This is USFSM – May Edition

Awards luncheon highlights faculty and staff

With the academic year nearing its conclusion, USF Sarasota-Manatee staff and faculty took time April 12 to thank those whose outstanding service to USFSM deserved mention.

Dozens were honored. The ceremony was held at USFSM’s Selby Auditorium and led by USFSM Regional Chancellor Dr. Karen Holbrook.

Dr. Jean Kabongo and Dr. Jessica Grosholz were named Outstanding Professors for the spring 2018 semester by the Student Government Association on behalf of graduating seniors. Dr. Sunita Lodwig received the same honor for the fall 2017 semester.

Dr. Grosholz, an assistant professor of criminology, said of the award: “It confirms to me that the amount of time I spend with my students hasn’t gone unnoticed. I’m also pleased to have been chosen for this honor alongside my colleague Dr. Jean Kabongo, who embodies excellence in teaching.”

The Outstanding Staff Award went to Dr. Christopher Bolgiano, the academic and programs administrator for the College of Science & Mathematics. Given by Dr. Bolgiano’s peers, the award recognized his efforts and commitment throughout the academic year.

“Of course, none of us works in a vacuum,” he said. “Success in my position is directly dependent on the collaborative efforts of others within the college and across campus. One of my primary responsibilities is the development and supervision of the CSM office manager position, as well as indirect supervision of the CSM part-time office assistant. The performance success and satisfaction of the individuals in these roles is a direct measure of my own performance as a mentor and leader.”

As the academic and programs administrator, Dr. Bolgiano advises CSM faculty and staff on administrative and academic policies and fiscal matters. Among other duties, he coordinates faculty workload assignments, provides oversight of annual reviews for resident and adjunct faculty and supports the college’s tenure and promotion process, along with recruitment of adjunct faculty.

Dr. Bolgiano previously held the same position in the College of Education. In fact, when the College of Science & Mathematics was officially formed on July 1, 2016, Dr. Bolgiano was the only employee who didn’t change offices. In a sense, the new college was formed around him.

Other faculty and staff award winners were:

Nominees for Outstanding Staff

Laura Delagardelle

Allison Dinsmore

Pam Gleason

Victoria Ramirez

Heidi Schroeder

Glenna Schubert

Joseph Sidoti

Darryl Waddy

Team Enrollment: Brandon Avery, Terry Martin, Lorraine Palacios-Bulgala

Team Facilities, Planning & Maintenance: Dan LaForge, Rosana Ellana, Beverly Pinder, Stacy Dukhi, Susan Barbour, Rick Lyttle, Mark Heise

Team Technology Services: Brian Mudd, Corry Farabee, Joe Sidoti, Chip Doerr, Marty McGuire, Christian Sims, Fabio Monticone

Team Persistence: Briana Byers, Allison Dinsmore, Kim Mones, Gabriela Vega, Timi Hager, Jessica Szempruch, Ben Heins, Glenna Schubert, Kati Hinds

Faculty Excellence Awards

Community Engagement: Dr. Jessica Grosholz

Excellence in Service: Dr. Phil Wagner

Excellence in Teaching: Dr. Fawn Ngo

Excellence in Research (tenured): Dr. Tom Becker

Excellence in Research (non-tenured): Dr. Carlos Santamaria

2017/18 Quiet Quality Awards

Sarah Gentry

Mark Fought

Stacy Dukhi

Lorraine Palacios-Bulgala

David Croxford

Jessica Boylan

Laura Delagardelle

Staff Senate

Patrice McLaughlin

Jessica Szempruch

Administration Advisory Council

Darren Gambrell

Faculty Senate

Dr. Fawn Ngo, president

Dr. Anurag Agarwal, vice president

Length of Service

Gail Merchant             20 years          Scott Perry                  10 years

June Benowitz             15 years          Jay Riley                      10 years

Kathy Black                 15 years          James Unnever            10 years

Michelle Krueger        15 years          Joe Askren                   10 years

Chris Starosta              15 years          Kimberly Badanich      5 years

Marie Byrd                  10 years          Keith Barron                5 years

Carolyn Dyson             10 years          Dean Dixon                  5 years

Laura Hoffman            10 years          Ram Govindu               5 years

Lora Kosten                 10 years          Brianne Reck               5 years

Jennifer Mariano        10 years          Jessica Szempruch       5 years

Barbara Melfi             10 years          Ildiko Toth                   5 years

New endowed scholarship established

USFSM students now have another scholarship option thanks to the generosity of USF alums Brad and Jan Kelly.

The Kellys last month established a generous $25,000 endowment named for longtime friend and business client Owen Charles Gallagher who passed a few months ago.

“He was my second client, but he was more than a client; he was a friend,” said Brad Kelly, a CPA and USF Class ’79 alum. “When Owen passed away it just seemed the right time to do it.”

