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New Wellness Center Focuses on Efficiency, Care, October 2010 
Sykes Chapel Designed in Harmony with Organ, December 2010 
UT Announces Martinez Sports Center Expansion Plans, June 2011
Ribbons are Cut for Martinez Athletics Center and HSHP, September 2012 
UT Residence Hall to be Renamed Frank and Carol Morsani Hall, February 2013 
UT Dedicates New Athletic Field, April 2013 
Gen. Schoomaker Humbly Accepts UT Namesake, April 2013 
Naimoli Family Softball Stadium, Spring 2013 
Palm Apartments – Phase One, May 2014 
Howard and Patricia Jenkins Hall, October 2014 
McKay Hall Receives Complete Makeover, June 2015 
UT to Hold Open House, August 2015 
BBVA Compass Names Boardroom, September 2015 
Phase II of Residence Hall Complex Construction, September 2015 
ICB Recognizes Longtime Donor, March 2016 
PNC Bank Concert Series, March 2016 
Local Company Donates Scholarships, April 2016 
Azzarelli Family names two classrooms in Sykes COB, June 2016 
TD Charitable Foundation gift benefits Career Services, August 2016 
UT Receives Silver LEED Certification, August 2016  
New Fitness and Recreation Center Opens, August 2016 
UT Cybersecurity Program Receives Scholarship Donation, September 2016 
Thomas Graham ’82 Scores with Gift for Soccer Program, November 2016


 

New Wellness Center Focuses on Efficiency, Care, Published: October 2010 | Back to top.

The University of Tampa has taken one more step toward educating the whole student.

The Stephen F. and Marsha Dickey Health and Wellness Center was dedicated Oct. 28. The new building is behind the Vaughn Center, at the intersection of North Brevard and North A Street.

The addition reflects the investment UT leaders and contributors are making to connect education and wellness. For the center’s director, Sharon Schaefer, the new building increases the opportunities to serve students.

“The new health and wellness center is much bigger, brighter and will eventually be more efficient,” said Schaefer, noting that there are now three times as many examination rooms as the old center and that medical records will be kept electronically. “It’s state of the art, and that’s where we need to be. It’s a wonderful blessing from Dr. Dickey.” Read more.

 

Sykes Chapel Designed in Harmony with Organ, Published: December 2010 | Back to top.  

At night, the glow emanating from the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values sets an contemplative mood. It’s as if the building is humming, filling the evening air with its presence.

Through the wall of glass windows, the chapel’s frame towers to the sky. The hallway of arches on the south side of the building appear almost as mirror images, inviting the curious to step in, take a walk and discover what’s inside.

Beginning Dec. 10, the UT and Tampa community will have that chance. The dedication of the chapel will be held at 2 p.m. with tours and the first sounding of the 55-feet-tall, 3,184-pipe Dobson organ named Opus 89. For members of the public who wish to attend, RSVPs are requested at (813) 257-3019.

The Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values has been in the University's master plan since 1996 and was designed to nurture the development of character and values of UT’s 6,500 students. Read more.

 

UT Announces Martinez Sports Center Expansion Plans, Published: June 2011 | Back to top.  

The University of Tampa has announced it will undergo a two-phase expansion and renovation project of the Martinez Sports Center that will add or renovate 57,000 square feet into multi-use classrooms, labs, faculty offices and athletics space.

The first phase of the two-phase project will see a second floor added to the northeast corner of the current building, which faces N. Boulevard on the west side of the UT campus. A new building façade will be completed to integrate the building with the rest of campus. The second phase includes the construction of a new, two-story building that will be attached to the southwest corner of the Martinez Sports Center.

The total cost of the project has not yet been finalized, but it is being funded primarily by gifts to the university along with some university resources. Read more.

 

Ribbons are Cut for Martinez Athletics Center and HSHP, Published: September 2012 | Back to top.  

Spartan basketball guard Ryan Kidd ’14 is ecstatic about the new facilities at the Martinez Athletics Center (MAC).

“It’s changed everything,” said Kidd, president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee who attended the Sept. 27 re-dedication of the center and dedication of the adjacent Health Sciences and Human Performance (HSHP) building.

“The whole vibe with the message of unity and emphasis on Spartans, I just love it,” said Kidd, a chemistry major. “Every athlete I’ve talked with loves it.” Read more.

 

UT Residence Hall to be Renamed Frank and Carol Morsani Hall, Published: February 2013 | Back to top.  

The University of Tampa Stadium Center residence hall, which houses 464 students and features a first-floor food court, will be renamed after a generous donation by two of Tampa Bay’s most philanthropic individuals and education advocates – Frank and Carol Morsani.

The Morsanis made a multi-million dollar gift to the University, which is one of the largest gifts in UT’s history, president Ronald L. Vaughn announced today. In honor of that gift, Stadium Center, which is located in the center of campus overlooking Pepin Stadium, will now officially be named the Frank and Carol Morsani Hall.

