate program offered at USF Sarasota-Manatee, called Online Pedagogy, will be offered starting this fall to current USFSM students along with any interested local teachers.  Inquiries about this and other classes in the College of Education should be directed to the Academic Advising Office at 941-359-4330.  Information can also be found online at www.sarasota.usf.edu.

“We are excited to be offering the Online Pedagogy certificate,” said Dr. Osborn.  “Ultimately, the children of the USF Sarasota-Manatee region are the ones who benefit.”

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.

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 professor returning to Africa to continue research at refugee camps

Dr. Lynn McBrien, Assistant Professor in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee, leaves Sunday morning for Africa on a third research trip studying schools and culture in refugee camps. McBrien, who specializes in Psychological & Social Foundations in her teaching at USFSM, focuses her research specifically on children affected by war, child soldiers and resettled refugees.

“It is my hope to create a 3 to 4 year program to expand post-war networking, communications, and reconciliation, particularly with war-affected children,” said McBrien. “When you are working in cases where people have been deeply injured – psychologically, physically – reciprocity is essential. I cannot go in and take from them knowledge and research and not try to find a way to give back.”

Another reason for McBrien’s return? “What most people don’t know is that Florida is typically in the top 3 states in the U.S. for resettling refugees – sometimes we are #1,” she said. “Because we have such a high percentage of resettled refugees here, it is absolutely critical for teachers to understand what they have been through – years and years of trauma, malnutrition, lack of water – it can cause classroom behaviors teachers do not expect. It is my goal to bring this knowledge to my classroom so I can help the students I’m teaching to go into the classrooms in our community and be well equipped to handle these situations with as many tools in their bag as I can provide.”

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’s College of Education, visit www.sarasota.usf.edu or call (941) 359-4330.

Competitive international grant awarded to USF Sarasota-Manatee professor

Dr. Thomas Crisp, Assistant Professor of Reading in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee, has been awarded the International Reading Association’s Elva Knight Research Grant for promising research that addresses significant questions for the discipline of reading/literacy research and practice.

The grant is awarded to approximately 5 scholars per year drawn from an international pool. It is the intent that such grants will provide researchers with the opportunity to develop important perspectives on the reading/literacy field. Dr. Crisp joins previous recipients from the United States, Australia, Mexico, Nigeria, Argentina, Cyprus and the United Kingdom.

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. He was recently selected as Florida’s Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading by the Florida Reading Association to one faculty member per year who is an innovator and leader making substantial contributions in the field of reading education.

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’s College of Education, visit www.sarasota.usf.edu or call (941) 359-4330.

USF Nursing students begin training at Sarasota Memorial Hospital

A new team of 12 undergraduate second degree nursing students have begun their clinical training this summer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH). A unique feature of the USF College of Nursing Clinical Collaborative model is that students learn essential nursing skills in a one-on-one mentorship under the guidance of an experienced SMH nurse preceptor and clinical faculty. The SMH nurse preceptors serve as role models for professional nursing practice and reinforce classroom learning through clinical experience. A second cohort of nursing students will begin their training at SMH this fall. The addition of Sarasota Memorial Hospital as a new Clinical Collaborative partner supports the USF Sarasota-Manatee “Blueprint for Health Professions Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee,” a project funded by the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to assess how USF Sarasota-Manatee can best serve the local community’s health professions education needs and lay the groundwork for future academic programming.

 

USF Sarasota-Manatee Awarded Separate Accreditation

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee today was awarded separate accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

SACS is the private, non-governmental organization that accredits educational institutions in the southern states of the United States (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia). The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC) is recognized by the United States Department of Education.

“We are extremely proud that we are now separately accredited and excited about the possibilities ahead,” said Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford. “This now means that we will be able to design new programs, grant our own degrees, make faculty decisions, award diplomas, and have all advising, admissions and financial decisions here instead of in Tampa. It is a lengthy, but necessary and worthwhile process and I am so proud of our faculty, students, staff, community and President Genshaft for their incredible support.”

Institutions seeking accreditation undergo an intensive self-review process in which they assess how well they are meeting their educational missions, goals, and expected outcomes, and making improvements as needed. The institution is then visited and evaluated by a committee of experts from across the country. USF Sarasota-Manatee is committed to upholding the highest standards of teaching, research, and service, and earning separate accreditation shows the strength of their students, faculty, and staff.

“This is a terrific statement of quality for USF Sarasota-Manatee, and of maturity for the whole USF System,” USF System President Judy Genshaft said. “Congratulations to the entire team!”

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee opened in the 1974-75 academic year, providing courses for upper-level undergraduates, graduates and continuing education students. In a few years USFSM will begin recruiting a freshmen class. Today, the campus serves more than 4,500 students annually at its two location – the main campus on the border of Manatee and Sarasota Counties and in North Port.

USF Sarasota-Manatee offers new Certificate Program in Business & Technical Writing

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

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

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

USF Sarasota-Manatee offers new Certificate Program in Business & Technical Writing

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

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

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

USFSM professor uses expertise to benefit community, joins Revitalization Task Force on Longboat Key

Ross Alander, Instructor of Management in the College of Business at USF Sarasota-Manatee was recently appointed to the Revitalization Task Force on Longboat Key where he is a resident.  The task force is made up of other residents and business professionals who will analyze how to bring more business to the key and what types of business to target as well as preserving the uniqueness and beauty of LBK.

One of Alander’s areas of expertise and teaching areas is Organizational Review/Assessment.  “We are hoping to grow the key with business that makes sense for the area,” said Alander.  “For example, we’ll ask questions like ‘how do we grow the possibility of small to medium sized conventions at local hotels?’ and ‘would it make sense to develop some athletic excellence centers for tennis or kayaking or golf; or maybe even a high-end cooking school?’  We’ve not started hashing through any ideas just yet, but that’s the purpose of this group.”

Alander also participated on the Organizational Review Committee for Longboat Key last year and was tasked specifically with analyzing Planning, Zoning & Building.  “We worked closely with the Manager in that department and the report we developed was adopted by the town commission,” Alander said.  “It was a success.”

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.

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.

Clyde G. Nixon Business Endowment enables local students to study in foreign countries

This summer, four business students from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee have been chosen to participate in the USF study abroad program as recipients of the Clyde G. Nixon International Business Endowment.

“Jordanna Gholami, business major; Patricia Ummel, English education major; Corinne Mossman, finance major; and Albert Richard,  English major will each visit a foreign country – including Canada, Italy, and Spain -  for one month to learn about cultural aspects of trade, business and international training.

The students will visit local businesses and make connections with international trade companies in order to improve their business skills.  They will live in dorms with other foreign exchange students during their stay and will receive six credit hours towards their degree programs.

“The Nixon Scholarship has made it possible for me to study abroad, which I wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise,” said Mossman, who will be visiting Quebec, Canada.  “I feel really fortunate to attend a university that cares about international opportunities.”

Before he passed away in 2007, Nixon was the chairman of Sun Hydraulics Corporation, a member of the USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Board, and chairman of the Community Leadership Council at USF Sarasota-Manatee, helping to raise $7.5 million for the university’s new campus.

Nixon’s innovative approach to global and regional business development inspired USF Sarasota-Manatee to establish the Clyde G. Nixon International Business Endowment at the university.  The endowment provides scholarships to students and graduate research assistants with a financial need to support their International Business Studies at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

“Clyde understood the effect of an educated community on our quality of workforce, companies, and society,” said Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “He understood the importance of global reach and didn’t see boundaries.  It is our hope that Clyde’s values for life and learning will reflect in future generations of student scholars who have accessed higher education by financial support of the Clyde G. Nixon International Business Endowment.”

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

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

The award is given by the Florida Reading Association to one faculty member per year who is an innovator and leader making substantial contributions in the field of reading education.  The Florida Reading Association represents over 6,900 members who are actively interested in reading and writing instruction. It is composed of local chapters and special interest groups including the Council for Early Literacy, the Council for Adult and Family Literacy, Reading Supervisors of Florida, Florida Organization of Teacher Educators in Reading, and the Secondary Reading Council.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education forms Advisory Board of Education Leaders in Manatee and Sarasota Counties

The Advisory Board for the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) met in May to discuss upcoming goals and plans for the program.

