Mark Schreiner

Reporter/Producer, University Beat

Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007.

He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.

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University Beat
12:41 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

USF Authors Among Those Appearing at Festival of Reading

Credit Tampa Bay Times

More than a half dozen authors with ties to the University of South Florida will appear alongside such literary heavyweights as R.L. Stine and Carl Hiaasen at the 22nd Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading this Saturday at the USF Saint Petersburg campus.

The list ranges from current faculty members like Jonathan Rottenberg (hear an interview with him here) to former faculty like St. Petersburg poet laureate Peter Meinke to USF graduate and "Daily Show" correspondent Aasif Mandvi. You can see a full schedule of speakers here.


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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Young Actors Follow Their Dreams

Shelby Ronea, her mom Renea Elmore and Noah Diggs
Credit StoryCorps

Not every friendship starts on the set of a movie.

But that’s how Tampa teen Shelby Ronea and fellow actor Noah Diggs of St. Petersburg met. The pair was among the actors tapped for the Haley Joel Osment film, “Sex Ed,” filmed during the summer of 2013 in Tampa.  The film will be released on November 7th.

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, the 15-year-olds talk with Shelby’s mom, Renea Elmore, about their love for performing and their hopes for the future.

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University Beat
5:29 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Vinik Offers Downtown Tampa Land to USF

Architects' rendering of proposed USF Morsani College of Medicine

WUSF has learned that Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has offered about an acre of land in downtown Tampa to the University of South Florida to build both the USF Morsani College of Medicine and the USF Health Heart Institute.

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University Beat
7:36 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

USF St. Pete Breaks Ground on New College of Business

Officials from USF St. Petersburg break ground on the new USFSP Kate Tiedemann College of Business.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Last week, the University of South Florida unveiled a new name for its USF Muma College of Business.

Tuesday, USF St. Petersburg's Kate Tiedemann College of Business got in on the action by breaking ground on a new building.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Baseball Pioneers Share Their Memories

Walter "Dirk" Gibbons (l to r), Neil J. Armstrong and Clifford "Quack" Brown
StoryCorps

Every Monday, WUSF 89.7 presents Story Corps Tampa Bay, and this week’s story comes from a recording at the John F. Germany Public Library in Tampa as part of the “StoryCorps @ your library” series.

Today we meet two professional baseball players who played in the Negro Leagues in the 1940's, Clifford "Quack" Brown and Walter "Dirk" Gibbons. Both men grew up in Tampa and they sat down with their friend, Neil J. Armstrong, who asked about those colorful nicknames.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Marc Haze.

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University Beat
12:10 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Mumas Make Mark with $25 Million Gift to USF College of Business

Pam and Les Muma are donating $25 million to the USF College of Business, the largest single gift in USF history. The gift brings the total they've donated to USF to $41 million.
Credit USF Unstoppable

In what they call a "visible thank you" to the school that helped them become successful, local businessman Les Muma and his wife, Pam, have donated $25 million to the University of South Florida College of Business - the largest single gift in USF's history.

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University Beat
7:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

State to USF: Pick Med School Site to Receive $

Architects' rendering of proposed USF Morsani College of Medicine

If the University of South Florida wants more state money to build a new medical school, they first need to decide where they want to build it.

That was the caveat laid down by the Florida Board of Governors' faculty committee at a meeting in Jupiter Wednesday.

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University Beat
5:21 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

USF Health Unveils 'Pharmacy of the Future'

The new USF Health Pharmacy Plus
Eric Younghans USF Health Office of Communications

Right now, medicine’s future might just be sitting behind a curtain on the first floor of the Morsani Center for Advanced Health Care on the University of South Florida Tampa campus.

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University Beat
3:42 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

USF Comes Under Fire After Monkey Dies During Research Study

Credit newswatch.nationalgeographic.com

While University of South Florida consider the matter closed, an animal rights group is pushing both university police and federal officials to investigate the death of a rhesus monkey during a research study.

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Law & Order
2:21 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Two Men Rescued from Sea Plane Crash

A seaplane is submerged three miles south of Peter O'Knight Airport after crashing into Hillsborough Bay Monday morning.
Tampa Police Marine Patrol

You seldom use the word "lucky" to describe a plane crash, but a pair of men picked a fortunate place to crash their sea plane Monday morning.

The single-engine amphibious aircraft left Peter O'Knight Airport around 11:30 a.m. Authorities said the plane apparently flew low enough that the landing gear hit the water, causing the aircraft to crash into Hillsborough Bay.

The two men aboard the plane, pilot Robert Kerrigan and passenger Eric Olinger, were rescued by a pair of off-duty Hillsborough County firefighters who were on a nearby boat fishing.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: His Parents Live On

Ronald Porter
Credit StoryCorps

Ronald Porter is a 30-year-old educator whose parents were a huge influence on him both personally and professionally, even though his mother died when he was just 12 years old. In this edition of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Porter talks about his mother’s free spirit, her outlook on life, and how both his parents live on inside him all these years later.

Music:
“Soliloquy” by Peter Ciluzzi, from the album Music Without Words

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos

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University Beat
1:55 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Hospitality Management Students Get Hands-on Experience at the Longboat Key Club

Students and faculty from the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership pose with Resort at Longboat Key GM Jeffery Mayers (in dark suit, center left)
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Sometimes the best partnerships are the ones made out of mutual need – take the new arrangement between USF Sarasota-Manatee and the Resort at Longboat Key Club.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: A Dream Realized

Jose Manuel Godinez-Samperio and his former professor, Ella Schmidt
Credit StoryCorps

Jose Manuel Godinez-Samperio came to the United States with his parents when he was 9 years old.

His parents overstayed their visas, and he lived the majority of his life in Tampa, where he would eventually become known as “a dreamer,” after the Obama administration enacted DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

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University Beat
6:45 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Stone Named Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee

Dr. Sandra Stone has been named regional chancellor for USF Sarasota-Manatee
Credit USF Communications & Marketing

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has a new leader.

Dr. Sandra Stone has been named the new regional chancellor, replacing Dr. Arthur Guilford, who retired this past July.

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Law & Order
9:06 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Two More Dozier Families Get Answers

Thomas Varnadoe (right) in an undated family photo. Varnadoe died in 1934 at the age of 13 at the Dozier Reform School for Boys.
Lucielle Salomon WUSF 89.7 News

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 5:25 pm

In 1934, 13-year-old Thomas Varnadoe and his brother, Hubert, were sent to the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys for allegedly stealing a typewriter.

In 1944, 12-year-old Earl Wilson went to the reform school in the panhandle town of Marianna, Florida, for allegedly riding in a car a friend stole.

Neither Thomas nor Earl ever returned home -- until now. Science and perseverance are finally giving their families some peace.

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