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Students at a commencement ceremony in the USF Yuengling Center.
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The University of South Florida starts four days worth of Spring Commencement exercises, the 108th commencement convocation, with three ceremonies on the Tampa campus Friday.

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The building that will house University of South Florida St. Petersburg's College of Business will bear the name of a woman who worked her way up in a Tampa Bay corporation from payroll clerk to Chief Financial Officer.

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Norine Noonan said she'll never forget that "Discovery" wasn't just the name of the third space shuttle, but also the name of a TV network.

That's because that was a question that tripped up the USF St. Petersburg professor of Biological Sciences when she appeared on an episode of the game show "Jeopardy!" that aired Thursday night.

Noonan finished third out of the three contestants on the show, taped in California earlier this year.

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If the answer "Norine Noonan" elicits the question, "who is the USF St. Petersburg professor of Biological Sciences who's on 'Jeopardy!' tonight?" you'd be correct.

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Almost two dozen students in a USF St. Petersburg political science class traveled to New Hampshire to work on presidential campaigns in advance of the first in the nation primary elections.

Judithanne McLauchlan

College students in the Road To The White House course at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg have just returned from working on the New Hampshire primary. This week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 a.m.), they join us to talk about what it's like to be up close to the candidates and their campaigns.

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For the fourth year, diplomats, military experts, media and academics from around the globe will gather at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg for the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs.

It's the biggest conference so far, with more than 60 speakers and 30 panel discussions taking place February 17 through 19.

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A University of South Florida St. Petersburg political science class is taking off Saturday for the Granite State, where students will be taking part in presidential campaigns ahead of New Hampshire's first in the nation primary election.

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Until recently, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s offerings for student veterans were limited to say the least.

According to Milton White, it was basically him – a single Student Services employee – along with a table outside his office covered with pamphlets. A good portion of the time, he’d have to send student vets to the Tampa campus for assistance.

He said that’s not the ideal way to help someone transitioning from one important chapter of their life to another.

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UPDATED 3:30 PM 11/12/15 - Updated with interview with USF St. Petersburg Special Collections Librarian Jim Schnur

Fifty years ago, a state investigative committee shut down after years of work that threatened Florida's college system, including a then-fledgling University of South Florida.

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The Student Success Center at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg now bears the name of board member and long-time USF supporter Debbie Sembler.

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading

The 23rd Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24 at USF St. Petersburg.

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Scientists say they have extracted ancient DNA from the skull of a man buried in the highlands of Ethiopia 4,500 years ago that supports the theory that Eurasian farmers migrated into Africa some 3,000 years ago.

A pair of USF St. Petersburg anthropologists, Drs. John and Kathryn Arthur, were among the members of the international team of scientists, whose work was published in the journal Science.

Takei - AP Photo, Omalu - PBS, Mitte and Cox - USF University Lecture Series

Hollywood's George Takei and Laverne Cox, authors Tom Shroder and Andrei Codrescu, and concussion expert Dr. Bennet Omalu are among those taking part in a number of speakers series across the three campuses of the University of South Florida System.

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Like many colleges around the country, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg community appreciates its beer.

But the passion for hops and barley doesn’t fall into the tailgate party category. An academic tie to science students and a growing internship program with local craft brewers led the school to create a commemorative libation for its golden anniversary.

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The University of South Florida will confer more than 2,800 degrees to students from its three campuses this weekend.

There are two ceremonies scheduled for Saturday at the USF Sun Dome, one at 9 a.m. and the second at 1:30 p.m.

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It’s not every class that has students taking pictures of chickens on a farm one day and then pictures of them – well, not so alive – as they sit on the grill at a market on another day.

"The name of the class is "Sizzling Images," a short course in food photography, and so the purpose of the class is to immerse the students into the world of food photography," University of South Florida St. Petersburg visiting assistant professor Janet Keeler said.

Tyler Lewis

College internships can be a toss of the dice as to what a job entails. Sometimes it’s something cool, like a medical student assisting on a surgery; sometimes it’s a drudgery, like a business student photocopying documents all day.

Tyler Lewis’ internship was definitely in the first category – as he worked earlier this year at the White House.

"You kind of have to pinch yourself every day you’re there and remember where you’re at," Lewis said.

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While University of South Florida students taking part in spring commencement ceremonies wear caps and gowns made out of recycled materials for the first time, graduation history will be made in other ways as well.

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Now that the Florida Board of Governors has moved the University of South Florida's request for $57 million for a new downtown Tampa medical school over to state legislators and Governor Rick Scott, the university is looking at other expansion priorities.

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Some of the major international issues of the day - Cuba, Russia, Syria, terrorism and immigration - will be among the topics of discussion at a Saint Petersburg conference that's drawing experts from around the world to the Tampa Bay area.

The Saint Petersburg Conference on World Affairs takes place Thursday, February 26, through Saturday, February 28 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg University Student Center.

Almost forty panelists, including 1986 Nobel Prize winner for Literature and expert on Nigerian democracy Wole Soyinka, along with diplomats, academics and military experts will share ideas and information during 16 free panel sessions.

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The fall semester is coming to a close at the University of South Florida with almost 4,500 degrees scheduled to be awarded at half a dozen commencement ceremonies this weekend.

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The University of South Florida Saint Petersburg continues its expansion plans. USF System officials have signed a non-binding letter of intent to buy nearly four acres of land from the Poynter Institute for $6.2 million.

Tampa Bay Times

More than a half dozen authors with ties to the University of South Florida will appear alongside such literary heavyweights as R.L. Stine and Carl Hiaasen at the 22nd Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading this Saturday at the USF Saint Petersburg campus.

The list ranges from current faculty members like Jonathan Rottenberg (hear an interview with him here) to former faculty like St. Petersburg poet laureate Peter Meinke to USF graduate and "Daily Show" correspondent Aasif Mandvi. You can see a full schedule of speakers here.


Officials at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg have canceled a five-day visit by 14 African journalists that was to begin Oct. 31, because of fears of the Ebola virus.

In a letter today written by Han Reichgelt, regional vice president for academic affairs (see below), he says they're doing so out of an abundance of caution.

U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report has tallied up the data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities around the country and issued its 2015 Best College Rankings. While there's little movement at the top, schools in the Sunshine State are seeing some changes.

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The University of South Florida St. Petersburg is naming its College of Business after a Pinellas County entrepreneur who came to America on a steamship and worked her way up to starting her own internationally-known company.

The USF System Board of Trustees approved the new name - the USFSP Kate Tiedemann College of Business - at its meeting Thursday.

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Almost 2,800 students at the University of South Florida will wrap up the summer semester the best way possible Saturday - by graduating!

Over 1,600 of the students are expected to receive their diplomas during USF's 103rd Commencement Convocation. According to the university, a pair of ceremonies will be held at the USF Sun Dome on the Tampa campus.

9:00 a.m. ceremony will recognize graduates from:

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UPDATED 4:15 P.M. 3/4/14

Here's the University Beat TV report on the new WUSF studio at USF St. Petersburg.

Hear this week's University Beat radio report by clicking on this link.

USF St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs

For the second year in a row, St. Petersburg is hosting foreign affair specialists to talk about some of the most important international issues of the day, ranging from the United States' role in the Middle East, cyber-terrorism, and climate change.

The St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs, which began Thursday, is taking place at the USFSP University Student Center today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon. 

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