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Don’t Miss These Spring 2019 Faculty Development Talks
Q-and-A with Sharon Austin, Online Accessibility Specialist
Longtime University Archivist Art Bagley Retires
Becoming a High-Impact Practices Hipster
Damron Concert Artist Series Continues with Sought-after Organist
Sustainability Corner
Workday Update
Tenure and Promotions Announced

Don’t Miss These Spring 2019 Faculty Development Talks


Faculty Development Talks, sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, provide an opportunity for faculty to meet together, learn new tools and techniques to benefit the educational experience of UT students, and to share best practices.

While most of the topics would be of primary interest to full- or part-time faculty and instructional staff, there are a number of topics that may also be of interest to staff, particularly those related to online accessibility.

If you see something that looks interesting, RSVP and let the center know you will be there. If you have questions, contact Cheri Etling-Paulsen or Mary Martinasek.

Faculty Development Talks for the Spring 2019 semester include:

Positive Communication with Students, Staff and Faculty. Beth Eschenfelder, associate professor of communication, and Mary Martinasek, associate professor of public health. Monday, March 4, noon, Plant Hall, Room 327.

Little Changes Make Big Differences: Titles and Typefaces. Sharon Austin, online accessibility specialist. Friday, March 22, 9:30 a.m., Brevard Community Room.

Reframing Information Literacy: Libraries and Critical Thinking. David Davisson, information literacy librarian. Wednesday, March 27, noon, Brevard Community Room.

Little Changes Make Big Differences: Rows and Columns. Sharon Austin, online accessibility specialist. Friday, April 19, 9 a.m., Brevard Community Room.

How to Mentor Undergraduate Researchers. Eric Freundt, director of undergraduate research and inquiry. Wednesday, April 24, noon, Brevard Community Room.

To reserve your spot as well as food and drink for each event, RSVP to

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Q-and-A with Sharon Austin, Online Accessibility Specialist

Sharon Austin1

Q: What is your educational background?
A: I have a master's degree in studio art and a master's degree in engineering technology management, both from Morehead State University. Additionally, I set aside about a year to focus on coding skills, via LaunchCode's inaugural program in Tampa Bay. This may seem like a strange mix of education, but I need every bit of what I've learned in addressing accessibility issues. Art taught me how visual elements are perceived, and engineering technology taught me how machines work, which is necessary to understanding how accessible technology works. As the machines become more and more virtual, I find the need to understand code growing with each and every day.

Q: Where were you before coming to UT, and what drew you to this new position?
A: I was a programmer/analyst at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. The accessibility component of this new position is what attracted me to it.

Q: As this is a new position, what are your duties as online accessibility specialist?
A: Specifically, it is to assist faculty in making their online material accessible, but in order to accomplish that, the whole University community needs to be involved — students, staff and community, as well as faculty.

Q: What previous work experiences will help you in your new position?
A: As adjunct faculty for Morehead State University, I found quickly how putting courses online actually also made them accessible, for certain students. It wasn't something I was seeking to do at the time, but it really struck me how those with disabilities sought my courses specifically because I put them online. It allowed them to stay at home when they weren't feeling well, and it relieved some of the financial burden of paying for the special vans they had to schedule in order to come to campus. Lack of money affects all students, but it is particularly punishing to those with disabilities, as they often have to give up many, if not most assets we take for granted in order to be eligible for state services and accessibility equipment. Often, they don't get enough money to come to on-campus classes; online courses are their only option. The implication of this is: Their only option for an education was through online courses. Once I discovered this, my efforts specifically directed at online accessibility snowballed, and hasn't stopped for the last 15 years.

Q: Why is accessibility important?
A: Because it makes things fair.

Q: What are some steps faculty and staff can take or resources they can use to make the University more accessible?
A: The very first step is simply to put yourself in someone else's shoes. We've all experienced periods of illness in our lives where we were injured and could not function well, or think clearly. It's difficult to function at those times. Taking a moment to remember those difficulties when you've been sick or injured will go a long way towards providing insights as to what needs to be done for accessibility.

