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Announcing the USFAA Frontier Communications Getaway Contest!
Win a grand prize trip to New Orleans Oct. 20-21 to watch the Bulls take on the Tulane Green Wave or one of several weekly prizes!

Outstanding Summer Grad Aims to Become a STEM Role Model for Girls
An  award-winning international student majoring in industrial and management systems engineering, Garrett Bowleg is the USF System’s Outstanding Graduate for summer 2017. She hopes to one day become a STEM role model for girls in her native Bahamas.

USF Beats FSU! New 'Best Colleges' List Puts Bulls at No. 2
The newest listing ranks USF as the No. 2 "Best 4-Year Colleges in Florida" among 56 contenders, with Florida State placing 9th and the University of Florida at No. 1.

Jackets for Our Student Ambassadors and Other HerdFunders
Our student Ambassadors are looking for a help to purchase new green business jackets -- part of their iconic uniform. USF Sarasota-Manatee is hoping to establish an NCAA Women's Rowing team. You can make a big difference with just a small donation to these and other HerdFunder projects. 

USF Announces 2017 Alumni Award Recipients
The USF Alumni Association has announced the 2017 recipients of the university’s highest alumni honors, the USF Alumni Awards. Learn which alumni -- one non-USF grad -- will be recognized for outstanding professional achievements and for service to USF and Tampa Bay.

'08 Grad Competing for Ms. Woman United States Title
Megan Washington, Communication '08, is competing this week for the title of Ms. Woman United States after being crowned Ms. Woman Florida in April. Her platform during her reign is fighting heart disease in women.

HerdFunder Project Seeks to Create Terry Tomalin Memorial Scholarship
Terry Tomalin, Mass Comm '83, MLA '10, was a beloved USFSP faculty member and popular journalist who wrote about the great outdoors. He died in May 2016. USFSP is raising money for a scholarship that will be a lasting tribute. 

Who's the Biggest Bulls Fan of All? Bill Wiggins, '83
Bill Wiggins, Finance '83, Life Member, received the USF Fan of the Year award at the seventh annual Sneaker Soiree hosted by the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. Two other alumni also were honored, including Susan Harmeling, '88, who received the Lee Roy Selmon Lifetime Achievement Award.

Alumni Association Welcomes Frontier Communications as an Official Sponsor
Frontier Communications, a leading provider of data, video and voice services in parts of Florida and 28 other states, will become an official sponsor of the University of South Florida (USF) Alumni Association effective July 1.

Kathryn Gillette, MHA '03, to Retire as CEO of St. Pete's Biggest Hospital
For four years, Dr. Kathryn Gillette, Master of Health Administration '03, has served as CEO of St. Petersburg's largest hospital, Bayfront Health. She's credited with successfully leading it from a struggling not-for-profit to healthy for-profit.

'Voice of NASA' George Diller, '72 and '77, Retires after 37 Years
George Diller, whose voice is as familiar as a favorite uncle's to followers of the NASA space program, has retired. Diller, Communication '72 and General Business Administration '77, counted down to "LIFTOFF!" for countless spacecraft over nearly four decades. 

Mass Comm Alum to Co-Host NPR's First Kids' Program
Mindy Thomas,  Mass Comm ’01, is the co-host of NPR’s first program for kids, a fun new podcast about science, technology and inventions. Mindy is the award-winning Sirius XM host of the The Absolutely Mindy Show

Tonjua Williams, MA '96, Named 1st Female, 1st Black SPC President
Congratulations to Tonjua Williams, MA Guidance and Counseling Education '96, on being named St. Petersburg College's first black female president. "What this proves is that there is no ceiling, not just for me, but for everyone who has a dream," Williams told the Tampa Bay Times.

Moving to Charlotte, NC? New TV Show Seeks USF Alumni
Jessie Luczynski, '09, casting associate producer for Magical Elves Production, producers of "Top Chef" and "Project Runway," is looking for Bulls planning a move to an apartment in Charlotte, NC, and interested in appearing on a new TV series, Apartment Hunters.

2017 Outstanding Young Alumni Share Wit, Wisdom, Laughs
USF's first Outstanding Young Alumni awards event for grads 35 and younger was an evening of high-energy fun, with music, food, drinks and a lively panel discussion. Pictured: Paralympic silver medalist Brad Kendell, '03, with Rocky and daughter Piper.

New Nursing Program Offers 5-year Track for Pinellas, Sarasota, Manatee Students
USF's new Suncoast Nursing Accelerated Pathway program, which starts in the fall, will allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology at the USFSP or USFSM campuses, then transition into the College of Nursing’s accelerated bachelor’s of science degree in nursing.

Bill Mariotti, '15, Makes Largest Individual Donation in USFSM History
Development company owner Bill Mariotti, who graduated from USFSM in 2015 more than 30 years after his USF education was interrupted by a family crisis, has announced a legacy donation of $3.5 million to both institutions. It is the Sarasota university's largest ever individual contribution.

