Arts & Culture
5:54 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

USF Students Help Set Speed Dating Record

USF students break world record for largest speed dating event

Almost 300 USF students teamed with some TV reality show stars to set a Guinness record for the world's largest speed-dating event.

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2:35 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

USF: Not Enough Money to Keep All USF-Poly Employees

USF President Judy Genshaft says, "We will not be able to hire every single person."

Now that USF Polytechnic in Lakeland is becoming an independent university, one question is, what happens to all the current USF Poly faculty and staff?

Well, there may not be enough money to keep everyone on the payroll. The state Legislature only appropriated $10 million of the $18 million USF says it needs to absorb the faculty and staff.

USF President Judy Genshaft told USF Poly employees on Monday, "We will not be able to hire every single person," according to the Lakeland Ledger.

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Arts & Culture
2:29 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

USF Group Wants a New 'Cultural Property' Exhibit at USF Museums

The Cultural Property Awareness Team (CPAT) at the University of South Florida is petitioning to get cultural property-themed exhibits set up at USF Museums.

If you're wondering what cultural property is (like I was) here's an example: let's take the 'Elgin Marbles controversy.' The Elgin marble sculptures or the Parthenon sculptures are from the fifth century and originated in Greece.

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University Beat
4:55 am
Wed April 18, 2012

USF Sees Gains, Losses in State Budget

Gov. Rick Scott signs the state budget Tuesday at Cunningham Creek Elementary School in Fruit Cove
Associated Press

The $70 billion budget signed by Governor Rick Scott Tuesday contained both good and bad news for the University of South Florida, along with one giant issue still yet to be decided--the fate of USF Polytechnic.

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1:19 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Tampa City Council Coming to USF

Several Tampa City Council members are coming to USF  to answer students' questions tonight at a forum, sponsored by the student government of USF.

They will be discussing the city's economic future and how to keep USF graduates in Tampa. They will also explain how students can get more involved in local government.

Event coordinator Abdool Aziz says the event is a good opportunity for students.

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3:04 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

USF Ranked 50th Nationwide in Research Expenditures

The University of South Florida now ranks 50th in the nation for research expenditures, among all U.S. universities, public or private.

The new ranking by the National Science Foundation places USF in the elite class of research universities, joining Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Yale and Harvard within the top rankings nationwide. USF is second in Florida only to the University of Florida.

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12:08 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Feds Decline Research Suit Against USF

USF students in science lab
USF University Communications & Marketing

The federal government has decided not to intervene in a false claims suit filed against USF by a former doctoral candidate.

That student accused College of Medicine researchers of falsifying scientific data to win federal and state research grants. 

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7:52 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

USF Students Rally for Trayvon Martin

Matt Hastings (SDS) started off the rally talking about the Civil Rights Movement.

The Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at USF held a rally calling for justice for Trayvon Martin. Students held the rally today in honor of the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death.

Master's student in criminology, Markia Jennings understood the link between MLK Jr. and Trayvon. "They're doing it on Martin Luther King Jr.'s death anniversary because what he fought for is what we're still fighting for today," Jennings said.

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11:09 am
Tue March 27, 2012

USF Makes Wash. Post List of "Up-and-coming" Universities

It's not the U.S. News list of top universities, but the University of South Florida is at least getting the attention of another national media outlet. 

Citing its research power, the Washington Post's "College Inc." website has named USF as one of five "up-and-coming" universities.

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2:23 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

USF Chooses New Dean for College of Business

Photo Courtesy Walton College, University of Arkansas

After an eight month world-wide search, the USF College of Business has found its new dean: Dr. Moez Limayen.

He comes from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, which U.S. World and News Reports ranked as the 25th best among public universities.

Dr. Limayen said the college’s vision will be “distinctive and very exciting.” It includes the following strategic priorities:

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1:17 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

USF Tampa Has New Smoking Policy

Starting March 20, USF will have 25 designated smoking areas on campus. The idea is to help reduce the risks of secondhand smoke, promote overall wellness, and keep the campus clean.

The new smoking policy applies to USF buildings, grounds, and parking lots and includes the smoking of cigars, cigarettes, and hookah pipes. The USF website also provides resources for those who want to quit smoking.

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12:19 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

USF Provides Alternative Spring Break for Students

Students who are interested in alternative spring break have to apply and indicate one social issue they want to serve - like poverty, education, or public health.

Students are then matched to a location with that social issue. Some stay in Tampa -- others are going as far away as Virginia and even Nicaragua.

Angel Garcia, coordinator of Bulls Service Breaks, says the idea is to create more informed and engaged citizens.

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6:16 am
Tue March 6, 2012

USF's Budget Deal: It Could Have Been Worse

Rep. Will Weatherford shakes hands with then-Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera

When USF President Judy Genshaft calls the budget deal "very, very, very good," you know it must be for the university.

Leaders in the Florida House and Senate have agreed on a budget that largely spares the University of South Florida from the disproportionate budget cuts proposed by the state Senate.

The price: agreeing to grant independence to USF Polytechnic, which will become Florida Polytechnic, the state's 12th university.

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4:30 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

USF Students, Head Trustee Protest Budget Cuts

USF is facing a budget cut of around 20 percent. That could affect everything from summer school to the operation of the new pharmacy college.

Senate budget chief JD Alexander is says USF should dip into its reserve fund to offset the cuts. But USF Board of Trustees Chairman John Ramil says the university can't do that.

It's mandated to set aside a percentage of its budget - and it has to keep cash on hand for an emergency, such as a hurricane.

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2:31 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

USF: We're Number...Four?

The Florida Board of Governors has just announced that student enrollment in the state's universities is up three percent from last year.

But there's are three exceptions to that growth -- FAMU, University of Florida, and the biggest drop of all -- the University of South Florida, which lost almost one percent of enrollment.

That means USF is no longer the 3rd largest university in Florida -- it's fourth, behind University of Central Florida (up four percent!), UF, Florida International University, and then USF.

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