2007 Media Stories

The Party's Over Now Get Back to Work (on Yourself)
The Tampa Tribune
Dec. 31, 2007
Matthew Eriksen, associate professor of management, commented in this article on the need for self-reflection in order to achieve career success. The article provides a rundown of several suggested New Year's resolutions for individuals looking to strengthen their careers. Full Story

Bay Area Universities Facing Big Challenge
Bay News 9
Dec. 30, 2007
Barbara Strickler, UT's vice president of enrollment, was quoted in this story about a recent increase in applicants to Tampa-area universities. Strickler noted that UT has received a record number of applicants this year, with 90 percent of applications having been submitted online.  Full Story

Give the Gift of Overcoming and Sharing
ScrippsNews
Dec. 24, 2007
Recent UT graduate Francesca Yabraian was profiled in this article. The article highlighted her speech at December's commencement ceremony and detailed her lifelong struggles to overcome personal and academic difficulties.

A Shining Beacon
The Tampa Tribune
Dec. 19, 2007
Plant Hall, the University of Tampa's most recognizable landmark, was the subject of this article, which examined the University's efforts to preserve the historic building. Full Story

It Was All Green at the Tampa Auto Show
St. Petersburg Times
Nov. 12, 2007
Erika Matulich, associate professor of marketing, commented in this article on the rise of "green advertising" in recent years. The article discusses the presence of environmentally-friendly vehicles at the Tampa Bay International Auto Show. Full Story

The People Behind the Questions
Tampa Bay Times
Nov. 8, 2007
UT senior Francesca Yabraian was the subject of an article in the Tampa Bay Times, which noted her participation in the CNN/YouTube question-taking event that was held at UT for the Nov. 28 Republican presidential debate. The article details Yabraian's lifelong personal and academic struggles and mentions that she will be a speaker at December's commencement ceremonies.

National Retailer Creates Strategic Learning Opportunity on Tampa Campus
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Oct. 30, 2007
This article details a program in which executives with Target Corp. sought creative business solutions from University of Tampa students. Students in the John Sykes College of Business class Practical Strategic Assessment were presented with two case studies on how Target can recruit top hourly and executive team members and on how the company can use technology to increase grocery sales at its SuperTarget stores. Target will ultimately choose the best business proposal. Full Story

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St. Petersburg Times
Talk of the Bay: Raid puts hold on Wellcare expansion
Oct. 31, 2007

Keeping Your Cool in the Face of Homework
TBO.com
Nov. 1, 2007
Merrie Tankersley, instructor of Education, was interviewed for this story about strategies parents can use in helping their children handle homework in the primary grades.   Full Story

Homelessness Panel Kicks Off Hunger and Homelessness Week at UT
WMNF
Nov. 5, 2007

The Faces of Homelessness Panel, an annual event organized by student volunteer group P.E.A.C.E. (People Exploring Active Community Experiences), was detailed in this article. The panel is one of several events P.E.A.C.E. organizes as part of National Hunger and Homelessness Week.  Full Story

UT Nursing Student Named a 2007 Health Care Hero for Work with Organ Donation
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Oct. 12, 2007
Robbie Brown, a University of Tampa master's-level nursing student, was named a 2007 Health Care Hero by the Tampa Bay Business Journal for her work as a recovery services specialist and critical care nurse for LifeLink of Florida. The article discusses her role with the nonprofit group, in which she consults with the families of hospital patients who are near death in order to provide information about organ donation and other end of life issues. In the article, one of Brown’s clients stated that Brown was “not just a person out doing her job — she was caring, kind and very understanding.” Full Story

Faces in the Crowd
Sports Illustrated
Oct. 12, 2007
University of Tampa volleyball player Margeaux Sinibaldi was featured in the "Faces in the Crowd" section of Sports Illustrated magazine as the Sunshine State Conference's all-time leader in digs. Full Story

Brats Don't Make the Cut with Tailgating Chef
St. Petersburg Times
Oct. 10, 2007

Daniel Buyle, an executive chef at The University of Tampa, was the subject of this article, which details his passion for cooking unique meals at the pre-game
festivities of Tampa Bay Buccaneers football games. Full Story

