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IN THIS ISSUE... Christmas Stroll Turns 30.............................................2 Science, Math Teachers Get Boost..........................................3 Friends of Freddie...........................3 Celebrating the Big 6-0-0..............4 Faculty in the News.......................5 Holiday Break..................................6

Riverside Center Open House All faculty and staff are invited to visit the Riverside Center Holiday Open House on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The event is hosted by development, human resources and public information on the second floor of the Riverside Center.

Bring Your Goodwill Donations to Campus The PEACE Volunteer Center is sponsoring Goodwill bins on campus for students, faculty and staff to donate items they no longer need. The drive will run from Friday, Dec. 9 to Friday, Dec. 16. Faculty and staff are also welcome to bring donations to the truck that will be located outside the Sykes College of Business.


Employees Recognized for Dedication, Years of Service


ongratulations to the winners of the 2011 Edmund P. Sliz Awards: Jay Langdoc, network administrator in information technology; Marla Mancini, administrative assistant for operations and planning; Steve Monoc, campus safety officer; Danielle Houston, senior education abroad advisor in international programs; and Janine Dragna, assistant registrar for transfer evaluation in the registrar’s office. The winners Sliz Award winners Marla Mancini, Jay Langdoc and were announced at a reception on Nov. 30. Janine Dragna are congratulated by Donna Popovich, executive director of human resources. The Sliz awards are given annually to staff members who are recognized as the most dedicated and valuable staff members at the University. Recipients are awarded a plaque and a cash award of $250.

The University also recognized 94 employees for their service of five or more years, honoring each 5-year milestone. Frank Gillen, Dana professor of English, and Mike Truscott, Dana professor of economics, celebrated 40 years at UT. Wayne Price, Dana professor of biology, and Andy Solomon, professor of English and writing, marked 35 years with the University. Honored for 30 years at UT were Peter Brust, associate professor of economics; Stephen Burroughs, associate chair/professor of chemistry and physics; Linda Devine, vice president of operations and planning; Bill Dunlap, head crew coach; Lee Hoke, professor of economics; and Bill McReynolds, professor of psychology.

Winter Commencement Good to Go in Martinez Athletics Center will hold its 131st commencement Saturday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. as normal in the Bob Martinez Athletics Center. The barricades, scaffolding and other construction-related materials that have been a common sight at the center during the fall semester will be removed, allowing clear access to the building from both the Pepin Stadium parking lot and West Parking Garage. Kathleen Ochshorn, professor of English and writing, will speak at the ceremony about the importance of continuing the pursuit of learning and truth and about how technology will allow graduates to stay connected to the University and each other. Ochshorn is this year’s recipient of the Louise Loy Hunter Award, which is given annually by its previous recipients to a UT professor for excellence in teaching and cumulative contributions in service and scholarship. Continued on page 2

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Mark your calendar for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 16. Students, faculty and staff will meet at 8 a.m. in Fletcher Lounge before heading out to volunteer with one of a number of organizations. Email for more information or to sign up.

Save the Date The annual Women’s History Month Luncheon will be held on March 28. Details will follow in the February issue.

Victorian Christmas Stroll Turns 30 The Henry B. Plant Museum is holding its 30th annual Victorian Christmas Stroll through Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Visitors can enjoy complimentary spiced cider and cookies on the veranda and carol singing in front of the 15-foot tree in the hall. Each of the museum’s 14 exhibit rooms holds a tree trimmed with 19th century themes and holiday accessories. The themes for this year include: tea cups, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, fans, the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, cigars, bells and antique toys. On Dec. 11, there will be hand bell performances by the Clearwater Christian Bell Choir from Clearwater Christian College, Fanfare Ringers from First United Methodist Church of Lutz and St. Andrew’s Ringers from St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Tampa. This free concert is scheduled from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Grand Salon. Admission is free for faculty, staff and students with a UT identification, $13 for adults, $11 seniors and $7 youths (4-18 years). On Dec. 12 and 13 admission is reduced to $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for youths. Proceeds from the Victorian Christmas Stroll fund significant museum restoration and preservation projects, as well as educational programming. For more information, contact Sally Shifke, museum relations coordinator, at (813) 258-7302. 80 YEARS AND COUNTING — Tampa City Councilwoman Yvonne Yolie Capin presented a commendation to President Vaughn during a Tampa City Council meeting on Dec. 1, congratulating UT on its 80th anniversary. The commendation stated “The University of Tampa and the City of Tampa have joined forces to form a legislative and educational partnership benefitting thousands of our residents.”

