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129th Commencement

Campus Insider | May 2023

This month, USF will confer more than 7,100 degrees during spring commencement ceremonies. The university is also celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Desi American heritage throughout the month. Read on to learn more about how students, faculty and staff are wrapping up the spring semester.

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Meet the spring graduates

As the University of South Florida prepares to award more than 7,100 degrees during spring commencement May 5-7, three outstanding spring graduates from the Sarasota-Manatee campus share their favorite moments and insights from their time at USF.

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USF selects architects, Hosts Ideation Sessions

Faculty, staff, students and community members at two ideation sessions Monday, April 24, shared with architects what they would like to see in the Nursing / STEM building.

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Sarasota Manatee Campus Render


With fanfare that matched the significance of their budding careers, 10 soon-to-be graduates from the University of South Florida College of Education signed contracts to teach at schools in the School District of Manatee County.

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Sarasota Manatee Educator Signing Day

award-winning faculty

University of South Florida Women in Leadership & Philanthropy has named two faculty members on the Sarasota-Manatee campus as recipients of Dr. Kathleen Moore Faculty Excellence Awards, which recognize female faculty at USF for their research, instructional excellence, mentorship and student engagement.

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Lindsay Persohn and Helene Robinson

Florida Library Association RECOGNIZES SCHOLARly contribution

Jessica Szempruch, the Sarasota-Manatee campus librarian, has received the Florida Library Association’s 2023 Outstanding Scholarly Contribution Award. 

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Jessica Szempruch

PAM Health expands partnership with USF Health College of Nursing

Accelerated second-degree students at the USF College of Nursing on the Sarasota-Manatee campus have the opportunity to have tuition and fees paid thanks to a new partnership with PAM Health.

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PAM Health Building

OPEN ENROLLMENT: Summer Grant Writing Workshop

Registration is open for the Summer Grant Writing Workshop, a certificate program designed to help early career faculty and doctoral students craft compelling funding proposals for their research goals.

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Grant Writing Workshops

NEW: Resilient Leadership CERTIFICATE PROGRam

The University of South Florida is launching a new certificate program, “Resilient Leadership in an Anxious World,” developed in conjunction with the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership and the M3 Center for Hospitality Technology and Innovation. The program will equip leaders with the skills and knowledge to understand the complex organizational dynamics and to navigate challenging situations with calm, clarity and conviction. 

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USF Federal Credit Union ANNOUNCES generous donation

The USF Federal Credit Union has announced more than $1 million in new support to USF through a combination of scholarship endowments and title sponsorships of signature events.

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USF Federal Credit Union presenting $1 Million gift to USF Foundation

Remake Learning Days

Almost 80 kids and family members put their forensic skills to work, partnering with volunteers from the University of South Florida to solve a doggone crime as part of a community learning festival.

The “crime” — the destruction of a dog toy left behind inadvertently at a dog park — wasn’t real, but program participants used investigative and scientific techniques that simulated those used by real criminal investigators to crack the case.

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Remake Learning Day

U.S. Department of Education  supports mental health programs

Two separate projects led by faculty in the USF College of Education and College of Behavioral and Community Sciences are being funded by a combined $8 million from the U.S. Department of Education to address mental health in Tampa Bay K-12 students.

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USF College of Education

State budget includes significant new funding

The Florida Legislature reached agreement on a state budget for the 2023-24 fiscal year that includes transformational increases in recurring operational funding and new investments in several significant projects for the University of South Florida.

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The Florida Legislature

Around Campus

Transforming Workplace Culture — The University of South Florida's Critical & Creative Design Thinking Program is proud to offer a workshop designed to address the needs of decision-makers in a world of rapidly accelerating change, complexity and adversity. Whether you are looking to grow your idea into a startup or bring critical thinking into your professional or personal decision-making, this workshop will equip you with tools to be a better leader. Reserve a spot today.

Spring 2023 Commencement — Ceremonies will be held at the Yuengling Center basketball arena on the Tampa campus on Friday, May 5 - Sunday, May 7 for students from all three USF campuses. View the complete schedule.

PAInT Presents: Jonathan Kirkland — Join the Florida Center for Partnerships in Arts-Integrated Teaching for an arts integration event featuring Jonathan Kirkland, an American singer and actor who played George Washington in the Chicago production of "Hamilton." The event will be held in-person on May 15 and virtually on May 16. RSVP today.

Summer Grant Writing Workshop — Learn how to frame your research proposal and draft a grant application in this virtual, asynchronous summer program. Sign up today.

Girls Inc. Eureka! — Girls Inc. Eureka! is returning to USF for a STEM-based summer camp aimed at engaging and empowering 8th - 12th grade girls. During the Eureka! program, girls get to participate in a variety of exciting and compelling activities that explore the cutting edge world of STEM through hands-on experiences in a college campus environment. Registration will close at 5 p.m. on May 26.

JGHC Summer Honors Institute: Mock Trial Intensive — The JGHC Summer Honors Institute: Mock Trial Intensive is now enrolling rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students for Summer 2023. In a week-long session, collegiate mock trail competitors and current law students will support high school students as they learn the step-by-step process of court proceedings and gain knowledge and experience of advocacy, critical thinking, creative thinking, argument construction, basic understanding of the law as it relates to the courtroom, courtroom decorum, logic, reason, rhetoric and public speaking. Register today.

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