Week of Welcome marks the return of students and the start of a new semester.

Bulls Notebook: USFSM welcomes students back to class

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: January 06, 2017

SARASOTA, Fla. (Jan. 06, 2017) Human foosball, knockerball and a pancake breakfast.

USF Sarasota-Manatee is welcoming students back to class next week with a variety of not-so-ordinary activities. Dubbed “Week of Welcome,” the celebration starts Monday.

Bulls Notebook: USFSM welcomes students back to class

Kim Mones, director of student engagement

“The purpose of Week of Welcome is to create activities for our students to help them make a connection to the campus and feel comfortable,” said Kim Mones, director of student engagement.

Students provide input on the kind of activities they want to see during the week. Among the highlights for this week: A pancake breakfast and Spring Sports Spectacular.

Starting 9 a.m. Monday, students will line up in the rotunda for free pancakes served by faculty, staff and administrators. Last fall, Regional Chancellor Dr. Sandra Stone was among those on the serving line as Darren Gambrell, coordinator of student engagement, manned the flattop. IHOP supplied the pancake batter.

On Wednesday, the Spring Sports Spectacular will kick off (literally) from noon to 2 p.m. in the courtyard. Among the competitive activities will be “human foosball.” As the name implies, human foosball is foosball with students filling the role of foosball players. The game is played on a life-sized foosball court.

Knockerball, a soccer-style game, is the other main competitive event. In knockerball, the players are encased in giant plastic bubbles. As the game progresses, they bounce off each other and tumble to the ground.

Other Week of Welcome activities include Comfy Cozy in the Commons (Tuesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Student Commons); a House Party (Wednesday, 7-11 p.m., Jonathan’s Patio); Student, Staff and Facul-Tea (Thursday, 2-4 p.m., Information Commons); and CAB’s Laugh Factory (Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Selby Auditorium).

Calling all alumni

USF’s Alumni Association Manatee-Sarasota is calling on alumni and students to participate in a park cleanup scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14, in Sarasota.

The cleanup will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Red Bug Slough Park, Lake Arrowhead Trail, Sarasota. Participants will receive an Alumni Stampede of Service T-shirt. For more information, contact Becca Stoll, (941) 932-7453, rebeccajstoll@gmail.com.

Online course wins recognition

Bulls Notebook: USFSM welcomes students back to class

Dr. Richard Borghesi

Kudos to Dr. Richard Borghesi, associate professor of finance in the College of Business.

E-Learning Services recently announced that his online course, Finance Information Technology (Fin 4453), has earned “Quality Matters” certification.

Through the faculty, peer-review process, Dr. Borghesi’s course was found to meet the highest national standards for online course quality and design.

The course will now be included in a nationwide directory of quality online courses. The Quality Matters certification was awarded Jan. 2.

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