Meeting Workforce Needs

Meeting Workforce Needs USFSM’s partnership with Sarasota-based FCCI Insurance Group reflects the university’s ability to respond to local employers’ workforce needs in the area of risk management and insurance (RMI), which the State University System’s Board of Governors has designated as a “program of strategic emphasis.”  The RMI program prepares students in risk analysis, insurance…

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Arts-Integrated Learning

Arts-Integrated Learning The Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT) is a statewide center based at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee that provides the infrastructure for university partnerships supporting arts-integrated teaching.  Under the leadership of PAInT Director Denise Davis-Cotton, EdD, the center offers training for pre-service teachers and professional development for practicing teachers to increase…

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Spotlight: LOYAL SUPPORTER Elizabeth Lindsay

Spotlight: LOYAL SUPPORTER Elizabeth Lindsay Some 1,100 miles separate Elizabeth “Liz” Lindsay’s home along Sarasota’s Gulfview Drive from her tiny hometown of Derby, Conn. From a practical standpoint, the two places are worlds apart. Derby lies at the confluence of the Housatonic and Naugatuck rivers and was built largely on the backs of blue-collar residents who…

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Spotlight: David Kotok

Spotlight: David Kotok When David Kotok moved Cumberland Advisors, the financial services company he co-founded, from his native New Jersey to Sarasota in 2009, one of the challenges he faced was developing a pipeline of prospective financial services employees with specific skill sets.  He was pleased that the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) had…

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Connections-Q&A with greg smogard, phd

Q&A with greg smogard, phd Assistant Vice President, Innovation and Business Development  With the appointment of Greg Smogard, PhD, as assistant vice president of innovation and business development, USF Sarasota-Manatee added a proven corporate and higher education leader to establish and build mutually beneficially partnerships between businesses and the university.  Smogard’s professional experience is steeped in marrying…

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At the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, we embrace our role in the vibrant, diverse region we call home.

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