Q: What is your day-to-day like?
A: As I am just getting started, the vast majority of my time at the moment is spent in assessment, both on a formal basis and on an informal one. Formally, I am working closely with Cheri Etling-Paulsen in looking at data from ALLY in Blackboard. We'll be able to track problems on a very granular basis with the data provided from ALLY; it's a powerful tool. Informally, I just try to simply be available. Big problems reveal themselves through small details, and being available whenever, however I can helps me connect to the awesome people here, and work together with them to surface accessibility problems and address them.

Q: What is your favorite part of the job so far?
A: I absolutely love getting together with the people here on campus who care very much about accessibility, and just plain making things happen. I just love it.

Q: On a personal note, what do you do in your free time? Any hobbies?
A: I have very, very, little free time, but any spare moment I have is dedicated to art.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like the University community to know?
A: Don't hesitate to contact me. Please.

Austin can be reached at or x3249.

Longtime University Archivist Art Bagley Retires


Reference librarian Art Bagley, who oversaw the University’s special collections and archives, became part of UT’s history when he officially retired on Jan. 16.

Bagley started his career at UT in November 1987 as a reference librarian, and in the 31 years since, has performed additional duties in cataloging, acquisitions, collection development and special collections/archives.

Among his many accomplishments, as the special collections librarian, he meticulously helped preserve the history of the Tampa Bay Hotel and The University of Tampa. He created a map to document the evolution of the UT campus, and he personally recorded the changes over time by taking photographs and preserving them in the library archives.

Bagley also worked with an outside vendor to digitize and host a full-text, open-access database of four UT publications: The Minaret, the UT Journal, the Moroccan and the Insighter (the database is updated every three years) — helping many UT offices complete projects as well as allowing alumni to stroll down their individual “memory lanes.”

“Art is one of the most recognizable librarians at the University, not only for his exemplary fashion sense (including colorful Hawaiian shirts), but also because he is the person so many people turn to — students, faculty and staff — when they need to locate some bit of history or learn to use library resources,” said Marlyn Pethe, director of the Macdonald-Kelce Library.

Outside his work in the library, Bagley served on the UT Faculty Curriculum Committee since 2000, helping develop and improve UT’s academic offerings, voting on new and changed courses and programs.

Bagley received the Edmund P. Sliz Award in December 2003 in recognition of meritorious service to the University, and was named Employee of the Month in May 2002.

When asked what he’ll miss most about UT, Bagley said he would definitely miss the people.

“My library folks; students with their wide variety of questions and conundrums; professors, administrators and staff members who enjoyed learning of UT's past; the concern and focus shown by my fellow Curriculum Committee members to maintain, strengthen, and broaden UT's academic offerings,” said Bagley.

Bagley’s plans for retirement include reading for pleasure again, taking up gardening and maybe yoga or tai chi, and, eventually, embarking on a cross-country trip with his wife, Jo, from New York City to San Francisco on the Lincoln Trail.

“And also visit my friends at UT every once-in-a-while,” he said.

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Becoming a High-Impact Practices Hipster

High-Impact Practices

By Stephanie Russell Krebs, vice president for student affairs and dean of students

In January, Jillian Kinze, associate director of the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement, was the featured facilitator at a High-Impact Practices Advance, sponsored by Student Affairs, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Operations and Planning. The day-long program was attended by 90 faculty and staff from various departments, all coming together to look critically and intentionally at how we craft educationally purposeful activities that have the greatest impact on student success.

Kinze used our data from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which can be found on SpartanWeb on the institutional research page, as a baseline for future opportunities.

Some quick information on high-impact practices:

1) High-impact teaching and learning practices are widely researched practices that have been shown to be beneficial for college students from many backgrounds. They are high engagement (peers, mentors, unscripted questions), high effort (by students) and high reward (for learning).

2) The high-impact practices are (according to
  • First-Year Seminars and Experiences
  • Common Intellectual Experiences
  • Learning Communities
  • Writing-Intensive Courses
  • Collaborative Assignments and Projects
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Diversity/Global Learning
  • ePortfolios
  • Service Learning, Community-Based Learning
  • Internships
  • Capstone Courses and Projects

3) The qualities of high-impact practices are:

  • High expectations for performance
  • Demand time and effort
  • Substantive interaction with faculty and peers
  • They help students engage across difference
  • Frequent, timely and constructive feedback
  • Structure opportunities to reflect and integrate (who students are becoming)
  • Opportunity to apply and test learning in new situations
  • Public demonstration of competence

