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9:54 am
Sun November 16, 2014

FSU President Thrasher Starts Mending Fences During First Week

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 5:14 pm

Former State Senator John Thrasher assumed his new role as President of Florida State University this week.  Thrasher says running a university is far different from running the legislature, and all of his actions are being scrutinized.

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11:31 am
Fri November 14, 2014

USF Close to Buying St. Pete Property from Poynter

The Poynter Institute, as seen from the USF St. Petersburg campus.
Credit USF St. Petersburg

The University of South Florida Saint Petersburg continues its expansion plans. USF System officials have signed a non-binding letter of intent to buy nearly four acres of land from the Poynter Institute for $6.2 million.

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University Beat
12:43 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Cybersecurity the Focus of USF Conference

Former U.S. Dir. of National Intelligence Mike McConnell speaks at a conference at USF presented by the Florida Center for Cybersecurity.
Credit Aimee Blodgett / USF Communications and Marketing

When you ask former United States Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell what he thinks about the internet and information technology, he summons the words of Richard Danzig.

Danzig, who served as U.S. Secretary of the Navy from 1998 to 2001, once compared the internet to "a diet of poisoned fruit."

"This is delicious for us, it makes us more productive, more effective, improves our standard of living, we can communicate in our business," McConnell said. "But the downside of this wonderful, delicious product is it is poison, because the benefits exist, but it also introduces a level of vulnerability that someone can use that to your detriment."

McConnell shared his thoughts at a recent conference at the University of South Florida presented by the Florida Center for Cybersecurity, which is also known as FC2.

The state-funded center, which is based at USF, brings together experts from a dozen state schools to help Florida become a national leader in cybersecurity efforts.

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University Beat
12:06 pm
Sat November 8, 2014

Ringling College To Build Soundstage And Production Complex

Ringling College of Art and Design campus in Sarasota.

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 11:26 am

Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota is getting serious about its film program.

The school, which was recently named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25 film schools, will build a 3,000 square foot professional soundstage and post-production studio.

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University Beat
11:52 am
Thu October 30, 2014

USF Downtown Tampa Med School 'Bigger Than Baseball'

The USF medical school is planned for Meridian Avenue at Channelside Drive in downtown Tampa
USF Health

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 11:16 am

A new University of South Florida medical school planned for downtown Tampa could be "bigger than baseball," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told a group of USF trustees today.

Buckhorn was referring to the possibility that the Tampa Bay Rays could eventually move from Tropicana Field to another field of dreams on an empty lot in downtown Tampa.

He spoke during a meeting of the USF Board of Trustees Health Workgroup at USF's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), which would be a gallstone's throw from the new complex.

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University Beat
5:00 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Gay Marriage, LGBT Issues to be Discussed at USF Thursday

USF will host "Gay Landslide: Victories for Human Rights" Thursday night at 5:30 in the Alumni Center on the Tampa campus.
Credit USF Library

A University of South Florida graduate who was one of the lawyers in a ground-breaking gay and lesbian rights case will speak at his alma mater Thursday night.

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University Beat
1:51 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Name Change for USF Muma College of Business Signals A Push Forward

USF College of Business Dean Moez Limayem with a 'thank you' card for Les & Pam Muma (center, seated) at the College renaming ceremony October 10th.
Aimee Blodgett USF Communications and Marketing

In a five week period between early September and mid-October, the University of South Florida system saw its two Colleges of Business undergo monumental changes.

While the USF Saint Petersburg Kate Tiedemann College of Business took a new name and broke ground on a new building - things we'll discuss on next week's University Beat - the College of Business on the Tampa campus also has a new name.

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University Beat
12:41 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

USF Authors Among Those Appearing at Festival of Reading

Credit Tampa Bay Times

More than a half dozen authors with ties to the University of South Florida will appear alongside such literary heavyweights as R.L. Stine and Carl Hiaasen at the 22nd Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading this Saturday at the USF Saint Petersburg campus.

The list ranges from current faculty members like Jonathan Rottenberg (hear an interview with him here) to former faculty like St. Petersburg poet laureate Peter Meinke to USF graduate and "Daily Show" correspondent Aasif Mandvi. You can see a full schedule of speakers here.


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University Beat
5:21 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

USF Cancels African Journalists Visit; Ebola Fears Blamed

African journalists from the 2010 Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists pose along the USF St. Pete waterfront

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:21 am

Officials at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg have canceled a five-day visit by 14 African journalists that was to begin Oct. 31, because of fears of the Ebola virus.

In a letter today written by Han Reichgelt, regional vice president for academic affairs (see below), he says they're doing so out of an abundance of caution.

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University Beat
5:29 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Vinik Offers Downtown Tampa Land to USF

Architects' rendering of proposed USF Morsani College of Medicine

WUSF has learned that Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has offered about an acre of land in downtown Tampa to the University of South Florida to build both the USF Morsani College of Medicine and the USF Health Heart Institute.

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University Beat
6:05 am
Wed October 15, 2014

FSU Trustees To Discuss $430,000 Contract For Thrasher

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 6:10 pm

Florida State University is expected to pay its incoming President John Thrasher $430,000 a year. A draft of the proposed contract has Thrasher starting his new job November 10.

The Florida State University Board of Trustees will meet Monday in a conference call to talk about the proposed employment contract with state Senator John Thrasher. He’s expected to be reelected. He says he will step down after the election as long as the university system governing board approves his appointment to the FSU job.

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University Beat
7:36 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

USF St. Pete Breaks Ground on New College of Business

Officials from USF St. Petersburg break ground on the new USFSP Kate Tiedemann College of Business.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Last week, the University of South Florida unveiled a new name for its USF Muma College of Business.

Tuesday, USF St. Petersburg's Kate Tiedemann College of Business got in on the action by breaking ground on a new building.

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University Beat
12:10 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Mumas Make Mark with $25 Million Gift to USF College of Business

Pam and Les Muma are donating $25 million to the USF College of Business, the largest single gift in USF history. The gift brings the total they've donated to USF to $41 million.
Credit USF Unstoppable

In what they call a "visible thank you" to the school that helped them become successful, local businessman Les Muma and his wife, Pam, have donated $25 million to the University of South Florida College of Business - the largest single gift in USF's history.

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7:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

State to USF: Pick Med School Site to Receive $

Architects' rendering of proposed USF Morsani College of Medicine

If the University of South Florida wants more state money to build a new medical school, they first need to decide where they want to build it.

That was the caveat laid down by the Florida Board of Governors' faculty committee at a meeting in Jupiter Wednesday.

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University Beat
5:21 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

USF Health Unveils 'Pharmacy of the Future'

The new USF Health Pharmacy Plus
Eric Younghans USF Health Office of Communications

Right now, medicine’s future might just be sitting behind a curtain on the first floor of the Morsani Center for Advanced Health Care on the University of South Florida Tampa campus.

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