USF Alumni Association Chairwoman Merritt Martin Lindstrom, Dr. Anila Jain and USF System President Steven Currall at the association’s Oct. 10 Alumni Awards Dinner.

Bulls Notebook: USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Board member Dr. Anila Jain honored with Donald A. Gifford Service Award

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: October 24, 2019

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SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 17, 2019)USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Board member Dr. Anila Jain ’81 has been named recipient of the 2019 University of South Florida Alumni Association Donald A. Gifford Service Award.

The longtime USF and USFSM supporter and Manatee County resident was recognized on Oct. 10 at the Alumni Awards Dinner at the USF Marshall Student Center Ballroom in Tampa.

“It’s always an honor to be recognized by my alma mater,” said Jain, who graduated from USF in 1981 with a biology degree.

Dr. Jain with her parents and fellow Campus Board member Bill Mariotti.

The Donald A. Gifford Alumni Service Award honors USF graduates who have rendered distinguished service to USF and the community. The award has been presented annually since 1991 and was renamed the Donald A. Gifford Alumni Service Award in 2000 in honor of past USF Alumni Association and USF Foundation President Donald Gifford. 

A physician renowned for her volunteerism, Jain has been a USF leader for decades, serving on the boards of the USF Foundation, USF Alumni Association (past chair), USF Bulls Club and USFSM Campus Board.

She was elected president of the National Alumni Association in 2003 and appointed to the USF Foundation Board of Trustees. In 1985, she received the USF Distinguished Alumni Award,and in 2001 she received the USF Sarasota-Manatee President’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She is a founding member of USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy.

Her generous financial gifts include multiple legacy endowments and scholarships benefiting several areas within the USF System, including USFSM.

In addition, Jain is an American Medical Women’s Association National Service Award recipient, a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority and former national chair of the Kappa Delta Foundation.

Also recognized at the ceremony were Joanna Sigfred Fowler, PhD, (Distinguished Alumni Award); Gilbert King (Distinguished Alumni Award); Geraldine I. Twine (Distinguished Alumni Award) and Richard A. Beard III (Class of ’56 Award).

USF Homecoming kicks off in Sarasota-Manatee with the crowning of USFSM Royalty

Jenny Serafino and Carter Bedinghaus were all smiles at the 2019 USFSM Homecoming Coronation.

USF Sarasota-Manatee students kicked off Homecoming Week last Monday with the naming of this year’s Homecoming Royalty. Professional and technical communication senior Jennifer Serafino and business analytics and information technology sophomore Carter Bedinghaus received their crowns and sashes from last year’s royalty, Brianna Graber and Josh Ghansiam, in a ceremony at the FCCI Rotunda.

Competitors squared off at the USFSM Homecoming 2019 Lip Sync battle.

The two represented USFSM – joining Homecoming Royalty from other campus – at last week’s Homecoming ball, parade and football game in Tampa. They also enjoyed dinner with USF President Steven C. Currall, PhD.

Serafino and Bedinghaus are USFSM Ambassadors and longtime friends. The two attended the same schools, although at different grade levels, and have known each other for years.

“We’re both Manatee County born and bred,” Bedinghaus said. “I’m excited to represent USFSM.”

In addition to the crowning ceremony, other activities during USFSM Homecoming Week included goat yoga, a lip-sync battle and dodgeball.

Ready Player Register’ class registration event set for Oct. 29-30 at the FCCI Rotunda

Showing their spirit at last year’s Dive into Registration event were (left to right) Patrice McLaughlin, Glenna Schubert, Olivia Savage, Briana Byers and Allison Dinsmore.

The USFSM Office of Records and Registration, Student Government Association and the Craftabull Club will present “Ready Player Register,” a class registration drive on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the FCCI Rotunda.

The twice-yearly drive reminds students to register early for spring and fall classes.

“It’s important to register as soon as possible so students can get their preferred classes and to plan for financial aid,” Assistant Director of Records and Registration Glenna Schubert said. “It also leaves time to make changes if a student wants to add or drop a class.”

Madison Duelge

Registration for the spring 2020 semester is set to begin Nov. 4.

For this semester’s drive, organizers are embracing the theme “Ready Player Register” after the movie and book, Ready Player One, which was adopted for this year’s Common Read program.

