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Best Colleges to Avoid Winter

By Ryan Lytle
U.S. News & World Report
Dec. 30, 2010
U.S. News & World Report has listed The University of Tampa among 10 colleges to enjoy great year-round weather. In its piece "Best Colleges to Avoid Winter," UT is noted as having winter temperatures averaging in the 70s, year-round access to the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and fabulous sunset views. Full story

Senate Bill Would Allow Guns on College Campuses
By Isabel Mascarenas
WTSP – Channel 10
Dec. 21, 2010

State Senator Greg Evers from Florida's Panhandle filed Senate Bill 234, which would allow professors and students over 21 to carry guns on campus. "I think I feel safer knowing people don't have guns on campus than knowing they have guns on campus," adds Kendra Johnson, UT student. Charles Mascenik, UT's director of safety and security, said guns on campus could get in the way of law enforcement's response.

Metal Cover of Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance' a YouTube Hit for University of Tampa Student
By Jay Cridlin
Dec. 15, 2010

How many times have you heard Lady Gaga's Bad Romance and thought to yourself, "You know what this song needs? More face-melting metal riffs." Thankfully the University of Tampa is building solutions for these and other pop-music problems of tomorrow. Eric Calderone, who will graduate Saturday with a bachelor's degree in music, has drawn more than 450,000 sets of eyeballs to a YouTube video of his metal cover of Bad Romance. "I'm a rocker at heart," Calderone said in a university news release, "so that's how I hear those songs in my head." Full story

'Dolphin's Tale' Wraps; Cast, Crew Depart Happy
The Tampa Tribune
Dec. 14, 2010

The Clearwater filming of A Dolphin's Tale, a story about Winter, a bottle-nosed dolphin with a prosthetic tail, has come to an end. The movie, set to hit theaters next year, stars Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman and employed numerous Florida based actors and crew. "It was a tremendous learning experience," says Kelsey Stroop, a recent graduate of the University of Tampa's film program who landed a job as assistant to director Charles Martin Smith. Stroop says she was able to be involved in every aspect of film-making.

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Benefactor, Mayor Dedicate UT Chapel
By George Wilkens
Tampa Tribune
Dec. 10, 2010

The Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values was dedicated on Dec. 10. In her congratulatory remarks, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio heralded how the chapel will aid students on their own for the first time. "It is a time in a young life when young people need an anchor," Iorio said. "They need a center on the campus they can go to and feel at peace, where they can find themselves, where they can ask the important questions and come to their own conclusions. And this Sykes Chapel is that place." Full story

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Greco Faces New Challenges in His Latest Run for Mayor
By Richard Danielson
St. Petersburg Times
Dec. 5, 2010

Former Mayor Dick Greco entered into his newest race for mayor last week, a late arrival to the run. Polls have showed him in front of the other six candidates in what might prove to be a real chase. "He becomes everybody's target," said former City Council member Scott Paine, an associate professor of communication, government and world affairs at the University of Tampa. Full story

Do You Make Worse Decisions Shopping Online or at the Store?
By Jeff Butera
ABC Action News
Nov. 29, 2010

Pranjal Gupta, assistant marketing professor at UT, is an expert in web-based consumer behavior. Reflecting on the shopping habits of people on 'Cyber Monday,' the Monday after Thanksgiving where people do considerable online shopping, Gupta said there are a few key differences. For example, he says online shoppers are more impatient, they tend to stick to companies they are familiar with and they are less trusting of unfamiliar websites than their brick-and -mortar counterparts. 

Black Friday Sales Up from Last Year
By Anthony Miller
Nov. 29, 2010

The Black Friday sales showed promise with sales higher than last year. Erika Matulich, UT marketing professor, said the momentum is uncertain. "It might be a harbinger of things to come, but it also might be we're through shopping," said Matulich. 

Adjunct Faculty and Students Benefit from Interaction
By Margaret Cashill
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Nov. 24, 2010

Roy McCraw retired as regional chairman and regional president of Wachovia Corp. shortly before he was appointed executive-in-residence at the University of Tampa's John H. Sykes College of Business in fall 2009. He has nearly 40 years' experience as a banking executive, and also is an adjunct professor in UT's management department. "Adjuncts bring real-world experiences to the table because they are professionally qualified," said McCraw, adding the job requirements of a business executive, like making presentations and mentoring people, are often similar to those of a teacher. 

Is Nothing Sacred Anymore?
By Tanya Arja
Nov. 23, 2010

Stores opened earlier than ever this year, welcoming shoppers on Thanksgiving day. Erika Matulich, a professor of marketing at the University of Tampa, said retailers are trying to get a leg up to get every dollar they can. "I think everyone is trying to get a differential advantage, and to get that advantage, means you're open when no one else is," Matulich said. "So I think Christmas will be next."

UT's Catanach Named SSC Volleyball Coach of Year
The Tampa Tribune
Nov. 18, 2010

University of Tampa volleyball coach Chris Catanach was named the Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year as five Spartans players were named to the 2010 All-Sunshine State Conference Volleyball Team. First-team selections included Danielle Selkridge, Meghan Sherman and Melissa Vanderhall. Second-team selections included Kaleigh Cunningham and Julie Howlett.


University of Tampa to Host Regional Volleyball Tourney
By Scott Butherus
Nov. 14, 2010

The University of Tampa has been selected as the number one seed for the 2010 NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball Championship and will host the South Regional Tournament beginning Thursday. The Spartans, coming off its sixth consecutive Sunshine State Conference title, will be making their 15th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 26th overall trip in 31 seasons. 

States Ban Alcohol-Energy Drink
Nov. 12, 2010

Associate Professor Kim Curry spoke with FOX 13's co-anchor John Wilson regarding the dangers of alcohol-energy drinks which three states have banned. Curry said the drinks tend to be popular with the college age group because of the color and appearance of the can (which looks like a soda can) and the ease of use (one, 24-ounce can has as much alcohol as four beers.) "I think a good first step would be a lot more consumer education," Curry said.

University of Tampa Art Therapy Students Work with Disabled Youth
By Elisabeth Parker
St. Petersburg Times
Nov. 12, 2010

As part of an art therapy class at The University of Tampa, 13 students, under the direction of adjunct professor Heather Spooner, designed a project for an art class at LaVoy Exceptional Center which serves students with a range of disabilities. Spooner said creating art allows people who have difficulty putting their thoughts and experiences into words a release of emotions. 

Saving the Family Business
WTVT - Fox
Nov. 11, 2010

Rebecca White, a professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Tampa, visited Good Day to discuss the statistics that show as the years go on, the chance of a family business surviving drops. "It could be as simple as the second generation isn't interested or as complex as something you might see on a soap opera," White said. 

Local Schools Test Out Bike Share Programs
By Kate Bradshaw
Nov. 11, 2010

As one of several schools with a bike share program, UT's new BikeUT is allowing students an alternative to motorized transportation. Students like the exercise the bikes provide as well as the alternative transport for those who came to campus without a car. Gina Zito, a freshman hoping to major in public health and exercise physiology, said, "I think it's amazing, especially how as a freshman my parents didn't want me to bring a car here, it's really convenient."

Battle for Light Rail a Part of Tampa Mayor's Legacy
By Janet Zink
St. Petersburg Times
Nov. 7, 2010

While Mayor Pam Iorio's referendum on a 1-cent sales tax to build light rail and expand the county bus system failed on Election Day, others see it as a building block for the future. "She'll be remembered for having tried to do that. Tried and failed," Scott Paine, a University of Tampa government associate professor, said of Iorio's rail effort. "One can say of that, and I think city voters might say it, that she didn't fail. The referendum didn't pass, but she was doing what the folks in the city wanted." 

Kona Grill Celebrates One Year in Tampa and Gives UT a "Spartan Roll"
Nov. 5, 2010

Celebrating its one-year anniversary in Tampa, Kona Grill has unveiled its new sushi roll, "The Spartan." The contents of the new Spartan Roll, named for UT's iconic mascot, will remain a closely guarded secret until Kona Grill 's newest menu item is unveiled at the event. "We're excited to partner with Kona Grill in a way that benefits the University and our entrepreneurship program, and which is clever and appetizing," said Frank Ghannadian, dean of the UT Sykes College of Business.

