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DECEMBER 2017 | XL – VOL 4

A Winter Commencement Primer
Employees Recognized for Dedication, Years of Service
Winter Break Construction
Sustainability Corner
Workday Update
Lennon Taking Final UT Bows
Winter Break Checklist

A Winter Commencement Primer

Dec2017 Commencement

The University will celebrate its 145th commencement on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 9:30 a.m. at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall.

Among the 502 graduates who will walk across the stage will be staff member Anthony Pinto, senior associate director of admissions, who has earned a Master of Science in marketing.

At the ceremony, speaker Gregg Bachman, professor of communication, will share “Four Lessons From Your Future,” with relevant and helpful tips for the graduates as they move forward into the world.

Bachman was the recipient of the 2016-2017 Louise Loy Hunter Award, which is given annually by its previous recipients to a UT professor for excellence in teaching and cumulative contributions in service and scholarship.

Andrew Arnold, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in film and media arts, will introduce the speaker, and Haley Ward, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in writing, will deliver the challenge to the graduating class.

Several graduate programs have hooding ceremonies scheduled:

Thursday, Dec. 14
  • Department of Education hooding ceremony, 6 p.m., Plant Hall, Grand Salon
Friday, Dec. 15:
  • Department of Nursing hooding and pinning ceremony, noon, Plant Hall, Grand Salon (by invitation only)
  • Department of Health Sciences and Human Performance hooding ceremony, noon, Plant Hall, Music Room
  • Sykes College of Business hooding and awards ceremony, 6 p.m., Martinez Athletics Center
UT Graduates by the Numbers:

Total graduates = 502
Countries represented = 49
% of graduates from Florida = 49


Total bachelor’s degree candidates = 386
Summa cum laude (GPA 4.0) = 1
Magna cum laude (GPA 3.75 or higher, but less than 4.0) = 28
Cum laude (GPA 3.5 or higher, but less than 3.75) = 59
Top 3 most popular undergraduate majors in this class = accounting, management and criminology

Graduate students

Total master’s candidates = 116
With honors (GPA 3.9 or higher, but less than 4.0) = 15
With highest honors (GPA 4.0) = 6
MBAs awarded = 35

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Faculty and Staff Recognized for Dedication, Years of Service

Congratulations to the 2017 Edmund P. Sliz Award winners: William Paniss, assistant shift supervisor in Campus Safety; Samuel Ponce, Campus Safety officer; Diane Grosso, administrative assistant for administration and finance; Tiffany Garcia, coordinator of life skills programs in the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement; and Lisa Ryan, staff assistant II for Wellness Services.


The Sliz Awards are given annually to staff members who are recognized as the most dedicated and valuable staff members at the University. Recipients are awarded a plaque and a cash award of $250.

The University recognized 98 employees for their service of five or more years, honoring each five-year milestone. Joyce Keller, administrative assistant for the Sykes College of Business, was recognized for 45 years of service to the University. Marlyn Pethe, director of the library; Eric Vlahov, professor of health sciences and human performance; Gary Luter, professor of speech, theatre and dance; and Norma Winston, professor of sociology each celebrated 40 years at UT.

Susan Carter, curator/registrar of collections for the Plant Museum, and Richard Schmidt, head men’s basketball coach, both marked 35 years at the University. Don Morrill, associate dean of graduate and continuing studies and Dana professor of English; Art Bagley, reference librarian; and Tim Kennedy, professor of communication, were each recognized for 30 years of service.

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What You Need to Know About Winter Break Construction Projects

Cone of Construction

There will be little to no impact on pedestrian travel across campus due to winter break construction projects, and both parking garages and the main parking lots (Plant Hall and Sykes College of Business) will remain open. As you make your way around campus, however, you may see the following projects in the coming weeks.

Spaulding Drive — From Dec. 18–Jan. 14, Spaulding Drive will be closed from east of the entry/exit of the Thomas Parking Garage to Brevard Avenue to remove the asphalt paving and replace it with brick pavers as well as to install additional landscaping and lighting.

Plant Hall, Science Wing — The second floor toilets in the Science Wing will be renovated over winter break, and the plaster finishes in Room 212 will be repaired.

