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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.

College of Education Hosts Emma E. Booker Elementary Students for Special Event

Colorful self-portraits expressing “What I Can Be With a College Degree” will be displayed in the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education beginning February 27, 2015. The art was created by 5th graders at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in a collaborative initiative to help them understand and visualize their future careers.

Colorful self-portraits expressing “What I Could Be With a College Degree” will be displayed in the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education beginning February 27, 2015. The art was created by 5th graders at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in a collaborative initiative to help them understand and visualize their future careers.

SARASOTA Fla. (February 24, 2015) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee College of Education is working with fifth grade students at Emma E. Booker Elementary to create original works of art entitled “What I Could Be With a College Degree”. A reception introducing the display will be held in the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on February 27th.

“What I Could Be with a College Degree” is a collaborative effort to promote the value of higher education among students that are culturally, linguistically, racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. It grew out of the College of Education’s Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT) Center, which infuses the arts into all teacher preparation. Emma E. Booker Elementary School serves as a host for USFSM’s teacher candidates completing their internships to promote future educators to work with diverse students and encourage their growth and success through professional development and community service.

To prepare for the display, students were assigned homework researching different state universities to see what college degrees were offered and which would interest them. They researched how long it would take to acquire that degree, what clothes they would wear in that profession, what tools they would use and what type of salary they would earn once they were working in that field. Each student drew an image of themselves working in that profession, which helped the young artists express their creativity.

“It is our pleasure to present the self-portraits of the 5th graders at Emma E Booker Elementary as they envision the future with a college degree,” said Dr. Marie Byrd, associate professor in the College of Education. “The artwork will grace the hallway of the College of Education at USF Sarasota Manatee for the next year.”

E-Learning Blog: Canvas Release Notes for 02/21/15

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Every 3 weeks we bring you the details on scheduled updates to the Canvas
system, with information specific to the Canvas features enabled by our institution.

Have a question about something you see here? Contact us!

Canvas updated over the weekend, but very few of the changes made in this update affect our institution. The one you might note is a change to the layout of the Gradebook navigation buttons, explained below. As always, the production notes also include other Canvas updates, platform integrations, and fixed bugs.

Updated Features

Gradebook Toolbar

The Gradebook toolbar includes a revised design to help instructors manage their Gradebook data more easily. No functionality has been affected by this change, but this is the first of several small upgrades to create a more intuitive interface in the Gradebook.

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The Settings menu and sections sorting menu are located on the right side of the Gradebook, and the import and export features have been removed from the Settings menu and replaced as standalone buttons.

For complete documentation and list of bugs fixed in this update,
please visit the Canvas release notes page.

World-Renowned Chefs Headline Upcoming Knowledge-A-Bull Speaker Series


SARASOTA (January 20, 2015) – The upcoming University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Knowledge-A-Bull Speaker Series will feature a panel of world-renown chefs who will discuss global cuisine and how it relates to the local tourism culture in the Sarasota-Manatee area. The panel of experts will also examine how cuisine shapes the education of our globally trained students in USFSM’s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership. The event will be held on Thursday February 19, 2015 in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. with a reception to follow. The event is open to the public at no cost.

Global Cuisine. Global Education., moderated by ABC7’s Chef Judi Gallagher, will feature chefs Yaron Azuolay, Jamie Gregorich, Darwin Santa Maria, Giuliano Hazan as well as USFSM alumna Sheena Maini.

For more information, please visit: USFSM.edu/Series

Moderator and Chef Judi Gallagher can be found cooking gourmet meals as ABC 7’s culinary director on the daily “Chef Judi’s Dish” show; running the thriving public relations firm Judi Gallagher & Associates; teaching courses at the University of South Florida’s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership; writing and editing for six print publications; or hosting demos with chefs throughout the world. Judi has enjoyed 30-plus years of successful ownership, management and consulting experience in the food service industry. She shares her expertise by consulting for restaurants and hospitality projects throughout Southwest Florida and the nation.

