PHOTOS: #USFSM Open House on March 6

What is the best way to learn about USFSM to see if it is the right fit for you? Come check out one of our open house events to learn more about admissions, financial aid, student life and much more.

 Upcoming admissions events


USFSM to Host Open House on March 6


USF Sarasota-Manatee will hold an informational open house for prospective students on March 6 from 5 – 7p.m. at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.

Attendees will receive a brief overview of the university, learn about more than 40 academic programs for freshmen, transfers and graduate students, as well as 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.

For more information, contact Katrina Anderson at (941) 359-4334 or

To RSVP to this event, click here.

Telatovich Named New Director of Admissions

Andy Telatovich

Andrew Telatovich, USF Sarasota-Manatee’s new Director of Admissions, will oversee the university’s Admissions and Outreach areas and work closely with the campus community to continue to attract and enroll superior students who can succeed, graduate and move on to meaningful careers.

“I’m really excited about joining USFSM during the university’s first year with freshmen on campus and being a part of the transformation that comes with this happening,” said Telatovich. “There are also so many new things occurring, such as the Culinary Innovation Lab and the new teaching labs at Mote Marine Laboratory, so it will be great seeing our students take advantage of these opportunities and go on to do wonderful things in their professions down the road.”

Originally from Pensacola, Telatovich earned a bachelor’s in Public Relations from Georgia State University and a master’s in Communication Arts from the University of West Florida.  He also has over 15 years of admissions and outreach work experience at the University of West Florida’s Office of Admissions, where he succeeded in various capacities, including as admissions counselor, assistant director of admissions and associate director of admissions.  He brings extensive experience with key data base systems and technology used in recruitment, admissions and enrollment communications to his new position at USFSM.

“Andy brings a wealth of admissions and outreach expertise from the University of West Florida,” said Mary Beth Wallace, dean of students. “With his knowledge from within the Florida State University System coupled with an extensive and invaluable technology base, plus his personalized approach to recruiting students, we are proud to add him to our team at USFSM’s Office of Student Services.”

Teletovich was a collegiate wrestler and became a triathlete more than a decade ago and now enjoys running with his Australian Shepherd near his Anna Maria Island home. “I’ve completed three ironman triathlons, seven marathons, as well as dozens of 5K’s, 10K’s, half-marathons, and other triathlons,” he said. 

 “USFSM is a great place to work and I love the area,” he added. “Everyone is so friendly and welcoming here and I enjoy being at a place that is so student-centered with people who are passionate about helping them accomplish their goals.”

USFSM Officially Opens Culinary Innovation Lab

USFSM Culinary Innovation Lab

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership cut the ribbon on the Culinary Innovation Lab (CIL), a new teaching facility on Main St. in Lakewood Ranch Wednesday. The Manatee Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce joined local dignitaries and USFSM board members, administrators, faculty, staff, community supporters, restaurant and tourism advisers and business leaders in an official opening of the re-purposed space formerly occupied by the Viking Culinary Center. More than 50 students in the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership prepared hors d’oeuvres and served over 125 guests.

View photos from the ribbon cutting

The CIL is ideal as a venue for incubating ideas, innovations and skills for the fast growing tourism sector.

Classes began on January 6, and students are already partnering with restaurateurs and local food and wine events such as Clearwater Uncorked, the Sarasota Community Food System program and Chowdown for Charity. “Our objective is to create an intensive, kinesthetic environment that our hospitality students can thrive in and that will make them competitive in the future of the industry,” said Chef Joe Askren, Culinary Innovation Lab director. USF Sarasota-Manatee signed a four-year lease with Schroeder-Manatee Ranch on the 4,000+ square-foot space that provides a state-of-the-art facility for students to participate in creative, sustainable and global cooking and “back of the house” restaurant management and event planning instruction. They are taught by USFSM faculty and guest chefs from around the world. “In the past we’ve had to use the Publix Aprons cooking school and the Manatee Technical Institute’s kitchen for our Intro to Food Prep class,” said chef Askren. “Now we have a superbly-equipped culinary demonstration and preparation area, classroom space, room for special events and a venue for hosting our community partners. As the College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership continues to grow, we are bringing new technology and industry best practices to the program.”

 View photos from the Culinary Innovation Lab

Chef Garry Colpitts, formerly of the Manatee Technical Institute, has been named culinary services manager. He has worked with College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership students for over two years and lends practical business and cooking expertise to the Food and Beverage curriculum. Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, dean of the College and McKibbon Distinguished Chair of Hotel Management, said that the Culinary Innovation Lab propels USFSM forward in its goal to be among the top 10 global hospitality, technology education and research programs in the country by 2020. “Our ambitions for the College are much bigger than this educational space alone,” said Cobanoglu. “Our students are learning to manage the complexity of restaurant and hotel operations at the highest level so they can analyze, execute and lead successfully in the constantly evolving hospitality industry.”