USFSM’s College of Education 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.

Members of the newly formed Advisory Council include:

Terence Devine

Manatee School for the Arts

Assistant Principal

 

Lynette Edwards

School Board of Manatee County

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction

 

Pamela Houfek

Sarasota County School System

Director of Professional Development Teacher Appraisal

 

Wendy Katz

Sarasota County School System

Administrator Instructional Support Services

 

David Mahler

Out of Door Academy

Head of School

 

Cynthia Newell

C4 Promise Project

Project Manager/Facilitator

 

Dr. Jane Rose

USF Sarasota-Manatee

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

 

Dr. Judy Sedgeman

USF Sarasota-Manatee

Director, Institute for Public Policy and Leadership

 

Alicia Stritz

Imagine Charter Schools

Primary Math Teacher

 

Mike Wilder

Manatee County School System

Coordinator of School Leadership Development

 

Yvette Robison

North Sarasota Library

Manager

 

Dr. Rebecca Burns

USF Sarasota-Manatee

Assistant Professor, College of Education

 

Dr. Patricia Hunsader

USF Sarasota-Manatee

Assistant Professor, College of Education

 

Whitney Patton

USF Sarasota-Manatee

Student

 

Cydelle Quinn

Sarasota County School System

Program Specialist for Professional Development Department

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.”



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.”



USF Sarasota-Manatee and Sanborn Film & Television Institute Announces MBA Program with Concentration in Film and TV Production

USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) and the newly formed Sanborn Film and Television Institute have announced a new joint venture involving film, television and business. The MBA program with the concentration in film and TV production will give film and television professionals much needed business expertise.

“The announcement between this campus (USFSM) and Sanborn Studios is a commitment to the community to continue to help develop the economic base of the region,” said Dr. Robert Anderson, Dean of the College of Business at USF Sarasota-Manatee. It is a partnership between the USFSM College of Arts & Sciences, USFSM College of Business and Sanborn Film and Television Institute.

It will focus on the knowledge and skill sets needed to successfully develop, market, and finance film and television productions. The College of Business will provide the business skill sets through its MBA program, the College of Arts & Sciences will provide the film concentration, and Sanborn Film and Television Institute will provide the studio based practicums covering the essentials of film production.

“I am pleased to announce that to my knowledge, the MBA program on this campus will be the first program in the country to offer a practicum-based concentration in the ‘business of film’” Anderson added.

The program will be designed to bring together the film industry and its technical expertise with business and finance knowledge. It will be a real-world education with hands-on experience.  “Students will be involved in learning all aspects of the film industry,” said Ken Sanborn, Chief Executive Officer of the Sanborn Film and Television Institute. “It is wonderful to have the technical knowledge, but you also need to have the business foundation to succeed in the film and TV business. You can teach students the technical aspects, such as camera work, editing, etc., but they need to understand the business side of filmmaking, such as financing, negotiating contracts, distribution, etc.”

This state, national and international program is set to begin in August 2011.

“This new concentration will make this campus very distinctive and give the local film industry the recognition it richly deserves,” said Anderson.

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.

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 to Hold Spring Commencement on Sunday, May 8

On Sunday, May 8, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will confer degrees upon 254 students.  Almost 3,000 people are expected to attend the Spring 2011 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 Spring, 21 master’s degree candidates will receive graduate degrees and over twenty percent of the graduating class will graduate with academic honors.  USF Sarasota-Manatee offers degrees in business, education, accounting, finance, marketing, criminology, English, information technology, history, interdisciplinary social sciences, psychology, hospitality management and more.

Special honorees at the ceremony include:

Outstanding Professor Award — Dr. James Curran, associate professor of Marketing in the College of Business.  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. Curran has more than 35 years of experience working and researching in the field of marketing. His research interests include services marketing, customer loyalty, the use of technologies in marketing, and customer relationship management.

King O’Neal Scholar (perfect 4.0 GPA) — Sarah Fredrickson, College of Arts and Sciences.  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.  While at USFSM, Sarah was a member of Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society, was actively involved in psychology research, and was selected as a presenter at the USF Undergraduate Research Symposium in 2011.  Sarah will graduate from USFSM with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and plans to pursue her doctorate degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Golden Bull AwardJami Worley, College of Arts and Sciences.  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.  At USFSM, Jami was president of the Psychology Club and Circle K International, a Student Ambassador, and a Student Senator while taking up to 23 credit hours per semester. Jami also volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Animal Network of Manatee County, the Florida Guardian ad litem Program, and has been involved with starting a USFSM chapter of Psi Chi, the International Society of Psychology Majors.  Jami will graduate USFSM with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and plans to pursue her master’s degree at USF St Petersburg.

The Outstanding Graduate AwardBrittany Gleitsman, School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. 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.  As president of the USFSM Student Government Association, Brittany was involved with the Angel Tree project, Homecoming, Club Rush, USF Sarasota-Manatee Day, the Get on the Bus football game, and is a founding member of Environmental SustainaBULLS.  Brittany holds a bachelor’s degree from USFSM in Marketing and will graduate with a second bachelor’s in Hospitality Management.  She currently works at Sarasota Bay Estuary Program as a marketing intern and has a strong passion for the environment and the community.

The Spring 2011 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 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/.

USF Sarasota-Manatee completes new Central Energy Plant, moves towards becoming LEED certified

An energy and cost saving Chiller Plant has been completed at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.  The Plant is USF Sarasota-Manatee’s most recent venture into becoming a “green” university.

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, which was designed by Fawley-Bryant Architects and Engineering Matrix, Inc. based out of Lakewood Ranch and built by W.G. Mills, Inc. of Sarasota, began in August 2010 and was completed in April 2011.

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.

“As a university, we are prepared to show that we are good stewards in terms of energy and cost efficiencies,” said Richard Lyttle, director of Facilities Planning and Management at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “This process is not only about protecting the environment, but about cutting costs in order to safeguard our academic programs, students, faculty and staff.”

The previous Central Energy Plant was only built for the 108,000 square foot building that USF Sarasota-Manatee currently occupies on North Tamiami Trail, not for the increased number of buildings and more than 150,000 square feet that the university plans to build in the future.  The enlarged Central Energy Plant provides adequate space to accommodate the equipment to support future campus growth.

Through proactive planning and implementation of numerous cost-savings measures, energy costs have dropped by more than 25% since the opening of the new campus in 2006, and the university believes that the new Central Energy Plant project will save the university another $100,000 a year by utilizing more efficient equipment and a thermal storage system to reduce operating costs.

“We’ve cut back significantly on energy use by changing our energy consumption habits,” said Lyttle.  “We use only high-efficiency fluorescent and LED lighting, placed occupant sensors for lighting and air-conditioning in classrooms, reduced operations of the major equipment at night and on weekends, and accomplished several other cost-saving measures, but the air conditioning system is still the largest energy cost we have.”

With the costs of energy continuing to rise and an increasing awareness of the advantages of sustainable design, thermal storage systems are being used with greater frequency by public and private-sector businesses due to the long-term savings and positive impact on the environment.  The project is funded from State of Florida PECO funds designated for infrastructure improvements and the Florida Power & Light Chiller Rebate Program, which provides incentives for companies that use high-efficiency air or water-cooled electric chillers.

“These systems are used by the Sarasota County School System, Florida Gulf Coast University, Nova Southeastern University, and many other large organizations looking to improve their operational efficiency,” Lyttle said.  “The thermal storage system will make ice during electrical low-cost, off-peak hours, and then use that ice to cool the university during high-cost peak hours of operation.  The air-cooled system will be used as a backup in case of emergency.”

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Psychology not just for “shrinks”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Corry O’Carroll receives Quiet Quality Award at USF Sarasota-Manatee

USF Sarasota-Manatee staff member Corry O’Carroll recently received the Quiet Quality Award from USFSM for her outstanding work with the Department of Facilities Planning and Management.  The Quiet Quality Award winner is evaluated based on conscientiousness, professional manner, positive attitude, work performance, responsibilities, team orientation, and contribution of suggestions.

