USF offers outreach with autism program


 

TAMPA, Fl– The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities has been established at the University of South Florida for 23 years.

“We were the first C.A.R.D. center here in the state developed by families who really saw the need to have these direct supports and services that links with our resources,” said C.A.R.D.’s Program Coordinator Christine Rover.

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF is one out of seven sites across the state providing free services, resources, and training assistance for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder across the area.

C.A.R.D’s very own Program Assistant and Social Media Coordinator Adrian Ruiz has her own very personal connection with the non-profit organization.

“Well I’m a unique situation, I actually work here at C.A.R.D but I’m also a parent of a child with autism,” stated Ruiz, “I’ve seen the impact of C.A.R.D first hand, they’ve been to my home and they’ve been to my child’s school. They work one on one with her teachers and her trainings and just providing those resources and assistance to me directly with her education.”

“We know that our families become more engaged in their community and more successful in school and in employment through our training initiatives,” explained Rover. “The impact has not only educated our community, but with the families with individuals with autism spectrum disorder can be really successful.”

If you want to learn more about C.A.R.D, visit their Facebook page or visit their center located at the University of South Florida.

Moffitt Cancer Center Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

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Back in 1981, Florida Legislature passed a bill that allowed the creation of Moffitt Cancer Center. Later, in Oct. 27, 1986, it opened for the first time at the University of South Florida, making it the first cancer center in the state.

Moffitt Cancer Center was named after cancer survivor H. Lee Moffitt.

“He didn’t even want it to be named after him,” said Moffitt Media Relations Coordinator Steve Blanchard, “so, they had to trick him to get him out of the building when they named it after him and he came back, and it was a surprise to him.”

Over the years, Moffitt Cancer Center had broken new grounds in terms of architecture, funding and research.

“Moffitt is on the leading edge and the cutting edge of research for cancer, and they always are ten steps ahead of research,” stated Clinical Science Lab Coordinator Portia Weiss, “I think by the growth that the hospital is doing and the research and the teams we have in place here makes it a fantastic place to work. So, I’m very happy to be a part of this team.”

“This upcoming year is a very big year for Moffitt Cancer Center and I’m excited to see what we do next year, but it is very important to remember that until there is a cure for cancer then Moffitt is going to be right there in the middle of the fight,” said Blanchard.

Police, apartment management make properties safer

The Tampa Police Department is teaming up with Meridian Pointe Apartments to make the city safer.

The City of Tampa Police Department presented Meridian Pointe’s property manager, Bob Kelsey, with the first ever “crime free” sign. The community came out to show their support.

Kelsey has been in charge of making the apartment complex safer for residents, which consisted of the installation of new doors, locks, lighting fixtures and securer windows.

“I wanted the residents to know that Richman Properties of Meridian Pointe really cares about each and every one of them and about their quality of life,” Kelsey said. “You can’t put a price on someone’s life.”

The result of the Tampa Police Department teaming up with Meridian Pointe has made residents and the police officers on duty feel protected and safe.

“I love working with the community,” Officer Kay Brown said. “My whole entire career that I have been here at the police department has always been community. That is my passion. To see smiling faces of people living in peace and harmony, without any interruptions from people who want to cause problems on the property, just brightens my day.”

“I know how instrumental the relationship between the police department and properties like Richman is and how important it is,” Kelsey said. “I just look forward to the future. I think it’s going to be a bright one for Meridian Pointe.”

Assault Survivor Empowers Women With Self-Defense

 

Hot Ninja Defenders creator, Caroline Portugal is changing the game for women empowerment throughout the area.

She has developed her own personal defense training specifically designed for women since she first started her business in 2013.

Portugal hosts everything from six week training courses, to personal training, to private women’s classes to teach women to protect themselves.

“Hot Ninja Defenders is a self defense course that I created specifically for women so that they can defend themselves if they were ever to be attacked,” Portugal said .

Her business was a success and made her Hot Ninja Defenders feel empowered, confident and most importantly, safe.

“Before taking these classes I had no idea how important it was to understand the technique behind it and it’s very important that women know these strategies,” gym goer, Bobbie Freitage said.

