A rising club at USF: Eudaimonia

Eudaimonia is a new and rising club at USF giving out free hugs to all who want one every Nov.14.

Jonathon Burroughs, the founder of Eudaimonia, began the club to commemorate a friend who committed suicide on the same day four years ago.

“I started this doing this to commemorate my friend who lost his life to suicide,” Burroughs said. “I do this for him, but some of the other members do it to just spread joy.”

Burroughs started giving out free hugs without the University’s approval, but soon got the go-ahead to continue when he received positive feedback from students.

“Sometimes you do things and you perpetuate events, and you don’t see the results,” Burroughs said. “But the results are there and it’s powerful. For me, it is about believing in the idea that what I’m doing has results that are powerful, even though I don’t see them.”

Hard work pays off for USF researcher

Emmanuel Smith did not plan to become a postdoctoral researcher at the University of South Florida (USF) during his undergraduate years. It took him four years to finish a two-year degree.

For fun, Smith asks people to guess his GPA when he was in college.

“I always tell them that it was extremely low and I tell them to shoot for as low as they can,” he said. “They always tend to put two extra points on top. My GPA after two years of community college was 0.69.”

When he was 22 years old, he said he had no idea what he wanted in life.

“Going out and drinking every night tends to be repetitive,” Smith said. “At the moment you might think you are having the best time of your life, but after you do it a bunch of times, you realize the experience doesn’t change. It’s just the same experience over and over again.”

Thanks to an undergraduate teacher, Smith pursued biochemistry and decided to go back to school, where he graduated with a 3.9 GPA.

“I wanted to feel good about what I was doing, so that led me going back to school and trying really hard,” Smith said. “It felt really good succeeding in my classes, and eventually that led to the path that decided to be a biologist.”

Colleagues at the USF lab said Smith is a hard worker and always motivates the team.

“Just his love of science, just the love of doing what he does, you can tell that he is passionate about the work that’s done here,” Derek Nichols said. “And, the work that he is looking forward to doing in the future.”

Emmanuel Smith surpassed his own expectations. He tells students if you want to succeed, you need to work hard now.

USF School of Music Student is Nominated for GRAMMY Award

Jose Ruiz may seem like your average student at the University of South Florida, but it turns out, there is a little more behind the music major than meets the eye.

“He is actually the first student from USF to be nominated for any sort of GRAMMY,” Dr. McCormick, a USF professor who has worked with Ruiz for over 20 years, said.

At just 28-years-old, Ruiz has been nominated to win a Latin GRAMMY in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album.

“I first met Jose when he was 8. He was in the third grade. He’s always been very diversified in his musical interests,” McCormick said.

“Going in this project, it was never about me. I wanted to be inclusive and invite my students as well and even my dad, my dad who has been there for me this whole time. He’s nominated now because he was one of the producers, you know, of the album,” Ruiz said.

Jose earned his Bachelors in Music Studies at USF. After travelling to the University of Miami for his Master’s Degree, he returned to USF to teach students while also earning his Ph.D. in Music Education.

“Dr. McCormick, that’s her name. She’s responsible for teaching me how to be an expressive player through an instrument,” Ruiz said. “And my father is responsible for cultivating my innate ability to adapt to different musical settings and to improvise and to pick things up by ear.”

The 2015 Latin GRAMMY’S will be held this November in Las Vegas.

 

USF professors awarded grant to launch education app

TAMPA, Fl.- Two University of South Florida professors in the college of education are working together as husband and wife to develop a new app that will allow young children in grades K-5 to access primary resources, or firsthand accounts of events and experiences throughout history.

Michael Berson, professor of social science education and advisor for Muzzy Lane Software, and his wife, Ilene Berson, professor of early childhood in the department of childhood education and literacy studies, are working with Muzzy Lane Software and a team of people throughout the country on the “KidCitizen” project. In September, “KidCitizen” was one of three educational app development grants given by the Library of Congress. The grant is approximately $320,000.

This project isn’t the first time that the Bersons have teamed up.

“We have been working for a very long time, since we were undergraduate students in college” said Michael Berson.

He said that they have a good working relationship, citing her “thoughtful approach to the exploration of curriculum” and her “unique perspectives on the project.” While he is excited to work with his wife, he is just as excited to work with the rest of the team. All were handpicked to be part of the project.

“It is truly a national treasure and to be working with them to create next generations of learning tools, it is a very big honor for us here at the college of education,” Berson said.

