UT Media Coverage

Spring Chic in the Tampa Heat

By Jordan Valdez
Huffington Post, CollegeFashionista
April 16, 2014

Jordan Valdez '14 is a fine art major concentrating in photography and minoring in communication. She has interned for the Huffington Post's CollegeFashionista fashion blog for the past three semesters. This is her most recent post. Full story 

A New African 'Smile Empire' Hopes To Educate Kids And Save Lives

By Denise Restauri
March 31, 2014

“What motivates Millennials to change the world?” That’s a question Forbes contributor Denise Restauri is asked all the time. There isn’t a one-size fits all answer. But one thing that’s consistent is that each girl has a personal story that moved her to take action. For Katelyn Edwards, a junior at the University of Tampa, her story starts with, “My little brother was born with a cleft lip and palate.” That was the beginning of the journey that took Katelyn to Ghana where children who are born with cleft are often slaughtered in front of the village as a sacrifice. This is Katelyn’s personal story that led her to “Smile Schools.” Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Tribune.

Sin City a Virtuous Venue for GOP Convention: Column

By James Richardson
USA Today
March 21, 2014

Las Vegas’ reputation is both an asset and a hindrance to it as it pursues a bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. At stake for Las Vegas is an infusion of potentially hundreds of millions of out-of-state dollars. An economic impact study by The University of Tampa, whose namesake town hosted the 2012 Republican convention, found that the previous party huddle brought its host city a full $404.39 million. Of that spending, nearly $365 million was taxable. In Nevada, that would go a long way. Full story  

America's Coolest College Startups 2014

By Diana Ransom
March 17, 2014

Beatmerch, a startup company created by UT student Duncan Abdelnour ’14, has been named one of the Coolest College Startups by Inc. Magazine for 2014. The group includes 16 startups, which were chosen out of a list of 100. Two years ago, BetterBoo, a startup created by former UT Student Government President Nick Chmura ’12, was named one of 19 of the Coolest College Startups by Inc. Magazine for 2012. Full story

Similar stories appeared in the Tampa Bay Business Journal, WFLA and Gulf Coast Business Review.

Lights, Camera, Florida Film Jobs

By Paul Guzzo
Tampa Tribune
March 12, 2014

UT alumnae Maria Alejandro Ortiz ’10 and Kelsey Stroop ’10 and Dana Plays, professor of communication, were featured in this story about movies that are filmed in Florida and the career opportunities they create. Both Ortiz and Stroop currently work in movie and television production after working on production crews of the movie “Dolphin Tale,” which was filmed in Clearwater, FL in 2010. Full story 

Tegu Invasion Worries Florida Wildlife Biologists

By Robin Sussingham
March 12, 2014

Todd Campbell, associate professor of biology, was featured in this story about invasive giant lizards called Argentine black and white tegus. Campbell, whose student assistant caught nearly 40 tegus recently in southeast Tampa, said since the species is so difficult to spot and trap that wildlife managers can only hope to manage the species, instead of eradicate it. Full story

Similar stories appeared in WTSP, the Tampa Bay Business Journal and Alabama Public Radio. 

Tampa Bay Hospitals Engage Arts In Healing

By Janan Talafer
83 Degrees
March 4, 2014

UT students volunteer at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital as part of a class taught by Heather Spooner, an adjunct professor for UT’s pre-professional concentration in art therapy. "For me personally, making art was therapeutic and when I learned this was a career path, I fell in love with the idea,'' says Spooner, who has a master's degree in art therapy and, in addition to teaching students, contracts with the hospital to bring art to patients three mornings a week either in a group setting or one-on-one at the bedside. "Art is a way for young children to visually express themselves when they don't have the vocabulary to do so,'' says Spooner. "We can work on many goals; it can be pain management or just coping with the social changes that illness brings.'' Full story

UT Dance Workshops Let Residents of Senior Complex Cut Loose

By Sommer Brokaw
Tampa Bay Times
Feb. 26, 2014

A small, diverse group of seniors living at the complex that is part of Encore, a redevelopment community just north of downtown's urban core, are participating in the creative movement/community dance workshops, including one family spanning three generations: Stratford, a grandmother who turned 102 this month; Echols, her daughter; and McKennelly, her granddaughter. "We like that we have multiple generations, lots of different colors," said Susan Taylor Lennon, director of University of Tampa's dance program. Lennon leads the workshops, which run Fridays through March 21, from 2 to 3 p.m. Full story  

Emotions Run High at Medical Marijuana Debate

By Charles Billi
Feb. 24, 2014

A debate on medical marijuana was held at UT. Arguing in favor of medical marijuana were Alan St. Pierre of NORML and Attorney John Morgan who has championed the issue. "Medical marijuana works, and we know it works, and it is going to become a reality this year," said Morgan. Arguing against it were Kevin Sabet, the director of the Drug Policy Institute, and Dr. Eric Voth of the Institute on Drug Policy. "The FDA has a precise formula for legalizing drugs which is safe, structured, and scientific. This amendment circumvents that by a simple vote," said Voth. VIDEO

Similar stories appeared in the Tampa Tribune, Tampa Bay Times, WHNZ radio and WFLA radio.

