Coach Taggart with students

Locker Room Lunch with USF Football Coach Willie Taggart

Regional Chancellor Bill Hogarth and USFSP Student Government invited the USFSP community and the public to a special lunch with USF football coach Willie Taggart.

During his visit, coach Willie Taggart talked about USF football and how to be a leader on and off the field. Lunch and an extended, in-depth question and answer session was part of the fun.


USF St. Petersburg students Nathan Lehoux and Jon Ellington arrive at the state Capitol for USF Day.

USF Day 2013

Students from USFSP joined dozens of USF Tampa students to participate in USF Day at the Capitol on February 19, 2013.

Students hope to place USF at the forefront of lawmakers’ minds as they make critical decisions about higher education. Read more about USF Day 2013.


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Installation of the bull on Harborwalk

An 850 pound bronze bull statue was installed today on Harborwalk in front of the University Student Center. Go Bulls!


Inaugural Honors Brunch a big success

The inaugural USF St. Petersburg Honors Brunch drew students and parents from across Florida to Nelson Poynter Memorial Library on Sunday.

About 150 guests attended the brunch, which was designed to introduce the Honors Program to high-achieving high school students who are considering attending USF St. Petersburg. The program gives such students the attention and challenges they deserve at a university with small class sizes, a high-quality faculty and abundant undergraduate research opportunities. Students and parents from as far as Jacksonville and South Florida attended.

The highlight of the brunch was a panel discussion involving current Honors students  Tiffani Thornton, Class of 2016, Political Science; Teri Deardorff, ’16, Environmental Science & Policy; Marco Padilla-Rodriguez, ’13, Environmental Science & Policy; and Chelsea Meredith, ’13, History.

Marco, who last week was flown to Tucson by the University of Arizona to
interview for its Ph.D. program, described his honors thesis and his graduate school plans. Chelsea talked about her work on Holocaust remembrance and a trip she made to Washington, D.C., over the Christmas break to interview curators at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Tiffani and Teri described their first-year experiences in the program.

“I was thrilled at the turnout and the students’ level of enthusiasm,” said Thomas Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Government and International Affairs and director of the Honors Program. “We want USFSP to be a destination campus for high-achieving students.”

A beautiful day for SciFest.

Scenes from the 2012 St. Petersburg Science Festival and Marine Quest

The Second Annual St. Petersburg Science Festival, held in conjunction with the 18th Annual MarineQuest, drew thousands of people to the USF St. Petersburg Waterfront on Saturday, Oct. 27.

About 100 exhibits lined the waterfront on from Poynter Park to the USF College of Marine Science – four times as many exhibits as the 2011 inaugural Science Festival.

Food trucks fed the masses and a marching band kicked off the festivities.

Video credit: Kristy Andersen (above), WUSF TV (below) | More coverage by WUSF

Photo credit: USFSP/Tom Scherberger