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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
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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.

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.

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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


Assignments

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.

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  • 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


Assignments

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

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

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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.”

Author Tracy Gary Kicks Off Donor-Inspired “Discover the Joy of Giving” Series

GivingSARASOTA (January 13, 2015) – Local philanthropist Harry Leopold had an idea to put together a series of events to inspire other members of the community to take a detailed look at how they can support different initiatives through charitable giving. On Monday, Leopold’s idea became reality as the “Discover the Joy of Giving” series launched with Tracy Gary, author of America’s bestselling book on philanthropy, who discussed “The Purpose and the Power of Giving” in front of a sold-out crowd at USF Sarasota-Manatee.


Photos from the Discover the Joy of Giving Series


The series, inspired by Leopold, is a collaborative effort among USFSM, the Lifelong Learning Academy and the Leopold Institute for Philanthropic Studies featuring inspiring conversations with top national and local experts on the joy of giving.

At the end of Gary’s presentation, attendees were able to vote on distributing a $5,000 grant to a local, non-profit organization of their choice. The gift, part of $25,000 donated by the Leopold Institute for Philanthropic Studies, was issued to Meals on Wheels of Sarasota, Inc.

Individuals of all ages and from all walks of life are invited to participate and meet others who wish to learn about the relationship between giving, happiness and health; how to discover their true philanthropic passions; where to find resources to help with their giving; how to leave a legacy, and more. Each session is designed to build a growing base of knowledge and insights toward making personal decisions that are both meaningful and impactful.

One of the key values that USF Sarasota-Manatee embraces is social, economic and environmental sustainability, and personal philanthropy is a huge component of what makes our local communities thrive and endure. The “Discover the Joy of Giving” series has the potential to grow into certificate and academic offerings at the university. The Lifelong Learning Academy also believes this series addresses an area of education they have not previously offered and will inspire scholarship, research and innovation in philanthropy that will benefit the entire community.

“Discover the Joy of Giving” is moderated by Kelley Lavin, group publisher of Sarasota Magazine, Biz(941) and Venice Magazine.

Each educational program in the series features a nationally or locally renowned expert on philanthropy:

The four remaining events in the series are:

January 26: Finding your Passion for Giving with Bill Church, executive editor of the Herald-Tribune Media Group.

February 2: The Joy of Living through Giving with Bob and Diane Roskamp, Sarasota philanthropists and founders of the Roskamp Institute and Roskamp Foundation.

February 9: The Charitable Impulse with James Joseph, former ambassador, presidential Cabinet member, businessman, educator, philanthropy expert and professor at Duke University.

February 19: Giving as Fuel for Life with Alison Powell of the Bridgespan Group, co-producer of the “Conversations with Remarkable Givers” video project.

As an additional charitable component of the series, participants are invited to vote on five local nonprofits to each receive a $5,000 grant from the Leopold Institute for Philanthropic Studies fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Following each lecture, there will be a presentation by one of those nonprofits, representing arts and culture, health and human services, families and children, wellness and older adults.

Sponsors of “Discover the Joy of Giving” include: Hirtle Callaghan & Co; Sarasota Magazine; Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Muirhead, Gaylor, Steves & Waskom, P.A.; Shutts & Bowen LLP and Whitebox Mutual Funds.

HospitaBull Evening “A Taste of Israel” to be Held on February 17

HospitabullSARASOTA, Fla. (January 8, 2015) – Students from the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership will host the fifth annual HospitaBull Evening on February 17 at 6 p.m. at The Resort at Longboat Key Club, 3000 Harbourside Drive, Longboat Key, 34228. This year’s upscale dinner themed “A Taste of Israel” showcases authentic Israeli cuisine and features Yaron Azuolay, a special guest chef who oversees demonstrations and training for live cooking with Nyga Chef in Nordia, Israel. HospitaBull is an elegant dinner event completely planned, organized, cooked and served by USFSM students for approximately 200 guests.

The HospitaBull series was created in the Spring of 2011 to serve as an outlet to gain hands-on experience for students in the Restaurant Management, Event Management and Food Prep courses. It also acts as a fundraiser to support students in their food preparation and event management classes at the new USFSM Culinary Innovation Lab on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch, and to provide funds for trips to conferences and other curriculum enrichment activities.

Guest chef Yaron Azuolay has over twenty years of experience as a lead chef and specializes in seafood preparation as well as French and Spanish cuisine. Azuolay is recognized as being highly creative with experience in menu design, special events, catering and hotel restaurant management. He received his training in Belgium, Holland, France and Spain, and appeared several times on Israeli national television doing live food preparation. Azuolay is also positively reviewed in countless Israeli national and urban news journals.

Individual tickets are $150 with tables available at $1,500. For all sponsorship levels and event details, please contact Andrea Stephens: 941-359-4737 or ajstephens@sar.usf.edu. The Spring 2015 Hospitabull Evening is presented by Sarasota Magazine, The Resort at Longboat Key Club and The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

For more information regarding HospitaBull, please visit http://usfsm.edu/hospitabull

Top Photos of 2014

USF Sarasota-Manatee would like to wish you and your family a very special holiday season. 2014 was a great year for USFSM and the future looks bright moving in to 2015!

Take a look at the top 14 photos from 2014 to relive the top moments from the past year.

USFSM Alumna Crystal Zinn

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Students look on as USFSM College of Education alumna Crystal Zinn teaches in her classroom at Myakka City Elementary.

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Students from USF Sarasota-Manatee pose in front of the Rotunda to help commemorate USFSM becoming a four-year university.

