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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.

Tuesday Talks: Dr. Richard Borghesi, Finance

Each Tuesday, we sit down with members of the faculty to discuss their expertise, recent research and some of their accomplishments.  This week, USFSM takes a closer look at Dr. Richard Borghesi.

Dr. Borghesi earned a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2004 and an MBA from Loyola University in Chicago in 1995. His research interests include corporate finance, corruption, market efficiency, and prediction markets, and he has published in Financial Management, Southern Economic Journal, Finance Research Letters, Journal of Applied Business Research, Journal of Economics and Business, Applied Financial Economics, Applied Economics, and The Journal of Prediction Markets. Dr. Borghesi has taught corporate finance, finance information technology, case problems in finance, efficiency of financial markets, and behavioral finance. Dr. Borghesi founded Rick’s Research Café at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  A monthly seminar series, Rick’s Research Café gives USFSM faculty an opportunity to present their unfinished research projects. The goal is to facilitate constructive feedback from cross-disciplinary peers to help the author improve the quality of his/her work prior to publication. 

Students Awarded Scholarships by FICPA

Students Awarded Scholarships by FICPA

Standing (left to right):
David Cumberland, FICPA Gulf Coast Chapter board of directors; Colleen Bankuty; Elizabeth Greene; Bianca Aquino; Alice Finn; Alicia Whitworth; Shelly Parmet-Evans; Chapter Chair-Elect; Robin Knuth, Chapter Chair; Leonard Belli, CPE Chapter Liaison. Seated: Michelle Strouse, Dalila Montalvo, Maria Piyaykina and Devin Archer. Students not pictured: Le Huyen Thi Nguyen and Amy Denise Miller.

Eleven students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee were awarded scholarships of up to $2,000 in 2014-2015 by the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA).  FICPA held a special event for these scholars at USFSM with the Accounting Society, offering networking opportunities and a workshop on “Civility and Professionalism” with Patricia Persson, an international executive etiquette consultant.

Student awardees are:

Colleen Bankuty, Elizabeth Greene, Bianca Aquino, Alice Finn, Alicia Whitworth, Michelle Strouse, Dalila Montalvo, Maria Piyaykina, Devin Archer, Le Huyen Thi Nguyen and Amy Denise Miller.

Tuesday Talks: John Stewart, Professional & Technical Communication

Each Tuesday, we sit down with members of the faculty to discuss their expertise, recent research and some of their accomplishments.  This week, USFSM takes a closer look at John Stewart.

John Stewart, MA in English Rhetoric and Composition, has been a professional writer since 1990, beginning his career as a technical writer in the credit card software business armed with a BA in English–concentrating in technical writing–from the University of Central Florida. From this naïve and hopeful beginning he has traversed the field from the days of green screens and floppy disks to mobile devices and XML, from Florida to Northern California and back, from high-speed access telecommunication to industrial furnaces. As a rough guess, he has authored, reviewed, revised, and published around 20,000 pages of technical documentation over the past two decades, much of it internal corporate publications like programmer specifications, both on paper and to online channels.

While continuing to work in the field, he returned to UCF to do graduate studies in rhetoric and composition and focus the rest of his career on teaching first-year writing and technical communications for the new millennium. His approach to teaching is oriented toward the classical rhetorical tradition of practice–continuing to be active in the field as a professional writer–and pedagogy as research. He is most interested in the literature of natural history, new media, and classical rhetoric.

Two New Hospitality Courses Offered at North Port Instructional Site

USFSM North PortBeginning in spring 2015, USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership (CHTL) will offer Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism as well as International Food & Culture at its North Port Instructional Site for the first time. Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism will include an overview of the hospitality industry, including all of its related fields: restaurant, lodging, meetings, conventions and expositions. It will also feature the applications of general marketing, human resources, leadership and management. International Food & Culture delves into cuisines with a focus on the geographic, historic, cultural, religious and economic influences that shape food availability and consumption. Students will examine how types of diversity shapes cultural food patterns in the world.

More information on the North Port Instructional Site

“These courses will offer current students variety in their electives, or they may count towards a minor or a certificate program,” said Lora Kosten, faculty coordinator for the USFSM instructional site in North Port. “Certain students may also use the International Foods & Culture course to fulfill the College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership’s community engagement and diversity requirement.”

Learn more about the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership

These courses will introduce the CHTL to the South County area while serving as an outreach tool for the local hospitality industry.  They are also designed to open doors for local high school students and others interested in careers in the culinary and hospitality fields.

