SGA installs new President

Congratulations to Andrew Gould who was sworn in as President of the USFSM Student Government Association on August 24, 2012, succeeding Rebecca Gutherz.

Andrew is working toward a Bachelors degree in Management and expects to graduate next Fall.  “I will continue to work hard for the student body, directing SGA in ways to best serve our students”.  Please know that my door is always open”. Andrew says.

He can be reached at 941-359-4260 (24260) or email andrewgould@sar.usf.edu or visit him in the SGA offices (A110)

Newly named College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership announced at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Effective July 1, 2012, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) announced the newly named College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership.  Formerly titled the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, the name change reflects the addition of the Information Technology program to the college.  Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, who has been serving as the Dean of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, will serve in the role of Dean for the College.

“Dr. Cobanoglu’s international tourism research in on-line security provides an opportunity to blend hospitality and IT for our students and faculty,” said Dr. Bonnie Jones, Regional Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at USFSM.  “I envision our hospitality program ranked in the top 10 nationally within the next 10 years, and our IT program to grow exponentially as a STEM field.”

The formation of the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership will provide students access to unique programming and coursework.  “It is exciting to see two industries that are key in this community join together under the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership,” said Dr. Cobanoglu.  “I am honored to be the founding Dean of this unique and very promising college.  We will create a synergy of these fields with the support of our outstanding faculty and produce leaders who will make a large impact for the area.”

Dr. Sunita Lodwig, Instructor of Information Technology, has been appointed as the Faculty Lead for the Information Technology program inside the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership and will be responsible for the daily management of the program.  “The move to a new organization focused on professional services, like Hospitality and Information Technology, makes a lot of sense, especially under the stewardship of Dean Cobanoglu, who is a recognized leader in both fields,” she said.  “We are particularly excited for the emphasis on IT Security, which will help establish Information Security as a cornerstone of the IT program at USFSM.”

The formation of this new college is one of the many growth initiatives currently in progress at USFSM.  “We are very excited about the announcement of our new College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor at USFSM.  “We continue to move forward to ensure that we are understanding and meeting the needs of our students and the local community, while maintaining a high level of academic excellence that will lead to success for our graduates.”

More information about the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership can be found online at www.usfsm.edu or by calling 941-359-4330.

USFSM Alums hired at local schools

Six alumni from the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) have recently been hired by local schools.  Heidi Keegan, a 2012 graduate from the Masters in Educational Leadership program has been hired as an Assistant Principal at Sallie Jones Elementary School in Punta Gorda.  Dave Masony, a 2011 graduate of the Masters in Educational Leadership program was hired by Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda, also as an Assistant Principal.  Neil Armstrong Elementary School hired Grace Shepard as an Assistant Principal.  Grace graduated in 2012 with her Masters in Educational Leadership.  Valley Hayes, a 2012 graduate of the Master of Arts in Teaching program, was hired to a full-time teaching position with Toledo Blade Elementary School in North Port.  Manatee High School has hired Melissa Gagnon as Assistant Principal.  Melissa graduated in 2009 with her Masters in Educational Leadership.  Lastly, Amanda Semrinec, who graduated with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education in 2011 was hired to teach 6th grade math at Manatee School for the Arts.

“We are so proud of all of our graduates,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean of the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “I think it speaks volumes about our program to hear that students who graduated two and three years ago are reconnecting with faculty as they look for jobs and that the faculty are more than willing to be references for these students.  A University level education is about so much more than what happens in the classroom.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee to host Master’s Degree information session on July 11th

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will be hosting a Master’s Degree information session for anyone interested in learning more about the available programs this fall.  It will take place at USFSM, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota on Wednesday, July 11th from 6-7pm.  The event is free and open to prospective students and their guests.

The session will include information about the following Master’s degree programs: Business Administration, Criminal Justice Administration, Hospitality Management, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Reading Education, Teaching in Elementary Education, Teaching in Exceptional Student Education, and English Education.  A brief overview of admissions processes, financial aid, and other services will also be available. Attendees will be given a campus tour and will have the opportunity to meet with Academic Advisors who will discuss prerequisites, transcripts and other pertinent details.

Registration can be found by visiting www.usfsm.edu/admissions and clicking on the event link.  Questions about USFSM can be directed to 941-359-4330 or kjander2@sar.usf.edu.

USF Sarasota-Manatee to host Open House June 27th

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will be hosting an open house for anyone interested in learning more about the available programs offered.  It will take place at USFSM, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota on Wednesday, June 27 from 6-7:30pm.  The event is free and open to prospective students and their guests.

The open houses will include information about Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs, Certificate programs, and a brief overview of admissions processes, financial aid, and other services. A tour of campus will be available along with the opportunity to meet with Academic Advisors who will discuss prerequisites, transcripts and other pertinent details.

Registration can be found by visiting www.usfsm.edu/admissions and clicking on the event link.  Questions about USFSM can be directed to 941-359-4334 or kjander2@sar.usf.edu.

USF Sarasota-Manatee application deadline approaches

The fall application deadline at USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) is Monday, July 2, 2012.  Fall term begins Monday, August 27, 2012.  Campus tours are available by calling 941-359-4334 and the application can be found online by visiting usfsm.edu/admissions.

A wide variety of programs are offered at USFSM, including but not limited to: Elementary Education, History, Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Business, Hospitality Management and Applied Science.  These programs are comprised of diverse coursework, study abroad opportunities, internships, on campus student clubs, access to professional organizations and hands-on experiences.  USF Sarasota-Manatee students enjoy the privileges of the USF System with access to student athletic tickets, Alumni networking, USF System events and more.  Students at USFSM also enjoy a 15:1 student to faculty ratio, providing access to and personalized attention from world class instructors.

If you have questions about the application or setting up an appointment with an Academic Advisor, please call 941-359-4334.

Florida Legislature to continue providing matching funds for First Generation Program

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) has received confirmation that the Florida Legislature will once again provide matching funds for the Florida First Generation Program, one of the few remaining tuition funding programs that match donor contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis.  It is a need-based grant program available to degree-seeking, resident, undergraduate students who demonstrate substantial financial need, are enrolled in eligible participating postsecondary institutions, and whose parents have not earned baccalaureate or higher degrees.

