2011 Media Stories

Resolve to Please Yourself

By Ernest Hooper
St. Petersburg Times
Dec. 27, 2011

In a story about keeping resolutions, Joe Sclafani, professor of psychology and interim dean of student services, suggests success can be a matter of changing your environment and social support. He offered three suggestions: 1) Create support groups; 2) Write goals down and post them in visible areas; and 3) Set realistic and specific expectations.
 

Jeff Parker: Disquiet Conference Attracts Writers to Lisbon

By Millicent Borges Accardi
Portuguese American Journal
Dec. 22, 2011

Jeff Parker, director of UT’s MFA in Creative Writing, is the director and co-founder of Disquiet, an event this summer in Portugal that highlights Portuguese-American and Portuguese writers. “You know a program like this is sort of like recreating Paris in the 20s in microcosm. We take a group of writers–in this case 50 of them–and plop them as expats into strange and underexplored environs,” said Parker. “The only difference is we facilitate engagement with Portugal’s literary culture.” Full story  

University of Tampa Accepted into National Honor Society

Tampa Bay Business Journal
Dec. 19, 2011

The University of Tampa has been accepted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society, which recognizes the special achievements of nontraditional/adult undergraduates. The society focuses on students who accomplish academic excellence while maintaining commitments to family and career. UT’s chapter of the society will invite candidates for membership in the next several weeks and hold its first induction ceremony during the spring 2012 semester. Full story  

Startup Culture Starts to Set Down Roots in Tampa Bay Business Community

By Robert Trigaux
St. Petersburg Times
Dec. 18, 2011

Tampa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is growing, part of which UT Professor Rebecca White attributes to this long stretch of bad economy. "It's more important today than in prosperous times," she says. "We are in a position where people who did not see themselves as entrepreneurs increasingly want to take responsibility for their own lives and careers." Full story
 

Census: Half of Americans are Poor

By Jeremy Campbell
WTVT-FOX 13
Dec. 15, 2011

The most recent census shows the middle class is shrinking. "Your typical family -- a family of four, two parents, two children -- if you're making about $44,000 a year, that's about what we consider the low income threshold. So if you're below that number you are low income," said Joshua Hall, University of Tampa assistant professor of economics. But he said not to read too much into the numbers. "Are you able to have the standard of living that you envision? That's what I think is most important," Hall says. Full story  

Study: Mormons Twice as Likely to Favor GOP; Have "Above Average" Interest in Politics

By Electa Draper
The Denver Post
Dec. 14, 2011

A new study co-authored by UT Assistant Professor Ryan Cragun gives a social profile of the Mormon community. The new findings, called "The Mormon Population of the U.S. 1990-2008: An Analysis of Socio-Demographic Trends and Regional Differences," is based on Trinity College's massive 2008 American Religious Identification Survey of more than 54,000 Americans. Full story

A similar story appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune.

University of Tampa Adds Parcels for Expansion

By Michael Sasso
The Tampa Tribune
Dec. 13, 2011

A series of land purchases could help the University of Tampa expand its campus by at least a third, city documents show. Some of the elements in the master plan are more student residences, more parking, more room for University functions and new sports fields. Full story  

UT’s Rebecca White Selected for Founding Board of Startup Florida

Tampa Bay Business Journal
Dec. 8, 2011

UT’s Rebecca White, professor of management and the James W. Walter Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship, has been selected for the founding board of Startup Florida, a program created to boost innovation and entrepreneurship by encouraging private investments in startup businesses. Full story  

'Black Friday' Surge Continues for Bay Area Retailers

By Anthony Miller
WTVT-FOX 13
Dec. 3, 2011

Black Friday deals have extended into the shopping season. "These marketing campaigns actually work really well in the economy that we have right now," said University of Tampa marketing professor Erika Matulich. "The consumers are so value conscience right now that the only thing getting them back into the stores are these deals and the door-busters." Full story 

Shop at Work, and Save America?

“Room for Debate”
New York Times
Dec. 2, 2011

Pranjal Gupta is an associate professor of marketing at the University of Tampa, joined a New York Times debate regarding online shopping. Gupta said shoppers use similar evaluation methods both online and bricks-and-mortar stores. “Many consumers still try to find tools to make their decisions easier and faster. Thus, they may use electronic word-of-mouth (reviews, etc.) or electronic recommendation agents, and still make poor decisions based on those inputs,” Gupta said. “Thus, what I am seeing, through empirical results, is that for many consumers online shopping does not create more optimal choice making.” Full story  

Cosmetic Piano Redesign a Cosmic Change in Tune

By Christina Cosdon
The Republic
Dec. 02, 2011

Grigorios Zamparas, an assistant professor of music at the University of Tampa and an international concert pianist, got the opportunity to play a piano with Justin Elliott’s new design, one with an astonishingly clear sound. "I was really shocked," said Zamparas. "The Royal Ebony had a fuller, bigger sound. Soft sounds are clear and distinct. The instrument is more alive, more expressive and responsive. It speaks to you." Elliott is a piano restorer, designer-builder and master tuner. He has toured as the piano technician for such artists as Elton John, Ramsey Lewis, Herbie Hancock and Alicia Keys.

A similar story appeared in the St. Petersburg Times.
 

UT Student's Mouth May Earn $25,000

By Walt Belcher
The Tampa Tribune
Dec. 02, 2011

Michael Jones, a University of Tampa film student, appeared on the "Rachael Ray Show" on Dec. 2 as one of the winners of a national contest involving using his mouth. He also could win up to $25,000 in this "Life Opens Up Project," sponsored by Proctor and Gamble's Crest and Oral-B products. Full story
 

UT, 49ers Star Freddie Solomon Honored at Tribute

By Joey Johnston
The Tampa Tribune
Dec. 1, 2011

The Nov. 30 "Freddie and Friends'' affair was attended by 500 people and sponsored by the DeBartolo family, UT and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. More than $200,000 was raised to help fund the endowment of a UT scholarship in Freddie Solomon's name. "I didn't seek this,'' said Solomon ’75, as his wife, Dee, stood nearby. "But I am grateful and I will cherish this night the rest of my life. All I know is to work hard, do your job and be a good teammate.'' Full story

Similar stories appeared in the St. Petersburg Times, WTSP – Channel 10 and Tampa Bay Business Journal.
 

Legend of Freddie Solomon Gets Spotlight Treatment at University of Tampa

By Gary Shelton
St. Petersburg Times
Nov. 30, 2011

From 49ers teammates like Joe Montana and former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo to a variety of Tampa community members, people have a lot of kind words for their friend Freddie Solomon’75. On Nov. 30, those who love Solomon will gather at The University of Tampa's Vaughn Center to celebrate the player, the person, the teacher, the mentor, the champion and the community leader. Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Tribune.

UT Lacrosse team using cool 'staches to raise awareness for cancer

By Ellen McNamara
ABC Action News
Nov. 26, 2011

The UT lacrosse team is celebrating Movember by growing mustaches and raising awareness and money to battle cancer. "It's a way for men to raise money for male cancers such as prostate cancer and testicular cancer," said sophomore Mike Tyrrell. Full story 

Richard Schmidt Earns 600th Career Win

By Nicole Darin
WTSP-Channel 10
Nov. 26, 2011

University of Tampa head men's basketball coach Richard Schmidt became the fourth active NCAA Division II coach and 12th overall to reach 600 victories as his Spartans defeated the University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon by a 53-44 score. Schmidt, in his 29th season at the helm of the Spartans, also spent two years at Vanderbilt University and now stands at 600-284 in his 31 years of coaching. Full story
 

Much-covered Media Ethics Flap Fails to Register

By Tamara Lush
The Seattle Times
Nov. 23, 2011

When Jim Romenesko resigned from the Poynter Institute after being accused of plagiarism, the story made headlines in journalism circles because of both parties’ stature. Dan Reimold, a professor of journalism at the University of Tampa and a blogger at PBS' MediaShift, said it’s a sign that “There really is nothing sacred in media circles right now.” He said he hopes the takeaway is vigilance. "I know at least for me, it prompted an internal look back at a lot of my personal blogs," he said. " If there is one positive out of all this craziness, I would hope it would be this larger look at how we attribute. Mere hyperlinks may not be enough." Full story  

Retailers Use Scents to Entice Customers

By Dr. Joette Giovinco
WTVT-FOX 13
Nov. 23, 2011

Store owners are filling the air with scents, a practice called ambient scenting, hoping the smells trigger positive memories and thus make shoppers more likely to buy. "There's a big science behind scents," says Erika Matulich, marketing professor at The University of Tampa. “If they can get those subconscious memories to come up, and you feel good, you feel positive, energized, you are going to be more likely to buy something." Full story
 

UT's Richard Schmidt moves within 1 of 600

By Dave Wirth
WTSP-Channel 10
Nov. 17, 2011

The University of Tampa men's basketball team recorded a South Region victory over Palm Beach Atlantic University on Wednesday evening, moving Tampa head coach Richard Schmidt to 599 as the legendary Spartan leader looks to become the fourth active NCAA Division II coach to reach the milestone. He also ranks 12th among all Division II coaches in wins. Full story

A similar story appeared in the St. Petersburg Times.

