• Bulls Notebook: USFSM’s Dr. Fawn Ngo wins Women’s Research Award

    SARASOTA, Fla. (March 17, 2017) – Dr. Fawn Ngo, an associate professor of criminology at USF Sarasota-Manatee, has been recognized with a USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Faculty Research Award. 

    The award, which comes with a $5,000 grant, recognizes research of women’s issues, scholarly discipline and overall contribution to the USF System. A professor from each of the system’s three campuses is presented with the award annually. Dr. Ngo was notified about her award last week. 

    “I am very honored to receive this,” she said. 

    Dr. Ngo was recognized for her research into the issue of stalking. Examining datasets collected nationally, Dr. Ngo has written extensively about the subject over the past five years, including the prevalence of stalking on college campuses. Studies suggest that one in 12 women in the United States have been victims of stalkers. 

    “I’ve found that, overall, when the police do something, even something small, it almost always improves the situation,” she said. 

    With the grant, Dr. Ngo will broaden her research to examine data that is collected internationally, specifically within Asian cultures. 

    Dr. Ngo was notified about the award last week, which came as a surprise because she had not expected to hear about the winners until the end of the month. 

    “The first thing I did was call my daughter, then I emailed Dr. (Jane) Rose to thank her because she wrote the recommendation letter,” she said, referring to the dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences. 

    An awards dinner is scheduled April 6 in Tampa. On March 23, she will participate in a 30-minute interview with USF Foundation Communications. 

    To learn more about USF Sarasota-Manatee’s criminology program, visit http://usfsm.edu/programs/criminology/

    ACT Prep classes coming up 

    USF Sarasota-Manatee will host a series of preparation classes for the ACT college entrance exam. 

    This four-session course is designed for students aiming to take the ACT, however students planning to take the SAT can also benefit from the course, as the new SAT is patterned after the ACT. 

    The course is open to no more than 25 registered high school students. 

    The cost is $65 per participant. Students will need to independently purchase the text ACT for Dummies: 6th Ed., which costs about $20 to $30 at local bookstores. No need to purchase the CD. 

    All sessions will be held in Room A217 at the USFSM campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 

    The sessions are scheduled as follows: 

    • Tuesday, March 28, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, March 30, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 1, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    • Monday, April 3, 4 to 6:30 p.m. 

    To register, visit http://usfsm.edu/testprep 

    Outstanding Staff Award winners announced 

    Kudos to this year’s two USF Sarasota-Manatee Outstanding Staff Award winners: 

    • Individual winner:  Ben Heins, from the Career Services Office
    • Team winners: Kim Mones, Darren Gambrell, Christine Uphoff and Kati Hinds from the Office of Student Engagement 

    “Ben has played a critical role in the USFSM internship program development and has worked diligently to streamline and improve processes,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, interim regional chancellor at USFSM. “He has brought positive energy, grace, integrity and a good sense of humor to USFSM. 

    “Kim, Darren, Christine, and Kati have made significant changes to improve student processes and gain efficiencies in student activities,” Dr. Osborn said. “They have created a vibrant student life, engaging a diverse population to meet student interests and campus strategic goals.” 

    USFSM alum lands management position 

    Congratulations to USFSM alumnus Carlos Serra, Class of 2016. 

    The graduate of the Professional & Technical Communication program has recently been hired as a plant manager at ITW Sexton in Decatur, Ala., a manufacturer of seamless metal cans. 

    Serra started in his new position on March 13. He previously worked at the ITW GSE plant in Palmetto.



    About USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM)

    USF Sarasota-Manatee is a regional campus of the University of South Florida system, offering the prestige of a nationally ranked research university with the convenience of a hometown location, including classes in Manatee County, Venice and online. Separately accredited, USFSM is ideal for those interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s degree, professional certification, or continuing education credit in a small, personal setting with distinguished faculty and a dynamic curriculum of over 40 academic programs. Website: www.usfsm.edu.