Reflection questions to consider:

  • Do you have any high-impact practices (HIP) in your area?
  • If so, does your program have strong HIP qualities? If not, how can you infuse more?
  • Do you have opportunities to create a HIP in your area?
  • As an institution, how can we encourage more students to engage in a HIP, preferably one early in the college career and one later?
  • How do we make engagement inescapable for our students?
  • How do make sure that all students have access to HIPs?
  • How can your area use more data to make decisions, specifically our NSSE data?
Kinze closed her program by challenging us all to be her definition of a hipster:

Hipster, noun, slang. 1. a person who implements effective educational practices in a stylish, progressive way; someone who is hip.

As we move forward I encourage us all to be hipsters as we work together to improve the educational experience for our students.

Kuh, George D. & O’Donnell, K. (2013). Ensuring quality & taking high-impact practices to scale. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges & Universities.

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Damron Concert Artist Series Continues with Sought-after Organist

Damron Concert Artist Series

The 2018-2019 Damron Concert Artist Series continues Sunday, Feb. 17, with a performance by one of the most sought-after concert organists in the world, Felix Hell.

A native of Germany, The American Organist raved that Hell “sets the standards that older and honored players would struggle to equal.”

The concert, which is free and open to the public, begins at 2 p.m. in the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values. Doors open 30 minutes before the concert; arrive early as seating is limited.

The series will continue with two additional concerts:

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.

Can’t make it to campus on a Sunday? Consider attending one of the First Friday @ Noon Recitals. Throughout the semester, the UT Department of Music faculty and guests will present 45-minute recitals in the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values beginning at noon on the first Friday of every month. The recitals are free and open to the public.

Upcoming performers include:

  • Feb. 1: Organist Adam Ward, director of music at Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC.
  • March 1: Organist Dwight Thomas, organist/choirmaster at the Cathedral of St. Peter, St. Petersburg, FL.
  • April 5: Pianist Grigorios Zamparas, UT associate professor of music and director of piano studies, and cellist Scott Kluksdahl performing works by Beethoven and Franck.
  • May 3: Choir from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tampa, directed by Simon Morely, director of choirs at St. John’s, and accompanied by Ryan Hebert, UT associate professor of music, director of choral studies and University organist.

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Sustainable UT

UT Students Cultivate Local Food and Sustainability Awareness at St. Peter Claver's Teaching Garden

By Steve McFarland, assistant professor of geography

Every week through the hot summer of 2018, Zulema Ramos ’18 made trips to St. Peter Claver Catholic School. Seeding, weeding, fertilizing, watering and harvesting a plot of raised beds tucked behind the school’s basketball courts, Ramos kept the vegetables, herbs, saplings and butterfly garden lush and inviting for the start of the fall semester when classmates Ally Marter ’20, Julia Jester ’19, Faith Taylor ’18, Morgan Miller ’21 and others in the student organizations UT Roots & Shoots and Environmental Protection Coalition (EPC) would rejoin her for weekly gardening days.

For Ramos, the steady hours in the garden were made worthwhile in many ways. On a personal level, Ramos says that gardening has helped instill patience and an appreciation for the hard work that farmworkers put in to growing plants. And as learning garden coordinator and community liaison for Roots & Shoots, she recognizes that gardening is also about building relationships and connections — among students who work together on the site, and also across the campus fence to members of Tampa communities.

For Ramos, St. Peter Claver is also an ideal place to work to remedy issues of food justice.

“Children of color in urban areas have some of the least access to healthy organic fruits and vegetables,” says Ramos.

The Catholic school, located on the border of downtown Tampa and Ybor City, was the first to educate African American children in Tampa, a mission it persisted in even after its first school building was burned down in 1894 by racists.

UT students use the garden to teach lessons about nutritional benefits of healthy produce and also about medicinal properties of plants such as aloe and spiderwort. They also plan to work with teachers at the school closely to integrate the garden into lessons about science, art and math.

Sustainability Corner Garden

The learning garden project started out with fundraising by Roots & Shoots in the 2016-2017 school year led by former Roots & Shoots president Alana Boyles ’17. The following school year, Roots & Shoots, with the guidance of Ramos and Marter, the new club president, began to put the plan for the garden into action.

