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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
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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. Jody Lynn McBrien, Education

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. Jody Lynn McBrien.

Jody L. McBrien is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. She received her doctorate in Educational Studies from Emory University in May, 2005, where she was the 2004 recipient of the university’s Humanitarian Award, given to students who demonstrate exemplary service in social justice. She received the 2011 Faculty Research Award from USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy for her ongoing work in the formerly war-torn town of Lira in Uganda, Africa, the 2012 Community Engaged Researcher Award from the Florida Campus Compact, and a 2014 Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowship in Public Policy, where she conducted research on policies regarding resettled refugee children and youth for the Ministries of Business, Innovation, and Employment and the Ministry of Education.

Dr. McBrien’s service and much of her research focuses on children affected by war, whether they are resettled refugee students and their families in the United State/New Zealand, or children and families who have returned to their home communities following war. She has explored the connection between discrimination and academic motivation in adolescent refugee girls and evaluated refugee agency programs working to create bridges between new refugees to the U.S., social services, and schools. She has conducted longitudinal work in Lira, Uganda on youth purpose and the use of arts in healing and education, and currently she has a book submitted to Fountain Publishing in Kampala, Uganda, co-written with women leaders and educators in Lira.

Dr. McBrien worked in the corporate world in education-related jobs prior to returning to academia. She is the former Senior Education Editor of CNN’s education website, and served as the Project Manager and Senior Editor of a high-school curriculum entitled Media Matters: Critical Thinking in the Information Age. She has also been Director of Communications at the National Reading Styles Institute in Long Island and Editor-in-Chief at the Family Education Network in Boston.

Dr. McBrien received her B.S. in Secondary Education and English from Clarion University and her M.A. in English from Purdue University. She was a Rotary International Fellow, during which time she received a post-graduate diploma in Anglo-Irish Literature at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. For 12 years, she taught GED courses in the Berwick, Maine school district while teaching as an adjunct English instructor at the University of Southern Maine.

Full Slate of Open Houses Scheduled for Fall Semester

Open-House

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will hold one information session and three open houses for prospective students during the fall 2014 semester.

Info Session:
September 20, 2014
Masters Degree Info Session from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. located at 8350 N Tamiami Trail, in Selby Auditorium.

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 tours and an interactive alumni panel. There will also be an opportunity to meet in small groups with the appropriate staff members to discuss prerequisites, transcripts and other details pertaining to individual programs of interest, and to meet faculty and graduates. To RSVP for this info session, click here.

Open Houses:

October 2, 2014
USFSM Open House @ North Port at 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. located at 5920 Pan American Blvd, North Port, FL 34287.

October 18, 2014
USFSM Open House at 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m. located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243 in USFSM Rotunda.

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 all three open houses, 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, click here.


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The Resort at Longboat Key Club and USFSM Announce Leading-Edge Partnership through Launch of New Training Program

Students and faculty from the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership join Jeff Mayers (center left), general manager of The Resort at Longboat Key Club and Cihan Cobanoglu (center right), dean of the College in announcing a new partnership designating The Resort as the official “Teaching Hotel” for student training in the hospitality industry.

Students and faculty from the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership join Jeff Mayers (center left), general manager of The Resort at Longboat Key Club and Cihan Cobanoglu (center right), dean of the College in announcing a new partnership designating The Resort as the official “Teaching Hotel” for student training in the hospitality industry.

The Resort at Longboat Key Club and USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) proudly announce the launch of a key regional partnership and new training program for USFSM students. As the official “Teaching Hotel” for the College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership, the Resort will be the site of The Teaching Lab program that will accommodate hospitality students each semester in a rotation that includes operational and administrative divisions of the Resort and Club. The inaugural program will allow students to shadow key leaders at the resort through Leadership, Front Desk, Housekeeping and Food & Beverage operations giving them “real-time” access to the processes and protocols of successfully managing these critical areas in a hospitality setting.  The program also offers incomparable insights into the inter-departmental harmonization that is necessary on a daily and hourly basis to achieve optimal operational results and successful service delivery at the property.


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“I am thrilled to be rolling out such an important and impactful program here at The Resort at Longboat Key Club.  It exposes students to real situations and solutions that cannot be learned in a classroom setting,” said Jeff Mayers, General Manager of The Resort at Longboat Key Club. “Our goal is to produce top candidates for the next generation of hotel leadership in the region and to offer career opportunities within the Ocean Properties portfolio of properties.  With 19.4% of our residents employed directly or indirectly within the hospitality industry it is imperative that we build a core foundation for future success within our own destination by partnering with our regional and local academic resources.”

“This is a very exciting opportunity to partner with The Resort at Longboat Key Club,” said Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, McKibbon Distinguished Chair and dean of the College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership at USFSM. “Only a few hospitality programs in the country are affiliated with a teaching hotel, but we are especially pleased to be the only one with access to a resort hotel, membership club, spa, golf courses, a marina, restaurants and tennis facilities all on one property. The Resort will serve as a working laboratory for our students and faculty, providing invaluable, hands-on experience in all aspects of today’s hospitality industry. This partnership also opens the gateway to the great portfolio of Ocean Properties’ hotels, another unique advantage for USFSM students.”