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University of Tampa Student Develops Breeder's Cup iPhone App
By Jack Rowland, The Gadget Guy
St. Petersburg Times
Nov. 5, 2010

The 27th running of the Breeders' Cup starts today with many people probably tracking 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 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.

Health Center Opens on UT Campus
By George Wilkens
The Tampa Tribune
Nov. 4, 2010

The University of Tampa has opened the Stephen F. and Marsha Dickey Health and Wellness Center, a two-story facility centralizing leadership and coordination of student health, counseling and wellness programs. UT Student Government President Christopher McCarthy, a speaker at the Oct. 28 dedication, thanked the Dickeys for their gift to provide a foundation for healthy lifestyles. "This new health and wellness center will have a positive impact on our university for many years to come," said McCarthy.

More Than 60,000 Voters Snub Embattled Jim Norman in State Senate Race
By Marlene Sokol
St. Petersburg Times
Nov. 4, 2010

Jim Norman won his state Senate seat, but not without a lot of passive resistance. More than 47,000 voters in the district covering northern Hillsborough and central Pasco counties either didn't vote in Norman's race or wrote in unqualified candidates, according to election records. "It suggests to me a fairly strong dissatisfaction in the district with Jim Norman as a candidate," said Scott Paine, a University of Tampa communication and government associate professor.

Sex Columns 'Revolutionize' College Media?
By Mary Beth Marklein
Nov. 3, 2010

Daniel Reimold, UT Assistant Professor of journalism, says his passion is campus media. His new book, Sex and the University: Celebrity, Controversy, and a Student Journalism Revolution, Reimold provides insights gleaned from reading more than 2,500 student sex columns. "Sex columns are truly no longer thought of as novelty items. They're in all 50 states, all across Canada and in parts of Asia. They continue to cause controversy."

Similar stories have appeared on ABC News/Nightline, Creative Loafing and AlterNet 

Breaking Down the Election
WTVT - Fox 13
Nov. 3, 2010

Scott Paine, an associate professor of government and world government at The University of Tampa, joined Good Day to breakdown all the election results, including the close race for governor. "Given what we're seeing on the state election results, the information the state is providing, the odds on Sink being able to pull out enough of the remaining votes that aren't counted are just too long," Paine said. "I think this is good symbolism. You count every vote." 

Tough Ride for FL Seahorse
By Glen Gardner
Public News Service
Nov. 1, 2010

The fate of the dwarf seahorse species that calls Florida seagrass beds home is up in the air after all that oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico this past summer. Dr. Heather Masonjones, associate professor and chair of the biology department at The University of Tampa, says the big question for the seahorses is how the oil affected the seagrass beds that they call home. "No seagrass, no seahorses. For this particular species, we have not found them associated very often with other ecosystems." 

'Attack' is Candidates' Battle Cry
By Jeff Butera
ABC Action News
Oct. 31, 2010

What may have seemed like an increase in attack ads might just be more visibility of them this election season. One way or another, according to University of Tampa political scientist Scott Paine, voters do not like the negative advertising. However, he admits, it can still be effective. "They work in terms of damaging the person being attacked in most cases," Paine said. "(But) they also typically damage the campaign that launches them."

 Dickey of Doctor's Walk-In Supports University of Tampa Facility
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Oct. 28, 2010

The Stephen F. and Marsha Dickey Health and Wellness Center at University of Tampa will open for business on Monday. The two-story, 10,300-square-foot center houses traditional health and counseling programs and wellness programming. The building is UT's second candidate for U.S. Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. 

Syniverse Eyes Long-Term Growth with Going-Private Deal
By Margie Mannin
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Oct. 28, 2010

The top executive of Syniverse Technologies Inc. said the company will be able to focus on long-term investments that will help it grow under a $2.6 billion deal to be taken private by The Carlyle Group. There are pros and cons when a public company goes private, said Frank Ghannadian, dean of the John H. Sykes College of Business at The University of Tampa. "Initially what happens may not be good for the community, but after a few years, companies that go private often do well," he said. 

Many More Candidates Vying for Your Vote
By Lloyd Sowers
WTVT - Fox 13
Oct. 15, 2010

The slew of candidates vying for citizens' votes and their potential success at the polls depends highly on their ability to pay for and use television advertising. "It's not specific to politics," says University of Tampa political analyst Scott Paine. "It's the reality of trying to communicate with a large population. It does take money, and the question is where should that money come from? Who should raise it, and how should it get spent?"

Ektron 2010 All Stars Award Winning Web Sites Announced
Oct. 15, 2010

Among the winners of the 2010 Ektron All Stars Awards is The University of Tampa in partnership with WSOL. The University was nominated in the Best Education Site category for its newly launched mobile site. Ektron All Stars Award winners will be recognized at Synergy, Ektron's annual worldwide customer conference in Orlando Nov. 7-10.

UT Senior Eager to Finish What She Started
By Nick Williams
The Tampa Tribune
Oct. 13, 2010

University of Tampa standout senior volleyball player Melissa Vanderhall hasn't had time to fully absorb the unexpected death of her father in June. While part of her would like to be at home in New York with her mother and older brother, she said she knows in her heart her father wouldn't allow her to give up on the dreams they made as a family. "He made me want to keep going," she said. "He didn't get to go to college. He lived through me and I enjoyed it. I love playing and I loved playing for him."

Marsha and Jay B. Starkey Jr. Receive Tampa Bay Ethics Award at University of Tampa
St. Petersburg Times
Oct. 13, 2010

Longtime ranchers and philanthropists Marsha and Jay B. Starkey Jr. received the Tampa Bay Ethics Award recently at the University of Tampa. The award is the 20th presented by UT's John H. Sykes College of Business Center for Ethics. The center specifically noted what it called the couple's "innate sense of goodness.'' 

Ambler's Suit to Knock Norman off Ballot Goes to Trial Tuesday
By Mike Salinero
The Tampa Tribune
Oct. 11, 2010

State Rep. Kevin Ambler is suing Hillsborough County Commissioner Jim Norman in the hopes of disqualifying Norman's candidacy for the state Senate District 12 seat. "The critical distinction that Jim Norman is trying to draw is a distinction about what may or may not be legal," said Scott Paine, a political science associate professor at The University of Tampa. "But the voters are going to ask, 'Is this ethical conduct?' and that's not a question of law, it's a question of principles."

Pre-Exercise Stretching Is Killing Your Workout
By Jeremy Repanich
Oct. 7, 2010

In a new study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, researcher Jacob Wilson, assistant professor of exercise science and sport studies at the University of Tampa, says that distance runners who stretch before a run may not perform as well and may spend more energy than runners who skip the stretch. "When you're lifting a weight, most of the damage comes when you're lengthening the muscle, and it's similar when you're stretching," Wilson said.

Similar stories appeared in WebMD Health News, The Times of India and ABC News.

Turanchik Enters Packed Race for Tampa Mayor
By Christian Wade
The Tampa Tribune
Oct. 7, 2010

Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ed Turanchik, who has decided to run for Tampa mayor, draws much of his support from backers of the transit referendum, said Scott Paine, a political science associate professor at The University of Tampa. Paine said the outcome of the November elections will impact his campaign. "If it passes, his supporters likely would be energized," he said. "But if it fails, it could be a very different story." 

Frances Cardenas Living a Dream at University of Tampa
By Fred Woods
Oct. 7, 2010

For athlete Frances Cardenas, who is from Puerto Rico, playing volleyball in the NCAA is a dream come true. Cardenas, who previously won four straight titles for the Puerto Rico Junior National Team, is one of six freshmen who joined The University of Tampa's women's volleyball team this year and said she has never experienced the level of team bonding and chemistry that the team has here. "It just makes me want to work that much harder and not let anyone down because you know they will do it for you," she said. 