Want To Be An Entrepreneur? Go To School

By Shelly Schwartz
CNBC.com
Nov. 14, 2011

An increase in interest by students in entrepreneurial degrees has universities responding. Many students want to on their own business, however many others are just seeking ways to think differently and more creatively. “There’s a lot to be frustrated about right now with the economy and job market and you can either find ways to lash out at what’s going on or you can be proactive and find ways to work around it,” says Rebecca White, director of the Florida Entrepreneurship Center at The University of Tampa Sykes College of Business. “That’s the spirit of entrepreneurship.” Full story  

Schmidt Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

By Joe Henderson
The Tampa Tribune
Nov. 10, 2011

Men’s basketball head coach Richard Schmidt was hired to restart the UT program in 1983. On his watch, the Spartans have gone to the NCAA Division II tournament 15 times and were a national semifinalist in 2001. Schmidt is two victories shy of 600 for his coaching career — 30 years in all, counting two seasons at Vanderbilt. "It means I've done something right all these years," Schmidt said. "I still love it. I don't know how much longer, but I'm still here." Full story  

UT, Helios Partner in Student Success Initiative

TBO.com
Nov. 9, 2011

The University of Tampa and Helios Education have partnered for a new initiative called “Student Success-Responding to a National Imperative.” The initiative is designed to increase college graduation rates for first-generation and under-represented students at UT. Helios is investing $1.3 million over four years in the program. Full story 

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

DNA Study: Spotted Horses Depicted in Cave Paintings Really Existed

By Eryn Brown
Los Angeles Times
Nov. 8, 2011

A recent study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, and co-authored by Rebecca Bellone, an associate biology professor, suggests 25,000-year-old cave paintings of spotted horses on the walls of caves in Pech Merle, France, are true depictions of horses in the vicinity at the time, previously thought untrue. Full story

Similar stories appeared in several publications including the Montreal Gazette and the Boston Herald.

Your Daily Activity of Surfing Facebook, Tweeting, and Checking in on LinkedIn Could Lead to a Job

By Sarina Fazan
ABC Action News
Nov. 7, 2011

With a rise in employers seeking employees with social media skills, recent grads often don’t know how to apply the tools to the benefit of a business. To combat that, Judith Washburn, associate marketing professor, says social media needs to be a part of every curriculum."Social media should not be something that stands alone. How social media works best is when it is coordinated with all your other promotional effort," Washburn said. "I don't think social media is a fad or a trend. I think it's here to stay. I think it is going to evolve." Full story  

WEDNESDAY’S CUP: Shark Wants Entrepreneur Administration

Gulf Coast Business Review
Nov. 02, 2011

Kevin Harrington, an entrepreneur who is one of the hosts of ABC’s Shark Tank, judged several University of Tampa students’ ideas for the next big thing during a meeting of Tampa Bay Innovates. Some of the ideas included a cell phone app that pays tolls at any toll station and cloud software to narrow the pool of potential employees. Harrington was excited with the innovative attitudes of attendees. Full story 

Get to Know Several Standout Athletes

NCAA.com
Oct. 31, 2011

Senior Ryan Griffin was one of three soccer players around the nation profiled by NCAA.com. He said his best team moment is winning the 2010 Sunshine State Conference tournament championship in double overtime. “It was just a really special win and lifting the trophy with my team after a dramatic double overtime winner and celebrating after the game has certainly been my greatest memory with the UT soccer team up to this point.” Full story  

No. 1 Tampa beats Florida Southern

NCAA.com
Oct. 26, 2011

While chasing its best start in program history, No. 1 Tampa won its road match against conference rival Florida Southern in four sets. With the win, the Spartans improved to 24-0 with a 11-0 Sunshine State Conference record while the Moccasins fell to 13-11 with a 7-5 mark in conference. Friday the Spartans face Eckerd in a Friday night away match. With the win, Tampa can tie their best start in team history at 25. Full story  

Political Ads to Start During Holidays

By Tanya Arja
WTVT-Fox
Oct. 24, 2011

With the decision by several states to move up their primary date to January, the political season will be extended. This typically gives an advantage to the campaigns that have been running longest, said University of Tampa associate professor and political expert Scott Paine. It also means the TV and radio will be ripe with campaign ads this holiday. "The airwaves over the holidays are going to be saturated with pictures of snow and pictures of candidates kissing babies," Paine said. "The candidates really need the time to saturate those markets.” Full story  

Former UT Student Escapes Libya

WTVT-Fox
Oct. 20, 2011
A former basketball star at The University of Tampa knows what it's like to live in Libya and live under the gun of Gadhafi's thugs. Mounir Benzegala ’10 was there when the unrest was just beginning to explode, and he says he was lucky to get out alive. He spoke with Tom Kolbe, sports information director at UT, during the ordeal. "He told us, 'I need to get out of here, I'm gonna die'," said Kolbe. Full story 

USF, UT Business Schools Named in Princeton Review Ranking

Tampa Bay Business Journal
Oct. 12, 2011

UT’s Sykes College of Business was recognized by The Princeton Review as among the 294 best business schools. The rankings are based on surveys of 19,000 students attending business schools in the 2010-2011 and 2008-2009 academic years, the Review said. The Review’s statistics show the average starting salary for UT business school graduates is $56,500. Full story
 

College Admission Tips

By Anne Dwyer
WTVT-FOX 13
Sept. 29, 2011

Brent Benner, UT’s director of enrollment management for the Office of Admissions, offered several suggestions for high school students who are looking to choose a college. He suggested making sure the school offers a desired major plus a backup or two. He recommended students do a campus visit when school is in session, note the school’s diversity and the off-campus opportunities to build a resume. He also suggested students not be scared by a private school’s cost of tuition. “Very few people pay the sticker price of private universities,” said Benner, citing Harvard, Stanford, the University of Miami and UT as examples. “This is namely because of scholarships and need-based aid that private universities have.”  

Plant Hall: Climb Inside Minaret Towers at University of Tampa

By Grayson Kamm
WTSP-Channel 10
Sept. 28, 2011

A history lesson on Plant Hall, this tour of what used to be the Tampa Bay Hotel includes a climb inside one of the minarets. "Henry Plant had traveled in Europe and the Middle East, and he was captivated by the Middle Eastern architecture," said Sally Shifke, museum relations coordinator for the Henry B. Plant Museum. "And he wanted to create this exotic palace for wealthy northerners to come and visit." Video  

Martinez Sports Center Expansion Under Way

By George Wilkens
The Tampa Tribune
Sept. 26, 2011

A two-phase expansion and renovation of The University of Tampa's Martinez Sports Center is under way, adding classrooms, offices and more space for athletics. This initial phase — scheduled for completion early next year — will add a second floor to the building's northeast corner. The space will be used by the Department of Health Sciences and Human Performance and for general academics. Full story  

American Indian Mounds are Florida's Hidden Monuments

By John Capouya
St. Petersburg Times
Sept. 25, 2011

In his own words, John Capouya, an assistant professor of journalism and writing, gives glimpses into the past three-year adventure he’s had wife his photographer wife, Suzanne Williamson. The couple has explored Florida’s ancient Native American mound sites and is sharing their work in an exhibit opening Oct. 8 at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg. It includes Williamson’s photos and Capouya’s creative nonfiction writing on the subject. Full story  

