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Dahlberg to Head The University of Tampa

Tampa Bay Magazine
March/April 2024 issue

Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas Christian University, is succeeding Ronald Vaughn as the next president of UT.

University of Tampa Men's Swimming Team clinches NCAA National Championship

ABC Action News
By Jada Williams
March 20, 2024

For the first time in program history, the men’s swimming team took home the NCAA National Championship title.

Meet Adrianne Wilson, a 2024 Businesswoman of the Year Honoree

Tampa Bay Business Journal
By Chris Erickson
March 18, 2024

Adrianne Wilson, associate professor and the academic chair of the education department, was interviewed in the Tampa Bay Business Journal about being a 2024 Business Woman of the Year Honoree.

The Ryan Gorman Show

WFLA News Radio 
March 15, 2024

Junior criminology major Carmen Calderon spoke with Ryan Gorman about her recent experience as a contestant on The Price is Right during their spring break week, when the show exclusively chooses college students as contestants. Calderon had tickets to see the show with her dad, then was called up from the audience to compete in the first round. Calderon won a laptop, digital camera, trips to Cabo and Key West, and $1,220. The episode aired on Monday, March 18, on CBS and can be streamed on Paramount+ or free with ads on CBS TVE.

A Spartan Vision: Ron Vaughn Will Leave a $1 Billion Legacy at The University of Tampa

Tampa Bay Business Journal
By Alexis Muellner
March 15, 2024

After nearly 30 years at the helm of the University of Tampa, Ron Vaughn will leave the institution next month at record enrollment highs, a surge in new faculty and a fully transformed downtown campus.”

Sierra Leonean Author Pede Hollist’s Novel So the Path Does Not Die Selected by West African Exam Council

Brittle Paper
Kuhelika Ghosh
March 11, 2024

So the Path Does Not Die, a 2008 novel by Arthur “Pede” Hollist, professor of English and Writing, was recently selected by the West African Exams Council as recommended reading for students taking the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) Literature-In-English test. WASSCE test scores are used to gain entrance to higher education institutions, much like the SAT or ACT in the U.S. About a half-million students each year take the Literature-in-English test. Hollist’s book will be on the recommended reading list through 2030.

Fearlessness Drives Mike Valdez and University of Tampa Baseball

10 Tampa Bay
David Shiele
March 8, 2024

Spartans baseball is in the middle of a record season, with senior outfielder Mike Valdez leading the team in batting average just one year after recovering from a broken leg. “You have to understand that nothing in this game can stop you other than yourself,” he said.

What is sober curious? More young adults go alcohol-free but experts say more needs to be done

Fox 13 News
By Allie Corey
March 5, 2024

University of Tampa junior Maddie Donahue and Addie Carothers, director of wellness, were quoted in this Fox 13 News piece about younger people being less interested in drinking.

Freethought Matters

March 3, 2024

Ryan Cragun, professor of sociology, spoke about his book How To Defeat Religion in 10 Easy Steps and about his own experience being raised as Mormon before eventually leaving the church.

Tampa International Book Fair

FOX 13
March 1, 2024

The multilingual and multicultural Tampa International Book Fair took place in Ybor City earlier this month, bringing in more than 100 authors from 16 countries. James Lopez, professor of Spanish, was an organizer for the event and described how the event celebrates Tampa’s rich cultural history.

Parsonian Among 8 Spartans in All-SSC Selections

Parsons Sun
Feb. 29, 2024

First-year swimmer Sidni Meister’s hometown newspaper covered her selection to the 2023-2024 All-Sunshine State Conference Women’s Swimming Team. Seven of Meister’s teammates also earned All-SSC honors.

20-Year-Old University of Tampa Student Fosters “Paw-sitive” Change

Gayle Guyardo
Feb. 29, 2024

UT club Happy Tails hosts events like Puppy Pilates to improve mental and physical health for both students and puppies from local shelters. As a psychology major, club president Arina Nadya Khona has a passion for the healing benefits of animals and founded the club to share those benefits across campus.

Tampa Company Shifts Directions, Invests Millions To Find and Sell Bitcoin

Business Observer
Jim Stinson
Feb. 26, 2024

Tampa entrepreneur Bruce Rodgers switched from funding homeowners associations to mining bitcoin. John Dorrell, assistant teaching professor of economics who studies cryptocurrency, weighed in on the risk factor of mining bitcoin. Dorrell said that the rising value of bitcoin combined with the decreasing value of the U.S. dollar could lead to a more favorable perception of bitcoin compared to government-backed money.

