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AUGUST 2018 | XLI – VOL 1

University Ditches Plastic Straws
2018-2019 Sykes Chapel Concert Artist Series
New Institute Focused on Sales Excellence
Sustainability Corner
Summer Construction Wrap Up
Where are Riverside Offices Located for the Fall?
Be Prepared for Stormy Weather
Q-and-A with Sabrina Griffith, Director of Student Care and Advocacy

University Ditches Plastic Straws

Dining Hall

When dining on campus this fall, you'll likely notice something missing — plastic straws.

The University, in partnership with its dining services provider, Sodexo, will no longer offer single-use plastic straws and stirrers. (Paper straws will be available upon request.)

President Ronald Vaughn said UT and Sodexo chose to make the change due to the detrimental environmental impacts of plastic straws.

“Especially being in Florida, on the bank of the Hillsborough River, we want to improve the health of our nearby waterways and oceans, and reduce our overall environmental impact,” Vaughn said. “Removing plastic straws and other plastic products helps with the much bigger sustainability issue.”

UT and Sodexo join numerous other companies in going strawless, including Starbucks, Disney, Hyatt, Busch Gardens and the Florida cities of Miami Beach, Fort Myers Beach and St. Petersburg.

According to reports, Americans use 500 million straws every day, and by 2050, it's projected there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish.

The strawless initiative goes hand-in-hand with UT's efforts to substantially reduce its use of other plastic products on campus:
  • Over the past three years, UT has installed 54 water bottle refill stations on campus. This has eliminated the use of 2.4 million single-use plastic bottles.
  • This fall, Sodexo will offer biodegradable clamshell to-go containers that are microwavable and refrigerator safe, as well as soak proof and oil resistant.
  • Hot and cold Styrofoam or plastic cups and lids will be replaced with cups and lids fabricated with 100 percent compostable, disposable material.
For more information, learn about UT's sustainability efforts.

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2018-2019 Sykes Chapel Concert Artist Series Announced

First Friday @ Noon back by popular demand.

The 2018-2019 Sykes Chapel Concert Artist Series will be a journey through setting and sound! This series of free, public concerts, now under the direction of Grigorios Zamparas, associate professor of music, will include a wide variety of performers and music styles.

Sykes Collage

Of special note this year for faculty and staff is the return of the First Fridays @ Noon Recital Series, which are a great way to spend your lunchbreak and kick off the weekend. This series of free, 45-minute recitals will held the first Friday of each month throughout the academic year — Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Dec. 7, Feb. 1, March 1, April 5 and May 3 — beginning at noon.

The lineup for the main concert series includes:

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, 2 p.m., A Program of Firsts — Organist Haig Mardirosian will perform the Symphony No. 1 for organ by Louis Vierne, and sonatas by José Lidón and Herbert Howells.

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, 2 p.m., Words of Love and Wisdom — ModernMedieval, an all-female trio of voices comprised of Eliza Bagg, Martha Cluver and artistic director Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, will perform chants by Hildegard of Bingen interwoven with new works by acclaimed composers.

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, 2 and 4 p.m., Let Heaven and Nature Sing: The UT Holiday Concert — Traditional and new holiday music sung by the student voices of the UT Chamber Singers and Camerata under the direction of Ryan Hebert.

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, 2 p.m., Dance! Dance! Dance! — A native of Germany, Felix Hell is one of the most sought after concert organists in the world. The American Organist raved that he “sets the standards that older and honored players would struggle to equal.”

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 2 p.m., Celebrating the Music of Sergei Rachmaninoff — Cellist Emilio Colón will join soprano Hein Jung and pianist Grigorios Zamparas for a program of Rachmaninoff, including his most famous chamber music piece, the Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 19, in G minor.

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 2 p.m., Voice and Harp — Italian operatic tenor Stefano Marra and French harpist Coline-Marie Orliac team up for a program featuring works of Frédéric Chopin, the romances of Tosti and a selection of Neapolitan songs.

Doors open 30 minutes before each concert.