Sam Bailey, Former Football Coach at University of Tampa, Dies
By Marty Clear
St. Petersburg Times
Oct. 1, 2010

Remembered as the coach of the UT football team in the 1960s, Sam Bailey passed away Sept. 21 at age 86. "He's pretty much the face of athletics at The University of Tampa," said UT athletic director Larry Marfise, adding that Bailey single-handedly started the baseball team and the golf team.

University of Tampa Gets Lucky With Safety Campaign
Maddux Tampa Bay News Wire
Sept. 28, 2010

The University of Tampa signed Red Frog Marketing, a Clearwater based Creative Communications Agency earlier this summer to develop a safety campaign that includes a new friend, "Lucky," a 24-inch plush toy with a photo-friendly disposition. "The Lucky campaign speaks to students on their level, and gives a somewhat irreverent edge to a very important topic on campus," said Bob Ruday, dean of student affairs at the University. 

UT Sets Another Enrollment Record
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Sept. 23, 2010

The University of Tampa has set an enrollment record for the 14th consecutive year with a total of 6,423 students. UT's enrollment is nearly twice what it was a decade ago. The University, which has an annual budget of $160 million, confers 1,500 degrees annually and has an estimated annual economic impact of $600 million. It is home to the Sykes College of Business. 

UT Freshmen Study Abroad
The Tampa Tribune
Sept. 22, 2010

For 32 freshmen entering The University of Tampa this month, packing for college includes a passport and map of the London Underground. Usually reserved for upperclassmen, study abroad is now available for select first-semester UT students. The 32 will start their college experience at Roehampton University in London as part of the new UT Freshmen Abroad program. 

A similar story appeared in 83 Degrees.

UT Professor Selected for National Art Gallery of The Bahamas Exhibition
83 Degrees
Sept. 21, 2010

Kendra Frorup, an assistant professor of art at the University of Tampa, was chosen to be part of the Fifth National Exhibition (NE5) at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. The exhibition is a biannual event in which Bahamian artists are invited to submit works of art created in the past two years. This year's event asked artists to create a work of art relative to social consciousness in the community.

'Sex and the University' Unzips Campus Sex Columns
By Stephanie Hayes
The St. Petersburg Times
Sept. 17, 2010

As an assistant journalism professor and adviser to the University of Tampa's Minaret newspaper, Daniel Reimold, 29, is the author of Sex and the University: Celebrity, Controversy and a Student Journalism Revolution, a new book that chronicles the sexual evolution of college press. "The driving engine is my passion for college media," Reimold said. "People are spending a lot of time figuring out what the professional press is doing, and there's a lot of interest in high school scholastic journalism."

Similar stories appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the St. Petersburg Times 

A Stroke of Luck
By George Wilkens
The Tampa Tribune
Sept. 14, 2010

Before dawn, members of The University of Tampa rowing team are hard at work, propelling long, narrow boats silently through dark waters at the eastern edge of the downtown campus which offers convenient access to the Hillsborough River, a natural resource ideal for crew training. "It's fairly narrow so that protects it from winds," said William Dunlap, UT's longtime rowing coach. "It's one of the few bodies of water in Florida that is protected."

University of Tampa Professor Tom Garrett Produces, Previews The Secret World of Recovery
By Steve Persall
The St. Petersburg Times
Sept. 14, 2010

Next week in New York, a rally marking September as National Recovery Month will encourage an estimated 30 million alcohol and drug addicts to get clean and stay that way. University of Tampa associate professor Tom Garrett will be there, premiering the trailer for a documentary he produced titled "The Secret World of Recovery," directed by Leslie Glass, creator of the website The movie is expected to be released to theaters in 2011, providing an alternative to the usual Hollywood treatment of addictions.

Fewer Vaults
By Carl Cronan
Gulf Coast Business Review
Sept. 10, 2010

A reduction in community-based banks in the Gulf Coast region might have to do with their ongoing reluctance to make commercial real estate loans, said Donald Flagg, an assistant professor of finance at the University of Tampa's Sykes College of Business. "These loans would have been made easily 10 or 12 years ago, well before the real estate bubble and days of easy money," Flagg said.

World's Smallest Seahorse Faces Extinction after BP Oil Spill
By Suzanne Goldenberg
The Guardian
Sept. 7, 2010

Destruction of seagrass caused by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has posed a dangerous situation for one of the world's smallest seahorses. "We have very high levels of concern for this particular species because they have a narrower range," said Heather Masonjones, a seahorse biologist at the University of Tampa. Masonjones said it could take five years for seagrass to make a complete recovery, which represents about three generations of seahorses.

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Parents, Stay Informed of Teens' Changing World
By Ernest Hooper
St. Petersburg Times
Sept. 4, 2010

In a show produced by WEDU's summer interns for a special college edition of Florida This Week, UT's Greg LeSar, an adjunct instructor of film and media studies and one of the panelists for the show, subtitled Sex, Drugs and Diversity, comments on the use of prescription stimulants by college students and the danger of addiction. "If you're managing your life properly, you don't have to take drugs to do good work," said LeSar. "You don't have to stay up all night. You just choose not to go the party."

Properly Managed Internships a Benefit to All
By Margaret Cashill
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Sept. 3, 2010

While many interns come to the table ready to work and learn, often for free, it is the responsibility of the company posting the internship to create a meaningful experience for the students, said Ali Dunn, internship coordinator with the University of Tampa's Office of Career Services. "The focus of our internships is learning. The company has to state they are learning," Dunn said. "We shouldn't have instances where students are just making copies."

As Voting by Mail Grows in Popularity, Some Worry about Effect
By Emily Nipps
St. Petersburg Times
Aug. 27, 2010

While some believe the increased popularity of voting by mail is the wave of the future, others argue it disconnects voters from the communal experience and opens the door to fraud. "When I go to vote at the polls, someone is there, they see me, see my ID, see my voter card and signature and watch me vote where I'm protected from outside pressure," said Scott Paine, UT government associate professor.

Sink's Mission: Seize Momentum
By Warren Elly
WTVT - Fox 13
Aug. 25, 2010

In the race to be Florida's governor, Democrat Alex Sink didn't waste time releasing a commercial paid for with national Democratic money. University of Tampa political scientist Scott Paine said the move was necessary before Republican Rick Scott rolls out the attack ads. "They will make Alex Sink look like someone who is out of touch with the public, because she's been in banking and then she's a financial officer, you could put some stereotypes on the kinds of people who end up in those roles," Paine said.

Primary Analysis: Scott's Upset, Meek's Big Win
WTVT - Fox 13
Aug. 25, 2010

UT associate professor Scott Paine analyzes the Aug. 24 primary election outcomes in this one-on-one interview. Paine also offers what's ahead as the candidates campaign for November. 

Florida Senate Race Rife with National Implications
By Konrad Yakabuski
The Globe and Mail
Aug. 25, 2010

The unpredictable race for the Florida Senate seat isn't any clearer after the close of the primary election, the outcome of which puts Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who is running as an independent, against Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek. "My own read on it – and it is very difficult to read – is that it is still Crist's race to lose," offered Scott Paine, an associate professor of communication and government at The University of Tampa.

Chappell Named BusinessWoman of the Year
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Aug. 24, 2010

Rebecca White, professor of management and the James W. Walter Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship at The University of Tampa, was recently named 2010 BusinessWoman of the Year in the education category by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. White was one of three finalists in the education category and was chosen for the designation by an independent panel of judges. 

10 Great Colleges for Less Than $35K
By Cristiana Quinn
Aug. 16, 2010

The University of Tampa has been included on a favorite list of 10 colleges and universities where the total cost of attendance is under $35,000 a year and acceptance is attainable for many students. Noted for its top rated undergraduate business school, UT's location in the city providing ample internship opportunities and its beautiful campus all account for the ranking.

