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Father Builds New Global Swim Dream With Son

By Bobby Lewis
May 4, 2017

It would be fair to assume that competing at the Olympic Trials would be the pinnacle of any swimmer’s career. For UT alum Jeremy Parker, it was a nice warm up for the event he’s training for this July. “Being able to swim in Israel in the Maccabiah Games I would rank that even higher than the Olympic Trials,” said Parker. Parker is just a few short weeks away from competing on the world stage. His swimming partner for the upcoming Maccabiah Games is David Halpern, Parker’s father. Full story 

Why Shallow Squats Are Robbing Your Legs of Growth

By Bill Geiger
Body Building
May 1, 2017

How does a win turn into a loss? You bring your suntan lotion to the beach, but forget to put it on till it's too late. Or, you load up the squat bar with enough plates for a party of four, then only descend an inch or two. You have the right intention, but your execution needs some work. The biggest drawback to shallow squats is that they shortchange your glutes. "Deeper squats train the glutes through a larger range of motion, and specifically overload the glutes in their stretched position," says Christopher Barakat, a graduate students who works at UT’s Human Performance Lab. Full story

Self-Taught Tampa Team Poised to Send Winning Satellite into Deep Space

By Paul Guzzo
Tampa Bay Times
May 1, 2017

The Cube Quest Challenge started in 2015 as part of NASA's Centennial Challenge Program to inspire people from all walks of life to contribute to the space program. For over two years, a group called Team Miles — based in Tampa but spread across the country — has been competing in the NASA contest to develop miniature satellite technology. Now, it's emerged as part of the final five in the contest. Only 13 teams entered the technically demanding competition, most of them from elite institutions. Team Miles however, is composed of a hodgepodge of professionals — a teacher, an artist, an information technology professional and a few software designers and their knowledge of satellite engineering is largely self-taught. "See, we're already changing NASA," said UT graduate and Team Miles member Bill Shaw. Full story 

More Students Using Stimulant Drugs for Studies, Tampa Group Looks to Combat Problem on Campus

By Meredyth Censullo
May 1, 2017

The number of young people who use prescription stimulant medications to enhance mental focus continues to grow. Stress is the most common reason students give for taking the pills. “They feel like they can’t keep up. They feel like other people around them are doing better, and they’re striving for that ‘success’ we’re putting on them in society,” said Addie Carothers, UT Wellness Coordinator. “You take (a stimulant) one time, then it turns into two, four, six times, and soon you’re taking it every day,” said Ariana Wyatt, UT junior and member of Rx Factor, which is dedicated to educating peers on the problem of prescription medication abuse on college campuses. Full story

University of Tampa Divers Help Pull Up Nearly 100 Pounds of Gasparilla Beads from Seddon Channel

By Tony Marrero
Tampa Bay Times
April 28, 2017

UT Dive Club members join other volunteers to fish nearly 100 pounds of Gasparilla beads from a thousand-foot stretch of Seddon Channel. The beads create the potential for entanglement and they can contain unsafe toxins in their coloring such as lead, arsenic and cadmium. "You could stay in one place for 10 minutes and just keep finding beads," said UT first-year student Matt Gamache. He was one of five UT Dive Club members who took part in the inaugural effort, dubbed the Gasp – Our Beads of Tampa Bay survey and cleanup project. Full story 

One Professor’s Convoluted Journey Through FedLoan Student Loan Forgiveness

By Amy Martyn
Consumer Affairs
April 27, 2017

Go to the Department of Education website, and the prospect of getting your student loans forgiven looks like a tantalizingly real possibility. Stick with a government or nonprofit job while repaying your loans every month and the remainder of the debt is forgiven after 120 payments. But the program is not as straightforward as it appears. Chris Gurrie, UT assistant professor of speech, became so frustrated with the process that he wrote an open letter to Sen. Elizabeth Warren and published it in the Huffington Post. Full story

Is Homework a Critical Part of Education?

By Shannon Valladolid
April 27, 2017

A mom took to Facebook to express her thoughts on her child having too much homework. She wrote that she’s noticed her child “getting more and more stressed when it comes to school.” Already shared more than 13,000 times, the post is drawing debate from folks who agree and those who say homework is important for kids, and teachers know best. Hunter O’Hara, UT professor of education, said too much homework can be harmful. “I think there is considerable literature in the field, research literature, that suggests that homework is not a particularly effective instructional device,” said O’Hara. Full story

A similar story appeared on WMAZ (Macon, GA).

At 10-Year Milestone, Dean Ghannadian Has Witnessed Massive UT Growth

By Alexis Muellner
Tampa Bay Business Journal
April 27, 2017

Frank Ghannadian has been the dean of UT’s College of Business for 10 years. He oversees more than 120 faculty and staff in six departments with more than 12 undergraduate majors, four MBA programs and four master of science programs. In this video Ghannadian discusses what is different about what his students are looking for now as compared to when he started at UT. Full story

Trump's Canada Tariff is Samantha Bee's Fault

By David Wheeler, UT assistant professor of Journalism
April 26, 2017

UT assistant professor of journalism, David Wheeler, writes satirically about the “real” reasons why the Trump administration slapped Canada with tariffs of up to 24 percent on lumber shipped to the United States. Full story

This story also appeared on WSEE (Erie, PA), KRTV (Great Falls, MT), KTVK (Phoenix, AZ), KXLF (Butte, MT) and KITV (Honolulu, HI).

