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1:47 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Fourth Woman Attacked on University of Florida Campus

University of Florida campus police released surveillance video Monday showing a possible suspect in a string of campus assaults.
Credit University of Florida Police

Four separate but similar attacks on women on or around the University of Florida campus over the past nine days has the school on edge and police searching for a man they believe is responsible for all of them.

The most recent attack happened Sunday evening, just before 9 p.m., when a man tackled a woman walking on campus. The victim, a 20-year-old, kicked the suspect in the groin before he ran away.

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University Beat
4:43 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

What Happened to USF's Drones?

A demonstration of one of two aerial drones the USF Library would like to lend to students - once issues with the federal government are ironed out.
Credit USF Oracle/ Courtesy Eileen Thornton, USF Library

Earlier this year, the University of South Florida Library bought two remote-controlled aerial drones for $1,500 apiece, with plans to lend them to students working on class projects.

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University Beat
1:41 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Books Out, Digital In with USF Library Renovations

A student studies in the newly renovated Learning Commons on the second floor of the USF Library.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Two days before the fall semester recently started at the University of South Florida, William Garrison was walking through the main Library on the Tampa campus.

As the Dean of USF Libraries, Garrison was nervous about the $1.5 million renovation project that had been done over the summer. Then two students walked past him.

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University Beat
1:00 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

USF St. Pete Receives $10 Million Gift, Will Rename College of Business

Pinellas County entrepreneur Kate Tiedemann donated $10 million to USF St. Petersburg, which will rename its College of Business after her.
Credit USF St. Petersburg

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg is naming its College of Business after a Pinellas County entrepreneur who came to America on a steamship and worked her way up to starting her own internationally-known company.

The USF System Board of Trustees approved the new name - the USFSP Kate Tiedemann College of Business - at its meeting Thursday.

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University Beat
9:35 am
Thu September 4, 2014

FSU Interim President Stokes Wants Permanent Job

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 1:11 pm

Florida State University’s presidential search committee will meet Friday to whittle down a list of candidates for the school’s top job. Nearly 40 names includes the school’s interim president, who is looking to make her post permanent.

Florida State University’s former President Eric Barron recruited Stokes. She served as provost and when Barron left earlier this year to head Penn State University, Stokes took over as interim president. She says others encouraged her to apply for the job before she made the decision to jump into the fray.

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University Beat
7:45 am
Thu August 28, 2014

USF Unveils Dr. of Business Administration Degree

USF College of Business
Credit University of South Florida

The University of South Florida College of Business is adding to its Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Executive MBA programs with a degree that focuses on a combination of  researching business practices and putting them into use - the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA).

While DBA degrees are popular in Europe, they are gaining traction in the United States. Speaking to WUSF's University Beat, program director Grandon Gill said it's actually a return to the way things once were.

"It (the DBA) was the original degree for business professors - before (they) started getting PhDs, they got DBAs. But it's a multi-disciplinary degree that tends to span across all the functions instead of being highly specialized," Gill said.

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University Beat
3:24 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

USF Student, Palestinians Share the Healing Power of Dance

Dancers from Sareyyet Ramallah perform "Barriers," a piece that highlights the differences
Dwight Scheuneman

In times of strife, people try to find comfort any way they can—and sometimes, it's in art.

The power of dance was on display for a group of Palestinians in the West Bank recently, and they had a University of South Florida St. Petersburg student to thank for that.

Dwayne Scheuneman, 45, is a senior studying education. The retired U.S. Navy veteran was left a paraplegic after suffering a spinal cord injury in a diving accident almost two decades ago.

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University Beat
3:22 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Books, Ancient Stones & A Picasso, Oh My! USF Librarians Show Off 'Favorite Things'

A rare scale model of the Picasso statute planned for the USF campus in the 1970s.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

When I asked Matt Knight, the Coordinator of the University of South Florida Library Special and Digital Collections, how many pieces are held in the archives of the USF Tampa Library – I mean, individual pieces: every book, every oral history, every single piece of minutiae in the dozens of separate, smaller compilations, I got this reply:

"Boy, I wish you didn’t ask me that question - I am not sure, I mean, it’s just…" he said, his voice tailing off with an exasperated sigh.

That’s because the total is most likely in the hundreds of thousands, if not the low seven figures.

So Knight and his fellow Special Collections Librarians Andy Huse and Melanie Griffin really had their work cut out for them when they had to pick just some of those items to put on display for the public at a recent event called “A Few of Our Favorite Things.”

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University Beat
11:24 am
Fri August 8, 2014

USF Plans for Summer Commencement

USF Tampa held graduation ceremonies at the USF Sun Dome in May 2014. A similar crowd is expected at a pair of ceremonies Saturday.
Credit GradImages

Almost 2,800 students at the University of South Florida will wrap up the summer semester the best way possible Saturday - by graduating!