Road Work Ahead Upcoming campus construction projects will result in new learning and co-curricular spaces and improvements in infrastructure. However, they will impact some campus operations, circulation and parking during the coming months. Your patience is appreciated. Look out for a global email message in the next few days that will help you navigate the construction.

Winter Commencement Continued Zachary Smith, a government and world affairs major, will give the challenge to the graduating class. UT GRADUATES BY THE NUMBERS: Total graduates = 429 Countries represented = 30 % of graduates from Florida = 62% Undergraduates Total bachelor’s degree candidates = 346 Magna cum laude (GPA 3.75 or higher, but less than 4.0) = 26 Cum laude (GPA 3.5 or higher, but less than 3.75) = 35 Top 3 most popular undergraduate majors in this class = Accounting, Communications, Biology Graduate students Total master’s candidates = 83 With honors (GPA 3.9 or higher, but less than 4.0) = 6 With highest honors (GPA 4.0) = 2


MBAs awarded = 44

UT Receives Grant to Boost Science and Math Teaching has been awarded a grant of $500,000 to lead a professional development program, Science-Math-Master, or SM², for Florida teachers to boost teacher and student performance in math and science. The grant, awarded by the Florida Department of Education State Board of Education, will provide tailored professional development to 350 educators in Volusia, Hillsborough and 32 rural Florida counties.

geometry and the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. • Two on-campus sessions during the summer for educators that include coursework, hands-on labs and student demonstration classes to teach and test lessons on targeted students. Faculty from both the UT mathematics and biology departments, led by Leslie Jones, assistant professor of mathematics, and Rebecca Waggett, assistant professor of biology, will be involved in implementing the grant.

“The weak content knowledge of school teachers leads to too few students energized by science and math,” said Anne Gormly, dean of “This is an excellent opportunity to bring state-of-the-art teaching the College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education. “And yet, techniques in STEM subjects to more of the educators of Florida’s future,” given access to sound and sufficient professional development, Florida educators can boost science and math education programs dramatically.” said Jim Gore, dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences. UT will partner with the Florida Independent College Fund on the SM² has three elements: project and work with the Florida Alliance, the Heartland Educational • A website with science and math videos and modules for homework. Consortium, the North East Florida Educational Consortium and • Four on-campus sessions during the school year focused on biology, Panhandle Area Educational Consortium.



MAUREEN BUTLER, assistant professor of accounting, co-authored the article “The Impact of Implied Facilities Cost of Money Subsidies on Capital Expenditures and the Cost of Debt in the Defense Industry,” which was accepted for publication in the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy.

The Alvarez Law Group, owned by DANNY ALVAREZ, adjunct professor WHITNEY BUSER, assistant professor of economics, had her article of business, was nominated as Small Business of the Year by the Tampa “The impact of fiscal decentralization on economics performance in Latin Chamber of Commerce. high-income OECD nations: an institutional approach” published in Public Choice. J.C. ANDERSEN, chair/associate professor of health and human performance, co-authored the article “Screening for Urinary Incontinence MARK COLVENBACH, director of career services, and Tim Harding, in Female Athletes,” which was published in Athletic Training & Sports associate dean of career development and engagement, will be serving Health Care. on a panel, “Leading a Vibrant and Extraordinary Career Services Team,” at the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers annual MARY ANDERSON, assistant professor of government and world conference in Savannah, GA. Harding will also be co-presenting another affairs, co-authored the article “Personality and Political Discussion,” session, “SPAMing Your World: Creative Techniques for Doing More with which was published in Political Behavior. Less,” with Ray Angle, director of career services at the University of MARCUS ARVAN, assistant professor of philosophy, had his article, North Carolina-Chapel Hill. “Bad News for Conservatives? Moral Judgments and the Dark Triad RYAN CRAGUN, assistant professor of sociology, co-authored the Personality Traits: A Correlational Study” published in the journal article “The Price of Free Inquiry in Mormonism,” which was published Neuroethics. in Free Inquiry. Cragun also had his book review of Volumes 1 and 2 of COLLEEN BEAUDOIN, instructor of mathematics, and Pattie Johnston, Atheism and Secularity published in the International Journal for the chair/assistant professor of education, had their article “The Impact of Psychology of Religion. Purposeful Movement in Algebra Instruction” published in Education. Continued on page 5 FRIENDS OF FREDDIE — About 500 friends, teammates, colleagues and family came to UT Nov. 30 to honor and celebrate the life of UT alumnus and San Francisco 49ers football great Freddie Solomon ’75, including Dan Gura, vice president of development and university relations. Proceeds from the event, which totaled $200,000, will go toward an endowed scholarship in Solomon’s name to honor the longtime friend and supporter of the University.


