Financial Literacy Day will be held Feb. 14 at the campus’ Selby Auditorium.

Campus Insider: USF Sarasota-Manatee welcomes 4th Annual Financial Literacy Day: Understanding Global Markets & Finance

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: February 11, 2020

SARASOTA, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2020) – Loretta J. Mester, PhD, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, will lead a distinguished lineup of speakers on Friday as the Fourth Annual Financial Literacy Day: Understanding Global Markets and Finance returns to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Loretta J. Mester, PhD

Other headline speakers include Jay Bryson, PhD, managing director and acting chief economist at Wells Fargo Bank; William A. Strauss, senior economic advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; and Michael McKee, an international economics and politics correspondent on Bloomberg TV and Radio.

Cumberland Advisors, the Global Interdependence Center (GIC) and USF Sarasota-Manatee are sponsoring the half-day event, which begins at 8 a.m. in the campus’ Selby Auditorium.

To register, visit

Also featured:

  • Megan E. Greene, senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School
  • Nicholas Colas, co-founder of DataTrek Research, which produces the DataTrek Morning Briefing on investment and economic news
  • John R. Mousseau, president, CEO and director of fixed income at Cumberland Advisors
  • Dave Nadig, managing director of, which provides news and analysis about exchange-traded funds
  • Chris Hartshorn, chief commercial officer at risQ, Inc., which models financial risks posed by climate change
  • Christopher Whalen, chairman of Whalen Global Advisors, LLC, and the author of three books, including, Ford Men: From Inspiration to Enterprise (Laissez Faire Books, 2017)
  • Eddie Sanchez Jr., DBA, a professor of finance at USF Sarasota-Manatee

David R. Kotok, chief investment officer and chairman of the board of Sarasota-based Cumberland Advisors, and USF Sarasota-Manatee Regional Chancellor Karen A. Holbrook, PhD, will offer welcoming remarks.

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David Kotok

“This year we plan to deeply discuss credit and debt markets with a worldwide perspective,” Kotok said. “We will examine payments systems, electronic and virtual. And we will hear a keynote from a member of the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee. We assembled a blockbuster speaker lineup for the region to hear, question and appreciate.”  

Created in March 2017 to promote financial education, Financial Literacy Day is a forum for investors, state and local officials, financial institutions, market analysts, pension trustees, policy makers and members of the general public to learn more about financial markets and economic issues and to pose questions to experts.

The Fourth Annual Financial Literacy Day: Understanding Global Markets and Finance will feature panel discussions focused on two chief topics: the bond market, which will explore categories of debt and debt influences, including budget deficits and central bank quantitative easing; and Real Time Payments (RTP), which will examine digital currencies, including Bitcoin and Libra and mobile payment services such as Venmo.

Mester, who became president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in June 2014, will deliver the keynote speech. She is a distinguished and widely respected economist who participates on the Federal Open Market Committee in the formation of U.S. monetary policy. She oversees 1,000 employees in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, who conduct economic research, supervise banking institutions and provide payment services to commercial banks and the U.S. government.

For more information about the Fourth Annual Financial Literacy Day: Understanding Global Markets and Finance, including the agenda, speakers and speakers’ biographies, visit

To learn more about USF Sarasota-Manatee, visit

‘Family Reunion’ set today outside campus café

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The BSU’s Family Reunion is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. today outside the campus cafe.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Black Student Union has scheduled a “Family Reunion” today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in honor of Black History Month, which is held in February.

Historically, the event recalls the joining together in celebration of family, friends and neighbors within the African-American community. Tuesday’s event is intended for all members of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s campus community and includes music, food and games. It will be held in the campus courtyard outside the café.

M3 Center journal referenced by Social Sciences Citation Index

Cihan Cobanoglu, PhD, and The Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology (JHTT), are stepping into the spotlight.

The JHTT, which is hosted by the M3 Center for Hospitality Technology and Innovation at USF Sarasota-Manatee, is now referenced by the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), a multidisciplinary index of more than 3,000 social sciences journals worldwide.

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Cihan Cobanoglu, PhD

“For a young journal to be included in its 10th year in the SSCI is an amazing accomplishment,” Cobanoglu, JHTT founding editor, McKibbon endowed chair and director of the M3 Center, said. “There are only nine hospitality journals indexed in the SSCI in the world. The JHTT is among the best of the best journals now.”

The double-blind, peer-reviewed JHTT, published by Emerald Publishing Ltd., is dedicated to research in technology and e-business in tourism and hospitality. It connects academia with industry.

Along with the JHTT, the M3 Center also hosts The Journal of Global Business Insights and The Journal of Global Education and Research. The center focuses solely on hospitality research.

Cobanoglu said he was proud of the JHTT’s inclusion in the SSCI and praised the work of Managing Editor Katerina Berezina, PhD; Assistant Editor Faizan Ali, PhD; Assistant Editor Seden Dogan, PhD; and Editorial Assistant Muhittin Cavusoglu, PhD.