“There is no more important mission for USF Sarasota-Manatee than to be able to provide opportunities for universal access to higher education and the Florida First Generation Matching Grant Program goes a long way in helping us realize that goal,” said Dennis Stover, Regional Vice Chancellor for Advancement at USFSM. “It allows us the chance to serve those highly motivated, talented students who are limited by financial resources and have, historically, been underrepresented in higher education.  To be the first person in your family to attend college sends a powerful message and creates a ripple effect that benefits not only the individual and their family, but the community as well.”

For the 2011-2012 year, $90,500 was donated and, with the match, $181,000 was awarded to USF Sarasota-Manatee students meeting the criteria for this scholarship.  Those interested in learning more about USFSM, scholarship and grant opportunities, or giving opportunities may visit www.usfsm.edu or call 941-359-4334 for more information.

Outstanding Arts & Sciences students recognized at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee hosted a banquet to honor its outstanding students for the Spring 2012 Semester. 

Outstanding Undergraduate students were Ana DeShields (Information Technology); Bryce Evans (History); Kyle Jacobs (Criminology); Jennifer Perez Lopez (English/Literature); Melissa Nieliwocki (Psychology); Krista Schrock (English/Business & Technical Writing); and Laura Tanksley (Interdisciplinary Social Sciences). 

 Arts & Sciences students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee were honored at an awards banquet for outstanding achievement.  L to R: Krista Schrock (English/Business & Technical Writing); Melissa Nieliwocki (Psychology); Jennifer Perez Lopez (English/Literature); Kyle Jacobs (Criminology); Ana DeShields (Information Technology); Bryce Evans (History); and Laura Tanksley (Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.) 

Graduate level information session at USF Sarasota-Manatee on June 2

Students with a Bachelor’s degree interested in pursuing a Master’s degree are invited to attend an upcoming information session about graduate level programs at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

The session will cover Graduate level degrees in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Educational Leadership, Reading Education, Business, and Hospitality Management and will be offered on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 at 9:30am in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.  The session includes an introductory information session, an Alumni panel discussion, breakout sessions with faculty and program specialists, a financial aid workshop, campus tours, and a cookout in the courtyard.

For more information or to R.S.V.P. for the event, please contact Katrina Anderson at kjander2@sar.usf.eduor 941.359.4334.

Mary Beth Wallace named Dean of Students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

Mary Beth Wallace has been named Dean of Students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

Mary Beth earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University and a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. Currently, she is enrolled in the Higher Education doctoral program at USF. Mary Beth has thirteen years of experience in Academic Affairs and Student Services at the University of South Florida in the positions of Assistant to the Coordinator of Scheduling, Academic Advisor and Director of Academic Advising. She served on USF committees including Orientation, Client Services, Scholarship Review, Enrollment Management Planning and various search committees. She provided service to the university as chair of the Faculty-Staff Campaign 2006 and volunteered for the Heart Walk. Currently, she serves on the Council of Academic Advising, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Planning Group, Veteran’s Committee, Master Plan Committee, and Enrollment Task Force.

VA Mobile Outreach Clinic to be available at USF Sarasota-Manatee April 14th

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will host the VA Mobile Outreach Clinic on Saturday, April 14th from 2-6 pm, in the USFSM courtyard as part of USF Day at Sarasota-Manatee. This clinic, available to all veterans, provides three private exam rooms and is equipped with a diesel generator, four air conditioners, a bathroom, and two wheelchair lifts for veterans in need of assistance.  In addition to providing health care services and VA benefits enrollment, this Mobile Outreach Clinic also has the capability of assisting the community when disaster strikes.  For Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom veterans, OIF/OEF program staff will be available to answer questions about VA benefits.

USF Day at Sarasota-Manatee is hosted by the Student Government Association (SGA) and is open to area high school and college students, Alumni, and the local community.  The free event will include games, a bounce house, dance heads, balloon art, spray can art, food, campus tours, information about classes and more and will take place rain or shine.

Famed magician Peter Boie is also slated to perform at 5:00 as part of the festival.  Seating for his free show is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

For more information about USF Day at Sarasota-Manatee, please call SGA at 941-359-4717 or 941-359-4560.

Three awardees to be recognized at USF Sarasota-Manatee Commencement on May 6

On Sunday, May 6, 2012, two students and one professor will be recognized during the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s (USFSM) Commencement ceremony at the Manatee Convention Center for outstanding achievements.

Kate Shackelford, a senior graduating with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, has been selected to receive the Golden Bull Service and Outstanding Leadership Award, presented by USFSM’s Student Government Association.  As President of the PRIDE (Promoting, Recruiting, Increasing Diverse Educators) Club on campus, Kate played an active and hands-on roll in her education.  She held internships at both Ballard Elementary School and Rogers Garden Elementary School during her time as a student and hopes to obtain full time employment locally now that she has graduated.  As a result of Kate’s leadership, PRIDE has volunteered at events like the Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival and organized a Homecoming Dress Drive with Southeast High School to allow students to have access to dresses for school dances.  Kate also works part-time by giving private horse riding lessons to youth and is a Big Sister with the Big Brother, Big Sister organization of Manatee County and helped facilitate a partnership between the organization and PRIDE.

Shawna Machado, a senior graduating with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Award.  This award is presented by the Alumni Association.  Working on plans to study abroad on a Fulbright Scholarship before returning to USF Sarasota-Manatee for a Master’s Degree, Shawna embodies outstanding in more ways than one.  A member of the Social Justice Initiative, the Psychology Club and the Sarasota School of Social Justices, she also works as a Family Advocate for Hope Family Services and volunteers in the community on top of maintaining her status as a full time student.  She is passionate about serving the underserved, working with victims of abuse and homelessness, and speaking for those who do not have a voice.

