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Campus Insider | March 2023

Welcome to the March edition of Campus Insider, a monthly newsletter from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus featuring exciting university news, research and stories of impact.

Campus leadership kicked off the month of March with a groundbreaking ceremony, marking the beginning of a new era for the Sarasota-Manatee campus as construction of a six-story, 100,000-square-foot student center and residence hall began. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2024, the building will home as many as 200 students. Read on for more news from the Sarasota-Manatee campus, including upcoming events and engagement opportunities.

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Construction is officially underway for the first-ever student center and residence hall on the University of South Florida’s Sarasota-Manatee campus, launching a new era for USF’s home along Sarasota Bay and the surrounding community.

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student center and residence hall

Inside USF: The Podcast 

The latest episode of “Inside USF: The Podcast,” features an interview with University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus Regional Chancellor Karen Holbrook, in which she discusses expansion plans for the campus, including the groundbreaking for the new student center and residential housing complex; and planning for a new Nursing/STEM building.

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Karen Holbrook

Women’s Summit 

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus and Gulfside Wealth co-hosted the second annual Women’s Summit, featuring a networking breakfast and a slate of panel discussions on March 8 in the Selby Auditorium. 

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Women's Summit

Women’s History Month

Women's History Month is an annual celebration in March that highlights the contributions of women throughout history and contemporary society. The Office of Multicultural Affairs and campus partners host a series of educational and celebratory events throughout the month.

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Women's History Month

USF Sarasota-Manatee campus to host ‘Ukraine: One Year Later’ lecture series

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus on March 9 is co-hosting Part 2 of a four-part virtual speaker series, "Ukraine: One Year Later." Entitled “The Tools of War and the Effects of War on Health,” Part 2 will feature military and other experts who will speak about the use of drones, artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies in warfare. There also will be discussions of the effects of the war on health, and the role of the U.S. military in delivering humanitarian assistance.

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Ukraine: One Year Later

USF faculty members encourage colleagues to explore the possibilities of AI across disciplines

In a series of seminars and workshops, University of South Florida faculty are addressing the myriad effects artificial intelligence technologies, such as ChatGPT, will have on research and teaching in higher education.

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ChatGPT Graphic

USF professor enters "Jeopardy!" contestant zone, competes against fellow historians

Jonathan Scott Perry, an associate professor of history at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus, traveled to Los Angeles during winter break to compete in the game show “Jeopardy!”

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Professor Scott Perry on Jeopardy!

USF students reduce stigma surrounding mental health through creative expression

Rehearsals are underway for the USF production of This Is My Brave: College Edition. Through creative expression, USF students living with mental illness share their stories on stage in front of the community to break down the stigma surrounding mental health. In conjunction with the stage show, is the integration of the Photovoice exhibit.

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This is My Brave

College of Education faculty co-author ‘first of its kind’ ESOL textbook

The book will help teachers and school personnel better serve English learners in their classrooms by introducing and reviewing critical concepts through activities that allow readers to apply their knowledge.

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Big Book of Activities Book Cover

Around Campus

TEDxUSFSM — Members of the Sarasota-Manatee community interested in attending TEDxUSFSM 2023 on Thursday, March 30 from 6 - 9 p.m. in the Selby Auditorium are invited to apply before midnight on March 8. As an audience member, you will hear speakers from the community share ideas that are worth spreading and can expect to participate in community-building conversations. Apply today.

Open House — On March 9, the Sarasota-Manatee campus will host an open house for transfer students who are interested in applying or who have already applied to USF. RSVP today.

Ukraine: One Year Later — The second part in a four-part series titled, "Ukraine: One Year Later," will take place virtually on Thursday, March 9. The event, titled "The Tools of War and the Effects of War on Health," will feature keynote speaker Maj. Gen. David Scott Gray, chair, president and CEO of the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge, as well as panel discussions on drones and emerging technologies, artificial intelligence and health. Register now.

USF Alumni Awards: Call for Nominations — Nominate an extraordinary Bull to receive the university's highest alumni honors at the 2023 USF Alumni Awards. The USF Alumni Awards recognize outstanding alumni and community leaders, including one non-alum, who have made a significant contribution to the university and community. Submit nominations by March 17.

HospitaBull — Mark your calendar! The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management's premier event will be held at the one-of-a-kind boutique Sarasota hotel Art Ovation on March 28. Tickets and sponsorships are available now.

Student Research Showcase — Save the date! The Student Research Showcase returns to the Selby Auditorium on March 31 to celebrate the contributions that undergraduate and graduate students make to research in a wide range of disciplines.

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