Cain Comes Away with Straw Poll Victory

By Anthony Miller
WTVT-FOX 13
Sept. 24, 2011

When it comes to Presidential politics it is possible that no other state holds as much sway as the Sunshine State. “Florida without question is a critical state not only in the Republican primaries that are coming early next year but for the November election next year," says University of Tampa associate professor Scott Paine. “When it comes to Republican politics in Florida the GOP straw poll has proved very prophetic.” Full story  

Cantanach Working Usual Magic in College Volleyball

By David Edole
Virgin Islands Daily News
Sept. 22, 2011

Chris Catanach, UT’s volleyball coach for 28 years, said last season’s one game shy of a national title has the team ready for a second shot. "You never want to finish second, but we are proud of our accomplishment," said Catanach. "So far, we are 9-0 and playing very well." Full story 

Pam Iorio Takes on UT Leadership Program Post

Tampa Bay Business Journal
Sept. 21, 2011

Pam Iorio, former Tampa mayor, is the new leader-in-residence in the TECO Center for Leadership at The University of Tampa. She will present guest lectures, help develop leadership programs on campus and be an advocate for UT in the community. The leader-in-residence position fulfills a Sykes College of Business goal of housing outstanding professionals on campus. Full story

Similar stories appear in the Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times.

Tampa Lacrosse Names Pair of Asst. Coaches

LAXPower.com
Sept. 20, 2011

University of Tampa head coach Rory Whipple has announced the hiring of Mike Ryder and Michael von Kamecke, who will serve as assistant coaches for the program, slated to begin competition in the spring of 2012. "Both Ryder and von Kamecke come from a strong lacrosse background at Salisbury University and will be valuable additions to The University of Tampa as we begin our first year of competition," says Whipple. Full story  

Dolphin Tale Experience Left Its Mark on Cast & Crew

By Joe Belcastro
Examiner.com
Sept. 19, 2011

Dolphin Tale Director Charles Martin Smith lauded the local talent he hired for the shoot. Kelsey Stroop ’10 was Smith’s assistant during the shoot in Clearwater as a film student. When he needed to hire an assistant for L.A., he asked her. “She's a gem, a real gem," said Smith. “We're stealing all the talented people out of Florida." Full story  

Why Businesses Want to Give You Free Stuff

By Chris Chmura
WTVT-FOX 13
Sept. 17, 2011

Marketing experts say companies are turning to giveaways to lure increasingly budget-conscious consumers. "But it's not really free, they're not trying to be nice,” said University of Tampa Marketing Professor Erika Matulich. “It's a business plan. It's part of their promotional plan." She said the free items are traffic builders on otherwise slow business days. While a nice incentive, she advises consumers to be smart shoppers. "Read the fine print,” she said. As the old adage goes, “nothing’s free.” Full story
 

SlutWalk Tampa Organizers March Against Sexual Abuse

By Stephanie Hayes
St. Petersburg Times
Sept. 16, 2011

When Charli Solis ’14 couldn’t find a SlutWalk in Tampa, she decided to start her own. The downtown Tampa event Sept. 17 raises awareness against sexual abuse and can draw a flashy crowd. “I think this is the biggest movement of its kind for my generation," said Solis. "It's not about encouraging women to dress like sluts or be sluts. It's about mocking that meaningless concept of calling people sluts." Full story 

Public Figures, Questionable Statements

By Anthony Miller
WTVT-FOX 13
Sept. 15, 2011

Questionable statements about health risks from television and political personalities can lead many to worry, even if those making the statements have no credentials. "We tend to trust celebrities, if they made it that far, if they're a popular figure we put our trust into those celebrities and we believe what they have to say," said Erika Matulich, a UT marketing professor. "There's a reason we use those celebrity voices, and celebrity endorsers are chosen very carefully because we have that trust in them." Full story
 

Monoprint Leaves an Imprint on Georgia Southern

By Quaniqua Epps
The George-Anne
Sept. 15, 2011
An exhibit from The University of Tampa is travelling to other schools, most recently Georgia Southern University. STUDIO-f: Monoprints from the University of Tampa originated from master printer Julio Juristo who wanted a collaborative project that would bring world-renowned visiting artists to university settings. The exhibit promotes a place where student artists communicate with professional artists in a setting that is established as well as welcoming. Full story  

'Dumbest Generation' author to speak in Tampa

St. Petersburg Times
Sept. 13, 2011

UT’s Teaching Guild will host Mark Bauerlein, author of The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future; Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30, on campus Friday, Sept. 16. Bauerlein contends that the digital age of gratification is creating a generation of youth who are less engaged politically and culturally. Full story  

U.S. News Releases College Rankings

By Molly O’Toole
Reuters
Sept. 13, 2011

In the 28th edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings, The University of Tampa placed 23rd among the rankings of regional universities in the South, coming ahead of USF-St. Petersburg which placed 75th. Full story  

Inside the List

By Jennifer Schuessler
The New York Times
Sept. 2, 2011

One impact of the 9/11 attacks was a spur in atheism, including extremists who labeled themselves New Atheists. One positive outcome of the extremists, asserts Ryan Cragun, a sociologist of religion at The University of Tampa, is that they have created a forum for discussion. “Now it is O.K. to be a moderate atheist because you can point to the stridency of the New Atheists and say, ‘At least I am not one of them,’ ” said Ryan Cragun, a sociologist of religion at The University of Tampa. “It opens up a bigger space for freethinkers to actually communicate.” Full story  

College Launches Secular Studies Program

By Kimberly Winston
The State Journal-Register
Sept. 2, 2011

Starting this semester, Pitzer College, a small liberal arts school in Southern California, is offering a bachelor’s degree in secular studies, the first of its kind in the U.S. The new degree is in response to a growing interest in secularism. “It is now OK to say I am interested in this topic and I want to study it,” said Ryan Cragun, a sociologist at The University of Tampa who will co-edit the new Secularism and Nonreligion journal which debuts in January. Full story  

Why Do They Call it That? University of Tampa and the UT Spartans History

By Grayson Kamm
WTSP-Channel 10
Aug. 31, 2011

WTSP-Channel 10 highlights the history of The University of Tampa in this video piece, “Why Do They Call it That?” From getting its start in the chemistry lab of Hillsborough High School to the reason behind the Spartan mascot, reporter Grayson Kamm and University archivist Art Bagley tell UT’s story. Video
 

20 Under 25: Kaneesha Heath

By David Warner
Creative Loafing
Aug. 26, 2011

Kaneesha Heath, a senior at The University of Tampa, was chosen by Creative Loafing for its 20 Under 25 feature. Heath has won several awards in campus filmfests, including Best Drama for Breaking Point, an AT&T Golden Mobile Award for Contagious (for films that make use of a cellphone), and an award for best set design for Hell. Her longest film, Snakes in the Grass, was screened at this spring's Gasparilla International Film Festival. Full story  

Which Schools are #DuhWinning? Her Campus Releases Its 2011 National Rankings

World Book and News
Aug. 25, 2011

Her Campus, an online magazine for college women, has included The University of Tampa in its 2011 Her Campus College Rankings. On a list of 10 top destination schools, UT came in at number 4 for being one of the best colleges for education and leisure. Judged by student experts at more than 175 colleges, Her Campus ranked schools on everything from Greek Life to Girl Power. Full story
 

University of Tampa’s MIS Degree Receives Accreditation

Tampa Bay Business Journal
Aug. 25, 2011

The University of Tampa’s bachelor’s degree program in management information systems was accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. ABET accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing quality education, said Frank Ghannadian, dean of Sykes College of Business. Full story  

Class of 2015 'Mindset List'

WTVT-Fox
Aug. 24, 2011

Tuesday was move-in day at The University of Tampa, and as parents watched their freshmen leave the nest, it was clear the generation gap is as sharp as ever. It's all spelled out in the Mindset List for the Class of 2015, compiled by Beloit College. "(Computers have) been a big part of my life. It's always had computers in it. You can't even apply to most colleges unless it's online," said Lauren James. Most students hear the phrase "PC" and recognize the meaning as personal computer, or as Matthew Peter puts it, "(A) regular computer, not a Mac." 

