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Author Wally Lamb will make two appearances at USF Sarasota-Manatee in February. The first will come at the Duvall Family Studies Conference and the second as part of the "Conversations with Authors" series.

Our next 'Conversations with Authors' series welcomes novelist Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True -- both selections of Oprah's Book Club. Lamb will engage in conversation with Susan Rife, Books and Arts Editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, about his writing process, his work with the women of the York Correctional Institution in Connecticut and his reflections on the Columbine and Sandy Hook school tragedies. 

Lamb will also speak at the 2013 Duvall Family Studies Conference, a biennial symposium created to bring academic research findings to human services practitioners, and practice knowledge and needs to researchers.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, please check the links below. 

We enjoyed a wonderful 2012 and look forward to a year of leadership, scholarship and growth in 2013 that is full of promise. The build-out of our Mote Marine Lab classrooms in underway and we've accepted our first 50 freshmen for Fall 2013. 


Part of what makes us so successful is YOU: our caring faculty, staff, students, friends, community advocates and supporters. We are always grateful for your loyalty, creative ideas and donations of your time, talent and treasure. 


I would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone whose generosity has propelled USF Sarasota-Manatee forward over the years, and we recognize those who have already contributed to our 2013 Faculty and Staff Campaign.


Please plan to attend the reception and coffee break for the USF Sarasota-Manatee Faculty & Staff Campaign 2013 kickoff at 2 p.m., Feb. 6, outside Jonathan's Caf´┐Ż under the sails.


Take a look ahead to all the wonderful events coming up at USFSM over the next few months. There is truly something for everyone, and we encourage you to check out our event listings on a regular basis!



Dr. Arthur M. Guilford, PhD 
Regional Vice Chancellor
One Book-One Community Event at USFSM

5 students from USFSM are hosting this year's "One Book-One Community" event on Feb. 19.  The book chosen by residents of Sarasota County for this year's shared reading event is Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.


USFSM Hosts Disability Awareness Week
USFSM recently hosted Disability Awareness Week which featured a variety of interactive events to raise awareness for what people deal with day-to-day living with disabilities.
  • USFSM and the Lifelong Learning Academy hosted a pair of speakers this month as you read in
  • The Sarasota Herald-Tribune takes a look at all the events going on at USFSM for Disability Awareness Week.
  • ABC 7 interviewed Dr. Kathy Black for a story on Elder Fraud.
  • Kathy Black is also cited in an article about the issue of isolation among the elderly in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
  • Dr. Terry Osborne was involved in the process for naming a new finalist for Manatee school superintendent, writes the Bradenton Herald.
  • State College of Florida's new president Dr. Carol Probstfeld met with Dr. Guilford and Dr. Bonnie Jones on the USFSM campus during her first day on the job and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune was there to follow her around.
  • The Sarasota Herald-Tribune also reports that USFSM campus board member Margaret Callihan has been named the new South Florida Division President of Sun Trust. The South Florida Business Journal also talks about Callihan's new post.

It is our individual stories that make USFSM special. Each month, we will feature a donor, an alumnus and a faculty member to give you a peek into the world of USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Alumni Spotlight

"The best thing I got out of my USFSM experience would be everyone associated with the campus from faculty to custodians.  I felt as if everyone there was helping achieve my goals.  It truly is a community.


-- Pamela Harper

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Faculty Spotlight
"USFSM is a small school, so you won't get lost as a number.  There is great, high-quality teaching and Sarasota is a great place to live all year round!"
-- Dr. Kathy Black
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Student Spotlight

"USFSM has provided me with all the tools I need to succeed independently and they continue to help me as I transition from my undergrad to graduate studies."



-- Maria Vazquez

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  • Nancy Johnson, the Executive Vice President of Carlson Rezidor, accepted the COHTL's invitation to be the Spring 2013 Linda Novey-White lecturer.
  • Did you know all the different things USFSM does to assist Veterans? If you want to learn more, make sure you reach out to Todd Hughes who assumed the role of Veteran Affairs work study representative in October.
  • New College of Florida and USF Sarasota-Manatee announce that Lt. Mike Kessie is being promoted to Chief of Police, effective February 3, 2013. The two institutions jointly fund and share the comprehensive law enforcement services of the Campus Police Department (CPD). Twenty-two year veteran Chief of Police Wes Walker will be stepping down and returning to patrol duties on February 3, 2013. Chief Walker has served with great distinction for the past eight years and has requested the new assignment filling a patrol officer vacancy. 

  • Dr. Tricia Hunsader co-authored a book entitled  Mathematics: A Good Beginning 7th edition.
  • Dr. Kathy Black To Share New Framework For Supporting Seniors' Independence sponsored by the Freethinkers Forum.
  • Dr. Fawn T. Ngo's work "Stalking Strains, Gender, and Legitimate Coping Strategies: A Partial Test of Broidy and Agnew's Gender/GST Hypotheses." was recently published in Victims & Offenders: The International Journal of Evidence-based Research, Policy, and Practice.
  • Students Hannah Feliciano, Alixis Riley, and Viktoriya Dzhuga each earned a Public Anthropology Award.
  • Dr. Linda Hose had four students (the maximum for one school) earn Public Anthropology Awards.
  • Four USFSM students: Rose Fritz, Sandy Joseph, James Mohan and Whitney Scott were accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
There are always a variety of events happening at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. For a complete listing of upcoming events check out our online calendar.

Feb. 23
Mark you calendars for February 23rd, 2013 when the USF Sarasota-Manatee Math Club will host our 2nd annual USF (SM)2ART Fair (USF Sarasota-Manatee's Sensational Mathematical Art), a free event for area 5th & 6th graders.
For details, visit the fair website.
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