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By Jared Bowen
December 2017

Jared Bowen traveled to UT to talk to Haig Mardirosian, former dean of the College of Arts and Letters, about the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values and its 21st century pipe organ. The chapel’s architectural firm worked with acoustical consultants and the builder to create a perfect fit between the building and the organ. Fourteen instrument designs were created before the final one was selected. “Organs are places of beauty for music of great beauty,” said Mardirosian. He describes the organ as a snap shot of the humanities, technology and science all working together. 

How to Choose Goals That Make You Come Alive

By Caroline Benner
Dec. 28, 2017

As far as goals go, hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is one of the more ambitious ones. When you ask people how they did it, they don’t credit willpower. Instead, they say that pursuing the goal made them feel fully alive. To flourish, you need to cultivate five different elements of well-being, ranging from positive emotions to a sense of meaning. The more of these elements you experience as you pursue a goal, the more likely you are to stick with it—whether your goal is to write a novel, start a new career, or just exercise more. People who have intrinsic motivation, who pursue a goal for its own sake, tend to exhibit more perseverance and resilience, says Patty O’Grady, UT associate professor of education. Full story

U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith Headlines UT’s Lectores Readings

By Colette Bancroft
Dec. 28, 2017

UT’s Lectores reading series kicks off with a big literary name: U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith. Lectores, named for the people who read aloud to workers in Tampa’s historic cigar factories, is presented by the university’s low-residency creative writing MFA program and features authors giving free public readings of their work. Smith was named the 22nd poet laureate of the United States in 2017. Her books include the critically acclaimed 2015 memoir Ordinary Light, a finalist for the National Book Award, and three collections of poetry, one of which, Life on Mars, won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. Full story

Similar stories appeared in the Tampa Bay Times on Dec. 28 and Jan. 4.

Historian Raises Profile of African-American History with Walks Through Tampa’s Past

By Paul Guzzo
Tampa Bay Times
Dec. 25, 2017

Thousands of African-Americans moved to Tampa in the early 1900s as the tobacco industry flourished in Ybor City and West Tampa. They primarily worked in businesses frequented by those employed in the cigar factories. But local African-American leaders wanted to encourage the black community to "step up to the plate," and start businesses. Booker T. Washington, the renowned author, educator and adviser to presidents, traveled to Tampa in 1912 to inspire the cause. He gave a speech at what is now The University of Tampa in which both whites and blacks attended. Full story

Similar stories appeared on TBO and WRAL (Raleigh-Durham).

Corporate Report

Business Observer
Dec. 22, 2017

Bloomberg Businessweek named UT’s MBA program one of the best business school programs in the country. The magazine’s rankings are based on data compiled from recruiters, alumni and recent graduates. “It is a big deal to be ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek,” said Frank Ghannadian, dean of UT’s Sykes College of Business. “I’m proud of all the business students who work extremely hard to reach their goals, faculty who are outstanding teachers and scholars and the vibrant business community that supports the College of Business every day.”

Rick Scott Announces Wave of 23 State Board Appointments

Florida Politics
Dec. 22, 2017

Steven Platau, UT professor of accounting, has been appointed the Florida State Board of Accountancy by Gov. Rick Scott. He succeeds Eric Robinson and is appointed for a term ending Oct. 31, 2021. Full story

A similar story appeared in Foster Folly News (Chipley, FL).

Mormons Are Posthumously Baptizing Holocaust Victims as Well as the Grandparents of Public Figures Like Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Steven Spielberg

Associated Press
Dec. 21, 2017

Mormons are posthumously baptizing Holocaust victims as well as deceased celebrities like Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe and the mother of Queen Elizabeth II. The rituals are being performed despite church rules that restrict the ceremonies to a member’s ancestors. Ryan Cragun, UT associate professor of sociology, said Mormons are striving to baptize everyone who has ever lived to help get non-Mormons out of 'spirit prison' in the afterlife and receive exaltation. The names of Holocaust victims are easy to find in government records, which creates an efficient way to quickly baptize more people. The baptisms of public figures are likely based on two factors, he added. First, people naturally think about celebrities more often. Secondly, Mormons are similar to other social groups in that they like to claim famous people as their own. 

Similar stories appeared in Daily Mail (United Kingdom), Las Vegas Review Journal and Longview News Journal (Longview, TX).

Sexual Victimization Discussion Takes Center Stage

By Katie Schubert, UT visiting assistant professor of sociology
Tampa Bay Times
Dec. 18, 2017

Recently, sexual abuse allegation have been made against famous politicians, sports celebrities, TV stars, movie producers and the man next door. Up to now, many of these reports don’t lead to much public scrutiny. However, it seems clear there has been a shift in the way people are processing these allegations. The #MeToo campaign has shown victimized women that they’re not alone and has made men more aware of the magnitude of the problem. The shame, secrecy and embarrassment women have been socialized to experience about their bodies and sexuality are still an issue, and continue to influence societal views of sexual abuse allegations. It’s important for women to take back control of their bodies and sexuality and speak out when wronged. It is only when women bond together, and men listen, that any kind of social change will occur. Full story


Leap of Faith Pays Off for University of Tampa Women’s Basketball F Faith Sanders

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
Dec. 20, 2017

Out of high school where she compiled 1,140 career points and 1,170 rebounds, Faith Sanders never considered Tampa (or any Division II school). But upon her transfer, she was blown away. "Great school. Great facilities. Great city. You’re near the water. I still can’t believe how lucky I am," said Sanders. Although best suited for shooting guard or small forward, her athleticism and ball-handling ability allows her to play any position. Her game is about versatility — scoring, rebounding, defending and distributing. Tom Jessee, UT women’s basketball coach, has dealt with dozens of transfers during his career. "There’s usually a common denominator that they have lost their love of the game, for whatever reason," Jessee said. "It’s always nice when you see that given back to them, when you see that re-generated back in their bodies and games and the smile returns." Full story

Daytime Talk

By Jerry Penacoli and Cyndi Edwards
Dec. 19, 2017

UT’s a cappella group, the Spartonics, appeared on Daytime. As part of their performance they wished everyone a very merry “pitchmas.”

From Tanzania to Tampa

By Dalia Dangerfield
Bay News 9
Dec. 19, 2017

A business owner in Africa came to Tampa to fulfill her dream. Neema Komba graduated from UT on Dec. 16 with an MBA. She plans to use her degree to grow her soap company and help uplift her native country by encouraging other entrepreneurs. Komba sees entrepreneurship as a way to help communities where many residents reside under the poverty line.

A similar story appeared on News 13 (Orlando, FL).

A Student Surprised His Professor with His Own Du-Rags After a Class About Differences in Culture

By Tanya Chen
Dec. 8, 2017

During a class discussion on culture and religion a few weeks ago, Doug Engelman, UT sociology instructor, asked Dylan Romero a question about his choice to wear a du-rag as a cultural symbol. "We were on the topic of cultures and how we portray it from the way we dress, to the way we speak, to the rules we follow, and he pointed out that I always wear a du-rag to class every time, so he asked, 'Dylan, do you wear a du-rag as a part of your culture?' and I said, "Nah, it's my lifestyle,'" said Romero. Romero, a first-year student at UT, said he showed up to class a little late on purpose so he could surprise Engelman him with his own du-rags. When he asked his professor to try one on, Engelman said he was a bit gobsmacked, but followed Romero's instructions and tried on his new du-rag. The video has gone viral. "This man changed my mindset in life in a whole different way while being in his class and I couldn't thank him enough," Romero explained. Full story

Similar stories appeared in Inside Higher Ed and the Tampa Bay Times.

Having it All?: Is Anxiety the New Hysteria?

By Kacy Tillman, UT associate professor of English
Creative Loafing
Dec. 7, 2017

I began out-of-water drowning in March of 1999. No matter what I tried, I could not breathe. The doctor ignored me, scrawled “Anxious” across my chart, and prescribed Paxil. Ten years later, I had a similar experience. Is anxiety the new hysteria? Doctors in the 19th century often diagnosed ailing women with hysteria because they believed that the existence of the uterus made them emotionally unstable. In my experience, doctors seemed to equate my female body with the propensity for an inability to regulate my emotions, which they diagnosed as anxiety, despite my insistence that I did not suffer the symptoms that align with that disorder. These assumptions about my body and my gender allowed them to dismiss me altogether, much as women were dismissed via hysteria 175 years ago. Full story

Indiana Hoops Transplant Perfectly at Home in Tampa

By Joey Johnston
Dec. 6, 2017

Back home in Indiana, Pat Bacon played in his first league at age 2. Bacon capped his storied prep career by being named Marion County Player of the Year by the Indianapolis Star in 2015, beating out players who were destined for UCLA and Virginia. So how did this Hoosier land at The University of Tampa? "I just loved it down here, and it was the best place for me," said Bacon, who is on the verge of hitting 1,000 points for his UT career. Bacon, while primarily playing point guard this season, is averaging 23.1 points per game. "Indianapolis has always produced a lot of good guards, and Pat is certainly one of them," Spartans coach Richard Schmidt said. "I don’t really call Pat a shooter. He’s a scorer. He handles the ball, penetrates, gets to the basket and gets to the free-throw line.” Full story

Kids Aren’t Protecting Themselves Against STDs During Oral Sex

By Ronnie Cohen
Dec. 6, 2017

Adolescents and young adults regularly engage in oral sex but seldom use condoms to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, new research shows. “Many studies show that adolescents and young adults are unaware of the health risks associated with oral sex,” said Giuseppina Valle Holway, UT assistant professor of sociology. As reported in the Journal of Adolescent Health, Holway examined reports of heterosexual oral sex and condom use in a nationally representative sample of more than 7,000 U.S. youth between ages 15 and 24. Holway suggest that doctors discuss the potential for sexually transmitted infections with young patients. Full story

Similar stories appeared in WIN 98.5 (Battle Creek, MI), M.D. AlertThe Drive (Green Bay, WI), NetscapeSRN News (Washington, D.C.), Deccan ChronicleKFGO News (Fargo, ND) and ABS-CBN (Quezon City, Philippines).

University of Tampa Introducing Master’s Degree PA Program

By Lori Ponoroff
Medical Training Magazine
Dec. 4, 2017

The University of Tampa will launch a master’s degree program in physician assistant medicine in the fall of this year. The program will offer collaborative training that produces graduates ready to provide quality medical care to their communities. “Demand for physician assistants will increase as the U.S. population ages and as we see the trend of fewer primary and specialty care providers,” says Johnna Yealy, UT associate professor of physician assistant medicine. The PA program will be housed in the new 91,000-square-foot Graduate and Health Studies Building at UT, which is currently under construction. It will include 30,000 square feet of PA medical training space and will include simulation labs, a digital anatomy lab and the latest health technology and equipment. Full story

Similar stories appeared in the Tampa Bay ReporterTBO and WFLA.

Here's How You Can Make Sure Your Kid is Kind Later in Life, According to Experts

By Steph Montgomery
Nov. 30, 2017

Are there things you can do to make your kid kind later in life? Turns out, there are. When we encourage our kids to donate their old toys to charity, participate in food drives at school or befriend a kid who is shy or new to the neighborhood, we are promoting their future kindness. According to Patty O’Grady, UT associate professor of education, this is because doing kind things can actually change the way kids' brains work. The neuroscience and social science research is clear: kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it. Kindness is an emotion that students feel, and empathy is a strength that they share. Full story

Duke Street Academics Promote Volunteerism

By Michelle Loubon
Daily Express (Trinidad)
Nov. 23, 2017

Trinidad and Tobago celebrated International Men's Day (IWD). Jude James '19 came in for kudos for excelling at academia and volunteerism. Hailing from East Port of Spain, James is studying international business and hopes to become a managing director of a multinational corporation. James spends his vacation time volunteering with elderly homes and teaching at the Esimaje Foundation. At the event, James spoke about his academic pursuits which he hopes will serve as an inspiration to the young men who hail from communities that attract negative exposure. Full story

Amid Thanksgiving Chaos at Logan, Love is All Around

By Billy Baker
Boston Globe
Nov. 22, 2017

It usually starts with a wave, hands high over the heads of the throngs of passengers coming off flights, as they take the final steps of their journeys in a river of people. Many squeal. Some run. And then it ends, always, with an embrace, a big long hug that says, “You’re home.” “There’s my man,” Gabby DeSouza shouted to her father, Manny, as she ran up to his car. She’s a student at the University of Tampa and hasn’t been home to Boxford since she left for school in August. It is Thanksgiving, the busiest, most chaotic, most aggravating time to travel. It might also be the most joyous, and everywhere amid the noise and jostle at Logan Airport this week came mini-explosions of happiness as long-separated loved ones reunited. Full story

University of Tampa Volleyball Finds Playoff Form in Time

By Joey Johnston
Nov. 22, 2017

Earning an NCAA Tournament bid is usually not cause for celebration with The University of Tampa volleyball program. It has become routine. Battling early losses and utilizing win streaks of eight and seven matches, the Spartans (18-13 in the regular season) were selected for the NCAA South Region Tournament about six weeks after the postseason seemed like an impossibility. "What I've learned is the thrill of winning lasts just a little bit of time. The hurt of losing lingers. Losing keeps you grounded. You learn from losing. Through all of this, we've all learned a lot about ourselves and we found out we weren't going to give up. It's very satisfying that we were able to turn it around," said Chris Catanach, UT volleyball coach. The Spartans have earned 32 NCAA bids in 34 years, but hadn't weathered a double-digit loss season since 1995. Full story

Similar stories appeared in NCAA and the Tampa Bay Times

No Room for an Aquarium and a Garden? Malawi Compact Ecosystem Gives You Both

By Luke Dormehl
Digital Trends
Nov. 16, 2017

If you live in an apartment, particularly if it’s in an especially sought-after part of the country, chances are that space is at a premium. The Malawi, the first product made by startup Just Grow, is a miniature garden and aquarium in one compact ecosystem that consumes less space than a microwave. “Malawi is the ultimate indoor gardening experience,” Djimo Serodio, UT alumnus and founder of Just Grow. “It scales down an emerging sustainable agriculture technology — aquaponics — into an elegant statement piece. Plants are always watered and fertilized while the tank stays naturally clean. No water changes, no synthetic filters to replace and no mess.” Just Grow was started by two UT alumni and is now driven by a group of six UT students and alumni. Full story

