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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
RSVP                                                    

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

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.

Tuesday Talks: Dr. Jenni Menon Mariano, Secondary Education & Literacies Curriculum

Each Tuesday, USF Sarasota-Manatee sits down with a member of the faculty to discuss their expertise, recent research and some of their accomplishments.  This week, USFSM takes a closer look at Dr. Jenni Mennon Mariano.

Dr. Mariano is an associate professor in the College of Education and chairs the secondary education and literacies curriculum area. After developing a peace-building program in post-war Bosnia in response to the United Nations International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World, she became a pioneer in the field of purpose development. Dr. Mariano earned her PhD from Stanford University where she was a member of William Damon’s research group and worked on the first youth purpose studies. As a Positive Psychology Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania she examined life purpose in the well-known Study of Adult Development, which is arguably the longest study of adult development in the world. Also, as a scholar on the Good Work Project run by the Stanford Center on Adolescence, Jenni studied how individuals accomplish work that is both excellent and ethical.

Dr. Mariano’s scholarly work appears in a wide range of leading journals and practitioner publications. She serves on the editorial board of Applied Developmental Science, and is a frequent reviewer for several other journals including the Journal of Positive Psychology, the Journal of Research in Adolescence, Developmental Psychology, Child Development Perspectives, the Journal of Youth Development, and the Journal of Research in Character Education. Jenni’s research on positive human development has been funded by grants from the Florida Campus Compact, the Spencer Foundation, and the John Templeton Foundation. She currently collaborates with scholars around the world. Jenni’s framework rests on the idea that the development of a noble life purpose is foundational to our well-being, dignity, and equality. She is dedicated to developing top notch research and programs that help all people develop and realize a sense of purpose in their lives.

USFSM Announces Interim Regional Chancellor

Dr. Terry Osborn, USFSM Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student AffairsTerry A. Osborn, USF Sarasota-Manatee regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, will serve as interim regional chancellor effective August 1. Arthur M. Guilford will be stepping down from his position as regional chancellor effective July 31 and retiring as of January, 2015. A national search is currently underway for Guilford’s successor, chaired by Sophia Wisniewska, regional chancellor of USF St. Petersburg.

Osborn’s interim position will ensure a smooth transition for USF Sarasota-Manatee when the new regional chancellor is named by USF System President Judy Genshaft and takes office at a date yet-to-be-determined. “We are excited about welcoming back our faculty and students to the fall semester beginning August 25 and are committed to providing all of our stakeholders with a seamless changeover to our new administration,” said Osborn. “Until that time, it is my honor to serve as Dr. Guilford steps down at the end of July.”

USF Athletics Brings “Around the Horns” Coaches Tour to USFSM

Willie Taggart USFSM Around the Horns Sarasota Manatee Bradenton USF Athletics

Bulls fans can meet leaders of USF Athletics on June 24 as Head Football Coach Willie Taggart and Head Basketball Coach Orlando Antigua headline the USF Around The Horns Coaches Tour presented by Florida Blue.

The Tour includes a full day in the Sarasota-Bradenton area with a pep-rally style meet-and-greet at USF Sarasota-Manatee from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

The tour, conducted by the USF Bulls Club, includes stops in Orlando, Polk County, Pinellas County, Sarasota-Manatee and Miami during a Florida swing that began Tuesday, June 3 at the Grasslands Country Club in Lakeland. The tour visits Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs and community centers, connecting with alumni, donors and fans in local Florida communities.

The Around The Horns Coaches tour presented by Florida Blue features appearances from USF head coaches including Courtney Draper (volleyball), Jose Fernandez (women’s basketball), and,  at various stops throughout. Rocky the Bull, selected student-athletes and USF spirit squads.

For more information on the Around the Horns Coaches Tour visit the USF Bulls Club website at www.MyBullsClub.com or email BullsClub@admin.USF.edu.