Professor Ross Alander, Senior Lecturer in Management Studies for the College of Business, has been selected by the students as the Spring 2012 Outstanding Professor.  He has an extensive and comprehensive background in Human Resources and Organizational Development in health care, the auto industry, professional employer organizations, with service companies, with professional groups, the public sector and not for profits.  Ross has held a number of management/leadership positions at the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors, including being a factory (foreman) supervisor.  Moving into the area of health care, he served as Personnel Administrative Manager of E.W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing (Michigan) and as Vice President of Human Resources at Lansing General Hospital (Michigan), then for 10 years as the Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development for Tampa General Hospital, where he led a team of 200 members.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in social science and economics and a master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University and recently attended the Program on Negotiations at Harvard Law.

Mock Crime Scene Investigation to take place at USF Sarasota-Manatee at North Port

Students in the Abnormal Behavior and Criminality class at USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) at North Port will take an active role in a Mock Crime Scene set up on Monday, March 26th.  From 3-6pm, students will learn all about the investigative procedures used at a crime scene, including photographing and measuring a crime scene, the role of a medical examiner and proper techniques for recovering and packaging evidence, along with several other procedures.

The mock crime scene will be staged in a vacant field across from USFSM at North Port, south of Pan American Drive a few blocks East of Hwy. 41.  The public is invited to attend this course to observe, but only students will take an active role in the investigation.  “The purpose of the mock crime scene is to give the students a hands on approach to supplement their text book studies and lectures,” said Professor William Kemper, a Professor of Criminology in the College of Arts and Sciences at USFSM.

Anyone who plans to attend the mock crime scene to observe must be clothed in long pants (preferably denim) with close toed heavy shoes and, because the scene is in an open field, absolutely no smoking will be permitted.  If you would like to RSVP as an attendee, please email Jenna Thiel at jthiel@sar.usf.edu.

Community invited to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) Day on April 14

The Student Government Association (SGA) at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) is inviting area high school and college students, alumni, and the community to attend USFSM Day on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 2-6pm in the courtyard on campus.  The free event will include games, a bounce house, dance heads, balloon art, spray can art, food, campus tours, information about classes and more and will take place rain or shine.

Famed magician Peter Boie is also slated to perform at 5:00 as part of the festival.  Seating for his free show is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

For more information about USFSM Day, please call SGA at 941-359-4717 or 941-359-4560.

Mote Marine Laboratory and USF Sarasota-Manatee to Partner on Marine Science-Based Initiative

On Friday, Feb. 10, the leaders of Mote Marine Laboratory and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee signed a new agreement that will result in closer ties between the two organizations and lead to the development of new classrooms and teaching laboratories on Mote’s campus.
Mote Marine Laboratory, established in 1955, has a long history of educating students in the marine sciences through its many formal and informal K-12 programs and especially through its internships for undergraduate and graduate students that bring more than 150 college students a year to its campus. Many of Mote’s Ph.D. scientists also participate in graduate education programs through their adjunct status at colleges and universities nationwide.
The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Campus opened in the 1974-75 academic year, providing courses for upper-level undergraduates, graduates and continuing education students. Today, the campus serves more than 4,800 students annually, including classes in south Sarasota County. USF Sarasota-Manatee will begin offering Freshmen classes in Fall 2013.
Through this new agreement, USFSM will complete the build-out of classrooms and teaching laboratories in Mote’s Ann and Alfred Goldstein Marine Mammal Research and Rehabilitation Center, which already houses a conference room and offices for Mote staff dedicated to dolphin, sea turtle and manatee conservation programs. The buildout
will include dry teaching labs, wet teaching labs, a lab support room, two research labs, offices, two academic support rooms and a lounge.
Working together, USFSM and Mote will also create new joint appointments for Mote researchers who will serve as faculty and will allow USFSM faculty and students to work closely with Mote staff on the research programs and initiatives under way at Mote.
Organizations like the National Science Foundation have long supported hands-on research experiences for undergraduate students as a way to improve the nation’s expertise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The Mote-USFSM partnership will serve to directly implement such a strategy for Sarasota
and Southwest Florida by linking the growing USFSM undergraduate science degree programs with both innovative basic research and applied science and technology programs taking place at Mote.
“Mote has a long history of working with USF in many different areas of marine research, including shark research and our Aquaculture Park in eastern Sarasota County,” said Dr. Kumar Mahadevan, President & CEO of Mote. “We’re very excited that this agreement will create new avenues for Mote staff to help educate the next generation of marine
scientists and for USFSM faculty to have the opportunity to work with us on our world-recognized research programs.”
“This is a real win/win/win because the students become the real winners,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor for USF Sarasota-Manatee. “This will provide the students with the ability to work with high-quality scientists who are engaged in exciting fields of research. This is a unique, real-world model for undergraduate research.”
“One of our goals when Mote’s Board of Trustees approved a new strategic plan was to set a course for the future that included supporting a new generation of marine researchers,” said Bob Carter, Chairman of Mote’s Board. “It’s exciting to see our 2020 Vision and Strategic Plan taking shape through strong partnerships like this one with USF
Sarasota-Manatee.”

 

Rocky D. Bull, Mascot for USF Sarasota-Manatee poses with Dr. Kumar Mahadevan, President & CEO of Mote, Dr. Arther Guilford, Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee and the Mote Aquarium Mascot, Gilly.

USF Sarasota-Manatee to host open houses in Sarasota/Manatee and North Port

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will be hosting two open houses in March.  The first will take place at USFSM, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota on Thursday, March 1st from 5:30-7:00pm.  The second will be at USFSM at North Port, 5920 Pan American Drive from 5:30-7:00pm.

The open houses are for anyone interested in learning more about the degree programs and certificates offered by USFSM and will also include a brief overview of admissions processes, financial aid, and other services. A tour of campus will be available along with the opportunity to meet with Academic Advisors who will discuss prerequisites, transcripts and other pertinent details of the program. Bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and certificate programs will all be addressed at the Open House.

Registration for either open house can be found by visiting www.sarasota.usf.edu and clicking on the “Future Students” tab.  Questions about USFSM can be directed to 941-359-4334.

