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Chinese Graduate Student Plants English Garden

The University of Tampa
Feb. 2, 2016
 

“Through the experiences of my son and I, we wanted to help other Chinese students,” said Zhang, who in late 2015 created a free, online program for Chinese speakers to learn English.

My English Garden hosts video tutorials on YouTube and Tencent, the Chinese version of YouTube, which are accessible to people of all ages. The videos cover language as well as arithmetic, U.S. culture and science. After a month of being online, she has 70 videos available with a total of more than 6,000 views on Tencent.

The live chat feature pairs Chinese students, from kindergarten through high school, with an English tutor here in the U.S. Zhang’s son talks with 13 students a week, helping each with pronunciation and conversational English. - See more at: http://www.ut.edu/Chinese-Graduate-Student-Plants-English-Garden.aspx#sthash.EDeqRQfV.dpuf
“Through the experiences of my son and I, we wanted to help other Chinese students,” said Zhang, who in late 2015 created a free, online program for Chinese speakers to learn English.

My English Garden hosts video tutorials on YouTube and Tencent, the Chinese version of YouTube, which are accessible to people of all ages. The videos cover language as well as arithmetic, U.S. culture and science. After a month of being online, she has 70 videos available with a total of more than 6,000 views on Tencent.

The live chat feature pairs Chinese students, from kindergarten through high school, with an English tutor here in the U.S. Zhang’s son talks with 13 students a week, helping each with pronunciation and conversational English. - See more at: http://www.ut.edu/Chinese-Graduate-Student-Plants-English-Garden.aspx#sthash.EDeqRQfV.dpuf
“Through the experiences of my son and I, we wanted to help other Chinese students,” said Zhang, who in late 2015 created a free, online program for Chinese speakers to learn English.

My English Garden hosts video tutorials on YouTube and Tencent, the Chinese version of YouTube, which are accessible to people of all ages. The videos cover language as well as arithmetic, U.S. culture and science. After a month of being online, she has 70 videos available with a total of more than 6,000 views on Tencent. - See more at: http://www.ut.edu/Chinese-Graduate-Student-Plants-English-Garden.aspx#sthash.EDeqRQfV.dpuf
“Through the experiences of my son and I, we wanted to help other Chinese students,” said Zhang, who in late 2015 created a free, online program for Chinese speakers to learn English.

My English Garden hosts video tutorials on YouTube and Tencent, the Chinese version of YouTube, which are accessible to people of all ages. The videos cover language as well as arithmetic, U.S. culture and science. After a month of being online, she has 70 videos available with a total of more than 6,000 views on Tencent. - See more at: http://www.ut.edu/Chinese-Graduate-Student-Plants-English-Garden.aspx#sthash.EDeqRQfV.dpuf
“Through the experiences of my son and I, we wanted to help other Chinese students,” said Zhang, who in late 2015 created a free, online program for Chinese speakers to learn English.

My English Garden hosts video tutorials on YouTube and Tencent, the Chinese version of YouTube, which are accessible to people of all ages. The videos cover language as well as arithmetic, U.S. culture and science. After a month of being online, she has 70 videos available with a total of more than 6,000 views on Tencent. - See more at: http://www.ut.edu/Chinese-Graduate-Student-Plants-English-Garden.aspx#sthash.EDeqRQfV.dpuf
“Through the experiences of my son and I, we wanted to help other Chinese students,” said Zhang, who in late 2015 created a free, online program for Chinese speakers to learn English.

My English Garden hosts video tutorials on YouTube and Tencent, the Chinese version of YouTube, which are accessible to people of all ages. The videos cover language as well as arithmetic, U.S. culture and science. After a month of being online, she has 70 videos available with a total of more than 6,000 views on Tencent. - See more at: http://www.ut.edu/Chinese-Graduate-Student-Plants-English-Garden.aspx#sthash.EDeqRQfV.dpuf
“Through the experiences of my son and I, we wanted to help other Chinese students,” said Zhang, who in late 2015 created a free, online program for Chinese speakers to learn English.

