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UT's Lectores Series Readings include Roxane Gay, Richard Bausch and More

By Colette Bancroft
Tampa Bay Times
Dec. 31, 2014

When the University of Tampa founded its low-residency program for a master's of fine arts in creative writing a few years back, it included a component to connect writers with the Tampa Bay community. The Lectores series is named for the Ybor City tradition of having readers in cigar factories who read aloud — everything from Shakespeare to the day's news — to the workers as they rolled stogies. UT's lectores are acclaimed authors, many of them serving as faculty members in the MFA program. Twice a year, the public is invited to free readings by those authors. The January 2015 roster is an impressive one. The series kicks off on Thursday with readings by two writers who have been in the news recently. Full story

Turnout Could be Dismal for Tampa Council Elections in March

By Christopher O’Donnell
Tampa Tribune
Dec. 26, 2014

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn seems set to win a second term unopposed. Without opponents Buckhorn’s name will not be on the ballot, leaving the March municipal elections without the publicity and increased awareness a mayoral election campaign would generate. Buckhorn’s absence from the ballot would likely see turnout drop back down into the teens, said Scott Paine, a professor of government at The University of Tampa. “I would put it anywhere from 3 to 5 percent lower,” he said. How that affects the result is more difficult to quantify. Most of those voting will be residents who pay close attention to politics and local issues, Paine said. Full story

Creating a Holiday State of Mind

By Anne Kadet
USA Today
Dec. 25, 2014

Studies show that folks who practice random acts of kindness enjoy an immediate happiness boost. Research shows that to maximize your happiness from random acts of kindness, you need only to recollect the nice things you've already done. The best gift of all is a "positive memory" of a pleasant exchange, says Patricia O'Grady, a positive psychology expert at the University of Tampa. And for better or worse, the "delighted surprise" of a stranger goes further than gratitude from a family member. Full story

University of Tampa Tops the List of Tampa Bay MBA Programs by In-seat Enrollment

By Chris Erickson
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Dec. 19, 2014

The Tampa Bay Business Journal ranked MBA programs by local in-seat enrollment. UT came out on top, more than doubling the University of South Florida, which came in second. Full story  

UT to Offer Cybersecurity Program

By Wade Tyler Millward
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Dec. 16, 2014

University of Tampa students can study cybersecurity starting in the fall semester.
Instructors in the new major and minor programs at the private university will teach students tools and strategies for protecting confidential materials through classroom lectures and a lab. "Demand for certified security professionals is expected to rise as global commerce and modern society becomes increasingly dependent on information systems and related technologies," said Kenneth Knapp, cybersecurity program director and associate professor of information and technology management. Full story  

UT Student Entrepreneurs Compete for Global Prize Recognizing Solutions to Social Issues

By Justine Benstead
83 Degrees
Dec. 9, 2014

A team of five student entrepreneurs from the University of Tampa plans to bring bamboo to urban slums as a means of providing both sanitation and education. Their startup idea, called “BamBoost,” won the local competition of the Hult Prize in late November 2014. It involves selling bamboo-fiber diaper liners and toilet bags to families in urban slums -- products that address the need for improved sanitation and basic quality of life for disadvantaged children living in these impoverished areas. Full story

Tampa Spartans Win Volleyball National Title

Tampa Bay Times
Dec. 6, 2014

Tampa captured the Division II volleyball national title Saturday with a 25-14, 25-20, 25-21 sweep of Southwest Minnesota State. The national championship is the second for the Spartans (34-1) and their first since 2006. Both came under coach Chris Catanach, who has been at UT since 1984. "I'm really proud of the kids and how they played tonight, and the entire season," Catanach said. "Tonight they played well under heavy pressure. … I'm so proud of this group of student-athletes and their accomplishments." Full story  


NCAA Athletes Begin Competition in Louisville

By Connie Leonard
WAVE 3 News
Dec. 4, 2014

The Division Two National Championship Festival is underway and the Derby City has become a popular destination for it, hosting three of the eight festivals that have been held. The games officially began Thursday with some 1,100 athletes from all over the country competing in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals of Women's Volleyball. "It's an amazing and unforgettable experience," said University of Tampa volleyball player Kahley Patrick. Full story


Student Enrollment Gains Fatten the Bottom Line at University of Tampa

By Margie Manning
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Nov. 25, 2014

University of Tampa is winning praise for its effective financial management.
The school has done a good job of maintaining double-digit margins as student enrollment has grown, according to a report from Fitch Ratings. Fitch just raised the rating on two series of bonds issued on behalf of UT from a BBB to a BBB+. UT has seen student enrollment jump 19.5 percent since fall 2010, to 7,683 in fall 2014. Fitch credits the school's improved academic reputation, location, up-to-date campus and affordability relative to similar universities for the gains. Full story

Area, State Universities Have Safety Measures in Place

By Philip Morgan
Tampa Bay Times
Nov. 20, 2014

In the wake of three people being shot at Florida State University late Wednesday, administrators at local universities spoke to the security measures in place at their respective colleges. At the University of Tampa, a text system is in place to alert those on campus of any threats, said Linda Devine, vice president of operations and planning. A campus safety committee meets several times a year to discuss safety measures. A smaller group meets more frequently to envision and plan responses to incidents like the shooting at FSU. Full story  

UT Receives Donation of Crime Forensics Analysis Instruments

Forensic Magazine
Nov. 5, 2014

The University of Tampa’s forensic science degree program has received a donation of DNA, drugs and explosives laboratory instruments that will allow students to experience real-world, hands-on research. The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) donated eight DNA, drugs and explosives analysis instruments, including gas chromatograph mass spectrometers (GC-MS) and genetic analyzers. Full story  

Voices: Carrying the Weight of Sexual Assault

By Brianna Kwasnik, Her Campus UT
USA Today College
Oct. 30, 2014

On October 29, schools from across the nation took part in the National Day of Action to Carry That Weight to show their support of Emma Sulkowicz’s (who was raped in her dorm room on the first day of her sophomore year at Columbia University) project and take a stand against sexual abuse on college campuses. Seven girls from Her Campus UT carried two mattresses with signs reading, “ask me about my mattress,” and “we support Emma Sulkowicz” through the courtyard, in the dining halls and down hallways. While many students opted to avert their eyes to avoid asking about the demonstration, just as many approached the group, curious about the weight they carried. Full story  

Weatherproof Your Workouts

By Ginger Zee
Women’s Health
Oct. 28, 2014

Between psycho storms and excessive heat, fall can be a tricky time to exercise outside. In terms of sudden downpours, runners should remember that sunshine generate the heat that can fuel thunderstorms. “Plan a close circle loop so that if it starts pouring, you're never more than 10 minutes from home," says Dror Vaknin, a running coach at The University of Tampa (located in the lightning capital of North America). Full story

Vinik, James Match Wits with Wall Street

By Margie Manning
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Oct. 24, 2014

The program was billed as "Matching Wits with Wall Street," and two financial industry leaders didn't disappoint during University of Tampa's Sykes Hall of Fame Business Speaker Series. The discussion was led by Tom James, executive chairman of Raymond James Financial Inc. and Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik, who started and ran the hedge fund, Vinik Asset Management, which closed in 2013. On adversity, James said, "In the early '70s, the market came apart at the seams ... I made a mistake because I tried to grow too aggressively." Full story

Rapid Evolution of a Native Species Following Invasion by a Congener

Oct. 24, 2014

Scientists working on islands in Florida have documented the rapid evolution of a native lizard species — in as little as 15 years — as a result of pressure from an invading lizard species, introduced from Cuba. After contact with the invasive species, the native lizards began perching higher in trees, and, generation after generation, their feet evolved to become better at gripping the thinner, smoother branches found higher up. The change occurred at an astonishing pace: within a few months, native lizards had begun shifting to higher perches, and over the course of 15 years and 20 generations, their toe pads had become larger, with more sticky scales on their feet. “When I started this project in 1994, I was merely looking at ecological effects of the invasive lizard on the native lizard — the perch shift. I had no idea that only 20 years later we would demonstrate evolution in the native lizard, and I feel lucky to have been part of this awesome team,” said Todd Campbell, an associate professor of biology at The University of Tampa and one of the lead authors of the study appearing in the Oct. 24 edition of the journal Science.

