University Beat

Eric Younghans / USF Health

Two leaders of Florida medical schools, including USF's Dr. Stephen Klasko, are among the four finalists to be the next chancellor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Katy Hennig / USF News

UPDATED at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 29th:
1. WTSP reports USF researchers met with state officials, representatives from Sen. Bill Nelson's office and family members of "White House Boys" Tuesday afternoon.

USF officials issued a statement following the meeting:

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

While over 6,000 students around the USF System received their diplomas earlier this month, four students stood out as the first graduates in the brand new major of Behavioral Healthcare.

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While USF's Board of Trustees has identified 17 degree programs it suggests the university system should drop, the news may not actually be that bad, as 15 of them are from the now-defunct USF Polytechnic in Lakeland.

When Florida Governor Rick Scott signs the state budget into law on Monday, he's expected to use his veto pen on a number of items, including a proposed 3 percent tuition hike for the state's public universities and colleges. The increase could have raised as much as $50 million for the schools.

Katy Hennig / USF News

(UPDATED with correct location)

A pair of USF graduates are rowing for a record -- and a charity that lets people with disabilities interact with horses -- in downtown Tampa today. 

Matt and Shannon Casey plan to row 26.2 -- not miles, the length of a marathon -- but HOURS.  They started at 11 a.m. Wednesday and plan to keep going until 1:12  p.m. Thursday.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education has compiled its list of the highest paid public university presidents for fiscal 2011-12, and the University of Florida's Bernie Machen is again the top earner in Florida.

The head Gator placed 9th among the 214 public university presidents ranked, with a total compensation package of $834,562. About 62 percent of that came from his base salary, the rest from a combination of bonuses, allowances and other compensation.

USF System President Judy Genshaft came in 22nd with a total compensation package of $685,429. Almost 70 percent of that total was in base pay ($470,000).

Ryan Dillow / WUSF

Last summer, USF Pre-College made its debut as the first comprehensive summer college preparation program created by USF and led by university faculty.

Around 200 high school juniors and seniors-to-be took part in one of seven different courses, with the hope of getting ready for the next step in their education.

Now, it’s coming back bigger than ever. Kathy Barnes, the director of USF Pre-College, says last year’s success has led to the expansion of the program, which plans on taking in 240 students across nine courses in this summer’s session.

Ryan Dillow / WUSF 89.7 News

Give Reuben Pressman and Hunter Payne enough rope and they'll put up a swing for you, pretty much anywhere you want - and some places you never even thought of!

But now the pair of students behind Swings Tampa Bay need some help from the public - they're literally running out of rope just as they're planning to take their show on the road.

Students with Diabetes

For most students, starting college is a big enough challenge. But for some young people, the transition is made even more difficult by the fact that they’re diabetic.

Students with Diabetes is an organization that started at USF Health and has since spread to more than 30 chapters on other college campuses and locations, along with members on about 100 campuses.

Students with Diabetes’ creator, Miss America 1999, USF graduate Nicole Johnson, says the group serves as a support community for 18 to 30 year old diabetics and their loved ones.

The USF Bulls softball team will begin their attempt to return to the Women's College World Series Friday, when they take on Georgia Southern in a regional game in Gainesville. The Bulls won their first Big East tournament title on Saturday by beating Notre Dame 1-0 in 10 innings in Tampa.

Moffitt Cancer Center

Between 6,500 and 7,000 runners and walkers are expected to trek through the USF Tampa campus Saturday morning for the PNC Bank Miles for Moffitt.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

USF student Kiersten Downs is counting down the days to June 1st, when she'll hop on her bicycle in San Francisco and start riding. She won't stop until August 5th -- almost 4,000 miles later -- when she's expected to pedal into Washington, DC.

The anthropology PhD candidate is making the cross-country trip to raise money and awareness for Student Veterans of America, a national group that helps vets transition from the military to college campuses.

Last week, USF wrapped up the school year with final exams - an experience that for most students ranges somewhere between slightly irritating and full-out panic inducing.

Over six thousand students will pick up their diplomas at a series of graduation ceremonies around the USF System over the next week.

According to USF News, the Tampa campus will hand out 3,924 bachelor's degrees, 1,018 master's and 198 doctoral and specialist degrees. USF St. Petersburg graduates 454 students, while USF Sarasota-Manatee will award 290 diplomas.

Florida Silver Alert

Most Florida drivers have seen a "Silver Alert" -- those notifications on electronic road signs warning you about missing, at-risk senior citizens.

What you may not realize is that there are actually two problems with this system: it just focuses on missing seniors who are in their vehicles, and it's only at the statewide level (over 30 states have programs similar to Florida's), as multiple efforts by lawmakers to set up a national program have failed for a variety of reasons.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

If the success of the last two winners of the USF Center for Entrepreneurship's Fintech Business Plan Competition is any indication, the future may be promising for Casey Henry and South Tampa Paintball.

The 21-year-old USF finance senior's paintball field topped half a dozen other teams in the fifth annual competition, which was held at the College of Business in early April.

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Students at USF's Tampa campus got an unexpected - and likely unwelcome - break from final exams when power went out over much of the university Wednesday morning.

WUSF Jazz Director Bob Seymour featured an extensive conversation with Chuck Owen in debuting ‘River Runs’ on All Night Jazz, and prepared this piece for All Things Considered.

 Click HERE to listen to the full, uncut interview that aired on WUSF's All Night Jazz.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

WUSF News picked up a number of awards, including three first place honors, at the Associated Press Florida Broadcasters Awards Ceremony in Orlando this past weekend.

The WUSF News Team won First Place in the categories of "Continuing Coverage, Large Market Radio" for its coverage of the Republican National Convention and "Election Coverage, Large Market Radio" for its work on the 2012 Elections.