USFSP Names Building for the Hon. Peter Rudy Wallace

(St. Petersburg, Fla.) February 9, 2010 – Through his leadership and advocacy, the Hon. Peter Rudy Wallace secured funding and support for the Florida Center for Teachers – a multipurpose building at USF St. Petersburg that opened in 2001.

The university will rename the building the Peter Rudy Wallace Florida Center for Teachers on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The building, at 599 2nd St. S, provides university classroom and meeting space, houses the university’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies and the state’s Florida Humanities Council. Complimentary event parking is available in the USFSP Parking Garage, 250 5th Ave S.

The university first dedicated the building when it opened on the same date in 2001 as the university’s newest classroom building since Coquina Hall opened in 1984.

The Florida Center for Teachers, named for the Florida Humanities Council teacher training program the building still supports, opened at the start of a transformational decade for USF St. Petersburg. In the years since, the university grew its undergraduate student body; earned separate accreditation; and constructed a seven-story residence hall, 1,100-space parking garage, a central promenade and the Science and Technology Building.

“Peter could see the direction and potential of the university,” said Margaret Sullivan, regional chancellor. “His confidence in the university’s future impact on the community helped create the dynamic institution we have today.”

Wallace, a St. Petersburg native, was elected to the Florida House of Representatives at the age of 28 to represent District 52. He started his legislative tenure three years after graduating from Harvard Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College.

Wallace served in the House of Representatives from 1982 to 1996, the last two as Speaker of the House; he is the only person from Pinellas County to serve in that position. Known for his compromising skills and genteel demeanor, Wallace’s ability to strengthen partnerships led to the legislature’s funding approval for the USFSP building designed to serve the university and expand teacher education in the humanities.

Florida Center for Teachers “The Florida Center for Teachers represented a combined effort for the advancement of education in Florida at all levels,” Wallace said. “I’m proud to have been part of the team of leaders that supported the building and am very grateful for this honor.”

The Florida Humanities Council’s Teacher’s Center offers graduate-level content to outstanding K-12 teachers, media specialists, guidance counselors and administrators. Programs correlate directly to the Sunshine State Standards while offering rigorous study of humanities topics with noted scholars.

“When the FHC sought a permanent home in partnership with USF St. Petersburg, Peter did more than support the project,” said Janine Farver, FHC’s executive director. “He believed in our and the university’s capacity to illuminate the heritage, traditions and stories of our state.”

Professor David Carr

Memorial Service for Professor David R. Carr

St. Petersburg, Fla. February 8, 2010 – USF St. Petersburg will host a memorial service for David R. Carr on Friday, Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. in the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library.

Please join us in honoring our colleague, teacher and friend. For more information, please call (727) 873-4842. View a campus map here.

David R. Carr was a husband, professor, university leader and a community volunteer whose contributions to the field of history enriched our university in ways that his colleagues and students will remember for years to come.

Carr joined USF St. Petersburg in 1971, moving to St. Petersburg for his first faculty position after receiving his doctorate in History from the University of Nebraska. By 2009 he held rank as the most senior faculty member in terms of service at USF St. Petersburg and joined a small group of USFSP employees with more than 35 years of employment. His primary areas for teaching and research were medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation history, as well as urban, social, intellectual, and constitutional history.

Carr witnessed the growth of USF St. Petersburg and his service grew along with the boundaries of the university. He offered sage guidance to the USFSP Library Committee, University Library Council, the Lecture Series Committee, the Honors Program, Faculty Senate, and the University Undergraduate Council, among other bodies, from the mid-1970s into the 1980s. Carr attained the rank of Associate Professor in 1989.

He oversaw the USFSP Honors Program from 1992 to 1995. From 1999 until 2002, he served as director of the USFSP College of Arts and Sciences and took an important administrative role in directing USF St. Petersburg’s independent accreditation efforts beginning in 2001. Carr earned rank as a full Professor of History in 2004.

His work extended beyond USF St. Petersburg through his involvement with cultural and historical organizations in Pinellas County. A member of the Pinellas County Historical Commission from 1975 through 1978, he played an important role in the establishment of Heritage Village, Pinellas County’s open-air museum. Carr served as a founding officer of the Pinellas County Historical Society and provided guidance for early exhibits and collections at the museum, offered fieldwork and practicum opportunities for students in historic preservation, and helped to establish a successful foundation for the museum. He served on the board of the St. Petersburg Historical Society, as a commissioner and chair of the St. Petersburg Planning Commission (1982-1987), and as a commissioner on the St. Petersburg Historical Preservation Commission (1985-1987).

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Science & Technology Building Earns LEED Certification

(St. Petersburg, Fla.) January 21, 2010 – The new Science and Technology building at USF St. Petersburg will broaden science teaching and research at the institution, and it will do so as the first building in the USF System to earn Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) certification. Faculty members and administrators from USF St. Petersburg and the USF College of Marine Science collaborated to create this multi-functional building.

University and community leaders gathered Monday, Jan. 25 for the building dedication. Click here to view a St. Petersburg Times article about the building.

Because of its planning, construction materials and design, the building earned enough credits for Gold LEED certification. The LEED green building certification program, managed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is a national rating system for buildings designed, constructed and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

Support from the Progress Energy Foundation funded the Progress Energy Earth Science Laboratory. Matched by the state Courtelis Capital Facilities Match Program, the gift equipped the laboratory and provided lab casework and equipment for research tailored to the study of physics, geology and other geosciences.

The expanded classroom space supports a cross-section of university programs while the teaching and research labs enhance the undergraduate and graduate Environmental Science and Policy programs and the Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Sciences tracks. Many incoming first-year students express interest in the institution’s pre-medical and pre-health sciences tracks – undergraduate course sequences that give students the flexibility to pursue a broad-based liberal arts education while integrating the advanced-level science coursework required by graduate and professional programs in the health sciences.

Building Facts:

  • 35,000 square feet
  • Two stories
  • Eight classrooms and one seminar room on the first floor
  • Four instructional labs on the second floor: the Progress Energy Earth Science Lab, a General Chemistry Lab and two General Biology Labs
  • Five USF College of Marine Science research labs on the second floor
  • Four USFSP College of Arts and Sciences research labs on the second floor
  • The $12 million dollar facility was funded by PECO, the state program that funds education construction through taxes on utility services
    Study area on the second floor
  • 76 classes are in the building for the Spring 2010 semester
  • The largest classroom accommodates 60 students, the smallest accommodates 20

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