New Dorm Eases Growing Pains
The Tampa Tribune
Oct. 2, 2007
This article details The University of Tampa's recent growth, highlighting a 4 percent increase this fall in the total number of enrolled students. The article puts particular focus on UT’s low student-to-faculty ratio and the positive effect that Stadium Center – UT’s newest residence hall – has had on housing and amenities for the University’s on-campus students. Full Story

High Court Puts City Projects In Limbo
The Tampa Tribune
Sept. 19, 2007

Scott Paine, associate professor of communication and government and world affairs, comments on a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court that could affect some of Tampa's high-profile development projects.  Full Story

The Shape of Things to Come
WTVT-Fox 13
Sept. 12, 2007
Erika Matulich, associate professor of marketing, was interviewed in this story about product packaging, specifically in regards to a redesigned milk jug being marketed by Costco Wholesale Corp. Full Story

The New Dean Scene
St. Petersburg Times
Sept. 12, 2007
Frank Ghannadian, dean of the John H. Sykes College of Business, was profiled in an article along with the deans of USF’s Tampa and St. Petersburg business colleges. The article highlights Ghannadian’s plans to make The University of Tampa’s undergraduate business program stand out from programs at other schools. Full Story

UT Crocodile Expert Featured on National Geographic Channel
Sept. 10, 2007
Mason Meers, The University of Tampa's resident croc expert, talked about his research in a special on giant saltwater crocodiles that aired on National Geographic Channel Wednesday, Sept. 12. 

Meers, chair of the biology department at UT, was featured in the show, "Explorer: Ultimate Crocodile," which focused on one of the nature's most successful predators. In the special, Meers discussed how the bumps on a crocodile's body may act like the dimples on a golf ball, helping the predator to travel through the water more swiftly and sneak up on unsuspecting prey.

UT professor's research on shark "bite force" received global coverage

"Handling a Bite that Feeds Him"
St. Petersburg Times
Sept., 7 2007

"Great White Shark May Not Kill with Brute Force"
MSNBC
Sept. 4, 2007

"The Real 'Jaws' Now in 3-D
Discovery Channel
July, 30, 2007

"Love at First Bite"

The Sydney Morning Herald
July 25, 2007

Dr. Dan Huber, a biology professor, is featured in local, national and, international media.  Huber talks about his work with new technology that will show the maximum bite force of a great white shark.

UT's Newest Residence Hall Featured in Local Media

"UT Opens New Residence Hall"
Tampa Bay's 10 News
Sept. 6, 2007

“Funny, I don’t recall dorm food like this”
St. Petersburg Times
Aug. 31, 2007

"UT Addresses Growth With New Buildings"

The Tampa Tribune
July 27, 2007

“Making Rooms to Grow At UT”
South Tampa News and Tribune
July 21, 2007

“Florida Entrepreneur and Family Business Center Giving Business a Boost”
Bay Area Business Magazine
Sept. 2007
This article features The University of Tampa’s Florida Entrepreneur Program and Family Business Center, which are located within the University’s John H. Sykes College of Business. “…These familiar Moorish domes atop the University of Tampa also represent a shining example of the entrepreneur’s can-do spirit and the endless possibilities of the ambitious businessperson,” the article states. Full Story

UT's Alcohol Program is Featured in Local Coverage
"The mandatory new class at UT: drinking"
Tampa Bay Times
Sept. 6, 2007

"UT targets alcohol trouble"
St. Petersburg Times
Sept. 3, 2007

"UT, USF Work To Cut Alcohol Abuse"
The Tampa Tribune
Aug. 27, 2007

These three articles outline The University of Tampa’s new online alcohol education course – which is geared to curbing alcohol abuse by students and is mandatory for all incoming first-year students.