They worked in coordination with classmates in the EPC. Taeghan McMahon, UT assistant professor of biology, and Daniel Huber, professor of biology and Roots & Shoots faculty advisor, helped connect UT students to teacher Florencia Fouch at St. Peter Claver and in constructing the garden, among other things.

Ramos and Marter express gratitude for support from a flourishing network of Tampa Bay–area groups working on sustainable local food systems. Georgea Snyder of the Sustainable Living Project helped plan the layout, and with seeds and advice on composting. Vicki Parsons of Neem Tree Farms in Brandon, a self-described “seventh generation Florida dirt farmer,” supplied seeds for local varieties like Seminole Pumpkin and Everglades Tomatoes, as well as transplants and advice on native species for pollinators. Kitty Wallace of Tampa Heights Community Garden provided mentorship and seeds as well.

In return, Roots & Shoots and other UT student groups have put in work days at Sustainable Living Project. And the PEACE Volunteer Center regularly sends students for service projects with Sweetwater Organic Farms and Tampa Heights Community Garden.

Marter emphasizes the numerous ways that growing food locally, and teaching others to do so, can contribute to sustainability.

“Produce we buy at the store has likely traveled from other countries or faraway places, racking up a significant carbon footprint along the way — not to mention the large quantities of pesticides and fertilizers most likely used in growing that produce,” said Marter. “Home gardening, community gardening or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms provide an outlet for people to grow their own food without synthetic chemicals. We introduce students to gardening practices so that they may be encouraged and knowledgeable enough to start their own gardens at home.”

For her, this is just one of many ways that UT can continue to build on its successes in moving towards sustainability.

“The UT cafeteria produces a significant amount of food waste that could be utilized as compost for local community gardens,” says Marter. “Also, it would be super meaningful if UT were able to have a student community garden on campus — serving a similar purpose as our Learning Garden project.”

UT community members interested in volunteering at the St. Peter Claver teaching garden this coming semester should check the EPC Facebook page at for weekly scheduling. You are likely to leave not only with a greater knowledge of sustainable food systems, but also with some tasty herbs and veggies!

And, check out other ongoing local sustainable food projects:
Sustainable Living Project
Neem Tree Farms
Tampa Eden Project
Sweetwater Organic Farms
Seminole Heights Community Gardens
USF Botanical Gardens

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Workday Updates


Training Opportunities. Wish you knew more about Workday? Not sure how to submit an expense report and charge it against your grants? Submit your Training Ideas at This month Financial Management, HR, and Enrollment Management have hosted seven trainings based on feedback from the UT community. Keep checking for more training opportunities in February 2019.

Lunch and Learn. Have you heard we are going virtual? Future events will be held via Zoom Webinars for your convenience. Additionally, we will be posting the recordings on a new webpage (coming soon!) for you to reference if you couldn’t make it to the last one. Do you have an idea for future topics? Email us at

Non-Workday Implementation Update. Did you know Admissions and Development are running implementations in parallel to the Workday Student project? By the end of summer 2019, Admissions is scheduled to transition to Slate, a best-of-breed cloud solution used by more than 800 colleges and universities. Development is implementing Raiser’s Edge, a best-of-breed cloud solution known for its ease of use, also with a scheduled go-live at the end of summer 2019.

Workday Student Update. Six go-lives are scheduled over the next 21 months. This summer includes programs of study, transfer credit rules and articulation, class schedule and course sections. In early fall 2019, Financial Aid processes required for recruitment of the Fall 2020 incoming class will go live (i.e. new student merit and packaging, integrations between Admissions and Financial Aid, etc.). Workday consultants are on site approximately twice per month to conduct interactive design sessions where UT’s functional leads get to decide on how to roll out Workday Student. Currently, integrations discovery is wrapping up. Do you and/or your department need Admissions data? If so, be sure to email — then we can confirm data you need will be available to you in Workday Student. Check for more information about the implementation.

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Tenure and Promotions Announced


Congratulations to the following faculty members, who were awarded tenure and promotion. There will be a reception to honor these faculty members on Thursday, March 21, from 3–4 p.m. on the ninth floor of the Vaughn Center.

