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4:50 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Nearly 4,500 Degrees Awarded at USF This Weekend

USF commencement ceremony from May 2014 in the Sun Dome on the Tampa campus.
Credit GradImages

The fall semester is coming to a close at the University of South Florida with almost 4,500 degrees scheduled to be awarded at half a dozen commencement ceremonies this weekend.

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11:30 am
Tue December 9, 2014

USF President Genshaft Receives Bonus

USF System President Judy Genshaft delivers her Fall Address in September 2014.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

UPDATED 12/9 11:30 a.m.:
Some information in the original post about the pay of other state university presidents was incorrect and has been removed.

Relocating the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine to Jeff Vinik's proposed redevelopment zone in downtown Tampa wasn't the only big story to come out of last week's USF Board of Trustees Meeting.

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8:05 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Betty Castor to Lead Fulbright Scholarship Board

Former USF President Betty Castor and Sam Bell
Credit USF

Former University of South Florida President Betty Castor has been elected chair of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

The Tampa Tribune reports Castor will supervise the State Department's international exchange program, which gives out around 1,700 Fulbright Scholarships a year.

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University Beat
8:00 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Squirrel Causes Power Outage at USF...Again

At least the Facebook page "The Squirrels of USF" found some humor in Friday's squirrel-caused power outage on the Tampa campus.

Update at 8:00 p.m. December 5:

Power was finally restored to all areas of the USF Tampa campus shortly after 7 p.m.

Update at 6:20 p.m. December 5:

Tampa Electric reported that power was restored to all customers shortly after 6 p.m., but Adam Freeman from USF Communications & Marketing tells WUSF portions of the Tampa campus remain in the dark.

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University Beat
7:00 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

USF Trustees Approve Downtown Tampa Med School

At far right is the proposed downtown location of the USF Morsani College of Medicine. CAMLS is in the center; Tampa General Hospital is on the left
USF Health

Updated at 7:00 p.m. with sound & President Genshaft's letter

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University Beat
6:51 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Fundraising At FAMU Increases As Faculty Demand Pay Raises

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 2:50 pm

Florida A&M University is seeing a spike in fundraising revenue. 

The university is more than halfway to its goal for the current fiscal year, and the money comes as the school weighs salary increases for its faculty.

FAMU has raised $2.8 million since President Elmira Mangum arrived on the job in April. That's in addition to another $20 million in the form of research funding. The school set a $5.5 million fundraising goal and as Magnum says, most of the donors have been alumni.

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4:35 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Read USF President Genshaft's Letter on Downtown Med School

File photo of USF System President Judy Genshaft
Credit University of South Florida

University of South Florida System President, Dr. Judy Genshaft, sent a letter to USF staff, faculty and students Thursday regarding the Board of Trustees' vote to approve a new downtown Tampa facility for the USF Morsani College of Medicine and the USF Health Heart Institute:

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11:31 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Squirrel Causes Power Outage at USF

This is NOT the squirrel that caused the power outage on and around the USF Tampa campus Thursday morning.

A power outage Thursday morning inconvenienced some on the USF Tampa campus.

Power for around 70% of the campus went off around 9:30 a.m. A TECO spokesman said a squirrel in a power substation was responsible for the outage, which interrupted students' preparations for finals next week. 

Power was restored within an hour of the outage.

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10:16 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Meet the New Boss of USF Sarasota-Manatee

New USF Sarasota-Manatee regional chancellor, Dr. Sandra Stone
Credit USF Sarasota-Manatee

At the beginning of November, Dr. Sandra Stone officially became regional chancellor for the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee - and she's hitting the ground running.

Stone, 59, had most recently served as vice president for academic affairs at Dalton State College in Georgia.

With USFSM's second freshman class almost done with their first semester of college and the school's 40th anniversary coming up next year, Stone sat down for an extended interview for University Beat, which you can hear by clicking on the link below.

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7:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

'Murph the Surf' Shares Story of Redemption with USF Students

Jack "Murph the Surf" Murphy talks to USF criminology students
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Watching Jack "Murph the Surf" Murphy talk to a University of South Florida criminology class, two things are apparent: the man is incredibly charming and he makes sure he knows his audience.

"Some of you don't know who I am," he said, pausing to flash a smile. "Ask your grandma!"

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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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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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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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9:24 am
Fri November 7, 2014

New Chiefs for UF, FSU Confirmed

W Kent Fuchs

Florida's two best-known universities — fiercely competitive on the athletic field and among their alumni — are each getting new presidents that vary significantly in their background and experience.

The state board that oversees Florida's state university system on Thursday officially confirmed the selections for the University of Florida and Florida State University. The Board of Governors approved the hires while meeting on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

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