Reports Cite Colleges and Universities that Push for Higher Black and Hispanic Graduation Rates
By Luis Zaragoza
Orlando Sentinel
Aug. 9, 2010 

Some Florida universities are receiving praise for their ability to graduate black and Hispanic students, including The University of Tampa. Recognized as one of the top private colleges for doing so, UT had a 57.2 percent graduation rate for blacks, and a 55.7 percent rates for whites.

Similar stories appeared in the Washington Post and Sun Sentinel.

Colleges Extend Conditional Admissions to Pull In More International Students
By Karin Fischer
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Aug. 8, 2010

The practice of admitting exceptional students whose English skills don't meet entrance standards is gaining acceptance in U.S. colleges. Conditional admissions help attract top foreign students, globalize the U.S. classroom and help bolster U.S. colleges' bottom lines. George daPonte, director of international admissions at the University of Tampa, says several colleagues in recent months have asked for a copy of his conditional-admission letter to use as a model for programs at their own institutions.        

Partnership Creates Life Science Entrepreneurs
By Margie Manning
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Aug. 6, 2010

Graduate students in UT's John H. Sykes College of Business collaborated with Extended Human, co-founded by researchers at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, to prepare a business plan to help turn its cancer research into sales. The MBA candidates got a chance to see how intellectual property, once commercialized, can benefit society, which is increasingly important to today's business students, said Dean Koutroumanis, assistant professor of management.                  

'Bachelorette,' Roberto Certain It Is True Love
By Walt Belcher
The Tampa Tribune
Aug. 3, 2010

Following a season finale for the ABC reality show, "The Bachelorette," where the winning bachelor is a UT alumnus, couple Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez say they will be coming to Tampa soon. Martinez, a University of Tampa graduate who grew up in Riverview, says he's been invited to throw out the first pitch at a future Tampa Rays game. A former standout baseball player for Riverview High and the UT Spartans, Martinez says he's a big Rays fan. He didn't disclose a specific date for the return during a telephone news conference Tuesday.

Similar stories appeared in publications like the St. Petersburg Times.

UT Construction Adds Space for Chapel, Health, Science Classrooms, Labs
By Missy Kavanaugh
83 Degrees
Aug. 3, 2010

The almost-completed construction projects at the University of Tampa will improve the spiritual, health and intellectual needs of its student body with a new chapel, health center and science building. Although the health center and science annex will be the university's first LEED-certified buildings, there are other ongoing efforts to make the campus environmentally responsible including equipping all new residence halls with low-flow toilets, shower heads and faucets, and installing computer monitored building management systems and timers to avoid energy waste.

Clearing the Air about Hookah's Dangers
By Timothy Wolfrum
Bradenton Herald
July 25, 2010

Cathryne Dutka, a nursing student at UT, is one of four students completing an internship at the Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center in Sarasota. Their focus: building a website, research and educational materials to inform the public about what they say is a growing trend among college-aged young people: hookah. "It's just misadvertised and mislabeled. A lot of the users have a lot of misconceptions," said Dutka.

Might GOP Attacks Help Democrats? By Chris Chmura
WTVT - Fox 13
July 23, 2010

The increase in attack ads on the television airwaves by Republican candidates battling it out for the Aug. 24 primary could do more harm than good. "Those kinds of ads do turn voters off," said University of Tampa politics professor Scott Paine, adding that candidates risk annoying and perhaps alienating voters. "Voters simply decide not to vote for either of the candidates and they don't vote at all," Paine said. 

Career Development Professionals Thrive on Relationships with Businesses
By Margaret Cashill
Tampa Bay Business Journal
July 16, 2010

Tim Harding, director of career services at The University of Tampa, said one of the greatest things about UT is that people who are in the community and involved in their various work activities are referring back, contributing to an almost 96 percent rate of employment or graduate school placement after graduation.

Rick Scott Sues Over Campaign Funds
By Tanya Arja
WTVT - Fox 13
July 8, 2010

Gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott has filed a lawsuit against a state law, known as the "Millionaire's Amendment," which caps the amount of candidate spending in the Governor's primary at $24.9 million. Scott has spent almost 25 million dollars in campaign funds, most of it his personal money. Dr. Scott Paine, a political analyst from the University of Tampa, said it's been used to even the playing field in a political race. "It was put in place to create some sort of method of balancing campaigns when one campaign was able to expend an extraordinary amount of money. And the other campaign couldn't keep up," Paine said.

Tampa Native Has Chance at 'Bachelorette'
By Walt Belcher
The Tampa Tribune
July 7, 2010

Although the finale of the ABC reality show is still four weeks away, numerous spoiler websites that follow the series are speculating that Roberto Martinez, 26, a former University of Tampa student, wins the heart of Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky. Martinez, who grew up in Tampa and played baseball for UT in 2002 and 2003, now lives in Charleston, S.C. and works as an insurance agent. He is among the four bachelors still in the game. On the episode next week, Fedotowsky, 25, visits the hometowns of the four guys and that gives Tampa national exposure in primetime.
A similar story appeared on ABC Action News.

TBBJ Names 60 BusinessWoman of the Year Finalists Tampa Bay Business Journal
July 2, 2010

Dr. Rebecca White, University of Tampa management professor and James W. Walter Distinguished Chairwoman of Entrepreneurship, was named one of 60 finalists for the Tampa Bay Business Journal's 2010 BusinessWoman of the Year Awards. The women were named finalists in 10 categories, White in the education category, by an independent panel of judges. Category and overall winners will be announced at a gala Aug. 20. 

Frank Ghannadian: Bay Area Needs More Corporate HQs
Tampa Bay Business Journal
June 25, 2010

In this executive profile on Dr. Frank Ghannadian, the University of Tampa dean of the College of Business talks about his educational history, his family and his heroes. On how to make Tampa more business friendly, Ghannadian, who is the director of TECO Energy Center for Leadership, said the area needs more corporate headquarters. "I cannot think of a better city to relocate to. We have everything from arts to sports and great educational services," he said. "We need to give bigger and better tax incentives. In the long run it will pay off. Let's work toward improvement, embrace new corporations and watch the Tampa business community grow."

GOP Weighs Court Challenge After Dingfelder, Saul-Sena Resign
By Christian Wade
The Tampa Tribune
June 24, 2010

Two Tampa city council members missed election filing deadlines to run for seats on the Hillsborough County Commission, forcing both to abruptly step down. Political observers say the state's election laws can be complicated for newcomers, but given the experience of both, it was a mishap that should have been avoided. "Everyone knows we have a resign to run law in this state," said Scott Paine, a political science professor at the University of Tampa. "They really should have caught this."

A similar story appeared in Creative Loafing.

Golfer at U.S. Open Has Local Ties
Fostoria Review Times
June 18, 2010

UT senior Kris Shane walked the golf course at Pebble Beach making notes. Just in case. Shane is an alternate at the U.S. Open. Although the alternates didn't get to play a practice round, Shane did get out on the range and practice chipping with the professionals. He's had several chances to interact with the pros and has even been asked by fans to sign a few autographs. "It was a really great experience, I took a lot of pictures," Shane said of walking the course.

UT Offers Kids a Chance to Take College Classes
By Erica Riggins
Bay News 9
June 17, 2010
The University of Tampa is offering a weeklong program for some middle school kids called The Hillsborough Scholars Summer Academy. Most of the students that participate in the program scored in the top 5 percent on the FCAT test. According to Drakon Vines, 13, "It's way cooler than it sounds. You can't know how good it is until you try it." University of Tampa biochemistry professor Michael Carastro hopes the program will have a lasting effect on the students. 

Sweaters, Fleece Vests, Beanies OK at Pebble Beach
By Janie McCauley
Associated Press
June 16, 2010

This week at the U.S. Open, it's all about long pants and pullover sweaters for Floridian Kristoffer Shane who never needs anything remotely close to this much clothing when he plays back home. Shane, a senior-to-be at Division II University of Tampa, is an alternate and qualifier. "This is basically winter for us," Shane joked at the practice range Wednesday morning. "I'm not used to golfing in sweaters. I brought a whole collection." 