Student Awards in Experiential Education As part of UT’s experiential education initiative, the Experiential Education Steering Committee will present awards and cash prizes to five students each year at the Leadership Awards Ceremony in the spring. These prestigious awards honor student achievements in internships, service learning, undergraduate research, education abroad and leadership. Please encourage currently enrolled students to submit an application, resume and signed waiver to the chair of the Experiential Education Steering Committee at or students can visit .

Sibling Art Project On Nov. 20, UT and Early Autism Interventions hosted a showcase of artwork by siblings of special needs children in Fletcher Lounge. The project included a large number of UT students who have volunteered their time, in addition to support from the University’s psychology department. Jeff Skowronek, associate professor of psychology, and Joy Falahee ’10, founder of Early Autism Interventions, helped to organize this event.

McNiff Holiday Hours The McNiff Fitness Center will close Dec. 15 and reopen on Jan. 16, 2012. Faculty and staff may attend the following 45 minute classes during the lunch hour (noon-12:45 p.m.): Dec. 20 — Yoga Jan. 5 — TBD (Pilates or Just Pump) Jan. 10 — Yoga

The Big 6-0-0 Congratulations to Richard Schmidt, head men’s basketball coach, on earning his 600th win as a college coach (571 at UT; 28 at Vanderbilt University) on Nov. 26 against the University of Puerto Rico Bayaman. Schmidt’s win record is fourth most among active Division II coaches.


Need a break away during winter break? Catch the men’s basketball team for the Tampa Classic between UT, Brock University and Winston Salem State University (WSSU). UT takes on Brock on Dec. 29 at 5 p.m., then WSSU on Dec. 30 at 2:30 p.m. The women’s basketball team also plays at home over the break, taking on Grand Valley State on Dec. 30 at 5:30 p.m.

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into husbandry practice,” at the fifth International Zoo and Aquarium Symposium in November. Masonjones also facilitated a workshop, “Integrating in situ and ex situ conservation of syngnathids.”


JEFFREY DONALDSON, associate professor of finance, and Donald Flagg, assistant professor of finance, had their article “Understanding Levered ETF Returns: An Exercise” accepted for publication in the Journal of Financial Education.

MARK G. MCRAE, assistant professor of biology, and Lori Benson McRae, associate professor of biology, had their article “Habitats Used by Juvenile Flagtails (Kuhlia spp.; Perciformes: Kuhliidae) on the Island of Hawai’i” published in Pacific Science.

BETH ESCHENFELDER, assistant professor of communication, had her article “The role of narrative in public relations ethics pedagogy” published in Public Relations Review.

JENNIFER POWELL, coordinator of student event services, was honored with the Shuronda H. Smith Outstanding New Professional Award at the National Association of Campus Activities Southern Region Conference in Octber.

BRIDGETTE FROESCHKE, biology laboratory coordinator and instructor, had her article “Spatio-temporal predictive model based on environmental factors for juvenile spotted seatrout in Texas estuaries using boosted regression trees” published in Fisheries Research.

KADE ROSS, assistant director of residence life, and Kristin Whitney, area coordinator for residence life, were inducted as honorary members into the National Residence Hall Association.

MICHAEL GARCIA, instructor of accounting, had his case “It’s my money and I want to recognize it now!” accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Cases and Applications. ALI JENZARLI, associate professor of information and technology management, co-authored the article “Does Food Intolerance Play a Role in Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis?,” which was published in the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology. HEATHER MASONJONES, chair/associate professor of biology, presented the keynote address, “Lessons from the field: Bring the wild

JOSEPH SCLAFANI, interim associate provost, dean of academic services and professor of psychology, has published a book, titled The Educated Parent 2: Child Rearing in the 21st Century. ERIC WERNER, assistant professor of chemistry, presented an invited talk at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI in November. The presentation, “Lanthanide Coordination Compounds for Medical Imaging Applications,” highlighted research currently being conducted in Werner’s lab in collaboration with UT undergraduate students Melanie Madsen and Tavya Benjamin.