My English Garden hosts video tutorials on YouTube and Tencent, the Chinese version of YouTube, which are accessible to people of all ages. The videos cover language as well as arithmetic, U.S. culture and science. After a month of being online, she has 70 videos available with a total of more than 6,000 views on Tencent. - See more at: http://www.ut.edu/Chinese-Graduate-Student-Plants-English-Garden.aspx#sthash.EDeqRQfV.dpuf
“Through the experiences of my son and I, we wanted to help other Chinese students,” said Zhang, who in late 2015 created a free, online program for Chinese speakers to learn English.

My English Garden hosts video tutorials on YouTube and Tencent, the Chinese version of YouTube, which are accessible to people of all ages. The videos cover language as well as arithmetic, U.S. culture and science. After a month of being online, she has 70 videos available with a total of more than 6,000 views on Tencent. - See more at: http://www.ut.edu/Chinese-Graduate-Student-Plants-English-Garden.aspx#sthash.EDeqRQfV.dpuf
 

UT Sykes College of Business graduate student Yafeng Zhang, M.S. '16 started My English Garden. The service hosts video tutorials on YouTube and Tencent, the Chinese version of YouTube, which are accessible to people of all ages. The videos cover language as well as arithmetic, U.S. culture and science. After a month of being online, she has 70 videos available with a total of more than 6,000 views on Tencent. The live chat feature pairs Chinese students, from kindergarten through high school, with an English tutor here in the U.S. Full Story

She hopes to increase their offerings, such as doing audio recordings specific to each student’s needs, and would like to pursue nonprofit status. She has 40 total volunteers with My English Garden helping with everything from marketing to video production. Of those, 10 are students helping with the live chats. - See more at: http://www.ut.edu/Chinese-Graduate-Student-Plants-English-Garden.aspx#sthash.EDeqRQfV.dpuf
She hopes to increase their offerings, such as doing audio recordings specific to each student’s needs, and would like to pursue nonprofit status. She has 40 total volunteers with My English Garden helping with everything from marketing to video production. Of those, 10 are students helping with the live chats. - See more at: http://www.ut.edu/Chinese-Graduate-Student-Plants-English-Garden.aspx#sthash.EDeqRQfV.dpuf

Future Founders Names 18 Entrepreneurs to National Fellowship Cohort - UT Students Matthew Sarli Selected

PR Newswire
Jan. 27, 2016
 

The Fellowship is a selective year-long program that accelerates the success of the nation's top young entrepreneurs. Fellows have priority access to all Future Founders Startup services plus benefit from mentoring, entrepreneurial experiences, a peer community and volunteer opportunities through other Future Founders programs.

"The 2016 Fellows represent some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs across the country," said Scott Issen, president and CEO of Future Founders. "We have high hopes that this year's cohort will match or exceed the significant business and personal milestones that our 2015 cohort achieved. We're enhancing the 2016 Fellowship experience by launching intensive Founders Weekends and community-building activities to better support these rockstar entrepreneurs." Full Story

UT Entrepreneurship Center Named a National Model Program for Entrepreneurship Education

Bloomberg
Jan. 26, 2016
 

The Lowth Entrepreneurship Center in The University of Tampa was recently awarded the National Model Program Award for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship at its annual conference in San Diego. The awards are given for exemplary programs that reflect innovation, quality, comprehensiveness, sustainability, transferability, depth of support and impact. “This award is arguably the most coveted award among entrepreneurship educators in the United States,” said Rebecca White, director of the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center and professor of entrepreneurship. Full Story

Why We Shouldn't Outlaw 'Unpaid' Internships

By Jennifer Schneible, UT Freshman and Abigail R. Hall, UT Assistant Professor of Economics
Newsday
Jan. 25, 2016
 

