The Bulls Bistro, which debuted Sept. 8, is sold out for Nov. 17.

Bulls Notebook: USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Bulls Bistro debuts, sells out

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: September 09, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 09, 2016) For the dozens of diners who crowded into USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Culinary Innovation Lab Thursday night, the opening of the Bulls Bistro dining experience presented an opportunity to sample Cordoban pork rolls, potato tortillas with garlic shrimp and other Spanish delicacies.

But for the half-dozen students who helped prepare and serve the tapas-style cuisine, including a chick pea spinach stew, the inaugural event offered a hands-on lesson in restaurant and event management.

That’s exactly what Dr. Pat Moreo, dean of the College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership, wanted to accomplish.

“This [event] is where they put theory into practice,” he said of the two-hour mixer in Lakewood Ranch.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Bulls Bistro debuts, sells out

Dr. Patrick Moreo

Moreo organized the sold-out event to equip hospitality students with real-world experiences and to spotlight the college and its programs.

Instructor Joe Askren planned the Spanish-inspired menu, but he looked to the students to help prepare and serve the cuisine in a timely fashion. About 40 people attended, which turned out to be more than organizers had anticipated.

“It was a huge success,” Askren said. “From what I heard, everybody was happy with the food and talked about buying tickets in the future, so you know it was a success.”

Paired with the food was a choice of red and white wine or a specialty craft beer made with help from Sarasota-based Big Top Brewing Co. The Tres Leche Stout, as it was called, was well-received, said Askren, who noted the beer’s caramel undertones.

“We made it a few weeks ago, knowing we had this event coming up,” he said.

Additional Bulls Bistros are set for Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and Nov. 17. They’ll run from 5 to 7 p.m. The events are expected to sell out quickly. Prices are fixed at $20 and tickets are available at

Dr. Hodges presents paper at conference

Memorial Day weekend usually means cookouts and family get-togethers, but for Dr. Eric Hodges

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Bulls Bistro debuts, sells out

Dr. Eric Hodges recently presented a paper at the American Political Science Association.

this past holiday meant rubbing elbows with thousands of academics from across the country.

With Hurricane Hermine bearing down on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the USFSM political science instructor hopped on a flight to Philadelphia for a meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA). The annual gathering drew about 8,000 academics for four days of mingling and break-out sessions.

For Dr. Hodges the event also signaled an opportunity to spotlight a classroom exercise he conducted last year. Specifically, the USFSM instructor presented a paper about an exercise in which he asked USFSM students to identify a political cause then develop strategies around promoting that cause and affecting political change.

The intent, he said, was to show that citizens can make profound differences politically if focused and organized.

Joined by four colleagues on a panel, Dr. Hodges fielded audience questions while speaking about the students and their cause, in this case, finding alternatives to beach raking, a mechanical process that can devastate sea turtle eggs and hatchlings.

“I think it went well,” he said of the conference, adding that he plans to hold similar classroom exercises in the future. “Next time I might include a public polling aspect, too.”

Dr. Hodges has been a member of the APSA since 2013.

Criminology instructor to receive doctoral degree

Criminology instructor to receive doctoral degree

Murat Haner successfully defended his doctoral dissertation.

Kudos to criminology instructor Murat Haner.

At a recent meeting at the University of Cincinnati, Haner successfully defended his doctoral dissertation – meaning he will soon be bestowed the title of doctor, as in Dr. Murat Haner.

Haner’s dissertation examined the life-history of a terrorist.

Haner received his master’s degree from University of Cincinnati as a Fulbright scholar.

Stover bids emotional farewell to USFSM

USF Sarasota-Manatee this week offered best wishes to Dennis Stover who officially retired last week as regional vice chancellor for university advancement.

Stover, 63, who came to the campus four and a half years ago to oversee campus fundraising efforts, was recognized with a going-away reception at USFSM’s rotunda Wednesday night.

Addressing well-wishers, including Regional Chancellor Dr. Sandra Stone and past campus leaders Dr. Arthur Guilford and Dr. Laurey Stryker, Stover thanked faculty, staff, alumni, students and others.

“Many folks have talked about living a purposeful life and that is something I hope I have done,” Stover told the crowd. “But for me, in living a life and finding purpose, I see that USFSM has been a part of that journey. My life continues and it has been full of purpose.

“What can be more fulfilling than knowing you have helped others attain a higher level of understanding and education?

“Go Bulls!”

Stover bids emotional farewell to USFSM

USFSM Regional Vice Chancellor Dennis Stover officially retired on Sept. 2.

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