High School student athletes invited to NCAA Eligibility Forum at USF Sarasota-Manatee

On Thursday, February 23rd the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and USF Athletics will host an NCAA Recruitment & Eligibility Forum from 7-8:30pm.  The program is for high school student athletes and will cover rules and requirements of the NCAA, recruitment and eligibility related topics.  The forum will be held at USF Sarasota-Manatee in the Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Student athletes from all sports are encouraged to attend as the forum is not sport specific.  Due to limited seating, an RSVP is recommended for the event.  Questions and RSVP’s can be directed to Pam Gleason at pgleason@sar.usf.edu or 941-359-4603.

USF Sarasota-Manatee to offer financial aid information sessions at local high schools

The Financial Aid office at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) is partnering with the Sarasota County school district to offer informational sessions regarding financial aid for students and parents at local high schools.  “The workshops will cover such topics as federal and state financial aid programs; tips for filling out financial aid forms and the FAFSA application; and state and local scholarship opportunities, including the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program,” said Gabriela Vega, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at USFSM.

Information session dates, locations and times are as follows:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Sarasota High School – 6:30pm
  • Thursday, Jan. 19 at Suncoast Polytechnic – 6:30pm
  • Thursday, Jan. 19 at Venice High School – 7:30pm
  • Monday, Jan. 23 at Riverview High School – 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, Jan. 24 at Booker High School – 6:30pm

Students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the session that is most convenient as each session will cover the same informational material.  Questions about financial aid can be directed to the Financial Aid office at USFSM at 941-359-4701.

USF Sarasota-Manatee fall Commencement to be held at Van Wezel this Sunday

On Sunday, December 11th  the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will hold its 56th Commencement Convocation for the Fall 2011 graduating class at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in downtown Sarasota.  Beginning at 2:00pm, the ceremony will recognize 38 Master’s degree candidates and 230 undergraduate students.  Dr. Arthur M. Guilford, Regional Chancellor, will represent USFSM and USF Board of Trustees Vice Chair Harold W. Mullis will preside.

During the ceremony, several awards will be presented, including: Outstanding Professor, presented by the graduating class to Dr. Patricia Hunsader in the College of Education; Outstanding Graduate, presented by the USF Manatee-Sarasota Chapter of the USF Alumni Association to Krystalle Nichols, who will receive her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education; Golden Bull Service and Outstanding Leadership Award, presented by the graduating class to Andrea Javed, who will receive her Bachelors of Science in Accounting through the College of Business; and the Webeke Award, presented by the graduating MBA cohort to classmate Joseph Ramsey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Tricia D. Hunsader is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. She teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate mathematics education. Dr. Hunsader earned her Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Elementary Education and a cognate in Mathematics Education from the University of South Florida, Tampa in 2005.  Dr. Hunsader is co-author of Mathematical Literacy: Helping Students Make Meaning in the Middle Grades (2008) and has published articles in journals including Reading Teacher, Teaching Children Mathematics, Dimensions in Mathematics, Florida Reading Quarterly, Principal, and Education Digest. Her research interests focus on elementary mathematics classroom assessment, the link between reading and mathematical problem solving, and the influence of mathematics curriculum on student achievement. She has conducted Hands-On Mathematics teacher workshops in the United States, Guatemala, and at several schools in Cambodia. She is passionate about her work with the Asia’s Hope orphan organization in Cambodia, and travels there twice annually.  One of Dr. Hunsader’s career goals is to equip her students to be effective teachers of mathematics by developing their conceptual understanding and their love of the subject. She is honored to receive this award as a confirmation that her students have learned to share her enthusiasm for teaching mathematics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Javed, an Accounting major in the College of Business, was born in Manila, Philippines.  She came to the United States with her family at the age of 16.  She graduated from Lecanto High School and holds both Associate in Science and Associate in Arts degree in Accounting.  She has lived in Sarasota for 5 years with her husband, Adnan.  While a student at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Andrea was an active member of the Accounting Society for 3 years and has carried various roles with the club, including President.   During her year as president, she facilitated five Accounting Society events with participation from as many as 125 accounting students per event.  While remaining committed to her studies as a USFSM student and remaining involved with the Accounting Society, Andrea has also worked full-time as Accounts Receivable Specialist.  Andrea graduates today with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A proud member of Sigma Phi Theta, Krystalle Nichols is graduating today with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education.  During her time as a student at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Krystalle was involved with USFSM2, a club dedicated to teaching math in low-economic schools and PRIDE (promoting, recruiting, increasing diverse educators.)  While remaining active in each of these groups, Krystalle also held internships with Rogers Garden Elementary School and Willis Elementary School and currently holds a position with A Readiness Learning Academy as Lead School Age Teacher.  Krystalle has found the time to volunteer in the midst of her many commitments at Math Nights for two elementary schools, the walk for Juvenile Diabetes, and has been a fundraiser for Myakka State Park and the “Backpack for Kids” program at the Salvation Army.  On top of all of these activities, Krystalle has maintained a near perfect GPA and graduates today Magna Cum Laude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born in Chicago, IL, Joe Ramsay, winner of this year’s Webeke Award, grew up in Oakville, CT.  He earned his Bachelors of Science in Bible from Philadelphia Biblical University in Langhorne, PA where he also did some graduate level work in Organizational Leadership.  Joe is currently a Sales Manager and plans to use his MBA to obtain a leadership role.  “The professors challenged me with new material, new ways of viewing a problem, and gave me concrete tools to use in the marketplace,” he said.  “They knew and loved their subject matter deeply and inspired their students to dig-in as well. They teach from their own passion, and that resonates deeply.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee fall Commencement to be held at Van Wezel this Sunday

On Sunday, December 11th  the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will hold its 56th Commencement Convocation for the Fall 2011 graduating class at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in downtown Sarasota.  Beginning at 2:00pm, the ceremony will recognize 38 Master’s degree candidates and 230 undergraduate students.  Dr. Arthur M. Guilford, Regional Chancellor, will represent USFSM and USF Board of Trustees Vice Chair Harold W. Mullis will preside.

