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Worst College Majors: How to Help Your Child Pick the Best Degree

Oct. 31, 2015 recently published a list of worst college majors. The list is based on initial high unemployment rates and low initial outcomes. University of Tampa professor of film studies, Gregg Perkins, says parents and students should look beyond the Forbes list. “Today, I think the market has broadened so much. There are people who’ve produced 20 Vimeo episodes and end up getting HBO contracts. This is a much more common thing,” said Perkins. He said while film majors are still in a very competitive major, the field is changing rapidly. Full story

Tampa's Assistant Coach Has Connecticut Roots

By Dom Amore
Hartford Courant
Oct. 31, 2015

Justin Pecka did not play basketball past the high school level at South Windsor, CT, but as an undergraduate at The University of Tampa, he joined Richard Schmidt as a student assistant, a grad assistant and a volunteer. The school did not have a full-time assistant coach's position when he left his day job and went back to coaching for part-time pay. "Every day, I come to work and I'm happy. I took a pretty big pay cut, but I'm very grateful for the opportunity," said Pecka. He helped arrange for the UConn Huskies to practice at the Spartans' gym while they were in town last January. Later, Pecka was able to arrange a bit of a homecoming as The University Tampa Spartans played UConn in the first exhibition game. Full story

What's Next for Scientology After Criticism?

By Christie Post
Oct. 30, 2015

Former sitcom star Leah Remini is opening up in her new book “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology” revealing what she says her whole life was like in the church and how Tom Cruise was one of the factors leading her to break away. Ryan Cragun, associate professor of sociology at The University of Tampa, says new religions are often doubted. “They want people to join, but they don't want really what's going on inside there to get out.” He said that Remini’s interview as a step back, but by no means detrimental to the controversial Scientology. Full story

U. of Tampa Hosts Global Startup Competition

By Arden Igleheart, The Minaret
USA Today
Oct. 29, 2015

About 30 students will pitch their business, Shark Tank style, during Global Startup Weekend, an event spanning 54 hours. Students across all different majors come together, form teams, and work towards developing a startup. One of the main goals of the event is to get students who are in different disciplines to use each other’s strengths. “When everybody arrives they will actually get a nametag that’s coded based on what their area of expertise is,” said assistant professor of entrepreneurship and community organizer for the event, Dr. Eric Liguori. “The idea is that when you’re building a startup team you want a diverse group of people… The idea is to foster more interdisciplinary collaboration and connection than we might do otherwise.” Full story

The 111th World Series by the Numbers

By John S. Kiernan
October 2015

The excitement may be running high now, but how healthy is the business of baseball, and what does the future hold for its stature as America’s pastime? Michael Smucker, associate professor of sport management at The University of Tampa, said that the business of baseball is doing great. Specifically, in terms of revenue generation, things have never been better. However, the long-term perspective of baseball participation and interests things are not as rosy. Baseball is not designed to cater to millennials because of the significant amounts of downtime between plays, innings and other breaks in the action. Full story

Fraternities, Sororities Done Right Can Teach ABCs of Life

By Brian Hoffman, UT Coordinator of Fraternity & Sorority Life
Orlando Sentinel
Oct. 23, 2015

In addition to the traditional classroom education, universities now must also provide skills in professional readiness, personal development, networking, social justice and diversity. This type of growth is the new standard for learning in college. When done properly, the fraternity and sorority experience provides an exceptional avenue for young men and women to develop these competencies required of today's college student. Full story

A similar article appeared in the Sun-Sentinel.

HSN's Mindy Grossman and Bloomin' Brands' Liz Smith Give Advice to UT Students

By Justine Griffin
Tampa Bay Times
Oct. 23, 2015

Managing a multibillion-dollar corporation takes vision, assertion and teamwork. But most of all, it takes confidence and communication skills, according to the CEOs of HSN, Mindy Grossman, and Bloomin’ Brands’, Liz Smith. The University of Tampa’s Sykes College of Business invited two of Tampa Bay’s leading chief executives to share their wisdom with students, faculty, wanna-be entrepreneurs and up-and-coming Tampa Bay business owners. Full story

