Category Archives: University Events

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.


Great Society Program Published

Image for Great Society ConferenceEarlier this month, the blog announced that, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Elisa Minoff and Dr. Larissa Kopytoff, both from the Department of History and Political Science, USFSP will be hosting a series of events focused on President Lyndon B. Johnson’s call made 50 years ago to build a Great Society. The full program is now available at .

Annual Shakespeare Festival to Debut in March

St Petersburg Shahespeare Festival logoThanks to the efforts of Dr Lisa Starks-Estes, Associate Professor in the Department of Verbal and Visual Arts, and her student Veronica Matthews, and in partnership with the Department of Verbal and Visual Arts and the MLA program in Liberal Studies, USF St Petersburg will hold its first annual Shakespeare festival in March. The 2015 St Petersburg Festival will feature “As You Like It”. The play includes original music composed by Los Angeles music industry veteran Mark Matthews and a cast that includes USFSP students, alumni, and staff.

The performances will be Thursday – Sunday March 12 – 15 and March 19 – 22, at 8pm at USFSP’s Williams House Courtyard. With “Pay What You Can” admission, seating will be first come-first served for about 50 audience members.

More information, is available from the St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival’s Facebook page at

SyncPointe CEO Addresses Students

Art FyvolentThanks to the USFSP student chapters of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, Art Fyvolent, CEO of SyncPointe, a full-service digital and traditional marketing firm based in St. Petersburg, addressed our students. Mr Fyvolent shares his experiences in advertising, marketing and web business, including being an early adopter of the Internet starting his first website development company in 1994.

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 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.


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.