A similar story appeared in The Scientist.

Howard and Patricia Jenkins Give $10M Gift to University of Tampa

By Keeley Sheehan
Tampa Bay Times
Oct. 23, 2014

A University of Tampa residence hall will be named in honor of Howard and Patricia Jenkins after the couple donated $10 million to the university, one of the largest gifts in its history. The donation will go toward construction of another new residence hall, which is under way. Howard Jenkins, 63, is the chairman of the executive committee of Publix Super Markets and a member of UT's board of trustees. Patricia Jenkins, 59, founded Apollo Environmental, which specializes in hazardous materials consulting and analysis, expert witness testimony and regulatory compliance. Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Bay Business Journal and an editorial appeared in the Tampa Bay Times.

After Fan Dispute, Scott Shifts the Conversation to Ebola

By Kathleen McGrory and Nicholas Nehamas
Tampa Bay Times
Oct. 17, 2014

Two days after Florida's gubernatorial debate turned into Fangate, Gov. Rick Scott convened a news conference in Dania Beach to talk about a more serious subject: Ebola. University of Tampa political science and communications professor Scott Paine said Scott is in a tough spot. "It's a Catch-22 for a candidate this close to an election," Paine said. "The candidate will be criticized for exploiting something like (Ebola). But failing to act may also be a failure of leadership." Full story

Fan Delays Florida Debate, and Mocking Circulates Online

By Lizette Alvarez
New York Times
Oct. 16, 2014

Clinging to caricature, Florida has once again stumbled into political farce. This time by way of a fan, a small black Vornado Air Circulator tucked discreetly — some said improperly — beneath former Gov. Charlie Crist’s lectern during Wednesday’s high-stakes governor’s race debate. Debates have long led to sideshow moments: Al Gore’s sighing. Dan Quayle being told by his rival, “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.” And George H. W. Bush’s wristwatch gazing. But political analysts say #Fangate may not prove as memorable because the incident was devoid of powerful images and quips. “It’s just more silliness unless someone figures out a way to exploit it,” said Scott Paine, who teaches communications and government at the University of Tampa. Full story

Vegetable Garden Takes Root at Head Start

By Joyce McKenzie
Central Tampa News, TBO
Oct. 15, 2014

The Hillsborough County Economic Development Department in collaboration with the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Science Extension Service, recently launched the Garden Goodies Program at the center, housed on the University Area Community Center campus. With the aid of teachers, some parents and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority volunteers from the University of Tampa, the Head Start youngsters, outfitted with garden gloves and trowels for digging, got down and dirty preparing the fresh, fertile soil of the newly constructed vegetable garden plots adjacent to the center’s outdoor playground. Full story

Ask The Experts: Should Corporations Pay Less Than Consumers?

By John Kiernan
Oct. 14, 2014

Professor Steven Platau was asked by how he would change corporate tax rates, at which he replied, "just abolish the corporate level tax. The US corporate income tax is (depending on the stats distributed) only about 10% or so of income tax collections. If the US simply abolishes the corporate level tax then imagine the number of companies that would locate in our stable nation and return jobs to these shores." Full story

University of Tampa Student Tyler Barrett Files to Challenge City Council’s Harry Cohen

By Richard Danielson
Tampa Bay Times
Oct. 13, 2014

Last week was midterm week and thus a busy week at the University of Tampa, but it wasn’t so hectic as to keep UT junior Tyler Barrett from launching his candidacy for City Council District 4. Barrett, 22, a double major in history and government and world affairs, is the third candidate to file papers to run in the South Tampa district now represented by Harry Cohen, who is nearing the end of his first term. “My passion has been getting young voters aware and getting them registered to vote,” Barrett said. Young people, he said, “need a voice in every branch of government,” but city government is one where they don’t have a relationship with decision-makers. Full story

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Master Mascot Teaches Creatures to Fire Up Fans

By Lloyd Sowers
My FOX Tampa Bay
Oct. 13, 2014

In the Tampa Bay area, one woman has been inside the suits of both Raymond, the Rays mascot, and Thunderbug, the Lightning mascot. Her name is Kelly Frank and she's now the president of Amazing Mascots. Her Chicago-based company designs and creates elaborate mascot suits that can sell for thousands of dollars. Frank recently delivered a new Spartan mascot suit to The University of Tampa. The suit also came with some personal instruction for several students who will be wearing the outfit. "It's like a mini camp!" says UT student Chris Grisby. "You have to know what you're doing to excite the crowd." Full story

Auto Mogul Ferman Sets High Standards

By Yvette Hammett
Tampa Tribune
Oct. 12, 2014

James L. Ferman Jr. believes in walking the walk, something he says his father and grandfather before him did as they built Ferman Motor Car Co. Inc. from the ground up. “We would like to think that we demonstrate a difference from the historic reputation and image of the used car dealer,” Ferman said recently from his office on West Kennedy Boulevard. “We have to try harder every day to make that happen.” Those who know him through business and philanthropy say he has pulled it off and with grace and humility. His ethical business practices and community giving have not gone unnoticed by any stretch. Ferman has received just about every award given locally to those who practice good business and give back. He added one more award to the volume on Friday when the University of Tampa betstowed on him its annual Ethics Award. Full story

A similar story appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek

Gift of Wheelchair Powers University of Tampa Student's Soccer Dream

By Aimée Alexander
Tampa Bay Times
Oct. 9, 2014

Tyler Hernandez ’18 usually plays his favorite sport on the hardwood floor of a basketball gym, but on one particular morning he chose an asphalt parking lot just off of Dale Mabry Highway. Hernandez, eager to show his friend Hank Malouf how a new piece of equipment would enhance his performance, couldn't wait until he found his way back into a gym. Malouf, owner of Hank's Catfish & BBQ just north of Waters Avenue on Dale Mabry, was more than a friend watching Hernandez celebrate the arrival of the new wheelchair. He was the man who helped fund the purchase last spring. Now Hernandez will bid for a spot on the U.S. Power Soccer team this weekend, thanks in part to Malouf's generosity. Full story

Bryan Cranston to Star in Film to be Shot in Hillsborough County

By Eric Snider
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Oct. 8, 2014

Bryan Cranston, one of the most celebrated actors of recent years for his work in the hit cable series “Breaking Bad,” will star in a movie to be filmed primarily in Hillsborough County. The feature film is based on a autobiographical book of the same name by Tampa resident Robert Mazur. The University of Tampa’s film production program will partner with producers to place students in hands-on support roles. Full story

Ed Brennan

By Michael Stott
Swimming World
October 2014

One of the things that keep swim coach Ed Brennan at UT is his love for the university. “What keeps us competitive is the attractiveness of the school and the embarrassment of riches I have when it comes to a staff,” Brennan said. “Like myself, my assistants have an affinity for the school and where we live.” Brennan said his coaching philosophy is to never take himself too seriously. “My mother-in-law once accused me of “playing,” not working. She was right!”  

