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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World Affairs
1:59 am
Thu February 26, 2015

St. Pete Conference Takes On World Affairs

2014 St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs panelist Joseph Ofori-Dankwa discusses African issues with Conference committee member Irma Bridgeford.
Credit St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs

Some of the major international issues of the day - Cuba, Russia, Syria, terrorism and immigration - will be among the topics of discussion at a Saint Petersburg conference that's drawing experts from around the world to the Tampa Bay area.

The Saint Petersburg Conference on World Affairs takes place Thursday, February 26, through Saturday, February 28 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg University Student Center.

Almost forty panelists, including 1986 Nobel Prize winner for Literature and expert on Nigerian democracy Wole Soyinka, along with diplomats, academics and military experts will share ideas and information during 16 free panel sessions.

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Law & Order
1:45 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Nelson Asks Feds to Investigate Dozier

USF Asst. Prof. Erin Kimmerle and Sen. Bill Nelson address reporters at the Dozier School for Boys site in Marianna March 2013.
Credit Katy Hennig / USF News

Florida Senator Bill Nelson has asked the Department of Justice - and not Florida law enforcement officials - to open an investigation into the Dozier School for Boys.

In 2009, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement concluded there was no criminal wrongdoing at the now closed Marianna reform school, despite decades of allegations of abuse of students by school officials.

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Transportation
3:56 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Fog Continues Causing Headaches at Local Ports

Passenger Dustin Fox posted a picture of the heavy fog that kept the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas out in the Gulf an extra day.
Credit Dustin Fox / Instagram

The dense sea fog that's hung around offshore since Monday continues to cause problems for local ports.

However, a break is finally in sight for 2,500 cruise ship passengers - including members of the Ohio State University football team - who've been going in circles in Tampa Bay for the last day and a half.

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Law & Order
1:34 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

3 Students Injured in Shooting at Bethune-Cookman University

Bethune-Cookman University logo
Credit Bethune-Cookman University

Authorities say three students were shot during an altercation at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, and law enforcement are still looking for two suspects.

The students were taken to hospitals after the Monday night shooting.

Daytona Beach police spokesman Jimmie Flynt says their injuries don't appear to be life threatening.

Two men were taken into police custody after the shooting, but were released after questioning. Police say the search for the shooters is continuing.

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Law & Order
2:27 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

Two More Wrong-Way Drivers Arrested

Gener Espino (l) and Cornelius Watson were arrested after allegedly nearly hitting local law enforcement officers while driving the wrong-way, drunk, in separate incidents over the weekend.
Credit Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Two drivers accused of driving drunk were arrested over the weekend in Hillsborough County after nearly causing head-on collisions with law enforcement officers.

In the first incident around 4 a.m. Saturday, University of South Florida Police Officer Scott Parker avoided a collision on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard at Orient Road.

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Law & Order
9:03 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Putnam Asks FDLE for Further Dozier Investigation

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam
Credit State of Florida

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is asking the head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to evaluate new findings in the history of students at the former Arthur G. Dozier school for boys.

In a letter dated Wednesday, Putnam — who is one of three members of the Florida Cabinet — cited a recent report by researchers at the University of South Florida.

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University Beat
4:09 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Best of Times, Worst of Times: USF Presents 'A Tale of Two Cities'

Student-actors Cliff Kelley (l to r), Jordan DeShong and Landon Layland in a press photo for "A Tale of Two Cities"
USF Theatre and Dance

It will be the best of times, it will be the worst of times as University of South Florida Theatre and Dance presents an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities.

The play is adapted by Mike Poulton and directed by Eduard Lewis. Lewis is visiting USF as part of the school's British International Theatre program, which for almost 25 years, has brought leading theater figures from across the pond to Tampa.

"When I heard what it was all about and all the people who’ve been involved with it in the past as well and the reputation it has, and the fact I got to spend January and February in Tampa, when in London it’s absolutely freezing at the moment, was a huge pull," Lewis said.

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University Beat
2:35 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Genshaft Optimistic Ahead of USF's Med School Pitch to Board of Governors

At far right is the proposed downtown location of the USF Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute. USF CAMLS is in the center; Tampa General Hospital is on the left.
Credit USF Health

On Thursday, University of South Florida officials will once again ask the Florida Board of Governors to approve their request for $57 million in state funding to build the Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute in downtown Tampa.

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University Beat
3:30 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

USF Accounting School Takes Name of Successful Alum

USF's School of Accountancy now bears the name of former Raymond James executive Lynn Pippenger, who donated $10 million to the school.
Credit USF Muma College of Business

UPDATE AT 3:30 p.m. with comments from the announcement ceremony 

Last year, the University of South Florida College of Business became the Muma College of Business, thanks to a $25 million gift from USF supporters Pam and Les Muma.

Now, another long-time USF donor is stepping up. The college's School of Accountancy is now named "the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy," after the former Raymond James executive gave $10 million to the school.


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University Beat
9:27 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Valentine's Celebration: USF Business Dean & Wife Become U.S. Citizens

USF Muma College of Business Dean Moez Limayem and his wife Alya became U.S. citizens this past Friday.
Credit USF Muma College of Business

The dean of the USF Muma College of Business and his wife celebrated Valentine's Day a day early by becoming American citizens last Friday.

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University Beat
9:00 am
Sat February 14, 2015

Hockey Day in Tampa Bay Features Tortorella, USF-UT Showdown

USF Ice Bull Stephen Demarco controls the puck in a game earlier this season vs. Florida Gulf Coast University
Credit USF Ice Bulls

UPDATED 2/14/15 9 A.M. WITH RESCHEDULED GAME, RANKINGS AND PLAYOFF SCHEDULE: It's tough to say Tampa's not a hockey town when you look at the highlights of Sunday's "Hockey Day in Tampa Bay."

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Business
1:39 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Vinik Planning Corporate HQ, Just Needs a Corporation

Aerial rendering of Jeff Vinik's proposed new downtown Tampa district.
Credit Strategic Property Partners LLC

Along with the Amelie Arena and the proposed University of South Florida medical school/heart institute, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik wants the headquarters for a Fortune 500 company to be a centerpiece of his

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Health News Florida
6:37 am
Thu February 12, 2015

USF Receives Anti-MRSA Compound Patent

USF Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Biology Lindsey Shaw and microbiology graduate student Whittney Burda.

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 1:38 am

Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA, is one of the most dangerous infections around, thanks to its resistance to most treatments, and its ability to easily spread to patients in high-risk areas such as hospitals and nursing homes.

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University Beat
2:18 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

'Engineering of Craft Beer' Focus of USF Event

"Sampling Science: The Engineering Behind Craft Beer" takes place 2/20 at 6:30 p.m. at the USF Gibbons Alumni Center.
Sampling Science

Whether you're a craft brew aficionado or a chemical engineering buff - or both - "Sampling Science: The Engineering Behind Craft Beer" might be for you.

"A lot of engineers like craft beer," event co-creator, USF Chemical Engineering junior Anna Hayes, said. "We wanted to combine the science of the beer with the (craft beer) industry, and so we thought it best to bring local craft breweries together for a fund-raising event."

The event, which takes place Friday, February 20th at 6:30 p.m. at the USF Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center, will raise money for the university's chapters of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

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University Beat
1:18 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

On Anniversary of Fatal Crash, USF Researchers Try to Deter Wrong-Way Drivers

An example of RRFB (Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons) installed on a wrong way sign.
Credit USF Center for Urban Transportation Research

It was a year ago today that four University of South Florida students were killed in a fiery collision with a drunk driver going the wrong way on I-275. 

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