The series is underwritten by the UT College of Arts and Letters. For more information, contact

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New Institute Focused on Sales Excellence

COB logo sales

Around 60 percent of business majors will begin their career with a job in sales, according to Stacey Schetzsle, associate professor of marketing. If they are a marketing major, that number increases to 88 percent.

“If that's where the jobs are, we need to prepare students for these entry-level positions,” she said.

To that end, the University has established a new institute tasked with the primary mission of educating interested students of all majors in sales methodologies and preparing them for careers in sales.

The Institute for Sales Excellence, based in the Sykes College of Business, will provide world-class sales education and training through relevant business-to-business (B2B) sales methodologies and research to enhance the sales curriculum in the College of Business.

Schetzsle, who is the director of the new institute, said students at universities with a sales curriculum graduate with the equivalent of two to five years of experience.

“They are more confident and have a better understanding of the sales process,” she said. “For the businesses that hire them, this shortens the training process and decreases turnover.”

While the institute was formally established on June 1, Schetzsle already hosted two events during the 2017-2018 year that will be a core part of the institute going forward. The first, the Spartan Sales Challenge, allowed UT students to apply their communication and selling skills in an elevator pitch competition and a B2B professional sales role-play.

The second, a reverse career fair, flipped the traditional career fair —students in the professional selling course created a table display based on their personal brand with the objective of attracting recruiters to stop and talk to them. The exercise helps drive home the theory students are learning in class.

“Students sometimes don't understand what it all means until the reverse career fair,” said Schetzsle. “Interacting with professionals allows students to connect what they are learning in class to the real world.”

As the institute grows, Schetzsle hopes it will serve as a staffing source for both local and national/international businesses. She also hopes the institute will become a resource for organizations in the area, offering training, boot camps and consulting.

“The biggest thing we hope to communicate is that sales is not just a job, it's an actual career,” she said. “Through the institute, students can take an assessment program to identify what types of sales they'd be skilled at. It's not a one-size fits all.”

For more information about the institute, contact Schetzsle at x3145 or

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Sustainable UT

Recycling is BeaUTiful

By Taegan McMahon, assistant professor of biology


This past year several of our hard-working student organizations, including Student Environmental Action Coalition, Environmental Protection Coalition and UT Roots and Shoots, formed a strong team, run by Alexandra “Ally” Marter, to ask for an enhanced, campus-wide recycling program through the Recycling is beaUTiful campaign.

“Students and faculty have been frustrated with the lack of recycling accessibility on UT's campus for a long time,” Marter stated. “The Faculty Sustainability Committee (FSC) has been championing solutions and pushing for recycling improvements for a long time. UT administration has been reluctant to move in this direction for a long time, because of the logistical issues of recycling on a college campus. The Recycling is beaUTiful campaign brought these three groups together for a meaningful dialogue on recycling, and I think that dialogue is the best way to foster change."

Throughout 2017, the students showed dedication to the school, our community and the environment, as well as created a strong collaborative network gaining skills beyond the classroom. This team captured thousands of images of the UT community, including students, faculty, staff and alumni, all of whom supported a stronger recycling effort on campus. Thousands signed a petition asking for recycling and posed for a photo holding a Recycling is beaUTiful sign, which was then used to create a photo mosaic.

Marter and her team worked with their faculty mentors (Taegan McMahon and Daniel Huber) to collect signatures and photos, and then took all of that to Aaron Walker in the Department of Film, Animation and New Media to design, create and implement this work of art. This was an impressive piece of work, considering the students not only had to campaign and take thousands of photos, but they also had to prep each of these images to be part of the mosaic. This photo mosaic shows the vast strength and support of the UT community, the photos come together to create an image of UT's beautiful Plant Hall.

Marter and her team celebrated Earth Day 2018 by officially gifting this photo mosaic to President Vaughn on behalf of the UT community. Along with this piece of art the students also handed the administration 3,106 signatures through their online petition, collected from the supportive UT community.

