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Campus Insider | November 2023

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

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Tickets on sale for 2023 Brunch on the Bay on Sarasota-Manatee campus

Tickets are on sale for Brunch on the Bay, the annual marquee fundraiser for the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, which returns on Nov. 5. Attendees will enjoy culinary delights from local restaurants and caterers, and get a sneak peek at a major campus expansion project: A new student center and residence hall set to open in the fall of 2024.

Proceeds from the 2023 Brunch on the Bay will support student scholarships and campus initiatives.

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USF Housing accepting applications for new residence hall at Sarasota-Manatee campus

Natalia Chersia De Leon, a sophomore psychology major, was among the first students in line when USF Housing this fall began accepting applications for the 200 available beds in the residence hall, which is scheduled to open for the fall 2024 semester.

The top four floors of the six-story building under construction on the south side of the campus courtyard adjacent to the Selby Auditorium and Crosley Campus Center, will consist of suite-style and apartment-style residences. The first and second floors will be home to a new student center, making space for new and existing student services that have outgrown their quarters elsewhere on campus.

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Florida Center for PAInT director awarded $2.6 million grant to bring arts-integrated pedagogy to civics classrooms

Denise Davis-Cotton received a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to launch a professional development program for educators who teach social studies in elementary and middle schools that serve low-socioeconomic status households and communities.

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Sarasota-Manatee Regional Chancellor Karen Holbrook will lead Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp.

USF Sarasota-Manatee Regional Chancellor Karen Holbrook will be the next chair of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. while the organization works to develop aviation-related industries in the area. 

Holbrook, a former president of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, speaks often about USF’s plans to help fill the local talent pipeline with needed aviation industry workers, including eventually starting an aeronautical engineering program at the Sarasota-Manatee campus. 

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USF will celebrate 'International Education Week' all month

The University of South Florida will host dozens of events this November for International Education Month — the preeminent research university’s answer to a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State to promote programs that prepare students for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences.  

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Cybersecurity and AI Day gives high schoolers a peek at how USF Sarasota-Manatee can prepare them for in-demand jobs

About 100 Sarasota high school students received a crash course on the cybersecurity industry — and how the University of South Florida and corporate partners like Cisco can prepare them for a potentially lucrative career in the field — during a first-ever Cybersecurity and AI Day at the Sarasota-Manatee campus on Oct. 20.

The campus was the perfect venue for the event, as it is home to the Muma College of Business’s Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Management, or IACM, undergraduate program, led by Professor Giti Javidi.

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USF and McKibbon Hospitality expand partnership with new cooperative learning program

The new cooperative learning program will allow two students to shadow leaders throughout McKibbon's portfolio of Tampa-based hotels and corporate offices.

Students will rotate across McKibbon’s different departments and properties, working closely with department heads and assisting with a variety of projects exposing them to the multifaceted world of hotel management while helping them map out their future career path.

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF recognizes Outstanding Staff AND SOL Award Winners

The University of South Florida celebrated winners of the Outstanding Staff Awards and the Status-of-Latinos (SoL) Awards in ceremonies on Oct. 5 and 6.

USF Sarasota-Manatee outstanding staff award winners

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2023 Brunch on the Bay — The marquee fund-raising event for the Sarasota-Manatee campus will return from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5. Limited tickets will be available until end of day, Friday, Nov. 3.

Bulls Bistro — Tickets are on sale for Bulls Bistro, which will return to the Café on the Sarasota-Manatee campus on Nov. 7 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Tickets include three tapas and two glasses of wine or two domestic beers.

International Research Symposium — Join campus leadership, faculty, staff and students in the Selby Auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 8 for the inaugural International Research Symposium. The day-long event will feature presentations that highlight the many ways the Sarasota-Manatee campus intersects with the international community, including global research and study abroad opportunities. Registration is now open.

Red Tide in the Gulf Coast Panel Discussion — Join the Science & Technology Society in the Selby Auditorium on Nov. 13 for a panel discussion on red tide, its causes, mitigation efforts and critical legislation currently under debate in Tallahassee. Tickets are available now and free to USF faculty and students.

Sarasota Sister City Showcase — Students, faculty and staff are invited to join USF World in the Selby Auditorium on Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for an immersive, global culinary and cultural adventure featuring flavors, traditions and music from around the world. Registration is now open.

Crosley Dinner Series — The Crosley Dinner Series will return to the Powel Crosley Estate on Nov. 14. Tickets are available now.

Wear Green Wednesday — Show off your South Florida pride by wearing your green every Wednesday! Join the herd on social with #USFGreenWednesday.

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