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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.

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.”

Celebrating 20 Years of Brunch on the Bay

Brunch on the Bay

On Sunday, November 10th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the University of South Florida Sarasota- Manatee will celebrate the 20th Anniversary Brunch on the Bay, under tents on the beautiful USFSM campus.

For more information on Brunch on the Bay and how the event supports student scholarships, visit: USFSM.edu/Brunch.

SRATE and FATE Conference for Teacher Educators

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee welcomed the Annual Southern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE) and Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE) Conference October 10 through 12. Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake, associate professor in the College of Education, chaired the event as president elect of SRATE and FATE.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education was presented with the Innovation in Teacher Education Award from SRATE for its work on arts-integration through the Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT). “The recognition of our efforts through the Center for PAInT would not be possible without the partnerships that form the foundation of our work,” said Terry A. Osborn, dean of the College of Education. “This award speaks to the incredible artistic resources of our region and the collective good will of the organizations, schools, and community supporters who come alongside their university’s College of Education for the benefit of the children of our area.”

The theme of the Conference was Teacher Effectiveness: Brilliance in the Making. Approximately 250 teacher educators, students, and administration from 15 southeastern states were represented on campus: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Along with research presentations on teacher education, the conference included board meetings of SRATE, FATE and the national Association of Teacher Educators (ATE).  SRATE is a regional professional organization affiliated with ATE. Its purpose is to improve teacher education, broadly conceived, in the Southeastern United States and directly or indirectly throughout the nation by its affiliation with ATE.

Two USFSM undergraduate students in the College of Education, Miriam Fleck and Naomi Jacobs, were also awarded the David Watts Scholarship for outstanding future educators. The students were nominated by Dr. Byrd-Blake based on their scholarship, service and leadership.

Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake said, “Over two hundred education professionals visited our campus for the 60th Annual SRATE Conference. The feedback received from the presenters and attendees was overwhelmingly positive. It was great to highlight what our campus has to offer to those from national, regional, state and local educational institutions.”

For more information about the Center for PAInT at USF Sarasota-Manatee, please visit www.usfsm.edu/paint

2013-14 USF Sarasota-Manatee Freshman Preview

The 2013-14 USF Sarasota-Manatee Viewbook is a comprehensive guide to the university, and its faculty, staff and students geared toward students interested in becoming a freshman at USFSM in Fall 2014.