Category Archives: Staff Excellence

Baker to Attend 2015 Spain Workshop in Madrid

Study in Spain logoMs Wendy Baker, Study Abroad Coordinator in the Office of Academic Affairs, has been invited to participate in the 2015 Spain Workshop in Madrid. The workshop, which is funded by the Embassy of Spain-Trade Commission in Miami, will include workshop style meetings with educational institutions in Madrid, and visits to universities and language schools in different cities, where current programs for foreign students are being offered.

Congratulations to Ms Baker.


USFSP Established Another Honors Society

Delta Epsilon Iota LogoThanks to the efforts of Lesa Shouse and Vaishali Gakhar of USFSP Career Center, USFSP recently established the Alpha Mu Iota chapter of the Delta Epsilon Iota ( honors society. Delta Epsilon Iota focuses is on the education of their members about career development. It also encourages academic excellence, and promotes the principles of Dedication, Enthusiasm, and Initiative in all aspects of campus life.

Congratulations to Ms Shouse and Ms Gakhar for this important initiative.

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.

Schnur Invited to Leadership Institute

Mr Jim SchnurMr Jim Schnur, Librarian for the Special Collections and University Archives at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, has been invite to participate in the 2015 Archives Leadership Institute. The Institute brings together no more than 25 mid-career archivists from throughout the United States, and provides a wonderful professional development opportunity for participants. The fact that Mr Schnur was invited to participate in this prestigious institute reflects on the great work that he has already been doing on the USFSP special collections and archives, and that he no doubt will continue to do.

Congratulations to Mr Schnur.

Beltran and Sahgal-Patel to Present at National Conference

Student Life CenterVictoria Beltran and Anita Sahgal-Patel will present a paper to the American College Health Association (ACHA) Annual Meeting in Orlando in May entitled “The USFSP Wellness Center Story: Successful Collaboration of Counseling, Health, and Health Promotion Under One Roof.” USFSP was one of the first institutions to have an integrated Wellness Center combining counseling, health, and health promotion services, and the paper will present the advantages and challenges of doing so, as well as plans for the future.

Congratulations to Ms Beltran and Dr Sahgal.


Mary Anne ReillyOn December 13, USF St Petersburg held its fall commencement ceremony. Some 400 students graduates and some 300 took part in the ceremony.

During the ceremony, USFSP recognized the King O’Neal awards to Heather Lee and Jesse Daw, both of whom graduated with a 4.0 GPA, and awarded the outstanding graduate award to education major Angela Wilson for her extraordinary service to the university and the surrounding community and doing all this while maintaining a very high GPA.

Finally, USFSP awarded its most prestigious honor, the annual Chancellor’s Award for Civic Leadership, to Tampa Bay accounting executive, Mary Anne Reilly (pictured to the right). Reilly, a founding shareholder in the firm of Reilly, Fisher & Solomon, P.A., is a long standing member of the Kate Tiedemann College of Business Advisory Board. She also serves on the boards of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, the Foundation for a Drug-Free America, Bayfront HERO, and the Florida Holocaust Museum.

There is a video of the ceremony at

Congratulations are of course due to all graduates, and the recipients of the various awards. Thanks are also due to Yoli Lanuza for again making sure that the ceremony was joyous and ran smoothly.

Davis and Kmetz Win Distinguished Paper Award

Dr Chris DavisDr Chris Davis, Associate Professor of Information Systems Management in the Kate Tiedemann College of Business and pictured right, and Mr Karla Kmetz, instructional designer in the same college, won one of only four distinguished paper awards at the recently held Information Systems Education Conference (ISECON). The title of the paper was ‘Student Engagement: the core model and inter-cohort analysis’, and grew out of an on-going collaboration between Ms Karla Kmetz and Dr Davis. The paper describes an ongoing process to ‘re-engineer’ the computer lab based Systems Analysis and Design class into three new formats (classroom, hybrid lab and fully on-line), and to monitor the way that students engage with this material. The paper suggests that there is an urgent need to deepen investigation of student engagement to better understand the nature of the interaction between the student, the instructor, and the content in on-line learning environments.

Congratulations to Dr Davis and Ms Kmetz.