Clam Bayou Improves Amid Cleanups

By Colin O’Hara
The Gabber
Oct. 21, 2015

University of Tampa students Mitchell Hartwig and Chris Hartnett recently took part in the Clam Bayou cleanup. They were part of a crowd of 35 people that came out to the bi-annual cleanup of the nature preserve as part of the Great American Cleanup sponsored by Keep Pinellas Beautiful and the city of Gulfport. “I’m the student coordinator of community engagement and we’re starting to plan more cleanup-based projects with the school and this was one of the locations we were looking to do it with Keep Pinellas Beautiful,” Hartnett said. “I’ve done a lot of research on it. We’re both marine biology majors.” The volunteers collected a total of 278 pounds of trash throughout the day. Full story  

How to Not Be Inconsiderate

By Dr. Carol Morgan
Oct. 21, 2015

People are not born knowing how to act in a considerate manner. Even if this is not taught well during childhood, a person can still learn these skills later in life. Considerate people do kind things for other people. Kindness is very important to overcoming inconsiderate habits, asserts Patty O’Grady, human development professor at the University of Tampa. Ideas include holding open a door for the person behind you or letting another car merge in front of you in traffic. Full story

New Construction at The University of Tampa

By Eric Cárdenas
Private University Products and News
October 2015

2015 brought an especially hot spring and summer at The University of Tampa this year, as the 85-year-old university announced the construction of a new fitness center, completed the construction of a multipurpose academic and administrative building, and finished a complete makeover of its oldest residence hall. UT has funded approximately $460 million in new construction since 1998, transforming the 105-acre historic and modern campus on the banks of the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa. Full story  

Budding Entrepreneurs Can Hop on Uber to Make a Pitch

By Jake Van Loon – UT student and intern
Tampa Tribune
Oct. 6, 2015

Anyone with a business idea and the Uber app can request an audience with Tampa Bay area venture capitalists from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through a collaboration between the investor group Florida Funders and ride-share program Uber. The “UberPitch” promotion requires riders to enter “TBPITCH” into the app for a shot at a ride with an Uber driver who will be carrying around a potential investor in the passenger seat. “It’s all about meeting people,” said Giles Hertz, associate professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Tampa. “This is another opportunity to get in front of them. Whether it’s sufficient comes down to communication.” Tampa will be the third U.S. city to host the UberPitch program, following San Francisco and Philadelphia. Full story

A similar story appeared in Bloomberg

Give Child a Pat on the Back, Not Trophy

By Jennifer Titas
Oct. 6, 2015

NFL linebacker James Harrison posted to Instagram a photo of his sons' participation trophies saying that he was taking them away until they actually "earned" one. Joseph Sclafani, professor of psychology at The University of Tampa, said that the idea of boosting a child's self esteem is about 20 to 30 years old. “But one of the problems that emerged was they tried to give it to students, then have them earn it,” says Sclafani. He added that, “It lets the child know it wasn't special. If everyone gets one, all they have to do is show up.” Full story

University of Tampa Sees Record High Enrollment

By Kevin Derby
Sunshine State News
Oct. 1, 2015

The University of Tampa announced--for the 19th year in a row--a record high enrollment for the fall term. There are now 8,037 students at UT, up from last year’s 7,752. Students come from every state and around 140 nations with 18 percent of the total being international students while 19 percent are Hispanic, African-American or Asian. UT now has a record high 958 graduate students as well. Full story

A similar story appeared on WFLA

Football Players Suffering a Hard Hit Still at Risk

By Tammie Fields
Sept. 28, 2015

This month alone three high school football players have lost their lives playing the sport. "And that's never what you want to hear about in sports," said Scott Brickett, assistant athletic director for sports medicine at The University of Tampa. He says just because an athlete brushes off an injury and walks off the field doesn't mean they're out of danger. Brickett says don't be fooled; while football is the most popular sport in America, it isn't the only high-risk sport. Full story

UT, USF Students Develop Learning Program for Kids in Underdeveloped Countries

By Kristen Mitchell
Tampa Tribune
Sept. 27, 2015

They didn’t win the prestigious Clinton Global Initiative Hult Prize, but six local college students were excited and proud late Saturday, having made it to the finals of the annual competition to create and launch compelling social business ideas. The team includes five UT students and one from the University of South Florida, who created a cell phone app called Tembo that provides learning programs through cell phone networks for young children in underdeveloped countries. “Ultimately, they did not win the competition, but there’s a ton to be optimistic about,” said Eric Liguori, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the UT’s Sykes College of Business. “They were very excited for the exposure.” Full story

Similar stories appeared in the Tampa Bay Times, 83 Degrees and DailyMe

Book Marketing 201

By Alex Palmer
Publishers Weekly
Sept. 25, 2015

The self-publishing industry continues to expand, opening up new opportunities for young writers and becoming an attractive place for veteran authors with traditionally published titles under their belts. The self-publishing boom broadly benefits all authors, with new discoverability tools and innovations to go along with readers’ growing interest in self-published books. Eric Liguori, who teaches entrepreneurship at The University of Tampa, has published both traditionally and independently. For his latest book, The Startup Student, he went the indie route, but, instead of spending money on online advertising, he focused on attracting the interest of organizations whose members would have an interest in the book’s message. “Two of the organizations agreed to do email blasts announcing the books’ availability to their entire membership, as well as promote it via social media during our launch period,” Liguori says. “The third organization gave me free expo space at their annual meeting to not only promote the book but build an email list. The fourth organization immediately placed an order for 100 copies.” Full story

The Ex-Im Fight Makes a Comeback

By Brian Kench and Robert Beekman, UT associate professor of economics
Real Clear Policy
Sept. 22, 2015

Robert Beekman, associate professor of economics at the University of Tampa, co-authored recent research on “Basic Economics of the Export Import Bank of the United States.” This research examines the arguments for and against the Export Import Bank and how it affects the U.S. economy. Despite the lapse of Ex-Im's authorization this summer, legislators will try again to revive it. Full story  

UT, USF Students’ Global Schooling Plan Has Shot At $1 Million Prize

By Keith Morelli
Tampa Tribune
Sept. 21, 2015

The Hult Prize competition began with 21,000 students in teams from around the world. They were challenged to improve early childhood education in the urban slums of third-world nations. The six students in Tembo are now finalists focused on providing educational programs through mobile phone networks in blighted urban areas around the world. The winner takes home the Clinton Global Initiative Hult Prize and $1 million. “We are the only team from the USA and the youngest team,” said Phil Michaels, a graduate student in business at The University of Tampa and leader of Tembo. “We are the typical American underdog story,” Michaels said. “However, we believe we will win this. We have the most comprehensive educational curriculum of all the teams as well as the most scalable solution to solving the challenge of early childhood education in the slums.” Full story

A similar story appeared in 83 Degrees, Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9, Tampa Bay Business Journal, ABC Action News, Fox 13 and the Press of Atlantic City.

Tampa Looks to Dublin for Economic Development Strategies

By Richard Danielson
Tampa Bay Times
Sept. 8, 2015

Some of Tampa's trade missions over the past four years have been about recruiting new airlines, lining up contracts for local manufacturers or supply companies and meeting people, getting your name out there. The University of Tampa worked on arranging study-abroad opportunities for UT students interested in studying at Trinity College or the University College of Dublin. UT is one of 10 U.S. universities that is receiving grants to provide scholarships through the Institute of International Education's Generation Study Abroad campaign."We are terrifically excited to mobilize our faculty and students and start our exchange of ideas," said Marca Bear, associate dean in UT's international programs office. Full story

Similar stories appeared in the Tampa Tribune and SaintPetersBlog.

Nursing Students In State Programs Struggle To Pass Licensing Exam

By Anastasia Dawson
Tampa Tribune
Sept. 6, 2015

While state lawmakers have worked to graduate more nursing students in Florida in anticipation of a statewide shortage as the workforce ages, many of those students aren’t qualified to work in area hospitals. However, The University of Tampa had the highest results of any bachelors of nursing program in the state. For the third year in a row, all 46 nursing graduates from the University of Tampa passed the exam on their first try, said Cathy Kessenich, director of the department of nursing. She said UT’s success is partially due to retaining dedicated faculty and recruiting top students. Full story  

Celebrating Tampa Bay's Growing Business Innovation: Three Case Studies

By Robert Trigaux
Tampa Bay Times
Sept. 4, 2015

Tampa Bay's desire to encourage innovation and entrepreneurial spirit continues to gain ground. Never a slacker when promoting the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem, the University of Tampa this past week put its money where its mouth is, opening a brand new Innovation and Collaboration Building. "This came about from a vision of many, including (UT) president Ron Vaughn to those teaching entrepreneurship," says Rebecca White, James W. Walter Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship and director of UT's Entrepreneurship Center, "we want to position the university and Tampa as thought leaders in how we educate and build an entrepreneurial mind-set." Full story  

Tampa Bay Business Journal for September 4, 2015

By Sean O’Reilly
Sept. 4, 2015

This week the University of Tampa opened its new Innovation and Collaboration building. The $40 million, eight-story building adds 65,000-square-feet for classrooms, facility offices and a new home for the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center. The building includes designs, such as “think pods” inspired by the Google work space, which is geared towards state-of-the-art collaborative learning. Full story

University Of Tampa Opens New Home For Entrepreneurship Program

By Jake Van Loon
Tampa Tribune
Sept. 3, 2015

Doors opened Thursday morning on a new Innovation and Collaboration Building at the University of Tampa, giving the school’s blossoming entrepreneurship program and its start-up incubator a brick-and-mortar location. “We want to keep the creative minds in Tampa Bay,” said University spokesman Eric Cardenas. UT boasts an annual economic impact of $850 million to the Tampa Bay Area — a figure it aims to grow by finding ways to keep its graduates in the region to start businesses of their own. The university has set its sights on becoming the premiere entrepreneurial training center in the United States. Full story

Similar stories appeared in TBO, WFLA-TB and Suffield Times.

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation Receives $200,000 Donation from Sales of Cherry Flavored 5-hour ENERGY Shots

Sept. 3, 2015

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) is a nonprofit organization based in Tampa, FL, that supports the military's special operations forces and their families through college scholarships, family services and financial stipends. Mitchell Voas, a University of Tampa freshman studying business, was recently presented a check at SOWF’s headquarters. Full story

Similar stories also appeared in KNDU-TVSFGate, KTUL-TV, WFIE-TV, WDAM-TV, KLKN, KUSI-TV and WVUE-TV.

Sneak Peek Inside UT's New Innovation & Collaboration Building

By Alexis Muellner
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Sept. 2, 2015

The University of Tampa will have its first public showing of the new Innovation and Collaboration Building on Thursday, but the Tampa Bay Business Journal has an exclusive look inside the building in a tour Wednesday with President Ron Vaughn. The building features four floors of academic and administrative space, including a new home for the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, and four floors of parking that is accessed by a bridge that arches over North A Street. The ICB adds 511 classroom seats for students, 31 faculty offices, 386 parking spaces and 10 student gathering areas. Full story  

Zipcar Car Sharing Service Comes to University of Tampa

By Brendan McLaughlin
ABC Action News
Sept. 1, 2015

The University of Tampa is now one of the few places in the entire bay area to offer the car sharing service called Zipcar. It's a boon to freshman, like Avery Thorpe, who aren't even allowed to have a car on campus. "If you're going somewhere that you can't take a cab, you've got to rent a car or know someone who has a car," Thorpe said. But starting this week, students will be able to rent one of three Zipcars for about $8 an hour or $67 a day. Unlike most rental services, Zipcar at UT will rent to customers as young as 18. Full story

A similar story appeared in 83 Degrees.

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. 

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 

5 Things to Start the Day: Hertz Out, Zipcar In at UT, and Why Sykes Is Getting Back In the Classroom

By Pam Huff
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Aug. 27, 2015

The University of Tampa this week launched a new partnership with Zipcar, a global car sharing network that will be available on campus 24/7 for students, faculty and staff. Three vehicles will be available (for a charge) through Zipcar: a Ford Focus, a Toyota Corlla and a Nissan Versa Hatchback. This represents a change on campus for car-sharing, as Hertz offered it on the UT campus since 2010 but now Zipcar will be the sole provider. A PricewaterhouseCoopers report earlier this year said the "sharing economy," attractive to millennials, has the potential to increase global revenues from $15 billion to $335 billion by 2025. Full story

UT Study: Housing the Homeless Saves Taxpayers Money

By Keith Morelli
Tampa Tribune
Aug. 26, 2015

Providing homes for 17 chronically homeless people in Hillsborough County saved taxpayers nearly half a million dollars over a year and a half, according to a University of Tampa cost-benefit analysis. Permanent housing meant fewer emergency room visits, detox services, nights in emergency shelters and stays in the county jail. The study, conducted by the University of Tampa, said the savings to taxpayers comes from having to spend less for those services. From the start, homeless advocates had said the so-called housing first model would significantly cut other costs. The UT study is the first local look at the numbers, and seems to bear out that prediction. 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

Florida Behind In Protecting Your Kids’ Data

By Grayson Kamm
Aug. 26, 2015

In most cases, a team of people in the information technology department share cybersecurity duties, but it’s not any manager’s only job. “They are saying that online ecommerce in criminal activity are getting as big as drug cartels,” said Tammy Clark, chief information security officer at The University of Tampa. Each week outsiders are probing or attacking her systems more than a million times. Full story

Airline Cartel On The Loose?

By Abigail Hall, associate professor of economics at UT and Mark LaPrairie
Muscatine Journal
Aug. 21, 2015

According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, an astounding 649 million domestic flights were booked in 2014. With such a volume of customers, the U.S. airline industry posted nearly $30 billion in profits in 2014. These seemingly sky-high profits have raised red flags for some consumer advocates and government agencies. A recent subpoena from the Department of Justice revealed that United, Southwest, American and Delta airlines are all being investigated for “possible unlawful coordination” and allegedly participating in collusive activities. The idea that airline profits indicate collusive or monopolistic behavior falls apart on further inspection. Full story

Tampa Bay Tech Entrepreneurs Say Amazon Workplace Is More The Norm

By Justine Griffin
Tampa Bay Times
Aug. 21, 2015

A recent New York Times report about the workplace culture of online retail giant, Amazon, sparked intense debate about the Seattle-based company's cultlike enterprise. Brutal tales of fierce employee competition, 24/7 work cycles and unforgiving denials of requests for time off may not be the norm for every growing company. But millennials working in the tech industry in Tampa Bay were unfazed by the report. "In today's world, the work-life boundaries have been blurred," said Rebecca White, a professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Tampa. "It's an issue, and this new expectation is causing some young people to be overwhelmed." Full story

Tampa Bay Area College Campuses Create New Spaces For Start Of School

By Kimberly Patterson
83 Degrees
Aug. 18, 2015

In preparation for the fall semester and upcoming school year, local colleges and universities are finishing up construction and campus improvements just in time for students to take their seats. At The University of Tampa, there is a new building opening for the fall, the Innovation and Collaboration building. “As the University’s student population has increased, so have the needs for academic and administrative space, as well as space for students to study and socialize, says Eric Cardenas, director of public information and publications for the University of Tampa. McKay Hall at UT also got a makeover this summer. The residence hall, which was built in the late 1950s, received several improvements including new restrooms, an upgraded common room and a second laundry room. Full story

Radio’s Glenn Beck: Avoid St. Pete, Other ‘Least Religious’ Cities

By Kristen Mitchell
Tampa Tribune
Aug. 12, 2015

In a study of the top 30 metropolitan areas in the U.S. by the Public Religion Research Institute, Tampa Bay was the only region in the southeastern U.S. to crack the top 10 for the most religiously unaffiliated people with 25 percent, compared to a 22 percent national average. “I’ll admit, that was surprising to me,” said University of Tampa professor Ryan Cragun, who specializes nonreligious sociology and secularism. In a 2013 Gallup poll, Florida didn’t rank in the top 10 for either most or least religious states. Cragun said a rise in the number of unaffiliated people, however, is not surprising, and that it’s the fastest growing religious group in the U.S. Cragun said Tampa Bay’s younger-than-average population, compared with the rest of the state, could contribute to its high ranking. Full story

University of Tampa Works to Get Film Students Hollywood Internships

By Paul Guzzo
The Tampa Tribune
Aug. 9, 2015

Hillsborough’s loss is Los Angeles’ gain, but film students at the University of Tampa are winners either way. Their hopes of finding internships locally were fueled by two major productions that filmed in the Tampa area this year. But hopes were put on hold when the state Legislature rejected measures to replenish the state’s empty pot of film and television tax incentives and to provide additional incentives to productions that hire students from Florida universities. So Gregg Perkins, chair of the UT Communication Department, traveled to Los Angeles last month in search of Hollywood internships for students in his film program. Perkins held a get-together for UT graduates now living in the LA area and working in the entertainment industry and many of them agreed to help get internships with their companies or one with which they have a relationship. “They were all excited about helping the careers of current students,” Perkins said. “UT will finally have a real presence in L.A.” Full story

A similar story appeared in Bayou Buzz.

Netflix Announces Unlimited Family Leave Plan

By John Donvan
NPR’s On Point
Aug. 6, 2015

Netflix expanded its maternity and paternity leave policy for its employee. A new mother or father can take up to a year off at full pay. This policy also provides flexibility for the new parent to chose how they take their leave time. “Netflix is really using this policy as a way to attract and retain some really top talent,” said Abby Hall, economics professor at The University of Tampa. 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

Similar stories appeared in The Washington PostColorado Springs GazetteKansas City Star and Salt Lake Tribune.

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

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'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

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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

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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

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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

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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