Colleges Talk about Federal Loan Cuts

By Ashley Porter
WTSP-Channel 10
Aug. 22, 2011

Earlier this month, the national debt ceiling deal included eliminating some graduate school loans in order to fund the Pell Grant program for low-income students. Starting July 1, 2012, federal subsidized loans for graduate students will be cut. "These students are working hard going back to school, they're trying to prove themselves and improve us as a nation, and a lot of them aren't going to be able to afford to do that now. And that's a shame," says Jackie LaTorella, director of financial aid at The University of Tampa. Full story/video
 

Flexible Men Try Broga — Yoga For Bros

By Doug Tribou
90.9 WBUR - NPR
Aug. 20, 2011

While specialized yoga classes try to appeal to a male customer, Assistant Professor John Capouya said he thinks fear of embarrassment keeps many men from giving yoga a shot. “I think it’s kind of like the stereotype of men won’t ask for directions when they’re driving,” said Capouya who published Real Men Do Yoga in 2003. “You know, they don’t want to go to a room in front of a bunch of women and the person says, ‘OK, shining upside down dog pose’ and you don’t know what she’s talking about and you don’t do it and you’re behind. I think some people are reluctant to put themselves in that position.” Full story
 

Hard Work, Study Lands Hollywood Dream Job for Oakland Graduate

By Mealand Ragland-Hudgins
Daily News Journal
Aug. 20, 2011

In a conversation with theater students at her alma mater, Oakland High School, Kelsey Stroop ’10 said she never expected to be working on a major motion picture so soon. It was a college professor, she said, who recommended her for a job at the production company of the motion picture “Dolphin Tale.” "Being able to see the movie from the beginning, when we still had people to hire and going all the way through post-production work and having a boss that was willing to teach me and allowed me to learn throughout had to be the best thing," said Stroop, who would like to work as a movie producer in the future.  

University of Tampa project will expand its College of Natural Health and Sciences

By Justin George
St. Petersburg Times
Aug. 19, 2011

UT’s newest construction is in response to the University's tremendous growth, which has boomed by nearly 55 percent since 2002, going from 4,261 students to a projected 6,600 students this fall. Much of the construction project will help the College of Natural Health and Sciences, where 35 percent of entering freshmen are declaring their majors, said the college's dean, Jim Gore. "Health-related fields are always good jobs to have and maybe health-related jobs are seen as recession proof," he said. Full story  

U. of Tampa Chapel to Encourage Values

School Construction News
Aug. 8, 2011 


The Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values is a 15,000-square-foot project designed with a global perspective to express values of faith and spirituality common to all cultures. The Center features a gallery, meeting room, two meditation rooms, and a main hall with reconfigurable seating for 260 people, expandable stage, and one of Florida’s largest pipe organs. “This dedication is long awaited by many people and for many different reasons,” said President Ronald Vaughn. “Having such a place will elevate the intellectual discourse at UT and nurture the development of character and values of our students.” Full story 

Young College Shows a New Way for Kurds

By Dan Reimold
St. Petersburg Times
Aug. 7, 2011  


Dan Reimold, an assistant professor of journalism, details his experience in the Kurdish region of Iraq at the American University of Iraq Sulaimani. Reimold was there this summer to observe a group of student journalists who founded Iraq's first post-Saddam independent college newspaper. Full story  

USF, UT Receive Federal Nursing Grants

Tampa Bay Business Journal
Aug. 1, 2011

The University of Tampa and the University of South Florida were among the Florida schools that received part of a $71.3 million federal grant package to expand nursing education. Most of the local grants were for advanced education nursing traineeships, supporting registered nurses who enroll in advanced education. The University of Tampa received $28,220. Full story  

Pride is in Accomplishment

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Tribune
July 21, 2011

Education is highly valued for Tampa’s Tino Martinez, a two-time All-Star and member of four World Series championship teams with the New York Yankees. When he left The University of Tampa to pursue his baseball career, Martinez vowed to complete his degree one day. This May, Martinez received his diploma in liberal studies with a concentration in business and. “It was a really great day,'' said Martinez, who credited UT professor Bob Birrenkott as a particularly instrumental figure in motivating him to complete his education. “It meant a lot for me. It meant a lot for my family.'' Full story  

From China, Flawless Fake IDs

By Doug Smith
WTVT-FOX
July 18, 2011

New technology is making it easier than ever to make and sell fake identification, and some of the most sophisticated fakes are coming from China. Gina Firth is an associate dean of wellness at The University of Tampa who has confiscated one of the Chinese-produced IDs. "We have some fake IDs that are coming out of China and ordered through the internet that have the holographic image. And they look so professional that from an untrained eye, it's very difficult to tell it's a fake ID," Firth said. 
 

Brash as a Candidate, Bob Buckhorn is More Low-Key as Mayor

By Richard Danielson
St. Petersburg Times
July 9, 2011

University of Tampa political scientist Scott Paine comments on Bob Buckhorn’s style as mayor versus that of Buckhorn’s predecessor, Pam Iorio. “Bob is well-schooled in the language of politics and is skilled in the sound bite, in creating the moment that gets a reaction. Pam was much more of the administrator, coming in and straightening up a house that was pretty out of order," said Paine, who served with Buckhorn on the City Council in the 1990s. Full story  

Tampa Bay Entrepreneur's Dilemma: Launch It, Love It and Then What?

By Nathan Schwagler
83 Degrees
June 28, 2011

Professor Rebecca White, director of the UT Entrepreneurship Center, weighs in on the Survey Monkey acquisition of Tampa company Wufoo and the debate if it’s a win for the Tampa Bay ecosystem or not. "It's good to have a demonstrable history of being able to spawn or birth acquisition targets. We need to celebrate these things so that we can think of ourselves as an entrepreneurial ecosystem,” White said. The challenge: "How to retain the learning? It's a loss of highly skilled intelligent folks. If the individuals are Tampa natives, perhaps they will bring back and give back to the community -- so it doesn't have to be totally negative.'' Full story  

A Social Media Strategy You Won't Forget

WTVT-FOX
June 9, 2011

In the wake of the Rep. Anthony Weiner social media debacle, Jen Straw, an adjunct instructor at the University of Tampa who teaches a class on social media, provided some guidelines on using social media. “If you couldn’t stand in the middle of Times Square and scream it out to everyone, then you shouldn’t put it anywhere on social media.”  

Is Customer Service Dead?

By Jeremy Campbell
WTVT-FOX
June 8, 2011

A new nationwide survey reports which stores are the worst when it comes to customer service, and what common customer service “pet peeves” rank highest. Among those are long wait times and automated recordings on the phone. Stores blame it on staffing shortages. “It’s not really surprising, and with today’s economy you see a lot of companies cutting their customer service and that’s the absolute wrong thing to do because customers will walk away,” said University of Tampa marketing professor Erika Matulich.  

UT Plans Expansion of Martinez Sports Center

By José Patino Girona
The Tampa Tribune
June 01, 2011  


The University of Tampa has announced two projects that will expand the Martinez Sports Center on North Boulevard. The first phase will add a second floor to the northeast corner of the Martinez Sports Center building. The second phase will be the construction of a two-story building attached to the southwest corner of the sports center. Full story 


Similar stories appeared in the St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Bay Business Journal.  

PolitiFact Florida's New Buck-O-Meter Tracks Bob Buckhorn's Campaign Promises

By Richard Danielson
St. Petersburg Times
May 29, 2011 


The Buck-O-Meter, an accountability project being launched by PolitiFact Florida, the fact-checking website of the St. Petersburg Times, compares candidate Buckhorn's intentions with Mayor Buckhorn's follow-through on at least 33 promises. When it came to the city's economic problems, voters did want a sense "of how we get out of this mess," said Scott Paine, a former City Council member and University of Tampa government professor. "From that vantage point, I think that Buckhorn's sense of vision, sense of doing something more aggressive and something new, did matter to a meaningful percentage of voters," Paine said. Full story  

Overcome Excuses for Not Exercising

The Patriot-News
May 29, 2011

Among the many excuses for not exercising, a UT adjunct professor answers the commonly used, "I don't know how to get started." Jerry Mangine, who teaches exercise science, suggests hiring hire someone who does, such as a personal trainer or a nutritionist/dietitian. "The key here is knowing how to progress your workout from something that will keep you motivated into something that will really finish the job," says Mangine.

