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It's already been one of the worst flu seasons in recent memory. Now, you can add a late-blooming, but hard-hitting, allergy season to the list of reasons for some Florida residents' sinus miseries.


Florida Gulf Coast University hosted the president of the American Sociological Association last week for a talk on colorblind racism in the Trump era.

RELATED: Author of 'White Racism' Textbook Comes to FGCU

Bill Would Ban University 'Free Speech' Zones

Jan 31, 2018

Free-speech zones would be banned, and state universities and colleges could be sued for disrupting campus speakers or peaceful protesters under a bill approved Tuesday by a House committee.

State higher education officials directed Florida's public universities to hire more mental health counselors to meet growing student demand — and asked a Florida Atlantic University administrator to help them keep track of the progress.

Florida State University President John Thrasher is rolling back portions of a ban on Greek life after the hazing-related death of a student. Fraternities and sororities will now have to meet stricter rules to stay on campus.

AquaMelon

Dez Williams isn't aiming low when it comes to an ultimate goal for his watermelon juice company, AquaMelon.

"We would like to be the Tropicana of watermelon," he said, referring to the orange juice giant.

Ringling College for Art and Design

Ringling College for Art and Design has received a $15 million donation for the world’s first degree in virtual reality.

The gift from husband and wife Dr. Joel Morganroth and Dr. Gail Morrison Morganroth is the largest donation for the Sarasota university in its 86 year history.

University System Board Backs USF Changes

Jan 26, 2018
University of South Florida

The Florida Board of Governors on Thursday unanimously endorsed a proposal to reunify the University of South Florida with two branch campuses in St. Petersburg and Sarasota.

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The University of South Florida Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies and the USF Honors College are hosting a conversation about Brexit – the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.

College students in Florida may soon be able to exercise free speech anywhere on a state campus.

The White Racism sociology course being taught at Florida Gulf Coast University this spring has made national headlines since the announcement of it being offered.

RELATED: 'White Racism' Course Begins at FGCU

The controversy surrounding the subject led many to question the course curriculum, including the required textbooks. The main one, chosen by the class' professor, Dr. Ted Thornhill, is "Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America" by Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva.

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University of South Florida St. Petersburg alum, journalist Eric Eyre, will be returning to St. Pete later this week to give a lecture.

During the free public event, titled “Sustained Outrage,” Eyre will be discussing his Pulitzer Prize-winning reports on the opioid epidemic in West Virginia.

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When a who’s who of music packs Madison Square Garden for the 60th Grammy Awards Sunday, sitting alongside stars like Jay Z and Bruno Mars will be Tampa’s own Chuck Owen.

The University of South Florida Distinguished Professor of Jazz Studies is nominated for four honors for Whispers on the Wind, his 2017 album with his band, the Jazz Surge.

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Tucked away in a higher education bill moving through the Florida House is a modification that would phase out separate accreditation at two University of South Florida campuses.

University of South Florida

A bill under consideration by the Florida House would shake the very foundation of the University of South Florida by revoking the separate accreditations of its St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee campuses.

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Scientists say that climate change is having an effect on the levels of the world’s oceans.

But it’s also apparently affecting the oxygen levels throughout the oceans, as well as our coastal waters including the Gulf of Mexico.

Companies that make interns into employees could get tax credits under a legislative proposal. The Internship Tax Credit Program will help degree-seeking students receive a job after college.  

Florida Gulf Coast University began its spring semester this week, but for some students today, that meant wading through a sea of reporters and officers just to get into their classroom. 

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The University of South Florida is facing an issue that’s not just a problem for colleges, but large corporations and government agencies as well – how to improve the diversity of who they do business with.

To help address the issue, USF is improving its Supplier Diversity program, which monitors who the university gets goods and services from, as well as who it signs construction contracts with.

South Florida’s community college presidents are fighting a legislative proposal they argue would especially hurt low-income people and minorities — who make up the majority of their student bodies.

The leaders of Miami Dade College, Broward College and Palm Beach State College — whose schools enroll about half of all community college students in Florida — are teaming up to oppose Senate Bill 540, a chief priority of Republican Senate President Joe Negron.

Florida Lawmakers Look To Make College Even Cheaper

Jan 1, 2018

For Florida residents, attending a state university or college is a bargain.

Outback Bowl

Tampa Bay businesses will be laying out the welcome mat for fans arriving ahead of the 2018 Outback Bowl on New Year's Day.

Economists say college football's bowl season is a boon to host cities.

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Last week we shined a light on the historic neighborhood Progress Village and this week on Florida Matters its story continues.

In the second half of our special two-part series Telling Tampa Bay Stories: Progress Village we hear more residents of Tampa's first affordable housing suburb share their memories growing up there, and talk about how the neighborhood has changed.


USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy

In October, primetime television fans and local philanthropy leaders alike were treated to an inspirational speech from actress Grace Byers, who has roots in the Tampa Bay area.

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A former University of South Florida administrator is returning to lead the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.

Karen Holbrook was introduced at Thursday’s USF Board of Trustees meeting as the new regional chancellor. She will start as leader of the 2,000-student campus on Jan. 2, 2018.

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The University of South Florida System Board of Trustees on Thursday awarded President Judy Genshaft a  $263,175 performance bonus.

On this podcast with Florida Matters host Robin Sussingham, WUSF News Director Mary Shedden and Florida Matters Producer Stephanie Colombini, hear more about the pioneering families of Tampa's Progress Village, and why the sense of community was so strong in that neighborhood. We ask whether the Progress Village elders have a lesson for us in how to build the bonds of community.

A bill funding a unique facility to help solve cold cases is starting to move forward in the Florida House.

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Progress Village was Tampa's first affordable housing suburb, and this week on Florida Matters we'll hear its story.


More than 500,000 motorcycles and mopeds are registered in the state of Florida. They’re a common vehicle for college students. They’re relatively inexpensive and an easy way to get around town. But some are questioning if they are safe.

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