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The Teaching Lab program will be part of Dr. Keith Barron’s Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism class this fall. Dr. Serdar Ongan will be the faculty liaison representing USFSM and Ms. Mey Vidal-Paredes, Assistant Director of Human Resources will be managing the program assets for the resort along with Tamara Rogers, Director of Human Resources.

Each student will be expected to spend a minimum of four hours in the four departments for a total of 16 hours of on-site training. Students will be required to write a reflection paper at the end of the training period.  They will also be required to attend the resort’s mandatory Associate Orientation Program prior to their training tenure. The inaugural group of students will arrive at the resort on September 16, 2014.  It is anticipated the program, which begins with 23 students, will be expanded over the course of the upcoming semesters to include areas of Lodging Management and Restaurant Management.

Tuesday Talks: Dr. Jean Kabongo, Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship

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. Jean Kabongo.

Dr. Jean D. Kabongo is an associate professor of strategic management and entrepreneurship at the College of Business at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee campus, USA. Prior to joining USF Sarasota-Manatee in the fall of 2010, Dr. Kabongo was an assistant professor at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. He also taught at Virginia State University. His current research focuses on the analysis and promotion of sustainable practices in organizations, sustainable entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship education in developing economies. His recent papers have been published in Journal of Business Ethics, Business Strategy & the Environment, International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management, Journal of the World Business, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research and Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development. He holds a Ph.D. in management from Université Laval, Canada.

Tuesday Talks: Chef Joe Askren, Hospitality

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 Chef Joe Askren.

Joe Askren is an instructor at the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee campus. Joe was a former Chef Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts from 2007-2012. While teaching at Le Cordon Bleu, he was voted Teacher of the Year twice in 2008 & 2011 by the school’s graduates. Chef Askren received his BSBA from the University of Florida and an MBA in Hospitality Management from Colorado Technical University. He is also a culinary graduate of Florida State College in Jacksonville, Florida.

His culinary and management experience has taken place in some of the finest hotels and restaurants in the United States. He started his professional career at one of the finest country clubs in the southeast. At Ponte Vedra Inn & Club he worked under Chef Donald Pleau. After graduating from culinary school in Jacksonville he moved out west to work for Chef Anton Brunbauer at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Scottsdale Arizona.

Under Chef Askren, the Golden Swan at the Hyatt Regency was awarded a 4-Star rating by Mobil Travel Guide, named one of the “Top Nine Restaurants in Phoenix/Scottsdale” by Gourmet magazine and listed as one of the “Top Five Restaurants in America’s Southwest” by Condé Nast Traveler.

Chef Askren then became the Executive Chef at the Radisson Woodlands Hotel & Resort in Flagstaff. Here he ran one of the largest banquet facilities in Northern Arizona along with two successful restaurants; most notably, Sakura Restaurant, a James Beard Award winning teppanyaki/sushi bar.

Chef Askren then moved back to Scottsdale to work for Chef Anton Brunbauer again at the newly built AAA Four Diamond Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Chef Askren was in charge of three outlets on property. Brittlebush Bar & Grill, for example, featured innovative, contemporary cuisine, and in 2006 was named one of the top lunch spots in Arizona by Arizona Life magazine.

In 2011, Chef Askren was the culinary creator of the Good Life Cuisine brand that has been instituted in BlueStar Resort & Golf properties in Washington, California, and Arizona. Good Life Cuisine concentrates on healthy, sustainable, and responsibly sourced ingredients. Joe is also a recent contributor to Dr. John Walker’s upcoming text: The Restaurant: from Concept to Operation 6th Ed, John Wiley & Sons. (2013).

A member of the American Culinary Federation, he is a Certified Executive Chef as well as a Certified Chef Educator.

Class Project Turns Into Successful Business for USFSM Alumna

Beth Lukens Cloud 9 Confections USF Sarasota-Manatee USFSM Hospitality Alumni Alumna

Beth Lukens’s idea for a confection business began during her senior year at USF Sarasota-Manatee disguised as a sweet classroom project. She created a business plan for a fictitious food service establishment complete with menus, interviews with real world businesses and a cost analysis. “I created Cloud 9 Confections and told myself someday it’d be more than just a school project,” said the hospitality management graduate.


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Today, Cloud 9 Confections is a custom “bake to order” enterprise in South Tampa, where Lukens fulfills special requests from customers through her website: www.cloud-9-confections.com.Beth Lukens Cloud 9 Confections USF Sarasota-Manatee USFSM Hospitality Alumni Alumna

Lukens always had a passion for food and hoped she could one day incorporate her baking skills into her professional life. After seeing one too many shows on the Food Network and thinking “I could do that,” she decided to make her dream a reality. Cloud 9 Confections offers not only cupcakes, but cookies, toffee, chocolate bark, chocolate dipped pretzels and other seasonal items. Lukens prides herself on making confections in small batches to guarantee quality every time, catering mainly to holiday parties, baby and bridal showers, bachelorette parties, weddings, teacher gifts, corporate give-a-ways, tailgate parties and lunch box treats.


