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5:31 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

USF Health Service Corps Helps Students by Helping Migrant Farmworkers

USF Health Service Corps members demonstrate the danger of germs with the "Germ Monster" at the Health Fair Fiesta at Farmworkers Self-Help in Dade City
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

University Beat report on the USF Health Service Corps and its work with Farmworkers Self-Help

When members of USF Health Service Corps help their community, they’re also helping hone their own skills.

The group, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is made up of students from across USF Health, including the Morsani College of Medicine, the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health and the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences.

“The beauty is that the students get to volunteer together, they get to learn from each other, from their faculty preceptors, and from the community," said Service Corps Coordinator Ellen Kent. "They get to see that when they go out there and they’re working out there in the community that they really will be able to learn from each other and they have to work together, they have to learn how to collaborate together, and so they can’t be isolated, they learn that they’re together.”

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University Beat
5:46 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

USF Researcher is One of the 'Brilliant Ten'

USF College of Marine Science biological oceanographer Mya Breitbart in her lab
Amie Blodgett USF News

Mark Schreiner's extended interview with USF College of Marine Science Associate Professor of biological oceanography Mya Breitbart and Dean Jacqueline Dixon

Ground-breaking scientist, mentor to students, role model to young girls -- all by the age of 35.  Such dedication has earned Mya Breitbart a prestigious honor.

Popular Science magazine has named the University of South Florida Associate Professor of biological oceanography as one of its "Brilliant Ten," its annual list of some of the country's brightest young scientific minds.

Like the 110 honorees before them, the members of this year's class are dramatically reshaping their fields--and the future. Some are tackling pragmatic questions, like how to secure the Internet, while others are attacking more abstract ones, like determining the weather on distant exoplanets. The common thread between them is brilliance, of course, but also impact. If the Brilliant Ten are the faces of things to come, the world will be a safer, smarter, and brighter place.--The Editors

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University Beat
2:42 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Raises and Cuts Part of USF's 'New Normal'

President Judy Genshaft makes her Fall Address to the USF System Wednesday afternoon in the Marshall Student Center.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

While staff and faculty at the University of South Florida have $8 million in raises to look forward to, the looming specter of a $12 million budget cutback is casting a pall on the school's outlook.

The two conflicting themes came out of Wednesday, when President Judy Genshaft made her annual Fall Address to the USF System before speaking to the Faculty Senate.

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University Beat
11:59 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Bed Bugs are Back at USF College of Business

Three classrooms in the newer USF College of Business Administration building will be closed until Monday for treatment to rid them of bed bugs
Credit University of South Florida

Bed bugs continue to plague the University of South Florida College of Business, but school officials are hoping they'll have the problem stamped out soon.

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University Beat
12:22 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

USF Business Scholarships Mean More than Money

USF College of Business Dean Moez Limayem speaks at the Business Scholarship luncheon
USF College of Business

This week's University Beat takes us to the recent USF College of Business Scholarship Luncheon, where the recipients of 190 scholarships were honored.

WUSF's Mark Schreiner reports on the USF College of Business Scholarship Luncheon

The scholarships come from a range of donors: families honoring deceased college alumni and faculty, USF graduates looking to "pay it forward," and local corporations and service organizations looking to assist the next generation of Bay area business leaders.

Some honor 'first generation' scholars -- students who are the first in their families to go to college. Others honor participants in college activities like the Corporate Mentor Program, where students receive advice through both workshops and an adviser who works for a Bay area corporation.

One, the John J. Saunders Memorial Fellowship, named for the late owner of the Saunders Advisory Group, a Tampa-based financial services provider, even comes with a reserved parking space!

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University Beat
1:55 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

USF Receives Most $ in Gov.'s Performance Reward Program

Step aside, Seminoles, and get out of the way, Gators. The University of South Florida was the one of the top two schools in Governor Rick Scott's first performance-based fund giveaway to the state's universities.

