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University of Tampa Day of Service

By Sarina Fazan
ABC Action News
Aug. 29, 2015

Hundreds of University of Tampa students got to explore the community today during an annual volunteer effort. Incoming freshmen took part in the University’s day of service. They went to more than a dozen nonprofit organizations in Tampa, including The Spring, where they were busy cleaning and organizing all the clothes. Organizers say the event has become a tradition. Since many of the students are not local it helps them to get to know their new home. The nonprofits that benefit are thankful for the much needed helping hand. 

A similar story appeared on WTVT-TB (Fox 13).

5 Things to Start the Day

By Pam Huff
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Aug. 28, 2015

The owners of Ducky's restaurant and sports lounge on Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa have created a $50,000 endowed scholarship at The University of Tampa through a five-year pledge. The money will come from a donation of 5 percent of the restaurant's revenue on the first Wednesday of every month. Tampa Bay Rays player Evan Longoria is one of the investors in Ducky's, so it's no surprise that the scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman athlete. Full story

Snakes And Sand And Hope

By David Z. Morris
Creative Loafing
Aug. 26, 2015

Shane Hinton, visiting assistant professor of English at The University of Tampa, recently celebrated the debut of his short story collection, Pinkies, released in May from Burrow Press. The collection brims with hallucinatory familial anxieties and dogged, barely-logical efforts to allay them. Pinkies points up the strangeness of Florida normal. Cars plow through living rooms, entire families lodged in their wheel wells. Tractor accidents occasion picnics. Roses sprout from the flesh of gas huffers and lawnmower keys show up in cysts. Full story 

Banker, UT Professor Take to The Airwaves to Teach Leadership

By Margie Manning
Tampa Bay Business Journal
June 5, 2015

Leadership lessons learned in the C-suite of one of Tampa Bay’s biggest banks are now yours for the price of an hour of time on Sundays. Roy McCraw, former regional chairman and president of Wachovia Corp. in Tampa, teamed with Jody Tompson, a professor at University of Tampa and director of UT’s Naimoli Institute for Business Strategy, to record 12 one-hour conversations about successful practices to run organizations. Topics range from the behavior and characteristics of excellent leaders to motivating employees to cross-cultural management. Full story

University of Tampa, City Honor Founder by Renaming Street

The Tampa Tribune
June 5, 2015

Eight decades ago Frederic H. Spaulding began Tampa Junior College, now The University of Tampa. On Friday, the university and city showed their appreciation to UT’s founder and first president by renaming the former North B Street on campus in his honor. Full story

Lightning’s Ticket Limits Stir Serious Debate, as Well as Howls

By Emerson Brito
Tampa Tribune
June 3, 2015

The Tampa Bay Lightning have imposed certain restrictions on its ticket sales, prohibiting fans from wearing an opponent’s jerseys or caps in some sections when home games are played at Amalie Arena and limiting direct sales — from a source such as Ticketmaster — to buyers with Florida zip codes only. The practice has drawn howls since the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The goal is to create a hometown environment. “It’s a very innovative policy,” said Jay Jisha, chairman of the Sport Management Department at The University of Tampa. “It’s an interesting strategy to get us talking about supporting the hometown team.” Full story

Tampa Turns Back Catawba for Division II Baseball Championship

By Mike Potter
Raleigh News & Observer
May 30, 2015

Michael Calkins had said he didn't think he had a complete game in him heading into the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship Series. Calkins allowed one run on four hits, striking out four in a 3-1 victory over Catawba (N.C.) College in the series finale, giving the Spartans their seventh national championship. "Catawba was awesome," said Joe Urso, "(Coach) Jim Gantt just runs an amazing program." They all knew we had some unfinished business that they wanted to take care of," Urso said of his team, which fell one win shy of reaching the title game last year. "We came in here last year with high expectations, and we got our hearts crushed. This year we came in with a group that was really overachieving and got hot at the right time, and they weren't going to take no for an answer.” Full story

Similar stories appeared in the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune

Could Rise in Atheism Translate into a Voting Bloc with Influence in 2016?

By Kimberly Winston
Religion News Service
May 28, 2015

The May 12 Pew Research Center survey found that 2 percent of Louisianans are atheist, another 2 percent are agnostic and 13 percent are “nones.” Those numbers are amplified nationally, where the religiously unaffiliated have grown to about 22 percent, or 56 million Americans, up 19 million people from 2007. As the 2016 election approaches, atheist, humanist and other freethinking activists are encouraged. They say their longtime goal of creating a cohesive and formidable secular voting bloc from the diverse and scattered category of the nonreligious has taken new life from the study — and could carry them far if they use the data wisely. Ryan Cragun, s nonbeliever and sociologist of religion at The University of Tampa, is not as optimistic. “Yes, maybe 23 percent of the population is nonreligious, but there is maybe 1 million that you could reach through these groups,” he said. “Until they can say 15 million Americans will vote against you or your party, no one is going to take them seriously.” Full story

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UT Headed for Division II National Title Game

The Tampa Tribune
May 28, 2015

The University of Tampa defeated Henderson State 5-2 to clinch a spot in the Division II national championship game. It will be the Spartans’ second title game in three years, with UT winning the title in its last trip in 2013. Tampa will face the winner of today’s game between Pomona and Catawba. With the Spartans unbeaten and Pomona and Catawba each having a loss, UT only needs to win one game. Full story

Tampa Spartans Take Tough Path to Baseball National Tourney

By Joey Knight
Tampa Bay Times
May 22, 2015

For the third consecutive year, UT's baseball season will conclude in a pristine ballpark in North Carolina's sternum. Nowadays, folks in Cary, NC, leave the light on for The University of Tampa at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, annual site of the Division II Championship. "There was a time where we didn't think we would even make regionals, but we had something to prove, and I think the whole team knew that we did," Casey Scoggins said. "We came together, and look where we're at." Full story

Did Dinosaurs Walk on Their Fingertips at One Point?

By Sarah Lewin
Scientific American
May 19, 2015

All dinosaurs once pranced, strolled or lumbered about on two legs. But some took to occasionally resting or running on all fours for greater stability, and over time, evolved into quadrupeds. During the transition, the forelimbs were shorter than the hind limbs, raising the question of how the intermediate animals leveled out the tilted stance from those stubby appendages: Did they walk on their “fingertips” or their palms? Range-of-motion comparisons among dinosaur fossils and fresh, intact tissues have rarely been performed, says Mason Meers, a biologist at The University of Tampa who researches the evolution of crocodile locomotion. “The work's 100 years overdue,” he adds. For instance, while in the process of developing four legs dedicated to locomotion, dinosaurs might have used their wrists and palms as if they were stilts. Full story 

Ryan Cragun, Author of How to Defeat Religion in 10 Easy Steps

Friendly Atheist Podcast
May 18, 2015

Ryan Cragun, an associate professor of sociology at UT and the author of books including What You Don’t Know About Religion (but Should), was recently a guest on the Friendly Atheist Podcast talking about his latest book, How to Defeat Religion in 10 Easy Steps. “If you look at international data, the countries that have the lowest levels of religiosity are also the countries that have the highest levels of social safety nets,” said Cragun. “If you want to get people back into church, destroy their social safety net.” Full story

The Science Behind Compression Clothing

By Dr. Joette Giovinco
My Fox Tampa Bay
May 18, 2015

Compression socks are not your grandma's stockings. "More athletes are using it," said Jacob Wilson, who heads up the Human Performance lab at the University of Tampa. "We're seeing more in strength rooms. It's amazing, just in the last few years, how many students here at The University of Tampa are starting to incorporate this stuff." Wilson says studies show compression socks can enhance recovery. Full story

Tampa Bay Area Universities Experience Construction Boom

By Jerome Stockfisch
The Tampa Tribune
May 17, 2015

Mortarboards and graduation gowns have given way to hard hats and work boots as serious construction gets under way at the area’s colleges and universities. Orange cones and fences are everywhere as facilities directors take advantage of the summer break. “Obviously, we try to do a lot of this work during the summer when the majority of students are away,” said Eric Cardenas, spokesman for UT. Workers this week began dismantling windows, fixtures and even some walls at McKay Hall. Other crews began fencing off and tearing up streets and parking lots to lay piping for an expanded chilled water distribution network. A new fitness center will be built near Pepin Stadium on campus, and construction continues on the Innovation and Collaboration building, a seven-story multiple-use structure on North Boulevard set slightly back from West Kennedy Boulevard. Full story  

To Class of 2015 Grads, Speakers Dig Deep to Find Nuggets of Advice

By Robert Trigaux
Tampa Bay Times
May 13, 2015

On Saturday, University of Tampa commencement speaker, Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, Class of 1968, admitted that as a C student with no idea what she wanted to be, she never imagined giving a commencement address. "Nor did my professors, parents or friends," she said, laughing. In uplifting remarks, Isaac­son-Leibowitz said curiosity is her most prized trait. "It has pushed me to make bold decisions, to be a courageous leader, to be passionate about my life and my career," she said. "Curious people are good listeners and say what needs to be said." Be curious. Excellent advice, at last. Congratulations, every Class of 2015. Full story

Amid a Steady Enrollment Increase, UT Shapes Up Its Fitness Center

By Arielle Waldman
Tampa Bay Times
May 7, 2015

Since the McNiff Fitness Center opened its doors at the University of Tampa in 1993, it has undergone only minor renovations. Equipment was upgraded and new televisions installed, but the 6,000-square-foot building itself remained the same while other projects took precedence. Now, 22 years later, the university has broken ground on a fitness center that will be eight times the size of McNiff. "Students have talked about it for a while (expanding the fitness center)," Cardenas said. "It's one of those things, we feel pretty strongly, that if students are healthy and feel physically well, they will do better in the classroom." Full story

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To Sykes Dean, Rankings Prove UT Competes with the Ivy League Crowd

By Wade Tyler Millward
Tampa Bay Business Journal
May 6, 2015

Already known in Florida, The University of Tampa wants to increase its national prestige. A surprise ranking among the most valuable graduate-level business programs in the country should help that mission, Sykes Business College Dean Frank Ghannadian said in a phone interview May 6. The ranking is a sign of the growth Ghannadian has seen in the college during his nearly eight years as dean. “We’re no longer a small school,” he said. “But one thing is, as much as we’ve been growing, we maintain a small-school identity. Everyone is really friendly. We see the other colleges as family.” His MBA program is the largest in Tampa Bay by enrollment, according to Tampa Bay Business Journal’s most recent Book of Lists. It has grown about 20 percent in the past four years, now at 618 students enrolled. Full story

UT's Business School Beats Harvard, Notre Dame among Best Valued

By Wade Tyler Millward
Tampa Bay Business Journal
May 5, 2015

The largest MBA program in Tampa Bay is among the best in the country for the money. That’s the conclusion from a recent ranking by, a website for students to rate and review grad programs. A surveyed 10,000 business school students and alumni ranked their programs for satisfaction and whether they’d choose the program again. The private University of Tampa Sykes College of Business ranked No. 7 for value for price. Sykes beat familiar names including the business programs at University of Notre Dame, Harvard University, Duke University and Ohio State University. Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Bay Times.

'Infiltrator' Film is First for Mom Writer, Son Director

By Paul Guzzo
Tampa Tribune
May 3, 2015

Ellen Furman wrote the script for "The Infiltrator." Her son, Brad Furman, is the director. Family members have worked together on films before as director-writer tandems, said Dana Plays, a professor in the University of Tampa's film and media arts department. But a mother-son duo is more rare. "I don't know if this would mark the first time it's been done on a major movie," Plays said. "But it has to be one of the few times ever." Full story

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Tampa Protesters March in Solidarity with Baltimore

By Crystal Clark
My Fox Tampa Bay
May 2, 2015

In solidarity with protesters in Baltimore, activists marched through the streets of Tampa on Saturday. "If we sit behind our computers, we're not doing anything. We can talk to our friends all day long, but to reach out to people that might not know what's going on, like our own social groups, is important," said Shelby Smith, a student at the University of Tampa. Saturday's protest came one day after Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced six police officers will face charges for the death of Freddie Gray, an unarmed 25-year-old man who died while in police custody. Full story

Tattoos be Gone: Removal Grows among Millennials

By Rebecca Hanlon
The Daily Record/Sunday News
May 1, 2015

Many young people plan to remove tattoos in hopes of job advancement or workplace acceptance. New technology available just in the past few months has made the process faster, more effective and less painful. A University of Tampa study found a majority of students feel their tattoos hurt their job prospects. While a reported 40 percent of millennials have tattoos, more than 80 percent of those surveyed thought it would hurt their chances of getting hired out of college, according to the study. The option to remove tattoos is one that many people now hope to fall back on. Full story

Similar stories appeared in The Evening Sun and The Mercury

Training for Competition

By Emily Harbourne
Club Solutions
April 30, 2015

Athletes dedicate their life to fitness. Every day they work to reach their optimal performance, therefore they need a gym that caters to their specific needs. Powerhouse Gym Downtown Tampa re-vamped its training systems to ensure every athlete received optimal results. It partnered with Jacob Wilson and Ryan Lowery at the Human Performance Lab at The University of Tampa in order to enhance the training experience, resulting in the Powerhouse FX Lab program. Each month Wilson and Lowery conduct seminars on various health and nutrition topics. “Dr. Wilson and I will give a presentation on a particular topic and members can ask any questions that they want,” explained Lowery. “That is a really unique feature, and you don’t really see that often. It gives members a more hands-on experience, they get to learn and increase their knowledge.” Full story

