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Bach Bash Fundraiser in Tampa Celebrates the Birthday of the Johann Sebastian Bach

By Philip Morgan
Tampa Bay Times
March 21, 2019

Ryan Hebert, UT associate professor of music, is one of five organists performing at Bach Bash this year. This annual event celebrates the birthday of the 18th century composer, Johann Sebastian Bach. Hebert said it's thrilling to play a massive pipe organ in church, accompanying the choir and congregation. "It's a singing instrument. It has wind that goes to a pipe, and the human voice is kind of the same thing,'' he said. "I think the organ imitates the human voice in so many ways.''

'We Will Miss the Warm Winters.' Retirees Are Fleeing Florida as Climate Change Threatens Their Financial Future

By Rebecca Mordechai
March 19, 2019

Florida, with its plentiful beaches, warm weather, and lack of a state-income tax, is the most popular destination for older adults in the U.S. But some who have lived in the Sunshine State for years are moving in the opposite direction. Damaging storms and other effects of climate change have hit Florida particularly hard in the past few years. Jessa Madosky, UT assistant professor of biology, is especially attuned to how global warming is affecting and will continue to affect Florida. “With an increase in global temperatures and an increase in ocean temperatures, hurricanes are becoming more severe,” Madosky says. “Warmer air can also hold more water, so hurricanes will be dumping a lot more water when they come through.”

The same story appeared on and MSN.

University of Tampa Celebrates the 200th Anniversary of Henry Plant's Birth with a Year's Worth of Events

By Jennifer Ring
Creative Loafing
March 19, 2019

On Oct. 27, 2019, Henry B. Plant, were he still alive, would be 200 years old. Plant is known for bringing the railroad down Florida’s west coast. “What a lot of people don’t realize is that without Plant and his system of steamboats and railroads, Tampa wouldn’t have had a cigar industry,” said Lindsay Huban, UT’s Henry B. Plant Museum membership, museum relations and operations manager. The city was literally just a village before Henry Plant came to town and built the Tampa Bay Hotel. The hotel thrived for 40 years, from 1891 to 1933, before the building was acquired by the newly formed University of Tampa. Now we call the hotel Plant Hall, and it’s home to the Henry B. Plant Museum, UT classrooms and faculty offices.


A New 'Wearout' Standard for a New Era of Advertising 

March 15, 2019

Jennifer Burton, UT assistant professor of marketing, co-authored a study in the Journal of Advertising Research, "Revisiting the Relationship Between Ad Frequency and Purchase Intentions," arguing against the established assumptions about advertising wearout in today’s media ecosystem. The findings suggest consumers have a higher threshold for advertising repetition than suggested by prior research. If the aim of media planning is to maximize purchase intent, the new research indicated that companies should strive for an average frequency of beyond 10 exposures.

The Best Colleges in Florida 2019

By Melissa Dimon
University Magazine (Canada)
March 15, 2019

University Magazine ranked UT #8 for their list of Best Colleges in Florida. Schools were ranked on several criteria, include data provided by the U.S. Department of Education, outstanding academic programs, accomplished faculty and strong job placement rates.

IWLCA Div. II Digest: Battle for Bragging Rights in the Sunshine State

By Amari Pallard
Inside Lacrosse
March 14, 2019

It would be a mistake to overlook all the lacrosse power teams within the Sunshine State. “I tell the girls that we play in this region and we play in this conference for a reason,” said Kelly Gallagher, UT women’s lacrosse coach. “I totally believe that the Sunshine State Conference is the best, top to bottom conference in the country right now for Division II.” The conference has helped develop numerous top players who hold IWLCA honors, its teams garnered 83 wins altogether and was responsible for 1,379 goals last season, and saw two fierce competitors in Florida Southern and UT make it to the NCAA Tournament, where they faced off in a tight second round game.