The Craftabull student club will provide decorations.

“This is our first event, and since we’re a new club we wanted to show our creativity and help in any way we could,” club President Madison Duelge, a psychology major, said. “As someone who works in the Admissions area, I also understand the importance of these registration drives.”

Duelge said club members will likely start decorating the night before. She anticipates a colorful ’80s theme with fun video game references to entice students to the registration tables.

The event also will include snacks, refreshments and music. Student Government is co-sponsoring this semester’s event.

USF Sarasota-Manatee sets Nov. 1 deadline for new, transfer student applications

Future USF Sarasota-Manatee students have two important deadlines approaching on Nov. 1.

First, prospective freshman students (first time in college) must submit their applications for admission and SAT/ACT test scores by Nov. 1 to receive priority consideration for enrollment during the Fall 2020 semester.

Second, transfer students from other colleges seeking admission to USF Sarasota-Manatee for Spring 2020 must apply by Nov. 1 and complete their applications for admission by Nov. 15.

Transfer students can apply in three easy steps:

  • Submit an online application at
  • Submit a $30 application fee
  • Submit your college transcript

Transfer applicants with between 30 and 59 transferable credits must also submit a high school transcript.

“This year, the new Nov. 1 deadlines will help us provide better and more personalized service to advise both our transfer and freshmen populations,” said Brandon Avery, associate director of admissions. “That being said, for transfer students looking to join us for the spring semester, or freshmen for the fall, it is more important than ever to get all of your admissions information to us in a timely manner.”

For questions and more information, contact the USF Sarasota-Manatee Office of Admissions at

Graduate Open House set Nov. 16 at USFSM

Professionals seeking a career boost and students considering graduate school can attend USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Graduate Open House on Saturday, Nov. 16.

The 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. session will be held at USFSM’s campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Learn about graduate degree programs, the admissions process and academic life at USFSM. The session is free.

“Our Graduate Open House is an excellent opportunity for potential graduate students to speak with faculty in their program of interest, learn about the application process and visit campus,” Admissions Counselor Cassidy Garbutt said. “We encourage anyone interested in graduate study at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee to attend.”

The session is open to professionals, undergraduate students and recent college graduates.

Reserve a spot at:

Learn about USF Sarasota-Manatee at the Saturday Tour and Talk event

High school students and their families can tour the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and learn about academic programs and the admissions process at the “Saturday Tour and Talk” set for Nov. 16, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at the USFSM campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Students and families can learn about our more than 40 degree programs, meet staff and faculty and tour our beautiful campus, just north of downtown Sarasota. The session is free.

Also learn about admissions, tuition and financial aid, and talk with current students.

“The Tour and Talk is great weekend option for students who are unable to visit USFSM during the week due to school and work schedules or other commitments,” Admissions counselor Sean Grosso said.

Sign up for the Saturday Tour and Talk at:

Graduate degree free online info sessions

Students and professionals can learn more about master’s degrees in criminal justice and hospitality management at two upcoming online information sessions.

The sessions are free. Talk with professors and admissions counselors and learn about tuition and the admissions process. Sign up at:

  • Criminal Justice: Thursday, Oct. 17, noon or 5 p.m. Click HERE to RSVP.
  • Hospitality Management: Thursday, Oct. 24, noon or 5 p.m. Click HERE to RSVP.

For questions about graduate school or to schedule a one-on-one appointment, visit Admissions appointment.

Bank of America Brunch on the Bay tickets, sponsorships are now on sale

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Tickets and table sponsorships for Brunch on the Bay 2019 are now available.

Sponsorships and individual tickets are now available for Bank of America Brunch on the Bay, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s signature fundraising event for student scholarships.

This year’s Brunch is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the USFSM campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

USFSM hires regional vice chancellor to lead fundraising
Lee Williams

According to Lee Williams, regional vice chancellor for advancement and alumni engagement at USF Sarasota-Manatee, “The organizing committee has developed sponsorship packages based on the annual cost of tuition at USFSM. For example, a $5,000 sponsorship covers the majority of tuition expenses for one year, and that level of sponsorship corresponds to a table of eight at Brunch, plus considerable recognition and exposure through the event.”

Sponsorship levels range from $2,500 for a half table to $25,000, which covers slightly more than four years of tuition and includes two VIP tables. For tickets or more information, visit or call (941) 359-4603.

