University Beat

University Beat
7:00 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Five Years On, USF Researchers Revisit Gulf Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon burns after the wellcap blew out April 20, 2010
C-IMAGE Consortium

On April 20, 2010, a wellhead a mile below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing 11 workers aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil platform.

In the subsequent leak, more than 200 million gallons of oil spilled out. On the Gulf’s surface, the oil covered up to 68-thousand square miles – an area roughly equal to the size of Florida.

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University Beat
3:08 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Bill Nye Draws Huge Crowd, USF Draws Student Criticism

The line of USF students early Tuesday afternoon waiting for Bill Nye the Science Guy's lecture already stretched down a Marshall Student Center stairwell.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

For the 1,100 people who got into the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center Ballroom to see Bill Nye the Science Guy in person Tuesday night, the hours spent waiting in line were worth it.

However, for some of the 600 other students who had to watch a simulcast of the lecture in the nearby Oval Theater - or those who walked away in disgust before Nye began speaking - the whole experience was like an experiment gone wrong.

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University Beat
5:35 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Student Group Inspired by Jane Goodall Needs 'Green Thumbs'

Students in the USF Roots & Shoots program (top row), including Karena Nguyen (2nd from left), help Pizzo Elementary students with their science projects.
Credit USF Roots & Shoots

A new USF student organization, inspired by legendary anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall, is trying to introduce local elementary school students to science - and they could use your help.

The "Roots and Shoots" program was created by Goodall and a dozen students in Tanzania in 1991. Since then, the organization, which takes on environmental issues, has grown to more than 150-thousand members worldwide.

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University Beat
4:47 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

USF Students Line Up for Bill Nye

The first of at least 200 students in line for Bill Nye the Science Guy's speech at USF Tuesday night.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

When Kayla McCarthy and Robert Busic arrived at 11 p.m. Monday to line up to see Bill Nye speak tonight at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center, they found they were the first ones there.

"It paid off," McCarthy, a senior cellular molecular biology major, said this afternoon as they sat outside the ballroom where "The Science Guy" is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. 

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University Beat
12:22 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Answering the Questions the USF School of Mass Comm Renaming Raises

USF trustee and advertising executive Jordan Zimmerman speaks at the renaming ceremony for the USF Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

For the fourth time since last September, the University of South Florida has renamed one of its schools after receiving a gift of at least ten million dollars. But unlike the last three, this time it’s not a business school, but the School of Mass Communications that’s being "rebranded."

The new Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications is named after USF trustee, advertising executive Jordan Zimmerman, who in March donated $10 million to his alma mater.

"There’s no better time than today to make the gift towards education, make the gift to give back to others, make the gift of forward education and make the gift to build the number one advertising communications school in the world," he said at a celebration outside the school.

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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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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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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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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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University Beat
10:09 am
Mon March 9, 2015

$10 Million Gift from Grad Gives USF School of Mass Communications New Name

USF trustee and advertising executive Jordan Zimmerman donated $10 million to the newly named USF School of Advertising and Mass Communications.
Credit USF

It's yet another multimillion dollar donation and corresponding name change for a University of South Florida school. But this one's a little bit different.

The amount of the donation -- $10 million -- is the same as two of the three previous gifts, and the giver is a USF graduate, also like two of the previous donors. This time, however, the recipient isn't a USF business school.

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University Beat
5:45 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

USF School of Accountancy Receives $10 Million from Successful Graduate

Lynn Pippenger (center, in purple) poses with USF executives and officials and students from the USF Muma College of Business at a recent ceremony announcing her $10 million donation to the School of Accountancy.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

For the third time in six months, a University of South Florida business school is changing its name thanks to a multi-million dollar donation.

This time, it’s the USF Muma College of Business Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy, which now bears the name of a retired Raymond James executive and USF graduate who recently gave $10 million to the school.

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University Beat
7:07 am
Fri March 6, 2015

New Housing Village in Tampa, Land Purchase in St. Pete Among Latest USF Plans

The Andros student housing complex on USF's Tampa campus is slated to be replaced with a private-public financed student housing village.
Credit Facebook

Now that the Florida Board of Governors has moved the University of South Florida's request for $57 million for a new downtown Tampa medical school over to state legislators and Governor Rick Scott, the university is looking at other expansion priorities.

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University Beat
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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