A Year After First Assessing Tampa Bay Startup Scene, A Call to Nurture More Veteran Dealmakers

By Robert Trigaux
Tampa Bay Times
Nov. 15, 2017

A year ago, an academic team of business experts announced they would put a "Fitbit" on Tampa Bay to help measure how its start-up scene or "entrepreneurial ecosystem" was doing and where it needed help. Recently the same team, led by Rebecca White, UT professor of entrepreneurship, offered their first 12-month check-up. Their findings: The ecosystem is gaining strength but needs deeper bench strength and, specifically greater access by entrepreneurs to veteran "dealmakers" with past experience as founders or investors (preferably both) in multiple startups. Full story

John Eager to Finish College Lacrosse Career in Tampa Bay

By Sam Wilson
The Salamanca Press
Nov. 14, 2017

Tanner John played his entire fourth year at Hobart College assuming it would be his last as a college men’s lacrosse player. But he got to the end, a 5-4 loss in the Northeast Conference championship, and wanted to write a different ending. After a conversation with Adam Hardy, UT men’s assistant lacrosse coach, John started thinking about playing his fifth year with the Spartans. So now, a year after gearing up for his would-be last run at college lacrosse, John is pursuing a master’s degree in entrepreneurship at UT and hoping to compete for a NCAA Division II championship. Full story

Decorating with the Dean of Christmas

By Amy Scherzer
Bay Magazine
November 2017

Bay magazine featured UT President Ron Vaughn and his wife, Renee, for the elaborate holiday decorations that adorn their home. Full story  

Trump Immigrant Rhetoric Relies on Statistical Outliers

By Abigail Hall Blanco and Michael Coon, both UT faculty members
The Mercury News
Nov. 11, 2017

During a rally in Youngstown, OH, President Trump told a gruesome story of immigrant “animals” who “slice and dice” beautiful young girls in the United States. His deportation program, he said, would “stop protecting” these dangerous criminals. It’s commonplace for politicians to talk about murder and mayhem in order to promote tougher immigration policies. Anecdotes, while recounting undoubtedly tragic events, are not representative of a typical immigrant — legal or illegal. They are what statisticians call outliers, data points far from the rest of the observed dataset. Understanding how outliers are used in political rhetoric is important, particularly when the purpose is to sway policy decisions. Full story

A similar story appeared in the East Bay Times.

Wharton Alum Felipe Desousa Makes Most of One Soccer Season at UT

By Joey Johnston
Nov. 10, 2017

After sitting out two seasons, Felipe DeSousa, UT senior forward, got a second chance at college soccer that has paid off in ways he never expected. He was selected Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Offensive Player of the Year, he helped the Spartans earn a NCAA Tournament bid and he helped UT capture the SSC Tournament title. "I wondered what it would be like (coming back)," said DeSousa, who has a team-leading nine goals in 12 matches. "Sometimes, you never know. I really didn't believe in second chances. I thought I was done. What happened this season was kind of overwhelming." Full story  

‘Tutit App’ Changing the Way Students Get Homework Help

By Kasey Marler
WJHL (Tri-Cities TN)
Nov. 7, 2017

Geoffrey Cahr, and two other UT students, developed Tutit, a new app that may help trim hours working on homework to minutes. Tutit is an on-demand virtual tutoring app that connects tutors with students anytime, anywhere. After downloading the app, students connect to one of over 130 tutors when they run into a problem. With the app, students access chat, audio and an interactive whiteboard to work through problems. Full story  

Similar stories appeared on WTVT, WTSP, WKPT (Kingsport, TN, WOLF (Orlando-Daytona Beach, FL), College and University, and WOGX (Gainesville, FL).

Hometown Heroes: Shelton Shines Against Gators

By Tommy Scott
Ocala StarBanner
Nov. 7, 2017

Duke Shelton has already gotten off to a hot start in his senior season with the UT men’s basketball team. Despite a Gators 94-57 preseason win against the NCAA Division II Spartans, Shelton led all players in points, with 22, and rebounds, with 11. He went 9-of-19 from the field and registered two steals, two assists and a block to go along with his already impressive statline. Shelton played all 40 minutes for his team, solidifying his role as the team’s top leader. Full story

Similar stories appeared in Yahoo!The Gainesville Sun and WRUF (Gainesville, FL).

Members of University of Tampa Greek Life Respond to FSU’s Halt on Sorority, Fraternity Activities

By Jenn Holloway
Nov. 7, 2017

The death of a pledge at a fraternity party has led Florida State University to halt all Greek activities. UT students involved in Greek life say the news coming out of Tallahassee should not be a reflection on other Greek organizations. “We are always having conversations of our policies, changing things and adapting things to ensure that we have safeguards put in place in an event something like that happens,” said Ryne Burds, UT coordinator of fraternity and sorority life. Full story

'Trust, Challenge & Wonder' Are Needed for Classroom Discussions

By Larry Ferlazzo
Education Week
Nov. 6, 2017

What are the best ways to organize and lead classroom discussions? According to Patty O’Grady, UT associate professor of education, the brain is a narrative learner and craves stories with a beginning, a middle and an end. Every lesson, and ensuing discussion, that begins and ends with a story provokes attention and curiosity. “I once observed a teacher present the life cycle of a plant as a story of a tree that personalized the content and activated cognition. The story prompted students to tell their own stories of trees climbed, trees planted and trees cut down. Students remember and are enthused to discuss what is important in their own consequential encounters,” said O’Grady. Full story

When Students are in the Eye of the Storm

By Bláithín Wilson
University Times (Trinity, Ireland)
Nov. 2, 2017

Hurricane Ophelia unplugged Ireland, temporarily shutting down power, the transport network and school system. With the frequency of dangerous storms set to increase, it begs the question: does Ireland need to start making more preparations for future hurricanes? To answer this question, we need to look abroad at the universities sitting in the path of the world’s most powerful hurricanes. Five days before Hurricane Irma was due to hit Tampa, the UT emergency team made the decision to close the university’s doors. “Once that all started, we got folks on the road,” explained Linda Devine, UT vice president of operations and planning. “But we have folks that stay here for the duration.” Devine praised the “hard job” the facilities crew and the “storm riders” who remain on campus to assist any students who didn’t evacuate: “They focus in on the university. There are always good people who come to the fore during these times.” Full story  

Kicking the Habit: How RTS Can Help Their Patients with Smoking Cessation

States News Service
Nov. 1, 2017

As the lung health experts in their hospitals and in their communities, respiratory therapists are the right practitioners to help people quit smoking. More and more of them are doing just that, and in a wide variety of ways. Mary Martinasek, UT associate professor of public health, taps into her more than 25 years working as an RT in hospitals to help people quit tobacco use on campus. "I provide classes at the University and it serves faculty, staff, students and community members who want to become smoke free," said Martinasek. Both counseling and nicotine replacement therapy are provided at no cost.


Take a Look Inside 'The Rook' — an Armored Vehicle SWAT Teams Use to Tear Through Vehicles, Block an Active Shooter, or Bust Through a Riot

By Daniel Brown
Business Insider
Oct. 29, 2017

Dozens of defense contractors showed off their latest gear and technology at the annual International Police Chief Association conference and exhibition in Philadelphia. Everything from lethal and non-lethal weapons, body armor, drones, policing software, uniforms and even vehicles were on display, including a "The Rook," an armored Caterpillar vehicle that has been modified for SWAT and other police units. Abigail Hall Blanco, UT assistant professor of economics, said that new equipment like The Rook is often "introduced under the auspices of making police safer," but in reality can incentivize "police to engage in more aggressive behavior." Ultimately, Hall said, "this type of equipment is very much in line with the recent trend of police being armed with military style equipment." Full story  

What We Should Be Talking About During Cybersecurity Awareness Month
By Laura Bate

New America
Oct. 26, 2017

It’s a pretty scary world out there. Between the astronomical rise of internet-enabled devices, concerns about election security, a new domain for global conflict and seemingly irreconcilable workforce shortages, it’s certainly important to be aware of the problems facing policymakers, practitioners, and, well, all of us. Hwee-Joo Kam, UT assistant professor of cybersecurity, thinks cyber competition among nations is becoming more and more prevalent. The attributing factors that shape hacktivism may need some attention due to a dearth of research in this area. Other than the technological perspective, we may want to look into the cultural and social dimensions that motivate hacking into a foreign nation’s critical infrastructure, a move that eventually triggers “cyberwarfare.” Full story

Tampa Men’s Lacrosse to Host Fundraising Event for Vs. Cancer Foundation

By Lee Roggenburg
Florida Lacrosse News
Oct. 26, 2017

UT’s lacrosse team is partnering with the Vs. Cancer Foundation this season to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer. The fundraiser will last throughout the season, but the teams will celebrate their efforts on Sunday, Oct. 29, with the Lacrosse Vs. Cancer NCAA D2 Showcase at UT’s Naimoli Family Intramural and Athletic Complex. Participating in the showcase will be college lacrosse programs from UT, St. Leo, Florida Southern, Florida Tech, Palm Beach Atlantic and Flagler. In partnership with Vs. Cancer, 50 percent of the money raised will fund national brain tumor research efforts, while the other half will go directly to the pediatric oncology unit at Tampa General Hospital. Full story  

On the Record: Tampa Author John Capouya Draws a Musical Road Map with His Book Florida Soul

By Bill Deyoung
Creative Loafing
Oct. 24, 2017

Has Florida got soul? Yes, according to author and UT associate professor of journalism John Capouya. “It was complete news to me,” says the native New Yorker and longtime music obsessive. “Like everybody else I thought about Memphis, Detroit, New Orleans, Macon… I had a very clear idea about their relationship to R&B and soul music. Upon moving to the Bay area, he began hearing what he describes as an “urban legend” about “The Twist,” one of the biggest hit records of the early 1960s. Although Chubby Checker took the song to No. 1, “The Twist” was written by Midwestern rhythm and blues star Hank Ballard — and, according to numerous eye witnesses, he wrote it in Tampa, after watching the kids swiveling their bodies to his music. Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Bay Times and on WUFT (Gainesville, FL). 

Florida Greens More Hospitable for University of Tampa’s Finnish Golfer

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
Oct. 24, 2017

Living in Oulu, Finland — where the average temperature is 36.9 degrees and there are about 145 days of snow every year — doesn't lend itself to playing golf. "The summers are very nice, but most of the time you are all bundled up, not able to practice, having to go to an indoor facility," said Kiira Riihijarvi, UT sophomore. Last season, she was an individual champion at the NCAA Division II Regional and ninth place at the national tournament. "I have my frustrations. But I'm like that for just one second and then it's 'Let's go to the range.' I feel confident when I play from all the practice. I feel fortunate to be doing this because I just love golf." Full story

U.S. Rep Meets with Students to Discuss Student Debt

By Hafsa Quraishi
Oct. 18, 2017

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor held a different kind of coffee shop talk in Tampa, discussing the student debt crisis with the people it directly affects - a group of college students and graduates. Florida college graduates have an average of $23,000 in student loan debt. UT Student Body President Aislinn Sroczynski is an aspiring law school student. “I don't want to have to compromise my career, or my passion, or why I went to law school in the first place just because I can't afford my loans,” said Sroczynski. If passed, one of Castor's bills would cap interest rates for loans. Another would re-authorize the Federal Perkins Loan Program, which provides small student loans to low-income students. Full story

Feds to Certify Pasco Deputies in Deal That May Boost Deportations

By Tony Marrero
Tampa Bay Times
Oct. 16, 2017

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office has signed an agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to join a controversial program that give deputies the power to check the immigration status of people booked into the county jail and to serve warrants on suspected undocumented inmates — a process that could lead to deportation. Michael Coon, UT assistant professor of economics, recently completed a case study that suggests the program resulted in a "biased increase" in the number of Hispanics arrested. Coon questioned how effective the partnership program can be considering that many of the jurisdictions joining in have small immigrant populations. "Given that these areas have small immigrant populations," he said, "it can't really be much about public safety, but it makes (sheriffs) look like they're tough on crime." Full story

Bruce Samson, Who Turned Around The University of Tampa, Dies at 79

By Paul Guzzo
Tampa Bay Times
Oct. 15, 2017

Bruce Samson, former UT president, died on Saturday (Oct. 14, 2017) at the age of 79. Samson's most renowned accomplishment was erasing a $1.4 million budget deficit at UT while he served as its president from 1986 to 1991. "He began the turnaround of UT that helped create the success it is today," said longtime friend Thomas Touchton. "It had money problems until he arrived. He took that job because he thought UT was an important part of Tampa that he could help." Under Samson's leadership, the College of Business was established, a new softball field was built and Plant Hall was renovated. Full story

BVU Students from Las Vegas Speak Up about Massacre

By Aubrey Anderson and Deidree Friesen
The Tack
Oct. 13, 2017

Mackenzie Rappe '19, who is majoring in film and media arts, started a T-shirt company called Rally Clothing Co. with Tommy Zilinski '19, an entrepreneurship major. Their first design was an effort to help raise money for Las Vegas victims and their families. The shirts say “Rally Around Vegas” and all proceeds from their sales will go to help those affected by the attack. “We can do a lot more than just sending prayers and thoughts,” said Rappe, who added that the Vegas effort is just the first step for her new online company as she plans to use her designs to both generate awareness and contribute to solutions. Full story

The John Batchelor Show

By John Batchelor
WABC Radio
Oct. 12, 2017

Abigail Hall Blanco, UT assistant professor of economics, was recently interviewed about the use of drone strikes in Yemen by the United States. She questions the effectiveness of the strikes and the accuracy of casualty numbers provided by the Department of Defense. She also discusses possible long-term effects of drone strikes against what we can presume are helpless civilians on the ground who may or may not have a connection with jihadists. Full story

A similar article ran in ArcaMax

Compare Credit Cards: Photo Credit Cards

October 2017

A so-called photo credit card enables customers to customize the appearance of their plastic with a favorite photo or a selection of potential designs. Some believe that using your portrait as the photo can deter unauthorized use if your card is lost or stolen. Pranjal Gupta, UT associate professor of marketing, disagrees. He said that although credit fraud occurs often, credit card companies generally do not require multiple layers of authentication to use their cards, because some of the convenience would be lost if authentication was cumbersome. A photo is unlikely to be used consistently for any authentication. Full story

University of Tampa Volleyball Makes Steinbrenner Junior Honorary Teammate

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
Oct. 10, 2017

Natalia Rijos, a junior at Steinbrenner High School, is the latest member of the UT volleyball team. Rijos was thrilled when she "signed" to join the team. It's all part of Team IMPACT, an organization that helps children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses by making them part of college athletic programs. The idea is for the charismatic Rijos to be inspired by the work ethic, teamwork and camaraderie of Spartan volleyball players. "I think this can be life-changing for kids who never had the experience of doing something like this," said Chris Catanach, UT’s volleyball coach. "We all get caught up in our lives and how tough we have it. Then you meet somebody who has it so much harder. You realize we have it so good. And it all becomes so much better when we can reach out and help." Full story

HSN and The University of Tampa Collaborate to Launch American Dreams Academy for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

Arizona Republic
Oct. 4, 2017

Leading entertainment and lifestyle retailer HSN and UT’s John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center announced the introduction of the American Dreams Academy, an interactive, educational and experiential two-day summit for emerging entrepreneurs looking to launch or expand their businesses. Daymond John, founder/president/CEO of FUBU and an investor on ABC’s Shark Tank, will lead an opening conversation at the summit. The Lowth Entrepreneurship Center is creating the content, and will include courses across categories such as money matters, risk mitigation, quality assurance, customer discovery, etc. Full story

Similar stories appeared in SpokeIT Business NetTampa Bay TimesThe Antlers AmericanBenzingaTBOCreative MacFinancial BuzzAskEIN News and the Wall Street Journal.

