SARASOTA, Fla. (Dec. 04, 2018) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will hold its fall 2018 graduation on Monday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto.
USFSM’s four colleges – Business, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Hospitality & Tourism Leadership and Science & Mathematics – will confer 245 degrees, including 24 master’s degrees. Of those graduating, about 180 are expected to attend the commencement.
Regional Chancellor Dr. Karen Holbrook will represent USF Sarasota-Manatee. USF System President Dr. Judy Genshaft will preside. Dr. Phil Wagner, core curriculum coordinator, will serve as ceremony reader.
Faculty Senate President Dr. Michael Gillespie will bear the university’s mace. Jay Riley, director of business outreach and engagement, will serve as emcee. Logan Mies, a student in the USF School of Music, will perform the National Anthem and USF alma mater.
Special awards will be presented to: Julia Groom (Outstanding Graduate Award and Golden Bull Service & Outstanding Leadership Award) and Dr. Sunita Lodwig (Outstanding Professor Award).
USFSM, Perlman Music Program/Suncoast celebrate 10 years
The stirring musical compositions that fill the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus each December are the result of a longtime collaboration between the university and the Perlman Music Program/Suncoast.
For a little more than two weeks, promising young musicians from across the globe visit the campus to practice and perform concerts culminating in a show at the Sarasota Opera House led by violinist Itzhak Perlman.
On Wednesday, that collaboration was formally acknowledged with the unveiling of a bronze plaque near the FCCI Rotunda.
“We are so pleased you are here tonight,” USFSM Regional Chancellor Dr. Karen Holbrook, told campus supporters and PMP/Suncoast trustees at a brief ceremony. “This is such an important occasion to us because our relationship with the Perlman Music Program is so incredibly special and meaningful to us, meaningful not only to this campus but also to the Sarasota-Manatee community as well.”
The PMP/Suncoast started 15 years ago, but didn’t come to USFSM until 2007 when then-Associate Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs Peter French offered space for rehearsals and performances. The group, which had bounced between rehearsal sites, now visits the campus yearly.
“This really does feel like home for us,” said Elizabeth Power, executive director of the Perlman Music Program/Suncoast. “The Perlmans are very comfortable here. It feels like home for them. It’s like a big family getting back together whenever they come here.
“The USFSM contribution to all this is that it makes it work,” she said. “It creates a residential campus setting that is very convenient and very welcoming to our young musicians.”
The plaque, posted next to the welcome desk, reads: “The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee proudly hosting the Perlman Music Program/Suncoast since 2007.”
For PMP/Suncoast updates and ticket information, visit perlmanmusicprogramsuncoast.org/.
USFSM to host climate change, financial literacy talks in 2019
First, on Friday, Jan. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., learn how a changing climate – from hurricanes to red tide to sea-level rise – affects Sarasota-Manatee and Florida in a special talk entitled “Adapting to a Changing Climate: Challenges & Opportunities.”
USF Sarasota-Manatee will host a panel of experts to discuss the impacts of climate change on coastal areas, public infrastructure and local and state economies, and the possible solutions ahead.
Tickets are $50, which includes lunch. (That cost is waived for students and faculty.) For more information or to register, visit usfsm.edu/climate.
Then Thursday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the campus will host a panel of experts for “Financial Literacy Day III: Financial Markets and the Economy.”
Gretchen Morgenson, a senior writer at The Wall Street Journal, will deliver the keynote address.
Panel discussions include: Municipal financial market developments; the use of quantitative measurement and technical analysis in the stock market, the outlook for the U.S. stock market and the global economic outlook.
The $50 admission includes lunch. Visit sar.usfsm.edu/event/financial-markets-and-the-economy/.
11 USFSM students inducted into honor society for education
Alpha Alpha Rho, the USFSM chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, welcomed 11 members in an induction ceremony Thursday night at the USFSM campus’ FCCI Rotunda.
Kappa Delta Pi is the honor society for education. The USFSM chapter, established last year, welcomed the initiates as among the highest-achieving students in the campus’ School of Education (SOE).
In a solemn, sometimes moving ceremony, the students were told to cherish their Kappa Delta Pi membership as they graduate and transition to full-time educators. Many of the students were seniors looking forward to their first full-time teaching jobs.
“Being part of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society for educators, really is an honor,” said Sharon French, who helped welcome the new members along with Dr. Marie Byrd, director of the SOE, and Dr. Pat Wilson, associate professor.
“It means that you have gone above and beyond expectations of a future educator,” French said. “It means that you have put in the hours and the effort to excel, and it has truly shown.”
Members received certificates and green-and-purple cords to wear at graduation.
Admission to the honor society is based on strict standards. Undergraduates seeking membership must complete 30 semester hours, plus 12 semester hours of Professional Education courses (programmed, in progress, or completed), and maintain an overall 3.0 grade point average.
“It’s an honor for me to be included with a group of people who I know are dedicated to the field of education,” said Tonya Roes, a senior set to graduate in 2019.
Madison Petrone, an elementary education major also scheduled to graduate next year, said her acceptance into the society served as an affirmation that she had chosen the right profession.
“Education has always been my dream, and being a part of this makes me feel like I’m going in the right direction and I’m following the right career path,” she said. “I am so happy and blessed that I get to be a part of something that is so amazing. I feel like I’m on the right track.”
Inducted into the society were:
- Trista Campbell
- Mallory Massingille
- Tonya Roes
- Madison Petrone
- Marcia Vogt
- Michele Marcin
- Danielle Calabrese
- Sara Hine
- Brenna Hamilton
- Ruth Kolesnikovich
- Megan Mimbs
USFSM student veterans attend showing of ‘Beyond Glory’
Starring award-winning playwright and actor Stephen Lang, “Beyond Glory” tells the stories of eight men who received the Medal of Honor for bravery in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
USFSM and USF student veterans led a Color Guard at the start of the show and several USFSM students were permitted backstage beforehand to meet Lang.
“We were able to chat for a few minutes while he was getting ready,” said USFSM student Sami Araboghli. “We thanked him for his support of the veteran community, and he talked about how he was honored to be able to represent and tell the story of the Medal of Honor recipients. It was a very interesting and thought-provoking play.”
USFSM hosts ‘The Business of Computer Gaming’
Dr. Giti Javidi, an associate professor of information technology at USFSM, and Neirda Lafontant, the founder of FUNducation, hosted a youth workshop on Saturday, “The Business of Computer Gaming,” aimed at aspiring game designers.
The free three-hour event was hosted at USFSM’s campus.
It was presented by The Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT), a statewide center based at USFSM, State College of Florida and FUNducation, an organization that encourages children to engage in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
USFSM professors organizing student trip to France, Italy
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.
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 educationabroad.global.usf.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=23719.