Pictured with the SCF and USF mascots are FUSE Advisor Jacqueline Grosser and Javaire Perry, an IT student at SCF and a FUSE participant.

USFSM, SCF leaders celebrate FUSE Bull Room Opening at SCF Bradenton

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: October 31, 2017

SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 31, 2017) – The leaders of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) on Monday celebrated the opening of the FUSE Bull Room in the Student Union, Room 134, at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W. The FUSE Bull Room will host a dedicated advisor to assist SCF students with a seamless and timely degree path for transferring to USFSM or another USF System institution for a bachelor’s degree.

USFSM, SCF leaders celebrate FUSE Bull Room Opening at SCF Bradenton

Dr. Terry Osborn, state Rep. Wengay Newton, and Dr. Carol Probstfeld officially open the Bull Room.

Dozens of leaders, faculty and students from both institutions as well as the community turned out for the ceremony. After a ribbon cutting to officially open the Bull Room, students and faculty toured the space. The Bull Room is the result of a program called FUSE launched in 2016 to partner USF System institutions with seven members of the Florida college system in the Tampa Bay area, including SCF.

Named after the USF mascot, the Bull Room will enable SCF students to learn about USF System bachelor’s degree programs, find out about USF student life and become eligible for guaranteed admission to USFSM or any other USF System institution. They also can learn about events at USFSM’s campus open to SCF students and obtain tickets to USF sporting events, including football games.

USFSM, SCF leaders celebrate FUSE Bull Room Opening at SCF Bradenton

The Bull Room at SCF.

SCF President Dr. Carol Probstfeld said of the Bull Room, “This is a very important opportunity for our students to gain acceptance to USF, receiving advising from both institutions for their academic program and to progress from one institution to the next seamlessly to earn associate and bachelor’s degrees.”

Addressing the crowd, Dr. Terry Osborn, interim regional chancellor at USFSM, said, “What’s beautiful about this partnership is that it’s not only beneficial to SCF and USFSM, but ultimately this is a benefit to our community and to the workforce needs of this community.”

Michelle Teeter, a SCF and USFSM graduate, said the Bull Room will offer tremendous advantages to SCF students who plan to transition to USF after graduating from SCF.

USFSM, SCF leaders celebrate FUSE Bull Room Opening at SCF Bradenton

USFSM and SCF alumna Michelle Teeter with Maverick and Rocky.

“I’m so excited for the students of SCF because you’re going to have a resource that’s going to help you to navigate your own pathway into the USF System just like I did, and as a direct link you’re going to participate in the student life of USF Sarasota-Manatee,” said Teeter, currently pursuing a master’s degree in accountancy at USF St. Petersburg.

For more information about the FUSE program, contact Jacqueline Grosser, FUSE advisor, at 941-752-5147 or jgrosser@sar.usf.edu.

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