University Of Tampa Receives National Recognition For Excellence In Entrepreneurship

By Megan Hendricks
83 Degrees
Feb. 18, 2014

The University of Tampa Entrepreneurship Center adds to its list of accolades the Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program Award from the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. "We focus on building intellectual capital," says Rebecca White, director of the Entrepreneurship Center and professor of entrepreneurship at UT. "We certainly want to have businesses come out of the program, but the real focus is on building entrepreneurs." Full story

North Hyde Park Sizzles As Tampa's Next Hot Neighborhood

By Kathy Steele
83 Degrees
Feb. 4, 2014

North Hyde Park is an emerging neighborhood, north of Kennedy Boulevard and the prestigious zip codes of Hyde Park, is in the spotlight of the InVision Tampa master plan that seeks to re-invent downtown and its connectivity with surrounding neighborhoods. University of Tampa is a major anchor for the area with a rich history. In recent years, University officials launched a master plan to address its increasing enrollment and boost its academic and research presence in the community. An investment of about $400 million is being made in the school's expansion, says Dan Gura, vice president of development and university relations. "We do not see an end in sight," he says. Full story  

Pipe Organ Concert

By Virginia Johnson
Bay News 9
Jan. 31, 2014

Speaking of her love and awe the organ, concert organist Carol Williams was interviewed in this news video about her concert in the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values on Feb. 2. Haig Mardirosian, dean of the UT College of Arts and Letters and artistic director for the PNC Bank Concert Artist Series, said organ music is enchanting. “The complexity of it, along with the colors you can evoke musically and the wonderful range of repertoire you can play on an organ is just an alluring concept.”

Tampa Bay Startup Businesses Are Making Strides

By Robert Trigaux
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 30, 2014

A year ago, USF St. Petersburg's business school was named the nation's "outstanding emerging entrepreneurship program." Now the award goes to The University of Tampa Entrepreneurship Center. That makes startup programs at two universities in one metro area pushing hard to make Tampa Bay a smarter place to start and grow new businesses. Somebody's doing something right. UT program director Rebecca White says entrepreneurship is a popular program for students in all different majors. "It's really an amazing and productive trend." Full story  

St. Pete Restaurant Owners Concerned over Minimum Wage Hike Proposal in Florida

By Danica Lawrence
Jan. 29, 2014

UT assistant professor of economics, Josh Hall believes President Obama’s proposed minimum wage increase is a short-term fix to solving the inequality gap. "I am really looking forward to, long-term, addressing more structured issues," said Hall. "I really believe we need to focus on education on all levels- from a young age to high school graduation and technical school.” Hall is aware the Florida lawmakers are reviewing the state minimum wage increase proposal, and while he likes the idea for now, he said it will not solve the ultimate problem. Full story

A similar story appeared on Bay News 9.

For UT Lacrosse Team, a Year of Firsts

By Jeff Tewksbury
My FOX Tampa Bay
Jan. 28, 2014

The University of Tampa is less than two weeks away from putting another first into the sports record books. The Spartans will host Rollins on February 9th in the first-ever game for the women's lacrosse program. Head coach Kelly Gallagher spent last season recruiting all over the country, and now is excited to see her work coming to fruition. "It's exciting," Gallagher says. "Definitely nerve-wracking and overwhelming, but a lot of fun. We have a great group of girls out here working to set the tone and put UT's women's lacrosse on the map." Video

Local Colleges Welcome Obama’s Call to End Campus Assaults

By Jerome Stockfisch
Tampa Tribune
Jan. 22, 2014

Prevention specialists at local colleges say they welcome a call Wednesday by President Barack Obama to fight an epidemic of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, with representatives of three schools saying they believe they’re ahead of the game when it comes to safety. “We definitely recognize a problem,” said Sabrina Griffith, associate director of residence life at the University of Tampa. “Having something on the national forefront, where families are looking at it and more people are aware of it outside academics, helps even more.” Full story

UT, USF Baseball Coaches Differ on Merits of Cuba Visit

By Paul Guzzo
Tampa Tribune
Jan. 22, 2014

The collegiate baseball scene in Tampa has emerged as a microcosm of the national debate on normalizing relations with Cuba, with one coach reveling in the benefits openness can bring and another insisting that economic alienation is the surest way to wipe communism from the island nation just off Florida’s shores. The University of Tampa, defending NCAA Division II national champion, and Coach Joe Urso returned this month from a one-week trip to Cuba .“I’m of the school that the more we open dialogue and education, the quicker we are going to tear down those barriers,” said UT athletic director Larry Marfise. “In that sense, this trip was a success. Our players were tremendous ambassadors.” Full story  

