USF Bulls tailgate with the Golden Brahman Tailgate Club
Tailgating and football are such cultural passions in this part of the country and this is some of what a real, organized tailgate looks like. Also, I wanted to dispel the fact that football fans and tailgaters are unstoppable drunks. The Brahmans are a family friendly group that encourages families and children of USF alumni to join them in their festivities. I took various photos of the event itself, the food being cooked and served and some of the various activities people were doing at the tailgate.
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.
The University of South Florida’s Office of Orientation has a reputation around campus for being peppy tour guides.
While this isn’t a bad reputation to have, it also isn’t what they truly stand for.
If you visit this office on campus you’ll find that the students who work there care a lot more about the university and its students than you think.
Office of Orientation office staff member and former Orientation Team Leader, Brooke Aronow, loves the feeling of giving back.
“I love orientation because it gives me the opportunity to talk to students and make them feel comfortable about coming to USF. I love being able to be an input and give them guidance on this transition.”
The office has been around for about 20 years now and each year, they are working to improve their programs. Right now, their office consists of office staff workers, orientation leaders, family leaders and transition mentors, each playing a key role in the orientation process.
In previous years, the school handled orientation differently but since this office came to be, students have been able to feel better prepared for the next four years of their lives.
The two programs that are now offered through the office are First Year programs and Transfer programs, each catering to a different student population.
Each year, the senior staff works to develop more innovative programs and ways to keep the students engaged.
It is safe to say that this office is the first point of contact for many students, and without them, the USF experience might be very different.
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.”