University of Tampa Names New Head of Advancement

By Jo-Lynn Brown
Tampa Bay Business Journal
April 30, 2015

The University of Tampa has named Gary Grant vice president for development and university relations, effective June 1. He succeeds Dan Gura, who has held the role since 1990 and will now take the position of vice president of the capital campaign and assistant to the president. Grant will lead fundraising, alumni and communications functions at UT. Full story  

Bud Light Bottle Message Brews Anger

By Haley Hinds
My Fox Tampa Bay
April 29, 2015

The most popular beer in America is experiencing a moment of unpopularity in its #UpForWhatever campaign. The message displayed on the some Bud Light bottles reads: "The perfect beer for removing 'no' from your vocabulary for the night." It's one of 140 messages printed on bottles. "It's slightly inappropriate," said University of Tampa student Molly Bastow. "I think that it could relate to, I guess, dancing on a table, but it could also relate to taking advantage of somebody who doesn't have the ability to say no or yes." Full story

Lowell Mentor Program Hosts Special Prom

By Michelle Quinn
Chicago Tribune
April 28, 2015

A second prom for differently abled students, sponsored by the Lowell Red Devil Mentor Program, took place at Youche Country Club. The idea to throw a prom for the students was conceived last year by Jorden Zubay, a University of Tampa freshman and former Lowell mentor. It was recognized that even though those differently abled students, who are "amazingly loved" at the school, are invited and welcome at prom, few, if any, would actually go. Last year, Zubay paved the way for future mentors to keep hosting the prom, from getting other schools to allow their students to participate to getting Youche Country Club to host and food, music and party favor donations. Full story

The Infiltrator Starts Filming in Tampa

By Crystal Clark
My Fox Tampa Bay
April 26, 2015

Downtown Tampa turned into a Hollywood film set this week.
Part of Franklin Street was shut down to shoot a scene for the new movie 'The Infiltrator.' Local officials offered a $250,000 incentive to bring filming to Tampa Bay, including the services of off-duty police officers and interns from the film and communications department at the University of Tampa. "While they're shooting a scene, I'll be there helping, doing production assistant stuff, anything I can do to help, so it's very exciting," said Whitney Ndata, a senior at the University of Tampa who hopes to work in film production after graduating. "Up until now, I've been working behind the set, at the offices with the casting department, or working with extras and background. [Friday] hopefully will be the first day where I get to get a look [at actors]," said Ndata. About three dozen UT students were selected to join the set staff. Full story

Let’s Help Bamboost Win the Hult Prize

By Cheryl Johnston
FOCUS Plant City
April 2015

Four University of Tampa students hope to use their “best socially conscious business idea” to improve the lives of families internationally. Two Plant City High School honor graduates, Trent Lott and Bijen Patel, have partnered with Caio Amaral and Vignesh Parameswaran to build BamBoost, a social enterprise addressing child mortality and the lack of early childhood education in urban slums worldwide. After their enterprise won among 10 UT semi-final teams, they placed second among 50 at the Boston Regional, making BamBoost among the top 10 in the world. Since only first placements from the five regionals advance to national, they must earn the only wild card spot through the most successful crowdfunding campaign at Full Story

A similar story appeared in 83 Degrees.

Undergrad Research Recognized During UT Celebration

By Justine Benstead
83 Degrees
April 21, 2015

The University of Tampa is broadening the notion that research is exclusive to faculty or graduate students by celebrating undergraduate student researchers with a week of recognition. During the Undergraduate Research Celebration (URC) April 23-27, UT will recognize undergraduate students who have developed a better understanding of their subjects of interest and deepened ties with professors through participation in research projects. URC events “are opportunities for networking and discussion, and celebrate the accomplishments of UT's undergraduate scholars,“ says Dr. Eric Freundt, an assistant professor of biology. “These events lead to cross-disciplinary collaboration and improve the intellectual exchange across campus.” Full story

Conversion Rate Lags Behind Mormon Missionary Increase

By Brady Mccombs
Associated Press
April 17, 2015

A record number of young Mormons signed up for missions after church leaders lowered the minimum age in 2012, but new figures show the onslaught of proselytizing Latter-day Saints didn't lead to an equally dramatic spike in converts. The average number of people converted per missionary, per year dropped to about 3.4 in each of the past two years - down from an average of five the previous decade, church figures show. Mormon scholars say the decline is most likely due to the church sending many of its new missionaries to areas of North America that could quickly accommodate the sudden influx but were already flush with Mormons. "All that's going to do is increase how many missionaries aren't converting anybody," said Ryan Cragun, an associate professor of sociology at The University of Tampa who was raised Mormon but no longer belongs to the faith. Full story

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Editorial: Reject Skulduggery and Chicanery in Local Elections

Tampa Tribune
April 17, 2015

It’s awfully tough to find anyone willing to talk about their involvement in the sordid campaign ads that may have determined the outcome of the District 6 Tampa City Council race. As the Tribune’s Christopher O’Donnell discovered, the principal actors behind the attack ads wouldn’t make themselves available to explain their interest in a relatively obscure, nonpartisan city council race far from their offices. And that says a lot about state of political campaigning these days. As University of Tampa professor Scott Paine told O’Donnell, “You’re talking about a third of the total money that a council candidate was able to raise being dropped into the race by a secret, obscure group with no ties to Tampa. It’s a harbinger of what is coming, and it’s not good for democracy at the local level.” Full story

Top GOP Consultants Planned Anti-Maniscalco Fliers

By Christopher O’Donnell
The Tampa Tribune
April 13, 2015

A new campaign finance report shows that Moving Tampa Forward, the mysterious political action committee that backed candidate Jackie Toledo, paid roughly $16,000 to Data Targeting for mailers. The origin of Moving Tampa Forward’s money is not clear. Setting up a temporary PAC is a common way to obscure who is behind the funding of a candidate, said Scott Paine, a University of Tampa political science professor. Republicans may not have wanted to publicly back Toledo since she was running in a mainly Democratic district. “This whole thing was obviously set up to make it impossible for the public to know who is putting money into this race,” Paine said. Full story

Insider Tips: 10 Secrets of the Adcom Revealed

Beat The GMAT
April 13, 2015

Kate Gumaer and Tianyu Wu, graduate admissions counselors for the Sykes College of Business at The University of Tampa, share insider tips on how to combat the growing challenge of standing out in large pools of applicants and impress the admissions committee at your dream business school. Full Story

Ronald L. Vaughn: Honoring Frederic Spaulding’s Vision

By Ronald L. Vaughn
The Tampa Tribune
April 12, 2015

On April 2, the Tampa City Council unanimously approved The University of Tampa’s request that the section of North B Street that runs through the heart of UT’s campus be renamed Frederic H. Spaulding Drive, in honor of UT’s founder and first president. It’s a fitting tribute to a man whose singular focus was to provide access to higher education for the youths in Tampa. UT, and the city of Tampa, would not be what they are today without Frederic Spaulding. Not only did he imagine and create UT, he did it in the midst of the Great Depression, one of the worst economic periods of our country’s history. Full story

UT Students Headed to France for Cannes Film Festival

By Bobby Lewis
April 7, 2015

Two University of Tampa students are headed to Cannes Film Festival next month with their work set to be put on display for the biggest names in film to see. "Cannes Film Festival is the biggest film festival in the world," said UT senior Alexandra DiGiacomo. "So, we were really shocked. I still can't believe we're going to France." She and co-director Travis Misarti '16 created "Tea Time," a comedy that is catching a lot of attention. The Cannes festival is May 13-24. That's only a few days after graduation. "Oh, Cannes. Definitely Cannes," said DiGiacomo when asked which upcoming event was more exciting. "I knew in post-production, it was going to do great." Full story

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Best Counseling Schools Names The 50 Best Campus Meditation Spaces

By Sara Moore
PR Newswire
April 6, 2015

Best Counseling Schools has released the 50 best campus meditation spaces, and The University of Tampa’s Sykes Chapel garden has made the list. This list highlights 50 extraordinary spaces designed to maintain the health and well-being of students and faculty. This list features facilities with a blend of spiritual backgrounds but all ultimately provide a place of peace for students, regardless of their faith or religious views. Full story 

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Winning Couple Exchanges Vows atop Tampa’s Centre Club

By Elizabeth Behrman
The Tampa Tribune
April 4, 2015

After three years and 50,000 votes, Xavier Lockley, a student at The University of Tampa, and Jordan Williams finally said “I do.” The Lockleys received their wedding through Heroes Getting Hitched Wedding Giveaway, a contest held last fall for a dream wedding giveaway to a military couple. About 30 military couples applied for the contest, and a panel of judges narrowed the finalists down to three. Lockley and Williams won the most votes. Full story 

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Magazine Gives UT Student Courage to Show off Her Curves

By Lauren Richey ’15
The Tampa Tribune
April 4, 2015

Before participating in the PLUS Model Magazine competition and Always For Me swimsuit shoot, Cateri Palmieri, a criminology student at the University of Tampa, was too embarrassed to hang out at the campus swimming pool. Not any more. “The idea of real women who show their curves and impact others to be self-assured is very empowering,” Palmieri says. “I plan on promoting this aspect to everything I do in life.” Full story  

High School Girls Swimming Teammates Barton, Dahl Collide at D-II Nationals

By Barry Bottino
Northwest Herald
April 3, 2015

For three years as prep athletes, Marisa Barton and Nikayla Dahl were teammates on the Crystal Lake co-op girls swimming team. “We got so close in high school,” said Barton, a Prairie Ridge graduate who is a sophomore at the University of Tampa. When Barton and Dahl, a Crystal Lake South graduate, reunited last month at the NCAA Division II swimming championships in Indianapolis, there was plenty to celebrate. Both local athletes earned first-team All-America honors in the event. Tampa finished fourth in 1:33.13, with Barton swimming the first leg. Barton went on to help her team finish eighth in the 400 free relay in 3:26.9 to earn a second first-team honor. She achieved honorable mention All-America status in the 50 free individual race by placing 15th in 23.42. “I’ve done a lot better job at handling pressure before big races,” Barton said. “Just getting the experience out of this was great.” Full story  

University of Tampa Grants Its Founder Partial Street Name Bragging Rights

By Wade Tyler Millward
Tampa Bay Business Journal
April 3, 2015

University of Tampa will rename some of a main street on its campus after its founder and first president. The part of North B Street that crosses UT's campus will become Frederic H. Spaulding Drive. Spaulding’s Tampa Junior College, founded in 1931, survived the Great Depression with support from the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and former Mayor Robert E. Lee Chancey. Spaulding served as principal at Hillsborough High School, where the college’s classes were held until it secured a location in the Tampa Bay Hotel. The Harvard University graduate left UT’s presidency in 1936. Full story

Invasion of the Exotics

By Lindsey Nesmith
Florida Weekly
April 2, 2015

Cape Coral’s Nile monitor lizards are an urban problem that has been creeping out residents for almost 20 years. “They’re a nuisance for sure,” said Todd Campbell, associate biology professor at The University of Tampa. “It’s not like they’re in the middle of the Everglades eating wood storks. People are afraid of these things and rightly so.” Full story  

College Students Still Could Snag $1 Million Prize For Best Socially Conscious Ideas

By Dave Nicholson
TBO – Plant City Courier
April 2, 2015

A team of University of Tampa students, including two from Plant City, placed second in a regional competition in Boston last month for the best solutions to global problems. Only the first place winners of the eight regional competitions won an automatic spot in the finals for the Hult Award, which comes with a $1 million top prize. But there’s still one more shot for the BamBoost team to stay in the running in the international contest for the best socially-conscious ideas, said team member and Plant City resident Trent Lott. A team that does the best in crowd funding by May 8 also advances, he said. Lott’s goal is $20,000, he said. “We’re very excited that we can still stay in the competition,” he said. Full story

Sunshine State Conference the ACC of DII? Don't laugh

By Michael Parsons
Florida Today
March 29, 2015

Florida Tech men's basketball coach Billy Mims calls the Sunshine State Conference "the ACC of Division II." Before you laugh, shake your head or turn the page, sit back and look at the results. Because a quick look at this season's results show that the Sunshine State Conference is every bit as dominating as the ACC can be in Division I sports. Volleyball? You guessed it, Tampa won the national championship. Last spring, the University of Tampa baseball and lacrosse teams lost in the national semifinals. Full story

Future Destination Solidifies for College-Bound Senior from Westbrook

By Leslie Bridgers
Portland Press Herald
March 27, 2015

Whatever happened, Gabriella Latini knew she was heading south in the fall. She had put down a $500 deposit at The University of Tampa and applied for housing on its downtown campus with a classmate from Westbrook High School. Since hearing from Tampa in early March, Latini had been sporting the red sweatshirt she bought during a visit to the campus in February, perusing the websites of restaurants in the Florida city, even checking out apartments online to see what her options would be as an upperclassman. “We’re planners,” said her mother, Christine Latini, who started taking her daughter on college tours when she was in sixth grade. In the end, it was the feeling she had walking the campus that made The University of Tampa rise to the top. Full story

Bad Mood Rising

By Kate Bradshaw
Creative Loafing
March 19, 2015

Nasty campaigning including partisanship and third-party involvement in Tampa’s District 6 City Council runoff is a sign of the times, said University of Tampa associate professor Scott Paine, a former Tampa City Councilman. Paine said while most people detest such nasty politicking, especially at the usually mundane city level, it’s probably not going away anytime soon. “There is considerable interest in building the bench in both parties,” Paine said. “And increasingly now, I think both parties look at local elected offices as the spring training ground for future legislators, cabinet officers, members of Congress. And I think they’re right about that. I think that’s a natural progression, and we’d all be better off if it was a more common progression.” Full story

Give Investors What They Want From Social Media

By Jeff Cossette
IR Magazine
March 18, 2015

Companies today feel significant pressure to establish some form of social media presence, however the results of a recent study show perhaps it’s not corporate America’s voice users are looking for. Robert Marley, UT assistant professor of accounting, and Neal Snow, a doctoral candidate at USF, polled social media users and retail investors to find out what qualities they desired in a lively corporate social media conversation. “We find little empirical evidence to suggest strong demand for financial content on a company’s social media page, even among non-professional investors,” said Snow. Full story

UT Study: College Kids Think Visible Tattoos Hurt Job Prospects

By Eric Snider
Tampa Bay Business Journal
March 18, 2015

A researcher at University of Tampa has found that a majority of students continue to believe that having a visible tattoo is a detriment to their business prospects. Kristen Foltz, a visiting professor of speech at UT, interviewed students and found that 86 percent believe tattoos are an impediment to being hired. Fifty percent of those same students planned to get a tattoo to express themselves anyway, just in a concealed location. "Clearly students know that corporate America does not like their tattoos and they know to cover up so as to play to these views," Foltz said in a statement. "Perhaps one needs to reframe their judgments of people they see with visible tattoos." Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Tribune and on ABC Action News.

