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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Half-day Alumni College Features Food, Fun, Favorite Faculty
You don't have to be a USF student or grad to enjoy a morning of classes, food and entertainment at USF St. Pete from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 25. The $25 fee includes, breakfast, lunch, parking and a $5 donation to the USFSP Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund.
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
2017 USF Fast 56 Awards Recognize Fastest-Growing Bull-Led Businesses The University of South Florida Alumni Association has identified the 2017 Fast 56 — the 56 fastest growing USF alumni-owned or -led businesses. With an average cumulative growth of 113 percent, this year’s winners represent a variety of industries, from health care to food to finance, and leaders spanning more than 40 years of USF graduating classes. 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.
Rob Patterson, '09, is Pasco Teacher of the Year
Rob Patterson, Elementary Education '09, has been named the Pasco County Teacher of the Year for 2017. A former golf pro, he was a relative late-comer to education after deciding he wanted to work with children and provide a positive male role model to younger kids.
Do You Know an Outstanding Woman in Public Health?
Much of the hard work our public health professionals do is invisible -- we don't hear about the epidemics that never happen! -- but they're on the front lines every day watching out for our safety. USF's College of Public Health recognizes outstanding women in the field each year and nominations are now open.
Alumni Association Awards 2 MLK Scholarships
Two USF students whose work and leadership exemplify the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received scholarships of $1,000 each from the USF Alumni Association. From left are LaShante Keys of the Black Alumni Society, which created the MLK Scholarship, recipients Taurean Wong and Angel Gomez, and USFAA director Bill McCausland.
Teacher Wins Education 'Oscar,' $25,000
Lukas Hefty, Elementary Education '04 & MA '08, USFSP, received the prestigious national Milken Educator Award, known as the "Oscars for Teaching," and $25,000, in recognition of exemplary performance in early- to mid-career. Hefty is the engineering program coordinator at Jamerson Elementary School in St. Petersburg.
Osher Lifelong Learning Brandon Open House is Jan. 19
USF's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is expanding to Brandon/Riverview. Check out the courses and faculty for this affordable senior education program during an open house from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Jan. 19 at The Regent, 6437 Watson Road, Riverview. The event is free and includes complimentary breakfast snacks.
Nationally Recognized Educator Takes on Hometown Challenge
Deborah Gist, MA ’97, gained national attention as an educator, serving as Washington DC’s first state superintendent of education, senior policy analyst for the US Dept of Education and one of TIME magazine’s 100 people who most affect the world. In 2015, Gist returned to her childhood home of Tulsa, Okla., to fight for the community’s kids.
2 Bulls Named Hillsborough Teacher of the Year Finalists
Two USF alumnae, both 2011 grads, have been named finalists for Hillsborough County Teacher of the Year. Maria Torres-Crosby, far left, teaches sixth-grade language arts at Memorial Middle School and Cathelyn Gregoire teaches exceptional education English at Armwood High.
President Genshaft Looks Back at 2016, Ahead to 2017
In a broad-ranging interview with WUSF reporter Mark Schreiner, USF System President Judy Genshaft talks about topics near and dear to alumni, from USF's path to preeminence to whether we'll get a football stadium on campus.
Alum Earns Raves for Community College Leadership
Kandi Deitemeyer takes over this month as president of Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C., a six-campus school that's a national leader in workforce development. The three-time USF alumna is praised as a visionary who strives for excellence, even when personal challenges arise.
#BlackLivesMatter Co-Creator to Speak at USF Jan. 17
Social activist Alicia Garza, co-creator of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, will speak at USF at 8 p.m. Jan. 17 as part of the University Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public following priority seating for students.
Coach Strong Gets Enthusiastic Welcome from SRO Crowd
Charlie Strong got an enthusiastic welcome in his first public appearance after being named USF football's new head coach. He promised to make his first priority to graduate student athletes; next, to win championships, and finally, to prepare his players for life after football.
Join in a Big Bulls Welcome for Our New Football Coach
The Bulls' new head football coach, Charlie Strong, makes his first USF public appearance at 10:30 a.m. Thursday (Dec. 15) in the Marshall Student Center ballroom. The event is free, open to all, and includes appearances by Herd of Thunder, Spirit Squads and Rocky.
USFSM's Bulls Bistro Announces Spring Dining Dates
Sample innovative fare created by students and faculty chefs at Bulls Bistro, an occasional dining event at the University of Sarasota-Manatee's Culinary Innovation Lab in Lakewood Ranch. Tickets are now on sale for Jan. 19; Feb. 7 and 16; March 9 and 23, and April 6 and 20.