UT Beach Volleyball Provides the “Spike” of Life

FOX 13
Jeff Tewksbury
Feb. 23, 2024

Spartans beach volleyball is starting its seventh season after winning its third Small College National Championship. Senior Keely Westra joined the team from Austin, TX: "I just thought that this would be a good chance for me. It’s a great school, so you have great studies, and at the same time to play beach volleyball, a sport that I love." Recent alumna of the program Julia Oswald will stick around as an assistant coach: “This has always been my family. But now it’s more of a motherly role."

Retired General: ‘The Moment You Become Selfish as a Leader, You Are Done’

Business Observer
Mark Gordon
Feb. 23, 2024

Business Observer covered UT’s 2024 Leadership Summit, hosted by the TECO Energy Center for Leadership within the Sykes College of Business. Retired U.S. Army General Tom Kolditz spoke to students about making a difference with leadership, which he believes is a calling rather than a title.

Art Therapists Could Become Licensed in Florida Under Senate Bill 878

Spectrum Bay News 9
By Julia Hazel
Feb. 21, 2024

Florida’s Department of Health does not currently license art therapists, which disappointed Dana Fidler after receiving an art therapy degree from UT and 2022. Fidler is currently a master’s student at UT studying social and emerging media and provides therapeutic art services at Joe’s Art Time.

Best Store Credit Cards

By John Kiernan
Feb. 14, 2024

Jennifer Burton, associate professor of marketing in the College of Business was listed as an expert in this WalletHub piece about best store credit cards.

Economic Experts Weigh In on Inflation Projections for 2024

ABC Action News
By Larissa Scott
Feb. 2, 2024

The Federal Reserve announced in its January meeting that the committee was going to keep interest rates steady at 5.25% to 5.5%. “Their economic decisions tend to give us, I think, the best look into what some of the really big economists think is going to happen in the future,” said Thomas Stockwell, assistant professor of economics.

Jewels, Gowns and Crowns: Gasparilla History on Display at the Plant Museum

ABC Action News
By Lauren St. Germain
Jan. 26, 2024

At the Henry B. Plant Museum on The University of Tampa’s campus, there is a special exhibit, looking into what Gasparilla was like over the last century.

Apple’s New Vision Pro Is a Privacy Mess Waiting To Happen

The Washington Post
Geoffrey Fowler
Jan. 30, 2024

The new Vision Pro headset from Apple is roughly equivalent to wearing a head full of iPhones — with two depth sensors, six microphones and 12 cameras — and tracks every movement of the people in a room with one. Understanding what’s in the room around you can be even more invasive than having a photograph of it, says Joseph Jerome, a visiting professor of communication and the former policy lead on sensor data at Meta’s Reality Labs.

This story also appeared on MSN.

Former Baseball Pro Playing College Ball for The University of Tampa

Fox 13 News
By Kevin O’Donnell
Jan. 25, 2024

Anthony Nunez, a current UT student, played two seasons with the San Diego Padres before opting to become a Spartan.

Unexpected Plan Leads to More Conference Titles and Master’s Degrees for UT Player

ABC Action News
By Kyle Burger
Jan. 23, 2024

After covid-19 hit unexpectedly, Audrey Ramsey was granted a sixth year to play basketball, while pursuing two master’s degrees at UT.

This Warty, Toxic Pest Threatens Entire Ecosystems. These Scientists Have a Secret Weapon

CNN Australia
Hilary Whiteman
Jan. 19, 2024

A biology instructional staff member at UT, Jacob LaFond, was quoted in this piece about cane toads. “The running narrative right now is that there were those initial attempts, none of them worked, but then somehow this giant crate full of 20 or so toads got busted open in Miami airport. And because it was warm enough down there, they became established,” he told the news outlet.

This story also appeared on Yahoo! News and AOL, among other outlets. 

NASA Wants You To Help Track Gamma Ray Bursts

The Washington Post
Erin Blakemore
Jan. 14, 2024

Amy Lien, assistant professor of physics, is leading a NASA project inviting the public to identify gamma-ray bursts in the sky. These bursts provide insight into other environments in space, and possibly the history of the universe.

A similar story appeared on 83 Degrees.

The League of Women Voters-Manatee Asks Two Experts What Women Should Be Aware of

WSLR - Sarasota Community Radio
Johannes Werner
Jan. 10, 2024

This segment describes women voters as crucial influencers to the people around them. Liv Coleman, political science professor, says that while female representation in the legislature has improved, there are several proposed laws that many women deem unconstitutional.

‘Plant-Based’ Has Lost All Meaning

By Yasmin Tayag
Jan. 8, 2024

"On packaging and ad copy, plant-based has been applied to so many items—including foods that are highly processed, or those that have never contained animal ingredients—that it has gotten “diluted to nothing,” Mark Lang, a marketing professor at The University of Tampa who studies food, told The Atlantic for this piece.