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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.

USFSM College of Business Dean Announces Retirement


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


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.

USFSM Will Hold 62nd Commencement Ceremony Sunday December 14


SARASOTA, Fla. (December 8, 2014) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s fall commencement exercises will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 14 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto, Fla., 34221. Map here.

Of the 203 USF Sarasota-Manatee seniors who have applied to graduate at the fall 2014 commencement, 130 are expected to attend the ceremony. This number includes 20 Master’s degree candidates and 183 Bachelor’s degree candidates from four colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business, Education and Hospitality & Technology Leadership.

Regional Chancellor Sandra S. Stone will represent USF Sarasota-Manatee, and USF System President Judy Genshaft will preside. Bonnie Jones, assistant vice president for institutional research and effectiveness will be the ceremony announcer and James Curran, faculty senate president, will bear the mace of the University.  Sarah Bradtmueller, a student in the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education will perform the National Anthem and USF Alma Mater.

Special award recipients at the ceremony include:

Golden Bull Service and Outstanding Leadership Award: Mariana Barboza, College of Arts & Sciences, Criminology: The Golden Bull Award is sponsored by the USFSM Student Government Association and is presented to a student who has demonstrated excellence in leadership activities, community and university involvement and academic success. Mariana Barboza is known to be a diligent and exceptional student, who worked in the Admissions Office during the 2014 spring and summer terms and is currently an Orientation leader. She also tutored a visually impaired student in Spanish, and teaches basic computer and beginner Spanish classes as a volunteer at Palmetto Branch Library. Mariana also served as president of the Criminology Club, where she helped organize numerous activities and events, including the Criminal Justice Career Expo with representatives from social service and criminal justice agencies. Mariana enjoys giving back to her community and making a positive impact. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration at USFSM.

Outstanding Graduate Award: Stephanie Boynton, College of Education, Elementary Education. This award ispresented by the USF Alumni Association to recognize the graduating senior who embodies leadership, school spirit, community service, character and scholarship. This fall, Stephanie Boynton, 42, who has an overall GPA of 3.69 and a major GPA of 3.92, is honored for being an exceptional student both in and out of the classroom.

Stephanie was nominated by Lora Kosten and Jessica Szempruch, both of the USFSM Instructional Site in North Port, where she completed most of her B.S. degree. Kosten praises Stephanie for her strong work ethic, drive for excellence and important leadership qualities. “It is my belief that throughout her career, Mrs. Boynton will serve as a positive role model to others and she will strive to make the world a better place,” says Kosten.

When Stephanie began her studies at USFSM in January 2013, she was already working full-time in the insurance industry and continued to do so while raising three sons and volunteering. A non-traditional student who started at State College of Florida at the age of 38, Stephanie has successfully juggled internships at elementary schools, serving as treasurer and then president of the SMILE (Sarasota Manatee Inspiring Lifelong Educators) Club, completing community service with Junior Achievement, Back Pack Angels and local schools, and being a board member of the North Port High School Athletic Booster Club and vice president of the Theatre Guild, among other commitments. To maintain her high level of community and campus activity, Stephanie scheduled her classes on her free nights and started her days at 4 a.m. so she could study before going off to a full day of work. “I have showed my children that you can be part of making a difference in the community while attending college, working full-time and being active in campus activities, because it is important to give back to those that need it the most,” Stephanie says. She hopes to find a teaching position in the Sarasota School District and pursue a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

Fall 2014 Outstanding Professor: Fawn Ngo, Assistant Professor, College of Arts & Sciences

Honorees for the Outstanding Professor Award at USF Sarasota-Manatee share a sincere involvement with their students, passion for the university and its mission and a commitment to excellence through education. Presented by the Student Government Association on behalf of the graduating seniors, the award is the highest campus level honor for USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty members. It recognizes exceptional accomplishments, leadership and service to the campus and community. The fall 2014 Outstanding Professor is Fawn T. Ngo, assistant professor of Criminology. Dr. Ngo received her PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland. Prior to her arrival at USFSM, Ngo was the associate academic director for the Master Criminal Justice Distance Learning Program at the University of Cincinnati, and research associate at the Westminster Police Department in Orange County, Ca. Her areas of interest include criminological theory, interpersonal violence, actuarial risk assessment and evaluative research.

Dr. Ngo is known as a passionate professor who goes above and beyond to be accessible and helpful to her students. She demonstrates the USFSM-held value that teaching and scholarship must be interconnected, and encourages her students in their research endeavors through generous mentoring and advising. “I was fortunate enough to have many inspirational and outstanding teachers in my undergraduate and graduate programs, and I consider it my duty and privilege to follow in their footsteps and become a good teacher,” Ngo says. “I share this award with my students who keep me passionate and excited about teaching and remind me every day that learning is about wonder as well as understanding.”

