The USFSM Military and Veterans Success Center.

Bulls Notebook: USF Sarasota-Manatee welcomes veterans’ center

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: May 27, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. (May 27, 2016) – With Memorial Day approaching, USF Sarasota-Manatee this week took a big step toward honoring veterans with the opening of its Military and Veterans Success Center.

“This will make our campus even more veteran-friendly … with a place they can now call their own,” USFSM Regional Chancellor Dr. Sandra Stone said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday.

USFSM is home to about 180 student veterans. As the center was being dedicated, about 100 people – students, faculty, veterans and community supporters – crowded the rotunda and the hallway outside the center for the dedication ceremony.

Construction on the first-floor space started in December after an anonymous $50,000 donation. It includes a lounge, conference area, kitchenette and an office for Veteran Services Administrator Todd Hughes. The center’s aim is to help student veterans explore benefits and scholarship opportunities while providing a venue for counseling and meetings, or simply to socialize in.

“Transitioning from active duty to civilian life can have its challenges, and navigating the college process can be tough for some veterans,” Marine Corps student-veteran Carlos Moreira said.

Attorney Bill Robertson, chief executive officer of Sarasota-based Kirk-Pinkerton, presented a $5,000 donation to the center on behalf of the firm.

Robertson launched the Helping Our Heroes initiative, a nonprofit community effort aimed at helping returning military veterans with financial and employment needs. He said that with Memorial Day approaching, it’s all the more important to show support for veterans and veterans’ causes, including the Military and Veterans Success Center.

“This is important, especially with so many veterans returning home,” he said of new center.

Jim McSorley, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969, agreed.

“When a person leaves the military and walks onto a college campus for the first time, it’s a different feel. It can take a little bit of an adjustment,” he said. “Just understanding your benefits can be difficult, which is why this center is so important.”

Steve Vernon, a Marine Corps veteran, also attended the ceremony, saying, “Veterans should be helped as much as possible because of their service to our country. Veterans make exceptional students and exceptionally reliable employees. I think there should be more and more of these centers at other universities.”

Dr. Ngo joins criminology periodical

Dr. Fawn Ngo will be busier than usual this fall. In addition to her classes, she expects to pull double-duty as an associate editor for the International Journal of Cyber Criminology.

Dr. Fawn Ngo

Dr. Fawn Ngo

The peer-reviewed, non-profit journal welcomed Dr. Ngo to its staff just this week: “As the associate editor, you will be working closely with the publisher and editor-in-chief, and will serve a central role in processing and reviewing manuscript submissions,” Publisher K. Jaishankar wrote in a May 24 letter.

The IJCC is published biannually and includes research from various fields such as criminology, victimology, sociology, Internet science and computer science.

“While this will be a very time-consuming task, I believe the opportunity will prove beneficial not only to me but also to USFSM,” Dr. Ngo said in a note to Dr. Jane Rose, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

Dr. Rose replied, “This appointment is both an honor and a great opportunity, and it will certainly benefit our growing university. Congratulations!”

Dr. Fulton’s work cited by Quaver Foundation

Kudos to Dr. Susan Fulton, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders.

Her work has recently been cited by the Quaver Foundation for Advancing Music Education, a Nashville-based nonprofit that supports music education. See http://www.quaverfoundation.org/auditory-processing-disorder.html.

Dr. Susan Fulton

Dr. Susan Fulton

Specifically, Dr. Fulton contributed an article about her experiences working with children diagnosed with auditory processing disorders (APD).

Collaborating with Mary Ann Littrell, an audiologist from Johns Hopkins Medicine/All Children’s Hospital, Dr. Fulton helped organize a study involving two sets of children, one consisting of children diagnosed with APD and the other a control group.

Through their study, the researchers were able to show that children diagnosed with APD can better distinguish sounds when given music education.

“Although the study is ongoing, preliminary results look promising,” she wrote. “The ability of children with APD who received music training to understand speech in noisy situations and to reduce the errors commonly made by them in situations with competing noise sources improved significantly.”

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