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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District Receives $1.2 million Arts Integration Grant from USDOE

ZinnThe Sarasota County Schools, through Any Given Child Sarasota, have been selected by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) to receive a $1.2 million grant over four years to implement an initiative entitled Elevate with Arts Integration, also known as Project Elevate. The grant, which is designed to enhance teaching and learning through arts-integrated instruction in local schools, was one of only 17 awarded nationwide by the USDOE this year as part of its Professional Development Arts Educators Program.

Project Elevate aims to increase students’ academic performance in reading, writing, math and science through arts-integrated instruction at four Title 1 elementary schools in the Sarasota County School District. The schools participating in the grant program are Atwater, Brentwood, Emma E. Booker and Tuttle elementary schools. Funds will help second- through fifth-grade teachers at those schools gain proficiency in developing and providing arts-integrated instruction.

Title I is a federally funded program designed to address the academic needs of students, particularly in the areas of reading, writing, science and math. Schools are designated as Title I based on the number of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious grant,” said Any Given Child Sarasota Program Director Brian Hersh. “Project Elevate will enable Sarasota County Schools and Any Given Child to continue developing innovative learning practices in arts-integrated education that benefit thousands of students in the district each year.”

Through Project Elevate, Any Given Child Sarasota will hire a full-time, experienced arts integration specialist beginning in the 2015-16 school year. The specialist will provide coaching, training and mentorship in creating and teaching arts-integrated lesson plans at each of the four Title 1 schools selected for the program. In total, more than 75 classroom and arts teachers, as well as additional pre-service interns, will benefit from the program in its first year alone.

Of equal importance, hundreds of students at the Title 1 schools involved in Project Elevate will benefit from increased opportunities to engage with the arts through enhanced arts-integrated instruction and arts experiences, in addition to the arts instruction they already receive. Numerous studies have shown that students who participate in the arts and arts-integrated learning perform better academically and have lower dropout rates than students who do not have such engagement with the arts.

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT) will serve as the official evaluator for the program, helping collect and analyze student learning outcomes, academic performance results and other metrics. Dr. Brianne Reck, senior fellow and executive director of Center for PAInT, says she and the faculty in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education share the commitment of Any Given Child Sarasota and Sarasota County Schools to transforming learning experiences for children through the integration of the arts.

“We are thrilled to be part of this groundbreaking work and to provide the evaluation expertise that is critical to the project,” said Reck. “It is through the power of this partnership that we support innovation that will make a difference in the lives of our children and our community.”

Any Given Child Sarasota is a partnership between the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and Sarasota County Schools. The program is designed to provide students with expanded and enhanced opportunities to benefit from the arts in our community and quality arts education in all local schools.

By working with the school district, local arts organizations and corporate and private donors, Any Given Child Sarasota is helping build high-quality arts, theater, music and dance programs in schools throughout Sarasota County; providing access to theater and musical performances, museum visits and other arts experiences for students; and securing funding to help teachers and schools better integrate arts education into their curriculums.

Tuesday Talks: Dr. Sunita Lodwig, Information Technology

Each Tuesday, we sit down with members of the faculty to discuss their expertise, recent research and some of their accomplishments.  This week, USFSM takes a closer look at Dr. Sunita Lodwig.

Dr. Sunita Lodwig has been an Instructor of Information Technology at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee for the last seven years. Prior to this, Dr. Lodwig was in the corporate arena for over twenty years (with AT&T Bell Labs and Motorola) in the field of Telecommunications during its most turbulent and exciting times. Her technical background covers a wide range – from defining strategy, technical marketing, project/product management, and globalization issues, to cutting edge software architecture, requirements, design, development and delivery. Dr. Lodwig shares her industry experiences and insights to illustrate and explain complex concepts much to the delight of her students.

For the last six years, Dr. Lodwig has been instrumental in developing relationships with local industry and businesses to support an internship program. Over this period, Dr. Lodwig and her colleagues have also worked together to expand the IT program into several baccalaureate concentrations and certificate offerings to meet current and emerging market needs and technologies. The entire program is online, offered in real-time as well as blended mode, to meet the needs of a wide range of students and working professionals.

Dr. Lodwig was a finalist for the 2011 Tampa Bay Business Woman of the Year award in the Education category.

E-Learning Blog: Canvas Calendar Sync

by Carlos Montoya, M.Ed

Screenshot of the Canvas calendar.

