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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: Jon Stuart, 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 adjuct instructor Jon Stuart.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur? In Jon Stuart’s Entrepreneurship classes, you hear from successful people in the community who took a great idea and turned it into a successful business.

New Regional Chancellor is Named at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Dr. Sandra Stone USF Sarasota-Manatee USFSM New Regional Chancellor

SARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 26, 2014) — University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft today named Dr. Sandra Stone regional chancellor of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

Stone comes from Dalton State College in Georgia, where she currently serves as vice president for academic affairs, overseeing a myriad of academic and outreach areas for the Northwest Georgia institution. Her prior experience ranges across academia, state and federal government and sponsored research groups.

“Sandra Stone’s experience, enthusiasm and collaborative spirit will help guide USFSM toward further excellence and strategic growth,” Genshaft said. “Her contributions will surely have an impact on the entire USF System and the region that we serve. I also want to thank USFSM Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Terry Osborn, who has done a remarkable job serving as interim regional chancellor for the past few months.”

Genshaft thanked Sophia Wisniewska, regional chancellor at USF St. Petersburg, for her role in chairing the Search Advisory Committee, as well as the rest of the committee members – comprised of faculty, staff, students and community leaders – for their many months of hard work.

“We had many very talented candidates, but one stood out as the best fit for USFSM,” Wisniewska said. “I am grateful that President Genshaft shares our excitement about Sandra Stone, and I know we all look forward to working closely together.”

Stone will begin on Nov. 1. She replaces Dr. Arthur Guilford, who retired as regional chancellor in July.

“USFSM is clearly a special place with an exciting future,” Stone said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to help shape that future alongside our talented faculty, students and supporters in Sarasota-Manatee.”

Stone earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of West Georgia, a doctoral degree in sociology from Emory University, and a post-doctoral certificate in organizational behavior from the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

Students Investigate Customers’ Perceptions of SRQ Airport

SRQDean Cihan Cobanoglu, Dr. Serdar Ongan and Dr. Wan Yang of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership (CHTL) are conducting a satisfaction study for Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) with the aid of Yang’s 16 students in her fall 2014 Research Methods class. This study will investigate customers’ perceptions of the airport as well as their behavioral patterns, specifically including their reasons for choosing the local airport, how they book their tickets, and what their travel destinations are.

Yang’s students are collecting data during a pilot period, devoting 10 hours each to the study as part of a class assignment. After this time, Cobanoglu, Ongan and Yang will analyze the students’ data and revise the questionnaire. During the month of November, a new group of CHTL students will continue with the study. “Collaborating with SRQ provides a valuable marketing service for our important community partner as well as a great learning opportunity for the students,” said Professor Yang. “My students are able to go into the field and apply the knowledge in the classroom to a real research project.”

Mr. Fredrick J. Piccolo, president and chief executive officer at SRQ stated: “The last SRQ customer satisfaction survey was completed in 2001 so we look forward to hear the opinions of our patrons on our products and services as they will assist in our continuous effort to improve customer service at SRQ. We are extremely pleased to partner with USF Sarasota-Manatee on this project and are confident that their staff and students will do an outstanding job.”

The final report from this satisfaction study will be delivered in May 2015.

Tuesday Talks: Dr. Kathy Black, Social Work

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. Kathy Black.

Kathy Black is a Professor of Social Work and Gerontology at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  Dr. Black obtained her Ph.D. from the University at Albany in New York in 2000 and Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Gerontology from the University of Southern California in 1988 and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1990. Dr. Black is a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar and a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America- the nations’ premiere scientific society dedicated to the study of aging. 

Dr. Black has over 30 years of experience working with older adults and their families in the capacity of geriatric case manager, medical social worker, and geriatric nurse in acute and long term care, hospital, nursing home, and community-based settings.  Dr. Black has conducted more than 100 presentations in the field of health and aging at local, state, national, and international venues.  Dr. Black serves on the editorial board of Research on Aging, Journal of Social Service Research, and the Journal of Social Work in Palliative & End-of-Life Care. Dr. Black has been the Principal Investigator of more than a dozen grants has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications in such journals as: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, Clinical Gerontologist, Geriatric Nursing, and the Journal of Applied Gerontology. 

Full Slate of Open Houses Scheduled for Fall Semester

Open-House

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will host three more open houses for prospective students during the fall 2014 semester.

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 a.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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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.

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.