In Sarasota-Bradenton, the Tour will visit the Newtown Boys & Girls Club, Girls Inc., the 13th Avenue Dream Community Center in Bradenton and the Palmetto Youth Center and the Bradenton Kiwanis Club.

2:30-4 p.m.: USF Sarasota-Manatee Meet & Greet
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243
Scheduled to attend: Willie Taggart, Orlando AntiguaJose FernandezGeorge KieferDenise Schilte-Brown

5:30-9 p.m.: Dinner Cruise aboard Marina Jack II ($25 per guest)
Marina Jack
2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236
Scheduled to attend: Willie Taggart, Orlando Antigua, Jose FernandezGeorge Kiefer, Denise Schilte-Brown

USFSM Teaches Kindergarten Class about Going to College

USFSM College Prep Saint Joseph Catholic School Bradenton Sarasota

Back row: Kaela Herrington, Karla Pallares, Claire Barbier, Rocky D. Bull, Dustin Charles, Joseph Wenk, Faith Ambrose
Middle row: Kaya Hogue, Aidan McGrath, Sienna Bell
Front Row: Liam Tan, Sophia Ierulli, Emma Ambrose

You’re never too young to plan for the future. On Tuesday, May 13, USF Sarasota-Manatee provided a campus tour for kindergarten students from Saint Joseph Catholic School in Bradenton, introducing them to a university setting and providing insight into what it means to get a college degree.


 Learn more about USF Sarasota-Manatee at an upcoming Open House


Teacher Jennifer Brickey’s class first read Mahalia Mouse Goes to College by John Lithgow, which prepared them to learn about different majors and career choices including criminology, biology, hospitality, business and education. The students then toured the N. Tamiami Trail campus grounds and enjoyed lunch in the courtyard with a special appearance by Rocky D. Bull, USFSM’s mascot. 

USF Sarasota-Manatee Will Hold 61st Commencement Ceremony

Commencement

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s spring commencement exercises will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 5 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto, Fla., 34221.

Of the 330 USF Sarasota-Manatee seniors who have applied to graduate at the spring 2014 commencement, 190 are expected to attend the ceremony. This number includes 42 master’s degree candidates and 286 bachelor’s degree candidates from the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Hospitality and Technology Leadership and the USF Tampa College of Behavioral and Community Sciences.

Regional Chancellor Arthur M. Guilford will represent USF Sarasota-Manatee, and USF System President Judy Genshaft will preside. Bonnie Jones, regional vice-chancellor for academic and student affairs will be the ceremony announcer and Katerina Annaraud, faculty senate president, will bear the mace of the University.  Sarah Bradtmueller, freshman from the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education will perform the National Anthem and USF Alma Mater.

Special award recipients at the ceremony include:

Golden Bull Service and Outstanding Leadership Award: Kaleigh Lundy, USFSM College of Education, Elementary Education. The Golden Bull Award is sponsored by the USFSM Student Government Association and is presented to a student who has demonstrated excellence in leadership activities, community and university involvement and academic success. Kaleigh Lundy graduates with a 3.7 GPA and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She served as president of the Innovators Guiding New Ideas through Education (I.G.N.I.T.E.) creativity club for her last three semesters at USFSM, and attended a Creativity Problem Solving Institute conference in Buffalo, N.Y., after which she hosted two training sessions on campus for fellow classmates. Lundy organized a community service event at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, was an active member of the Educators’ Alliance student organization and an advocate for USFSM’s Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT). She also volunteered in an elementary after school program and participated in internships at three different Manatee County elementary schools, acting as student teacher for first through third grades. Lundy currently works in a first grade classroom at Virgil Mills Elementary.