During the ceremony, several awards will be presented, including: Outstanding Professor, presented by the graduating class to Dr. Patricia Hunsader in the College of Education; Outstanding Graduate, presented by the USF Manatee-Sarasota Chapter of the USF Alumni Association to Krystalle Nichols, who will receive her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education; Golden Bull Service and Outstanding Leadership Award, presented by the graduating class to Andrea Javed, who will receive her Bachelors of Science in Accounting through the College of Business; and the Webeke Award, presented by the graduating MBA cohort to classmate Joseph Ramsey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Tricia D. Hunsader is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. She teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate mathematics education. Dr. Hunsader earned her Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Elementary Education and a cognate in Mathematics Education from the University of South Florida, Tampa in 2005.  Dr. Hunsader is co-author of Mathematical Literacy: Helping Students Make Meaning in the Middle Grades (2008) and has published articles in journals including Reading Teacher, Teaching Children Mathematics, Dimensions in Mathematics, Florida Reading Quarterly, Principal, and Education Digest. Her research interests focus on elementary mathematics classroom assessment, the link between reading and mathematical problem solving, and the influence of mathematics curriculum on student achievement. She has conducted Hands-On Mathematics teacher workshops in the United States, Guatemala, and at several schools in Cambodia. She is passionate about her work with the Asia’s Hope orphan organization in Cambodia, and travels there twice annually.  One of Dr. Hunsader’s career goals is to equip her students to be effective teachers of mathematics by developing their conceptual understanding and their love of the subject. She is honored to receive this award as a confirmation that her students have learned to share her enthusiasm for teaching mathematics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Javed, an Accounting major in the College of Business, was born in Manila, Philippines.  She came to the United States with her family at the age of 16.  She graduated from Lecanto High School and holds both Associate in Science and Associate in Arts degree in Accounting.  She has lived in Sarasota for 5 years with her husband, Adnan.  While a student at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Andrea was an active member of the Accounting Society for 3 years and has carried various roles with the club, including President.   During her year as president, she facilitated five Accounting Society events with participation from as many as 125 accounting students per event.  While remaining committed to her studies as a USFSM student and remaining involved with the Accounting Society, Andrea has also worked full-time as Accounts Receivable Specialist.  Andrea graduates today with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A proud member of Sigma Phi Theta, Krystalle Nichols is graduating today with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education.  During her time as a student at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Krystalle was involved with USFSM2, a club dedicated to teaching math in low-economic schools and PRIDE (promoting, recruiting, increasing diverse educators.)  While remaining active in each of these groups, Krystalle also held internships with Rogers Garden Elementary School and Willis Elementary School and currently holds a position with A Readiness Learning Academy as Lead School Age Teacher.  Krystalle has found the time to volunteer in the midst of her many commitments at Math Nights for two elementary schools, the walk for Juvenile Diabetes, and has been a fundraiser for Myakka State Park and the “Backpack for Kids” program at the Salvation Army.  On top of all of these activities, Krystalle has maintained a near perfect GPA and graduates today Magna Cum Laude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born in Chicago, IL, Joe Ramsay, winner of this year’s Webeke Award, grew up in Oakville, CT.  He earned his Bachelors of Science in Bible from Philadelphia Biblical University in Langhorne, PA where he also did some graduate level work in Organizational Leadership.  Joe is currently a Sales Manager and plans to use his MBA to obtain a leadership role.  “The professors challenged me with new material, new ways of viewing a problem, and gave me concrete tools to use in the marketplace,” he said.  “They knew and loved their subject matter deeply and inspired their students to dig-in as well. They teach from their own passion, and that resonates deeply.”

2nd Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony to be held at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The 2nd Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony, titled “Patriotism, Liberty & Freedom,” at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 from 9-11am in the Selby Auditorium on campus.  The speaker at this year’s ceremony is Colonel Jerry Hearn, Ret, USA.   Mr. Hearn will be talking about the Honor Flight program.  This project, sponsored locally by the Southwest Florida Rotary Club, plans to send 50 to 75 World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit their Memorial and other patriotic memorials, including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The public is invited to attend this event.  USFSM is located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.  For more information about USFSM, please visit www.sarasota.usf.edu.

2011 USF Sarasota-Manatee Homecoming Countess Crowned

Samantha Ramon, a senior criminology major at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee was crowned the 2011 Homecoming Countess.  Born and raised in Bradenton, Samantha serves in the United States Navy, is a Legal Assistant at the State Attorney’s Office planning to start law school next fall, is the mom of two kids, and is the Founding President of the Multi-Culture Club on campus, a group dedicated to volunteering and giving back to the community.  “Running for Countess was important to me because I believe that no matter your background, your race, your age or your gender, anything is possible,” she said.  “Ambition is so important in being successful in life.”  Samantha will represent USF Sarasota-Manatee at USF Tampa’s Homecoming Dance & Parade.

USF Sarasota-Manatee student selected for “Eager to Engage” award at Ritz Carlton Sarasota

Mei Mei Soe, a Hospitality Management major at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) was recently selected as the recipient of the “Eager to Engage” award at the Ritz Carlton Sarasota.

Originally from Myanmar, Mei Mei began studying at USFSM during the spring semester of this year and plans to graduate in 2013.  “I’m really happy and surprised,” she said of receiving the award.  “I work in food & beverage while studying hospitality management, so I’m seeing a lot of aspects of the business.  I always do my best and I believe it pays off.”

Undergraduate students at USF Sarasota-Manatee to present their research

On Friday, October 28, 2011 undergraduate students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will be given the opportunity to present their research for a chance to attend the National Conference of Undergraduate Research at Weber State University in Utah in March 2012.  Any undergraduate student at USFSM currently conducting research or with completed research may enter to present in front of a panel of seven faculty members and students.  Presentations will take place in the Selby Auditorium at USFSM from 10am to 12pm with winners being announced between 1-2pm.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the event, but should RSVP to Alena at ascandura@sar.usf.edu.

Graduate level information session coming at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Students with a Bachelor’s degree interested in pursuing a Master’s degree are invited to attend an upcoming information session about graduate level programming at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

The session will cover Graduate level degrees in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Educational Leadership, Reading Education, Business, and Hospitality Management and will be offered on Saturday, September 17th at 9:30am in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.  “Gear Up for Grad School” includes an introductory information session, an Alumni panel discussion, breakout sessions with faculty and program specialists, a financial aid workshop, campus tours, and a cookout in the courtyard.