Interns Gain Media Experience
Published: Aug. 9, 2007
By ELPHINA MAGONA
The Caymanian Compass
Senior communication major Mathew Yates interned at the Cayman Free Press this summer and intends to join the editorial team as a full-time journalist after graduation. Full Story

Who has more MySpace friends, you or your dog?
Published: July 5, 2007
By DALIA WHEATT
The St. Petersburg Times
Since MySpace is "a place for friends" and canine is man's best friend, it was only a matter of time before the social networking site went to the dogs. Amid the teenyboppers, rock bands and aspiring models on MySpace.com, you can also acquire friends of the four-legged variety.  Full Story

Community of Joiners
Published: June 29, 2007
By ALEXANDRA ZAYAS
The St. Petersburg Times
Bellmar Shores - The idea hit Davelis "D.C." Goutoufas when he first toured a UPS store that was for sale. There were lights and security cameras throughout the store, because patrons had all-hours access to their P.O. boxes. Full Story

Employee Perks Considered Good Business at Some Area Companies
Published: June 21, 2007
By DAVE SIMANOFF
The Tampa Tribune
It's often said there's no such thing as a free lunch. But for workers at KPMG in Tampa, there are plenty of free sodas.

Summer Camp Exercises the Mind
Published: June 10, 2007
By LETITIA STEIN
The St. Petersburg Times
Tampa, Florida - Mitchell Rybak has a friction problem. He has rigged a mouse trap to a model car, with a string connecting the lever to the wheels. Snap. The vehicle sputters for a foot or two. A University of Tampa professor spins the wheels to help diagnose the problem.  Full Story

Spartans Enjoy Repeat Title Party
Published: June 3, 2007
By BART O'CONNELL
The Tampa Tribune
Tampa, Florida - At some point during the all-night party at the University of Tampa's team hotel in Montgomery, Ala., on Friday night and Saturday morning, Coach Joe Urso and his staff started talking about what they and their players have accomplished. Full Story

SIGGRAPH to Feature 'Global Eyes' Art Gallery
Published: June 02, 2007
Artwork that illuminates the role the digital media plays in shaping, extending, and reflecting world views and cosmologies will be showcased throughout the SIGGRAPH 2007 Art Gallery: Global Eyes. 

Don't Let The Jerks At Work Drive You Insane
Published: May 20, 2007
By DAVE SIMANOFF
The Tampa Tribune
Tampa, Florida - Jerks. Bullies. Tyrants. Schmucks. They're not just a trivial annoyance at work. Jerks demoralize co-workers, sapping productivity and nudging talented employees out the door and, quite possibly, into competitors' offices. Full Story

Cost-cutting Grads Flock Home to Save
Published: May 14, 2007
By CHRISTINA REXRODE
The St. Petersburg Times
All those "hitch your wagon to a star" commencement speeches belie this fact: The end of college often isn't the beginning of financial and domestic independence. Full Story

UT Ready to Use SMART Text Message Alert System
Published: May 11, 2007
By KEVIN GRAHAM
The St. Petersburg Times
Tampa, Florida - The University of Tampa has a new alert system in place to send text messages to student and employee cell phones in case of campus emergencies.  Full Story

Nonprofit Aims to Meet Financial Work Force Needs
Published: May 4, 2007
By MARGIE MANNING
Tampa Bay Business Journal
The University of Tampa and the University of South Florida have answered the call from Financial Florida, the nonprofit focused on attracting more firms in the financial services sector to the state. Full Story

Nonprofit Targets Financial Services
Published: April 26, 2007
By DEVONA WALKER
The Herald Tribune
Tampa, Florida - A Tampa-based nonprofit group, fresh from having the financial services industry designated as "high impact" in Florida, is trying to lure more players in the sector to the state and to prepare the existing work force to fill the jobs. Full Story

Hello and Goodbye
Published: April 15, 2007
By ANGIE DROBNIC HOLAN
The St. Petersburg Times
Lisa Birnbaum started college in 1972 with a love of literature. One of her first friends was Kevin Clarke, a gay poet from New York's Greenwich Village with a gravelly voice and a boisterous outlook. The duo became a threesome when Birnbaum started dating Bruce Waite, a visual artist. Full Story

Welcome to Reality: Tough Competition for College Grads
The average college grad can expect a lot of competition for that first job. But there are some nice opportunities out there.
Published: April 15, 2007
By CHRISTINA REXRODE
The St. Petersburg Times
For college seniors everywhere, it's crunch time.
The real world, where there is no more spring break, is banging at the door. Full Story

