2009 Media Stories

University of Tampa's Kamari Smith Gets a Basketball Education From Her Orlando Magic Family
By Joe Smith
St. Petersburg Times
Dec 23, 2009
University of Tampa freshman Kamari Smith comes to the women’s basketball team with more knowledge than belies her freshman status, said coach Tom Jessee. Her natural ability is augmented by her history. Smith grew up around the game with her father, former NBA player and current Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith. She’s spent many Magic games in the stands, studying the game and asking her dad question after question and getting tips from players like Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson, players she said are like brothers. Jessee said Smith has been a big spark off the bench for the Spartans, who are off to one of their best starts in program history at 10-1 and ranked No. 12 in Division II.

OSI Chief to Dish at 2010 Fellows Forum
By Alexis Muellner
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Dec. 22, 2009

Food, investments and health are the sectors to be represented at this year’s Fellows Forum at the University of Tampa on March 10. CEOs scheduled to speak include Liz Smith, new CEO at OSI Restaurant Partners LLC, American Medical Association President Cecil B. Wilson and Jonathan R. Baum, CEO of the Dreyfus Corp. The annual money raised is between $30,000 and $50,000, mainly from sponsorships, said Steve Murray, senior Vice President for investments at the UBS Tampa office, and 100 percent goes to the University of Tampa Board of Fellows Endowed Scholarship to The John H. Sykes College of Business. 

Respect and Celebrate: How to Steer Your Organization Toward Increased Sensitivity and Cultural Awareness
By Paul R. Harvey
Smart Business Tampa Bay
December 2009

Linda Devine, vice president for operations and planning at UT, gives insight into companies assessing their sensitivity to diversity in the workplace. “It really becomes the responsibility of every manager in the organization to take ownership for that,” Devine said. “And it takes a ‘top down meets grassroots’ initiative to strengthen your commitment to a diverse workplace.” As for retaining diversity, Devine said it is key to involve and engage people on multiple levels. “From an intergenerational perspective, this contributing may take the form of the ‘greatest generation’ offering perspective on organizational structure and hierarchy, the ‘boomers’ creating the face-to-face opportunities to communicate, and the Gen-Xers and millennials assisting them in the application of new technologies.” 

When Tragedy Strikes, Grief Counselors Get Call For Help
By Ray Reyes
The Tampa Tribune
Dec. 4, 2009

Connie McCullough, a grief counselor and the associate director of UT’s health and counseling center, was quoted in this article about the role of grief counselors in educational settings. McCullough, who said homesickness and depression are what usually draw students to the center, said friends of victims often rally around each other in times of need, forming support groups. McCullough said this semester has been one of the busiest for her office.

University Chapel Fills a Void
By George Wilkens
The Tampa Tribune
Dec. 2, 2009

The $19.5 million Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values is on track for completion in 2010. The chapel, which has been in the university's master plan for more than 20 years, features a large hall vaulting 65 feet high and a plaza with a lighted fountain enhanced with 60 musical bells. Stephanie Russell Holz, associate dean of students and director of the office of student leadership and engagement and who is charge of chapel programming, said the chapel provides an interfaith place for students to engage in meaningful dialog on topics like character building, spiritual development and world cultures and religions.

Party Buses Concern Campus Administrators
By Doug Smith
WTVT - Fox 13
Nov. 23, 2009

It’s a trend now for college students to chip in on a party bus, taking them around town to clubs or just to party upon. Florida’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco heard that alcohol was being served to underage students on these buses, went undercover and found out that was the case. Gina Firth, associate dean of students at the University of Tampa, said that UT has banned party buses from campus. Unlike public universities, she said UT can prohibit who comes onto campus and who doesn’t, which helps prevent crimes that occur due to intoxication.

UT Students Sleep Out for the Homeless
By April Kellogg
WTVT - Fox 13
Nov. 20, 2009

University of Tampa students spent 24 hours in cardboard boxes, trying to spread awareness and compassion for the homeless in the community. The Sleep-Out is an annual event hosted by the PEACE Volunteer Center. No electronics are allowed although students can take breaks to get something to eat or to go to class. Mike Seitzler, who helped organize the event, said the Sleep-Out gives students a better understanding of what it's like to be homeless and breaks down the stereotypes.

Countdown to Black Friday
By Eric Seidel
WTVT - Fox 13
Nov. 19, 2009

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, retailers are eager to make the most of the holiday shopping surrounding Black Friday. “They’ve started already, doing things online, starting sales early and trying to spread out that consumer over maybe a week or two instead of just that one day,” said Erika Matulich, an associate marketing professor, who tracks retailers’ sales pitches each year. Matulich said that even in a down economy, consumers want to reward themselves. “If we’re in a depressed economy, we might become depressed ourselves…we want to take care of our families and close friends and do something nice on a small scale.” Matulich said people are especially price sensitive this year and if they go to a store, they want to make sure they are getting the best deal possible.

