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Upcoming Master’s Degree Information Sessions

Information Session

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will hold informational open houses for prospective master’s degree students in January 2014.

Attendees will receive a brief overview of the university, information about specific master’s degree programs, the admissions process, financial aid and other services. There will be complimentary food and beverages in addition to a campus tour. There will also be an opportunity to meet in small groups with the appropriate academic advisors to discuss prerequisites, transcripts and other details pertaining to individual programs of interest, and to meet faculty and graduates.

January 9, 2014                                                         
Master’s in Social Work*                                         
4:00-5:30 p.m.                                                           
Selby Auditorium

January 25, 2014
All Master’s Degrees
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Selby Auditorium

Master’s degree programs include:

  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Education (Human Resource Education or Online Teaching and Learning)
  • Educational Leadership
  • English Education
  • Exceptional Student Education
  • Hospitality Management
  • Social Work
  • Teaching

Note: The Master of Social Work degree program has a February 15, 2014 application deadline. It is a cohort, taught as a group over eight consecutive semesters and hosted at USF Sarasota-Manatee. A fall 2014 cohort start date is contingent upon a minimum number of qualified acceptances; without the minimum number, the start date would be delayed to January 2015. Website: www.usfsm.edu.

USF Sarasota-Manatee plays its part as NCAA Golf Championship arrives

The University of Florida welcomed NCAA women golfers to a reception Thursday night at the Polo Grill in Lakewood Ranch. Left to right: USFSM student Ambassador John Akar, golfing legend Annika Sörenstam, student Ambassador Lauren Henry and radio personality Lulu.

The University of Florida welcomed NCAA women golfers to a reception Thursday night at the Polo Grill in Lakewood Ranch. Left to right: USFSM student Ambassador John Akar, golfing legend Annika Sörenstam, student Ambassador Lauren Henry and radio personality Lulu.

SARASOTA, Fla. (May 22, 2015) – They receive little fanfare and work mostly behind the scenes.

As dozens of the best collegiate golfers arrive this week and next for the 2015 NCAA Golf Championship, hundreds of volunteers, including from USF Sarasota-Manatee, will work beside the athletes and in the background to ensure the 13-day event runs smoothly.

USF is playing host to the annual men’s and women’s Division I golf championship – a huge win for the university, which for this year’s match-play is fielding a highly competitive men’s team. But it’s also a coup for USF and the local venue in terms of publicity and exposure.

Among the media members, the Golf Channel plans to air live coverage highlighting what could be the game’s future stars. It will also mark the first time in 18 years, the NCAA Women’s Division I Championship has aired live on television. Both of which are a plus to host USF.

“Any time we can focus attention on USF and our community it’s a good thing, and we are thrilled to have the NCAA championship here,” Brian Siegrist, associate athletic director for communications, said.

The event is scheduled for The Concession Golf Club, 7700 Lindrick Lane in Bradenton.

A verdant championship course, The Concession has previously hosted Big Ten and Calloway match-play tournaments. For this year’s NCAA Division I championship, 24 women’s teams and 12 individuals will compete. The men’s side will see 30 teams and six individuals play.

Set to greet the arriving caravans of players, coaches, fans and media are about 500 volunteers, including a dozen from USF Sarasota-Manatee – students, alumni and faculty.

Dr. Jim Curran, a golf fan and interim dean of the College of Business and College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership, will be among them.

“The NCAAs are a big deal and I think it’s great to have them in this area. I wish we could have them here more often,” he said. “You get to see close up how these young men and women play. You get to experience the tournament first-hand and see how these players go about their business.”

Dr. Curran expects to hold three volunteer jobs during the championship: helping coordinate parking, “ball spotting” or identifying where balls land, and score keeping.

Women’s matches began today and will continue through May 27. The men’s games start May 29 and run through June 3.

“I’ve been to professional tournaments before, but I’ve never been to an NCAA tournament, so this should be fun,” Dr. Curran said.