For a new college graduate, finding a job is stressful. In a job market dominated by resumes, connections and previous work experience, college students will often turn to internships, paid and unpaid, to gain a competitive edge. However, some critics want unpaid internships outlawed. Interns expect to benefit significantly from their experiences even if unpaid — or they wouldn’t take the positions. And if unpaid internships were eliminated, paid internships would be more difficult to find, would pay less than at present and would have worse working conditions. Full Story

2016 Debuts With Better Startups, Smarter Mentoring, Rising Venture Capital Interest

By Robert Trigaux
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 22, 2015

The Tampa Bay startup community's resolution for the new year must have been to kick into higher gear. The good news is the area startup scene is starting to get more notice from venture capital firms and from Silicon Valley. Even Forbes picked the co-founders of a Tampa startup, Tembo, for its Class of 2016 30-Under-30 list. It's hard to believe Phil Michaels, now 28, came up with the idea for the Tampa startup Tembo only 15 months ago. He says Tembo is busy raising $1 million to fund the team's moving back to Africa to fine-tune its educational programs and mobile delivery system before "scaling the business up." So far, Tembo is talking to various potential investors and has also entered several other startup competitions. Full Story

Honors and Awards

BizEd
Jan. 11, 2016
 

The Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at The University of Tampa has been awarded the Entrepreneurship Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation Award by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC). The GCEC awards are judged by peer entrepreneurship directors to recognize top performers in entrepreneurship education. Full Story

UT Student Team Wins Local Round of Hult Prize Competition

By Justine Benstead
83 Degrees Media
Dec. 16, 2015

Each student team competes in a regional round before moving on to the finals in New York City next fall; but before teams can head to Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, or Shanghai for regionals, they must win the competition at the local level. In December 2015, a student team from UT, led by business management student Bay Downing, took top honors in the local round of competition.

Team OptiMrkt was chosen of the 10 competing teams because they “had the most compelling idea,” explains Hult Prize at UT Campus Director Caio Amaral. “The main argument was that the initiative and team work in OptiMrkt was very optimistic.”

OptiMrkt aims to reinvent the way that trade works for those “on the bottom of the pyramid” with a fresh approach to urban markets. Full Story

Announcing the 2015 Global Startup Battle Champions

By Dae Smith
UP Global
Dec. 14, 2015
 
LiftSync is a tech fitness company focused on transcending the barriers of fitness. Founded by Matt, Pat and Mariner, the idea hits close to home with all three feeling as if they have not seen the proper progress in the gym. The team has a wide breadth of knowledge from electrical engineering to entrepreneurship and finance. The LiftSync team placed 1st in Startup Weekend Tampa Bay and has received support from the Lowth Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Tampa.  Full story

3 Tips to Snag Startup Success

By Eric Liguori
Media Planet: Future of Business and Tech
Nov. 30, 2015

Navigating the complex world of starting and running a small business can be challenging, but that does not stop aspiring entrepreneurs from founding one of over 400,000 new U.S. businesses each year. That said, U.S. Census Bureau data indicates that since 2008 the U.S. has seen more businesses close than open. To ensure you’re not one of the thousands of failures each year, use these three tips to help navigate the uncertain and risk-laden small business environment. Full Story

Working Poor Includes Professors and Childcare Workers

By Tammy Fields
WTSP - 10NEWS
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
WTSP - 10NEWS
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

Governor Scott Recognizes Jared Shlager with Young Entrepreneur Award

  Nov. 10, 2015

During a meeting of Florida’s Cabinet today, Governor Rick Scott recognized 24 year-old Jared Shlager with the Governor’s Young Entrepreneur Award. Shlager started his first business at 16 years old with the goal of creating high quality pet products such as pet food and supplies. Throughout high school, and out of his dorm room at the University of Tampa, Shlager founded an online pet supply store through businesses such as JMS Creative Designs, Pet La Vie, and most recently, Boston Treat House and Pawmegranate. His products are sold in markets across the world including major stores such as Home Goods. He plans to expand to other retailers in the coming months. 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
WFLA
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