University Beat
5:28 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

USF Students Get Finals Stress Relief from Animals, Ice Cream (not at the same time)

USF students meet mini-stallion Scooby Boo

Last week, USF wrapped up the school year with final exams - an experience that for most students ranges somewhere between slightly irritating and full-out panic inducing.

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University Beat
3:37 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Graduations Get Underway at USF

USF's December 2012 Graduation in the USF Sun Dome

Over six thousand students will pick up their diplomas at a series of graduation ceremonies around the USF System over the next week.

According to USF News, the Tampa campus will hand out 3,924 bachelor's degrees, 1,018 master's and 198 doctoral and specialist degrees. USF St. Petersburg graduates 454 students, while USF Sarasota-Manatee will award 290 diplomas.

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University Beat
11:22 am
Thu May 2, 2013

USF Hosts Panel on National "Silver Alert" System

Credit Florida Silver Alert

Most Florida drivers have seen a "Silver Alert" -- those notifications on electronic road signs warning you about missing, at-risk senior citizens.

What you may not realize is that there are actually two problems with this system: it just focuses on missing seniors who are in their vehicles, and it's only at the statewide level (over 30 states have programs similar to Florida's), as multiple efforts by lawmakers to set up a national program have failed for a variety of reasons.

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University Beat
11:37 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Power Outage Hits USF Tampa During Finals

Front entrance to USF Tampa campus
Credit USF Communications & Marketing

Students at USF's Tampa campus got an unexpected - and likely unwelcome - break from final exams when power went out over much of the university Wednesday morning.

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University Beat
7:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Pet Therapy at USF

Scooby Boo, a miniature horse trained as a therapy pet, visits USF students
Vickie Chachere USF News

Last semester, USF St. Petersburg students stressed out by final exams got a chance to unwind with a visit from therapy dogs.

With finals approaching once again, a group at USF Tampa is trying something similar - with a little extra horsepower.

Wellness USF launched a "Save Your Sanity, Save Your Grades" campaign Thursday by welcoming five small dogs, along with "Scooby Boo" - a miniature horse wearing sneakers (for a combination of safety and style, we're told).

According to USF News, Tampa-based Therapy Pet Connection brought their animals to campus to help students reduce stress. 

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University Beat
12:47 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

USF Concealed Weapons Debate Heats Up

Members of the empty holster protest pose for a photo at the USF Bull Market
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

The debate over allowing concealed weapons on college campuses is heating up at USF's Tampa campus this week.  We visited the Bull Market, where opponents to the ban set up shop... but they weren't alone.

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University Beat
4:00 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

USF Students Hold Empty Holster Protest

USF protest organizers, senior Emily Schwab & junior Bradley Searles
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

There's an unusual sight on USF's Tampa and Sarasota-Manatee campuses this week: a number of students are wearing empty gun holsters over their clothes to protest Florida's ban on concealed weapons on campus.

It's part of a nationwide protest organized by the group Students for Concealed Carry, which is encouraging members to wear empty gun holsters on college campuses this week to start a conversation about schools' bans on concealed weapons.

Although USF doesn't have a chapter, a number of other student groups are joining together in the effort, led by the USF College Republicans.

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University Beat
10:48 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Gainesville, Tallahassee among Best College Towns

The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) has come out with its 2012-2013 list of the 75 Best College Towns and Cities, and while Gainesville (University of Florida) and Tallahassee (Florida State University) make the grade, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota (USF), Orlando (UCF) and Miami (University of Miami) fall short.

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University Beat
7:30 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Jerry (of Ben & Jerry's) Promises Tasty Talk

Jerry Greenfield speaks at 8 p.m. Monday on the 2nd floor of the USF Marshall Student Center
Credit USF News

You might not recognize the name "Jerry Greenfield," but take away the last name and add "Ben and..." and everyone suddenly knows the ice cream magnate.

Greenfield will bring that notoriety, along with his business acumen (and some tasty treats), to USF's Tampa campus Monday night as part of the University Lecture Series.

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3:28 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

USF, WUSF Receive Awards for Gulf Oil Spill Response

USF researchers in the Gulf following the 2010 BP oil spill
George Guthro R/V Weatherbird II

The University of South Florida and a trio of WUSF reporters are being honored for their work in response to the BP Gulf oil spill in 2010.

A team of USF researchers and officials, led by Dr. William Hogarth, are among the recipients of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Tampa Bay's STEM Catalyst Collaborative Partnerships Award.

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University Beat
7:55 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Sexual Attack Reported at USF Marshall Student Center

USF Marshall Center
Credit University of South Florida

1/28/13, 3 p.m. CORRECTION: The story has been updated and revised to indicate that neither man is a student, but are both affiliated with USF.

Police at the University of South Florida are investigating a reported sexual battery that took place at the Marshall Student Center.

According to a release from University Police, on January 25th, a male student man reported that he was attacked by another male student man on the afternoon on January 18th in a public restroom in the USF Marshall Student Center. The release says the victim and the alleged attacker knew each other. The attack remains under investigation.

Police Department spokeswoman Charlotte Domingo tells the Tampa Bay Times the men are not students, but are affiliated with the university.

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University Beat
3:39 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

USF Bypasses Brick & Mortar, Offers Online Masters Degrees

Credit USF College of Engineering

The University of South Florida continues expanding its web presence as it prepares to roll out a pair of online masters degree programs.

The College of Business' online Master of Science in management information systems (MIS) degree program launches in the spring 2013 semester, while the College of Engineering's online MS in Electrical Engineering for professionals degree program gets underway in the summer 2013 semester.

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University Beat
1:29 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Will a USF Grad Be Miss America?

Aniska Tonge, Miss Virgin Islands 2012 and USF graduate, will compete in this weekend's Miss America pageant.
Credit USF Arts & Sciences

When the 53 contestants take the stage for the finals of the Miss America 2013 competition Saturday night in Las Vegas, a USF Bull will be among them.

Aniska Tonge graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in psychology only three months before winning the title of Miss Virgin Islands 2012. She also minored in women's studies.

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University Beat
3:33 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

USF Graduation: Soldiers, Superheroes, Exceptional Students

USF graduation ceremony in the Sun Dome

Over 2,900 students across the USF System received their diplomas this past weekend, and like most graduating classes, there were a few individual stories worth noting:

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USF Athletics
5:25 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

Skip Holtz Releases Statement after USF's Firing

Skip Holtz

The University of South Florida Football program released the following written statement  Sunday afternoon from Skip Holtz in response to his firing as the head coach.

Holtz is only the second coach to run USF's fledgling football program. The other, Jim Leavitt, was fired in January 2010 for allegedly hitting a player and then lying about the incident.


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