4:29 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

USF Board of Trustees Approves Unique Partnership

The University of South Florida Board of Trustees voted unanimously today in favor of the new partnership between USF and Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

The unique affiliation between the University of South Florida and Lakeland Regional Medical Center creates a non-profit corporation-- USF Health System Inc.

Lakeland Regional is one of Florida's busiest hospitals and it would be a major teaching hospital for USF.

Trustee member Steve Mitchell says this is a great partnership.

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University Beat
3:27 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

TODAY Show Drops By USF with Future Visit in the Balance

TODAY Show producers put the crowd into position for Sara Haines' (center) first live report.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News
  • WUSF 89.7 News' Mark Schreiner reports on the TODAY Show visit to USF.

NBC's TODAY Show dropped in Thursday morning at the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, and a longer visit may just be in the university's future.

USF is one of six finalists in the show's “Kathie Lee and Hoda Go Back to College” contest, which is trying to find the institution "with the greatest creativity, originality and most school spirit." The institution that gets the most online votes from viewers will have the fourth hour of the Today Show broadcast live from its campus next month.

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4:56 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

USF Gets Grants and Awards But Still Doesn't Loosen the Wallet

USF system President Judy Genshaft gave her Fall Address today.
University of South Florida

University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft gave her fall address today, and she described a university that's bringing more money in through grants and research, but having to tighten its belt anyway.

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University Beat
6:36 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

USF Finalist for TODAY Show Visit

Photo illustration by Thomas Todd USF News

UPDATE Sept. 19 11:30 a.m. -- USF will hold a 'tropical paradise' themed welcome event Thursday, September 20th, as TODAY Show correspondent Sara Haines reports live between 10 and 11 a.m. from the Marshall Student Center bull fountains. Students, faculty and staff are being encouraged to wear green and gold beach wear and show up starting at 8:30 a.m. to show off their school spirit.


The University of South Florida is battling Syracuse University, Ohio State University and three other colleges for the right to have NBC's TODAY Show broadcast live on campus.

According a release from USF News, the University is one of six finalists in TODAY's “Kathie Lee and Hoda Go Back to College” contest, which is trying to find the institution "with the greatest creativity, originality and most school spirit." The school that gets the most online votes will have the fourth hour of the show, featuring Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, broadcast live during the first week of October.

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4:50 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

USF Professor Petitions to Remove Chick-fil-A from Campus

USF humanities professor has created a petition to remove Chik-fil-A from campus.

The Chick-fil-A/gay marriage debate has hit the Tampa campus of USF. Humanities professor Scott Ferguson has started a petition on to remove the restaurant from the Marshall Student Center.

Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy made remarks against gay marriage in an interview earlier this year and the incident has solicited boycotts against and rallies in support of it.

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Off The Base
1:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

USF Unveils a New, Student Veterans Lounge

A vet uses the new lounge for some studying

The University of South Florida's new veterans lounge is a place where former service members can kick back and relax or get some studying done.

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University Beat
12:20 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

USF Summer Commencement Ready to Roll Out

2012 Spring Graduation Ceremonies at USF Sun Dome
USF Sun Dome

About 1400 of the almost 3000 students graduating from the USF System this summer are expected to attend Commencement ceremonies on the Tampa campus Saturday.

University officials estimate 2948 degrees will be awarded to graduates from the three campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee: 1923 bachelor’s degrees, 893 master’s degrees, and 132 doctoral and specialist degrees.  '

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11:55 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Board of Governors Not Happy with USF's Graduation Rates

University of South Florida Tampa Bay

During its meeting in Orlando this week, the Board of Governors expressed its displeasure with the University of South Florida's graduation rates.

And if USF doesn't get its act together, the group that oversees the state's higher education system might not approve future tuition increases.

The percentage of first-time-in-college students that graduate in four years from USF is 34 percent. About 50 percent graduate in six years.

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3:28 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

USF Looking to Hike Up Tuition 11%

USF Provost Ralph Wilcox

There's good and bad news today for undergraduate resident students at the University of South Florida. 

The bad news: the board of trustees has approved a tuition increase for the upcoming school year. The good news: it's 11 percent and that's less than last years increase of 15 percent.

With the $300 million budget cuts made to Florida public universities this year, universities are scrambling to make up some of that money.

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University Beat
1:10 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Bobcat on USF Campus Caught Eating a Duck

Bobcat eating duck near USF's Argos Building Thursday
Dennis Garofalo

UPDATED Sun 6/10 4:30 pm with more info from Speer

In addition to the ducks, squirrels and Bulls that populate USF's Tampa campus, there's another species roaming the grounds, as at least one bobcat has been caught on camera.

Aramark/USF Dining Services Production Manager Dennis Garofalo took pictures of a bobcat eating a duck near the Argos Center around 6:30 Thursday morning.

Garofalo says the bobcat, which he and employees have taken to calling the "Fresh Food Company Cat" after the division they work in, has been seen lurking in the area for the last month or so. 

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University Beat
6:00 am
Mon May 21, 2012

USF Opens New Center for Diplomacy

Mohsen Milani, Exec. Dir. of USF's new Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies
USF Dept. of Government & Intl. Affairs

The University of South Florida's brand new Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies holds its first official event Monday night, as it welcomes British journalist Christopher de Bellaigue.

The Center unites experts from the academic, government, military and private worlds to discuss how the United States' foreign and domestic policies interact.

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University Beat
7:54 am
Tue May 8, 2012

University Beat: USF Students Set Speed Dating Record

The Buried Life's Ben Nemtin (Hawaiian shirt) talks w/USF students at Speed Dating Record breaking event

Almost 300 USF students recently joined "The Buried Life," a group of TV reality stars to help set a new Guinness World Record. This week’s University Beat on WUSF Public Media takes us to the event, which asked the question: what’s the one thing you want to do before you die?

University Beat
4:00 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

USF Graduation By the Numbers

2012 Graduation Ceremonies at USF Sun Dome
USF Sun Dome

Four days of pomp and circumstance start today as over six thousand students across the University of South Florida system receive their diplomas. 

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6:18 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Sen. Nelson: Keep Student Loan Interest Rates Low

Photo Credit: Matthew Gil

If Congress doesn't take any action, current student interest rates will double by July 1st. Senator Bill Nelson visited the University of South Florida Tampa campus Thursday to talk with students on how it would affect them.

Keeping the current interest rate at 3.4 percent for one more year will cost the federal government $6 billion and Congress can't agree where to get the funds from.

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2:30 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

USF Picks Up National Honor for Environmental Action

The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)

The University of South Florida has received a national honor for taking on more environmentally friendly practices.  

USF picked up a 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award at the doctoral level for a number of initiatives that are "shifting behavior on campus and within communities in favor of a clean and sustainable future."

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