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.

“From Boots to Books” – USF Sarasota-Manatee makes education a breeze for Veterans

After 20 years in the United States Navy and seven tours that led him to Japan, California, and Virginia, Patrick Walker knew that he was ready to go back to school so that he could do what he felt he was always meant to do:  teach.

He was in luck – for qualifying veterans, the post-9/11 GI Bill pays for the full in-state cost of any public college.  But returning veterans often experience difficulties making the transition from military to civilian life, and Walker was no exception.  Obstacles seemed to appear from every angle, and he had a difficult time navigating the systems put in place by the VA to help veterans return to school.

“I know how to work hard, and I know how to get things done, but all of the paperwork was something I was not used to,” Walker said.  “If you don’t know how to move paperwork, then you don’t get money for tuition or books.  I didn’t know of any military support group that tells you what to do and I didn’t know the first thing about getting a college degree.”

Luckily, Walker found the support and encouragement he needed at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, and was soon on his way to pursuing a degree Interdisciplinary Sciences with a minor in Secondary Education.  The University of South Florida is one of eight colleges offering personalized assistance to every veteran on campus.

“USF Sarasota-Manatee has a lot to offer veterans, who can find great opportunities to learn and grow,” he said.  “Veterans tend to look at things from a different perspective, but the whole university and community has been great.  They work us hard, but I’m used to that.  The university has felt like home to me.”

Walker joined the Student Veteran Organization on campus, which has about 65 members, and had the opportunity to reach out to others who were making the same transitions.  He also worked with the VA representative on campus, Chris Wenzel, who has 21 years of military experience and most recently held the position of Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force.

Wenzel is knowledgeable about the numerous community and university resources available to veterans and is serving as the secretary to the Veteran Committee and the president of the Student Veteran Organization at USFSM.  Other services, including a website outlining the opportunities available to veterans and staff and faculty who are dedicated to helping veterans succeed have helped student veterans make a seamless transition through application to graduation to employment.

“Many veterans tell me that they have a hard time asking for help because they don’t want to be a burden,” said Christa Fowler, reference and instruction librarian at USFSM.  “I’m hoping that offering these services will entice them to ask for help and get the services they deserve.”

Fowler is participating in two national conventions this summer to promote opportunities for veterans on campus.  Her poster presentations, entitled “From Boots to Books,” will be presented at the Florida Library Association Annual Conference on May 7-8 and at the American Library Association Annual Convention in New Orleans June 23-28.  She also runs the Veterans Services website for the University of South Florida and was instrumental in organizing the first annual Veterans Day Ceremony held at USFSM in 2010.

Walker currently volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast and looks forward to working with young minds when he graduates from USFSM in the spring of 2012.

“I’m not the same age and I haven’t had the same life experiences as a lot of traditional students, but I’ve never felt like I didn’t fit in here,” he said.  “I have the utmost respect for how the university is doing so much to help make education possible for veterans.”

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.

USF Sarasota-Manatee welcomes new Community Leadership Council Chairman and Executive Committee

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee welcomes Community Leader Steve Mixson as the 2011 Community Leadership Council (CLC) Chairman.

Other new members of the Executive Committee of the Community Leadership Council include:

  • Vice Chair Larry Fineberg, Leasing Southeast Benderson Development Company, LLC
  • Program Chair Jim Delgado, Kallins Little & Delgado
  • Public Advocacy Chair Hon. Ron Reagan, R-Bradenton
  • Community Affairs Chair Ernie Withers, Autoway Ford Bradenton
  • Chairman Emeritus David Eckel, Wagner Realty
  • Board Liaison Richard Smith, Christopher Smith Leonard Bristow & Stanell PA

The CLC membership consists of local community and business leaders who advise USF Sarasota-Manatee administration on services and programs that meet local community needs.  Members of the CLC represent several industries and sectors and more than 25,000 employees.  The council has four committees: Executive, Community Affairs, Program, and Public Advocacy.

The CLC meets quarterly at USF Sarasota-Manatee. For more information on the council’s work, please contact Lynn Evensen at (941) 359-4340 or visit www.sarasota.usf.edu.

US Labor Department’s Women’s Bureau hosts networking forum at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau recently hosted a dialogue and networking forum with prominent local women, entitled “Women Working Together – Writing the Next Chapter of HerStory,” at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. The forum was 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 included Gwen McKenzie, president and CEO, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System; Dr. Eugenie Clark, founding director of Mote Marine Laboratory; Amanda Evora, USFSM student and Olympic figure skater; Courtney Wise, executive director, Take Care Advisor LLC; Esperanza Gamboa, coordinator of adult and youth migrant programs at Manatee Technical Institute; Barbara Harvey, Manatee County School Board; and Simone Peterson, USFSM student and administrative assistant at the Manatee County Department of Neighborhood Services.

 

The casual dialogue opened with Gwen McKenzie talking about her lifelong desire to be a nurse and to cure cancer, two roles that she still values highly today.  Starting as an advanced practice nurse practitioner, she worked her way from bedside care and clinical management to executive vice president and chief operating officer at Detroit Medical Center.  As president and CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care, she has opened five new outpatient centers.  She stressed the importance of a college education and being passionate about your work.

 

Eugenie Clark, the self-proclaimed “shark lady,” then discussed how she never felt like she was “held back” because she was surrounded by strong women who were role models in her life and career.    She encouraged the audience to view life as not having obstacles, but challenges that they could overcome.  An author of 170 articles and books, Genie has received numerous awards for promoting women.

 

“You have to have a strong drive in life to succeed,” Genie said.  “Everyone has a unique ability to be great at something, and you can’t let the fact that you’re a woman hold you back.  You never know where life might lead you.  Because I had a lot of experience diving, I was asked to go into space when I was 50 years old.  It was something I never expected, but my infinite attraction to nature opened doors for me.”

 

Amanda Evora led the audience through the challenges in her life, which included a speech delay that led her to try skating, which was an individual sport.  She also had great role models who wouldn’t let her quit, and she eventually became a pairs skater and two-time U.S. silver medalist.  She works part-time as a figure skating coach and as an accountant’s assistant in Ellenton.  She is pursuing a degree in business from USF Sarasota-Manatee.

 

Courtney Wise talked about the challenges of being a young person in the field of aging, but also how she gained respect through knowledge and compassion.  She coordinates the daily office operations among the Take Care Advisor’s Geriatric Care Managers and their clients.  She encouraged the audience to pursue higher education and networking opportunities that would help them get their foot in the door to advance career goals.

 

Esperanza Gamboa discussed how language barriers can be a challenge in work and in society, but they can be overcome by tolerance and education.  After leaving her family behind in Cuba to pursue her dreams in the United States, she followed every opportunity she was offered and worked hard to gain respect in the migrant and educational communities.  She advocates for awareness of Hispanic issues and workplace safety of migrant families and minority workers in Manatee County, and credits much of her success to the people in her life who have gone before her and “carried the torch.”

 

Barbara Harvey spoke about her love of education and encouraged women to take advantage of the possibilities offered by the community.  She raised two of her own biological children and four who came to her later, and has kept God as a strong force in her life.  Barbara began her career as a teacher and has served the Manatee School District for 50 years.  Her tireless efforts as an advocate for children have been recognized at the local, state, and national level.  She stressed the importance of making a difference in life and not just sitting back and taking things as they come to you

 

Simone Peterson, who is a member of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Crew Team, discussed the challenges she has encountered as a student just starting out in the workforce.  She pointed out that being a young person in a conservative government role wasn’t always easy, but that working with public relations helps her get her foot in the door and meet the “right” people.

 

“You have to realize your potential and get your name out there,” Simone told the audience.  “Keep people on their toes and surprise them, and never turn down a good opportunity – you never know where it will lead you.  Getting an excellent education and building a strong name for yourself are so important.”

 

USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy was pioneered by President Judy Genshaft and Carol Morsani on the USF Tampa campus.  The two dedicated leaders had the vision to create a program focused on fundraising and education for the purpose of enhancing the educational and career choices available for women students, faculty, and staff at the University of South Florida.