Plant Hall, President’s Office — The President’s Office in Plant Hall will undergo renovations from Dec. 18 through early March. The contractor work area will be on the east side of building, from the ramp northward to the Hazel Ward entrance. The patio area just north of the Hazel Ward entrance will also be used for storage.

Graduate and Health Studies Building — Construction and outfitting of the Graduate and Health Studies Building will continue through the winter break, with no significant impact on campus traffic or other activities outside the construction zone.

Bailey Baseball Field and Naimoli Family Softball Complex — Installation of coverings over the seating areas in the baseball and softball stadiums will continue over the winter break, with the goal of completion prior to the start of the competition seasons in February.

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Sustainable UT

Students Launch "Recycling is beaUTiful" Campaign

By Taegan McMahon, assistant professor of biology

The University of Tampa is beautiful and has been making steps towards creating a sustainably minded campus. We have at least five LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings, a solar array being built on campus, and water fountains for refilling reusable bottles to help eliminate plastic waste.

The students at UT are taking this momentum and running forward with it, asking for a stronger recycling program on campus so that we can have an even more sustainably focused campus. Several environmentally minded student groups, including Student Environmental Action Coalition, Environmental Protection Coalition and Roots and Shoots, are working together to motivate the campus to recycle.

These student organizations have formed a strong team, and are asking the UT community to join them in the “Recycling is beaUTiful” campaign. They have created a paper-free, online petition, which they hope will facilitate the development of a better recycling program on campus. This petition is asking for: 1) recycling in every residence hall, 2) recycling in public, academic and recreational facilities and 3) clear recycling labels. They are hoping that UT will lead by example in environmental sustainability within the Tampa Bay Community.

In addition to the online petition, these motivated students, lead by Alexandra Marter ’20, are trying to capture images of students, faculty and staff who are in support of recycling on campus. They have created a “Recycling is beaUTiful” sign, and anyone who supports making a stronger recycling program at UT can show their support by taking a photo of themselves with the sign.

UT is known for its strikingly beautiful campus. Now, our students are working hard to further strengthen the image and integrity of The University of Tampa with their “Recycling is beaUTiful” campaign.

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Workday Update

Workday Dec 2017

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Lennon Taking Final UT Bows

The second to last piece in this year’s Evening of Experimental Dance on Nov. 10 was a special one. Susan Taylor Lennon, professor of dance, performed “The Swan” from Carnival of the Animals — one of the last she will perform as a professor at UT.


Lennon earned a standing ovation, with current and former students in tears knowing she will be retiring at the end of the academic year following her 42-year tenure at the University.

“The first dance I ever performed was in the ballet studio where I studied,” said Lennon referring to Anzia’s School of Ballet, where she studied from age 10 through high school. “It was my improvised version of ‘The Dying Swan,’ so doing this dance now was like completing a full circle as a dancer and performer.”

Lennon began her career at UT in 1976 as an adjunct instructor, and in 1990 became the first full-time UT dance instructor. During her span of time at UT, Lennon helped develop three dance-related minors and the applied dance major.

When asked her favorite thing about teaching, Lennon said it was seeing students come to a new awareness and appreciation of themselves, both as dancers and as human beings.

“Any time I see the light go on in a student's head, connecting ideas and understanding something that takes them both into their bodies and out into the world is a moving experience for me,” she said. “I also love dancing with my students in class!”

“Beautiful, genuine, caring, compassionate and an incredible human being. We should all have a Susan Taylor Lennon in our lives,” said Susannah LeMarquand ’01, who was once a student of Lennon’s and now works with her as an assistant professor of dance. The two have become close friends, and LeMarquand stepped into Lennon’s position as dance program director at the beginning of this academic year.

“She was my mentor, and I looked up to her while I was a student at UT. I still look up to her, as she is not just my colleague, but my friend. I credit her, and the experiences I got in the UT dance program, for making me the dancer, performer and teacher I am today,” LeMarquand said. “I know I have huge shoes to fill, but I always start every decision-making process with one question: ‘What would Susan Taylor Lennon do?’”

