USF's first ever "Accessi-BULL," a two day event designed to raise awareness and educate the University and the community about people with disabilities, took place in October. University Beat takes you to "Accessi-BULL" to find out how USF assists its growing population of disabled students.
USF is joining the ranks of Yale, Johns Hopkins and UCLA by taking part in the National Institute of Health's three-point-two billion dollar "National Children's Study." The study will follow 100-thousand children around the country from before birth to the age of 21 to see the effect the interaction of genes and the environment has on their health.
In work that's received attention from media around the world, USF History Professor Philip Levy serves as co-director of the archaeological project that's discovered the remains of George Washington's boyhood Virginia home. University Beat takes you to Ferry Farm in Fredericksburg, VA, for a look at the immense and historic task undertaken by Professor Levy and The George Washington Foundation.
VSA arts of Florida, an affiliate of USF's College of Education, is part of a national group that helps people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts. University Beat takes you to a recent performance of the Florida Orchestra, where a pair of extraordinary teenage musicians who won the VSAFL's "2008 Young Soloist Program" showcased their talents.
USF Lakeland is now USF Polytechnic, as University officials say the name change better reflects the campus' focus on the applied and technical disciplines. University Beat takes you to Polk County for a "Poly Pep Rally" and also brings you an update on the plan for a brand-new campus, right in the middle of Florida's High-Tech Corridor.
University Beat focuses in on "From There to Here," a photography exhibit on the lives of Bay area refugee youth. However, this exhibit is different in that the sixteen teens and one six-year-old aren't the subjects of the pictures - they're the photographers, capturing what their new lives - all their struggles, triumphs and hopes - are like. The exhibit runs until October 17 in the Main Rotunda on the 2nd floor of the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.
USF's School of Theatre and Dance is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Broadway debut of "Hair" by presenting the musical October 2-5 and 8-12. University Beat takes you to a rehearsal and introduces you to three of the play's leads and the director-choreographer. Even though none of them are over the age of 26, they think their version of "Hair" can reach a contemporary audience as easily as the original did.
USF's Joint Military Science Leadership Center recently hosted Lt. General Martin Dempsey, Acting Commander of U.S. Central Command, who spoke to ROTC students about current military operations and the world they face as they prepare to enter the armed forces. University Beat speaks to General Dempsey and officials from USF and the Joint Military Science Leadership Center about "service to the nation."
Researchers at the USF School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, backed by a one million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education, are looking at the best prosthetics that amputees can use in such activities as rock climbing and kayaking - 'extreme sports' that are being used more and more as rehabilitation activities. University Beat takes you to a test session and introduces you to two champion rock climbers who have scaled to great heights in both competition and in life.
About three hundred young people in Tampa's University Area Community have new school supplies, thanks to the generosity of the USF students, faculty and staff who participated in the "Tools for Schools" drive. University Beat takes you to one of the collection sites and the event where the supplies were handed out to tell you the story.