UT Pitcher's Fastball Has Scouts on Notice

By Marissa Lynn
April 25, 2017

Garrett Cave's fastball has him on the fast track to playing professional baseball. His fastball tops out at 98 miles per hour. "We don't see that a whole lot, definitely in Division II baseball," said UT head baseball coach, Joe Urso. "Really you don't see that a lot anywhere in college baseball." Garrett is at his best when he's closing games, but coaches had him start games at the beginning of the season so that he could show he could pitch for length, too. Scouts are on notice, especially since Garrett was named one of Baseball America's top MLB draft prospects in 2017. He cracked the top 100 at 56. Full story

University of Tampa's J.D. Osborne Trades Pucks for Pitches

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
April 25, 2017

At one time, UT senior J.D. Osborne was a promising hockey player. "I thought I would pursue it, but I wasn't chosen to pursue it," said Osborne, referring to high-level junior hockey. "I thought I would hang it up. I decided to concentrate on baseball. I thought I might have a little future in that, too." As fallback options go, baseball has been wonderful for Osborne, who is second in UT batting at .387, while leading the team in home runs (16) and ranking fourth nationally in RBIs (62) at the NCAA Division II level. "J.D. will have an opportunity to play professional baseball," Spartans coach Joe Urso said. "He has the talent. He's not just a pull hitter anymore. He's showing power to all fields. And he sure has the versatility." Full story

The App That Let's Your Friends Pick Your Date for You -- Can it Work?

By Mark Rivera
April 20, 2017

There's a new dating app called Wingman. It hooks up with your Facebook account and lets you set your friends up with each other. So the connections you’re making aren't just random. “I think it will help. I do. And it also reduces the expectations you have for yourself,” said Katie Schubert, UT visiting assistant professor of sociology. “Statistically we are awful at picking our own partners. We pick people who aren't necessarily compatible. They say opposites attract, and they do, and that's part of the problem. Because in reality what we need is someone with similarities. Without similarities, relationships don't work,” Schubert said. Full story

5 Common Beliefs About Student Loans That Get an ‘F’ From Experts

By Kelly Smith
April 18, 2017

When you constantly hear about how stressful it is to pay off student loans and the scary reality of defaulting, it can be hard to see anything positive about borrowing money to pay for college. But with all the information out there, it's also hard to figure out what's actually true and what may be a muddled interpretation. This article debunks five common myths. Full story

This story first appeared in The Penny Hoarder.

Bahamian Student Artist Wins Prize

By Dionne Benjamin
The Bahamas Weekly
April 16, 2017

UT junior Jodi Minnis was featured for the award for 2-dimensional artwork she received from her video, Paranoia. Paranoia addresses the racist and xenophobic tensions expressed by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas and the U.S. Embassy in The Bahamas. Minnis asks, “Considering the blatant xenophobia arising in parts of the United States, would my behavior and accent/dialect be a saving grace? This work was created to navigate these things and serve as a release of concerns as a black Bahamian studying in the United States.” Full story 

InVite Health Radio

By Jerry Hickey
April 15, 2017

Jerry Hickey, scientific director and pharmacist of InVite Health, discussed the affects of ATPHX, a nutritional supplement intended to improve adenosine triphosphate (ATP) concentrations in the body. Studies performed by UT and other universities suggest ATP supplements taken with exercise produce increased endurance, better strength, improved performance and a reduced risk of injury.

Wrongly-Convicted Death Row Inmate Returns to Bay Area to Speak Out Against the Death Penalty

By Adam Winer
April 12, 2017

Juan Melendez shares his unique perspective of spending 17 years, 8 months and 1 day on Florida’s death row, convicted for a murder he didn’t commit. According to case details from the National Registry of Exonerations, Melendez was convicted based on misleading testimony. Despite a lack of physical evidence, Melendez was sentenced to death in just five days from the start of the trial. Melendez discussed his experience in a talk titled “Presumed Guilty: Injustice, Survival and Hope on Death Row” at UT. Full story 

A similar story appeared on WPTV (West Palm Beach, FL).  



Woman Suffers Collapsed Lung from Secondhand Smoke

By Shannon Valladolid
WMAZ (Macon, GA)
April 12, 2017

Many of us know the dangers that smoking can cause to our health. However, it’s not just smokers that are at risk but the people around them. A woman named Destiny Frye posted on Facebook her secondhand smoke experience that landed her in the emergency room. It has gone viral with almost 40,000 shares. Mary Martinasek, UT assistant professor of public health, says we not only have to worry about people smoking near us but new research has shown third-hand smoke is also dangerous. "Perhaps a baby or a child rubs up against this furniture or wall that there is a reaction that occurs on their skin that may down the road be toxic," says Martinasek. Full story

Everybody in Washington Agrees That This is a Problem. So Why Won't They Fix it?

