Jessica Szempruch has been selected for the American Library Association’s Emerging Leaders Program.

Bulls Notebook: USFSM librarian chosen for national program

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: October 21, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 21, 2016) USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Jessica Szempruch is joining an elite crowd.

The library specialist has been selected for the American Library Association’s Emerging Leaders Program. Only 50 applicants are chosen annually for the distinguished year-long appointment.

“That participation is from across the nation, so I was quite thrilled and honored,” said Szempruch, who holds a master’s degree in library and information science from USF and a bachelor’s degree in English from USFSM. “It will provide me an opportunity to work with up and coming library leaders nationally.”

Szempruch applied to join the Emerging Leaders Program in July and received help in the form of support letters from Diane Fulkerson, director of library services at USFSM, and USFSM Associate Professor of English Dr. Valerie Lipscomb.

“I am an alumna of the program and know it will provide Jessica with many opportunities to network and serve in leadership roles within ALA,” Fulkerson said of the appointment in a congratulatory email.

Among her newfound duties, Szempruch will be expected to travel to Atlanta in January for a convention where she’ll be assigned to a committee to research a topic of importance to the association. Later, at a convention in Chicago, she’ll be expected to present a poster and discuss her findings.

Szempruch joined USFSM’s library and information center staff in January. Previously, she worked at USFSM’s facility in Northport.

She said she believes she was selected based on the letters of support and her response to three essay questions on her application. She received an email welcoming her to the program on Oct. 11. Her term begins in January.

“It’s the largest library association in the world, so it’s quite well known,” Szempruch said.

Brexit talk set for Tuesday

Britain’s exit from the European Union has fueled uncertainty about its impacts on Southwest Florida’s tourism and real estate industries as well as on the EU.

Next Tuesday, Oct. 25, a panel of tourism and financial experts moderated by Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, director of USFSM’s M3 Center for Hospitality Technology and Innovation, will meet at USF Sarasota-Manatee to discuss the Brexit’s potential impact locally.

The discussion, at USFSM’s Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, is free and will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The panel will be comprised of Brian J. Mariash, a senior financial advisor at Mariash Lowther Wealth Management in Sarasota; Jo Ann M. Koontz, a local attorney and certified public accountant; Elliott Falcione, executive director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau; and Kelly Defebo, director of sales at Visit Sarasota County.

Criminology professor to contribute to book on race

Bulls Notebook: USFSM librarian chosen for national program

Dr. James Unnever

Kudos to criminology professor Dr. James Unnever for being chosen to edit and contribute to an aptly timed book that tackles questions of race in America’s criminal justice system.

Dr. Unnever has been asked to edit and contribute to Building a Black Criminology: Race, Theory and Crime, a collection of essays to be published by Transaction Publishers.

In addition to serving as an editor, Dr. Unnever will contribute to two essays.

Joining him as editors will be Dr. Shaun L. Gabbidon of Pennsylvania State University and Florida State University’s Dr. Cecilia Chouhy.



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