• Bulls Notebook: USFSM students inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma

    SARASOTA, Fla. (April 14, 2017) – Twenty-one USF Sarasota-Manatee students this week were formally received into the nation’s top honor society for business students. 

    In a brief ceremony Thursday afternoon at Selby Auditorium, the students were presented certificates and a pin signifying their acceptance into Beta Gamma Sigma. 

    “These are the highest performing students in the College of Business,” said Dean Dr. James Curran, who urged the students to include their BGS membership on their resumes. 

    The nation’s elite honor society for business students, BGS dates to 1913 and is recognized with chapters worldwide. Only 10 percent of business students nationally are invited to join the elite organization. 

    “Anybody familiar with business colleges will recognize BGS immediately,” Dr. Curran said. 

    Tara Alford, 21, said was pleasantly surprised when told this year her grades merited entry into BGS. 

    “It feels really good and it’s nice to be recognized,” the accounting major said, adding, “It’s a little bit mind-blowing.” 

    Gabriela Macias, 29, also an accounting major, was likewise pleased. 

    “It validates the effort I put into my education,” she said. “It’s nice to know you’re in that small percentage.” 

    In addition to Alford and Macias, who are both seniors, also admitted to BGS were: 

    Undergraduate students

    Kailey Fischer

    Jennifer Jeronimo

    Claude Johnson

    Annie Landry

    Jordan Laterreur

    Shannon McNamara

    Shannon Perkins

    Nancy Romero

    Raul Sabino Jr.

    Barbara Shore

    Shea Slawson

    Alicia Whitworth

    Ross Wiemken

    Colin Wong 

    Graduate Students

    Allyson Hanson

    Sarah Kitlowski

    Maria Ryff

    Jeana Schmidt

    Deborah Vaughan

    Thinking about USFSM? Attend ‘A Taste of USFSM’ 

    USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Admissions Office is again preparing for A Taste of USFSM scheduled Saturday, April 22. 

    This year’s event offers a two-part experience: The first, the Admitted Student Reception welcomes students who’ve already applied and been admitted to USFSM. 

    The second event, the Future Bulls Roundup, is for students who want to learn more about USFSM’s exciting programs and campus culture. 

    Both events run concurrently from 9 a.m. to noon at USFSM’s main campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 

    “What students and their families will see is a good taste of what it’s like to be at USFSM,” said Brandon Avery, assistant director of admissions. “They will have time to go into classrooms, talk with professors and just enjoy our beautiful campus.” 

    Signup for both events is free. For students who want to attend the Future Bulls Roundup, visit www.usfsm.edu/infosessions. Those interested in the Admitted Student Reception can visit www.usfsm.edu/admitted

    Dr. Black busy as ever as speaker 

    USFSM’s Dr. Kathy Black continues to be in high demand as a speaker. 

    The professor of aging studies and social work, who also heads the local non-profit Age-Friendly Sarasota, was at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Sarasota this week to address city officials and members of the Downtown Sarasota Condo Association. 

    The DSCA held a Thursday luncheon, “Optimal Living in Sarasota,” that touched on topics important to Age-Friendly Sarasota, in particular around housing, transportation and the need for walkable neighborhoods. 

    “These are issues important to everybody,” said Dr. Black, noting that while Sarasota enjoys a sizeable boomer population, all generations benefit from walkable communities that are also easily accessed by public transportation. 

    “The promotion of intergenerational relationships and the consideration of people of all ages will always be important if we want to create communities that welcome all people,” she said. “To me, it’s about the social level of planning. We need to plan for longevity so that people can remain in their homes as they age.” 

    Next Friday, Dr. Black visits Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater to address representatives of area agencies on aging from Pinellas and Pasco counties. She’s the keynote speaker at this luncheon and will speak with officials from local, state and federal governments. 

    To learn more about Age-Friendly Sarasota and its programs, including research and recent surveys, visit www.agefriendlysarasota.org

    New members to Student Government elected 

    Congratulations to all new members of Student Government. 

    The annual transition of power was again peaceful, although closely contested this year. Elected to Student Government were: 


    Barry Callahan 

    Vice President

    Anthony Alibro 


    Edward Becht

    Gustavo Delgado

    Matthew Gilbert

    Zouhair Hamidi

    J.P. Parisi

    Pablo E. Tamayo

    Jeanie Ziven



    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.