Unión de Cuerpo, Mente y Alma
By Daysi Amaya-Danker
CENTRO Tampa
Nov. 13, 2009

In Tampa’s Spanish-language newspaper, CENTRO, UT senior María Virginia Valdez Camarero was highlighted for her work as a student and yoga instructor. Camarero was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. when she was 5. While at UT her interest in yoga has grown and this summer went to India to earn both college credit and yoga instructor certification. “Primero tienes que dominar tu cuerpo y una vez que lo has hecho, manejas tu mente,” dijo. “Una vez que has dominado tu mente, manejas tu alma.” (loosely translated: First you control your body, and then you control your mind. Once you control your mind, you control your soul.) She teaches yoga in Plant Park on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. to a group of about 20 students, faculty and staff.

College Guides 2009: Amanda Abadi of UT is Our Winner
By David Warner
Creative Loafing
Nov. 4, 2009

UT’s Amanda Abadi ’10, a graduate student working on an MBA with a concentration in marketing, won Creative Loafing newspaper’s College Guides 2009 contest. Seven college students, including Abadi and Alex Vera ’11, submitted videos, photos or essays about what their schools mean to them. Abadi’s video, “Where in the world is Spartacus?” received 6,694 votes to win the contest.

One of Sudan's Lost Boys Visits the University of Tampa, Shares Harrowing Story
By Alexandra Zayas
St. Petersburg Times
Nov. 4, 2009

Valentino Achak Deng spoke to students, faculty and staff gathered in UT’s Falk Theater about his life as a Lost Boy of Sudan, one of the thousands of youth who lost families and survived war, growing up in refugee camps. Deng spoke of his memories, many of which are captured in Dave Eggers' What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, which was required reading for all first-year UT students enrolled in English 101.

Univ. of Tampa and Hometown Star Unite for Short Film
By Joe Belcastro
Examiner.com – Tampa Bay
Oct. 28, 2009

University of Tampa professors have banded together to shoot “Family Programming,” a short film about a child who figuratively, then literally, uses the TV to escape the tension between her over-achieving parents. Tom Garrett, assistant professor of communication, is directing the short film written by Dr. Gregg Bachman, also a communication professor. Keely Marshall, a 13-year-old singer and actress, returned to her hometown of Tampa to star in the film.

Wake-Up Call: After 800 Wins, UT's Catanach Only Looks AheadBy Joey Johnston
The Tampa Tribune
Oct. 27, 2009

University of Tampa volleyball coach Chris Catanach made his 800th win on Oct. 23 in a homecoming game pitting the Spartans against Lynn University at the Martinez Sports Center. Catanach, who has been coach for 26 seasons, started his UT career as an admissions counselor. He said luck, and passion, have gotten him to wear he is today.

Your Turn with Kathy Fountain: Government Limits CEO Pay?
WTVT - Fox 13
Oct. 26, 2009

Kenneth Feinberg, the pay czar assigned by the U.S. government to oversee the compensation of executives, said his restrictions should be aimed at seven of the largest companies who received Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds. Kathy Fountain asked her guests, which included UT professor Michael Weeks, if that was an effective action. “When executives get their pay cut severely, they’re motivated to repay the TARP funds and exit the TARP system as quickly as possible,” said Weeks, senior associate director of TECO Energy Center for Leadership. In a global economy though, he doubts what kind of impact this can have as executives can move overseas or work for overseas firms to get around the U.S. government’s restrictions. “This has potential to do some good as long as it’s short-term and we address the systemic risks.”

Southern White Teams Just Didn’t Play Black Ones, but One Game Ended All That
By Samuel G. Freedman
New York Times
Oct. 25, 2009

In 1969, the first interracial football game in the South occurred in Tampa between UT and Florida A&M. Veterans of the game united in Tallahassee recently as part of Florida A&M’s homecoming. Coach Jake Gaither said he had tried for years to organize an interracial game and it wasn’t until he found UT’s Coach Fran Curci that is was able to happen.

University of Tampa Links Up With Three Chinese Universities
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Oct. 16, 2009

The University of Tampa signed agreements with three Chinese universities to establish student and faculty exchanges, study abroad trips and faculty research. Janet McNew, provost and vice president of academic affairs, said that most international experts anticipate China growing in power and influence. This new collaboration will offer internship opportunities, language and cultural immersion experiences and faculty research and teaching trips.

A similar story appeared in the Nashville Business Journal.

