Carlos Moreira oversees USFSM's Military and Veterans Success Center.

Bulls Notebook: USFSM names Veteran Services Administrator

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: July 02, 2018

SARASOTA, Fla. (July 02, 2018) – USF Sarasota-Manatee welcomes Carlos Moreira as the new Veteran Services Administrator at the campus’ Military and Veterans Success Center.

Moreira, 36, an MBA student, graduated from USFSM this past spring with a bachelor’s degree in risk management and insurance after receiving a bachelor’s in finance six months earlier.

Before enrolling in college, Moreira spent 15½ years active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, plus three years as a reservist. He is the former president of the USFSM Student Veteran Society and the Latin American Student Association.

“I am really honored and humbled to be chosen for this position,” Moreira said. “It’s a great thing to be a Bull graduate and at the same time work for the university.”

USFSM has seen growing numbers of student veterans in recent years, with about 180 currently enrolled.

Moreira, who started Monday, said his duties will include helping veterans understand their military benefits and the college registration process. Along with other responsibilities, he’s also there, if necessary, to lend veterans a hand re-adjusting to society by connecting them with agencies and support networks.

“Any type of community support they may need as they transition from the military to civilian life to achieve their overall goal to graduate, I will be there to help,” he said.

USFSM’s Military and Veterans Success Center is dedicated to empowering student veterans to achieve their definition of success beyond service.

For more information about the center, visit or call (941) 359-4603.

Camps for Champs comes to USFSM

USFSM Culinary Innovation LabUSF Sarasota-Manatee staff and students were on hand recently to offer a unique experience to 20 local teens.

The group visited the campus June 25 as part of Camps for Champs, a program by the Florida Department of Children and Family Services. The experience, an annual summer event at USFSM, allowed the youths to enjoy lunch courtesy of the Culinary Innovation Lab (CIL) while also taking time to learn about college life.

The youths visited the CIL in Lakewood Ranch for a tour then lent a hand in the kitchen creating a menu of fettuccine, salad with vinaigrette and fresh Italian bread.

USF Sarasota-Manatee to introduce college readiness program

Andy Telatovich

Afterward, they posed questions about the College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership then headed to USFSM’s main campus for a tour and interactive exercise with Andy Telatovich, director of admissions and financial aid.

For the exercise, Telatovich called eight teens to the front of the class to pretend they’re applying for college. As he evaluated each “application” the teens moved up and down a scale based on GPA, test scores and other factors. At the end, four students – the top college prospects – stood at the front of the line.

“You could tell the group was engaged because they asked a lot of questions during and after the game,” said Telatovich.

Of course, the afternoon wouldn’t have been complete without gifts.

“The students were definitely happy with their USFSM swag bags,” he added. “Most of them put on their USFSM hat as soon as they opened the bags.”

USFSM Night at Marauders game

Friday, July 20, is “USF Sarasota-Manatee Night” at the Bradenton Marauders game at Lecom Park, 1611 Ninth Street West in downtown Bradenton.

Students, staff, faculty and alumni are encouraged to attend this fun event celebrating USFSM and minor league baseball. Watch as hometown favorites the Bradenton Marauders take on the Daytona Tortugas. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. First pitch at 6:30.

Each “Boardwalk BBQ Ticket” costs only $23 and includes all-you-can-eat hot dogs, burgers, cookies, chips, soft drinks, bottled water and a Marauders hat.

Tickets at The purchase deadline is July 11 at 11:59 p.m.

Brunch on the Bay tickets, sponsorships available

Media Advisory: Fun, food and giving at USFSM’s Brunch on the Bay

Brunch on the Bay is set for Nov. 4.

Tickets and sponsorships for Brunch on the Bay are 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 at the same time 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.

USFSM hires regional vice chancellor to lead fundraising

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.

USFSM Staff Council info session is set

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Staff Council will hold a Brown Bag Social for staffers interested in learning more about the council’s activities and goals.

The social is scheduled July 13 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Selby Auditorium. Staff are encouraged to bring lunch. Fun activities and a Q&A session are scheduled.

For more about the council, write to or

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