Since its inception 26 years ago, Brunch has provided more than 1,800 scholarships to USFSM students, most of whom are from Sarasota and Manatee counties. This year’s Brunch co-chairs are alumni Lauren Henry and Pete Petersen.

Brunch showcases USFSM’s role as a local university that provides a preeminent, affordable education for students who become valued members of the workforce and vibrant contributors to the Sarasota-Manatee community.

USF Sarasota-Manatee Resource Fair tackles housing, food insecurity

USFSM’s 2019 Fall Resource Fair at the Selby Auditorium

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee this week welcomed 20 non-profit community organizations to shine a light on housing and food insecurities in the community.

The 2019 Fall Resources Fair was held Tuesday from noon to 3 p.m. at the campus’ Selby Auditorium. The event was free and open to the public.

“It’s very important that we host this event in order to show students and the community the resources that are out there to help them,” USFSM senior Yolanda Woody, one of the organizers, said.

The event showcased community groups that are making a difference to students, senior citizens and young families across Sarasota and Manatee counties. The event’s sponsors included the USFSM Student Government Association, Office of Military and Veterans Success and USFSM Food and Housing Insecurity Committee.

Woody, who belongs to the committee, said its members hope to stage another resource fair in the spring.

Tour and explore Sarasota County career opportunities

All majors are welcome to visit Sarasota County government on Friday, Nov. 8, to network and learn about career and internship opportunities in county government.

County Career Day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Students will gather at USFSM’s FCCI Rotunda before traveling to the county offices. USFSM will provide transportation, lunch and key introductions. Space is limited to the first 20 students.

Visit by Nov. 1 to RSVP.

This event is open to all USFSM students.

Critical thinking certification workshops set for Oct. 25, Nov. 22

USF Sarasota-Manatee to debut accelerated master’s degree

USF Sarasota-Manatee will offer one-day workshops on Oct. 25 and Nov. 22 to enhance one of the most sought-after skill sets in today’s workforce: critical thinking.

USF Sarasota-Manatee names Dr. Greg Smogard Innovation and Business Development Officer
Greg Smogard, Phd

Each one-day Critical Thinking Certification Workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room A320A at USFSM, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Workshops are open to all professionals, including CEOs, business owners, managers, human resources professionals, entrepreneurs, educators and lifelong learners. Early registration is $79 up to one week prior to registration. Regular registration is $99.

The registration fee includes lunch and the Watson-Glaser assessment. Participants must bring a laptop computer or mobile device to complete the online assessment.

Visit to register. There is a limit of 25 participants per workshop.

“Based on my research and conversations, critical thinking is one of the most important skill sets for both the current and future workforce,” said Greg Smogard, PhD, assistant vice president of Innovation and Business Development at USFSM.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Job Outlook 2018 survey, employers rated critical thinking/problem solving as the most essential competency among new hires.

Each one-day workshop includes:

  • Session 1: Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Assessment
  • Session 2: Watson-Glaser Development Report and Personal Work Plan
  • Session 3: Critical Thinking: General Case Study and Discussion
  • Session 4: Critical Thinking: Business Case and Discussion
  • Session 5: Applying Critical Thinking to your Personal Development Plan
  • Session 6: Post Workshop Progress Report

For more information, contact Mike Gillespie at (941) 359-4228 or

Grad Stampede scheduled for Oct. 22 at FCCI Rotunda

The FCCI Rotunda will host the Oct. 22 Grad Stampede.

Seniors expecting to graduate in December can order their cap and gown, reserve class rings and sign up for free USF Alumni Association memberships during Grad Stampede, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the FCCI Rotunda.

The event helps upcoming grads get a jump on commencement.

Get information about discounted hotel rooms for guests. Career Services will offer free headshot photos for Handshake and LinkedIn, and students can vote for Outstanding Professor. Note: graduation gowns ordered ahead of time through the bookstore may be picked up at the Stampede.

Internship opportunities at state capital

Jay Riley

The Florida Institute of Government at USF in Tampa ( is partnering with the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership at USFSM to host an information session for the USF Tallahassee Internship Program (TIP) and the Legislative Internship Program (LIP) for the current academic year.