Tampa Poet Erica Dawson Named a Gold Medalist in Florida Book Awards

By Colette Bancroft
Tampa Bay Times
March 14, 2019

Erica Dawson, UT associate professor of English and writing, won the gold medal for poetry in the Florida Book Awards for her book-length poem When Rap Spoke Straight to God. “When Rap Spoke Straight to God was inspired by, and written in response to, my almost-nine years in Tampa, FL — the good and the bad. I am incredibly honored to receive this recognition. It means the world to me,” said Dawson.

Vernetti Rows Her Way to Success with Spartans

By Brian Lester
Navarre Press
March 12, 2019

Hanna Vernetti, UT senior, was a standout weightlifter, but tried rowing when she arrived at UT in 2016. “The only thing I knew was that it had sometimes been called weightlifting on the water, which is what sparked my interest in joining a rowing team in college,” said Vernetti. “Boats are very reactive, so rowing takes very intense focus and every moment counts.”

Spartan Swimmers and Baseball Players Featured in the Toronto Observer

By Marcus Rebelo, Thomas Williams, Brandon Cameron, Andy Clark, Mark Fisher, Dannika Russell, Joshua Howe, Ryan MacEachern, Wesley Cheng and Pierre Sanz
Toronto Observer
March 8, 2019

The Toronto Observer's sports journalism post-graduate program recently spent time in Florida covering spring training. In addition to covering Major League Baseball, the Observer staff wrote feature stories about UT baseball players Keven Pimentel, Yorvis Torrealba, Danny Maynard, Nick DeTringo, Drew EhrhardAlex Passarella as well as UT swimmers Molly O’Hara, Brian Valedon, Luke Hene and Jessie Tobin.

Higher Education: MBAs

By Cindy Krischer Goodman
Florida Trend
March 2019

This article features UT’s Sykes College of Business MBA programs, including the recent addition of the professional MBA. UT continues to refine existing programs by adding more content to build “softer” skills such as interpersonal communications, cross cultural competencies and career management strategies. 

Tampa’s Most Influential Women 2019

By Kacy Vance
So Tampa
March 7, 2019

The Tampa Bay area is propelled forward each year by the women in our community. Erica Dawson, UT associate professor of English and writing, was named as one of the women who keep the ball rolling in Tampa. Dawson is the director of the low-residency Master of Fine Arts program and has brought writers like Colson Whitehead to the area for readings and lectures in an attempt to further the community’s experience with poetry and writing. She recently appeared on PBS NewsHour, discussing African-American poetry. Dawson also works with children in several local schools promoting poetry, art and the power of English.

Contingency Planning for the Red Team

By Jordyn Short, UT graduate student
Info Security Magazine
March 2019

Jordyn Short, UT graduate cybersecurity student, has studied contingency planning and provides tips on how to be efficient in preventing, responding and post-activity actions. Her focus in this article is on contingency planning strategies for an organization participating in a Red Team exercise. "I think that the cybersecurity community may benefit from integrating 'playbook' concepts when developing contingency plans. My goal with this article is to provide a snippet of the aforementioned 'playbook' notion," said Short. 

The History of Soul Music in the Sunshine State

By Mike Kiniry and Julie Glenn
WGCU (Fort Myers, FL)
Feb. 27, 2019

John Capouya, UT associate professor of journalism, was interviewed about his book, Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band. The book explores Florida’s contribution to soul music and highlights some of the most noteworthy Floridian musicians. 

The same story appeared on WJCT (Jacksonville, FL).

Medical Simulators Help Train Healthcare Providers on Simulated Patients

By Lloyd Sowers
Feb. 27, 2019

New medical simulator technology allows students to sharpen their skills while no life is on the line. 3-D holograms are projected in patient simulator mannequins. The student puts a viewing device on their head, which allows them to see internal organs and learn treatment procedures. "The great news for folks like you and I, who are consumers of healthcare, is that our students will have worked on simulated patients long before they touch a real human being," said Marisa Belote, UT associate professor of physician assistant medicine. 

