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Campus Insider: VanDeWoestyne tapped to lead academic advising team at USF Sarasota-Manatee campus

The University of South Florida is welcoming Jennifer VanDeWoestyne as the new assistant director of academic advising on the Sarasota-Manatee campus.

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Jennifer VanDeWoestyne, EdD

“I am very excited about becoming a part of the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus community as the assistant director of academic advising,” said VanDeWoestyne, who joined the academic advising team earlier this month. “This is a wonderful opportunity to work alongside a great team as we continue enhancing student success and working toward a common goal. I am proud to be a part of such a strong community, and I look forward to meeting everyone.”

VanDeWoestyne comes to USF from Queens University of Charlotte, in Charlotte, N.C., where she served as director of academic advising. She earned her doctorate in education from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Her responsibilities include overseeing the campus’s academic advising team, serving as the campus’s academic advocate, chairing the campus Persistence Committee, leading retention and persistence efforts, and representing the team on advising-related committees, councils and in meetings.

USF celebrates Women’s History Month

USF is celebrating Women’s History Month this month with a virtual art exhibit and a special student-led discussion about gender inequity issues, among other events. Visit here for more information and a full listing of Women’s History Month activities at USF.

The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement will hold a special peer-led “Beans and Banter” conversation about gender inequalities on March 15 at 4 p.m., on Microsoft Teams. Students can visit Bullsync! to register and for more information.

Also, a virtual Women’s History Month art exhibit will be held through March at the USF Centre Gallery. Visit here for information about the gallery.

“While figures such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margret Thatcher, ‘Rosie the Riveter’ and Betty Friedan are often linked to Women’s History Month, there are a multitude of other women who deserve to be honored as well,” said Hawa Allarakhia , a graduate assistant in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. “Let us also remember actress and scientist Hedy Lamarr, primatologist and conservationist Dian Fossey, mathematician Katherine Johnson, astronauts Sally Ride and Mae C. Jemison and authors Maya Angelou and Amy Tan, to name just a few.”

USF, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association webinar to explore COVID-19 impact on food safety

The University of South Florida M3 Center for Innovation and Technology and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) will present a virtual panel discussion, “Planning for the Future: How COVID-19 Will Alter the Food Safety Landscape,” on April 7 at noon.

The online discussion will feature industry experts Carol Dover, president of the FRLA; John Horne, owner of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar; Jenny Krueger, restaurant operations consultant at food service distributor USFoods; and Chris Tomasso, chief executive officer of First Watch Restaurants.

Joe Askren, an instructor in USF’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the Muma College of Business, will moderate the discussion.

“We are looking forward to hearing from our restaurant and food service industry partners regarding the current COVID climate,” Askren said. “I know they will have a lot to share with us and are eager to discuss their best practices that have kept them going through the extremely challenging past 12 months.”

The webinar is offered at no cost. Register by visiting

Ali appointed as associate editor of leading hospitality journal

USF Assistant Professor Faizan Ali has recently been appointed as associate editor (methodology) of the “International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management,” one of the hospitality industry’s leading academic journals.

Ali, who also serves as coordinator of graduate studies in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the Muma College of Business, previously served as assistant editor of the journal.

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Faizan Ali, PhD

“To be part of the senior editorial team is an honor for me,” said Ali, a faculty member on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. “I feel it is an amazing opportunity for me to grow even further, and I’m also honored that this occurred during the early years of my academic career.”

The IJCHM is regarded as one of the hospitality industry’s most influential academic journals. Articles submitted to the publication undergo a rigorous review process involving four or five reviewers, instead of the usual two used by most academic journals.

“It makes it quite difficult to publish in the IJCHM, and only the best-of-the-best submissions get published,” he said.

As associate editor (methodology), Ali is responsible for looking into methodological issues involving article submissions. In particular, he reviews methodology-related papers and advises regarding methodology-related decisions connected to the papers.

In addition to the IJCHM, he serves on editorial boards of close to a dozen research journals involving hospitality and tourism management and hospitality services marketing.

He also serves as coordinating editor of the “International Journal of Hospitality Management,” the industry’s top hospitality management journal; assistant editor (methodology) for the “Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology,” which is edited by Professor Cihan Cobanoglu of the USF School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the Muma College of Business; associate editor (doctoral research stream) for “The Service Industries Journal”; and associate editor (doctoral dissertation summaries) for the “European Journal of Tourism Research.”

New article by Kathy Black explores role of gerontological nurses in age-friendly movement

USF Professor Kathy Black partners with influential thought leaders in aging, public health and nursing to reimagine the role of gerontological nurses in the age-friendly movement in a new article, Advancing gerontological nursing at the intersection of age-friendly communities, health systems and public health.

The article, published this month in the “Journal of Gerontological Nursing” (Slack), explores how efforts by governments, foundations, universities, health professionals and others to advance healthy aging are presenting unique opportunities to gerontological nurses, who in turn have much to offer the movement.

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Kathy Black, PhD

“Gerontological nurses can leverage this growing interest in aging by enhancing their knowledge about age-friendly movements, influencing these movements with their expertise in evidence-based practices, and advancing their own competencies in caring for older adults in any setting,” Black and her co-authors write.

She said the article’s key takeaway is that, “by leveraging their unique knowledge and skills, gerontological nurses are well-positioned to advance the health of older adults across the age-friendly care continuum and throughout communities.”

Black is well known as a leader in the aging and the age-friendly community movement. She led Florida’s first age-friendly community in Sarasota and currently consults nationwide to assist other communities in becoming age-friendly. In addition, Black has received global recognition in her efforts involving the World Health Organization and International Federation on Ageing. 

Also contributing to the article were: Jane Carmody, senior program officer at the John A. Hartford Foundation; Alice Bonner, a researcher at the Brown University School of Public Health; Megan Wolfe, senior policy development manager at the Trust for America’s Health; and Terry Fulmer, president of the John A. Hartford Foundation.

E-Learning congratulates Ngo, Banner, Turnbull, Korala Gamage, Jimenez Arroyo and Altuna

E-Learning Services congratulates faculty and adjunct members Fawn Ngo, Edie Banner, Brian Turnbull, Ranjith Korala Gamage, Roberto Jimenez Arroyo and Margarita Altuna for successfully completing an Internal Quality Matters Course Review for their online courses.

The Internal Quality Matters Course Review is a rigorous process designed to certify quality and alignment through the Quality Matters rubric of best practices for online learning.

Instructors who successfully complete the Internal Quality Matters Review can include the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus Quality logo on the front page of their online course description and will be acknowledged for their achievements in the Florida Virtual Campus course directory.

For more about Quality Matters, contact E-Learning Services.

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