Florida Studies nature writing series planned at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

USF St. Petersburg Associate Professor of English Thomas Hallock, Ph.D., is organizing a series of public readings and discussions at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve this spring focused on nature writing. They will read selections from their non-fiction work.

Associate Professor of English Thomas Hallock, Ph.D. | Photo by Aaron Alper, '12.

Associate Professor of English Thomas Hallock, Ph.D. | Student Photo by Aaron Alper, ’12.

Titled “Writers in the Preserve,’’ this three-day series is organized around the theme, “How Do We Find Nature in the City?”

The series is co-sponsored by the USFSP Florida Studies Program, the College of Arts and Sciences and Friends of Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. It is co-organized by Boyd Hill ranger Andrea Andersen.

On February 21, Hallock joins award-winning Tampa Bay Times writer Jeff Klinkenberg, journalist Cathy Salustri, a USFSP Florida Studies graduate, and Wendy Joan Biddlecombe, a staff writer for Hernando Today/Tampa Tribune and a USFSP journalism master’s graduate.

On March 28, poets Gianmarc Manzione, Gloria Muñoz and Brian Duncan will lead a poetry night hike through the Preserve.

The series concludes on April 11 with “13 Ways of Looking at a City: Community Gathering,” as writers, environmentalists and community advocates celebrate the natural and built environment of south St. Petersburg.

“This lecture series demonstrates the extraordinary talent at USF St. Petersburg and our commitment to engaging the community with provocative programming,’’ said Frank Biafora, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “I commend Dr. Hallock for his creative leadership.”

Each event is free and open to the public and starts at 7 p.m. For more information contact Thomas Hallock at thallock@usfsp.edu or (727) 873-4954. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve (727-893-7326) is located at 1101 Country Club Way S. in St. Petersburg.

Despite the jet lag, the first day in Kuwait was a big success

Today We met with the Governor of their central bank ( think Alan Greenspan or Ben Bernanke).  It was interesting and informative, though the jet lag was kicking in at that time. We talked about Islamic finance that does not charge interest, and they have a hybrid system.  Half abide by the restrictions, so it makes it harder for the central Bank to regulate two types of operations. Their banks are required to maintain 20% equity capital, which is huge compared to the West, and is why they did not have to bail out their banks in this last crisis.

Our meeting with the ministry of Info was canceled, but they are having a big event tomorrow, and that will get added to our schedule.

The fascinating event was the “cultural” center that is found throughout Kuwait. Families come together to form one, and it is only for the guys. A family is like a clan and may comprise about 700 persons.  It is basically a meeting place where a lot a business gets conducted and decisions are made in this country.

They were extremely gracious, and it gave us a chance to see another slice of Kuwaiti society.  It belongs to the royal family and other high ranking families in Kuwaiti society.  The third ranking prince (and retired prime minister) was in attendance when we arrived, and he later gave us a tour of the exhibit area they have. He was very gracious with his hospitality. .

The day was a great success.


Stacy Prouty (left) and Bevan Gray-Rogel are the featured speakers at the Jan. 17 Walgreens Bayside Business Forum.

January Bayside Business Forum to Explore Trends in Senior Entrepreneurship and the Global Aging Economy

The first Walgreens Bayside Business Forum of 2014 will focus on one of the hottest topics among entrepreneurs, economists, and policy makers today: how to address the various needs of the world’s growing aging population.

“Increasingly, people over 50 are moving to Florida and starting companies instead of retiring from working life,” said Dr. Maling Ebrahimpour, dean of the College of Business at USF St. Petersburg. “In the past few years, Tampa Bay has become a major destination for senior entrepreneurs and a desirable test bed for products and services that help people age in place, successfully manage chronic diseases, and maintain optimal physical performance well into their advanced years. All of this is great news for Florida’s future economic growth, which is being fueled by entrepreneurs from multiple generations.”

Speakers Bevan Gray-Rogel, president and founder of Encore Tampa Bay, and Stacy Prouty, chief operating officer of the Institute for the Ages in Sarasota, will share some exciting trends in senior entrepreneurship and innovation in the aging market that will have a major impact on Tampa Bay’s economy in the coming decade.

The Forum will be held Friday, Jan. 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Franklin Templeton,100 Fountain Parkway North, Building 100, St. Petersburg.

The Forum is free and open to the public. Continental breakfast and coffee will be served. Seating is limited, so reservations are requested. To RSVP, please call (727) 873-4700 or e-mail cob-events@usfsp.edu by Thursday, January 16.

The Walgreens Bayside Business Forum is presented by the Dean’s Advisory Council of the College of Business at USF St. Petersburg. The series focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations that are shaping Florida’s business future. It is sponsored by Walgreens and Franklin Templeton.

Online MBA program ranked fourth in Florida, in Top 100 nationally by U.S. News & World Report

The USF St. Petersburg College of Business online MBA program is ranked in the top 100 nationally and fourth among Florida universities for Best Online Graduate Business Programs by U.S. News and World Report.

It is the first time the program, which began three years ago, has been ranked by the magazine, best known for its annual Best Colleges report, which ranked USF St. Petersburg 38th among the top regional public universities in the South last year. The online rankings were released Wednesday.

The USFSP online MBA program was one of four in Florida to make the list, joining the  University of Florida, Florida State University and Florida International. Nationally, the USFSP program placed 91st among 225 online graduate business programs in the country.

The program, the first of its kind by an accredited university in the Tampa Bay area, offers students a full array of options, including obtaining an MBA completely online or through a mixture of online and in-person classroom courses.

“The ranking by U.S. News and World Report underscores the innovative thinking that drives the College of Business,’’ said Vivian Fueyo, Ph.D., interim regional vice chancellor for academic affairs. “It reflects the excellence of our faculty and the high caliber of the students we attract.”

College of Business Dean Maling Ebrahimpour thanked the faculty and staff for its hard work and dedication. “I am proud of what they have accomplished in just three years,’’ he said. “We believe this program meets the needs of students as well as businesses seeking well-educated and prepared employees.”

Larry Langebrake, director of SRI St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg Marine District focus of next USFSP Walgreens Bayside Business Forum

Larry Langebrake, director of SRI St. Petersburg, will discuss the future of downtown St. Petersburg’s Marine District during the next Walgreens Bayside Business Forum sponsored by the USF St. Petersburg College of Business.

Langebrake will share some exciting news about the future of this important industry cluster near USF St. Petersburg and how it will gain even more prominence on the local, national, and global stage in coming years.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 a.m. at Franklin Templeton, 100 Fountain Parkway North, Building 100, St. Petersburg. Seating is limited so please reserve your spot by December 11 by calling 727-873-4700 or e-mailing cob-events@usfsp.edu.

“A world-class collection of businesses, government agencies and other institutions surround USF St. Petersburg that are devoted to marine science, oceanographic, and environmental research,’’ said USFSP College of Business Dean Maling Ebrahimpour. “SRI St. Petersburg is a major player in this important business sector and we are pleased that Larry Langebrake has agreed to share his insights about its role in the Tampa Bay economy.”

The Walgreens Bayside Business Forum is presented by the Dean’s Advisory Council of the College of Business at University of South Florida St. Petersburg. The series focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations that are shaping Florida’s business future.