By Kaitlin Mulhere
April 7, 2017

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree at applying for college financial aid is needlessly complicated for many families. Students are required to fill out the FAFSA every single year. But at UT, only 6 percent of the student body has enough financial changes year-to-year to warrant a new aid package. “So 100 percent of us are filling out FAFSAs every year for 6 percent of students,” said Brent Benner, UT director of enrollment management. That’s a waste of time and resources for students, their parents and college aid offices, says Benner. Full story

Harvard Students Build ‘Resistance School’ to Harness Anti-Trump Sentiment

By Sarah Brown
The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 7, 2017

Students and Boston-area residents filled every seat in a Harvard University classroom with more than 15,000 people in all 50 states and 20 countries tuned in to a livestream. The lecture kicked off a free, four-course series called Resistance School to help harness the passion that has grown out of recent anti-Trump protests and turn a moment into a fully fledged, sustainable movement. Among them was Aaron Walker, UT assistant professor of communication. Since the inauguration, Walker said he’d seen activism swell in the Tampa area, particularly among people who weren’t previously activists and therefore didn’t have a good grasp of best practices. Resistance School, he said, "is clearly filling an immediate and urgent need." Full story

Feeding Depression

One Life Radio
April 6, 2017

Cameron Ackerson, UT grad student studying exercise and nutrition science, was featured on One Life Radio where he discussed how the food we eat influences depression. The food we put into our body directly affects everything that goes on within ourselves. When we grieve, we often reach for comfort foods in an effort to feel better. In reality it typically makes us feel worse. Ackerson recommends slowly modifying your diet by drinking more water and adding more fruits and vegetables. A more natural, holistic diet not only decreases inflammation in the body but will also help to boost you mood.  

More Transparency Needed From Enterprise Florida

By Jack Geller, UT Dean, College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education
Tampa Bay Business Journal
April 5, 2017

For those supporting Enterprise Florida, the argument at the State Capitol was clear: that in the promotion of the economic well-being of the state, Florida needs an organization to help in-state businesses expand and to help out-of-state businesses see the value of relocating to Florida. Full story

Payless Closing Stores

By Rod Carter
April 5, 2017

Payless recently posted a list of stores that are closing in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. “This is something that not just Payless is struggling with,” said Jennifer Burton, UT assistant professor of marketing. Payless is the ninth business this year to file Chapter 11. Burton said retailers have set a record number of bankruptcy filings this year since during The Great Recession. Retailers are struggling to find the perfect customer experience between internet sales and shopping at a brick and mortar stores.  

Can Male Birth Control Level the Relationship Playing Field?

By Mark Rivera
April 5, 2017

Male birth control been a hot topic before-- and now there's a new type that could level the field in relationships. Vasagel is like a vasectomy, but there's no snip. The company behind Vasalgel says it's injected into the vas deferens, blocking sperm, can last for years, doesn't involve hormones, and can be easily dissolved if and when you want to try for kids. “Relationships would be more equal. And we know through numerous studies that whenever heterosexual relationships are equal, men get sex more, the relationships are happier, she's happier, and I think this is just another piece to add to enhancing equality in relationships,” said Katie Schubert, UT visiting assistant professor of sociology. Full story

UT Students Create App That Could Revolutionize Job Searches

By Kera Mashek
April 3, 2017

Looking for a job can certainly be stressful. You send out a bunch of resumes and get nowhere fast. "It just seemed to me there's got to be a better way," said Markus Waite, UT executive MBA student. Through the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at UT, Waite got connected with another grad student, Karan Walia. Together, the team created an app called Zuloc. "It basically allows the candidates as well as companies to match make each other in a way that's more relevant than wasting time on other job sites," said Walia. Full story

Can States Protect Your Internet Browsing History from Being Sold?

By Mark Rivera
March 30, 2017

Both the House and Senate recently voted to remove privacy rules from internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, Spectrum...and all of the others. If and when President Trump signs the measure into law, those companies will be able to sell your private web browsing history to marketers without you even knowing it. But, some states are trying to fight back. “There is something that states can do. The Supreme Court going back to the 1950s recognizes that individuals have a right to privacy,” said University of Tampa political science professor William Myers. “They could theoretically start pushing legislation in this area to protect their citizens.” Full story

A similar story appeared on WTVT.


Sibling Connection Strong with University of Tampa Softball

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
March 29, 2017

Spartans softball coach Leslie Kanter likes to describe her program as a family. And if you examine the roster, that seems accurate. The latest example of a UT sister combination is Maddie and Taylor Farrell. "We had always played together on travel teams," Maddie Farrell said. "Some people might be like, 'What's it like to play with your sister all the time?' For me, it's just normal.” Full story

UT Football Alums Give Thanks for the Memories

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
March 29, 2017

The last UT Spartan football game was nearly 43 years ago — before there were Buccaneers, Rays, Lightning, Rowdies or much of anything else on the local sports scene. With school enrollment hovering around 1,300 students, the Spartans defeated much bigger programs — such as their victories against SEC member Mississippi State and Miami (at the Orange Bowl) — to develop a giant-killing reputation. With future professional football stars such as John Matuszak (the No. 1 overall pick in the 1973 draft), Leon McQuay, Freddie Solomon and Noah Jackson leading the way, the Spartans were the big game in town. "These football players are still part of the fabric of our university,'' said Larry Marfise, UT athletic director. Full story

College to Offer Advanced Cybersecurity Degree

Business Observer
March 29, 2017

UT will offer a master’s degree in cybersecurity staring this fall. The program will prepare individuals to become proficient in ensuring the confidentiality, availability and integrity of data; preserve and restore systems; and develop risk management skills. “The programs cover some of the most critical topics facing the business community as companies develop, grow and manage their cybersecurity capabilities,” said Ken Knapp, UT associate professor of information and technology management and director of cybersecurity programs. Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Bay Times.

