WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA ST. PETERSBURG OFFICE OF LEADERSHIP AND STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS!

ABOUT US:

The Office of Leadership & Student Organizations at USF St. Petersburg seeks to empower students to enhance their aptitude as leaders and understand how they can make a difference, whether as positional leaders or active participants in a group or community process. The office strives to engage all students in purposefully designed leadership programming and experiential learning opportunities that support the mission of USF St. Petersburg, along with being a hub for student organizations. The Office helps students:

  • Grow integrity, character, and self-awareness
  • Identify core passions
  • Foster collaborative relationships
  • Set positive examples
  • Effectively lead in diverse contexts
  • Positively impact the community

There are 80 registered student organizations at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg! From academic, professional organizations and special interest groups to honor societies and multicultural student organizations, there are so many ways to get involved!
For more information about student organizations, you can search the student organization listing on PeteSync or contact LSO by emailing lso@usfsp.edu, calling 727-873-4532 or visiting the office in the Student Life Center, room 1700.

Student Organizations

Benefits of registering a student organization:

  • Regular use of University facilities: buildings, grounds, services (some may have fees for use)
  • Ability to apply for cabinet/mailbox space in the Student Life Center
  • Ability to request funds from Student Government if SG policies and criteria are met
  • Participation in Get On Board Day, the Student Organization Fair
  • Participation in Annual Involvement Awards
  • Positively impact the community

HOW DO I START A NEW STUDENT ORGANIZATION?

Go to www.orgsync.com and click on “Log In” at the top, choose the USF St. Pete community and create your profile.

Click “Browse Organizations” to ensure the organization you wish to start doesn’t already exist. If not then you need to complete these steps.

  • Have a minimum of five members, including a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer
  • Have a Student Organization Advisor (Faculty, Graduate Assistant, or Professional Staff member)
  • Have a current constitution with a clear purpose and required verbatim statements on file – must meet the USFSP Guidelines, which can be found in the LSO portal on PeteSync
  • Complete New Student Org Training – visit the LSO portal on PeteSync for training dates each semester
  • Complete EMS Training to reserve spaces on campus

PETE SYNC

WHO CAN USE PETESYNC?

Everyone with a USF NetID who is a currently enrolled student or USFSP faculty/staff can use PeteSync.

IS PETESYNC HOW I GET ALL MY INFORMATION?

Yes; all student organization functions related to browsing, joining, or creating an organization will be in PeteSync.

HOW DO I SEARCH OR JOIN A STUDENT ORGANIZATION?

Go to www.orgsync.com and click on “Log In” at the top, choose the USF St. Pete community and create your profile.

Click “Browse Organizations” and request to join those of your choosing.

PETE’S POINTS

WHAT IS IT?

Pete Programs are not just fun and entertaining – they’re profitable! Listed on PeteSync are all the “Pete Approved” events. For each program a student attends (and signs-in or slides their USF ID at), they will receive Pete Points. Students can collect Pete Points until the end of each semester (Fall and Spring).

HOW CAN I GET IT?

To receive Pete Points, students must attend the programs listed on PeteSync and register their attendance. After the program, the program presenter will forward the attendance sheet to the Leadership & Student Organization (LSO) office and marked students will be credited with Pete Points.

WHERE CAN I USE IT?

Students can use their accrued Pete’s Points at each end-of-semester event. At the end of each fall and spring semester Pete has an event where an auction takes place. This is where students can come and use their points they gained over the semester to bid for items. Prizes at Pete’s Auction typically include Blu-Ray players, Nooks, Busch Garden passes, Adventure Island passes, movie passes, movies, video games, gift certificates, event tickets, USFSP Spirit items, and more! Pete Points expire at the end of semester, and do not roll over.

PETE’S AUCTION

Pete’s Auction is held at the end of the each semester in the University Student Center Ballroom. This is the chance for students to compete for prizes by bidding with their Pete Points that they have been accumulating during the semester.

HOW MANY POINTS DO I HAVE?

Students are encouraged to check their credited Pete Points through PeteSync. Programs are typically credited to student accounts after five business days. If students notice a program is missing after this time-frame, they can access a “Pete Points Dispute Form” on PeteSync.

CO-CURRICULAR TRANSCRIPT

 WHAT IS A CO-CURRICULAR TRANSCRIPT?

The Co-Curricular Transcript (CCT) is an official document that records verifiable student involvement that occurs outside of the classroom. Choose from activities, awards, and programs in a variety of categories to be included on your transcript. If you are involved in a student organization, your involvement will automatically be recorded on your co-curricular transcript if you choose.

