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Campus Insider | March 2024

Welcome to the March 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 extends deadline for students to apply for housing scholarships

The deadline to apply for housing scholarships has been extended for new and returning students who want to live in USF Sarasota-Manatee's new residence hall when it opens this fall.

The scholarships, which will be for up to $4,000 over two semesters in 2024-25, are made possible by the generosity of community donors.

View from residence hall on campus

HospitaBull benefit for USF’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management set for March 26 at Michael’s On East in Sarasota

Guests will enjoy delightful hors d'oeuvres — including spicy tuna wonton cannolis, truffled deviled egg with tobiko black caviar and eggplant caponata on a plantain chip. The first course features a ruby and golden beet carpaccio salad and, for their entree, guests have a choice of spiced chateau of beef tenderloin, oven roasted chicken or vegan tikki masala. For those who manage to save room for dessert, a decadent chocolate cake with raspberry sauce and fresh berries awaits.


South Florida Finishes Season Undefeated at Home in AAC Play with 15th-Straight Victory

The No. 24 team extended the NCAA's longest, active winning streak to 15 games after an 85-72 victory against Tulane on Tuesday in front of the third-straight sellout crowd of 10,354 in the Yuengling Center.

South Florida Men's Basketball

USF Office of Veteran Success supports military connected students with $10,000 in scholarships

“It really means a lot that somebody is investing in me,” said Nafi S. Cunningham, who returned to USF to pursue an MBA 20 years after earning a bachelor’s degree from USF in 2003. “The MBA, coupled with my project management certification, will further my professional development and help me to achieve my goal of becoming an effective leader.”

Brett Kemker, April Edwards and Carlos Moreira

Synapse showcases USF’s leadership in the tech industry

Dozens of USF tech experts, colleges, departments and startup companies transformed Amalie Arena into a dynamic hub of innovation at Synapse 2024. The seventh annual premier Florida technology conference was packed with cutting-edge technology, entrepreneurs and investors with a common goal to drive economic growth and advance technology in Florida.

Synapse Summit

Criminology associate professor selected as associate editor of international journal

USF Sarasota-Manatee criminology Associate Professor Fawn Ngo has accepted an invitation to serve as the associate editor of Victims & Offenders: An International Journal of Evidence-based Research, Policy, and Practice.

Fawn Ngo

USF remains a top producer of Fulbright Scholars

With eight faculty and administrators selected for the highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program during the 2023-24 academic year, USF tied for No. 6 nationally. This is the eighth time in the past nine years USF has earned the prestigious top-producer designation.

USF and Fulbright Logo

USF ranks among the top 15 public universities in new patents

For the 11th consecutive year, the University of South Florida is one of the top 15 American public research universities for producing new U.S. utility patents, according to a new ranking released today by the National Academy of Inventors.

USF wall of plaques representing patents

Four staff members move into new roles in USF Research & Innovation

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

Sandy Justice

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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. Students committed to living in the new building are eligible for up to $4,000 in scholarships. Apply today.

Want an inside look? — Every week, USF Sarasota-Manatee Housing takes you past the construction fence and inside the new residence hall and student center for a sneak peek at the latest progress on this exciting project! Get a first-hand look at how the building continues to transform as we prepare to welcome the first residents later this year. Videos featuring construction updates from different areas of the new building are shared on the Sarasota-Manatee Housing Instagram every Friday. Check out our latest videos for a progress update and an inside look at the future 4 bedroom 2 bathroom apartments. Follow USF Sarasota-Manatee Housing on Facebook and Instagram for more!

Join the Office of Admissions for Open House — Transfer and FUSE applicants and prospective students are invited to visit the Sarasota-Manatee campus on March 7. RSVP to attend.

Learn about Middle East and policy history — Join the Office of Public Policy and the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership from 2:30 - 4 p.m. on March 7 in the Joint Military Leadership Center (CWY) on the Tampa campus for a panel discussion on Middle East policy and history featuring General (Ret.) Frank McKenzie, Mohsen Milani, Thomas Smith and Casey Welch. Register here.

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

Save 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 are available now.

Prepare for hurricane season — The Climate Adaptation Center will release its 2024 Hurricane Season Forecast at a new event scheduled for Thursday, April 4, in the Selby Auditorium. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Participate in an arts integration workshop — Discover the importance of arts integration during a day-long workshop titled, "Painting Literacy: Using Graphic Novels to Develop Literacy Skills." Held at the Marshall Student Center on the Tampa campus on April 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the workshop will feature practical tips for using graphic novels to develop literacy skills.

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.

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