USFSM Culinary Innovation Lab

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University and community leadership celebrate the opening of the USFSM Culinary Innovation Lab on Lakewood Ranch Main Street.

Hammocks Added to USFSM Campus

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Students enjoy the newly installed hammocks across campus.

Hospitabull Evening

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A photo from Hospitabull Evening from Spring 2014 hosted by the USFSM College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership.

Spring 2014 Commencement

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Parents, friends and families watch on as students graduate at the Spring 2014 Commencement ceremony.

St. Joseph’s Kindergarten Visit

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Students from St. Joseph’s kindergarten class get a chance to tour the USFSM campus and meet Rocky.

USF Athletics ‘Around the Horns’ Coaches Tour

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USF Women’s Basketball coach Jose Fernandez, Men’s Basketball Coach Orlando Antigua and Football Coach Willie Taggart visit USFSM as part of the Around the Horns Coaches Tour.

USF Sarasota Manatee’s Second Freshman Class

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The second freshman class in the history of USF Sarasota-Manatee poses during their orientation day.

USFSM Teaching Hotel

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The USFSM College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership makes The Resort at Longboat Key Club the official Teaching Hotel of the college.

Clyde G. Nixon International Business Scholarship Recipients

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Over the summer, three USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) students received scholarships from the Clyde G. Nixon International Business Endowment Fund to travel and study abroad. In September, six Nixon Scholars enjoyed a luncheon with members of the Nixon family and the USFSM faculty and staff, where they shared their special experiences.

Brunch on the Bay 2014

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USFSM celebrates the 21st annual Brunch on the Bay, an annual fundraising event for student scholarships.

Dr. Sandra Stone Announced as new Regional Chancellor

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USF Sarasota-Manatee introduces Dr. Sandra Stone as the new Regional Chancellor at Brunch on the Bay.

USFSM MBA Graduates

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Graduates of the USFSM MBA program celebrate their achievement at the Fall 2014 commencement ceremony.

USFSM College of Business Dean Announces Retirement

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SARASOTA, Fla. (December 15, 2014) – Dr. Robert Anderson will be retiring as dean of the College of Business on December 31, after 43 years in the USF system. His areas of specialty in business education include marketing research, promotions and consumer behavior and financial management. Under his leadership, USFSM’s College of Business earned The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, an honor achieved by only 5 percent of business schools in the world.

Anderson received a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a M.S. in Marketing from Southern Illinois University. His Ph.D. in Marketing and Finance is from the University of North Texas. He joined the faculty of the College of Business at the University of South Florida Tampa in 1971, and moved from assistant professor to associate dean for graduate studies and research. In 1995, Anderson was named dean of the business school in Tampa, becoming dean emeritus in 2006. In 2008, Anderson joined the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus business faculty. When the campus achieved separate accreditation as an institution in 2010 he was appointed the first dean of the College of Business. USFSM’s undergraduate and graduate business programs became separately accredited by AACSB in March 2014.

Anderson has published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science and the Journal of Business Research and has presented professional papers at the annual conferences of the American Marketing Association, Decision Sciences, Academy of Advertising, Academy of Marketing Science, and the Southern Marketing Association.

He is currently chairman of the Board of Directors of Florida Hospital West Coast Division of the Adventist Health System, which is a regional network of seven healthcare facilities located in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties. Other community institutions with which. Anderson is affiliated in Tampa include the Marketing Committee, the High Technology Committee, the Financial Services Committee, and the Steering Committee of the Committee of 100 of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce; the Advisory Board of Leadership Hillsborough; the Community Advisory Council for the Florida Community Opportunities Partnership Center; the Board of Directors of the Florida Council for International Development; the Steering Committee of the Gulf Coast Life Science Initiative; the Board of Directors of the U.S./Africa Foundation; Board of Directors of Sales and Marketing Executives; and the steering committee of the Florida Financial Services Cluster Initiative (FFSCI). Anderson worked with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Sarasota Manatee legislative delegation to bring an office of the SBDC to USFSM’s North Port Instructional Site to serve Sarasota and Manatee counties’ small business community.  He is also on the advisory board of the Manasota Chapter of SCORE.

“I have had the privilege of working with the business faculty and campus administration to build a college of business,” said Anderson. “Very few business deans experience the sense of professional pride and accomplishment I have in leading the development of the college from the ground up. This college has become a very integral part of a rapidly growing business community and will continue to produce high quality “human capital” that will remain in this community.”

Interim Dean Announced

Dr. Jim Curran, an associate professor of marketing, will assume the position of interim dean effective January 1. Curran holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration/Marketing, an M.B.A from the University of Rhode Island and a B.A. in Mathematics from Fordham University. He has over 35 years of work and research experience in the field of marketing. His research interests include the use of technologies in marketing, customer loyalty and customer relationship management. The results of his research have been presented nationally as well as internationally and have been cited more than 650 times by other researchers.

“Being chosen as the interim dean was a very humbling and exciting experience for me,” said Curran. “The process that was used to select me included an evaluation from my faculty colleagues, and without their support, I would not have been given this opportunity.”

Curran’s work has been published in the Journal of Service Research, Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Relationship Marketing, Psychology & Marketing, Journal of Marketing Theory & Practice, Journal of Marketing Education, Journal of Business to Business Marketing, and more. Prior to joining the faculty at USFSM, he held sales and marketing positions with four large international precious metals firms, spent time consulting and managed his own manufacturer representative business.

“I am excited about the possibilities for the College of Business and USFSM in the near future and being in this position will afford me an opportunity to be more deeply involved in what may come our way than I would have been otherwise,” said Curran.

Harry Sudakoff Foundation to Help Build Faculty Research Lab

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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.