Hillsborough County Commissioner Rose Ferlita's Fierce Pursuit
By Mitch Perry
Creative Loafing
Oct. 15, 2009
Hillsborough County Commissioner Rose Ferlita’s fight to make fellow commissioner Kevin White accountable for his actions is being done in respect for the taxpayers, said University of Tampa Communications and Government Associate Professor Scott Paine. The U.S. District Court jury decided last month that White discriminated against Alyssa Ogden, a former aide, by firing her for refusing his repeated sexual advances, and Ferlita wants White to pay for some of the county’s debt on the issue. Paine, who lost a cliffhanger election to Ferlita in her first race for office for Tampa City Council in 1999, said it is a characteristic of Ferlita to stick up for her constituents by being vocal and proactive.

Your Turn with Kathy Fountain: Nobel’s Prize Surprise
WTVT - Fox 13
Oct. 13, 2009

Following the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama, Fox’s Kathy Fountain hosted UT’s Denis Rey, an assistant professor of Government and World Affairs, among others for a discussion on if the award was premature or if it set a vision for the future. “If you look at past presidents who have received this award while in office – Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson – they received this award after five or six years in office, after making some significant foreign policy accomplishments.” However, Rey didn’t diminish the message and shift in global perception that Obama has caused. “Basically he has moved the United States more toward a multilateral approach in international relations…. That shift in U.S foreign policy is a significant one.”

Concussion Concerns
10 Connects – WTSP Tampa
Oct. 8, 2009

J.C. Andersen, UT’s athletic training program director, was featured on a 10 Connects news segment regarding the impact of concussions following concerns over University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow’s recent concussion. Andersen described concussions as a functional disruption “that changes the way you process information, the way you balance… it disturbs your whole thinking process.” When asked about the repercussions of returning to play too early, as UF coaches consider allowing Tebow to play, Andersen said there’s a higher risk for a second concussion with less trauma. How many concussions are too many? “One can be too many,” Andersen said. “It depends on how significant it affects your brain function.”

University of Tampa Bunks Students at Howard Johnson
By Richard Danielson
St. Petersburg Times
Oct. 6, 2009

For the 149 mostly freshmen UT students bunking at the nearby Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, living off-campus has its perks. They say they enjoy the queen-sized beds, the maid service twice a week, cable television with HBO, hotel pool and shuttle to and from campus. They also say they feel very safe.

New Study Examines 34 Million American Adults with No Religion
Catholic News Agency
Sept. 22, 2009
In a study titled “American Nones: The Profile of the No Religion Population,” UT professor Ryan Cragun assisted Trinity College Professors Barry Kosmin and Ariela Keysar in revealing that the 34 million American adults who don’t identify with any religion mirror the wider American population.

Similar stories appeared in USA TODAY, the Christian Telegraph, iStockAnalyst, Times of the Internet and Free Republic.

Invaders Send Homegrown Lizards Packing
By Jim Waymer
Florida Today
Sept. 22, 2009

UT’s assistant biology professor Todd Campbell is a biologist who has studied how the invading brown anole and native green anole compete in the wild. He discusses his research in this article by Florida Today on the lizards and his belief that the brown anole is among 42 invaders and is responsible for drastic declines in the native as well as possible other species.

IKEA Gives Tiny University of Tampa Dorm Room a Big Facelift
By Susan Thurston
St. Petersburg Times
Sept. 18, 2009
Designers from Tampa’s Ikea store gave a facelift to one of the Vaughn Hall dorm rooms. The 350-square-foot room will serve as a model for showing prospective students what a room can look like once decorated. The designers added organizational, lighting and color touches while keeping the required university furniture and not putting any holes in the walls.

Deviants as Innovation Drivers
By Jill Jusko
Industry Week
Sept. 16, 2009

Deviance in the workplace and how it can be an asset in the workplace is the focus of this story on UT associate professor of management Bella Galperin. Her research has shown that those engaging in destructive deviance are often times those also engaging in constructive deviance, acting outside of the organization’s norms for the benefit of the company as a whole.

Spartans Spruce Up Towers
The Tampa Tribune, South Tampa News
Sept. 16, 2009

As part of the annual Into the Streets orientation service project, UT students volunteered with Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay on Aug. 28. About 17 students went to Jewish Towers on West De Leon Street, scrubbing floors, washing windows and cleaning kitchens and bathrooms for the elderly residents.

Teammates, Family Mourn Slain University of Tampa Student and Runner Ryan McCall By Chandra Broadwater
St. Petersburg Times
Sept. 14, 2009

Family, friends, students and UT faculty and staff mourned the death of Ryan McCall, a senior who was an exercise science major and member of the cross country team. The memorial service, held at Pepin Stadium, included a half-mile jog by teammates with the clock set to one minute and 59 seconds, the finish time McCall had been training to get.