USF Sarasota-Manatee alum Eric Kuusela, a special agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, is lending a hand as well. He said he was assigned to the Holiday Inn in Lakewood Ranch to greet arriving players, hand them gift bags with towels, water bottles and other items and answer questions.

On Wednesday, he spent about eight hours at the Holiday Inn, along with another alum, greeting women players, their families, coaches and support staff. He expects to be back there, or at another hotel, next week, when the men check-in.

“It’s a good thing for me to get out, not just with the student volunteers, but with other alumni to play my part,” he said.

The university petitioned the NCAA to host the Division I championship, a highly competitive process in its own right, years ago. The odds were stacked against the university, though. Rarely has a Florida school been selected to host Division I championship games. The last time the men’s tournament came to Florida was 25 years ago. The women last played in the Sunshine State in 2007.

“It speaks very highly of the tremendous golf facilities and beautiful weather we have in the Tampa Bay area as well as the support of our university, community and staff that do such a tremendous job of hosting teams from around the nation and running top-notch events,” Siegrist said.

After the women arrived Wednesday, a reception was held Thursday night at the Polo Grill in Lakewood Ranch. Lauren Henry, a business major entering her senior year at USF Sarasota-Manatee, was among those greeting players and coaches and getting them checked-in.

The best part of the event? Hearing guest speaker Annika Sörenstam, one of the greatest women golfers of all time, describe her work ethic and preparation for tournaments, she said.

“I don’t know that much about golf, but hearing her talk about goal setting and visualization and how she prepares … it was very inspiring,” Henry said.

There is still time to get tickets to the matches. For schedules and ticket information, click: http://www.ncaagolfchampionships.com/?KEY=&DB_OEM_ID=7700&DB_LANG=&IN_SUBSCRIBER_CONTENT=

USF coaches tour Bulls on Parade to make stop in Sarasota area

The Bulls on Parade tour will stop in the Sarasota area June 1.

The Bulls on Parade tour will stop in the Sarasota area June 1.

SARASOTA, Fla. (May 21, 2015) – Bulls fans are invited to mingle with University of South Florida coaches when the Bulls on Parade USF Coaches Tour makes a stop in the Sarasota-Bradenton area June 1.

USF Head football coach Willie Taggart, head men’s basketball coach Orlando Antigua, head women’s basketball coach Jose Fernandez and Director of Athletics Mark Harlan are among those set to meet with alumni, students and fans.

The 6 to 8 p.m. event will be held at Lee Roy Selmon’s Restaurant, 8253 Cooper Creek Blvd., Sarasota.

Admission is free with advanced registration. Admission at the door is $10 for adults and $5 for USF and USFSM students and children under 18.

The visit, which includes door prizes, appetizers, a team gear sale and a question-and-answer session with the coaches, is part of a four-stop tour that also includes Tampa, St. Petersburg and Fort Lauderdale.

Formerly the “Around the Horns” tour, the annual coaches’ event is intended to rally alumni and fans. Last year’s stop included a Kiwanis Club luncheon and dinner cruise. The year before saw a cruise and breakfast with business leaders. Past tours featured golf tournaments.

This year, USF officials sought to create a more upbeat, casual event to broaden its appeal to alumni and fans, said Marcy Lanoue, USF director of development.

“For the cruises we were really limited on how many people we could allow,” she said. “And then what about those alumni that don’t play golf? So we decided to shake things up a bit.”

This year, officials are aiming for a festive atmosphere “at a place where you would go with your buddies after work to have a beer,” she said. “It should be fun, and the fans will really get a chance to talk with the coaches.”

Expect lots of team giveaways. Radio personality Jim Lighthall and “Voice of the Bulls” Jim Louk are set to attend as well. Also, a coaches’ panel will be set up for fans to toss out questions.

Click here to register: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/univsouthflorida/EN/buy/browse.

USF Sarasota-Manatee student designs logo, sells T-shirts to raise funds for Alzheimer’s care and research

DSC_0390e2SARASOTA, Fla. (May 14, 2015) – Mary Reda has walked three times in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, but this fall’s upcoming march in Bradenton means so much more to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee senior.

