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MARCH 2019 | VOL XLI – NO 6

Take a Peek at the Fab Lab March 22
UT Assistant Tennis Coach Jessica Sucupira Brings Home Championship of Her Own
Tampa Book Arts Studio Produces New Edition of an Old-time Newspaper at the Florida State Fair
A Notebook — Lost, Found and Returned
Celebrate Undergraduate Research This April
Sustainability Corner
Workday Update

Take a Peek at the Fab Lab March 22


The University is hosting an open house of the Bailey Arts Studios’ new digital fabrication lab, or Fab Lab, on Friday, March 22, from 5:30–7:30 p.m.

The Fab Lab is an incubator space where students and faculty have access to tools and technologies to turn their ideas into prototypes and products. The space includes laser cutters, 3-D printers, computer numerical control (CNC) routers, large format printers, vinyl cutters and state-of-the-art computer technology.

Art and design students — from their first year on — will have access to the Fab Lab, which at other universities is usually reserved for graduates in engineering, architecture or the arts. Additionally, the Fab Lab will be available for UT students from various majors.

Art and design faculty were engaged throughout the planning process to create spaces that would enhance the learning environment and serve as functional laboratories well into the future.

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UT Assistant Tennis Coach Jessica Sucupira Brings Home Championship of Her Own


By Sydney Rhodes ’21, student writer in the Office of Public Information and Publications

In December, Jessica Sucupira, volunteer assistant coach of the women’s tennis team, won a title of her own by winning the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) National Championship in the Women’s 30 Singles event in Fort Lauderdale, FL. After winning the tournament, Sucupira is now ranked the No. 1 player in the U.S. in the 30s division.

“Being No. 1 in the nation for the 30s division has always been a goal of mine, and I’m so grateful I was able to accomplish this in my first year back to tennis,” said Sucupira.

In addition to her solo victory at the championships, Sucupira and her husband, Jonathas, took the National Mixed Doubles title.

Sucupira graduated from Florida State University in 2010 with the second highest winning record at FSU: 101 single wins and 91 doubles victories. She also led FSU to their highest national finish in the NCAA Championships and is the only female in college tennis to receive the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship.

After graduating, she took a six-year break. When she was ready, Jonathas, who is also an FSU tennis graduate, helped her return to the game after they had their daughter, Jennifer.

“When I was traveling with Jonathas to his tournaments within the USTA National 30s, I knew playing in the tournament was something I also wanted to do when I turned 30 in 2018,” said Sucupira. “So I eased my way back into playing tennis again by training with Jonathas and former college players at the Harbor Island Athletic Club.”

Sucupira is currently in her second-year volunteering with the UT tennis team and said she hopes to bring the program back into the top 25 nationally ranked teams and the top four to five teams in the Sunshine State Conference, as the conference is very competitive.

“Being a college assistant coach has allowed me to see the other side of college tennis, not just the player side,” said Sucupira. “We have a great, dedicated team this year, and I’m thankful the UT tennis head coach, Al DuFaux, has given me the opportunity to share my love and knowledge of the game with the girls.”

As she continues in the USTA National 30s tournaments, Sucupira is hoping to play well enough to represent the U.S. in the International Tennis Federation’s Young Seniors World Team Championship when she turns 35, as well as play many husband/wife doubles tournaments with Jonathas.

“Jessica brings a wealth of talent to the UT tennis team,” said DuFaux. “She has the ability to relate to the players, and her experience, motivation and talents are what help us to win.”

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Tampa Book Arts Studio Produces New Edition of an Old-time Newspaper at the Florida State Fair


Thousands of visitors to the Florida State Fair stopped by the vintage print shop in the “Cracker Country” area of the Fairgrounds this year to watch volunteers demonstrate old-fashioned letterpress printing and to collect a sample of the Cracker Country Chronicle “hot off the press.” The “hot type” for that old-fashioned local newspaper has been set and cast in metal at the Tampa Book Arts Studio (TBAS) on campus.