“In my last meeting with UT administration, we agreed to form a committee with representation from the key groups — facilities, FSC and students. I look forward to continuing the dialogue and pairing it with action this fall semester in monthly committee meetings,” said Marter.

“It was encouraging to see the enthusiastic response the campaign received from UT students and staff, and now UT environmental clubs can use that campus awareness as a launching point for sustainability initiatives and education. The club I lead, Roots & Shoots, will be forming a recycling focus group that will continue the work that we started with Recycling is beaUTiful,” said Marter.

UT is proud of their students' efforts, showing a clear ability to work hard as a team and community to try to expand campus recycling. Our students are strong, working as a team, and we should loudly celebrate their accomplishments. UT is a beautiful campus, and our students are working hard to strengthen its image and integrity. We are proud to have created such strong representatives of our beautiful institution. As Marter said, let's continue the dialoge and keep promoting their Recycling is beaUTiful campaign.

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Summer Construction Wrap Up

GHS Building

Graduate and Health Studies Building — Construction is complete. The Department of Nursing, Department of Physician Assistant Medicine, Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies and physics faculty are all now located in GHS, along with general-use classrooms, study areas and breakout areas. GHS is expected to be LEED Silver certified, and hosts innovative classrooms with the latest technology. An open house is planned for Friday, Aug. 31, from 9:30–11 a.m.

Smiley Hall — A complete refresh to the residence hall upgraded plumbing, flooring and finishes. All bathrooms were renovated along with a new, up-to-date two-story lobby. The building features a new fire sprinkler system and an elevator to the second floor.

Riverside Center — Work on the rebuilding of the Riverside Center continues, and is expected to be completed for the Spring 2018 semester.

Brevard Avenue and Spaulding Drive — Brevard Avenue between Spaulding Drive and North A Street was restored over the summer to its original brick pavers. New pavers and landscape have been added that alert drivers to pedestrians while creating an aesthetic new entry to Brevard Hall.

Plant Hall — Repairs to the Science Wing roof will briefly continue into the fall. Substantial repairs have been completed to the Science Wing, including new ceilings, lights, brick pointing, tuck and sealing, as well as energy efficient window films that limit solar radiance into the building while keeping the appearance and legacy of the building's historic windows. Electrical upgrades will continue to provide more reliable service and remove old abandoned circuits. In the fall, some minor repairs will occur in the Rathskeller at the bar area, but will not inhibit food service and dining areas.

North Boulevard — Throughout the fall semester, North Boulevard will receive UT signature lighting and sidewalk improvements that include landscape and new fencing. Along Kennedy Boulevard, UT signature lights will be added to eliminate old poles as well. It is anticipated the work will not impede traffic much, but note the city of Tampa will also have some cabling infrastructure down North Boulevard as well. Global emails will be sent with any pertinent updates.

Falk Theatre — Repairs to the front façade to tuck-point brick, clean and seal are complete. The cast stone features were restored along with the original tile roofing replaced. Work will continue along the back side of the building, but will not inhibit classes or facility use.

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Where are Riverside Offices Located for the Fall?

Riverside contruction

With the Riverside Center undergoing a major rebuild, you may be wondering where to find Mail Services, Human Resources or one of the other offices that usually reside there. Here's a quick rundown of their temporary locations:
  • Mail Services — Academic Tutoring and Academic Coaching Building
  • Career Services — Walker Hall
  • Human Resources — Walker Hall
  • Public Information and Publications — Fairgrounds Building
  • Development and University Relations — Faculty/Staff Offices (across Kennedy Boulevard from the main gate)
  • Admissions — Support areas for Admissions are at 909 Kennedy Blvd., the Call Center is in Walker Hall.
  • Language Lab — Classes have been assigned to other rooms on campus. Check class schedules carefully.

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Be Prepared for Stormy Weather


Summer break may be over, but Florida's rainy season and the Atlantic hurricane season are still in full swing.