Reda says her father, the Rev. Paul Wesley Chaney, suffered from Alzheimer’s at the time of his death in late January. And now the College of Education student says she’s on a mission to educate friends and fellow students about Alzheimer’s and to raise money through T-shirt sales to fight the disease.

“I rarely find a friend or someone my age who really understands what Alzheimer’s is,” said Reda, 23, who designed her own T-shirt logo. “They’ll say, ‘you start forgetting,’ like that’s all it is.”

Reda witnessed the disease’s devastating effects the past few years as Chaney’s ebullient personality, which helped to win over congregants at First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs, gradually dampened.

She remembers as a child “how he could just make people smile,” and that her father “could talk to people for hours. He could talk to anybody,” she said.

But as the disease worsened he spoke less and began neglecting himself, not eating and often staring into space. He ended up in assisted living, too much for Reda, her sister and mother.

After he died Jan. 31 at age 82, Reda, who is studying to become a teacher, resolved to do more to fight the disease.

She had participated before in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, but decided that at the next march, set Oct. 3 at the Anthony T. Rossi Waterfront Park in downtown Bradenton, she would design a logo and devote funds from T-shirt sales to support the walk and its sponsor, the Alzheimer’s Association.

The largest event collectively to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research, the walks are staged yearly in more than 600 communities nationwide.

Reda designed the T-shirt’s logo: an elephant adorned in tribal and paisley patterns. It’s set against a “heather navy” background. Above reads the caption, “The heart remembers.” Below reads, “End Alzheimer’s.”

Despite the disease, Reda said, she still caught occasional glimpses of the man she remembered from her youth.

“While Alzheimer’s may steal memories away and alter personalities, it is the little glimpses of hope that get you through this disease,” she said. “Despite the hard hits that Alzheimer’s throws at you, I truly believe that the heart always remembers and that laughter can go a long way.”

So far, Reda has raised more than $600. T-shirts are $25. Tank tops are $20. The sale runs through May 26. Visit http://www.booster.com/theheartrememberscollection.

USF Sarasota-Manatee athletic courts project nears completion

Crews continue work Friday on the new basketball court at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Crews continue work Friday on the new basketball court at USF Sarasota-Manatee

SARASOTA, Fla. (May 1, 2015) – Finishing touches were made a month ago to the volleyball court and in matter of weeks the basketball court will be ready for play.

At the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, students are making their voices heard on scores of new projects around campus.

The courtyard and barbecue area built west of the campus building six years ago is one example. The latest is the basketball and volleyball courts.

Initiated by student government, the two-part project was funded by $260,000 in Capital Improvement Trust Fund monies – fees paid by students to support non-academic projects.

Student representatives met with campus administration last summer to urge that the funds go toward the athletic facilities. Administrators readily agreed.

Incoming student body President Alex Benishek said the project’s motivation was two-fold: To carve out a relaxed, student-friendly atmosphere appropriate to campus life and to leave a legacy at USF Sarasota-Manatee, while urging successive classes to leave their mark as well.

“We heard from students that this is what they wanted,” he said. “A lot of students said they wanted to stay on campus (after classes), but there are not a lot of recreational options.”

Freshmen, in particular, wanted more on-campus activities, he said.

Local architects Fawley Bryant and general contractor Willis Smith Construction were hired to design and build the courts. Work began in January. The sand volleyball court, next to the barbecue area, was finished a few weeks ago.

The basketball court is taking longer because workers needed to relocate a water line and other utilities before starting construction. The project will wrap up later this month.

Richard Lyttle, the campus’ director of facilities and planning, said crews need to finish adding the lighting, landscaping and a water fountain.

They also plan to add a thick green coating to the blacktop, striping and a green-and-gold USF logo at the center of the court.

The surface needs to cure a week or so before applying the coating. Altogether, he estimates another three or four weeks, weather permitting, before everything is finished.

“It’s a nice project. It’s their legacy really,” he said, referring to the students.

Benishek said he’s pleased by the result so far.

“It’s great. It’s very impressive. It’s great to see how a student government plan works and to see it built and created before your eyes,” he said.

