Head Coach Willie Taggart

Bulls Notebook: USF Sarasota-Manatee students, alums ready for football

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: May 20, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. (May 20, 2016) – Sarasota and Manatee counties’ Bulls fans are getting pumped up about the 2016 football season.

Fourth-year USF Head Coach Willie Taggart’s June 6 “Kickoff with Coach Taggart” event at Pier 22 in Bradenton is already sold out.

The annual event, a favorite of alumni, including from USF Sarasota-Manatee, gives Bulls fans a chance to mingle with the coach and pose questions in a relaxed setting.

The team, meanwhile, approaches the season with high hopes. Almost all of its offensive squad is set to return while seven of its nine top tacklers are expected back to challenge for the AAC title.

“I am very excited for the 2016 season and the team we have returning to build on last year’s bowl game appearance,” Coach Taggart said. “Our season ticket members, supporters and fans are going to play a big part as we take USF to the next level in 2016, and I’m looking forward to seeing their energy and excitement when I get out to see them in June.”

The June 6 event starts at 6 p.m.

Visit www.gousfbulls.com for more information about Bulls’ athletics and tickets.

Couples sought for USFSM psychology study

Dr. Anthony Coy, an assistant professor of psychology at USF Sarasota-Manatee, is seeking 100 couples for a study about relationships.

The two-month research project, “Dyadic Model of Investment,” will examine how people view their relationships and the events that occur in them.

Couples participating will be expected to answer a series of questions on computers. The first session will occur at the psychology lab near the campus’ bookstore, 6301 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, followed by weekly sessions that can be answered at home.

After six weeks, couples will make a final visit to the lab to consider a situation that may or may not occur in their relationships and how they might react to those circumstances.

All questions will be kept confidential. Participants must be at least 18 and have been together at least three months. Couples completing the study will receive a $50 gift card.

“We hope to find as many people over the next few weeks as possible,” Dr. Coy said.

To participate in the study or to learn more, contact Dr. Coy at coya@usf.edu.

USFSM students travel to restaurant convention

For science students, there’s the USA Science and Engineering Festival. For hospitality students – and many professionals – nothing compares to the annual National Restaurant Association convention.

For this year’s show, set May 21-24 at McCormick Place in Chicago, 11 USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership students have opted to make the pilgrimage.

This isn’t just any convention, however, as thousands of restauranteurs, equipment manufacturers and even some celebrity chefs are expected for the four-day extravaganza.

The event features cooking demonstrations as well as hundreds of booths representing restaurants, hotels, manufacturers and food vendors. More than 2,000 companies will be represented.

Hospitality graduate student Alyssa Culver, the daughter of Dr. Kathy Black, a professor of social work at USFSM, said she’s looking forward to visiting the booths and catching a few shows featuring celebrity chefs, including from the Food Network.

“I’m looking forward to all of it really,” she said from Tampa International Airport, about an hour before her flight.

Culver and 10 other students piled into two vans at USFSM for the ride. For months, they saved up and held events to raise money for the trip. Student Government pitched in as well.

“It will be a great way to get out there and see all aspects of the industry,” she said.

Ribbon-cutting set for USFSM veterans’ center

USF Sarasota-Manatee is set to officially dedicate its new Military and Veterans Success Center at 1 p.m. Monday.

Construction on the first-floor space started in late December after an anonymous $50,000 donation. Work was completed a few weeks ago.

“For the campus to be able to support those who gave so much for our freedom, it’s a small sacrifice to pay on our part,” Veterans Services Administrator Todd Hughes said.

The center will enable USFSM student veterans to explore benefits and scholarship programs while providing a venue for counseling and meetings, or simply to socialize in. USF System President Dr. Judy Genshaft and USFSM Regional Chancellor Dr. Sandra Stone are expected at the ceremony.

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