Town and Gown

Town and Gown is a non-profit organization designed to promote understanding and friendship between the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the community

Meetings & Events

Luncheon meetings and events are held during the year featuring lively presentations by guest speakers from the USF St. Petersburg community. Prospective members are always welcome. If you are interested in attending a Town and Gown event, please contact Alexis Searfoss at 727-873-4519 or

Upcoming 2015-2016 Events:

  • Annual Luncheon Meeting:
    Friday, April 22, 2016
    11:30 am to 1:00 pm.
    Location: Harbor Hall Community Room
    Speaker: Jim Schnur, Special Collections Librarian, Nelson Poynter Memorial Library and Sudsy Tschiderer
    Topic: History of USFSP in Celebration of USFSP’s 50th Anniversary

Past 2015-2016 Events:

Fall Reception with Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisinewska
Thursday, November 19, 2015
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: USFSP University Student Center Ballroom 1

Winter Luncheon Meeting:
Friday, January 22, 2016
11:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Location: University Student Center Ballroom
Speaker: Drs. Kathy & John Arthur
Topic: Dr. Kathryn Weedman Arthur and Dr. John Arthur will discuss their recent discovery in Ethiopia of a 4500 year old man, who provided the first complete African ancient DNA recently published in the international Journal Science.

Spring Luncheon Meeting:
Friday, March 18, 2016
11:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Location: Harbor Hall Community Room
Speaker:Dr. Jamie McHale, Director of the USFSP Family Study Center
Topic: In this talk, Family Study Center Director James McHale discusses how the notion of “coparenting”, a family
process he has studied and documented in diverse family systems, is a key to major advances in child health and life outcomes in St. Petersburg, throughout Florida and the US, and around the world.