Similar stories appeared in the Denver Post and Gainesville Sun.
 

Florida is Key for GOP in 2012

By Anthony Miller
WTVT-FOX
May 23, 2011 


After announcing his run for the presidency, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty went straight to Florida, which along with California, New York and Texas, is big in presidential politics. Republicans may do better this election cycle because the party controls the house and senate in Tallahassee. "They're just incredibly well positioned politically, it benefits the Republican candidate, it will benefit the Republican nominee," said Scott Paine of the University of Tampa.  

Crist's Attempt to Redraw His District is Criticized

By Mike Salinero
The Tampa Tribune
May 22, 2011 


Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist’s redistricting plan has ruffled some feathers. His attempt, which moves Temple Terrace into his district, is unusual but not necessarily improper, said Scott Paine, a political scientist at the University of Tampa. "I think what makes this dramatic is that this was a very early intervention," Paine said. "It was not done at a workshop or a public hearing."   

Florida Students in Culture Quest

By Amy Shanks
Hawkes Bay Today
May 21, 2011 


A group of 12 undergraduate sociology students paid a visit to Pakowhai School as part of a 17-day trip studying culture and ethnicity in New Zealand. "We choose this school because it's small, rural and has a 40 per cent Maori population," said Norma Winston, UT professor of sociology. "It gives the students a chance to interact with different cultures." Full story  

Executive MBAs for Under $50,000? Yes, They Exist.

By John A. Byrne
Fortune Magazine
May 16, 2011 


The University of Tampa was ranked with nearly 50 business schools in the U.S. that offer executive MBAs for less than $50,000 in total tuition. Other contenders include DePaul University, the University of Florida and the University of Alabama. Full story 

Future Graduates Reconsider Teaching

By Kimberly
ABC Action News
May 7, 2011

The passing of the new Florida budget means cutbacks that will affect teachers. Graduate Heather Wyble said she loves kids and the education system, which is why she wanted to go into teaching. Ed Cloutier, associate professor of education, said that is the same reason UT grads aren’t turned off from the profession by the cutbacks. “They’re teaching for the children, the adolescents, the young adults. They’re not in it for the money,” said Cloutier. Video 

Bin Laden's Death Presents New Questions for University of Tampa Class Studying 9/11

By Robbyn Mitchell
Times Staff Writer
May 4, 2011

The final meeting of a media analysis class at The University of Tampa on Tuesday included talk on the death of Osama bin Laden. What was surreal was the topic of the class - the work of journalists, filmmakers and government officials on the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The students' overall concern was that people's actions following the death could cause more harm than good. "We watched TV, saw them celebrating and said, 'They're acting like animals.' Why are we in the right and they are in the wrong?" asked Jenna McMahon, 23, a senior from Long Island, N.Y. Full story  

Fears of Backlash Following Bin Laden's Death

By Kristin Wright
WTVT-Fox
May 3, 2011  


Assistant Professor Denis Rey says Osama bin Laden’s most loyal followers will continue his legacy of terror. "I think for the true believers, those that are hard core radicals that are really fundamentalists out to attack and target the U.S., that's going to radicalize them," said Rey. "It's going to motivate them." But Dr. Rey says with their longtime leader and financier dead, Al Qaeda is weakened. The terrorist organization could lose fringe members who aren't motivated enough without bin Laden.

Celebrations Erupt Locally Upon News of Bin Laden's Death

By Donna Koehn
The Tampa Tribune
May 3, 2011 


As news of Osama bin Laden’s death circulated around the Tampa area, so did the eruptions of celebration. University of Tampa student Christopher Adamo said the mood was joyous. "Just an amazing night," he said. "Everybody was just celebrating. It was madness inside the courtyard here, … and just words can't express how happy we are today." Full story 

VIDEO: The International Impact of Osama bin Laden's Death

By Jeff Butera

ABC Action News

May 2, 2011 


Assistant Professor Denis Rey said that he anticipates someone will step up to fill Osama bin Laden’s shoes however he isn’t sure the attempt will be successful. “How well they can manage has yet to be known,” said Rey, who teaches government and world affairs. “My feeling is that Osama bin Laden was the cohesive individual. He’s the one that kept everyone committed. I’m not certain that someone else can carry that role.” Video  

 

Muscle-Building and Fat-Burning Answers From Two Top Researchers

Iron Man Magazine
April 28, 2011 

Jacob Wilson, assistant professor of exercise science and sport studies, answers several questions for Iron Man Magazine. His scientific answers on building a better physique included how bodybuilders burn bodyfat when eating protein every few hours, the best macronutrient percentages for building mass and losing fat, and the reasons against doing cardio on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Full story 

Websites Help Students Find Internships, For a Fee

By Cory Emerson
UPI
April 27, 2011

A new trend for finding internships is turning a profit. Students are guaranteed placement in an internship for a fee through several website services. This type of placement may work for some, said UT's internship coordinator Ali Dunn, "However, students that cannot access these services due to financial or other restraints, are not at a disadvantage," she said. At UT, the Career Services office has more than 6,000 contacts and hundreds of internships available each year, Dunn said. Those resources are free to students. Full story  

$200,000 Offered for Photo of Rep. Giffords

By Warren Elly
WTVT-FOX
April 26, 2011

Final launch of the NASA shuttle Endeavor on Friday will be attended by Capt. Mark Kelly's wife, Gabrielle Giffords, the wounded Arizona congresswoman. There will be increased security due to rumors of a $200,000-plus bounty by a tabloid for photos of Giffords. University of Tampa media expert Dr. Scott Paine say he's not surprised by the big money offers for photos. "Whether it's the perfect beautiful picture or the perfect embarrassing picture, whatever will attract that audience."   

2011 Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference Recap

By Michael Luchies
Associated Content from Yahoo!
April 26, 2011

The 2011 Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference was held at The University of Tampa April 1-3, encouraging aspiring entrepreneurs through education, networking and opportunity. Included in the conference was a business pitch contest where UT's Michael Verdi took the $500 second-place prize with his smart phone application idea that involves tracking the shelf life of fruit sold in a grocery store. Full story  

Featured Campus: University of Tampa

USA Today College
April 26, 2011

A sunrise photo of The University of Tampa's landmark building, Plant Hall, was highlighted in the April 26 issue of USA Today's "U Today" online feature. U Today is an online resource for current and future college students. See photo.

UT Honor Student Fire Dispatcher of the Year

By Joyce McKenzie
Tampa Tribune
April 20, 2011

Stacey Auguste, a four-year veteran of the Temple Terrace communications center, was named 2010 Fire Dispatcher of the Year on April 12 by Fire Chief Keith Chapman. She's an honor student at UT and in every single call she handles here, her skills are above average," communications supervisor Molly Best said. "She's just very well-motivated and driven, and she is extremely intelligent." Auguste is a sophomore majoring in English literature and hopes to someday work as a journalist for the United Nations. Full story  

Virginia Tech Shootings Have Left Lasting Impression on Florida Colleges

By Kim Wilmath
St. Petersburg Times
April 16, 2011

The massacre at Virginia Tech University on April 16, 2007, revolutionized the way colleges approach student safety. In many ways, school became safer. USF and the University of Tampa both have programs aimed at identifying and helping "students of concern." Anyone can anonymously report students that seem to be in trouble. "Prior to Virginia Tech, students always defaulted to 'My campus is safe.' I think Virginia Tech shattered that impression to a point," UT associate dean of students Monnie Wertz said. "I think students now operate under a new normal: 'My campus is safe, but.' " Full story 

iPhone App Developed by University of Tampa Junior Honored in Webby Awards

By Jack Rowland
The Gadget Guy, St. Petersburg Times
April 15, 2011

Molly McGill '12 conceived and helped develop an iPhone app for the Breeder's Cup. In the 15th Webby Awards competition, judged recently, the app was noted as an official honoree in the Sports category. Full story  