The team will be identifying developmentally appropriate primary resources for young children through photos, journal entries, news articles and other resources the Library of Congress has to offer. The focus of the project is on teaching young children about Congress and civics.

“We know, historically speaking, from research in our field that children don’t learn when they simply peruse a text,” Berson said. “They have to engage in content and look and explore and get dirty and dig deep when they’re dealing with history, because for a lot of kids they look at history and they say well that happened a long time ago, that has nothing to do with me.”

Daryl Saunders, social studies supervisor and generalist for area IV schools in Hillsborough County, specializes in implementation of standards, curriculum and development. She will be making sure that the final product can fit in with the curriculum, in the Florida state standards.

“We want more variety of resources and we want to find ways to get more complex resources in the hands of kids in a meaningful way,” Saunders said.

Most children have a phone or some type of device. Rather than shunning the use of the device completely, a ramification of education is occurring.

“What we hope to do is connect children through images to learn about congress to learn about civics, you know, what can they do in their community, by looking at the past and connecting it to their present day lives,” Berson said.

Berson hopes that the app is something that is easily accessible for students and teachers. While it will be free, that doesn’t always mean that people will use or be aware of it. The team will be working no only on design and content but also on how they can make accessibility a reality.

“Kids change, society changes and we have to change,” Saunders said.

Public-private partnerships on the rise at Florida universities

More college campuses in the state of Florida have started to form public-private partnerships, to build a maintain residence halls and other facilities on campus.

This is a result of a bill signed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2013. Scott signed the bill to allow public entities such as counties, school boards and universities to enter partnerships with private companies to build facilities “used predominately for a public purpose,”

These public-private partnerships (P3s) allow universities to pass off the responsibility of construction and management of facilities to a private company that specializes in those areas.

“With the right partner, a university gets to transfer risk off to the partner,” Anthony Barbar, chairman of the Board of Governors at Florida Atlantic University and President and CEO of Barbar & Associates, LLC, a real estate consulting firm, said. “[The private partner] is responsible for maintaining the buildings, they handle marketing, it helps the real estate project run more efficiently.”

Other Florida universities have already used P3s to build on-campus housing, parking lots and retail shops. Florida Atlantic University completed Phase I of its Innovation Village Apartments in fall 2011 through a partnership with Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions and Capstone Development. This project resulted in more than 1,200 new beds on campus. Phase II is expected to begin in 2015, and is to include an additional 1,200 beds.

At Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay campus, construction of Bayview Student Living is underway to add an additional 400 beds. It is expected to open in fall 2016 through a partnership with Servitas property management and construction services.

“They used to have an old 1960s building with maintenance problems and old systems,” Angel Rivera, Director of Development at Servitas said, “Now they’re going to have cutting edge student housing with modern technology that really fits modern students.”

USF plans to use a P3 to construct the new Andros Village, which will replace the current but outdated Andros residence halls on campus. Although the plans are not finalized, the village will be a partnership with Capstone Development Partners and Harrison Street Real Estate Capital. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by fall 2017.

The proposed on-campus Publix supermarket that would be built near the Andros complex would be a P3 as well.

Improving student life on campus seems to be the central focus of the P3 projects at universities. Barbar believes that focusing on students’ on-campus housing experience and being able to provide them a space to adequately prepare academically for the workforce is the main goal of P3s.

“The aim of new housing is less resort-style and more being sensitive to students’ needs and wants. In the past we were oblivious to what students wanted, it was just, ‘this is what we have’,” Barbar said, “Now it factors into decisions of where students choose to attend.”

Rivera also says using P3s for dorm buildings positively impacts student life.

“Students get cutting edge student housing. They get the right areas they need for studying, they get areas for entertainment. And they should have areas for that. This is their home,” Rivera said, “And rent will be more affordable than it would be to live off campus in Miami.”

Public-private partnerships are becoming more commonplace at universities across the state and the country. New ideas to improve student life are what push the innovation of these P3 systems forward.

“If you pick the right partner and have the right practice, it works out great for the student, the university and the private company,” Barbar said, “It’s just the beginning and as a system we’re still trying to figure out what it means for the future.”

USFSP Professors Dig Up an Ancient Discovery

Digging for new discoveries is one of the most important aspects of archaeology. Sometimes you might not even know what you are looking for, but you might be surprised by what you find.

Doctors John and Kathy Arthur,  anthropology professors at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, know this exact feeling. During a cave excavation in Mota, Ethiopia, the Arthurs and their team discovered a human skeleton. Their findings were published in the journal Science and the Tampa Bay Times.

What makes this discovery significant is that the DNA of the individual contains the first complete ancient African genome.

