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10:18 am
Fri February 20, 2015

UCF To Press On With Downtown Campus Plan

University of Central Florida's downtown campus plan includes space for 13,000 students on a 20 acre site.
Credit UCF

The University of Central Florida has been given the go ahead to start designing its downtown Orlando campus.

The Florida Board of Governors today approved a funding request of nearly $5.8 Million for the first phase of the project.

The money will go towards designing a student support and services building for UCF and Valencia College.

The $206 million dollar campus would house 13,000 students on a 20 acre site.

It will include what university president John Hitt calls a ‘digital, communications interactive media and educational cluster’.

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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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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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University Beat
5:17 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

University System Takes Aim at Guns on Campus

Packing to class?

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
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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11:43 am
Sun February 8, 2015

USF Seeks $25 Million Donation for Med School

As the University of South Florida prepares to present its request for $57 million in state funding for its new medical school / heart clinic in downtown Tampa, school officials are also seeking around $25 million in private donations to reach the overall goal of $157 million dollars for the project. But as the Tampa Bay Times' Jamal Thalji reports, the school may be hampered by its previous success finding big money donors.
TAMPA - The University of South Florida's ambitious plan to erect a new 12-story medical education, research and treatment center downtown faces two final hurdles. Both involve money. The $157 million project needs $57 million in state funding. Officials are confident they'll eventually get it.
University Beat
4:33 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Ribbon Cutting for Cybersecurity Center Comes as Danger Increases

A display at the Florida Center for Cybersecurity shows just 1% of the millions of worldwide computer hacking efforts going on in near real-time.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

With a seemingly endless number of recent computer data breaches, the need for improved cybersecurity continues to grow. A statewide initiative based out of the University of South Florida is stepping up its efforts to fill that need.

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University Beat
5:48 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Two More Bodies Identified at Dozier School For Boys

USF Researcher Erin Kimmerle, with Det. Greg Thomas of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Credit Daylina Miller / WUSF News

2/21 1:30 p.m. 2nd paragraph corrected to indicate location of possible projectile found in one grave

Two more sets of remains were identified today from the Dozier School for Boys.

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University Beat
9:30 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

USF Tillman Scholar to Appear on Super Bowl Pregame

USF Morsani College of Medicine student and retired U.S. Air Force Captain Ed Woodward appeared on NBC's Today Show Saturday morning. He's also scheduled to appear on the Super Bowl pregame show starting at noon Sunday.
Credit NBC

While the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks prepare to face off in Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, a University of South Florida student who is living out his twin brother's dreams will appear on NBC's pregame show.

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11:11 am
Wed January 28, 2015

USF Under Federal Investigation for Handling of Rape Case

The accuser, a 22-year-old woman who spoke with the Tampa Bay Times this month, said the university failed to properly investigate her case, which she said happened last February when she was still a student. The woman did not report the incident to the police. She said she feared they wouldn't believe her because she was dating the man and also worked with him on campus. However, she reported it to university officials, who conducted an investigation and an appeal, both times finding insufficient evidence.
TAMPA - The University of South Florida is under federal investigation for possibly mishandling a sexual assault case, making it the second Florida school to face scrutiny since the White House created a task force on campus rape last January.