Cancer Victims and Survivors to be Honored and Remembered

By Wendy Ryan
ABC Action News
April 15, 2011

The University of Tampa will hold its Relay for Life Kick-Off at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 15, on the intramural field by the stadium. Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's signature event. "Cancer does not sleep so for one night the students have made a pledge to not sleep either and to fight back," said Samantha Lauf, student chair for this year's event. Full story  

Picking a College 101

By Jen Miller
Marketplace Money
April 15, 2011


For many families across the country, the cost of higher education has become unaffordable. For Jen Miller, a University of Tampa graduate, choosing UT was the cheaper option for her family. It also led to a different career path and "no guillotine of massive student loans hovering over my neck," she said. "So I could take a risk. I pursued a career as a freelance journalist and author. Yes, it was my passion, but it's so much easier to follow your passion when you don't have the equivalent of a mortgage payment for a monthly student loan." Full story  

Beyond the (e)Bay

By Carl Cronan
Gulf Coast Business Review
April 15, 2011

Online ads make it easier to track the number of people viewing as well as results, such as click-throughs for more information or actual sales in the form of virtual shopping carts, says Erika Matulich, marketing professor at the University of Tampa's Sykes College of Business. That makes them superior to other ad forms, which offer only sketchy results, she says. "If I am a manager and can get a good ROI on new media forms, and I am simply guessing at ROI on traditional forms, my preference would be new media forms," Matulich says. Full story 

Ink-stained Students

By Karen Houppert
The Washington Post
April 10, 2011

While traditional newspapers are being abandoned by readers, college newspapers have had a loyal following by students. Dan Reimold, an assistant professor of journalism at The University of Tampa who writes a blog on the college media, said part of the reason is that student journalists are highly attuned to their audience's interests. For example, Reimold reports a huge increase in the number of articles on sex, love and sexual health. "Students are tackling one of the most popular or certainly seminal events in their lives," he says. Full story 

Poll: Voters Uneasy with Gov. Scott

By Gloria Gomez
WTVT-Fox
April 6, 2011

Only 35 percent of voters give new Gov. Rick Scott a good job approval rating. "He's taking this approach of, 'I'm the boss and you should do it my way.' And that doesn't work for governor," explained UT Associate Professor Scott Paine, who says the reasons for the governor's popularity problems vary from the economy, his governing style, right down to his likability. "It's a triple-whammy," Paine continued. "He never started very strong, he's not a good public relations person for himself, and he's making tough decisions that people don't like."

Incredible Shrinking Food Amounts

By Deborah Bowden
March 30, 2011
WTVT-Fox

Some products on grocery store isles are shrinking in size though consumers might not notice if they don't pay attention to what manufacturers are doing. "They certainly have seen increases in costs as well so they don't really want to pass those increased costs onto the consumer. They need to hide them somehow. They need to keep making their money so they're shrinking their groceries," said Erika Matulich, a University of Tampa marketing professor.   

Buckhorn Won Most Precincts in Tampa Mayor's Race

By Kevin Wiatrowski
The Tampa Tribune
March 24, 2011

Rose Ferlita lost the mayoral race when just three weeks ago she seemed the frontrunner. Winner Bob Buckhorn, a Democrat, may have benefited from the partisanship that crept into the officially nonpartisan race. Many of the East Tampa and South Tampa precincts Buckhorn carried in the runoff tend of vote Democratic, said Scott Paine, a former City Council member and communications and government associate professor at UT. "It is one of the things people ask," Paine said. "It is one of the markers they use." Full story 

University of Tampa Student Back at School after Trip Home to Nagano, Japan

By Alison Morrow
ABC Action News
March 22, 2011

University of Tampa sophomore Emiri Hashimoto spent spring break at home in Nagano, Japan. While she did get to enjoy some spring break relaxation, it was cut short by a devastating earthquake. Most worrisome was the damage done to nuclear reactors which she said officials were saying weren't a problem. She still worries about her parents who she left behind to return to school. "It was the scariest moment I've ever had in my life," Hashimoto recounted. "I don't want to go back to Japan anymore." Full story 

Women Could Sway Vote

By Richard Danielson
The St. Petersburg Times
March 20, 2011

The mayoral race may be determined by female voters, which outnumber male voters about 5-to-4, and UT's Scott Paine, an associate government professor, hopes they make their decisions not based on the recent attack ads. He said the candidates have set forth agendas and visions for the city that are distinct enough to give voters meaningful differences to consider. "That's what ought to be at the heart of the conversation," says Paine. "It's both a sign of the times politically and a function of early voting that the campaigns have degenerated to some extent into various attempts at character assassination. And that's unfortunate." Full story 

The President's Campus Interfaith Initiative

By Eboo Patel
The Huffington Post
March 18, 2011

The President has issued a call to college presidents, faculty, staff -- and especially students -- to lead interfaith service initiatives on their campuses, said Eboo Patel, founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, an organization UT has partnered with to build interfaith leadership programming on campus. Patel said this movement has been growing in significant ways on campuses across the country, at new places like University of South Carolina, Berea College and University of Tampa. The White House initiative, called the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, involves committing to a year of interfaith service initiatives. Full story 

Veterans Unleash Entrepreneurial Spirit

By Warren Elly
WTVT-Fox
March 18, 2011

Two marketing professors at UT at working to combat the issue of unemployed military veterans with great skills and discipline who are unable to find a job. Marketing experts Dr. Hemant Rustogi and Dr. Judith Washburn have started a boot camp for veterans who want to start their own businesses. "We thought this would be a great opportunity for veterans to come and learn from us and give them an opportunity to not take a job, but to make a job for themselves," Rustogi said.  

University of Tampa MBA Program Wins National Recognition

Tampa Bay Business Journal
March 16, 2011

U.S. News & World Report has named the part-time MBA program in the University of Tampa's Sykes College of Business one of the top 295 programs in the country. The kudos are included in the 2012 edition of "Best Graduate Schools." UT's program was ranked No. 138, tying with the University of Central Florida, Bradley University and St. John's University. Full story

A similar story appeared in Creative Tampa Bay.

Scott Dismisses Attorney for BP Claims

By Warren Elly
WTVT-Fox
March 10, 2011

Florida Governor Rick Scott is reducing the amount of government involvement in Florida issues, including BP oil spill claims. His administration said it hopes to pursue those claims without litigation. "Rick Scott looks at government as something that is essentially bad, and his goal is to minimize its role, absolutely, in Florida," University of Tampa political scientist Scott Paine said.  

The View from Atop Tampa History

By Charley Belcher
WTVT-Fox
March 10, 2011

The Chiselers give viewers a tour inside one of The University of Tampa's minarets. The Chiselers will be holding their annual market on Saturday, raising money for the continued restoration of one of Tampa's historic buildings. 

Similar story appear on Bay News 9.

Food Bank Almost Back to Normal after Flash Flood

By Hana Kim
WATE 6 News
March 9, 2011

UT students on an alternative break trip in Knoxville, TN, helped repair Second Harvest Food Bank which was swamped with floodwater last week. The UT students were in Knoxville repairing homes but the rainy weather gave them a change of plans. "The past two days we took off a roof, replaced a roof and painted around the house but today the weather isn't all that great for it," said Tampa student Elizabeth Knight. Full story 

Candidates Draw Party Interest in Nonpartisan Tampa Runoff Election

By Christian Wade
The Tampa Tribune
March 6, 2011

While candidates in Tampa's mayoral race can't campaign as Republicans or Democrats, it hasn't stopped major political parties from getting involved. Scott Paine, who teaches politics at UT, said inserting partisan politics into city government, where the name of the game is providing services for the taxpayers, makes it difficult for new leaders to govern. "You end up debating things that are irrelevant to what is going to determine the future of a city and you create animosity before these people are even sworn in," he said. Full story 

18 Firms Win University of Tampa Group's Sustainable Business Award

By Philip Morgan
St. Petersburg Times
March 4, 2011

For the third year, a group of UT graduate students helped select 18 firms for the 2011 Sustainable Business Award. The award, sponsored by Earth Charter U.S., recognizes a company's ability to succeed while protecting the environment, providing an employee-friendly workplace and serving the community. "I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot,'' said business student Krista Holle '11. Full story 

Co-ed Dorm Rooms Catching On?