 View bio sheets on the CIL Staff

From the students’ perspective, the CIL is a welcome addition. “The new facility provides such great resources to help us further our education,” said Jamison Guy, a School of Hospitality and Restaurant Management student who also works at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Club in food and beverage service. He plans to continue on at USFSM to earn a master’s degree in his field or an MBA, which will help him attain a director’s or general manager’s position, “wherever the opportunity is.” Guy praised the small class size and personal attention he receives in his USFSM classes and instructors who have wide industry knowledge and experience. “That really makes a difference,” he said.

In his remarks, retiring USF Sarasota-Manatee Regional Chancellor Arthur Guilford spoke of the new Culinary Innovation Lab as the latest example of meaningful growth and timely innovation to meet community needs, both hallmarks of his goals for the future of USFSM. “We are so proud to be a part of the burgeoning Lakewood Ranch business community and to showcase our signature Hospitality program,” Guilford said. “We add this cutting-edge resource to the growing footprint of the USF System, which includes our teaching facility at North Port and our new science labs at Mote Marine Laboratory. USFSM continues to be a vital partner in the shared vision of educational excellence in our region, and are so pleased to be involved in the sports, tourism and hospitality enhancements that drive Sarasota-Bradenton’s economic development.”

USFSM Now Accepting Applications for New Biology Degree

Biology Students

It all began four years ago with a shared vision of partnership and potential. USF Sarasota-Manatee and Mote Marine Laboratory joined together to create unprecedented opportunities for local students of higher education to prepare them for careers in highly valued Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines and a range of Life Sciences. This past fall, USFSM and Mote cut the ribbon on state-of-the-art teaching labs that are now in use at Mote, and ushered in a new era of science and general education offerings that are part of USFSM’s transition to a full, four-year undergraduate program. Now, USFSM is accepting applications to be a part of the brand new program.

 Learn more about the new B.S. in Biology at an Open House on Feb. 15

As the construction manager on the project, Willis A. Smith Construction oversaw the build-out of the 4,600-square-foot space that includes a biology lab, chemistry lab and student teaching area. Designed by Fawley Bryant Architects, each lab has 26 individual student stations that are served by laboratory gas and fume snorkels. There are full teaching stations in each lab with ample storage cabinets and laboratory filtered water. Also included was a lab prep area that serves both labs and features subzero freezers, autoclaves, incubators and student safety stations.

The new B.S. in biology will officially begin in Fall 2014. This offering is unique for the Sarasota-Manatee community because of its small class sizes, inclusion of Mote’s world-class, professional researchers as courtesy faculty and an emphasis on inquiry-based teaching, where science is taught as it is really done. USFSM designed this program to provide a private university education in a public university setting. 

The partnership with Mote also opens doors for faculty mentoring, internships and undergraduate research that integrates teaching concepts and skills with scientific practice in a way normally reserved for graduate programs.

 More on USFSM’s partnership with Mote Marine Laboratories

“Right now, with no biology degree like this offered by any public institution in our area, the majority of new local high school graduates and transfer students must leave our community to obtain their education, and many never return,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, regional chancellor of USFSM. “This is the most universal of the undergraduate science degrees in the College of Arts & Sciences, and will give students a foundation to build upon that complements whatever lab or research career they wish to pursue.”

Dr. Bonnie Jones, regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs added, “By offering this degree, USFSM is improving the quantity and quality of scholarship and research and providing students with a competitive edge for work in the growing life sciences, health professions and biotechnology industries throughout Florida and nationwide. The hope is that graduates will want to stay and work locally and positively impact our economic growth.”

“The next generation of scientists holds the key to our future, both for developing the economy and for sustaining the natural environments we all depend on,” said Dr. Michael P. Crosby, President and CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory. “As an independent laboratory that has nurtured rising stars of marine science for nearly 60 years, Mote has much to offer the students entering the USFSM degree program. Our scientists are out there every day working to solve real-world issues facing our oceans, and by teaching this new generation of students, Mote researchers are passing along their own experience, ingenuity and passion.”

Dr. Jane Rose, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and the architect of USFSM’s general education and science programs, looked back at the four-year history of the university’s progress and growth through development of the B.S. in biology, and the Mote partnership. She praised the success of the laboratory build-out and noted that already, freshmen are benefitting from the Mote labs’ exciting setting and equipment, where they are learning to solve problems and develop a creative approach to science.

The biology degree program is the first research program in science at USFSM and officially starts in the fall semester of 2014. New students may apply for admission to the program now, and current students may declare biology as a major at any time. For more information, contact Marjorie Ludwig at 941-359-4644.

The Buzz

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:

USFSM Offering Master of Social Work for Fall 2014

Master of Social Work

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will hold a Master of Social Work (MSW) Information Session on January 9, 2014, when prospective students can learn about the MSW, a carefully designed curriculum of core courses, electives and supervised field experience hosted at USFSM. The Master’s of Social Work program prepares students for professional social work practice, providing the specialized knowledge and skills necessary for clinical practice with individuals, families and groups, as well as policy making, legislative and other roles.

The MSW program runs in a prescribed cohort format of three courses over eight consecutive terms in a two-and-a-half-year period. Applications are currently being accepted for the next group, which begins August 25, 2014.* As in the past, affiliation with the USF School of Social Work assures that the MSW program is fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.  USFSM’s own well-qualified social work faculty provides students in the MSW cohort with the guidance to pursue all of their course work and field placements in the local service area. The MSW degree meets all Council on Social Work (CSWE) standards and prepares graduates with excellent employment opportunities in any state. There is no GRE or bachelor of social work (BSW) requirement.

