Monthly Archives: July 2014

Campus Board Endorses Strategic Plan

In a specially called meeting, the USF St Petersburg Campus Board endorses our strategic plan. USFSP has been engaged in a strategic planning process since shortly after Dr Sophia Wisniewska assumed the position of Regional Chancellor. The process to arrive at the strategic plan has been very wide ranging and inclusive. There are details about the process, as well as further details about the plan itself, at

The plan will now move to the USF Board of Trustees Academics and Campus Environment Work Group (BOT/ACE) and, following the endorsement of this body, to the Board of Trustees for ratification at its next meeting on September 4.


Gibson to Present at National Conference

Kathleen Gibson, Mathematics Course Coordinator and Instructor, will be presenting her very first conference paper entitled “On the Road to Recovery in Gen Ed Math: Assessment as a Learning Tool” at the Lily International Conference on College Teaching in November at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The presentation is based on her work on the USFSP Quality Enhancement Plan, which we prepared for our regional accreditation with the Commission of Colleges of SACS. Our Quality Enhancement Plan focuses on helping students succeed in mathematics and statistics courses.

Congratulations are due to Kathleen. I am sure that this presentation will be the first in a long stream of presentations and publications.

Chenneville Publication

Tiffany Chenneville, Chair of the Department of Psychology, just received news that the article entitled “Decisional Capacity Among Youth with HIV: Results from the MacArthur Competence Tool for Treatment”, which she co-authored with USFSP graduate student Marielle Machacek, as well as collaborators from the Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics from USF Tampa, has been published in the journal AIDS Patient Care and STDs. Tiffany was the lead author.

Congratulations are due to Tiffany for adding this paper to her ever growing list of publications.

Journalism Students Publish in Tampa Bay Times

Two of our undergraduate students, Karlana June and Jennifer Nesslar, both majoring in Journalism and Media Studies, have had stories published in the Tampa Bay Times. Karlana’s article covered the $100,000 restoration of Ponder House, while Jennifer wrote about a Midtown incubator to boost small business. The articles were written in the capstone course for the Journalism and Media Studies program entitled “Neighborhood News Bureau”. The course focuses on covering news in the Midtown and the Childs Park area, and was taught by professor Rob Hooker, who used to write for the St Petersburg Times. Professor Hooker pitched the stories to the Tampa Bay Times.

All this is a great example of how USFSP works with the local community, and congratulations are due both to Karlana and Jennifer for having their stories picked and to Professor Hooker for pitching the stories.

Graphic Design Students Win Competition in China

A number of students recently traveled to China under the tutelage of Dr Julie Wong, Regional Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. The students participated in the Legends of China Silk Banner Art Contest ( The contest requires students to design a silk banner according to a theme set by the organizers. The entries are judged on 4 criteria, the clarity in which the theme is reflected in the banner, creativity, effort and uniqueness, by a panel of 20 judges, including faculty, artists, architects, community members, and government officials. This year’s theme was “Asia in World Peace” and attracted around 300 submissions. The winning submission was created by James Foster, a recent graduate from our Graphic Design program. Katie Laker, also from our Graphic Design program, won an honorable mention, and I understand from Julie that Katie’s submission actually came out second in the voting. The achievement of our students is even more remarkable as this was the first time they had worked with silk. The winning posters are shown below (with apologies for the quality of the photographs).

Congratulations are of course due to James, Katie and all the other students whose work made such an impression on the judges.

Foster Poster Laker Poster
James Foster’s Submission Katie Laker’s Submission


Welcome to the blog celebrating the success of the faculty and students at the University of South Florida St Petersburg. USF St Pete is a truly amazing institution with outstanding faculty and students, as this blog will show. Please send any comments to or leave them on the blog posts themselves.

Han Reichgelt,
Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs,
University of South Florida, St Petersburg