Outstanding Graduate Award: Christopher Davis, College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology. This award is presented by the USF Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the USF Alumni Association to recognize the graduating senior who embodies leadership, school spirit, community service, character and scholarship. This spring, Christopher Davis, 35, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an overall GPA of 3.58. Prior to his enrollment at USFSM, Davis served more than 14 years in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper and senior intelligence analyst in Special Operations where he was awarded two Bronze Star medals over seven deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Philippines. Davis is also a decorated first sergeant in the 82nd Airborne Division.  After his service to his country, Davis struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder and was homeless for a period of time. He began counseling and took advantage of the G.I. Bill to enroll at USFSM, where he served as an associate justice in Student Government, was a member of the rowing club and participated on the university’s veterans committee and veteran’s legacy scholarship committee. In addition to maintaining a 12+ credit hour course load over seven consecutive semesters, Davis began a full-time job as program manager for Goodwill Manasota’s new American Veterans and their Families Initiative, which has assisted more than 700 veterans in accessing local, state and federal services. In this role, he has raised more than $650,000 to support transitioning veterans, developed a network of more than 200 community, state and federal leaders, authored the Goodwill Veteran’s Resource Guide and was named Sarasota’s Veteran of the Year in 2013. After graduation, Davis plans to depart immediately to begin a 2, 185 mile hike of the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness of the needs of veterans returning from deployment. Starting in Katahdin, Maine, and ending near his hometown of Ellijay, Ga., Davis expects the journey to take about five months, while passing through 14 states. 

Paul Searles Webecke Award: Ryan Stulman, College of Business.  This honor is given to the most outstanding student in the Master of Business Administration program. Ryan Stulman received his BS in Finance from USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Business in 2008 and will be graduating the MBA program with an overall GPA of 3.86. He currently holds the position of payroll operations supervisor for BenefitMall, where he is responsible for effective communications to clients regarding payrolls and ongoing projects that relate to client relationships. He is a veteran of the Iraq war where he served as sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, earning a Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Achievement in 2005. An avid runner, Stulman has also volunteered time with the Wounded Warrior Project as a peer mentor, organizing local activities and helping wounded veterans cope with stress and recovery. Looking ahead, Stulman plans to pursue his passion for cooking by opening his own restaurant.

Spring 2014 Outstanding Professor: Ernest Scott, College of Arts and Sciences. Honorees for the Outstanding Professor Award at USF Sarasota-Manatee share a sincere involvement with their students, passion for the university and its mission and a commitment to excellence through education. Presented by the Student Government Association on behalf of the graduating seniors, the award is the highest campus level honor for USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty members. It recognizes exceptional accomplishments, leadership and service to the campus and community. Dr. Ernest Scott is an Instructor of Criminology and a 30-year law enforcement veteran who retired as chief of investigations from the Orange County Florida Sheriff’s Office. He received his Ph.D. in Public Affairs/Criminal Justice in 2006 from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Scott is a co-founder of the FINDER system, a law enforcement information sharing project that is in wide use by Florida’s police agencies. He is involved in law enforcement research with primary interests in information sharing, crime and intelligence analysis, intelligence led policing, and human resources. Dr. Scott is proud to have been voted the Most Outstanding Professor for spring 2014 and says he enjoys the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with students from diverse backgrounds and life goals, helping them prepare for successful careers. “I am flattered by our students’ recognition, particularly since I have demanded so much of them in terms of meeting the high standards that comprise the foundation value of the USFSM degree,” he said. “While I am honored by this award, it is clear to me that neither I nor the students I have been privileged to work with would succeed without the collective contributions of our committed USFSM faculty and staff.”  

USFSM Forms Partnership with Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training

USF Sarasota-Manatee recently signed a unique memo of understanding with the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training which will allow Masters of Fine Arts students to serve as “courtesy faculty” instructors in the USFSM General Education program. Beginning in the fall, USFSM students will benefit from an enriched theatre appreciation course with opportunities to witness productions in development and interact with various artists at the Asolo. Through this collaboration, third year advanced MFA students will also expand their skill sets and augment their résumés with college teaching experience.  The agreement is for a period of two years.

“USFSM is thrilled to have a partnership with the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training whereby third-year MFA students will teach the Introduction to Theatre course as part of our curriculum,” said Jane Rose, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.  “Our students will experience a uniquely rich version of this course, which introduces theatre as a collaborative art and profession. In addition to being taught by advanced MFA actors, they will have multiple opportunities to see plays, tour backstage areas and converse with various artists as they witness the production process first hand.”

