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From internships to student achievements to recognition of The University of Tampa faculty and institution as a whole, the following is a running archive of UT press releases, called News Articles, and feature stories, noted as UT Life.

Posted January 23, 2017 in UT Life

Rashid Gargash ’17 doesn’t have a child of his own, but he is familiar with how dangerous a hot car can be to a child or pet left inside. Gargash is from Dubai, a place where summer temperatures easily exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

“It’s an issue there, just like in the U.S.,” said Gargash. The average annual number of heatstroke deaths of children in cars is 37, according to research at

It’s why he spent his winter break back home, working. Gargash is part of a team that has developed a device to prevent hot car deaths. Their product, Sense A Life, is a small sensor placed on a car seat that is activated when the vehicle door opens, alerting the driver with an audible sound and, if ignored, through a mobile phone application.

Posted March 02, 2016 in News

A team of nine University of Tampa students took first and second place in two of three categories in the regional Beta Alpha Psi Best Practices Competition, which was held at the 2016 Beta Alpha Psi Southeast Regional meeting in Birmingham on Feb. 27–28.

Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals.

Posted February 02, 2016 in UT Life

When graduate student Yafeng Zhang ’16 came to Tampa from China, it wasn’t just a foreign land. It was like being on another planet.

With little English, it was a challenge even to go to the grocery store. Everything looked different. When it came to classwork, she didn’t know what a syllabus was and had to spend a half-day reading and translating it word by word. She didn’t know about Blackboard or how to order a textbook online.

“We faced difficulties, but we got help,” said Zhang, whose son joined her in Tampa months after her own arrival. “I’m so thankful to my professors and friends who helped me.”

Posted September 29, 2014 in UT Life

When Sarah Zaki '15 came to college, she was followed by ominous warnings about the lack of jobs for graduates. But the gap of MIS jobs and those with technology skills is wide, and she wants to let students know about it.

“You don’t have to be a techy nerd to work in this field,” Zaki said. “I just want to show students what is out there. We love technology, you can make good money and you’re in demand. I’m lucky because I fell into MIS. I want to expose that to others.” 

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