20-year-old USF Graduate Hopes to Continue Jockey Career
Entering college at the age of 16 and graduating as a 20-year-old is an impressive task on its own, but that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the resume of recent graduate Cheyanna Patrick. She's also won multiple races as a horse jockey and is going to law school, where she'll hope to continue her horse racing career.  

Alumna builds 3-D printer to re-create Venus de Milo
Tina Piracci recently graduated with a bachelor of fine arts, minors in entrepreneurship and visualization and design, and certifications in electrical engineering and digital fabrication. She's weaving those talents and skills together to recreate the Venus de Milo using a 3D printer.

A Message from USF Board of Trustees Chair Brian Lamb
 USF Board of Trustees Chair Brian Lamb shares a message with the USF community, alumni, friends and supporters.

USFSM Marks Graduation of Its First Freshman Class
Some of the first freshmen to attend USF Sarasota-Manatee graduated May 8 with pomp, ceremony, and special stoles that read "USFSM First Freshman." The school began offering four-year degrees in 2013.

USFSM Criminology Club Students Debate Prison Inmates
Four USFSM students visited Hardee Correctional Institution recently to debate four inmates -- all Toastmasters International members. The experience gave the criminology students a new perspective on prisons and the people serving time there.

Outstanding Grads Combine Stellar Academics, Service, Spirit
USF's Outstanding Graduates for spring 2017 excelled academically while leading, serving others and overcoming their own personal challenges. They are, from left, Natalie Soyster, USF Tampa; Hunter Paul Drake, USF St. Petersburg; and Katerina S. Pluhacek, USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Softball Player Who Inspired Teams Across the Country Returns to USF
Meredith Bissette, the USF softball player whose cancer diagnosis last year prompted a show of support from collegiate teams across the country, has returned to school and the Bulls.

USFSP Alum Wins Pulitzer for Investigative Journalism
Eric Eyre, MA Mass Communications '98, won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting Monday for stories exposing the massive amounts of opioids flowing into depressed West Virginia counties. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter is pictured at far left with editor Rob Byers.

USF Ranks No. 7 in the U.S. Among 'Golden Age Universities'
USF ranks 7th in the United States and 34th in the world among public universities founded between 1945 and 1966, according to a new analysis by the "Times Higher Education," a global education news publication.

Audience is Part of the Show in 'The Flashlight Play'
Audiences for "The Flashlight Play" (pictured in rehearsal) will follow a trail of glow sticks into an unlit theater, use a password to get inside and choose how the play ends. Written by Kevin Wesson, Theatre '16, it takes the stage Thursday through Sunday at the Silver Meteor Gallery in Tampa.

Oscar Winner Viola Davis to Speak at USF Sun Dome April 4
Academy Award winner Viola Davis will speak at the USF Sun Dome on April 4. The event is free and open to alumni, although students will have priority seating. Doors open at 7 p.m.; lecture at 8 p.m.

Professor Elected to Inventors Hall of Fame
USF Distinguished Professor Richard Gitlin is one of eight new inductees to the Florida Inventors hall of Fame. Gitlin, who holds 60 U.S. patents, is the co-inventor of DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), which allowed internet access over telephone networks.

Grad Program Ranks No. 2 in Nation; Others in Top 50
USF's Industrial and Organizational Psychology graduate program ranked No. 2 for all U.S. public and private universities, Public Health ranked No. 8 and Audiology No. 13 in U.S. News and World Report's 2018 Best Graduate Schools. Fifteen other programs were in the top 50.

2 Bulls Teams Start National Tournament Play
USF women's basketball takes on Mizzou on Friday (March 17) in the NCAA Tournament, and the USF Ice Bulls hockey team hits the ice at 5 p.m. today (March 15) in its second game of the ACHA Division 3 National Tournament. 

President Genshaft Receives National Education Award
USF System President Judy Genshaft has received the American Council of Education's 2017 Donna Shavlik Award, which recognizes an individual who demonstrates a sustained commitment to advancing women in higher education, on March 11.

USF Announces 2017 Outstanding Young Alumni
Ten former USF students under 35 years old have been selected as 2017 Outstanding Young Alumni. They boast an array of accomplishments, from a Super Bowl champion to a legislator who became Florida's youngest elected official, to a physician-attorney who donates her services to the underserved.

USF is No. 1 in Nation for Fulbright Scholars
USF is the No. 1 research institution in the nation for producing 2016-17 Fulbright Scholars with 12 faculty members awarded grants to conduct research around the globe, according to a new ranking by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

USF Wins 'Tree Campus USA' Recognition
USF has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a 2016 Tree Campus USA. The Tampa campus, which began its transformation from a shade-less sandy vista in the late 1990s, now boasts hundreds of mature oaks, magnolias and other species.