By Gloria Gomez
WTVT-Fox
March 3, 2011

Rutgers University in New Jersey plans to add co-ed dorm rooms in an effort to be more inclusive of gay students. The university says, under its new policy, male and female students would be allowed to live in the same room. Krystal Schofield, director of student housing at the University of Tampa, says UT's halls are co-ed, but male and female students are not allowed to share bedrooms or bathrooms. She questions the success of Rutgers' efforts. "I think it will depend on the individuals and their maturity levels and their ability to handle it," she said.  

Dancers Put Their Best Feet Forward for Statewide Dance Project Saturday, March 5

By Julie Garisto
Creative Loafing
March 3, 2011

Students from The University of Tampa and the University of South Florida dance programs, along with others, will participate in the statewide Florida Waterways Dance Project. UT adjunct instructor Ya-Ju Lin will perform with the UT students at St. Pete Beach. The collaborative initiative celebrates arts in education by uniting various Florida art institutions in simultaneous site-specific performances inspired by Florida's unique waterways. Full story 

Police: Riverview Dentist Matthew Moye was Impaired at Time of Deadly Crash

By Laura Kadechka
WTSP-Channel 10
March 2, 2011

Douglas Kozar's parents recently announced an endowed scholarship at the University of Tampa in his name. The UT graduate was killed in an accident while walking home from work last October. "We decided we wanted to do something that we would keep Doug's memory alive," his father, Russ Kozar, said. "We wanted to do something that was somehow affiliated with UT. He absolutely loved the school."   

Bay Area Company CEOs Tell a Forum How They Got Their Businesses' Mojo Back in Hard Times

By Mark Albright
St. Petersburg Times
March 3, 2011

Tough times helped Publix, Jabil and Honey Baked Ham get their mojo back, the company CEOs told a crowd of more than 1,000 Wednesday at the annual University of Tampa Fellows Forum. All three re-engineered to get closer to customers. Full story 

Predictions of Budget Gridlock in Fl

By Warren Elly
WTVT-Fox
March 1, 2011

Scott Paine of the University of Tampa said of the budget cuts to education that, "there's this huge animosity already in place between the legislature and the governor. And then there's going to be all this battle within the legislature about how do you make the kind of cuts they want to make with the governor saying I'm going to veto it anyway."  

Turnout Key to This Year's Tampa Elections

By Richard Danielson
St. Petersburg Times
Feb 28, 2011

With a seriously contested mayor's race on March 1, turnout might approach the 33 percent of the 2003 election, when Mayor Pam Iorio emerged from a similarly competitive field. "This is a real mayor's race, and that's what drives the turnout," said Scott Paine, a former City Council member and University of Tampa government associate professor. Full story 

'Widows Market' a Source of Help in Brooksville

By Gail Hollenbeck
St. Petersburg Times
Feb. 26, 2011

Michelle Grady, who was widowed in the fall of 2008, has started a yard-sale type ministry through her church in Brooksville to help out other struggling widows. Grady, 39, is a UT student studying accounting. "One of the greatest benefits of the market is meeting other widows," she said. "If a widow comes in and we talk, you feel like you've made a connection with somebody that knows what you're going through every single day. Sometimes just making that connection and speaking with someone like that is greater than any amount of money we could have made in one day." Full story 

UT's Henriott Stages Comeback for the Ages

By Nick Williams
The Tampa Tribune
Feb. 24, 2011

University of Tampa pitcher Deanna Henriott threw a perfect game on Feb. 12, only the second in program history, and followed it with another no-hitter. Surprisingly, she missed the 2010 season with a hip injury. Considering she was told she may never pitch again, the start of the season has been especially special for Henriott. "It finally clicked this past weekend that I'm finally back," she said. Full story and video 

Tampa Mayoral Race in its Final Days

By Mitch Perry
Creative Loafing
Feb. 23, 2011

University of Tampa Associate Professor Scott Paine said there are similar concerns now about mayoral candidate Dick Greco as arose in 1995 (when he returned to City Hall after a 21-year interregnum). Paine thinks the former mayor will need more than his current level of 24 percent support to win a runoff. "He's going to need people who haven't decided that they like him," which could cost him big in a one-on-one match up." Full story 

UT Graduate, Friends Feed Tampa's Homeless

By George Wilkens
The Tampa Tribune
Feb. 21, 2011

In the tiny kitchen of her two-room South Tampa apartment, Clarine Ovando-Lacroux prepares a home-cooked meal for 60 strangers. Each Tuesday for more than a year, the recent University of Tampa sociology graduate, assisted by fellow students, has made and delivered hot food to scores of homeless people who gather downtown. "It shows we care," said the French-born Ovando-Lacroux. "And college students are going to be the next policymakers," she said. Full story 

UT Hires First Lacrosse Coach

By Travis Bell
WTSP-Channel 10
Feb. 19, 2011

The University of Tampa has hired Rory Whipple to start the Spartans' first-year lacrosse program. Whipple is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division II and was previously the head coach at Florida Southern College. "We are very fortunate to have a coach with Rory's ability and coaching experience," says athletic director Larry Marfise. "His record speaks for itself and I expect him to be an outstanding fit at The University of Tampa." Full story

A similar story appeared in Lax Power.

UPIU Mentors, Publishes Student Journalists Around the Globe

By Dan Reimold, UT assistant professor of journalism
PBS – MediaShift
Feb. 18, 2011

UPIU, a student journalism project run by the United Press International news service, does not just publish content by students; it provides classroom workshops, story editing, and one-on-one mentoring to help their pieces sing. "Students' involvement with UPIU ultimately helps underscore the lessons I am teaching them -- if nothing else, the importance of a news hook, timeliness, editorial collaboration, and three-source minimums," said Dan Remiold, UT assistant professor of journalism. Full story 

Mideast Democracies?

By Russell
WTVT-Fox
Feb. 15, 2011

Watching the revolutions in North Africa and bringing those discussions to his classroom have been tremendous tools for Denis Rey, UT assistant government professor. "We get to see a case study develop before our eyes while we discuss and talk about this stuff in class – transition towards democracy, authoritarian rule, what it takes for countries to become democratic, if democracy adaptable. This is great."   

Mid-East Democracy?

By Russell
WTVT-Fox
Feb. 10, 2011

Denis Rey, a UT government assistant professor, said the violent actions taken by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak weren't surprising. "Tyrants don't usually like to give up power. Their focus is to remain in power, and they are going to do whatever it takes to accomplish that." He said the lack of economic growth and unavailability of jobs can lead to an uprising calling for opportunity and a regime change. Rey said that since Egyptians can't vote the regime out of power, the only means available to them is social protest.

Crisis in Egypt

By Gloria Gomez
WTVT-Fox
Feb. 10, 2011

Assistant Professor Denis Rey said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's decision to stay in power could cause even more unrest in Egypt. "So far they've been peaceful but they may try to storm the presidential palace and take power," said Rey. While the world is witnessing an historic moment in the Middle East, Rey said he wonders what the impact of this revolution could be in the region. "If you see a movement towards democracy in Egypt, this might usher in a wave of democracy in the Middle East."   