Researchers Test Two-Minute Workout

By Dr. Joette Giovinco
My FOX Tampa Bay
March 16, 2015

Faster. Harder. Smarter. We're learning it might be time to revamp your workout at the gym. Researchers at The University of Tampa Human Performance Research Lab have found efficient gains in short, high intensity workouts. "Higher intensity workouts you can get things done quicker," explains Jacob Wilson, the associate director of the graduate program in exercise and nutrition science. He's studying how dialing up your workouts intensity lets you dial back on time at the gym. "You deplete the muscle so much, so rapidly, that you actually get adaptations that make you lose fat and make you improve your blood glucose in as little as two minutes," Wilson said. Video

Religion, Money and Politics Converge in Lawsuit

By Teri Sforza
Orange County Register
March 12, 2015

The Diocese of Orange has fired back – hard – at a disgruntled parishioner, William Robinson, who is suing it and saying that the church mishandled the faithful's funds. Experts caution that the structure of the Catholic Church makes this a hard case for Robinson to win. In other congregational systems – like the United Methodist Church or the United Church of Christ – rank-and-file members have more say over finances, said Ryan Cragun, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Tampa. But in the Catholic Church, the bishop owns all of the property that belongs to the diocese and can do with it as he wants. Laity can be consulted but has little say beyond that, he said. Full story

Tampa Students Visit Coast to Clean up Marine Debris

March 10, 2015

A group of UT students on an alternative spring break trip are working with the Pascagoula Audubon Society to clean up marine debris along the Mississippi shore. “We’ve learned a lot,” said UT student Briana Mansour. “It’s crazy how a single incidence of trash on the ground can make such a large impact. When Katrina hit and then the oil spill, we’re still seeing effects from it. It’s great that there are so many organizations around here that are still working hard.” Video

UT Students Give up Spring Break to Help Mississippi

By Dalia Dangerfield
Bay News 9
March 7, 2015

Nearly a dozen University of Tampa students are spending their spring break hundreds of miles away in Biloxi, MS. The city is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil Spill. The students are volunteering to help the environment. "We found that a lot of the students are really passionate about environmental issues and being able to contribute," said UT Director of Community Engagement Ian McGinnity. Full story

Giving It the Old College Try Against MLB

By Brian Costa
Wall Street Journal
March 2, 2015

The Philadelphia Phillies have lost more games than any other team in the history of American professional sports: 10,551 and counting. But even for these connoisseurs of defeat, the one that kicked off their spring-training schedule here Sunday looked different, when the Phillies lost 6-2 to The University of Tampa. It was a sight only possible in Major League Baseball, the lone major U.S. sport with a long-standing tradition of pro teams inviting college teams to play them in preseason exhibitions. Each game offers colleges the hope, however remote, that they will do what Tampa did. Full story

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Old USF Dorms to Make Way for New Village

By Jerome Stockfisch
Tampa Tribune
Feb. 28, 2015

In this story about USF, the University of Tampa’s residence halls are noted for their beauty. “A new residence hall at the University of Tampa features “art boxes,” study nooks, photographic displays from around the world, plenty of windows offering a sweeping panoramic view of Tampa and rooms organized in suite or loft arrangements.” Full story

University of Tampa Swimmer Puts St. Lucia on the Map

By Jeff Tewksbury
My FOX Tampa Bay
Feb. 27, 2015

Jordan Augier stands 6-foot-4. His stature gets him noticed around Tampa. In his home of St. Lucia, his stature is growing by the day. He is the best swimmer in his country. Augier broke the one-minute mark for the 100-meter backstroke in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland last year. The feat is significant in that it qualifies him to go on to compete in a number of international events, each one leading up to the 2016 Olympics. "It's an amazing feeling," he said. "Although it's coming from a small country, it still feels amazing to be the first person to do something in your country and put your country up there on the world stage, and be an idol to young swimmers." Full story

Joe Urso Radio Interview

620 WDAE
Feb. 27, 2015

Joe Urso, University of Tampa baseball coach, joins Tom Jones and Rick Stroud to talk about the playoffs and the exhibition game against the Philadelphia Phillies on March 1. Audio

In Galileo’s Footsteps

By Michelle Bearden
U.S. Catholic
February 2015

For centuries, the Catholic Church has had a bad rap when it comes to science, however in discoveries large and small, Catholics continue to make important contributions to the world of science, including Suzanne Collins, a nurse attorney, nurse scientist and professor of nursing. “My contribution lies in combining my unusual background of nursing and law to address the reality of nursing practice in the 21st century,” she said. “I hope that by educating nurses about their own learned, but perhaps deviant, behaviors, I can indirectly help save the lives of the patients for whom they care.”

For Good: Trinity Cafe Engages Community to Feed Hungry

By Michelle Bearden
Feb. 24, 2015

His work in developmental communication and passion for visual arts has taken University of Tampa Professor Tim Kennedy all over the world. Now he’s putting his talents to work in his own backyard of Tampa in a fundraising event for Trinity Café, a nondenominational charity for the hungry and homeless in the Tampa Bay area since 2001. For the last several months, Kennedy, assisted by UT colleague Stephen Crompton, has been taking portraits of the people who come for the free meal. “The range in the people who come there really surprised me,” Kennedy says. “You have a stereotype of what poverty looks like, and it’s not always right. One guy looked like an Aztec prince, another one like Clint Eastwood. I met people wearing sopping wet flip-flops and old T-shirts and another who looked like he stepped out of a GQ magazine. It was a fascinating experience.” Full story

Student Entrepreneurs to Compete for $4,000 Prize at University of Tampa

By Justine Benstead
83 Degrees
Feb. 24, 2015

Win $4,000 in 90 seconds? Student entrepreneurs in the southeastern United States will have just that opportunity during the Spartan Business Pitch Competition at the University of Tampa. The event is a part of the 2015 Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference, which will take place at UT on Feb. 27-28, 2015. Daniel James Scott, executive director of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, is giving the keynote address. “I'm going to dispel the myths that attitude and failure are the magic bullets for achievement, and talk about the three shared traits - that you don't learn in college - that afford us the opportunity to win.” Full story

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2 Seeking Tampa Council Seats Didn’t Vote in Half of Races

By Christopher O’Donnell
Tampa Tribune
Feb. 23, 2015

Political fliers landing in mail boxes over the past few weeks have urged residents to vote in the upcoming city election. But some of the candidates behind those mailers aren’t so diligent about voting in low-key elections when their name is not on the ballot, an analysis by the Tampa Tribune shows. With turnout for city elections sometimes as low as 15 percent, it’s hardly surprising that candidates may miss an election or two, said Scott Paine, associate professor of government at The University of Tampa. “Obviously, we would like everyone to be very active and for everyone to vote in every election,” he said. “It doesn’t work out that way.” Full story

Drafting Champions

By Michael Hinman
Business Observer
Feb. 20, 2015

Chris Catanach knows how to find and attract talent. The women’s volleyball coach at the University of Tampa has spent three decades not only recognizing players that might be a fit for the school, but then persuading those players to choose Tampa over other high-profile schools with bigger budgets and fancier facilities. “You have to have a special tie-in,” Catanach says. “You can’t just recruit 100 kids and hope to get one. You have to dial in on kids that have a connection to the university in some way, a connection to the area or even to the division. Those are the kids who have the best shot.” Full story

Nearly 40 Percent of Wal-Mart’s U.S. Workers to Get Pay Raises

By Josh Thomas
Feb. 19, 2015

Wal-Mart has announced it will be increasing wages for its associates. Entry level wages will increase to $9 an hour in April and by February 2016, all current associates will earn at least $10 an hour. “A lot of employers are paying more than minimum wage, because in order to get decent and good workers you basically have to pay $10, $12 or more these days,” said Frank Ghannadian, dean of the College of Business. “Wal-Mart being one the biggest companies in the world, I think that’s appropriate for them to do it.” VIDEO

Aachen Jazz at the White House

By Eckhard Hoog 
Aachener Zeitung (Germany)
Feb. 16, 2015

Church music and jazz - this seems at first glance like the contrast of fire and water. Quite wrong: both are based on a common source of inspiration, and no one can prove more beautiful than the Aachener musician, organist, musicologist and lecturer Lutz Felbick with his art of improvisation. Together with the Aachen saxophonist Heribert Leuchter duo Jato, they derived "Jazz at the organ." The two are now invited to a concert tour in the United States, including a stop at UT’s Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values. The chapel was described as a grand concert hall, shaped like an upside-down wooden hull of a ship. Full story

Tampa Bay Area Women Push for Top Roles Behind Camera

By Paul Guzzo
Tampa Tribune
Feb. 15, 2015

Just 7 percent of directors who made the top 250 grossing films in 2014 were women, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. Dana Plays, a professor in the University of Tampa’s Film and Media Arts Department whose courses include “Women In Film and Popular Culture,” said things are changing for the better. She notes that 46 percent of the film students at the University of Tampa are females. “It is not something that is going to happen tomorrow,” she said. “It took a generation to create that exclusive nature so it may take a generation — a few decades — to change it.” Full story  

UT’s Brewing up a Coffee Shop as Part of Expansion Plans

By Jerome Stockfisch
Tampa Tribune
Feb. 12, 2015

Amid a furious wave of construction, the University of Tampa will soon build a massive new coffee shop on the west side of its campus. The drawback for downtown coffee addicts: It’s inside the parking-challenged campus, so you’ll need to walk to get there. The cafe will likely span more than 2,500 square feet on two levels of a new seven-story multiple-use structure on North Boulevard, set slightly back from West Kennedy Boulevard. The building will have four stories of parking and three with academic and administrative space, continuing a building binge at UT. “We’re bursting at the seams,” said Dan Gura, vice president of development and university relations. Full story

Team Hopes Socially Conscious Idea is Worth $1 Million National Prize

By Dave Nicholson
Tampa Tribune
Feb. 9, 2015

A team of University of Tampa students, including two from Plant City, recently advanced to the next round of an international competition for the best solutions to global problems. Trent Lott and Bijen Patel, childhood friends from Plant City, along with UT classmates Vignesh Parameswaran and Caio Lombardi Amaral, will compete in one of six regional competitions for the Hult Award, which has a $1 million top prize. “We wanted to fight childhood mortality,” Lott said. Their plan calls for the team to sell the sanitation products in developing countries, with the profits used to create free educational booklets and toys that would be distributed for children. Full story

Riverhead Alumna Julia Morrow Pitches Perfect Game for Tampa

By Michael Hejmej
Riverhead Local
Feb. 8, 2015

Julia Morrow threw the only perfect game in Riverhead’s history as a senior in 2010.
Now a senior at the University of Tampa, she’s done it again. After being named to the 50-player watch list for the NCFA Division II National Player of the Year award, her performance against Chadron State on Saturday in the Eckerd College Spring Invitational may have just put her atop the list. “Honestly, it was just the right day at the right time and the right batters not making contact,” Morrow said, laughing it off. Full story

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Infiltrator Begins Filming True Crime Story in Tampa, Hiring Extras

By Kenneth Knight
83 Degrees
Feb. 3, 2015

The selection of Tampa as a principal filming location for “The Infiltrator” is yet another sign of the influence Hillsborough County and the Tampa Bay area is gaining in the super competitive feature filmmaking industry. The city of Tampa will cover the costs of off-duty patrol and street closures. Port Tampa Bay will provide the production with office space, and the University of Tampa’s film production program will partner with the producers to place students in hands-on support roles. Full story

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A Surge in Entrepreneurial Thinking

By Amy Martinez
Florida Trend
February 2015

Over the past decade, universities have had to respond to a growing demand for entrepreneurship-related courses from students of all majors. At The University of Tampa, Rebecca White, director of the Entrepreneurship Center, has increased enrollment in entrepreneurship-related majors to about 250 students, created partnerships with health care and tech firms and launched an accelerator project for students and recent alumni to grow their ideas. “Students today want the skills to be their own boss or to build something meaningful in the business community,” White said. “It’s about more than making lots of money. It’s about having a passion for something.” 

