University Beat

University Beat is a radio and television program that focuses on the research and work at the University of South Florida and how it benefits the Tampa Bay area, Florida, and the world around us.

Each week, reporter Mark Schreiner looks at the latest USF efforts in medicine, engineering, education, arts and sciences and explores other programs that reach out to both students and the community.

Jeff Scolaro / WUSF TV

Until recently, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s offerings for student veterans were limited to say the least.

According to Milton White, it was basically him – a single Student Services employee – along with a table outside his office covered with pamphlets. A good portion of the time, he’d have to send student vets to the Tampa campus for assistance.

He said that’s not the ideal way to help someone transitioning from one important chapter of their life to another.

While the Florida Legislature debates allowing concealed weapons on college and university campuses, the State University System's Board of Governors is asking for $20 million to increase the number of school police officers and student counseling centers. The Tampa Bay Times reports that "at one point this fall, the waiting list for a student seeking help at the University of South Florida's counseling center in Tampa was three weeks, or a quarter of a semester."

USF St. Petersburg

UPDATED 3:30 PM 11/12/15 - Updated with interview with USF St. Petersburg Special Collections Librarian Jim Schnur

Fifty years ago, a state investigative committee shut down after years of work that threatened Florida's college system, including a then-fledgling University of South Florida.

University of South Florida

UPDATED 11/7/15 10 A.M. with video of President Genshaft's statement on the Board of Governor's approval of the USF housing village

By this time in 2018,  the University of South Florida's fifty-plus year old Andros housing complex will be no more.

In its place will stand a brand new housing village, complete with retail spaces, outdoor pool and fitness center, a dining facility and more than 2,000 student beds.

USF St. Petersburg

The Student Success Center at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg now bears the name of board member and long-time USF supporter Debbie Sembler.

USF Athletics

A University of South Florida football player has been arrested and suspended from the team for allegedly  shooting the exterior of a campus residence hall early Sunday morning.

University Police released a statement saying that Benjamin Knox, 21, of DeLand, allegedly fired a number of gunshots that hit Holly D residence hall on the Tampa campus about 4 a.m. Sunday.

No one was injured in the shooting, and the dormitory sustained some damage. 

Aaron Yost / Roseburg News-Review via AP

With recent shootings on college campuses in Oregon and Arizona, Tallahassee Community College president Jim Murdaugh has received plenty of questions from staff and students about Florida's plan

Fisher Architects / USF Board of Trustees

Shopping may soon be a pleasure for the almost 60,000 University of South Florida students, faculty and staff who would be able to stop at a Publix Supermarket proposed for the school's Tampa campus.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

What does it take to get a world renowned scientist to channel his inner "Wayne Campbell" from the 1990's comedy sketch, "Wayne's World?"

In Dr. Paul Sanberg's case, it's being chosen for induction into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

USF Health

The University of South Florida has already received $17 million from state lawmakers for a new building that would house its medical school and heart health institute in downtown Tampa. 

Now comes word that university officials are going to seek an additional $22.5 million for the project in the next fiscal year - money they say they likely can't finance the project without.

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Classes are underway at Florida Polytechnic University. It's the second academic year for the state's newest university -- a STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math college -- and  the  campus is growing quickly.

Takei - AP Photo, Omalu - PBS, Mitte and Cox - USF University Lecture Series

Hollywood's George Takei and Laverne Cox, authors Tom Shroder and Andrei Codrescu, and concussion expert Dr. Bennet Omalu are among those taking part in a number of speakers series across the three campuses of the University of South Florida System.

Tampa Police Dept.

UPDATED AT 9/10 12:30 AM with details on arrest of suspect and Judy Genshaft's comments.
Tampa Police announced that a 23-year-old man is being charged in an incident that left former University of South Florida football player Elkino Watson dead and current USF student Desmond Horne injured. 

Randolph Graham, 23, turned himself in at Tampa Police headquarters Wednesday night. Graham, who was joined by his lawyer, will be charged with second-degree murder with a weapon and attempted murder with a weapon, police said.

USF St. Petersburg

Like many colleges around the country, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg community appreciates its beer.

But the passion for hops and barley doesn’t fall into the tailgate party category. An academic tie to science students and a growing internship program with local craft brewers led the school to create a commemorative libation for its golden anniversary.

In response to the weekend stabbing death of former player Elkino Watson, University of South Florida football coach Willie Taggart made Ybor City off-limits to his players Monday.

The Oracle

A Tampa teenager who posted what law enforcement officials called "vague and nonspecific anonymous threats" against the University of South Florida on a social media site Sunday night will not face charges.

According to the University Police Department, Antonie Romel Taylor, 18, lives near USF but is not a student at the school.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

During his time at the University of South Florida, Ismet Handžic earned both a master’s degree and a doctorate in mechanical engineering.

But instead of leaving the university and taking his ideas to the corporate world, he joined Moterum, one of the almost fifty startup companies based in the USF Office of Technology Transfer. (see the list of startups here)

Working with principal investigator Kyle Reed and mentor David Huizenga, they are bringing one of those concepts– an adapter for crutches – to the marketplace.

Aimee Blodgett / USF

John F. Germany was remembered by a crowd of about 600 people at his funeral at St. John's Episcopal Church in Tampa Saturday.

The lawyer, judge and co-founder of the University of South Florida died last Wednesday at the age of 92.

The day before his funeral, university officials announced that the school had renamed a park just south of the USF Library as the "John F. Germany Legacy Park."

Caridad Jimenez

USF student Barbara "Barbie" Jimenez returned to Tampa Friday afternoon, where she was reportedly able to walk from a medical transport plane to an ambulance.

The 22-year-old senior was taken from the International Jet Center to Tampa General Hospital, where she will continue recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident in Cuba in early August.

Jimenez and her family didn't say anything reporters Friday, but they said she would speak in the coming days.

Aimee Blodgett / USF

The start of a new school year brings yet another multi-million dollar donation to the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business.

However, this time it’s not a school in the College that’s being renamed, but an entire set of programs that are considered key to student success.

Barron "Barry" Gift Collier III and his wife, Dana, are giving his alma mater $10.85 million to start the Collier Student Success Center.