 

“Women recognize the value of coming together, supporting one another, and sharing passion for a cause,” said Elizabeth Lindsay, USFSM campus board chair.  “As women, we want to recognize leaders, role models and philanthropists who can impact the University community, the state of Florida and our nation through leadership and philanthropy.”

 

For more information about WLP visit www.usf.edu/wlp.  To join the local chapter, please call Barb Lewis at (941) 359-4737.

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!

 

 

USFSM professor presented with Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Award for her work and research with women’s issues

Dr. J. Lynn McBrien, assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), has been presented with the 2011 USF System Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Faculty Research Award for her research and work with refugee girls and women in the United States.

 

The USF System WLP Faculty Research Award recognizes USF System faculty whose research and creative efforts focus on women, women’s issues and women’s initiatives.

 

McBrien’s primary area of research examines the effect of war on girls and women who have resettled in the United States, those who have remained in refugee camps and those who have returned to their native countries post-war.  She has explored the connection between discrimination and academic motivation in adolescent refugee girls and evaluated refugee agency programs working to create bridges between new refugees to the U.S., social services, and schools.

 

“Dr. McBrien’s research and achievements with refugee youth and women in Uganda, Ghana, and Liberia have brought worldwide recognition to the university,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, dean of the College of Education at USFSM.  “Her contributions as a leader in women’s issues have enhanced the reputation of USF Sarasota-Manatee around the globe.”

 

McBrien plans to continue with development of educational programming for use locally, statewide, nationally and internationally with women and girls affected by war.  She will also work with the USF Library Holocaust and Genocide Studies Digital Special Collection with a section on Northern Uganda.

 

McBrien was supported in her application by Osborn and was recommended for the award by Niki L. Kelly, director of Refugee Youth and Naturalization Programs, Florida Center for Survivors of Torture at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc.

 

USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy was pioneered by President Judy Genshaft and Carol Morsani.  Since its inception, members and friends of USF WLP have come together to create a network of community leaders who are educating, supporting and guiding women and students scholars in their growth as leaders and philanthropists. To learn more about the USF WLP, please contact Barb Lewis at 941.359.4737 or barblewis@sar.usf.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

Bonnie Greenball Silvestri named Senior Fellow for Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Bonnie Greenball Silvestri has been named Senior Fellow for Arts, Culture and Civic Engagement for the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership (IPPL) at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM).  The focus of Silvestri’s work will be to develop high quality programming on arts and culture for IPPL.

 

As part of her Fellowship, Silvestri will write a blog called “Art and Politics” (http://sarasota.usf.edu/ippl/artandpolitics/), conduct relevant research, and interview artists and policy makers.

 

“This Fellowship will deepen and strengthen IPPL’s commitment to Arts and Culture as agents for social change, and to the understanding of the arts and culture as the soul of our communities and a critical factor in learning across the lifespan,” said Judith A. Sedgeman, EdD, director of IPPL. “Bonnie brings to this position a unique background of training in law as well as the arts, and considerable experience in studying the role of the arts in politics and civic life.”

 

Silvestri has been a faculty member at USFSM since 2007 and has taught Constitutional Law, Women in Law, and Special Topics courses, including a course intended to help end homelessness in our community.  She is also the advisor to the Social Justice Initiative at USFSM, an organization that engages students in community service projects in order to raise social consciousness.  She moderates discussions called “Art for Social Change” at Art Center Sarasota and the Festival Forum for the Ringling International Arts Festival.

 

Previously, Silvestri served as the first executive director of the Judicial Campaign Ethics Center of the New York State Unified Court System, which provides ethics advice to judicial candidates and develops the Judicial Voters Guide.  She was also special counsel to the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board, where she provided legal advice to public officials and employees, enforced violations of the conflicts of interest law, and taught continuing legal education courses.

 

She has worked in large cultural institutions including the Field Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, Wexner Center for the Arts, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

 

Silvestri received her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in English with a minor in Art History from Vanderbilt University and her Juris Doctor from The Michael E. Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University.

 

The Institute for Public Policy and Leadership at USF-SM serves as a bridge between all of the resources of the academic community at USF SM and its collaborative partnerships, and the diverse constituencies it serves by showcasing faculty and student expertise, engaging public dialogue, expressing academic leadership, and continually building public respect and appreciation for excellence in scholarship and education.

“Gear Up for Grad School” workshop on April 30 at USF Sarasota-Manatee to feature alumni “expert” panel

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will host the “Gear Up for Grad School” workshop on Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.  The workshop will include a panel of alumni who will discuss their experiences at USFSM and answer any questions.

The free workshop is intended for those interested in pursuing a graduate level degree at USFSM and offers seminars along with free GMAT and GRE practice testing.  Attendees are welcome to attend the full program or individual sessions.  The welcome and alumni panel will take place from 9:30 until 11:00 a.m.

Panelists will include:

•    Darlene Watts, Detective, Sarasota Sheriff’s Department
Representing the College of Arts & Sciences- Criminal Justice Administration

•    Joshua Bennett, Principal, Bashaw Elementary School
Representing the College of Education

•    Nicole Mancini, Guest Relations Manager, Longboat Key Club & Resort
Representing the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management

•    Joe Gruters, CPA, Shinn & Company & Chairman of the Republican Party of Sarasota
Representing the College of Business – MBA

“Gear Up for Grad School” includes an introductory information session, breakout sessions with faculty and program specialists, a financial aid workshop, campus tours, a cookout in the courtyard, and free GMAT and GRE practice testing.  The workshop options are as follows:

•    9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Welcome and Alumni Panel – Panel discussion with USFSM Graduates.

•    11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions with Faculty and Staff – Meet with a Professor from your program of interest.

•    12:00 PM – 1:00 p.m.
Cookout in the Courtyard

•    12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Financial Aid Workshop – Meet with a Financial Aid representative to find out more options about funding your way through Grad School and filling out the FAFSA.

•    1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
FREE practice GRE/GMAT Test

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

USF Sarasota-Manatee Graduate Programs Ranked Tops by U.S. News & World Report

Several of the University of South Florida’s graduate programs, including four that are offered at USF Sarasota-Manatee, are among the top in the nation according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 America’s Best Graduate Schools rankings released Mar. 15.  The results will be published April 5.

 

“These rankings are affirmation of the outstanding scholarship, academic excellence, and global engagement conducted by USF’s faculty and graduate students,” said USF Provost Ralph Wilcox. “It is because of the innovative research and service performed by our top rate professors and talented students that USF is in the forefront of the creation of new jobs in support of Florida’s future economic growth.”

 

The 2012 rankings include detailed information on more than 1,200 graduate programs in the United States. U.S. News does not update its rankings for every academic program each year, as noted in the list of USF’s current rankings as published in the 2012 edition.  The following top-ranked programs are offered at USF Sarasota-Manatee:

 

•  Criminology – #22 (ranked in 2009)

•  Education: Overall – #73 (ranked in 2011)

•  Business: Part-Time MBA Program – #105 (ranked in 2011)

•  Social Work (hosted) – #71 (ranked in 2008)

 

 

The 2012 Best Graduate Schools rankings include detailed statistical information on more than 1,200 programs nationwide. In addition to featuring new rankings in five of the largest professional graduate school disciplines (business, law, education, engineering, and medicine), the 2012 rankings also include updated peer-assessment-only rankings for healthcare management, nursing, nursing-anesthesia, nursing-midwifery, physician assistant, public health, rehabilitation counseling, and veterinary medicine.

 

For more information or to see a complete list of rankings, visit www.usnews.com.

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.

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.

Holocaust Studies director discusses the importance of 50 million pages of Holocaust documents

Paul A. Shapiro, director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, recently spoke at the Helen Fagin Holocaust Collection at the Jane Bancroft Cook Library about the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Germany, which houses 50 million pages of documents holding information about the victims of the Nazis.  Shapiro spoke about the historical importance of the documents, which comprise 16 miles of shelves at the ITS.   After 60 years of being hidden away from the public, Nazi records about the 17.5 million people they persecuted

during the regime’s 12 years in power were made available to the public in 2006.  The opening of the archives means that survivors and their descendants can finally find information about the loved ones they lost.