During the rainy season, as well as the obvious increase in rainfall, there is an increase in associated hazards, especially lightning. In fact, Tampa and the surrounding west central Florida area experiences more lightning than anywhere else in the United States, with more than 100 days of thunderstorms annually.

To maximize the safety of the campus community, UT utilizes a lightning prediction system called Thor Guard. The rooftop system, which consists of three units on the roof of the Macdonald-Kelce Library, McKay Hall and the Bailey Art Studios, emit an audible 15-second horn blast when atmospheric weather conditions are imminently likely to produce dangerous lightning strikes on or around the UT campus. Once the lightning threat passes, three 5-second horn blasts will indicate an “all clear.”

During hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30, UT's Emergency Communications Group and the Emergency Operations Team monitor inclement weather closely and offer the following additional guidance to assist you in your preparations:

Plan for yourself, your family and friends, and your pets first. The Tampa Bay Times provides a basic guide for all area residents, which is a good place to begin. Hillsborough County also has resources for planning.

Sign up for weather alerts with your favorite news outlet or weather information organization. The National Hurricane Center is the authoritative source, and they have free phone apps, too. You can also subscribe to city and county emergency alerts.

Be familiar with the campus web resources for general and specific information about hurricane events. Alerts regarding any closures or interruptions to normal operations during an approaching storm will be posted on the home page of

Record your cell phone numbers in SpartanWeb so you can be reached by text alerts. Also be sure that your departmental phone trees are updated so your professional units may maintain contact with one another during a hurricane event.

If you have any questions about preparing for hurricane season, contact the Emergency Communications Group at

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Q-and-A with Sabrina Griffith, Director of Student Care and Advocacy


Formerly UT's director of residential communities, in July Sabrina Griffith assumed a new role as UT's director of student care and advocacy in the Office of Operations and Planning. Her office is currently in McKay Hall, Room 104, until the Riverside Center rebuild is complete.

Q: You had been working in Residence Life for quite a while. What drew you to this new position?
A: This role encompasses a great deal of my passion areas when it comes to our campus community. In my previous roles, I worked on efforts that encourage student resiliency including victim advocacy, students of concern and emergency response. I am a believer that if a student does not feel safe in our community, we cannot expect them to be successful academically. This role permits me to work with students and other community members to ensure the institution is consistently serving as a resource during emergency and other high-level situations.

Q: As this is a new position, what are your duties as director of student care and advocacy?
A: The primary goal of this role is to create an environment that encourages responsible and safe behaviors as well as facilitating outreach to students in distress. I directly oversee the campus Victim Advocacy program and will assist in the development of safety-related education for all community members. I am also an active member in campus emergency decision-making processes.

Q: Since you're just getting started, what are your goals for this first semester?
A: As I am just getting started, I have a pretty lengthy task list and lofty goals. My current focus is the development of our Victim Advocacy program. I would like to formalize the program with some documented processes and begin the recruitment and training of new advocates. I am also eager to launch a peer education program that will offer students the opportunity to learn more about safe interpersonal behaviors from other students. Of course, as we are in hurricane season, I will continue to work with the several committees I sit on to improve our campus decision-making processes and strengthen our relationships with community partners.

Q: What previous work experiences will help you in your new position?
A: I have served as an Office of the Attorney General-trained victim advocate for over a decade. In addition, I have served on the Emergency Communications Group, Campus Safety Committee and Student of Concern Committee, to name a few. I am fortunate to have a reasonably strong understanding of my new area of responsibility, and solid campus and community partnerships.

Q: What is your favorite part of the job so far? What are you most looking forward to?
A: My favorite part is the opportunity to create something that will positively impact our community for years to come. I look forward to assisting our institution in creating plans that prepare us for situations yet to come. It is always great to be ahead of the ball.

Q: On a personal note, what do you do in your free time? Any hobbies?
A: I am actually very busy with outside commitments, including organizational involvements and committees. However, many people enjoy hearing that I am an indoor cycling instructor and can be found in the Fitness and Recreation Center riding to the rhythm of the beat a few times each week.