The courts will be for student-use only, not for the public. Benishek said there was discussion about allowing public use, but the cost of having to carry additional insurance was prohibitive.

“It’s not that we’re opposed to it, but at the end of the day this is for the students,” he said.

He said he envisions the formation of sports clubs, possibly with on-campus tournaments, starting in the fall.

Approved clubs could be eligible for seed money for equipment and apparel from student government. After that, they could apply for a yearly stipend.

Likely, a ceremony to christen the courts will be held this summer.

“I’d like to see the first game be students versus faculty,” he said.

St. Martha’s Catholic School Visits Culinary Innovation Lab


SARASOTA, Fla. (March 23, 2015) – Fifteen middle school students from Saint Martha’s Catholic School visited the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Culinary Innovation Lab (CIL) on March 20th to tour the hands-on hospitality teaching facility and edible garden located out front.

Chef Garry Colpitts, CIL’s culinary services manager, showcased a recipe using ingredients from the edible garden and talked about the importance of organization in a professional kitchen. The students helped prepare the recipe and learned about the opportunities USF Sarasota-Manatee provides in the hospitality industry.

“It is important to educate our youth on where food comes from, the importance of eating a healthy diet consisting of locally grown produce, and how restaurants can grow their own produce,” said Joe Askren, instructor and director of the Culinary Innovation Lab.

E-Learning Blog: Web 2.0 Tools – PopcornMaker

by Carlos Montoya, M.Ed

Mozilla PopcornMaker LogoOne of the great things about education in recent years is the amount of resources that have emerged in order to increase creativity and productivity. Web 2.0 tools can be used in a traditional, hybrid, flipped or 100% online environment. One great free tool that is being utilized in various learning environments is the Mozilla Popcorn Maker. With a name like that, I’m sure your attention was captured. Although it doesn’t make virtual popcorn, it does assist instructors to create projects that burst with interaction. Mozilla Popcorn Maker helps instructors create their own educational mashups.

Mozilla Popcorn Maker allows you to easily remix web video, audio and images into cool mashups that you can embed on other websites or learning management systems like Canvas.


You can drag and drop content from the web, then add your own comments and links. Mozilla Popcorn Maker videos are dynamic and engaging for students. You can add different media from Vimeo, YouTube, Audior, SoundCloud and HTML5. Moreover, your projects will be save by Mozilla for free, thus you don’t have to worry about the videos taking up too much space on your computer.

You can link social media, news feeds and data visualization. The outcome is a multimedia storytelling lesson that performs more like the web itself: interactive, social and unique.

Click here to make an account. Once there click sign in, and create an account with Mozilla Persona. All you need is an email address to register. The video tutorials below shows how easy it is to compile different multimedia in one place in order to add engagement and creativity to your lessons.

Click here to view a video tutorial.

And click here to view a sample video.

I will be happy to develop a multimedia product using your content for your course. Let’s collaborate – just set up an appointment and let the creativity begin!

Thank you,

Carlos Montoya

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One Open House Remaining for Fall Semester


The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will host one more open house for prospective students during the fall 2014 semester.

Open Houses:

November 13, 2014
USFSM Open House at 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. located at 8350 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243 in USFSM Rotunda.

At the open house, attendees will receive a brief overview of USFSM, academic programs for freshmen, transfers and graduate students, as well as the admissions process, financial aid and other services. All three open houses will also feature instant decision opportunities for freshmen with qualified students receiving on-the-spot acceptance to USFSM.  In order to participate in instant decision, freshmen should apply for admission online at usfsm.edu and bring an officially sealed transcript and copies of their ACT or SAT test scores.  There will be complimentary food and beverages and campus tours. There will also be an opportunity to meet with academic advisors to discuss prerequisites, transcripts and other details pertaining to individual programs of interest. To RSVP for these open houses, please fill out the form below.