Known formally as the Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton Jr. Cracker Country, the Florida pioneer village at the Florida State Fairgrounds is Tampa's only living history museum. It includes a collection of 13 historic buildings dating from 1870 to 1912 that were relocated to the grounds from around the state. Today they have been restored and decorated with period furnishings. Staffed by costumed history interpreters, they help portray a sense of daily living for early Florida pioneers.

Of course, a printing press was a key resource for Florida pioneer residents. It helped spread important news, share commercial messages, announce local births and deaths, and build community.

This year the Florida State Fair in February was doubly significant for the Cracker Country Chronicle, since a new front-page story in the Chronicle was a tribute to long-time Cracker Country volunteer Robin Willis, who passed away in August at the age of 92.

After serving in the Navy during WWII, Willis worked for various newspapers in the South before settling in Tampa, where he lived and worked for almost 60 years. His services for both typesetting and printing were in demand, and after retiring, he demonstrated printing and hot metal typesetting on a Linotype for fairground visitors to Cracker Country.

When the machine Willis had used there was no longer in operating condition, he came to the TBAS to set the Chronicle’s type, bringing his own Linotype mats with him so that the typeface would be the same from year to year.

Since 2015, TBAS volunteer Carl Mario Nudi has done the annual typesetting for Cracker Country Chronicle on the studio’s Intertype linecasting machine, producing newly written articles and news items, designing new headlines, and giving the form a general freshening-up each year.

The annual newspaper is, all told, a labor of love that celebrates and supports the work of Cracker Country and helps sustain appreciation for the old-time letterpress printers.

This story originally appeared on the Tampa Book Arts Studio blog.

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A Notebook — Lost, Found and Returned


Talk about customer service. Over winter break, Jennifer Isenbeck, director of facilities, found a student’s notebook in one of the classrooms on the south end of Plant Hall. Impressed by the student’s careful notes, she didn’t have the heart to throw it away.

So with the assistance of Theresa Pietro, comptroller/office manager for Facilities Management, she found the student on Facebook and sent her a message that they’d found her notebook.

Facilities’ weekend supervisor Jack Wise then hand-delivered the notebook to the student’s residence hall room.

Not long after, the student’s mother posted on Twitter to thank the University, saying:

“@UofTampa my daughter lost her notebook and one of your #Facilities workers found it and went above and beyond to get in touch with her to return it. Way to go! You all are #SecondToNone.”

Accompanying the tweet was a screenshot of her daughter’s reaction, which read:

“A lady in Facilities found me on Facebook and told me she had it! She said, ‘Your notes were just really impressive so I didn’t have the heart to throw it away.’ Literally delivered it to my dorm!

Kudos to the Facilities team on going above and beyond!

If you find lost keys, ID cards or other valuables, you can drop them at Campus Safety.

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Celebrate Undergraduate Research This April


Participating in a research project as an undergraduate gives students a better understanding of their field and the opportunity to develop relationships with faculty.

This April and May, the University will celebrate undergraduate research at UT with a series of events:

Friday, April 19: Sykes College of Business Student Research Day. Students from the Sykes College of Business will present their current or recently completed research projects in a poster format. Poster presentations will be held in the Crescent Club on the ninth floor of the Vaughn Center from 2–4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23: College of Arts and Letters Showcase. Students from all eight academic departments in the college will showcase their best scholarship, artwork and creative performances. The event will be held in Plant Hall Fletcher Lounge from 4–6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1: College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education Undergraduate Research Conference. CSSME students will present original, empirical research within an area of the disciplines represented in the college. The event will be held in Plant Hall, Fletcher Lounge from 4–6 p.m.

Friday, May 3: College of Natural and Health Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium. CNHS students will present their current or recently completed research projects in a poster format. The keynote presentation by Cindy Heil, director of the Red Tide Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory, will be held on the ninth floor of the Vaughn Center from 2–3 p.m., followed by poster presentations from 3–5 p.m.

