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Tampa Virtual Studio Continues Expansion Into University of Tampa

By Lauen Coffey
Tampa Bay Business Journal
April 15, 2022

Vū studios donated $750,000 worth of virtual production equipment to UT amidst their plans for rapid expansion nationwide. The donation includes Vū's signature LED screen and 120 hours of training and stage time for students. This partnership will not only benefit UT's degree programs — specifically those in the Department of Film, Animation and New Media — but will also benefit Vū, as they are creating a robust pool of talent to recruit from in the future.

Will EU’s Hawks Kill Off Free Trade With Asia?

By David Hutt
Asia Times
April 13, 2022

Vivekanand Jayakumar, associate professor of economics, was quoted regarding the European Union stating, “Following the peak of the recent globalization wave, we are now entering the de-globalization phase.” Jayakumar suggests we are entering an era of greater protection and self-sufficiency when it comes to trade.

Hillsborough County Public Schools Looking for College Students, Recent Grads for Fellowship Program

By Mary O’Connell
ABC Action News 
April 11, 2022

Hillsborough County Public Schools needs help building a new program aimed at supporting vulnerable students and schools. Sydney Shields '24 is a fellow at Dunbar Elementary Magnet School in Tampa, helping and supporting the students in any way they need. As a fellow, she will serve alongside teachers as a tutor, mentor and support staff. This not only benefits the students, but also helps the teachers by giving them extra time to plan, figure out lessons and spend time with their students, according to Shields.

Sam Militello Does Not Plan To Leave UT Baseball Family Anytime Soon

By Tom Ponzo
95.3 WDAE
April 5, 2022

Sam Militello, associate head coach of Spartans baseball, discussed baseball history and his playing career, the UT family and turning down offers elsewhere. The conversation also goes into the evolution of coaching and technology, as well as how to balance coaching today’s athlete.

Mayfield Teen Kelsey Roth Releases First Single, ‘I H8 Strangers’

By Becky Raspe
Cleveland Jewish News
April 5, 2022

Kelsey Roth '25, a music production major, released her first single “I H8 Strangers.” It is available to stream on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music and Pandora. Roth describes her music genre as pop-punk and she is working with Grand Bay Studios in Tampa to release her second single.

Scarborough band helps Ukrainian children

By Alexis Wells
Portland Press Herald
April 1, 2022

The band Strac, formed by brothers Evan '24 and Noah Stracqualursi, is teaming up with Children of the Earth organization, working to find housing for families fleeing Ukraine. Evan attends UT and studies music. The brothers wanted to put their music towards something positive. They hope to raise $100,000.

University of Tampa Will Recognize Service Dog as ‘Honorary Nursing Student’

By Hannah Dineen
10 Tampa Bay
March 31, 2022

Leigh Dittman '22 is graduating from the nursing program in May, with honors, and her service dog, Nerf, will be walking the stage with her at the commencement ceremony. Dittman was born with brittle bone disease and Nerf allows her to live, work and attend school independently. She hopes to work at a Tampa-area hospital with women or children.

UT Wrestler Completes Championship Comeback

By Kevin Lewis
ABC Action News
March 30, 2022

Maggie Palmore '24 recently won the National Collegiate Wrestling Association championship title at 155 pounds. Palmore previously had several injuries that took her out of the sport, but with practice and training, she was able to get back involved at UT. She says the amount of support she has from her coach and teammates is what really pushed her through to wrestle again.

Poynter Institute Hosts Event in Tampa on Fake News and Democracy

By Meghan Christopher
83 Degrees
March 29, 2022

The event, The History of Fake News: From the War of 1898 to the 2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine, will be held at the University of Tampa’s Henry B. Plant Museum. There is a new exhibit called Stop the Presses! Fake News and the War of 1898. The exhibit was curated by Charles McGraw Groh, associate professor of history, and explores the effects of yellow journalism on democracy during critical moments of history.

Fitch Revises University of Tampa’s Outlook To Positive, A-minus Affirmed

By Chip Barnett
The Bond Buyer
March 28, 2022

Fitch Ratings revised the University of Tampa’s rating from stable to positive, which reflects UT’s strong operating performance throughout the pandemic. There are expectations for UT to upgrade to an A from an A-minus in the next two years due to its continued operating performance. UT has also had a strong enrollment growth and consistent cash flow since 2017.

UT Spartans Lacrosse Team Earns Nation’s Top-ranking for First Time After Hiring Rival Coach

By Kevin O'Donnell
FOX 13
March 23, 2022

J.B. Clarke, once considered a rival, is now in charge of coaching the men’s lacrosse program at UT. Within eight games, he led the Spartans to number one national ranking in Division II. The team welcomed Clarke with open arms.

