Dr. Sandra Stone

Bulls Notebook: USFSM’s Dr. Stone among SRQ’s award winners

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: April 22, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. (April 22, 2016) – Kudos to Dr. Sandra Stone.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s regional chancellor was one of five local winners at SRQ magazine’s Women in Business Hear Me Roar Awards and Leadership Luncheon on Thursday.

“I feel very humbled after seeing the amount of talent that was in the room among the other nominees,” said Dr. Stone, who was named chancellor in 2014. “For me personally, it inspires me to do everything I can to continue to try to make a difference each and every day.”

The yearly luncheon affords an opportunity to recognize women’s contributions to business, health care, education and other fields.

Keynote speaker Ruby Zornosa, CEO of shapewear maker Ruby Ribbon, noted that women start companies at 150 percent the rate of men and on average see 8 percent higher sales revenue, but they usually receive one-eighth the amount of startup funding.

Other Women in Business award winners were: Jennifer Rominiecki, president and CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens; Lorrie Liang, chief operating officer of Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System; AnneMarie R. Rizzo, an attorney at The Law Place; and Laurie Pike, director of sales and marketing for MPH Hotels, Florida division. Pamela Fiori, editor-in-chief at Town & Country magazine, received the Trailblazer Award.

Said Dr. Stone after the event: “SRQ Media is an amazing partner and supporter of USF Sarasota-Manatee, and to be recognized by them for the work that we are doing is very special.”

AARP researcher Dr. Rodney Harrell to visit Sarasota

Age-Friendly Sarasota next week will welcome renowned speaker and researcher Dr. Rodney Harrell, director of Livable Communities at the AARP Public Policy Institute.

Dr. Harrell is known for creating a “Livability Index” that measures the livability of U.S. neighborhoods based on housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity.

He’s been identified as “one of the top 100 most influential people in the field of aging,” said Dr. Kathy Black, a professor of social work and gerontology at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

“His work focuses on features of community life that make life worth living,” she said. “His work validates that people across all ages and incomes value the same community features, such as affordable housing and easy access to amenities.”

Dr. Harrell will maintain a busy schedule upon arriving in Sarasota.

On April 28, he’s set to meet with urban planners in the morning then attend an invitation-only luncheon with officials drawn from business, government, housing, transportation and other fields.

He’ll round-out his day with a public forum from 5 to 6 p.m. at The Friendship Centers, 1888 Brother Geenen Way in Sarasota. To attend the forum, which is free, visit, http://agefriendlysarasota.org/event/livable-communities-for-all-ages-public-forum/.

On April 29, he’ll attend a meeting of neighborhood leaders at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.

Age-Friendly Sarasota, the multi-partner initiative aimed at making Sarasota County age-friendlier for people across their lifespan, worked for months to organize Dr. Harrell’s visit. It comes amidst a review by Age-Friendly Sarasota of a recent communitywide survey to recommend changes affecting housing, transportation, government services and other areas of life.

Dr. Black leads the Age-Friendly Sarasota initiative, which is supported by The Patterson Foundation in partnership with AARP Florida, USF Sarasota-Manatee, Sarasota County government, the Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging at USF and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

“I first saw Dr. Harrell present about the Livability Index to more than 1,200 at a national conference last year,” Dr. Black said. “We are really excited to bring him to Sarasota.”

Event to showcase Bangladeshi vocalists

Brothers and vocalists Ritu and Prithwi Raj are set to perform at USF Sarasota-Manatee on Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m.

This unique “East Meets West” event will showcase the brothers’ style of “fusion-based music” that combines classical and traditional Bangladeshi genres.

The event is free and refreshments will be provided.

Visit http://sar.usfsm.edu/eastmeetswest to register. For special VIP seating at $125 call (941) 343-7181.

Faculty Senate members elected

The votes have been counted and new Faculty Senate has been chosen.

Elected Faculty Senate president and vice president were Drs. Fawn Ngo and Stephen Rushton, respectively. Drs. Marie Byrd and Mike Gillespie were elected at-large senators. Dr. Susan Fulton was elected alternate at-large senator.

Terms for the new senators start Aug. 7. Incoming Senate President Dr. Ngo said she anticipates a busy year ahead given the upcoming college restructuring.

“Another main task will be reviewing and approving college bylaws, tenure and promotion guidelines, and instructor promotion guidelines,” she said. “The Faculty Senate will also be working closely with the (Quality Enhancement Plan) Committee to implement the proposed plan.”

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