In addition, on Tuesday, April 16, and Wednesday, April 17, the Honors Program Undergraduate Research Fellows will be officially recognized and give presentations of their findings. Presentations begin each day at 4 p.m. in the Trustees Board Room on the ninth floor of the Vaughn Center.

Have questions or want to add your event to the celebration? Contact Eric Freundt, director of undergraduate research and inquiry, at or x3249.

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Sustainable UT

Embedding the Triple Bottom Line to Attract Top-notch Talent and Drive Profitability


By Bella L. Galperin, professor of management and senior associate director of the TECO Energy Center for Leadership

In February, the UT Sustainability Committee welcomed Barbara Anderson and Janet Hall, founding partners of Destination Better Inc., as part of the Sustainability Speaker Series. Destination Better provides strategic corporate responsibility and community outreach strategies and communications to companies.

Anderson and Hall first discussed the main factors driving interest in corporate sustainability today. First, sustainably focused companies outperform those who are not, according to the STOXX Global Change Leaders Index. Sustainability is good for the environment, but also makes business sense.

Second, researchers predict that the demand in natural resources will increase based on population growth estimates. In 2030, it is expected that the world population will increase from 7.7 billion to 8.5 billion people. As a result, there will be a 50 percent increase in demand for both energy and food and a 30 percent increase in demand for water. As global citizens, it is our responsibility to conserve our resources for future generations.

Finally, the generations in the workplace, such as Millennials, are focusing on corporate social responsibility and are socially minded. College applicants and their parents are increasingly concerned about the environment and sustainability issues. According to the Princeton Review’s 2018 Guide to 399 Green Colleges, approximately 63 percent of 11,000 teens and parents surveyed said that having information about a college's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply or attend the school.

Given the increased importance in sustainability, the triple bottom line (TBL) framework is gaining popularity as more companies implement sustainable business strategies. The elements of the TBL are referred to as “people, profits and planet.” By focusing on people, profits and planet rather than only profits, a number of benefits can follow, such as job creation and reduced employee turnover.

Federal, state and local governments can also implement the TBL approach. For example, when Grand Rapids, MI, applied the TBL concept to creating a sustainable local economy, there was a focus on environmental quality, economic prosperity, and social capital and equity. Indicators used by the city to measure its TBL included: alternative fuel usage, traditional fuel consumption, number of air pollution ozone action days, personal income per capita, unemployment rate, public transportation ridership, crime statistics, educational attainment and voter participation.

How can organizations increase their financial profits, but also better people’s lives and help the planet? Anderson and Hall developed a three-step process to better companies:

Step 1: Discover the environmental, social and governance impacts.

Step 2: Prioritize the risks and opportunities.

Step 3: Implement a strategy aligned to business objectives.

Shantal Gorayeb, a student attending Ru-Shiun Liou’s MGT 431 Practical Strategic Assessment class, noted that a key takeaway of the presentation was that companies should “tell their responsible business story to enhance talent, reputation, improve profitability, attract and retain key employees and customers.”

In other words, companies need to let their customers know that they are always looking to offer the best service while embedding the triple bottom line to attract top-notch talent and drive profitability.

“Overall, this presentation was very informative about corporate sustainability,” said Nikisha Patel, another MGT 431 student. “I learned how an organization’s cultural values can have social and environmental impacts.”

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Workday Updates


Workday Student Update. Seven go-lives are scheduled over the next 18 months. Programs of study will go live this month (March 2019). This summer includes 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.). Students will first register in Workday for their Fall 2020 schedule. Any registration, grading, billing, etc. through (and including) Summer 2 of 2020 will be in Jenzabar CX and SpartanWeb. Check for more information about the implementation.