The CCT provides you with official documentation of your involvement with co-curricular activities and service during your college career.

REQUESTING A CCT OR CCT ACTIVITY REQUEST

Students who are interested in requesting a co-curricular transcript and faculty/staff who are interested in submitting a co-curricular transcript activity request should do so through PeteSync, the online management system for student organizations.

Leadership Programs

DISNEY LEADERSHIP SERIES

DISNEY LEADERSHIP SERIES

What is the Disney Leadership Series?

The Disney Leadership Series is a leadership development program and external training arm of The Walt Disney Company. The company showcases “Leadership Excellence” through a training program only conducted at a Walt Disney World Park. At Disney, leadership is not defined by your title – it’s defined by your actions. Our leaders proactively work to align their values with the Company’s vision and the result is a motivated, innovative, and productive workforce. We believe every leader has the opportunity to serve as a role model for future generations and that the way you lead tells a story about your values and creates a leadership legacy. Think of this opportunity as the start of your very own leadership journey.

Course Benefits

Gain insight into time-tested Disney methods while embarking on your own leadership journey. Throughout this experience, you will learn the details of the Disney perspective on leadership and how to adapt it to your journey.

You will learn how to:

• Identify the personal and organizational values that drive you as a leader.
• Establish a vision for your leadership future.
• Align processes and procedures with your personal and organizational values.
• Communicate values and vision to all members of your organization.
• Ensure sustained success through monitoring and measuring values-alignment.
• Establish a leadership legacy that inspires others to excel as leaders.

Where will it take place and how much is it?

The 2018 Disney Leadership Series will take place all day on a Friday in October 2018.  LSO will be taking 25 students to Walt Disney World’s Epcot to participate in a Youth Education Series based around leadership.Tickets are $85 and it is first come, first serve.

How do I sign up?


Please fill out the form on Petesync found here if you are interested. Once you have filled out the form a link will be sent to you for payment.

EMERGING LEADERS RETREAT

EMERGING LEADERS

What is Emerging Leaders?
Emerging Leaders is a leadership development program which enables upcoming leaders in the University to participate in problem-solving, team building, networking with peers, and gaining a better understanding on what strengths an individual has to offer.

The program is an overnight retreat off campus. Students will participate in low and high ropes courses as well as other activities to develop the skills listed above and more.  This experience is a fun way to get to know other students and yourself!

Where will it take place and how much is it?
This year’s retreat will happen on September 14-15, 2018. The program is free! Emerging Leaders always takes place in the fall semester and for dates and updates on other LSO events check out PeteSync and our Facebook page.

How do I sign up?

You can register beginning in mid summer by filling out the form on PeteSync in the LSO portal under the ‘forms’ tab.

MIRACLE DANCE MARATHON

MIRACLE DANCE MARATHON

What is Miracle Dance Marathon (MDM)?

Miracle Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 250 schools across the country, all raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their community. These students spend a year learning invaluable leadership and life skills while raising funds and interacting with children’s hospital patients and families. The year culminates with a 8-40 hour long event where the students stay on their feet through dancing, games and entertainment in celebration of the total amount raised that year.

To learn more about starting a fundraising team, to donate as an individual, or Dance Marathon pre-events please use this link: https://www.usfsp.edu/dance-marathon/

For more information or if you would like to become involved with the USFSP Miracle Dance Marathon student organization, please contact LSO Graduate Assistant, Josh Miller at jmiller13@mail.usf.edu.

THE ROCKYS

THE ROCKYS

The Rocky’s: Leadership and Student Organizations Awards Ceremony recognizes outstanding leaders, programs, and events at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Awards are presented towards the end of each spring semester at a banquet to recognize nominees and winners publicly.

Nominations for the 2018-2019 academic year are open now on PeteSync and are due April 2, 2019. Descriptions for each award can be found below.

