Dr Sheramy Bundrick has been selected by the Archaeological Institute of America as one of its national lecturers for the 2014-15 academic year. Her first talk will take place at Yale on October 7, and is entitled “The Eyes Have It: Athenian Eye Cups in Context.” It is a preview of a forthcoming article in the American Journal of Archaeology (coming out July 2015). In March, Dr Bundrick will travel to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore to give a talk called “Under the Tuscan Soil: Reuniting Athenian Vases with Etruscan Tombs.” It will share some of the research she did during her Rome Prize fellowship.
Congratulations to Dr Bundrick.
On October 14, USFSP will hold a ground breaking ceremony for the building to house the Kate Tiedemann College of Business. This promises to be an exciting event. The construction of the new building will make a significant contribution to our strategic goal of building the infrastructure necessary to meet current and future needs.
On October 3, the Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) will hold a career fair at the Intercontinental in Tampa. Details are at https://tbtf.site-ym.com/?page=CareerFair.
In a sign of the deepening relationship between TBTF and USFSP, TBTF will provide transportation for USFSP students to attend the fair.
On September 26, USFSP hosted a number of school children from Eisenhower Middle School and Shields Middle School, as part of these school efforts to celebrate Hispanic Heritage as well as support specifically their ELL/Migrant Farmer kids. The children experienced a complete tour of USF Saint Petersburg campus, including a talk by a current USFSP student who shared his Latino background and challenges as well as successes, and a breakout session with some of our first generation college students.
I wanted to thank the faculty and staff from the College of Education, our admissions people, Holly Kickliter, Serge Desir and Summer Finck, as well as Priscilla Goodwin-Serra from TRiO Student Support Services and her students for making this possible. It is a great community outreach effort that potentially impacts the lives of school children who might not have considered a college career otherwise.
Journalism student Mark Wolfenbarger and a reporter in USFSP’s Neighborhood News Bureau has published an article in the Tampa Bay Times. The article, which is available at http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/st-pete-sculptor-painter-reframes-popular-images-of-blackness/2199364, covers the work of the St Pete Sculptor Sharon Norwood.
Congratulations to Mark.
Dr J. Michael Francis, Professor of History, holder of the Hough Family Endowed Chair in Florida Studies, and one of the nation’s leading experts on the Spanish colonial experience in Florida, has curated a new exhibition at the St Petersburg Museum of History entitled “Imaging La Florida: Juan Ponce de Leon and the Quest for the Fountain of Youth”. The exhibition intends to show the importance of Spain in the discovery and in the colonial past of Florida.
The exhibition is a good example of how USFSP’s Faculty Excellence in research can be leveraged to establish our distinctive identity and to build strategic partnerships with the many museums around us.
Congratulations to Dr Francis.
On September 26, Dr Sophia Wisniewska, Regional Chancellor of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg was interview by Dr Carol Mickett as part of the “Our Town” series at the Dali Museum. Our Town is a once-a-month conversation with people who are engaged in significant issues and topics in St Petersburg. Dr Wisniewska spoke about her personal history, starting life in Poland, her life and that of her family as immigrants in Philadelphia, and her journey to become Chancellor of USFSP. She also talked about our new strategic plan, and how it will impact the role of USFSP and the community that we are part of, and the strategic partnerships that we have already built and continue to build.
It was an engaging conversation that very much strengthened the message that USFSP sees itself as an integral part of St Petersburg.