USFSM Forms Partnership with Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training

USF Sarasota-Manatee recently signed a unique memo of understanding with the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training which will allow Masters of Fine Arts students to serve as “courtesy faculty” instructors in the USFSM General Education program. Beginning in the fall, USFSM students will benefit from an enriched theatre appreciation course with opportunities to witness productions in development and interact with various artists at the Asolo. Through this collaboration, third year advanced MFA students will also expand their skill sets and augment their résumés with college teaching experience.  The agreement is for a period of two years.

“USFSM is thrilled to have a partnership with the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training whereby third-year MFA students will teach the Introduction to Theatre course as part of our curriculum,” said Jane Rose, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.  “Our students will experience a uniquely rich version of this course, which introduces theatre as a collaborative art and profession. In addition to being taught by advanced MFA actors, they will have multiple opportunities to see plays, tour backstage areas and converse with various artists as they witness the production process first hand.”

Greg Leaming, director of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory training program looks forward to adding undergraduate teaching experience to his students’ already impressive résumés. “The partnership with USFSM allows the Conservatory to build into the training program this important skill set, making our students highly marketable in this extremely competitive business,” Leaming said. He also expects that the partnership will deliver a greater degree of exposure and awareness of theater in general, and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory in specific. It will showcase Leaming’s internationally renowned actor training program and the work being done on the Cook and Mertz stages  to a highly desirable young audience—the student body of USFSM. “What has been up to now one of the best kept secrets here in the community of Sarasota will now be a very well-known and highly laudable fact.” Leaming predicts.

USFSM College of Business Maintains Prestigious AACSB Business Accreditation

USFSM AACSB Accreditation

The College of Business at USF Sarasota-Manatee has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs.

 Learn more about the USFSM College of Business

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) was founded in 1916 to accredit schools of business. AACSB-accredited schools have the highest quality faculty, relevant and challenging curriculum and provide educational and career opportunities that are not found at other business schools. The 2013 Standards ensure that business schools that achieve accreditation are best in class in how they meet the needs of their core stakeholders-students and employers.  The Standards drive innovation, engagement and impact with students, employers and the communities they serve.

 Learn more about the AACSB Accreditation

“The College of Business at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee achieved its accreditation from AACSB in just three years, while the accreditation process normally takes five to seven years,” noted Dean Robert Anderson. “This accomplishment is due to the dedicated efforts of the faculty and campus administration. The Standards focus on the quality of the faculty, the academic programs, support services for students, and how the college continually increases the quality of the content taught. Achieving this recognition gives this region of Florida its first and only AACSB accredited program. The accreditation further enhances the quality of business education in the USF System.”

Learn more about USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Business here.

USFSM to Host UnidosNow College Prep Fair

Unidos Now College Prep Fair USFSM

UnidosNow welcomes “First generation” college applicants (the first in their families to attend college) in grades 9-12 from Sarasota and Manatee county high schools to the 3rd Annual College Prep Fair on Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the campus of USF Sarasota-Manatee.  UnidosNow is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to elevate the quality of life of the area’s growing Latino community through education, integration, and civic engagement. 

 Register for the UnidosNow College Prep Fair

This free event will offer a series of comprehensive workshops on relevant topics such as selecting the right college or vocational program, filling out financial aid forms, and preparing for SAT and ACT tests. Representatives from local four-year and two-year colleges and vocational schools will be available to talk with prospective students, provide information about their institution and answer questions.

“Although this event is open to the public, this is a great opportunity for Latino students to pursue their dream of going to college,” said Cathaleen Kaiyoorawongs, director of education initiatives for UnidosNow. “Currently, Latinos represent approximately 24 percent of the total K-12 student population in Florida, yet only 6.2 percent of full-time college students (both undergraduate and graduate students) in October 2010 were Hispanic. Within 14 years, the percentage of high school students represented by Latinos will be approximately 44 percent and 30 percent in Manatee and Sarasota counties, respectively.”

UnidosNow works closely with a wide range of partners such as USF Sarasota-Manatee, Take Stock in Children, Community Youth Development (CYD) and counselors from the Sarasota and Manatee county school systems in a model of increased cooperation that can help create a sustainable educational movement for Latinos.  UnidosNow also strives to connect with disenfranchised Latino communities, including families and places of worship, to strengthen the overall support system for students and parents.

“Latinos’ ability to secure a good education will have major ramifications, not only for Latinos, but for the general population of Southwest Florida,” said Kaiyoorawongs.

For more information or to register for this event, please visit or call (877) 598-4466.

Dr. Terry Osborn Named New Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Dr. Terry Osborn, USFSM Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

USF Sarasota-Manatee Regional Chancellor Arthur Guilford  announces the selection of Terry A. Osborn, dean and professor of the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee since 2010, to fill the position of regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs being vacated by Bonnie Jones.