  • Emerging Student Leader Award
    • This award will be presented to the student leader of any classification who has recently become active in the University of South Florida St. Petersburg community during the 2018-2019 academic year. This student has excelled beyond their peers and achieved success in the areas of scholarship, leadership, community service, and campus involvement. The nominees must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation.
  • Most Outstanding Program at USFSP
    • This award will be presented to the student organization or office/department that held an outstanding event for the USFSP community during the 2018-2019 academic year. Groups who demonstrated that they successfully navigated the event planning process, exhibited critical thinking and problem-solving skills, welcomed  a diverse population of participants, and enriched the co-curricular experience of USFSP students will receive this award.
  • Freshman Student Leader of the Year
    • This award will be presented to a freshman student who has excelled beyond their peers in all areas of leadership, including scholarship, service, social involvement, unity, dedication, and the improvement of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. This student is considered to be a role model to others and represents the ideals of an effective leader. Nominees must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation.
  • Sophomore Student Leader of the Year
    • This award will be presented to a sophomore student who has excelled beyond their peers in all areas of leadership, including scholarship, service, social involvement, unity, dedication, and the improvement of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. This student is considered to be a role model to others and represents the ideals of an effective leader. Nominees must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation.
  • Junior Student Leader of the Year
    • This award will be presented to a junior student who has excelled beyond their peers in all areas of leadership, including scholarship, service, social involvement, unity, dedication, and the improvement of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. This student is considered to be a role model to others and represents the ideals of an effective leader. Nominees must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation.
  • Senior Student Leader of the Year
    • This award will be presented to a senior student who has excelled beyond their peers in all areas of leadership, including scholarship, service, social involvement, unity, dedication, and the improvement of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. This student is considered to be a role model to others and represents the ideals of an effective leader. Nominees must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation.
  • Graduate Student Leader of the Year
    • This award will be presented to a graduate student who has excelled beyond their peers in all areas of leadership, including scholarship, service, social involvement, unity, dedication, and the improvement of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. This student is considered to be a role model to others and represents the ideals of an effective leader. Nominees must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation.
  • New Student Organization of the Year
    • This award will be presented to a newly established student organization (founded in the 2018-2019 academic year) who can serve as a role model to the other new student organizations as they develop and begin to operate on campus. The recipient will be the student organization who best accomplished their goals, participates in and plans campus events, adheres to campus policies and procedures, and promotes campus unity and community.
  • Student Employee of the Year
    • This award will be presented to the student employee who goes above and beyond their job description and has made a positive impact on their respective department. This recipient has taken initiative, followed office and USFSP policies and procedures, and has been an outstanding representative for his/her office. The nominees must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation.
  • Leadership Legacy
    • This award will be presented to the student leader, regardless of class standing, who has excelled beyond their peers in providing valuable contributions of community service to the USF St. Petersburg, local and/or national community. The Leadership Legacy award also recognizes a student leader whose long-term dedication and commitment have made a positive impact on sustaining the community of USFSP.
  • Student Organization Advisor of the Year
    • This award will be presented to the student organization adviser deemed to have most admirable and successfully performed his/her responsibilities to the organization. This faculty or staff adviser has served as a role model and dedicated his/her time and efforts to helping the organization.
  • Student Organization of the Year
    • This award will be presented to the student organization who has served as a role model to other student organizations in the areas of community service, on-campus involvement, scholarship, teamwork, leadership, and organization operations. The recipient will be the student organization who has best accomplished their goals, participated in and planned campus events, adheres to campus policies and procedures, and promotes campus unity and community.
  • Student “Unsung Hero” 
    • The “Unsung Hero Award” recognizes a student whose contributions to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s community might otherwise be unrecognized. The recipient of the award should display effective leadership, be committed to serving others at USFSP, and should be involved in co-curricular activities. The nominees must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation.
  • Faculty/Staff “Unsung Hero”
    • The “Unsung Hero Award” recognizes a staff/faculty member whose contributions to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg community might otherwise be unrecognized. The recipient of the award should display effective leadership, be committed to serving others at USFSP, and should be involved in co-curricular activities.
  • Most Innovative Program/Event of the Year
    • This award will be presented to the student organization or office/department that held an innovative event for the USFSP community during the 2018-2019 academic year. The program should be one that was creative and new to USFSP or took an existing program and re-vamped it for the USFSP community. Groups who demonstrated that they successfully navigated the event planning process, exhibited critical thinking and problem-solving skills, welcomed  a diverse population of participants, enriched the co-curricular experience of USFSP students will receive this award.
  • Exceptional Student in Civic Engagement 
    • This award will be presented to the student who goes above and beyond in their commitment to civic engagement. They have exemplified their commitment to both USFSP as well as the St. Petersburg community. The student is passionate about making a difference in their community.
  • Exceptional Student Organization in Civic Engagement
    • This award will be presented to the student organization who goes above and beyond in their commitment to civic engagement. They have exemplified their commitment to both USFSP as well as the St. Petersburg community. The organization has proven through their activities and programming that they are passionate about making a difference.
  • Exceptional Diversity Program of the Year
    • This award will be presented to the student organization or office/department that held an exceptional diversity event for the USFSP community during the 2018-2019 academic year. Groups who demonstrated that they successfully navigated the event planning process, exhibited critical thinking and problem-solving skills, welcomed  a diverse population of participants, and enriched the co-curricular experience of USFSP students will receive this award.
2018 Rockys Winners

2018 Rockys Winners

2018 Rockys Winners

STUDENT LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON

STUDENT LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON

What is the Student Leadership Luncheon?