Sex on Campus: Columnists, Events Gain Popularity

By Jenna Johnson, Campus Overload
The Washington Post
Feb. 10, 2011

Most college newspapers, magazines or blogs have a regular sex columnist, and some campuses have entire publications dedicated to the topic. Daniel Reimold, an assistant professor of journalism at The University of Tampa, has been following this trend for years and joined in a live chat with Campus Overload answering questions from readers about sex columnists, college sex weeks and student journalism. Full story 

Bath Salts, Spice and Drugs That Entice

By Allie Grasgreen
Inside Higher Ed
Feb. 9, 2011

Bath salts are the newest substance to have college administrators looking at the policies they have in place to deal with drugs and substances that are being misused. UT's Gina Firth, associate dean of students, said staff are educated about the fads so they can identify them and potential users. "We've never had to go out and do any type of targeted campaign for students on any of these fads, because we have not felt that it was necessary," Firth said. "When you put the word out you educate them and induce curiosity. The last thing we want to do is tell them about something new to try." Full story 

Saudi Student Clubs in US Hold 31st Meeting

By Ahmad Al-Iriyani
Saudi Gazette
Feb. 9, 2011

The Saudi Student Clubs at U.S. universities held their 31st meeting Tuesday at the University of Tampa and discussed issues of concern to Saudi students. The meeting gathered 100 club chairpersons under the patronage of the Saudi Ambassador to the United States and chairman of the Saudi Student Clubs, Adil Al-Jubair, and was chaired by the Saudi Cultural Attaché and vice chairman of the Saudi Student Clubs in America, Muhammad Al-Issa. Full story 

Austrian Ambassador to U.S. at University of Tampa on WikiLeaks: "Not the first leak…and will not be the last one"

By Mitch Perry
Creative Loafing
Feb. 8, 2011
Christian Prosl, the Austrian Ambassador to the United States, spoke about the virtues of modern diplomacy and the WikiLeaks controversy in an address at the University of Tampa Tuesday afternoon. "WikiLeaks is not the first leak, and it will definitely not be the last one," he said shortly into his formal remarks at the Vaughn Center. Full story 

Tim Main, Ed Crenshaw to Highlight 2011 UT Fellows Forum

By Alexis Muellner
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Feb. 8, 2011

The University of Tampa Fellows Forum line up has been nailed down for the March 2 event. This year's speakers includes Ed Crenshaw, CEO of Publix Super Markets Inc. in Lakeland; Tim Main, president and CEO at electronics manufacturer Jabil Circuit Inc. in St. Petersburg and Chuck Bengochea, CEO of The HoneyBaked Ham Co., which has more than 400 locations nationally and is based in Norcross, Ga. Full story  

Lithia Girl Gathers 12,000 Items for Homeless

By D'Ann White
The Bloomingdale Patch
Feb. 4, 2011

Eight-year-old Jessica Valdes has been donating items to help the homeless since she was four. After speaking to UT's ELITE last May, she encouraged UT students to donate almost 6,000 toiletries. The generous donation allowed Valdes to give dental items like toothbrushes and toothpaste to Mission Tampa's mobile dental van, which provides free dental care to the homeless. Full story 

University of Tampa Settles In

By Mark Holan
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Jan. 28, 2011

The 3-acre parcel of land that used to house the Valencia Garden restaurant will be sodded and landscaped by the University of Tampa. The university doesn't anticipate developing the parcel for three to five years, said Richard Ogorek, vice president of administration and finance. "We think we have sufficient space for the type of school we are," Ogorek said. Full story 

$20 Million University of Tampa Chapel is a Dream Fulfilled

By Michelle Bearden
The Tampa Tribune
Jan. 28, 2011

Dedicated in December, the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values is a place that Stephanie Russell Holz, associate dean of students, hopes will be a place where students can find peace and serenity. "If nothing else, it's a place to come and get relief from stress," she says. "We can take this as a learning experience as well, to open our minds to other cultures and religions. That's a lesson you take with you when you leave campus life, and hopefully make an impact in the outside world." Full story 

Black Swan Scribe Speaks with Students at Univ. of Tampa

By Joe Belcastro
Examiner.com
Jan. 26, 2011

Black Swan screenwriter John McLaughlin spoke at UT, offering students an insight into his easy-going personality and the realities of dealing with the Hollywood writing process. "The bitterness doesn't come from not being recognized. It comes from having a money machine at the head of an artistic process," McLaughlin said. Full story  

UT Symposium Speakers Want to Put a New Face on Florida Business

By Margie Manning
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Jan. 25, 2011

The three guest speakers at UT's Business Network Symposium talked of changing the perception of Florida businesses. Abdul Lateef, chief executive of Plasma-Therm, Roxanne Amorosa, senior vice president for Banc of America Community Development Corp., and David Hitchcock, executive vice president of Syniverse, said light rail and growing the tech industry are among the ways to do so. Full story

A similar story appeared in the St. Petersburg Times.

South Tampa's High Voter Turnout Increasingly Drives Campaign Strategies

By Richard Danielson
St. Petersburg Times
Jan. 23, 2011

Over the past two city elections, South Tampa voters have turned out in greater numbers than voters in other areas. Scott Paine, University of Tampa associate professor, said local newspapers share the blame, covering South Tampa news more often and more closely, he says, which sends the message to New Tampa residents that they are not as much a part of the city. "If north Tampa decided that its fate depended greatly on what happened in city politics, it could turn the tide," he says.  

Art, Electronics Make for Energized Exhibit

South Tampa News and Tribune
Jan. 19, 2011

The University of Tampa's Scarfone/Hartley Gallery will play host to works by more than 40 artists from Tampa and around the world in the sixth installment of the biennial exhibit, "Electronics Alive." Gallery curator Dorothy Cowden said many of the animation pieces will be on continuous view, and four installations are interactive. The exhibit runs Jan. 21 through Feb. 24. Full story 

UT Men Continue Record Start

By Angela Jacobs
WTSP - Channel 10
Jan. 16, 2011

The No. 16 University of Tampa (16-0) men's basketball team continued its record start, this time breaking the program record for consecutive wins. UT surpassed the previous school record of 15 games from the 1999-2000 squad with an 82-65 victory over Palm Beach Atlantic University (9-7). Full story 

Hoofbeats

By Pat Murphy
Santa Ynez Valley Journal
Jan. 13, 2011

The 27th running of the Breeders' Cup offered participants the opportunity to track the results on a new iPhone app that was developed by a University of Tampa junior. Molly McGill, who also is an Apple Store employee and lover of horses, met Greg Avioli, president of Breeders' Cup Ltd., during a trip to Australia with her aunt, Bo Derek, last April. While talking to Avioli about her interests in technology and horses she pitched the idea for the app and began developing it in cooperation with the Breeder's Cup. Full story

A similar story appeared in the St. Petersburg Times.

Tampa Heading Toward a Historic City Election

By Richard Danielson
St. Petersburg Times
Jan. 9, 2011

The upcoming March 1 election will determine a new Tampa mayor and new city council, setting the stage for change. "Every eight years in Tampa, because of the way things work with our term-limited mayor, we have what has tended to be a major sea change," says Scott Paine, a University of Tampa associate professor and former City Council member. "We rarely elect a new mayor who is following the same path as the old mayor," he says. "So inherently this is a now-what kind of election."  

Lady Gaga Reinvented by Local Heavy Metal Guitar Wizard

By Ray Shasho
Examiner.com
Jan. 7, 2011

Eric Calderone '10 had the fourth most watched music video in the world on YouTube. Calderone's explosive spin of Lady Gaga's tune, "Bad Romance" made him an overnight sensation on the popular website, and he is sort of a "Heavy Metal Einstein." Full story  

Phil Gardner Spotlights the Changing Game for New Grads

By Margaret Cashill
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Jan. 7, 2011

Managing talent in the new economy was the subject of a presentation delivered by Phil Gardner, director of research for the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University, at the University of Tampa Jan. 7. He said employers are looking for graduates with technical skills and e-commerce savvy. "Today's world is fast. It needs to be adaptable," Gardner said. Full story  

Scott, HCA Scandal are Textbook Examples

by Warren Elly
WTVT-Fox
Jan. 4, 2011

A leading business ethics textbook written by a pair of former University of Tampa professors focuses on Florida Governor Rick Scott's hospital scandal. O.C. and Linda Ferrell are considered national experts on business ethics. Robert McMurrian, director of UT's Center for Ethics in Business, believes Scott didn't realize that the push for profits at Columbia/HCA was corrupting corporate ethics. "The spotlight is on him now, and so it's not like he can do anything in the dark anymore," McMurrian said.   

Building Demolished to Make Way for Growing University of Tampa

By Robert Hahn
Bay News 9
Jan. 2, 2011

The former site of the Valencia Garden is being demolished to make room for a growing University of Tampa. "This was a natural site," said Rick Ogorek, the vice president of administration and finance, adding that it is a good fit for the University. "We're starting to exceed what our traditional campus space was, so we're looking to develop this parcel." 

Similar stories appeared in the St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Bay Business Journal and Tampa Tribune.