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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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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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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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3:42 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

USF Comes Under Fire After Monkey Dies During Research Study


While University of South Florida consider the matter closed, an animal rights group is pushing both university police and federal officials to investigate the death of a rhesus monkey during a research study.

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University Beat
3:37 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Thrasher's Selection 'Doesn't Mean The Fight's Over;' FSU Students To Lobby BoG

Students led by the FSU Progress Coalition and Students for a Democratic Society march toward the Board of Trustees meeting on Sept. 23.

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 9:38 am

Florida State University student groups are hoping to get the state Board of Governors to block the presidential confirmation of state Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine). The groups and several faculty members have protested at every step of the search process this year, at one point leading to the resignation of the school’s original search consultant.

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University Beat
1:55 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Hospitality Management Students Get Hands-on Experience at the Longboat Key Club

Students and faculty from the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership pose with Resort at Longboat Key GM Jeffery Mayers (in dark suit, center left)
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Sometimes the best partnerships are the ones made out of mutual need – take the new arrangement between USF Sarasota-Manatee and the Resort at Longboat Key Club.

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6:45 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Stone Named Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee

Dr. Sandra Stone has been named regional chancellor for USF Sarasota-Manatee
Credit USF Communications & Marketing

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has a new leader.

Dr. Sandra Stone has been named the new regional chancellor, replacing Dr. Arthur Guilford, who retired this past July.

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University Beat
4:09 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

USF to Announce Names of Two More Dozier Remains

Thomas Varnadoe (right) in an undated family photo. Varnadoe died in 1934 at the age of 13 at the Dozier Reform School for Boys.
Credit USF Dept. of Anthropology

University of South Florida researchers will announce Thursday afternoon that they've determined the identities of two more sets of remains buried on the grounds of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.

The Ledger and a release from Senator Bill Nelson's office say that one is Thomas Varnadoe, 13, who died in 1934, a month after arriving at Dozier.

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University Beat
4:51 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

WATCH: USF President Judy Genshaft joins Red Sofa Tour

USF President Judy Genshaft (center) takes a selfie with Ashley Furniture Founder Ron Wanek (left), and Lily Reisman of the American Heart Association
Lucielle Salomon WUSF News

The American Heart Association's Tampa Bay Red Sofa Tour stopped by the University of South Florida to encourage people to take a seat and talk about heart disease.

The campaign is an effort to bring awareness to cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Ashley Furniture Home Store is a sponsor of the campaign and they donated a custom-made red sofa, which will tour around the Tampa Bay area until Oct. 3.

University Beat
6:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

USF Professor Teaches While at Sea

USF geochemist Dr. Jeffrey Ryan talks to his class via video feed from a research vessel in the Pacific Ocean
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Geology 3311, “The Solid Earth,” is a required course for University of South Florida students pursuing an undergraduate degree in geology.

This semester, it’s being taught by Assistant Research Professor, Zachary Atlas.

"This course is really geared towards trying to get them to know minerals, mineral formation, the chemistry of minerals and how all of that comes together to form rocks," Atlas said after a recent class.

It's also being taught by the Chair of the USF School of Geosciences, Dr. Jeffrey Ryan - when they can dial him up.

You see, Ryan is currently halfway across the globe on board a ship in the Pacific Ocean.

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7:42 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Florida's Public Universities Push For More Performance Funding

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 9:06 am

Florida’s public universities will risk more money this year in an effort to convince Florida lawmakers to give them additional funds. The state university system governing board wants the legislature to increase the public university budget by more than $200 million,  half of which would be awarded based on individual schools’ performance.

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4:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

USF Entrepreneurship Program, Graduate Pick Up Honors

USF was ranked the 13th best entrepreneurship education graduate program by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.
Credit USF College of Business

The University of South Florida's efforts to give students the skills they need to start their own businesses continue to gain attention, with both the College of Business and a nonprofit started by a graduate in his dorm room receiving separate national honors this week.

First, the Princeton Review ranked USF's graduate program 13th among the nation's best entrepreneurship education programs.

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10:00 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

With Many Groups Ranking Schools, The University System Governing Board Weighs Which Is Best

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:07 pm

The Florida Board of Governors is weighing how national rankings should impact the state’s public universities. When it comes to evaluating schools, the board agrees metrics should matter, but how much?

Florida’s state university system governing board wants the public universities to climb in the national rankings. But which one? Several groups rank schools. U.S. News and World Report is the most popular,  but there’s also Newsweek, and Kiplinger. The Princeton Review. And none of the outlets ranks the schools the same way. s

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