“In the past, the few African specimens they had before they could only reconstruct part of the genome. This is the entire thing,” Dr. Kathy Arthur said.

A genome is the complete DNA sequence of an organism. This discovery will shed some light on the early interactions of ancient Africans and Eurasians, and the ways in which they lived.

The Arthurs named the individual “Bayira” which means “first born” in the Gamo language. Geneticists from the University of Cambridge determined that the individual dated back 4,500 years. They said he was about 5-foot-tall and lived to be about 50 years old.

The Arthurs plan on continuing their research on the Gamo people. They hope to be back in Ethiopia by 2017.

“They say we want the world to know our history, we want our nation to know and we want our children to know too. We want to pass this on to our children,” Dr. Kathy said.

 

 

 

App rewards students for paying attention

By Hayley Phillips

 

TAMPA—

 

A recent app, Pocket Points, rewards students for paying attention in class.

Launched in 2012 by creator Mitch Gardner, Pocket Points is now sweeping college campuses. When activated, the app counts the minutes a student does not utilize any other features on their phone. The points accumulated can then be used for discounts at local businesses.

“You can lock your phone, and it’ll start counting points. So as you start counting points, the more discounts you earn,” Jordan Loren, the University of South Florida Pocket Points ambassador, said.

Here’s the catch. You must be in class to earn points.

“The geo-fence . . . goes off wifi, so it’s set up from all of the hospital buildings, including all the academic buildings, MSC, and ROTC and the Rec Center as well,” Loren said. In other words, the only way to reap the benefits of the app is to pay attention in the classroom. USF student Tyler Moss says he does not mind putting his phone away for the greater good.

“I think the app is great . . . It really incentifies students to stay in class and uh, focus and you know, earn little rewards for doing so,” Moss said.

Loren says her favorite reward is the buy one get one free salad at So Fresh.

“I mean buy one get ones are great anywhere, and I love So Fresh,” Loren said.

Other local businesses who participate in the Pocket Points reward program include: Smoothie King, Are Pita, Graffiti Junktion, Cazador Grill, Total Nutrition, Babylon Hookah Lounge, Vitamin Discount Center and Planet Beach. Students also have the option to redeem points via online shopping at stores such as The Cabana Shop, COAST Apparel, ForELyse.com and many others.

Anyone can download the app for free today at the App Store for iPhones and Google Play for Android users.

 

 

USF implements reading days to help relieve stress of finals 

 

TAMPA, Fla.- The University of South Florida’s academic calendar has some changes that will help students during the most stressful time of the year, finals week.

When USF students were asked if they knew what reading days are, most were unaware of the calendar change.

“I do not know what reading days are,” said Erica Exalien.

“Kind of, I’ve heard about it but I’m not totally sure,” said Cole Nixon.

The spring 2016 semester will accommodate for two reading days on Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29. There will be no assignments due, tests given or even class on these days.

“Reading days are a period between the semester and the beginning of finals… so traditionally it’s used for students to prepare for finals,” said Student Body President Andy Rodriguez. “The amount of time varies depending on the school so some schools do one day, some schools do two days, some schools do three days, and there’s also schools that do an entire week off from school to prepare for finals.”

Other Florida universities have also implemented these reading days for spring 2016. This includes the University of Central Florida with one day, the University of Florida with two and the University of North Florida with three. Positive feedback is being heard around the state.

“It will give students an opportunity to be a little less stressed out when trying to prepare for one of the most stressful times of the year,” Rodriguez said. “Finals is when you will see students not eating, not sleeping or their hygiene is lacking because they need to get ready for what a bulk of their grade is going to be.”

From humbling beginnings to a bustling university

Just about everything great has humble beginnings. The University of South Florida is no different. When USF opened in the fall of 1960, it only had three buildings – the Administration building, the University Center and the Chemistry building.

The University Center doubled as a dorm for women back then but has since been torn down, the Marshall Student center now takes its place. MSC is now a central gathering location for all students on campus. According to USF student Kaysha Alvarez, ”MSC is a great meeting place for all people on a campus as large and diverse as our own.”

At the time, the Chemistry building housed all departments. Interesting enough, you can teach any subject in a chemistry building but you can only teach chemistry in a chemistry building.

Unlike UF and FSU, USF was the first state university built in an area that was already a bustling city, completely different from Tallahassee or Gainesville. “When I came here 27 years ago, this campus was a desert, not a University,” Gerry G. Meisels, Professor of Chemistry and Director, says. When the University began, all the land that is now home to the USF buildings, was barren and blowing sand was a huge problem.