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Meeting Notes – August 18

USF Sarasota-Manatee Regional Chancellor Search Committee
Meeting Notes
August 18, 2014, 12:30pm-1:30pm
USFSM Campus Board Room

Members in attendance: Sophia Wisniewska, Chair, Elaine Augustine, Brittany Decker, Ben
Ellinor, Teri Hansen, Jose Hernandez, Patricia Hunsader, Jean Kabongo, Carol Probstfeld,
Jane Rose, Byron Shinn, James Unnever, G. Patricia Wilson, Wan Yang

Also: Janet O’Shea

Chair Sophia Wisniewska opened the meeting by thanking the Committee for their hard work
and engagement in what she described as a successful and seamless search process. She
explained that the purpose of the meeting was to advance three names, without ranking, to
President Genshaft for further consideration.

The Search members discussed the evaluations and other input they had received, and it
became evident that there were three clear top candidates. They also asked questions about
the next steps and a potential timeline for the return visit, hire, and possible start date.

Wisniewska expressed her intention to meet directly with the President and possibly one to two Search Committee members prior to a final decision.

USFSM Launches Collaborative Arts-Integrated Literacy Program


United Way Suncoast is collaborating with the Sarasota Y and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM)’s College of Education in launching the Summer Arts-Integration Literacy (SAIL) program. SAIL is part of United Way Suncoast’s Summer Care program, designed to help break the cycle of generational poverty through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed.

SAIL addresses the disparity of elementary schoolchildren from low-income families in Sarasota who need access to the same resources and opportunities as their peers in higher socioeconomic brackets. The program is an extension of the Sarasota Y’s Camp Incredible wherein a select number of camp participants who are reading below grade level have access to a structured reading curriculum and receive one-on-one literacy tutoring (via two 45-minute sessions a week, eight weeks total) from USFSM students. These undergraduate and graduate-level teacher candidates in the College of Education’s Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching have received training at The Ringling’s Education Center on how to pair literacy tutoring with arts education.

 Learn more about the USFSM College of Education

“United Way Suncoast is proud to initiate the SAIL program and work with such high-caliber partners on improving early literacy,” said Katie Knight, Sarasota area president of United Way Suncoast. “Eighty-eight percent of first-grade students reading below grade level will continue to do so in the fourth grade without extra support like SAIL. In bringing together an array of Sarasota community resources driven towards a common goal, we’re able to provide a wonderful program like SAIL as a result.”

SAIL’s purpose is two-fold: One, collaborating with Sarasota Y provides a literacy program focused on preventing summer reading loss by embedding reading lessons and tutoring in the Y’s summer camp. Secondly, the USFSM collaboration develops education students’ skills and expertise in literacy, evaluation of teacher-child interaction, and arts integration.Education students will utilize the arts to teach social studies-themed reading material, encouraging the “reading” of art works to help understand historical and cultural contexts.

 Learn more about Sarasota Y

“Playing a vital role in helping more children in Sarasota read at or above their grade level is important to us,” said Kurt Stringfellow, president and CEO of the Sarasota Y. “We are proud to collaborate with United Way Suncoast and USF Sarasota-Manatee in expanding our summer camp program to help children strengthen their literacy skills.”

 Learn more about the United Way Suncoast

A steering committee oversees the program throughout its duration, with periodic meetings to discuss progress, solve problems, and develop changes to the program based on real-time performance data of the youth campers. 30 percent of Sarasota County children are not fully prepared to enter kindergarten or are not reading at grade level by third grade. Summer, when children are out of school, is a particularly vulnerable time. Research data shows:

  • Children living in poverty lose the equivalent of two months of reading skills during the summer. This learning loss is compounded so that at the end of their elementary school experience, they may be three or more years behind peers.
  • Two-thirds of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summertime learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college.

“The generosity of United Way Suncoast in funding this visionary summer arts education program enables vital community resources to collectively impact the learning of our most vulnerable citizens: Our children,” said Terry A. Osborn, regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs (formerly dean of the College of Education) at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. “This one-on-one teaching opportunity will better prepare our teacher candidates for fall internships in area elementary schools. The more experienced they are in the classroom, the better the outcomes for themselves and their students.”