Similar stories appeared in The Tampa Tribune, WFLA - News Channel 8, 10 Connects – WTSP Tampa, WTVT - Fox 13 and Bay News 9.

Strategic Leadership Valued in Continued Turbulent Times By Michael Weeks
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Sept. 11, 2009

Michael Weeks, assistant professor of management and senior associate director of the TECO Energy Center for Leadership, writes a guest column on how leaders can keep their businesses on track during this economic recession. He said that to be successful, leaders must continue to plan for the future, remain true to the strategic values of the firm and invest in the development of their employees. “Leading firms in turbulent economic waters is a difficult proposition for even the most seasoned managers,” Weeks said. “Effective leaders find ways to reduce costs and restructure while still positioning their firms for growth when the economy recovers.”

When Misbehaving is Really a Mood Disorder
By Carine Nadel
The Orange County Register
Sept. 3, 2009
An adjunct professor in the English, Literature and Writing Department, Charrie Hazard Moscardini, who writes under the pen name Charrie Hazard, talks about her experience raising a bipolar son and the completion of her new fictional book,“Falling into the Sun,” based on that personal experience.

Movies 101: Cinema's Future Being Written at University of Tampa
By Joe Belcastro
Examiner.com – Tampa Bay
Aug. 31, 2009
Tom Garrett, assistant professor in the Department of Communication-Film Media Arts, gives his take on the growth and success of UT’s film department in this profile on Examiner.com. Garrett mentions the necessity for students to get a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at the film industry in order to chart their own professional paths.

H1N1 Hits College Campuses Just as Classes Begin
By Erica Pitzi
10 Connects – WTSP Tampa
Aug. 30, 2009

UT Health Director Sharon Schaefer comments on the university’s readiness to handle H1N1 as students return to campus. She said one of the biggest hurdles will be for students to take the threat of swine flu seriously.

UT Students Team up to Make a Difference
By Libby Hendren
10 Connects – WTSP Tampa
Aug. 29, 2009

More than 550 UT freshman and transfer students, faculty and staff put their words into action in the 10th annual Into the Streets Orientation Service Project. The Aug. 28 event, which was covered by WTSP Tampa, was hosted by the P.E.A.C.E. Volunteer Center and served 22 different nonprofit agencies in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties like the Human Development Center of Tampa, Lowry Park Zoo, Clearwater Parks and Recreation and Metropolitan Ministries.

 
Your Turn with Kathy Fountain: Cracking Tax CheatsWTVT - Fox 13
Aug. 21, 2009

John Stinespring, assistant professor of economics, discussed his and others' research on the economics of tax evasion in the United States in a panel discussion with Fox's Kathy Fountain. Stinespring noted that an estimated $300 billion to $400 billion of U.S. income goes unreported each year. “Prior to the enormous deficits we’ve accumulated since 2008 and 2009, we anticipate we would have had surpluses had these revenues been collected, which is substantial,” Stinespring said.

 
Unpaid Work, but They Pay for Privilege
By Gerry Shih
The New York Times
August 8, 2009

Andrew Topel, a UT junior who obtained a summer assistant position with Ford Models in New York, is mentioned in this article on obtaining college internships.

Similar stories appeared in The San Diego Union-Tribune, Sarasota Herald Tribune and Star News Online (Wilmington, NC).

 
If Obama is a Socialist, What was FDR?
By William March
The Tampa Tribune
August 2, 2009

In this article, Scott Paine, associate professor of communication and government and world affairs, remarks on modes of understanding evolving economic philosophies, including socialism. "It's not about the definition of the word; it's about the connotation of the word in our political culture," he said.
 

 
White Raises Money, Flags
By Mike Salinero
The Tampa Tribune
August 2, 2009

Scott Paine, associate professor of communication and government and world affairs, comments on the relationship between campaign finance and legislators' responsibilities.

 
How Does Canada's Single-Payer Health Care Work?
WMNF - 88.5 FM Tampa
July 23, 2009

In this radio show, Gene Costain, assistant professor of communication, contributes to a discussion on Canada's single-payer heath care system.

 
Economy Hits Florida Independent Colleges, Affects Enrollment
By Jeffrey S. Solochek
St. Petersburg Times, The Gradebook
July 20, 2009

This article spotlights a recent survey by the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida which found that the state's independent colleges and universities – including The University of Tampa – expect slight growth in enrollment this year.

A similar story appeared in the Jacksonville Observer.

A Visionary's Dreams of Antigravity Never Got Off the Ground
By Austin Wright
The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 24, 2009

In this article about Roger W. Babson's Gravity Research Foundation, The University of Tampa is listed among a dozen college campuses that received a donation and granite monument from Babson in the 1960s. Babson's foundation endeavored to promote understanding of gravity. 