The University started with 900 students and today the system serves 36,000. USF not only had students full of pride, we were also the first school in the state with air conditioned buildings.

Taste of Honey event ensures sweet time for all

The sixth annual Taste of Honey was held at the USF’s botanical gardens today. Over a hundred different varieties of honeys were available to taste test. Kim Hutton, USF’s botanical gardens program coordinator, thinks it’s really nice that students and staff bring home honey from their travels.

“We have some students that went to Africa and different spots and they remember us and come back.” explained Hutton.

Along with the cost of admission, gift baskets were raffled to raise money. The event raises money for the botanical gardens’ beekeeping club. There is no specific goal, but costs of maintaining the program can be expensive.

The club meets once a month starting in November for a year. Lessons include basic beekeeping instruction and hands on experience with honey bees. The students become certified beekeepers when they graduate from the program. Hutton says the beekeeping program is their way of serving the community. Beekeepers will remove bees from your home free of charge.

According to Hutton, Hillsborough County has the most certified beekeepers in the state of Florida. Brent Weisman, Florida master beekeeper, is the instructor of the beekeeping program. The ideal goal for him is to have a barn and instructional pavilion where school groups can learn about bees. Weisman hopes the general public could learn and understand more about bees.

“They are beneficial for human life, they have evolved over millions of years, they are not dangerous, and they are not aggressive.” he says.

 

 

Construction industry launches marketing campaign to lure more young people to field

Imagine waking up for work and building something you can look back fondly on and be proud of. This feeling can be attributed to many things: being in a lab, a classroom, an office or even on a construction site.

It is often drilled into young people that their only option is formal education. While this is an excellent path to take, viewing it as the only option may keep young people from excelling. Education is vital to shaping young people into what they become. However, instead of a classroom, some people may be more suited for a hands-on approach.

One solution for this issue has been young people going into a construction career. Career opportunities ranging from carpenter, ironworker or project manager are available and provide young people with opportunities they may not have considered.

Mira Carrozza, a USF junior majoring in biomedical sciences, says, “I’m happy in my major, but I know so many people that aren’t. So many of my friends have changed their majors at least three times.”

The National Center for Construction, Education and Research, a construction training company, launched a campaign focused on recruiting youth into the industry called the “Build Your Future” initiative. NCCER’s initiative has events and competitions nationwide to educate young people about the opportunities for education and growth in the industry.

Jennifer Wilkerson, Director of Marketing at NCCER, says, “We have seen so much growth in the construction industry, and we expect to continue to see the same trend, but the key to this happening is recruiting young people into the industry.”

The biggest issue the industry faces are stereotypes about lack of opportunities for growth or jobs suitable for women. Yet, industry officials say, there is a wide selection of career paths and infinite opportunities for growth and promotion.

Wilkerson explained that the Build Your Future initiative focuses on recruiting young people who have ambitions to grow within the industry. She calls these young people craft professionals.

The idea that women do not “belong” in the construction industry is a misconception the industry is working hard to change. The first week of March was declared “Women in Construction Week” by The National Association of Women in Construction.

The goal in presenting opportunities in the construction industry is not to discourage young people from pursuing formal education, but to consider all options.

From Immokalee to USF: One Student’s Story of Academic Success

TAMPA – From the fields of Immokalee to the State Capitol building in Tallahassee, Marcos Gonzalez has had quite the journey. Gonzalez had the chance to share his life story in front of the Florida House Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

Gonzalez grew up in a poor migrant worker family but excelled in school and earned a scholarship to the University of South Florida.

Gonzalez, a third-year student double majoring in accounting and economics, is set to graduate a year early with two bachelor’s degrees as part of USF’s Provost’s Scholars Program.

“You really kind of step back and evaluate your whole  situation and say, ‘Maybe I’m doing something right,’” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez has a keen interest in global affairs. He studied abroad three times, traveled the world in 80 days and founded the International Student Association at USF.

“The concept behind it was to create an umbrella organization to kind of bring together all of the cultures represented at USF and to give international students a voice,” Gonzalez said.

Future of Tampa Bay’s estuaries will be decided in the USF area

Just a few miles from the USF campus, a careful balancing act between the upper and lower portions of the dam in the Hillsborough Reservoir could decide the future of Tampa Bay’s ecosystem.

Nearly 80 percent of Hillsborough county water bodies are polluted beyond a threshold of acceptable contamination and have been classified as “impaired,” meaning local agencies have a legal obligation to keep an eye on pollution and the environment pursuant to the standards in the Clean Water Act.

