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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: 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.

Tuesday Talks: Dr. Katerina Berezina, Hospitality Management

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. Katerina Berezina.

Dr. Katerina Berezina is an Assistant Professor in the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership (CHTL) at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM). She received her PhD in Health and Human Performance with concentration in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism at the University of Florida in August 2014. Dr. Berezina also holds her undergraduate degree in Hospitality and Tourism from Penza State University, Russia, and a Master of Science degree in Hospitality Information Management from the University of Delaware. Her industry experience includes working in travel agencies and hotels in Russia and the United States.

Dr. Berezina’s research interests are in the areas of information technology in hospitality and tourism, electronic distribution, and revenue management. Her articles have been published in the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology, the Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality and other reputable hospitality and tourism journals. Dr. Berezina is also a coordinator of two university programs that integrate real-life hotel software into the hospitality curriculum: innRoad University Programand M3 Link University Program.

Dr. Berezina is an active member of professional and academic hospitality associations. Currently, she serves on the Board of the international Hospitality Information Technology Association (iHITA) as a Secretary, and as an Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology (JHTT). Dr. Berezina also assumes the responsibilities of the Chair of the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) Social Media Advisory Council.

Dr. Berezina is a recipient of two “best paper” awards: one from Western Decision Sciences Institute, the other is from iHITA, and a best presentation award from iHITA. Dr. Berezina is aCertified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) commissioned by HFTP and American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AH&LEI). She also holds a Certified Revenue Management Executive (CRME) certification commissioned by Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI).

Distinguished Visiting Professor Series Brings Outstanding Scholars to USFSM

Dr. QuUSF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership enters the second year of its Distinguished Visiting Professor Series which brings internationally recognized scholars to the campus in 2014 for visits of one week to 12 months. The Series is an initiative of the M3 Center of Hospitality Technology and Innovation, showcasing industry leaders who will deliver class lectures, provide one-on-one counsel on graduate research projects, assist in strategic planning for the College, provide insight on faculty development and work closely with faculty and students. The series’ second visiting professor is Dr. Hailin Qu, Regents Professor and William E. Davis Distinguished Chair, as well as director of the Center for Hospitality and Tourism Research in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Qu will visit with USFSM from October 9 to 15.

“It is my great honor and pleasure to be invited as a Distinguished Visiting Professor,” said Qu. “The Hospitality & Technology Leadership program at USF Sarasota-Manatee is unique in hospitality higher education, providing not only education and training opportunities for our future leaders, but also research in this important area. It will make significant contributions to the hospitality and tourism industry and academia.”

Qu, who has been ranked the 15th leading researcher in publishing at three top-tier hospitality and tourism journals in the world, will give a seminar on hospitality research to USFSM graduate students, providing insights for managing and publishing their individual research.  “I have been invited by many major universities worldwide either as the Distinguished Visiting or Honorary Professor,” said Qu. “However, this invitation is so special to me because I am invited by my formal doctoral student, Dean Cihan Cobanoglu, who has achieved great success in his career. I was thrilled when I realized that I was going to have the chance to visit him and his program to talk to his students and faculty.”

Qu was a Visiting Chair Professor in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a Visiting Professor at Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne, Switzerland, as well as honored as the Senior International Academic Advisor in the Tourism Research Center at the China Academy of Social Sciences, P. R. China. Upon receiving his PhD, Qu has published more than 95 refereed journal articles,  presented over 208 refereed conference papers at national and international conferences, and reviewed five textbooks. He has been invited to give keynote speech and presentations at 57 national and international conferences, meetings and seminars.

Clyde G. Nixon International Business Endowment Scholarships Yield Life-Changing Experiences

NixonOver 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.

Alexander Benishek, a member of the USFSM inaugural freshman class in 2013, traveled to Japan for two weeks to study Japanese language, culture and history. While visiting eight major cities, the future history major said he enjoyed a “life changing” experience that he could not otherwise have afforded.

Since 2010, twelve students have received scholarships for a variety of travel experiences, ranging from international financial and cost accounting study trips to Latin America; business marketing in Belgium, Amsterdam, France and Spain; comparative business study in Quebec; service learning work in Poland, and cultural tourism in Japan.

Jennifer Caba used her Nixon scholarship to take a Global Leadership through Service course while working with the Gliwice Habitat for Humanity in Poland for ten days this summer. “I enjoyed every second of the trip because I was there to help make a difference in the lives of the people that will be staying at the rehabilitation centers we were working at,” said Caba.

Broc Fernandez, another Nixon scholarship recipient, joined Caba in Poland, helping to refurbish spaces for counseling and residential centers for newly recovering addicts.

USFSM is committed to providing students enriching international travel and learning experiences and recently created the Global Engagement Office (GEO) as a liaison to USF World. The GEO helps to develop the international reach of USFSM to advance student and faculty achievement and supports study abroad programs, special initiatives and collaborative agreements with foreign countries. Many students take advantage of scholarship opportunities that enable them to experience other cultures and learning environments.

About Clyde Nixon and the Scholarship in his Memory

Before he died in 2007, Clyde G. Nixon was chairman of Sun Hydraulics Corp., a member of the USFSM Campus Board and chair of the Community Leadership Council, helping to raise $7.5 million for the university’s move to a new campus. His innovative approach to global and regional business development inspired his friends and family to establish the Fund in his memory, which provides scholarships to students and graduate research assistants with financial need.

Joan Nixon loved traveling the globe with her husband and continues to support the fund every year, as do friends and business colleagues of Clyde Nixon.