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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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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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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.

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

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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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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.


Tuition at the University of South Florida isn't going to increase in the coming school year, thanks to a veto from Gov. Scott. However, some students will end up paying a little bit more, as the Board of Trustees voted Thursday to raise fees by 10 percent for nonresident undergraduate students.

USF Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies

Imagine entering USF’s Tampa campus, walking around the 15-hundred acres, touring the various buildings, like the Marshall Student Center or the Library - and doing it all from the comfort of your own home, whether you’re in Temple Terrace or in Tokyo!

Researchers at the USF Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies (AIST) are hoping to make such a ‘virtual campus’ a reality and they’re using three-dimensional laser imaging to do so. This week's University Beat looks at the work, which isn't limited to simply mapping the university campus.

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While USF's Board of Trustees has identified 17 degree programs it suggests the university system should drop, the news may not actually be that bad, as 15 of them are from the now-defunct USF Polytechnic in Lakeland.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education has compiled its list of the highest paid public university presidents for fiscal 2011-12, and the University of Florida's Bernie Machen is again the top earner in Florida.

The head Gator placed 9th among the 214 public university presidents ranked, with a total compensation package of $834,562. About 62 percent of that came from his base salary, the rest from a combination of bonuses, allowances and other compensation.

USF System President Judy Genshaft came in 22nd with a total compensation package of $685,429. Almost 70 percent of that total was in base pay ($470,000).

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.

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.

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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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.

Pet Therapy at USF

Apr 19, 2013
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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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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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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.

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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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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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.