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Returns to Curtis Hixon Park This Weekend

By Maggie Duffy
Tampa Bay Times
Feb. 27, 2019

The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts returns to Curtis Hixon Park showcasing the work of 235 of the nation’s top fine art and fine craft artists. The festival includes the Emerging Artist Showcase, which features 15 artists who were mentored by Duncan McClellan. For Nneka Jones, the mentoring session provided valuable information about how to price her mixed media work. “I’m looking forward to the reaction of people to my art, because in terms of people seeing my art, it has mostly been my professors and my classmates,” said Jones, UT junior majoring in fine art and minoring in marketing. 

Assessment and Implications of Article Comparing E-cigarettes to Nicotine Replacement Therapies

By Mary P. Martinasek, UT associate professor of public health and Caroline Bakyta, UT student researcher
American Association for Respiratory Care
Feb. 22, 2019

Mary P. Martinasek, UT associate professor of public health and Caroline Bakyta, UT student researcher, published work regarding the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) as a nicotine replacement therapy. e-cigarettes are advertised to aid individuals in tobacco cessation. There remains much debate and discourse over the effectiveness of e-cigarettes for cessation, as advertised. 

A similar story appeared in State News Service.

Swimmer Joe Show with Tampa’s Jimi Kiner

By Diana Pimer
Swimming World Magazine
Feb. 17, 2019

UT men’s swim coach, Jimi Kiner, appeared on the Swimmer Joe Show. Kiner swam for the Spartans and was the assistant coach before transitioning into the head coach position. 

Florida’s Oldest Place to Grow Old

By Jeff Neely, UT assistant professor of journalism
Christianity Today
Feb. 15, 2019

Jeff Neely, UT assistant professor of journalism, writes about the history of American retirement communities. Many of Florida’s retirement communities were founded by religious groups to provide a close connection to the denomination. Today, more than 81 percent of the nation’s largest nonprofit retirement organizations are faith-based.  

Trump’s Emergency Declaration Won’t Help the Overdose Crisis, Say Narcotics Experts

By Dan Vergano
Feb. 15, 2019

President Trump’s decision to build part of the wall along the Mexican border with Defense Department counternarcotics funds produced strong criticism from international drug trafficking experts. Trump declared the national emergency to make “available additional troops and funding for military construction,” saying he would redirect some $8.1 billion in federal funds, including $2.5 billion in money now allocated to military drug interdiction efforts. “It would be really ill-advised,” said Alex Toth, UT visiting assistant professor of criminology. 

The Taliban-Linked Man Accused of Trying to Funnel Heroin into NYC

By Francisco Alvarado
Feb. 13, 2019

Trafficking cases involving Afghan heroin into the US have historically been rare. But two recent busts paint a picture of the Taliban as an increasingly ambitious opioid cartel at a time of intense national demand for those drugs. Some experts believe that it was US policy in the region that arguably made the opioid explosion there possible. “The US and Afghan governments created a strong prohibition policy that led to the conditions allowing the Taliban to act as a cartel,” said Abigail Hall Blanco, UT assistant professor of economics. “They [the Taliban] provide protection to poppy farmers, accepting payments they then use to fund terrorist activities.” 

Tampa Artist Joe Testa-Secca's Life in Art on Exhibit at UT Gallery

By Jennifer Ring
Creative Loafing
Feb. 12, 2019

Former UT professor Joe Testa-Secca’s career retrospective exhibition, Modernism Reimagined: Joe Testa-Secca in Full Color, opened at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. On display is 60 years of work by Testa-Secca with many of the pieces came from the homes of private collectors. Curating the exhibition was a challenge for Francesca Bacci, UT associate professor of art and design. Even a 4,500-square-foot exhibition space wasn't enough to display it all. 