The Kellys have a deep appreciation for higher education. Jan Kelly, a principal at Hugo Schmidt Elementary School, received both her business degree and master’s degree from USF, and all of the couple’s three children are USF graduates.

Plus, the two are fixtures are USF sporting events and Brad has long played a pivotal role at the Alumni Association, serving as board president 2010-2011 and before that as treasurer. He also served on the Foundation Board from 2010 to 2011.

Over the years, the two have contributed several times to USF. That their latest donation – the Kelly’s largest one-time contribution to a USF institution – was directed to USF Sarasota-Manatee is due in large part to their friendship with longtime USFSM boosters Dr. Anila Jain, Rick Smith, Roger Frazee and others.

At their invitation, the couple started attending Brunch on the Bay events 10 years ago. Little by little, they learned more about the campus, its mission and the faculty, staff and students here, which helped them gain a deeper appreciation for USFSM.

“Really, it was the people and the campus that convinced us to direct our support there,” said Brad, now a chief financial officer at a medical staffing company in Brandon. “We like the campus there and the people and what they’re doing. We just thought it was important to support the campus and the students.”

To learn more about establishing an endowed scholarship or other forms of giving, visit

MBA student Chris Nothdurft was recently interviewed for an upcoming video segment about a scholarship he received.

The video’s producers wanted to know how the master’s degree candidate benefitted from the Anna Maria Oyster Bar and Air & Energy Scholarship, or the “AMOB/AE Scholarship.” Nothdurft, who qualified for the scholarship based on his high 3.85 GPA and community outreach, said the funds helped pay for a computer to run software for his MBA classes.

“The military benefits I received took care of all the big-ticket items, but what they didn’t take care of were all of the little subordinate-type things that you need as a full-time MBA student,” Nothdurft, a 10-year Army veteran, said. “The AMOB/AE Scholarship helped take care of some of those, including a computer.

“I was honored that they had selected me to receive the award,” he added. “‘Honored,’ I can’t think of a better word.”

John and Amanda Horne, owners of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar, have been honoring such worthy students for years, and in recognition of their longtime work the two were subjects of a video by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation that lauded their charitable efforts.

It turns out the Hornes are not only champions of higher education, but this altruistic couple also makes time to support local elementary schools as well.

Several years ago, the two worked with the Manatee County school district to launch a summer reading program for Manatee youth called “Dive into Reading.” In April, the National Restaurant Association presented the Hornes with the Small Business award for their community service at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The program’s aim was to help local children continue their reading during summer months between semesters so they don’t “unlearn” what they picked up during the school year. The program provided children with free, age-appropriate books during the summer.

Organizers say such programs not only help children retain their reading skills, but they can provide a welcome head start when the school year resumes in the fall.

Since its creation, Dive into Reading has provided more than 1,600 books to local youth – all paid for by the Hornes.

“Education is crucial,” John Horne said. “Without it, you won’t get anywhere in life. Education is crucial to success, and giving just a little bit of help can go a long way.”

In addition to the Hornes, Stewart and Trudy Moon, along with son Stewart Jr., the owners of Air & Energy Co., are co-founders of the AMOB/AE Scholarship.

Brunch on the Bay Celebrates 25 Years

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its annual marquee event – Brunch on the Bay – on Sunday, November 4, marking two and one-half decades of providing financial support for student scholarships.

Since 1994, Brunch on the Bay has generated nearly $1.1 million in scholarships for more than 1,700 USFSM students, and the events have yielded more than $5.5 million in gifts, state matching funds, endowment earnings and in-kind support.

Bob Turner, retired publisher of the Bradenton Herald, and Lauren Henry, USFSM’s Outstanding Graduate in 2016 and the founder of Aretios, a local consulting firm, will serve as co-chairs for one of the most popular and impactful events of the year.

“The Brunch funds scholarships for many local students who would not be able to attend school otherwise,” said Turner, who was a founding member of the USFSM Community Leadership Council and is a past recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. “USF is a great asset in that regard and allows working students to more readily have educational growth opportunities near enough to continue their work life, attain a degree and advance their careers.”

More than 1,000 guests are expected to attend the event, including corporate sponsors, individual donors, community leaders, volunteers, faculty, staff, students and friends of the university. Approximately 18 of Sarasota and Manatee Counties’ finest restaurants and caterers will once again prepare their signature dishes and serve them to patrons under tents on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.

“It is an absolute honor to be able to co-chair this year’s 25th Anniversary Brunch on the Bay,” said Henry. “It is so important to me to be able to help give back to other students in this way because I was in their position and experienced the impact of college scholarships first hand. Now that I am on the other side of the spectrum, I want to make it possible for others to positively shape their future through the power of higher education.”

To purchase individual tickets or corporate sponsorships for Brunch on the Bay, contact Pam Gleason at or 941-359-4603.