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USF St. Petersburg and city officials celebrate refurbished Poynter Park

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and Interim Regional Chancellor Bill Hogarth joined other city and USFSP officials Monday in a celebration of recent improvements at Poynter Park.

The chancellor thanked the mayor for working with the university to upgrade and realign sidewalks in the waterfront park and improve lighting. The mayor praised the university for being an important partner in economic development in downtown St. Petersburg.

City Council Chairman Karl Nurse, a USFSP aluma whose district includes the university, praised the new lighting as an important safety measure.

The city and the university have longstanding ties. The city donated much of the land for the campus, and the university works has worked closely with the city as it has grown since it was established in 1965.

Poynter Park, located on Third Street South across from the Poynter Institute, is owned by the city and joins Harbor Hall with the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library.

New Dali Museum series, The Genius Next Door, to feature USF St. Petersburg professors

The Dalí Museum is hosting a new monthly series of stimulating conversations with USF St. Petersburg professors.

Called The Genius Next Door, the series will give audiences a chance to ask questions, exchange ideas and discuss cutting-edge research with intellectual leaders from USF St. Petersburg. Frank Biafora, dean of the USFSP College of Arts and Sciences, will act as the emcee and facilitator for the monthly series.

The Genius Next Door will be a five-part conversation series featuring three different professors every month. Activities and topics will vary each event based on the speakers.

The next event will be Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Museum Theater, with overflow next door seating in the Raymond James Community Room.

The speakers for Thursday’s event are Daniel James Scott, MS, MBA; Dr. Jill McCracken, College of Arts and Sciences; and Carol Hixson, MS, Dean of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library.

Scott, an instructor in entrepreneurship, is the Associate Director for the Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation Alliance. McCracken, an assistant professor in the English Department, teaches writing and composition. Hixson, writes a blog on her thoughts and experiences in technology and running a library.

The event is open to the public and admission is free for Dalí members and $5 for non-members. The museum is at One Dalí Blvd. in St. Petersburg.