Lennon earned a bachelor’s degree in English education from Florida State University in 1970 and a master’s degree in dance at FSU in 1972. She began her career as the principal dancer and choreographer of The Tampa Ballet, serving in this role from 1973–1984. During this time she also served as co-founder and co-director of Whose Move? — Dance Mime Theatre Company from 1975–1980. She then founded the modern dance company Susan Taylor & Company and served as its artistic director.

Over the years, Lennon has received numerous awards for her work as a teacher and dancer, including the 2005 City of Tampa Mayor’s Artist of the Year and the 2007 UT Louise Loy Hunter Award. She was also recognized at the 2008 City of Tampa’s 12th Annual Women’s History Month Celebration of Outstanding Contributions to the Arts.

Lennon, however, considers her biggest accomplishment her legacy to the UT dance program in terms of the status and “heart” of the program. Her hoped for legacy?

“That everyone I dance with continues to do it with love — our UT dance program motto,” said Lennon.

Lennon’s final UT performance will take place this summer in the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. It will be the fourth in her series of one-woman shows combining spoken word and dance that she calls “moving memoirs.” The performance will be accompanied by a complementary photography exhibit by UT adjunct professor Jim Lennon.

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Make a List, Check it Twice

Check your list

Before you head out to enjoy the holidays with your family and friends, don’t forget to prepare your office for winter break. Some items to think about include:
  • Back up your files on the appropriate drive(s).
  • Set up your out-of-office email and telephone messages.
  • Secure laptops and other devices that remain in the work area.
  • Lock cabinets and other storage areas.
  • Remove perishable items from your work area, including refrigerators.
  • Empty recycling containers.
  • Ensure that everyone in your department has your emergency contact information (and vice versa) in case an emergency arises during non-scheduled hours.
If you are going to be on campus during the break, it is never a bad idea to let Campus Safety know when you are in a building at a non-routine time. Campus Safety can be reached at x7777.

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Let’s Do Breakfast

Start the New Year (and the new semester) off by enjoying breakfast with your colleagues at the annual Senior Staff Pancake Breakfast on Tuesday, Jan. 9, beginning at 8 a.m. in the Plant Hall Grand Salon.

Save the Date for Benefits Day

The University’s 2018 Faculty/Staff Benefits Day will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8. Stop by Fletcher Lounge from 8:30 a.m. to noon to learn more about employee benefits and pick up some swag and healthy snacks.

Fitness and Recreation Center Closing for Winter Break

The Fitness and Recreation Center will close for the holidays on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. The center is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 9 a.m.

Student Services Briefing Jan. 5

Get SOUPED up for a SOUPER spring semester at the next Student Services Briefing, which will be held on Friday, Jan. 5, in the Trustees Board Room on the ninth floor of the Vaughn Center. Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon.

Vaughns in Tampa Bay Magazine

President Ron Vaughn and his wife, Renée, were featured in the November 2017 issue of Tampa Bay Magazine in a story highlighting the holiday decorations in their home. “If universities awarded degrees in holiday decorating, Ron and Renée Vaughn would graduate summa cum laude,” the article states. Amongst the dozens of Christmas trees throughout their home is one covered in miniature minaret ornaments, and Renée’s collection of bears (she says she has about a thousand) is also highlighted.

Riverside Open House Dec. 14

All faculty and staff are invited to stop by the Riverside Center on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 9:30–11:30 a.m. for the annual Riverside Center Holiday Open House. The event is hosted by the Offices of Development, Human Resources and Public Information and Publications on the second floor of the Riverside Center, as well as Career Services on the first floor.

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J.C. ANDERSEN, chair/associate professor of health sciences and human performance, and EDUARDO DE SOUZA, assistant professor of health sciences and human performance, co-authored “Session Rating of Perceived Exertion (sRPE), workload, and volume load relationships during off-season resistance training in NCAA Division II baseball players: An exploratory analysis,” which was published in Physical Therapy in Sport.

MARY ANDERSON, associate professor of political science and international studies, conducted a workshop entitled “Community Identity and Political Behavior” at Concordia University in Montreal.

LAURA BUCHHOLZ, assistant professor of psychology, co-presented “Disordered eating and related correlates among women veterans in VA primary care” in a poster session at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies annual convention in San Diego.

