Mary Anne Reilly to Receive USFSP’s Top Award During Commencement

Mary Anne Reilly

Mary Anne Reilly

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) will celebrate the accomplishments of 417 new graduates during its Fall Commencement, representing undergraduate and graduate degrees from 36 academic homes. A ceremony will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 13, at the Mahaffey Theater.

During the ceremony, Tampa Bay accounting executive, Mary Anne Reilly, will receive the institution’s most prestigious honor: the annual Chancellor’s Award for Civic Leadership. Reilly, a founding shareholder in the firm of Reilly, Fisher & Solomon, P.A., has long been associated with USFSP’s Kate Tiedemann College of Business, serving on the College of Business Advisory Board, as well as on the boards of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, the Foundation for a Drug-Free America, Bayfront HERO, and the Florida Holocaust Museum.

“I am honored to present this award to a woman whose commitment to this community – whose commitment to education and civic engagement – has helped transform St. Petersburg and this institution,” said Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska, Ph.D. “The vibrant university we know and love today is because of people like Mary Anne Reilly.”

A longtime resident of St. Petersburg, Reilly has also served on the boards at All-Children’s and Bayfront Hospitals, the St. Petersburg Chamber and the St. Petersburg YMCA. She says that over the years, she liked to think she was contributing to a community in which her daughter would want to raise a family.

Reilly has 37 years of professional experience, with clients in a variety of industries, including real estate, manufacturing and publishing. She is married to Chico’s FAS Chair, Ross Roeder, and has a daughter and son-in-law, Anne Michelle and Mathew Frey, and grandchildren, Catherine and John Frey – who live in St. Petersburg.

The Chancellor’s Award for Civic Leadership is bestowed in recognition of outstanding contributions to the community and underscores the institution’s own commitment to civic engagement. It is given during the Fall Commencement ceremony. Recent, previous recipients include: former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker, the Hough Family, and Pinellas County school administrator Vyrle Davis.

Bill Hogarth: Faculty research continues to impress

As we count down the final weeks of the fall semester – where did the time go? – I continue to be struck by the quality of our faculty and the research they are conducting.

The sheer breadth of the work is impressive: Dr. Barnali Dixon’s cutting-edge research to predict nitrate-nitrogen contamination of groundwater, Dr. V. Mark Durand’s ongoing work to understand and treat autism, Dr. James McHale’s focus on co-parenting strategies to close the educational achievement gap, Dr. Kathryn Arthur’s award-winning field work to elucidate the role of Ethiopian women in creating and using stone tools.

I’m just scratching the surface. You can find a more complete list here. One measure of the importance of this kind of work: Research funding has increased from $800,000 four years ago to nearly $6 million today.

As I mentioned in a previous post, faculty research helps the community and the world at large by increasing our knowledge base and offering solutions to problems. Undergraduate and graduate students also benefit by their participation in these studies.

I am so pleased that nearly two dozen faculty members have applied for funding for their research through the renewed Internal Awards Program.  This program is intended to be “seed money.”  In other words, the funding from this program is intended to allow faculty members to lay the groundwork for proposals to external sponsors such as federal and state agencies.

Each applicant was asked to explain the impact of their proposed project and to identify sources of future funding. The USFSP Research Council is in the process of reviewing the applications and recommending those the Council deems worthy of funding.  Those recommendations, along with input from Norine Noonan, regional vice chancellor for academic affairs, will help guide me in choosing those I consider most worthy of funding within the constraints of a limited budget.

I hope to have the process completed by mid-December and announce the recipients. I’m looking forward to seeing the fruits of our distinguished faculty’s scholarly labors.

Tropicana Field at night

RNC prompts cancellation of Freshmen Convocation, other changes

Restrictions put in place for the Republican National Convention will have an impact on USF St. Petersburg, prompting the following changes.

* Freshmen Convocation is canceled.
* Residential students will move in on a single day, Saturday, Aug. 25.
* Watercraft at the USFSP Waterfront will not be available all day on Sunday, Aug. 26.

The changes have been made to avoid potential conflicts on Sunday, Aug. 26, when 20,000 people are expected to attend the official kickoff of the Republican National Convention at Tropicana Field.

The entire campus falls within a 7.4 square-mile RNC event zone that extends from 22nd Street to Tampa Bay and from 5th Avenue North to 7th Avenue South. Temporary rules for the “event zone” will be in place Aug. 26 through Sept. 1.USFSP will remain open throughout that period and most of the restrictions will have little impact on the campus. The biggest impact will likely be the expected closing of Interstate 175 on Sunday, Aug. 26.

Many downtown streets that will be closed for that Sunday event, so getting into and off of campus will be difficult that day. The street closures will begin late Saturday afternoon after the Tampa Bay Rays-Oakland Athletics game.

All classes will begin as scheduled on Monday, August 27.

