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The special meeting of the University of South Florida Board of Trustees Tuesday only covered two topics, but ended up running as long as some regular meetings due to the importance of both subjects.

First, the board approved a contract with the more than 2,220 graduate assistants who teach classes and conduct research - a deal almost a year in the making.

Then, they approved an increase in rates for USF residence halls.

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On Monday, University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft sent a letter to faculty and staff announcing a new direction - a "path to preeminence" - that aims at bringing the school into "the ranks of America's most elite universities in the next few years."

It's more than just a phrase. Schools in the State University System that achieve "preeminence" or "emerging preeminence" get additional funding from the Florida Legislature.

But what do these statuses actually mean?

Heide Castañeda

While many viewed the recent U.S. Supreme Court case involving President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration with a passing interest at best, Heide Castañeda's involvement was much more personal.

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WUSF News and its Health News Florida project have been recognized with 12 awards by the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters organization, and three more from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) that recognizes outstanding achievement in electronic journalism.

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While the University of South Florida's Tampa campus has 1,700 faculty and 1,800 staff members, the largest part of the workforce is the school's 2,300 graduate assistants.

During contract negotiations that have lasted for almost a year, the union representing that group is pushing USF for a pay raise and continuing full healthcare coverage.

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UPDATED 3/25 at 6 P.M. with statement from Zimmerman School.

The director of the University of South Florida Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications has been placed on leave after questions were raised about relationships he had with students at his former university. 

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Some business practices at the University of South Florida have raised a red flag about athletic department contracts, according to the Florida Auditor General.

A report from the office of Auditor General Sherrill Norman reviewed four different areas at USF and reported five separate findings of concern.

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The University of South Florida once again finished near the top of the State University System's performance-based rankings, and  USF President Judy Genshaft's contract extension has been approved by state officials.

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Florida is called the “Sunshine State,” but we don’t really live up to the name when it comes to solar power.

Research by the Solar Energy Industries Association shows that while we’re third in the nation for rooftop solar potential, we’re 14th when it comes to solar capacity that’s actually been installed.

The University of South Florida is trying to change that, with ground-breaking research and solar installations at both the Tampa and Saint Petersburg campuses.

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Norine Noonan said she'll never forget that "Discovery" wasn't just the name of the third space shuttle, but also the name of a TV network.

That's because that was a question that tripped up the USF St. Petersburg professor of Biological Sciences when she appeared on an episode of the game show "Jeopardy!" that aired Thursday night.

Noonan finished third out of the three contestants on the show, taped in California earlier this year.

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If the answer "Norine Noonan" elicits the question, "who is the USF St. Petersburg professor of Biological Sciences who's on 'Jeopardy!' tonight?" you'd be correct.

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Mary Lumapas is in her third year studying cell and molecular biology at the University of South Florida, but, because of health problems, she’s a sophomore.

You see, for most of her life, the 21-year-old from Lecanto has been battling cancer.

“Three cancer diagnoses, two of which are Wilms tumor, the last one was myelodysplastic syndrome, which is also (called) MDS,” Lumapas explained, running down her list of major ailments.

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The Florida Legislature is getting closer to finalizing its proposed budget, and the State University System stands to pick up a sizable amount of money for construction projects next year.

The $713 million approved during the House and Senate appropriations conference Sunday includes $22.5 million for the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.

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The longest serving president in the history of the University of South Florida will remain on board for at least one more year.

The USF Board of Trustees unanimously approved a one-year contract extension for Judy Genshaft at their meeting on Thursday.

Florida Matters: Rhea Chiles Tribute

Mar 1, 2016
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Rhea Chiles, the widow of former governor Lawton Chiles, died last November in her home on Anna Maria Island,  at the age of 84. She dedicated her life to improving the lives of children in Florida.

The University of South Florida’s College of Public Health recently held a symposium to honor the legacy of Rhea Chiles' work. This week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 6 at 7:30 a.m.) we bring you highlights of the discussion.

A high-tech simulated operating room at USF CAMLS.
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The University of South Florida has released an audit critical of some of the practices at its high-tech Tampa medical training center, shortly after the head of the center stepped down.

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As part of the launch of the new half hour weekly program, University Beat on WUSF TV, University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft sat down to talk with show host, veteran Tampa Bay journalist Denise White. 

Identity A Challenge For Latinas Who Are Black

Feb 3, 2016
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  When people think of famous Latina women, Jennifer Lopez or Sofia Vergara come to mind.

Not Zoe Saldana or Rosario Dawson.

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A University of South Florida St. Petersburg political science class is taking off Saturday for the Granite State, where students will be taking part in presidential campaigns ahead of New Hampshire's first in the nation primary election.

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State lawmakers in Tallahassee indicated late last week that a pair of bills that would allow concealed guns on college campuses may not come up for a vote this year.

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