Training Opportunities. Ready to learn more about Workday? Training sessions have been very popular, and we look forward to seeing you at one soon. Keep checking for more training opportunities in March 2019. Don’t see what you’re interested in? Tell us what you'd like to learn about so we can cater to your interests. Submit your training ideas at

Lunch and Learn. Hungry to learn more? Join us for our monthly, virtual Lunch and Learn session. Not able to attend a session? Don’t worry, we will be posting the recordings on for you to reference if you can’t make it. Do you have an idea for future topics? Email us at

MyUTampa and Student Email. Coming soon! One less username and password for students to remember. Beginning March 27, students will be able to access their email by clicking on the Office365 student icon in MyUTampa (powered by Okta). Know students who haven’t set up their MyUTampa account yet? Check out these instructions to help them get it setup.

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.

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Renée Vaughn Honored on International Women’s Day

Renée Vaughn was honored as the 2019 Honoree for International Women's Day, which this year fell on March 8. International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

Past recipients of the award include former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, former Tampa police chief Jane Castor, CEO of Premier Eye Care Lorna Taylor and TV host Lissette Campos.

The event is sponsored by Working Women of Tampa Bay, which is the largest women's networking group in Tampa Bay with 700 members. The group will celebrate its 10th anniversary this June, and its foundation has donated $15,000 to female entrepreneurs in the past three years.

Renée Vaughn is the president of Williams Consulting Group, a public relations and marketing firm in Tampa. In 2015, she received the prestigious Parke Wright III Leadership Award from Leadership Tampa Alumni and was named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida.

Take Advantage of OneDrive

Did you know UT faculty, staff and students get a free license to use OneDrive?

  • Includes up to 1 terabyte (TB) of space
  • Makes sharing files with UT faculty, staff and students easy
  • No virtual private network (VPN) required — can access anywhere with an internet connection
  • Easy access to your files via phone, tablet and computer apps

To learn more, watch the OneDrive webinar.

Join UTAC for a Picnic in the Park

On Wednesday, April 10, join the UT Activity Committee for a Picnic in the Park from noon–1 p.m. Bring your own lunch,and UTAC will provide drinks and desserts in Plant Park. (Rain location is Cass Gym.) UTAC will have some tables and chairs, but feel free to bring a blanket. There will also be fun lawn games to play, including croquet, hoops and sticks, and a contest for longest horse shoe toss (top three will win a prize). For more information, contact Shannon Spencer at

Celebrate Women’s History March 27

Celebrate women’s history on Wednesday, March 27, at the 16th annual Women’s History Month Luncheon at noon on the ninth floor of the Vaughn Center (doors open at 11:30 a.m.). This year’s theme is Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence, and the event will explore and celebrate the principles and actions that allow us to create a peaceful world and treat fellow human beings with fairness and respect. RSVP by March 18 to Marla Mancini at or x6203.

Spartan Photos from Abroad

Congratulations to the faculty and staff members whose photographs were chosen for inclusion in the 2019 Spartans Abroad Calendar:

  • Deirdre Dixon, assistant professor of management, whose photo of a shawman in Shewala, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), appears on the introduction page.
  • Eric Cárdenas, director of public information and publications, whose photo of the Catedral de Sevilla in Seville, Spain, appears in February.
  • Justin Pecka, assistant men’s basketball coach, whose photo of the Alps in Wengen, Switzerland, appears in March.
  • Amber Myer, coordinator of student competency development programs, whose photo from Chambok, Cambodia, appears in May.
  • Britt Shirley, professor of information and technology management, whose photo of Prizren, Kosovo, appears in December.
  • Ryan Cragun, associate professor of sociology, whose photo of the Salkantay Pass in Peru appears in February 2020.

Calendars are sent to departments across campus. If you haven’t received yours, contact the International Programs Office at x7433 or

Unique Harp and Voice Performance to Close Concert Series

Don’t miss the final performance of the 2018-2019 Damron Concert Artist Series in the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. featuring Italian operatic tenor Stefano Marra and French harpist Coline-Marie Orliac. This talented duo team up for a program featuring the works of Chopin, the romances of Tosti and a selection of Neapolitan songs. All of the musical arrangements are by Orliac.

Need Student Workers?