The Alumni Panel will feature: Dan Callendar, Regional General Manager for WCI Communities, Inc.; Ann Broomes, Principal at D. Rogers Garden Elementary School; James McManemon, Graduate Research Assistant; Charlie Thorpe, Lieutenant at  the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office; and Alwin Woodall, Social Worker for the State of Florida.

For more information or to R.S.V.P. for the event, please contact Katrina Anderson at kjander2@sar.usf.edu or 941.359.4334.

Bulls Networking – North Port

Hosted by: Career Services &  North Port Academic Advising

Gain networking tips from the experts.  Network with area businesses.  Explore career options.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Room 208 @ North Port

2-3:30pm

Business Attire required

Register today!  www.sarasota.usf.edu/CareerCenter The first 25 registrants will receive business cards & a sleek holder.

Partners: Phi Beta Lamda; Toastmasters; USF IT Network

Bulls Networking – North Port

Hosted by: Career Services &  North Port Academic Advising

Gain networking tips from the experts.  Network with area businesses.  Explore career options.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Room 208 @ North Port

2-3:30pm

Business Attire required

Register today!  www.sarasota.usf.edu/CareerCenter The first 25 registrants will receive business cards & a sleek holder.

Partners: Phi Beta Lamda; Toastmasters; USF IT Network

Graduate level information sessions coming at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Students with a Bachelor’s degree interested in pursuing a Master’s degree are invited to attend upcoming information sessions about graduate level programming at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

For those interested in a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), two information sessions are available – one on August 3rd and the other on September 1st, both running from 5:30-7pm in room C203A at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350. N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.  The MBA program offers students flexibility in both scheduling and course offerings.  Participants in the session will be given the opportunity to meet with the nationally recognized faculty in the College of Business along with Academic Advisors to learn more about the program.  The College of Business at USF Sarasota-Manatee is AACSB accredited.  A light snack will be served during the session.  To register for the event or if you have questions, please contact Aaron Reecher at areecher@sar.usf.edu or 941.359.4333.

An information session covering Graduate level degrees in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Educational Leadership, Reading Education, and Hospitality Management will be offered on Saturday, September 17th at 9:00am in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.  “Gear Up for Grad School” includes an introductory information session, an Alumni panel discussion, breakout sessions with faculty and program specialists, a financial aid workshop, campus tours, and a cookout in the courtyard.  For more information or to R.S.V.P. for the event, please contact Katrina Anderson at kjander2@sar.usf.edu or 941.359.4334.

Masters in Social Work to be offered at USF Sarasota-Manatee, information session on July 26th

–   On Tuesday, July 26th, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will host an information session for students interested in pursuing a Master’s in Social Work.  The session will take place from 2-3:30pm at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota in room C203A.

Through a carefully designed curriculum of core courses, electives, and supervised field experience, the Masters in Social Work (MSW) program prepares students for professional social work practice. Students acquire specialized knowledge and skills necessary for clinical practice with individuals, families, and groups. At USF Sarasota-Manatee, the MSW program places an emphasis on preparing students to work with older adults and their families.

The MSW program runs in cohorts and applications are currently being accepted for the next cohort, which begins in January 2012.  Students take 3 courses per term for 7 terms, including field placements.  Students interested in the program are encouraged to attend the information session or contact Jo Lynn Raudebaugh: jraudeba@sar.usf.edu or 941-359-4587.

USF Sarasota-Manatee introduces new Student Government Association officers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This month, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee announced the new Student Government Association officers for the 2011-2012 term.

Members are (from left to right): Rakhi-Kumari Lansiquot, Treasurer; Regina Oykherman, Senate Chair; Rebecca Gutherz, President; Dat Vu, Vice President; Jessica Hall, Secretary.

The mission of the USFSM Student Government is to support students through activities, services, advocacy, leadership and school pride.

For more information, visit www.sarasota.usf.edu/Students/SG/.

Crewe of DeSoto invades USF Sarasota-Manatee

The Crewe of DeSoto invaded USF Sarasota-Manatee in preparation for the DeSoto Parade that will take place on April 30th.  USF Sarasota-Manatee will participate in the parade with special guest, Rocky D. Bull.  They will be throwing beads and looking for supporters wearing green and gold.  The invasion by the Conquistadors took place during USFSM Day where students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends were invited to celebrate the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee with activities like ladder ball and bean bag toss, a poetry reading event, a BBQ, ice cream and more.

Photos can be found on our facebook page by clicking here!

If you are interested in walking with USF Sarasota-Manatee in the DeSoto Parade, please visit  www.sarasota.usf.edu/parade to register!

 

 

First Honors Program cohort at USF Sarasota-Manatee set to present thesis research

Eight students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will become the first graduates of its Honors Program in May.  Prior to receiving their degrees on Sunday, May 8th, the students will present their thesis research at an Honors Colloquium on Monday, April 25th.

The students participating are Matthew Baber, Paul Dunder, David Genualdi, Eden Monier, Jennifer Perez Lopez, Albert Richard, Brittany Stamey, and Patricia Ummel.  Their thesis research topics are all related to a common area of inquiry: Humanism, the Reformation, and Shakespeare.

The Honors Colloquium will also recognize the Outstanding Students selected by the faculty of each degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as students who have produced scholarly excellence beyond their coursework in the past academic year.

For more information on the Honors Program or the College of Arts & Sciences at USF Sarasota-Manatee, please visit www.sarasota.usf.edu or call 941-359-4200.

Undergraduate summer application deadline May 2nd at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The summer application deadline at USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) is Monday, May 2nd.  Summer semester will begin on Monday, May 16th.  The application can be found online at www.sarasota.usf.edu/students/Prospective/apply.php or can be obtained by calling 941-359-4330.