UT Students Arrrrrrr Ready for Gasparilla

By Doha Madani
Tampa Tribune
Jan. 30, 2015

Gasparilla is by some measures the third largest parade in the country. The event may draw hundreds of thousands of people from around the world, but many of the 7,000 students at UT consider it their own, dressing as pirates for the big event Saturday and getting a head start on the celebration with an official Pirate Fest on campus today. The event has grown to help shape the campus identity, and Gina Firth, associate dean of wellness, has played a role in efforts among the event’s coordinators, local law enforcement and the university to make the festival safer. “Students have to follow the law,” said Firth. “If they are not following the law and the university finds out about it, we have to address it. That is absolutely necessary for all student safety.” Full story

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Warmest College Towns in the US

By Julie Glum
International Business Times
Jan. 27, 2015 

Students have a chance to escape the cold by picking a college or university in a town with warm weather. Some people love sledding in heavy coats, but others would rather wear flip-flops at the beach. In a list of the 10 institutions where students can gain a good education and a great tan, according to Best College Reviews, The University of Tampa made the cut. Outside of Puerto Rico and Hawaii, UT has the warmest average January low of 53 degrees and roughly 246 sunny days a year. Full story

Do This: Electronics Alive VIII at University of Tampa

By Julie Garisto
Creative Loafing
Jan. 27, 2015

See what results when creative scholars at UT go digital (and a little analog) at the University of Tampa's biennial invitational exhibition of computer animations, interactive digital work, and virtual spaces from around the world when the exhibition opens Jan. 27. Venture Compound's Jesse Vance will have an installation in the show, titled To Bite One's Own Teeth. "My installation is the only analog and only interactive piece," Vance said. Santiago Echeverry, a professor at UT, has also included Vance's work in the curriculum for one of his New Media classes. One of the four class projects during the semester is titled "The Venture Compound" and deals with making new media art installation out of, found, discarded and cheap parts. Full story

Welcome to Tampa: A Startup Scene Emerges in this Beach Paradise

By John Cook
Jan. 21, 2015

Comprised of the waterfront cities of St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa, this sun-soaked region of 4 million residents is making a serious play to create one of the country’s most desirable entrepreneurial hubs. “We have come a long way … and we are gaining momentum,” says Rebecca White, who leads the entrepreneurship center at UT, which is undergoing an expansion of its own with plans for a new facility to be announced later this year. It now has 250 people enrolled in graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship courses, up from about 80 students five years ago. Full story

Movie Extras Call Coming Soon for ‘Infiltrator’ Shooting in Tampa

By Paul Guzzo
Tampa Tribune
Jan. 19, 2015

The very name, “extras,” signals that these aren’t the most important jobs on a movie set. But for some who sign up to be part of the celluloid scenery, it’s the first step on a road to bigger things. University of Tampa film students are among those in line to get positions — as unpaid production assistants. “It’s a win-win,” said Dale Gordon, executive director of the Tampa-Hillsborough Film and Digital Media Commission. “The production keeps costs down by using students, and the students get experience on a major set.” Full story  

MLK Day a Day for Giving Back

By Chris Anderson
Sarasota Herald Tribune
Jan. 19, 2015

In the spirit of giving back and in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, a group of freshmen students in a leadership program from the University of Tampa joined the Palmetto Boys and Girls Club in its efforts to handout backpacks to children and in hosting music and dance performances. The students took down chairs and cleaned the floor between performances. “It's a great way of showing our students it's about more than just, 'What's in it for me?' said Shannon Calega, the program's director. “It's about going out there and creating a difference.” Full story

Ex-Convicts and College Students Work Together to Beautify Neighborhood

By Shay Arthur
WREG - Memphis
Jan. 16, 2015

College students and ex-convicts came together to clean up a Memphis neighborhood Friday as part of a program called the Leadership Exchange Project between The University of Tampa and the University of Memphis. The two unlikely groups paired together to rake leaves and pick up trash, but their mission was more than just about cleaning up a neighborhood. UT student Mackenzie Rector said the neighborhood clean-up is inspirational. “It speaks a lot about people, people can change no matter what type of mistake you made, nobody is perfect. You can always correct it and do better for yourself and other people,” Rector said. Full story

University of Tampa: Florida Vacation and Campus Visit

By Z. Kelly Queijo
Jan. 16, 2015

Writer Kelly Queijo writes about the pleasant experience her family had when they decided to add a UT campus visit on her family’s recent trip to Clearwater. “Given all the things we already had planned to do in Clearwater, we knew we would not be able to make it to one of the scheduled campus tours and information sessions, so I sent an email to the admissions office to let them know we planned to drop in and walk around their campus. To my surprise, the admissions director replied and asked me for the name of my teen and said he had arranged for a student to lead us around campus.” Full story

Some Florida Colleges Delay Providing Same-Sex Benefits

By Adam Gerstenfeld
USA Today College
Jan. 14, 2014

Following the legalization of gay marriage in Florida, there is increasing pressure for public and private employers alike to offer all benefits — from medical insurance to retirement — to all married couples regardless of sex. While Saint Leo University and Barry haven’t implemented any changes to their benefit packages, The University of Tampa does provide same-sex spouse benefits and has been providing them since February 2009. Full story

Colleges Rush to Create Cybersecurity Soldiers

By Jerome Stockfisch
Tampa Tribune 
Jan. 11, 2015

The ongoing cyberwarfare being waged around the globe has universities working to educate students in cybersecurity. At UT an undergraduate major in cybersecurity will be offered this fall. “The demand is very high. I’ve had students get into cyberspace companies with just one security class, never mind an entire major,” said Kenneth Knapp, a professor of information and technology management at UT and head of the school’s cybersecurity program. “With all of the high-profile breaches over this last year or so, more focus has been on security than I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been doing it since I was 21 years old in the Air Force.” Full story  

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Young 'Change Makers' Focus on Giving Back

By Karen Yi
Sun Sentinel
Jan. 5, 2015

For 18-year-old Andres Gonzalez of Pembroke Pines, soccer is more than just a sport. It’s an avenue to help those less fortunate in his Central American hometown. Andres is a freshman at The University of Tampa. His nonprofit, Champs of Charity, collects old soccer balls, uniforms and gear to donate to schools and neighborhood teams in Honduras, where children play on dirt fields and craft balls out of whatever they can find. “Most people in Central America aren’t as lucky to have the type of things we have in the United States,” said Andres, who came to the U.S. when he was 4. Full story

Tax Breaks for U.S. Churches under Fire

By Teri Sforza
Orange County Register
Jan. 4, 2015

Religious organizations in America are largely exempt from income, sales, property and other taxes – perks worth at least $71 billion a year in the U.S., according to a recent study that was quite conservative in its methodology. “Most religious organizations are not turning around and giving that money to the poor,” said Ryan T. Cragun, associate professor of sociology at the University of Tampa and principal author of “How Secular Humanists (and Everyone Else) Subsidize Religion in the United States.” “I consider myself an expert on religion, and three years ago, I didn't know any of this,” Cragun said. “Most people have no idea how the religious exemptions work, or what they're worth. No one had really tried to calculate it. Just putting it on the radar is worth doing, even if it's not going to change policies in the short run. In the long run, I think it will.” Full story

UT's Lectores Series Readings include Roxane Gay, Richard Bausch and More

By Colette Bancroft
Tampa Bay Times
Dec. 31, 2014

When the University of Tampa founded its low-residency program for a master's of fine arts in creative writing a few years back, it included a component to connect writers with the Tampa Bay community. The Lectores series is named for the Ybor City tradition of having readers in cigar factories who read aloud — everything from Shakespeare to the day's news — to the workers as they rolled stogies. UT's lectores are acclaimed authors, many of them serving as faculty members in the MFA program. Twice a year, the public is invited to free readings by those authors. The January 2015 roster is an impressive one. The series kicks off on Thursday with readings by two writers who have been in the news recently. Full story

Turnout Could be Dismal for Tampa Council Elections in March

By Christopher O’Donnell
Tampa Tribune
Dec. 26, 2014

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn seems set to win a second term unopposed. Without opponents Buckhorn’s name will not be on the ballot, leaving the March municipal elections without the publicity and increased awareness a mayoral election campaign would generate. Buckhorn’s absence from the ballot would likely see turnout drop back down into the teens, said Scott Paine, a professor of government at The University of Tampa. “I would put it anywhere from 3 to 5 percent lower,” he said. How that affects the result is more difficult to quantify. Most of those voting will be residents who pay close attention to politics and local issues, Paine said. Full story

Creating a Holiday State of Mind

By Anne Kadet
USA Today
Dec. 25, 2014

Studies show that folks who practice random acts of kindness enjoy an immediate happiness boost. Research shows that to maximize your happiness from random acts of kindness, you need only to recollect the nice things you've already done. The best gift of all is a "positive memory" of a pleasant exchange, says Patricia O'Grady, a positive psychology expert at the University of Tampa. And for better or worse, the "delighted surprise" of a stranger goes further than gratitude from a family member. Full story

University of Tampa Tops the List of Tampa Bay MBA Programs by In-seat Enrollment

By Chris Erickson
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Dec. 19, 2014

The Tampa Bay Business Journal ranked MBA programs by local in-seat enrollment. UT came out on top, more than doubling the University of South Florida, which came in second. Full story  

UT to Offer Cybersecurity Program

By Wade Tyler Millward
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Dec. 16, 2014

University of Tampa students can study cybersecurity starting in the fall semester.
Instructors in the new major and minor programs at the private university will teach students tools and strategies for protecting confidential materials through classroom lectures and a lab. "Demand for certified security professionals is expected to rise as global commerce and modern society becomes increasingly dependent on information systems and related technologies," said Kenneth Knapp, cybersecurity program director and associate professor of information and technology management. Full story  

UT Student Entrepreneurs Compete for Global Prize Recognizing Solutions to Social Issues

By Justine Benstead
83 Degrees
Dec. 9, 2014

A team of five student entrepreneurs from the University of Tampa plans to bring bamboo to urban slums as a means of providing both sanitation and education. Their startup idea, called “BamBoost,” won the local competition of the Hult Prize in late November 2014. It involves selling bamboo-fiber diaper liners and toilet bags to families in urban slums -- products that address the need for improved sanitation and basic quality of life for disadvantaged children living in these impoverished areas. Full story

Tampa Spartans Win Volleyball National Title

Tampa Bay Times
Dec. 6, 2014

Tampa captured the Division II volleyball national title Saturday with a 25-14, 25-20, 25-21 sweep of Southwest Minnesota State. The national championship is the second for the Spartans (34-1) and their first since 2006. Both came under coach Chris Catanach, who has been at UT since 1984. "I'm really proud of the kids and how they played tonight, and the entire season," Catanach said. "Tonight they played well under heavy pressure. … I'm so proud of this group of student-athletes and their accomplishments." Full story  


NCAA Athletes Begin Competition in Louisville

By Connie Leonard
WAVE 3 News
Dec. 4, 2014

The Division Two National Championship Festival is underway and the Derby City has become a popular destination for it, hosting three of the eight festivals that have been held. The games officially began Thursday with some 1,100 athletes from all over the country competing in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals of Women's Volleyball. "It's an amazing and unforgettable experience," said University of Tampa volleyball player Kahley Patrick. Full story


Student Enrollment Gains Fatten the Bottom Line at University of Tampa

By Margie Manning
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Nov. 25, 2014

University of Tampa is winning praise for its effective financial management.
The school has done a good job of maintaining double-digit margins as student enrollment has grown, according to a report from Fitch Ratings. Fitch just raised the rating on two series of bonds issued on behalf of UT from a BBB to a BBB+. UT has seen student enrollment jump 19.5 percent since fall 2010, to 7,683 in fall 2014. Fitch credits the school's improved academic reputation, location, up-to-date campus and affordability relative to similar universities for the gains. Full story

Area, State Universities Have Safety Measures in Place

By Philip Morgan
Tampa Bay Times
Nov. 20, 2014

In the wake of three people being shot at Florida State University late Wednesday, administrators at local universities spoke to the security measures in place at their respective colleges. At the University of Tampa, a text system is in place to alert those on campus of any threats, said Linda Devine, vice president of operations and planning. A campus safety committee meets several times a year to discuss safety measures. A smaller group meets more frequently to envision and plan responses to incidents like the shooting at FSU. Full story  

UT Receives Donation of Crime Forensics Analysis Instruments

Forensic Magazine
Nov. 5, 2014

The University of Tampa’s forensic science degree program has received a donation of DNA, drugs and explosives laboratory instruments that will allow students to experience real-world, hands-on research. The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) donated eight DNA, drugs and explosives analysis instruments, including gas chromatograph mass spectrometers (GC-MS) and genetic analyzers. Full story  

Voices: Carrying the Weight of Sexual Assault

By Brianna Kwasnik, Her Campus UT
USA Today College
Oct. 30, 2014

On October 29, schools from across the nation took part in the National Day of Action to Carry That Weight to show their support of Emma Sulkowicz’s (who was raped in her dorm room on the first day of her sophomore year at Columbia University) project and take a stand against sexual abuse on college campuses. Seven girls from Her Campus UT carried two mattresses with signs reading, “ask me about my mattress,” and “we support Emma Sulkowicz” through the courtyard, in the dining halls and down hallways. While many students opted to avert their eyes to avoid asking about the demonstration, just as many approached the group, curious about the weight they carried. Full story  

