USF Sarasota-Manatee debuts ‘Winter Session’

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: December 15, 2017

SARASOTA, Fla. (Dec. 15, 2017) USF Sarasota-Manatee students can now earn college credit during the winter break. The campus this year debuted a Winter Session to offer students the chance to complete a three-credit-hour course in a new online, accelerated format.

The session launched Monday, Dec. 11, and runs through Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.

“The Winter Session courses are a great way for our students to complete an online class during the holiday break from their comfort of their own home, or wherever they choose to spend the holidays,” said Lauren Kurnov, assistant vice president for Student Success at USFSM.

Six courses are offered:
• Computers in Business
• International Food & Culture
• Introduction to Environmental Science
• Music and Culture
• Public Speaking
• Biological Principals for Non-Majors

The Winter Session enables students to catch up on classes or reduce their course load for the spring while moving a step closer to graduation. Because of the accelerated format, students could register for only one course at a time.

Admissions officials say response to the new session has been positive, with 141 students registering for the classes.

BRIDGE Angel Investors and USFSM College of Business
co-host entrepreneur event

USF Sarasota-Manatee debuts ‘Winter Session’

Chris Kuenne

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Business and Sarasota-based investment group BRIDGE Angel Investors on Friday co-hosted Chris Kuenne, author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book “Built for Growth: How Builder Personality Shapes Your Business, Your Team, and Your Ability to Win.”

Kuenne’s talk, held at the Selby Auditorium, focused on a factor that shapes the success of any new business venture: the personality type of the entrepreneur.

In their book, Kuenne and co-author John Danner explore four entrepreneur personality types: Driver, Explorer, Crusader or Captain. Each is motivated, makes decisions, manages and leads their businesses, but in different ways. For any entrepreneur, understanding how to leverage their personality is critical to success, Kuenne said.

“We think of the personality type as being crucial but not in the sense that one is better than the other, but understanding which type you are … allows you to create the alignment that’s going to work for you,” he said. “It’s a series of dimensions that getting in touch with allows you really to become a more effective leader.”

The event, geared toward entrepreneurs and entrepreneur hopefuls, represented the first collaboration between USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Business and the recently launched BRIDGE Angel Investors fund. About 100 people attended.

Tom Gardner, co-founder of BRIDGE Angel Investors, said he believes the Sarasota-Manatee community is poised for growth and offers the right mix of talented university graduates, seasoned business executives and, now, “an angel fund,” to fuel that growth.

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Dr. James Curran

“Having Chris Kuenne present to our community is important whether you are a current or budding entrepreneur, investor or student,” Gardner said. “Kuenne and Danner have validated a critical

component to a startup’s success. The personality type is often overlooked and, as investors, it’s just as important to us to understand how it plays into success.”

Dr. James Curran, dean of the College of Business at USF Sarasota-Manatee, agreed, saying “Small business is the growth engine for the Sarasota-Manatee region.

“The university is pleased to partner with BRIDGE to bring Chris Kuenne to the business and university community,” Dr. Curran said. “I feel that the better we equip our students, graduates and faculty with the tools to be successful, the more the whole community can win.”

Education students showcase their work in poster gallery

USF Sarasota-Manatee debuts ‘Winter Session’

Students, faculty and staff at the Dec. 8 RITE Celebration

Ten students in the School of Education wrapped up their studies Dec. 8 with a gallery of posters in the USFSM rotunda.

The annual two-hour celebration called Research in Teacher Excellence (RITE) offered the students an opportunity to showcase their work over the past semester in elementary schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

“These are the final presentations by our School of Education candidates before they graduate and move onto their teaching careers,” said Dr. Jenni Mariano, an associate professor in USFSM’s School of Education.

“By the end of their program, our teacher candidates develop full unit plans for the students in the classrooms where they complete their final internship training,” she said. “During the program, candidates deeply engage in growing their knowledge and proficiencies in educational foundations, research, assessment and instruction. Following coursework and a series of intensive internships, they finish up as fully capable to take on a classroom of diverse learners.”

Also unique to the program, she said, is that the teacher candidates learn how to integrate the arts into their teaching. All of the projects in the program reflect that approach.

One of the presenters, Samantha North, said her poster represented a project involving students at Annie Lucy Williams Elementary School in Manatee County. Over the course of two weeks, North presented lessons to the students that integrated science with the arts (theater). Her poster assessed the students’ understanding of the subject before and after the lessons to gauge their growth.

With graduation nearing, she said she was grateful for the opportunity to study at USFSM.

“Over the course of the two years I’ve been here, I have definitely been prepared very well as far as complying with the Florida standards and creating lesson plans that the kids really like,” she said. “It’s been a really great experience.”

USFSM welcomes new Director of Development

USF Sarasota-Manatee debuts ‘Winter Session’

Paul Bova

USF Sarasota-Manatee welcomes Paul Bova as Director of Development in the Office of Advancement.

Previously the director of major gifts at Florida Gulf Coast University, Bova comes to USFSM with 15 years of development and fundraising experience in higher education. He started his new job Dec. 4.

“I am excited to be a part of the team and look forward to working with everyone on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus,” Bova said. “This institution is held in such high esteem by the community and region, so I feel very fortunate to be a member of the USFSM family.”

Among Bova’s career highlights:
• Serving on a team that raised more than $175 million in 12 years for Norwich University in      Northfield, Vt., his alma mater;
• As director of major gifts, assisting Florida Gulf Coast University in surpassing the university’s $100 million fundraising campaign by $20 million;
• Helping secure support for the Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers while serving as senior director of development at the Florida Southwestern State College Foundation.

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