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USF Society of Professional Engineers, led by President Simon Restrepo (front left)
A degree in engineering not only takes a lot of time and effort, but it also takes a lot of cash—the kind of funds that not many young people have, particularly in this tough economy. But some generous donors are making a difference for over a hundred USF Engineering students, and they met face to face recently. University Beat on WUSF TV takes you to that meeting and introduces you to one such lucky scholarship recipient.

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Poster for USF College of Engineering Heart of Gold ceremony (courtesy USF College of Engineering)
With today’s one-two punch of a stagnant economy and increasing tuition costs, college scholarships are more important than ever. This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 looks at how corporate and individual gifts are helping USF Engineering students afford their education.
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USF College of Engineering scholarship website

USF Racing website

University Beat report on Marshall Scholar, Jean Weatherwax

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Dr. John Wiencek, Dean of the USF College of Engineering, talks about why these scholarships are so important to both students and the donors behind them.

Robert Garcia, Vice President for Tampa Bay Trane and a graduate of the USF College of Engineering, explains why he supports his alma mater and what he thinks about its students.

Wildlife Expedition Sees Danger, Signs of Recovery for Panther
CALOOSAHACHEE RIVER (2012-2-12)
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Three Tuskegee Airmen Share Their Stories
POLK CITY (2012-2-9)
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In Florida, the unemployment rate among veterans, especially among the National Guard and Reservists, hovers above the national civilian average. This week on Florida Matters, we look at the hurdles veterans face when looking for work as well as initiatives aimed at encouraging employers to hire veterans. Resources for Veterans looking for work: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hiring Our Heroes, program has onsite job fairs including a Tampa Hiring Our Heroes event scheduled February 23rd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bayanihan Arts and Events Center, Tampa. Employ Florida Veterans is an online portal promoted by Gov. Rick Scott in late January. Hero 2 Hired, the Military Spouse Job Board and the Department of Labor Gold Card program are among the links available on the White House Veterans page. Joining Forces - - includes a national resource directory of employers looking to hire veterans, a military spouse board among other links. Veteran Employment - a collaborative website between veterans and Monster.com. G.I. Jobs - a guide to "post-military" success with tips on resumes, interviewing and dressing for success. Florida National Guard Career Connections - information on job fairs, job banks and job searches of Florida government positions. Florida One-Stop Career Centers - links and addresses to centers statewide. Veterans Gold Card - employment opportunities for post 9/11 era veterans. Resources for Employers looking to hire veterans: ESGR Employer Resource Guide Employer Sample HR Policy Florida Employer Resources - tips on recruiting qualified candidates.
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hiring Our Heroes, program has onsite job fairs including a Tampa Hiring Our Heroes event scheduled February 23rd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bayanihan Arts and Events Center, Tampa.

Employ Florida Veterans is an online portal promoted by Gov. Rick Scott in late January.

Hero 2 Hired, the Military Spouse Job Board and the Department of Labor Gold Card program are among the links available on the White House Veterans page.

Military.com Tools to help Veterans find jobs:

Veteran Job Postings

Military Skills Translator

Veteran Career Network

Veteran Job Fair Calendar

Military-to-Civilian Resume Writing

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Mark Dion's installation, "The South Florida Wildlife Rescue Unit: The Uniforms"
An exhibit that examines what we think about nature versus what we know is now on display at USF’s Contemporary Art Museum. University Beat on WUSF TV takes us to “Mark Dion: Troubleshooting,” which takes the tools of a natural history museum and turns them into a thought-provoking exhibit.

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Mark Dion's installation, "The South Florida Wildlife Rescue Unit: Mobile Laboratory"
From a wildlife rescue van to a display featuring stuffed cats, rats, raccoons and possums, Mark Dion’s work is decidedly unlike anything else you’ll see in an art museum. This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 shows how Dion’s ongoing exhibition at USF may change how you look at both nature and art.
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Natural Art Exhibit
USF Contemporary Art Museum
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Graphic artist Mark Dion explains what the exhibit’s title, “Troubleshooting,” means; how natural history museums inspire his work; what some of the unusual objects he uses mean; and who should visit his exhibition.

USF Contemporary Art Museum curator Jane Simon talks about some of the upcoming events associated with Dion’s exhibition.

Environmentalists Battle Fertilizer Exemption Bill
ST. PETERSBURG (2012-2-3)
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Why Mitt Romney Won in Florida
TAMPA (2012-1-31)
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Newt Gingrich's Florida Concession Speech
ORLANDO (2012-1-31)
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Mitt Romney's Victory Speech in Tampa
TAMPA (2012-1-31)
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Charter schools are supposed to accept students regardless of ability…but in Florida, many are not. Charter schools are designed to be an alternative for students who aren’t happy with their neighborhood school. But an investigation by StateImpact Florida and the Miami Herald found that charter schools aren’t an option for many students with severe disabilities. Only 14 percent of charter schools serve kids with severe disabilities, compared to half of traditional public schools. StateImpact Florida reporters Sarah Gonzalez and John O’Connor tell us the story behind their investigation, and the impact it is having. We also talk with Kathleen McGrory of the Miami Herald. She and reporter Scott Hiaasen published “Cashing in on Kids,” a six-month investigation into charter schools.
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