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University Beat
5:37 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

5 Notes from USFSP's New Boss (Including How to Pronounce Her Name!)

New USF St. Petersburg Regional Chancellor, Dr. Sophia Wisniewska
Credit USF St. Petersburg

WUSF's Mark Schreiner recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Sophia Wisniewska, the new Regional Chancellor for USF Saint Petersburg.

During the interview, Wisniewska, a scholar of Russian language and literature who comes to USFSP after eight years as chancellor of Penn State Brandywine, shared her vision for the future of the second largest campus in the USF System.

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University Beat
8:14 am
Tue September 10, 2013

USF 170th on U.S. News Best University List, 'The U' Top FL School

Front entrance to University of South Florida's Tampa campus
Credit USF Communications & Marketing

U.S. News and World Report's annual list of the country's best national universities is out and, no surprise here, Ivy League schools dominate the top 10.

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University Beat
7:35 am
Tue September 10, 2013

USF Health Investigating Patient Data Breach

USF Health is investigating a breach that exposed the personal information of about 140 patients treated by its doctors at Tampa General Hospital.

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University Beat
11:52 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

USF Business Building Beset by Bed Bugs

A pair of bed bugs were found last week in the USF College of Business Administration building.
Credit University of South Florida

It would seem like an unlikely location for bed bugs, but the University of South Florida's Business Administration building has been hit by the critters. USF student newspaper, The Oracle, reported that a student was bitten in a first floor classroom early last week.

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University Beat
11:02 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

USF Sarasota-Manatee Welcomes First Freshman Class

The first class of USF Sarasota-Manatee freshman pose for a picture
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

For the first time in its almost forty year history, undergraduate freshmen will be attending University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

Until last year, USFSM was an 'upper-division transfer university,' offering two-year baccalaureate degrees, as well as master's degrees. In 2012, the school began accepting sophomores, and this year, the campus is welcoming its inaugural batch of freshmen.

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University Beat
9:45 am
Mon September 2, 2013

University Lecture Series Announces Fall Lineup

USF University Lecture Series 2013-14 fall semester speakers (l-r) Frank Warren, Dolvett Quince and Marlee Matlin
Credit Keppler Speakers (Warren); Greater Talent Network (Quince & Matlin)

Fans of author/artist Frank Warren, The Biggest Loser trainer Dolvett Quince and actress/activist Marlee Matlin will be happy to know that they're the speakers for the fall semester of USF's University Lecture Series.

The student-run organization announced the lineup late last week.

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University Beat
5:39 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

FAMU's 'Marching 100' Returns

The Florida A&M University band performs at halftime Sunday in Orlando during FAMU's season-opening football game against Mississippi Valley State, its first appearance in a football stadium in nearly 22 months after the 2011 hazing death of a drum major.
Credit John Raoux / AP Photo

Nearly two years after a drum major's hazing death silenced the music at Florida A&M football games, the famed Marching 100 band returned to the field Sunday with its familiar booms, drum rattles and other tones for the school's season-opener.

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University Beat
2:12 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

USF Students 'Sit Out' in Peaceful Protest

Students "sit out" in protest of shortened library hours.
Yoselis Ramos

The automated message that blares through the library speakers continuously, 15 minutes to closing, starts going off Thursday night.

"The library is now closed. Please make your way to the first floor main entrance exit. Thank you."

Students starts to gather their things and head for the exit.

This is the first semester since 2010 that University of South Florida students hear this in the middle of the week. The library used to be open 24 hours five days a week. Now it closes at midnight.

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University Beat
5:22 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

'Club Lib’ No More As USF Shortens Library Hours

Students stand around the library on the first day of classes.
Credit Yoselis Ramos

The Library at the USF Tampa campus has become known to students as "Club Lib" because of the late night hours.  Senior biomedical science/political science major Katharine Orr explains the library as the "hub" of campus. "Everyone is here all the time so it is like a club," she said.

Since the 2009-2010 school year, the campus library has been open 24 hours five days a week. But students starting classes today are facing shortened hours at "Club Lib" as the library is closing at midnight those days.

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