UT ObamaCare Discussion Touches on Sex, Religion and Politics

By Irene Sidede
Creative Loafing
Oct. 8, 2014

The University of Tampa’s Sykes Chapel was filled with students and professionals full of anticipation as they prepared to discuss some of the issues pertaining the rejection of contraceptive mandates for corporations. “Does the Affordable Care Act in its regulations or tasks ensure every woman gets contraceptives?”
Marcus Arvan, assistant professor of philosophy. Guest speakers explored the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling from earlier this year. Full story

‘Village’ of Volunteers Swarms Greco Middle Campus for Service Day

By Joyce McKenzie
Oct. 8, 2014

One of Greco Middle School Principal Olayinka Alege’s goals for this year is to establish strong partnerships with the surrounding community. Alege’s prayers were answered when a cadre of close to 100 volunteers converged on the campus during the Sept. 27 Green Apple Day of Service. Among this year’s volunteers were students from the University of South Florida’s Patel College of Global Sustainability, the University of Tampa and Eckerd College. Full story

Connect Tampa Bay Accuses No Tax for Tracks Volunteers of Extremism as Greenlight Pinellas Fight Continues

By Zachary T. Sampson
Tampa Bay Times
Oct. 6, 2014

The Greenlight Pinellas plan would raise the sales tax 1 cent to help fund a 24-mile light rail system between St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as expand bus service. How do those against the project keep up the fight? Scott Paine, a communication and government professor at the University of Tampa, said the No Tax for Tracks group is fighting against people with money and inherent credibility. The Greenlight supporters have landed significant endorsements, including Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater. Paine said the No Tax volunteers' best move going forward is to continue grass roots campaigning and to harp on the tax increase. Full story  

Ebola Worries from Home Follow UT Student

By Adam Winer
ABC Action News
Oct. 3, 2014

Some members of the Tampa Bay community were directly affected by the troubles caused by Ebola in West Africa. "Just imagine living somewhere where you're being invisibly terrorized," said Lucy Sherman, a sophomore communications major who left Liberia this past August to return to Tampa for her fall semester. Sherman, ideally, would fly home for Christmas this winter, but she's realizing now that might not be such a good idea. "[There's no] guarantee I'm going to come back," said Sherman. "Because the airline issue is not stable. Borders are shutting down." Full story

Forever Moving Dance Company Proves that Dance is Ageless

By Melanie Wiesen
Creative Loafing
Oct. 3, 2014

Serving adults primarily ages 50 and up, the Life Enrichment Center provides challenging and stimulating activity for high-functioning older adults in Hillsborough County. The non-profit, private organization offers events and classes that promote life-long growth. A collaboration between the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Moving Current Dance Company and the Life Enrichment Center, Forever Moving Dance Company was created in 2006. Guided by professor of dance at UT and director of the UT dance program and the applied dance major program, Susan Taylor Lennon, the course will focus more on the fun, improvisational side of dance, rather than the technical aspects. Expect a lot of creative improvisation and a relaxed atmosphere. It’s where you can get familiar with how your body moves. Full story

Organic Beauty

By Sophia Ahmad
October 2014

The University of Tampa’s Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values is featured in this magazine article on Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, which created the UT organ, Opus 89. “It’s easy to get caught up in the geekdom of organ building and the technical stuff, but building organs is about people,” said John Panning, Dobson’s vice president and tonal director. “Organs are used in worship, and they are something around which people gather for great music, artistry and for great performances of music.” Full story   

TV Ads Battle over Medical Marijuana

By Josh Cascio
My Fox Tampa Bay
Sept. 30, 2014

More political ads for the fight over medical marijuana have hit the airwaves, and both try to connect with people’s emotions. While targeted for the medical marijuana amendment, the ads could also play a role in deciding the governor’s race. "It's probably going to drive a younger group to the polls, and they're more likely to vote for Charlie Crist," said Scott Paine, an associate professor of communication and government at The University of Tampa. Full story

Traveling Exhibit Highlights Tampa's Colorful Prohibition History

By Elisabeth Parker
Tampa Bay Times
Sept. 26, 2014

During the days of Prohibition, Tampa was a wet spot. Rum flowed in from Cuba and moonshine from surrounding rural areas. Prohibition didn't curtail drinking. Instead, it went underground — in some cases literally. Local lore tells of tunnels leading from the Ybor City port up into speakeasies. Prohibition drove respectable establishments out of business, said Charles McGraw, an assistant professor of history at the University of Tampa. It brought together people who typically hadn't mixed when middle-class white people started patronizing nightclubs where blacks performed. It was "exotic and outrageous," said McGraw. "The culture was being changed from below." Full story

5 Fresh Ways To Get Fit This Fall

By Corrie Pikul
Huffington Post
Sept. 25, 2014

The University of Tampa’s Human Performance Lab is mentioned in this story about new fitness trends in regards to a lateral elliptical trainer. “A small study by the University of Tampa (commissioned by the manufacturers) shows that the lateral trainers worked more of the muscles of the lower body and core than standard ellipticals: 43 percent more of the outer thigh and 42 percent more of the outer hip,” the writer states. Full story

4 Reasons To Apply To College Early

By Jordan Sypek
USA Today College
Sept. 24, 2014

What most students don’t know about college applications is that applying at the right time is sometimes the most important part. Brent Benner, the director of enrollment at The University of Tampa, said, “Students who apply early typically have a higher rate of accepting the university’s offer of admission, which is attractive to the university.” Full story

UT Speaker Series Focuses on Crowdfunding for Start-ups

By Megan Hendricks
83 Degrees
Sept. 23, 2014

The sixth installment of the MainStreet Speaker Series at the University of Tampa (UT)'s Entrepreneurship Center will allow students to network and connect with business leaders in Tampa Bay, as well as hear from a panel about crowdfunding for their business. The topic was selected strategically, to help give students a deeper look into non-traditional ways to fund their business. "We’re trying to pinpoint those burning topics for entrepreneurs and connect our students with this amazing entrepreneurship community that we have in Tampa," says James Zebrowski, program assistant for the UT Entrepreneurship Center and recent UT graduate. Full story

What Kind of Leaders Do We Need Now? Elie Wiesel's Answer

By Dov Seidman
Sept. 18, 2014

Dov Seidman explores the type of leadership the world needs in this time of dramatic change. He met with the winners of the annual Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics essay competition, of which UT’s Katelyn Edwards was a winner. Seidman said not just the ideas of winners like Edwards’ but their convictions and actions hold the answer: ethical leadership. Full story

Foundation Sends Kin of 9/11 Victims to College

By Edna Ishayik
New York Times
Sept. 9, 2014

Of the 3,051 children who lost a parent in the Sept. 11 attacks, about 300 were kindergartners that day. Many of them are now taking their first classes in college, and about 100 of them, including Laura Williamson ’18, will begin their higher education with full scholarships from the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which was formed a week after the attacks to benefit children of the victims. “I’m never going to forget what happened, but especially being in Florida now, a new environment, and meeting all new people, it’s a new start,” she said. Full story

A Healthy Curiosity: The Ultimate Guide to Protein

By Peta Bee
Sept. 5, 2014

There is always an ingredient of the moment, a nutrition newcomer set to transform our health and our bodies for the better. And there’s no doubt that this year, protein reigns supreme. But if we all know why we should be eating a higher ratio of it to anything else, we aren’t always sure of the best form to get it. One option is rice protein isolate, which was shown in a study carried out at the University of Tampa last year to match the benefits of whey protein isolate when it comes to speeding up fat loss and accelerating the development of muscle tissue after a workout. Full story