Weatherproof Your Workouts

By Ginger Zee
Women’s Health
Oct. 28, 2014

Between psycho storms and excessive heat, fall can be a tricky time to exercise outside. In terms of sudden downpours, runners should remember that sunshine generate the heat that can fuel thunderstorms. “Plan a close circle loop so that if it starts pouring, you're never more than 10 minutes from home," says Dror Vaknin, a running coach at The University of Tampa (located in the lightning capital of North America). Full story

Vinik, James Match Wits with Wall Street

By Margie Manning
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Oct. 24, 2014

The program was billed as "Matching Wits with Wall Street," and two financial industry leaders didn't disappoint during University of Tampa's Sykes Hall of Fame Business Speaker Series. The discussion was led by Tom James, executive chairman of Raymond James Financial Inc. and Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik, who started and ran the hedge fund, Vinik Asset Management, which closed in 2013. On adversity, James said, "In the early '70s, the market came apart at the seams ... I made a mistake because I tried to grow too aggressively." Full story

Rapid Evolution of a Native Species Following Invasion by a Congener

Oct. 24, 2014

Scientists working on islands in Florida have documented the rapid evolution of a native lizard species — in as little as 15 years — as a result of pressure from an invading lizard species, introduced from Cuba. After contact with the invasive species, the native lizards began perching higher in trees, and, generation after generation, their feet evolved to become better at gripping the thinner, smoother branches found higher up. The change occurred at an astonishing pace: within a few months, native lizards had begun shifting to higher perches, and over the course of 15 years and 20 generations, their toe pads had become larger, with more sticky scales on their feet. “When I started this project in 1994, I was merely looking at ecological effects of the invasive lizard on the native lizard — the perch shift. I had no idea that only 20 years later we would demonstrate evolution in the native lizard, and I feel lucky to have been part of this awesome team,” said Todd Campbell, an associate professor of biology at The University of Tampa and one of the lead authors of the study appearing in the Oct. 24 edition of the journal Science.

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Howard and Patricia Jenkins Give $10M Gift to University of Tampa

By Keeley Sheehan
Tampa Bay Times
Oct. 23, 2014

A University of Tampa residence hall will be named in honor of Howard and Patricia Jenkins after the couple donated $10 million to the university, one of the largest gifts in its history. The donation will go toward construction of another new residence hall, which is under way. Howard Jenkins, 63, is the chairman of the executive committee of Publix Super Markets and a member of UT's board of trustees. Patricia Jenkins, 59, founded Apollo Environmental, which specializes in hazardous materials consulting and analysis, expert witness testimony and regulatory compliance. Full story

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After Fan Dispute, Scott Shifts the Conversation to Ebola

By Kathleen McGrory and Nicholas Nehamas
Tampa Bay Times
Oct. 17, 2014

Two days after Florida's gubernatorial debate turned into Fangate, Gov. Rick Scott convened a news conference in Dania Beach to talk about a more serious subject: Ebola. University of Tampa political science and communications professor Scott Paine said Scott is in a tough spot. "It's a Catch-22 for a candidate this close to an election," Paine said. "The candidate will be criticized for exploiting something like (Ebola). But failing to act may also be a failure of leadership." Full story

Fan Delays Florida Debate, and Mocking Circulates Online

By Lizette Alvarez
New York Times
Oct. 16, 2014

Clinging to caricature, Florida has once again stumbled into political farce. This time by way of a fan, a small black Vornado Air Circulator tucked discreetly — some said improperly — beneath former Gov. Charlie Crist’s lectern during Wednesday’s high-stakes governor’s race debate. Debates have long led to sideshow moments: Al Gore’s sighing. Dan Quayle being told by his rival, “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.” And George H. W. Bush’s wristwatch gazing. But political analysts say #Fangate may not prove as memorable because the incident was devoid of powerful images and quips. “It’s just more silliness unless someone figures out a way to exploit it,” said Scott Paine, who teaches communications and government at the University of Tampa. Full story

Vegetable Garden Takes Root at Head Start

By Joyce McKenzie
Central Tampa News, TBO
Oct. 15, 2014

The Hillsborough County Economic Development Department in collaboration with the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Science Extension Service, recently launched the Garden Goodies Program at the center, housed on the University Area Community Center campus. With the aid of teachers, some parents and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority volunteers from the University of Tampa, the Head Start youngsters, outfitted with garden gloves and trowels for digging, got down and dirty preparing the fresh, fertile soil of the newly constructed vegetable garden plots adjacent to the center’s outdoor playground. Full story

Ask The Experts: Should Corporations Pay Less Than Consumers?

By John Kiernan
Oct. 14, 2014

Professor Steven Platau was asked by how he would change corporate tax rates, at which he replied, "just abolish the corporate level tax. The US corporate income tax is (depending on the stats distributed) only about 10% or so of income tax collections. If the US simply abolishes the corporate level tax then imagine the number of companies that would locate in our stable nation and return jobs to these shores." Full story

University of Tampa Student Tyler Barrett Files to Challenge City Council’s Harry Cohen

By Richard Danielson
Tampa Bay Times
Oct. 13, 2014

Last week was midterm week and thus a busy week at the University of Tampa, but it wasn’t so hectic as to keep UT junior Tyler Barrett from launching his candidacy for City Council District 4. Barrett, 22, a double major in history and government and world affairs, is the third candidate to file papers to run in the South Tampa district now represented by Harry Cohen, who is nearing the end of his first term. “My passion has been getting young voters aware and getting them registered to vote,” Barrett said. Young people, he said, “need a voice in every branch of government,” but city government is one where they don’t have a relationship with decision-makers. Full story

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Master Mascot Teaches Creatures to Fire Up Fans

By Lloyd Sowers
My FOX Tampa Bay
Oct. 13, 2014

In the Tampa Bay area, one woman has been inside the suits of both Raymond, the Rays mascot, and Thunderbug, the Lightning mascot. Her name is Kelly Frank and she's now the president of Amazing Mascots. Her Chicago-based company designs and creates elaborate mascot suits that can sell for thousands of dollars. Frank recently delivered a new Spartan mascot suit to The University of Tampa. The suit also came with some personal instruction for several students who will be wearing the outfit. "It's like a mini camp!" says UT student Chris Grisby. "You have to know what you're doing to excite the crowd." Full story

Auto Mogul Ferman Sets High Standards

By Yvette Hammett
Tampa Tribune
Oct. 12, 2014

James L. Ferman Jr. believes in walking the walk, something he says his father and grandfather before him did as they built Ferman Motor Car Co. Inc. from the ground up. “We would like to think that we demonstrate a difference from the historic reputation and image of the used car dealer,” Ferman said recently from his office on West Kennedy Boulevard. “We have to try harder every day to make that happen.” Those who know him through business and philanthropy say he has pulled it off and with grace and humility. His ethical business practices and community giving have not gone unnoticed by any stretch. Ferman has received just about every award given locally to those who practice good business and give back. He added one more award to the volume on Friday when the University of Tampa betstowed on him its annual Ethics Award. Full story

A similar story appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek

Gift of Wheelchair Powers University of Tampa Student's Soccer Dream

By Aimée Alexander
Tampa Bay Times
Oct. 9, 2014

Tyler Hernandez ’18 usually plays his favorite sport on the hardwood floor of a basketball gym, but on one particular morning he chose an asphalt parking lot just off of Dale Mabry Highway. Hernandez, eager to show his friend Hank Malouf how a new piece of equipment would enhance his performance, couldn't wait until he found his way back into a gym. Malouf, owner of Hank's Catfish & BBQ just north of Waters Avenue on Dale Mabry, was more than a friend watching Hernandez celebrate the arrival of the new wheelchair. He was the man who helped fund the purchase last spring. Now Hernandez will bid for a spot on the U.S. Power Soccer team this weekend, thanks in part to Malouf's generosity. Full story

Bryan Cranston to Star in Film to be Shot in Hillsborough County

By Eric Snider
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Oct. 8, 2014

Bryan Cranston, one of the most celebrated actors of recent years for his work in the hit cable series “Breaking Bad,” will star in a movie to be filmed primarily in Hillsborough County. The feature film is based on a autobiographical book of the same name by Tampa resident Robert Mazur. The University of Tampa’s film production program will partner with producers to place students in hands-on support roles. Full story

Ed Brennan

By Michael Stott
Swimming World
October 2014

One of the things that keep swim coach Ed Brennan at UT is his love for the university. “What keeps us competitive is the attractiveness of the school and the embarrassment of riches I have when it comes to a staff,” Brennan said. “Like myself, my assistants have an affinity for the school and where we live.” Brennan said his coaching philosophy is to never take himself too seriously. “My mother-in-law once accused me of “playing,” not working. She was right!”  

UT ObamaCare Discussion Touches on Sex, Religion and Politics

By Irene Sidede
Creative Loafing
Oct. 8, 2014

The University of Tampa’s Sykes Chapel was filled with students and professionals full of anticipation as they prepared to discuss some of the issues pertaining the rejection of contraceptive mandates for corporations. “Does the Affordable Care Act in its regulations or tasks ensure every woman gets contraceptives?”
Marcus Arvan, assistant professor of philosophy. Guest speakers explored the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling from earlier this year. Full story

‘Village’ of Volunteers Swarms Greco Middle Campus for Service Day

By Joyce McKenzie
Oct. 8, 2014

One of Greco Middle School Principal Olayinka Alege’s goals for this year is to establish strong partnerships with the surrounding community. Alege’s prayers were answered when a cadre of close to 100 volunteers converged on the campus during the Sept. 27 Green Apple Day of Service. Among this year’s volunteers were students from the University of South Florida’s Patel College of Global Sustainability, the University of Tampa and Eckerd College. Full story

Connect Tampa Bay Accuses No Tax for Tracks Volunteers of Extremism as Greenlight Pinellas Fight Continues

By Zachary T. Sampson
Tampa Bay Times
Oct. 6, 2014

The Greenlight Pinellas plan would raise the sales tax 1 cent to help fund a 24-mile light rail system between St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as expand bus service. How do those against the project keep up the fight? Scott Paine, a communication and government professor at the University of Tampa, said the No Tax for Tracks group is fighting against people with money and inherent credibility. The Greenlight supporters have landed significant endorsements, including Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater. Paine said the No Tax volunteers' best move going forward is to continue grass roots campaigning and to harp on the tax increase. Full story  

Ebola Worries from Home Follow UT Student

By Adam Winer
ABC Action News
Oct. 3, 2014

Some members of the Tampa Bay community were directly affected by the troubles caused by Ebola in West Africa. "Just imagine living somewhere where you're being invisibly terrorized," said Lucy Sherman, a sophomore communications major who left Liberia this past August to return to Tampa for her fall semester. Sherman, ideally, would fly home for Christmas this winter, but she's realizing now that might not be such a good idea. "[There's no] guarantee I'm going to come back," said Sherman. "Because the airline issue is not stable. Borders are shutting down." Full story

Forever Moving Dance Company Proves that Dance is Ageless

By Melanie Wiesen
Creative Loafing
Oct. 3, 2014

Serving adults primarily ages 50 and up, the Life Enrichment Center provides challenging and stimulating activity for high-functioning older adults in Hillsborough County. The non-profit, private organization offers events and classes that promote life-long growth. A collaboration between the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Moving Current Dance Company and the Life Enrichment Center, Forever Moving Dance Company was created in 2006. Guided by professor of dance at UT and director of the UT dance program and the applied dance major program, Susan Taylor Lennon, the course will focus more on the fun, improvisational side of dance, rather than the technical aspects. Expect a lot of creative improvisation and a relaxed atmosphere. It’s where you can get familiar with how your body moves. Full story

Organic Beauty

By Sophia Ahmad
October 2014

The University of Tampa’s Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values is featured in this magazine article on Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, which created the UT organ, Opus 89. “It’s easy to get caught up in the geekdom of organ building and the technical stuff, but building organs is about people,” said John Panning, Dobson’s vice president and tonal director. “Organs are used in worship, and they are something around which people gather for great music, artistry and for great performances of music.” Full story   

TV Ads Battle over Medical Marijuana

By Josh Cascio
My Fox Tampa Bay
Sept. 30, 2014

More political ads for the fight over medical marijuana have hit the airwaves, and both try to connect with people’s emotions. While targeted for the medical marijuana amendment, the ads could also play a role in deciding the governor’s race. "It's probably going to drive a younger group to the polls, and they're more likely to vote for Charlie Crist," said Scott Paine, an associate professor of communication and government at The University of Tampa. Full story

Traveling Exhibit Highlights Tampa's Colorful Prohibition History

By Elisabeth Parker
Tampa Bay Times
Sept. 26, 2014

During the days of Prohibition, Tampa was a wet spot. Rum flowed in from Cuba and moonshine from surrounding rural areas. Prohibition didn't curtail drinking. Instead, it went underground — in some cases literally. Local lore tells of tunnels leading from the Ybor City port up into speakeasies. Prohibition drove respectable establishments out of business, said Charles McGraw, an assistant professor of history at the University of Tampa. It brought together people who typically hadn't mixed when middle-class white people started patronizing nightclubs where blacks performed. It was "exotic and outrageous," said McGraw. "The culture was being changed from below." Full story