The Dreams of a Donor Inspire “Discover the Joy of Giving”

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and the Lifelong Learning Academy partner with the Leopold Institute for Philanthropic Studies for five events to be held in January and February


SARASOTA, FL (December 3, 2014) – Former investment banker Harry Leopold is known throughout the community as a generous donor and passionate supporter of many arts, culture and human service organizations, including programs at USF Sarasota-Manatee and the Lifelong Learning Academy. He is a great believer in the words of Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get…but we make a life by what we give.” Fulfilling a desire for others to experience the satisfaction and pleasure he derives from charitable giving, Leopold has created a five-part “Discover the Joy of Giving” lecture and social series, to be held in Selby Auditorium on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus on five upcoming dates:  January 12 and 26 and February 2, 9 and 16 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The cost is $100 per person for all five parts of the series, and includes materials and five catered cocktail receptions at the Powel Crosley Estate adjacent to USFSM. All proceeds benefit the Lifelong Learning Academy, which Leopold attends.

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.

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.

“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 renowned or local expert on philanthropy:

January 12: The Purpose and Power of Giving with Tracy Gary, author of “Inspired Philanthropy: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan and Leaving a Legacy”.

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. (See a sample video from that project here).

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.

Harry Leopold stresses that one does not have to be a philanthropist to take part in this enlightening series. “It will be really wonderful to see the results of your giving five or 10 years from now, and you will feel really good about what you have accomplished,” he promises. “The object of the course is to share the joy and fun in giving to causes for which you have a passion, and in the process, you will find your life will have more meaning. We want every participant to leave with a sense of how giving can change your life and specifically, how giving can become truly pleasurable.”

To Register and get additional information for “Discover the Joy of Giving”, call 941-359-4296 or click here.

USFSM Announces Upcoming Information Session and Open Houses


SARASOTA, Fla. (December 2, 2014) – USF Sarasota-Manatee has scheduled a Master’s Degree Information Session as well as three open houses for prospective students and their families. The Master’s Degree Information Session will be held on Saturday, January 24, from 9 – 11 a.m. in Selby Auditorium on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. It will include an overview of the admissions process, financial aid, an alumni panel discussion with USF graduates, a faculty and staff breakout session, campus tours and light refreshments. RSVP here.  A map is available here.

A Biology open house will be held on Saturday, January 31 from 10 – 12 p.m. at Mote Marine Laboratory located at 1730 Ken Thompson Parkway, 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.

The second open house is on Thursday, February 19 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the USFSM campus located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. At open house, attendees will receive an overview of USFSM, learn about academic programs for freshmen, transfers and graduate students, as well as learn more about the admissions process, financial aid and other services. There will be complimentary refreshments and campus tours in addition to the opportunity for freshmen to participate in an instant decision with qualified students receiving on-the-spot acceptance. Sign up for the open house here. A map is available here.

The final open house is an informational event on Thursday, February 26, from 5 –7 p.m. at the USFSM North Port Instructional Site located at 5920 Pan American Blvd., North Port, Fla. 34287. Attendees will learn more about the admissions process, financial aid, academic programs, advising and courses offered at the USFSM North Port Instructional Site. A map is available here. RSVP to this event here.

Instant Decision

As an added bonus, the open houses at USFSM and the USFSM Instructional Site will feature Instant Decision for freshmen, an exciting opportunity for on-the-spot acceptance for qualified high school applicants. To participate, apply online at www.usfsm.eduInstant Decision also requires that applicants present a sealed copy of their official high school transcript to an admissions counselor at the open house. Students should request that their ACT and/or SAT test scores are sent to USFSM, but they may also bring copies of their score reports that day, which will be used in the evaluation.

Tuesday Talks: Dr. Timothy Turner, English

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. Timothy Turner.

Tim Turner received his PhD in English from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2010. Prior to his appointment at USFSM in August 2013, he completed a Presidential Excellence Postdoctoral Fellowship at UT Austin and an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Writing Fellowship at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. His research and teaching interests include Shakespeare and early British literature, and he has published articles in Discoveries in Renaissance Culture and Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, as well as numerous reviews in The Sixteenth Century Journal and Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Turner is at work on his first book project, “Torture and the State of Exception in Early Modern Drama,” which explores English playwrights’ criticism of illegal activities committed by Queen Elizabeth I and her successors.