Store Financial Card Program Facilitates a Safe Ride Home for College Students

By PRWeb
Sept. 2, 2014

Store Financial is teaming up with Home Safe Card to launch a prepaid card that encourages a safe ride home for students, families and business travelers. The University of Tampa will be the first organization to implement the Home Safe Card. Associate Dean of Wellness Gina Firth chose the program for its emphasis on student safety. Firth explains, “The University of Tampa is committed to the Home Safe Card project because it provides a safe, reliable transportation option for our students as they venture out into the community. Full story

Similar stories appeared in WFSB, KFVS, WRBL, WAND-TV, KPTM-TV, KEYC-TV, WMBB-TV, My FOX Nepa and WLTZ-TV

“Out There”: Scientists Study Local Seahorses

By Tom Glucksmann
The Eleutheran
Sept. 1, 2014

Heather Mason Jones answers questions about a local Bahamian seahorse population in a Q-and-A with the UT biology professor. “In 2004, I began searching for a population of seahorses here in the Bahamas, because in Tampa, the water is so cloudy most of the year that underwater observation of the animals is really tough,” Jones said. Full story  

10 of the Best University Buildings in the World

By Martha Elwell
Times Higher Education
Aug. 29, 2014

Times Higher Education Twitter followers were asked to nominate their favorite buildings in higher education from around the world. The University of Tampa’s Plant Hall made the top 10 list. Full story  

Should Unlce Sam Privatize VA Care?

By Cagdas Agirdas, Guest Columnist
Orlando Sentinel
Aug. 29, 2014

Cagdas Agirdas, an assistant professor of economics at UT, specializing in health economics, weighed in on the debate about privatizing healthcare for veterans. Agirdas argues that blowing up the current system with privatization is the wrong approach. Rather, better oversight and management reform would enliven veterans care. “Privatization will result in lower quality care at a higher cost for our veterans who have unique needs, that the private market lacks the incentive to address.”  

The Pros and Cons of the Most Common On-Campus Jobs

Huffington Post
Aug. 27, 2014

Whether paying for tuition, books, an apartment or just a froyo addiction, a job can make college years significantly easier to afford. And often the the first place to look to find one is on campus. Of the jobs profiled, college tour guide made the list with the note that even if students aren’t huge fans of giving speeches to a large audience, the tour life could still be awesome. "Working as a tour guide is not only easy money but also helps you with public speaking," says Jordan Sypek, a University of Tampa senior. "Before I was a tour guide, I was a little shy and hated talking in front of a big group. Now I have no problem with it and feel comfortable talking to anyone, anywhere." Full story

Move-in Day at Local Colleges

By Mike Bennett
My FOX Tampa Bay
Aug. 19, 2014

Families and students were interviewed in this piece about move-in day at The University of Tampa. Anxiety and excitement were the emotions of the day, as several students interviewed noted. The prospect of being on their own and paving their own way were reasons for excitement. Parents too, were both excited for their children and sad to be leaving them behind. Video

Teacher’s 1st Day

By Walter Allen
My FOX Tampa Bay
Aug. 19, 2014

Recent UT graduate Tessa Heath was profiled in this piece about her first day of school – not as a student, but as a teacher. Heath will spend this year teaching U.S. history to 8th graders in Hillsborough County. She has been creating lesson plans and making sure everything is perfect for the start of school. “I’m excited to meet my group of kids and have my own group of kids,” she said. Video

Should Big Banks be Broken Apart

By Marcus Allan Ingram, Guest Columnist
Orlando Sentinel
Aug. 15, 2014

Marcus Ingram, associate professor of finance, weighed in with a guest column on whether or not big banks should be downsized. Ingram argued “the most direct way to address the problems of regulatory complexity and systemic risk caused by the megabanks is a return to the Glass-Steagall prohibitions: Require commercial banks to divest their investment–banking divisions so that each type of bank can be regulated properly.” Full story

A similar story appeared in USA Today.

Tampa BP Stations Transition to Marathon Brand

By Aaron Mesmer
My FOX Tampa Bay
July 31, 2014

Many of the BP stations in the Tampa Bay area are in the process of transitioning to Marathon stations, with others potentially facing the same brand change. This comes four years after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster saw 4.9 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. "I think many of the store owners will be very happy that they're not associated with the name of BP, which doesn't carry the best brand equity in the Bay Area," said Erika Matulich, a University of Tampa brand expert. Full story

The CL Intern Issue: Step Up to the (Open) Mic

By Jackie Braje
Creative Loafing
July 31, 2014

UT senior Jackie Braje is an intern at Creative Loafing where she penned this piece about the open mic culture that has sprung up around Tampa Bay. She described the scene at the Rathskeller, “scattered with tables full of writing professors and anxious young students prudently reading and re-reading to themselves the poems their classmates had goaded them into presenting in front of everyone. The vibe was laid-back, and a muted orchestra of snaps followed every reading. This was UT’s open mic night, sponsored by the student literary journal NEON — the one night a month when antisocial groups of undergrad writing students all leave their caves.” Full story

Wildlife Officials Ready To Round Up Menacing Tegu Lizards

Tampa Bay Times
July 29, 2014

The tegu lizard, with its forked tongue and fierce appetite for native species, is a growing pest that might be on the verge of rivaling the python as the state's menace of the moment. Todd Campbell, an associate professor in the University of Tampa biology department, said it is unknown how many tegus are out there. But, he added, it's probably not in the hundreds and more likely in the thousands. Campbell said the state definitely has to do something about the tegu, which he called a "top predator." He said it's a tough task because the lizards are spread out in rural areas. Full story

Florida Matters: Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

By Carson Cooper
July 29, 2014

A report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault says universities are not providing all the resources they can to protect students from sexual violence. Dozens of schools are under investigation for how they have handled sexual assault cases. Sabrina Griffith, UT associate director of residential communities, joined Assistant State Attorney Aaron Hubbard in discussing the scope of the problem and why the federal government is getting so heavily involved in the issue. Audio

6 Tips to Help You Master the College Essay

By Kim Lifton
July 22, 2014

Included in the advice given for writing a good college application essay is for students to stay positive. “There are very few absolutes when it comes to writing an admissions essay; one is to write about something positive,” said Brent Benner, director of enrollment management, University of Tampa. “Every kid has had a hardship, but life is about problem solving and conflict resolution. I want to read anything that paints a picture of moxie, drive, determination and courage; those are compelling, and tells me how someone problem-solves.” Full story

This story appeared in several Patch-affiliated websites.

Fewer Kids Playing Baseball, Numbers Show

My FOX Tampa Bay
July 15, 2014

The Sports and Fitness Industry Association says that participation in many sports is falling, but their numbers show that participation in baseball is falling at twice the rate of basketball and soccer. They say 15.5 million Americans played ball in 2008, compared to 13.2 in 2013. "When I was younger, me and my buddies would play stickball in the backyard all the time. I'm not seeing that as much anymore," said Taylor Wrenn, a former minor league player and coach at Spartans Baseball Camp. Yet elite leagues and camps are still attracting players. Enrollment at Spartans has been steady for years. Full story

Amphibians Can Acquire Resistance to Deadly Fungus

July 10, 2014

The findings of professors Jason Rohr of USF and Taegan McMahon, who recently earned her doctorate at USF and is now at The University of Tampa, were displayed on the cover of the July 10 issue of Nature, one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals. Emerging fungal pathogens pose a greater threat to biodiversity than any other parasitic group, scientists say, causing population declines of amphibians, bats, corals, bees and snakes. Rohr and McMahon's research results reveal amphibians can acquire behavioral or immunological resistance to a deadly chytrid fungus implicated in global amphibian population declines. Full story

Similar stories appeared on the National Science Foundation, TBOScience Newsline, Science Daily and (e) Science News.  