 

For more information, contact Dr. Jonathon Scott Perry at (941) 359-4248.

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.

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.

Gear Up for Grad School + Profiles of Success

Saturday, April 30, 2011 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Join USF Sarasota-Manatee at a special event  for students interested in Graduate school!  We will offer several informative sessions throughout the day:

  • 9:30 – 11:00 AM Welcome and Alumni Panel
    Panel discussion with USF Graduates.
  • 11:00 – 11:45 AM Breakout Sessions with Faculty and Staff
    Meet with an Academic Advisor or a Professor from your program of interest.
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Cookout in the Courtyard
    Lunch will be served in the Courtyard.
  • 12:00 – 12:30 PM or 12:30 – 1:00 PM Financial Aid Workshop
    Meet with a Financial Aid representative to find out more options about funding your way through Grad School and filling out the FAFSA.
  • 1:00 – 4:00 PM FREE practice GRE/GMAT Test

Campus tours are ongoing throughout the day.
Gear Up For Grad Workshop
Saturday, April 30, 2011

Check-in will be in the Selby Auditorium on the USF Sarasota campus

RSVP HERE!

Educational Leadership students at USF Sarasota-Manatee in North Port to learn real-world experience from local administrators

On Thursday, March 24 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will host a panel discussion in North Port of local public school administrators who have graduated with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the university.   The event will be held in Room 206 at USFSM’s Instructional Site in North Port, located at 5920 Pan American Blvd.

 

Current USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) students who are pursuing their degrees in Educational Leadership will have the opportunity to listen to real-world experience from educational leaders in the south Sarasota County school system.  Many of the students are currently teachers in public and private schools.

 

“The students in the Educational Leadership program often ask questions in class about how they can prepare themselves for administrative positions,” said Lynda Boyer, instructor in the College of Education at USFSM.  “Being able to talk to someone who has gone through it helps them have a clear understanding of the expectations.”

 

The Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership at USFSM is a program designed to develop outstanding leaders, supervisors, and principals for local and national schools.  The USFSM North Port Instructional Site offers an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.  According to Boyer, many of the students who graduate from the program look forward to coming back to the university to talk about their experiences.

 

“We try to have relatively recent graduates of the program on the panel,” she said.  “Local administrators who have graduated in the past five years or so have a good understanding of what current students are going through, what the current market is like for administrators who are just starting out, and can give tips on what to expect.”

 

The administrators on the panel will discuss their typical day, the stresses and opportunities that come with the job, and why they are passionate about education.  Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and network at a reception following the event.

 

“Since most of the students currently work in the local school system, this event will give them the opportunity to make connections with administrators outside of their own schools,” said Boyer.

Panelists at the event include:

 

  • Derek Jenkins, Assistant Principal at Venice Middle School
  • Tomas Dinverno, Assistant Principal at North Port High School
  • Kent Miller, Assistant Principal at Fruitville Elementary
  • Adrienne MacElroy, Assistant Principal Intern at Vineland Elementary

 

For more information about the event, please call Katrina Anderson at kjander2@sar.usf.edu or (941) 359-4334.

The “Gift of Dyslexia” – Executive demonstrates how technology helps him with learning disability at USF Sarasota-Manatee presentation

On Friday, April 1 at 1:00 p.m., the Department of Disabilities and Diversity at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will present a workshop featuring Davis Graham, executive director/CFO of Manatee Diagnostic Center and USFSM alum.  Graham has had to overcome hardships due to dyslexia, and will provide a demonstration of how high tech programs can help students overcome obstacles in a learning environment and in the business world.

Dyslexia is a learning disability that occurs when there is a problem in areas of the brain that help interpret language. It can impair a person’s fluency or accuracy in being able to read, speak, and spell.  Most people with dyslexia have normal intelligence, and many have above-average intelligence.

The inability to read and write often seems life-threatening to a dyslexic person,” said Graham.  “I want to help people with disabilities see that they can overcome those obstacles to be successful.  Some brilliant dyslexics become corporate executives because of their intuitive gifts for ‘seeing’ the correct strategy and mobilizing the work force.”

Graham, who uses text-to-speech software to read e-mails, contracts, and other print documents, will describe how he has successfully incorporated technology into his life, both professionally and personally.  He currently uses Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFBD) and Bookshare for reading books, and Dragon Naturally Speaking, a speech-to-text software program, for writing.

The event will be held in Room B327 at USFSM, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

The mission of Students with Disabilities Services is to encourage and support students with both temporary and permanent disabilities. For more information, contact Pat Lakey, coordinator of Disabilities and Diversity, at (941) 359-4714 or plakey@sar.usf.edu.

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.

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.

USF Sarasota-Manatee student one of the newest USF Bulls football players

When recent USF Sarasota-Manatee student Ian Kitchell was in middle school, he had no idea what he wanted to be when he grew up.  He knew that he loved to play soccer and run track, but at that point had never played on a football team and had no idea where his life was headed.

Now, as one of the newest members of the USF Bulls football team, Ian has filled in at least one piece of the equation.  He found out that he made the team as a walk-on kicker/punter at the beginning of March and has been on cloud nine ever since.

“I remember sitting in the stands at Raymond James Stadium for a game with my sister, who was a student at USF Sarasota-Manatee and a huge Bulls fan, and thinking how awesome it would be to be on the field,” he said.  “I knew I had to find a way to get there.”

Ian wasn’t always so sure about his direction as a football player.  A soccer lover at heart, Ian was thrilled when he made the Palmetto High School football team as a freshman.  Unfortunately, his excitement was short-lived.  As the backup to a more senior kicker/punter, Ian had little play time, and was overlooked when it came to college recruiting.  Refusing to give up on his dream, he joined the Sarasota Millionaires minor league football team as the star kicker and signed up for classes at USF Sarasota-Manatee, hoping to gain the connections needed to play for the Bulls.

“I had the opportunity to go to school at USF in Tampa but knew it wasn’t the right learning environment for me,” he said.  “I really liked that USF Sarasota-Manatee was local and had much smaller class sizes, which fit my personality better.  I’m a guy who tends to not ask as many questions, but in a smaller class you have to or you get left out of the discussion.  In Tampa you can get lost altogether in the big lecture halls.”

Ian chose General Business as his major at USFSM and with the help of Calvin Williams, the head of Football Operations for the Millionaires, he approached USFSM Student Affairs Coordinator Darren Gambrell about the possibility of trying out for the Bulls.

“Darren took us up to a football game in Tampa and passed my highlight videos along to the coaches up there,” he said.  “He also met with the coaches and gave me the connection and encouragement I needed to be able to try out for the team.”

In anticipation of trying out for the team, Ian signed up for classes at USF Tampa this spring and still faces the challenge of living in Palmetto and driving to Tampa for practice.  He is adjusting to a weightlifting routine, unlike many of the other players who already had one in place, and so far his greatest challenge has been adjusting to the large class size and less personal attention he receives in Tampa.

Despite the challenges, Ian is ecstatic that he made the team and hopes to encourage his younger brothers to try out for the Bulls in a couple of years, likely by taking classes at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  His younger brothers – Zane, 17, and Evan, 15 – both play football at Palmetto High School and are big USF fans.  His sister, Jonni, received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from USF Sarasota-Manatee and is working towards her Master’s degree at USFSM.  Jonni also currently works as a Student Advocate for Take Stock in Children Sarasota.

Ian still isn’t sure about what he wants to do when he graduates in a year and a half, but he is sure about one thing.

“I know my sister’s going to love watching me play in the stadium,” he said.  “This time she’ll probably be wearing one of my jerseys.”

The importance of Florida’s fisheries to be discussed at USF Sarasota-Manatee lecture

On March 16 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 the third lecture in the Environmental Economics series, entitled “Fisheries,” in the Selby Auditorium, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.

 

The economy in Florida, which is the most popular sport fishing destination in the country, is heavily dependent on its oceans and coastal ecosystems.  The popularity of fishing contributes about $5 billion to Florida’s economy annually. Maintaining healthy fish populations and habitats is critical to the continuation of that success. Scientific research at Mote Marine Laboratory is playing a key role in the sustainability of fisheries.

