Five Things to Know About USF St. Petersburg

Students converge on Tallahassee. A graduate makes a documentary on Nelson Poynter. An Arab-American journalist will discuss social media and the Egyptian revolution.

USF St. Petersburg students head to state Capitol for USF Day

USF St. Petersburg students boarded a bus before dawn Tuesday morning and headed to Tallahassee to meet with state lawmakers about the pressing needs of higher education.Students from USFSP joined dozens of USF Tampa and USF Sarastoa-Manatee students for USF Day at the Capitol. Organized by Student Government, the contingent showcased USF St. Petersburg programs, highlighting ways the university is helping to grow the local economy and made the case for increased state funding, including financing for a building for the USFSP College of Business. Read more. View photo gallery

USF St. Petersburg graduate creates documentary on Nelson Poynter

Walter Gordon (above) knew he faced a monumental task when he decided to create a documentary about the late Nelson Poynter as his Master's in Liberal Arts project. Poynter was a giant in the newspaper industry and a tireless champion of USF St. Petersburg. When he died in 1978, Poynter left behind a 44-foot stack of papers, documents and filmed interviews, now housed in Special Collections at the USF St. Petersburg library that bears his name. The collection had drawn only occasional interest by researchers until Gordon decided to dig in.
Gordon, a fall 2012 graduate, spent all last summer poring through the collection. The result is a 30-minute documentary about the man who turned the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) into one of the most distinguished newspapers in the country. Read more. Watch the documentary.

Political science professor contributes to book on civic engagement

Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, Ph.D., (above) associate director of the Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership and Engagement at USF St. Petersburg, contributed a chapter for a new textbook on civic engagement. The book, Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen, was recently published by the American Political Science Association. McLauchlan, associate professor of political science, wrote Chapter 18, "Learning Citizenship by Doing: Integrating Political Campaign Internships into the Political Science Curriculum." Read more.

Author to discuss social media and the Egyptian revolution

As part of International Week, the USF St. Petersburg Honors Program presents Ashraf Khalil, author of Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution, who will discuss the role of social media in the 2011 revolution. Khalil, an Arab-American journalist based in Cairo, will also discuss the recent unrest that rocked the country and what it means for the future of Egyptian democracy. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the University Student Center Ballroom, 200 6th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Free parking will be available across the street at the USFSP parking garage. Read more. Creative Loafing Preview.

Bill Hogarth's blog: Great things happening in the College of Business

In his latest 'burg Blog, Interim Regional Chancellor Bill Hogarth (above) encourages everyone to support a home for the the College of Business. The college, he writes, "is really on a roll." He points out that the Entrepreneurship Program "was recently named the outstanding emerging entrepreneurship program in the entire country. One of its newest faculty members, Dr. Hemant Merchant, has been ranked the 10th  most prolific international management scholar in the world. A growing relationship with Pasco-Hernando Community College will help their qualified graduates earn a business degree from USF St. Petersburg without leaving home. And most recently, members of our student Entrepreneurship Club dominated a pitch competition at the University of Tampa that drew more than 200 students from across the Southeast. Four of the seven finalists were USF St. Petersburg students, and the first and third place winners were both USFSP students. These are just the latest signs of the college's growing stature." Read more.  

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