Cleveland to Host 2016 GOP Convention

By Catalina Camia
USA Today
July 8, 2014

With the recent announcement of Cleveland being the host city of the 2016 Republican National Convention, news reports are mentioning the study done by Brian Kench, an associate professor of economics at The University of Tampa. Kench’s study showed that the 2012 GOP convention resulted in a total economic impact of about $404 million to Tampa with more than 50,000 Republican delegates, party officials and reporters converged in Tampa for the convention. Full story

Similar stories appeared in the LeafChronicle, the News Star, WBIR.comStatesman Journal, Pensacola News Journal, Delaware Online, the Des Moines Register and Ohio Public Radio.

Student Turns Passion For Drawing Into Collaborative Business

Osprey Observer
July 2, 2014

UT student Maria Cate has always hoped to leave a mark with her art, and now she is doing so with her company, Twisted Hand. The endeavor was intended to be a way for Cate to get back into drawing while she was in college—but posting her work on social media transformed Cate’s art from just another hobby to a viable business. “I hit 300 likes and 15 orders in 24 hours,” Cate said. “Once I started marketing, everything boomed. I was having five, six, seven orders a day. It was crazy.” Balancing a business with schoolwork and law internships is no simple feat, but Cate finds the work is worthwhile when she can use her talent to represent something important to her customers. Full story

Tampa Sound-Reducing Business Makes Waves

By Leigh Spann
June 26, 2014

Tampa company Acoustiblok has a technology in its eighth-of-an-inch product to reduce noise as much as a foot of poured concrete. The sound-reducing technology is made of a viscoelastic polymer material that transforms energy. A physics professor at the University of Tampa breaks that down saying the material is viscous like honey, but it also has elastic characteristics like a rubber band. "That material will bend and flex, and it will transform the energy from the sound waves into friction inside the material as it stretches and bends back to its original shape," said Ethan Deneault. Full story

UT Designing Entrepreneurship Center to Connect Students with Biz Community

By Marin Guta
Tampa Bay Business Journal
June 24, 2014

The long-held dream of creating a place for student entrepreneurs to collaborate and learn is finally coming into full fruition for Rebecca White, University of Tampa’s James W. Walter Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship Center Director. “I’ve been here five years, and we’ve built enough momentum,” White said. “I just think the timing is right for us.” Full story

Lectores Summer 2014 Schedule

By Julie Garisto
Creative Loafing
June 19, 2014

Each year — at the beginning of the winter and summer terms — the University of Tampa's MFA program brings in high-profile poets and authors and occasionally some musicians from across the nation for its Lectores event series. High profile, writerly celebs have headlined Lectores. Past guests include Miranda July, Denis Johnson, filmmaker Hal Hartley and musician Joe Pernice. This summer's installment highlights contemporary writer Rick Moody, Nathan Deuel and Susan Minot and several other notables. Full story

Related stories appeared in Creative Loafing on Nathan Deuel and Rick Moody.

UT Puts on World Cup Camp for Kids

By Kevin O’Donnell
My FOX Tampa Bay
June 18, 2014

The University of Tampa is putting on their version of the World Cup. Kids aging from 5 to 13 years old sport their favorite Cup jersey during a summer camp that's turned into a Cup competition. It's not just about learning to play at a higher level. Kids are also quizzed on World Cup history, giving them a greater knowledge about this global game. "It's not just wearing a cool jersey,” UT head coach Adrian Bush said. “When they do the competition, they have to know things about the country that they are representing. Players that play for them. Things down to the currency that they use with their money. They're not just watching the game. They are becoming students of the game. That's what we need to continue to make soccer grow in our country." Full story

These People Give the World Hope

By Steve Otto
Tampa Tribune
June 17, 2014

Columnist Steve Otto attended the 2014 Sustainable Business Awards at UT’s Vaughn Center, where he was reminded of the “extraordinarily smart people” associated with The University of Tampa and the University of South Florida, including Jan Roberts who founded Earth Charter US that birthed the Sustainable Business Coalition. Several organizations were responsible for this awards luncheon, including the coalition and UT’s Center for Ethics. “The idea was to recognize CEOs and executives of companies in the area that are leading in zero-waste programs and community initiatives, and offering innovative employee benefits.” Full story

A similar story ran in the Tampa Bay Times.

Q&A: How will Millennials Driving Less Affect Car Buying and Insurance?

June 16, 2014

Millennials, often defined as people born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s, are redefining car use. While older generations sought to get their driver’s licenses at the first opportunity and have valued their vehicles, millennials are showing apprehension about car ownership. Erika Matulich, a UT marketing professor, said the decline is both a shift in attitude and a reflection of economic pressures on this generation. “Certainly a recession, a tight employment market offering lower wages and fewer positions, and skyrocketing fuel and insurance costs play a role. At the same time, millennials have a unique value system and set of attitudes that also contribute to the decline.” Full story

Hookah Misconceptions

By Peter Moore and Gregg Stebben
Men’s Health Live
June 7, 2014

Mary Martinasek, assistant professor of public health, says going to a hookah lounge is no safer than smoking a cigarette. In fact, she says research shows that hookah is actually worse for you than cigarettes because of high levels of pollutants and carbon monoxide in the lounges. Podcast

A similar story appeared in the June 2014 issue of Men's Health magazine.

FL: Orgullo Latino: Ariel Acosta-Rubio

WVEA News - Univision
June 3, 2014

Ariel Acosta-Rubio ’84 was the focus of this feature on Latinos who have made a difference. Acosta-Rubio, founder and CEO of CHURROMANIA®, is considered one of the preeminent thought leaders on Hispanic entrepreneurship, and has seen his restaurant franchise venture grow to 140 stores in seven countries, including in more than 50 cities around the world. He gave the address at UT’s May commencement. Full story

Spartans' Urso named National Baseball Coach of the Year

By Chris Field
My FOX Tampa Bay
May 29, 2014

University of Tampa baseball head coach Joe Urso owns four national championship rings, won wins his 9th Conference Coach of the Year title, the South Region Coach of the year and the National Coach of the Year titles this year. A large part of the Spartan’s success is due in part to the players’ belief in their head coach. "He's the best coach I've played for,” Stephen Dezzi said. "If he is making a move, a decision, you trust him because you've seen it work so many times." Full story

New Gallery Looks to Enhance Tampa's Art Scene

TBO Seen
May 28, 2014

Associate Professor Chris Valle is participating in the first exhibition at CASS: Contemporary Art Space & Studio, a new contemporary gallery in South Tampa opened by two University of Tampa alums, Jake and Cassie Greatens. “We’re bringing an art culture, not limited to just pieces of art,” said Cassie Greaten, offering lectures, workshops and spaces for art enthusiasts. Valle, who was one of Jake Greatens’ instructors, said he hopes the gallery establishes an art scene in the area. “I’m hoping this gallery can be that place in Tampa,” Valle said. VIDEO

Similar stories appeared in Creative Loafing and on My FOX Tampa Bay.

