University Beat
11:02 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

USF Sarasota-Manatee Welcomes First Freshman Class

The first class of USF Sarasota-Manatee freshman pose for a picture
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

For the first time in its almost forty year history, undergraduate freshmen will be attending University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

Until last year, USFSM was an 'upper-division transfer university,' offering two-year baccalaureate degrees, as well as master's degrees. In 2012, the school began accepting sophomores, and this year, the campus is welcoming its inaugural batch of freshmen.

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University Beat
9:45 am
Mon September 2, 2013

University Lecture Series Announces Fall Lineup

USF University Lecture Series 2013-14 fall semester speakers (l-r) Frank Warren, Dolvett Quince and Marlee Matlin
Credit Keppler Speakers (Warren); Greater Talent Network (Quince & Matlin)

Fans of author/artist Frank Warren, The Biggest Loser trainer Dolvett Quince and actress/activist Marlee Matlin will be happy to know that they're the speakers for the fall semester of USF's University Lecture Series.

The student-run organization announced the lineup late last week.

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University Beat
2:12 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

USF Students 'Sit Out' in Peaceful Protest

Students "sit out" in protest of shortened library hours.
Yoselis Ramos

The automated message that blares through the library speakers continuously, 15 minutes to closing, starts going off Thursday night.

"The library is now closed. Please make your way to the first floor main entrance exit. Thank you."

Students starts to gather their things and head for the exit.

This is the first semester since 2010 that University of South Florida students hear this in the middle of the week. The library used to be open 24 hours five days a week. Now it closes at midnight.

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Off The Base
8:07 am
Fri August 30, 2013

USF Student Veterans Reach Out with Tutoring, Internships, Events

Two members of the USF Student Veterans Association work to recruit new members handing out free t-shirts at the welcome back barbecue.
Credit Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

Students returned to campus this week at the University of South Florida and among them are an estimated 1,700 student veterans transitioning from active duty military to full-time college student.

At a welcome back barbecue on the Tampa campus, student veteran Victor Benoit collected a free shirt from the Student Veterans Association (SVA). He is a former Army military police soldier and a USF criminology major.

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University Beat
5:22 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

'Club Lib’ No More As USF Shortens Library Hours

Students stand around the library on the first day of classes.
Credit Yoselis Ramos

The Library at the USF Tampa campus has become known to students as "Club Lib" because of the late night hours.  Senior biomedical science/political science major Katharine Orr explains the library as the "hub" of campus. "Everyone is here all the time so it is like a club," she said.

Since the 2009-2010 school year, the campus library has been open 24 hours five days a week. But students starting classes today are facing shortened hours at "Club Lib" as the library is closing at midnight those days.

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University Beat
12:34 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

USF Bridges Schools for Gulf Oil Spill Recovery Efforts

USF College of Marine Science Dean Jackie Dixon addresses the oceanography summit
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Last year's federal Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunity, and Revived Economies (RESTORE) Act made hundreds of millions of dollars in funds available for projects related to the Gulf region's recovery from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Now the University of South Florida is making a concentrated effort to bolster its reputation - and its funding coffers - by planning new research efforts on the effects of the disaster.

Almost 80 researchers, faculty and administrators from over a dozen USF colleges and divisions attended an oceanography summit Friday at the Marshall Student Center.

The 'usual suspects' were there from the Colleges of Marine Science and Engineering, as well as the Florida Institute of Oceanography. But what made this event unique was that representatives also came from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, even the Library.

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Health News Florida
5:57 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

US Health & Human Services Secretary Awards Grant to USF

U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Credit Lottie Watts / WUSF

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was on the University of South Florida Tampa campus Thursday afternoon to hand out $7.8 million in grants to help Floridians with the Affordable Care Act. 

The money will be given to eight organizations around the state to hire staff to help consumers enroll in a health insurance plan. Starting Jan. 1, almost all Americans will be required to buy health insurance under the ACA.