Republicans Are the Party of Ideological Inconsistency

By William Myers (UT assistant professor of political science), Robert Lupton and Judd Thornton
The Washington Post
Oct. 2, 2017

After months of trying to work with congressional Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or to pass anything at all, President Trump met and negotiated with Democratic leaders. Reportedly the Republican leaders were frustrated by this overture. But presumably, if Republicans had moved legislation along, such a meeting wouldn’t have been necessary. Republican rhetoric suggests that their partisans are more ideologically consistent than Democrats. But that obscures important policy differences among Republican activists and elected officials – differences that undermine Republicans’ capacity to legislate. Full story

UT Hurricane Fundraiser Money Raised for Storm Victims

Bay News 9
Sept. 28, 2017

UT students took time out to help those suffering from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The student-coordinated hurricane relief fundraiser was sponsored by several campus organizations. The fair-style event was established to have fun and raise funds. Monetary donations are going to the Red Cross and all the physical donations are being sent to Puerto Rico.

Russia Investigation: The New Watergate? Differences and Similarities in Today’s Political Climate

By Al Ruechel
Bay News 9
Sept. 27, 2017

Al Ruechel interviewed Terry Parssinen, UT professor of history, about the Russia investigation and how it may be similar to the Watergate scandal. While the comparison is difficult because the Russian investigation has just begun, Parssinen uses the information that was leaked out or the information that we know, like the firing of James Comey, and compares that to Watergate. 

Steinbrenner Alum Erika Peitersen Makes Instant Impact for UT Soccer

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
Sept. 26, 2017

Spartans midfielder/forward Erika Peitersen, a first-year student, already has made a rapid ascension to productivity. During her first weekend as a college athlete, in two matches, she scored all three of UT's goals. For that stunning debut, she was named Sunshine State Conference player of the week. "I was ecstatic," Peitersen said. "Coming in as a freshman, I didn't even know they gave out honors like that. I was sitting on our bus when they announced it and I was like, 'What?' It surprised me.” "Erika is just getting started, so I'm very interested to see how much she can improve and how far she can go," said Erin Switalski, UT women’s soccer coach. "She could have a really great career here." Full story

Colleges Tackle Free Speech, Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces

By Beth Howard
U.S. News
Sept. 21, 2017

The notion of a college campus as a safe space, and the more prevalent creation of places where students can retreat from the stresses of being in the minority and spend time among like-minded peers, are the subject of considerable controversy. Some administrators and academics worry that when the safe space idea is carried too far it stifles the diversity of viewpoints in conversations. Proponents say that having a sense of security can actually encourage minority students who elsewhere feel silenced to engage in debate. On the whole, colleges are making myriad efforts to support a diverse range of students. At The University of Tampa, an initiative called Diversity Fellowship hosts events to raise awareness of groups who are often marginalized based on their sexual orientation, gender, religion, race and socio-economic status, among other factors. Full story

After Hurricane Irma, Many Ask: How Safe Are Shelters?

By Adam C. Smith
Tampa Bay Times
Sept. 21, 2017

People across Florida have stories of extraordinary kindness, commitment and sacrifice from volunteers and professionals who helped open and staff a record 600-plus shelters to handle the evacuation orders affecting more than 5.6 million Floridians. Some disorder and confusion is to be expected when a massive, erratic storm looms. That said, the widespread reports of snarls, disorganization or inexperienced shelter managers winging it with little guidance is jarring for a state so susceptible to hurricanes. Ryan Cragun, UT associate professor of sociology, volunteered at the Middleton High School shelter and was stunned to see no cots, no blankets, no direction or plan for volunteers registering evacuees. "The fact that we didn't have the stuff in place that we needed to have in place and that we should have had in place, is really scary. It's just mind-boggling. Come on, we live in Hurricane Alley, so we have to have better planning than that," Cragun said. Full story

A similar story appeared in Government Technology.

Florida’s Best Colleges for 2018: U.S. News & World Report 

By Don Johnson
Sept. 19, 2017

U.S. News & World Report has ranked UT No. 21 in the Regional Universities in the South. The rankings for Florida schools and other information provided in the 2018 report released recently can be an important resource for high school juniors, senior and their parents. Full story

Prior-Prior’s Payoff

By Rick Seltzer
Inside Higher Ed
Sept. 18, 2017

In last year's admission cycle, students were able to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting Oct. 1. Students and families were also able to fill out the FAFSA with income information from two years earlier, a practice dubbed "prior-prior year." But some colleges and universities also moved up their FAFSA filing deadlines, a move criticized for denying students the intended increase in flexibility. Brent Benner, UT director of enrollment management, criticized the practice of moving up FAFSA deadlines, calling it negative and disingenuous. “You don't have to move up these FAFSA filing deadlines,” he said. “This is putting more of a burden on families and not giving them the window to take advantage.” Full story  

A Clear Path to Success

By Brent Fritzemeier
Sept. 15, 2017

In “Coaching Tomorrow’s Leaders,” Frank Ghannadian, dean of UT’s college of business, and Stephanie Thomason, UT associate professor of management, write that one-on-one leadership coaching sessions prepare MBA students to succeed in the business world. At UT, leadership coaching is a component of a broader professional development practicum within the MBA program. While the professional development practicum has been around for 13 years, the TECO Energy Center for Leadership Certificate program, called Modern Advances in Leadership, began in 2016. Full story

John Capouya's History of 'Florida Soul' Entertains

By Colette Bancroft
Tampa Bay Times
Sept. 13, 2017

When we think about classic soul and R&B music, we probably think of Detroit and Philadelphia, Chicago and Memphis. But we should think of the Sunshine State, too, writes John Capouya, UT associate professor of journalism, in his new book, Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band. In Florida Soul, he looks at the music not only as entertainment but as an expression of the culture and history that surrounded it. The heyday of soul and R&B was also the era of the civil rights movement, and these songs sometimes tell stories that reverberate well beyond their three-minute play times. Full story

My Irma Evacuation: 600 Miles and a Few Tips for Florida

By David Wheeler, UT assistant processor of journalism
Sept. 11, 2017

David Wheeler, UT assistant processor of journalism, writes about his journey evacuating the state of Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma. Wheeler highlights a few problems he encountered along the way. In Florida, hurricanes pass by every year. Can't we do a better job of finding people shelter from these storms? Full story

Similar stories appeared on KTVK (Phoenix, AZ), WSEE (Erie, PA), KITV (Honolulu, HI) and KXLF (Butte, MT). 

Anderson Cooper 360: Hurricane Irma

By Anderson Cooper
Sept. 10, 2017

Anderson Cooper reported on Hurricane Irma from downtown Tampa’s Riverwalk overlooking the UT campus. “We’re not too far from The University of Tampa. They have a lovely campus. You just see in the eerie light on one of the buildings (Plant Hall), it really lights up how much rain is falling all across this area,” said Cooper.

Hurricane Irma Coverage

Sept. 10-11, 2017

The University of Tampa received multiple media placements during news coverage of Hurricane Irma. Some stories focused on students who evacuated and others featured students who rode the storm out at UT. The New Orleans Times-Picayune, and many others, referenced the UT webcams as a way to view the storm as it passed through Tampa.

Stories were featured in the Tampa Bay Times, Daily Times Chronicle (Woburn, MA), Edwardsville Intelligencer (St. Louis, MO), Heavy, TBO, Inquisitr, Patch, SF Gate, Quartz, The Wrap, as well as on CNN, Bay News 9, WPRI (Providence, RI), WTVT, WTNH (New Haven, CT), WBNG (Johnson City, NY), 102.3 Fox Rock (Cleveland, OH), WFLA, 99.3 The Fox (Washington D.C.), WNCT (Greenville, NC), WTVF (Nashville, TN), KTVQ (Billings, MT), WCCO (Minneapolis/St. Paul), WTSP, KCCI (Des Moines, IA), KDKA (Pittsburgh, PA), KEIB (Los Angeles, CA), KENS (San Antonio, TX), KGTV (San Diego, CA), KPHO (Phoenix, AZ), KTVT (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX), WAFB (Baton Rouge, LA), WBKB (Alpena, MI), WJXT (Jacksonville, FL), WMOR, WYAY (Atlanta, GA), Twin Cities News Talk and many others.

Anti-Price Gouging Laws Don't Benefit Consumers

By Abigail Hall Blanco and Michael Coon, both assistant professors of economics at UT
Sun Sentinel
Sept. 7, 2017

When anti-price gouging laws are in effect, buyers and sellers don’t receive the important message that prices send. As a result, supply does not rise to meet demand. When this happens, consumers know that supplies will be limited, so they rush to get what they can before it’s gone. This often results in long lines and waiting — time that could’ve been used to prepare or recover from a disaster. Those at the head of the line will likely buy more than they need, fearing future shortages. Those stuck in the back lose out on these resources, while they sit unused in someone else’s house. Illegal markets appear. People in the front of line may sell products to people in the back at a huge markup. Full story

Trump Should Try to Shock GOP Leaders More Often

By David Wheeler, UT assistant professor of Journalism
Sept. 7, 2017

Republicans are shocked that President Donald Trump cut a deal with the Democrats. The deal keeps the government open and attaches hurricane relief money to a rise in the debt ceiling. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan were "blindsided by this" turn of events. Americans are begging for more bipartisanship in Congress. So let's do it, Donald! Let's keep shocking the GOP by cutting bipartisan deals. Full story

Similar stories appeared on KTVK (Phoenix, AZ), WSEE (Erie, PA), KXLF (Butte, MT), KITV (Honolulu, HI) and WENY (Horseheads, NY).

FL Teachers Weigh In: How’s Teaching Changed Since You Entered the Classroom?

By Meredyth Censullo
Aug. 28, 2017

Students may be attending schools built two decades ago, but what happens inside those walls looks vastly different than it did 20 years ago. Educators point out that there’s less focus on vocational training in schools. The drive to place all students on a college track may result in more stress, and in some cases prompts some students turning to stimulant drugs to power through assignments and tests. “They feel like they can’t keep up,” says Addie Carothers, UT wellness coordinator. “They feel like other people around them are doing better, and they’re striving for that ‘success’ we’re putting on them in society.” Full story

Are We Ready for Robot Teachers?

By James Watkins
Aug. 28, 2017

Technology is already invading the classroom, says Joy Harris, UT director of educational technology. She expects to soon see more “ed tech” that integrates more complex human gestures in user interfaces, as well as augmented and virtual realities. However, the distinction between tech that enhances human teachers and that which replaces them is a gray area. “AI has already been proven effective for teaching rudimentary skills such as colors and numbers, as well as additional languages,” Harris says, adding, “We’ll see that continue to grow rapidly.” Full story

Move-In Day at University of Tampa

Bay News 9
Aug. 24, 2017

It’s move-in day for one of the nations best institutions for undergraduate education, The University of Tampa. More than 2,000 students will be checking in and moving into one of 11 residence halls on campus today.

A similar story appeared on WTVT and WFLA.

Feds Should Focus Less on Fixing Immigrants and More on Fixing the Law

By Abigail Hall-Blanco and Michael Coon, both assistant professors of economics at UT
The Hill
Aug. 22, 2017

Those who support mass deportation of illegal immigrants often do so in the name of preserving the rule of law. The reality, however, is that the U.S. immigration system is broken. If given the choice between immigrating illegally today or waiting for 20 years to see your family, you’d probably seriously consider the former. The problem with immigration today is not that hordes of nefarious foreigners are entering our country because they have no respect for the law. The problem is that our law makes it nearly impossible for otherwise good people to do the right thing. Full story

Former Bayside Resident Raises $10K for Parkinson’s to Honor Late Father

By Mark Hallum
Times Ledger
Aug. 20, 2017

Parkinson’s research will continue moving forward thanks to the fundraising efforts of Kyle Kravitz, a UT junior studying management. Kravitz dedicated a weekend golf outing to his late father and levied over $10,800 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. “Watching someone you love suffer with anything is tough to deal with, so having an opportunity to make an impact to work for a cause, and eventually for a cure, seemed like what I should be doing and what I wanted to do,” said Kravitz. Full story

First Person: Growing the Game Abroad

By Mallary Weinsz, UT sophomore
Inside Lacrosse
Aug. 16, 2017

As an athlete, I have always considered giving back to sports one of the most important things I can do. To be able to enhance another athlete’s life through the sport of lacrosse is something that I hold close to my heart. Over the course of two weeks in July I had the amazing opportunity to grow the game alongside Kids Lacrosse the World, a young nonprofit that’s bringing lacrosse to Malaysia and Kenya. In the town of Ranau on the island of Malaysian Borneo, I coached young, enthusiastic kids who shared one common love: lacrosse. Full story

A similar story appeared in Florida Lacrosse News.

