Q:  A hallmark of USF St. Petersburg is its stellar, student-centered faculty who truly influence one’s scholarship and academic success. Will you update us on some of those faculty members?

As an alumna myself, I remain immensely grateful to those amazing faculty who nurtured, motivated, and inspired us. Effectively teaching essential subject matter is key. However, the greatest gift is instilling in students a lifelong love of learning.

Here are a few updates:

Dr. Ray Arsenault (History) – The award-winning author of books including Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, Dr. Arsenault is USFSP’s longest serving full-time faculty member. Arriving on campus in 1980, he continues to be an integral part of institutional life. His new book, Arthur Ashe: A Life, is “the first comprehensive, authoritative biography of the American icon.” Publication is slated for August 2018. His office is still in the historic Snell House. Stop in and say hello – if you can catch him. Dr. Arsenault is still a man on the move!

Kathy Arsenault (Library) – Kathy retired from USFSP as Dean of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library in 2009. She is an active volunteer in various community groups such as the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. She and husband Ray are devoted grandparents of Lincoln Hardee Powers who lives in Washington, D.C. with his parents. Their greatest joy is to babysit for Lincoln when daughter Amelia and husband Shawn travel for their respective jobs with the U.S. Department of State. Additionally, Kathy serves on the Board of the USFSP Retired Faculty and Staff Association.

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Dr. Ray and Kathy Arsenault on a river cruise in St. Petersburg, Russia (May 2018)

Dr. Winston Bridges (Education) – Intrepid Dr. Bridges and wife Patti often cruise the country in their trusty RV when they are not at their residence in St. Petersburg. They are also very fond bird watching at their beautiful cool, creek side location in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina. Dr. Bridges is co-chair of the Retired Faculty and Staff Association along with Dr. Steve Micklo (Education).

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Dr. Winston Bridges

Dr. Gene Towery (Education) – Dr. Towery and her husband Dr. Henry Towery (Business) live in downtown St. Petersburg. Look for them around town avidly supporting community cultural events. Both enjoy global travel and recently visited England. They captured a fun photo of Prince William’s arrival by helicopter in London for the Royal Wedding.

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Dr. Gene Towery

Dr. Darryl Paulson (Government) – Emeritus Professor of Government, Dr. Paulson retired from USFSP in 2009. His ongoing scholarship remains insightful and distinctive via newspaper editorials, media interviews, and TV broadcasts about Florida, Southern and national politics. Additionally, Dr. Paulson has just finished a chapter on Jeb Bush’s two terms as Florida Governor for a forthcoming book from UF Press on Florida’s Governors. As noted in his web biographical notes, “in 2015, he received the Thomas Paine Award from the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club for his influence on public policy in Florida, especially in the area of minority voting rights. This is only the third time in the Club’s 35 year history that the award has been given.” Dr. Paulson has also been actively involved in overturning Florida’s felon vote policy that includes 25% of all ex-felons in the U.S. who are denied the right to vote, including over 20% of Florida’s African American population. He is a Board member of the USFSP Retired Faculty and Staff Association. Darryl and his wife Marilyn live in Palm Harbor, but spend the summer in Minnesota.

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Dr. Darryl Paulson

Dr. Rosanne Blass (Education) – A native Minnesotan, Dr. Blass moved back to her home state in April to be closer to her family there. She plans to continue her volunteer work with hospice, reading programs, and the arts. Undoubtedly, she will also find time to use her skill as a trained clown known as Pockets. Ever the traveler, we expect Dr. Blass to trek south for some Florida sunshine when the cold northern winters settle in.

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Dr. Rosanne Blass arrives in Minnesota (April 2018)

More updates next time. Stay tuned.