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University Beat
11:26 am
Sat August 10, 2013

USF Prepares for 100th Commencement Ceremony

USF graduate Corey Hargarther poses for a picture taken by fellow finance major Trale Williams on Friday. Williams graduates at the end of the fall semester.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Like birthdays, every graduation ceremony is special for the people celebrating. But today's commencement ceremonies at USF will be extra special, as they're the university's 100th commencement convocation.

About 1,500 students from across the USF system will receive their degrees in a pair of ceremonies taking place at the USF Sun Dome.

Graduates of all colleges from USF St. Petersburg and the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Business on the Tampa campus will be honored at 9 a.m.

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University Beat
1:22 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

USF Tuition Warning: Visa Out, Credit Card Fees Up

USF front entrance
Credit USF Communications & Marketing

Students at the University of South Florida will no longer have the option of paying their tuition with a Visa card. 

The Tampa Bay Times reports that, starting next Thursday, Aug. 15, USF won't be able to accept the card for tuition because the school will be charging a 2.5 percent processing fee on all tuition payments made on plastic.  And that doesn't meet Visa's requirements. 

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University Beat
2:31 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

USF Makes Princeton Review's "Green Rating Honor Roll"

Solar pavilion outside USF Marshall Student Center, one of the environmentally friendly factors that helped USF make the Princeton Review “Green Rating Honor Roll”
Credit USF Patel College of Global Sustainability

The University of South Florida is one of only 22 colleges to receive the highest score possible in The Princeton Review's "2014 Green Rating Honor Roll."

The Princeton Review, which is known primarily for its college prep programs and its ratings of colleges' educational performance, rated 832 schools based on data concerning their sustainability-related practices, policies and academic offerings.

Schools received scores between 60 and 99, with USF among 22 colleges getting that top mark and making the "Honor Roll."

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Law & Order
9:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Florida Cabinet to Take Up USF Request to Dig at Dozier

Metal crosses mark graves at the cemetery of the former Arthur Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. Investigators using ground-penetrating radar and soil samples say there are nearly 100 unmarked graves on the grounds.
Credit Credit Michael Spooneybarger / Reuters/Landov

9:00 p.m. Update w/quotes from USF & other FL government officials

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and other top state officials are being asked to grant a request from researchers to exhume human remains at the former Dozier School for Boys.

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University Beat
4:31 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

USF Replies to State: You Do Have Authority on Dozier School Gravesites

Anthropologists Dr. Christian Wells (left) and Dr. Erin Kimmerle (right) explain the five-page letter response to State Secretary Ken Detzner.
Credit Yoselis Ramos

The University of South Florida has sent a five-page, strongly-worded letter to Secretary of State Ken Detzner, asking him to reconsider his decision not to allow the school to exhume bodies at a former state reform school, the Dozier School for Boys.

Detzner denied the request because human bodies are not objects to be dug up for research.
The university's general counsel pointed out in a letter sent Monday that USF does not want to dig up the bodies for research, they just want to return the remains to their families.

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Health News Florida
11:23 am
Tue July 16, 2013

TB Case Confirmed at USF

Officials with the Hillsborough County Health Department confirmed that a University of South Florida student has tuberculosis, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

7:07 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Bay Area Philanthropist Olin Mott Dies at 92

Olin Mott (left) receives the Champion for Education Award from Dr. Harold Keller, interim dean for the USF College of Education, in November 2012
Credit Amie Blodgett / USF News

Local businessman and philanthropist Olin Mott has died at the age of 92.

Mott, who dropped out of school after sixth grade to sell peanuts to help support his family during the Great Depression, created the Bay area tire store chain that bears his name after serving in World War II. 

Mott had been wounded during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and received a Purple Heart. He later served in Army-Navy Intelligence and was the last survivor of his 80-man unit.

Mott also co-founded Joshua House, a shelter for abused or abandoned children, and was instrumental in securing the location of USF's Tampa campus as well as in bringing football to the university.

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University Beat
10:57 am
Tue June 18, 2013

USF Latest School to Use Inflation to Raise Tuition

Front entrance of the USF Tampa campus
Credit USF Communications & Marketing

While Governor Rick Scott vetoed a three percent tuition increase for the state's public universities, the University of South Florida is the latest school getting around that by using inflation to raise tuition for the coming school year.

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