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Five Things to Know About USF St. Petersburg

Five Things to Know About USF St. Petersburg.

That's 850 pounds of Bull Pride now on full display along Harborwalk

An eight-foot tall, 850-pound bronze bull was installed Thursday at the foot of Harborwalk, the heftiest example of Bull pride ever seen at USF St. Petersburg.

For Student Government President Mark Lombardi-Nelson, it is the culmination of months of planning and the beginning of a new era of campus culture and tradition.

"It's the first time of actually being able to show our Bull Pride," said Lombardi-Nelson."It's going to be the first thing you take your picture with and the last thing you take your picture with. It's going to be there forever and it should be because this is who we are: We're the Bulls."

Student fees covered the $10,000 cost of creating and shipping the bull. Lombardi-Nelson credited Interim Regional Chancellor Bill Hogarth for helping to make it happen and arranging the installation.

"It was one of the first things I told the chancellor when he came here that we needed to work on," he said. Students crowded around Thursday, taking photos and videos with their cell phones. "It really looks like it's a bull in a pasture leading the way into  the city," Lombardi-Nelson said. 

USF St. Petersburg entrepreneurship students dominate pitch contest

USF St. Petersburg Entrepreneurship Club students cleaned up at a pitch competition in Tampa last week that drew 200 students from across the Southeast, with four of the seven finalists, a first and third place showing.  Senior Evan Koteles (above) won the $2,000 top prize at the Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference Student Pitch Competition at the University of Tampa. He pitched the Spunnel, a spoon/funnel invention for which he has a patent pending. Senior Nick Price placed third for a mobile, ecofriendly waterless car cleaning business in St. Petersburg he launched last month. "This was the best overall showing of pitching skills by our students I have seen,'' said William Jackson, Ph.D., director of the Entrepreneurship Program in the College of Business. The impressive showing comes just weeks after the USF St. Petersburg Entrepreneurship Program was named the Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program in the U.S. Read more.

Education professor wins national award for multicultural scholarship

Assistant Professor of Reading and Literacy Studies AnnMarie Gunn, Ph.D., (above) in the College of Education has won the 2013 Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Emerging Scholarship. The award is given annually by the American Educational Research Association to one scholar nationally who demonstrates a commitment to underserved communities and to producing scholarship that advances multicultural and multi-ethnic education. She has received two university grants related to multicultural education and the Florida Holocaust MuseumRead more

V. Mark Durand ranked among top Florida psychology professors

USF St. Petersburg Psychology Professor V. Mark Durand, Ph.D., (above) has been ranked among the top 25 psychology professors in Florida. Durand was chosen by  StateStats.org because of his expertise in autism spectrum disorder, said Wes Ricketts, vice president of the college resource website. The list grew out of a previous ranking of top colleges. "Our readers immediately expressed interest in learning more about the faculties that make up those schools, so we obliged," Ricketts said. The list was developed for and published by OnlineScoolsFlorida.com and is based on awards given in the past year. "I am honored to be included on a list with so many distinguished colleagues from across the state," Durand said.  Read more.   

Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library

The Nelson Poynter Memorial Library's annual Mardi Gras celebration will take a musical bent Tuesday with a concert from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.on the 3rd Floor rooftop terrace.With a sweeping view of Bayboro Harbor, food, and friends, it's a great excuse to visit the library and learn about its services in true New Orleans style. Singer Lauren Mitchel (above left) and guitarist Mike "the Professor" Hensley of the Lauren Mitchell Band will perform songs steeped in the tradition of New Orleans blues as well as songs from their new album. The Library is participating for the first time in the Sucoast Blues Society's "Blues in the Library Program," which is designed  to put  musicians in public libraries, schools and universities to enrich student awareness and appreciation of the blues. Bon temps roulez!!

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Cherlene Willis February 12, 2013 at 06:32 PM
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