Ali is an assistant professor at USF Sarasota-Manatee and Dogan is a visiting scholar. Cavusoglu is a visiting assistant professors. Berezina is a former assistant professor at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

“As founding editor, I received so much help from many people,” he said. “As you can see, USF Sarasota-Manatee is well-represented here.”

Earn a Master of Social Work degree at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus

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The Master of Social Work degree program will begin this summer.

Applications are now being accepted for the new Master of Social Work cohort.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Master of Social Work degree program will begin this summer and run 2½ years, including a two-year field internship. Afterward, graduates will be free to pursue a psychotherapy license. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15.

Learn more at A link with additional information about the Sarasota program is available on that site.

Also for more information, contact Jane Roberts, PhD, at or Cheryl Hamlin, field coordinator at USF, at, or call (941) 359-4464.

Drone TETRA 2020 tech conference coming to USF Sarasota-Manatee campus

Drone TETRA 2020 will be held on Feb. 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Interest in drone technology is soaring with conventions and expositions globally. Now, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus is partnering with drone experts to hold a conference to explore drone use in educational, commercial and recreational settings.

Drone Technologies, Education, Training, Research and Applications (TETRA), or Drone TETRA 2020, will be held on Feb. 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The conference is free, but registration is required.

The all-day event will focus on the technology’s rapidly growing role in recreation, agriculture, utility inspections, public safety, surveying, mapping, cinema, photography and national defense and security.

“This conference is for anyone with an interest in drones, from the casual user to professionals who want to learn more about drone technology and its potential uses,” conference co-chair Ehsan Sheybani, PhD, said.

The event’s speakers will include Robert Bishop, PhD, dean of the College of Engineering, the University of South Florida; Yu Zhang, PhD, associate professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, USF; and Marvin Andujar, PhD, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, USF.

Also scheduled is a special session to examine the science and engineering behind drones, including Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and the Internet of Things, along with drone competitions for both middle and high school students and the general public.

Sheybani, an associate professor of information systems and decision sciences, and Giti Javidi, an associate professor of information technology and cybersecurity, are serving as conference co-chairs. Both are from USF Sarasota-Manatee.

The conference includes lunch and refreshments. Registration is free. To register or for more information, visit

For more about USF Sarasota-Manatee, visit

USF Sarasota-Manatee campus to host Open House Feb. 22

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Open House is set for Feb. 22.

The USF Sarasota-Manatee campus will hold an Open House on Saturday, Feb. 22, for prospective freshman students, transfer students and college graduates seeking master’s degrees.

The session for freshman and transfer students is set from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the campus’ Selby Auditorium. The master’s degree session will run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with check-in at the campus’ FCCI Rotunda. USF Sarasota-Manatee is located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Students, faculty and support staff from Financial Aid and Admissions will be on hand to explain all that USF Sarasota-Manatee has to offer, as well as opportunities for financial aid and scholarships. Learn about USF Sarasota-Manatee’s many degree programs, affordable tuition and how its small class sizes facilitate collaborative learning.

“This Open House is our chance to really show off everything that makes USF Sarasota-Manatee part of a preeminent university system,” said Brandon Avery, associate director of admissions.

“Students don’t just hear about the many programs offered here, but learn how to properly finance their education, add value to their degree and move into their chosen career in a timely manner,” he said. “We really hope students learn about all that’s offered at USF Sarasota-Manatee and enjoy this opportunity.”

Learn about USF Sarasota-Manatee’s four colleges and specific degree programs, including:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Communication Science & Disorders
  • Criminology
  • Elementary Education (future teachers)
  • Finance
  • Hospitality Management
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Risk Management & Insurance

Also learn about USF Sarasota-Manatee’s unique partnerships with USF’s College of Engineering, Stetson University College of Law and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), which provide a pathway to degrees in engineering, law, medicine and dentistry.

Visit to learn about USF Sarasota-Manatee degree programs.

To attend the USFSM Open House, visit

HospitaBull set for March 24 at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

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Rocky is getting into the spirit as HospitaBull nears. This year’s event is set for March 24.

HospitaBull 2020 is only a little more than a month away.

The annual upscale dinner, organized, prepared and served by students from USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership, is scheduled for March 24, at 6 p.m., at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive.

Tickets start at $175 for individuals. Visit for tickets and more information.

The HospitaBull series was created in spring 2011 as an outlet for students to gain hands-on experience while also raising funds for student scholarships, faculty development and equipment purchases.

Students work closely with USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty and Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota staff to plan and execute the elegant menu. As the event unfolds, students help prepare food and plate the dishes, while others in the dining room fill wine glasses and carry trays of appetizers and entrees to tables.

Next month’s event will be the 10th HospitaBull.

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