5 Fresh Ways To Get Fit This Fall

By Corrie Pikul
Huffington Post
Sept. 25, 2014

The University of Tampa’s Human Performance Lab is mentioned in this story about new fitness trends in regards to a lateral elliptical trainer. “A small study by the University of Tampa (commissioned by the manufacturers) shows that the lateral trainers worked more of the muscles of the lower body and core than standard ellipticals: 43 percent more of the outer thigh and 42 percent more of the outer hip,” the writer states. Full story

4 Reasons To Apply To College Early

By Jordan Sypek
USA Today College
Sept. 24, 2014

What most students don’t know about college applications is that applying at the right time is sometimes the most important part. Brent Benner, the director of enrollment at The University of Tampa, said, “Students who apply early typically have a higher rate of accepting the university’s offer of admission, which is attractive to the university.” Full story

UT Speaker Series Focuses on Crowdfunding for Start-ups

By Megan Hendricks
83 Degrees
Sept. 23, 2014

The sixth installment of the MainStreet Speaker Series at the University of Tampa (UT)'s Entrepreneurship Center will allow students to network and connect with business leaders in Tampa Bay, as well as hear from a panel about crowdfunding for their business. The topic was selected strategically, to help give students a deeper look into non-traditional ways to fund their business. "We’re trying to pinpoint those burning topics for entrepreneurs and connect our students with this amazing entrepreneurship community that we have in Tampa," says James Zebrowski, program assistant for the UT Entrepreneurship Center and recent UT graduate. Full story

What Kind of Leaders Do We Need Now? Elie Wiesel's Answer

By Dov Seidman
Sept. 18, 2014

Dov Seidman explores the type of leadership the world needs in this time of dramatic change. He met with the winners of the annual Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics essay competition, of which UT’s Katelyn Edwards was a winner. Seidman said not just the ideas of winners like Edwards’ but their convictions and actions hold the answer: ethical leadership. Full story

Foundation Sends Kin of 9/11 Victims to College

By Edna Ishayik
New York Times
Sept. 9, 2014

Of the 3,051 children who lost a parent in the Sept. 11 attacks, about 300 were kindergartners that day. Many of them are now taking their first classes in college, and about 100 of them, including Laura Williamson ’18, will begin their higher education with full scholarships from the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which was formed a week after the attacks to benefit children of the victims. “I’m never going to forget what happened, but especially being in Florida now, a new environment, and meeting all new people, it’s a new start,” she said. Full story

A Healthy Curiosity: The Ultimate Guide to Protein

By Peta Bee
Sept. 5, 2014

There is always an ingredient of the moment, a nutrition newcomer set to transform our health and our bodies for the better. And there’s no doubt that this year, protein reigns supreme. But if we all know why we should be eating a higher ratio of it to anything else, we aren’t always sure of the best form to get it. One option is rice protein isolate, which was shown in a study carried out at the University of Tampa last year to match the benefits of whey protein isolate when it comes to speeding up fat loss and accelerating the development of muscle tissue after a workout. Full story

Store Financial Card Program Facilitates a Safe Ride Home for College Students

By PRWeb
Sept. 2, 2014

Store Financial is teaming up with Home Safe Card to launch a prepaid card that encourages a safe ride home for students, families and business travelers. The University of Tampa will be the first organization to implement the Home Safe Card. Associate Dean of Wellness Gina Firth chose the program for its emphasis on student safety. Firth explains, “The University of Tampa is committed to the Home Safe Card project because it provides a safe, reliable transportation option for our students as they venture out into the community. Full story

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“Out There”: Scientists Study Local Seahorses

By Tom Glucksmann
The Eleutheran
Sept. 1, 2014

Heather Mason Jones answers questions about a local Bahamian seahorse population in a Q-and-A with the UT biology professor. “In 2004, I began searching for a population of seahorses here in the Bahamas, because in Tampa, the water is so cloudy most of the year that underwater observation of the animals is really tough,” Jones said. Full story  

10 of the Best University Buildings in the World

By Martha Elwell
Times Higher Education
Aug. 29, 2014

Times Higher Education Twitter followers were asked to nominate their favorite buildings in higher education from around the world. The University of Tampa’s Plant Hall made the top 10 list. Full story  

Should Unlce Sam Privatize VA Care?

By Cagdas Agirdas, Guest Columnist
Orlando Sentinel
Aug. 29, 2014

Cagdas Agirdas, an assistant professor of economics at UT, specializing in health economics, weighed in on the debate about privatizing healthcare for veterans. Agirdas argues that blowing up the current system with privatization is the wrong approach. Rather, better oversight and management reform would enliven veterans care. “Privatization will result in lower quality care at a higher cost for our veterans who have unique needs, that the private market lacks the incentive to address.”  

The Pros and Cons of the Most Common On-Campus Jobs

Huffington Post
Aug. 27, 2014

Whether paying for tuition, books, an apartment or just a froyo addiction, a job can make college years significantly easier to afford. And often the the first place to look to find one is on campus. Of the jobs profiled, college tour guide made the list with the note that even if students aren’t huge fans of giving speeches to a large audience, the tour life could still be awesome. "Working as a tour guide is not only easy money but also helps you with public speaking," says Jordan Sypek, a University of Tampa senior. "Before I was a tour guide, I was a little shy and hated talking in front of a big group. Now I have no problem with it and feel comfortable talking to anyone, anywhere." Full story

Move-in Day at Local Colleges

By Mike Bennett
My FOX Tampa Bay
Aug. 19, 2014

Families and students were interviewed in this piece about move-in day at The University of Tampa. Anxiety and excitement were the emotions of the day, as several students interviewed noted. The prospect of being on their own and paving their own way were reasons for excitement. Parents too, were both excited for their children and sad to be leaving them behind. Video

Teacher’s 1st Day

By Walter Allen
My FOX Tampa Bay
Aug. 19, 2014

Recent UT graduate Tessa Heath was profiled in this piece about her first day of school – not as a student, but as a teacher. Heath will spend this year teaching U.S. history to 8th graders in Hillsborough County. She has been creating lesson plans and making sure everything is perfect for the start of school. “I’m excited to meet my group of kids and have my own group of kids,” she said. Video

Should Big Banks be Broken Apart

By Marcus Allan Ingram, Guest Columnist
Orlando Sentinel
Aug. 15, 2014

Marcus Ingram, associate professor of finance, weighed in with a guest column on whether or not big banks should be downsized. Ingram argued “the most direct way to address the problems of regulatory complexity and systemic risk caused by the megabanks is a return to the Glass-Steagall prohibitions: Require commercial banks to divest their investment–banking divisions so that each type of bank can be regulated properly.” Full story

A similar story appeared in USA Today.

Tampa BP Stations Transition to Marathon Brand

By Aaron Mesmer
My FOX Tampa Bay
July 31, 2014

Many of the BP stations in the Tampa Bay area are in the process of transitioning to Marathon stations, with others potentially facing the same brand change. This comes four years after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster saw 4.9 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. "I think many of the store owners will be very happy that they're not associated with the name of BP, which doesn't carry the best brand equity in the Bay Area," said Erika Matulich, a University of Tampa brand expert. Full story

The CL Intern Issue: Step Up to the (Open) Mic

By Jackie Braje
Creative Loafing
July 31, 2014

UT senior Jackie Braje is an intern at Creative Loafing where she penned this piece about the open mic culture that has sprung up around Tampa Bay. She described the scene at the Rathskeller, “scattered with tables full of writing professors and anxious young students prudently reading and re-reading to themselves the poems their classmates had goaded them into presenting in front of everyone. The vibe was laid-back, and a muted orchestra of snaps followed every reading. This was UT’s open mic night, sponsored by the student literary journal NEON — the one night a month when antisocial groups of undergrad writing students all leave their caves.” Full story

Wildlife Officials Ready To Round Up Menacing Tegu Lizards

Tampa Bay Times
July 29, 2014

The tegu lizard, with its forked tongue and fierce appetite for native species, is a growing pest that might be on the verge of rivaling the python as the state's menace of the moment. Todd Campbell, an associate professor in the University of Tampa biology department, said it is unknown how many tegus are out there. But, he added, it's probably not in the hundreds and more likely in the thousands. Campbell said the state definitely has to do something about the tegu, which he called a "top predator." He said it's a tough task because the lizards are spread out in rural areas. Full story

Florida Matters: Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

By Carson Cooper
July 29, 2014

A report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault says universities are not providing all the resources they can to protect students from sexual violence. Dozens of schools are under investigation for how they have handled sexual assault cases. Sabrina Griffith, UT associate director of residential communities, joined Assistant State Attorney Aaron Hubbard in discussing the scope of the problem and why the federal government is getting so heavily involved in the issue. Audio

6 Tips to Help You Master the College Essay

By Kim Lifton
July 22, 2014

Included in the advice given for writing a good college application essay is for students to stay positive. “There are very few absolutes when it comes to writing an admissions essay; one is to write about something positive,” said Brent Benner, director of enrollment management, University of Tampa. “Every kid has had a hardship, but life is about problem solving and conflict resolution. I want to read anything that paints a picture of moxie, drive, determination and courage; those are compelling, and tells me how someone problem-solves.” Full story

This story appeared in several Patch-affiliated websites.

Fewer Kids Playing Baseball, Numbers Show

My FOX Tampa Bay
July 15, 2014

The Sports and Fitness Industry Association says that participation in many sports is falling, but their numbers show that participation in baseball is falling at twice the rate of basketball and soccer. They say 15.5 million Americans played ball in 2008, compared to 13.2 in 2013. "When I was younger, me and my buddies would play stickball in the backyard all the time. I'm not seeing that as much anymore," said Taylor Wrenn, a former minor league player and coach at Spartans Baseball Camp. Yet elite leagues and camps are still attracting players. Enrollment at Spartans has been steady for years. Full story

Amphibians Can Acquire Resistance to Deadly Fungus

July 10, 2014

The findings of professors Jason Rohr of USF and Taegan McMahon, who recently earned her doctorate at USF and is now at The University of Tampa, were displayed on the cover of the July 10 issue of Nature, one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals. Emerging fungal pathogens pose a greater threat to biodiversity than any other parasitic group, scientists say, causing population declines of amphibians, bats, corals, bees and snakes. Rohr and McMahon's research results reveal amphibians can acquire behavioral or immunological resistance to a deadly chytrid fungus implicated in global amphibian population declines. Full story

Similar stories appeared on the National Science Foundation, TBOScience Newsline, Science Daily and (e) Science News.  

Cleveland to Host 2016 GOP Convention

By Catalina Camia
USA Today
July 8, 2014

With the recent announcement of Cleveland being the host city of the 2016 Republican National Convention, news reports are mentioning the study done by Brian Kench, an associate professor of economics at The University of Tampa. Kench’s study showed that the 2012 GOP convention resulted in a total economic impact of about $404 million to Tampa with more than 50,000 Republican delegates, party officials and reporters converged in Tampa for the convention. Full story

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Student Turns Passion For Drawing Into Collaborative Business

Osprey Observer
July 2, 2014

UT student Maria Cate has always hoped to leave a mark with her art, and now she is doing so with her company, Twisted Hand. The endeavor was intended to be a way for Cate to get back into drawing while she was in college—but posting her work on social media transformed Cate’s art from just another hobby to a viable business. “I hit 300 likes and 15 orders in 24 hours,” Cate said. “Once I started marketing, everything boomed. I was having five, six, seven orders a day. It was crazy.” Balancing a business with schoolwork and law internships is no simple feat, but Cate finds the work is worthwhile when she can use her talent to represent something important to her customers. Full story

Tampa Sound-Reducing Business Makes Waves

By Leigh Spann
June 26, 2014

Tampa company Acoustiblok has a technology in its eighth-of-an-inch product to reduce noise as much as a foot of poured concrete. The sound-reducing technology is made of a viscoelastic polymer material that transforms energy. A physics professor at the University of Tampa breaks that down saying the material is viscous like honey, but it also has elastic characteristics like a rubber band. "That material will bend and flex, and it will transform the energy from the sound waves into friction inside the material as it stretches and bends back to its original shape," said Ethan Deneault. Full story

UT Designing Entrepreneurship Center to Connect Students with Biz Community

By Marin Guta
Tampa Bay Business Journal
June 24, 2014

The long-held dream of creating a place for student entrepreneurs to collaborate and learn is finally coming into full fruition for Rebecca White, University of Tampa’s James W. Walter Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship Center Director. “I’ve been here five years, and we’ve built enough momentum,” White said. “I just think the timing is right for us.” Full story

Lectores Summer 2014 Schedule

By Julie Garisto
Creative Loafing
June 19, 2014

Each year — at the beginning of the winter and summer terms — the University of Tampa's MFA program brings in high-profile poets and authors and occasionally some musicians from across the nation for its Lectores event series. High profile, writerly celebs have headlined Lectores. Past guests include Miranda July, Denis Johnson, filmmaker Hal Hartley and musician Joe Pernice. This summer's installment highlights contemporary writer Rick Moody, Nathan Deuel and Susan Minot and several other notables. Full story

Related stories appeared in Creative Loafing on Nathan Deuel and Rick Moody.