Respected Teacher Dies at 101
Published: April 6, 2007
By AMANDA PALLESCHI
The St. Petersburg Times
Riverview, Florida - Along with a sharp wit and mischievous chuckle, Lillian Symmes was known for a deep devotion to the many students she taught during her 30 years as a teacher in Riverview. Full Story

Audit to Ensure AP Courses Tough Enough
Published: April 4, 2007
By JEFFERY S. SOLOCHEK
The St. Petersburg Times
New Port Richey, Florida - Ridgewood High School teacher Stan Boles has some homework to do over spring break this week: He's going to make sure his syllabus and course materials are up to snuff. Full Story

The University of Tampa’s Self-Employment in the Arts Conference Will Teach Artists the Business Aspects of Art
Published: April 2, 2007
(PR.com)
Tampa, Florida - The University of Tampa aims to teach emerging artists how to turn artistic passion into a living at the upcoming Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference on Saturday, April 21, 2007. The event, beginning at 9 a.m., on the 9th floor of UT’s Vaughn Center, will feature successful artists and professionals dedicated to educating artists on the tools necessary for their survival in the business world of art, including marketing, intellectual property and finance matters. Full Story

Change Comes with Each Sheet of Paper
Published: March 23, 2007
By SHARON TUBBS
The St. Petersburg Times
They say the first step to recovery is admission, so I humbly confess: I am not what you could call green. Full Story

PCRF Provides Medical Care to Maimed Palestinian and Other Arab Children
By PAT and SAMIR TWAIR
Since it was founded in 1991, the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund has provided medical treatment to 4,000 seriously ill and wounded children in the Middle East and has brought 700 youngsters to the U.S. for surgery. A video by President Jimmy Carter praising PCRF for its lifesaving work opened the Nov. 4 gala of its Southern California Chapter in the Torrance Marriott Hotel. Full Story

Nonprofits Go to Class
Their mission statements earn raves, but sometimes, their business models don't.  A new program at the University of Tampa will give nonprofit leaders a crash course in business.
Published: Jan. 28, 2007
By CHRISTINA REXRODE
The St. Petersburg Times
Norrine Russell was a college professor with no plans to leave academia.
So two years ago, when she became executive director of the Ophelia Project - Tampa Bay, she had a Ph.D. in psychology but not a single business class on her resume. Full Story

University of Tampa holds Business Network Symposium
TampaGold.com
The University of Tampa held another Business Network Symposium that offered its usual list of great speakers. Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, provided an enlightening attitude about information providing. Robert Moreyra of Atlantic American Partners addressed business and real estate funding on a major scale. Eric Newman, President of J.C. Newman Cigar Co. gave a great nostalgic view of the cigar industry, including his family's involvement. But, it was his discussion of helping to significantly improve the lives and standards of people in the Dominican Republic that really hit everyone's heart.
Full Story

Family Business Honorees are Tampa Bay Area Institutions
Published: Jan. 26, 2007
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Two Tampa Bay area businesses will be recognized at the 2007 Florida Family Business of the Year Awards at the University of Tampa.
The event is scheduled for Feb. 2. Full Story

Vaughn, the First Lady of UT
Friends recall the Illinois native's energy and honesty. She was 59.
Published: Jan. 25, 2007
By REBECCA CATALANELLO AND AMY SCHERZER
The St. Petersburg Times
Tampa, Florida - On a changing campus of 5,300 students and 440 faculty members, Martha Vaughn was constant.
She was the first lady of the University of Tampa, wife of President Ronald Vaughn. But those who know her best say she was more. Full Story

5 Easy Steps to Get Organized
Published: Jan. 11, 2007
By DAVE SIMANOFF
The Tampa Tribune
Joe Sclafani, interim dean of the University of Tampa's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, insists he's organized at work. Just not as organized as he could be. 

State Calls Shots on Bars
Published: Dec. 15, 2006
By JANET ZINK
Times Staff Writer
Tampa, Florida - The state has put the brakes on Mayor Pam Iorio's desire to do away with 3-for-1 specials and all-you-can-drink nights in Tampa bars.