But with water management agencies stretched thin, crucial reports on projects, like the efficacy of a hotly debated minimum flow requirement for the lower Hillsborough River, are behind schedule trying to keep up with enforcement and also reporting on urbanity’s impacts on the ecosystem.

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President’s State of the Union Address instigates strong opinions

On Jan. 20,  President Barack Obama gave the annual State of the Union Address, inciting strong reactions from both sides.

While several issues brought up were very important, one that many supported was the president’s proposal for free community college.

“I think it’s a great opportunity, especially now that it’s so hard to get a job even with a degree,” said Alyson Strand, president of the USF College Democrats.

Not only students, but parents as well, agreed with the Obama’s proposal.

“I’m a mom, and I have kids that are gonna go to college,” said Evelyn Kikta, “I mean, there’s no doubt about it. And we would like that to be accessible without my kids getting out with huge debt.”

Even though many thought highly of the Obama’s speech, some were more critical of the president’s stance on certain issues.

“Not planning for having to take care of ourselves in the future does not bide will with me,” said Charles Jarvis, veteran and retiree. “And I’m talking strictly military.”

Others criticized Obama’s decrease of the military, as well as the government’s seeming inaction with other recent world issues.

“I don’t want to see a war,” said Jarvis. “But you cannot stop a war by doing nothing. The Second World War was caused mainly because the whole world stood back and did nothing.”

Following the State of the Union, Obama met with the Dalai Lama at a lunch event.

USF Opens Floor to Pulitzer Prize Winner

Pulitzer Prize winner Lane DeGregory spoke to students at the University of South Florida Monday about her journey through journalism, and gave advice to future professionals, such as talking to someone before writing your story, even if it’s your dog.

In 2009, DeGregory’s article “Girl in the Window,” a story about a feral child who was rescued and adopted, won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing and immediately made a big impact on her life. After the article’s first day on the Tampa Bay Times website, it crashed because of so many views. Through her signature storytelling technique, DeGregory hooked readers and shared the moving tale.

“When I started reporting that story, it was going to be a Mother’s Day story,” DeGregory said. “It was going to be like a Sunday centerpiece story for Mother’s Day and it was a good story, but I had no idea how big it would get.”

While most news stories are cut and dry, DeGregory’s genre of writing provides readers with one person to follow through a journey. She covers an event by following one person’s experience and turning it into a narrative that evokes emotion from her audience.

“Anytime I see her byline in the paper, that’s the first thing I read,” said Wendy Whitt,  Writing for Mass Media instructor at USF.

DeGregory’s writing style has expanded the typical breaking news event into a heartfelt chronicle that makes the reader feel something, while still providing relevant information.

“I never really thought of journalism as human interest,” said USF student Caylie Rowe, 19.

DeGregory, who has more than 25 years of experience,  shared advice from her life in journalism, like not getting lost in your notes when trying to write a story. She also shared her technique of talking to someone about your article before writing it. DeGregory especially stressed the importance of internships.

“Work in your field,” she said. “Even if it’s unpaid, it’s going to help launch you into that career, and into a job that’s going to get you a salary.”

DeGregory chose her college, University of Virginia, not because it had a great journalism program, but because of the daily student-run newspaper that was ranked in the top 10 of the country. Although students should strive to get good grades, DeGregory explains that her employers always wanted to see experience in the field.

Through all her hard work and passion, DeGregory has fulfilled her childhood dream.

“Since I was 5 years old, the only thing I ever wanted to be was a journalist,” she said.

As a young child growing up in Washington, D.C., DeGregory fell in love with journalism during the Watergate scandal. Every morning her father would read the Washington Post to her and her sister while they ate breakfast.

“I thought, ‘Oh my God, that is the coolest thing in the world, these two young reporters taking down the president of the United States,’” said DeGregory.

DeGregory would love to have a story in The New Yorker and check that item off her bucket list. In the meantime, she is working on a book proposal, which she has never done before. The book will be about one of her articles on Zeke, the dog who saved his owner on several occasions.

“Somebody cares, and if you can find that person that cares, and you kind of sort of get into their head or inhabit their body, and get a little bit of their backstory about why they care, then you’re going to make readers care, and you’re going to make them connect,” said DeGregory.

 

 

Debating the Career Pathway: Experience vs. Education

As a rush of people flood out of the Westfield Citrus Park mall, a lone figure lags behind. Sticking out from the crowd, the man walks casually with a bright smile on his face . He exudes a level of happiness that contrasts those around him that angrily dash to their cars.

