USFSM Launches Knowledge-A-Bull Speaker Series

Logo_RGBUniversity of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is offering a free public Knowledge-A-Bull speaker series which will engage students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community in cutting-edge conversations with experts on subjects that have relevance in our lives. Each college within USF Sarasota-Manatee (College of Education, College of Business, College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership and College of Arts and Sciences) as well as USF Health will host one topic in the series.

This year’s subjects to date include:

  • A glimpse into the high tech future of the hospitality industry
  • The role of the U.S. in the global picture of economic recovery
  • Demystifying our personal health
  • How integrating the arts into our schools revolutionizes teaching and learning

The first event is on September 30 at 5:00 p.m. USFSM’s College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership welcomes global hospitality technology expert Raman P. Rama, vice president and chief technology officer/chief information officer for JHM Hotels (a national multi-brand hotel company) in Greenville, S.C. and global vice president of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, (HFTP) to explain what technological innovations will change the customer experience in the hotels of the future. New lifestyles of tech savvy travelers determine what hotels must do to meet expectations, including mobile friendly rooms and other guest friendly technologies.

College of Business presents “The Global Economic Outlook” on October 8 at 5:30 p.m. featuring Bernard Baumohl, chief global economist, The Economic Outlook Group. Baumohl is well-known for being ahead of the curve in assessing the direction of the U.S. and world economy. Mr. Baumohl began his career as an analyst with the Council on Foreign Relations, a think-tank specializing in international relations and national security. He later served as an economist at European American Bank with responsibilities to monitor the global economy and develop forecasts. Baumohl was also an award-winning economics reporter with TIME magazine who covered the White House, Federal Reserve and Wall Street.

On January 22 at 5:30 p.m., Dr. Donna Petersen, Interim Senior Vice President, USF Health, Dean of the College of Public Health and Professor of Global Health at the University of South Florida will discuss tips on personal health and “Five Things You Thought You Knew… But You Don’t.” Peterson earned her masters and doctoral degrees in maternal and child health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She has held faculty and senior leadership positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health, at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health and served as director of the Division of Family Health at the Minnesota Department of Health.

Dr. Petersen is the author of numerous publications, book chapters and a textbook on needs assessment in public health. She is a frequent lecturer on topics related to maternal and child health, health care reform, and systems change and leadership, and has provided extensive technical assistance and training to over 25 state health departments in the areas of needs assessment, data system development, systems level accountability and the development of population-based indicators. She has served on numerous boards, commissions and task forces and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Maternal and Child Health Journal, immediate past president of the National Board of Public Health Examiners and chair of the Education Committee for the Association of Schools of Public Health. Peterson is also a member of the national advisory committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Systems and Services Research Initiative, is leading the task force on the continuum of education in public health for ASPH, and serves on the Council on Education for Public Health.

As part of the College of Education’s (SM)₂ ART weekend, on February 21, 2014, keynote speaker Brian Hersh, Program Director of Any Given Child – Sarasota County Schools, will explain why the arts are an essential and indispensable component of  a complete and successful education; not merely an add-on. Sarasota was selected in June of 2011 to be one of six cities in the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child program, the goal of which is to provide equal arts education opportunities for all students in grades K-8 by assisting communities in developing plans for access and equity.

More events will be announced in the future. All are free to the public and held in the Selby Auditorium. 

For more information on the Knowledge-A-Bull series and to RSVP, please visit