Greco: No Concerns about Buckhorn's Firefighter Endorsement
By Christian Wade
The Tampa Tribune
June 11, 2010

It came as somewhat of a surprise to political observers when the International Association of Firefighters Local 754 announced this past week that they are endorsing Bob Buckhorn's bid for mayor, nearly a year before the March 2011 city elections. Former mayor Dick Greco, who has said he is seriously contemplating another run for mayor, had the firefighter and police unions' backing during his 1995 re-election. UT political science professor Scott Paine said the police and firefighter union endorsements are more valuable for generating donations, volunteering time and helping with voter turnout efforts such as phone calls, rather than for influencing votes.

UT Enjoys Record Day
By Adam Adkins
The Tampa Tribune
June 9, 2010

Jared Simon, an Armwood High grad, was the first of a program-record seven Spartans drafted Tuesday in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft. Like Simon, four others in that group - pitchers Carmine Giardina (Durant), A.J. Pinera (Sickles), Austin Evans (Chamberlain) and Josh Bowman (Northeast) - also played high school baseball locally. "It's overwhelming," Simon said shortly after being selected in the sixth round by the Colorado Rockies. "You work your whole life for something like this. It's just surreal right now."

A similar story appeared on WTSP-10 Connects 

Giardina Staying Patient on Day of Baseball Draft
By Adam Adkins
The Tampa Tribune
June 7, 2010

As the 2010 Major League Baseball draft starts today, Carmine Giardina is fairly confident his name will be called. Giardina, who is out of non-professional options after recently completing his final collegiate season at the University of Tampa, has bypassed the chance to turn pro twice before. "I feel like looking back on it, that now, obviously I'm older but I'm a lot more ready for life after baseball if it doesn't work out and a lot more prepared at being able to succeed in baseball knowing what I know now and being more mature and being able to handle myself in the minor-league lifestyle," said Giardina, who is just a nine-credit-hour internship away from earning his bachelor's degree in sports management, something he plans to complete in the fall. "I felt like I've grown up a lot, matured a lot, been through a lot of experiences and learned how to handle adversity." 

St. Thomas Aquinas Grad Butler Gains All-American Status in Track
By Craig Davis
June 4, 2010

Former St. Thomas Aquinas standout Jess Butler earned All-American honors in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships. The University of Tampa sophomore ran a school-record 4:30.11 in the prelims, then ran 4:28.98 in the finals while finishing seventh at Charlotte, NC. She ran this year as a red-shirt freshman after an injury derailed her first season at Tampa, and was the only freshman to achieve All-American status in the 1,500.

Pair of Pitchers Put UT in Title Hunt
By Darek Sharp
The Tampa Tribune
May 26, 2010

Carmine Giardina and Aaron Gerbasi are two of the most decorated starting pitchers from the Plant City prep scene in recent years and have developed into two key hurlers for the University of Tampa. In last weekend's Division II national championship fight and the South Region title prior to that, the contributions of Giardina and Gerbasi were a key element. "Right now, those guys are our specialists out of the bullpen," UT head coach Joe Urso said. "Both are pitching in high-pressure situations. Carmine we have coming in to get out lefties in key situations, and Aaron is great against righties."

Former Tampa Mayor Eyes One Last Run for Office
By Christian Wade
The Tampa Tribune
May 21, 2010

Dick Greco said he is "seriously considering" a bid in the 2011 non-partisan election for Tampa's mayor, and University of Tampa Political Science Professor Scott Paine said the former mayor's reputation in the business community could help raise support and the money needed to mount a mayoral campaign. "I think if he decides to run, there will certainly be people who rally behind him," said Paine, who served as a city council member during Greco's third term. "That said, in the present climate, I don't think the kinds of things he is known for, such as public-private partnerships, will generate tremendous support." 

Feinstein on the Brink
By John Feinstein
May 20, 2010

Author John Feinstein was introduced to swimming by Ed Brennan, UT's swim coach who at one time was Feinstein's high school swim coach. Feinstein attributes his passion for swimming and his health to the impact of Brennan.

2010: Year of the Political Outsider?
By Chris Chmura
WTVT - Fox 13
May 20, 2010

The November election for governor may be led by atypical politicians because of the year's economic uncertainty and political upheaval. "When in doubt, people tend to default to the incumbent," said University of Tampa Associate Professor Scot Paine. "But, fall 2010 may be a very different election in that regard and we may see more incumbents fighting to stay alive." 

UT Spartans Ready for Division II National Championship
By Dave Wirth
WTSP-Channel 10
May 20, 2010

The University of Tampa baseball team leaves for Cary, NC, on Thursday, to play in the Division II National Championship. The Spartans (46-9) this season, will play Central Missouri State in their opening game on Saturday. This is the sixth time that UT, under head coach Joe Urso, will play in the tournament. "The big thing is going to be that first game against the number-3 team in the country, Central Missouri State," Urso said. "They beat us in the finals in 2003, so hopefully this group will have a little revenge on their mind."

Other stories following the NCAA tournament appeared in publications like the Tampa Tribune,, Raleigh News & Observer and WTSP-Channel 10.

Sports Video of the Day, Hot Clicks
By Jimmy Traina
Extra Mustard
May 19, 2010

University of Tampa baseball player Mike Blanke's grand slam that broke open a 3-2 game in the NCAA South Regional title game has been recognized as the Sports Video of the Day by Sports Illustrated's Hot Clicks. Tampa won the game by a 20-3 score as Blanke's grand slam fueled a 17-1 rally by the Spartans. He capped off the regional as the Most Valuable Player of the 15-game tournament.

New List: 40 Best Commencement Speeches
By Tom D'Agostino
HigherEd Morning
May 14, 2010

A list of the top 10 most inspiring commencement speeches, as compiled by, includes Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who gave the spring commencement address at The University of Tampa in 2009.
Baseball Is a Family Matter for the University of Tampa's Brad Roberts
By Joe Smith
St. Petersburg Times
May 13, 2010

First baseman Brad Roberts, who returned to play his senior season for his uncle Joe Urso, is a key player as the University of Tampa opens NCAA region play May 13 at UT. "It's been an awesome experience," Roberts said. "Being back home is one of the best things, near my family, all my aunts and uncles in the stands, and playing for (Urso) is fun."

UT Student Honored with Posthumous Bachelor's Degree
By Carson Chambers
ABC Action News
May 12, 2010

In a private ceremony on May 11, The University of Tampa presented Ryan McCall's family with his diploma "In Memoriam." McCall was a UT senior and track athlete who was shot and killed as he walked home with a friend along North Boulevard in Tampa last August. McCall's running shoe, bronzed by a UT art major, is being now displayed at the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Similar stories appeared in WTSP-Channel 10, WTVT-Fox 13, Tampa TribuneandSt. Petersburg Times.
UT Prof: 'By Comparison, Exxon Valdez is Nothing'
By Jeff Butera
ABC Action News
May 5, 2010

UT Professor Jim Gore, dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences, said the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will dwarf the Exxon Valdez oil spill in terms of impact. Gore believes it could last much longer and be more devastating. Thousands of birds and marine life were killed in the Exxon Valdez. "Multiply that by a hundred times at least," said Gore, referring to what might happen if BP is unsuccessful at stopping the leak.

Could a Mini Horse Be Bred Small Enough to Fit in Your Palm?
By Alexis Madrigal
May 3, 2010

In recent years, the genetic underpinnings of height and size in mammals have generated increasing interest from scientists. "In a horse, we don't really know yet what the genetics are behind the size variation," said animal geneticist Rebecca Bellone, associate professor at The University of Tampa. Equine geneticist Samantha Brooks of Cornell University is attempting to do genomic studies of horses, drawing on a new genetic data set she's created from the DNA of 1,300 horses.