Osborn, who holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut (UConn), has been a tenured professor at both USFSM and Fordham University in New York City. His master’s degree is in German from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and his B.A. is in German and Psychology from Berry College. Osborn has seven years’ experience in senior higher education academic leadership. He was recently named executive director of the Florida Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (FACTE).

“In the years that I have served at USFSM, I have come to recognize the unique opportunities our academic community has been presented, and to believe strongly in the value both of what we have built thus far, and of how much more we can achieve together,” said Osborn. “My work in the City University of New York system, the University of Connecticut regional campus and my current position at USFSM has provided a comprehensive understanding of working within a university system.”  

Osborn developed the Center for Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT) within the USFSM College of Education, is an internationally recognized scholar of critical language studies and was a founder of the International Society for Language Studies.  He has published 13 books and 34 articles and chapters, edits six academic book series and was the co-editor of the journal “Critical Inquiry in Language Studies.” His scholarship has received the American Educational Studies Association Critics’ Choice Award and the Stephen Freeman Award for the best published article on language teaching techniques.

Guilford praised Osborn’s experience with a broad range of constituents, his popularity in the university community, and his exciting vision for the future of the growing institution. “Dr. Osborn’s career history shows a record of working effectively in collaboration with administrators, faculty, students, staff, alumni and a host of external partners,” Guilford added. “He recognizes that we are embarked on a time of significant change at USFSM, and that our academic and student affairs leader will play a key role in the shape of our future.”

Osborn is a native of Rome, Georgia, with family roots in Evinston, Florida. His wife, Dr. Dina Ciotola Osborn, is a native of Naples, Italy. They reside in Lakewood Ranch with their two children.

Guilford recognized the contributions of Bonnie Jones in her tenure as regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs since June 2009. She has also served the university as director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. “Dr. Jones has been enormously effective in moving USFSM through the critical processes of regional and national accreditation,” he said. “She will continue to be a vital part of our leadership team and assure a smooth transition and continued progress for our faculty and students.”

The regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs is the chief academic officer responsible for the overall academic integrity and student service delivery for 4,500 students in more than 40 bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and certificate programs at USFSM. He supports both faculty and student academic success while promoting the principles of academic freedom and shared governance in an atmosphere of continuous improvement.

Sarasota Named “Best of the Bay”

It’s no secret that the Tampa Bay region is known as one of the best places to live in the country, boasting three great cities in close proximity: Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota. But which one has the most to offer when it comes to a lifestyle filled with arts and culture, shopping, sports, beaches, and natural beauty? If you guessed it’s Sarasota, you’re right! 

 See the results from “The Best of the Bay”

10 News polled residents of the Tampa Bay Area about which of the three cities was “the best of the bay,” and Sarasota came out the winner (video above). With 37.1 percent of the votes, Sarasota topped Tampa (31.6%) and St. Petersburg (30.8%) as the crown jewel of the Tampa Bay region.

What sets Sarasota apart from its neighbors to the north? It could be Siesta Key Beach, the number one ranked beach in the country according to Dr. Beach. Or is it the thriving visual and performing arts scene? Maybe it’s the combination of shopping, dining and nearby Lido Beach found only at St. Armand’s Circle? The USFSM Rowing Club would claim that Nathan Benderson Park, home to the 2017 World Cup Rowing Championships, is what puts Sarasota in the lead.

There is no doubt that USF Sarasota-Manatee and the other thriving higher education institutions in the neighborhood are also a major part of what makes Sarasota such a unique place to live and learn. When you blend fun, sun, arts and culture and impactful education, the results are unbeatable.

Count USFSM as a winning feature that contributes to Sarasota’s stature as “the best of the bay.”

Please check out our About the Area page to discover more of the unique qualities that make Sarasota and Manatee counties shine. 

Upcoming Open Houses for Prospective Students in North Port and Sarasota


USF Sarasota-Manatee has scheduled two open houses for prospective students and their families. The first is an informational event on Thursday, March 27, from 5:30–7 p.m. at the USFSM North Port Instructional Site located at 5920 Pan American Blvd., North Port, Fla. 34287. A map is available here. To RSVP to this event, click here.

The second open house is Saturday, April 5, from 9–11 a.m. at the USF Sarasota Manatee campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. At both sessions, attendees will receive a brief overview of attendance at USFSM, 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 and facility tours. 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. Sign up for the April 5 open house here. A map is available here.

Instant Decision

As an added bonus, both open houses will feature Instant Decision for freshmen, an exciting opportunity for on-the-spot acceptance for qualified high school applicants. To participate, apply online at by March 25 for the North Port open house and by April 3 for Sarasota. Instant Decision also requires that applicants present a sealed copy of their 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 making the acceptance decision. 

Those who are admitted to USFSM during Instant Decision will receive an immediate admission letter, followed by a mailed acceptance packet. Any applicant not admitted during Instant Decision will be offered guidance on ways to strengthen their application before the final spring deadline. Financial Aid staff will help families complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and answer questions about the financial aid process.

For questions on the application process and the two open houses, contact Katrina Anderson at (941) 359-4334 or

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.”