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Secret getaways on campus

Going to the library may be a hassle for some people.

The constant clicking of keyboards or the subconscious thought of having to be quiet have probably turned you away from relaxing in the library.

If you thought USF St.Petersburg didn’t have any relaxing or chill spots then think again, this campus is loaded with “not so secret” secret getaways.

Top five getaways on campus

If you are looking for a spot to just watch tv or even play board games to take your mind off of classes then the gaming room inside of The Reef is the place for you. This room has comfortable sofas, a flat-screen tv and tables for gaming. Apples to Apples, Cranium and Scrabble are a few of the board games that this room has to offer. If you’re not a board game type of person then you can hook up your own gaming system, PS3, Xbox, etc. to the tv. Although the smell of the cafeteria food may distract you, this is a great place for meeting people on campus or just hanging out.

The Tavern may just be everyone’s, including some of your professors, favorite getaway on campus. This spot offers an authentic bar atmosphere which makes you forget that you are even on a college campus.

“I love going to The Tavern after my classes, it’s so chill and not as raunchy as other bars,” says Marwa Hijazi.

There’s nothing more relaxing than eating a good meal in a relaxing environment, if you are tired of eating at The Reef then check out The Campus Grind. This place has almost everything on their menu from buffalo chicken wraps to Mediterranean pizzas. Let’s not forget about their wide selection of beverages, after all it is a café.

“I cannot live without their Americanos, it gives me that extra boost of energy while I am studying there,” says Renee Robinson.

My personal favorite spots on campus are The Gathering and behind the Davis building, overlooking the water and the boats.

The Gathering is inside of the PRW building. This is an open area with comfortable sofas and it is very quiet. The Gathering is great for catching up on reading assignments, homework and even naps in between classes.

The open space behind the Davis building is the perfect spot to clear your mind after a tough exam or just in your downtime between classes. If you love being outdoors then this spot will be your best bet. There is nothing more soothing that chilling on the grass listening to the water splash against the sides of the concrete.

Students least favorite getaway

I asked a few students what their least favorite spot on campus to hang out is and most people said the student room in the Davis building.

“I seriously hate going there, it looks so old and the atmosphere isn’t relaxing at all!” says Reman Alquireshi.

I checked out the spot for myself and I would have to agree with many students. This room has an old school vibe to it. It is perfect to hang out with friends and play foosball or just sit and talk.

USFSP is a beautiful campus that has many hidden relaxing getaways. There’s nothing better than finding your own space on campus to get away from the stresses that school can cause.

Research Month Showcases Scholarly Work

(St. Petersburg, Fla.) April 5, 2010 – With 2010 Research Month events underway, students, faculty and the community can explore the creativity and diversity of ongoing research at USF St. Petersburg through a series of events open to the public.

At Research Month events, members of the public can expect to see demonstrations and examples of USFSP’s innovative courses and programs and how collaborative research impacts the community.

For more information about research month, please contact Pat Scott at (727) 873-4096 or

Upcoming Events:

Friday, April 16

  • 5 p.m., Nelson Poynter Memorial Library
  • Faculty Book Authors Reception
  • Please join USFSP faculty members as they discuss their recently published books.

Wednesday, April 21

  • Noon, Bayboro Hall, Room 220
  • Faculty Research Exchange: 5-Minute Elevator Speeches sponsored by the Faculty Research Council

Thursday, April 22

  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Location TBA
  • Undergraduate Student Research Symposium
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m., Science & Technology Building, Room 124
  • Discussion: “Communiversities: Societal partnerships for the Environment and Sustainability”

Thursday, April 29

  • 5 to 7 p.m., Location TBA
  • Graduate Student Research EXPO

Friday, April 30

  • Noon, Peter Rudy Wallace Florida Center for Teachers, Room 100
  • Civic Engagement: Faculty Development Workshop

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.”