Kimberly Kopnitsky placed second in the education category.

Nine students participate in first Statewide Graduate Research Symposium

Nine USF St. Petersburg students participated recently in the first Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium that brought together graduate students from across Florida to showcase their work.

USFSP Masters of Reading Education student Kimberly Kopnitsky placed second in the education category for her research project, “The Effects of Peer Editing and Response in a First Grade Writer’s Workshop.”

Eight of Florida’s 12 public universities participated in this first-ever event hosted by USF Tampa.

While the primary purpose of the symposium was to showcase the impressive research by graduate students at Florida universities, it also gave the participating students and faculty members a rare chance to network and to discuss possible research collaborations.

“We are extremely proud of our USFSP team,” said Norine Noonan, regional vice chancellor for academic affairs, who served as a judge at the symposium.

Other judges from USFSP were Anna Lewis, Ph.D., visiting associate professor of science education in the College of Education; and Alison Watkins, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate and certificate programs in the College of Business.

The other USFSP students participating were:

  • Masters of Environmental Science Student Rita Beckhorn.
  • Masters of Business Administration student Christopher Brown
  • Masters of Liberal Arts student Veronica Carroll
  • Masters of Environmental Science and Policy student Lauren Drakopulos
  • Masters of Arts in Reading Education fall 2012 graduate Brian Flores
  • Masters of Liberal Arts fall 2012 graduate Jennifer Probst
  • Masters of Environmental Science student Lindsey Schmidt
  • Masters of Arts in Reading Education student Allison Wickman


Visiting Graphic Design Instructor Erika Greenberg-Schneider with James Foster (left) and Sierra Schneider (right).

Two Graphic Design Program students place first, second in printmaking competition

Two USF St. Petersburg Graphic Design Program students were honored recently by the local chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters at its annual Career Awards program at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.

Sierra Schneider of New Port Richey won first place and $3,000 and James Foster of St. Petersburg won second place and $2,000 in a competition sponsored by the Clearwater/Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters. Schneider will compete nationally in Pittsburgh next month for a top prize of $15,000.

Both are students of USFSP Visiting Instructor Erika Greenberg-Schneider, an internationally renowned printmaker who has been honored by France as a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. Greenberg-Schneider was the keynote speaker at the April 13 awards program and discussed the intense focus and hours of work required to refine printmaking skills.

“These students remind you why you teach,” Greenberg-Schneider said of Schneider and Foster. “They never put thinking in their pocket. They are curious and are aware of the work that it takes to be really good at something. They take criticism as others would enjoy chocolate because they want to get better.

“They know why they are in college,” she added, “what they want to come away with and most of all, why they work so hard.”

Norine Noonan, Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, praised the work of the students and their professor. “USFSP places high value on these kinds of student-faculty creative collaborations,” she said.  “The achievements of these students clearly illustrate the high quality of work being done in our Graphic
Design Program.”

Sheramy Bundrick, Ph.D.

Art history professor wins prestigious Rome Prize

USF St. Petersburg Associate Professor of Art History Sheramy D. Bundrick, Ph.D., has won a prestigious Rome Prize, a fellowship that will allow her to pursue advanced research next year in the ancient city.

Recipients of Rome Prizes, awarded annually through a competitive process by the American Academy in Rome, stay at an 11-acre campus in the heart of the city.

Previous recipients of the Rome Prize include architects Robert Venturi and Michael Graves; composers Aaron Copland, John Adams and Laurie Anderson; and writers Ralph Ellison and William Styron.

Bundrick was awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew Heiskell Post-Doctoral Rome Prize in Ancient Studies.

“I am tremendously excited and deeply honored to be part of the Rome Prize tradition,” Bundrick said. “I will be studying the reception of ancient Athenian vases and their images among the Etruscans and how these artifacts were integrated into Etruscan material culture during the 6th and 5th centuries B.C. “

The goal is to write a book based on her research, “but of course, life at the American Academy promises all sorts of wonderful and stimulating activities — lectures, trips, interdisciplinary discussion with the other fellows and residents,” Bundrick said.

Bundrick earned her Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. in Art History from Emory University and has been a USFSP faculty member since 2001.  She is the author of Music and Image in Classical Athens (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and multiple scholarly articles on ancient Greek vase painting and imagery.

“The Rome Prize is highly sought after and a very prestigious honor for any scholar,’’ said Norine Noonan, Ph.D., USFSP vice chancellor for academic affairs. “I am thrilled that the American Academy in Rome has recognized the important research that Dr. Bundrick is conducting.”

Winning Entrepreneurship Club members Chris Carpentier, Mark Lombardi-Nelson, Lazar Anderson, Brown Charite and Kevin Mircovich are congratulated by Entrepreneurship Director Bill Jackson during Entrepreneurship Day.