What Are the Best Photo Credit Cards?

By John Kiernan
August 2017

A so-called photo credit card enables customers to customize the appearance of their plastic with a favorite photo or a selection of potential designs. Some people decide to personalize their photo cards with a picture of their children, spouse, pet, etc. What your card looks like won’t save or cost you any money, after all, but what it offers in terms of rewards, rates and fees definitely will. Jennifer Burton, UT assistant professor of marketing, said that some companies have decided they can earn enough profit from serving customers who desire customized credit cards, while other companies have decided that the extra printing costs from this level of customization are not worth offering this feature. Full story

'Not a Daycare' College President Says 'Snowflake' Student Problem Persists

By Meghan Holohan
Aug. 9, 2017

Almost two years ago, Everrett Piper penned a letter, “This is Not a Day Care. It’s a University!” which quickly went viral. While many applauded Piper for his candor in speaking out against students who feel "victimized" when someone disagrees with them, not everyone was a fan of Piper's letter. David Wheeler, UT assistant professor of journalism, wrote a response in the "Chronicle of Higher Education" criticizing it. "This was not a David-and-Goliath story of a small college standing up to PC culture. This was a closed-minded evangelical college pretending to be above the political fray," Wheeler wrote. Full story

It’s Time to Rethink How Charity Works in 2017

By Michelle Tafoya
Albuquerque Journal
Aug. 9, 2017

According to Ryan Cragun, UT associate professor of sociology, churches in the United States are subsidized by us, the taxpayers, at a low-ball figure of $71 billion per year. No matter what your religious affiliation is, does it not make you a little uncomfortable that people are struggling while churches are thriving and getting a free ride off our backs? Just think what $83.5 billion could do to pay back the deficit, shore up Social Security or help rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. Full story

For Good: Fast Pitch Seeks Entries From Tampa Bay Area Nonprofits

By Cheryl Rogers
83 Degrees
Aug. 7, 2017

In Tampa’s first Fast Pitch event, 10 nonprofit organizations will be competing for some $40,000 Shark Tank style. Jennifer Finney, who graduated in August with a Master of Science in entrepreneurship, is a partner for Seattle-based Social Venture Partners and member of the team spearheading the effort. The program seeks to better equip nonprofits to “execute their mission and their vision, as well as have access to all the tools and the resources that we can provide,” said Finney. Full story

Similar stories appeared on WFTS and WFLA.

Where are the HOV Lanes in Tampa Bay?

By Jack Geller, UT Dean
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Aug. 7, 2017

UT’s Jack Geller, dean of the College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education, discusses the Tampa Bay area’s transportation challenges. He echoes local business leaders in describing the transportation infrastructure as one of the primary weaknesses holding us back. Full story

How College Friends Stay Friendly After Founding Companies Together

By Vidya Rao
Aug. 3, 2017

Google, Reddit, Snap — what do these companies have in common? Aside from being wildly successful, they were all co-founded by enterprising college students who were friends before they were business partners. While success can be sweet, the road can be rocky, both for the business and the personal relationship. Establishing an official partnership agreement early on is helpful. Dan Soviero founded Signature Lacrosse out of his UT dorm room, and convinced Nick Martin to join. “We clearly have agreements in place,” said Soviero. “We set clear expectations, and are very transparent in our communication with each other. If you do that from the very beginning, then if anything happens, you can just refer back.” Full story

Midday News at 10: UT Named One of Nation’s Best

Bay News 9
Aug. 2, 2017

The University of Tampa has been named one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education. Only a small number of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in The Princeton Review's book, The Best 382 Colleges. The company says it chose UT because of its outstanding academics. In the profile piece, students said they love UT because of the rich diversity, campus life and the faculty who are encouraging, insightful and have many connections in the Tampa area they are always willing to share. 

A similar story appeared in the Lakeland Ledger.

Youth Voice: Students Should be Able to Use “Sick Days” for Mental Health Too

By Skylar Whitman, UT senior
Huffington Post
Aug. 2, 2017

In early July, a tweet went viral. A woman tweeted a screenshot of a conversation between her and her unexpectedly supportive CEO after she took two days of sick leave for her mental health. The ensuing media coverage prompted a lot of controversy on social media about whether or not employees should be able to take sick days for their mental health. But my question is this: What about students? An adult may lose a job for missing too much work, but mental health issues stand to disqualify young people from the workforce altogether. Full story

2017’s Best Places to Retire in Florida

By Richie Bernardo
Aug. 1, 2017

The dream of retiring on a sunny beach in Florida is alive and kicking. Florida’s unmatched status as a retirement paradise, however, doesn’t rub off on every one of its cities. Brittany Harder, UT assistant professor of sociology, said that the top 5 indicators for choosing the best cities to retire in Florida are local government policies, access to healthcare and health-promoting resources, a large network of retirees and elders, retiree-friendly transportation and affordable and safe housing. Full story

Father and Son Swim to Silvers and Golds

By Bobby Lewis
July 24, 2017

Jeremy Parker, UT alumnus, and his father David Halpern both won gold and silver medals in the Maccabiah Games in early July. They were two of the over 10,000 athletes that represented the U.S. in the Olympic-style competition that featured competitors from 80 countries all over the world. “I walked out (at Opening Ceremonies) with my dad, and they were all cheering,” said Parker, who won his gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle relay and his silver in the 400-meter freestyle relay. “It was awesome.” Full story

Jacksonville Connection to Russia Scandal; Ryan Cragun; Cole Pepper

By Kevin Meerschaert
WJCT (Jacksonville, FL)
July 17, 2017

Ryan Cragun, author and UT associate professor of sociology, appeared on First Coast Connect ahead of his talk with First Coast Freethought Society at Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church. In his book, How to Defeat Religion in 10 Easy Steps, Cragun takes direct aim at fundamentalism by exploring the latest social-scientific research on religion to help interested nonbelievers and progressive believers who want to weaken the influence of fundamentalist religion in society. Full story

Tampa College Student Banking on Generosity of Others to Get New, Handicap Accessible Van
By Laura Harris

July 17, 2017

Singing is not just a passion for Mikaela Arnold; it's also therapy. Arnold is a UT junior majoring in digital media. She is also a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. "I'm very smart, I'm very diligent...and I just love to learn," said Arnold. But there is one thing slowing her progress. Arnold lacks reliable transportation that can accommodate her wheelchair. Arnold has organized a benefit concert with the help of UT music instructor, Charles Dugen, at New World Brewery in Ybor City. Full story

University of Tampa Announces Incoming Class of 21 Swimmers

Swimming World Magazine
July 17, 2017

The University of Tampa Men’s and Women’s swimming programs will bring in a stellar, well-rounded class of 21 new student-athletes for the 2017-2018 NCAA season. The women’s team will look to continue the upward movement within both the Sunshine State Conference (2nd place in 2017) and NCAA Championships (29th place in 2017). The men’s team comes off a 3rd place finish in the Sunshine State Conference and 23rd finish at the NCAA Championships. Full story

A similar story appeared in SwimSwam

Sag Harbor’s Nick Kruel Won’t Knuckle Under to Health Scares

By Owen O’Brien
July 15, 2017

Nick Kruel, UT junior majoring in international business and entrepreneurship, didn’t start pitching until his sophomore year of high school. After experimenting with a knuckleball and then throwing a shutout, the first baseman quickly changed his primary position. Adapting is something Kruel has been doing for years while faced with multiple surgeries and life scares. “I honestly think I’m one of the luckiest people on the planet,” Kruel said, “and I wouldn’t ask for a different story than being able to be the guy who overcomes all these challenges and sets a good example for other kids going through the same thing.” Full story

Can Marijuana Smoking Cause Lung Cancer?

By Amy Sherman
July 13, 2017

In November, Florida voters approved the medical marijuana amendment. To implement the new law, the Legislature passed a provision that defines medical use to exclude smoking marijuana. Attorney John Morgan filed a lawsuit stating that the Legislature’s provision was unenforceable. Morgan said, "Despite decades of marijuana being used for smoking in the United States, there have been no reported medical cases of lung cancer…” A 2016 literature review written by Mary Martinasek, UT associate professor of public health, showed that while some studies indicated an increased risk of lung cancer, others found no such link or a lower risk for lung cancer. Full story

UT Runner Earns Prestigious SCC Character Award

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
July 13, 2017

Lars Benner, a May 2017 UT graduate, was named the Sunshine State Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Benner, who majored in biochemistry, had a 4.0 grade-point average at UT. "You want to be surrounded by people like Lars,'' said Dror Vaknin, UT head coach for cross country and track and field. "When you get somebody like that, it's like getting a gem. Just a joy to coach.” It was only the second time for a UT athlete to capture the award since it was founded in 1995-1996. The SSC's stated criteria include scholarly excellence, athletic performance and school/community involvement. “Being noticed for my hard work in academics and athletics means a lot because I take a lot of pride in both of them,'' said Benner. Full story

When This Gay College Baseball Coach Came Out to His Team, Their Reaction Made it All OK

By Mark Johnson, UT assistant baseball coach
July 12, 2017

UT assistant baseball coach, Mark Johnson, describes his journey as a gay baseball player and coach. Johnson recently came out to his team. He feared losing friends, family, job and coaching career. Instead he found that being different wasn’t a big deal after all the years of beating himself up inside about it. Johnson gained the courage to come our after reading many positive stories of athletes and coaches in similar situations. He hopes his story can inspire athletes off the field to become more accepting of others and themselves. Full story  

19-Year-Old Opens Headquarters for Little St. Nick Foundation in East Rockaway

By Mike Smollins
LI Herald
July 6, 2017

UT sophomore, Raymond Mohler Jr., is the founder of the Little St. Nick Foundation, which collects toys and distributes gift bags, made by children, to children in the emergency department of local hospitals. The foundation celebrated the grand opening of its office at 131 Main St. in East Rockaway with a special ceremony on June 21. “We are focusing right now with this office here to expand to other chapters and have kids inspiring kids to help kids,” Mohler said. Full story

Home Shopping Network Sold to Main Competitor QVC

By Adam Winer
July 6, 2017

In what seemed to many to be an inevitable merger, The Home Shopping Network (HSN), based in St. Petersburg, FL, has sold itself to its main competitor, Liberty Interactive, which owns QVC. UT assistant professor of economics, Abigail Blanco, said that companies that don’t innovate don’t survive. In the interview Blanco describes some possible benefits of the merger. Full story

Linda Olson of Tampa Bay WaVe: Finding a Critical Mass of Early Adopters

By Emma Peck
July 5, 2017

Linda Olson, president of Tampa Bay WaVE, is a hurricane-like force in the local ecosystem and works hard to nurture a culture that embraces the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit. She lists UT as a unique resource to help attract and produce entrepreneurial talent for the region. The University of Tampa’s Lowth Entrepreneurship Center has a terrific reputation for its entrepreneurial education and was recently awarded the National Model Program Award for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Full story

I-Team: Port Tampa Bay Executives Wining and Dining on Your Dime

By Jarrod Holbrook
June 30, 2017

Every year we see it on our property tax bill, millions of your tax dollars going to Port Tampa Bay. The I-Team spent months sifting through the port's credit card statements and found quite a bit of wining and dining. Port Tampa Bay's CEO Paul Anderson makes no apologies when it comes to spending millions of your tax dollars. After looking at our findings Robert Marley, UT assistant professor of accounting and associate director for the Center of Ethics, says there may not be an effective management review of expenses at the port. Marley says, "Given this level of expenditures what benefit is the port receiving in return? There needs to be a return on the investment." Full story

June 29 Face of the Day: Krechele Brown

The Daily Nonpareil
June 29, 2017

Krechele Brown, a senior at UT where she is currently studying criminal justice, has spent the past seven summers working as a lifeguard at the Pirate Cove Water Park. She is the longest-serving lifeguard on staff. Brown got into lifeguarding after having several family members work there before her. “I just love the people I work with and I love lifeguarding,” she said. “It’s the best job ever,” said Brown. Full story

Rushing Bills into Law Is a Recipe for Disaster

By Harry Cheadle
June 28, 2017

The language used to draft laws needs to be precise. Even though lawyers are the ones actually writing the text errors slip through. According to Jonathan Lewallen, UT assistant professor of political science, errors are more likely to crop up in bills when they are written quickly. “So there are a lot of different people providing input into how a bill should be written, and sometimes what they want the bill to say (or not say) changes day to day, and not everyone is looking over every part of the bill to make sure everything is error-free,” said Lewallen. Full story

UT Professor Comments on How Government Monitors Water Quality

By Phil Buck
June 28, 2017

Jim Gore, UT Dean Emeritus of the College of Natural and Health Sciences, commented on how state and federal agencies often times don’t have the resources needed to monitor water quality. Full story

Similar stories appeared on WTLV (Jacksonville, FL)

Men in Shorts, Unite

By David Wheeler, UT assistant professor of journalism
June 21, 2017

A man in the UK was sent home from work for wearing shorts on a hot day. He later returned to work wearing a dress. This man’s actions present an opportunity to shed our antiquated ideas of clothing and gender. As a society we still believe women are inferior to men, and that's why a man in a dress draws laughter -- and sometimes even anger. It's time to strike a blow for gender equality -- and cool off in the summer heat -- all at the same time. Full story

A similar story appeared on KTVK (Phoenix, AZ).