Chef Yaron Azuolay serves as the Chef in charge of demonstrations and training for live cooking with Nyga Chef in Nordia, Israel. He previously served as Head Chef at Bakery 29 in Tel Aviv, Israel. With over twenty years of experience as a lead chef, Azuolay specializes in seafood preparation, as well as French and Spanish cuisine, and is positively reviewed in countless Israeli national and urban news journals.

Chef Jamie Gregorich appeared on season six of Chef Gordon Ramsey’s Fox TV Show “Hell’s Kitchen” in 2009. She currently serves as the Manatee Technical Institute’s Culinary Arts Department Chair and Lead Instructor. Prior to her position with MTI, Gregorich spent six years as the Executive Sous Chef at Euphemia Haye Restaurant on Longboat Key.

Chef Darwin Santa Maria was born in Peru, but came to America at age 13 where he later attended Johnson & Wales culinary college. Santa Maria worked as sous chef at Michael’s on East and in 2001, Food & Wine Magazine named him one of the top 10 chefs in the nation. In 2011, he opened Darwin’s on 4th in downtown Sarasota to share his blend of urban, local and global cuisine alongside Darwin Brewing Company’s craft beers in an intimate, upscale setting.

Giuliano Hazan is an award winning author of 5 best-selling cookbooks, and teachers Italian cooking classes throughout the U.S. and at his school in Italy. In 2007, Giuliano received the Cooking Teacher of the Year Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), which “honors an individual who demonstrates and effectively communicates an exceptional knowledge of culinary studies and techniques in a vocational, avocational or traveling teacher capacity. He is a regular guest on the Today Show and has been a guest on the nationally syndicated PBS show, Seasonings. His school in Italy has been featured by the Fine Living network and he is often a guest on local TV shows in cities to which he is traveling.

Sheena Maini is co-owner of the Tandoor Indian Cuisine, the original Indian restaurant in Sarasota, Florida. Being in the restaurant business since the age of 16, she has accumulated a vast knowledge of how to run a successful business. She has been a crucial part in taking this small family restaurant to the next level with continuing prosperity. Maini graduated from USF Sarasota-Manatee with a degree in Finance and Management in 2010.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is offering the free, public Knowledge-A-Bull speaker series which engages students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community in cutting-edge conversations with experts on subjects that have relevance in our lives. Each college within USF Sarasota-Manatee (College of Education, College of Business, College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership and College of Arts & Sciences) host topics in the series.

To register or learn more about Knowledge-A-Bull, please visit: http://usfsm.edu/knowledge-a-bull/.

Edible Garden Gives Students Lesson in Sustainability

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SARASOTA, Fla. (January 14, 2014) – An unused piece of land in front of the USF Sarasota-Manatee Culinary Innovation Lab on Lakewood Ranch Main Street is now being used to give students a hands-on opportunity to learn about sustainability and local, organic foods. USFSM broke ground on the Edible Garden at the beginning of December and plans to grow organic vegetables, herbs and other plants alongside popular Lakewood Ranch Main Street.

“The Edible Garden came together after our College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership students became involved in a similar project on Anna Maria’s Pine Avenue,” said Joe Askren director of the USFSM Culinary Innovation Lab. “The garden will allow us to demonstrate to the students the possibilities of growing their own produce. This will also assist in promoting the many incredible local farms in Sarasota-Manatee that service local restaurants.”

Learn more about the USFSM Culinary Innovation Lab

As students develop skills in the Edible Garden, they will take those skills and apply them to their work in the classroom and ultimately have a better understanding of benefits that result from obtaining healthy, local food options as they move on to careers in hospitality. “By taking advantage of local options, our students will be able to support local businesses and farms, and will also help teach the community about the benefits of growing our own food sources,” said Askren.

When Askren and the staff at the Culinary Innovation Lab saw the success and benefits of the experience at the Anna Maria-based Pine Avenue Gardens, they decided to find a way to host their own version of the project. “We reached out to Lakewood Ranch to see if this was a possibility, and received instant support for the project,” said Askren.

Funding for the project was provided by the Observer Media Group, and advisors from across the community joined in to help.