Frank and Carol Morsani are already well known in Tampa Bay, as their name graces the USF Medical School and Health Clinic, a lobby at the Tampa Museum of Art, a theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and also an exhibition hall at the Dali Museum. Read more.

 

UT Dedicates New Athletic Field, Published: April 2013 | Back to top.  

In the inaugural game April 5 at the Naimoli Family Athletic and Intramural Complex, and for the second time in two years, the UT men's lacrosse program won the Deep South Conference regular-season championship with a 10-6 win over Rollins.

A ribbon cutting began the dedication festivities with UT President Ronald L. Vaughn and other campus and community leaders speaking. Then, at 7:45 p.m., special guests, including lead donor Vince Naimoli, was recognized with a special on-field dedication. The Spartans then faced off against the Rollins Tars.

UT was also recognized at the dedication by the Florida Urban Forestry Council for moving a grand oak tree from the construction zone to a new park just west of the field. Read more.

 

Gen. Schoomaker Humbly Accepts UT Namesake, Published: April 2013 | Back to top.  

With the lettering to the General Peter J. Schoomaker ROTC and Athletics Building gleaming in the sunlight behind him, Gen. Peter Schoomaker said the namesake was a tremendous honor.

“If mama was alive, I think she’d be proud,” said Schoomaker, a retired four-star Army general who was notably recalled to active duty from retirement to serve as the 35th chief of staff of the U.S. Army from 2003 to 2007. Several members of the Schoomaker family are ROTC graduates including Schoomaker, his brother, daughter, daughter-in-law and nephew. “We’re proud of our association with ROTC, and we think it’s important.”

Schoomaker was on campus April 16 for the dedication of UT’s newest building — a facility to be shared by ROTC and UT Athletics. The General Peter J. Schoomaker ROTC and Athletics Building will be the home of the Spartan Battalion, UT’s U.S. Army ROTC program. Read more.

 

Naimoli Family Softball Stadium, Opened: Spring 2013 | Back to top.  

Improvements to the Naimoli Family Softball Stadium were completed this spring 2013 and include a new sidewalk, lighting, batting cage and facelift to the press box.

Located directly behind the Martinez Athletics Center, the field was built in 1989 and has seating room for approximately 200 spectators. Read more.

 

Palm Apartments – Phase One, Opened: May 2014 | Back to top.  

The University of Tampa has broken ground on a new, seven-story residence hall on the site of a recently demolished residence hall.

The southern wing of ResCom, which faced North A Street on campus, was demolished last week. ResCom, which was built in 1986 with three, three-story, apartment-like wings, housed a total of 234 students. It is located toward the center of campus, between Brevard Hall and the Thomas Parking Garage. Read more.  

 

Howard and Patricia Jenkins Hall, Opened: October 2014 | Back to top.  

The University of Tampa’s newest residence hall, West Kennedy Hall, which was completed in August 2013, will be renamed after a generous $10 million donation by Tampa residents Howard and Patricia Jenkins.

The Jenkins’ gift to the University, which is one of the largest gifts in UT’s history, was announced by UT president Ronald L. Vaughn today. In honor of that gift, West Kennedy Hall, an 11-story hall that is located on West Kennedy Boulevard and houses 528 students, will now officially be named the Howard and Patricia Jenkins Hall. Read more.

McKay Hall Receives Complete Makeover, Published: June 2015 | Back to top.  

One of The University of Tampa’s original residence halls is getting a complete makeover this summer.

McKay Hall, which opened in 1959 as a men’s only residence hall and is set on the banks of the Hillsborough River, will soon have the sort of amenities and comforts typical of UT’s modern, multi-floor living spaces. Read more.

UT to Hold Open House, Published: August 2015 | Back to top.  

UT’s newest building on campus — which features a state-of-the-art entrepreneurship center and high tech cybersecurity labs — will be open to the public during an open house on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. The building also includes campus safety offices, innovative classrooms, study spaces, faculty offices and a Starbucks store.

The open house will feature opportunities to interview UT entrepreneurship students active in the Spartan Accelerator, cybersecurity and entrepreneurship program staff and faculty, community incubator businesses, building donors, entrepreneurs-in-residence and UT administration. Read more.
  

BBVA Compass Names Boardroom, Published: September 2015 | Back to top.  

UT’s newest building on campus — which features a state-of-the-art entrepreneurship center and high tech cybersecurity labs — will be open to the public during an open house on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. The building also includes campus safety offices, innovative classrooms, study spaces, faculty offices and a Starbucks store.

The open house will feature opportunities to interview UT entrepreneurship students active in the Spartan Accelerator, cybersecurity and entrepreneurship program staff and faculty, community incubator businesses, building donors, entrepreneurs-in-residence and UT administration. Read more.

 

Phase II of Residence Hall Complex Construction, Published: September 2015 | Back to top.  

he University of Tampa will start construction of the next and final phase of the Palm Apartments residence hall complex this May, with a completion date of August 2017.