Talking with Warren Cockerham of the Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival

By Ben Wiley
Creative Loafing
Feb. 6, 2019

FLEX, or the Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival, has just recently moved from Gainesville to UT/Tampa, under the direction of Warren Cockerham, UT media production coordinator. It’s a juried festival of many moving parts involving diverse filmmakers, varied venues, American and international submissions, all with an experimental, avant-garde approach. As the programmer and artistic director of FLEX, Cockerham brings dual skill sets in theory and production to the table. “I’m afraid that the shared experience of film is slipping away because of iPhones and individual media. FLEX means that students and the film-going public and filmmakers can share and converse and argue and inspire one another,” said Cockerham. 

People Who Attend Worship Services Regularly Are Happier Than Others, Study Suggests

By Carol Kuruvilla
Feb. 6, 2019

After analyzing data from over 20 countries, Pew researchers concluded that people who regularly participate in religious congregations tend to be happier and more civically engaged than their peers who are infrequent attendees or who don’t identify with a religion at all. Ryan Cragun, UT associate professor of sociology, was concerned that the data about religious activity and happiness didn’t include reports from Nordic countries. These countries are often rated as some of the happiest places in the world, despite also having large numbers of religiously unaffiliated or inactively religious people. “This report strikes me as religious fearmongering,” Cragun said. “It is designed to make people think that the declines in religiosity that are occurring in the U.S. are going to lead to something bad.” 

Nerf the Dog Helps University of Tampa Student Achieve Her College Dreams

By Sean Daly
Feb. 5, 2019

Leigh Dittman, UT first-year student, suffers from brittle bone disease. It makes her prone to fractures and has kept her in the hospital for many of her 18 years. All Leigh wanted since she was 7 years old was pay back all the love and support she received and become a nurse herself. Nerf, a Golden-Lab mix from Canine Companions for Independence, is helping Dittman achieve that goal. “He’s considered a pull dog,” says Dittman. “So, he has strap on the back of his harness that I can grab onto, and he’ll actually pull me and my wheelchair, and we’ll get a quicker pace.” Nerf understands some 40 commands and helps Leigh navigate busy college life. 

Similar stories appeared in The Laker/Lutz NewsOne News Page and on WPLG (Miami – Fort Lauderdale), KHBS (Fort Smith, AZ), WDIO (Duluth, MN – Superior, WI) and WFTX (Fort Myers – Naples, FL).  

Catching Up with the Ray’s Kevin Kiermaier

By Kevin O’Donnell
Jan. 30, 2019

The Tampa Bay Ray’s outfielder Kevin Kiermaier has spent the past few preseasons training with the UT Spartan baseball team. He initially came to UT for an opportunity to train, but now he is also an unofficial coach to the Spartans. He has found his future calling in coaching. “After my playing career is over, it’s something that I definitely want to do because I get a lot of satisfaction out of helping these guys out here,” said Kiermaier. 

The Digital Revolution is Coming to Tampa Bay with Fab Labs

By Jennifer Ring
Creative Loafing
Jan. 29, 2019

They don’t make things like they used to, but that’s not such a bad thing. The University of Tampa will be joining the ranks of universities with digital fabrication labs “fab labs” this spring. This new development will allow students to turn their digital designs into realities. GE and Siemens are already manufacturing parts with 3-D printers. But 3-D printers and their associated fab labs are still quite rare in a university setting. Only four percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. have a fab lab. UT’s Bailey Art Studios rebuild also includes a new photography studio and darkroom, a re-imagined printmaking studio with more digital tools and enhancements to the Scarfone/Hartley gallery. 

Spartan Outfielder Recalls Childhood Kidnapping; Thankful for Life in Tampa

By Kevin O’Donnell
Jan. 29, 2019

It's been a long and tumultuous road to UT for Spartans outfielder Yorvis Torrealba. He feels very fortunate to be in Tampa and playing baseball after being kidnapped at the age of 11 in his home country, Venezuela. "It was pretty scary. All I did was cry. I wanted to speak to my mom, They wouldn't let me. I wanted to see my dad, they didn't let me," said Torrealba. Shortly after his release, his parents moved Torrealba to South Florida. "I don't take a day for granted whether it's with family or with baseball, anything," he said.