The session, which will focus on program details and the application process, is set for Monday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m., in Room B335 at USFSM. Students and faculty are urged learn about these important internships. Students in the TIP program would intern at the state capital.

For more information visit,, or contact Jay Riley at

Free flu shots for students

USFSM students can get free flu shots and enjoy refreshments on Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the campus’ Student Commons.

USFSM employee vaccinations are scheduled Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Benefit Fair in the Selby Auditorium.

With flu season approaching, USFSM is helping to protect the herd.

CARVERCON 2019 coming to USF Sarasota-Manatee

The CARVERCON 2019 security conference is coming to USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Luke Bencie

Hear from security experts, including Luke Bencie, author of The CARVER Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Methodology: A Practical Guide for Evaluating Security Vulnerabilities.

The conference is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Security professionals nationwide are expected, including professionals from the military, law enforcement and intelligence communities, as well as security directors from Fortune 500 companies.

CARVERCON debuted last November in Washington, D.C., but after a snowstorm organizers relocated the national conference to the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

The cost of conference is $99. To register or for more information, visit

Self-defense class offered for students, alumni and others

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is partnering with New College of Florida to hold a free self-defense class for students, faculty, staff and alumni.

The class is scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at New College’s fitness center, 5639 General Twinning Blvd., Sarasota.

Register for the class no later than Oct. 18. Visit

The class will include training in:

  • Situational awareness
  • Safety tips
  • Crime prevention methods
  • De-escalation techniques

Participants are required to wear T-shirts or long-sleeve shirts, shorts or warm-up pants and sneakers. Do not wear jewelry.

USFSM hosts Career Coaching sessions for students

USF Sarasota-Manatee is inviting students to one-on-one Career Coaching sessions featuring renowned business and community leaders. The sessions will be held in room C118. Sign up at

Informative and inspiring, the sessions will enable students to meet with industry experts to discuss topics from effective interview techniques to communication skills and long-term career plans.

The coaches include:

  • Marco Galante, an accomplished senior executive with a multinational background in the food and food ingredients industry. His motto: “Work for a cause not applause!” Galante will meet with students from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 23, Nov. 6 and Nov. 20.
  • Jeannine Abele, a noted senior executive in the consumer products and industrial business sectors. With more than 30 years of executive leadership experience, Abele has led global IT organizations with a focus on supply chain, marketing and sales and service. Her motto is “Make a difference every day!” She will be available from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 30 and Nov. 13.
  • Ann King, a talented IT industry veteran with extensive knowledge of sales and marketing and consulting. King worked in executive positions at software and hardware companies for more than 35 years. Her motto: “Think!” She will be on hand to talk with students from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 17
  • Bonnie Johnson, a retired senior sales/marketing executive in the information technology industry. Johnson has more than 25 years of experience in key executive positions focused on information technology and clinical consulting. Johnson’s motto is: “Make your job a reality!” She will be available from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 24 and Nov. 17.

In addition, Career Services will host special session on Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to noon, to provide further information to students seeking career and internship advice.

Visit Career Services for more information.

‘Let’s Talk Talent Tuesdays’ to run through semester at Veteran Success Office

Lets Talk Talent is held on Tuesdays at the Office of Veteran Success.

Career Services reminds students about the new career-boosting program “Let’s Talk Talent Tuesdays.”

The weekly program, which debuted this week and features a slate of guest speakers discussing career issues, runs from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Office of Veteran Success on the first floor of the Campus Center. Students and faculty are invited to stop by.

Topics and speakers include:

  • Oct. 15: “Professionalism and Social Media,” with Kayla Cramer of Enterprise Holdings
  • Oct. 29: “Networking for Success,” with Patrice Say and Camille Mars of FCCI Insurance Group
  • Nov. 12: “Interview Techniques,” with Zolia Hernandez, Matt Real and Peter Bryant of Bank of America

Students can win a gift card by registering with Handshake

Students can win a $25 Amazon gift card by signing up with Handshake, the career and internship posting site that specializes in college students. Every Fortune 500 company recruits on Handshake.

Complete your Handshake profile by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, and become eligible for a gift card. Three winners will be chosen.

Provide the following to complete your profile:

  • A short bio
  • Three skills
  • Education experience
  • Work experience
  • Showcase three courses you have taken

Join Handshake at

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