RYAN CRAGUN, associate professor of sociology and director of the Honors Program, co-authored Organized Secularism in the United States: New Directions in Research, which was published in November by De Gruyter, an academic publishing house in Germany. The book addresses the social movement of nonreligious people who advocate for equal treatment in a nation where the majority observe religious teachings and traditions.

SORLE DIIH, assistant professor of criminology and coordinator of law enforcement internships, was part of the inaugural class of the Tampa Homeland Security Investigations Citizens’ Academy that graduated in November.

MATTHEW DIOMEDE, adjunct professor of English and writing, shared his poem, Bullets from The Heart, on the WEDU website as part of the channel’s airing of The Vietnam War, a documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

SANTIAGO ECHEVERRY, associate professor of film, animation and new media, finished his sabbatical year research, The Cabaret, and produced more than 130 prints and 16 videos that have been exhibited in the U.S., Mexico, Colombia, the U.K., Spain and Portugal.

BELLA GALPERIN, professor of management and associate director of the TECO Energy Center for Leadership, and FRANK GHANNADIAN, dean of the Sykes College of Business and director of the TECO Energy Center for Leadership, co-authored “Innovation, engagement, and impact measures: Two exploratory studies on the processes and outcomes development,” which was published in the Journal of Education for Business.

BRITTANY HARDER, assistant professor of sociology, co-authored “When the Game is No Longer Fun: Mediasport’s Constructions of Race and Gender and the Enduring Consequences on its Audiences,” which was accepted for publication in Pop Culture Universe.

TIM HARDING, associate dean of career development and engagement, and UT’s Spartan Ready program were featured in an article, “Starting a Campus-wide Competency Development Program: Different Approaches, Common Ground,” in the NACE Journal: The Magazine of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

LOLA HIDALGO-CALLE and MARK PUTNAM have published their second book, More Andalusian Women Poets. The Artistry of Southern Spain. The text presents seven 21st century Spanish women poets — Matilde Cabello, Araceli Franco, Inés María Guzmán, María del Carmen Guzmán, Isabel Pérez Montalbán, Balbina Prior and Ana Patricia Santaella — from the region of Andalucía, Spain, and includes representative poems from each poet in Spanish and translated into English.

ERIN KOTERBA, associate professor of psychology, presented “Get out of my selfie! Exploring links between narcissism, gender and self-photography among emerging adults” at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood conference in Washington, D.C.

ANTHONY LAROSE, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, served as a chair of a panel discussion entitled “Media Effects on Perceptions of Crime and Privacy” and co-presented “C.S.I. World Wide: A Three Nation Study of the ‘C.S.I. Effect’” at the Southern Criminal Justice Association’s annual conference in New Orleans.

ROBERT MASSERINI, assistant professor of chemistry, and STEVEN HENDRIX, associate professor of chemistry, co-authored “A coastal surface seawater analyzer for nitrogenous nutrient mapping,” which was published in Continental Shelf Research.

KYLE MCINTOSH, assistant professor of English, co-authored “What intercultural rhetoric can bring to EAP/ESP writing studies in an English as a lingua franca world,” which was published in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes.

CEDRIC MICHEL, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, had his paper “Cognitive Dissonance Resolution Strategies after Exposure to Corporate Violence Scenarios” accepted for publication in Critical Criminology.

WILLIAM MYERS, assistant professor of political science, co-authored “Party Animals: Asymmetric Ideological Constraint among Democratic and Republican Party Activists,” which was published in Political Research Quarterly.

PATTY O’GRADY, associate professor of education, presented “The Positive Psychology of Restorative Justice” at the 2017 Progressive Education Network national conference in Boston.

EDWARD POMPEIAN, assistant professor of history, had his article “An Aqueous Territory: Sailor Geographies and New Granada’s Transimperial Greater Caribbean World” published in William & Mary Quarterly.

ENILDA ROMERO-HALL, assistant professor of education and graduate coordinator for Instructional Design and Technology, had her paper “Posting, Sharing, Networking, and Connecting: Use of Social Media Content by Graduate Students” published in TechTrends: Linking Research & Practice to Improve Learning. Romero-Hall presented the paper at The Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention. She also presented “An Experiential Role-Playing Aging Simulation” with RENEE PATRICK, assistant professor of psychology, and participated in two panel discussions at the convention.