Griffith can be reached at or x3564.

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Come On Down to the GHS Open House

The Departments of Nursing and Physician Assistant Medicine, as well as the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies and physics faculty are settling in at the new Graduate and Health Studies Building. Faculty, staff and students are invited to check out their new digs at an open house on Friday, Aug. 31, from 9:30–11 a.m. There will be a brief program outside the building's north entrance, followed by an open house and tours of the facility.

Start the Year with Service

On Friday, Aug. 24, faculty and staff are invited to join UT students in starting the academic year off by giving back to the Tampa Bay community during the University's annual day of service, Into the Streets. The event will begin in the Martinez Athletics Center with registration at 12:30 p.m. and opening remarks at 1 p.m. Buses will be loaded at 1:15 p.m. to transport volunteers to their sites. Experiences are planned to last about three hours. Participants should expect to be back at UT by 5 p.m. Email for more information or to sign up. (Staff members should check with their supervisor before responding.)

Family Weekend 2018

The Office of Student Leadership and Engagement is looking for offices and departments to showcase during Family Weekend 2018! This year's Family Weekend will be held on Oct. 5–6. How can your office become involved?

  • Host an event that can be advertised on the Family Weekend schedule. You can find the tentative schedule at
  • Provide an item, flyer or pamphlet to be included in the Family Weekend gift bags that will be given to all participants.
  • Volunteer at any Family Weekend event. A follow-up email will be sent in September with more information on volunteering

If you are interested in any of these options, or for more information, please contact Shannon Calega at

Fitness Center Resumes Normal Hours Aug. 27

The Fitness and Recreation Center, which has been closed for routine maintenance, will re-open on Friday, Aug. 24, with special hours of operation (1–7 p.m.) through Sunday, Aug. 26. Normal hours of operation will resume on Monday, Aug. 27 (Monday–Thursday 6:30 a.m.–midnight; Friday 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.–10 p.m.).


Has your contact information changed in the last year? If so, don't forget to update your phone number in the SMART system. In the event of an emergency, the SMART system sends out text alerts to the UT community. Go to SpartanWeb, Personal Info, Biographical Info to make sure your contact is up-to-date.

Location, Location, Location

While you may know the main address for UT is 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., you should also know the address for your building, which can be found on SpartanWeb, Employees, Campus Directory and Building Addresses. This is important information in the event that you need to call 911 for emergency assistance.

Please note building addresses should be used solely for location purposes and not mailing. All regular University mail should be addressed to the appropriate box number at 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606-1490.

Safety First

The beginning of the academic year is a good time to review your emergency preparedness, both at home and at work. To help ensure you've got all your bases covered, a Safety Checklist has been posted on SpartanWeb, under the Employees tab. The Safety Checklist can be found in the Handouts area.

What's the Password (Requirement)?

The Office of Information Technology and Security has increased the network password requirement from 10 to 12 characters. Thanks to this new requirement, faculty and staff will no longer need to change their password every 90 days. After you've changed your password to meet the 12-character requirement, you will only be asked to change your password once a year. ITS is also phasing out the old password reset site ( and recommends you use MyUTampa to change your password. Contact the ITS Help Desk with any questions or issues at x6293.

This is Only a Test

The University will conduct a test of its emergency communication systems on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. The entire campus will be affected. Look for more information closer to the date.

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JAIME AELAVANTHARA, assistant professor of art and design, has a solo exhibition, Where the Roots Rise, at the University of Mississippi Museum through Dec. 1. The exhibition is a series of photographs that have undergone photochemical blueprinting, called cyanotype process, and depict natural areas of life, death, growth and decay.

CLAUDIA AGUADO LOI, assistant professor of health sciences and human performance, co-authored “Applying Tools From Human-Centered Design to Social Marketing Planning,” which was published in Social Marketing Quarterly.

MARY ANDERSON, chair/associate professor of political science, co-authored “Beyond the media's explanation: Examining the determinants of attitudes toward torture,” which was selected for an Editor's Choice collection in the Journal of Human Rights ahead of the American Political Science Association annual conference.