 

The speakers for the event will be Dr. Kevan L. Main, director of the Center for Aquaculture Research and Development at Mote and Dr. Ken M. Leber, director of the Center for Fisheries Enhancement at Mote.  Main and Leber will discuss the importance of fisheries worldwide and what is being done to preserve them.

 

The cost for each lecture in the Environmental Economics series 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.

 

The last lecture in the series is:

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

 

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.

USFSM and former Miss America host Walk to Cure Diabetes kick-off on March 9

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford, Nicole Johnson, and the Florida SuncoastChapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will host their final kick-off event for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.
The kick-off event is Wed. Mar. 9, 2011 and will begin at 9:30am in the Selby Auditorium at USFSM.  Nicole Johnson, Executive Director of USF Health’s “Bringing Science Home,” and former Miss America, earned a BA in English from the University of South Florida and is currently a doctoral student in the College of Public Health at USF.

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.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly and can be fatal. Every day, people with type 1 diabetes constantly test blood glucose levels and inject themselves with insulin shots to stay alive.  Even insulin is not a cure for diabetes, which is why people like Johnson and those at USFSM are participating in the
2011 Walk to Cure Diabetes and raising money and awareness for diabetes research.

To RSVP or for more information on USFSM’s kick-off event for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, contact pgleason@sar.usf.edu or 941-359-4603.

USF Sarasota-Manatee professor awarded $1.2 million to improve early childhood education

Dr. Rebecca Burns is finally able to link her passion with her research, thanks to a $771,000 grant from the Helios Education Foundation and in-kind contributions from the Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA), totaling $1.2 million of support.

As an assistant professor of ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and  former project coordinator for RCMA, Burns’ interests lie in helping the children of migrant workers get proper childcare while their parents work, many times as farmhands and fruit pickers.  RCMA operates 80 childcare centers in farm communities, targeting the rural poor.  More than 80 percent of RCMA teachers are from Hispanic immigrant-farmworker families.

“There is often a deep cultural gap between migrant families and traditional childcare centers, and mothers aren’t willing to send their children to those programs” Burns said.  “RCMA hires early childhood education teachers from within the migrant community and provides them with the necessary training to provide an educational learning environment for children while their parents work.”

The current project, entitled “A USF/RCMA Collaboration: Scaffolding the First Generation Scholar in Early Childhood Professional Development, Language Acquisition, and Literacy,” is a collaboration between USF Sarasota-Manatee and USF Polytechnic and is the first time the two universities, both within the USF System, have collaborated on a project of this magnitude.

Dr. Smita Mathur, assistant professor in the USF Polytechnic Division of Education and principal investigator of the project, developed a teacher training program called Scaffold the Scholar that will be the model for the program.  Burns, the co-principal investigator on the project, will also serve as the Literacy Coach Coordinator and Project Evaluator.

“RCMA teachers understand migrant children, the culture and lifestyle, but they often need help with English language acquisition and literacy,” said Mathur, who also serves on the board of RCMA.  “Scaffold the Scholar provides those missing ingredients.”

The Helios Education Foundation has a coverage area from Dade City to Palmetto and as far east as Winter Haven.  With the grant, 109 early childhood education teachers from RCMA centers in the Helios funding area – Manatee, Hillsborough, Polk, and Pasco counties – will receive 90% of their tuition paid for the three year project.  The grant will enable newly hired teachers to take the required Florida Child Care Professional Credential coursework and established teachers to take college credit-bearing courses leading to the BS in Early Childhood Education.

“These are exciting times for everyone in this partnership,” Burns said.  “RCMA’s mission is to open doors to opportunity, and this project provides a golden door.  Dr. Mathur and I look forward to demonstrating a successful model for professional development for this under-served group of educators, who are rural, low income, first generation English speakers, and often first generation high school graduates.  The greatest contribution of our work will be the bilingual, bicultural scholars themselves, scholars who are uniquely well-qualified to teach the children in their communities and prepare them for the challenges of the future.”

“USF has stepped outside the box in this grant,” said Barbara Mainster, RCMA’s executive director.  “They’ve recognized that education has to adapt to meet demographic changes and respect students’ contributions.  And the Helios Foundation has recognized that such innovations need to be funded.  We’re excited and pleased.”

Starting April 1, the first cohort of 20 RCMA teachers will begin the 40-week Scaffold the Scholar program, which will run parallel to credit-bearing education courses at USF Polytechnic.  Objectives include promoting language and literacy, ensuring college success, and enhancing self-esteem and personal empowerment.

While Scaffold the Scholar will benefit teachers, Mathur says it also has direct and positive impact on preschool aged children, their families, and all of society.

“The way I see it, we as a society have two options: we can empower children and families to learn and contribute to society, or we can ignore them and develop a permanent underclass for which we will all pay for life,” she said.  “Forget the politics and face the facts: these migrant kids are born here and are a part of our population.  When we empower kids, we also empower parents and create productive and contributing members of society.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee collects over $1,200 to support education in struggling countries as part of Worldwide Engagement Week

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee celebrated Worldwide Engagement (WE) Week from February 21-25.  The event highlighted the university’s engagement with international partners to broaden students’ perspectives and advance faculty research.

Events throughout the week included yoga, free salsa lessons, information about study abroad opportunities, international food and clothes, and a collection for schools in Ghana, Cambodia, and Honduras.  Student and faculty-run groups collected almost $1,200 and a large amount of school supplies to send to the international groups.

As part of the week of events, USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Institute for Public Policy and Leadership (IPPL) presented a lively panel discussion on immigration legislation. Former state Rep. Keith Fitzgerald, D-Sarasota and an Associate Professor of Political Science at New College of Florida, moderated a panel discussion regarding the implications of pending immigration legislation and the consequences on Florida agriculture, business, law enforcement, and the state’s economy.  Panel members included Casey Welch, Director of Congressional Affairs for Florida Citrus Mutual in Lakeland; C.J. Czaia, Founding Board Member of UnidosNow!; Kelly Kirschner, Mayor of the City of Sarasota; and Darren Wilburn, Private Investigator.

To round out the week, Hiu Zhi Song, survivor of the Chinese Cultural Revolution and author of “Crossing the Wall,” presented her experiences growing up in communist China.

“This has been such a rewarding experience, bringing together faculty, clubs and student organizations to present information about social justice worldwide,” said Dr. Lynn McBrien, assistant professor in the College of Education and organizer of the event.  “As a global university, our goal is to make a difference in the world, as well as the communities where we live.  This event helped to bring awareness to students, faculty, and the community.”

MBA info session to be offered at USF Sarasota-Manatee in North Port

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will host an information session for anyone interested in pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).  The session will take place on Thursday, March 10 from 5:30-7:00pm and will be held at the USFSM North Port location, 5920 Pan American Boulevard.

The MBA program will now offer students greater 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.

For more information on participating in this information session, please contact Aaron Reecher at areecher@sar.usf.edu or 941.359.4333.

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

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

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

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

Former Miss America to speak at USF Sarasota-Manatee for JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes kick-off

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee students, faculty & staff will be helping to raise funds for and participating in the March 26th Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes on Siesta Key Beach.  In order to kick-off the event, former Miss America Nicole Johnson, who was crowned in 1999 and is a Type 1 Diabetic, will be joining Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor at USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) on March 9th to stress the importance of the walk. Dr. Guilford is the chairman of this year’s walk.

“The JDRF is a wonderful organization that believes in supporting both research and people,” said Johnson.  “I am honored to participate in the Sarasota walk because like millions of others, I live with Type 1 diabetes and am eager for a cure.  I also believe in the importance of community activism as a form of therapy for the stress associated with diabetes.  Partnering with others around the goal of better treatment and research is a way to build confidence, resolve, and relationships — all key elements in living successfully with diabetes.”

Johnson, who is the Executive Director of “Bringing Science Home” at USF Health Design Center, was diagnosed with Diabetes in 1993 and understands well the challenges associated with the disease.  “I have experienced ups and downs in my journey,” she said.  “One thing has always remained the same though – I have always known that JDRF was searching for a cure for my disease.  I am not sure when we will see that cure, but I have hope because of the work of JDRF.”

