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Bulls Notebook: USFSM to host candidate forum

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: October 09, 2018

SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 08, 2018) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has scheduled a candidate forum on Saturday, Oct. 20, for state House and Senate candidates seeking to represent Sarasota and Manatee counties.

The forum, set from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will take place at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

The Institute for Public Policy and Leadership at USF Sarasota-Manatee is partnering with the Observer Media Group and Manatee Educational Television to present the forum, which is free and open to the public.

The forums for each race are scheduled to begin at the following times with the below candidates invited to participate:

  • 11 a.m. State Representative, District 71: Tracy Pratt (Dem.) and Will Robinson (Rep.)
  • 11:45 a.m. State Representative, District 72: Margaret Good (Dem.) and Ray Pilon (Rep.)
  • 12:30 p.m. State Representative, District 73: Liv Coleman (Dem.) and Tommy Gregory (Rep.)
  • 1:15 p.m. State Representative, District 74: James Buchanan (Rep.), Robert Kaplan (Ind.) and Tony Mowry (Dem.)
  • 1:50 p.m. State Senate, District 23: Olivia Babis (Dem.) and Joe Gruters (Rep.)

For more information, email

Homecoming scheduled for next week

Bulls Notebook: USFSM to host candidate forum

The annual balloon drop is a Homecoming tradition at USFSM.

USF and USFSM are set to kick off Homecoming Week, Oct. 15-20.

The annual celebration at USFSM starts Monday at 3 p.m. at the rotunda with the naming of the USFSM Homecoming King and Queen. Also on tap, free cupcakes, a balloon drop, prizes for five lucky winners and a screening of the latest Marvel action movie Venom at Lakewood Ranch Cinemas. The Campus Activities Board will hand out 35 free tickets to the movie. Students can RSVP at OrgSync.

The festivities continue Tuesday at 6 p.m. with a Lip Sync Battle at the Selby Auditorium, a DIY Craft Day on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the rotunda and water goblet painting at 6 p.m. at the USFSM café.

Students can explore their competitive side Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the courtyard as teams compete for prizes in a race to escape a locked room. Sign up at OrgSync.

Homecoming wraps up with a concert, movie night and the annual Homecoming football game. Starting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the USF Sun Dome, hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd will headline one of the year’s biggest parties. Student tickets are $12. Visit

Then Friday at 6 p.m., Incredibles 2 will be shown at USFSM’s Selby Auditorium. This special dine-in-movie event will include food by the USFSM café. Also that night, the Running of the Bulls Parade is scheduled 7 p.m. at USF in Tampa. Students can watch along Holly, Maple and Alumni drives.

Homecoming will conclude on Saturday, Oct. 20, with the USF Bulls and UConn Huskies football game at 7 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. USFSM will provide free bus rides to and from the game. Students can reserve their seats at OrgSync and request free game tickets at

Bulls Bistro set Thursday

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

The Bulls Bistro travels south of the border this week as the College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership celebrates regional favorites with “A Taste of Mexico.”

The popular dining program, which features elegant culinary creations by students and faculty, is scheduled Thursday 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 hors d’oeuvres and one sweet tapas prepared by our chefs and students from the college’s Restaurant Operations class.

To sign up or for more about the Bulls Bistro, visit

Dr. Ali congratulated for published work

Kudos to Assistant Professor Dr. Faizan Ali on the recent publication of his article, “Partial Least Squares based Structural Equation Modelling (PLS-SEM) in Hospitality and Tourism,” which appeared in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology, published by Emerald Publishing.

Bulls Notebook: USFSM students to present research at conference

Dr. Faizan Ali

In addition, Dr. Ali is a guest editor of the article, “Advances and Issues in Research Methods in Hospitality and Tourism,” in the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management (IJCHM), a leading hospitality journal. He serves as assistant editor (research methodology) for JHTT and IJCHM. While the first article explores a statistical tool common across various academic disciplines, the second presents new methods for the design, collection and analysis of hospitality and tourism studies.

He also is editing a 250-page instructional book due out next month, Applying Partial Least Squares in Tourism and Hospitality Research, under contract with Emerald Publishing. The book is targeted toward researchers and graduate students in tourism and hospitality.

Dr. Ali, a faculty member in USFSM’s College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership, is frequently invited to universities and conferences to address faculty members and students. His workshops and talks cover aspects of research methodology and PLS-SEM, as well as offer practical advice to become published. Since joining the College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership in August 2016, Dr. Ali has conducted more than 15 training seminars and workshops in the United States, China, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan and Pakistan.

He currently serves as director of research for the Southeast, Central & South American Federation (SECSA) under the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) and as director of research methods and statistics at the Association of North American Higher Education International. Dr. Ali is associate editor (doctoral theses) of the European Journal of Tourism Research.

USFSM student appointed to literacy group’s board

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Marc-Henry Jean

Kudos to USF Sarasota-Manatee business student Marc-Henry Jean for being appointed to the Board of Directors for Project Light of Manatee, Adult English Classes.

A native of Haiti and a former student at Project Light, Jean also is a graduating senior at USFSM. As a member of the board, he will be involved in fundraising and help promote the organization’s free English classes to the local immigrant community.

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 brunch fare from the finest 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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