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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

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

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