Category Archives: Community Partnerships

St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs Wins Award

St Petersburg Conference on World Affairs LogoThe St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs has been awarded the Nikolai Khaladjan International Award from the American Association of University Administrators. The conference is recognized as a model partnership between campus and community.

The Conference itself will be held from February 26-28. Further details are available at

Congratulations are of course due to all involved, and in particular Dr. Thomas Smith of the Department of History and Political Science.


Journalism Student Miyar Published in Tampa Bay Times

Carla BristolJournalism student, Kelly Miyar, recently had an article published in the Tampa Bay Times. The article, which is available at, focuses on Carla Bristol (pictured right) and Gallerie 909, a gallery on 22nd Street South with an emphasis on African American and Caribbean Art.

The article was created in the context of the USFSP Neighborhood News Bureau (, which is run by Robert Hooker, and congratulations are due both to Ms Miyar and to Mr Hooker.

USFSP to Host TEDx Event

TEDx LogoThanks the efforts of CJ Vila from the Department of Student Life and Engagement, USFSP has been authorized to host a TEDx event on April 9. TEDx events are local gatherings where live TED-like talks and videos previously recorded at TED conferences are shared with the community. TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design, is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). Organizing a TEDx event will allow USFSP to share the amazing work done by our faculty and students with the wider community.

Congratulations to CJ Vila for bringing this event to USFSP.

USFSP to Organize Events on the Great Society

Dr Elisa MinoffThanks to the efforts of Dr Elisa Minoff, Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Political Science (Pictured right), and Dr Larissa Kopytoff, Visiting Instructor in the same Department, USFSP will host a series of events focused on President Lyndon B. Johnson’s call made 50 years ago to build a Great Society, a society that, in President Johnson’s words, “demands an end to poverty and racial injustice”. USFSP will host a series of talks and panel discussions under the theme “The Great Society in Florida at 50: A Look Back, A Look Forward.” The events, which will take place between March 16 and 23, will bring together USFSP faculty and representatives from the community. Drs Minoff and Kopytoff are finalizing the arrangements, which will be shared as soon as they have done so.

Congratulations to Drs Minoff and Kopytoff.

College of Education Partners with Fairmont Park Elementary

Mr Fred BennettThanks to the efforts of Fred Bennett, and many others, the leadership program that the College of Education runs in collaboration with the Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership with Fairmont Elementary Park Elementary School continues to flourish. The program will shortly host a meeting of Park Elementary children with Deputy Major Tamika Tomalin. The event was the initiative of Chadsia Thomas, a 5th grader at Park Elementary.

The program centers around a leadership club of around 20 Fairmount 5th graders. The idea is to develop leaders and to make organic change in the school, where the students take ownership of the school and make sustainable change by leading their peers. In addition it provides a great opportunity for USFSP education students learn and grow, and provides a great example of USFSP’s outreach activities.

USFSP Partners with Rowdies to Upgrade Soccer Pitch

Rowdies LogoUSFSP is partnering with the Rowdies, the St Pete based professional soccer team, to upgrade our soccer pitch. The project will result in a better soccer pitch and a fence around the facility. We are also hoping to be able to put in lights. The Rowdies will use the pitch from 10:00 until 12:00 and from 4:00 until 6:00 as they prepare for the Spring season, which will start in April. USFSP students and faculty will be able to use the pitch at the other times.

Stuffed Animal Drive

Dr Phil TrocchiaBuilding on a 11 ydeaer old tradition, Kate Tiedemann College of Business marketing professors Dr Phil Trocchia (pictured above to the right) and Dr Mike Luckett (pictured below) again led their students in a drive to collect new and gently used teddy bears and stuffed animals for community organizations. The two organizations who benefited this year were Happy Workers Day Care in South St Petersburg who have an income-based variable fee to allow low income, working parents affordable day care, andDr Mike LuckettCASA, a shelter for battered women. Previous beneficiaries have included the A.S.A.P. Homeless Shelter, the YMCA, Salvation Army, Red Cross, St. Petersburg Police Department, and Toys for Tots, among others.

Our thanks of course go out to Drs Luckett and Trochia and their students.