Learn more about Cloud 9 Confections


In addition to catering and selling an assortment of confections, she offers classes at The Epicurean Hotel in Tampa as well as hosting themed parties for her clients. “I not only sell cupcakes, I show others how to make them for themselves,” Lukens commented.  These parties are derived from the show Cupcake Wars which airs on the Food Network.  Party attendees are divided into teams that compete to make and display themed cupcakes. “Everyone has lots of fun and learns about baking in the process,” said Lukens.

Beth Lukens Cloud 9 Confections USF Sarasota-Manatee USFSM Hospitality Alumni AlumnaBut when it comes to the success of her small business, Lukens credits USFSM for its fundamental education and real-world benefits. “I use skills learned at USFSM every day,” said Lukens. “From the basics like accounting and cost control to the less tangible ones like people skills and marketing.”  She believes her experience with the university’s professors helped shape who she is today and the smaller classes helped cultivate an ideal environment for learning.

“USFSM is a great environment to learn and foster a passion for hospitality, while being immersed in a community that truly embraces the culture,” said Lukens.

The entrepreneur also appreciated having small classes and “many opportunities to visit various hospitality operations in the community.”  She considers Sarasota a perfect location for a degree based in tourism.  “There are endless resources and the community support is great.”

Tuesday Talks: Dr. Wilma Davidson, 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 Dr. Wilma Davidson.

Wilma Davidson, Ed.D., Professional & Technical Communication, has enjoyed a notable career in both academic and corporate classrooms, teaching oral and written communication skills in the USA and abroad.  She holds an undergraduate and two graduate degrees in English and Journalism and earned her doctorate from Rutgers University, with an emphasis on Business Communications.

While at Rutgers she also served as a facilitator for a national writing project, instructing hundreds of educators to teach writing more effectively across the curriculum.  Besides teaching, she ghostwrites and edits technical and business material, and she coaches high-level executives in presentation skills.  Dr. Davidson has written more than 75 articles; and her work has been featured and reviewed in prominent publications including The New York TimesFortune, and Business Week.  Besides her published articles, she has authored several books on the art of writing and communicating.

Tuesday Talks: Dr. Marie Byrd, Elementary Education

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. Marie Byrd.

Marie Byrd is an associate professor in the Department of Childhood Education and Literacy Studies at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. A native Floridian, she received her BS and MS in Elementary Education from Florida State University and Florida International University, respectively and her EdD in Educational Administration and Supervision with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida International University. Marie has a strong background in urban school education with 15 years of service in the Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami, Florida as a teacher, Title One Curriculum Specialist, and Assistant Principal. Prior to arriving at USF Sarasota Manatee in fall 2007, Marie held the title of assistant professor in Educational Administration at the University of Memphis and at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

USFSM Professors Receive ASA Grant to Support Community Action Research

USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Arts & Sciences professors Dr. Melissa Sloan and Dr. Jane Roberts received a grant from the American Sociological Association to support their community action research project with Family Safety Alliance (FSA). FSA is a local organization devoted to engaging the community in the oversight and improvement of the local child welfare system. It comprises representatives from local government, juvenile justice, child service organizations, faith-based organizations, educational and medical systems and the community at large.

”I am excited to receive support for this project from the American Sociological Association,” said Sloan. “The ASA is the national organization for sociologists with over 13,000 members and they provide a limited number of grants.”

Sloan and Roberts’s research will identify gaps, strengths and weaknesses in the system of care for families and children in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties and strengthen community partnerships. “This project will enable us to develop a holistic view of the strengths in the system and will shed light on areas in need of increased resources and community involvement,” said Sloan. “An additional benefit of bringing together diverse community members within the stakeholder groups will be the facilitation of partnerships within and across groups as well as the devotion of concentrated attention to the needs of local families.”

The grant will fund undergraduate student research assistants, provide compensation for study participants and enable the purchase of data analysis software for faculty and student use. The results of Sloan’s and Roberts’s research will inform the strategic planning efforts of the FSA, helping to establish models of academic-community partnerships and generate policy recommendations.

“Partnering with this organization will allow USFSM to connect with various segments of our community and will enable us to apply social research methods to address community needs,” said Sloan. “The safety of children and families is critical to the well-being of a community as a whole and requires partnerships among several groups including but not limited to educators, health service providers, public administrators, religious organizations, legal professionals and community leaders.”

These research findings will also be utilized in USFSM’s classrooms. In the fall, Dr. Roberts will teach a service learning special topic course titled “Selected Topics in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences”, which will focus on family and child welfare, incorporating the history of Florida’s child welfare system, detailed examination of the community context and relevant organizations and social inequalities.

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About USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM)
USF Sarasota-Manatee is a regional campus of the University of South Florida system, offering the prestige of a nationally ranked research university with the convenience of a hometown location, including classes in North Port in Manatee County and online. USFM is ideal for those interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s degree, professional certification, or continuing education credit in a small, personal setting with distinguished faculty and a dynamic curriculum of over 40 academic programs. Website: www.usfsm.edu