Talking History Lecture Series Begins This Week at American Revolution Museum

By Wilford Kale
The Virginia Gazette
March 22, 2022

The second annual Talking History Lecture Series will be led by a lecture about loyalist female writers of the American Revolution. Kacy Tillman, professor of English, will speak on her area of specialty of 18th century manuscript culture, focusing on her book “Stripped and Script: Loyalist Women Writers of the American Revolution.”

University of Tampa Unveils $20M+ Expanded Fitness Center

By Lauren Coffey
Tampa Bay Business Journals
March 21, 2022

The expansion of the fitness center at the University of Tampa is complete and was unveiled on Monday. Additions to the center include workout spaces and equipment, training space, expanded space for BikeUT, academic classrooms, faculty offices, and student study spaces, and teaching and research space. The expansion also includes a new aquatic center.

15 Minute COVID PCR Tests ‘Too Good To Be True,’ Experts Say

By Adam Walser
ABC Action News
March 21, 2022

A local medical clinic was advertising 15 minute rapid PCR tests for COVID. However, experts say that is too good to be true. Scott Witherow, associate professor of biochemistry, said that PCR tests are far too complicated to provide accurate results that quickly. He believes no technology currently exists that allows health professionals to conduct 15-minute PCR tests.

Most Exclusive Credit Cards

By John Kiernan
March 15, 2022

Pranjal Gupta, associate professor of marketing, was quoted as an expert in an article about today’s most prestigious credit cards. Gupta gave insight on the status symbol of credit cards, who benefits most from the exclusive brands and how to spot the exclusive cards instead of their knockoffs.

A Look Into the University of Tampa Film School

10 Tampa Bay
March 11, 2022

Ahead of the Gasparilla Film Festival, students and faculty in the Department of Film, Animation and New Media give a sneak peek inside their classrooms and facilities.

As U.S. and Russia Lock Horns, China Waits, Watches — and Plots to Pounce

By Selwyn Duke
The New American
March 11, 2022

Because taking on Russia militarily risks nuclear war, the U.S. has opted for economic war instead. But recent “moves by the West to weaponize dollar-based global finance may yet provide the necessary spur for China to speed up measures to reduce its reliance on the U.S. dollar and create an alternate global financial payments system,” said Vivekanand Jayakumar, associate professor of economics, last week. 

Beckles & Recher: Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Tom Ponzo
March 9, 2022

On Wednesday’s show, Ian and Jay welcome Joe Urso, head coach of Spartans baseball, the nation’s top ranked Division II team. Urso discussed the season’s upcoming conference play and potential championship title.

University of Tampa Hockey Advances to Nationals as No. 1 Seed

By Kyle Burger
ABC Action News
March 8, 2022

UT's men’s hockey program is having its best season in the team’s 12-year history. “We’ve accomplished a lot,” Spartans forward Stephen Buck '22 said. “We’ve been grinding since the first week of school.” That grind includes 27 wins, one loss and one tie, and a conference championship win against crosstown rival South Florida. “I see the depth and team chemistry,” first-year coach Luke Kirwan added. “They’re like a family here. Obviously, if you’re close on and off the ice, that leads to success on the ice.”

52nd Gasparilla Arts Fest to Feature More Than 250 Artists

By D'Ann Lawrence White
March 4, 2022

Now in its 52nd year, the festival has become one of the most prestigious art competitions in the country. Only the best of the best – chosen this year by H. Alexander Rich, executive director and chief curator of the Polk Museum of Art; Chris Valle, chair and professor of art and design at UT; and Howayda Affan, executive director of the Morean Arts Center – have an opportunity to exhibit their works at the festival. 

Russia’s Ancestral Lands and Putin’s Justification to Invade Ukraine

By Nicole Ford
The Defense Post
March 3, 2022

Nicole Ford, part-time political science and international studies faculty, wrote a commentary piece for The Defense Post regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In this article, Ford explains the history of Russia and Ukraine, as well as offers an explanation for why Putin is starting this war and any security issues involved.

As Ukraine Resists Russian Invasion, Zelensky Demonstrates These Leadership Lessons

By Edward Segal
March 1, 2022

As Ukraine and Russia head to war, many have opinions and commentary on the way Ukrainian President Zelensky is leading his country. Kirk Hazlett, part-time communication faculty, observed that one of the best ways to show leadership and credibility is transparency. Hazlett claims he would follow Zelensky into battle without hesitation due to his openness to his people.