Fallen Comrade's Family Helps Wounded Iraq War Veteran Reconnect 

By John Romano
Tampa Bay Times
May 25, 2014

Taylor Urruela ’15 served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army from 2004–2011, and at the end of his tour in Baghdad, his vehicle was hit by two roadside bombs. He lost his leg below the knee and the life of his commander. When he moved to Tampa years later to attend UT, he reconnected with Michelle Taylor, the widow of Maj. David Taylor who was Urruela’s commander. Though difficult for Urreula at first, he has now made a connection with Jake, Taylor’s son who Urruela met through pictures and stories while serving with his father in Iraq. Full story

A similar story on Taylor Urruela appeared on WEDU

UT, Eckerd Study Finds Chapels’ Use Largely Secular

By Jerome Stockfisch
Tampa Tribune
May 25, 2014

Professors from UT and Eckerd have just published a paper in the Journal of College & Character stating that just over 1 percent of students at the Tampa school and 6 percent at its St. Petersburg counterpart have attended religious services on campus. The students do visit the centers but mostly for concerts, lectures, meditation or meetings, the researchers found. The conclusion isn’t getting rid of campus chapels, but rather, meeting the spiritual and religious needs of students in nontraditional ways. Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Bay Times

Rivals Crowd Commission Race

By Mike Salinero
Tampa Tribune
May 25, 2014

Scott Paine, a government professor at the University of Tampa, said the race for a countywide commission seat is a formidable arena. Candidate Al Higginbotham’s controversial votes may be known to relatively small groups of people who keep up with such things, but most people don’t know or care. “If the knowledge of it doesn’t already exist, the ability to develop a negative perception of a sitting commissioner is going to be expensive,” Paine said. “It’s going to require many exposures to that negative message for a significant number of voters, and that comes down to dollars.” Full story

Civic Leader Al Austin, Tampa's 'Mr. Everything,' Dies At Age 85

By Andrew Meacham, Richard Danielson and Drew Harwell
Tampa Bay Times
May 22, 2014

Al Austin ’47, a developer and civic leader known for his ability to secure funding for causes, especially his beloved GOP, died early May 22, apparently in his sleep. He was 85. Austin attended UT, was a Board of Trustees chairman emeriti and is credited with aiding the university’s growth. Austin and his wife, Beverly, chaired the university's first comprehensive capital campaign, an ambitious $84-million renewal that added endowments to the school's college of business and Center for Ethics and underwrote the nine-story Vaughn Center, the multipurpose hub of student activity. Full story

Similar stories appeared in the Tampa Tribune, Associated Press and Bay News 9.

The Guy Who Keeps The Green Clean

By Chris Field
My FOX Tampa Bay
May 22, 2014

The University of Tampa baseball players and coaches make no secret about their passion for the game. And UT groundskeeper Mike Hasty takes great pride in his job of keeping the fields perfect for the Spartans. FOX 13 Sports anchor Chris Field catches up with Mike while covering the baseball team's final practice before their departure for the NCAA Division II National Tournament in North Carolina. VIDEO

UT Spartans Will Play for NCAA Title Again

By Bobby Lewis
May 19, 2014

There's another reason to party on the diamond at the University of Tampa; for the second year in a row, the Spartans will play for a baseball national championship. Tampa beat Florida Southern 3-0 on Sunday to advance to the championship round. The Spartans will begin play in the title round next Sunday. Tampa has six national championships in school history. UT needed three comeback wins on its home field this weekend just to get a chance to face the Mocs in the title game. They got an incredible performance when they needed it most from pitcher Trey Oest. VIDEO

Similar stories appeared in the Tampa Bay Times and My FOX Tampa Bay.

UT Makes Way For New Dorm

Tampa Tribune
May 16, 2014

A demolition crew from Crossroads Construction began tearing down a wing of the ResCom residence hall May 16 at the University of Tampa. A new dorm, set to be completed by January, will rise on the same site. The ResCom hall was built in 1986 and housed 235 students. UT has been growing dramatically, with an 11-story residence hall opening last August, a seven-story multi-use structure under construction and a parking garage expansion underway. Full story

Similar stories appeared in the Tampa Bay Business Journal and the Business Observer

UT Lacrosse Team Enjoys Surprising Success

By Chris Field
My FOX Tampa Bay
May 15, 2014

The University of Tampa lacrosse team has made it to the NCAA Division II final four in only its third season of existence. The Spartans surprised even themselves with their early success. Head coach Rory Whipple admits he's impressed too. "We've won the conference three years straight, and ultimately to win a national championship with a three-year old program would be pretty amazing, pretty monumental," Whipple said. The UT lacrosse team is the first lacrosse team in the state of Florida to play in and host an NCAA tournament game. Full story

University of Tampa Grads Celebrate

Eve Edelheit
Tampa Bay Times
May 10, 2014

Several photos from The University of Tampa's 138th commencement on May 10 ran in the Tampa Bay Times. Photos

Innovative Products Result from UT Startup Competition

By Eric Snider
Tampa Bay Business Journal
May 6, 2014  

University of Tampa undergraduate Brett McQuaide was awarded $10,000 in seed money to reach the beta testing phase for his "Stir Stick," which lets people know when their cup of coffee is at the perfect drinkable temperature. The award was provided by Sherloq Solutions of Tampa. As part of the college's Spartan Accelerator program, student entrepreneurs pitched ideas to local judges to compete for a piece of $25,000 in no-payback seed capital. The competition was held at UT's Sykes College of Business. Full story

A similar story appeared in the Knoxville Times

Spartans See Season Getting Off to a Great Start

By Chris Field
My FOX Tampa Bay
May 2, 2014

The University of Tampa baseball team recently won a third straight Sunshine State Conference title, their 16th in team history. Now, the Spartans stand poised to accomplish their second major goal: hosting the South Regional. UT baseball works to achieve their ultimate goal this season -- the same goal every season: win another Division II national title. The Spartans have won six national championships, the latest just last season in 2013. Many thought this would be a rebuilding season, but this UT team bonded quickly. A baseball-playing trip to Cuba in January helped the new roster gel. Head coach Joe Urso agrees this team exceeds expectations. "They do... you know we lost a lot of guys again last year, and you just, you're never quite sure until you get the new group together on how they're gonna gel and the chemistry's amazing,” Urso said. Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Tribune

University Of Tampa Residence Hall Meets Gold Standard

By Kathy Steele
83 Degrees
April 29, 2014

University of Tampa's newest residence hall is solid gold as an eco-friendly, green building. The U.S. Green Building Council recently issued a LEED Gold certification for West Kennedy Hall, which opened in August 2013. It is the University's third certification from the council, which is recognized nationally as the standard setter for environmentally sound construction practices. The University's Science Annex is also a LEED Gold certified building, and the Dickey Health and Wellness Center is LEED Silver. Full story

Kayla Cox's Journey Leads to Starring Role for Tampa Softball

By Joey Knight
Tampa Bay Times
April 27, 2014

A two-time Division II All-American and the 2013 SSC pitcher of the year, Kayla Cox hopes to add a final flourish to the greatest pitching career in Spartans lore. In three years, she has established myriad UT career and season records. Her 11 no-hitters, 56 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings and 83 2/3 consecutive innings without an earned run all are program bests. "I've kind of found the love for the game again since I came here," she said. Full story

3D Yearbooks

By Jennifer Epstein
My FOX Tampa Bay
April 24, 2014

This year The University of Tampa’s yearbook is in 3D. When students scan certain pages of the printed yearbook, the Moroccan, the book jumps to life with videos, photo slideshows and links to online content that appear on their mobile device. “I completely think that this will revitalize yearbooks,” said Donny Murray, editor of the Moroccan. “I think the way yearbooks have been done in the past is dead, but I don’t think the yearbook in general is dead.”