College Grads Searching for Work Turning to Web Site
By Susan Thurston
St. Petersburg Times
July 15, 2009


Jonathan Beaton, a recent UT graduate with a major in marketing, launched a career-networking Web site to help Generation Y job-seekers connect and discuss the job market. Beaton's site, We Just Graduated, is discussed in this article.

A similar story appeared in The Journal Gazette Online (Fort Wayne, IN).

Your Turn with Kathy Fountain: Judging Sotomayor?
WTVT - Fox 13
July 16, 2009

In this roundtable discussion, Scott Paine, UT associate professor of communication and government and world affairs, comments on the "political theater" of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation process. Paine remarks about the purpose of the Senate hearings and diversity on the courts.

 
Paying Back College Loans Made Easier
10 Connects - WTSP Tampa
July 14, 2009

In this video news segment, John Marsh, director of financial aid, comments on the Income-Based Repayment Program, a federal plan to cap monthly loan payments at 15 percent of a student's income. If students access loans for college, Marsh said, this may be an affordable option after graduation. "The important thing is students know they still have an opportunity to get an education," he said.
 

 
College Grads Scramble for Jobs
WTVT-Fox 13
June 30, 2009

Will Durkee, a UT MBA student, was featured in this story about obtaining a job in a tight economy. Durkee, who recently accepted a full-time position at a law firm, said his strategy – in looking for a job and keeping a job – is to “work harder than the economy.”

 
UT Graduates Runners-up in Business Simulation Competition
MSN Money
June 23, 2009

A team of UT graduates earned second place in an international competition using enterprise resource planning (ERP) software in a business simulation game. Gary Christensen MBA '09, Aissam Talouni MBA '09 and Bill Webb '09 operated a virtual business over four simulated quarters to beat out 39 other university teams at the annual ERPsim competition. SAP branded ERP software applications are an integral part of the business curricula in UT's John H. Sykes College of Business, giving students hands-on experience with supply chain, project and financial management. 

Similar stories appeared in Business First of Louisville, as well as the Baltimore, Denver, Nashville, San Jose, St. Louis, South Florida and Tampa Bay Business Journals.
 

 
Nile Monitor Lizards Invaded Florida and They're Winning the Battle
St. Petersburg Times
June 21, 2009

UT associate professor of biology Todd Campbell discusses his findings from a 2005 study of Nile monitor lizards in Cape Coral, Florida. Campbell received $50,000 in grants from wildlife foundations to trap, study and report on the invasive species. State wildlife officials have consulted Campbell's final report, which states that Nile monitors "have the potential to devastate native fish and wildlife populations."

A similar story appeared in The Lakeland Ledger.
 

 
Why the Fed Isn't Igniting Inflation
BusinessWeek
June 18, 2009

In this article about current U.S. monetary policy, UT associate professor of marketing Ron Kuntze comments on the recent trend of consumer frugality. Kuntze is currently researching patterns of saving and spending during difficult economic times.
 

 
UT Facebook Study: Read the Fine Print
10 Connects - WTSP Tampa
June 16, 2009

A social networking study conducted by UT assistant professor of information technology management, Dr. Natasha Veltri, received attention from 10 Connects - WTSP Tampa. Veltri surveyed over 250 active Facebook users to learn more about attitudes towards privacy and information sharing. While many users are concerned about privacy, she found, very few take precautions to guard personal data.

Veltri also discussed her research on segments aired on WMNF-88.5 FM Evening News and Univision - WVEA-TV Tampa. WTVT-Fox 13 Tampa reported on Veltri's findings as well. 

 
Charity Navigator Gives University of Tampa Highest Rating
Tampa Bay Business Journal
June 4, 2009

The Tampa Bay Business Journal features UT's recent four-star rating by Charity Navigator. The article explains Charity Navigator's system of evaluation and highlights the University's financial management processes. 

 
Surviving the Economy: New Way to Get MBA
10 Connects – WTSP Tampa
June 3, 2009

In this video news segment, Bill Rhey, dean of graduate studies and professor of marketing, comments on the redesigned UT Saturday MBA, a program for working professionals with management experience. The two-year degree allows students to continue to work during the week while attending MBA courses every other Saturday. “It’s a great time to go back to school because the market is so soft as far as employment,” said Rhey. Incoming Saturday MBA student Katie Piperata was also interviewed.  

 
GM is Advised to Stay Lean and Ahead of the Curve
By Robert Trigaux
St. Petersburg Times
June 2, 2009

Frank Ghannadian, dean of UT's John H. Sykes College of Business and professor of finance, comments on the General Motors bankruptcy in this article. "We've taught for over two decades in business schools that if a company wants to stay profitable, it has to be a global company first...Use this opportunity to be a global company, and then let America conquer the world," he said.
 