The application deadline applies to each of the 3 colleges (College of Business, College of Education & College of Arts and Sciences) and the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management.  A wide variety of programs are offered at USFSM, including but not limited to: Elementary Education, History, Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Pre-Business, Hospitality Management and Applied Science.  These programs are comprised of diverse coursework, study abroad opportunities, internships, on campus student clubs, access to professional organizations and hands-on experiences.  USF Sarasota-Manatee students enjoy the privileges of students through the USF System with access to student athletic tickets, Alumni networking, USF System events and more.  Students at USFSM also enjoy a 19:1 student to faculty ratio, providing access to and personalized attention from world class instructors.

If you have questions about the application or setting up an appointment with an Academic Advisor, please call 941-359-4330.

Undergraduate summer application deadline May 2nd at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The summer application deadline at USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) is Monday, May 2nd.  Summer semester will begin on Monday, May 16th.  The application can be found online at www.sarasota.usf.edu/students/Prospective/apply.php or can be obtained by calling 941-359-4330.

The application deadline applies to each of the 3 colleges (College of Business, College of Education & College of Arts and Sciences) and the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management.  A wide variety of programs are offered at USFSM, including but not limited to: Elementary Education, History, Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Pre-Business, Hospitality Management and Applied Science.  These programs are comprised of diverse coursework, study abroad opportunities, internships, on campus student clubs, access to professional organizations and hands-on experiences.  USF Sarasota-Manatee students enjoy the privileges of students through the USF System with access to student athletic tickets, Alumni networking, USF System events and more.  Students at USFSM also enjoy a 19:1 student to faculty ratio, providing access to and personalized attention from world class instructors.

If you have questions about the application or setting up an appointment with an Academic Advisor, please call 941-359-4330.

Gear Up for Grad School + Profiles of Success

Saturday, April 30, 2011 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Join USF Sarasota-Manatee at a special event  for students interested in Graduate school!  We will offer several informative sessions throughout the day:

  • 9:30 – 11:00 AM Welcome and Alumni Panel
    Panel discussion with USF Graduates.
  • 11:00 – 11:45 AM Breakout Sessions with Faculty and Staff
    Meet with an Academic Advisor or a Professor from your program of interest.
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Cookout in the Courtyard
    Lunch will be served in the Courtyard.
  • 12:00 – 12:30 PM or 12:30 – 1:00 PM Financial Aid Workshop
    Meet with a Financial Aid representative to find out more options about funding your way through Grad School and filling out the FAFSA.
  • 1:00 – 4:00 PM FREE practice GRE/GMAT Test

Campus tours are ongoing throughout the day.
Gear Up For Grad Workshop
Saturday, April 30, 2011

Check-in will be in the Selby Auditorium on the USF Sarasota campus

RSVP HERE!

MBA info session to be offered at USF Sarasota-Manatee in North Port

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will host an information session for anyone interested in pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).  The session will take place on Thursday, March 10 from 5:30-7:00pm and will be held at the USFSM North Port location, 5920 Pan American Boulevard.

The MBA program will now offer students greater flexibility in both scheduling and course offerings.  Participants in the session will be given the opportunity to meet with the nationally recognized faculty in the College of Business along with Academic Advisors to learn more about the program.  The College of Business at USF Sarasota-Manatee is AACSB accredited.  A light snack will be served during the session.

For more information on participating in this information session, please contact Aaron Reecher at areecher@sar.usf.edu or 941.359.4333.

MBA program to become more convenient for working professionals at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee can now earn their Master’s of Business Administration degree at their own pace in a new program designed for busy working professionals.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s MBA is a 48-credit hour program offered through the College of Business that enables working professionals to receive the quality education of a top research university while staying close to home.  In the current cohort system, each student completes the program in two years.  The new format will allow students more flexibility and convenience, enabling them to take classes as their schedules allow.

“While the MBA cohort has worked well for our students in the past, we also realize that our students are very busy, and their personal and professional lives may stand in the way of getting a graduate degree,” said Dr. Robert Anderson, dean of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Business.  “This new delivery method should be more convenient to our students and allow more busy professionals to get their MBA.”

While students in the past may have waited up to a year to start the MBA program, the new program will allow them to enter the program at any time, rather than wait until the next cohort begins.

Students starting the program in the Fall will have the option of completing either a general MBA or choosing one of four concentrations: Accounting, Finance, Management, or Marketing.  Students starting in the Spring can complete a general MBA in two years or choose to concentrate in one of the four areas by extending the program to longer than two years.

“Being able to take classes as their schedules allow will be an enormous benefit to our students,” said Anderson.  “Increased enrollment and the hiring of new faculty have enabled us to create a program that more fully meets the needs of professionals in our community.”

Summary of the benefits of the changes to the MBA program:

  • Students can enter the program either in the Fall or Spring semesters.
  • Students who start in the Fall will have the option of completing either a General MBA or choosing one of four concentrations; Accounting*, Finance, Management or Marketing, by taking three application courses in the chosen concentration.
  • Students starting in the Spring semester can complete a general MBA in two years or choose to concentrate in one of the four areas by extending their MBA to longer than two years.
  • Students can elect to complete their MBA on a part-time basis.
  • The program allows flexibility for waiving core tool courses for those students with Business degrees obtained within the past six years. Up to 12 hours could be waived. Decisions on the waivers will be made by the College of Business Graduate Policy Committee on a case-by-case basis.
  • Two years of work experience is no longer required to enter the program.

For more information, visit www.sarasota.usf.edu/Academics/COB/MBA or contact Aaron Reecher at (941) 359-4333.

Students interested in graduate school invited to information session at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will host “Gear Up for Grad School,” a free information session for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree on Saturday, January 22 from 9am until 3pm in the Selby Auditorium on campus.

Gear Up for Grad School includes an introductory information session, breakout sessions with faculty and program specialists, and workshops along with free practice testing.  The workshop options are as follows:

  • “Money – How to Get It?” with Financial Aid, learn about scholarship navigation & get helpful tips
  • “Writing for Grad School” – including how to write a personal statement
  • “Salary Negotiation Seminar” – mostly geared toward women learning wage negotiation skills (you can choose this option instead of the practice test)

The “Salary Negotiation Seminar” is available to Gear Up for Grad Attendees and the community but you must RSVP due to limited seating.