Recommended for Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor:

Cagdas Agirdas, assistant professor of economics
Jeffrey Neely, assistant professor of journalism
Renee Patrick, assistant professor of psychology
Enilda Romero-Hall, assistant professor of education
Erica Yuen, assistant professor of psychology

Recommended for Promotion to Professor:

Mary Anderson, associate professor of political science
Lonnie Bryant, associate professor of finance
Ryan Cragun, associate professor of sociology
Kevin Fridy, associate professor of political science
Stephanie Thomason, associate professor of management
Natasha Veltri, associate professor of information and technology management

Recommended for Promotion to Lecturer II:

Colleen Beaudoin, lecturer I of mathematics
Jill Misuraca, lecturer I of finance

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Benefit from Benefits Day

The University’s 2019 Faculty/Staff Benefits Day will be held on Friday, Feb. 15. Stop by Fletcher Lounge from 9 a.m. to noon to learn more about employee benefits and pick up a few giveaways and healthy snacks. By participating in the 2019 health screening, you can earn $25 Rally Dollars. To make a health screening appointment, click here and log in or register. The Registration Key is ICUBA 2018.

Plant Museum Celebrates Black History Month

The Plant Museum will present two events in February focusing on the work and lives of African-Americans at the Tampa Bay Hotel. Visit the museum on Feb. 3 and Feb. 10 for Upstairs Downstairs live theater, followed by discussions led by prominent and knowledgeable community members.

  • Sunday, Feb. 3, at 2:30 p.m.: Charles McGraw Groh, associate professor of history, will discuss the role of African-American waiters in Gilded Age hotels as positions of power. His presentation will follow a performance by Josh Goff as Otis Freedman, circa 1905.
  • Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2:30 p.m.: Doretha Edgecomb, former Hillsborough County School Board member and granddaughter of Maggie Stroud, Tampa Bay Hotel laundress circa 1920, will lead an interactive Q-and-A session. Her presentation will follow a performance by Amber Forbes as Stroud.

Spend Your Lunch Break at TMA on First Wednesdays

Looking to squeeze in a little performing arts on your lunch break? Head over to the Tampa Museum of Art for the UT/TMA Performing Arts Series, which resumes on Wednesday, Feb. 6, with the UT Jazz Ensemble conducted by Brandon McDannald. All performances occur on the first Wednesday of every month at noon at the Tampa Museum of Art in downtown Tampa.

A list of upcoming performances follows:

  • Feb. 6: The UT Jazz Ensemble conducted by Brandon McDannald, assistant professor of music
  • March 6: UT Choirs Sing! Conducted by Ryan Hebert, associate professor of music, and Rodney Shores
  • April 3: Midday Opera, featuring vocal students with Hein Jung and Grigorios Zamparas
  • May 1: OPUS: Forever Young. Musical theatre show choir under the direction of Tara Swartzbaugh

An Award-winning ACS Chapter

Congratulations to John Struss, assistant professor of chemistry, and Laura Henchey, organic chemistry lab coordinator and lecturer of chemistry, faculty advisors of the UT student chapter of the American Chemical Society, which was selected to receive an Honorable Mention award for the activities it conducted last year. Struss, Henchey and the group will be recognized with this award at the 257th ACS National Meeting in Orlando later this spring.

Show Some Love

Tell your colleagues how much you appreciate them this Valentine’s Day by sending a Thank-you Gram. Submit your thank you messages by Monday, Feb. 11, here. You can send up to three Thank-you Grams with a message of 125 characters or less. A member of the UT Activity Committee will deliver your message and a goody bag of candy on Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14.

Annual Chiselers Market Preview Set for March 15

Each year during UT’s Spring Break, The Chiselers take over Plant Hall to set up the Chiselers Market — a one-day flea market featuring a wide range of articles for sale. The event begins on Friday, March 15, when UT faculty and staff are invited to have the first peek at the many treasures of the market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Faculty and staff may purchase items from almost any area, but at twice the price.

Want more? The Preview Party will be held Friday evening in the Plant Hall Lobby with food, entertainment, a live auction, a silent auction and another opportunity to shop and buy items at twice the price. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $80.

The Chiselers Market serves as a major fundraiser for the organization. Last year, they raised around $260,000, with all monies raised used to apply for matching grants to restore and preserve Plant Hall.