“ECHO Farms and Gulf Coast Farms have been partners in this organic gardening project,” said Askren. “Sweetgrass Farms has been another fabulous partner with our hospitality program and provided vertical hydroponic units that will allow us to grow all of our herbs on site.”

In addition, Ali Tahiri of Naturali Pro provided soil products that are enriched and chemical free and Mike Miller, a sustainability advocate, pledged his time to help set the garden up. “Everyone wants to see the students and the community create a movement to learn more about these sustainable, local options,” commented Askren.

The initial layout of the garden includes garlic, rosemary, chives, callaloo, Seminole pumpkin, collards, arugula, roselle, bouquet dill, okra, Okinawa spinach, katuk, edible hibiscus, Ethiopian kale and a variety of other herbs.

“Ultimately, we hope that this project will give our students some hands-on experience that will set them apart as they move on to leadership positions in the hospitality industry,” said Askren. “They will be learning about the entire food preparation experience from the ground up; experience that they will share with the community for years to come.”

Harry Sudakoff Foundation to Help Build Faculty Research Lab


SARASOTA, Fla. (December 3, 2014– USF Sarasota-Manatee received a $50,000 grant from the Harry Sudakoff Foundation to support the construction of laboratory space on campus for independent faculty research in biology, biomedical sciences and social science disciplines. Construction is estimated to commence in spring 2015.

The Harry Sudakoff Faculty Research Laboratory will give researchers the space and resources needed to advance foundational science that will cultivate further innovation and discovery as well as contributing to higher quality teaching at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Faculty researchers become experts in the area of inquiry, transferring specific experiential knowledge to the student body.

USFSM’s growing science faculty and student body will be the first population served directly by the research labs. Guided by instructor-researchers, research-led learning actively engages students in their educational experiences, encouraging them to pursue new knowledge and to develop independent critical thinking. “The best way to help guarantee productive, successful research is to provide faculty with the necessary tools, scientific equipment and technology needed to foster and maintain the integrity of the investigative processes,” said Jane Rose, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “A community of inquiry is established around a research topic as teachers and students exchange ideas, questions and insights with others. Classroom discussions and assignments are richer and more insightful because students are actively engaged with faculty that has a seminal interest in the subject matter.”

The new laboratory space will also benefit the surrounding communities of USFSM, by providing a workforce that is trained in a research environment, and by fostering a research community that supports and attracts new and increasing levels of research activity within its boundaries.

Duvall Family Studies Conference to be hosted at USFSM


SARASOTA (February 6, 2015) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will be the site of the 2015 Duvall Family Studies Conference, a biennial symposium created to bring academic research findings to human services practitioners, and practice knowledge and needs to researchers.

The Evelyn M. Duvall Family Studies Conference is a biennial symposium that brings together academics and practitioners to foster research-driven best practices within Florida and beyond.

For more information, and to RSVP, visit USFSM.edu/Duvall

“The conference will showcase scholarly research, but also descriptions of work by social work and other human services practitioners, so that the knowledge can go both ways, both to and from research and practice,” said Dr. Jane Roberts, Chair of Duvall Family Studies. “This was Dr. Duvall’s mission.”

The 2015 conference, “Youth: Traumas and Transitions”, seeks to promote the most effective and up-to-date findings of family-related research. The priorities of the Evelyn M. Duvall endowment at USFSM emphasize collaborations among university researchers and community practitioners who can utilize family studies research findings.

“The theme this year is Youth: Traumas and Transitions,” Roberts said. “The late Dr. Duvall, a former USF faculty member and longtime benefactor, envisioned academic and practice interactions that would be useful in many different disciplines. This year, for example, social workers, teachers, school counselors, and those in child and adult protective services will all benefit from hearing the newest work on such topics as family violence, military families’ struggles, and issues facing children who have experienced loss through death or divorce.”

Dr. J. William Worden, ABPP, Co-Principal Investigator of the Harvard Child Bereavement Study, will serve as the event’s plenary speaker on Parental Loss: Comparing Death and Divorce. In addition, Dr. Sameer Hinduja, Professor of Criminology at Florida Atlantic University, will give a lecture on Saturday on New Challenges for Addressing Bullying.