JENNIFER BURTON, assistant professor of marketing, co-authored “The Role of Affect and Cognitions on the Relationship Between Ad Frequency and Purchase Intentions,” which was published in the AMA Winter Educators' Conference Proceedings.

JOHN CAPOUYA, associate professor of journalism, is a featured speaker in the 2018-2019 Florida Lecture Series at Florida Southern College. Capouya will speak about his newest book, Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to K.C. and the Sunshine Band, at the college's Lakeland campus on March 21.

RYAN CRAGUN, associate professor of sociology, published reviews of Religion vs. Science: What Religious People Really Think by Elaine Howard Ecklund and Secular Beats Spiritual: The Westernization of the Easternization of the West by Steve Bruce in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.

GERARD DELEOZ, assistant professor of business information technology, co-authored “Considering the social impacts of artefacts in information systems design science research,” which was published in the European Journal of Information Systems.

EDUARDO DE SOUZA, assistant professor of health sciences and human performance, co-authored “Different Patterns in Muscular Strength and Hypertrophy Adaptations in Untrained Individuals Undergoing Nonperiodized and Periodized Strength Regimens,” which was published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

DEIRDRE DIXON, assistant professor of management, and Raymond Papp, professor of information and technology management, had their article “Leadership challenge courses for implementing experiential learning and ethical decision making” accepted for publication in the Journal of Ethical and Legal Issues.

DANIEL DOOGHAN, associate professor of English, published “Traveling Criticism and the Worlds of Literature” in Interdisciplinary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory.

AMANDA FIRESTONE, assistant professor of communication, co-edited Harry Potter and Convergence Culture: Essays on Fandom and the Expanding Potterverse.

BRITTANY HARDER, assistant professor of sociology, co-authored “Diet, exercise … and drugs: social constructions of healthy lifestyles in weight-related prescription drug advertisements,” which was published in Critical Public Health.

TIM HARDING, associate dean of career development and engagement, was awarded the John T. Brownlee Leadership Award at the Florida Association of Colleges and Employers annual conference in June.

SARAH IKER, assistant professor of music, published a review of the book Erik Satie: A Parisian Composer and His World by Caroline Potter in Notes.

RACHEL KILLAM, senior assistant director of career exploration, was named membership chair for the Florida Career Development Association.

RU-SHIUN LIOU, assistant professor of management, co-authored “Perceived cultural distance in intercultural service encounters: does customer participation matter?,” which was published in the Journal of Services Marketing.

YUEBING SARAH LIU, assistant professor of accounting, had her paper “The Effects of Measurement Basis and Slack Benefits on Honesty in Budget Reporting” accepted for publication in Accounting, Organizations and Society.

ASHLEY LONGSTREET, assistant professor of chemistry, co-authored “Bench-Stable N-Heterocyclic Carbene Nickel Precatalysts for C-C and C-N Bond-Forming Reactions,” which was published in ChemCatChem.

EDWARD POMPEIAN, assistant professor of history, published “Our Sister Republics: The United States in an Age of American Revolutions” in the Journal of the Early Republics.

THOMAS PITTZ, assistant professor of management, had his article “The Destabilizing Effect of Ethical Counter-Narrative: A Qualitative Inquiry in a Nonprofit Setting” accepted for publication in the European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management.

SANGBUM RO, assistant professor of management, co-authored “Institutional determinants of ownership positions of foreign acquirers in Africa,” which was published in Global Strategy Journal.

J.E. SUMERAU, assistant professor of sociology, published a review of the book Cross-National Public Opinion About Homosexuality: Examining Attitudes Across the Globe by Amy Adamczyk in Sociology of Religion. Sumerau also co-authored “Complicating marginalization: the case of Mormon and nonreligious college students in a predominantly Mormon context” with RYAN CRAGUN, associate professor of sociology, which was published in the Journal of Beliefs and Values: Studies in Religion and Education.

