University Beat

12:04 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

Adjunct Faculty Demand More Pay, Security

Eric Webb-Fiske asks students to sign a petition, calling for better wages and more security for adjunct faculty.
Credit Daylina Miller / WUSF News

On Wednesday, Eric Webb-Fiske canceled two classes to participate in National Adjunct Walkout Day.

Webb-Fiske, an adjunct instructor at Hillsborough Community College and a graduate assistant at USF, stood in front of USF's Marshall Student Center, trying to get students to sign a petition that calls for better pay and more security for adjunct faculty. 

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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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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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7:49 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Women's Final Four Brings Cancer Research Grant To Town

Dr. Martine Extermann, Professor of Oncology and Medicine at the University of South Florida, is researching ovarian cancer in elderly women. She was awarded a grant by the Kay Yow Cancer Fund Monday.
Credit Moffitt Cancer Center

When the NCAA Women's Final Four comes to town, cancer researchers benefit. 

Since 2009, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has awarded a women's cancer research grant to a research institution in the city hosting the NCAA Women's Final Four

Monday, Moffitt Cancer Center Professor of Oncology and Medicine Dr. Martine Extermann received the $250,000 grant.

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Law & Order
11:35 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Florida Legislators Introduce Campus Carry Bills Despite Opposition

Landis Green from the steps of Strozier Library.

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 2:01 pm

Despite broad opposition on Florida’s campuses, state lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to allow guns at universities.  Three months ago today, there was a shooting at Florida State University, and this week the controversial measure began its path through the Senate.

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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
6:00 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Divorce Averted: FAMU-FSU Engineering Gets A Dose Of Counseling And Carries On

FSU President John Thrasher and FAMU President Elmira Mangum listen as the Board of Governors take up a report on the fate of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 10:59 pm

The joint Florida A&M-Florida State University College of Engineering is staying together. The move comes after a year of uncertainty. Both institutions say they're committed to working out problems and have inked a deal to restructure the school.

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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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Law & Order
6:45 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Senate Committee Passes Campus Guns Bill On Party Lines

Despite strong campus opposition concealed carry is one step closer to Florida universities.

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 9:02 pm

A controversial measure to allow concealed weapons on university campuses passed on a close party-line vote in a senate committee Monday. 

Concealed carry licenses in Florida are limited.  Places like bars, courtrooms—even career centers are set aside as gun-free zones.  But Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker) is taking aim at a different area: public universities. 

Evers invited Rep. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) to introduce the bill, and during his presentation Evers holds up a sheet of paper for Steube to see.

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Law & Order
11:52 am
Mon February 16, 2015

University System Takes Aim At Guns On Campus

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 2:38 pm

  Florida's university system wants state lawmakers to holster the idea of allowing guns on campus.

A joint statement from the university system's Board of Governors, university police chiefs and the 12 public universities expresses opposition to a legislative proposal (SB 176 and HB 4005) that would allow people with concealed-firearms licenses to carry guns at state colleges and universities.

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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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