• Bulls Notebook: USFSM profs win grants to promote critical thinking

    SARASOTA, Fla. (April 28, 2017) – USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Dr. Phil Wagner and Dr. Pat Wilson are being awarded campuswide “mini grants” for their creative approach in bringing critical-thinking skills to the classroom. 

    The two submitted grant proposals to create course assignments that promote critical thinking skills, a component of USFSM’s Quality Enhancement Plan. A panel of faculty selected the winners. 

    Dr. Wilson, an associate professor in the School of Education, received a $950 grant to purchase books and other course items to be used within book clubs where education students can discuss and analyze the reading material. 

    Through these discussions, the students can sharpen their critical-thinking skills while discerning whether the material is appropriate and instructive for public school classrooms. 

    Dr. Wagner, a communications instructor in the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, meanwhile received a $1,200 grant to help design and produce a series of online “immersive case studies” to assist in his health communications class. 

    Through each of the proposed online health modules, the students will encounter case studies, or “sticky situations,” that involve a health narrative and problem that’s largely unsolvable. As the students try to access the health services they need, they encounter various barriers to those services. 

    The studies will explore a variety of scenarios and touch on reproductive health, socieo-economic barriers, LGBTQ health, race and ethnicity, physical disability, mental health, obesity and weight and chronic illness. 

    PACE to debut new business course 

    The Office of Professional & Continuing Education is unveiling a course entitled “The Art of Negotiation.” 

    This face-to-face class will meet Sept. 9 and Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the USFSM campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 

    It will be taught by Ross Alander, a retired senior lecturer in management studies at USFSM’s College of Business and a labor arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. He is also an employment mediator with the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators. 

    To register or to learn more, visit usfsm.edu/admissions/

    CLASS awards high-achieving students 

    The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences recognized several high-achieving students at its annual awards ceremony Friday at the Selby Auditorium. 

    The event, the “Celebration of Student Achievement,” honored dozens of students in numerous categories: 

    Notable Conference Presentations 

    Shawna Machado, Master’s of Social Work Candidate, “Multiple Perspectives on Homelessness: An Evidence-based View of a Ubiquitous Societal Issue,” presented at the National Association of Social Workers Regional Annual Educational Event 

    Outstanding Students 2016-2017 

    Department of Liberal Arts (undergraduate) 

    Leah Meldman, English

    Eric Morgan, History

    Lewis Certain, Professional & Technical Communication 

    Department of Social Sciences (undergraduate) 

    Danielle Dreznin, Criminology

    Octavio Gomez, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 

    Department of Social Sciences (graduate) 

    Andrew Saputo, Criminal Justice Administration

    Leah Abramoff, Social Work 

    School of Education (undergraduate) 

    Wendy Turk, Elementary Education 

    School of Education (graduate) 

    Jeanne Asberry, Elementary Education

    Erik Miller Prize for Literary Criticism 

    First place 

    Jordan Kohn, English, “Men have all the Power: Gender Inequality and Free Will in Paradise Lost.” 

    Second place 

    Leah Meldman, English, “A Warning about Warming: Science and Religion in Climate Fiction.”

    Graduate Students Selected for Scholarship 

    School of Education 

    Zadda Bazzy

    Shannon Fleming

    Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Capstone 

    School of Education 

    Nina Ethridge

    Amanda Kushner

    Nicole Marcinko

    PAInT: Partnerships for Arts-Intergrated Instruction 

    School of Education 

    Jeanne Asberry

    Kristina Bryant

    Karrie Drendel

    Jasmine Hanson

    Wendy Turk

    Kara Wakley

    Student Showcase for Projects, Research and Innovation 

    First Place Poster 

    Marissa Fleenor & Ashley Wichern, “The Phenomenon of Foreign Fighting Revisited: Have Motivations for Foreign Fighting Changed?” 

    Third Place Poster 

    Sandra Sabino, “Political Conservatism and Racial Differences in Arrest Rates” 

    First Place Oral Presentation 

    Wendy Turk, “Arts-Integrated Teaching for Low SES Learners” 

    First Place Oral Presentation 

    Breanna Glover-Van Rensselaer, “Casual Dining Employee Turnover: Causes and Effects in Sarasota” 

    First Place Oral Presentation 

    Stephanie Maddox, “Assessing the Perceptions of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Therapists Regarding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” 

    Second Place Oral Presentation 

    Denise Rodiguez, “Age and Cybercrime Victimization: Is It How Long You Are Online, What You Do Online, or What You Post Online?” 

    Third Place Oral Presentation 

    Sadie Lipman, “Mind the Gap: Gender Differences in STEM Fields”

    Honor Society Inductions 

    Alpha Iota Sigma, Interdisciplinary Studies Honor Society 

    Nancy Allen

    Quinshanta Armour

    Alina Evans

    Regina Rodriguez Tirado

    Jennifer Smith 

    Kappa Delta Pi, Education Honor Society 

    Stephanie Borkowski 

    Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society 

    Chloe Conboy

    Morgan O’Brien

    Kaitlin Ritz

    Thomas Schwarz

    Emily Smith

    Rachel Staigerwald

    Outstanding Service to Student Clubs 

    Tawanna Peterson, Criminology

    Geborah Joseph-Smith, Interdisciplinary Social Science, USFSM Ambassadors

    Outstanding Projects 

    Department of Liberal Arts 

    Leah Holst, History, “Mobilizing the Printed Word: Libraries and Books During the Cold War.”

    Victoria Yoder, Professional & Technical Communication, “21st Century Media” 

    Department of Social Sciences 

    Andrew Becht, Undergraduate/Criminology, “An Investigation to Better Determine Mass Incarceration’s Effects on Crime Rates”

    Matt Bertrand, Graduate/Criminology, “Locus of Control and Police Use of Force”

    Anna Huh, Graduate/Social Work, “U.S. Veterans and PTSD: A Macro and Family-Systems Perspective”

    William Pardy, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, “Examining Religious Apprehension among Members of Narcotics Anonymous” 

    School of Education 

    Kirsten Gutierrez, Undergraduate/Elementary Education, “Interdisciplinary Unit Plan of a Fourth Grade Space Science”

    Bridgett Wells, Undergraduate/Elementary Education, “Individual Pupil Performance Profile Project”



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