There are still Success Scholars looking for jobs for this semester! If you are interested in having Scholars work for you, reach out to Jesenia Gervacio at or x1783. Also, share this information with colleagues who might need additional student support in their offices. Just as a reminder, because the students are paid from the Success Scholars budget, you don’t need to worry about having student employment funds to hire a Success Scholar.

Dawson's Poetry is Golden


Erica Dawson, associate professor of English and writing, won the gold medal for poetry in the Florida Book Awards for her book-length poem, When Rap Spoke Straight to God.

The book-length poem confronts “the tragedies of Trump, black lives, belief, and the boundaries of being a woman.”

Dawson said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times that the collection “was inspired by, and written in response to, my almost-nine years in Tampa, FL — the good and the bad.”

Dawson, who also directs UT’s low-residency MFA in creative writing program, recently appeared on PBS NewsHour, discussing African-American poetry. She was also recently named one of “Tampa’s Most Influential Women 2019” by the website “That's So Tampa.”

Dawson is the author of two other collections of poetry, The Small Blades Hurt (2014), winner of the 2016 Poets’ Prize, and Big-Eyed Afraid (2007), winner of the 2006 Anthony Hecht Prize.

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MARY ANDERSON, chair/associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, served as a discussant in a panel entitled “Mentoring Women to Communicate Effectively Across All Levels of the Profession” at The American Society of Criminology annual meeting on Nov. 14 in Atlanta.

ABIGAIL BLANCO, assistant professor of economics, co-authored “Cronyism: Necessary for the Minimal, Protective State,” which was published by Independent Review.

STEPHANIE BRANHAM, instructor of mathematics, presented “Effective Hybrid Teaching Strategies” on Dec. 7 at the Mathematical Association of America Florida Section’s Suncoast Regional Meeting at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, FL.

MEGAN CIVIL, coordinator of secondary clinical education, and GINA ALMERICO, director of educator preparation programs and professor of education, co-authored “How do Teacher Candidates Perceive Disposition Assessment and Development?” which was published in the National Teacher Education Journal.

DENIJA CRNOJEVIC, assistant professor of physics, co-authored “The Faint End of the Centaurus a Satellite Luminosity Function,” which was published in the Astrophysical Journal.

SORLE DIIH, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, and CHRISTOPHER CAPSAMBELIS, associate professor of criminology and criminal Justice, presented “The Relationship between Job Benefits, Police Equipment and Police Officers’ Job Satisfaction” at The American Society of Criminology annual meeting on Nov. 14 in Atlanta. Diih also served as a discussant in a roundtable session entitled “Challenges of Democratic Policing: The Case of Nigeria.”

SUZANNE ENSMANN, assistant professor of education, authored the chapter “The Effects of Wearable Devices on Performance in Education: Serving the Whole Student with Focused Attention on Health and Wellness.” The chapter has been accepted for publication in A New Focus for Learning: Educational Technology Beyond Content and the release date is scheduled for November 2019.

GINA FIRTH, associate dean of wellness, co-presented “A Digital Approach to Youth Prevention and Awareness” with EVERFI partners at the Seventh Annual Southeastern U.S. Regional Drug Prevention Summit in February.

NICOLE FORD, part-time faculty in political science, authored the article, ‘‘Trotsky’ Is an Icepick to the Heart of Soviet History,” which was published by Foreign Policy.

KARI FOWLER, associate professor of mathematics, authored the article, “Families of Differential Equations in the Unit Disk,” which was published in the Journal of Mathematics.

KEVIN FRIDY, associate professor of political science and international studies, co-presented “Personality, Values, and Candidate Preference: A Conjoint Experiment from Northern Ghana” in a panel discussion on comparative politics in developing areas at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association that was held Jan. 17–19 in Austin, TX. Fridy also co-authored the article “Challenges to decentralization in Ghana: where do citizens seek assistance?” with William Myers, associate professor of political science and international studies.