U of Tampa Adding Beach Volleyball as a Varsity Sport

By Jon Wilson
Tampa Bay Reporter
March 28, 2017

UT, which has one of the best Division II women’s indoor volleyball program’s in the country, is adding beach volleyball as a varsity sport and will begin play in the spring of 2018. The program will be coached by Jeff Lamm, who has for the past 15 seasons served as assistant coach for the indoor team. “It is my goal to build the beach program into another nationally competitive program here at UT,” said Lamm. Tampa will join Eckerd College and Florida Southern, who announced new programs in January, as the only three Sunshine State Conference schools to offer beach volleyball. Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Bay Times.

Report: 38% of Jobs at Risk of Robot Takeover

By Mark Rivera
March 28, 2017

They stock shelves, make cars and clean houses. But is the next job for a robot your job? A new report shows 38 percent of jobs in America are already at risk of an automation takeover in the next 15 years. “You want to be careful of saying they'll lose their jobs, but they'll lose their current jobs, and 15 years from now, they won't be in the same career … but it's a little undefined in terms of where these people will land in other careers,” said Robert Beekman, UT associate professor of economics. Full story

UT to Offer Business Classes to Students in the United Arab Emirates

By Janelle Irwin
Tampa Bay Business Journal
March 27, 2017

The University of Tampa is launching a dual degree graduate program for people who live in the United Arab Emirates, a partnership that has been in the works for about a year. Students in the program will attend classes in either Dubai or Abu Dhabi and in Tampa and can earn two degrees — an executive master's in business administration through Abu Dhabi University and a master of science in global business from the University of Tampa. The program is expected to begin this fall. Full story

Indie Grits Exhibition Celebrates Individuality and Liberty of LGBTQ Immigrants

Charleston Chronicle
March 27, 2017

The Columbia Museum of Art is featuring the exhibition Cabaret: Unsung Heroes by artist Santiago Echeverry, UT associate professor of art. “In my current work, Cabaret: Unsung Heroes, I am committed to capturing the memories, lives, motions, experiences and appearances of the LGBT community, especially in Tampa and Wilton Manors, Florida,” says Echeverry. Included in this are drag queens, go-go dancers, bartenders, artists, DJs, nudists—all are part of a group of unsung heroes that cherish their freedom as Americans and immigrants in the U.S. while celebrating their own individuality. Full story

UT's Matt Johnson Reflects on Health Scare That Almost Left Him Sidelined

By Jeff Tewksbury
March 25, 2017

UT men's basketball guard Matt Johnson is looking back on a successful four years, on and off the court. In May, he’ll graduate with a degree in accounting. Things could have been very different after a brush with potentially fatal heart problems in high school. He was eventually cleared to return to the game he loves, but he always holds the experience close. He listens to his heart and those close to him. "That's something now that's just hard to find: A guy that understands what the coach wants," UT basketball head coach Richard Schmidt said. "Matt listens and is a very smart player." Full story

Hillsborough College Notebook: UT Honored for Helping Transfer Students

By Claire McNeill
Tampa Bay Times
March 22, 2017

The University of Tampa has been recognized for excellence in supporting its transfer students by being named to Phi Theta Kappa's Transfer Honor Roll. The honor society identified 65 four year-colleges and universities this year that created notable pathways to support community college transfers. The selection is based on engagement, impact, achievements and institutional support, such as admissions outreach and on-campus opportunities. Full story

University Announces Construction

Business Observer
March 22, 2017

University of Tampa announced plans to construct a six-story academic building for its health sciences and graduate programs. The 90,000-square-foot building will be the school’s largest academic building housing the university’s nursing program, graduate program offices, classrooms, labs, study spaces and faculty offices. “With this facility we hope to strengthen UT’s health sciences programs with state-of-the-art spaces, including simulation labs, an anatomy lab and all the latest health technology and equipment,” said UT President Ron Vaughn. Full story

A similar story appeared on Bay News 9Tampa Bay TimesAmerican School and UniversityTradeLine and WFTS. 



Mike Posner to Headline University of Tampa's 2017 Party in the Park

By Jay Cridlin
Tampa Bay Times
March 21, 2017

Plant Park isn't exactly Ibiza, but it might just feel that way April 7. Mike Posner, the Grammy-nominated pop singer and songwriter behind hits like Cooler than Me, Please Don't Go and I Took a Pill in Ibiza, will headline The University of Tampa's annual Party in the Park concert. Full story

Local Professor Addresses Debate on Capital Punishment

By Garin Flowers
March 16, 2017

Florida state attorney, Aramis Ayala, announced they will not seek the death penalty when Markeith Loyd goes to trial. Prosecutors say Loyd killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend, and the Orlando police officer who tried to arrest him. Ayala said forgoing the death penalty actually saves money. "It's an expensive process to do and rather than run the risk of not winning a case, they don't charge capitally," said Susan Brinkley, UT associate professor of criminology and criminal justice. Under the state's new death penalty law, a unanimous jury must recommend capital punishment. Brinkley said that makes prosecuting these cases even more difficult. Full story

Westboro Baptist Meets a ‘Wall of Love’

By Jon Wilson
Tampa Bay Reporter
March 20, 2017

The never-ending question for communities when the Westboro Baptist Church comes to town is: Is it better to ignore them and not amplify their anti-gay, anti-Semitic platform? Or is it more important to stand up to the group and protect members of the community from hate speech through direct action like counter-protesting? Over the past three decades, Westboro has used major national events, often borne from tragedy, to gain media attention, a fact that isn’t lost on Aaron Walker, UT assistant professor of communications. “They do this in order to get media coverage,” said Walker. “So we indulge the media coverage every time they show up and we counter-protest. That’s an unfortunate reality. But I think it’s just as important that we put messages of love in the world at the locations where messages of hate happen. So if they send hate out into the world, I think it’s our obligation to come and try to counter-balance it. I wish we didn’t contribute to their platform, but I don’t know of a better way to do it.” Full story


