USFSM is scheduled to confer 88 degrees on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Bulls Notebook: USF System to hold commencement Saturday, Aug. 6

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: July 29, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. (July 29, 2016) USF Sarasota-Manatee candidates for graduation are set to join hundreds of others on Saturday, Aug. 6, as the USF System holds its summer commencement exercises at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa.

About 750 students from across USF are expected to attend the ceremonies set for 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., with Dr. Judy Genshaft scheduled to preside over both exercises.

Special recognitions will be given to prominent guests and graduates, including:

  • Trustee Harold Mullins, president of the Trenam Kemker law firm. He will receive the President’s Fellow Medallion during the 9 a.m. ceremony.
  • Loretta Ford. Dr. Ford is set to receive an honorary Doctor of Nursing Degree at the 1:30 p.m. exercise.
  • Patrick Mullen, who will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical sciences. The USF Alumni Association has named him the Outstanding Graduate.

Mark Schreiner, a producer and host at WUSF, will serve as commencement announcer.

Altogether, the USF System will confer 2,924 degrees. That includes 88 degrees for USF Sarasota-Manatee graduates at the 1:30 p.m. exercise.

USFSM professors collaborate on child welfare study

A recent study of child welfare processes has brought together three USF Sarasota-Manatee professors from separate disciplines.

Drs. Jane Roberts, Melissa Sloan and Jessica Grosholz ended up working together for 18 months on the study, which is to be published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, The Social Sciences Collection and entitled, “Gap Analysis of the Privatized System of Care for Families and Children in Three Florida Counties, U.S.A.”

The study examines the strengths and weaknesses of the privatized child welfare system. The professors interviewed child and family services agencies along with “stakeholders” of various backgrounds, from police to clergy, to ascertain how well they collaborated in assisting at-risk children.

After dividing the interviewees into focus groups, more than 12 hours of taped interviews were transcribed. Three student researchers helped with the transcription.

Dr. Roberts, an instructor in social work, said the end result of the collaboration was a strong and thoughtful study.

Each of the contributors – Dr. Sloan is an associate professor with a background in sociology and Dr. Grosholz is an assistant professor and a criminologist – brought their own expertise and insights to the study.

“With the topic being child well-being, I realized that so many disciplines are involved,” Dr. Roberts said. “It touches social work, of course, but also police and the legal system, as well as sociology. Working together gave us the ability to look at the topic from multiple perspectives.”

The study was funded by a grant from the American Sociological Association and conducted under the auspices of USFSM’s Duvall Family Studies Initiative.

Dr. Stone to get her game on

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s regional chancellor Dr. Sandra Stone says she’s approaching Saturday’s first-pitch ceremony with a mix of emotions.

Bulls Notebook: USF System to hold commencement Saturday, Aug. 6

Dr. Sandra Stone

She says she’s excited about tossing out the first pitch at Tropicana Field as the Tampa Bay Rays take on the New York Yankees (game time at 6:10 p.m.), but she’s also nervous – like so many Major League pitchers – about finding the strike zone.

The last time she played organized sports was in high school on the girls’ basketball team and before that as a member of her sixth-grade softball team.

No doubt, her yoga skills will come in handy. Plus, she’s counting on many hours of practice beforehand to work on her mechanics. Her main goal: keeping the fast ball down in the zone.

“I’m both excited and nervous,” she said.

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