 
A Fine Fiscal Specimen
St. Petersburg Times
May 22, 2009

Chris Sacchinelli, a University of Tampa economics major and founder of the social networking Web site SuccessfulYoungInvestor.com, is featured in this article. The story points out how Sacchinelli is well-versed in the language of Wall Street and able to translate headline news into dollars and cents, and how he teaches investors to manage their money. UT assistant professor of speech, Chris Gurrie, is also quoted in the article.   

 
Seasoned CEOs Judge UT Graduate Business Plan Competition
Tampa Bay CEO Magazine
May 19, 2009

A team of UT MBA students who designed a business plan for a local salon and spa was selected by members of the CEO Council of Tampa Bay to win the MBA business plan competition. Winning teammates Angie Ballard, Nick Costello, Juliana Dovedot, Jennifer Jamison, Melissa Koeb and David VerEeke were enrolled in "Creating and Leading New Ventures," a graduate business course designed to guide entrepreneurs through the creation and evaluation of a business plan. The competition is hosted by the Florida Entrepreneur and Family Business Center at the John H. Sykes College of Business.

 
Spring 2009 Commencement
The Tampa Tribune
May 10, 2009


The Tampa Tribune
featured a photo page highlighting The University of Tampa’s Spring Commencement ceremony, which featured a record number of graduates and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia. Sirleaf gave the commencement address and received an honorary degree.

Stories and photos appeared in The New York Times, Salon.com, The St. Petersburg Times, Yahoo! News Malaysia, Liberia Broadcasting System, The Informer Online (Monrovia, Liberia), AllAfrica.com, Taiwan News, News4Jax.com (Jacksonville, FL), and WDBO.com (Orlando, FL).
 

 
DNA Tests Solving More than Homicide and Rape Cases
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
May 3, 2009
Chris Capsambelis, associate professor of criminology, talks in this article about the use of DNA technology to solve burglaries and other lesser crimes.
 

 
Local Universities Outbreak Prepared
Tampa Bay Online
April 29, 2009
This video news segment highlighted efforts at UT to alert students and others about the recent global outbreak of Swine Flu. The segment included a UT student, who visited the campus Health Center to be tested for the flu, as well as featured an interview with Sharon Schaefer, director of UT’s Health and Counseling Center, about the need to be proactive in educating the public about the flu outbreak.
 

 
College Students are Cooking with Creativity
St. Petersburg Times
April 22, 2009

This story features a vignette about UT students Shaun Huffman, Chris Baietto, Josh Kopp and Ryan Boyce, who hold a weekly tradition of cooking dinner in the on-campus apartment that they share.
 

 
Town Hall Meeting Features Advice on Kids and Alcohol
St. Petersburg Times
April 22, 2009

Gina Firth, associate dean of students, participated in a town hall discussion at Tampa’s Gibbs High School focusing on children and alcohol. A summary of the discussion was published in the St. Petersburg Times, featuring advice Firth gave to parents about how to talk to children about alcohol as well as prevent underage drinking.

 
Battling Corruption and Drug Cartels in Mexico
KLKN-ABC 8 (Lincoln, NE)
April 21, 2009

A study by University of Tampa criminology professors Tony LaRose and Sean Maddan on efforts to combat drug cartels and crime in Mexico received attention from several media outlets worldwide. The study recommended that the Mexican government root out corruption in law enforcement, instill civil service reforms in hiring and training, and show a willingness to combat crime arising from drug trafficking in Mexico.

Other news outlets mentioned the study, including: Market Watch, The Earth Times, The Birmingham Business Journal, WDAM-NBC 7 (Hattiesburg, MS), KATC (Lafayette, LA), KHNL-NBC 8 (Honolulu, HI), Breitbart.com, StreetInsider.com.
 

 
To Invest or Not to Invest, That is the Question
The Hour (Norwalk, CT)
April 17, 2009

Christopher Sacchinelli, a University of Tampa sophomore, recently started a social networking Web site to promote financial literacy among young people. The site, dubbed the “Successful Young Investor Network,” as well as Sacchinelli’s interest and experience in finance are the focus of this article.

The story was also featured in The Connecticut Post.
 

 
Personal Drama Leads Filmmaking Novice to Cannes
Tampa Bay Business Journal
April 17, 2009

This article notes the work of 12 UT students who worked as production assistants on a film about the 1982 disappearance of a Tampa girl. Tom Garrett, assistant professor of communication, helped connect students with the project and also pushed to have the film shown at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.
 