The existing two wings of ResCom that face Brevard Avenue and Spaulding Drive will be demolished after May Commencement, and two new wings of Palm Apartments will be constructed in their place. The new wings will join with the existing Palm Apartments building that was completed in January 2015. The complex is located toward the center of campus, between Brevard Hall and the Thomas Parking Garage. Read more.

 

ICB Recognizes Longtime Donor, Published: March 2016 | Back to top.  

The University of Tampa’s newest building, the Innovation and Collaboration Building, will receive a new name in recognition of longtime UT supporter Maureen A. Daly.

Daly, as announced by UT president Ronald L. Vaughn today, has been awarded this honor in recognition of her longtime service and financial support to the University. Read more.

 

PNC Bank Concert Series, Published: March 2016 | Back to top.  

On Sunday, April 3, The University of Tampa will welcome the Amernet String Quartet for the final concert in the 2015-2016 PNC Bank Concert Artist Series at the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values. Don’t miss this performance by a group the Cincinnati Enquirer called “one of America’s finest ensembles.” The performance begins at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The quartet, comprised of violinists Misha Vitenson and Tomas Cotik, violist Michael Klotz and cellist Jason Calloway, is the ensemble-in-residence at Florida International University in Miami and previously held similar affiliations with Northern Kentucky University and the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Read more.

 

Local Company Donates Scholarships, Published: April 2016 | Back to top.  

Sean Carney still remembers his first gig at The University of Tampa. In 1983, he started working with the H.B. Plant Museum staff to restore parts of the museum. During this time, he says he “found a heart for UT.” Soon after, he was participating in the museum’s Christmas Stroll and even adopted a room!

In 1993, Sean and his brother Dan Carney launched Specialized Property Services with a mission to provide high quality commercial and residential painting, maintenance and restoration service along with top notch customer service. His partner, Dan Martucci, joined to create this renovation management trifecta. Today, the company has projects ranging from painting The Home Depot’s headquarters to restoring the Dade City Courthouse. Read more.

 

Azzarelli Family Names Two Classrooms in Sykes COB, Published: June 2016 | Back to top.

Tom and Martha Azzarelli have named two classrooms in UT’s Sykes College of Business through their longtime support of the University. Tom is the owner/operator of Azzarelli Builders Inc., a Tampa building construction company.

“The College of Business building is one of the historically significant spaces on our campus, and it is particularly gratifying to know that hundreds of students will learn about business in classrooms named for such a successful local businessman,” said Gary Grant, vice president for development and university relations. "We are very grateful for their support.” Read more.

 

TD Charitable Foundation gift benefits Career Services, Published: August 2016 | Back to top.

The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, recently made a donation to The University of Tampa to help the University create a culture of career readiness and career preparedness amongst its students and alumni.

The donation, which is part of the foundation’s commitment to giving back to the community, will help UT create and enhance career readiness workshops and webinars for students focused on the key skill sets employers are seeking out of today’s graduates. These workshops and webinars will include resume preparation, personal branding, interviewing, job search strategies and internship preparation. Read more.

 

UT Receives Silver LEED Certification, Published: August 2016 | Back to top.

The University of Tampa recently received LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the Maureen A. Daly Innovation and Collaboration Building, which was opened in September 2015.

The Daly Innovation and Collaboration Building is the fourth building on UT’s campus built in accordance with the rigorous standards set by USGBC’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification program. The other three buildings are the Science Annex, which achieved LEED Gold designation, the Dickey Health and Wellness Center, which achieved LEED Silver designation, and Jenkins Hall, which achieved LEED Gold designation. Read more.

 

New Fitness and Recreation Center Opens, Published: August 2016 | Back to top.

The University of Tampa will open its new two-story, 40,000-square-foot Fitness and Recreation Center with a brief ceremony and tours on Friday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m. An open house for the UT community will follow at 11:30 a.m., and the facility will officially open for UT student, faculty and staff use at 2 p.m.

The new Fitness and Recreation Center is centrally located on the UT campus north of the Ferman Music Center and south of Pepin Stadium. Read more.

 

UT Cybersecurity Program Receives Scholarship Donation, Published: September 2016 | Back to top.

Palm Harbor resident Tom Tiedemann has made supporting UT’s cybersecurity program a top priority by providing scholarships for students majoring in cybersecurity.

“I was so impressed with the University’s new cybersecurity program – I had never heard of a university offering such an innovative program as this,” said Tiedemann, a retired engineer. “It’s a job for the future. The need for cybersecurity will just continue to escalate.” Read more.

 

Thomas Graham ’82 Scores with Gift for Soccer Program, Published: November 2016 | Back to top.

Thomas Graham ’82, celebrating his 35th reunion this year, has matched all gifts from other alumni in support of the UT men’s soccer program, combining to raise $44,000 in a single day. Read more.