STEPHANIE THOMASON, associate professor of management and associate director of the TECO Energy Center for Leadership, and AMY BROWNLEE, associate professor of management, had their article “Psychological Entitlement and Ethical Decision-Making” accepted for publication in Business and Society Review.

KACY TILLMAN, associate professor of English, published a review of the book Kelroy by Rebecca Rush (edited by Betsy Klimasmith) in Legacy.

JOE URSO, head baseball coach, was named one of the top coaches in Tampa Bay history by the Tampa Bay Times. Urso, who was No. 11 on the list, has compiled a 786-227-1 record at UT.

ANDREA WALKER, assistant professor of criminology, co-authored “Are we interested? A trend analysis of sex offender internet registries,” which was published in Criminal Justice Studies.

JAMES WELCH, instructor of management, had his article “The Antitrust Option: Addressing Anticompetitive Pricing in International Trade” accepted for publication in the Midwest Law Journal.

DAVID WHEELER, assistant professor of journalism, was the featured speaker at Whitman College's annual Hosokawa Journalism Lecture in April. Wheeler gave an hour-long presentation on “Is the First Amendment the New Second Amendment? Calling Hate Speech Free Speech and Getting Away With It.”

REBECCA WHITE, director of the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center and James W. Walter Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship, was elected to the Board of Directors of MarineMax Inc., the nation's largest recreational boat and yacht retailer.

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Chief Systems Operator, Office of Admissions

Connie's nominators said: “Connie is amazing to work with. She handles multiple requests a day from my team, usually various requests for processing outside her routine schedule, with grace and expediency that is rare to find. The amount of work that Connie juggles, just from my team alone, which is only a portion of her job, is amazing. She does it with a positive attitude and is always willing to lend a hand, answer questions or expedite a process if it helps the mission. She understands the pressure admissions is under as it relates to time, and she is up to the task of helping us meet our students' needs.”


Director of Student Conduct, Office of Student Conduct

Tim's nominators said: “Tim is a role model for integrity for many staff members and students. During the academic year, the Office of Student Conduct moves at a fast pace to keep up with student behavioral issues. Tim's presence brings calm, authority with appropriate audiences, and learning-centered experiences to anxious students. He manages a high caseload (more than 1,300 referrals annually) and introduces new initiatives, such as a deferral program called CHOICES, for the benefit of his students.”


Information Security Analyst, Office of Information Security

Jay's nominators said: “He is appreciated all over the campus for providing excellent customer service to campus departments needing assistance. He has a passion and the highest ethics in performing his job duties …”



Louis Ambrosio
Marine Science Field Station Coordinator

Ashleigh Anderson
Staff Assistant I
Sykes College of Business

Marisa Belote
Associate Professor and Director of Simulation
Physician Assistant Medicine

Amanee Cabbagestalk
Admissions Counselor

Ana Chambers
Gifts/Data Specialist
Development and University Relations

Madison Corteo
Staff Assistant II
Orientation and Family Engagement

Jessica Diefenderfer
Administrative Assistant
Sykes College of Business

Meghan Everson
Coordinator of Facilities and Operations
Campus Recreation

Kaitlin Godwin
Staff Assistant I
Operations and Planning

Peter Hirsch
Associate Director of Residential Education
Residence Life

Eric Horth
Coordinator of Competitive Sports
Campus Recreation

Susan Lambert
Instructional Designer
Educational Technology, Center for Teaching and Learning

Emily Lang
Part-time Records Specialist
Registrar's Office

Victor Laureano
Campus Safety Officer
Campus Safety

Shelby Lewis
Nursing Skills-Simulation Lab Clinic Instructor

Abby McElligott
Assistant Director of Fitness
Campus Recreation

Amber Myer
Coordinator of Student Competency Development Programs
Office of Student Leadership and Engagement