2017’s Best 4th of July Sales & Deals

By Richie Bernardo
June 15, 2017

Time off from work means more time to shop, which is why retailers roll out the red, white and blue carpet in honor of Independence Day, offering some of the biggest savings of the year. When asked if retailers should remain open or close in observation of the 4th of July holiday, Erika Matulich, UT professor of marketing, said retailers should have enough historical data to know when the busy and dead hours are and can set holiday hours accordingly. “Personally, I am in favor of partial day openings so anyone needing to shop can do so, but retailers can also give time off to their employees,” said Matulich. Full story

On Day 3 of Draft, Brewers Focus on Talented Prep Players Who Might Be Difficult to Sign

By Tom Haudricourt
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 14, 2017

The Milwaukee Brewers select UT right-handed pitcher, Cody Martin, in round 27 of the 2017 Major-League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft. Full story  

Mariners Make 30 Selections on Day 3 of the MLB Draft

By Brad Hegland
KHQ-TV (Spokane, WA)
June 14, 2017

The Seattle Mariners select UT shortstop, Kevin Santa, in the 19th round (573rd overall pick) of the 2017 Major-League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft. Full story

Ward Melville’s Ben Brown Drafted by Phillies in 33rd Round

By Ari Kramer
June 14, 2017

Ricky Negron, UT infielder, was taken by the Atlanta Braves in the 34th round of the 2017 Major-League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft. Full story

World Series Hero Luis Gonzalez: Son in ‘Good Hands’ with Giants

By Henry Schulman
SF Gate
June 13, 2017

The San Francisco Giants selected UT right-hander, Garrett Cave, with their 4th pick (126th overall pick) in the 2017 amateur draft. Cave was the first college player selected by the Giants in the draft. Full story

Similar stories appeared in the San Antonio Express-NewsTampa Bay TimesSan Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald and The Ledger (Lakeland, FL).

Pasco County School District Officials Seek Fix to Final Exam Concerns

By Jeffrey Solochek
Tampa Bay Times
June 6, 2017 

With complaints continuing to mount, Pasco County schools have begun seeking alternative ideas to district-created final exams in every course. The efforts, however, have run afoul of School Board members who said they are being kept out of the loop as the district tries to deal with a growing number of teacher criticisms of the tests. Board member Colleen Beaudoin, UT mathematics instructor, said she has been asking questions about the tests for several weeks, and saw some of the same problems with their validity and scoring that teachers have presented. "I believe in having tests," said Beaudoin. "But we have to have buy-in, and we have to measure what's right." Full story

Joseph House, Decorated Veteran and Civic Leader, Dies at 85

By Paul Guzzo
Tampa Bay Times
June 6, 2017

Joseph W. House, decorated veteran and former member of The University of Tampa board of trustees, passed on June 2. "Joe was a model for our students to emulate, and we are humbled to have shared in his leadership and a special friendship," said Ron Vaughn, UT president. Full story

9th Annual Sustainable Business Awards June 7 2017 Winners Announced

SF Gate
June 1, 2017

The 2017 Sustainable Business Award winners have been announced. The awards recognize for-profit businesses in the Tampa Bay Area who’s contributions are building a sustainable economy in Tampa Bay, while embracing the “Triple Bottom Line” — advancing the interests of People, Planet & Profit through innovative practices, products and services. A team of UT students, under the guidance of UT faculty at the Sykes College of Business, developed the evaluation process. Full story

Similar stories appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and SeattlePI.

Grad Conor Whipple Chosen by Launch in Major League Lacrosse Draft

By Wells Dusenbury
Sun Sentinel
May 30, 2017

Conor Whipple, UT 2017 May graduate, was selected by the Boca Raton-based Florida Launch in the ninth round of the Major League Lacrosse Draft. Whipple is coming off a sensational career at The University of Tampa, leaving as the school’s all-time leader in goals and points. “It’s really nice, more so for all the people that have helped support me. It means a lot that their effort was worthwhile, and that I was able to achieve something like that,” said Whipple. Full story

Money Milestones: This is How Your Finances Should Look in Your 60s

By Alessandra Malito
Market Watch
May 30, 2017

Larry Marfise, UT athletic director, was just starting his career when he decided it was important to begin saving for retirement. He saw older people who never got to follow their dreams to travel and enjoy their later years, and he didn’t want that to happen to him. Now at 66, decades after he began saving, he’s still working — but because he wants to. He has two sons in college, and a wife with similar savings values, and he’s accomplished all he’s wanted to through the years. “At this age, it relieves a lot of pressure and tension,” Marfise said. “We don’t have to worry about eating cat food and other things you hear people doing to survive.” Full story

Similar stories appeared in Morningstar and Yahoo!.

Group Honors the Fallen by Helping Their Children

By Courtney Robinson
May 29, 2017

Special Operations Forces Warrior Outdoor Leadership for the Future, or SOFWOLF, is a camp for students who have lost a parent who was a member of our elite Special Operations Forces. Every summer, 15 scholarships are granted to kids, primarily in college. They fly out to Park City, UT, and spend six days working on leadership development and team building. UT sophomore Darian Thammarath is one of those students. “There's obviously a fun side, but there's also a very educational side that helps us a lot.  So last year we learned about 401(k)s and nobody my age is thinking about 401(k)s or how to plan for the future,” said Thammarath. Full story

Military Intervention and the Surveillance State

By Dave Rubin and Abby Hall, UT assistant professor of economics
The Rubin Report
May 26, 2017

Abby Hall, UT assistant professor of economics, appeared on The Rubin Report, where she discussed the economics involved in domestic and foreign policy, terrorism, state surveillance, police militarization and the war on drugs. Full story

Hillsborough College Notebook: New Leaders for USF Nursing, UT Advancement Office

Tampa Bay Times
May 25, 2017

UT has named L. Keith Todd its new head of advancement. Todd has worked in advancement for more than 30 years at institutions across the country, and he recently worked on "the largest fundraising match in U.S. philanthropic history" while at a university in Oregon, according to a news release. Todd's goals at UT include boosting philanthropic support, underwriting scholarships and other initiatives, building relationships and elevating the public's awareness of the University. Full story

“Ghosting” Hurts

By Mark Rivera
May 25, 2017

Have you ever been ghosted? Google defines ghosting as the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all communication. While ghosting may seem like the easy way out of a relationship, Katie Schubert, UT visiting assistant professor of sociology, said that avoiding face-to-face communication is not a healthy way to end a relationship.

Similar stories appeared on KPHO (Phoenix, AZ), KWTZ (Waco, TX), WDJT (Milwaukee, WI) and KGPE (Fresno, CA).

A Viewer’s Guide to “Lax-May-Hem”

By Kelly Gallagher, UT women’s Lacrosse Coach
Inside Lacrosse
May 24, 2017

Move over, March. It’s my kind of madness time, Lax-May-HEM! It’s lacrosse tournament time, and UT women’s lacrosse coach, Kelly Gllagher, provides a viewer’s guide to watching all the tournament action. Full story

Family a Driving Force for University of Tampa Pitcher David Lebron

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
May 23, 2017

For UT junior pitcher David Lebron, baseball reminds him of family. He uses it to help honor the memory of his father, who taught him the game. "I have a lot of pride in what I do," said Lebron. "I've always wanted to make my parents proud." He was named Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Year and first-team All-South Region. "… It's not always about blowing guys away. When you get to the professional level, anybody can hit a 95 mph fastball. It's about consistently hitting your spots, knowing your location, keeping hitters off balance. That's what I have learned." Full story

The Real Story Behind Trump's Glowing Orb

By David Wheeler, UT assistant professor of journalism
May 22, 2017

This satirical piece was in response to people freaking out about a picture of Donald Trump with his hands on a glowing orb. Wheeler claims the glowing orb is a friend he met at Burning Man, and it told him three predictions about the orange being who would one day touch the orb. Full story

Entrevista A Lola Hidalgo Y Mark Putnam: Profesores Y Compiladores De Un Estudio De Poesía Andaluza Escrita Por Mujeres Del Siglo Xxi

By Ana Patricia Santaella
Luz Cultural Magazine
May 21, 2017

Lola Hidalgo-Calle, UT professor of Spanish, participated in a bilingual interview with Luz Cultural, a Spanish literary journal, regarding A Study of Twenty-First Century Andalusian Poetry. This book is a compilation of Andalusia poetry written by 21st century women that has been translated into English by Hidalgo-Calle and Mark Putnam, UT associate professor of English. Full story

Expand Florida's Economic Pie, Don't Slice It Up

By Jack Geller, UT dean, College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education
Tampa Bay Business Journal
May 19, 2017

When the local manufacturing plant hires 20 new workers, that is an act of job creation. On the other hand, moving existing jobs from Orlando to Tampa may seem like the creation of new jobs in Tampa, but in fact such is an act of job relocation, not job creation, said UT's Jack Geller, dean of the College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education. Full story

Classes Teach Millennials How to Be Adults

By Shannon Valladolid
May 18, 2017

Being an adult can be tough, but a new school aimed at teaching basic life lessons to millennials is helping them prepare them for the real world. The Adulting School offers online courses in adult skills that may have not been covered in school. In the last five years at UT, classes have been created to help college students learn everything from meal etiquette to insurance coverage. “Basic life skills are critical to a student’s success,” says Tim Harding, UT associate dean of career development. “They have to be very academically prepared but not having basic life skills, they can be challenged when they enter the real world.” Full story

‘Mompreneur’ Book Spells Out Balancing Family, Business

By Kenya Woodard
May 14, 2017

It's been a little over three years since Collette Hannah-Glover started her online shoe store for young girls and tweens who wear women's sizes, Hannah's Shoebox. Now Hannah-Glover wants other moms with dreams of running a business to know that it's possible to do both – be a mom and a boss. It's the focus of her new book, Mompreneur: Managing Parenthood, Partnerships, and Presentations. Hannah-Glover also finds time to be a role model to the future business leaders who study alongside her at The Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at UT. They also look up to her and seek her counsel, said Rebecca White, the center's director. "She's so generous with the way she shares her experiences," White said. "She's exposed them to some amazing experiences." Full story

As Legislators Cut Job Incentives, Tampa Leaders Fight Perception Florida's Closed For Business

By Robert Trigaux
Tampa Bay Times
May 12, 2017

For months, our economic development leaders here have watched and winced as the state Legislature condemned Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida as agents of "corporate welfare." A ludicrous description since incentives today are performance based. At UT, provost and vice president for academic affairs David Stern said the private school was less dependent on government funding but no less sensitive to the economic climate. A perception that Florida is closed for business only makes his task tougher of recruiting strong students to the school and, also, in encouraging them to stay in the area after graduation and build a career. Full story

The Mormon Church is Dropping Boy Scout Programs in a Major Cultural Shift

By Jim Dalrymple II
May 11, 2017

The Mormon Church is significantly scaling back its century-old relationship with the Boy Scouts of America. Possible reasons range from the Boy Scouts’ evolving positions on LGBT issues, globalization and gender equality. Ryan Cragun, a former Mormon and UT associate professor of sociology, noted that the fact sheet doesn’t actually rule out the Scouts’ LGBT policies as a factor in Thursday’s announcement. Cragun expressed surprise over the mention of gender equality in the church’s announcement. “That’s mind boggling, because basically what that says is there has been enough pressure on these gender issues in the church that they’re conceding one of them,” said Cragun. Full story

Health and Sexuality: Recovering from Infidelity; Exploring an Open Relationship

By Katie Schubert, UT visiting assistant professor
Tampa Bay Times
May 11, 2017

Katie Schubert, UT visiting assistant professor, publishes monthly articles about gender, sexuality and health. Here she discusses infidelity and how couples can reconnect while helping the healing process. She also discusses some parameters that must be established before couples that are interested in entering into a nonmonogamous relationship make the leap. Full story

Tampa’s Connor Crile Having Stellar Junior Season

By Tommy Scott
Ocala StarBanner
May 10, 2017

Connor Crile’s dominant season with The University of Tampa Spartans baseball team is coming to a close soon. The junior outfielder is batting a strong .404 on the year with one home run, 22 RBIs and 19 runs scored through 99 at-bats and 35 games played. Crile’s first year is not only going well for himself, but his team too. The Spartans are 34-12 overall on the season and 17-4 in their conference. Full story

Cheating Death

By Melissa Marino
May 10, 2017

Kevin Howell, UT director of Campus Safety, discusses his brush death. A former Tampa Police officer, Howell was shot multiple times while pursuing armed robbers in 1995. Howell believes his near death experience gave him a new life.

Best and Worst Places to be a Police Officer

The Now Tampa Bay
May 9, 2017

WalletHub came out with a list of good and bad states to be a law enforcement officer. The category for lowest income increases ranked Florida second to last, behind Washington D.C. Sorle Diih, UT assistant professor of criminology and former police officer, said it’s an unfair comparison. Wages for officers are typically based on the cost of living, and Florida’s numbers are consistent with the southern states. He also said safety is an unfair comparison throughout the country, because there will always be more crime in states that have bigger cities.  

University of Tampa Graduate Volunteering with Peace Corps, Will Teach in Africa

By Dalia Dangerfield
Bay News 9
May 9, 2017

Ashley Peiffer, a recent UT graduate, is volunteering with the Peace Corps. She volunteered to teach science in Tanzania for the next two years. This will be Peiffer's first trip out of the country. She said applying for the Peace Corps was the easiest decision she ever made. Ashley has wanted to be part of the volunteer program since she was 10 years old. "People keep asking me if I'm scared. I'm not. I'm just ready," Peiffer said. Full story

What Are the Best No Annual Fee Credit Cards

By John Kiernan
May 2017

There are hundreds of no annual fee credit cards available, which can obviously make it difficult to choose the right offer. Other attributes to consider are interest rate, spending limit, minimum monthly payment and rewards. A student who loves to travel and always pays her bills in full would need a very different card than someone with excellent credit who’s in the market for a balance transfer. “Credit card companies create products with different levels of each attribute to target different consumer groups, each looking for a different set of benefits,” said Jennifer Burton, UT assist professor of marketing. Full story  

Father-Son Duo Works Well for University of Tampa Lacrosse

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
May 9, 2017

UT senior lacrosse attacker Conor Whipple was selected Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year for the third time. For the fourth straight year, he was named first-team all-SSC. But none of those lofty accomplishments can compare to the day-to-day relationship he has built with UT's head coach. "Around the game, I call him, 'Coach,' " Whipple said. "Any other time, I call him, 'Dad.' " Whipple’s dad is Rory Whipple, the all-time winningest lacrosse coach in Division II. Full story

Similar stories appeared in the Associated Press, Lexington Herald-LeaderFlorida Lacrosse NewsWFTV (Orlando – Daytona Beach, FL), The Washington TimesThe Charlotte ObserverSouth Florida Sun SentinelThe State (Columbia, SC), Fresno Bee (Fresno-Visalia, CA) and Miami Herald.