UT's Kevin Santa Back in Top Prospect Form After Injury Layoff

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
March 14, 2017

After suffering a season-ending broken left wrist in the 26th game of 2016 while awkwardly sliding into home, UT senior shortstop Kevin Santa wondered if he would ever be able to effectively play baseball again. Santa's offseason was filled with doubts and frustration. "I was wondering if the surgery actually worked. I did not feel right," Santa said. He's reasserting himself as a top prospect for the amateur draft, which doesn't surprise UT coach Joe Urso. "He had most of a year taken away by injury. Every little thing matters to him, so I have a feeling he's going to put on quite a show," said Urso. Full story

A Former Mormon Launched a WikiLeaks-Inspired Site. Now it’s Trying to Expose the Church

By Jim Dalrymple II
March 10, 2017

Former members of the Mormon church have been publishing exposés since the inception of the faith in the 19th century. But today, social platforms like Facebook are amplifying those leaks and launching them to new audiences. Experts aren’t holding their breath for something juicier to leak. Past leaks involving church finances were relatively banal, and Mormon leaders typically “follow the law meticulously,” said Ryan Cragun, UT associate professor of sociology. “I don’t think there will be any ‘earth-shattering’ leaks,” Cragun said. Full story

Spartan Baseball Feeling the Toronto Love

By Minnia Feng, Joese Taboada, Patrick Stothers and Matt Teague
Toronto Observer
March 9, 2017

The Toronto Observer published multiple articles featuring UT Spartan baseball players Richie Rivera, Kevin Santa, Nick Nolan and Vin Cosenzo.

Inside Look: Campus Chapels

By Ray Bendici
University Business
March 2017

Campus chapels are no longer just worship spaces. New and renovated spaces are becoming more tech-enabled and multifunctional, with added emphasis on creating a gathering place for an entire community, regardless of religious denomination. UT’s Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values houses a contemporary meditation room, inlaid multiwood labyrinth floor and a 55-foot-tall Dobson mechanical tracker organ custom-designed to resonate perfectly within the space.

Aquarium Unlikely Complaint Target, But PETA Persists Over Shark Death

By Libby Baldwin
Tampa Bay Times
March 9, 2017

Operators of the Florida Aquarium are puzzled by a news release earlier this year from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), accusing the aquarium of starving to death a nurse shark named Weezy. PETA claims that intentional food deprivation was used as a training technique. Daniel Huber, UT associate professor of biology who runs the University’s Shark Lab, studied the aquarium's sand tiger sharks as part of a project that ran from 2008-2013. One thing he noticed was constant recording of data on the marine animals by the aquarium's staff. "They were taking what seemed like epic measures to ensure the health of individual fish," Huber said. "Those fish have better health care than I do!" Full story


Chiseler's Market Essential for Iconic Minarets Maintenance

By Lloyd Sowers
March 8, 2017

If you like yard sales and garage sales, the granddaddy of them all is the Chiseler's Market at The University of Tampa’s Plant Hall. The sale takes place every spring and is gigantic, filling the porch and the rooms inside - and all the proceeds benefit Tampa’s most famous building. Caring for a huge, 126-year-old building is like “This Old House" times 10. There’s the work you don't see, and there's the sparkle you do, like restored Victorian paintings and gold balustrade. It’s why the Chiselers have their sale. “And we have put into this one building more than $7 million," explained Lindsay Huban with the Henry B. Plant Museum. "When you think Tampa, you think minarets and this building." Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Bay Times.  

College Students Spend Their Spring Break in Cleveland for a Good Cause

By Damon Maloney
WOIO (Cleveland, OH)
March 8, 2017

Not all spring breaks involve trips to the beach to hang out with friends. A group of UT students traveled to Cleveland, OH, to be apart of the Cleveland Leadership Center’s iCleveland Service Break. During this trip they volunteered with the Cleveland Kids Book Bank where they helped sort and pack books so that they may be sent to deserving families. Full story

Colored Confident: Kendra Frorup at HCC Ybor

By Caitlin Albritton
Creative Loafing
March 7, 2017

Mining the history of objects linked to her Bahamian heritage, Kendra Frorup is interested in the influences of culture on expression, and creates a moment of recall between the tangible things from our past with the creation of identity and community in her solo show Flamboyant. Although Frorup’s statement focuses on influences from her heritage as well as her travels, it’s also interesting to note Western influences from her education in the states. Traditional elements are stripped down instead of becoming ostentatious. In the cross-pollination of cultures, a richness comes from sharing influences, but also in tracing them back to their roots. Full story

A similar story appeared in La Gaceta. 

Protesters Have Succeeded in Getting Sen. Marco Rubio Booted Out of Another Office. Literally.