C. Jay Pendleton
Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs

Alaina Rahaim
Assistant Director of Career Readiness
Career Services

Justin Rinaldi
Part-time Staff Assistant I
Student Conduct

Alexander Rodriguez
Admissions Counselor/Telecounseling Supervisor

Faith Sanders
Admissions Counselor

Chrissy Scales
Payroll Supervisor
Financial Management

Natalie Singer
Area Coordinator
Residence Life

Erin Snyder
Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life
Student Affairs

Joy Youngman
HRIS Specialist
Human Resources


Cynthia Allen
Staff Assistant II
Career Services

Fredrick Baker
Assistant Director of Retention Initiatives

Lisa Beltramello
Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach

Ellana Black
Part-time Academic Advisor
Graduate and Continuing Studies

Joanna Bolt
Assistant Registrar for VA Benefits and Academic Records

Niki Brightstone
Academic Advisor
Graduate and Continuing Studies

Cheryl Chernoff
Staff Assistant II
Student Conduct and Orientation

Rosanna Duran
Part-time Group Fitness Instructor
Campus Recreation

Daniel Gelin
Campus Safety Officer
Campus Safety

Daniel Gura
Vice President for Capital Campaign
President's Office

Kim Hall
Senior Development Officer-Major Gifts
Development and University Relations

Joyce Keller
Administrative Assistant
Sykes College of Business

Neema Komba
Part-time Library Technical Assistant

Julie LeBlanc
Associate Director of Community and Leadership Education
Office of Student Leadership and Engagement

Catherine Malcolm
Admissions Counselor/Regional Representative (CA)

Haig Mardirosian
Professor of Music

Randy McCune
Shift Supervisor
Campus Safety

Richard Ogorek
Vice President, Administration and Finance

Rachael Olasunkanmi
Financial Aid Counselor
Financial Aid

Mike O'Neal
Part-time Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach

Michael Robinson
Part-time Staff Assistant I

Anne Rowland
Art Director
Public Information and Publications

Tyler Sanders
Area Coordinator
Residence Life

Gregory Slaton
Part-time Group Fitness Instructor
Campus Recreation

W. Thomas Snyder
Major Gifts Officer
Development and University Relations

Kristine Solano-Foltz
Student Accounts Specialist
Bursar's Office

Zack Soufl
Assistant Athletic Communications Director

Gil Swalls
Associate Athletic Director

Felipe Tellez
Athletic Communications Assistant, Digital Media Production

Chelsea Treat
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Now–Dec. 31

Imperial Designs: From the Habsburg's Herend to the Romanov's Fabergé. Henry B. Plant Museum. Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday, Noon–5 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 24

Art and Design All Faculty Showcase Opening Reception. Exhibition runs through Sept. 14. Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. 7 p.m.

Fourth Friday. Scarfone/Hartley Gallery open until 6 p.m. Henry B. Plant Museum offers free admission 4–5 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 31

Volleyball vs. West Texas A&M University. Martinez Athletics Center. 3 p.m.

Men's Soccer vs. University of West Florida. Pepin Stadium. 7 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Catawba College. Martinez Athletics Center. 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 1

Volleyball vs. Drury University. Martinez Athletics Center. 12:45 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Ferris State University. Martinez Athletics Center. 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sep. 2

Upstairs/Downstairs. Henry B. Plant Museum. 2 p.m.

Men's Soccer vs. Spring Hill College. Pepin Stadium. 3 p.m.

Monday, Sep. 3

Labor Day. No classes.

Women's Soccer vs. Flagler College. Pepin Stadium. 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sep. 5

Wednesday at Noon UT/TMA Performing Arts Series. Musical performances from the students and faculty of the UT Department of Music. Tampa Museum of Art. Noon.

Friday, Sep. 7

First Friday @ Noon Recital Series. Featuring Grigorios Zamparas, piano. Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values. Noon.

First Friday. Henry B. Plant Museum. Free admission 5–7 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Florida Institute of Technology. Martinez Athletics Center. 7 p.m.

Women's Soccer vs. Queens University of Charlotte. Pepin Stadium. 7 p.m.

For future events and more info see: UT Master Calendar.