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Bulls Notebook: Chicago Cubs’ Lifrak to give free lecture at USFSM

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: January 19, 2018

SARASOTA, Fla. (Jan. 19, 2018) – Josh Lifrak, director of the Chicago Cubs Mental Skills program, will lead off USF Sarasota-Manatee‘s Career Success lecture series with a free talk Thursday, Jan. 25, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

This event is open to the public.

Lifrak, who has led the Cubs’ mental skills program for three years, helps players reach their potential – as athletes and people – by helping them realize and overcome mental obstacles. His talk is the first in a series of speaking engagements highlighting USFSM’s Career Success program.

Register online by Jan. 24 to attend. Visit

Take a culinary trip at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s CIL

USF Sarasota-Manatee to debut ‘Bulls Bistro’ dining experience

The Culinary Innovation Lab in Lakewood Ranch.

USFSM’s Global Culinary Connection is back at the Culinary Innovation Lab in Lakewood Ranch on select Wednesdays.

This special program highlights world cuisines and comes courtesy of USFSM’s College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership and Chef James Arnsby, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute of New York City.

Next up: On Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Chef Arnsby escorts visitors on a trip through New Orleans and many of the Big Easy’s most popular dishes. He’ll discuss the culture, traditions and influences of these favorites while preparing three of the dishes for guests.

The Culinary Innovation Lab is at 8130 Main Street in Lakewood Ranch, Manatee County.

Tickets for the evening are $55 and benefit educational programs at the CIL. Visit

The Art of Negotiation returns in February to USFSM

Anyone worried about haggling over a pay raise, buying a car or hiring a contractor might benefit from a course returning to USF Sarasota-Manatee next month.

The Art of Negotiation is a six-hour, two-day class that delves into the core elements of successful negotiations. The face-to-face class by USFSM’s Office of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) will run on consecutive Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 10 and 17 at USFSM’s campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

USF Sarasota-Manatee class delves into negotiation

Ross Alander

“The course is for anyone who has ever negotiated anything,” says instructor Ross P. Alander, a retired senior lecturer in management studies at the campus’ College of Business.

Alander, a labor arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and a Harvard Law School-trained negotiator who’s sat on both sides of talks in the public and private sectors, said students will develop mock contracts and engage in negotiations across from one another.

Being a champion negotiator isn’t all about making strong arguments, said Alander, who first taught the class last September.

“Listening is big,” he said. “You have to have to empathy for the other side. You have to walk in their shoes, so to speak, to understand where they’re coming from.”

The class costs $149. To register, visit

The Art of Negotiation is just one of several courses offered by the Office of PACE. Instituted in 2016, the office provides a variety of classes from pre-college prep to courses that examine emotional intelligence, arts-integrated teaching, employment law, budgeting for non-profits and many others. Dr. Dina Ciotola is the director of the Office of PACE.

Coming soon, the office will offer classes for teacher candidates seeking statewide certification. Included will be courses on general knowledge, mathematics and essay writing. Another class will help teacher candidates to pass the Florida Teacher Certification Exam on their first try.

The classes are expected to debut this spring – just in time for college graduates.

To learn more about courses currently offered by the Office of PACE, visit

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