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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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11:31 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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