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Campus Insider | February 2024

Welcome to the February 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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USF Sarasota-Manatee celebrates progress on new student center and residence hall with scholarship, naming announcements

New and returning students who want to live in USF Sarasota-Manatee's new residence hall when it opens this fall, are eligible for up to $4,000 in scholarships to take their place in USF history as “trailblazers” who will help shape the campus’s first residential community.

First student in residence hall on campus

USF's corporate partnerships provide students competitive edge in securing in-demand careers

USF's advisory councils bring unique experiences and knowledge to help create relevant curriculum, enhance research initiatives and provide professional development opportunities.

USF students work the front desk of a hotel.

USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty will direct online brewing arts certificate program

The University of South Florida has named Joe Askren director of the Brewing Arts program, creating an opportunity to expand partnerships between the College of Arts and Sciences and the Muma College of Business.

Joe Askren

USF offers record number of summer camps for K-12 students

The University of South Florida will offer more than 40 educational youth summer camps, including new camps focusing on business, technology, athletics, medicine, science and law.

Kids attend summer camp at usf


Several of the University of South Florida’s online graduate programs are considered among the best in the nation, according to the 2024 Best Online Programs rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. 

USF online programs ranked among the nation's best

Key legislative priority would make USF a model for supporting veteran and military-connected students

USF seeks to strengthen the support and services it provides to veterans, military-connected students and first responders through a new request for funding in this year’s legislative session. The funds would lead to new or upgraded Office of Veteran Success facilities on all three USF campuses.

Military students in formation

USF Sarasota-Manatee's Denise Davis-Cotton touts the power of arts-integrated teaching to foreign visitors at Louisiana school

The director of the Florida Center for Partnerships in Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT), was part of an international group that recently visited a Louisiana school to glean how lessons learned from the school’s arts programs might be applied overseas.

Denise Davis-Cotton

USF expands artificial intelligence research with new business lab

The lab will provide research opportunities for students and faculty to explore the implications of artificial intelligence.

Student with biometric sensors on head working on computer.

New book examines the work of English playwright John Marston through a feminist lens

Su Senapati, a professor of instruction in the Department of English at USF Sarasota-Manatee, published “Images of Women and Gender Identity in John Marston's Plays.”

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USF Day at the Capitol highlights AAU achievement, emphasizes priorities for ongoing success

The annual gathering in the state capitol is organized by USF Student Government and coincides with the current legislative session, which concludes March 8. The visit allows Bulls to rally support for university priorities while lawmakers provide a glimpse into the democratic process.

Rocky goes to Tallahassee

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Live on the Sarasota-Manatee campus — Applications to live in the new student center and residence hall at USF Sarasota-Manatee are open. Feb. 14 is the priority deadline for students to apply for up to $4,000 in scholarships. Apply today.

Enjoy an evening with Colson Whitehead — Take a trip to the Tampa campus this evening (Feb. 7) to hear Colson Whitehead discuss the real-life history and inspiration behind "The Nickel Boys," the acclaimed novel that tells the heart-wrenching story of two boys living under Jim Crow at one of the country’s most notorious juvenile correction institutions. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required. 

Get ready for Synapse Summit 2024 — Synapse Summit is an annual innovation conference designed to connect, catalyze, and celebrate Florida’s innovation leaders. It offers diverse stages and showcases for attendees to learn about emerging technologies and technology's influence on various industries. The event, held this year on Feb. 28 at Amalie Arena, has an agenda of presentations from notable business leaders and entrepreneurs, networking opportunities and immersive experiences aimed at propelling the tech industry in Florida. Several dignitaries from USF, including President Rhea Law, are scheduled to speak. One of USF's exhibits will also feature the Department of Criminology and Sarasota-Manatee Assistant Professor C. Jordan Howell. Tickets are available now.

Attend the USF Green & Gold Gala — Guests will enjoy a memorable evening at the Florida Aquarium on March 9. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Make plans for Spring Break — USF's Spring Break will take place March 11-17. No classes will be held during that time.

Join the inclusive accessibility movement — Faculty, students, community leaders and advocates are invited to attend the first annual I AM STEM symposium on March 15 for a friendly conversation and co-learning experience. Registration is now open.

Save the date and your appetite for HospitaBull — The 12th annual HospitaBull will be held on Tuesday, March 26 at the celebrated Michael's on East — one of Sarasota's premier restaurants. This elegant dining event will be organized, prepared and served by students in USF’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Working closely with a team of culinary professionals from Michael's on East, students will gain valuable hands-on experience while providing USF alumni and friends with an opportunity to support scholarships and programs in USF Sarasota-Manatee's award-winning School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Tickets will be available soon.

Attend the International Business Forum — Join USF World, the Muma College of Business and the Office of University Community Partnerships on April 10 in the Marshall Student Center on the Tampa campus for the International Business Forum. Discover the depth of USF's global engagement and its role in fostering international business within the region, showcasing an array of resources and services. Learn from subject matter experts and engage in valuable networking opportunities with international businesses and associations, global organizations, and esteemed members of the diplomatic corps. This event is free. Registration is encouraged but not required.

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