Bitter Breakup Between Crist and GOP in Fla. Senate Race
By Susan Ferrechio
Washington Examiner
April 30, 2010

In response to Florida Gov. Charlie Crist leaving the Republican Party and continuing his campaign for the U. S. Senate as an Independent candidate, UT Associate Professor Scott Paine said Crist's poll numbers will improve now. "Marco Rubio is going to have to create the impression that, having worked so hard to prove that he is the conservative in the race, that he is not actually that conservative," Paine said. "And that is not going to be easy. Florida is not that conservative."

Similar stories appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, Nevada Appeal and Click Orlando – WKMG LOCAL 6.

Burning Oil Spill Is Best Worst Option
By Sam Jordan
April 28, 2010

Following an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard is burning the oil to try to control the damage. University of Tampa Biology Professor Jim Gore says while it's better than doing nothing, burning oil creates plenty of environmental issues. "What doesn't burn is usually the heavier material that settles out, and that then can slowly but surely make its way through currents to the coastal areas," said Gore.

Jack Jenkins Visits Good Day
By Russell Rhodes
WTVT - Fox 13
April 27, 2010

Jack Jenkins '61, better known as one half of the Jack and Sally Jenkins duo, received The University of Tampa's outstanding music alumnus award April 27 at a free concert by the University's musical theatre ensemble. Jack and his late wife, Sally, met and married at UT, where they began working the college and Tampa community circuit, singing music from the '20s to '50s. "We owe a lot to the University as both of us were given voice scholarships," said Jenkins, who performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and toured with Bob Hope.

American Colleges Look to Capitalize on Chinese Students' Trans-Pacific Dreams
The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 25, 2010

Chinese students are being recruited by American institutions as the population increasingly is looking for education abroad. At a recent college fair in Beijing, UT was among 10 American colleges represented, three of which, including UT, are opening, or have opened, language-training centers, run by ELS Educational Services Inc. ELS runs English-language training centers at colleges in the United States. 

Ongoing Legacy
By Carl Cronan
Gulf Coast Business Review
April 22, 2010

John H. Sykes, founder of Sykes Enterprises and the newly formed JHS Capital Advisors, reveals that his affinity for UT stems from close connection of the school to the city, right across from the central business district. "There is no great city without a great university in its midst," Sykes said. "It's important that we build the university in the right way that represents our city." Soon to be completed is the latest building on campus named in Sykes' honor, the $20-million Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values. Sykes says even though Christianity is the dominant religion on the UT campus, others must also be respected at the private liberal arts university whose students come from more than 100 countries and all 50 states. 

Exclusive Interview with Writer/Director Rod Lurie at University of Tampa
By Joe Belcastro
April 6, 2010

Rod Lurie, a writer and director, spoke to the students at The University of Tampa at the invitation of Assistant Professor Tom Garrett. Lurie told the students that people in California are aware of the talent at UT. He gave them tips on surviving the business, including, "You have to have a game plan when writing screenplays," and, "Talent does what it can. Genius does what it must."

Q&A: Rebecca White, The University of Tampa
By Diane Egner
83 Degrees
March 30, 2010

Professor Rebecca White is the first to fill the Distinguished Walter Chair in Entrepreneurship at the John H. Sykes College of Business at The University of Tampa. She spoke with 83 Degrees about the field of entrepreneurship. "Being entrepreneurial is not owned by any specific group. It's more about how someone thinks than how they look or what their background is," White said. "Context plays a role. Individuals who grow up with entrepreneurs as role models are more likely to become entrepreneurs. Certain cultures, for example, tend to be more entrepreneurial because of that."

McCollum's Legal Foray into Health Care Mired in Debate
By William March
The Tampa Tribune
March 27, 2010

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum filed a lawsuit challenging the health care reform bill, which some critics say was a political stunt used to help boost his campaign for governor. Whether the lawsuit will help his race is unpredictable, said Scott Paine, a University of Tampa political scientist. While McCollum and Republicans can argue that they're trying to thwart an oppressive, unwanted health care measure, Democrats can argue that the bill includes many things most Americans say they want, said Paine.

Chances for GOP Revenge in Florida May be Few
By William March
The Tampa Tribune
March 22, 2010

Republicans nationwide are vowing revenge against congressional Democrats over the passage of the health care reform plan. UT Associate Professor Scott Paine said that Florida Democrats could escape the wrath though, including Tampa's Rep. Kathy Castor. "In this district I don't see her being vulnerable," said Paine, a Democrat and a former Tampa City Council member.

A similar story appeared in the Jackson County Floridan.

New Orleans Has a Love Affair with Shotgun Houses
By Karen Taylor Gist
March 20, 2010

On a recent trip to Tampa, this article's author took in the splendor of the old Tampa Bay Hotel, that's Plant Hall, at The University of Tampa, "where a wonderfully odd mix of Moorish minarets, domes and cupolas pairs with Victorian gingerbread in the late-1800s main building, originally a resort built by transportation magnate Henry B. Plant."

UT's Plant Park Gets New Flagpole
By Mary Collister
St. Petersburg Times
March 19, 2010

GreenFest, the annual gardening festival featuring 96 vendors on the campus waterfront, will kick off with the dedication of the new, 112-foot flagpole in Plant Park at UT. A Friends of Plant Park project, the flag pole will fly three flags: a 12- by 18-foot replica of the 45-star American flag flown at the hotel in 1896, a Florida state flag and the UT flag.

A similar story appeared in The Tampa Tribune.

Is High-Risk Drinking at College on the Way Out?
By Brandon Busteed
The Chronicle for Higher Education
March 14, 2010

While the issue of alcohol abuse by students remains a high priority health issue on college campuses, research is showing slight decreases in high-risk drinking. A number of institutions have made significant progress toward this effort including The University of Tampa, which lowered its high-risk-drinking rate by 23 percent in 2009 alone.

As WWII Vets Dwindle, Accolades Multiply
By Staci Sturrock
Palm Beach Post
March 12, 2010

As the population of World War II veterans drops with each passing year, many are working to capture their stories. UT's Associate Professor James Beckman is beginning a research project involving WWII veterans this summer. Many veterans were reluctant to reminisce "immediately after World War II — and well into the '70s and '80s," said Beckman. "There were so many veterans and the war had been so much a part of our fabric, they didn't talk, and we didn't ask."

Jessee Takes UT to New Heights
By Travis Bell
10 Connects
March 11, 2010

Tom Jessee took over the University of Tampa women's basketball team in 2002 and has been breaking records ever since. His .717 career winning percentage (172-68) is tops in program history and the team will play in a school-record fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament beginning Friday.

Crist Faces Uphill Battle after 'Unprecedented' Drop in Polls
By Don Germaise
ABC Action News
March 11, 2010

In the last nine months, Florida Governor Charlie Crist has seen a 63 point swing in the polls in the run for U.S. Senate, giving his opponent in the Republican Primary, Marco Rubio, the lead. "It's pretty unprecedented, at least in my experience," said University of Tampa political scientist Dr. Scott Paine. "He's an incumbent, we knew him. He's been in office for a long time. You wouldn't expect that anything would just turn his support to Jell-O that quickly."

Change Agents at the UT Fellows Forum
By Margie Manning
Tampa Bay Business Journal
March 10, 2010

The University of Tampa hosted experts in health care, the economy and consumer trends at Wednesday's Fellows Forum, featuring top executives who analyzed the sweeping changes shaping their industries. Speakers included Dr. Cecil Wilson, president-elect of the American Medical Association; Elizabeth "Liz" Smith, CEO of OSI Restaurant Partners LLC; and Jonathan "Jon" Baum, chairman and CEO of The Dreyfus Corp. 

Similar stories appeared in the New Orleans Times Picayune,Tampa Bay Online, The Patriot-News and the St. Petersburg Times.

Chiselers' Market Helps Restore and Preserve Tampa Landmark
ABC Action News
March 10, 2010

The University of Tampa's Plant Hall used to be known as the Tampa Bay Hotel and for nearly 50 years, a group of women known as the Chiselers Inc., have been raising money for its preservation. One of their well known fundraisers, the annual Chiselers Market, will be held March 13.

