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
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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University Beat
4:09 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

USF to Announce Names of Two More Dozier Remains

Thomas Varnadoe (right) in an undated family photo. Varnadoe died in 1934 at the age of 13 at the Dozier Reform School for Boys.
Credit USF Dept. of Anthropology

University of South Florida researchers will announce Thursday afternoon that they've determined the identities of two more sets of remains buried on the grounds of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.

The Ledger and a release from Senator Bill Nelson's office say that one is Thomas Varnadoe, 13, who died in 1934, a month after arriving at Dozier.

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University Beat
6:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

USF Professor Teaches While at Sea

USF geochemist Dr. Jeffrey Ryan talks to his class via video feed from a research vessel in the Pacific Ocean
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Geology 3311, “The Solid Earth,” is a required course for University of South Florida students pursuing an undergraduate degree in geology.

This semester, it’s being taught by Assistant Research Professor, Zachary Atlas.

"This course is really geared towards trying to get them to know minerals, mineral formation, the chemistry of minerals and how all of that comes together to form rocks," Atlas said after a recent class.

It's also being taught by the Chair of the USF School of Geosciences, Dr. Jeffrey Ryan - when they can dial him up.

You see, Ryan is currently halfway across the globe on board a ship in the Pacific Ocean.

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Law & Order
12:13 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

One Dead in 5th Wrong-Way Highway Crash This Year

A woman was killed after driving her car the wrong way on southbound I-75 this morning and striking a tractor trailer in Pasco County.
Credit Florida Highway Patrol

For the fifth time this year, a wrong-way crash on a Tampa-area interstate has claimed a life.

This morning's crash happened near Dade City in Pasco County. The Florida Highway Patrol says a 25-year-old woman was driving north in the inside lane of I-75 around 4:35 a.m. on Monday. She struck a tractor trailer hauling food and beverage products.

The woman was taken to Bayonet Point Medical Center in Hudson, where she died.

The truck driver wasn't injured.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: A Second Life after 9/11

Robert "Bob" Rogan and Christina Hoskin
Credit StoryCorps

Christina Hoskin and Robert "Bob" Rogan are best friends and life partners - but it hasn’t always been that way. The two met in New Jersey while both were in previous marriages.

On this week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay, she says everything started to change on September 11th, 2001. Christina picks up the story that morning in the car with her husband, Dick.

Music:
“It Never Changes To Stop” by The Books from Lost and Safe

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University Beat
4:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

USF Entrepreneurship Program, Graduate Pick Up Honors

USF was ranked the 13th best entrepreneurship education graduate program by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.
Credit USF College of Business

The University of South Florida's efforts to give students the skills they need to start their own businesses continue to gain attention, with both the College of Business and a nonprofit started by a graduate in his dorm room receiving separate national honors this week.

First, the Princeton Review ranked USF's graduate program 13th among the nation's best entrepreneurship education programs.

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Law & Order
12:16 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Girl Accused in Polk Bullying Case Plans to Sue

File photo of Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. The Polk County Sheriff's Office is being sued by the family of a girl arrested for allegedly bullying a classmate who later killed herself.
Credit The Ledger

Lawyers for a 13-year-old girl accused of bullying a classmate have filed notice that they intend to sue Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and his office.

WTSP reports the family accuses the Sheriff's Office of defamation and invasion of privacy, saying Judd had no probable cause to arrest the girl last year.

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Law & Order
12:15 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Small Plane Crashes in Vinoy Park

A small plane made a crash landing in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park Monday morning.
Credit Nathanael Paul / Bay News 9

UPDATE 12:15 P.M.: St. Petersburg Police identify the victims in this morning's plane crash in Vinoy Park as Grant Jordon, 67, the plane's pilot; Aloysious Ryan, 52; Eamonn Harnell, 48; and a 17 year-old female.

Jordon and Ryan are both listed in serious, but stable condition at Bayfront Hospital. Harnell and the female passenger had minor injuries. All four are believed to be from Ireland.

Federal Aviation Administration investigators are already on scene.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:01 am
Mon September 15, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: 'This Little Light of Mine'

Sharon Scott and Bob Devin Jones
Credit StoryCorps

Performers are often tasked with walking a thin line: how does someone express oneself while also embodying another character?

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, playwright, director, and co-founder of St. Petersburg’s Studio@620, Bob Devin Jones, talks with one of his many mentees, Sharon Scott, about how they, as artists, can recognize each other at a deeper level, beyond the performance.

Music:
“This Little Light of Mine (live)” by Sam Cooke, Sam Cooke at the Copa

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University Beat
7:00 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Iran's Nuclear Program, ISIS Focus of USF Event

Joseph Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund, will speak at USF Monday night.
Credit NPR / Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The dangers of Iran's nuclear program, as well as the possibility the militant the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, could get their hands on a nuclear device will be the focus of a University of South Florida conference Monday night.

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University Beat
3:59 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

USF Rises in Latest U.S. News 'Best University' List

Credit U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report has tallied up the data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities around the country and issued its 2015 Best College Rankings. While there's little movement at the top, schools in the Sunshine State are seeing some changes.

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University Beat
9:40 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Innovation Honored with First Class of Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

The first class of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame (clockwise from top left: Robert Cade, Thomas Edison, William Glenn, Shin-Tson Wu, John Gorrie and Shyam Mohapatra)
Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

Innovation will be honored Wednesday night as the inaugural class is inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame at a private ceremony in Tampa.

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