If you are interested in participating with USF Sarasota-Manatee in the walk on March 26th, please contact Pam Gleason at pgleason@sar.usf.edu or 941-359-4603.  Information about USF Sarasota-Manatee can be found online at www.sarasota.usf.edu.

USF Nursing Adds Clinical Partner in Sarasota

The University of South Florida College of Nursing announces that it will add Sarasota Memorial Health Care System as a new Clinical Collaborative partner. This expansion supports the USF Sarasota/Manatee “Blueprint for Health Professions Education at USF Sarasota/Manatee” a project funded by the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to assess how best to serve the local community’s health professions education needs and lay the groundwork for future academic programming.

In summer 2011, a new team of 12 undergraduate nursing students will be created and will conduct all clinical training at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. The Clinical Collaborative model, launched by USF Nursing in 2001 in partnership with 10 health care hospitals/systems, facilitates practice collaboration among health care facilities in the West Central Florida area and provides clinical training preparation of undergraduate nursing students. It enables students to learn essential nursing skills in a one-on-one mentorship under the guidance of an experienced nurse preceptor at a collaborative partner hospital.

“USF Nursing has received national attention for our Clinical Collaborative model of baccalaureate education, and it has proven to be very successful over the past ten years for both the College and our collaborative partners, ” said Dianne Morrison-Beedy PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN, Dean of the USF College of Nursing and Senior Associate Vice President of USF Health. “Adding this new clinical site is a natural outgrowth of our strong continuing relationship with Sarasota Memorial Hospital and USF Sarasota-Manatee’s campus. ”

The Clinical Collaborative Preceptor Partnership model has formed a network that bridges traditional institutional boundaries and enlists cooperation among area hospitals and USF Nursing. Generating cooperative educational opportunities, the Clinical Collaborative has increased and enhanced the professional nurse experiences throughout the Tampa Bay area. Sarasota Memorial Health Care System joins our other Clinical Collaborative partners in the area at: All Children’s Hospital, Bayfront Hospital, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Morton Plant Mease Hospitals, Shriners Hospital for Children, South Florida Baptist Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospitals, Tampa General Hospital and University Community Hospitals.

“We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with both USF Tampa and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Many of our nurses have obtained a fine educational experience through the USF College of Nursing programs. In fact, we have several nurses currently completing a doctoral program at the USF College of Nursing in Tampa,” said Jean Marie Lucas, ARNP, MSN, MBA, CEN, Director Medical-Surgical Division, Education, Clinical Practice and Research, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. “We believe that this project will serve our hospital and our community well and we are pleased to be a clinical partner in this collaborative effort”.

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System has been designated a “Magnet” hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Widely accepted as the gold standard of patient care, Magnet is a 4-year designation awarded sparingly to hospitals that demonstrate excellence and professionalism in nursing. Just 5 percent of U.S. hospitals have earned Magnet designation – and only 300 worldwide.

A unique feature that distinguishes the Clinical Collaborative model from other traditional models is that students complete the majority of their clinical experience at a single health care organization or team of hospitals. The students learn at the side of their preceptor, and the clinical faculty supports the preceptors by continually rounding on the dyads. The preceptor serves as a role model for professional nursing practice, engages students in aspects of patient care management appropriate to their level of study, and reinforces classroom learning through clinical skills. Students advance through their program of study as a cohort in a single hospital team, establishing a bond with each other, their preceptors, and their health care system. This Clinical Collaborative model helps facilitate the recruitment of students to that hospital as they enter into practice after graduation.

“We are incredibly pleased with this high level collaboration and education to the community,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, regional chancellor for USF Sarasota-Manatee. “The need for highly educated nurses is one of the first things we have found in our assessment study and we are excited to help facilitate the training that enables USF nursing graduates to be among the most sought after in the country.”

pictured (l-r): Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee; Jean Marie Lucas, Director Medical-Surgical Division, Education, Clinical Practice and Research, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System; and Dr. Dianne Morrison-Beedy, Dean of the USF College of Nursing and Senior Associate Vice President of USF Health.

Advisory Board for USF Sarasota-Manatee’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Management helps the program meet hospitality needs

The Advisory Board for the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management at USF Sarasota-Manatee held its first meeting of 2011.  The goal of the Advisory Board is to ensure that the program is meeting industry needs in the community and staying abreast of latest industry standards in order to produce a high caliber student.  “The most exciting thing for us is the quality of these board members and their willingness to invest in our program, our students, our faculty,” said Jay Schrock, Dean of the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management.  “They are nationally recognized professionals who are helping us to ensure that we are producing the best students in the country.”

Pictured (L to R): John McKibbon, CEO of McKibbon Hotel Group; Jay Schrock, Dean of USFSM’s School of Hotel & Restaurant Management; Burton “Skip” Sack, Former Owner of Applebee’s Restaurants; John Walker, Professor at USFSM; Chip Parmelee, Executive Analyst Relations Director at BethCallans Management Corporation; James McManemon, Jr., General Manager at The Ritz Carlton-Sarasota; Drew Peloubet, Chairman of Restaurant Magic; Tom Tollette; Virginia Haley, Executive Director of the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau; Leslie Power, In.Keeper at Hotel Indigo; Katarina Annaraud, Professor at USFSM; Cihan Cobanoglu, Professor at USFSM; Charles Githler, Chairman of Intershow; and Greg Dunn, Professor at USFSM.  Not Pictured: Mark Becker, General Manager at Hyatt Sarasota; C.J. Fishman, President of Fishman & Associates; Judi Gallagher, Restaurant Consultant & Hospitality PR Specialist at Judi Gallagher & Associates; Mohammad Gharavi, General Manager of Holiday Inn Airport; Richard Gonzmart, President of Columbia Restaurant; Sean Murphy, Owner of Beach Bistro & Mangrove Grill Restaurants; and Bob Soran, President & CEO of Jack Graham, Inc.

USF Sarasota-Manatee presents Family Studies conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USF Sarasota-Manatee to host immigration discussion

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Institute for Public Policy and Leadership and Unidos Now will present an Immigration Forum on Wednesday, February 23 from 7-9pm in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

Keith Fitzgerald, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Political Science at New College of Florida will moderate a panel discussion regarding immigration and the following questions:

  • What are the implications of pending legislation on immigration now being debated in the Florida Legislature?
  • What are the consequences of our current immigration discussion on Florida agriculture & business, law enforcement, and the state’s economy in general?

The agriculture industry, which is so important in this state, heavily relies upon migrant workers, making the subject of immigration a sensitive topic in Florida.  In recent decades, other industries including construction and hospitality have grown to depend on flows of migratory labor.

“There is no doubt that current and future legislation with respect to immigration law and policy can definitely have an impact on the agricultural, construction and hospitality/service industries in our state,” said Greg Dunn, Associate Professor in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “We have also learned that immigration policy at the State level can affect the image of, and in turn the demand for travel and tourism to, a State, as well as organizations’ interest in holding meetings in that State.  A recent change in immigration policy in Arizona is a case in point. There needs to be more consideration and discussion on the issues before enacting policy revisions.”

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.

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.

USF Sarasota-Manatee gears up to host the Perlman Music Program Winter Residency

As students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee begin their winter break, music students from all over the country are preparing to spend two weeks on campus for the Winter Residency of the Perlman Music Program.

Led by international concert violinist and conductor, Itzhak Perlman, and his wife and founder of the Perlman Music Program (“PMP”), Toby Perlman, PMP is a one-of-a-kind professional development program for approximately 35 of the most gifted musicians from around the world, ages 12-20+.  PMP students are considered to be the future of classical music.