By Kristine Phillips
The Washington Post
March 7, 2017

Protesters have forced Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) out of offices in Tampa and Jacksonville. The owners of both office buildings have decided not to renew the lease because of weekly protests that some say have become too disruptive.
Michael Broache, UT assistant professor of political science and co-founder of Indivisible Tampa, said that the protesters did not intend to force Rubio to move out of his offices. “Our intention is to make sure the senator hears our voices and acknowledges the concerns of his constituents. Unfortunately, we’ve requested town halls, and he’s indicated he’s unwilling to do that at this point, and that’s why we’ve been present,” Broache told the Tampa Bay Times, adding that the senator’s staff has been polite and accommodating to constituents. Full story

Similar stories appeared in the Standard Examiner (Salt Lake City, UT). 

Bioethics Team Places Second in Bowl

By Shannon Lundgren
The Vanguard
March 6, 2017

UT came in first place in the Bioethics Bowl on March 4 hosted by the University of South Alabama. The Bioethics Bowl is a debate-style competition focusing on ethical issues within medicine and public health policy. The topics that were debated focused on the social and ethical responsibilities of individual health care providers, non-profit organizations and pharmaceutical companies. UT finished with 282 points out of a possible 330. Full story

Concert to Show Off Beauty of What Organ Is, Could Be

By Aarik Danielsen
Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri)
March 5, 2017

Haig Mardirosian, accomplished organist and dean of UT’s College of Arts and Letters, will play his part to ensure that the Aeolian-Skinner organ that resides on the Stephens College campus will be a reliable and beautiful partner for another generation of musicians. The organ, which dates back to the mid-1950s, is in “desperate need” of restoration, Mardirosian said. An initial donor gave enough money to make small repairs to get the instrument in shape enough for Mardirosian’s concert. The concert is meant to raise awareness about the remaining restoration work needed and show the community the organs presence, its past and its potential. Full story

Somers Point Baseball Player Lives Dream of Playing against Phillies

By Michael McGarry
The Press of Atlantic City
March 2, 2017

Like most young baseball players, Jack Loefflad ’19 grew up dreaming of taking the field against a major league team. His dream came true last week, and it was even better than expected. The current University of Tampa sophomore catcher played against the team he’s rooted for his whole life — the Philadelphia Phillies ¬– in Philadelphia’s spring training opener in Clearwater Feb. 23. “I was just trying to live in the moment and make the most of it,” he said. “It’s a surreal moment to be on the same field with those guys.” Full story

Similar stories appeared in a variety of places, including,, Courier-Post and, among others.

Why Many Major Retailers Are Closing

By Shannon Valladolid
Feb. 24, 2017

In the early 1900s many department stores were so popular that companies had to open more brick and mortar stores to meet demand. Now large numbers of stores are no longer needed, because most people are going to their websites. “Over the last three to five years, you see many major retailers closing stores in order to find that balance of the appropriate number of stores to meet customer demand but also to cut cost and allow them to compete with online retailers like Amazon,” said Jennifer Burton, UT assistant professor of marketing. Full story

‘Inside the Rays: Offseason Special’ Web Exclusive: Kevin Kiermaier’s First Pitch

February 2017

Tampa Bay Ray’s certerfielder, Kevin Kiermaier, was featured in a video describing his experience at a recent UT baseball game. Kiermaier was asked to throw the first pitch at UT’s home opener. “I planned on coming to the game anyway, so I’ll go throw out the first pitch. I’ve never done that before,” said Kiermaier. Full story
A similar story appeared on WTVT.

The Game's All Relative for UT Softball Player Sahrina Cortes

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
Feb. 22, 2017

For Sahrina Cortes '18, athletics have always been a family affair. Her father, Juan, is a long-time baseball and softball instructor and her younger brother, Carlos, is a freshman outfielder at the University of South Carolina. "Going to the ballpark, practicing, playing games, the whole lifestyle of it, it's pretty much all I've ever known," Cortes said. As the team’s centerfielder and leadoff batter, she led the Spartans in batting last season (.341) and is hitting .333 in her first 10 games. Full story

National Preseason Honor Doesn't Faze University of Tampa 2B Laz Rivera

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
Feb. 7, 2017

UT senior second baseman Laz Rivera was named Baseball America's Preseason National Player of the Year for NCAA Division II. "I like that people know who I am," Rivera said. "But you have to keep producing. If you start thinking about living off the things you've done in the past, that does nothing but slow you down. I want to keep getting better." He now wants to show why he was selected. And he intends to do it in typical Laz Rivera fashion — by performing, quietly and efficiently. Full story

Positively Tampa Bay: Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago

By Lissette Campos
Feb. 6, 2017

The Illuminated Knight Parade in Ybor City has been part of the Gasparilla season since the 1970s and is hosted by the Knights of Sant’ Yago. Proceeds from the night’s food and beverage sales help to fund the Krewe’s scholarship fund. Alexandra Rey '17, who is double-majoring in political science and communication, is a scholarship recipient. In addition to the scholarship money, Rey receives mentorship that provides her with the accountability that pushes her toward her goals.