Classes take place in the evening and one Saturday a month and offer cooperative learning, problem solving, field experience, faculty mentoring and supervision.

Anyone interested in the MSW cohort is encouraged to attend the MSW information session on January 9, 2014 from 4-5:30 p.m. in Selby Auditorium. There will be an opportunity to meet professors, admissions counselors and graduates of the program.  

Details on the MSW program are available here:

The deadline to apply for the fall 2014 cohort start at USF Sarasota-Manatee is February 15, 2014.

*A fall 2014 cohort start date is contingent upon a minimum number of qualified acceptances. If a cohort of at least 20 qualified students is not formed the start date will be delayed until January 2015.

Academic Advising Winter Break Hours

Academic Advising

During the Winter Break, USF Sarasota-Manatee academic advisors will be seeing students on a walk-in basis only on Dec. 20 and Jan. 2 through Jan. 23.

Academic advising and the entire university will be closed Dec. 21 to Jan. 1. To see a complete list of department hours for the first week of classes, please visit:

For more information on advising visit or call (941) 359-4330.

PHOTOS: Fall 2013 Commencement

On Sunday, USF Sarasota-Manatee celebrated the Fall 2013 Commencement Ceremony at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. 187 students received their degrees including nine master’s degree students.

Master’s Degree Helps Alumna Find a Dream Job

Rachel Young

Rachel Young earned a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration in 2013.

With a master’s degree from University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s criminal justice program and graduation only a few weeks behind her, Rachel Young applied for her first job as the Enhanced Drug Court Case Manager for Sarasota County. After a rigorous interview process, she was accepted.

“I take great pride in what I do and I love the job so far,” said Young. “I feel so lucky to have found it so quickly after graduating!”

Her enthusiasm for the position was indescribable since she had devoted most of her educational career to interning for drug courts and analyzed the success rates before and after they implemented the 16 strategies otherwise known as the different stages of treatment.

When a client comes into drug court, forms written out that outline the program requirements which must be met as well as the client’s individual goals that he or she may want to accomplish before leaving the program.

While all case plans share a common goal – to help individuals with substance abuse issues find sobriety and move on to have healthy lifestyles –they also can differ drastically because every individual has unique needs.

“Though I am familiar with what the scholarly research out there states regarding what does or does not work for adult drug courts,” said Young. “This position gives me the opportunity to experience first-hand what factors do or don’t help when dealing with adults who have co-occurring issues.”

Her graduate coursework in Criminal Justice Administration, two bachelor degrees from Western Michigan University in Criminal Justice and Psychology, an internship with juvenile drug courts and her numerous people-oriented work experiences helped provide her with a unique combination of skills which prepared her specifically for this position.

USFSM was also very instrumental by providing proactive professors who really helped Rachel find the enthusiasm that was necessary to meet deadlines and be successful in the program. The relationships with her professors along with the connections that USFSM had with local business leaders through career services was instrumental in help Young land in the right spot for her.

“I was able to learn what the latest research and evidence has concluded on drug courts which gave me great insight into what practices work and what practices do not work which has been extremely beneficial now that I landed this job because I can apply what I learned.”

She was able to translate the skills she acquired through USFSM and utilize them in the next stage of her life. Her interest of analyzing the factors that differentiate effective from ineffective programs in the Drug Courts became foundational for her new position.

The Drug Courts exists to provide participants with the opportunity to become productive, drug free members of the community. It is a court-supervised, comprehensive drug treatment court for eligible non-violent defendants. The voluntary program involves numerous appearances before the Drug Court judge, substance abuse treatment and frequent, random testing for substance abuse. All participants are required to appear in court every 30 to 45 days for a review by the Drug Court judge. and are put through different stages of treatment known as strategies.

As an Enhanced Drug Court Case Manager, Rachel contributes many services to the program.

Her role includes recruiting, assessing, planning, linking, monitoring, advocating and she is responsible for the screening of potential participants. This includes evaluating eligibility through background checks. She provides individual case management planning for each participant conducting weekly/monthly sessions and case management plan reviews such as veteran’s services, education and employment needs, life skills, and other various referrals.

She is responsible for linking participants to available community resources in order to ensure a successful case plan. Rachel ensures participant case plans, test results and relevant treatment or supervision data is collected, recorded and shared with team members in a timely manner. She advocates for the Drug Court Program and seeks new community relationships and resources.

Sarasota County wanted to enhance their Drug Court by helping people with substance abuse issues address their reoccurring disorders and/or health issues. While Rachel was in school, she performed extensive research on adult and juvenile drug courts. Because of this, she felt fully qualified and comfortable becoming the Enhanced Drug Court Case Manager so quickly after graduation.

 For more information on the Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, visit our programs page, and be sure to learn about the eight different graduate programs offered at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

If you would like to learn more about Graduate Admissions at USFSM, call: 941-359-4330.

To apply to USFSM, fill out an application online.