AAC Releases 2017 Bulls Football Schedule
Charged up and BullStrong, USF football kicks off Aug. 26 in San Jose, Calif., against San Jose State. They'll play nationally televised games agains Illinois Sept. 15 and Temple Sept. 21. Homecoming pits them against UMass, and the War on I-4 moves to Nov. 24 at UCF.

Got a Kid at USF Who Needs Money? Get a U Club Scholarship
USF students with a parent or legal guardian who's a member of the USF Alumni Association have until Feb. 20 to apply for a $1,000 U Club scholarship. Not a member? Join today and your student will be eligible!

Membership Matters!
Your USF Alumni Association awards over $400,000 annually in scholarships to current students! One way is through the U Club, the Association's prestigious giving society.  The U Club Scholarship is awarded to a current junior or senior whose parent or legal guardian is a member of the USF Alumni Association. Deadline to apply is Feb. 5, 2016.

Congratulations to the 2015 Fast 56
2 men in suits and woman in dress posing on stage with trophyFifty-six businesses and their Bull leaders received well-earned recognition for their success during the 2015 Fast 56 Awards reception and presentation. The No. 1 fastest-growing Bull-owned or -led business is RS Platou Markets, Inc., whose COO and CFO is Alumni Association Life Member Patrick Shea, accounting, '76, pictured here with USF System President Judy Genshaft and Alumni Association board chair Mike Griffin. Click here for winners lists and here for photos.

Men's Tennis Wins 2nd Straight Conference Title
male tennis player with white headband, T-shirt, green shorts on court with racket raised The men's tennis team swept the University of Tulsa on Sunday, clinching its second consecutive American Athletic Conference championship. USF will learn its seeding for the NCAA Championship during the Selection Show at 5:30 p.m. April 28. Read more.

Music Alum Gives Global News Story a Happy Ending
middle-aged white woman on couch gesturing with hands next to black teenager smiling and playing handheld video gameConnie Bell Going (music, '86) was the caseworker for a then-15-year-old boy in foster care whose public plea for a family garnered worldwide attention. Despite hundreds of offers from strangers, two years passed with no forever home for Davion Only. Until now. Read Connie and Davion's story.

COPH Announces 1st Alumni Award-Winners
Logo for USF College of Public Health 30th anniversaryThe College of Public Health, celebrating 30 years with its inaugural Alumni Awards Ceremony, will recognize 28 honorees on May 2. For the list of winners and details about the event, click here.

USF Innovator to Join Inventors Hall of Fame
young boy showing two men seated at a desk something in his handDr. Paul R. Sanberg (at right in photo), senior vice president for research, innovation and economic development at USF, has been elected to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. He is one of seven inventors who will join the Hall of Fame at the Induction Ceremony & Gala on Oct. 2, 2015, in Tampa. Read more.

Class of '65 Marks 50-Year Anniversary
10 members of the USF class of 1965 at 50th reunionMembers of USF's Class of 1965 celebrated the 50th anniversary of their graduation April 10 with a reunion at the Alumni Center. They include, from left, Harrison Fox, Jr. (Distinguished Alumnus, 1976); Dr. Evelyn Watkins (Class of ’64 – she missed last year’s reunion); Kenneth Lane; Ellen Oberer; Maynard Fernandez; James McBride; Dr. Brenda George; Dave Ouellette; Anna Marie Ippolito (Distinguished Alumna 1979 and past president of the Association; and Dr. Ernest Boger, Jr., USF's first African-American student. Click here for more reunion photos.

Lessons in Leadership


USF Alumni Association and Sagicor Life Insurance Company invite you to attend a dynamic new lecture series created exclusively for Bull business owners and leaders.

Rear Admiral John Kirby, History '85, Talks About Twitter, His Mom & ISIS

Rear Admiral Kirby

USF alumnus and Rear Admiral John Kirby, 51, candid spokesman for the Department of Defense, discusses military messaging, his popular Twitter handle, his mother's critiques of his TV performances and ISIS with the Tampa Bay Times. Read more.

Get Your Tickets for Engineering Alums' Popular Bullarney on March 21
Wager on roulette and poker, bid on silent auction items and enjoy music, delicious food and an open bar at Bullarney 2015, the Engineering Alumni Society's annual fundraiser. Click here to purchase tickets.

USF announces $10 million gift from Trustee Jordan Zimmerman

The University of South Florida announced today that its School of Advertising & Mass Communications within the College of Arts and Sciences is now named after USF Trustee Jordan Zimmerman for his gift of $10 million to the school, the largest gift to the College of Arts and Sciences in its history.

Hear a Century of Florida Public Health History

Hear about the challenges faced by Florida's public health pioneers -- the pharmacists, midwives, epidemiologists, physicians, and more -- from the practitioners themselves through the Florida Public Health Oral History Project. Nearly 60 public health workers shared their stories in interviews conducted from 1997 to 2002. (Above, surgery at Centro Asturiano Hospital.)