USFSM is hosting "The Business of Computer Gaming" on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Bulls Notebook: USF Sarasota-Manatee to host ‘The Business of Computer Gaming’

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: November 19, 2018

Bulls Notebook: Brunch on the Bay a celebration of givingSARASOTA, Fla. (Nov. 19, 2018) – Computer gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry with scores of job opportunities for creative designers. On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, USF Sarasota-Manatee will host a seminar, “The Business of Computer Gaming,” that lays a foundation for aspiring game designers.

The three-hour event is free, open to the public and will be held at USFSM’s campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

The Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT), a statewide center based at USFSM, is teaming up with State College of Florida and FUNducation, an organization that empowers communities to engage children in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), to present the seminar.

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Dr. Giti Javidi

Speakers Dr. Giti Javidi, an associate professor of information technology at USFSM, and Neirda Lafontant, the founder of FUNducation, will lead attendees in designing computer games that support environmental technologies and make global connections.

Dr. Javidi has worked to develop new curricula and programs for computer science education with the goal of engaging a wider audience and bridging the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

FUNducation’s mission is to launch, develop and sustain STEAM programs that inspire children to go beyond conventional solutions and become innovative thinkers in STEAM fields.

The Andrew Mellon Foundation and New College of Florida is sponsoring the event.

For more information or to register for this free event, visit

PAInT makes visit to State College of Florida

Representatives from the Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT) and the Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) were invited to State College of Florida this past Saturday to present model lessons on how to teach subjects using arts integration.

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Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton

For 90 minutes, Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton, coordinator of PAInT, and Karen Bell, outreach education manager of CAC, engaged with teachers, paraprofessionals, substitute teachers and future teachers at SCF’s Lakewood Ranch campus.

The presentation was connected to the State College of Florida’s Professional Foundations Day and the model lessons were created as a result of a partnership between PAInT and the Circus Arts Conservatory. The statewide PAInT Center is based at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

“PAInT programs help teachers develop a professional philosophy grounded in arts integration,” Dr. Davis-Cotton said of the event. “For the educators in attendance, this presentation was an opportunity for them to gain an understanding of effective collaboration with teaching artists to develop and strengthen their teaching skills.

“Arts-integrated teaching can be a valuable tool to enhance student engagement, motivation and achievement, which improves school culture and student success,” she said.

The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) program at State College of Florida is an alternative route that leads to full professional certification. It is used by the Florida Department of Education to refer to various methods by which adults with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree outside the field of education can become certified to teach pre-K-12 grades.

Dr. Banner recognized for contributions to study abroad

Dr. Edie Banner

Kudos to Dr. Edie Banner for receiving a USF System “Global Achievement Certificate” in recognition of her efforts to promote study abroad programs at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Dr. Banner, who teaches organic chemistry in the College of Science & Mathematics, organizes a yearly research trip to Costa Rica for a half-dozen biology majors.

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The students spend two weeks in lowland and upland areas studying native fauna and flora and visiting cultural sites.

USFSM’s Global Engagement Office nominated Dr. Banner for the award.

“It was heartwarming to have one of USFSM’s faculty recognized with the Global Achievement Certificate at last week’s ceremony,” said Amela Malkic, director of the Global Engagement Office.

“Dr. Banner has greatly contributed to our university’s global community,” she said. “Her program to Costa Rica combines an amazing study abroad experience with the pursuit of student research in a variety of tropical ecosystems. Dr. Banner’s commitment to student success has certainly raised the reputation of USFSM study abroad programs. Congratulations again!”

Seminar explores impact to Puerto Rico year after Maria

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USFSM Regional Chancellor Dr. Karen Holbrook addresses last week’s seminar, “Puerto Rico: A Year after Maria.”

Thanks to our panelists who led a discussion last week about the impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico.

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Dr. Carlos Jiménez-Angueira

The storm caused an estimated $90 billion in damage to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thursday’s discussion, “Puerto Rico: A Year after Maria,” sought to shed light on how, a year later, Puerto Rico is coping with its aftermath.

Dr. Carlos E. Jiménez-Angueira, a USFSM accounting professor in the College of Business, served as the panel discussion’s moderator. The other panelists were retired Air Force Col. Evelio “EJ” Otero, Jr., and Deidre Orriola, an instructor at USF’s College of Public Health. For more about the panelists, visit

The discussion coincided with International Education Week at USFSM, an annual celebration that allows students and faculty to explore cultures and learn about study abroad programs.

USFSM professors organizing student trip to France, Italy

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Dr. Joe Askren

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Dr. Joe Askren and Dr. Ken Caswell are inviting students on a four-week tour of Italy and France during summer 2019.

The USFSM History & Culture of Food & Beverage program runs from May 26 to June 21 and takes students on tours of vineyards, local farms and markets. Students will engage in chef-designed cooking classes and collaborative discussion with chefs, food scientists and hospitality experts.

The program is open to students of any major, 18 years of age or older, with an interest in Italian and French culture and language. Tuition is for six credit hours.

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The $5,376.34 cost includes accommodations, a daily continental breakfast, 11 lunches, eight dinners and five tastings. It includes excursions to farms, wineries, a cheese house, and brewery and cooking demonstrations, as well as emergency medical and evacuation insurance.

Students will be responsible for their own air fare, personal expenses and tuition costs.

For more information, or to register, visit

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