Greg Leaming, director of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory training program looks forward to adding undergraduate teaching experience to his students’ already impressive résumés. “The partnership with USFSM allows the Conservatory to build into the training program this important skill set, making our students highly marketable in this extremely competitive business,” Leaming said. He also expects that the partnership will deliver a greater degree of exposure and awareness of theater in general, and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory in specific. It will showcase Leaming’s internationally renowned actor training program and the work being done on the Cook and Mertz stages  to a highly desirable young audience—the student body of USFSM. “What has been up to now one of the best kept secrets here in the community of Sarasota will now be a very well-known and highly laudable fact.” Leaming predicts.

USFSM College of Business Maintains Prestigious AACSB Business Accreditation

USFSM AACSB Accreditation

The College of Business at USF Sarasota-Manatee has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs.


 Learn more about the USFSM College of Business


The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) was founded in 1916 to accredit schools of business. AACSB-accredited schools have the highest quality faculty, relevant and challenging curriculum and provide educational and career opportunities that are not found at other business schools. The 2013 Standards ensure that business schools that achieve accreditation are best in class in how they meet the needs of their core stakeholders-students and employers.  The Standards drive innovation, engagement and impact with students, employers and the communities they serve.


 Learn more about the AACSB Accreditation


“The College of Business at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee achieved its accreditation from AACSB in just three years, while the accreditation process normally takes five to seven years,” noted Dean Robert Anderson. “This accomplishment is due to the dedicated efforts of the faculty and campus administration. The Standards focus on the quality of the faculty, the academic programs, support services for students, and how the college continually increases the quality of the content taught. Achieving this recognition gives this region of Florida its first and only AACSB accredited program. The accreditation further enhances the quality of business education in the USF System.”

Learn more about USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Business here.

USFSM to Host UnidosNow College Prep Fair

Unidos Now College Prep Fair USFSM

UnidosNow welcomes “First generation” college applicants (the first in their families to attend college) in grades 9-12 from Sarasota and Manatee county high schools to the 3rd Annual College Prep Fair on Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the campus of USF Sarasota-Manatee.  UnidosNow is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to elevate the quality of life of the area’s growing Latino community through education, integration, and civic engagement. 


 Register for the UnidosNow College Prep Fair


This free event will offer a series of comprehensive workshops on relevant topics such as selecting the right college or vocational program, filling out financial aid forms, and preparing for SAT and ACT tests. Representatives from local four-year and two-year colleges and vocational schools will be available to talk with prospective students, provide information about their institution and answer questions.

“Although this event is open to the public, this is a great opportunity for Latino students to pursue their dream of going to college,” said Cathaleen Kaiyoorawongs, director of education initiatives for UnidosNow. “Currently, Latinos represent approximately 24 percent of the total K-12 student population in Florida, yet only 6.2 percent of full-time college students (both undergraduate and graduate students) in October 2010 were Hispanic. Within 14 years, the percentage of high school students represented by Latinos will be approximately 44 percent and 30 percent in Manatee and Sarasota counties, respectively.”

UnidosNow works closely with a wide range of partners such as USF Sarasota-Manatee, Take Stock in Children, Community Youth Development (CYD) and counselors from the Sarasota and Manatee county school systems in a model of increased cooperation that can help create a sustainable educational movement for Latinos.  UnidosNow also strives to connect with disenfranchised Latino communities, including families and places of worship, to strengthen the overall support system for students and parents.

“Latinos’ ability to secure a good education will have major ramifications, not only for Latinos, but for the general population of Southwest Florida,” said Kaiyoorawongs.

For more information or to register for this event, please visit www.unidosnow.us or call (877) 598-4466.