 
Swamp Things
The New Yorker
April 20, 2009

Todd Campbell, assistant professor of biology, talks about the intelligence and eating habits of Nile monitor lizards, a non-native species that has populated south Florida, in an article that appeared in the New Yorker magazine. The article examines the problem of non-native animal species in the Florida wilderness and the effect such species have on the environment and the community. Campbell has worked to track and trap Nile monitors in the city of Cape Coral, Florida, for several years.

Liberia’s Leader Coming to Tampa
The Tampa Tribune
April 11, 2009

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of the African nation of Liberia, was recently announced as the featured speaker for The University of Tampa’s May 2009 Commencement. Sirleaf is the first woman elected president of an African country and was named by Forbes magazine as the 66th most powerful woman in the world in 2008.

This Tampa Tribune article notes Sirleaf’s friendship with David Straz, honorary counsel to Liberia and a member of the UT Board of Trustees. 

Other news outlets that mentioned Sirleaf’s visit to UT included: The Associated Press, 10 Connects, 970WFLA, WFTX-Fox4 (Ft. Myers, FL), WTVY (Dothan, AL), and The Lakeland Ledger.
 

 
Making Movies? Florida Wants You
The Bradenton Herald
March 23, 2009

Tom Garrett, assistant professor of communication, comments in this article on efforts he is supporting as the director of special initiatives for the Sarasota Film Festival to promote the film industry in Florida. Garrett says that one goal is to invest in the work of new filmmakers as a way of eventually creating more local jobs and revenue.
 

 
Fanatically Frugal
The Knoxville News Sentinel
March 23, 2009

Ronald Kuntze, associate professor of marketing, provides insight in this article on what he observes to be a rise in frugal behavior by some as the nation copes with difficult economic times. Even with economic troubles and a rise in environmental awareness, relatively few people are what would be considered “deeply frugal,” opting to save money rather than make impulse buys, Kuntze says.
 

 
Day Jobs Inspire Poet Ellen Watson
St. Petersburg Times
March 15, 2009
This article presents a profile of poet Ellen Watson, a featured speaker at UT’s Self Employment in the Arts Conference. The article highlights the March 21 conference as well as a reading Watson will give with Don Morrill, interim dean of UT’s College of Arts and Letters.
 

 
Facebook’s Popularity Spikes
WTVT-Fox 13
March 11, 2009

This video news segment examines the popularity of Facebook, the social networking Web site. The report includes comments from UT students about their use of Facebook and its popularity among college-age students.

 
Number of N.E. Catholics Tumbles
The Boston Globe
March 9, 2009
Ryan Cragun, assistant professor of sociology, comments in this article on the results of a recent survey that showed a dramatic decrease over the past two decades in the number of self-identified Catholics living in New England. Cragun, whose research focuses on religious change, growth and decline, said the survey will become an important source of data for scholars of religion.
 

 
UT Professor Takes Semester at Sea
The Tampa Tribune
Feb. 25, 2009

Jody Tompson, associate professor of management, talks in this article about his experience teaching aboard a 590-foot cruise ship as it circumnavigates the globe as part of the Semester at Sea program. Tompson is teaching management courses through the program while on sabbatical from UT.
 

 
Electronics Alive
10 Connects - WTSP Tampa
Feb. 18, 2009

A video news segment from 10 Connects highlighted The University of Tampa's "Electronics Alive" digital art exhibit. The segment included commentary from Santiago Echeverry and Douglas Sutherland, assistant professors of art, as it spotlighted some of the exhibit pieces as well as students working in UT's digital imaging lab.
 

 
Ali, Dylan, James Brown Inspired by Wrestling's 'Human Orchid'
Bloomberg.com
Feb. 17, 2009

This review offers a biographical sketch of professional wrestler Gorgeous George, who is the subject of a book by John Capouya, assistant professor of journalism. The review details George's life and impact on American culture as Capouya tells it in his book "Gorgeous George: The Outrageous Bad Boy Wrestler Who Created American Pop Culture." 
 

 
Settlement Could Mean Cash for Students
WTVT-Fox 13
Feb. 16, 2009

Steve Platau, professor of accounting, explains in this video news segment a recent legal settlement by the AETNA national insurance company, which was found to have shortchanged students for medical insurance claims. The segment also includes footage and interviews with students on the UT campus.
 

 
What Will America Look Like in 2025?
WMNF-88.5 FM Tampa
Feb. 12, 2009

This radio news story detailed a symposium at UT by Erik Peterson, director of the Global Strategy Institute at Washington D.C.'s Center for Strategic and International Studies. In the symposium, Peterson discussed what the world will like like for high school graduates in 16 years with a potential decline in American influence on the world stage.
 

 
Deadbeat Dad Falls Short in Home Loan Crisis, Too
News Channel 8
Feb. 11, 2008

John Stinespring, assistant professor of economics, comments in this story on the prevalence of high-risk loans issued by the banking industry and the resulting national economic crisis.  

