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Working Poor Includes Professors and Childcare Workers

By Tammy Fields
Nov. 12, 2015

In the Tampa Bay area protests started early Tuesday morning and continued into the evening at Gaslight Park in downtown Tampa at the corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Franklin Street. The Bay area was among 20 cities across the state to join in on what's being called a National Day of Action to fight for an increase in the minimum wage to $15. Full Story

Full Video - Featuring Abigail Hall, Assistant Professor of Economics at The University of Tampa

More Retailers Recognizing Thanksgiving Holiday

By Jenny Dean
Nov. 11, 2015

You've probably seen the sign from Nordstrom making the rounds on social media. The company does not decorate its store for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, and its locations will be closed for the holiday. It's a long-standing policy for the store. But does this hurt or help these stores hungry for Christmas season profits? University of Tampa professor and marketing expert Ronald Kuntze says for most retailers the decision is two fold. "There's a strategy element of ... am I really selling anything at Thanksgiving? Do I need to be open? And then there is this movement which I think is very important where ... my employees ... let me give them a day off before the holidays." Full Story

Six Tampa College Students Made Final Cut for a $1 Million Clinton Prize

By Les Neuhaus
Tampa Bay Times
Sept. 27, 2015

Six students from the universities of Tampa and South Florida were in New York Saturday night as finalists in a prestigious competition for a $1 million award in connection with their work educating young children in Nigeria via cellphones over the summer.

The Tembo Education Group was the brainchild of a clutch of undergraduate and graduate students at the colleges who entered the annual Clinton Global Initiative Hult Prize. The students from Tembo, which means "elephant" in Swahili, were the only team from the United States who advanced to the finals out of the more than 20,000 students in the competition. Full Story

The Ex-Im Fight Makes a Comeback

By Robert L. Beekman and Brian T. Kench
Real Clear Policy
Sept. 22, 2015

Right now, both detractors and supporters of the Export-Import Bank are playing a waiting game. Everyone knows that, despite the lapse of Ex-Im's authorization this summer, legislators will try again to revive it. Some think it will come as part of the next spending resolution. Others think it could be attached to the next highway bill. Regardless, the debate continues. Full Story  

Student Entrepreneurs to Compete for $4,000 Prize at University of Tampa

By Justine Benstead
83 Degrees
Feb. 24, 2015

Win $4,000 in 90 seconds? Student entrepreneurs in the southeastern United States will have just that opportunity during the Spartan Business Pitch Competition at the University of Tampa. The event is a part of the 2015 Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference, which will take place at UT on Feb. 27-28, 2015. Daniel James Scott, executive director of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, is giving the keynote address. “I'm going to dispel the myths that attitude and failure are the magic bullets for achievement, and talk about the three shared traits - that you don't learn in college - that afford us the opportunity to win.” Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Bay Business Journal

Nearly 40 Percent of Wal-Mart’s U.S. Workers to Get Pay Raises

By Josh Thomas
Feb. 19, 2015

Wal-Mart has announced it will be increasing wages for its associates. Entry level wages will increase to $9 an hour in April and by February 2016, all current associates will earn at least $10 an hour. “A lot of employers are paying more than minimum wage, because in order to get decent and good workers you basically have to pay $10, $12 or more these days,” said Frank Ghannadian, dean of the College of Business. “Wal-Mart being one the biggest companies in the world, I think that’s appropriate for them to do it.” VIDEO

Team Hopes Socially Conscious Idea is Worth $1 Million National Prize

By Dave Nicholson
Tampa Tribune
Feb. 9, 2015

A team of University of Tampa students, including two from Plant City, recently advanced to the next round of an international competition for the best solutions to global problems. Trent Lott and Bijen Patel, childhood friends from Plant City, along with UT classmates Vignesh Parameswaran and Caio Lombardi Amaral, will compete in one of six regional competitions for the Hult Award, which has a $1 million top prize. “We wanted to fight childhood mortality,” Lott said. Their plan calls for the team to sell the sanitation products in developing countries, with the profits used to create free educational booklets and toys that would be distributed for children. Full story  

A Surge in Entrepreneurial Thinking

By Amy Martinez
Florida Trend
February 2015

Over the past decade, universities have had to respond to a growing demand for entrepreneurship-related courses from students of all majors. At The University of Tampa, Rebecca White, director of the Entrepreneurship Center, has increased enrollment in entrepreneurship-related majors to about 250 students, created partnerships with health care and tech firms and launched an accelerator project for students and recent alumni to grow their ideas. “Students today want the skills to be their own boss or to build something meaningful in the business community,” White said. “It’s about more than making lots of money. It’s about having a passion for something.”

Colleges Rush to Create Cybersecurity Soldiers

By Jerome Stockfisch
Tampa Tribune
Jan. 11, 2015

The ongoing cyberwarfare being waged around the globe has universities working to educate students in cybersecurity. At UT an undergraduate major in cybersecurity will be offered this fall. “The demand is very high. I’ve had students get into cyberspace companies with just one security class, never mind an entire major,” said Kenneth Knapp, a professor of information and technology management at UT and head of the school’s cybersecurity program. “With all of the high-profile breaches over this last year or so, more focus has been on security than I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been doing it since I was 21 years old in the Air Force.” Full story  

University of Tampa Tops the List of Tampa Bay MBA Programs by In-seat Enrollment

By Chris Erickson
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Dec. 19, 2014

The Tampa Bay Business Journal ranked MBA programs by local in-seat enrollment. UT came out on top, more than doubling the University of South Florida, which came in second. Full story

UT Student Entrepreneurs Compete for Global Prize Recognizing Solutions to Social Issues

By Justine Benstead
83 Degrees
Dec. 9, 2014

A team of five student entrepreneurs from the University of Tampa plans to bring bamboo to urban slums as a means of providing both sanitation and education. Their startup idea, called “BamBoost,” won the local competition of the Hult Prize in late November 2014. It involves selling bamboo-fiber diaper liners and toilet bags to families in urban slums -- products that address the need for improved sanitation and basic quality of life for disadvantaged children living in these impoverished areas. Full story

Vinik, James Match Wits with Wall Street

By Margie Manning
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Oct. 24, 2014

The program was billed as "Matching Wits with Wall Street," and two financial industry leaders didn't disappoint during University of Tampa's Sykes Hall of Fame Business Speaker Series. The discussion was led by Tom James, executive chairman of Raymond James Financial Inc. and Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik, who started and ran the hedge fund, Vinik Asset Management, which closed in 2013. On adversity, James said, "In the early '70s, the market came apart at the seams ... I made a mistake because I tried to grow too aggressively." Full story