C-SPAN Digital Bus to Visit USF Sarasota-Manatee

CSPANThe C-SPAN Digital Bus will visit USF Sarasota-Manatee from 8 – 11:30 a.m. on December 4, when students, faculty and staff and the public at large are invited to take a tour and learn ways to utilize web resources. The 45 feet long, 8 feet wide and 13.5 feet high bus is an interactive, multi-media presentation center that travels the country to promote and enhance C-SPAN’s extensive resources and political coverage. It stops at book festivals, high schools and universities to host students and teachers around the nation, giving them an inside look at C-SPAN’s comprehensive educational and political resources. The Bus is also helping inform communities about the public affairs networks’ Campaign 2014 coverage and promoting C-SPAN’s student documentary contest, StudentCam.

Learn more about the C-SPAN Bus

StudentCam is C-SPAN’s annual national video documentary competition that encourages students in grades 6-12 to think critically about issues that affect their communities and nation.  This year’s theme is “The Three Branches and You: Tell a story that demonstrates how a policy, law, or action by either the executive, legislative or judicial branch has affected you or your community.”  150 student prizes are awarded, totaling $100,000 in prize money.

Aboard the C-SPAN Bus, visitors will learn via HD-TVs, touch screen computers, laptops and mobile devices about C-SPAN’s in-depth public affairs event coverage, C-SPAN’s web offerings, ways to connect with C-SPAN including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, XM Radio and mobile apps and interactive quizzes to test knowledge about political processes.

Hands on demonstrations feature the C-SPAN Video Library, which includes over 200,000 hours of archived video going back to 1987 through C-SPAN’s vast Video Library and Congressional Chronicle.

For more information about StudentCam, visit www.studentcam.org.

Evelyn Duvall Family Studies Conference 2015

A biennial symposium at USF Sarasota-Manatee brings together academics and practitioners to enable research-driven best practices in the social and family services within Florida and beyond.

E-Learning Blog: Canvas Release Notes for November

Canvas Logo - Horizontal Color

The Canvas release notes for this month bring some instructor-specific feature enhancements. The new features enhance the ways instructors can manage quizzes and course activities. This release, like other releases, also includes updates to existing Canvas features as well as fixed bugs.

New Features:

  • Quizzes
  • People


  • Gradebook Individual View
  • Download All Submissions Button
  • Group Leader Settings

New Features


The “Moderate Quiz” page has a new look. The design is cleaner and adds functionality to the outstanding quiz verification view. Canvas auto-submits quizzes when the time expires on them. However, if the student navigates away from a quiz before the time is up without submitting it, the quiz submission remains outstanding. Previously, instructors had to deal with each outstanding submission manually, as indicated in the “Time” column as “Time Up!” Now, when instructors open the “Moderate Quiz” page, Canvas gives a warning message indicating that there are outstanding submissions, so instructors can click on it and manage them for the entire course.

Canvas November New Features - Quiz 1

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Canvas will then display a window with a list of outstanding submissions and automatically select the checkbox next to each student’s name. To grade it, just click the submit button. Canvas will grade the submission and update the score.

Canvas November New Features - Quiz 2


Now when you click on a student to see their access report, you will see three new pieces of content: Course Home, Course Modules and Course Outcomes. The student’s access is now logged in those 3 areas of Canvas.

Canvas November New Features - People


Gradebook Individual View

When you are in Gradebook, if you switch to Individual View, the link to return to the regular Gradebook has been renamed as “Switch to Default Gradebook”.

Canvas Updated Features - Gradebook 1

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Download All Submissions Button

In Gradebook, when you go to “Individual View” to see assignment information, the Gradebook will now display the “Download all submissions” button for quizzes that contain file upload questions. If a quiz doesn’t include file upload questions, the button will not be displayed.

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Group Leader Settings

At any time during the semester, instructors can now change the group leader settings in a Group Set. Previously, group leader settings could only be specified when creating a new Group Set. Now when editing a Group Set through the Settings icon, the leadership section appears at the bottom of the browser window.

Note: Edited settings won’t take effect until after the next membership change, such as when another person joins or is assigned to the group. For manually enabled changes, you may have to refresh the page to see the group update.

Canvas Updated Features - Groups

For more information, please visit the Canvas Release notes page.

Thank you,
Carlos Montoya

Tuesday Talks: Dr. Thomas Becker, Business 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. Thomas Becker.

Dr. Becker received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and currently teaches management courses to undergraduate and MBA students.  He has received awards for excellence in teaching based on his core values of meaningful learning, rigorous standards, enthusiasm for the topic and genuine concern for students.  His primary research interests are employee commitment and motivation, job performance and research methods and statistics.  His work has appeared in top journals in the field, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, Organizational Research Methods and the Journal of Applied Psychology.  Dr. Becker serves on the editorial board of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and is a member of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Society for Human Resource Management.   He has worked with prominent organizations to improve individual and organizational effectiveness, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, McDonald’s, Newport News Shipbuilding, Procter & Gamble, the U.S. Army, and other healthcare, manufacturing, and service organizations.