 
Why It's Good to Get Your Commercial Banned from the Super Bowl
The New York Times
Feb. 1, 2009

This story, which appeared in the New York Times, highlights a study conducted by Stephen Blessing, assistant professor of psychology, which examined how well viewers remember advertisements shown during the Super Bowl.
 

 
Live from UT
CBS Sports, CNN Sports
Jan. 26-31, 2009
CBS Sports conducted this live interview on the grounds of UT's Plant Park as part of their "Countdown to Kickoff" coverage of Super Bowl XLIII, which is being held in Tampa. The segment is one of many being filmed throughout the week on the UT campus in anticipation of the Super Bowl. CNN Sports is also conducting similar live segments throughout the week in UT's Plant Park.
 

 
Universities Go Increasingly 'Green'
St. Petersburg Times
Jan. 30, 2009

This story highlights several conservation efforts that have been put in place at UT in order to make the campus more environmentally friendly. Linda Devine, vice president of operations and planning, discusses the University's increased commitment to sustainability. The story also notes the work of a team of UT graduate business students, who participated in a project involving ways of incorporating cost-effective, environmentally responsible practices into local businesses.

 
Big Game Bid
Bay News 9
Jan. 27, 2009

Ross Bartow, coordinator of UT's Sports Management department, offered his insight on the Super Bowl bidding process in an interview with Bay News 9. As Tampa prepares to host Super Bowl XLIII, Bartow said the economic impact is just one factor influencing a community's pursuit of the big game. "Everything that's spent, that's a very big part of it," Bartow said. "But there's also community pride. What's it worth to our community? What does it make us feel about the place we call home?"

A similar story, in which Bartow was also quoted, appeared in the St. Petersburg Times.
 

 
Live from UT
KTVK-Phoenix
Jan. 26, 2009

As the city of Tampa prepares to host Super Bowl XLIII, The University of Tampa has been at the center of preparations for the big event. This video news segment from KTVK in Phoenix featured a live broadcast from the UT campus.
 
Agency Helps Troubled Teens and Their Families Survive
Tampa Tribune
Jan. 26, 2009

Ronald Kuntze, assistant professor of marketing, comments in this article on the business model used by Success for Kids & Families, a Tampa agency that provides counseling and other services to families and at-risk youth.
 

 
Students Give Back to the Community in Honor of Civil Rights Leader
10 Connects
Jan. 19, 2009

UT's PEACE (People Exploring Active Community Experience) Volunteer Center attracted attention in the media with its annual Day of Service, which honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This story from 10 Connects focused on a group of UT students who helped clean up litter as part of the Day of Service.

The story was also covered by WTVT - Fox 13.

 
Revolution Fill Up Depth Chart
The Boston Globe
Jan. 16, 2009

Ryan Maxwell, a senior standout player on the UT men's soccer team, captured a place on the New England Revolution major league soccer team Jan. 15 during the first round of the MLS SuperDraft.

News outlets that also covered the story included The Tampa Tribune, Soccer365.com and Goal.com.
 

 
Are Florida's Six-Member Juries Constitutional?
St. Petersburg Times
Jan. 8, 2009
Alisa Smith, associate professor of criminology, talks about her appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in this article regarding the state of Florida's practice of using six-member juries in felony prosecutions. Smith argues that the use of these smaller juries is unconstitutional. 
 

 
Your Turn - Plots Against Hitler
WTVT-Fox 13
Jan. 9, 2009

Terry Parssinen, professor of history, was a guest for a discussion with Fox's Kathy Fountain regarding the recent Holloywood film "Valkyrie" and the attempts made to assassinate Adolf Hitler during and before World War II. Parssinen is the author of "The Oster Conspiracy," which details a 1938 plot to kill the Nazi dictator.
 

 
Your Turn - Retail Holiday Sales
WTVT-Fox 13
Jan. 6, 2009

John Stinespring, assistant professor of economics, discussed the recent rise in U.S. savings rates in a panel discussion with Fox's Kathy Fountain and the ill effect the rise could have on the economy. According to Stinespring, people are saving more and spending less due to economic concerns. "This is the worst time for this to be happening," he said. "The problem is that if everyone saves their pennies, we will experience a paradox thrift ... where, it turns out, you won't end up saving more in the long run because jobs will be lost and spending will be lower.
 

 
Fond Memories of the Late Playwright Harold Pinter, A Friend
St. Petersburg Times
Jan. 4, 2009

Frank Gillen, Dana Professor of English, reflects on the life of the renowned playwright in this article for the St. Petersburg Times. A friend of Pinter’s, Gillen is editor of the Pinter Review at UT – a semiannual academic journal devoted to Pinter’s work and published by the UT Press.