Bulls Notebook: Open House set, Homecoming arrives

_DSC_0296#A153SARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 25, 2015) – USF Sarasota-Manatee will hold an Open House for prospective freshmen, transfer students and graduate students on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The event on the USFSM campus at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, will include campus tours, free food and presentations by representatives from Admissions and Financial Aid. Help will be available for admission applicants.

The Open House, one of two held each semester, comes amid rising attendance at the university. Enrollment this past fall hit a 7-year high with 2,038 “home” students – those who identify the Sarasota-Manatee campus as their home USF System campus.

Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Andrew Telatovich said he expects a mix of prospective undergraduate and graduate students seeking admission for the spring or fall 2016 semesters.

For more information about the Open House, contact Allyson Hanson at (941) 359-4465 or allysonh@sar.usf.edu.

Another Open House is set for Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Spanish instructor Roberto Jimenez-Arroyo wins award

¡Felicidades! USF Sarasota-Manatee Spanish instructor Roberto Jimenez-Arroyo has won the prestigious 2015 Hispanic Pathways Award.

Jimenez-Arroyo, who teaches Beginning Spanish, Intermediate Spanish and Latin American Studies (culture and society), was notified of the award Thursday.

“My reaction first was one of excitement then one of gratitude, gratitude to USFSM, to my college and to my dean,” Jimenez-Arroyo said Friday. “This award really is a reflection of all the support I have received. It also speaks to where we are heading at USFSM.”

Jimenez-Arroyo, who joined USFSM two years ago, helped start the Latin American Student Association and in general has worked to increase the visibility of Latino students at USFSM.

Also important, he helped launch a Spanish and Latin American studies program that’s “the first program of its kind at USFSM,” he said. Students can now minor in Spanish and Latin American studies.

Dr. Jane Rose, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, urged faculty and staff Thursday to congratulate Jimenez-Arroyo on this “much deserved recognition.”

“We are so fortunate to have Roberto representing USFSM in all that he does,” she said.

The Pathways Award was created in 2004 by the USF Latin Community Advisory Committee to recognize USF tenured and non-tenured faculty for outstanding research and/or outreach that creates pathways to better the lives of Hispanics in our community, state or nation.

The award will be presented noon Sept. 29 at the Marshall Student Center ballroom at the USF Tampa campus.

Entrepreneurship class to feature local business leaders

Adjunct business management instructor Jon Stuart is bringing 11 business leaders to his class next week for a unique learning and networking opportunity.

The 41 students in Stuart’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management class will hear from CEOs, presidents and business owners during the 2½-hour class set for Tuesday, Sept. 29.

“It’s a chance for the students to interact and make connections for possible employment opportunities,” he said.

Stuart, an adjunct instructor for the past three years, said the discussion is one of the highlights of his class each fall. In addition to the networking opportunity, the students will hear the executives’ often compelling stories of how they launched and grew their businesses.

“These are folks that in most cases started businesses from scratch or have risen through the ranks with local companies to become CEOs,” he said. “They have inspiring messages for the students.”

The event is sponsored by the Gulf Coast CEO Forum and Bright Ideas on the Gulf Coast (BIG).

Homecoming offers a herd of Bulls-related events 

This year’s Homecoming seemingly offers something for everyone, from NFL football to a Homecoming Parade and Concert. Check out what’s on tap for Homecoming starting next Sunday, Oct. 4:

Oct. 4

Event: Bucs vs. Panthers Time:

Game Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

Location: Raymond James Stadium.

Brief Description: USFSM has partnered with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Homecoming to give out a limited number of free game tickets with meal vouchers to students. The Bucs will send a bus to pick up the students on campus to bring them back after the game.

Oct. 5

Event: Official Homecoming Kick-Off

Time: 2 – 3 p.m.

Location: Main Rotunda

Brief Description: An event to kick off various on-campus events for Homecoming. Come watch the crowning of the USFSM King and Queen of Homecoming and announcement for the office decorating contest winners.

Oct. 6

Event: Crazy Craft Blowout

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Courtyard

Brief Description: Come to the courtyard where vendors will offer various take-home novelties.

Oct. 7

Event: Get Your Game On

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Courtyard

Brief Description: Tournaments will be held at the basketball court, volleyball court and pool tables. Look for fun inflatables around the courtyard. Win prizes all day!

Oct. 7

Event: Bulls in Biz

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Location: Courtyard

Brief Description: Join us at USF Sarasota-Manatee to network with fellow alumni, students and friends. Food will be provided and local business representatives will be on hand for networking.

Oct. 7

Event: Movie on the Lawn

Time: 7:30 – 10 p.m.

Location: Courtyard

Brief Description: Come out and join your Box Office Bulls in watching “It Follows” on the lawn. Don’t forget to bring blankets, chairs and pillows! Food and drinks will be provided.

Oct. 8

Event: Study Abroad Fair

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Main Rotunda

Brief Description: Come learn about available study abroad programs, application deadlines, scholarships and more.

Oct. 8

Event: International Food Festival

Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Courtyard

Brief Description: Come out and taste the world while learning about different cultures.

Oct. 8

Event: The Yellow Dress Stage Show

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Location: Selby Auditorium

Brief Description: This short stage play is being shown on all three USF campuses and is popular among audiences. Past showings have sold out, so the University is thrilled to bring back this beloved production, which delivers a poignant message about domestic violence.

Oct. 8

Event: Tampa Bay Lightning Home Opener

Game Time: 7:30 – 10 p.m.

Location: Amalie Arena

Brief Description: USFSM has partnered with the Tampa Bay Lightning during Homecoming to give out a limited number of free game tickets to students. The Lightning will send a bus to pick up students on campus to bring them to the game and drop off afterwards. The bus leaves by 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 9

Event: Bus to Parade and Concert

Location: Tampa

Time: Parade Starts at 6:45 p.m.

Brief Description: A bus will take students who want to attend the parade and concert to Tampa and bring them back.