USFSM will host a forum for state House and Senate candidates.

Bulls Notebook: USF Consolidation Task Force to hold Oct. 2 Town Hall meeting at USF Sarasota-Manatee

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: September 24, 2018

SARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 24, 2018) – Members of the Sarasota-Manatee community are invited to join University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee students, faculty, and staff at a town hall meeting of the USF Consolidation Planning, Study and Implementation Task Force on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 3 to 5 p.m., at USFSM’s Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

The meeting will provide members of the local community and USFSM campus an opportunity to address the 13-member task force that will make recommendations to the USF Board of Trustees as the USF System consolidates its independent academic accreditations under one umbrella by July 1, 2020.

The task force will make recommendations in key areas, including student access, shared governance, academic programs and campus identity.

“It is so important for members of our community to attend the town hall meeting to share their thoughts about why the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus is so important to the region and how our university can continue to make an even greater impact for families and businesses once we become reunited as ‘one USF’,” said Dr. Karen Holbrook, USFSM regional chancellor.

A portion of each town hall meeting will be dedicated to public comment. However, individuals unable to attend in person may submit their comments online.

Town hall meetings were previously held at the USF Tampa campus on Aug. 22 and USF St. Petersburg campus Sept. 11.

“An important part of the process is hearing from students, faculty, staff and community members. In order to do so in a meaningful way, we invite them to hear a status update on the task force’s work and share their comments,” said Dr. Jonathan Ellen, president of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg and chair of the task force.

The task force is divided into three subcommittees, with each holding a series of public hearings that community members are encouraged to attend as well.

Prior to the town hall meeting on Oct. 2, the Shared Governance/Transparency Subcommittee will hold a hearing in USFSM’s Selby Auditorium from 1 to 3 p.m. A full schedule of upcoming meetings and archives of previous meetings is available online.

Reception to welcome new Athletics VP to Sarasota-Manatee

Michael Kelly

Students, faculty and staff are invited to join USFSM Regional Chancellor Dr. Karen Holbrook in welcoming new Vice President of USF Athletics Michael Kelly at a reception Oct. 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the USFSM rotunda.

Joining Mr. Kelly will be USF Men’s Basketball Coach Brian Gregory and Women’s Basketball Coach Jose Fernandez.

To attend the reception, contact Pam Gleason at or (941) 359-4603.

This event is sponsored by USF Athletics and USFSM Campus Board members Dr. Anila Jain and Mr. Bill Mariotti.

USFSM student adds to Harvard Business Review article

Bulls Notebook: USF Consolidation Task Force to hold Oct. 2 Town Hall meeting at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Sami Araboghli, left, with Luke Bencie

Sami Araboghli never expected to become a published author when he began his internship this past July at global security consulting and intelligence advisory firm Security Management International (SMI).

But soon after starting work at the Vienna, Va.,-based company, Araboghli, 21, a junior ISS major, was asked to conduct research into CARVER, a tool for assessing threats and opportunities.

It turns out SMI Managing Director Luke Bencie, the author of “The CARVER Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Methodology,” was working on an article for the Harvard Business Review about how CARVER can help business executives with key decisions and he wanted Araboghli to contribute to the writing.

“Being involved in this article is probably one of the most prestigious and honorable things I’ve been asked to do during my time at USFSM,” Araboghli said.

The article, “A 6-Part Tool for Ranking and Assessing Risks,” came out Friday. It delves into CARVER’s decision-making technique, first employed during World War II by American bombardiers to assess targets.

According to a summary of the article, “CARVER can help risk management professional think through an asset’s Criticality, Accessibility, Recoverability, Vulnerability, Effect and Recognizability. Since it draws on both qualitative and quantitative data, CARVER can be applied in almost any scenario that is analyzed and discussed in an organized, logical way.”

Araboghli said he was thrilled to see the article published and shared it with family and friends.

“I’m very honored and proud of this work and all the work accomplished at SMI,” he said.

To see the article, visit

Bulls Bistro set this week

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The Bulls Bistro is set Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

The Bulls Bistro is back Thursday with “A Taste of America,” an exploration of regional culinary favorites.

This popular dining program by the College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership features elegant culinary creations by students and faculty.

The event runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Culinary Innovation Lab, 8130 Lakewood Ranch Main St., Suite D104, in Lakewood Ranch. Funds raised support the lab and its programs. Tickets are $25 and available at

Each diner receives two glasses of red or white wine or two glasses of craft beer, a tasting of three different hors d’oeuvres and one sweet tapas prepared by our chefs and students from the college’s Restaurant Operations class.