UT Puts on World Cup Camp for Kids

By Kevin O’Donnell
My FOX Tampa Bay
June 18, 2014

The University of Tampa is putting on their version of the World Cup. Kids aging from 5 to 13 years old sport their favorite Cup jersey during a summer camp that's turned into a Cup competition. It's not just about learning to play at a higher level. Kids are also quizzed on World Cup history, giving them a greater knowledge about this global game. "It's not just wearing a cool jersey,” UT head coach Adrian Bush said. “When they do the competition, they have to know things about the country that they are representing. Players that play for them. Things down to the currency that they use with their money. They're not just watching the game. They are becoming students of the game. That's what we need to continue to make soccer grow in our country." Full story

These People Give the World Hope

By Steve Otto
Tampa Tribune
June 17, 2014

Columnist Steve Otto attended the 2014 Sustainable Business Awards at UT’s Vaughn Center, where he was reminded of the “extraordinarily smart people” associated with The University of Tampa and the University of South Florida, including Jan Roberts who founded Earth Charter US that birthed the Sustainable Business Coalition. Several organizations were responsible for this awards luncheon, including the coalition and UT’s Center for Ethics. “The idea was to recognize CEOs and executives of companies in the area that are leading in zero-waste programs and community initiatives, and offering innovative employee benefits.” Full story

A similar story ran in the Tampa Bay Times.

Q&A: How will Millennials Driving Less Affect Car Buying and Insurance?

June 16, 2014

Millennials, often defined as people born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s, are redefining car use. While older generations sought to get their driver’s licenses at the first opportunity and have valued their vehicles, millennials are showing apprehension about car ownership. Erika Matulich, a UT marketing professor, said the decline is both a shift in attitude and a reflection of economic pressures on this generation. “Certainly a recession, a tight employment market offering lower wages and fewer positions, and skyrocketing fuel and insurance costs play a role. At the same time, millennials have a unique value system and set of attitudes that also contribute to the decline.” Full story

Hookah Misconceptions

By Peter Moore and Gregg Stebben
Men’s Health Live
June 7, 2014

Mary Martinasek, assistant professor of public health, says going to a hookah lounge is no safer than smoking a cigarette. In fact, she says research shows that hookah is actually worse for you than cigarettes because of high levels of pollutants and carbon monoxide in the lounges. Podcast

A similar story appeared in the June 2014 issue of Men's Health magazine.

FL: Orgullo Latino: Ariel Acosta-Rubio

WVEA News - Univision
June 3, 2014

Ariel Acosta-Rubio ’84 was the focus of this feature on Latinos who have made a difference. Acosta-Rubio, founder and CEO of CHURROMANIA®, is considered one of the preeminent thought leaders on Hispanic entrepreneurship, and has seen his restaurant franchise venture grow to 140 stores in seven countries, including in more than 50 cities around the world. He gave the address at UT’s May commencement. Full story

Spartans' Urso named National Baseball Coach of the Year

By Chris Field
My FOX Tampa Bay
May 29, 2014

University of Tampa baseball head coach Joe Urso owns four national championship rings, won wins his 9th Conference Coach of the Year title, the South Region Coach of the year and the National Coach of the Year titles this year. A large part of the Spartan’s success is due in part to the players’ belief in their head coach. "He's the best coach I've played for,” Stephen Dezzi said. "If he is making a move, a decision, you trust him because you've seen it work so many times." Full story

New Gallery Looks to Enhance Tampa's Art Scene

TBO Seen
May 28, 2014

Associate Professor Chris Valle is participating in the first exhibition at CASS: Contemporary Art Space & Studio, a new contemporary gallery in South Tampa opened by two University of Tampa alums, Jake and Cassie Greatens. “We’re bringing an art culture, not limited to just pieces of art,” said Cassie Greaten, offering lectures, workshops and spaces for art enthusiasts. Valle, who was one of Jake Greatens’ instructors, said he hopes the gallery establishes an art scene in the area. “I’m hoping this gallery can be that place in Tampa,” Valle said. VIDEO

Similar stories appeared in Creative Loafing and on My FOX Tampa Bay.

Fallen Comrade's Family Helps Wounded Iraq War Veteran Reconnect 

By John Romano
Tampa Bay Times
May 25, 2014

Taylor Urruela ’15 served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army from 2004–2011, and at the end of his tour in Baghdad, his vehicle was hit by two roadside bombs. He lost his leg below the knee and the life of his commander. When he moved to Tampa years later to attend UT, he reconnected with Michelle Taylor, the widow of Maj. David Taylor who was Urruela’s commander. Though difficult for Urreula at first, he has now made a connection with Jake, Taylor’s son who Urruela met through pictures and stories while serving with his father in Iraq. Full story

A similar story on Taylor Urruela appeared on WEDU

UT, Eckerd Study Finds Chapels’ Use Largely Secular

By Jerome Stockfisch
Tampa Tribune
May 25, 2014

Professors from UT and Eckerd have just published a paper in the Journal of College & Character stating that just over 1 percent of students at the Tampa school and 6 percent at its St. Petersburg counterpart have attended religious services on campus. The students do visit the centers but mostly for concerts, lectures, meditation or meetings, the researchers found. The conclusion isn’t getting rid of campus chapels, but rather, meeting the spiritual and religious needs of students in nontraditional ways. Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Bay Times

Rivals Crowd Commission Race

By Mike Salinero
Tampa Tribune
May 25, 2014

Scott Paine, a government professor at the University of Tampa, said the race for a countywide commission seat is a formidable arena. Candidate Al Higginbotham’s controversial votes may be known to relatively small groups of people who keep up with such things, but most people don’t know or care. “If the knowledge of it doesn’t already exist, the ability to develop a negative perception of a sitting commissioner is going to be expensive,” Paine said. “It’s going to require many exposures to that negative message for a significant number of voters, and that comes down to dollars.” Full story

Civic Leader Al Austin, Tampa's 'Mr. Everything,' Dies At Age 85

By Andrew Meacham, Richard Danielson and Drew Harwell
Tampa Bay Times
May 22, 2014

Al Austin ’47, a developer and civic leader known for his ability to secure funding for causes, especially his beloved GOP, died early May 22, apparently in his sleep. He was 85. Austin attended UT, was a Board of Trustees chairman emeriti and is credited with aiding the university’s growth. Austin and his wife, Beverly, chaired the university's first comprehensive capital campaign, an ambitious $84-million renewal that added endowments to the school's college of business and Center for Ethics and underwrote the nine-story Vaughn Center, the multipurpose hub of student activity. Full story

Similar stories appeared in the Tampa Tribune, Associated Press and Bay News 9.

The Guy Who Keeps The Green Clean

By Chris Field
My FOX Tampa Bay
May 22, 2014

The University of Tampa baseball players and coaches make no secret about their passion for the game. And UT groundskeeper Mike Hasty takes great pride in his job of keeping the fields perfect for the Spartans. FOX 13 Sports anchor Chris Field catches up with Mike while covering the baseball team's final practice before their departure for the NCAA Division II National Tournament in North Carolina. VIDEO

UT Spartans Will Play for NCAA Title Again

By Bobby Lewis
May 19, 2014

There's another reason to party on the diamond at the University of Tampa; for the second year in a row, the Spartans will play for a baseball national championship. Tampa beat Florida Southern 3-0 on Sunday to advance to the championship round. The Spartans will begin play in the title round next Sunday. Tampa has six national championships in school history. UT needed three comeback wins on its home field this weekend just to get a chance to face the Mocs in the title game. They got an incredible performance when they needed it most from pitcher Trey Oest. VIDEO

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UT Makes Way For New Dorm

Tampa Tribune
May 16, 2014

A demolition crew from Crossroads Construction began tearing down a wing of the ResCom residence hall May 16 at the University of Tampa. A new dorm, set to be completed by January, will rise on the same site. The ResCom hall was built in 1986 and housed 235 students. UT has been growing dramatically, with an 11-story residence hall opening last August, a seven-story multi-use structure under construction and a parking garage expansion underway. Full story

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UT Lacrosse Team Enjoys Surprising Success

By Chris Field
My FOX Tampa Bay
May 15, 2014

The University of Tampa lacrosse team has made it to the NCAA Division II final four in only its third season of existence. The Spartans surprised even themselves with their early success. Head coach Rory Whipple admits he's impressed too. "We've won the conference three years straight, and ultimately to win a national championship with a three-year old program would be pretty amazing, pretty monumental," Whipple said. The UT lacrosse team is the first lacrosse team in the state of Florida to play in and host an NCAA tournament game. Full story

University of Tampa Grads Celebrate

Eve Edelheit
Tampa Bay Times
May 10, 2014

Several photos from The University of Tampa's 138th commencement on May 10 ran in the Tampa Bay Times. Photos

Innovative Products Result from UT Startup Competition

By Eric Snider
Tampa Bay Business Journal
May 6, 2014  

University of Tampa undergraduate Brett McQuaide was awarded $10,000 in seed money to reach the beta testing phase for his "Stir Stick," which lets people know when their cup of coffee is at the perfect drinkable temperature. The award was provided by Sherloq Solutions of Tampa. As part of the college's Spartan Accelerator program, student entrepreneurs pitched ideas to local judges to compete for a piece of $25,000 in no-payback seed capital. The competition was held at UT's Sykes College of Business. Full story

A similar story appeared in the Knoxville Times

Spartans See Season Getting Off to a Great Start

By Chris Field
My FOX Tampa Bay
May 2, 2014

The University of Tampa baseball team recently won a third straight Sunshine State Conference title, their 16th in team history. Now, the Spartans stand poised to accomplish their second major goal: hosting the South Regional. UT baseball works to achieve their ultimate goal this season -- the same goal every season: win another Division II national title. The Spartans have won six national championships, the latest just last season in 2013. Many thought this would be a rebuilding season, but this UT team bonded quickly. A baseball-playing trip to Cuba in January helped the new roster gel. Head coach Joe Urso agrees this team exceeds expectations. "They do... you know we lost a lot of guys again last year, and you just, you're never quite sure until you get the new group together on how they're gonna gel and the chemistry's amazing,” Urso said. Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Tribune

University Of Tampa Residence Hall Meets Gold Standard

By Kathy Steele
83 Degrees
April 29, 2014

University of Tampa's newest residence hall is solid gold as an eco-friendly, green building. The U.S. Green Building Council recently issued a LEED Gold certification for West Kennedy Hall, which opened in August 2013. It is the University's third certification from the council, which is recognized nationally as the standard setter for environmentally sound construction practices. The University's Science Annex is also a LEED Gold certified building, and the Dickey Health and Wellness Center is LEED Silver. Full story

Kayla Cox's Journey Leads to Starring Role for Tampa Softball

By Joey Knight
Tampa Bay Times
April 27, 2014

A two-time Division II All-American and the 2013 SSC pitcher of the year, Kayla Cox hopes to add a final flourish to the greatest pitching career in Spartans lore. In three years, she has established myriad UT career and season records. Her 11 no-hitters, 56 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings and 83 2/3 consecutive innings without an earned run all are program bests. "I've kind of found the love for the game again since I came here," she said. Full story

3D Yearbooks

By Jennifer Epstein
My FOX Tampa Bay
April 24, 2014

This year The University of Tampa’s yearbook is in 3D. When students scan certain pages of the printed yearbook, the Moroccan, the book jumps to life with videos, photo slideshows and links to online content that appear on their mobile device. “I completely think that this will revitalize yearbooks,” said Donny Murray, editor of the Moroccan. “I think the way yearbooks have been done in the past is dead, but I don’t think the yearbook in general is dead.”