Over 1,600 of the students are expected to receive their diplomas during USF's 103rd Commencement Convocation. According to the university, a pair of ceremonies will be held at the USF Sun Dome on the Tampa campus.

9:00 a.m. ceremony will recognize graduates from:

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University Beat
8:14 am
Fri August 8, 2014

First of Boys Buried at Dozier Identified

Pool/Edmund D. Fountain Tampa Bay Times

  It's taken University of South Florida researchers more than three years to provide one family with an answer they've been looking for, for more than 70 years.

The researchers uncovered remains from 55 unmarked graves on the grounds of the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna last year.  DNA testing has identified one set as belonging to George Owen Smith, who's believed to have died at age 14 -- shortly after being sent to the Florida Panhandle school in 1940.

USF Anthropologist Christian Wells says Smith was the first body found, but was in the worst shape.

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University Beat
8:00 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Tales from the Border: USF Professor Visits Texas & Mexico

Migrants ride trains known as "La Bestia," or "the Beast," through Mexico to reach the U.S. border.
Credit John Moore / Getty Images/courtesy NPR

If things had gone as planned, USF Department of Anthropology Associate Professor Heide Castañeda would have spent the last two months in Texas and Mexico on a pair of research projects. She was going to talk to "mixed status" families on both sides of the border - families who have both legal and undocumented immigrants living in the United States - as well as meet with immigrants returning to Mexico.

Instead, she arrived just as the world's attention turned to the increasing number of Central American migrants fleeing their homes for what they thought was the promised land of the U.S.

Castañeda talked to University Beat on WUSF 89.7 about her visits to Sinaloa, Mexico, and McAllen, Texas, and what she saw there.

Here are some highlights from that interview:

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University Beat
1:58 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Florida Colleges Make Princeton Review Rankings

The Princeton Review's new book, The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition, ranks schools in 62 different categories.
Credit Random House

Alcohol is apparently pretty popular at the University of Florida, students at New College are active in politics but not so much in sports, and studying isn't necessarily a priority at some Florida universities.

Those are just some of the conclusions that one might draw looking over the Princeton Review's new book, The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 edition.

Schools are ranked in 62 categories, ranging from best financial aid and best party school to colleges with the worst libraries and least politically active students. The rankings are based on surveys of 130,000 students at the 379 schools (read more about the rankings here).

While the University of South Florida didn't place in the top 20 of any of those categories, its overall performance was enough to make Princeton Review's list of the Best 379 Colleges.

Four Florida schools posted second place finishes in a variety of categories, the best performances of state schools.

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University Beat
9:45 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Meet the New Boss of USF Health

Dr. Charles Lockwood, the USF Health Senior Vice President and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine, shared a number of thoughts with WUSF's University Beat.
Credit USF Health

Since becoming the new senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine in early May, Dr. Charles Lockwood has sat down with every department he oversees at the University of South Florida.

The former Dean of the Ohio State University's College of Medicine is plotting a course for one of USF's flagship divisions as he takes over from Dr. Stephen Klasko, who led USF Health for nine years before leaving last June to become the president of Thomas Jefferson University and president/CEO of the Jefferson University Hospital System.

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4:02 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

USF Special Collections Shows Off 'Favorite Things'

1 of only 2 wooden scale models of a sculpture Picasso was going to create for the USF Tampa campus in the 1970s. The model will be on display at a USF Tampa Library Special Collections event Thursday.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

They're not raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, but the staff of USF Tampa Library's Special Collections is putting a few of their favorite things on display for the public for one day only.

According to Special Collections' librarian Andy Huse, the event, A Few of Our Favorite Things (Thursday, July 17 from 1-3 p.m.), allows he and his colleagues on the library's fourth floor to show off some of the most interesting objects, ranging from centuries-old spiritual texts and rare maps to Babylonian clay tablets and Victorian-era novels.

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4:25 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

1Apple Grocery an Oasis in a 'Food Desert'

1Apple offers what co-founder Hector Angus calls "fresh fast food" -- organic fruits and vegetables direct from local farmers' markets.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

You know the saying about an apple a day keeping the doctor away. Now two USF students are hoping that “one apple” might help keep an entire neighborhood healthy.

Hector Angus and Andrea Little have opened 1Apple Grocery in Plant City, in part to provide relief in a so-called “food desert.”

"A food desert is an area where the residents don’t have access to fresh fruits, or nutritious foods," said Angus, who's pursuing his bachelor's degree in information technology with a minor in business.

"So that’s one of the problems that we’re trying to tackle with 1Apple is being able to provide the fresh produce for the families," added Little, who just completed her third year of medical school.

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