The Annual Fund Red Envelope Campaign is Here

Each year, UT’s faculty and staff support students by donating to the Annual Fund. These contributions, made through payroll deduction or one-time gifts, benefit scholarships, academic and athletic programs, campus improvements and faculty development. Just by turning in your red envelope, you’ll be participating and will be entered in the chance drawings. The first chance drawing will be announced Friday, Feb. 8. Prizes include an Amazon Dot, a Publix gift card, a Fandango gift card, an Amazon Firestick and UT swag.

To enter the first chance drawing:

  • Fill out the pledge card with your response — every gift, every size counts!
  • Seal it in the enclosed red envelope.
  • Send it to Development, Box H, by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7.
  • Keep the notepad as a small thank you for your participation.

For more information, contact Jennifer Tyler, director of annual giving, at (813) 258-7401

Check Out New UT Swag Feb. 27

Save the date! On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Karen Weaver from NEPM, one of UT’s licensed promotional product vendors, will be on campus to showcase some of the latest 2019 UT swag. Stop by the Development and University Relations Conference Room in the Riverside Center from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., where Weaver will have custom gift items on display, new clothing lines, as well as refreshments and giveaways. In addition, several factory reps will be joining her. You can email Weaver directly with any questions at

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JOSEPH DASSO, visiting assistant professor of biology, co-authored “In Time: The Value and Global Implications of Newborn Screening for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency,” which was published in Revista Paulista de Pediatria.

KARI FOWLER, associate professor of mathematics, had her paper “Families of Differential Equations in the Unit Disk” accepted for publication in the Journal of Mathematics.

STEVEN GEISZ, professor of philosophy, published “Anscombe’s ‘I,’ Zhuangzi’s Pipings of Heaven, and The Self That Plays the Ten Thousand Things: Remarks on Thomas Ming’s ‘Who Does the Sounding?’” in Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy.

JEFFREY GRIM, assistant professor of biology, co-authored “Knowing is half the battle: Assessments of both student perception and performance are necessary to successfully evaluate curricular transformations,” which was published in PLOS ONE.

ABIGAIL HALL BLANCO, assistant professor of economics, co-authored “The Drone Paradox: Fighting Terrorism with Mechanized Terror,” which was published in Independent Review.

SUCHETA KANJILAL, assistant professor of English and writing, published “Muscular Mahabharatas: Masculinity and Transnational Hindu Identity” in Nidān International Journal for Indian Studies.

SCOTT MILLER, associate professor of finance, co-authored “The Minutes of the FOMC: How Economic Factors Influence the Language of Federal Reserve Chairs,” which was published in New York Economic Review.

STEVE MOLLMANN, assistant professor of English and writing, published “The Female Amateur Scientist and the Sense for Conduct in Heart and Science: Blind to Matter and Morals” in the Wilkie Collins Journal. Mollmann also published an encyclopedic article on George Griffith in The Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction as well as a book review of Moving Target: The History and Evolution of Green Arrow in Science Fiction Research Association Review.

ASHLEY PALMER, assistant professor of English and writing, wrote a review of the book Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman: A Memoir from the Early 20th Century by Matilda Rabinowitz, which was published in Legacy.

EDWARD POMPEIAN, assistant professor of history, published a review of the book New Countries: Capitalism, Revolutions, and Nations in the Americas, 1750–1870 edited by John Tutino in the Journal of Social History.

MICHAEL ROBINSON, chair/associate professor of accounting, co-authored “Auditor Changes and the Cost of Bank Debt,” which was published in Accounting Review.

STEPHANIE RUSSELL KREBS, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, published “My Father Works with Carpet, My Mother Works with Emotion: Understanding the Lived Experiences of Children of Student Affairs Professionals” in the NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education.

STACEY SCHETZSLE, associate professor of marketing, co-authored “The Not So Passé MBA: Utilizing Active Learning and Podcasts,” which was published in the Marketing Management Association Annual Conference Proceedings.

RICHARD SCHMIDT, head men’s basketball coach, was featured in a Fox 13 News piece about his rare bird collection. Altogether, Schmidt’s collection includes between 200–300 birds.

NAURIS TAMULEVICIUS, associate professor of health sciences and human performance, co-authored “Electromagnetic Field Application Effects on Recovery and Power after Sport-Specific Exercise Intervention: Feasibility Study: 3254 Board #123 June 2 8:00 AM–9:30 AM,” which was published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

KACY TILLMAN, associate professor of English, presented “Stripped and Script: Loyalist Women Writers of the American Revolution” at the American Historical Association national conference in January.