How can the Canvas calendar feed simplify your life? Well, let’s say that you are having fun with your friends at the beach, or attending a play, or you are at the movie theater, or out with your family or playing with your kids and then suddenly a thought comes to your mind … Is there a discussion due tomorrow? Do I have an assignment due this weekend? When is my next assignment due? How can I stop this uncertainty without stopping this blissful moment? If only there was a quick way of checking my Canvas calendar on my mobile device. Well there is! You can sync your Canvas calendar to your personal calendar on your mobile device and check any events and/or assignments in less than 10 seconds.

If you have and Android or iOS device, I’m sure you have downloaded the Canvas App and you can check your calendar from there.

iOS users have an extra feature: You can actually download a feed the Canvas calendar to your Calendar application on your phone or tablet. All you have to do is open the Canvas app, tap the “Profile” tab at the bottom of the screen. Then tap the “About” button, and now tap the “subscribe to calendar feed” link. Your Calendar app is now set and you can view Assignments and events from the Canvas Calendar.

Screenshot of the calendar subscription location.

So what if you don’t have the Canvas app? Don’t fret, here are some other ways you can sync the Canvas calendar to your personal calendar on your mobile device.

I have an iOS mobile device, but I don’t have the Canvas App:

Follow these instructions.

I have a different type of calendar application (Android or Windows):

Follow these instructions:

Step 1 – Getting Your Canvas Calendar Feed

  1. Log in to Canvas.
  2. Click the Calendar tab.
  3. Click the “Calendar Feed” link at the bottom right.
  4. Copy the link that pops up for use in Step 2.

Step 2 – Subscribing to the Calendar on Your Device

Once you have the link to your Canvas Calendar copied, the next step is adding it to your device.

Google Calendar

  1. Log into your Google Calendar.
  2. On the left, click the little arrow next to “Other Calendars.”
  3. Click “Add by URL.”
  4. Paste the copied link and click “Add Calendar.”


The Android Calendar app syncs using your Google Calendar, you must first add the Canvas Calendar to your Google calendar following the instructions above. Once added to your Google Calendar, the Canvas Calendar should appear on your Android device (if it doesn’t follow these instructions to sync, by Google).

Windows Phone

Just like on Android, to have your Canvas calendar on your Windows Phone, you’ll need to add the Canvas calendar to your Google calendar (see above) then add your Google account to your Windows Phone if you haven’t already.

Useful Links:

How do I subscribe to the Calendar Feed using Outlook?

How do I subscribe to the Calendar Feed using Google Calendar?

Thank you!
Carlos Montoya

USFSM Adds Five Members to Community Leadership Council

2014-15 New USFSM Community Leadership Council Members

(Back row from left to right) Ruth A. Buchanan, Dr. Terry A. Osborn, Dennis Stover, Samuel “Sam” Samelson and Will Statz. (Front row from left to right) Bill Mariotti, Ron Reagan and Charles Baumann.

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee welcomed five new members to the Community Leadership Council (CLC) for 2014-15. This group of community and business leaders from the Sarasota-Manatee County area represents varied industries and sectors and advises the Campus Board and management team about program and service priorities. The CLC meets quarterly on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.

The newest members include:

Charles R. Baumann, Kerkering, Barberio & Co.; Ruth A. Buchanan, economic development coordinator, City of North Port; Bill Mariotti, president , Bill Mariotti Site Development Co. and Samuel “Sam” Samelson, chairman, Lifelong Learning Academy. The fifth new member is Will Statz, president, USFSM Student Government Association.

Other members of the Community Leadership Council include:

Ron Reagan, Dan Bailey Jr., David Band, Bob Bartz, Kathy Black, Ruth A. Buchanan, Jeanne Corcoran, Dr. Michael P. Crosby, Jim Delgado, Amy Drake, David Eckel, Larry Fineberg, Brian Flynn, Roger Frazee, Dan Friedrich, Rich Gerrity, Patricia Glass, Cesar Gomez, Karin Grablin, Joe Gruters, Teri Hansen, Sharon Hillstrom, Marilyn Howard, Mark Huey, Mona Jain, Roxie Jerde, Kelly Kirschner, Jason Krywko, Allan Lane, Kumar Mahadevan, Bill Mariotti, Gene Matthews, Mike McCoy, Rick Mills, Tracy O’Neill, Sally Piccolo, Carol Probstfeld, Jan Pullen, Steve Queior, Patrick Roff, H. Hamilton Rice, Sam Samelson, Gilbert A. Smith Jr., Lindy Smith, William Statz, Olivia Thomas, Jean Trammell, JoAnn Urofsky, Laddison Waldo, Richard Wharton, Lori White, Derek Williams and Ernie Withers.

For more information on the Community Leadership Council, please visit: usfsm.edu/clc.