BACHMAN FULMER, assistant professor of accounting, co-authored “Why don’t people lie? Negative affect intensity and preferences for honesty in budgetary reporting”. The article was recently published by Management Accounting Research.

SABRINA GRIFFITH, director of student care and advocacy, was voted chair of the Hillsborough County Diversity Advisory Council.

TIMOTHY HART, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, co-authored “A Social-Psychological Process of ‘Fear of Crime’ for Men and Women: Revisiting Gender Differences from a New Perspective,” which was published in Victims and Offenders.

CARLY HILLINSKI-ROSICK, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, co-presented “Inmate Misconduct: A Test of the Importation and Deprivation Theories” at The American Society of Criminology annual meeting on Nov. 14 in Atlanta.

GIUSEPPINA VALLE HOLWAY, assistant professor of sociology, co-authored “Sexual and Romantic Relationships in Young Adulthood,” which has been accepted for publication in Annual Review of Sociology. Holway also co-authored the book chapter “First Sexual Experience with a Same-Sex Partner in the United States: Evidence from a National Sample,” which has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming Same-Sex Unions, Health and Well-being. This book will be part of “The Politics of Marriage and Gender: Global Issues in Local Contexts” series published by Rutgers University Press.

NETRA KHANAL, associate professor of mathematics, co-presented “A Predictive Analytical Model for Stomach Cancer Data” and “Cybersecurity: A New Predictive Model for Software Vulnerability Discovery Process” at the Joint Mathematics Meeting held in Baltimore, MD, on Jan. 16. Khanal is also the organizer of the Second International Conference on Applications of Mathematics to Nonlinear Sciences to be held at Pokhara, Nepal, from June 27–30, 2019.

JARED KRUKAR, part-time law, justice and advocacy instructor, authored the article “Lessons on Pleading, Waiver, and Trial by Consent from The Second DCA,” which was published in the November-December 2018 edition of the Hillsborough Country Bar Association’s publication, Lawyer. Krukar was also elected to the board of directors, appointed secretary of the North Tampa Bar Association, and selected as a Rising Star of 2019 by Super Lawyers.

JONATHAN LEWALLEN, assistant professor of political science and international studies, co-presented “It’s In Our Hands: Multiple Referral with a Primary Committee” in a panel of discussion on positive political theory at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) that was held Jan. 17–19 in Austin, TX. Lewallen also served as chair of a panel discussion on legislative politics and a discussant in “Norms & Behavior” and on the SPSA Program Committee for Legislative Politics. Lewallen also co-authored the article “Nothing on the Floor: Congress, the Territorial Delegates, and Political Representation,” which was published in the winter issues of Political Science Quarterly.

YUEBING (SARAH) LIU, assistant professor of accounting, co-authored “The effects of measurement basis and slack benefits on honesty in budget reporting,” which was published in Accounting, Organizations & Society.

CEDRIC MICHEL, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, and ALEJANDRA BARRIOS '18 presented “The Impact of Information about Victimization Effects on Public Response to Rape and White-Collar Crime” at The American Society of Criminology annual meeting on Nov. 14 in Atlanta. Michel also co-presented “Juveniles Arrested for Murder: A Statistical Typology of Male Offenders.”

WILLIAM MYERS, associate professor of political science and international studies, served as chair of a panel discussion on judicial politics and co-presented “Local Governments and Party Capability Theory: Who Wins and Why?” at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) that was held Jan. 17–19 in Austin, TX. Myers also co-authored the article “Challenges to decentralization in Ghana: where do citizens seek assistance?” with Kevin Fridy, associate professor of political science and international studies.

SARAH ORBAN, assistant professor of psychology, co-authored “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder-Related Deficits and Psychostimulant Medication Effects on Comprehension of Audiovisually Presented Educational Material in Children,” which was published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.

GABRIEL PAEZ, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, co-presented “Cyberbullying Among Adolescents: A Social Bond Theory Perspective,” at The American Society of Criminology annual meeting on Nov. 14 in Atlanta.