New USF Partnership Provides Free Coding Training to Alumni
All USF System alumni and students can now get free online training in computer coding and the opportunity to attend a free 12-week coding boot camp in Virginia -- with free books and training materials, housing, a weekly stipend and $250 towards travel.
It Just Got Easier to Finish that Degree You Started
Florida residents who earned credits toward a degree but never completed it now have a path that caters to working adults. USF has joined Complete Florida, a state-funded initiative that makes going back to school easier.
Alumni Association Announces Outstanding Fall Grads
Each of the USF System's three Outstanding Graduates for fall 2016 has displayed amazing tenacity, sometimes in the face of great adversity, while pursuing their dreams and contributing to the USF community. Meet, from left, Stephanie Radu, Albert Moreno III and Jennifer Caba.
Celebrate National Book Awards Week with 5 Great Novels
On Wednesday, we'll learn whether USF professor Jay Hopler receives a National Book Award for poetry. In the meantime, celebrate the week by reading one of five great overlooked novels recommended by USF instructor and alumna Karen Brown, '89, MA '04 and PhD '08.
USF Veterans Wrapped in Love with Quilts of Valor
The healing seems to begin the moment loving arms wrap military veterans in their handmade Quilts of Valor. In Tampa, volunteers at Crafty Threads quilt shop have been creating quilts for USF veteran-employees to "comfort and heal the wounds you can see and those you can't."
Work is Underway to Replace Andros with The Village
Work is underway on phase 1 of The Village, the new student residence halls that will replace the Andros complex. The Andros Center (pictured in May) is gone, along with Delta, Eta and Zeta halls. Two new LEED Silver certified halls, Beacon and Summit, should be open in fall 2017.
Gen. Wesley Clark to Speak Nov. 9 at Marshall Center
Gen. Wesley Clark, former NATO supreme allied commander and author of Waging Modern War
and Winning Modern Wars
, will participate in A Global Conversation Nov. 9 at USF. Door open at 6:30 p.m. at the Marshall Student Center Oval Theater.
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. Alum's New Sand Trap Business is Taking Off
Pilot Mary Whitworth, Zoology `79, spotted the writing on golf courses while flying over them -- sand traps shaped like letters of the alphabet. It took awhile to compile photographs of all 26 letters, but she did it. Her company, which produces monogrammed golf accessories using the sand trap letters, is taking off. Read more.
Alumni Athletes Join in Fundraisers for B.B. Waldon
A golf tournament featuring USF athlete celebs and an alumni basketball game are planned to benefit B.B. Waldon, a star USF basketball player from 1998-2002 who was seriously injured in a traffic accident in April. USF Athletics and Waldon's former coaches and teammates have organzed a July 31 golf tournament at Streamsong Resort in Bowling Green, Fla., and an alumni basketball game at 3 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Sun Dome. Read more.
Jumpstart Your Job Search with Free CareerBeam Webinar
Find a job, get a better job or change careers -- whatever your professional goals, CareerBeam offers an array of tools to help. A free webinar at noon July 23 will walk you through this amazing resource, which provides professional assessments, resume and cover letter builders, job postings and much more for Alumni Association members. The webinar is open to anyone; register here
Young Students Benefit from Friendship with USFSP
For two years, USFSP students and faculty have been working with students from Fairmount Park Elementary, a school in an impoverished neighborhood visible from campus but light years away in terms of opportunity. Many students "have never been outside their ZIP code," says Fred Bennett, an adjunct instructor in the College of Education and the man behind the USFSP-Fairmount Park partnership. (Photo: Students take an educational boat ride through Coffee Pot Bayou.) Read more.
Take a Trip Down the Rabbit Hole of USF's Special Collections
Take a guided journey Down the Rabbit Hole: From the Sublime to the Bizarre in USF Libraries' Special Collections
from 1-3 p.m. Thursday (July 16) at USF Tampa Library, 4th floor. Check out new Alice in Wonderland
acquisitions, historical LGBT memorabilia and material from the 1960s "witch hunt" for homosexual and communist USF faculty members. It's free and open to alumni and friends! Click here
for more information.
USF Alum Helps Team USA to Softball World Cup
Soccer wasn't the only world cup claimed on Sunday evening by women on Team USA. Our softball team also defeated Japan 6-1 to win the World Cup of Softball X. It's the second year in a row for USA, and the second year we had former USF Bulls pitcher Sara Nevins, `14, on the mound. Read more.
