University Beat

10:35 am
Fri March 27, 2015

UCF Proposes New Medical Residencies

The University of Central Florida is proposing adding up to 700 medical residency slots.

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:40 am

A decade from now, Florida is expected to be short 7,000 doctors.

The University of Central Florida is looking to tackle some of that.

Deborah German, dean of the UCF medical school, said Thursday the school wants to expand the training doctors get after getting a medical degree. The specialty residencies would focus on psychiatry, surgery and emergency medicine.

And it would offer the opportunity to get new federal money, German said.

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USF Athletics
9:55 am
Tue March 24, 2015

USF Bulls Fall Just Short in NCAA Tournament

USF Bulls junior guard Shalethia Stringfield (#23) drives around Louisville defenders during the Bulls' 60-52 loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Monday night at the USF Sun Dome.
Credit Tim Britt /

The USF Bulls women's basketball team's magical season came to an end Monday, as the Bulls fell to Louisville 60-52 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

In front of a raucous home crowd of 5,014 at the Sun Dome, the Bulls fell behind 12-2 to Louisville, the 8th ranked team in the country, before battling back to tie the score at 14.

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11:53 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Project Gives Developmentally Disabled a Chance to Go to College

Quan Jones of Project 10 Stingray works at the marina behind USFSP
Credit M.S Butler

A college education is generally considered a student's best shot at getting a good job these days, and it's often assumed most high schoolers are prepared to attend college.

But there's one group that has been quietly excluded from that process.

A program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg  is giving these students college experience that while it's not a traditional degree, it's giving them a head start on their career goals.

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6:12 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Medical Students Meet Their Match

USF medical student Chris DeClue announces his residency at USF in diagnostic radiology on National Match Day, Friday, March 20. Senior Vice President of USF Health, Charles Lockwood, held the mic.
Credit Daylina Miller/WUSF News

With visibly shaking hands, University of South Florida medical student Chris DeClue opened his envelope.

The sound of rustling paper echoed through the speakers.

“USF. Diagnostic radiology,” he said as the crowd erupted into cheers.

Friday was National Match Day and 128 USF students, the school’s largest ever medical class to celebrate,  gathered at Ulele, a restaurant near downtown Tampa, to find out where they're going to do their post-graduate medical training.

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Off The Base
8:20 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Opera about Iraq War to Be Performed at USF

A concert presentation of the Iraq War opera "Fallujah" is at the University of South Florida Friday night.

At some point in the future, a first of its kind play about the Iraq War might make its debut on Broadway - and what happens on stage at the University of South Florida Friday night may play an important part in its development.

The opera, "Fallujah," is a work in progress. Playwright Heather Raffo has been developing the biographical story of U.S. Marine Christian Ellis for about five years, starting shortly after Ellis met Charles Annenberg of the Annenberg Foundation.

"And as they befriended each other and got to talking, Christian said that he had dreamed of being an opera singer and Charlie Annenberg thought, 'Let's give Christian music lessons,' and as their friendship continued, he said, 'Why don't we make an opera of your life?'" Raffo said.

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University Beat
11:31 am
Thu March 19, 2015

USF Earns 2nd Most $ in Gov's Performance Reward Funding

Credit USF Communications & Marketing

For the third time, the Florida Board of Governors will dole out performance-based 'bonus' funds to the state's public universities, and for the third time, the University of South Florida System placed near the top of the list.

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Health News Florida
8:55 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Lawmaker Tells Story of Using Gun to Prevent Rape

Credit Michael Schumacher / Associated Press

When State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda went to college, she brought a gun with her. She didn't think she'd need it.

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University Beat
10:45 am
Wed March 18, 2015

UPDATE: FDLE to Conduct Inquiry into USF's Dozier Findings

In an archive photo, crosses mark Boot Hill Cemetery on the grounds of the Dozier School for Boys.
Credit Katy Hennig / USF News

UPDATE 3/18/15 10:45 a.m.
Updated headline to indicate the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will conduct "an inquiry" and not "an investigation" into USF's findings.

In an email sent to WUSF 89.7 News Wednesday morning, FDLE Communications Director Gretl Plessinger said, "We are conducting a preliminary inquiry to assess any new information from the January USF report.  If there is criminal predicate, we will open an investigation."

ORIGINAL POST 3/17/15 5 p.m.
With a single sentence, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement indicated it will look into what investigators from the University of South Florida have turned up at the Dozier School for Boys in the Panhandle town of Marianna.

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USF Athletics
12:11 am
Tue March 17, 2015

USF Bulls Make NCAA Tourney, Will Host Games

The USF women's basketball team and USF System President Judy Genshaft (center, 1st row) celebrate USF's bid in the NCAA Tournament.

The University of South Florida Sun Dome and the Amalie Arena are only ten and a half miles apart, but for the USF Bulls women's basketball team, it could be one of the most rewarding trips of their lives.

The NCAA Women's Final Four takes place at the downtown arena April 5 and 7, but the Bulls' possible trip will unexpectedly start at their campus home Saturday.

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10:34 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Guns On Campus Clears Senate Panel On Partisan Vote

Students gathered on FSU's Landis Green after a shooting at the school's library (Nov. 2014).

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 7:06 pm

A proposal allowing guns to be carried on public college and university campuses is gaining steam in the legislature. While the bill applies to all public higher educations in Florida—One school, Florida State University—is dominating the conversation.

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5:11 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Senate Higher Ed Panel Backs Guns on Campus

With lawmakers split along party lines, a Senate education committee Monday approved a controversial bill that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on the campuses of state colleges and universities.

The Senate Higher Education Committee voted 6-3 to approve the bill (SB 176), which has drawn opposition from many university leaders but has the backing of the politically powerful National Rifle Association.

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University Beat
11:34 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Eckerd College Students Honored for Jonchuck Recovery; Seek Public Help

Members of the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team at work.
Eckerd College

When something bad happens on the waters near south Saint Petersburg - say a boat breaks down or someone jumps from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge - odds are pretty good that the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team (EC-SAR) will be the first ones on scene.

The St. Petersburg-based school has the only all-volunteer student marine search and rescue team anywhere in the country.

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University Beat
1:34 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Fraternity in Oklahoma Case Has Troubled History at Florida Schools

Sigma Alpha Epsilon crest

Sigma Alpha Epsilon, which had its chapter at the University of Oklahoma shut down after video surfaced showing fraternity brothers singing a song containing racial slurs, has had problems at chapters throughout Florida in the past.

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University Beat
6:31 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Bill Takes College Searches Out Of Sunshine

Rep. Neil Combee, R-Polk County, wants to move presidential searches in the university system behind closed doors.

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 6:31 pm

Fallout from the appointment of Florida State University President John Thrasher continued Tuesday as a House panel voted to take the academic recruiting process behind closed doors.

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Law & Order
10:19 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Shooting Victim's Father: Stop Guns On Campus

Florida A&M University Police Chief Terence Calloway joins protest against "guns on campus" legislation

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 6:42 pm

Angry students and a grieving parent unloaded Monday on Florida lawmakers who want to make it legal to carry concealed weapons on college campuses. The father of a 20-year-old University of California shooting victim warned more students would die.

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