MILOSLAVA PLACHKINOVA, assistant professor of cybersecurity, presented “Cybercrime, Cyberterrorism, and Hacker Culture” at BSides Tampa Bay on Feb. 2.

DENIS REY, associate professor of political science and international studies, served as panel discussant of the Current Issues in the European Union student panel at the Georgia Political Science Association’s annual meeting in Savannah, GA. Rey also served as the chair of the Mentoring Undergraduate Roundtable where UT students participated as discussants.

ENILDA ROMERO-HALL, assistant professor of education, received an Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Grant from UT’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry to work on a project titled “Lurking for Learning” with undergraduate Renata Sindicic.

THOMAS SANTARLAS, part-time professor of criminology and criminal justice, was appointed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s (IACP) Education & Training Committee for 2019-2020. The IACP is the world’s largest and most influential professional association for police leaders.

SIMON SCHULER, associate professor of physics, co-authored “Pushing Automated Derivation into the Cool Dwarf Regime: A Test Using Three G and Two K Stars in Praesepe,” which was published by Astrophysical Journal.

KATHRYN VANDERMOLEN AND JONATHAN LEWALLEN, assistant professors of political science and international studies, served as discussants on a panel entitled “Secrets of Successful Legislators” and presented “Legislative Error in the States” as part of a panel discussion on legislative and oversight capacity at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) on Jan. 17–19 in Austin, TX.

ANDREA WALKER, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, co-authored “Paying to Be Punished: A Statutory Analysis of Sex Offender Registration Fees,” published in Criminal Justice Ethics.

RYAN WELCH, assistant professor of political science and international studies, served as discussant in a panel discussion entitled “Conflict Resolution: From Mediation to Peace Treaties.” Welch also presented “Does Shaming Lead to Adoption of Human Rights Institutions?” in a panel discussion on human rights in a context of war at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) on Jan. 17–19 in Austin, TX. Welch recently co-authored “The psychological effects of state socialization IGO membership loss and respect for human rights,” which was published in International Interactions. He also co-authored a post entitled “Will Withdrawing Ties to Venezuela’s Repressive Regime Protect or Harm Human Rights?” which was published in the blog Political Violence @ a Glance.

MONNIE WERTZ, assistant vice president of operations and planning, and Gina Firth, associate dean of wellness, co-presented “Alcohol, Other Drugs and Sexual Assault” in the Winter 2019 National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) Campus Advocacy Training in February.

RONALD WOODS, part-time professor in exercise science and human performance, co-authored “Sports Psychology for Kids: When Should it Begin?” which was published in Addvantage.

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Public Information and Publications

Kimberly's nominator said: “She has to deal with many people within and outside the University and is constantly looking for the best ways to communicate accurate, useful and helpful information. In particular, last year and this year, she was critical in responding to numerous calls from parents and the public in response to crisis situations (weather and social media). Despite having to deal with often contentious people, she handled it with grace and professionalism, and was motivated to resolve any caller's issue. Kimberly, who has been with UT for almost six years, does everything she can to make our department function effectively and help UT achieve its goals.”


Director of Residence Life

Nora's nominator said: “Since her promotion to director of residence life, she has made significant efforts to strengthen the relationship between Student Conduct and Residence Life. These offices interact regularly (if not daily), and it's essential for them to be coordinated and communicative. When Nora was promoted to her new role as director in July, she searched for a replacement for her role, balancing serving in both positions. As needed and without complaint, she arrived early, stayed late and filled three more vacancies on the residence life staff. She did a tremendous amount of work during this time of transition to keep the team afloat.”