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Tampa Businesses Recognized for Sustainability

By Elizabeth Parker
Tampa Bay Times
April 18, 2014

The city will recognize 10 local businesses with a Green Business designation on Earth Day. Each business worked with a student from the University of Tampa or the University of South Florida through a 12-week program launched by the Sustany Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 2007 to enhance the quality of life of the Tampa Bay community. The recycling and conservation plans make sense both for business and the environment. Full story  

Taylor Urruela

Up Close with Cathy Unruh
April 17, 2014

Taylor Urruela ’15 is featured in WEDU’s three-episode series, “Coming Back with Wes Moore,” which follows several veterans as they return from war. Urruela served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army from 2004–2011, and at the end of his tour in Baghdad, his vehicle was hit by two roadside bombs. He lost his leg below the knee and the life of his commander. Urruela has since founded VetSports, a nonprofit that helps veterans socialize through playing sports. Urruela wanted to be a part of the WEDU series because “they’re not just making a show, they’re starting the conversation,” Urruela told WEDU’s Cathy Unruh in “Up Close with Cathy Unruh.” VIDEO

Spring Chic in the Tampa Heat

By Jordan Valdez
Huffington Post, CollegeFashionista
April 16, 2014

Jordan Valdez '14 is a fine art major concentrating in photography and minoring in communication. She has interned for the Huffington Post's CollegeFashionista fashion blog for the past three semesters. Her most recent post details the beauty of the UT campus and how fashion mimics the international study body. "On a campus infused with so much variety, we always have the pleasure of meeting one amazing person after the next. Naturally this means that fashions and styles brought to our school never ceases to surprise us. From the edgy style of the northerners, to the laid back looks of skater boys, to the traditional international fashions; you name it, we've got it." Full story

A New African 'Smile Empire' Hopes To Educate Kids And Save Lives

By Denise Restauri
March 31, 2014

“What motivates Millennials to change the world?” That’s a question Forbes contributor Denise Restauri is asked all the time. There isn’t a one-size fits all answer. But one thing that’s consistent is that each girl has a personal story that moved her to take action. For Katelyn Edwards, a junior at the University of Tampa, her story starts with, “My little brother was born with a cleft lip and palate.” That was the beginning of the journey that took Katelyn to Ghana where children who are born with cleft are often slaughtered in front of the village as a sacrifice. This is Katelyn’s personal story that led her to “Smile Schools.” Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Tribune

Sin City a Virtuous Venue for GOP Convention: Column

By James Richardson
USA Today
March 21, 2014

Las Vegas’ reputation is both an asset and a hindrance to it as it pursues a bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. At stake for Las Vegas is an infusion of potentially hundreds of millions of out-of-state dollars. An economic impact study by The University of Tampa, whose namesake town hosted the 2012 Republican convention, found that the previous party huddle brought its host city a full $404.39 million. Of that spending, nearly $365 million was taxable. In Nevada, that would go a long way. Full story  

America's Coolest College Startups 2014

By Diana Ransom
March 17, 2014

Beatmerch, a startup company created by UT student Duncan Abdelnour ’14, has been named one of the Coolest College Startups by Inc. Magazine for 2014. The group includes 16 startups, which were chosen out of a list of 100. Two years ago, BetterBoo, a startup created by former UT Student Government President Nick Chmura ’12, was named one of 19 of the Coolest College Startups by Inc. Magazine for 2012. Full story

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Lights, Camera, Florida Film Jobs

By Paul Guzzo
Tampa Tribune
March 12, 2014

UT alumnae Maria Alejandro Ortiz ’10 and Kelsey Stroop ’10 and Dana Plays, professor of communication, were featured in this story about movies that are filmed in Florida and the career opportunities they create. Both Ortiz and Stroop currently work in movie and television production after working on production crews of the movie “Dolphin Tale,” which was filmed in Clearwater, FL in 2010. Full story 

Tegu Invasion Worries Florida Wildlife Biologists

By Robin Sussingham
March 12, 2014

Todd Campbell, associate professor of biology, was featured in this story about invasive giant lizards called Argentine black and white tegus. Campbell, whose student assistant caught nearly 40 tegus recently in southeast Tampa, said since the species is so difficult to spot and trap that wildlife managers can only hope to manage the species, instead of eradicate it. Full story

Similar stories appeared in WTSP, the Tampa Bay Business Journal and Alabama Public Radio. 

Tampa Bay Hospitals Engage Arts In Healing

By Janan Talafer
83 Degrees
March 4, 2014

UT students volunteer at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital as part of a class taught by Heather Spooner, an adjunct professor for UT’s pre-professional concentration in art therapy. "For me personally, making art was therapeutic and when I learned this was a career path, I fell in love with the idea,'' says Spooner, who has a master's degree in art therapy and, in addition to teaching students, contracts with the hospital to bring art to patients three mornings a week either in a group setting or one-on-one at the bedside. "Art is a way for young children to visually express themselves when they don't have the vocabulary to do so,'' says Spooner. "We can work on many goals; it can be pain management or just coping with the social changes that illness brings.'' Full story

UT Dance Workshops Let Residents of Senior Complex Cut Loose

By Sommer Brokaw
Tampa Bay Times
Feb. 26, 2014

A small, diverse group of seniors living at the complex that is part of Encore, a redevelopment community just north of downtown's urban core, are participating in the creative movement/community dance workshops, including one family spanning three generations: Stratford, a grandmother who turned 102 this month; Echols, her daughter; and McKennelly, her granddaughter. "We like that we have multiple generations, lots of different colors," said Susan Taylor Lennon, director of University of Tampa's dance program. Lennon leads the workshops, which run Fridays through March 21, from 2 to 3 p.m. Full story  

Emotions Run High at Medical Marijuana Debate

By Charles Billi
Feb. 24, 2014

A debate on medical marijuana was held at UT. Arguing in favor of medical marijuana were Alan St. Pierre of NORML and Attorney John Morgan who has championed the issue. "Medical marijuana works, and we know it works, and it is going to become a reality this year," said Morgan. Arguing against it were Kevin Sabet, the director of the Drug Policy Institute, and Dr. Eric Voth of the Institute on Drug Policy. "The FDA has a precise formula for legalizing drugs which is safe, structured, and scientific. This amendment circumvents that by a simple vote," said Voth. VIDEO

Similar stories appeared in the Tampa Tribune, Tampa Bay Times, WHNZ radio and WFLA radio.

University Of Tampa Receives National Recognition For Excellence In Entrepreneurship

By Megan Hendricks
83 Degrees
Feb. 18, 2014

The University of Tampa Entrepreneurship Center adds to its list of accolades the Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program Award from the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. "We focus on building intellectual capital," says Rebecca White, director of the Entrepreneurship Center and professor of entrepreneurship at UT. "We certainly want to have businesses come out of the program, but the real focus is on building entrepreneurs." Full story

North Hyde Park Sizzles As Tampa's Next Hot Neighborhood

By Kathy Steele
83 Degrees
Feb. 4, 2014

North Hyde Park is an emerging neighborhood, north of Kennedy Boulevard and the prestigious zip codes of Hyde Park, is in the spotlight of the InVision Tampa master plan that seeks to re-invent downtown and its connectivity with surrounding neighborhoods. University of Tampa is a major anchor for the area with a rich history. In recent years, University officials launched a master plan to address its increasing enrollment and boost its academic and research presence in the community. An investment of about $400 million is being made in the school's expansion, says Dan Gura, vice president of development and university relations. "We do not see an end in sight," he says. Full story  

Pipe Organ Concert

By Virginia Johnson
Bay News 9
Jan. 31, 2014

Speaking of her love and awe the organ, concert organist Carol Williams was interviewed in this news video about her concert in the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values on Feb. 2. Haig Mardirosian, dean of the UT College of Arts and Letters and artistic director for the PNC Bank Concert Artist Series, said organ music is enchanting. “The complexity of it, along with the colors you can evoke musically and the wonderful range of repertoire you can play on an organ is just an alluring concept.”