The Best Big College Towns in America

By Andrea Powell
Jan. 28, 2019

The City of Tampa ranked #2 in MSN’s list of The Best Big College Towns in America. One of Tampa’s biggest attractions for college students is The University of Tampa. Other factors that make Tampa a popular destination to attend school are warm weather year-round, relatively low cost of living and a number of corporate offices.  


Top 10 IT Issues, 2019: The Student Genome Project

By Susan Grajek and the 2018-19 EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel
Jan. 28, 2019

The EDUCAUSE 2019 Top 10 IT Issues addresses the data challenges confronting educational institutions. This list was created by Tammy Clark, UT vice president of information technology and security, and the other 2018-2019 EDUCAUSE IT Issues panel members. The list of issues is focused on organizing, standardizing and safeguarding data so that educators can use it to address their most pressing priority: student success. These 10 issues cluster into three themes: empowering students and improving student outcomes, safeguarding data and preparing the institution to use data meaningfully and ethically, and addressing today's funding challenges and preparing for tomorrow's more competitive ecosystem.

Running Motivation: North Attleboro's Ryan Poholek Uses Past Setbacks to Drive His Success

By Peter Gobis
The Sun Chronicle
Jan. 25, 2019

The best motivation middle distance runner Ryan Poholek, UT graduate student majoring in entrepreneurship, had was not being selected to The Sun Chronicle All-Star team. In the fall of 2013, he was having one of his best cross-country seasons ever and was sure that he would be picked as an all-star. But he was awarded honorable mention instead. “I owe a lot of my success to that (Sun Chronicle) article. It really did change my life, seeing all my friends in the newspaper, and seeing what giving up looked like motivated me to be successful,” said Poholek. He will compete as a member of UT’s track team and will run the 800 and 1,500 meters. 

UT's Riverside Center Nears Completion as the University Plans for Future Projects

By Lauren Coffey
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Jan. 25, 2019

The Riverside Center at UT which began construction in May, will have people moving into the space in the next two to three weeks, according to Eric Cardenas, UT Director of Public Information and Publications. The space will be a multi-use building, with classrooms, a language lab, a post office space and an admissions office all being housed in the space. "We’re certainly thinking about the future in different ways and preparing for the future," Cardenas said. "It's very exciting and continuing on with the transformation of campus." 

City of St. Pete to Honor the Legacy of Ray Charles

By Roy Peter Clark
St. Pete Catalyst
Jan. 17, 2019

It all started about two years ago with the book Florida Soul, written by John Capouya, UT associate professor of journalism. The book traces the legacy of 40 musical artists who created soul music in the Sunshine State. The first chapter is about Ray Charles. Many people associate Ray Charles with the State of Georgia, but Ray Charles grew up in Florida. In 1950 Ray Charles wrote and recorded a song called “St. Pete Florida Blues.” The City of St. Petersburg, FL, is getting ready to issue a proclamation. It will cite Charles' many accomplishments. It will proclaim him an adopted son of St. Petersburg, and his song “St. Pete Florida Blues” as an official song. 

Birdman: UT’s Richard Schmidt is a Rare Bird

By Scott Smith
Jan. 17, 2019

UT men’s basketball coach, Richard Schmidt, has been coaching UT basketball for more than three decades. He has collected over 700 wins. Schmidt is also a rare bird collector, housing some 250 colorful birds at his home aviary. “I imported probably the rarest birds maybe that’s ever come into this country,” said Schmidt.  

Destination Forecast: Tampa

The Weather Channel
Jan. 15, 2019

The Weather Channel’s destination forecast featured UT’s Vaughn Center webcam. The webcam displays the iconic Plant Hall with downtown Tampa in the background, as well as the Sykes College of Business.