Meredith Beasley
Staff Assistant II, Physician Assistant Medicine

Luciana Gassett
Visiting Assistant Professor, Graphic Design

Kelsey Guinasso
Staff Assistant II, Academic Advising

Tab Haynes
Campus Safety Officer, Campus Safety

Lisa Heuer
Clinical Placement Coordinator, Nursing

Jordan Hurwitz
Staff Assistant I, College of Business

Karen Lotito
Accountant, Financial Management

Deborah Osterhout
Staff Assistant I/Dispatcher, Campus Safety

Phoebe Perelman
Admissions Counselor, Office of Admissions

William Shockley
Senior Development Officer Major Gifts, Development

Samantha Speziale
Admissions Counselor, Office of Admissions

Andre Stokes-Pyatt
Part-time Athletic Communications Assistant, Sports Information

Michael Treadway
Admissions Counselor, Office of Admissions

Samirra Wherry
Financial Aid Counselor, Financial Aid

Meredith White
Workday Solutions Architect, Enterprise Solutions


Alvilda Ayen
Staff Assistant II, Academic Advising

Arthur Bagley
Reference Librarian, Library

Patty Yumi
Part-time Professor, English, Writing and Composition

Theresa Foster
Associate Director, Financial Aid

Katarina Klein
Admissions Counselor, Office of Admissions

Daniel Lee
Part-time Athletic Communications Assistant, Sports Information

Gladys Limhing
Circulation Technical Assistant, Macdonald-Kelce Library

Kiley Mallard
Writer/Editor, Public Information and Publications

Derek Mosloff
Part-time Professor, Music

Patricia Rodriguez
Staff Assistant II/Records Specialist, Registrar

Kristen Smuder
Part-time Cashier, Henry B. Plant Museum


March 22–Dec. 23

Henry Plant: He’s More Important Than You Thought. A special exhibit in honor of Henry Plant’s 200th Birthday. Henry B. Plant Museum. Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday, Noon–5 p.m.

Monday, March 18

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. Runs through March 29. Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday 1–4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19

Writers at the University: Novelist Jonathan Lerner. Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20

Today’s Entrepreneurial Women Speaker Series: Anna Auerbach, co-founder and co-CEO of Werk. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center. 1:30 p.m.

Baseball vs. Valdosta State University. Baseball Field. 5 p.m.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Colorado Mesa University. Naimoli Family Athletics and Intramural Complex. 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 21

Music in the Museum. Henry B. Plant Museum. 11 a.m.

Tennis vs. New Haven University. Naimoli and Young Family Tennis Complex. 3 p.m.

Friday, March 22

Sykes College of Business Faculty Research Day. JS 131. 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Fourth Friday. Henry B. Plant Museum. Free admission 4–5 p.m.

Fab Lab Open House. Bailey Arts Studios. 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Softball vs. Nova Southeastern University. Naimoli Family Softball Complex. 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 23

Softball vs. Nova Southeastern University (doubleheader). Naimoli Family Softball Complex. Noon.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Naimoli Family Athletics and Intramural Complex. 1 p.m.

Monday, March 25

Dozier Winds, the U.S. Army Woodwind Quintet. Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values. 10 a.m.

Tennis vs. Nova Southeastern University. Naimoli and Young Family Tennis Complex. 3 p.m.

Re/Frame Film Series: The Big Lebowski. Reeves Theater. 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 27

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Florida Tech. Pepin Stadium. 7:30 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Florida Southern College. Naimoli Family Athletics and Intramural Complex. 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 28

Theatre: Federico Garcia Lorca’s Yerma, the tale of a young woman obsessed by an aching desire to have a child. Because of the society, time and place in which she lives, the expectation is that she will bear children, and she is forced to take measures that those around her view as extreme. Falk Theatre. 8 p.m. Additional performances on March 29–30 at 8 p.m. and March 31 at 2 p.m.

Friday, March 29

Scholar’s Symposia: Stephanie Boluk and Patrick Lemieux on Metagaming. Vaughn Center, 9th floor, Trustees Board Room. 4 p.m.

Baseball vs. Lynn University. Baseball Field. 6 p.m.

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Awards Night and Reception. Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 30

Baseball vs. Lynn University (doubleheader). Baseball Field. 1 p.m.

Sunday, March 31

Faculty Recital: An All-Schubert Piano Recital by Duncan MacMillan. Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values. 3 p.m.

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