Dr. Terry Osborn Named New Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Dr. Terry Osborn, USFSM Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

USF Sarasota-Manatee Regional Chancellor Arthur Guilford  announces the selection of Terry A. Osborn, dean and professor of the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee since 2010, to fill the position of regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs being vacated by Bonnie Jones.

Osborn, who holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut (UConn), has been a tenured professor at both USFSM and Fordham University in New York City. His master’s degree is in German from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and his B.A. is in German and Psychology from Berry College. Osborn has seven years’ experience in senior higher education academic leadership. He was recently named executive director of the Florida Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (FACTE).

“In the years that I have served at USFSM, I have come to recognize the unique opportunities our academic community has been presented, and to believe strongly in the value both of what we have built thus far, and of how much more we can achieve together,” said Osborn. “My work in the City University of New York system, the University of Connecticut regional campus and my current position at USFSM has provided a comprehensive understanding of working within a university system.”  

Osborn developed the Center for Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT) within the USFSM College of Education, is an internationally recognized scholar of critical language studies and was a founder of the International Society for Language Studies.  He has published 13 books and 34 articles and chapters, edits six academic book series and was the co-editor of the journal “Critical Inquiry in Language Studies.” His scholarship has received the American Educational Studies Association Critics’ Choice Award and the Stephen Freeman Award for the best published article on language teaching techniques.

Guilford praised Osborn’s experience with a broad range of constituents, his popularity in the university community, and his exciting vision for the future of the growing institution. “Dr. Osborn’s career history shows a record of working effectively in collaboration with administrators, faculty, students, staff, alumni and a host of external partners,” Guilford added. “He recognizes that we are embarked on a time of significant change at USFSM, and that our academic and student affairs leader will play a key role in the shape of our future.”

Osborn is a native of Rome, Georgia, with family roots in Evinston, Florida. His wife, Dr. Dina Ciotola Osborn, is a native of Naples, Italy. They reside in Lakewood Ranch with their two children.

Guilford recognized the contributions of Bonnie Jones in her tenure as regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs since June 2009. She has also served the university as director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. “Dr. Jones has been enormously effective in moving USFSM through the critical processes of regional and national accreditation,” he said. “She will continue to be a vital part of our leadership team and assure a smooth transition and continued progress for our faculty and students.”

The regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs is the chief academic officer responsible for the overall academic integrity and student service delivery for 4,500 students in more than 40 bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and certificate programs at USFSM. He supports both faculty and student academic success while promoting the principles of academic freedom and shared governance in an atmosphere of continuous improvement.

Sarasota Named “Best of the Bay”

It’s no secret that the Tampa Bay region is known as one of the best places to live in the country, boasting three great cities in close proximity: Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota. But which one has the most to offer when it comes to a lifestyle filled with arts and culture, shopping, sports, beaches, and natural beauty? If you guessed it’s Sarasota, you’re right! 


 See the results from “The Best of the Bay”


10 News polled residents of the Tampa Bay Area about which of the three cities was “the best of the bay,” and Sarasota came out the winner (video above). With 37.1 percent of the votes, Sarasota topped Tampa (31.6%) and St. Petersburg (30.8%) as the crown jewel of the Tampa Bay region.

What sets Sarasota apart from its neighbors to the north? It could be Siesta Key Beach, the number one ranked beach in the country according to Dr. Beach. Or is it the thriving visual and performing arts scene? Maybe it’s the combination of shopping, dining and nearby Lido Beach found only at St. Armand’s Circle? The USFSM Rowing Club would claim that Nathan Benderson Park, home to the 2017 World Cup Rowing Championships, is what puts Sarasota in the lead.

There is no doubt that USF Sarasota-Manatee and the other thriving higher education institutions in the neighborhood are also a major part of what makes Sarasota such a unique place to live and learn. When you blend fun, sun, arts and culture and impactful education, the results are unbeatable.

Count USFSM as a winning feature that contributes to Sarasota’s stature as “the best of the bay.”

Please check out our About the Area page to discover more of the unique qualities that make Sarasota and Manatee counties shine.