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UPDATED 12/9 11:30 a.m.:
Some information in the original post about the pay of other state university presidents was incorrect and has been removed.

Relocating the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine to Jeff Vinik's proposed redevelopment zone in downtown Tampa wasn't the only big story to come out of last week's USF Board of Trustees Meeting.


Former University of South Florida President Betty Castor has been elected chair of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

The Tampa Tribune reports Castor will supervise the State Department's international exchange program, which gives out around 1,700 Fulbright Scholarships a year.

Update at 8:00 p.m. December 5:

Power was finally restored to all areas of the USF Tampa campus shortly after 7 p.m.

Update at 6:20 p.m. December 5:

Tampa Electric reported that power was restored to all customers shortly after 6 p.m., but Adam Freeman from USF Communications & Marketing tells WUSF portions of the Tampa campus remain in the dark.

USF Health

Updated at 7:00 p.m. with sound & President Genshaft's letter

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University of South Florida System President, Dr. Judy Genshaft, sent a letter to USF staff, faculty and students Thursday regarding the Board of Trustees' vote to approve a new downtown Tampa facility for the USF Morsani College of Medicine and the USF Health Heart Institute:

Squirrel Causes Power Outage at USF

Dec 4, 2014

A power outage Thursday morning inconvenienced some on the USF Tampa campus.

Power for around 70% of the campus went off around 9:30 a.m. A TECO spokesman said a squirrel in a power substation was responsible for the outage, which interrupted students' preparations for finals next week. 

Power was restored within an hour of the outage.

USF Sarasota-Manatee

At the beginning of November, Dr. Sandra Stone officially became regional chancellor for the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee - and she's hitting the ground running.

Stone, 59, had most recently served as vice president for academic affairs at Dalton State College in Georgia.

With USFSM's second freshman class almost done with their first semester of college and the school's 40th anniversary coming up next year, Stone sat down for an extended interview for University Beat, which you can hear by clicking on the link below.

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Watching Jack "Murph the Surf" Murphy talk to a University of South Florida criminology class, two things are apparent: the man is incredibly charming and he makes sure he knows his audience.

"Some of you don't know who I am," he said, pausing to flash a smile. "Ask your grandma!"

USF Students React to FSU Shooting

Nov 21, 2014

Yesterday morning, there was a shooting at Florida State University in their library that left three injured and the shooter dead, the event sent shivers down the spine of students across the country. After an event like a school shooting, students nationwide take notice and USF Senior Michelle Reyes says the FSU shooting is another reminder that you can never be too safe.  

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The University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science announced late Friday it has been awarded a $20.2 million grant by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. The money will be used to continue the school's studies of the ongoing effects of the 2010 BP oil spill, which became the largest spill in the nation's history.

A new University of South Florida medical school planned for downtown Tampa could be "bigger than baseball," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told a group of USF trustees today.

Buckhorn was referring to the possibility that the Tampa Bay Rays could eventually move from Tropicana Field to another field of dreams on an empty lot in downtown Tampa.

He spoke during a meeting of the USF Board of Trustees Health Workgroup at USF's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), which would be a gallstone's throw from the new complex.

Aimee Blodgett / USF Communications and Marketing

In a five week period between early September and mid-October, the University of South Florida system saw its two Colleges of Business undergo monumental changes.

While the USF Saint Petersburg Kate Tiedemann College of Business took a new name and broke ground on a new building - things we'll discuss on next week's University Beat - the College of Business on the Tampa campus also has a new name.


Do we hear voices raised in songs of thanksgiving? Early this morning, the Florida Department of Transportation reopened the railroad tracks at Fowler Avenue in North Tampa, just east of Nebraska Avenue. 

Kris Carson of the Florida Department of Transportation Tampa office says the annual average daily traffic count is around 48,500, so Fowler is a heavily traveled road.  

Happy Trails!

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

As the race for governor heats up, the Democrats are calling on some big names to help out Charlie Crist. Vice President Joe Biden is in South Florida this afternoon, and his wife Jill appeared today at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She listened to a group of students talking about making college affordable.

Biden says the average college student is weighed down with about $30,000 of debt when they graduate.

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.


For the next week, your usual commute down Fowler Avenue, just east of Interstate 275 will be detoured.  

Take a look at this map. Florida Department of Transportation says drivers will not be able to pass through the intersection where the railroad crosses Fowler, east of Nebraska Avenue.

The work on the tracks begins October 16th at 9 p.m. The construction continues until complete "weather permitting."  

Many people know Earl Lennard as Hillsborough County's Supervisor of Elections, a job he retired from in 2012.

But before that, he spent more than four decades with Hillsborough County Public Schools as a teacher, and eventually as superintendent. Lennard is being presented with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Florida's College of Education on Friday.   

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.

Yoselis Ramos / WUSF Public Media

The University of South Florida conducted a straw poll on its Tampa campus to measure students' political opinions ahead of the November 4th midterm election.

92 percent of the 1,096 votes came from students and if the midterm elections were held now, 49 percent of the votes would go towards gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. 

A majority of students preferred George Sheldon for Attorney General.

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.