Move-in for residential students had been planned for Aug. 25-26, with freshmen arriving on Saturday and returning students on Sunday. Now, all residential students will move in on a single day, Saturday, Aug. 25.

The potential conflicts on Sunday also prompted the cancellation of the annual Freshmen Convocation, originally scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 26 at Harbor Hall.

William Hogarth, Ph.D., interim regional chancellor of USFSP.

President Genshaft names William Hogarth interim regional chancellor of USFSP

Dear USF St. Petersburg Faculty, Staff and Students:

It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. William Hogarth will serve USF St. Petersburg as interim regional chancellor of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and Frank A. Biafora, dean of the USFSP College of Arts and Sciences, will lead the search committee for a new regional chancellor.

As many of you know, Dr. Hogarth is currently director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography and is a former dean of USF’s College of Marine Science. He will assume duties at USFSP on Aug. 6 while continuing his leadership of FIO.

Dr. Hogarth is a fantastic choice to lead USFSP while we conduct a thorough search for the right person as our new regional chancellor. Dr. Hogarth is a respected administrator who has cultivated deep relationships within the community and who will keep USFSP moving forward on its path to excellence. He knows the institution and the community, he understands the USF System and he is committed to the success of our students. Dr. Hogarth is particularly skilled at managing multiple organizations at the same time, most recently during the Gulf oil spill where he assumed leadership of FIO while leading the College of Marine Science at a critical juncture for both organizations.

Likewise, I am confident that Dean Biafora will do an excellent job leading a committee comprised of key stakeholders, including faculty, students, staff and community and business leaders who will consider candidates from the national search. The committee will work with R. William Funk & Associates in developing a slate of potential candidates.

We are all looking forward to working with you closely and keeping the campus focused on its many exciting new projects. Thank you for your continued service and support.


Judy Genshaft

President, USF System

Harvard Jolly of St. Petersburg hired to design College of Business building

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg has hired the St. Petersburg architecture firm Harvard Jolly to design a much-needed building for the College of Business.

Harvard Jolly, which designed the addition to the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, Sunken Gardens and the Albert Whitted Airport Terminal, will partner with Ikon 5 Architects of Princeton, N.J., the designer of numerous College of Business buildings including the Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University, the Collins Center/Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and the School of Business at College of Charleston.

“We are delighted to partner with a local firm of such distinction,’’ said USF St. Petersburg Regional Chancellor Margaret Sullivan. “I look forward to seeing how their innovative ideas will benefit our students, faculty, staff and the business community.”

Harvard Jolly was selected in a competitive process from among 20 architecture firms from around the country. The university staff, including faculty members from the USFSP College of Business, constituted a committee that narrowed the submissions to five firms that made hour-long presentations regarding their proposals.

The USF System Board of Trustees has designated the USFSP College of Business building a top priority for the coming year. The $27.5 million project would be built on the site of Parking Lot 2 and include nearly 70,000 square feet of space, including technology-enhanced classrooms, faculty offices and public meeting space where the business community can engage with students.

The building would bring a level of synergy for the College of Business and a gathering place for the broader business community.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to partner with USFSP to create a first class College of Business. The new facility will provide a state-of-the-art learning environment for students and be a vital link to the business community,” said Bill Harvard, CEO of Harvard Jolly Architecture. “This facility will help USFSP integrate into the fabric of downtown St. Petersburg.’’

USF St. Petersburg is a separately accredited university within the USF System, offering undergraduate and graduate programs in Business, Education and Arts and Sciences. For more information, go to

Harvard Jolly Architecture is one of the largest architectural firms in Florida. Founded in 1938 by William B. Harvard, Sr., the firm has seven full-service offices located in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Punta Gorda, Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Ft. Lauderdale. Harvard Jolly offers services in architecture, interior design and landscape architecture for higher education, K-12, healthcare, civic and library clients. Additional information about Harvard Jolly can be found online at

The new USFSP Web, launched July 5, 2012

A fresh new website to better reflect who we are

Welcome to your new website.

We have completely redesigned the look of to better reflect who we are and to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for.

It has been a collaborative, months-long effort involving students, faculty and staff from all corners of the campus. The result is a fresh approach that allows us to engage with the myriad groups who comprise the USF St. Petersburg community, both externally and internally.

There is much to explore here and more to come. Please take a few minutes to look around. You will find new features we’re excited about, such as ‘burg blogs, written by students and faculty, and videos offering a window onto our world. Meanwhile, all the features of the old website some of you have come to rely on remain, such as links to myUSF and news about USFSP.

This site will be as dynamic as USFSP — growing and changing, with updates and improvements as needed. We welcome and encourage your feedback, so please take a moment to tell us what you think.

I would like to thank everyone who participated in this important project. We appreciate the hard work and suggestions that made this reimagined site possible.

Helen Levine, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for External Affairs

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