Portugal also hosts art classes and charity events to help raise money and awareness to women who have been personally affected by street assault.

“If one person comes out of this seminar utilizing one of the techniques that I taught them and it helped saved their life, then I know that what I do for a living is everything that I’ve always wanted to do,” Portugal said .

Find classes near you at ninjadefenders.com.

In ambitious exhibit, Tampa Museum of Art showcases works by USF’s Graphicstudio

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Todd Smith is changing the face of art exhibits in the Tampa Bay area.

The Tampa Museum of Art executive director has put together countless art exhibits for the museum since he started his position in 2008.

Smith has partnered with the University of South Florida to hold an exhibition in the Tampa Museum of Art titled “Graphicstudio: Uncommon Practice at USF.

“We’ve brought all of our staffs together to collaborate and put together this show, which is the largest ever to look at the history of graphic studio,” Smith said.

The exhibit, one of the largest that the Tampa Museum of Art has seen, has been a success.

“There was a huge turnout for both artists and appreciators of art,” Smith said.

One was USF College of Visual Arts alumni Lindsey Batz.

“Being in Tampa is great opportunity,  having the Tampa Museum of Art so close,” Batz said. “It will kind of bring you back to what you have going on in school as far as, you know, having your professor’s work, having your peer’s work. Everything you see kind of brings out a new little piece.”

Tampa clothing designer, USF grad plans launch of bikini and yoga pants line in summer

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The Tampa Bay area has a new clothing company opening this summer. Business woman and clothing designer Christian Mikel plans to launch her bikini and yoga pants line.

The Tampa native developed her line, Christian Mikel Inc., from the ground up on her own.

“My first step was to get a business license, so that way I looked credible and manufacturers would want to talk to me and give me their time,” said CEO Mikel. “Then, after that, I learned that I had to not only make my designs, but also make computer-formatted designs. So, I learned how to use Photoshop and Illustrator.”

Mikel aspires to open a store in Tampa, but in the meantime will launch her website this summer.

“Currently, I’m working on getting my samples back and hopefully release this summer my bathing suit and yoga pant line,” Mikel said. “I’ve been learning how to set up my website so my website is ready to go. And once I get all the products in, we’re going to do our photo shoots with our models. Then, we’ll pick the photos we want and post them on our website and basically, we’re in business and we’re ready to go.”

Mikel graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in biomedical sciences. However, her passion has always been in the arts.

“My daughter has always been interested in painting, and the arts and making things with her hands,” said Terri Corson, Mikel’s mother. “She’s extremely creative and, although she had a degree in the sciences, her real passion was on how things should be put together.”

After launching her yoga pants and swimwear line, Mikel wants to create and design her own jewelry line to add to her fashion empire.

Flu season keeps blood donors home, increases demand for supply

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Blood drive donations are low due to the hurting blood supply in the Tampa area. Having the flu is bringing our blood collection services down with it.

“If you currently have the flu, you can’t donate,” OneBlood nurse Alesia Williams said. “If you have the flu vaccine and don’t have the flu you can … but normally we have a shortage of a lot of the negatives. The negatives are normally in shortage because it’s the universal donor, and anyone can take that.”

OneBlood donation service desperately needs healthy donors, particularly those with the universal type, O negative.

“A lot of times it’s the O negatives, A negatives, B negatives — those are a lot in shortage because we use those a lot,” Williams said.

Too many people are home sick with the flu, causing blood donations to decrease.

“Actually, there is a huge flu outbreak right now, but I’m here and I’m healthy, so I’ll keep going with it,” said University of South Florida student Lauren Greene.

Healthy people 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds are the ideal donors.

USF’s Tampa campus has two OneBlood vehicles, at the Sun Dome and the Marshall Student Center.

“It’s really convenient to have these buses here,” Greene said. ”I live on campus, so it’s really easy to get here. I don’t have to travel, and you shouldn’t be driving cars after anyway, just in case something goes wrong. So having them here makes it really easy to get here.”

Donors receive a mini check-up. Schedule an appointment at oneblood.org or call 1-888-936-6283.