The Student Leadership Luncheon is a professional development opportunity for student leaders on campus to be recognized and network with other student leaders, administrators, faculty, and staff at USFSP. The program includes dinner, conversation, and remarks by USFSP administrators.

When is the Student Leadership Luncheon?

The Student Leadership Luncheon takes place November 7, 2018 in the USC Ballrooms.

How do I RSVP for the Student Leadership Luncheon?

You can RSVP on PeteSync in the LSO portal under the ‘forms’ tab at the beginning of the fall semester.

un-BULL-ievable Spring Breaks

un-BULL-ievable Spring Breaks

What is un-BULL-ievable Spring Breaks (USB)?

Started in spring 2015,  Un-BULL-ievable Spring Breaks is USFSP’s alternative spring break program.  USB provides students with low cost, week long service trips. During each of our trips, students will have the chance to give back to the community and perform service at various locations around the United States. In spring 2017​, LSO offered 2​ service trips. You can find specific information about each of last year’s trips below. As spring break 2019​ approaches, we will post up-to-date information regarding applications for Site Leaders & participants as well as location and the number of trips.

Students participating in Un-BULL-ievable Spring Break trips will learn the importance of self reflection, social justice, active citizenship, and civic engagement while gaining new perspectives through working in diverse environments. USB participants will also be meeting community needs, building community assets, and forming relationships with community members. USB participants will also be able to bring their alternative break experiences back to campus to continue to develop active citizenship and explore social justice issues. Students will be able to create new and lasting friendships among peers.

Each USB trip is composed of USFSP students. In addition to participants, each USB trip includes at least one faculty or staff advisor, and one undergraduate trip leaders who undergo specific training to successfully lead and facilitate the alternative break experience.

​When will USB take place this year?

Mark your calendars for USFSP Spring Break 2019​,​ which is the week of March 11-17​, 2019​! All USB trips will take place during this time period.

Site Leaders:

We will also open applications for Site Leaders, who are students that lead the trip with the Staff Advisor and assist in planning. Applications for the 2018 ​trips will become available in mid August. There will be both an online application and individual interview process for selection.This is a great leadership experience for students who would like to gain more skills working with groups. Before the trip, Site Leaders are responsible for working with the LSO graduate assistant to choose a social issue, trip location, select participants, conduct pre-trip meetings, organize itineraries and travel logistics and keeping participants informed. During the trip, Site Leaders work with their Staff Advisors to collaborate with the host site coordinators, mobilize participants, plan meals, trouble-shoot any problems and facilitate reflection activities each day of service. Also, those who are chosen to be Site Leaders will pay a reduced trip fee.

Ideal candidates are passionate about service, effective at motivating and organizing teams, are very organized and have a positive attitude. If you see yourself in this role, please apply.

Participant Learning Outcomes

Knowledge:

  1. Identify the social issue that is related to the service the participant is addressing on their trip.
  2. Outline at least two core concepts that are relevant to that social issue.
  3. Articulate at least one challenge in creating change around the issue at their service-site.
  4. Identify at least one obstacle to addressing these challenges.

Community Building:

  1. Articulate how one’s individual contributions at a service site advanced the team goal.
  2. Interact effectively with group members to complete a task.
  3. Build relationships with team and among the community being served.

Civic Engagement:

  1. Explain civic responsibility
  2. Articulate the influence of their service contributions on the service-site.
  3. Identify three local campus or community opportunities where students can engage in service that is connected to their experience on the alternative break trip.
  4. Participate in service with X weeks of returning to campus.

Critical Thinking:

  1. Contribute to daily reflection and dialogue with their peers about complex social issues.
  2. Identify an example of inequity as it related to the social issue related to their service site.

Diversity:

  1. Articulate how their own experiences may influence their perspective about their service experiences.
  2. Describe an experience/conversation during the USB experience in which someone held a differing perspective of your own. Demonstrate an appreciation for other points of view and other cultures.