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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 August 08, 2019 in UT Life

Applied Dance Major Takes the Stage

In a few short weeks Dakota Kuharich ’19 will realize a dream when she premieres her own professional dance performance on stage in St. Petersburg.

Posted July 29, 2019 in UT Life

Driven UT Senior Sets Sights on a Career in Golf

Lauren Fantaroni’s summer internship with the Florida State Golf Association has seen her travel all over Florida helping with tournaments for men, women and juniors.

Posted April 24, 2019 in UT Life

Senior Studies Environmental Impact Through Sociology and Sustainability

Growing up in a small fishing town in Maryland, Julia Jester ’19 was aware first-hand of the importance of environmental sustainability. Many of those in her community rely heavily on the bay for commercial crabbing and fishing.

“Learning how we can protect our environment was always something I learned in school growing up,” said Jester. “Once I was older, I found that it was something I wanted to pursue as well as teach others about.” 

Posted April 15, 2019 in UT Life

Hockey Fan Grinds Analytics for the Lightning

Nino Lopez ’21 is a hockey fan with a drive for learning. So when he was offered an internship at the Tampa Bay Lightning for a position he thought he was underqualified for, he rose to the occasion.

“One of the greatest philosophies of the Lightning is that your technical skills don’t matter as much as your will to learn,” said Lopez, who has been an intern with the Lightning as a hockey analytics programmer since Fall 2018, where he performs a variety of functions from using a different programming language for a task to running a machine learning model or sometimes he’ll watch a hockey game and record stats.

“The experience I am having at the Lightning has pushed me to be a better programmer and to critically analyze things better,” said Lopez.

Posted April 11, 2019 in UT Life

First-Year Student Jumps into Volunteer Experience with Florida Aquarium

As Jess Larson ’22 stepped into the warm tank of water, sting rays began brushing at her feet. With her hand full of fish, she dipped her hand below the surface, feeling the smooth underbellies of the rays as they grazed her palms. Larson smiled, feeling lucky to be doing what she had dreamed about as a kid.

“My parents would take me to the aquarium when I was just a little girl,” said Larson. “Ever since then, I’ve dreamed of working in an aquarium and educating others about the sea creatures.”


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