New Appointments at Strategic Property Partners and American Integrity Are Among This Week's Tampa Bay Business Movers & Shakers

Tampa Bay Times
Feb. 3, 2017

Rebecca J. White, UT professor of entrepreneurship and director of the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, was recently awarded the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Max J. Wortman Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship. The lifetime achievement award is presented in recognition of entrepreneurial achievement that encompasses the ideals of entrepreneurial activity. Full story  

The Hot New Brand of Higher Education

By David Wheeler, UT assistant professor of journalism
The Atlantic
Feb. 1, 2017  

David Wheeler, UT assistant professor of journalism, discusses how President Donald Trump’s decision to tap the president of Liberty University to lead a task force within the U.S. Department of Education reflects a backlash against liberal policies at American colleges and a move to create a brand for the conspicuously conservative college. Full story

Funding Undergraduate Work

By Nadine Gombakomba
Feb. 1, 2017

Nicholas Braganca '17 received the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Research Award. In 2016, the ASBMB gave 10 students this award, which is intended to fund students who are doing summer research projects. Braganca research involves investigating the effects of Polyphenon E, a proprietary formulation of the polyphenols in green tea, on the gene expression of prostate cancer cells. Full story

From Book to Boom: How the Mormons Plan a City for 500,000 in Florida

By Stanley Ward
Jan. 30, 2017

The Deseret cattle and citrus ranch in central Florida occupies 290,000 acres of land – more than nine times the size of San Francisco. Today, the Mormon church owns land and property across the US through a network of subsidiaries. Its holdings include farmland, residential and commercial developments, though it remains notoriously tight-lipped about its business ventures. Ryan Cragun, UT associate professor of sociology, previously worked with Reuters to estimate in 2012 that the church owns temples and other buildings worth $35 billion and receives as much as $7 billion in members’ tithing each year. “Estimating their total land holdings? Good luck,” says Cragun. “Nobody knows how much money the church actually has – and why they’re buying all of this land and developing land.” Full story

Economists Warn Americans Would Foot the Bill for Mexico's Wall, Under Trump's Tax Proposal

By Isabel Rosales
Jan. 27, 2017

Economists are warning it's American consumers who will end up paying the price for Donald Trump’s proposed tax that will supposedly pay for the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. "This policy would be absolutely disastrous," said Abby Blanco, UT assistant professor of economics. Mexico ships $295 billion dollars worth of products to the U.S., every year. Including produce that we can't grow in America, cars, medical supplies and appliances. "20 percent doesn't seem like much but when you consider the volume," said Blanco, "20% tax on that is remarkably significant." Full story

University of Tampa's Matt Johnson Making Most of a Second Chance

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 24, 2017

Matt Johnson, senior point guard for the UT men's basketball team, averages 5.9 assists per game and projects as UT's third all-time career assist man. At the age of 15 he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the leading cause of sudden death in young athletes. At the time of his medical incident, he was considered one of his state’s top players. "In the past, I always thought about playing pro basketball. That's not my dream any more. I think I'm destined for something bigger. I enjoy every day, and I'm determined to make a difference in other people's lives. I think that's why I'm still here," said Johnson. Full story

Are "Alternative Facts" True or False?

By Phil Buck
Jan. 23, 2017

The phrase “alternative facts” has spread across social media with people all over the world weighing in on what the term means to them. "I teach my students that facts are important. In fact, they're sacred,” said Jeff Neely, UT assistant professor of journalism. "We can't have alternative facts, we can have alternative opinions, but facts are facts," said Neely. “To disagree on verifiable facts is a dangerous position for us as a country, I think,” Neely said. Full story

A similar story appeared on WMAZ (Macon, GA).  

FBI: Student Job Seekers, Instead of Getting Hired You Could Be Getting Swindled

By Isabel Rosales
Jan. 19, 2017 

The FBI is warning student job-seekers about legitimate looking job advertisements sent to their official university email as well as their school’s job boards. The job ad looks real, often times involving a work from home position. They’ll write you a check and then tell you to keep some of the money as your salary and instruct you to wire the rest to a client or a vendor. Then, the check bounces. Leaving the student owing the bank the full amount of that fake check. “We’re definitely seeing a tremendous growth in it," said Mark Colvenbach, UT’s Career Services director. Full story

Similar stories appeared on WPTV (West Palm Beach, FL), WFLX (West Palm Beach, FL) and in the University Herald.

The Unintended Consequences of Minimum Wage Hikes

By Abigail Hall-Blanco, UT assistant professor of economics
Jan. 18, 2017

A reported 21 states from Maine to California will increase their state minimum wage this year. It will mean bigger paychecks for some workers—and no paychecks for others. The servers who work in a restaurant have acquired no new skills that will generate additional revenue. They will simply cost more to employ. The restaurant owner can raise menu prices, get by with a smaller staff or reduce the staff even more by replacing servers with table-top tablets so customers can place their own orders. The intended beneficiaries of an increased minimum wage turn out to be unintended victims. Government mandates don't increase living standards. A growing economy does. Full story

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Ethical Hacking Course Preps Students for Art of Cyber War

By Jamie Pilarczyk
Private University Products and News
January 2017

UT offers a class in ethical hacking where students break into systems in a sandbox environment where they can hone their skills and develop talents within a safe and legal place. There are no PowerPoint slides or handwritten notes on the wipe board. Instead, class is treated like one endless lab. "It's definitely pretty cool to say that after the first day you've already compromised and managed to access a target," said Anthony Bilotto. Full story

Rare Ruby Seadragon Caught on Video for First Time

By Michael Greshko
National Geographic
Jan. 12, 2017

Scientists have filmed the ruby seadragon in the wild for the first time. The footage marks the first time that the 10-inch-long fish has been seen alive. The ruby seadragon, a brilliantly colored fish related to seahorses, was declared a new species in early 2015. According to Heather Masonjones, UT professor of biology, syngnathids—the fish family containing seahorses and seadragons—are usually sparse on the seascape. “You might find a few together if you can locate a patch, but otherwise [researchers] can sample for days… and not sample a single animal of a particular species,” said Masonjones. Full story

A similar story appeared in Before It’s News.