“Our two plenary speakers will cover a variety of topics that social workers, therapists and family life educators face on a daily basis,” Roberts said. “USFSM is honored to be able to showcase these speakers and topics to our colleagues, our students, and to the community.”  Friday evening, a free video documentary The Long Journey Home will highlight the angst often encountered among former military “brats” who have frequently transitioned form one community and school system to another and then another.

For more information including a complete schedule and registration, visit the event’s website.  Although there is a fee for those attending the entire conference, the two plenary speakers’ talks and the movie on military kids are free to the public with registration at jmr@sar.usf.edu or by calling 941-359-4604.

International Taiwanese Students Complete Internships in Community


SARASOTA, Fla. (February 4, 2015) – USF Sarasota-Manatee’s 11 student cohort from Taiwan, who arrived last fall to complete a 10-month Hospitality Management International Certificate program, are now completing internships as part of the second and final phase of their education program. In addition to being enrolled in a Hospitality Management Internship class, these students are required to rotate between at least two different hospitality management position areas such as front desk, housekeeping, food service and culinary operations.  When the students return to Taiwan in May 2015, they will receive credit for their tenure from the Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism.

“USFSM is located in one of the biggest hospitality labs in the world: Florida,” said Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, dean of the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership. “Since the Tampa Bay area houses some of the best hotels, resorts, restaurants and theme parks in the country, our International Certificate Program is very unique in that it incorporates a five-month internship in one of the partner hospitality organizations. This allows our certificate students to apply what they learn at USFSM into practice and gives them valuable hands-on experience.”

During the fall 2014 semester, the Taiwanese students took four courses including a hospitality introductory class, event management, restaurant management and finance and accounting management for the hospitality industry.  Now these students are interning at Busch Gardens, Loews Don CeSar Hotel, Epicurean Hotel, Courtyard by Marriot and the Department of Bradenton Area Convention Center to apply their classroom lessons to a real-world setting.

“This experience has broadened my horizons. Every day at work I learn so much – not only about the hotel operation and service technique from the interaction with colleagues, but also about the culture: the festivals, football, the food, people from different countries,” said Joyce HSU, one Taiwanese student interning at Epicurean Hotel in Tampa. “I’m excited and look forward to the experiences and challenges that I will have for the rest of my internship because it will continue to help me grow in both knowledge and self.”

Another Hospitality Management International Certificate student from Taiwan adds, “This is my first job and it has truly helped improved my English speaking skills,” said Susan LAI, intern at Loews Don CeSar Hotel. “I’ve really learned a lot about developing relationships in the workplace and how to extend professional conversations with guests. I feel so lucky to have chosen this program.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Global Engagement Office continues to follow up with these students during the semester and will organize a “fare-well” event before their departure from the U.S. in May 2015.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee to Host Biology Open House

Biology Open House

SARASOTA, Fla. (January 29, 2014) – USF Sarasota-Manatee has scheduled an open house for prospective Biology students and their families on Saturday, January 31, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in at the USFSM Teaching Labs at Mote Marine Laboratory located at 1730 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota.

This is an opportunity for prospective students to explore USFSM’s two new teaching labs and the new Biology major. There will be refreshments and the opportunity to learn more about admissions, financial aid, advising and more at this informational open house.

Sign up for the Biology open house here

A degree in Biology from USF Sarasota-Manatee offers students the hands-on experience needed to pursue a career in many fields of biology, as well as the knowledge required to move on to graduate level studies. Graduates demonstrate knowledge in the three principal sub-disciplines of biology: cellular and molecular biology, organismal biology, and ecology and evolution, and are engaged in the scientific process through the planning, execution and interpretation of laboratory or field studies.

With a degree in hand, USFS Biology students are able to analyze ethical challenges and practices in the biological sciences, perform qualitative and quantitative analyses to evaluate scientific information, and can demonstrate skills in the assembly and presentation of oral and written communications on biological investigations.

The USFSM Biology program collaborates with the world-renowned Mote Marine Laboratory, allowing students to be immersed in ongoing research and community engagement in the marine sciences. Research scientists from Mote also teach various courses in the USFSM Biology program. These experiences prepare students to be competitive for an even wider range of graduate programs and professional schools.

