SARASOTA, Fla. (Dec. 10, 2018) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will hold its fall 2018 graduation today 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 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 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/.
Mid-Florida Chapter of the Fulbright Association wins award
Congratulations to USF Sarasota-Manatee Director of Global Engagement Amela Malkic after the Mid-Florida Chapter of the Fulbright Association was recognized at the Fulbright Association 41st Annual Conference “Un Mundo, Muchas Voces” (One world, many voices).
The association’s Mid-Florida chapter won the Committee’s Choice Award 2018 for Innovation and Excellence. Malkic is president-elect of the chapter and traveled to the conference representing USFSM. Dr. Darlene DeMarie, president of the Mid-Florida Chapter of the Fulbright Association, represented USF.
The two colleagues also presented at the conference on the topic, “A True Partnership between the Mid-Florida Chapter of the Fulbright Association and the University Of South Florida.”
“It is a pleasure and a privilege to serve on the Board of the Directors for the Mid-Florida Fulbright Association, and certainly an honor to serve as the incoming president effective 2019,” Malkic said. “Needless to say, we were happy to receive this recognition by the National Fulbright Office on behalf of our Mid-Florida Fulbright chapter and we look forward to continuing our work and to promote the Fulbright program in 2019.”
The November conference was held in Puebla, Mexico, and featured networking sessions, workshops and an awards gala. For more about the award, visit, www.usf.edu/world/about/news/mid-florida-fulbright-chapter-recognized-at-the-2018-fulbright-association-annual-conference.aspx.
Dr. D’Andrea presents research at math conference
Kudos to Dr. Joy D’Andrea for her presentation on Friday at a conference of the Mathematical Association of America.
Dr. D’Andrea, of USFSM’s College of Science & Mathematics, presented at the conference’s Florida section alongside co-authors Rebecca D. Wooten and Wendy Pogoda.
Their presentation, “Odds Ratio & Relative Risk Ratio of Buoy Conditions for Storms in the Atlantic Basin,” examined the potential for hurricane strikes based on “binary logistic regression and multinomial regression modeling.”
Dr. D’Andrea said that about 15 of her students attended the conference and that she enjoys discussing her research, including with the general public.
“I have always been interested in geological and environmental issues, so to do statistical analysis on these areas always gets my research bug biting,” she said.
Dr. Stone wins Drug-Free Manatee Champion of Prevention
Congratulations to Dr. Sandra Stone, chair of USFSM’s Department of Social Sciences, for winning the Drug-Free Manatee Champion of Prevention Award.
Dr. Stone received the award, a plaque, on Oct. 10 at the 16th Annual Red Ribbon Breakfast, sponsored by Drug-Free Manatee, a coalition of community groups.
“I was very honored to receive this award,” Dr. Stone said. “I am concerned about the effects of drug use and other disturbing events on the ability of children to learn, and I have been working with the Manatee County Drug Endangered Children Steering Committee to secure resources to provide trauma-sensitive training to educators, early child-care providers, law enforcement officers and others so that they can respond more appropriately to children who have experienced trauma.
“If we can intervene early and appropriately with children to ameliorate the effects of trauma, we may prevent both short-and long-term negative outcomes for that child and improve his/her chances for success,” she said.
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.