Activists Ask Tampa City Council to Change Rules That Hinder Feeding the Homeless

By Kate Bradshaw
Creative Loafing
Jan. 12, 2017

Members of the group Food Not Bombs as well as supporters lined up in Tampa City Council chambers to appeal directly to council members that rules governing who can feed the homeless and when be changed. "The code says no person shall conduct any activity or utilize any department-managed land in a manner which might result in commercial activity, which Food Not Bombs is not, as defined in this chapter, or provide the distribution or sampling of any materials — merchandise, food or beverages — to the general public, which they do, without prior written approval from the department. That's all the code says,” said Aaron Walker, UT assistant professor of communication. Advocates say barring food-sharing without proper permitting is wrong. Full story

College Choice Releases 2017 Ranking of the Best Colleges in Florida

KOTV (Oklahoma City, OK)
Jan. 12, 2017

UT has been ranked as the 11th best college in Florida according to College Choice. The ranking for Best Colleges in Florida was based on a program's reputation alongside its average return on investment. UT’s nearly 8,000 students are part of a globally connected campus and come from all 50 states and 140 countries, creating a dynamic and diverse educational environment. Unique to The University is their First Year Experience, which goes well beyond typical orientation activities, in which students set goals and acquire the skills needed to excel in their academic careers. UT also has much to offer in the way of recreation, including over 200 student clubs and organizations. Full story

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UT a Perfect Fit for Basketball Transfer

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 11, 2017

UT senior point guard, Elena de Alfredo, is happy to be in Tampa. "I love this university, and I love the city of Tampa,'' said de Alfredo, a native of Madrid. "This is where I should've been from the start." She served a key role on the under-18 Spanish national team, which finished fifth at the 2012 European Championship. UT women’s basketball coach, Tom Jessee, learned of de Alfredo's desire to transfer and immediately saw that this was his program's "missing piece." She was a key reason why the Spartans won last season's Sunshine State Conference Tournament and has started this season averaging 16.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists for the Spartans. Full story

Universitarios de EEUU Estudian la Obra Poética de Fernández Gomá

By María E. Selva
Jan. 11, 2017

Lola Hidalgo-Calle, UT professor of Spanish, Languages and Linguistics, and Mark Putnam, UT associate professor of English, published an anthology that analyzes the poetry of 21st century Andalusian women. The work is a bilingual study of prominent Andalusian poets and works to fill the gap in English language literature in relation to Spanish poetry. The intention is to reach more readers who love the Spanish language and literature written by women. Full story

Future Founders Names 2017 Fellows: 17 Entrepreneurs You Should Know

KTVK (Phoenix, AZ)
Jan. 10, 2017

Future Founders announced the 17 entrepreneurs who were selected to participate in the 2017 Fellowship, a part of its Future Founders Startup program. The Fellowship is a selective year-long cohort that accelerates the development of the top student entrepreneurs in the nation. Making the list is UT’s Ryan Deitrich with Spared, Inc., an app that helps pay off student loans with spare change. Full story

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Here's Which Tampa Bay Colleges Churn Out the Highest-Paid Grads

By Janelle Irwin
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Jan. 9, 2017

The national average for grads in their first post-college jobs earn $33,400, according to a 2016 College Scorecard. How did UT stack up? Grads from The University of Tampa average an annual salary of $43,900. Full story

College Football Playoff: Top 10 College Games Played in Tampa

By Joey Knight
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 4, 2017

When the third College Football Playoff national championship game is staged Monday night at Raymond James Stadium, we'll douse it with watershed-moment status. However, it’s not the first time that the bay area served as college football's epicenter. Nov. 29, 1969, The University of Tampa took on Florida A&M in what is believed to be the first interracial college football game in the South. Then on Oct. 26, 1968, the Spartans defeated the SEC’s Mississippi State 24 to 17 in what was described as "the most significant victory in the school's history." Full story

U. Tampa Names New Deans in Arts and Letters, Natural and Health Sciences

By Claire McNeill
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 4, 2017

Two new deans will join The University of Tampa in early June. Paul Greenwood will lead the College of Natural and Health Sciences, and David Gudelunas will lead the College of Arts and Letters. Both deans begin June 1. Full story 

A similar story appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Lower the Legal Drinking Age

By Anna Wavrin, UT sophomore, and Abigail Hall-Blanco, UT assistant professor of economics
Jan. 3, 2017

Four out of five college students drink, and almost two out of every three engaged in binge drinking, even though few of them are old enough legally to imbibe. These trends are nearly unique to the United States. While Europeans consume more alcohol overall than their American counterparts, they have lower rates of binge drinking. Some explain this by cultural differences, but economics suggests a different culprit — bad policy. Prohibiting young people from consuming alcohol doesn’t stop them from drinking. But it does make drinking much less safe. Full story

Similar stories appeared in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Duluth News Tribune (Minnesota) and The Detroit News.

Tampa’s Burdick Named IMLCA Assistant Coach of the Year

Florida Lacrosse News
January 2017

University of Tampa men’s lacrosse assistant coach Chris Burdick has been named the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year as announced at the IMLCA Convention. Burdick has a career record of 57 wins and only 16 losses, winning each Sunshine State Conference games since the league adopted men’s lacrosse in 2014, winning all-three regular-season conference championships and winning all-three tournament titles. Full story