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Bulls Notebook: USFSM students to volunteer at two Sarasota charities

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: November 19, 2015

SARASOTA, Fla. (Nov. 19, 2015) – USF Sarasota-Manatee students are keeping up their commitment to service organizations with plans to make stops at two Sarasota-based charities on Saturday, including one that shelters abandoned cats.

The “Service Saturday” students are set to visit the Cat Depot no-kill shelter as well as More Too Life, a group that assists victims of human trafficking and sexual violence.

“We can’t do it without them,” Cat Depot Director of Communications Lynn Rasys said of the more than 200 active monthly volunteers that fill adoption bags, wash Cat Depot vans, clean cat pods and feed and socialize with the furry critters.

About 10 students are expected at the Cat Depot while another 10 will travel to More Too Life to plant a garden at a residential facility. The students will volunteer for about three hours at each location.

The effort, dubbed “Service Saturday,” falls on the third Saturday of the month. The students have previously helped at an animal sanctuary, a day shelter for disadvantaged families and a food bank that distributes to food pantries regionally.

This month’s service organizations were chosen based on input from students who participated in past Service Saturdays.

USFSM to reach out to homeschool students 

USF Sarasota-Manatee is holding an open house for homeschool students and their parents on Friday, Dec. 4.

The Homeschool Information Session will allow visitors to speak with a homeschool admissions counselor, hear from current USFSM students who were homeschooled and learn about academic programs, the admissions process, financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Attendees can tour the Sarasota campus as well as USFSM’s teaching labs at Mote Marine Laboratory and the Culinary Innovation Lab in Lakewood Ranch.

The session is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at USFSM’s Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Students and their parents can RSVP at For more information, contact Dana Arace at 941-359-4239 or

Cook Library to host International Games Day

USF Sarasota-Manatee and New College of Florida will host an International Games Day at the Jane Bancroft Cook Library on Saturday from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

This free, family oriented event is open to students and the general public. Included are pizza and other food, prizes and scads of board games and non-violent, age-appropriate video games.

International Games Day is run by volunteers from around the world and was formed by the American Library Association – in partnership with Nordic Game Day and the Australian Library and Information Association – to reconnect communities through their libraries using the educational and social value of games.

Locally, this event has grown steadily since coming to Cook Library three years ago.

The Jane Bancroft Cook Library is located at 5800 Bayshore Road on the New College Campus. For more, visit

Dr. Jody McBrien recognized at awards banquet

Kudos to Associate Professor Jody McBrien of USFSM’s College of Education. Dr. McBrien received a Faculty Honorable Mention at the inaugural USF Global Achievement Awards Breakfast on Nov. 13.

The award, sponsored by USF World, recognizes the ongoing work of faculty, staff, administrators and organizations to expand USF’s reputation globally.

Dr. McBrien recently delivered a keynote address at the New Zealand Refugee Education Conference in Auckland and an address at Fulbright New Zealand in Wellington. She also traveled to Melbourne, Australia, to participate in a panel discussion at a conference of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific.

Longboat Key Club executive chef, food & beverage director to visit CIL

USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership students will get a lesson in wines Monday from two experts from the Resort at Longboat Key Club.

Executive Chef Edward Geyfman and Food & Beverage Director Robert Weil are set to visit USFSM’s Culinary Innovation Lab in Lakewood Ranch as part of Joe Askren’s Restaurant Management class.

“This is about exposing the students to real life behind-the-scenes best practices,” Askren said.

The students will learn not just the different types of wine and vintages, but the varietals that best match certain foods. The students will taste different wines and learn why to recommend one wine over another.

The hands-on lesson comes courtesy of two longtime experts in the hospitality field. With more than a dozen years at the Longboat Key Club, Geyfman oversees all of the resort’s restaurants. Weil, who administers food and beverage operations, has worked at Longboat Key Club since 2001.

“Longboat Key Club is one of the best and highest-end resorts in the country, so this is a real privilege,” Askren said.

USFSM and the Longboat Key Club entered into a teaching partnership last year.

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