This smile belongs to Jacob Davis, a sophomore studying business at Hillsborough Community College, who is happily finishing up another day of work.

“It’s really amazing,” said Davis. “If you told me I would be doing all this a few years ago I would’ve never believed it.”

Davis does have one issue though. For the second time, he’s had to take a semester off from school.

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USF student’s leadership role shows no limits

 

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Phoebe Joseph, a senior political science major with a minor in economics, works as the Assistant Director of Communications at the USF Tampa Campus. As part of the Executive Branch of Student Government, Joseph is a paid part-time employee in addition to being a full-time student. She hopes to use her experience in governmental work to help others.

“Politics to me is doing things for the people,” Joseph said.

She went on to explain that the program allows students to be a part of Student Government without the pressure of committing to the leadership alone. Other students volunteer at events, which alleviates some of the pressure of organizing an event by themselves.

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USF Police Department keeping peace amongst the chaos at Homecoming

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Friday night of Homecoming week is probably the most hectic. There is so much going on all at once: the carnival is up and running, crowds line the streets to watch the parade and then file across Palm Drive to watch a concert. There is a line of cars trying to make it to the various parking lots and people are crossing the streets from all directions. From a by-stander’s point of view, it’s a recipe for disaster.

To handle this much chaos, the USF Police Department start preparing months ahead.

“We collaborate with various entities on campus in preparation for it,” Assistant Chief Chris Daniel said. “As the week approaches we start looking at staffing. We require all officers to be available.”

There are 52 officers on staff at USF, but during large events, such as Homecoming, the Temple Terrace Police Department steps in to offer additional resources.

While students, alumni and faculty are relaxing and enjoying the various events, some USF Police officers are riding around on bikes patrolling the campus grounds making sure attendants are staying safe.

The biggest issue of Homecoming is the concert. Because the concert is open to the public, people not affiliated with the university attend and this has caused some problems in the past.

“We don’t have control of access,” Daniel said. “There’s no checkpoints around the event. We just have to deal with what occurs instead of trying to prevent.”

And this year would be no different from past Homecomings. The university police had to remove a few people from the concert for disorderly conduct and there was one arrest.

“A student who took a fire extinguisher and discharged it throughout the crowd and then ran from police when we tried to catch him.” Daniel said

The university police have also had issues concerning the people who attend the parade. They run out in front of the floats to cross the street or to pick up the goodies that have been thrown.

“Often times the person driving the float can’t see that well and there’s always a risk of somebody getting hurt,” Daniel said.

To help with this problem the USF Police Department has officers riding on bikes alongside the floats, and officers, dressed in safety-green vests, standing in the intersection of Bull Run Drive and Alumni Drive directing cars, people and floats, making sure all get across the intersection safely.

University police officer Frank Wassenberg, who was riding a bike patrolling the campus Friday night, said so far everything has gone smoothly.

For many USF students Homecoming week is an exciting time. A time to relax and enjoy the array of festivities. But for USF’s Police Department it’s a time of working long hours and making sure all in attendance stay safe.

“Homecoming is a great event,” Daniel said. “It’s taxing on our resources, but it’s only one week out of the year that we’re in this position, so it’s very manageable.”

USF Career Services Fair Connects Students with Job Opportunities

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USF Career Services hosted its Internship & Part-Time Job Fair Wednesday. The career fair, hosted at least once every semester, provides students with an opportunity to land internships or part-time jobs that could turn into full-time employment after graduation.

“I’m looking for either an internship or part-time job while I’m at school,” graduate student Susan Mendez said. “I already have a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and I’m here to take prerequisite courses to be eligible for a master’s in economics.”

Susan was among the 350 students in attendance looking to change their post graduation luck.

But what student qualities are of interest to employers at the career fair?

“What we are looking for in a student is that leadership quality,” Target Sr. Field Campus Recruiter Grace Blankenship said. “So being able to work with the team and to lead others and also to drive for results.”

While every employer may look for specific qualities or abilities, the 22 employers at Wednesday’s event were hoping to offer internships and part-time positions to USF students.

“So I only found two, actually three, that I was actually interested in,” said Mendez. “I talked to Target and USF HR, but Tampa Bay Lighting – there wasn’t a spoke person there. So I didn’t get to talk to them.”

Mendez said her next step was to apply and talk with those in different departments, to see what they are looking for.

For a list of future USF career fairs, including the upcoming spring session, visit: www.usf.edu/career-services.