TIM SMITH, assistant professor of information and technology management, co-authored “An Integrated Learning Approach to Teaching an Undergraduate Information Systems Course,” which was published in the Journal of Information Systems Education.

OLASENI SODE, assistant professor of chemistry, co-authored “Development of a Flexible-Monomer Two-Body Carbon Dioxide Potential and Its Application to Clusters up to (CO2)13,” which was published in the Journal of Computational Chemistry.

THEONI SOUBLIS SMYTH, professor of education, had her paper “Transdisciplinary Pedagogy: A Competency Based Approach for Teachers and Students to Promote Global Sustainability” published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education.

J.E. SUMERAU, assistant professor of sociology, published a second research-based novel in the Sense Publishers Social Fiction Series, Homecoming Queens. Sumerau also co-edited “Negotiating the Emotional Challenges of Conducting Deeply Personal Research in Health,” which was published by Routledge, and presented “Gendered and Sexual Fluidity in Religious Contexts” at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion’s 2017 annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

ERIC WERNER, associate professor of chemistry, co-authored “X-ray crystallographic, luminescence and NMR studies of phenacyldiphenylphosphine oxide with the Ln(iii) ions Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb and Dy,” which was published in Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry.

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Coordinator of Intramural Sports – Campus Recreation

Josh’s nominators said: “Josh takes his work seriously and is serious about how it aligns with the greater overall mission of student success. He is constantly providing opportunities for his students to grow, whether that is through becoming a student supervisor or taking them to a flag football clinic at another university to gain more experience and network with other individuals. Additionally, he volunteers whenever he can (i.e. orientation, family weekend) to help other departments meet their goals in order to have a successful year.”


Coordinator – Sykes College of Business

Whitney's nominators said: “Whitney is an excellent communicator. She presents well in front of others. Whitney often must communicate with various stakeholders including students, staff, faculty and external members of the University, including the Center.

“Whitney exhibits a high degree of integrity. She will do what is right for the university. For example, she is not afraid of keeping the record straight even if it conflicts with other perspectives. In putting a document together, she clarified the accurate numbers to others."



Matthew Battista
Manager of Employer Development
Career Services

Claire Butler
Area Coordinator
Residence Life

Molly Butters
Career Coach
Career Services

Laura Dittmar
Accounts Receivable Service Representative
Bursar’s Office

Kylie Gross
Assistant Director
Financial Aid

Ashlee John
Systems Operator
Financial Aid

Samantha Kautz
Admissions Counselor

Ashley McGee
Part-time Parking Attendant
Plant Museum

Brittaney Mericle
Area Coordinator
Residence Life

Adam Rice
Administration and Finance

Richard Veaz
Campus Safety Officer
Campus Safety

John Velazquez
Campus Safety Officer
Campus Safety

Paul Venghaus
International Graduate Admissions Counselor
Graduate and Continuing Studies

Ana Maia Wales
Associate Director of Leadership Engagement
Student Leadership and Engagement


Peggy Arnold
Accounts Payable Assistant
Financial Management

Michael-Xavier Bright
Campus Safety

Matthew Dugan
Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach (Part-time)

Dale Guenther
Museum Store Manager/Buyer
Plant Museum

Baron Johnson
Part-time Parking Attendant
Plant Museum

Richard Poulos
Campus Safety Officer
Campus Safety

Jasmine Rustogi
Coordinator, Lowth Entrepreneurship Center
Sykes College of Business

Angela Sykes
Staff Assistant II
Department of Education

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Through Dec. 15

Fall BFA Graduate Show. Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition also on display. Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday 1–4 p.m.

Through Dec. 23

Victorian Christmas Stroll. Henry B. Plant Museum. Daily 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 15

BFA Graduate Show Reception. Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16

Commencement. Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall. 9:30 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 18

Women’s Basketball vs. Southern Wesleyan University.
Martinez Athletics Center. 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 19

Women’s Basketball vs. Malone University. Martinez Athletics Center. 2 p.m.

Dec. 25–Jan. 1

Winter Break

For future events and more info see: