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A Defense of “Big Bad Pharma”

By Gabriella Lemmerman, ’18, and Abigail Hall Blanco, assistant professor of economics
Independent Institute
May 19, 2016

Gabriella Lemmerman, ’18, and Abigail Hall Blanco, assistant professor of economics, wrote an op-ed defending pharmaceutical companies. They write that economics tells us why many drugs are so expensive. The average cost of developing a new drug is around $2.6 billion. Many of the costs associated with drug development stem from the Food and Drug Administration’s notoriously long and expensive approval process. To stay in business the companies must charge enough for their few profitable drugs to recover the costs of developing those drugs plus the others that fail. Full story

A similar story appeared in Before it’s News.

USF, Florida, FSU Advance in Men's Golf

By Joey Knight
Tampa Bay Times
May 18, 2016

The University of Tampa's baseball coach, Joe Urso, was named Sunshine State Conference coach of the year for the 10th time. He guided the Spartans (41-8) to their 17th SSC title and a top seed in the Division II South Region, which UT hosted. Full story

Israel Ortega and Abigail Blanco on Illegals Getting More Welfare Than Americans

By Dennis Michael Lynch
NewsMax TV
May 2016

Abigail Blanco, assistant professor of economics at UT, was interviewed on UNFILTERED in response to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies. This report stated that households of illegal aliens receive about $1,500 more annually in welfare than American families. Full story

Florida Orchestra Musicians Association Announces Young Artist Competition Winners

By Kathy Collins
Osprey Observer
May 13, 2016

Each year, the Florida Orchestra Musicians Association holds the Justine LeBaron Young Artist Competition. This year’s competition involved 32 young classical music students from Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties. University of Tampa student Joshua Cessna placed third in the senior division of piano. Cessna studies with Grigorios Zamparas at UT. Full story

Out with the Old Dorm, in with the New $55 Million Dorm at the University of Tampa

By Anastasia Dawson
Tampa Bay Times
May 13, 2016

When the University of Tampa unveiled its spacious apartment-style dorms 30 years ago, Ronald Reagan was president, Madonna ruled the radio and today's students were not yet born. That was when UT had 2,500 students. Now it has 8,000 students, and on-campus living has become scarce. That's why the university on Thursday started demolishing its old 234-room ResCom dorm.
In its place will rise the Palm Apartments that will stand 10 stories tall and house about 660 students when it's projected to open in August 2017. "We have nearly 2,000 first-year students every year coming in from outside the immediate area, and we need to accommodate them," UT director of Residential Communities Sabrina Griffith said. "We have a phenomenal challenge of people wanting to be here." Full story

A similar story appeared in the News Chief.

For the Love of Teaching and Economics

By Abigail Hall Blanco
Independent Institute
May 12, 2016

Abigail Blanco, assistant professor of economics at UT, writes about her reasoning for analyzing minimum wage policies with her students when they discuss price controls. "After learning the important role prices play in the economy, we learn about the unintended consequences that result from interfering with market prices. If the government sets the price of labor above what the market will bear, the promise of higher wages will induce more people to seek minimum wage jobs. Second, seeing the increase in the price of labor, employers will be less willing to hire low-skill workers. They will demand less labor. This results in a surplus of labor—otherwise known as unemployment." Full story

Biden Rebukes Trump's Foreign Policy as Dangerous

By Nick Gass
May 11, 2016

Laying out his vision for the role of the United States and its partners in the Western Hemisphere, Vice President Joe Biden delivered a sweeping address in which he trumpeted that the prevailing mood in the region is changing for the better. "And so I’m proud to say that today—I think I can say without fear of contradiction—our relationships in the neighborhood are as good as they’ve ever been in American history," Biden told an audience at the University of Tampa at an event hosted by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. He also added that "by insulting our partners throughout the hemisphere, by tarring all immigrants with a xenophobic brush, some leaders are actively undermining our security and prosperity." Full story

Similar stories appeared in the Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9, WTSP, Creative Loafing, WTVT and WUSF.

College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving Expands into Lakeland

May 10, 2016

University of Tampa graduate applies lessons in entrepreneurship by becoming business owner at ripe age of 22. College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving – which has been featured on "Blue Collar Millionaire," "Shark Tank" and other primetime shows – has expanded into Lakeland thanks to entrepreneurial University of Tampa graduate, Trent Lott. Lott says he learned about College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving after founder Nick Friedman came to the University of Tampa to give a presentation at the Entrepreneur Center. Full story

A similar story appeared in Investor Point.

University of Tampa Demolishing Dorm

By Deiah Riley
May 9, 2016

The University of Tampa will start tearing down the rest of ResCom residence hall. The University demolished the southern wing in 2014 and built the first stage of the Palm Apartments in its footprint. Once the debris has been cleared from the ResCom site, the second phase of the Palm Apartments will begin construction.

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce to Host Vice President Joe Biden

Houston Chronicle
May 7, 2016

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Vice President Joe Biden will join local business leaders to deliver remarks on his vision for U.S. policy in the Western Hemisphere. Biden will address the chamber on Wednesday at The University of Tampa’s Fletcher Lounge. Full story

Similar stories appeared in Seattle PI, WFTS, Albany Times Union, Bay News 9, Palm Beach Post, Sun Sentinel and KSL-TV (Salt Lake City).

Hometown Hillsborough: UT Professor Wins National Prize for Best Book of Verse

By Chelsea Tatham
Tampa Bay Times
May 6, 2016

Erica Dawson, University of Tampa assistant professor of English, recently won the 2016 Poets' Prize from the West Chester University Poetry Center. The Center awards the prize annually for the best book of verse published by a living American poet two years prior to the award year. Dawson will read from her work at the May 19 awards ceremony hosted by the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York City. Full story

Science Behind “Creepiness”

Good Day Tampa Bay
May 4, 2016

Many people are creeped out by clowns, funeral directors and taxidermists. These professions and hobbies are not creepy, but researchers found they rank high on a list of what gives some people creepy vibes. Scott Husband, associate professor of psychology at The University of Tampa, indicated that most of the things on this list are considered creepy because they are unpredictable or unusual. Their ambiguity triggers an innate alert system. Part of the brain wants to figure that ambiguity out so we can either pay closer attention and learn more about the person or avoid them in the future.

The Science of Growth: Venture Capitalist Writes New Book on Why Some Startups Change the World

By Steven Thomas Kent
83 Degrees
May 3, 2016

Sean Ammirati, author of the forthcoming book The Science of Growth: How Facebook Beat Friendster - and How Nine Other Startups Left the Rest in the Dust, says he hopes the book will provide a blueprint that communities can use to support companies beyond the startup stage. He says that while many urban centers now have a host of accelerators to fuel startup creation, it’s less common to see them provide tools that companies can use to continue scaling up and begin to make a real impact in the local community and beyond. He points to the Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Tampa – a program that he calls “absolutely a rising star” in terms of entrepreneurial education -- as an example of a university working to foster the next generation of startups and help create the long-term “anchor companies” that he says communities need to thrive. “I think those are the things that really shape a region,” Ammirati says. Full story

What Are US University 'Honour Codes'?

By Jasmine Taylor-Coleman
May 1, 2016

When a young woman told police she had been raped, her university started to investigate whether she had violated its "honour code" before the attack took place. At some US colleges even having a man in your room or drinking alcohol is an offence. Most outsiders see disciplining a student who has already suffered sexual assault as unnecessary punishment of the victim, says Ryan Cragun, a sociologist who specializes in Mormonism at The University of Tampa. However the university's Mormon administration separates the events - the student is not considered at fault for rape, but she is at fault for being intimate with a man, he says. Full story

Similar stories appeared in The Guardian, Veterans Today and Rocket News.

Learning Gate BioBlitz Brings Students Together with Scientists

By Helena Rodriguez and Anna Slean
Bay Soundings
April 2016

Taegan McMahon, assistant professor of biology at UT, and several UT biology students joined dozens of students and parents for the first-ever Learning Gate BioBlitz at Learning Gate Community School in Lutz. BioBlitzes were started by scientists to gather a rapid inventory and document as many plants and animals on a given property. Organizers of this event wanted to create an environment where parents and students could interact with environmental scientists and experts. Full story

Tampa’s New Pot Law Has Schools Revisiting Rules for Staff, Students

By Anastasia Dawson
Tampa Tribute
April 30, 2016

In the city of Tampa, possession of small amounts of marijuana is no more serious than a traffic ticket. At least in the eyes of the law. However, The University of Tampa does not plan to make any policy changes because of this new law. “Illegal drugs aren’t permitted,” said Stephanie Russell Krebs, UT dean of students. Students can be suspended or expelled depending on the amount of illegal drugs in their possession. Full story 

Love Your Melon - The University of Tampa

By Walter Allen
April 28, 2016

University of Tampa students, Ellen Lundgren and Kurt Hellthaler, from the UT Love Your Mellon crew, appeared on Good Day Tampa Bay to discuss how they are helping out children battling cancer. Love Your Mellon is an apparel brand that donates hats to kids all over the country battling cancer and also provides them with therapeutic experiences. Full story

British Students Compete for $1million Dollar Clinton Prize to Help Slums in India

Yahoo Finance
April 27, 2016

Two entrepreneurial British Students are in the running to win $1 million in seed capital to get their startup off the ground and impact the lives of people living in some of India's poorest slums. Monty Berrow and Bay Downing, who are currently studying at The University of Tampa in Florida, have teamed up with four fellow students to launch OptiMrkt. The business will use mobile phones to give entrepreneurs in India the chance to showcase their goods to a wider audience and receive micro loans from global investors. Full story

Similar stories appeared in the Tampa Tribune,, Investor Point, TMCnet and Le Lézard.

University of Tampa Student Creates Storedby.Com, Cheaper Way to Store Your Stuff

By Laura Harris
April 25, 2016

John Publicover from The University of Tampa is the inventor of, an online way to store your stuff utilizing the extra space other people in your area have. This idea came about because he wanted a cheaper way to store his college stuff for the summer. "Once a renter drops off their belongings to an individual at that moment in time, they can check in their belongings to make sure that the storage or the space being rented actually matches the space they saw online," said Publicover. Full story

Tampa Bay Area Community Remembers Former Resident, Wrestling Legend Chyna

By Candace McCowan
April 21, 2016

Friends of wrestler Chyna, whose real name was Joan Marie Laurer, are remembering the larger-than-life personality Thursday. “I’m curious about what had evolved but kind of sad that it had to end this way so early and abruptly,” said Linda Devine, vice president of operations and planning at the University of Tampa, who selected Laurer to be a resident assistant. “I think it was kind of shocking in some ways to juxtapose the Joanie I knew with the Chyna the world knows. So it was a little strange to me to watch that evolution. I hope she was happy in what she did,” Devine said. Full story

Positively Tampa Bay: Relay for Life

ABC Action News
By Lissette Campos
April 20, 2016

The University of Tampa has more than 50 teams participating in their annual Relay for Life event. Theta Chi, a top fundraiser this year, has made it personal.
“This year the meaning for Relay for Life has changed because of my roommate, Max,” said Clayton Clemens, team captain for Theta Chi. This year they are honoring Max Schwartz’s father who recently lost his battle with cancer. Full story

Growing Up in Neverland: A Look at Cuban Art and Society

By Janet Batet
Cuban Art News
April 19, 2016

Under the suggestive title Growing Up In Neverland, the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery of the University of Tampa recently presented a group show of eight Cuban artists. The works in the show, made in the last 10 years, address life in Cuba: daily routines, the Cuban identity conflict, the function of art, political contingencies and migration. The exhibition’s title—itself borrowed—emphasizes the intertextual character of many of those pieces, as well as the sui generis status of an island both near and at the same time arcane, given the very particular conditions of the Cuban reality. Full story  

#NABJNAHJ16 Announces Participants for the 2016 Student Multimedia Project

By April Turner
National Association of Black Journalists
April 18, 2016

University of Tampa junior Chris Grisby will join the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) in their Student Multimedia Project in Washington, D.C. Aug. 1-6. The Student Multimedia Project offers student members the opportunity to receive on-the-job training from dedicated professional journalists. During this convention, the students will produce both breaking news and long-form multimedia stories as well as promote special events, programming and sponsor-related information on the organization's social media platforms. Full story

Two Tampa Swimmers Get Ready for Olympic Trial

By Adrienne Pedersen
April 17, 2016

Jeremy Parker, a senior at The University of Tampa, talks about swimming like it’s no big deal. He didn’t even start until his sophomore year in high school. “I had no experience at all when I started,” Parker said. “Then I decided to swim for college at the University of Tampa and then I qualified for the Olympic trials.”
Parker now practices about 20 hours a week in preparation for the trials that will be held in Omaha, NE, from June 26–July 3, 2016. Full story

Poetry Month to be Celebrated

Daily Courier Observer
April 15, 2016

SUNY Canton will celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month in April by hosting a rising poetry star as part of the Living Writers Series, Erica Dawson, assistant professor of English at The University of Tampa. “With a sharp wit and flashes of humor, Erica Dawson explores the complexities of contemporary American life,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English and Living Writers Series creator Phil K. LaMarche. Full story

Local Film on Bullying Goes National

WFLA – Daytime
April 15, 2016

Bianca Lopez and Anthony Nicolo, two students from The University of Tampa, were interviewed by Daytime about their film on bullying. This movie was a winner of the Campus MovieFest and will presented in Atlanta this summer for the national contest. Full story

Tampa Showcases Role in Martí History with Trail in Ybor, UT Center

By Paul Guzzo
Tampa Tribune
April 14, 2016

The University of Tampa has been designated as a branch of the Center for José Martí Studies, a research institution under the Cuban government’s Ministry of Culture. The UT branch of the center will book lectures, art exhibits and other cultural events related to Cuba and Martí – an internationally renowned poet and journalist before he became a revolutionary leader. “Given the importance of Tampa in the history of José Martí and the Cuban War of Independence, it is logical we would create the first affiliate in the United States with the Center for José Martí Studies,” said James Lopez, a UT professor who was instrumental in establishing the local branch. “Tampa had such an important role in the story of Martí, and Martí is important to the history of Tampa,” Lopez said. Full story 

Experts: Teachers Need to Feel Empowered to be Effective

By Melissa Eichman
Bay News 9
April 14, 2016

The Pinellas County School District is trying to turn around five failing elementary schools. What kind of teacher does it take to succeed in an under-performing classroom? Tony Erben, department of education chair at The University of Tampa, says it takes a highly rated veteran teacher. "Those teachers have been rated in a whole range of different performance areas," said Erben. "Everywhere from how they manage class to how they plan for instruction to how they even engage with the wider profession and with parents to make that child successful in the classroom.” Full story

Safeguarding Squatters Harms Homeowners and Neighborhoods

By Cole Kasten, UT freshman, and Abigail Hall-Blanco, UT assistant professor of economics
Las Vegas Sun
April 14, 2016

Nearly every state has an “adverse possession” law, which allows people who illegally occupy a property to gain legal rights to it by maintaining residency for a certain period. Through this policy the government is essentially encouraging squatting. Knowing they have months before a court order would force them to leave, squatters have taken to extortion. In this black-market process called “Cash for Keys,” property owners agree to pay squatters to avoid the long legal delay. Full story

The Holy Bible is Now One of the Most Challenged Books in America

By Carol Kuruvilla
Huffington Post
April 13, 2016

According to the American Library Association’s latest “State of America’s Libraries” report, The Holy Bible was ranked as the sixth most challenged book in America because of its “religious viewpoint.” Ryan Cragun, associate professor of sociology at The University of Tampa, suggested this is likely the result of secular activists retaliating against “privileging of religion in American society.” “In other words, secular activists likely don’t really want the Bible banned,” Cragun said. “What they want is to point out there is a double standard that allows the Bible in but not other books, even though the Bible is a book filled with morally questionable actions.” Full story

The Ins and Outs of Hiring Interns

By Suzanne Driscoll
Bed Times Magazine
April 8, 2016

The news has been full of stories lately about lawsuits filed by unpaid interns whose main jobs were to get coffee and be messengers for those on a movie set. But it is possible for companies to design an internship program that will comply with current laws and benefit both the company and the intern? Christopher Bareham, a student at The University of Tampa, has held several unpaid internships and reports he learned a lot from each one. “The people were great, and it really helped me define what career I want to pursue in the future,” Bareham says. “Sometimes an internship helps you figure out the type of work you don’t want to do before you go ahead and take a lot of courses in that subject area.” Full story  

Femme Visuale: Ina Kaur

By Caitlin Albritton
Creative Loafing
April 7, 2016

Ina Kaur, associate professor of art at The University of Tampa, is a printmaker gone wild as a ceramicist, glassblower, installation artist and anything else she can get her hands on. Kaur’s not committed to one specific process, but she doesn’t consider her work multi-media, or even mixed media. It’s intermedia. With intermedia, there is a conceptual fusion that binds the mediums from the beginning; the elements can’t be separated. “The end goal is not to necessarily have multi-media to define the work, or to necessarily have the different mediums merge seamlessly so that they can’t be separated from the other," she says. "What I am interested in is to use different mediums to communicate the necessary idea.” Full story

The University of Tampa and Evolution Labs Launch Immersive Digital Pre-Orientation Program for Admitted Students and Parents

April 6, 2016

The University of Tampa has launched UTampa360. The program is designed to immerse UT’s prospective, admitted and current students in an interactive, extremely personalized experience on the Web and on their mobile devices. It provides individualized content tailored to the criteria and interests the student finds most relevant to their own college path. Full story

Similar stories also appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Albany Times-Union, WDAM-TV (Mississippi), WFSB-TV (Hartford, CT), Seattle pi, WTOL-TV (Toledo, OH) and My San Antonio.

Future Apartment Complex Will Shelter the Homeless

By Keith Morelli
Tampa Tribune
April 1, 2016

A few years ago, Gracepoint opened Cypress Landing, a run-down apartment building that was renovated to provide housing for 17 chronically homeless people. That facility has saved the public $400,000 a year in hospital, jail, court costs and other services typically picked up by taxpayers, according to a University of Tampa study released last year. Gracepoint is now spearheading a project that will transform the Edmund Gaines Graham Home into a 90-unit apartment complex that will continue the tradition of housing the poor and disadvantaged, and now, the homeless. Once completed, half of the permanent housing units will be offered to the homeless. Full story

42 Teams and Over $1 Million at Stake: It's Rice's Super Bowl of Business Plan Competitions

By Hank Gilman
April 1, 2016

The Rice Business Plan Competition recently announced the 42 teams – whittled down from about 400 – that will compete for more than $1 million in prize money starting April 14 at the university’s Jones Graduate School of Business. One of the teams competing in this competition is The University of Tampa student and alumni group that make up Tembo Education. Tembo Education is focused on improving home education for developing nations. Full story

Entrepreneur U

By Jean Gruss
Business Observer
April 1, 2016

Entrepreneurship is so cool that colleges can barely keep up with the demand. There are many reasons for the high demand, but chief among them is that the millennial generation saw their parents laid off by corporations during the recession. Combine that with advances in technology and the generation’s desire for meaningful work and it’s no surprise many want to be entrepreneurs. “These kids have grown up during a time when corporations have stopped being a pathway to retirement and a wonderful life,” says Rebecca White, director of the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at The University of Tampa. But for many millennials, entrepreneurship promises a more secure future. White says students tell her: “I watched my parents dedicate their life to a corporate environment and get downsized. I decided I didn’t want to put my life in the hands of anyone else and control my life and career.” Full story

Intermittent Fasting: The Latest Diet Craze

By Jenny Dean
March 31, 2016

It's the latest diet craze – intermittent fasting. You eat normally five days a week, then mostly fast the other two days. Some celebrities swear by it, and there are even a few studies backing up the benefits. Bill Dunlap is a world-class rower and the head coach of the rowing team at The University of Tampa. He also follows a diet of intermittent fasting. "Once a week for like thirty years ... then in the last seven years I raised the bar a bit and it's every day since then." That means he now eats only once a day, usually at night. For him, the diet works. "It just makes me feel good and I don't even think about it. I never had a serious weight problem, but I maintain effortlessly 20 pounds lighter than I was before." Full story

Whitby Native J.D. Osborne Breaks Hand, Continues to Play Game for University of Tampa

By Lauren Cascagnette
March 25, 2016

University of Tampa Spartans’ catcher J.D. Osborne showed his Canadian toughness after he broke his hand, but finished the game. Osborne attempted to run from first base to third, and broke his hand when he slid into the third baseman’s leg during a game in West Florida on Feb. 12. The injury did not stop the Canadian from catching the remainder of the game and being the designated hitter for the rest of the weekend. Tampa coach Joe Urso admires his toughness: “The hockey player came out in him that day.” Full story

It’s Complicated: The Love Lives of LGBT Students at Christian Colleges

WBEZ 91.5 Chicago
March 25, 2016

In the past, many Christian colleges denounced LGBT relationships and went so far as to enact school policies forbidding displays of affection between students of the same sex. But since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage, they have been forced to grapple with how to address their non-heterosexual students, often crafting policies that those students find even more confusing or restrictive. David Wheeler, assistant professor of journalism at The University of Tampa, joined WBEZ to discuss LGBT politics on Christian college campuses and what will come next. Full story

UT Names Building for Former Trustee Maureen Daly

By Frances McMorris
Tampa Bay Business Journal
March 24, 2016

The University of Tampa’s newest building is being renamed the Maureen A. Daly Innovation and Collaboration Building in recognition of her roles as a donor and as the first and only woman to chair the institution’s board of trustees. “My heart is really with this university and has been for a really long time,” Daly said. Daly’s ties to the University go back to 1987, when she and members of UT’s board began a scholarship fund for accounting students. Full story

Similar stories appeared in Bay News 9 and Tampa Bay Reporter.

A Congolese Warlord Was Just Convicted. So Why Isn’t Everyone Thrilled About It?

By Michael Broache, UT assistant professor of government and world affairs and Laura Seay
The Washington Post
March 24, 2016

The International Criminal Court convicted former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002 and 2003. Bemba’s ICC conviction is for crimes that didn’t happen in the Congo. The crimes committed in Congo were every bit as heinous and worthy of prosecution as those committed in CAR, but the ICC prosecutor ultimately decided not to charge Bemba over his alleged crimes in Congo. Some Congolese may perceive the court’s selectivity in choosing which crimes to prosecute as undermining its authority or effectiveness in prosecuting international criminal cases. Perceptions that the court is selective, politicized and biased is a matter of concern for advocates of international justice, even as they rightly laud the Bemba verdict. Full story

University of Tampa Student, Belgium Native 'Shocked, Mad, Sad'

By Dalia Dangerfield
Bay News 9
March 22, 2016

University of Tampa student Helen Helvoet was glued to her cell phone all day Tuesday as she watched the horror unfold in her native Belgium. "I was just shocked and sad and mad at the same time," Helvoet said. At least 30 people were killed and more than 200 others were injured after terrorists attacked the metro and international airport in Brussels. Fortunately, Helvoet said her family and friends were nowhere near the attacks. Helvoet said she wishes she were back home in Belgium to hug her parents and be there for her country when they need it most. Full story

A similar story appeared on My News 13.

Mandating Bigger Airliner Seats Would Raise the Cost of Flying

By Abigail Hall Blanco, UT assistant professor of economics
The Hill
March 21, 2016

The width of seats in most airplanes has gone from about 18 inches in the 1970s to 16.5 inches today. In the meantime, travelers have gotten larger. In February Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) introduced the Seat Egress in Air Travel Act, which would require the secretary of transportation to regulate airplane seat size. Mandating larger seats in airplanes would mean fewer seats per flight, and basic economics teaches us that as supply falls, prices rise. Full story

Urbana Native Helped Turn Passion for Lacrosse into Business Start-Up

By Paige Jones
The Frederick News-Post
March 21, 2016

Peter Schofield, a University of Tampa senior, helped to found the company Blue Balls Lacrosse, which sells regular and custom lacrosse balls, with two of his University of Tampa classmates. “It started off as a joke,” Schofield said with a laugh. They plan to rename the company Signature Lacrosse in May. Blue Balls Lacrosse launched in August 2015 and sold out a month after receiving their first order of supplies. Today, the Florida-based business has sold over 200,000 lacrosse balls, including to more than 30 NCAA teams across the nation and two professional men’s field lacrosse teams. Full story

A similar story appeared in Bloomberg.

Smartphone Apps Record You Saying Yes — or No — to Having Sex

By Anastasia Dawson
Tampa Tribune
March 21, 2016

Worried about whether you really have consent from a potential sexual partner — or whether a potential partner cares that you gave it or not? Now there’s an app for that. The We-Consent smartphone application suite, launched for free last week in Apple’s App Store, contains four apps that record messages of consent — or nonconsent — in an encrypted file saved offline that can only be accessed by law enforcement, university officials or with a subpoena, according to the apps’ developers. “Consent is so key to the issue of sexual assault on college campuses,” said Monnie Wertz, The University of Tampa’s victim’s advocate and assistant to the vice president of operations and planning, “and the more conversations happen across college campuses about what consent looks like and what permission means, the more it will lead to healthy protections of college students and create a safe campus community.” Full story  

University of Tampa Baseball Team Recalls Cuba Trip

By Ian Reitz
March 17, 2016

As the Tampa Bay Rays gear up for their trip to Cuba, there's another Tampa team that knows what it's like to play in Havana. What struck the team was the unique game-day atmosphere. The stadiums were built to seat 5,000 people but many more packed the area to catch a glimpse. "We met fans in the street and they said we're rooting against you. But they said if you start to show us that you are worthy we'll root for you. Really unique to see that as the game turned how they're root for us. It was a lot of fun,” said Joe Urso, UT baseball coach. "I think it will be great for the Rays to go in and see what baseball is like in Cuba," said Urso. Full story

The University of Tampa Hockey Team

March 16, 2016

College hockey is hot in Tampa Bay. University of Tampa’s ice hockey team stopped by the Daytime studio to talk about their successful season, their journey to nationals in Michigan and what lies ahead. Full story

The LGBT Politics of Christian Colleges

By David Wheeler, UT assistant professor of journalism
The Atlantic
March 14, 2016

In the past, many conservative Christian colleges condemned both same-sex attraction and same-sex intimacy. But now that gay marriage is legalized, and as the country undergoes broad cultural shifts, that’s changing. In an attempt to welcome gay students while preserving rules against same-sex behavior, some of these schools are now attempting to separate sexual identity from sexual behavior in their policies and campus customs. You can be gay—as long as you don’t “act” it. Full story

Florida Matters: Florida Presidential Primary

By Carson Cooper
WUSF Radio
March 8, 2016

Florida and Ohio head to the polls on March 15. If Marco Rubio can win Florida and John Kasich can win Ohio, that’s delegate votes that Donald Trump doesn’t get. “The establishment is scrambling. There’s no doubt they are very concerned with someone like Trump being the face of their party,” said Mary Anderson, UT chair and associate professor of government and world affairs. Regardless of Trump’s bombastic remarks, the future of the GOP is looking brighter. “I do think this Donald Trump phenomenon may be able to give the Republican Party a way to reinvent itself and try and open things up a little bit more and be more inclusive,” said Anderson. Full story  

Florida Universities Report Few On-Campus Rapes, Drawing Skepticism

By Jessica Bakeman and Brendan Cheney
Capital New York
March 4, 2016

Florida’s colleges and universities report among the lowest rates of on-campus rape in the nation according to a POLITICO Florida analysis. But national victims advocates and legal experts say the lack of reported rapes to the U.S. Department of Education, and the relative rarity of complaints under Title IX law, do not necessarily mean sexual assault is less common in Florida’s campus communities. “While Clery is very well intended … the problem is that you’re only reporting data for what actually happens on campus. And, as you know, college life doesn’t just happen on campus proper,” said Monnie Wertz, assistant to the vice president of operations and planning at The University of Tampa. Full story  

UT Exhibit Features Contemporary Cuban Art

Tampa Tribune
March 3, 2016

Tampa Preparatory School students got a lesson Thursday in contemporary art as it was being created right in front of them. Lázaro Saavedra, one of Cuba’s most respected living artists, is creating a 36-by-11-foot mural on a wall of the University of Tampa’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. The piece will be part of a contemporary Cuban art exhibit called “Growing Up in Neverland.” The students got a sneak preview. The exhibit features seven of the most renowned and provocative contemporary Cuban artists. Full story

A similar story appeared in Centro Tampa.

Police, Fire Rescue Agencies' Policies on Accepting Freebies Vary Widely

By Tracey McManus
Tampa Bay Times
March 1, 2016

A free soda at the gas station, a meal paid for by the car ahead in the drive through, a tab taken care of by the waiter. It's not uncommon for the public to show gratitude to first responders. But at what point does accepting innocent freebies cross the line to corruption — or the perception of corruption? Sorle S. Diih, an assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at The University of Tampa, said there is a consensus that accepting even the smallest acts of kindness can be an ethical slippery slope for law enforcement and first responders. "There are a number of officers that accept gratuities and don't necessarily become corrupt, but one of the basic things gratuity does is they appear to reveal an officer's willingness to be corrupted," Diih said. Full story

Apple Motion Seeks to Block Feds From Acquiring 'Dangerous Power'

By Natalie Campisi
Tech News World
Feb. 29, 2016

Apple last week filed a motion to vacate a federal order requiring the company to create a tool or code to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino, CA, shooters. The order would set a dangerous precedent and release a powerful means to breach security on potentially millions of phones around the world, Apple argued. Creating the code the government is asking for would open a Pandora's box of unforeseen consequences, according to Christopher Maurer, assistant professor of information technology and management at the University of Tampa. "We see time and time again that there are really good intentions. There might be a real problem and government is not addressing the underlying issue and instead is creating other issues in the form of loopholes or unintended side effects," said Maurer. Full story

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Leap Day: Why We Need It Every Four Years

By Leigh Spann
WFLA (News Channel 8)
Feb. 29, 2016

It’s Leap Day. It’s the extra 24 hours we get every four years on February 29. The idea of adding an additional day to the calendar every four years started with Julius Caesar, and its main purpose is to keep the spring equinox at the same time each year. “We have leap year because our calendar does not match exactly with Earth’s orbital period of the earth around the sun,” said Simon Schuler, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at The University of Tampa. Without Leap Day, the calendar would be off by 24 days each 100 years. Full story

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How Tampa Bay Companies Are Spending $900+ Million

By Margie Manning
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Feb. 26, 2016

Ten of Tampa Bay’s largest public companies have spent or plan to spend almost a billion dollars buying back their own stock from investors. The large repurchase amounts “are an indicator that corporate decision-makers aren’t eager to invest in capital projects,” said Marcus Ingram, associate professor of finance at The University of Tampa. Ingram expects this trend to continue until there are better growth opportunities. Full story

Nonverbal Behavior May Overshadow Substance in Presidential Debates

Science Daily
Feb. 19, 2016

How, exactly, do viewers react when they see inappropriate behaviors in televised presidential debates? Z. Harrison Gong, assistant professor of communication at The University of Tampa, and Erik P. Bucy, of Texas Tech University, analyzed reactions using measures of visual attention (an eye-tracking test) as well as focus groups. They found that people tend to fixate on inappropriate nonverbal behavior more often and for longer periods of time than they spend focusing on appropriate behavior. People also remember the substance of candidate statements better when they perceive candidates as behaving appropriately. According to the researchers, understanding the influence of nonverbal communication on how citizens perceive candidates is important because voters rely heavily on television as a primary source of political information. Full story

Cuban Contemporary Art Exhibition

Feb. 18, 2016

"Growing Up in Neverland" incorporates the work of post-Revolutionary Cuban artists and is designed to reflect the everyday concerns that weigh upon the Cuban community, especially focusing on the problems Cuban society faces as it moves toward the future. The eight artists in the exhibition are Ernesto Leal, Pedro Pablo Oliva, Sandra Ramos, Lázaro Saavedra, Esterio Segura, José Vincench, Javier Castro and the collective known as The Merger. Artist Jack King, co-curator of the exhibition and professor of art at The University of Tampa, said this exhibition "features some of Cuba's most noted and respected artists, and captures the diversity and complexity of contemporary Cuban art." Full story

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Walmart Stores to Close--Blame the Minimum Wage

By Abigail Hall, UT assistant professor of economics
Inside Bay Area
Feb. 13, 2016

At the end of 2015, Walmart announced it would close 269 stores across the globe, some 115 in the United States. Among the stores closed were those in Oakland and Chinatown in Los Angeles. These two locations have something important in common: both recently raised their minimum wage to $15 per hour. While a jump from $13.38 to $15 may seem trivial, for a company that employs 1.4 million domestic employees, it is positively massive. While proponents of the minimum wage intend for the burden to fall on "greedy" companies like Walmart, employees and consumers will feel the pain. Instead of offering more people higher paying jobs, companies like Walmart will lay off hundreds who rely on the company for work. Full story

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Has the Gender Pay Gap Decreased – Or is That Just What We'd Like to Think?

By Bamzi Banchiri
The Christian Science Monitor
Feb. 11, 2016

Nearly three-quarters of employed adults (74 percent) in seven key countries believe men and women are being paid equally for equal work, according to a study by employment service Glassdoor. In the US, 70 percent of people surveyed said they believe men and women are already being paid equally by their employer, despite government reports indicating women on average are paid 23 cents less than men. "The first problem with the gender wage gap idea is how it’s measured," writes Abigail Hall, an assistant professor of economics at The University of Tampa. “But this is not a fair comparison and the statistic is grossly misleading," she adds. "The 77 cents per dollar metric is a comparison of gross income. That is, it compares the income of all men to the income of all women, without regard for other factors.” Full story

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Hannah's Shoebox Finds Fit at University of Tampa

By Arielle Waldman
Tampa Bay Times
Feb. 11, 2016

When Colette Glover-Hannah was not able to find age-appropriate shoes for her tween daughter, she solved the problem by founding an online shopping startup, Hannah’s Shoebox. Not quite three years in, Hannah's Shoebox already has moved from Hannah's home-based office and into the new John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at The University of Tampa. She now occupies a desk in the incubator, surrounded by fellow entrepreneurs. “The goal of the incubator is to move companies forward," said Kevin Moore, director of operations at the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center. "Colette is expanding in the areas where we have expertise: international business, building a brand, marketing and distribution," Moore said. "We believe Colette represents Hannah's Shoebox well and will add a lot to the other incubator companies through her expertise and interactions." Full story

Super Bowl 50 by the Numbers

By John Kiernan
February 2016

Brandon Brown, assistant professor of sport management at The University of Tampa, took part in a Q-and-A by WalletHub as part of their lead up to Super Bowl 50. When asked about effectiveness of ad time, Brown said, “I think as social media grows, companies will realize that the ROI from Super Bowl social media campaigns will vastly outweigh the ROI from Super Bowl television commercials.” He predicts this will eventually influence the demand for such commercials and the price will go down. Full story

20 Top Colleges with Safe Spaces Announced

KOLD-TV (Tucson, AZ)
Feb. 10, 2016

Great Value Colleges has identified The University of Tampa as one of the top colleges that offer safe spaces that are inclusive areas on campus where students of any race, gender, sexuality, class and ability can go to find compassion and empathy, free of the pressures of prejudice. The concept of “safe spaces” began in the 1960s with the women’s rights movement, creating places where women could speak and act freely. The concept has evolved to include minority groups of all types. Full story

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University of Tampa Professor Explains the Science in Love

By Adrienne Pedersen
Feb. 10, 2016

We all like to think our relationships are unique; our bonds might have a lot more in common than we realize. According to Scott Husband, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Tampa, there’s a lot of science behind love — or at least attraction. When we first start falling for someone it triggers Dopamine, which is associated with addiction. As time goes on, the oxytocin takes over. Oxytocin represents a deeper bond. “A lot of people make the mistake that when the initial intense feeling is over is that maybe I’m with the wrong person,” Husband said. “It’s really just a different phase.” Full story 

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Tampa Bay Area Colleges Add Buildings Designed for the Future

By Kimberly Patterson
83 Degrees
Feb. 9, 2016

As college students settle in for the spring semester at campuses around the Tampa Bay area, many of the college grounds in the region are under construction to make way for the future. The University of Tampa is building a new fitness center that is scheduled to open Spring 2016. The 40,000-square-feet, two-story building will have exercise programs, personal training and evaluation, intra-murals, club sports and a room dedicated for spinning classes. In addition to the expenditure of the building, the University is purchasing a large number of treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical trainers and free weights for the fitness center. Full story

#Tampa2Flint Prepares to Deliver Tons of Water to Mich.

By Mary McGuire
Feb. 7, 2016

#Tampa2Flint held a water drive on The University of Tampa’s campus, collecting hundreds of water bottles. So far they have collected approximately seven tons of water. “Someone needed to step up, and if our actions help someone else or inspire someone else to actually take the same initiative and move forward, then I feel like our job is complete,” said Samuel Blair, #Tampa2Flint’s founder. Along with three other men, Blair will hand-deliver the water to Michigan next week. They hope to have 12 tons by the time they leave. #Tampa2Flint has raised just more than $3,100 on a “Go Fund Me” page to cover the cost of delivering all of those donations. Full story

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Coaching in UT Volleyball Assistant's Blood

By Merissa Lynn
Feb. 5, 2016

Kids don't always follow in their parents' footsteps. That's not the story for the Koetter family. Kaylee Koetter, daughter of recently named Buccaneers Head Coach, Dirk Koetter, is following in her father's footsteps. Kaylee never had to think about it, because it's always been who she is. As a player for The University of Tampa from 2010 to 2014, her teammates looked to her for guidance. Now serving as UT’s assistant volleyball coach, Koetter continues to guide her fellow Spartans. "I think it's natural for her," said UT Head Volleyball Coach Chris Catanach. "You say it's in her bloodlines, but I think growing up with her dad, she thinks that way." Full story

African Union Summit 2016: In Burundi, A Loss of Faith in Peace

By Morgan Winsor
International Business Times
Feb. 2, 2016

The African Union had said it would send a 5,000-strong peacekeeping force to quell the violence in war-torn Burundi, with or without the government’s consent. It backpedaled on that plan, instead announcing a deployment of high-level delegates to Bujumbura to negotiate a solution acceptable to President Pierre Nkurunziza. But dialogue has not yielded the desired results and Nkurunziza’s defiant stance suggests the violence will not end voluntarily. “This is a real risk now, especially insofar as any escalation by the opposition is likely to provoke further violence by the government,” said Michael Broache, assistant professor of government and world affairs at The University of Tampa in Florida. Full story

Improving Girls’ Confidence

By Jennifer Epstein
Jan. 29, 2016

A recent study shows that when girls are surrounded by powerful women, they become more confident. “I think young women are indeed influenced or empowered by seeing images of powerful women, but I also, in conversations with my women’s studies class at The University of Tampa, have discovered that a lot of these young women are more influenced, if you will, and more empowered by women who are successful in their fields,” said Judy Hayden, professor of English and writing and director of the women’s studies program at The University of Tampa. Not just any powerful women, they want to see someone who they can relate to and shares their interests and passion. Full story  

Future Founders Names 18 Entrepreneurs to National Fellowship Cohort

Jan. 27, 2016

Future Founders, a nonprofit organization that believes every youth can become an entrepreneur, announced the 18 entrepreneurs who were selected to participate in the 2016 fellowship. Matthew Sarli, Spartan Grip, from The University of Tampa, is a member of the 2016 fellowship cohort. The fellowship is a selective year-long program that accelerates the success of the nation's top young entrepreneurs. Fellows have priority access to all Future Founders Startup services plus benefit from mentoring, entrepreneurial experiences, a peer community and volunteer opportunities through other Future Founders programs. Full story

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Americans May be Getting Less Religious, but They're Feeling More Wonder

By Carol Kuruvilla
Huffington Post
Jan. 26, 2016

A recent article by the Pew Research Center states that while Americans are getting less religious as a whole, feelings of awe are on the rise among both the religiously affiliated and unaffiliated. The most significant change comes from atheists. "It could be that those who are now admitting they are atheists ... are also more willing to admit that they do experience what many people consider 'spiritual' feelings," said Ryan Cragun, a sociologist at The University of Tampa. "Even though most of those who do experience these feelings would quickly indicate that they do not believe they have a supernatural component to them." The results of the Pew study seem to affirm that awe, and all the benefits that come from feeling awe, don't necessarily have to happen inside the confines of a religious denomination. The religiously unaffiliated are just as tuned in to the grandness of the world. Full story

Tampa Has the Lowest Cost of Living in Florida, Causing Positive Domino Effect

By Sarina Fazan
WFTS - ABC Action News
Jan. 26, 2016

The latest report from the Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development Corp found Tampa had the lowest cost of living in the state. Tampa scored 91.6 on a cost of living index compared to a national average of 100. That means your dollar goes farther in essentials for your family like housing, grocery and health care. "This is actually very good news for Tampa," said Abigail Hall, assistant professor of economics at The University of Tampa. She also said the index has a positive impact on many fronts, including jobs. "The average millennial makes about $33,000 annually, and you need about $21,000 to buy a home. And as their careers peak, their earnings are likely to rise, which is very good news for the city and surrounding area," said Hall. Full story

UT Entrepreneurship Center Named a National Model Program for Entrepreneurship Education

Jan. 26, 2016

The Lowth Entrepreneurship Center in The University of Tampa was recently awarded the National Model Program Award for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship at its annual conference in San Diego. The awards are given for exemplary programs that reflect innovation, quality, comprehensiveness, sustainability, transferability, depth of support and impact. “This award is arguably the most coveted award among entrepreneurship educators in the United States,” said Rebecca White, director of the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center and professor of entrepreneurship. Full story
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UT Will Ban Tobacco, Including Vaping, Starting Aug. 1

Tampa Tribune
Jan. 25, 2016

The University of Tampa will ban all smoking and tobacco use on its 105-acre downtown campus starting Aug. 1. The ban encompasses all forms of tobacco — including electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco and hookahs — and extends to all athletic centers and fields, parking garages, offices and residential buildings. Senior University administrators formed the new policy with the student organization Breathe-Easy UT, which has worked for six years conducting surveys and focus groups with students, faculty and staff. The University will also offer cessation services to those hoping to quit. Full story
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Why We Shouldn't Outlaw ‘Unpaid’ Internships

By Jennifer Schneible, UT freshman and Abigail Hall, UT assistant professor of economics
Jan. 25, 2016

For a new college graduate, finding a job is stressful. In a job market dominated by resumes, connections and previous work experience, college students will often turn to internships, paid and unpaid, to gain a competitive edge. However, some critics want unpaid internships outlawed. Interns expect to benefit significantly from their experiences even if unpaid — or they wouldn’t take the positions. And if unpaid internships were eliminated, paid internships would be more difficult to find, would pay less than at present and would have worse working conditions. Full story 

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Why Running Doesn't (Always) Burn Fat

Adam Bornstein
Jan. 25, 2016

Running is a great form of exercise and one with a lot of value. The human body is an amazing machine. It's so incredible—and designed for efficiency—that if you do the same thing over and over again, the process becomes easier. Research conducted at the University of Tampa found that doing steady state cardio—such as running on the treadmill for 45 minutes at a consistent pace that's not near maximal effort (sprinting)—helps out with weight loss… but only initially. A little variety might not seem like a big change to your routine, but it will have a dramatic impact on transforming your body. Full story

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2016 Debuts With Better Startups, Smarter Mentoring, Rising Venture Capital Interest

By Robert Trigaux
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 22, 2016

The Tampa Bay startup community's resolution for the new year must have been to kick into higher gear. The good news is the area startup scene is starting to get more notice from venture capital firms and from Silicon Valley. Even Forbes picked the co-founders of a Tampa startup, Tembo, for its Class of 2016 30-Under-30 list. It's hard to believe Phil Michaels, now 28, came up with the idea for the Tampa startup Tembo only 15 months ago. He says Tembo is busy raising $1 million to fund the team's moving back to Africa to fine-tune its educational programs and mobile delivery system before "scaling the business up." So far, Tembo is talking to various potential investors and has also entered several other startup competitions. Full story

'Royal Wedding' of Atheist Group, Richard Dawkins Foundation Launches Woman to Top Post

By Kimberly Winston
Religion News Service
Jan. 21, 2016

It’s like a royal wedding in the small world of atheist organizations: The Center for Inquiry and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science are merging to form the largest reason-based organization in the U.S. The new organization will retain the Center for Inquiry name, while giving a seat on its board to Richard Dawkins, the British evolutionary biologist who is a superstar in the atheist community. Why did Dawkins take his celebrity and fortune to CFI instead of the American Humanist Association, American Atheists or the Freedom From Religion Foundation? “I think it is the science angle” at CFI, said Ryan Cragun, an associate professor of sociology at The University of Tampa. “Dawkins knows CFI is going to be around for a long time, they have resources in place to support his interest in science and reason. It makes sense to go with CFI.” Full story

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MLK Day Largely Unspoiled by Commercialism

By Evan Axelbank
Fox 13 News
Jan. 18, 2016

For 30 years, the country has celebrated Dr. King’s cause with a federal holiday on the third Monday of January. This year in Tampa, thousands attended events across the Bay area. But commercially, no one has cashed in, at least not in the way many do with ads for sales on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas. University of Tampa marketing professor Erika Matulich says the holiday is hard for retailers to exploit, because there is still deep national shame about America's past racial injustices, as well as differing opinions about whether America offers a fair shake even today. "There is a whole different feeling about what that freedom means to people than perhaps what goes along with some of the other holidays that we do celebrate," she said. Full story

High School Juniors ‘Guinea Pigs’ for New SAT Test

By Anastasia Dawson
Tampa Tribune
Jan. 13, 2016

The new SAT is changing back to a 1,600 point scale from a 2,400 point scale. It is now designed to align with the Common Core Standards adopted by most states and places more emphasis on critical thinking. The test scores can be particularly useful in looking at home school students or students from schools that don’t offer advanced placement courses. Without a good GPA, though, a student’s application won’t even be considered, said Brent Benner, University of Tampa’s director of enrollment management. “At UT there’s been a big movement to take a holistic approach to admissions and really look at everything, because I don’t think anyone would argue that high school grades aren’t the best predictor of college performance,” Benner said. Full story

A Day in the Life of Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier

By Kevin O’Donnell
Fox 13
Jan. 12, 2016

Since winning a Gold Glove in October, it's been non-stop for Keirmaier. He took the month of December off, but is back to work with The University of Tampa Spartans for his winter workouts. This is the second winter Kiermaier is spending with the Spartans. It's easy to see why Kiermaier picked UT. After all, it's a seven-time College World Series champ. "Brandon Gomes use to come here and told me how great it was," said Kiermaier. “If I didn’t go to my junior college and I could go to another four-year, besides Purdue, I would love to come here, because Joe Urso runs this better than any college coach I’ve ever seen.” Full story  

Honors and Awards

Jan. 11, 2016

The Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at The University of Tampa has been awarded the Entrepreneurship Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation Award by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC). The GCEC awards are judged by peer entrepreneurship directors to recognize top performers in entrepreneurship education. Full story

Leading an Effective Briefing with Board Executives about Information Security

By Tammy Clark, UT Chief Information Security Officer, and Brian Basgen
Educause Review
Jan. 11, 2016

Institutional and board executives can play a significant role in providing the support necessary for successful information security programs. Outlining specific information security challenges with board executives offers an opportunity to build relationships with them and educate them on institutional risks. Receiving their input on key decisions will pave the way for a more effective response to security challenges. Executive leaders may be acutely aware of IT challenges, but they don't always get an equally focused perspective on information security concerns and, in particular, cyber risks, vulnerabilities and threats. Full story

Lectores: An Old Tradition With a New Twist at The University of Tampa

By Cathy Salustri
Creative Loafing
Jan. 7, 2016

Four years ago, The University of Tampa's Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing introduced Lectores, a weeklong series that was directly inspired by an age-old tradition of reading aloud. The series takes its name from the lectores, or readers, who were hired by cigar factories to read to the rollers as they worked. The spoken word was often the only way they “read” Victor Hugo, Karl Marx or the morning news. At this week’s biannual Lectores series, audiences may not all have read Karl Marx, but Tampa will once again celebrate the lector, the intellectual who brings magic to the spoken word. Full story 

30 Under 30 Meet the Social Entrepreneurs Changing the World in 2016

By Michela Tindera
Jan. 4, 2016

The 2016 class of 30 Under 30 has a median age of 26; twelve are 29 years old, and our youngest are both 20. One of those 20-year-olds, Ulixes Hawili, a University of Tampa student, is part of the team of cofounders of Tembo Education. Tembo Education brings early childhood learning into the homes of thousands of families in developing countries. Parents and caregivers receive text message instructions and quizzes about early childhood education, and they get a “home educator” – trained community members certified to visit the household and teach young children. Full story

2015 Doesn't Bring Tampa Bay Residents Much Change Financially

By Thad Moore
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 1, 2016

Nearly two-thirds of Tampa Bay residents say their finances in 2015 looked about the way they did the year before, and nearly half expect the same a year from now. On the one hand, that's good news: After a prolonged and painful downturn, the local economy has stabilized. But then, such a so-so sentiment hardly inspires confidence. Because Tampa Bay and Florida have lots of service sector jobs, they tend to be tied to whatever is happening in the U.S. economy overall, said Frank Ghannadian, dean of the College of Business at The University of Tampa. "When you have a service economy, that's going to be a little bit laggy." Full story  

Dr. Jo’s Healthy for Life

WTVT (Fox)
Jan. 1, 2016

Jacob Wilson, assistant professor of health sciences and human performance, is studying how dialing up your workout’s intensity can dial back the time at the gym. With high intensity workouts you can get things done quicker. “Ten is the hardest experience you’ve ever had in exercise. If you actually went 10 out of 10, our labs found you can get it done in two minutes,” said Wilson. Full story .