UT in the News UT faculty and staff are often featured by the media for their research and expertise. Here are a few that have appeared in the news during the fall semester: REBECCA BELLONE, associate professor of biology, was featured in the Los Angeles Times for her research into whether cave paintings of spotted horses were accurate depictions. BRENT BENNER, director of enrollment management, offered suggestions to college applicants in a WTVT-Fox 13 item. PRANJAL GUPTA, associate professor of marketing, was featured in The New York Times in a debate about “Cyber Monday.” HEATHER MASONJONES, chair/associate professor of biology, was

featured on the BBC Radio 4 show “Saving Species” (Series 2, Episode 25) where she shared her research on sea horses. ERIKA MATULICH, professor of marketing, talked to WTVT-Fox 13 on three occasions, first about why companies offer giveaways, then regarding the power of celebrity endorsements and most recently about how retailers use scents to attract shoppers. SCOTT PAINE, associate professor of communication/government and world affairs, appeared in two WTVT-Fox 13 items, one about political ads during the holidays, the other on the Florida straw poll. JUDITH WASHBURN, associate professor of marketing, was interviewed for an ABC Action News piece on incorporating social media into curriculum and the workplace.

UNDER THE MICROSCOPE — The new Analytical Scanning Electron Microscope in the Science Wing of Plant Hall was dedicated on Nov. 11. The microscope, the only of its kind in Florida, allows students and faculty to view specimens in unprecedented detail and clarity and to see structures not visible with light microscopes, at magnifications from 5x to 300,000x. Stan Rice, professor of biology, demonstrated the device for those in attendance at the event.


EXPERIENTIAL ED EXPERTS — Three UT faculty and staff members have graduated from the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) Experiential Education Academy, including Marca Bear, associate dean of international programs and associate professor of management/international business; Ali Dunn, assistant director of internships; and Jen Wortham, associate professor of health sciences and human performance. Bear is pictured here receiving her certificate from Al Cabral, past president of NSEE, and Jim Walters, current president of NSEE.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving Looking for the perfect gift for the Spartan fan in your life? Consider giving a UT specialty license plate. The plates are $27 (in addition to the regular registration fees) and help fund scholarships and campus improvements. For each plate purchased, $25 goes to UT. To learn more, call the Office of Alumni Relations at x6209, or email .

Make A Move News The fall 2011 Make a Move for a Healthier UT campaign, Mastering Your Motivation, concluded Nov. 11 with a luncheon for participants. Congratulations to Melanie Hicks, director of sponsored programs, for winning the $100 gift card drawing for taking part in the Tic-Tac-Toe game. Interested in joining the UTHR Faculty-Staff Wellness Committee? Have an idea you would like to share with the committee? Please contact Pat Hunt or Lori Fitzgerald in Human Resources.

Also On Sabbatical Oops! We goofed. In the last issue of the Insighter we listed faculty sabbaticals for the 2011-2012 academic year. We inadvertently missed Jen Wortham, associate professor of health sciences and human performance, who will be researching “Decorating and Grooming Behaviors in Two Crustacean Groups” during the spring semester.

Making a List, Checking it Twice Before heading out for Winter Leave (Dec. 26-Jan. 2), make sure to prepare your office.

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Set an out-of-office message on voicemail and email. Clean out the refrigerator and empty the recycling bins. Report any items in need of repair. If you have a laptop, take it home or lock it in a cabinet in your locked office. Power off and, if possible, unplug any technology equipment. Turn out the lights

In addition, be sure to back-up all crucial data prior to leaving. All essential files should be backed up on a regular basis to your personal file space (home directory) on Athena or your departmental file share on Camilla. If you do not have access to your departmental file share, ask your department head to contact the IT Helpdesk and request that you be given access along with the type of access required (read or write). If you need assistance, contact the IT HelpDesk at x6293.


TWO WEEKS@UT Wednesday, Dec. 7 Women’s Basketball vs. Ave Maria. Martinez Athletics Center, 5:30 p.m.

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Saturday, Dec. 10 Women’s Basketball vs. Southeastern. Martinez Athletics Center, 2 p.m. Dancing with Winds. Falk Theatre, 8 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 8 Presentations and Meditations by Glenn Mullin, Saturday, Dec. 17 Buddhist Monk. Sykes Chapel, 6 p.m. Commencement. Martinez Athletics Center, 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9 Scholars’ Symposia presents Glenn Mullin. Monday, Dec. 19 Sykes College of Business, Room 134, 4 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Chowan. Martinez Dancing with Winds. Falk Theatre, 8 p.m. Athletics Center, 2 p.m.

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