Father Builds New Global Swim Dream With Son

By Bobby Lewis
May 4, 2017

It would be fair to assume that competing at the Olympic Trials would be the pinnacle of any swimmer’s career. For UT alum Jeremy Parker, it was a nice warm up for the event he’s training for this July. “Being able to swim in Israel in the Maccabiah Games I would rank that even higher than the Olympic Trials,” said Parker. Parker is just a few short weeks away from competing on the world stage. His swimming partner for the upcoming Maccabiah Games is David Halpern, Parker’s father. Full story

Why Shallow Squats Are Robbing Your Legs of Growth

By Bill Geiger
Body Building
May 1, 2017

How does a win turn into a loss? You bring your suntan lotion to the beach, but forget to put it on till it's too late. Or, you load up the squat bar with enough plates for a party of four, then only descend an inch or two. You have the right intention, but your execution needs some work. The biggest drawback to shallow squats is that they shortchange your glutes. "Deeper squats train the glutes through a larger range of motion, and specifically overload the glutes in their stretched position," says Christopher Barakat, a graduate students who works at UT’s Human Performance Lab. Full story

Self-Taught Tampa Team Poised to Send Winning Satellite into Deep Space

By Paul Guzzo
Tampa Bay Times
May 1, 2017

The Cube Quest Challenge started in 2015 as part of NASA's Centennial Challenge Program to inspire people from all walks of life to contribute to the space program. For over two years, a group called Team Miles — based in Tampa but spread across the country — has been competing in the NASA contest to develop miniature satellite technology. Now, it's emerged as part of the final five in the contest. Only 13 teams entered the technically demanding competition, most of them from elite institutions. Team Miles however, is composed of a hodgepodge of professionals — a teacher, an artist, an information technology professional and a few software designers and their knowledge of satellite engineering is largely self-taught. "See, we're already changing NASA," said UT graduate and Team Miles member Bill Shaw. Full story

More Students Using Stimulant Drugs for Studies, Tampa Group Looks to Combat Problem on Campus

By Meredyth Censullo
May 1, 2017

The number of young people who use prescription stimulant medications to enhance mental focus continues to grow. Stress is the most common reason students give for taking the pills. “They feel like they can’t keep up. They feel like other people around them are doing better, and they’re striving for that ‘success’ we’re putting on them in society,” said Addie Carothers, UT Wellness Coordinator. “You take (a stimulant) one time, then it turns into two, four, six times, and soon you’re taking it every day,” said Ariana Wyatt, UT junior and member of Rx Factor, which is dedicated to educating peers on the problem of prescription medication abuse on college campuses. Full story  

University of Tampa Divers Help Pull Up Nearly 100 Pounds of Gasparilla Beads from Seddon Channel

By Tony Marrero
Tampa Bay Times
April 28, 2017

UT Dive Club members join other volunteers to fish nearly 100 pounds of Gasparilla beads from a thousand-foot stretch of Seddon Channel. The beads create the potential for entanglement and they can contain unsafe toxins in their coloring such as lead, arsenic and cadmium. "You could stay in one place for 10 minutes and just keep finding beads," said UT first-year student Matt Gamache. He was one of five UT Dive Club members who took part in the inaugural effort, dubbed the Gasp – Our Beads of Tampa Bay survey and cleanup project. Full story 

A similar story appeared on WTVT

One Professor’s Convoluted Journey Through FedLoan Student Loan Forgiveness

By Amy Martyn
Consumer Affairs
April 27, 2017

Go to the Department of Education website, and the prospect of getting your student loans forgiven looks like a tantalizingly real possibility. Stick with a government or nonprofit job while repaying your loans every month and the remainder of the debt is forgiven after 120 payments. But the program is not as straightforward as it appears. Chris Gurrie, UT assistant professor of speech, became so frustrated with the process that he wrote an open letter to Sen. Elizabeth Warren and published it in the Huffington Post. Full story

Is Homework a Critical Part of Education?

By Shannon Valladolid
April 27, 2017

A mom took to Facebook to express her thoughts on her child having too much homework. She wrote that she’s noticed her child “getting more and more stressed when it comes to school.” Already shared more than 13,000 times, the post is drawing debate from folks who agree and those who say homework is important for kids, and teachers know best. Hunter O’Hara, UT professor of education, said too much homework can be harmful. “I think there is considerable literature in the field, research literature, that suggests that homework is not a particularly effective instructional device,” said O’Hara. Full story

A similar story appeared on WMAZ (Macon, GA).

At 10-Year Milestone, Dean Ghannadian Has Witnessed Massive UT Growth

By Alexis Muellner
Tampa Bay Business Journal
April 27, 2017

Frank Ghannadian has been the dean of UT’s College of Business for 10 years. He oversees more than 120 faculty and staff in six departments with more than 12 undergraduate majors, four MBA programs and four master of science programs. In this video Ghannadian discusses what is different about what his students are looking for now as compared to when he started at UT. Full story

Trump's Canada Tariff is Samantha Bee's Fault

By David Wheeler, UT assistant professor of Journalism
April 26, 2017

UT assistant professor of journalism, David Wheeler, writes satirically about the “real” reasons why the Trump administration slapped Canada with tariffs of up to 24 percent on lumber shipped to the United States. Full story

This story also appeared on WSEE (Erie, PA), KRTV (Great Falls, MT), KTVK (Phoenix, AZ), KXLF (Butte, MT) and KITV (Honolulu, HI).

UT Pitcher's Fastball Has Scouts on Notice

By Marissa Lynn
April 25, 2017

Garrett Cave's fastball has him on the fast track to playing professional baseball. His fastball tops out at 98 miles per hour. "We don't see that a whole lot, definitely in Division II baseball," said UT head baseball coach, Joe Urso. "Really you don't see that a lot anywhere in college baseball." Garrett is at his best when he's closing games, but coaches had him start games at the beginning of the season so that he could show he could pitch for length, too. Scouts are on notice, especially since Garrett was named one of Baseball America's top MLB draft prospects in 2017. He cracked the top 100 at 56. Full story

University of Tampa's J.D. Osborne Trades Pucks for Pitches

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
April 25, 2017

At one time, UT senior J.D. Osborne was a promising hockey player. "I thought I would pursue it, but I wasn't chosen to pursue it," said Osborne, referring to high-level junior hockey. "I thought I would hang it up. I decided to concentrate on baseball. I thought I might have a little future in that, too." As fallback options go, baseball has been wonderful for Osborne, who is second in UT batting at .387, while leading the team in home runs (16) and ranking fourth nationally in RBIs (62) at the NCAA Division II level. "J.D. will have an opportunity to play professional baseball," Spartans coach Joe Urso said. "He has the talent. He's not just a pull hitter anymore. He's showing power to all fields. And he sure has the versatility." Full story

The App That Let's Your Friends Pick Your Date for You -- Can it Work?

By Mark Rivera
April 20, 2017

There's a new dating app called Wingman. It hooks up with your Facebook account and lets you set your friends up with each other. So the connections you’re making aren't just random. “I think it will help. I do. And it also reduces the expectations you have for yourself,” said Katie Schubert, UT visiting assistant professor of sociology. “Statistically we are awful at picking our own partners. We pick people who aren't necessarily compatible. They say opposites attract, and they do, and that's part of the problem. Because in reality what we need is someone with similarities. Without similarities, relationships don't work,” Schubert said. Full story

5 Common Beliefs About Student Loans That Get an ‘F’ From Experts

By Kelly Smith
April 18, 2017

When you constantly hear about how stressful it is to pay off student loans and the scary reality of defaulting, it can be hard to see anything positive about borrowing money to pay for college. But with all the information out there, it's also hard to figure out what's actually true and what may be a muddled interpretation. This article debunks five common myths. Full story

This story first appeared in The Penny Hoarder.

Bahamian Student Artist Wins Prize

By Dionne Benjamin
The Bahamas Weekly
April 16, 2017

UT junior Jodi Minnis was featured for the award for 2-dimensional artwork she received from her video, Paranoia. Paranoia addresses the racist and xenophobic tensions expressed by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas and the U.S. Embassy in The Bahamas. Minnis asks, “Considering the blatant xenophobia arising in parts of the United States, would my behavior and accent/dialect be a saving grace? This work was created to navigate these things and serve as a release of concerns as a black Bahamian studying in the United States.” Full story 

InVite Health Radio

By Jerry Hickey
April 15, 2017

Jerry Hickey, scientific director and pharmacist of InVite Health, discussed the affects of ATPHX, a nutritional supplement intended to improve adenosine triphosphate (ATP) concentrations in the body. Studies performed by UT and other universities suggest ATP supplements taken with exercise produce increased endurance, better strength, improved performance and a reduced risk of injury.

Wrongly-Convicted Death Row Inmate Returns to Bay Area to Speak Out Against the Death Penalty

By Adam Winer
April 12, 2017

Juan Melendez shares his unique perspective of spending 17 years, 8 months and 1 day on Florida’s death row, convicted for a murder he didn’t commit. According to case details from the National Registry of Exonerations, Melendez was convicted based on misleading testimony. Despite a lack of physical evidence, Melendez was sentenced to death in just five days from the start of the trial. Melendez discussed his experience in a talk titled “Presumed Guilty: Injustice, Survival and Hope on Death Row” at UT. Full story 

A similar story appeared on WPTV (West Palm Beach, FL).  

Woman Suffers Collapsed Lung from Secondhand Smoke

By Shannon Valladolid
WMAZ (Macon, GA)
April 12, 2017

Many of us know the dangers that smoking can cause to our health. However, it’s not just smokers that are at risk but the people around them. A woman named Destiny Frye posted on Facebook her secondhand smoke experience that landed her in the emergency room. It has gone viral with almost 40,000 shares. Mary Martinasek, UT assistant professor of public health, says we not only have to worry about people smoking near us but new research has shown third-hand smoke is also dangerous. "Perhaps a baby or a child rubs up against this furniture or wall that there is a reaction that occurs on their skin that may down the road be toxic," says Martinasek. Full story

Everybody in Washington Agrees That This is a Problem. So Why Won't They Fix it?

By Kaitlin Mulhere
April 7, 2017

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree at applying for college financial aid is needlessly complicated for many families. Students are required to fill out the FAFSA every single year. But at UT, only 6 percent of the student body has enough financial changes year-to-year to warrant a new aid package. “So 100 percent of us are filling out FAFSAs every year for 6 percent of students,” said Brent Benner, UT director of enrollment management. That’s a waste of time and resources for students, their parents and college aid offices, says Benner. Full story

Harvard Students Build ‘Resistance School’ to Harness Anti-Trump Sentiment

By Sarah Brown
The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 7, 2017

Students and Boston-area residents filled every seat in a Harvard University classroom with more than 15,000 people in all 50 states and 20 countries tuned in to a livestream. The lecture kicked off a free, four-course series called Resistance School to help harness the passion that has grown out of recent anti-Trump protests and turn a moment into a fully fledged, sustainable movement. Among them was Aaron Walker, UT assistant professor of communication. Since the inauguration, Walker said he’d seen activism swell in the Tampa area, particularly among people who weren’t previously activists and therefore didn’t have a good grasp of best practices. Resistance School, he said, "is clearly filling an immediate and urgent need." Full story

Feeding Depression

One Life Radio
April 6, 2017

Cameron Ackerson, UT grad student studying exercise and nutrition science, was featured on One Life Radio where he discussed how the food we eat influences depression. The food we put into our body directly affects everything that goes on within ourselves. When we grieve, we often reach for comfort foods in an effort to feel better. In reality it typically makes us feel worse. Ackerson recommends slowly modifying your diet by drinking more water and adding more fruits and vegetables. A more natural, holistic diet not only decreases inflammation in the body but will also help to boost you mood.  

More Transparency Needed From Enterprise Florida

By Jack Geller, UT Dean, College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education
Tampa Bay Business Journal
April 5, 2017

For those supporting Enterprise Florida, the argument at the State Capitol was clear: that in the promotion of the economic well-being of the state, Florida needs an organization to help in-state businesses expand and to help out-of-state businesses see the value of relocating to Florida. Full story

Payless Closing Stores

By Rod Carter
April 5, 2017

Payless recently posted a list of stores that are closing in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. “This is something that not just Payless is struggling with,” said Jennifer Burton, UT assistant professor of marketing. Payless is the ninth business this year to file Chapter 11. Burton said retailers have set a record number of bankruptcy filings this year since during The Great Recession. Retailers are struggling to find the perfect customer experience between internet sales and shopping at a brick and mortar stores.  

Can Male Birth Control Level the Relationship Playing Field?

By Mark Rivera
April 5, 2017

Male birth control been a hot topic before-- and now there's a new type that could level the field in relationships. Vasagel is like a vasectomy, but there's no snip. The company behind Vasalgel says it's injected into the vas deferens, blocking sperm, can last for years, doesn't involve hormones, and can be easily dissolved if and when you want to try for kids. “Relationships would be more equal. And we know through numerous studies that whenever heterosexual relationships are equal, men get sex more, the relationships are happier, she's happier, and I think this is just another piece to add to enhancing equality in relationships,” said Katie Schubert, UT visiting assistant professor of sociology. Full story

UT Students Create App That Could Revolutionize Job Searches

By Kera Mashek
April 3, 2017

Looking for a job can certainly be stressful. You send out a bunch of resumes and get nowhere fast. "It just seemed to me there's got to be a better way," said Markus Waite, UT executive MBA student. Through the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at UT, Waite got connected with another grad student, Karan Walia. Together, the team created an app called Zuloc. "It basically allows the candidates as well as companies to match make each other in a way that's more relevant than wasting time on other job sites," said Walia. Full story

Can States Protect Your Internet Browsing History from Being Sold?