For more about the Bulls Bistro, visit

USFSM professor lectures at University of British Columbia

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Dr. Valerie Lipscomb

Kudos to Dr. Valerie Lipscomb on her invitation by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver to give a presentation about her research. The USFSM associate professor of English visited the university Sept. 10.

Her talk, “Act Your Age: Aging and Ageism in Contemporary Drama,” examined how aging is represented in contemporary Western drama, drawing examples from plays ranging from Death of a Salesman and M. Butterfly to Ruined.

Florida Restorative Justice Association to meet on campus

Students, faculty and staff are invited to a statewide conference of the Florida Restorative Justice Association this Friday and Saturday at USFSM.

The conference, “Building Restorative Bridges Across the Sunshine State,” kicks off 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Selby Auditorium with a welcome reception.

Several workshops are scheduled at the conference, including “Creating a Space: Using Restorative Practices in a Capital Crime,” and “Restorative Strategies in School Communities.”

For more information, including fees and registration information, visit Student admission is free.

According to its website, “Restorative Justice facilitators help people harmed by crime or conflict come together with those who caused the harm, and all others impacted by the event, to respectfully discuss the impact, obligations, and actions needed to repair harm and make things as right as possible.”

Applications accepted to PAInT Scholar Program

The Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT) is partnering with USF Sarasota-Manatee’s School of Education (SOE) to institute the PAInT Scholar Program.

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Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton

Under this special program, PAInT will offer five SOE students an opportunity to engage in arts-integrated academic projects while interning with the center’s arts partners. Students who complete the program will be recognized as PAInT Scholars upon graduation from the School of Education.

Participants must complete 100 hours (a minimum of 20 hours each semester of community service and leadership in arts integration) over four consecutive semesters in the School of Education.

With the support of advisors Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton, coordinator of the PAInT Center, and Dr. Helene Robinson, arts-integration curriculum coordinator in the School of Education, students will conduct arts-integrated research presentations as well as a variety of arts-integrated tasks, projects and leadership/service efforts designed to demonstrate scholarship, skill development and experience in arts-integration pedagogy.

Selection priority will be made in consultation with resident faculty and will promote equal representation across a variety of academic programs. The program will accept applications through Sept. 30, 2018. To apply, visit:

Brunch on the Bay tickets, sponsorships available

Brunch on the Bay turns 25; help us celebrate!

Tickets and sponsorships for Brunch on the Bay 2018 are now available. Visit or call Pam Gleason at (941) 359-4603.

Tickets and sponsorships for Brunch on the Bay are now available, and this year’s event is shaping up to be extra special as it marks 25 years of local support.

Since 1994, Brunch on the Bay attendees have given graciously to fund scholarships for USF Sarasota-Manatee students while also savoring the finest brunch fare from local restaurants and caterers.

This year, as Brunch celebrates its Silver Anniversary, many special features are planned and the guest list is quickly growing, so don’t delay in securing your tickets and table sponsorships.

The event is set for Sunday, Nov. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

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Lee Williams

“More than 1,700 local students have received scholarship support from Brunch on the Bay, and we’re thrilled to continue this significant tradition — with a few twists for 2018!” Vice Chancellor for Advancement Lee Williams said. “We’re featuring a Brunch on the Bay Honorary Committee, in addition to the Organizing Committee, and the Honorary Committee co-chairs will be announced soon.”

“Brunch is presented by Mary Kenealy Events of Sarasota, and working with Mary and her talented team has simply been exceptional,” Williams said. “We have a few special guests arranged for the annual gathering; so it’s sure to be memorable. USFSM’s Brunch on the Bay is a fantastic way to spend a Sunday, enjoy wonderful culinary delights and support area students with scholarships.”

Since its start, Brunch has distinguished itself as USF Sarasota-Manatee’s premier fundraising event, adding more than $1.3 million to the university endowment and generating more than $1 million in scholarships, including those to First Generation students, the first in their families to attend college.

“It’s one of the very best events in this community and it’s been around longer than most other events,” said Bob Turner, a USFSM alum and former publisher of the Bradenton Herald. “It’s extremely important to support this event to support the students who need a leg up to further their careers and help our businesses with a workforce that’s ready to go.”

Lauren Henry

Turner and USFSM graduate Lauren Henry are co-chairs of this year’s Brunch on the Bay Organizing Committee.

“I see so much potential in what this university has to offer in terms of partnering with businesses and leaders in our community,” said Henry, a 2016 graduate. “And so Brunch on the Bay is a culmination of that, where the university and community come together and support the cause of higher education.”

For more about Brunch of the Bay, including tickets and table sponsorships, visit or call Pam Gleason at (941) 359-4603.

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