Adding to the Family Legacy

By Brett Saunders, UT senior
Jan. 14, 2019

Brett Saunders, UT swimmer and senior finance major, writes about his family’s many athletic achievements and the success that’s in his genes because of it. “Four generations of provincial, national and international athletic achievements in numerous sports such as badminton, tennis, swimming, curling and sailing run in my mom’s side of the family. When I step up to the blocks, I can feel the weight of being part of a family legacy. Despite the pressure however, it gives me a sort of ease and confidence knowing that success is already in my genes.” 

Teaching Entrepreneurship – The Now and Next

UNC Innovate Carolina
Jan. 11, 2019

Can you teach entrepreneurship? The explosion of successful entrepreneurial education programs has answered this question with a resounding “yes.” Yet, many questions remain. Renowned entrepreneurial education expert Rebecca White, UT professor of entrepreneurship, lends her insights to these questions, talks about the need for resiliency and discusses key factors in communities that are emerging as entrepreneurial hotspots.

University of Tampa's Anthony Gamble Displays Artistry Beyond the Arc

By Jeff Tewksbury
Jan. 11, 2018

For UT Spartan Anthony Gamble, three-point shots seem completely effortless. He ranks in the school's top five all-time for 3-point accuracy. He leads the Spartans in scoring and has started every game this season. Gamble says endless hours of practice, ball after ball launched into the air, makes shooting from beyond the arc appear easy. His mindset makes the difficult appear routine. "I honestly just let it go," explained Gamble. 

More Top US Business Schools Share Their 2019 New Year Resolutions

Jan. 11, 2019

When asked about 2019 resolutions for UT’s Sykes College of Business, Paul Venghaus, UT international graduate admissions counselor, said, “Our resolution is to welcome our first group of international students to our M.S. in cybersecurity program.” Fall 2019 will be the first time international students are approved to enter UT’s M.S. in cybersecurity program. The program is housed in the college of business, making graduates extremely competitive in the private industry of cybersecurity and cyber intelligence.

Curricular Changes Show Success by Fourth Year

Science Daily
Jan. 11, 2019

In a four-year study, a group of science faculty found that student buy-in to a new curriculum, and therefore satisfaction, increases with each successive undergraduate cohort – and learning gains did not suffer. The results of their study should help encourage college faculty and administration to create, adapt and support innovative courses for their students. Over the past few decades, biologists have learned that the most effective ways of teaching biology are to move away from lecture-based classes and to be more inclusive to students across majors, with student-centered curricula and hands-on discovery as a critical component to learning. "Students were able to increasingly attribute specific components of the new student-centered course to their learning,” said Jeffrey Grim, UT assistant professor of biology. 

Similar stories appeared in Health Medicine Network, ElexonicNews WiseEurekAlert!SCIENMAG Science and

Can Student Journalists Teach the Media a Lesson About Neutrality?

By David R. Wheeler, UT assistant professor of journalism
Columbia Journalism Review
Jan. 3, 2019

David Wheeler, UT assistant professor of journalism, writes about how students in his class are disappointed by what they see as a lack of neutrality in political reporting, particularly on social media. “To be clear, my students fervently support the media’s tenacious reporting on the Trump administration. They also applaud reporters’ aggressive face-to-face questioning of the president,” said Wheeler. His students have a clear expectation that news outlets that claim neutrality should strive for neutrality in all headlines and articles in the news section, as well as all social media feeds of all news reporters.

The same story appeared in Editor & Publisher.

Innovocative Theatre’s Production of Columbinus

Jan. 2, 2019

America will mark the 20th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado in a state of contradiction. In response, Innovocative Theatre’s first production this season is Columbinus, a docu-drama based on the watershed 1999 Colorado attack. Ryan Fisher, UT first-year student majoring in theatre and communication, will lead an eight-person ensemble in the role of Dylan Klebold. Columbinus confronts us with the fatal consequences that result when a culture succeeds in weaponizing the alienation and angst of its own children. 

A similar story appeared in Broadway World.