It's yet another multimillion dollar donation and corresponding name change for a University of South Florida school. But this one's a little bit different.
The amount of the donation -- $10 million -- is the same as two of the three previous gifts, and the giver is a USF graduate, also like two of the previous donors. This time, however, the recipient isn't a USF business school.
Now that the Florida Board of Governors has moved the University of South Florida's request for $57 million for a new downtown Tampa medical school over to state legislators and Governor Rick Scott, the university is looking at other expansion priorities.
On Wednesday, Eric Webb-Fiske canceled two classes to participate in National Adjunct Walkout Day.
Webb-Fiske, an adjunct instructor at Hillsborough Community College and a graduate assistant at USF, stood in front of USF's Marshall Student Center, trying to get students to sign a petition that calls for better pay and more security for adjunct faculty.
Now, another long-time USF donor is stepping up. The college's School of Accountancy is now named "the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy," after the former Raymond James executive gave $10 million to the school.
USF Muma College of Business Dean Moez Limayem and Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy Director Uday Murthy sit down for an exclusive interview with WUSF's Mark Schreiner about the the new name for the School of Accountancy.
Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA, is one of the most dangerous infections around, thanks to its resistance to most treatments, and its ability to easily spread to patients in high-risk areas such as hospitals and nursing homes.
With a seemingly endless number of recent computer data breaches, the need for improved cybersecurity continues to grow. A statewide initiative based out of the University of South Florida is stepping up its efforts to fill that need.
Extended University Beat report on the Tampa Innovation Alliance
The 15,000 acre area surrounding the University of South Florida's Tampa campus has been called "the University Area", "University West," and, derisively, "Suitcase City," due to the number of transients.
But no matter what you call the region, which is bounded by Interstate 275 to the west, I-75 to the East, Busch Boulevard to the south and Bearss Avenue to the north, it's home to thousands of residents, hundreds of businesses, and a few dozen of Tampa’s most recognizable organizations and sites.
"The purpose (of the Alliance) is to make this location recognized around the world as the destination for innovation, creative activity, business enterprise," said Alliance Executive Director Mark Sharpe. "It’s to make this place a place you want to live, work and play."
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.
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.