Cyber Hygiene: Check Your Exposure to Hackers With These Online Tools

By Kellie Cowan
FOX 13
March 1, 2022

As the conflict on the ground continues to escalate, Russian and Ukrainian hackers are waging a cyber war that could have implications in other parts of the globe. Experts also warn with a war and growing humanitarian crisis, everyone should be especially vigilant against phishing scams. "Phishing attacks asking for help or money, financial assistance for people in Ukraine. We should be careful about these types of indirect attacks," said Alper Yayla, director and associate professor of cybersecurity.

Hundreds Gather in St. Petersburg to Protest Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

By Anthony Hill
ABC Action News
Feb. 26, 2022

Protesters gathered in Venoy Park on Saturday in attempt to send a message to end the violence and stop the invasion of Ukraine. Nicole Ford, part-time political science and international studies faculty, said one of the main reasons Russia is invading Ukraine is because Ukraine was originally part of the Russian Emperor. Ford says the United States and Europe should continue to heavily arm the Ukrainians so they can continue defending themselves.

Bayfront Health St. Pete Works to Recruit Nurses Amid Nationwide Shortage

By Sarah Hollenbeck
ABC Action News
Feb. 24, 2022

While Florida faces nursing shortages, Bayfront Health St. Pete is offering a perk to pay for college for anyone looking to get into nursing, as well as help pay back a student’s loans. They held two career fairs to recruit nursing assistants. Takara Scatliffe '22 attended one of the fairs and realized how great of a fit the nursing industry was for her.

Tampa Bay Area Students Worry About Family in Ukraine

By Melissa Marino
Feb. 23, 2022

Many UT students who have family in Ukraine are worried about the incoming war with Russia, including Valeriia Turchaninova '22 and Iuliia Marchenko MBA '22. Although there is not much they can do from so far away, they pray and try to remain optimistic about their families’ safety.

Students Artists and Writers Showcased in Hillsborough

By Gordon Byrd
Feb. 22, 2022

Art and writing from Hillsborough County middle and high school students will be on display during March at UT. The Hillsborough Education Foundation and Hillsborough Public Schools will be displaying winning submissions from March 2nd to 25th at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery.

Aya Healthcare Announces 2021 Future Travel Nurse Scholarship Winners

Feb. 17, 2022

Karoline Gajewski '24 was one of the recipients for the 2021 Future Travel Nurse Scholarship program. The scholarship is $1,000 and meant to help with costs associated with the nursing program. Aya Healthcare reviewed hundreds of submissions from across the country and selected 10 winners based on their academic qualifications, extracurricular activities, volunteer work and personal essays.

An Orator and a Seamstress: Tampa’s Pivotal Role in Shaping Black History

By Michael Paluska
ABC Action News
Feb. 15, 2022

The Henry B. Plant Museum recently held an exhibition on Booker T. Washington’s visit to Tampa, called “When the Train Comes Along.” Charles McGraw Groh, associate professor of history, discussed how important the story is and how complex the Black community in Tampa was.

Meet Stephanie Russell Krebs, a 2022 Business Woman of the Year Honoree

By Chris Erickson
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Feb. 15, 2022

Stephanie Russell Krebs, vice president of student affairs, did a Q&A with the Tampa Bay Business Journal as an honoree of Business Woman of the Year. In the interview, she talks about her personal and professional successes, her future goals and the lessons she has learned over the years.

Polk Schools Superintendent Announces Months-long Process To Review 16 Books in Question

By Kimberly Moore
The Ledger
Feb. 9, 2022

A conservative group in Florida wants 16 books banned from Polk schools. A committee will read each book entirely and complete a checklist to determine if the books should be banned from the schools or not. Paul Corrigan, visiting assistant professor of English, says he has taught one of the books mentioned on the list, Beloved, by Toni Morrison. He thinks removing and banning books from schools is disturbing.

University of Tampa Professor Says Playing the Organ Is a Magical Experience

By Phillip Morgan
Tampa Bay Times
Feb. 6, 2022

Ryan Hebert, chair and associate professor of music, shares his love of the pipe organ and his experience teaching. He mentions how there are not many colleges in Florida where someone can major in organ performance, unlike UT. Although the organ is not going away anytime soon, it is dwindling in its previous performance form. Hebert feels lucky to be at a university that treasures the organ.

University of Tampa Baseball Opens Season Ranked No. 1

By Olivia Stacey
Spectrum News 1
Feb. 4, 2022

As Joe Urso enters his 22nd season as head coach for The University of Tampa baseball program, the  Spartans enter the new season ranked No. 1 in Division II baseball. The players attribute their success to Urso’s coaching qualities.

University of Tampa Unveils Sykes Family Bell Sculpture

By Devonta Davis
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Feb. 4, 2022

On Friday, the Susan and John Sykes Ars Sonora sculpture was unveiled. The bell sculpture, standing at 105 feet tall, arrived on campus in January, but has been in the works for 20 years and was created in France by The Paccard Bell Foundry. When entirely finished, the sculpture will feature 63 bronze bells, in which 61 of them will play a different note, honoring its loose translation of “Art of Sound.”