Similar stories appeared in the St. Petersburg Times and Bay News 9.

Corporate Logos on License Plates?
By Chris Chmura
WTVT - Fox 13
March 8, 2010

The State of Florida is considering allowing corporations to purchase ad placements on license plates to make up for the state's $3.2 billion deficit. "If I were a company, I'd say there's good bang for your buck," said Erika Matulich, an associate professor of marketing at The University of Tampa. "I think there's great opportunity."

Pocket Shots Concern Colleges
By Doug Smith
WTVT - Fox 13
March 8, 2010

In an effort to help control underage drinking, members of the UT community helped WTVT – Fox 13 with an investigation on a new, pocket-sized portion of alcohol that is being sold online and in liquor stores as a Pocket Shot. Gina Firth, an associate dean of students, said the University will use the experience as an educational opportunity and plans to share this information with other colleges giving them a better shot at stopping underage and irresponsible consumption of alcohol.

Game Means a Lot to Milien
By Nicholas Murray
Tampa Tribune
March 6, 2010

Pascal Milien '10, who plays for the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies, played in Saturday's soccer game at The University of Tampa's Pepin Stadium against his former school. In the Rowdies' first preseason game, Milien, of Haiti, played in honor of the friends and family he lost in the January earthquake. All proceeds from the game,more than$5,200,benefitted the American Red Cross and Haiti relief efforts.

Oh! Say, Can You See the Flagpole?
By Neil Johnson
Tampa Tribune
March 4, 2010

The Friends of Plant Park have installed a 112-foot flag pole at UT in an effort to replicate what the grounds in front of the Tampa Bay Hotel, now the University, looked like in the hotel's heyday. The pole will fly a 12-by-18 replica of an 1896 U.S. flag.

Critical Condition: The Final Vote for Health Care Reform
By Kerry Kavanaugh
ABC Action News
March 3, 2010

With President Obama revealing the final version of his health care reform, UT Assistant Professor Scott Paine said it is now time for Democrats to act. Wednesday was the last chance for Obama to frame the final vote, which he did, calling for Democrats to push it through the Senate with a simple majority.

Messina Twins Lead Spartans' into SSC Woman's Tourney
By Gregg Becnel
Tampa Tribune
March 3, 2010

Twin sisters Catriana and Gianna Messina '11 have helped UT's women's basketball team win consecutive Sunshine State Conference regular-season titles and they helped lead UT as it defended its conference tournament title March 3. UT is ranked No. 16 in the USA Today/ESPN Division II coaches' poll and No. 3 in the regional rankings, which are used for seeding in the NCAA tournament.

Feb. 26, 2010

UT's Carolina Olaya is interviewed on WMNF's "True Talk" on a recent article she wrote for The Minaret, Beyond the Veil: Islam Supports Women's Rights, which was printed Feb. 18. Olaya, who was raised in Columbia, converted to Islam at age 15 and wants to spread the word about a religion for which she is passionate. "I decided to speak for women in Islam because I think we are staying silent and letting everyone speak for us. We're letting the media speak for us and feminist people speak for us and saying we're oppressed, and we don't raise our voices. It just can't be. We have to say, hey, Islam is different than what you think."

UT Nursing Program Passes Milestone with RN License Exam
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Feb. 19, 2010

All 56 of The University of Tampa's 2009 nursing graduates passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, making it one of only two programs in Florida to have a perfect passing rate for first-time takers.

Lessons of a Crisis: Toyota Makes Headlines for All the Wrong Reasons
By Michael Weeks
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Feb. 19, 2010

Dr. Michael Weeks, senior associate director of the TECO Energy Center for Leadership and an assistant professor of management at the University of Tampa, authors this piece about the faulty business decisions of Toyota. A symbol for all auto manufactures, Toyota and others need to focus on design and software quality, not just production quality, said Weeks. They also need a coordinated strategy for dealing with social media and its impact.

200-Plus Supporters Help Kevin White Kick Off Re-election Campaign
Feb. 17, 2010

Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White started his re-election campaign Wednesday with a show of support despitelast year'scourt finding that White sexually harassed an aide and refused to help pay county legal bills surrounding the aide's lawsuit. "He's upset a broad constituency because of his conduct but a broad constituency doesn't automatically cost him an election," said Scott Paine, an associate professor at the University of Tampa, who said White still has a chance at re-election. White maintains his innocence.

AT&T Participates in Campus MovieFest at University of Tampa
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Feb. 16, 2010

Campus MovieFest, a touring film festival, comes to the University of Tampa on Thursday. The short films created by the students are done so with free Apple laptops, camcorders and mentors. CMF also is handing out AT&T phones to student filmmakers, and those who integrate the phone in their movies are eligible for prizes from AT&T.

A similar story appeared in the

Entrepreneur U
By Alex Walsh
Gulf Coast Business Review
Feb. 12, 2010

An educational trend to teach students entrepreneurship is being spearheaded locally by Rebecca White, director of the University of Tampa's Florida Entrepreneurship Center. From business plan competitions to learning how to construct, communicate to, and collaborate with a team of business professionals, White is exposing her students to intense scrutiny while growing the UT program.

UT: Unemployment, Personal Bankruptcy Hammers Bay Area Economy
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Feb. 11, 2010

University of Tampa researchers in the John H. Sykes College of Business have published a biannual newsletter, "The Tampa Bay Economy," and in it, identified unemployment and residential bankruptcy as signs of the human tragedy occurring as a result of the economic recession.

University of Tampa Partners with Blockbuster
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Feb. 10, 2010

A new partnership has been created between The University of Tampa and Blockbuster Express, providing for DVD rental on campus. UT is the third Florida university to have Blockbuster Express on campus. Ten percent of rental revenue from the kiosk will help fund scholarships for the UT President's Leadership Fellows program. 

In Tampa, a Metal Monument to Art
By Harold Bubil
Sarasota Harold Tribune
Feb. 10, 2010

The grand opening of the Tampa Museum of Art on Feb. 6 engaged visitors not only with its modern art and architectural angles, but with the view across the river "from truly an iconic part of Tampa, which is the minarets of the University of Tampa," said Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio.

Similar stories appeared in the Tampa Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, Lakeland Ledger, Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald and Allentown Morning Call.

University of Tampa's Obama Coup was 'Exposure You Can't Beat'
By Jane Meinhardt
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Feb. 5, 2010

President Barack Obama's visit to The University of Tampa on Jan. 28 was coordinated just a week in advance. UT's public information director Eric Cardenas said the White House staff didn't make a final decision on location until the Monday before the visit, and UT's downtown location and the size of the Martinez Sports Center probably played a role in landing the president's visit.

Undiagnosed Illnesses Put Even Experienced Runners at Risk
By Mary Shedden
The Tampa Tribune
Feb. 4, 2010

Because running extreme distances or at an extreme intensity stresses the heart, many trainers urge people who plan to work their body harder than usual to get a cardiac checkup in advance. Dror Vaknin, a University of Tampa track coach and private running trainer, said, "I think the hard part is that people don't realize their body does have limitations." The risk increases with marathon races. UT Dana professor Linda Musante 55, the current age-division world champion in the 70.3-mile Ironman, who works out with Vaknin's training team, said, "There are a lot of people who are not prepared, and it's dangerous for them and for everybody."

UT Professor Begins Work on New Film
By Joe Belcastro
Feb. 2, 2010

University of Tampa assistant professor Tom Garrett has received funding to being shooting a documentary on the largest film industry in the world – India's Bollywood. With the help of longtime friend and patroness of the arts, Elly Friedman, Garrett will begin shooting this spring with the help of UT film students. The documentary, The Two Sides of Bollywood, will be released in September.

Beck Building UT Health Center, Crossroads an Academic Building
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Feb. 1, 2010

The University of Tampa has announced the construction of two new buildings on campus: a student health center and an academic building. Scheduled for opening in the fall, each will be two stories and designed to reflect the style of other campus buildings. Construction starts in February.