USFSP Entrepreneurship Club members win second national championship in a row

Members of the USF St. Petersburg Entrepreneurship Club at have won a prestigious national competition for the second year in a row.

The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) Startup Simulation Challenge requires a team of students to take a new business and make the right decisions to out-perform nine other teams from across the country. The computer simulation took two months.

The winners were announced Wednesday during Entrepreneurship Day at USFSP, held three months after the Entrepreneurship Program at the USFSP College of Business was named the Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program in the United States by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

The USF St. Petersburg team was led by Kevin Mircovich and included Lazar Anderson, sophomore Chris Carpentier, senior Brown Charite and Mark Lombardi-Nelson. The winning team is awarded $1,000 and will be honored at the 2013 National CEO Conference in Chicago. Everyone but Mircovich were members of the 2012 championship team.

The top three schools finished just several points apart. This was the third annual simulation challenge hosted by CEO, the premier entrepreneurship network with 240 chapters at universities in 43 states.

Quinnipiac University placed second and the University of Northern Iowa was third.

In February, USF St. Petersburg Entrepreneurship Club students dominated a pitch competition in Tampa that drew 200 students from across the Southeast, with four of the seven finalists and a first and third place showing.

In November, a team that included three USF St. Petersburg students won first place in the People’s Choice Award, and third place overall at Startup Weekend Tampa in November.

“We are proud that USF St. Petersburg students are once again the national champions in entrepreneurship,” said Entrepreneurship Program Director Bill Jackson, Ph.D. “These students worked hard for this achievement and showing the way for others.”

Norine Noonan, Ph.D., vice chancellor for academic affairs, said the recent string of victories by the students shows the value of USFSP’s growing Entrepreneurship Program.

“Our goal is to build the best undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the country and Bill Jackson and his team deserve our hearty congratulations,” Noonan said. “This is a great example of the importance of this program to the economic vitality of Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay area.”


A scene from last year's Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Research Month spotlights work of students and faculty

April is Research Month at USF St. Petersburg, when the ongoing work of students and faculty is highlighted in myriad ways.

This year’s theme is “The Politics of Food: Rethinking Local Systems.” Events related to the theme include presentations by student journalists from the Neighborhood News Bureau, a lecture on the subject of urban food deserts, a discussion of the slow food movement and talk on the personal nature of food choices.

“Research Month is always a high point of the academic year,” said Norine Noonan, vice chancellor of academic affairs. “It highlights one of the distinguishing features of USF St. Petersburg – the many opportunities for high quality scholarship by both our students and our faculty.”

Two highlights of Research Month are the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and the first Faculty Research Lightning Talks.

The Undergraduate Research Symposium celebrates the innovative research and creative work that USF St. Petersburg undergraduate students have produced during the year under with the help and support of the university’s faculty. The symposium is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 11 at the University Student Center Ballroom.The USFSP Department of Psychology, the Office of Research, and the USFSP Honors Program are the co-sponsors of the Symposium.

The faculty, meanwhile, will have a chance to show their own work during the first Faculty Research Lightning Talks April 3, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library. The event will feature five-minute talks by 15 USFSP professors in disciplines that include environmental science, visual and verbal arts, marketing, education, psychology, information systems and anthropology.

Here are details about some of the events during Research Month:

  • Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives Called “the most transformational film of 2012,” this documentary examines the controversy surrounding genetically engineered foods. Watch it online for free. It will be discussed during the “World Café,” April 10 a.m. to noon, Coquina Club.
  • What is Slow Food: An Overview of a Movement A talk by Gail Eggeman, a founder of the St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market. Slow Food is an international movement promoted as an alternative to fast food which seeks to preserve traditional and regional foodways and encourages local farming. April 10, 10 a.m. to Noon, STG 114.
  • Microbe-We-Beasties Local Living Soil A presentation by Hillsborough County folk herbalist Willow LaMonte, a longtime organic gardener. April 12, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., STG 113.
  • GELS/C-SPACE Research Symposium A daylong symposium sponsored by the Green Energy Living Systems (GELS) and the Center for Science & Policy Application featuring panel discussions, presentations and exhibits by faculty and students. April 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Clam Bayou Marine Education Center, 4240 35th Ave. S., St. Petersburg
  • The Subject is Food Presentations by student journalists from the USFSP Neighborhood News Bureau. April 16, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., James B. Sanderlin Family Center, 2335 22nd Ave S, St. Petersburg.
  • Tell Me What You Eat and I will Tell You Who You Are A lecture by USFSP History Professor Emeritus Gary Mormino on the personal choices we make about food and what they say about us. April 17, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bay 220.
  • Food Deserts Mapping David Padgett, associate professor of geography at Tennessee State University, discussed the research he has done in Nashville on so-called food deserts, a timely topic in St. Petersburg where a grocery store closing in Midtown has stirred community concern. April 18, 6 p.m., Harbor Hall Community Room.