By Mark Rivera
March 30, 2017

Both the House and Senate recently voted to remove privacy rules from internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, Spectrum...and all of the others. If and when President Trump signs the measure into law, those companies will be able to sell your private web browsing history to marketers without you even knowing it. But, some states are trying to fight back. “There is something that states can do. The Supreme Court going back to the 1950s recognizes that individuals have a right to privacy,” said University of Tampa political science professor William Myers. “They could theoretically start pushing legislation in this area to protect their citizens.” Full story

A similar story appeared on WTVT.

Sibling Connection Strong with University of Tampa Softball

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
March 29, 2017

Spartans softball coach Leslie Kanter likes to describe her program as a family. And if you examine the roster, that seems accurate. The latest example of a UT sister combination is Maddie and Taylor Farrell. "We had always played together on travel teams," Maddie Farrell said. "Some people might be like, 'What's it like to play with your sister all the time?' For me, it's just normal.” Full story

UT Football Alums Give Thanks for the Memories

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
March 29, 2017

The last UT Spartan football game was nearly 43 years ago — before there were Buccaneers, Rays, Lightning, Rowdies or much of anything else on the local sports scene. With school enrollment hovering around 1,300 students, the Spartans defeated much bigger programs — such as their victories against SEC member Mississippi State and Miami (at the Orange Bowl) — to develop a giant-killing reputation. With future professional football stars such as John Matuszak (the No. 1 overall pick in the 1973 draft), Leon McQuay, Freddie Solomon and Noah Jackson leading the way, the Spartans were the big game in town. "These football players are still part of the fabric of our university,'' said Larry Marfise, UT athletic director. Full story

College to Offer Advanced Cybersecurity Degree

Business Observer
March 29, 2017

UT will offer a master’s degree in cybersecurity staring this fall. The program will prepare individuals to become proficient in ensuring the confidentiality, availability and integrity of data; preserve and restore systems; and develop risk management skills. “The programs cover some of the most critical topics facing the business community as companies develop, grow and manage their cybersecurity capabilities,” said Ken Knapp, UT associate professor of information and technology management and director of cybersecurity programs. Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Bay Times.

U of Tampa Adding Beach Volleyball as a Varsity Sport

By Jon Wilson
Tampa Bay Reporter
March 28, 2017

UT, which has one of the best Division II women’s indoor volleyball program’s in the country, is adding beach volleyball as a varsity sport and will begin play in the spring of 2018. The program will be coached by Jeff Lamm, who has for the past 15 seasons served as assistant coach for the indoor team. “It is my goal to build the beach program into another nationally competitive program here at UT,” said Lamm. Tampa will join Eckerd College and Florida Southern, who announced new programs in January, as the only three Sunshine State Conference schools to offer beach volleyball. Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Bay Times.

Report: 38% of Jobs at Risk of Robot Takeover

By Mark Rivera
March 28, 2017

They stock shelves, make cars and clean houses. But is the next job for a robot your job? A new report shows 38 percent of jobs in America are already at risk of an automation takeover in the next 15 years. “You want to be careful of saying they'll lose their jobs, but they'll lose their current jobs, and 15 years from now, they won't be in the same career … but it's a little undefined in terms of where these people will land in other careers,” said Robert Beekman, UT associate professor of economics. Full story

UT to Offer Business Classes to Students in the United Arab Emirates

By Janelle Irwin
Tampa Bay Business Journal
March 27, 2017

The University of Tampa is launching a dual degree graduate program for people who live in the United Arab Emirates, a partnership that has been in the works for about a year. Students in the program will attend classes in either Dubai or Abu Dhabi and in Tampa and can earn two degrees — an executive master's in business administration through Abu Dhabi University and a master of science in global business from the University of Tampa. The program is expected to begin this fall. Full story

Indie Grits Exhibition Celebrates Individuality and Liberty of LGBTQ Immigrants

Charleston Chronicle
March 27, 2017

The Columbia Museum of Art is featuring the exhibition Cabaret: Unsung Heroes by artist Santiago Echeverry, UT associate professor of art. “In my current work, Cabaret: Unsung Heroes, I am committed to capturing the memories, lives, motions, experiences and appearances of the LGBT community, especially in Tampa and Wilton Manors, Florida,” says Echeverry. Included in this are drag queens, go-go dancers, bartenders, artists, DJs, nudists—all are part of a group of unsung heroes that cherish their freedom as Americans and immigrants in the U.S. while celebrating their own individuality. Full story

UT's Matt Johnson Reflects on Health Scare That Almost Left Him Sidelined

By Jeff Tewksbury
March 25, 2017

UT men's basketball guard Matt Johnson is looking back on a successful four years, on and off the court. In May, he’ll graduate with a degree in accounting. Things could have been very different after a brush with potentially fatal heart problems in high school. He was eventually cleared to return to the game he loves, but he always holds the experience close. He listens to his heart and those close to him. "That's something now that's just hard to find: A guy that understands what the coach wants," UT basketball head coach Richard Schmidt said. "Matt listens and is a very smart player." Full story

Hillsborough College Notebook: UT Honored for Helping Transfer Students

By Claire McNeill
Tampa Bay Times
March 22, 2017

The University of Tampa has been recognized for excellence in supporting its transfer students by being named to Phi Theta Kappa's Transfer Honor Roll. The honor society identified 65 four year-colleges and universities this year that created notable pathways to support community college transfers. The selection is based on engagement, impact, achievements and institutional support, such as admissions outreach and on-campus opportunities. Full story

University Announces Construction

Business Observer
March 22, 2017

University of Tampa announced plans to construct a six-story academic building for its health sciences and graduate programs. The 90,000-square-foot building will be the school’s largest academic building housing the university’s nursing program, graduate program offices, classrooms, labs, study spaces and faculty offices. “With this facility we hope to strengthen UT’s health sciences programs with state-of-the-art spaces, including simulation labs, an anatomy lab and all the latest health technology and equipment,” said UT President Ron Vaughn. Full story

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Mike Posner to Headline University of Tampa's 2017 Party in the Park

By Jay Cridlin
Tampa Bay Times
March 21, 2017

Plant Park isn't exactly Ibiza, but it might just feel that way April 7. Mike Posner, the Grammy-nominated pop singer and songwriter behind hits like Cooler than Me, Please Don't Go and I Took a Pill in Ibiza, will headline The University of Tampa's annual Party in the Park concert. Full story

Local Professor Addresses Debate on Capital Punishment

By Garin Flowers
March 16, 2017

Florida state attorney, Aramis Ayala, announced they will not seek the death penalty when Markeith Loyd goes to trial. Prosecutors say Loyd killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend, and the Orlando police officer who tried to arrest him. Ayala said forgoing the death penalty actually saves money. "It's an expensive process to do and rather than run the risk of not winning a case, they don't charge capitally," said Susan Brinkley, UT associate professor of criminology and criminal justice. Under the state's new death penalty law, a unanimous jury must recommend capital punishment. Brinkley said that makes prosecuting these cases even more difficult. Full story

Westboro Baptist Meets a ‘Wall of Love’

By Jon Wilson
Tampa Bay Reporter
March 20, 2017

The never-ending question for communities when the Westboro Baptist Church comes to town is: Is it better to ignore them and not amplify their anti-gay, anti-Semitic platform? Or is it more important to stand up to the group and protect members of the community from hate speech through direct action like counter-protesting? Over the past three decades, Westboro has used major national events, often borne from tragedy, to gain media attention, a fact that isn’t lost on Aaron Walker, UT assistant professor of communications. “They do this in order to get media coverage,” said Walker. “So we indulge the media coverage every time they show up and we counter-protest. That’s an unfortunate reality. But I think it’s just as important that we put messages of love in the world at the locations where messages of hate happen. So if they send hate out into the world, I think it’s our obligation to come and try to counter-balance it. I wish we didn’t contribute to their platform, but I don’t know of a better way to do it.” Full story

UT's Kevin Santa Back in Top Prospect Form After Injury Layoff

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
March 14, 2017

After suffering a season-ending broken left wrist in the 26th game of 2016 while awkwardly sliding into home, UT senior shortstop Kevin Santa wondered if he would ever be able to effectively play baseball again. Santa's offseason was filled with doubts and frustration. "I was wondering if the surgery actually worked. I did not feel right," Santa said. He's reasserting himself as a top prospect for the amateur draft, which doesn't surprise UT coach Joe Urso. "He had most of a year taken away by injury. Every little thing matters to him, so I have a feeling he's going to put on quite a show," said Urso. Full story

A Former Mormon Launched a WikiLeaks-Inspired Site. Now it’s Trying to Expose the Church

By Jim Dalrymple II
March 10, 2017

Former members of the Mormon church have been publishing exposés since the inception of the faith in the 19th century. But today, social platforms like Facebook are amplifying those leaks and launching them to new audiences. Experts aren’t holding their breath for something juicier to leak. Past leaks involving church finances were relatively banal, and Mormon leaders typically “follow the law meticulously,” said Ryan Cragun, UT associate professor of sociology. “I don’t think there will be any ‘earth-shattering’ leaks,” Cragun said. Full story

Spartan Baseball Feeling the Toronto Love

By Minnia Feng, Joese Taboada, Patrick Stothers and Matt Teague
Toronto Observer
March 9, 2017

The Toronto Observer published multiple articles featuring UT Spartan baseball players Richie Rivera, Kevin Santa, Nick Nolan and Vin Cosenzo.

Inside Look: Campus Chapels

By Ray Bendici
University Business
March 2017

Campus chapels are no longer just worship spaces. New and renovated spaces are becoming more tech-enabled and multifunctional, with added emphasis on creating a gathering place for an entire community, regardless of religious denomination. UT’s Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values houses a contemporary meditation room, inlaid multiwood labyrinth floor and a 55-foot-tall Dobson mechanical tracker organ custom-designed to resonate perfectly within the space.

Aquarium Unlikely Complaint Target, But PETA Persists Over Shark Death

By Libby Baldwin
Tampa Bay Times
March 9, 2017

Operators of the Florida Aquarium are puzzled by a news release earlier this year from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), accusing the aquarium of starving to death a nurse shark named Weezy. PETA claims that intentional food deprivation was used as a training technique. Daniel Huber, UT associate professor of biology who runs the University’s Shark Lab, studied the aquarium's sand tiger sharks as part of a project that ran from 2008-2013. One thing he noticed was constant recording of data on the marine animals by the aquarium's staff. "They were taking what seemed like epic measures to ensure the health of individual fish," Huber said. "Those fish have better health care than I do!" Full story

Chiseler's Market Essential for Iconic Minarets Maintenance

By Lloyd Sowers
March 8, 2017

If you like yard sales and garage sales, the granddaddy of them all is the Chiseler's Market at The University of Tampa’s Plant Hall. The sale takes place every spring and is gigantic, filling the porch and the rooms inside - and all the proceeds benefit Tampa’s most famous building. Caring for a huge, 126-year-old building is like “This Old House" times 10. There’s the work you don't see, and there's the sparkle you do, like restored Victorian paintings and gold balustrade. It’s why the Chiselers have their sale. “And we have put into this one building more than $7 million," explained Lindsay Huban with the Henry B. Plant Museum. "When you think Tampa, you think minarets and this building." Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Bay Times.  

College Students Spend Their Spring Break in Cleveland for a Good Cause

By Damon Maloney
WOIO (Cleveland, OH)
March 8, 2017

Not all spring breaks involve trips to the beach to hang out with friends. A group of UT students traveled to Cleveland, OH, to be apart of the Cleveland Leadership Center’s iCleveland Service Break. During this trip they volunteered with the Cleveland Kids Book Bank where they helped sort and pack books so that they may be sent to deserving families. Full story

Colored Confident: Kendra Frorup at HCC Ybor

By Caitlin Albritton
Creative Loafing
March 7, 2017

Mining the history of objects linked to her Bahamian heritage, Kendra Frorup is interested in the influences of culture on expression, and creates a moment of recall between the tangible things from our past with the creation of identity and community in her solo show Flamboyant. Although Frorup’s statement focuses on influences from her heritage as well as her travels, it’s also interesting to note Western influences from her education in the states. Traditional elements are stripped down instead of becoming ostentatious. In the cross-pollination of cultures, a richness comes from sharing influences, but also in tracing them back to their roots. Full story

A similar story appeared in La Gaceta. 

Protesters Have Succeeded in Getting Sen. Marco Rubio Booted Out of Another Office. Literally.

By Kristine Phillips
The Washington Post
March 7, 2017

Protesters have forced Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) out of offices in Tampa and Jacksonville. The owners of both office buildings have decided not to renew the lease because of weekly protests that some say have become too disruptive.
Michael Broache, UT assistant professor of political science and co-founder of Indivisible Tampa, said that the protesters did not intend to force Rubio to move out of his offices. “Our intention is to make sure the senator hears our voices and acknowledges the concerns of his constituents. Unfortunately, we’ve requested town halls, and he’s indicated he’s unwilling to do that at this point, and that’s why we’ve been present,” Broache told the Tampa Bay Times, adding that the senator’s staff has been polite and accommodating to constituents. Full story

Similar stories appeared in the Standard Examiner (Salt Lake City, UT). 