Similar stories appeared in the St. Petersburg Times, the Tampa Tribune and 83 Degrees.

Can the State Afford Crist's Budget Proposal?
ABC Action News
By Kerry Kavanaugh
Jan. 29, 2010

UT associate professor Scott Paine comments on Governor Charlie Crist's 2010-2011 budget proposal, saying that while the proposal isn't completely unrealistic, it's very optimistic. "We are still facing a pretty tough economy in Florida. It is a larger budget than last year's budget. It's almost as large a budget as three years ago, before everything fell apart," he said.

Student to Obama: What About Gay Rights?
By Melanie Brooks
10 Connects
Jan. 29, 2010

UT student Hector Flores '10 not only attended President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden's town hall meeting at The University on Jan. 28, but he got the opportunity to ask the president a question regarding his work on civil rights forhomosexuals. Flores said he was partially satisfied with the response. "I appreciate the fact that he shared the same sentiments…He didn't really say anything on marriage," Flores said. "But I think the gay community on a whole, the advocates for same civil rights, need to be persistent yet patient."

Similar stories appeared in the and Windy City Times.
Can High-Speed Rail Succeed in America?
By Bryan Walsh
Time Magazine
Jan. 29, 2010

President Barack Obama's State of the Union promise to build high-speed rail in the U.S. was emphasized the following day at a town hall meeting at The University of Tampa. "We want to start looking deep into the 21st century and say to ourselves, There's no reason why other countries can build high-speed rail lines and we can't," Obama said. "Right here in Tampa, we're building the future." Time Magazine questions the efforts needed for a rail system to be successful in the U.S.

Similar stories appeared in multiple publications like Malaysia Star, BBC Radio, The China Post, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Tribune, New York Metro, Orlando Sentinel andSan Francisco Examiner.

At Florida Stop, Obama Announces Rail Investment
By Jeff Zeleny
The New York Times
Jan. 28, 2010

A day after delivering his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama came to The University of Tampa to announce the investment of $8 billion in high-speed rail projects in 13 major corridors, The New York Times reported. "The worst of the storm has passed, but I think all of you understand, the devastation remains," Obama told an audience at The University of Tampa. "One in 10 Americans still can't find work. That's why creating jobs has to be our No. 1 priority in 2010."

Similar stories appeared in publications like NPR, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Reuters India, Washington Times, VOA News, Lakeland Ledger, Miami Herald, St. Petersburg Times, Bradenton Herald, Anchorage Daily News, Orlando Sentinel andNational Post.

Milien Beaming at Rowdies Introduction
By Nicholas Murray
The Tampa Tribune
Jan. 28, 2010

For UT's Pascal Milien '10, playing professional soccer for FC Tampa Bay Rowdies is a dream come true. "I can't ask for better," The University of Tampa two-time All-American said. "This is a dream come true for me after all these years I've been pushing myself since high school, through college." 

A similar story appeared in the Lakeland Ledger and ABC Action News.

Tickets Go Fast for Obama Visit
By Blake Sabatinelli
ABC Action News
Jan. 27, 2010

It took less than an hour for the tickets to President Barack Obama's town hall meeting at The University of Tampa to be distributed. Obama is expected to announce federal funding for a high-speed rail system linking Tampa and Orlando during the town hall.

Similar stories appeared in publications like the Miami Herald,, Ft. Myers News-Press, 10 Connects, Bradenton Herald, Central Florida News 13, South Florida Business Journal and theSt. Petersburg Times.

Fingers Crossed, Tampa Bay Abuzz with Talk High-Speed Rail Funding is Coming Thursday
By Robert Trigaux
St. Petersburg Times
Jan. 26, 2010

Florida is abuzz with the expected visit Thursday by both President Obama and Vice President Biden, who are scheduled to hold a town meeting at the University of Tampa, supposedly focused on jobs. Many here hope the visit also means an announcement Florida has won close to the $2.6 billion it seeks in federal funding for its proposed high-speed rail project that, initially, would connect Tampa to Orlando along the I-4 corridor. 

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Obama Coming to Tampa to Talk "Jobs"
By Carolyn Dolcimascolo
10 Connects
Jan. 25, 2010

Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor announced that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will speak at The University of Tampa during a town hall meeting. The event will be held at the Martinez Sports Center, though other details have been limited. 

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UT Holds Memorial for Student
By Dustin Chase
ABC Action News
Jan. 22, 2010

Friends, family and staff members spoke of the inspiration they found in Erik Nicoletti, a UT junior who died of injuries from a hit and run accident on Nov. 22. A memorial service for Nicoletti was held Jan. 22. Friends recently found a screenplay the film and media arts major was writing. In it, the lead character talks of how misfortune can arrive just when you think everything is perfect.

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Tarpon Presbyterian Church Acquires Pipe Organ
By Mark Schantz
The Suncoast News
Jan. 22, 2010

Professor David Clark Isele, organist, composer-in-residence and director of choral and vocal activities at the University of Tampa, and Libor Ondras, assistant professor and director of the UT Orchestra, on violin, participated in a dedication concert for Tarpon Springs' Church on the Bayou's new pipe organ. The 125-member congregation received the organ when Rio Vista Presbyterian Church, in St. Petersburg, closed and offered the organ for free. 

Hertz Partners with UT to Offer Mini Cooper, Ford Escape
MSN Money
Jan. 20, 2010

Hertz Rent-a-Car has partnered with The University of Tampa to offer cars to students for rent by the hour or the day. The first university in Florida to offer the program, the idea is to offer an option to the fixed costs of car ownership. The program was initiated by UT's student government.

Rowdies Seek a Few Good Soccer Players
By Victoria Lim
Bright House Sports Network
Bay News 9
Jan. 20, 2010

The Tampa Bay Rowdies is in the final stages of filling its roster and hope to be ready by the time pre-season starts March 1. The owners of the newly revived soccer team are hoping to use two decades of history for success in this comeback. Dr. James Lee, sports marketing expert and professor at the University of Tampa, agrees. "They have history here. Any team with a strong loyal fan base has a chance." Lee said the Rowdies can also bank on the nostalgia factor.

Earthquake in Haiti Hits Home for Milien
By Brandt Merritt
The Lakeland Ledger
Jan. 16, 2010

Pascal Milien '10, who spent the first 15 years of his life in Haiti, is riding a wave of mixed emotions from exhilaration at the thought of potentially playing Major League Soccer to a deep sense of loss after losing family members to the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti.

Desperately Seeking Seahorses
By Jef Akst
The Scientist
January 2010

Researcher Jef Akst combed the waters of Tampa Bay looking for enough seahorses to complete his graduate degree in evolutionary biology. When surprisingly he came up empty-handed, his research evolved into figuring out where the tiny creatures went. One conjecture came from UT associate biology professor Heather Masonjones, who has been surveying seahorses and pipefish in the bay since December 2005, who said that increasing water temperatures as a result of global warming may affect fish species' watery world. 

Police Gunning for Dingfelder, Saul-Sena Over Denied Raises
By Mike Salinero
The Tampa Tribune
Jan. 6, 2010

After opposing step- pay raises for police officers in early December, police union members are opposing two Tampa City Council members seeking Hillsborough County Commission seats. Linda Saul-Sena and John Dingfelder joined three other council members in opposing the raises because of the budget deficit. Scott Paine, a government professor at the University of Tampa and former Tampa City Council member, said, "If you are presumed to be against law enforcement, then you are often presumed to be against public safety." 

Q&A: Haig Mardirosian, University of Tampa
By Diane Egner
83 Degrees
Jan. 5, 2010

Haig Mardirosian, the University of Tampa's dean of the College of Arts and Letters, gives his thoughts on the mission of the college, why the arts are an important asset for all individuals and how UT's program stands out from other colleges and universities. "We have departments of philosophy, engineering and communications working in conjunction with art, dance, music," Mardirosian said. "Ours is a better reflection of collaboration and has a real impact on the community."