E-Learning Blog: Canvas Release Notes for 01/31/15

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Every 3 weeks we bring you the details on scheduled updates to the Canvas
system, with information specific to the Canvas features enabled by our institution.

Have a question about something you see here? Contact us!

In this update, instructors can now better manage their course assignments by more easily keeping assignment availability dates within the course or term. Also, students can now easily view assignment availability dates as part of the assignment. As always, the production notes also include other Canvas updates, platform integrations, and fixed bugs.

New Features


Course and Term Date Validation

Instructors cannot create assignments, graded discussions, or quizzes with due dates and/or availability dates outside the start and end dates for the course or term. This feature helps instructors better manage all student coursework within the course schedule.

  • This feature does not apply to areas outside assignments, such as in the Calendar.
  • This feature currently only applies when editing an assignment. The Canvas engineers are adjusting the behavior to apply to new assignments and should be able to update that soon.
  • When an instructor edits an assignment and clicks the Update Assignment button, Canvas validates any entered dates—assignment due date, available from date, and until date—against the course start and end dates and generates an error message for invalid date entries. This validation takes place for all dates, including varied due dates.


  • If an assignment does not contain any dates, the assignment availability defaults to the course start and end dates.
  • If the course does not include specified course start and end dates, Canvas validates the assignment against the term dates for the course.
  • This feature validates against the Users can only participate in the course between these dates checkbox for start and end dates in Course Settings.

Updated Features


Assignment Point Value

When an existing assignment contains graded submissions and an instructor changes the points possible, Canvas displays a warning that changing the point value requires regrading the assignment. This warning message applies to any grading type with assignment submissions, including changing points from or to zero.

Note: If an assignment with graded submissions is changed to zero points, such as for extra credit, this feature does not change the way that zero-point assignments work with assignment groups. Please see this guide on extra credit for more details.

Availability Dates View for Students

Students can view any assignment availability dates on the assignments detail page, not just the Assignments Index Page. This feature also applies to discussions and quizzes.

Course Settings

Viewing for Authenticated Users

Instructors can allow authenticated users in their institution to view a course. Located in Course Settings, this visibility option allows users who are authenticated (logged in) in the Canvas account to view the course before they enroll in the course. The course content shown to authenticated users is the same content shown to the public for publicly visible courses.

Note: The Make this course publicly visible option and Make this course visible to authenticated users option cannot be used together. The first option will override the second so the course will always remain public, even when the user is not logged in.

Other Updates

Canvas Menus

As part of an interface redesign, Canvas drop-down menus, calendar menus, and menu windows include a slightly modified interface. They have been given a cleaner, flatter look. All functionality remains the same.

 For complete documentation and list of bugs fixed in this update,
please visit the Canvas release notes page.

USFSM Professor to Host Entrepreneurial Workshop

Dr. Jean Kabongo USF Sarasota-Manatee USFSM Business Management and Entrepreneurship MBA

SARASOTA, Fla. (January 21, 2015) – Dr. Jean Kabongo, associate professor of strategic management and entrepreneurship at USF Sarasota-Manatee, is conducting a free event open to the public designed for current and aspiring entrepreneurs on January 27 at 6 p.m. at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St. This workshop will discuss entrepreneurship, creativity and why innovation shapes the marketplace as well as developing and nurturing the innovative mindset.

“The workshop contributes to building capacity in the community – I hope it will awaken the innovative entrepreneurial spirit in the participants,” said Kabongo. “I also hope that, down the road, many will consider starting innovative business ventures as a viable economic option. Ultimately, these businesses will create new jobs in the community.”

Kabongo believes his position as a scholar at USFSM brings a level of expectation for service to the University and the community. Therefore, he views this service as a means for faculty members to return benefits to the community. “I wanted to get involved in this initiative to build stronger relationships and to apply my expertise for the good of the community,” said Kabongo.

For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Rowena Elliott at (941) 365-2200 ext. 3220 or at Rowena.elliott@sarasotagov.com