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From thrift store to runway: alumnus hosts fashion show

By Timothy Fanning One year ago, alumnus Alessandro Cocozza hoped to sew together the seams of his first business, Worldthrift. From the spare room of his home, he built a single pipe rack inventory full of treasures he’d found while scouring thrift stores and bargain bins, local and worldwide. Now business has exploded. He’s had […]

Alumna receives ‘Women of Peace’ award for empowering Latin American women

By Timothy Fanning Vanessa Ferrer spent tireless hours helping to provide opportunities for high education to impoverished and indigenous women in Latin America. For that the USF St. Petersburg alumna received this year’s “Women of Peace” award for co-founding and co-directing Para Adelante, a nonprofit that “provides funding degrees in higher education to impoverished women […]

Are you going to be the next Brewmaster? Enrollment ends Nov. 30

Let’s face it, the days when your boss let you drink a beer at lunch are long gone. But if you love beer, especially craft beer, you can still drink on the job as a Brewmaster at a local brewery, right? How else would you taste-test your creations? Well, USF St. Petersburg’s College of Arts […]

University names new top academic officer

By Timothy Fanning USF St. Petersburg has found its new top academic officer. Olufunke A. Fontenot, a criminal justice professor with an administrative background will begin as interim chancellor of academic affairs Dec. 1. She will fill the role left by Martin Tadlock, who became campus leader after his predecessor was forced to resign for […]

Lynn Pippenger named ‘Philanthropist of the Year’

Over the years, Lynn Pippenger has donated more than $26 million to support the future of undergraduate accounting and finance students. Now the former chief financial officer of Raymond James has been selected as Philanthropist of the Year on Oct. 25 by the Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. “It is a great […]

Student Government collecting donations to help Hurricane Irma victims

By Timothy Fanning Hurricane Irma victims in Pinellas County are still in desperate need of personal hygiene products, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and deodorant. That’s why Student Government is partnering with the St. Petersburg Free Clinic on a food and hygiene drive to support hurricane relief efforts. “These supplies continue to be in […]

Tale of tails: Rats in Nelson Poynter Memorial Library

By Timothy Fanning When Jessica Berringer and her friends first saw the rat on the first floor of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, her friends were studying rat anatomy for a biology lab due the next morning. It was Oct. 17, 12:39 a.m. exactly. Berringer, a freshman majoring in biology, had her head buried in […]

Faculty calls out administration on sexual harassment policies

By Timothy Fanning and Devin Rodriguez Citing a 2-year-old incident, the Faculty Senate last month called on the university administration to step up efforts to “reduce sexual harassment and other discrimination” on campus. In a stern letter delivered to top administrators on Sept. 5, the Senate said the university “contributes to the culture of silence that […]

President failed to appease her fiercest critics

By Timothy Fanning When the president of the USF system abruptly removed Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska last month, no critic was fiercer than professor Raymond Arsenault. The ouster, he said, was “more like an execution than a resignation.” He slammed President Judy Genshaft’s move as a “gross overreaction” that trampled on due process, ignored senior […]

Durand: I’m afraid ‘we will lose a little momentum’

By Timothy Fanning Twice in his 13 years at USF St. Petersburg, V. Mark Durand has held key administrative posts as the university grew in size and stature. Now the prominent professor fears the controversy surrounding the abrupt dismissal of Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska on Sept. 18 may smudge USF St. Petersburg’s image and blunt […]