Tampa Bay Startup Businesses Are Making Strides

By Robert Trigaux
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 30, 2014

A year ago, USF St. Petersburg's business school was named the nation's "outstanding emerging entrepreneurship program." Now the award goes to The University of Tampa Entrepreneurship Center. That makes startup programs at two universities in one metro area pushing hard to make Tampa Bay a smarter place to start and grow new businesses. Somebody's doing something right. UT program director Rebecca White says entrepreneurship is a popular program for students in all different majors. "It's really an amazing and productive trend." Full story  

St. Pete Restaurant Owners Concerned over Minimum Wage Hike Proposal in Florida

By Danica Lawrence
Jan. 29, 2014

UT assistant professor of economics, Josh Hall believes President Obama’s proposed minimum wage increase is a short-term fix to solving the inequality gap. "I am really looking forward to, long-term, addressing more structured issues," said Hall. "I really believe we need to focus on education on all levels- from a young age to high school graduation and technical school.” Hall is aware the Florida lawmakers are reviewing the state minimum wage increase proposal, and while he likes the idea for now, he said it will not solve the ultimate problem. Full story

A similar story appeared on Bay News 9.

For UT Lacrosse Team, a Year of Firsts

By Jeff Tewksbury
My FOX Tampa Bay
Jan. 28, 2014

The University of Tampa is less than two weeks away from putting another first into the sports record books. The Spartans will host Rollins on February 9th in the first-ever game for the women's lacrosse program. Head coach Kelly Gallagher spent last season recruiting all over the country, and now is excited to see her work coming to fruition. "It's exciting," Gallagher says. "Definitely nerve-wracking and overwhelming, but a lot of fun. We have a great group of girls out here working to set the tone and put UT's women's lacrosse on the map." Video

Local Colleges Welcome Obama’s Call to End Campus Assaults

By Jerome Stockfisch
Tampa Tribune
Jan. 22, 2014

Prevention specialists at local colleges say they welcome a call Wednesday by President Barack Obama to fight an epidemic of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, with representatives of three schools saying they believe they’re ahead of the game when it comes to safety. “We definitely recognize a problem,” said Sabrina Griffith, associate director of residence life at the University of Tampa. “Having something on the national forefront, where families are looking at it and more people are aware of it outside academics, helps even more.” Full story

UT, USF Baseball Coaches Differ on Merits of Cuba Visit

By Paul Guzzo
Tampa Tribune
Jan. 22, 2014

The collegiate baseball scene in Tampa has emerged as a microcosm of the national debate on normalizing relations with Cuba, with one coach reveling in the benefits openness can bring and another insisting that economic alienation is the surest way to wipe communism from the island nation just off Florida’s shores. The University of Tampa, defending NCAA Division II national champion, and Coach Joe Urso returned this month from a one-week trip to Cuba .“I’m of the school that the more we open dialogue and education, the quicker we are going to tear down those barriers,” said UT athletic director Larry Marfise. “In that sense, this trip was a success. Our players were tremendous ambassadors.” Full story  

UT’s Entrepreneurship Center Honored

Business Observer
Jan. 21, 2014

The University of Tampa Entrepreneurship Center in the Sykes College of Business was recently recognized by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) with its Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program Award. The entrepreneurship major at University of Tampa is one of the largest on campus and focuses on the skills needed to be successful business owner. The award comes just weeks after UT announced plans to build a use the top floor of a new building it has under construction to house the Entrepreneurship Center. Full story  

Group Brings Together Descendants of Holocaust, Descendants of Nazis

By Jerome Stockfisch
Tampa Tribune
Jan. 21, 2014

Martina Emme, whose grandfather had served in Adolph Hitler’s Wehrmacht, founded One by One, a Berlin-based organization that brings together descendants of Holocaust survivors with descendants of Nazi perpetrators for dialogue groups, speaking engagements, multimedia programs and conferences. Emme discussed her situation and the One by One organization Tuesday at the University of South Florida, Wednesday at Eckerd College and Thursday at the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith Values at the University of Tampa. Full story  

Number of People Going to Church is at an All Time Low

By Jennifer Titus
Jan. 17, 2014

More people than ever before are closing the chapter when it comes to religion, forcing many churches to close their doors. "If you go back to 1990, seven percent of Americans said they had no religion. From 1990-2012, that increased to 20 percent," says University of Tampa Associate Professor Ryan Cragun, adding that since 1900, the number of people unaffiliated with a church is at an all-time high. "It's almost tripled and that's unprecedented. We've never seen growth like that among the non-religions." Full story  

Baseball Diplomacy in Cuba

By The Associated Press
New York Times
Jan. 15, 2014

Last year’s college championship team from the University of Tampa played an exhibition game against a Cuban youth squad on Wednesday in an attempt to help bridge the gulf between the United States and Cuba. In their weeklong tour, the Floridians are acting as cultural ambassadors, not only in their interactions with the Cuban coaches and players they face, but also with student groups, artists, children and others. On Tuesday, they visited what is known as Havana’s “hot corner,” a central park where islanders spend all day, every day, arguing passionately about baseball. Two Tampa players and a coach who are bilingual translated. For the record, the collegians won the game, 2-1. Full story

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A Delegation from The University of Tampa Visits the City of Camagüey

By Juan Mendoza Medina
Radio Cadena Agramonte
Jan. 13, 2014

An 18-member delegation from The University of Tampa is visiting the Cuban city of Camagüey, sharing impressions with residents of the Sanchez Soto neighborhood and being updated about diverse issues regarding the provincial and national context. This is the second U.S. delegation in less than 15 days to hold face-to-face talks with residents of the city of Camagüey. Both groups have shown interest in education, public health, as well as on the economic transformations underway in the island nation. Full story  

Can Florida and Tampa Bay Join the Ranks of Innovation Leaders?

By Robert Trigaux
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 10, 2014

The University of Tampa is noted as a force in the movement to make Tampa Bay more innovative by supporting the area’s start-up community. UT is cited among the business incubators for its entrepreneurial programs. Full story

UT's Biochemistry Program Earns Accreditation

By Jo-Lynn Brown
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Jan. 10, 2014

The University of Tampa's Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry was accredited by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The major earned the accreditation due to its strong chemistry emphasis, frequency of course offerings and the amount of hours students spend in labs. Full story

University of Tampa Baseball Team Heads to Exhibition Games in Cuba

By Richard Danielson
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 9, 2014

In a trip with few precedents, the University of Tampa's defending national champion baseball team heads Sunday to Cuba to play four exhibition games in that baseball-crazy country. The Spartans will be in Cuba for a cultural exchange until Jan. 19. They'll tour Colonial Havana, meet local kids, eat at the home-based restaurants known as paladares — and play at least two of Cuba's best baseball teams. "An amazing cultural opportunity," UT head coach Joe Urso said. "The coaching staff, the players are thrilled right now. This is trip of a lifetime." Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Tribune and on Bay News 9.

Digital Switch May Doom Movie Theater

By Paul Guzzo
Tampa Tribune
Jan. 5, 2014

The Tampa Pitcher Show, a 32-year-old movie theater popular among local visual artists and fans of cult films, faces a harsh modern ultimatum: Go digital or go dark. If the owner cannot raise enough money within the next 90 days to convert the theater from 35 mm film to the digital medium used by most major studios, the Tampa Pitcher Show may have to close. “It is the best way to watch movies,” said Greg LeSar, a film professor at the University of Tampa and the Art Institute of Tampa. LeSar's students regularly screen their movies at the theater. “If it closes, I don't know if my students can find another venue that works.” LeSar said other theaters would welcome his students, but none are as affordable or as accommodating. Full story