Bioethics Team Places Second in Bowl

By Shannon Lundgren
The Vanguard
March 6, 2017

UT came in first place in the Bioethics Bowl on March 4 hosted by the University of South Alabama. The Bioethics Bowl is a debate-style competition focusing on ethical issues within medicine and public health policy. The topics that were debated focused on the social and ethical responsibilities of individual health care providers, non-profit organizations and pharmaceutical companies. UT finished with 282 points out of a possible 330. Full story

Concert to Show Off Beauty of What Organ Is, Could Be

By Aarik Danielsen
Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri)
March 5, 2017

Haig Mardirosian, accomplished organist and dean of UT’s College of Arts and Letters, will play his part to ensure that the Aeolian-Skinner organ that resides on the Stephens College campus will be a reliable and beautiful partner for another generation of musicians. The organ, which dates back to the mid-1950s, is in “desperate need” of restoration, Mardirosian said. An initial donor gave enough money to make small repairs to get the instrument in shape enough for Mardirosian’s concert. The concert is meant to raise awareness about the remaining restoration work needed and show the community the organs presence, its past and its potential. Full story

Somers Point Baseball Player Lives Dream of Playing against Phillies

By Michael McGarry
The Press of Atlantic City
March 2, 2017

Like most young baseball players, Jack Loefflad ’19 grew up dreaming of taking the field against a major league team. His dream came true last week, and it was even better than expected. The current University of Tampa sophomore catcher played against the team he’s rooted for his whole life — the Philadelphia Phillies ¬– in Philadelphia’s spring training opener in Clearwater Feb. 23. “I was just trying to live in the moment and make the most of it,” he said. “It’s a surreal moment to be on the same field with those guys.” Full story

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Why Many Major Retailers Are Closing

By Shannon Valladolid
Feb. 24, 2017

In the early 1900s many department stores were so popular that companies had to open more brick and mortar stores to meet demand. Now large numbers of stores are no longer needed, because most people are going to their websites. “Over the last three to five years, you see many major retailers closing stores in order to find that balance of the appropriate number of stores to meet customer demand but also to cut cost and allow them to compete with online retailers like Amazon,” said Jennifer Burton, UT assistant professor of marketing. Full story

‘Inside the Rays: Offseason Special’ Web Exclusive: Kevin Kiermaier’s First Pitch

February 2017

Tampa Bay Ray’s centerfielder, Kevin Kiermaier, was featured in a video describing his experience at a recent UT baseball game. Kiermaier was asked to throw the first pitch at UT’s home opener. “I planned on coming to the game anyway, so I’ll go throw out the first pitch. I’ve never done that before,” said Kiermaier. Full story
A similar story appeared on WTVT.

The Game's All Relative for UT Softball Player Sahrina Cortes

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
Feb. 22, 2017

For Sahrina Cortes '18, athletics have always been a family affair. Her father, Juan, is a long-time baseball and softball instructor and her younger brother, Carlos, is a freshman outfielder at the University of South Carolina. "Going to the ballpark, practicing, playing games, the whole lifestyle of it, it's pretty much all I've ever known," Cortes said. As the team’s centerfielder and leadoff batter, she led the Spartans in batting last season (.341) and is hitting .333 in her first 10 games. Full story

National Preseason Honor Doesn't Faze University of Tampa 2B Laz Rivera

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
Feb. 7, 2017

UT senior second baseman Laz Rivera was named Baseball America's Preseason National Player of the Year for NCAA Division II. "I like that people know who I am," Rivera said. "But you have to keep producing. If you start thinking about living off the things you've done in the past, that does nothing but slow you down. I want to keep getting better." He now wants to show why he was selected. And he intends to do it in typical Laz Rivera fashion — by performing, quietly and efficiently. Full story

Positively Tampa Bay: Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago

By Lissette Campos
Feb. 6, 2017

The Illuminated Knight Parade in Ybor City has been part of the Gasparilla season since the 1970s and is hosted by the Knights of Sant’ Yago. Proceeds from the night’s food and beverage sales help to fund the Krewe’s scholarship fund. Alexandra Rey '17, who is double-majoring in political science and communication, is a scholarship recipient. In addition to the scholarship money, Rey receives mentorship that provides her with the accountability that pushes her toward her goals.

New Appointments at Strategic Property Partners and American Integrity Are Among This Week's Tampa Bay Business Movers & Shakers

Tampa Bay Times
Feb. 3, 2017

Rebecca J. White, UT professor of entrepreneurship and director of the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, was recently awarded the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Max J. Wortman Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship. The lifetime achievement award is presented in recognition of entrepreneurial achievement that encompasses the ideals of entrepreneurial activity. Full story  

The Hot New Brand of Higher Education

By David Wheeler, UT assistant professor of journalism
The Atlantic
Feb. 1, 2017  

David Wheeler, UT assistant professor of journalism, discusses how President Donald Trump’s decision to tap the president of Liberty University to lead a task force within the U.S. Department of Education reflects a backlash against liberal policies at American colleges and a move to create a brand for the conspicuously conservative college. Full story  

Funding Undergraduate Work

By Nadine Gombakomba
Feb. 1, 2017

Nicholas Braganca '17 received the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Research Award. In 2016, the ASBMB gave 10 students this award, which is intended to fund students who are doing summer research projects. Braganca research involves investigating the effects of Polyphenon E, a proprietary formulation of the polyphenols in green tea, on the gene expression of prostate cancer cells. Full story  

From Book to Boom: How the Mormons Plan a City for 500,000 in Florida

By Stanley Ward
Jan. 30, 2017

The Deseret cattle and citrus ranch in central Florida occupies 290,000 acres of land – more than nine times the size of San Francisco. Today, the Mormon church owns land and property across the US through a network of subsidiaries. Its holdings include farmland, residential and commercial developments, though it remains notoriously tight-lipped about its business ventures. Ryan Cragun, UT associate professor of sociology, previously worked with Reuters to estimate in 2012 that the church owns temples and other buildings worth $35 billion and receives as much as $7 billion in members’ tithing each year. “Estimating their total land holdings? Good luck,” says Cragun. “Nobody knows how much money the church actually has – and why they’re buying all of this land and developing land.” Full story

Economists Warn Americans Would Foot the Bill for Mexico's Wall, Under Trump's Tax Proposal

By Isabel Rosales
Jan. 27, 2017

Economists are warning it's American consumers who will end up paying the price for Donald Trump’s proposed tax that will supposedly pay for the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. "This policy would be absolutely disastrous," said Abby Blanco, UT assistant professor of economics. Mexico ships $295 billion dollars worth of products to the U.S., every year. Including produce that we can't grow in America, cars, medical supplies and appliances. "20 percent doesn't seem like much but when you consider the volume," said Blanco, "20% tax on that is remarkably significant." Full story

University of Tampa's Matt Johnson Making Most of a Second Chance

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 24, 2017

Matt Johnson, senior point guard for the UT men's basketball team, averages 5.9 assists per game and projects as UT's third all-time career assist man. At the age of 15 he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the leading cause of sudden death in young athletes. At the time of his medical incident, he was considered one of his state’s top players. "In the past, I always thought about playing pro basketball. That's not my dream any more. I think I'm destined for something bigger. I enjoy every day, and I'm determined to make a difference in other people's lives. I think that's why I'm still here," said Johnson. Full story

Are "Alternative Facts" True or False?

By Phil Buck
Jan. 23, 2017

The phrase “alternative facts” has spread across social media with people all over the world weighing in on what the term means to them. "I teach my students that facts are important. In fact, they're sacred,” said Jeff Neely, UT assistant professor of journalism. "We can't have alternative facts, we can have alternative opinions, but facts are facts," said Neely. “To disagree on verifiable facts is a dangerous position for us as a country, I think,” Neely said. Full story

A similar story appeared on WMAZ (Macon, GA).  

FBI: Student Job Seekers, Instead of Getting Hired You Could Be Getting Swindled

By Isabel Rosales
Jan. 19, 2017 

The FBI is warning student job-seekers about legitimate looking job advertisements sent to their official university email as well as their school’s job boards. The job ad looks real, often times involving a work from home position. They’ll write you a check and then tell you to keep some of the money as your salary and instruct you to wire the rest to a client or a vendor. Then, the check bounces. Leaving the student owing the bank the full amount of that fake check. “We’re definitely seeing a tremendous growth in it," said Mark Colvenbach, UT’s Career Services director. Full story

Similar stories appeared on WPTV (West Palm Beach, FL), WFLX (West Palm Beach, FL) and in the University Herald.

The Unintended Consequences of Minimum Wage Hikes

By Abigail Hall-Blanco, UT assistant professor of economics
Jan. 18, 2017

A reported 21 states from Maine to California will increase their state minimum wage this year. It will mean bigger paychecks for some workers—and no paychecks for others. The servers who work in a restaurant have acquired no new skills that will generate additional revenue. They will simply cost more to employ. The restaurant owner can raise menu prices, get by with a smaller staff or reduce the staff even more by replacing servers with table-top tablets so customers can place their own orders. The intended beneficiaries of an increased minimum wage turn out to be unintended victims. Government mandates don't increase living standards. A growing economy does. Full story

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Ethical Hacking Course Preps Students for Art of Cyber War

By Jamie Pilarczyk
Private University Products and News
January 2017

UT offers a class in ethical hacking where students break into systems in a sandbox environment where they can hone their skills and develop talents within a safe and legal place. There are no PowerPoint slides or handwritten notes on the wipe board. Instead, class is treated like one endless lab. "It's definitely pretty cool to say that after the first day you've already compromised and managed to access a target," said Anthony Bilotto. Full story

Rare Ruby Seadragon Caught on Video for First Time

By Michael Greshko
National Geographic
Jan. 12, 2017

Scientists have filmed the ruby seadragon in the wild for the first time. The footage marks the first time that the 10-inch-long fish has been seen alive. The ruby seadragon, a brilliantly colored fish related to seahorses, was declared a new species in early 2015. According to Heather Masonjones, UT professor of biology, syngnathids—the fish family containing seahorses and seadragons—are usually sparse on the seascape. “You might find a few together if you can locate a patch, but otherwise [researchers] can sample for days… and not sample a single animal of a particular species,” said Masonjones. Full story

A similar story appeared in Before It’s News.

Activists Ask Tampa City Council to Change Rules That Hinder Feeding the Homeless

By Kate Bradshaw
Creative Loafing
Jan. 12, 2017

Members of the group Food Not Bombs as well as supporters lined up in Tampa City Council chambers to appeal directly to council members that rules governing who can feed the homeless and when be changed. "The code says no person shall conduct any activity or utilize any department-managed land in a manner which might result in commercial activity, which Food Not Bombs is not, as defined in this chapter, or provide the distribution or sampling of any materials — merchandise, food or beverages — to the general public, which they do, without prior written approval from the department. That's all the code says,” said Aaron Walker, UT assistant professor of communication. Advocates say barring food-sharing without proper permitting is wrong. Full story

College Choice Releases 2017 Ranking of the Best Colleges in Florida

KOTV (Oklahoma City, OK)
Jan. 12, 2017

UT has been ranked as the 11th best college in Florida according to College Choice. The ranking for Best Colleges in Florida was based on a program's reputation alongside its average return on investment. UT’s nearly 8,000 students are part of a globally connected campus and come from all 50 states and 140 countries, creating a dynamic and diverse educational environment. Unique to The University is their First Year Experience, which goes well beyond typical orientation activities, in which students set goals and acquire the skills needed to excel in their academic careers. UT also has much to offer in the way of recreation, including over 200 student clubs and organizations. Full story

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UT a Perfect Fit for Basketball Transfer

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 11, 2017

UT senior point guard, Elena de Alfredo, is happy to be in Tampa. "I love this university, and I love the city of Tampa,'' said de Alfredo, a native of Madrid. "This is where I should've been from the start." She served a key role on the under-18 Spanish national team, which finished fifth at the 2012 European Championship. UT women’s basketball coach, Tom Jessee, learned of de Alfredo's desire to transfer and immediately saw that this was his program's "missing piece." She was a key reason why the Spartans won last season's Sunshine State Conference Tournament and has started this season averaging 16.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists for the Spartans. Full story

Universitarios de EEUU Estudian la Obra Poética de Fernández Gomá

By María E. Selva
Jan. 11, 2017

Lola Hidalgo-Calle, UT professor of Spanish, Languages and Linguistics, and Mark Putnam, UT associate professor of English, published an anthology that analyzes the poetry of 21st century Andalusian women. The work is a bilingual study of prominent Andalusian poets and works to fill the gap in English language literature in relation to Spanish poetry. The intention is to reach more readers who love the Spanish language and literature written by women. Full story

Future Founders Names 2017 Fellows: 17 Entrepreneurs You Should Know

KTVK (Phoenix, AZ)
Jan. 10, 2017

Future Founders announced the 17 entrepreneurs who were selected to participate in the 2017 Fellowship, a part of its Future Founders Startup program. The Fellowship is a selective year-long cohort that accelerates the development of the top student entrepreneurs in the nation. Making the list is UT’s Ryan Deitrich with Spared, Inc., an app that helps pay off student loans with spare change. Full story

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Here's Which Tampa Bay Colleges Churn Out the Highest-Paid Grads

By Janelle Irwin
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Jan. 9, 2017

The national average for grads in their first post-college jobs earn $33,400, according to a 2016 College Scorecard. How did UT stack up? Grads from The University of Tampa average an annual salary of $43,900. Full story

College Football Playoff: Top 10 College Games Played in Tampa

By Joey Knight
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 4, 2017

When the third College Football Playoff national championship game is staged Monday night at Raymond James Stadium, we'll douse it with watershed-moment status. However, it’s not the first time that the bay area served as college football's epicenter. Nov. 29, 1969, The University of Tampa took on Florida A&M in what is believed to be the first interracial college football game in the South. Then on Oct. 26, 1968, the Spartans defeated the SEC’s Mississippi State 24 to 17 in what was described as "the most significant victory in the school's history." Full story

U. Tampa Names New Deans in Arts and Letters, Natural and Health Sciences

By Claire McNeill
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 4, 2017

Two new deans will join The University of Tampa in early June. Paul Greenwood will lead the College of Natural and Health Sciences, and David Gudelunas will lead the College of Arts and Letters. Both deans begin June 1. Full story 

A similar story appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Lower the Legal Drinking Age

By Anna Wavrin, UT sophomore, and Abigail Hall-Blanco, UT assistant professor of economics
Jan. 3, 2017

Four out of five college students drink, and almost two out of every three engaged in binge drinking, even though few of them are old enough legally to imbibe. These trends are nearly unique to the United States. While Europeans consume more alcohol overall than their American counterparts, they have lower rates of binge drinking. Some explain this by cultural differences, but economics suggests a different culprit — bad policy. Prohibiting young people from consuming alcohol doesn’t stop them from drinking. But it does make drinking much less safe. Full story

Similar stories appeared in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Duluth News Tribune (Minnesota), The Roanoke Times and The Detroit News.

Tampa’s Burdick Named IMLCA Assistant Coach of the Year

Florida Lacrosse News
January 2017

University of Tampa men’s lacrosse assistant coach Chris Burdick has been named the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year as announced at the IMLCA Convention. Burdick has a career record of 57 wins and only 16 losses, winning each Sunshine State Conference games since the league adopted men’s lacrosse in 2014, winning all-three regular-season conference championships and winning all-three tournament titles. Full story