The PMP schedule of events is as follows:

Tues, Dec. 28 – 7:00pm, Works-in-Progress student recital

Weds, Dec. 29 -No public events

Thurs, Dec. 30 – 4:30pm, Orchestra Rehearsal;  7:00pm, Works-in-Progress student recital

Fri, Dec. 31 – 5:00pm, Chorus Rehearsal;  6:30pm, Works-in-Progress student recital

Sat, Jan. 1 -  No public events

Sun, Jan. 2- 5:00pm,  Chorus Rehearsal;  7:00pm, Orchestra Rehearsal

Mon, Jan. 3 – 11:00am, Viola Masterclass;  5:00pm, Chorus Rehearsal; 7:00pm            Orchestra Rehearsal

Tues, Jan. 4 – 7:00pm, Works-in-Progress student recital at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road

Weds, Jan. 5 – 11:00am, Cello Masterclass;  5:00pm, Chorus Rehearsal; 7:00pm, Orchestra Rehearsal

Thurs, Jan. 6 – 5:00pm, Chorus Rehearsal;  7:00pm, Works-in-Progress student recital

Fri, Jan. 7 – 5:00pm, Chorus or Orchestra Rehearsal (TBD);  7:00pm, Works-in-Progress student recital

Sat, Jan. 8 – 5:00pm, Celebration Concert* at the Sarasota Opera House

Ticket distribution is available at USF Sarasota-Manatee in the main rotunda during the following times: Monday through Friday, 10am through 2pm; Saturday, 10am through 4pm; closed Sundays.  A maximum of six tickets is available for in person pick-up.  Tickets guarantee seating but are not required to attend events.  Tickets are valid until 5 minutes prior to each performance; at that time, all remaining seats are released to the public.

*Tickets for the Celebration Concert are $35, $55, or $75.  More information about the program can be found at PerlmanMusicProgramSuncoast.org.

Students and Staff at USF Sarasota-Manatee donate Angel Tree gifts to local youth

Students and staff at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee are in the spirit of giving.  Starting in November, an Angel Tree was placed on campus listing names of students in need from two local elementary schools and their holiday wish list.  After several weeks of gathering bikes, dolls, video games and food, gifts were donated to 47 children and food baskets were given to 30 families.  The Angel Tree Project is hosted each year by the Student Government Association at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

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 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 student nominated for Pushcart Prize

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

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

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

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

Illustrator of the Harry Potter book series to speak at USF Sarasota-Manatee Children’s Literature Symposium on February 5th

Mary GrandPré, best known for her illustrations and cover designs for the Harry Potter series, will be the keynote speaker for the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Children’s Literature Symposium on Saturday, February 5, 2011.  The symposium will be held 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.  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.

COMCAST BRINGS NEWLY LAUNCHED C-SPAN DIGITAL BUS TO NORTH PORT & SARASOTA, FL

The C-SPAN Digital Bus will visit the cities of North Port & Sarasota, FL on its national tour with two stops.  During the stops, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the Digital Bus and learn about C-SPAN’s public affairs programming.

Launched in June 2010, C-SPAN’s new customized coach is engaging visitors of all ages through interactive multimedia.  Digital Bus visitors are experiencing C-SPAN’s unique public affairs content across high-tech platforms such as HD-TV, the internet, and radio, encouraging customers to follow “Washington, your way.”  Hands on demonstrations feature the C-SPAN Video Library and the network’s social media offerings and there are special resources for civics teachers and their students.

“We are grateful that C-SPAN chose our area to bring their new Digital Bus,” stated Barbara Hagen, vice president/general manager for the Comcast Sarasota/Ft. Myers market. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our local students to become inspired and involved in public affairs.”

Thursday, December 2, 2010 – Media Invited to All

8:00-10:00AM            North Port High School, 6400 West Price Blvd, North Port, FL 34291

12:00-2:30PM             University of South Florida- Sarasota/Manatee Campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL, 34243

The Digital Bus is designed to provide interactive, self guided multimedia tours demonstrating C-SPAN’s programming via varied distribution platforms to all visitors, including:
•    TV monitors to demonstrate the C-SPAN Networks in both standard and high definition.
•    Computer kiosks to demonstrate C-SPAN’s many web offerings including the Video Library.
•    Laptops and mobile application devices to demonstrate C-SPAN’s social media presence and radio offerings.

The C-SPAN Digital Bus was launched in June of 2010; however, this year also marks the bus program’s seventeenth year on the road.  The C-SPAN Digital Bus and crew travel the country, producing programs, and promoting civic engagement through education.

About C-SPAN

C-SPAN was created by America’s cable companies in 1979 as a public service and programs three public affairs television networks (C-SPAN, C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3); C-SPAN Radio, a Washington, D.C. public affairs radio station distributed by XM Satellite Radio; and a video-rich website which hosts the C-SPAN Video Library. Visit www.c-span.org.

About the C-SPAN Digital Bus

In June 2010 the C-SPAN Digital Bus was launched to showcase cutting edge technologies and update C-SPAN’s community outreach within the seventeen year Bus program.  In 1993, C-SPAN launched its Bus program as a way to bring the world of public affairs into schools and communities nationwide. Working with cable television partners across the nation, C-SPAN’s bus program has visited students, teachers, and citizens in all 50 states to discuss public affairs, C-SPAN’s programming and free educational resources.  In May 2010, after traveling more than a million miles, the two original C-SPAN buses were retired from service, and the C-SPAN Digital Bus was launched.

Visit www.c-span.org/bus for scheduling and other information on the C-SPAN Digital Bus.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (www.comcast.com) is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 22.9 million video customers, 16.7 million high-speed Internet customers, and 8.4 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.

Comcast’s content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, 11 regional sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast’s Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (www.comcast.net).  Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, which owns two professional sports teams, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, and a large, multipurpose arena in Philadelphia, the Wells Fargo Center, and, through Global Spectrum, manages other facilities for sporting events, concerts and other events.

In Sarasota/Fort Myers market, Comcast employs 1,300 people serving approximately 600,000 customers with digital video, high-speed Internet and digital telephone services.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USF Sarasota-Manatee to host Environmental Economics series

For the third year, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Institute for Public Policy and Leadership will partner with the College of Business to present an Environmental Economics series with events from January through April 2011.

Dramatic changes in the environment over the past few years have begun to awaken the public and arouse public officials to the increasingly pressing need for well-crafted policy changes, strategic investment in emerging energy technology, and more informed and active grassroots efforts to address environmental challenges.

In 2011, the Environmental Economics series will focus on:

  • Alternative Energy:  Viable and Realistic choices for Florida
  • Regional and local water issues:  Creative Ways to Meet Demand
  • Sustainable Seafood and Fisheries:  Current Status and Compelling Needs for the Future
  • The Business Case for Sustainability:  Benefits and Costs of Getting There
  • How carbon actually functions within the ecosystem to affect climate and what that means to our present lifestyle

These programs, are designed to create a better informed public which can engage in the political process to make sensible demands for energy and environmental policy changes.

Each lecture will be held from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.  The cost is $15 and includes a box lunch.  The dates, moderators and topics are as follows:

Water Issues

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Speaker:  Bill Bilenky, Southwest Florida Water Management District General Counsel

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

The Environmental Economics Series is also sponsored by The Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. 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.

Sanborn Studios searching for interns at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Sanborn Studios, Sarasota’s first film and production studio, plans to bring more than a $164 million impact to the West Coast of Florida over a five year period, including the creation of 117 jobs and a focus on mentoring and growing students.

On Wednesday, November 17 from 3:30 until 4:00 p.m., Kristen Lindberg, Internship & Casting Coordinator at Sanborn Studios, will speak at a Management class at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee about job opportunities at the studio and how to network into a career.

“We have an outstanding College of Business at USF Sarasota-Manatee,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor at USF Sarasota-Manatee. “It just makes sense that Sanborn Studios would want to hire the best and the brightest in fields like Management, Business Administration, Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources, Information Technology, and more. Most of our students stay in our area and find jobs in our local workforce, so this is a win-win for everyone.”

Lindberg’s role at Sanborn Studios includes hiring interns, production assistants and in-house casting as well as acting as Production Coordinator. She has worked with Jeff Bridges, Tony Scott and Nancy Nye and has worked for ESPN & HBO.

The event is part of the Career Services program at USF Sarasota-Manatee, which assists with job and internship placement, networking, counseling, resume and interview training, and career advising and planning.

The event will be held in classroom B226 at USF Sarasota-Manatee, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, please call Toni Ripo at (941) 359-4703.