Dr. Raul Pino Is an Example of Ethical Health Leadership in Florida

Letter to the Editor
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 28, 2022

Kirk Hazlett, part-time communication faculty, wrote a letter to the editor of the Tampa Bay Times about ethical leadership. In his opinion, Gov. Ron DeSantis is not a good example of ethical leadership in regards to COVID-19 and vaccinations, whereas Raul Pino is for expressing his concern of vaccination rates in Florida.

Boris Johnson’s ‘Partygate’ Is Latest Example of What Not To Do in a Crisis

By Edward Segal
Jan. 27, 2022

Boris Johnson is facing investigations into social gatherings he held that broke his own government’s COVID-19 restrictions. Kirk Hazlett, part-time communication faculty, said Johnson “has presented a classic case example of how not to confront skepticism about one’s actions. The parties happened. He was there. The public knows. In situations like this, I advise, ‘Tell the truth. Apologize for improper actions. Tell the public what will change from this point on. Don’t do it again.’”

Tampa Tops the 2022 SSC Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Poll

Florida Lacrosse News
Jan. 21, 2022

UT has been selected as the preseason favorite for the ninth consecutive season by Sunshine State Conference men’s lacrosse coaches. UT is expected to repeat as the league’s regular-season champion. The Spartans’ top challenger is Lynn University.

Bar Rescue: Business Student’s Product Makes Drinks Safer for Women

By Brian Hartz
Business Observer
Jan. 20, 2022

Alexsandra Wolfe '22 founded Pure-Sipity, a company developing jewelry that doubles as a date-rape drug testing device. After seeing many of her friends experience date rape while in college, she realized the seriousness of it and felt like she needed to do something. Wolfe has been able to invest $25,000 into the development of her company and predicts the bracelets to retail at around $30.99 with refill test strip kits at $12.99.

Best Car Insurance in Florida

By Candace Baker
Jan. 19, 2022

Jennifer Burton, associate professor of marketing, was featured as an expert in an article about the best car insurance in Florida. Burton gave advice on car insurance prices across different states, insurance companies’ safety guarantees, important things to look for in car insurance and how to save money when buying car insurance.

Rethinking the Faculty Role in Students’ Career Readiness

By Rachel Toor
Inside Higher Ed
Jan. 18, 2022

College faculty are starting to think about their jobs differently amidst employers continually bringing up the disconnect between what students are learning in class and the competencies they need in the workforce. At UT, there is an innovative movement in career services. Tim Harding, assistant vice president for career development and engagement, explained the Spartan Ready program, which helps students market their skills from classes and extra curriculars to employers.

Thousands of Students Return to University of Tampa Campus as Spring Semester Begins

By Larissa Scott
ABC Action News
Jan. 18, 2022

UT is prepared for thousands of students to return to campus and ways to limit spread. Stephanie Russell Krebs, vice president for student affairs, explains UT’s plans and protocols to keep students and staff safe for the spring semester.

Why Jen Psaki Earns High Marks in First Year as Biden’s Press Secretary

By Edward Segal
Jan. 17, 2022

Jen Psaki marked her first anniversary as President Biden’s press secretary and role as the daily public face of his administration. “As a veteran public relations professional whose own career has included government, nonprofit, technology and healthcare, I have been quite impressed by Ms. Psaki’s demeanor and thoughtful responses,” says Kirk Hazlett, part-time communication faculty.

Authentic Style Key as Tampa Volleyball Coach Chris Catanach Marks 38 Years, 4 NCAA DII Titles

By Chuck Curti
Volleyball Mag
Jan. 13, 2022

UT head volleyball coach Chris Catanach just led the team to their fourth NCAA national championship title. Catanach himself had no formal volleyball training growing up, so he created his own style of coaching when he first started. Some of his habits include getting to know the players on a personal level and continuing to study the game of volleyball.

The University of Tampa to Launch Doctoral Degree in Business Administration Program in Fall

Florida Daily
Jan. 5, 2022

Starting Fall 2022, UT will offer a doctoral degree in business administration, which is designed to meet the needs of those who have already been successful in business and are looking for a new challenge. The Executive Doctor of Business Administration (EDBA) program will offer students the opportunity to define, analyze and solve complex business problems.

Data on Health Economics and Policy Discussed by Researchers at University of Tampa: How Did the Affordable Health Care Act Affect Risky Health Behaviors?

Insurance News Net
Jan. 4, 2022

Researchers detail new data in health economics and policy based on UT research. The research weighed the possible positive and negative effects of making health care affordable to everyone.