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Now–Feb. 22

Joe Testa-Secca: A Man and His Art. Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday 1–4 p.m.

Now–Feb. 24

Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition. Henry B. Plant Museum. Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday, Noon–5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 1

UT Tennis Invitational. Naimoli and Young Family Tennis Complex. 2 p.m.

Sykes Chapel First Friday @ Noon Recital Series: Organist Adam Ward, director of music at Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC. Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values. Noon.

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

Saturday, Feb. 2

UT Tennis Invitational. Naimoli and Young Family Tennis Complex. 9 a.m.

Men’s Basketball vs. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Martinez Athletics Center. 4 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 3

UT Tennis Invitational. Naimoli and Young Family Tennis Complex. 9 a.m.

Softball vs. Ursuline College doubleheader. Naimoli Family Softball Complex. Noon.

Upstairs/Downstairs: performance by Josh Goff as Otis Freedman, circa 1905. Henry B. Plant Museum. 2 p.m.

Historical Interlude: Charles McGraw Groh, associate professor of history, will discuss the role of African-American waiters in Gilded Age hotels as positions of power. Henry B. Plant Museum. 2:30 p.m.

Music and D.H. Stubblebine. Henry B. Plant Museum. 3 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 4

Leadership Speaker Series featuring Gene Lunger, executive vice president of retail operation (Ashley Homestores) for Ashley Furniture Industries. Vaughn Center, Crescent Club. 4:30 p.m.

Guest Artists: Misook Yun, soprano, and Cicilia Yudha, piano. Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values. 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Writers at the University: A Poetry Reading by Peuo Tuy. Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

UT College of Arts and Letters Performing Arts Series at the Tampa Museum of Art: UT Jazz Ensemble conducted by Brandon McDannald, assistant professor of music. Tampa Museum of Art. Noon.

12th Annual Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival (FLEX). Falk Theatre. 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 7

When Rap Spoke Straight to God. Reading by Eric Dawson, associate professor of English and writing. Vaughn Center, Crescent Club. 5:30 p.m.

The Annual College of Arts and Letters Dean’s Lecture. From Idol Smashers to Icon Makers: ‘Artless’ Jews Myth and Reality. Noted art historian Philip Eliasoph. Vaughn Center, Crescent Club. 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 8

12th Annual Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival (FLEX). Reeves Theater. 6 p.m.

Art on the Boulevard Cocktail Party and Fundraiser. $50 single-admission ticket (includes Friends of the Gallery Membership); $100 double-admission ticket (includes two Friends of the Gallery Memberships and a special print by Caitlin Albritton). Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. 7 p.m.

Mirage Piano Trio. Fletcher Lounge. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Explore Victorian Valentines. Henry B. Plant Museum. 10 a.m.

Tennis vs. Central Oklahoma College. Naimoli and Young Family Tennis Complex. 1 p.m.

12th Annual Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival (FLEX). Reeves Theater. 1 p.m.

Men’s Basketball vs. Florida Tech. Martinez Athletics Center. 4 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 10

12th Annual Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival (FLEX). Cass Building, Black Box. 1 p.m.

Sunday Tour — February. Henry B. Plant Museum. 1 p.m.

Upstairs/Downstairs. Performance by Amber Forbes as Maggie Stroud, Tampa Bay Hotel laundress circa 1920. Henry B. Plant Museum. 2 p.m.

Black History Month Historical Interlude: Doretha Edgecomb, former Hillsborough County School Board member and granddaughter of Maggie Stroud, Tampa Bay Hotel laundress circa 1920, will lead an interactive Q-and-A session. Henry B. Plant Museum. 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 11

Guest Artists: Ben Rosenblum Trio (jazz). Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values. 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Southern Circuit Film Series: Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops Story. Reeves Theater. 6 p.m.

Byony Gomez-Palacio: "What if...". Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Leadership Summit featuring Jen Shirkani, emotional intelligence speaker. Register at Vaughn Center, Crescent Club. 7:30 a.m.

8th Annual Entrepreneurship Center Alumni Gathering and Awards Presentation. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center. 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 14

Spring Dance Concert. Falk Theatre. 8 p.m. Additional performances Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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