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Tampa Businesses Recognized for Sustainability

By Elizabeth Parker
Tampa Bay Times
April 18, 2014

The city will recognize 10 local businesses with a Green Business designation on Earth Day. Each business worked with a student from the University of Tampa or the University of South Florida through a 12-week program launched by the Sustany Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 2007 to enhance the quality of life of the Tampa Bay community. The recycling and conservation plans make sense both for business and the environment. Full story  

Taylor Urruela

Up Close with Cathy Unruh
April 17, 2014

Taylor Urruela ’15 is featured in WEDU’s three-episode series, “Coming Back with Wes Moore,” which follows several veterans as they return from war. Urruela served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army from 2004–2011, and at the end of his tour in Baghdad, his vehicle was hit by two roadside bombs. He lost his leg below the knee and the life of his commander. Urruela has since founded VetSports, a nonprofit that helps veterans socialize through playing sports. Urruela wanted to be a part of the WEDU series because “they’re not just making a show, they’re starting the conversation,” Urruela told WEDU’s Cathy Unruh in “Up Close with Cathy Unruh.” VIDEO

Spring Chic in the Tampa Heat

By Jordan Valdez
Huffington Post, CollegeFashionista
April 16, 2014

Jordan Valdez '14 is a fine art major concentrating in photography and minoring in communication. She has interned for the Huffington Post's CollegeFashionista fashion blog for the past three semesters. Her most recent post details the beauty of the UT campus and how fashion mimics the international study body. "On a campus infused with so much variety, we always have the pleasure of meeting one amazing person after the next. Naturally this means that fashions and styles brought to our school never ceases to surprise us. From the edgy style of the northerners, to the laid back looks of skater boys, to the traditional international fashions; you name it, we've got it." Full story

A New African 'Smile Empire' Hopes To Educate Kids And Save Lives

By Denise Restauri
March 31, 2014

“What motivates Millennials to change the world?” That’s a question Forbes contributor Denise Restauri is asked all the time. There isn’t a one-size fits all answer. But one thing that’s consistent is that each girl has a personal story that moved her to take action. For Katelyn Edwards, a junior at the University of Tampa, her story starts with, “My little brother was born with a cleft lip and palate.” That was the beginning of the journey that took Katelyn to Ghana where children who are born with cleft are often slaughtered in front of the village as a sacrifice. This is Katelyn’s personal story that led her to “Smile Schools.” Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Tribune

Sin City a Virtuous Venue for GOP Convention: Column

By James Richardson
USA Today
March 21, 2014

Las Vegas’ reputation is both an asset and a hindrance to it as it pursues a bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. At stake for Las Vegas is an infusion of potentially hundreds of millions of out-of-state dollars. An economic impact study by The University of Tampa, whose namesake town hosted the 2012 Republican convention, found that the previous party huddle brought its host city a full $404.39 million. Of that spending, nearly $365 million was taxable. In Nevada, that would go a long way. Full story  

America's Coolest College Startups 2014

By Diana Ransom
March 17, 2014

Beatmerch, a startup company created by UT student Duncan Abdelnour ’14, has been named one of the Coolest College Startups by Inc. Magazine for 2014. The group includes 16 startups, which were chosen out of a list of 100. Two years ago, BetterBoo, a startup created by former UT Student Government President Nick Chmura ’12, was named one of 19 of the Coolest College Startups by Inc. Magazine for 2012. Full story

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Lights, Camera, Florida Film Jobs

By Paul Guzzo
Tampa Tribune
March 12, 2014

UT alumnae Maria Alejandro Ortiz ’10 and Kelsey Stroop ’10 and Dana Plays, professor of communication, were featured in this story about movies that are filmed in Florida and the career opportunities they create. Both Ortiz and Stroop currently work in movie and television production after working on production crews of the movie “Dolphin Tale,” which was filmed in Clearwater, FL in 2010. Full story 

Tegu Invasion Worries Florida Wildlife Biologists

By Robin Sussingham
March 12, 2014

Todd Campbell, associate professor of biology, was featured in this story about invasive giant lizards called Argentine black and white tegus. Campbell, whose student assistant caught nearly 40 tegus recently in southeast Tampa, said since the species is so difficult to spot and trap that wildlife managers can only hope to manage the species, instead of eradicate it. Full story

Similar stories appeared in WTSP, the Tampa Bay Business Journal and Alabama Public Radio. 

Tampa Bay Hospitals Engage Arts In Healing

By Janan Talafer
83 Degrees
March 4, 2014

UT students volunteer at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital as part of a class taught by Heather Spooner, an adjunct professor for UT’s pre-professional concentration in art therapy. "For me personally, making art was therapeutic and when I learned this was a career path, I fell in love with the idea,'' says Spooner, who has a master's degree in art therapy and, in addition to teaching students, contracts with the hospital to bring art to patients three mornings a week either in a group setting or one-on-one at the bedside. "Art is a way for young children to visually express themselves when they don't have the vocabulary to do so,'' says Spooner. "We can work on many goals; it can be pain management or just coping with the social changes that illness brings.'' Full story

UT Dance Workshops Let Residents of Senior Complex Cut Loose

By Sommer Brokaw
Tampa Bay Times
Feb. 26, 2014

A small, diverse group of seniors living at the complex that is part of Encore, a redevelopment community just north of downtown's urban core, are participating in the creative movement/community dance workshops, including one family spanning three generations: Stratford, a grandmother who turned 102 this month; Echols, her daughter; and McKennelly, her granddaughter. "We like that we have multiple generations, lots of different colors," said Susan Taylor Lennon, director of University of Tampa's dance program. Lennon leads the workshops, which run Fridays through March 21, from 2 to 3 p.m. Full story  

Emotions Run High at Medical Marijuana Debate

By Charles Billi
Feb. 24, 2014

A debate on medical marijuana was held at UT. Arguing in favor of medical marijuana were Alan St. Pierre of NORML and Attorney John Morgan who has championed the issue. "Medical marijuana works, and we know it works, and it is going to become a reality this year," said Morgan. Arguing against it were Kevin Sabet, the director of the Drug Policy Institute, and Dr. Eric Voth of the Institute on Drug Policy. "The FDA has a precise formula for legalizing drugs which is safe, structured, and scientific. This amendment circumvents that by a simple vote," said Voth. VIDEO

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University Of Tampa Receives National Recognition For Excellence In Entrepreneurship

By Megan Hendricks
83 Degrees
Feb. 18, 2014

The University of Tampa Entrepreneurship Center adds to its list of accolades the Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program Award from the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. "We focus on building intellectual capital," says Rebecca White, director of the Entrepreneurship Center and professor of entrepreneurship at UT. "We certainly want to have businesses come out of the program, but the real focus is on building entrepreneurs." Full story

North Hyde Park Sizzles As Tampa's Next Hot Neighborhood

By Kathy Steele
83 Degrees
Feb. 4, 2014

North Hyde Park is an emerging neighborhood, north of Kennedy Boulevard and the prestigious zip codes of Hyde Park, is in the spotlight of the InVision Tampa master plan that seeks to re-invent downtown and its connectivity with surrounding neighborhoods. University of Tampa is a major anchor for the area with a rich history. In recent years, University officials launched a master plan to address its increasing enrollment and boost its academic and research presence in the community. An investment of about $400 million is being made in the school's expansion, says Dan Gura, vice president of development and university relations. "We do not see an end in sight," he says. Full story  

Pipe Organ Concert

By Virginia Johnson
Bay News 9
Jan. 31, 2014

Speaking of her love and awe the organ, concert organist Carol Williams was interviewed in this news video about her concert in the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values on Feb. 2. Haig Mardirosian, dean of the UT College of Arts and Letters and artistic director for the PNC Bank Concert Artist Series, said organ music is enchanting. “The complexity of it, along with the colors you can evoke musically and the wonderful range of repertoire you can play on an organ is just an alluring concept.”

Tampa Bay Startup Businesses Are Making Strides

By Robert Trigaux
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 30, 2014

A year ago, USF St. Petersburg's business school was named the nation's "outstanding emerging entrepreneurship program." Now the award goes to The University of Tampa Entrepreneurship Center. That makes startup programs at two universities in one metro area pushing hard to make Tampa Bay a smarter place to start and grow new businesses. Somebody's doing something right. UT program director Rebecca White says entrepreneurship is a popular program for students in all different majors. "It's really an amazing and productive trend." Full story  

St. Pete Restaurant Owners Concerned over Minimum Wage Hike Proposal in Florida

By Danica Lawrence
Jan. 29, 2014

UT assistant professor of economics, Josh Hall believes President Obama’s proposed minimum wage increase is a short-term fix to solving the inequality gap. "I am really looking forward to, long-term, addressing more structured issues," said Hall. "I really believe we need to focus on education on all levels- from a young age to high school graduation and technical school.” Hall is aware the Florida lawmakers are reviewing the state minimum wage increase proposal, and while he likes the idea for now, he said it will not solve the ultimate problem. Full story

A similar story appeared on Bay News 9.

For UT Lacrosse Team, a Year of Firsts

By Jeff Tewksbury
My FOX Tampa Bay
Jan. 28, 2014

The University of Tampa is less than two weeks away from putting another first into the sports record books. The Spartans will host Rollins on February 9th in the first-ever game for the women's lacrosse program. Head coach Kelly Gallagher spent last season recruiting all over the country, and now is excited to see her work coming to fruition. "It's exciting," Gallagher says. "Definitely nerve-wracking and overwhelming, but a lot of fun. We have a great group of girls out here working to set the tone and put UT's women's lacrosse on the map." Video

Local Colleges Welcome Obama’s Call to End Campus Assaults

By Jerome Stockfisch
Tampa Tribune
Jan. 22, 2014

Prevention specialists at local colleges say they welcome a call Wednesday by President Barack Obama to fight an epidemic of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, with representatives of three schools saying they believe they’re ahead of the game when it comes to safety. “We definitely recognize a problem,” said Sabrina Griffith, associate director of residence life at the University of Tampa. “Having something on the national forefront, where families are looking at it and more people are aware of it outside academics, helps even more.” Full story

UT, USF Baseball Coaches Differ on Merits of Cuba Visit

By Paul Guzzo
Tampa Tribune
Jan. 22, 2014

The collegiate baseball scene in Tampa has emerged as a microcosm of the national debate on normalizing relations with Cuba, with one coach reveling in the benefits openness can bring and another insisting that economic alienation is the surest way to wipe communism from the island nation just off Florida’s shores. The University of Tampa, defending NCAA Division II national champion, and Coach Joe Urso returned this month from a one-week trip to Cuba .“I’m of the school that the more we open dialogue and education, the quicker we are going to tear down those barriers,” said UT athletic director Larry Marfise. “In that sense, this trip was a success. Our players were tremendous ambassadors.” Full story  

UT’s Entrepreneurship Center Honored

Business Observer
Jan. 21, 2014

The University of Tampa Entrepreneurship Center in the Sykes College of Business was recently recognized by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) with its Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program Award. The entrepreneurship major at University of Tampa is one of the largest on campus and focuses on the skills needed to be successful business owner. The award comes just weeks after UT announced plans to build a use the top floor of a new building it has under construction to house the Entrepreneurship Center. Full story  

Group Brings Together Descendants of Holocaust, Descendants of Nazis

By Jerome Stockfisch
Tampa Tribune
Jan. 21, 2014

Martina Emme, whose grandfather had served in Adolph Hitler’s Wehrmacht, founded One by One, a Berlin-based organization that brings together descendants of Holocaust survivors with descendants of Nazi perpetrators for dialogue groups, speaking engagements, multimedia programs and conferences. Emme discussed her situation and the One by One organization Tuesday at the University of South Florida, Wednesday at Eckerd College and Thursday at the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith Values at the University of Tampa. Full story  

Number of People Going to Church is at an All Time Low

By Jennifer Titus
Jan. 17, 2014

More people than ever before are closing the chapter when it comes to religion, forcing many churches to close their doors. "If you go back to 1990, seven percent of Americans said they had no religion. From 1990-2012, that increased to 20 percent," says University of Tampa Associate Professor Ryan Cragun, adding that since 1900, the number of people unaffiliated with a church is at an all-time high. "It's almost tripled and that's unprecedented. We've never seen growth like that among the non-religions." Full story  

Baseball Diplomacy in Cuba

By The Associated Press
New York Times
Jan. 15, 2014

Last year’s college championship team from the University of Tampa played an exhibition game against a Cuban youth squad on Wednesday in an attempt to help bridge the gulf between the United States and Cuba. In their weeklong tour, the Floridians are acting as cultural ambassadors, not only in their interactions with the Cuban coaches and players they face, but also with student groups, artists, children and others. On Tuesday, they visited what is known as Havana’s “hot corner,” a central park where islanders spend all day, every day, arguing passionately about baseball. Two Tampa players and a coach who are bilingual translated. For the record, the collegians won the game, 2-1. Full story

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A Delegation from The University of Tampa Visits the City of Camagüey

By Juan Mendoza Medina
Radio Cadena Agramonte
Jan. 13, 2014

An 18-member delegation from The University of Tampa is visiting the Cuban city of Camagüey, sharing impressions with residents of the Sanchez Soto neighborhood and being updated about diverse issues regarding the provincial and national context. This is the second U.S. delegation in less than 15 days to hold face-to-face talks with residents of the city of Camagüey. Both groups have shown interest in education, public health, as well as on the economic transformations underway in the island nation. Full story  

Can Florida and Tampa Bay Join the Ranks of Innovation Leaders?

By Robert Trigaux
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 10, 2014

The University of Tampa is noted as a force in the movement to make Tampa Bay more innovative by supporting the area’s start-up community. UT is cited among the business incubators for its entrepreneurial programs. Full story

UT's Biochemistry Program Earns Accreditation

By Jo-Lynn Brown
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Jan. 10, 2014

The University of Tampa's Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry was accredited by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The major earned the accreditation due to its strong chemistry emphasis, frequency of course offerings and the amount of hours students spend in labs. Full story

University of Tampa Baseball Team Heads to Exhibition Games in Cuba

By Richard Danielson
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 9, 2014

In a trip with few precedents, the University of Tampa's defending national champion baseball team heads Sunday to Cuba to play four exhibition games in that baseball-crazy country. The Spartans will be in Cuba for a cultural exchange until Jan. 19. They'll tour Colonial Havana, meet local kids, eat at the home-based restaurants known as paladares — and play at least two of Cuba's best baseball teams. "An amazing cultural opportunity," UT head coach Joe Urso said. "The coaching staff, the players are thrilled right now. This is trip of a lifetime." Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Tribune and on Bay News 9.

Digital Switch May Doom Movie Theater

By Paul Guzzo
Tampa Tribune
Jan. 5, 2014

The Tampa Pitcher Show, a 32-year-old movie theater popular among local visual artists and fans of cult films, faces a harsh modern ultimatum: Go digital or go dark. If the owner cannot raise enough money within the next 90 days to convert the theater from 35 mm film to the digital medium used by most major studios, the Tampa Pitcher Show may have to close. “It is the best way to watch movies,” said Greg LeSar, a film professor at the University of Tampa and the Art Institute of Tampa. LeSar's students regularly screen their movies at the theater. “If it closes, I don't know if my students can find another venue that works.” LeSar said other theaters would welcome his students, but none are as affordable or as accommodating. Full story