USF is 'Blessing of a Lifetime' for Newest Outstanding Grad
The USF System's Summer 2015 Outstanding Graduate is civil engineering major Trang Luong of Vietnam. Despite being a top student in her homeland, she never dreamed she'd be able to pursue a degree at an institution like USF. "I have worked and studied hard to deserve this blessing of a lifetime," she writes.
Congratulations to Our 2015 Alumni Award Winners
Congratulations to our 2015 USF Distinguished Alumni, George D. Morgan and Lynn Pippenger; our Donald A. Gifford Service Award recipient, Richard Lane, and our Class of `56 Award recipient, Bob McCann (pictured). A fifth honoree, the Outstanding Young Alumnus recipient, will be announced at a later date.
Beloved Teacher, Special Ed `68, Set to Retire
Forty-six years ago, Patricia Johnston, Special Ed `68, became one of the first teachers at Florida's first school for gifted education, Pine View School. She never left. Now diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the longtime French teacher is preparing to visit Paris for the first time, a trip paid for by a student-led fundraising effort. Read more.
USF Libraries Shares Story Behind Donated Collection
USF Libraries' LGBT Initiative began with the donation of a collection of newsletters, ephemera and other materials documenting the history of the lesbian community in St. Petersburg since 1981. The woman behind the donation was Edie Daly, 78, a self-described "old lesbian feminist." Read more.
Find Great Florida Plants at the Summer Plant Festival
Looking for unusual plants that thrive in Florida's heat, humidity and rain? Find butterfly plants, herbs, orchids, plumeria, begonias and more at USF Botanical Gardens' Summer Plant Festival this weekend (June 27-28.) There are also workshops, a kids' activity area, and plenty of experts to answer your questions. Read more.
USF Medical School, Business College Survive Budget Vetos
Funding to move the Morsani College of Medicine to downtown Tampa and to finish the Kate Tiedemann College of Business at USFSP (pictured) survived Gov. Rick Scott's $461 million in state budget vetos. "I would like to thank Governor Scott for approving the funding for two major capital projects that will improve the educational experiences of University of South Florida System students and the economic vitality of the Tampa Bay region for years to come," USF System President Judy Genshaft said. Read more.
Past USFAA Presidents Welcome Betty Otter-Nickerson
Twenty-four past presidents of the USF Alumni Association board of directors met Monday night to share dinner and advice with incoming board president Betty Otter-Nickerson, center, in white blouse. The new board will hold its first meeting from 9 a.m. to noon July 18 in the Gibbons Alumni Center's Traditions Hall. All interested alumni are welcome to attend.
The Secret Lives of ... Ants?
A BBC film crew has been following USFSP biology Professor Deby Cassill for two weeks for a documentary called Animals Like Us.
Professor Cassill, who's been researching fire ants for 25 years, says they're actually gentle, loyal and loving. Read more.
The Curtain Rises Saturday on a Week of Dance
The Florida Dance Festival performances open Saturday, June 20, with Sheetal Gandhi's I Was Just ...
, a response to the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting and protests. They continue June 23, 26 and 27 -- the Festival Finale -- at USF Tampa's School of Theatre and Dance's Blackbox Theatre, TAR 120. More information
USF Ranks 10th in the Nation for U.S. Patents
USF ranks 10th nationally and 13th among universities worldwide for U.S. patents granted in 2014, according to the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. USF ranked No. 1 in Florida. Read more.
Meet Our 2 Newest Pat Tillman Scholars
Two U.S. Army veterans and Bronze Star recipients have been named 2015-16 Pat Tilllman Scholars. Mary Lynn Conroy is seeking an MBA to continue her work in countering terrorist network financing; John Pasciak is pursuing a doctor in pharmacy degree with the goal of working at a VA hospital. (Photo from TBO.com) Read more.
Get Free Piano or Brain Training as Part of USF Study
If you're 60 to 80 years old, you can get free piano or computer brain-training classes as part of a USF study. Dr. Jennifer Bugos seeks to measure the impact of the training on cognitive performance and psychosocial well-being in older adults.
Bull Explorers 2016 Trip Schedule Unveiled
The Alumni Association's has published its 2016 Bull Explorers travel schedule, which features 11 trips designed to appeal to an array of interests, budgets and duration preferences. They include a Savannah, Ga., golf getaway that takes in a day at the Masters Tournament, a tour of the Old West, and a deluxe excursion to Machu Picchu (pictured). Read more.
Congratulations to the 2015 Fast 56
Fifty-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
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.
USF Innovator to Join Inventors Hall of Fame
Dr. 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
Members 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.
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.)