Rocky is getting into the spirit as HospitaBull nears. This year's event is set for March 21.

Bulls Notebook: USFSM, Ritz-Carlton to present HospitaBull

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: March 12, 2018

SARASOTA, Fla. (March 12, 2018)USF Sarasota-Manatee’s annual “HospitaBull” to raise funds for the College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership (CHTL) is scheduled March 21 at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive.

An elegant dining event, HospitaBull brings together renowned Ritz-Carlton chefs with CHTL faculty and students. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails start at 6 p.m. Cocktail attire.

“Hospitality students from two classes will work alongside Ritz-Carlton staff both in the back of the house and front of the house,” hospitality management instructor Dr. Joe Askren said. “We have an amazing event planned, and I hope that folks will come out for a terrific evening while supporting our students.”

Tickets are $150. Sponsorships are also available, starting at just $350. Proceeds assist the college with support for professional development and attendance at hospitality conferences. HospitaBull was founded in 2011 to support the CHTL.

For reservations or more information, contact Pam Gleason at or 941-359-4603. Or for more information about HospitaBull, visit

Conference to focus on successful career women

Bulls Notebook: USFSM, Ritz-Carlton to present HospitaBull

Judge Erika Quartermaine

USF Sarasota-Manatee is hosting a career women’s conference this month with four dynamic speakers: Sarasota County Court Judge Erika Quartermaine; Erin Duggan, vice president of Visit Sarasota; Lisl Liang, chief executive officer and editor-in-chief of SRQ Media; and Manatee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Diana Greene.

Bulls Notebook: USFSM, Ritz-Carlton to present HospitaBull

Dr. Diana Greene

This engaging and uplifting conference, the Career Success Women’s Forum, is free and open to the public. The event is scheduled March 22, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Selby Auditorium on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

USFSM Regional Chancellor Dr. Karen Holbrook will open the conference and each speaker will make brief remarks before the event is turned over to audience members for a Q&A session.

Come hear how these incredible women achieved career success. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, or to register, visit Registration is required and will be open until two days before the event.

USFSM talk to feature expert on serial killers

Bulls Notebook: USFSM, Ritz-Carlton to present HospitaBull

Dr. Jack Levin

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Campus Activities Board and Criminology Club are pleased to welcome noted sociologist Dr. Jack Levin for a special conversation about his fascinating career, including his work interviewing serial killers.

Dr. Levin, who has appeared on such programs at “Dateline” and “20/20,” will share his insights and compelling stories in a talk March 22, 6 p.m., at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. This event is free and open to the public.

Levin gained fame for interviewing such brutal killers as the Hillside Strangler and Charles Manson. Currently, he is professor emeritus and co-director of Northeastern University’s Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict, where he teaches courses in the sociology of violence and hate.

Duvall Family Studies Initiative meets

Bulls Notebook: USFSM, Ritz-Carlton to present HospitaBull

Dr. Jane Roberts

The Evelyn M. Duvall Family Studies Initiative met Feb. 24 at the Hilton Garden Inn on U.S. 41 next to USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Dr. Jane Roberts, chair of the Duvall Initiative and an instructor in social work at USFSM, noted that the conference was well-attended by USFSM faculty and students as well as clinical social workers and other counseling professionals.

“The Duvall Initiative is a forum for social work and other counseling professionals, as well as educators in the Sarasota-Manatee region and beyond,” she said.

The annual conference, entitled “Youth: Trauma and Transitions,” featured Dr. Karen Swartz, an associate professor and psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Her keynote address, “Adolescent Depression:  Diagnosis, Treatment, & Community Education,” was heard by more than 70 seminar attendees, most of whom work directly with adolescent clients and their families. Other workshops covered grief and loss, transitions among service-delivery points, and family treatment for mood disorders.

“The 2018 conference promoted the most effective and up-to-date findings of family-related research and practical day-to-day work with families, particularly youth and adolescents who have experienced depression and or suicidal thinking,” Dr. Roberts said.

Creativity Conference is set

The 15th annual Florida Creativity Conference is scheduled March 23-25 in Sarasota. This year’s conference offers 50 creativity workshops with a slate of presenters from nine states, Colombia, the Netherlands and Canada.

“The importance of growing human creativity at this time in the 21st century cannot be overestimated with innovation being recognized as an essential for business leaders, entrepreneurs and educators,” conference Co-Chair Hedria Lunken Salzman said.

Participants will learn from experts in problem solving and creative innovation. Experts include Lee Kitchen, a 30-year Disney veteran; actor, director and playwright Nate Jacobs; and Josh Mahaney, a member of the Orlando Magic’s Innovation Lab team, who will deliver a keynote speech.

Workshops will be held at USF Sarasota-Manatee (March 23-24) and the Florida Studio Theatre (March 25). Attendees can attend one day, two days or all three.

For more information, or to register, visit

Chef Darwin to visit Bulls Bistro

Chef Darwin Santa Maria, an internationally recognized master of Peruvian-style cooking, is set to bring his award-winning talents to the Bulls Bistro next month.

The owner of Sarasota-based Darwin’s Evolutionary Cuisine will visit USFSM’s Culinary Innovation Lab on April 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Diners will watch as Chef Darwin prepares a sampling of his unique cuisine in our demonstration kitchen.

The Culinary Innovation Lab is on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch. Tickets are $25. For tickets and more information, visit

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