UT’s Entrepreneurship Center Honored

Business Observer
Jan. 21, 2014

The University of Tampa Entrepreneurship Center in the Sykes College of Business was recently recognized by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) with its Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program Award. The entrepreneurship major at University of Tampa is one of the largest on campus and focuses on the skills needed to be successful business owner. The award comes just weeks after UT announced plans to build a use the top floor of a new building it has under construction to house the Entrepreneurship Center. Full story  

Group Brings Together Descendants of Holocaust, Descendants of Nazis

By Jerome Stockfisch
Tampa Tribune
Jan. 21, 2014

Martina Emme, whose grandfather had served in Adolph Hitler’s Wehrmacht, founded One by One, a Berlin-based organization that brings together descendants of Holocaust survivors with descendants of Nazi perpetrators for dialogue groups, speaking engagements, multimedia programs and conferences. Emme discussed her situation and the One by One organization Tuesday at the University of South Florida, Wednesday at Eckerd College and Thursday at the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith Values at the University of Tampa. Full story  

Number of People Going to Church is at an All Time Low

By Jennifer Titus
Jan. 17, 2014

More people than ever before are closing the chapter when it comes to religion, forcing many churches to close their doors. "If you go back to 1990, seven percent of Americans said they had no religion. From 1990-2012, that increased to 20 percent," says University of Tampa Associate Professor Ryan Cragun, adding that since 1900, the number of people unaffiliated with a church is at an all-time high. "It's almost tripled and that's unprecedented. We've never seen growth like that among the non-religions." Full story  

Baseball Diplomacy in Cuba

By The Associated Press
New York Times
Jan. 15, 2014

Last year’s college championship team from the University of Tampa played an exhibition game against a Cuban youth squad on Wednesday in an attempt to help bridge the gulf between the United States and Cuba. In their weeklong tour, the Floridians are acting as cultural ambassadors, not only in their interactions with the Cuban coaches and players they face, but also with student groups, artists, children and others. On Tuesday, they visited what is known as Havana’s “hot corner,” a central park where islanders spend all day, every day, arguing passionately about baseball. Two Tampa players and a coach who are bilingual translated. For the record, the collegians won the game, 2-1. Full story

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A Delegation from The University of Tampa Visits the City of Camagüey

By Juan Mendoza Medina
Radio Cadena Agramonte
Jan. 13, 2014

An 18-member delegation from The University of Tampa is visiting the Cuban city of Camagüey, sharing impressions with residents of the Sanchez Soto neighborhood and being updated about diverse issues regarding the provincial and national context. This is the second U.S. delegation in less than 15 days to hold face-to-face talks with residents of the city of Camagüey. Both groups have shown interest in education, public health, as well as on the economic transformations underway in the island nation. Full story  

Can Florida and Tampa Bay Join the Ranks of Innovation Leaders?

By Robert Trigaux
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 10, 2014

The University of Tampa is noted as a force in the movement to make Tampa Bay more innovative by supporting the area’s start-up community. UT is cited among the business incubators for its entrepreneurial programs. Full story

UT's Biochemistry Program Earns Accreditation

By Jo-Lynn Brown
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Jan. 10, 2014

The University of Tampa's Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry was accredited by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The major earned the accreditation due to its strong chemistry emphasis, frequency of course offerings and the amount of hours students spend in labs. Full story

University of Tampa Baseball Team Heads to Exhibition Games in Cuba

By Richard Danielson
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 9, 2014

In a trip with few precedents, the University of Tampa's defending national champion baseball team heads Sunday to Cuba to play four exhibition games in that baseball-crazy country. The Spartans will be in Cuba for a cultural exchange until Jan. 19. They'll tour Colonial Havana, meet local kids, eat at the home-based restaurants known as paladares — and play at least two of Cuba's best baseball teams. "An amazing cultural opportunity," UT head coach Joe Urso said. "The coaching staff, the players are thrilled right now. This is trip of a lifetime." Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Tribune and on Bay News 9.

Digital Switch May Doom Movie Theater

By Paul Guzzo
Tampa Tribune
Jan. 5, 2014

The Tampa Pitcher Show, a 32-year-old movie theater popular among local visual artists and fans of cult films, faces a harsh modern ultimatum: Go digital or go dark. If the owner cannot raise enough money within the next 90 days to convert the theater from 35 mm film to the digital medium used by most major studios, the Tampa Pitcher Show may have to close. “It is the best way to watch movies,” said Greg LeSar, a film professor at the University of Tampa and the Art Institute of Tampa. LeSar's students regularly screen their movies at the theater. “If it closes, I don't know if my students can find another venue that works.” LeSar said other theaters would welcome his students, but none are as affordable or as accommodating. Full story