If you are interested in participating in Gear Up for Grad School and/or the salary negotiation seminar, please contact Ashley Tyrrell at atyrrell@sar.usf.edu or 941.359.4334.

USF Sarasota-Manatee and Sarasota County schools partner to offer financial aid information sessions for parents and students

The Financial Aid office at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) is partnering with the Sarasota County school district to offer informational sessions regarding financial aid for students and parents at local high schools.  “The workshops will cover such topics as federal and state financial aid programs; tips for filling out financial aid forms and the FAFSA application; and state and local scholarship opportunities, including the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program,” said Gabriela Vega, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at USFSM.

Information session dates, times and locations are as follows:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 12 at Sarasota High School – 6pm
  • Thursday, Jan. 13 at Venice High School – 7pm
  • Wednesday, Jan. 19 at Riverview High School – 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, Feb. 1 at Booker High School – 6:30pm

Students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the session that is most convenient as each session will cover the same informational material.  Questions about financial aid can be directed to the Financial Aid office at USFSM at 941-359-4701.  Any other questions regarding the University can be directed to Missy Cooper in the University Relations office at 941-359-4578.

USF Sarasota-Manatee academic advisor named Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor for USF System

Jenny Infanti, an Academic Advisor for the College of Education and Applied Science at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), was selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award, presented by the USF System.  Academic Advisors from each of the four campuses (Tampa, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, and Sarasota-Manatee) are nominated.

Jenny was nominated based on several accomplishments in Online Orientation, Language Speech and Hearing Sciences Advising, the Undergraduate catalog, Academic Regulations Committee website and forms and her regular duties of advising undergraduate students.

Sanborn Studios searching for interns at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Sanborn Studios, Sarasota’s first film and production studio, plans to bring more than a $164 million impact to the West Coast of Florida over a five year period, including the creation of 117 jobs and a focus on mentoring and growing students.

On Wednesday, November 17 from 3:30 until 4:00 p.m., Kristen Lindberg, Internship & Casting Coordinator at Sanborn Studios, will speak at a Management class at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee about job opportunities at the studio and how to network into a career.

“We have an outstanding College of Business at USF Sarasota-Manatee,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor at USF Sarasota-Manatee. “It just makes sense that Sanborn Studios would want to hire the best and the brightest in fields like Management, Business Administration, Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources, Information Technology, and more. Most of our students stay in our area and find jobs in our local workforce, so this is a win-win for everyone.”

Lindberg’s role at Sanborn Studios includes hiring interns, production assistants and in-house casting as well as acting as Production Coordinator. She has worked with Jeff Bridges, Tony Scott and Nancy Nye and has worked for ESPN & HBO.

The event is part of the Career Services program at USF Sarasota-Manatee, which assists with job and internship placement, networking, counseling, resume and interview training, and career advising and planning.

The event will be held in classroom B226 at USF Sarasota-Manatee, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, please call Toni Ripo at (941) 359-4703.

Law enforcement collects prescription drugs at USF Sarasota-Manatee Environmental Fair

Did you know that more than 100 pharmaceuticals have been detected in lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and streams throughout the world?

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) are encouraging area residents to turn in their unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications November 13 at the USF Sarasota-Manatee Environmental Fair.

The free public event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the newly renovated Clyde Nixon Courtyard at USF Sarasota-Manatee, located at 8350 North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

More than 4 billion prescriptions are filled in the United States every year, and it has been estimated that as much as a third of the dispensed medication goes unused – leading to potentially 200 million pounds of pharmaceuticals that could adversely affect the environment if disposed of improperly. Even small concentrations of pharmaceuticals could have an adverse impact on people and marine life including aquatic organisms.

Law enforcement representatives will be on hand to receive the medications safely for proper disposal. A variety of eco-friendly groups will also be on hand to educate visitors about various facets of green living and sustainability. Music will be provided by DJ Floss, and Mote Marine Laboratory will display their mobile 1,200 gallon fish tank. The first ever USF Sarasota-Manatee Environmental Fair is being organized by the school’s Student Government Association (SGA).

Event exhibitors will include the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, the USF Sarasota-Manatee SGA, Manatee County Natural Resources, Around the Bend Nature Tours, Mellaleuca Wellness Company, Wildlife Center of Venice, Keep Manatee Beautiful, Veg Sarasota, Manatee County Audubon Society, the USF Office of Sustainability, and other organizations.

For more information about the event, call Brittany Gleitsman, Student Government Association President, at (941) 359-4253.

USF Sarasota-Manatee to celebrate and honor veterans on November 9

On Tuesday, November 9, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will honor the members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including USF Sarasota-Manatee student, staff, faculty, and alumni veterans, by hosting a Veterans Day Ceremony from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Selby Auditorium.  The university will be closed on November 11 to observe the holiday.

The Sarasota Military Academy will begin the program with the presentation of colors.  Speakers at the event will include Sean Abene, member of the Air National Guard and current student in the Information Technology program at USF Sarasota-Manatee and Robert Parker Fondes, author of From the Attic to Military Museums: How to Honor Your Family by Donating and Preserving Military History and member of the Lifelong Learning Academy at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Manatee Operation Troop Support, which is a nonprofit organization serving families and soldiers who are currently deployed overseas, will be in the courtyard immediately after the ceremony to accept cash donations in order to put together care packages for overseas troops.  Guests will also be invited to fill out postcards with well-wishes for the troops.    Also present will be the Military Assistance Program, which , supports Afghan and Iraqi veterans or active military personnel and their families, and a Local Veteran Employment Representative (LVER) and Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist (DVOP) with the Suncoast Workforce, who will provide employment assistance and job training for veterans and disabled veterans.

“We’re so proud to honor those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom,” said Toni Ripo, Career Services coordinator at USFSM and organizer of the event.  Many of our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and their families are veterans or active military, and there is no way we could thank them enough for their service.”

The event is free and will be open to the public.  For more information, please call Toni Ripo at (941) 359-4586.