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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University Beat
4:39 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Fees for Out-of-state USF Students to Rise

USF students in a lecture hall
Credit USF

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.

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University Beat
5:40 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

USF Researchers Create 3-D "Virtual Campus"

3-D scan of plaza leading to USF Marshall Student Center
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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University Beat
7:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

USF Looks at Cutting Degrees

Credit USF Communications & Marketing

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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University Beat
5:17 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

UF's Machen 9th, USF's Genshaft 22nd on List of Highest Paid University Presidents

USF System President Judy Genshaft, who made over $685K in fiscal 2011-12
University of South Florida

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).

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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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