The University of South Florida Student Government (SG) Senate has joined the list of those trying to protect the 769-acre USF Forest Preserve from possible construction.

The 22-member senate voted unanimously to pass the resolution last week with Senate President Junayed Jahangir abstaining. The resolution calls for a “conservation easement” of the land north of the Tampa campus.

Rhea Law Confirmed As USF Interim President

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The University of South Florida Board of Trustees voted unanimously to confirm Rhea Law as interim president at a special meeting Monday morning. Her appointment will next go to the Florida Board of Governors for approval on Aug. 31.

At the start of the year, the University of South Florida announced that Martin Tadlock would end his term as regional chancellor of the school’s St. Petersburg campus on Dec. 31.

He was poised to step down to focus on teaching and research as a tenured professor in USF’s College of Education.

USF Tabs Rhea Law As Interim President

Jul 26, 2021

The University of South Florida has reached out to a college veteran to temporarily replace retiring President Steven Currall.

Rhea Law was recommended as interim president Monday by Will Weatherford, chairman of the USF Board of Trustees.

The board will vote on the recommendation on Aug. 2, before it goes to the state Board of Governors on Aug. 31.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed the daughter of Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, to the University of South Florida Board of Trustees, the governor’s office announced Friday.

DeSantis tapped Lauran Monbarren for the post.

The announcement listed her occupation as chief financial officer and vice president of Simpson Environmental Services and Simpson Farms.

Two professors from the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health went live on Facebook last week to talk about how recent increases in coronavirus cases might affect students as they return to school.

Professors Jill Roberts and Katherine Drabiak answered community questions about masks, school safety, and the spread of the virus.

Reaction continues over the news Monday that University of South Florida President Steve Currall is retiring after two years on the job.

The University of South Florida is preparing for another leadership change, after president Steve Currall announced Monday he is resigning on August 2, after just two years on the job.

Timothy Boaz, president of the USF Faculty Senate, said he was surprised to hear Currall announce he was stepping down due to health concerns, but acknowledged it has been a stressful couple of years.

University of South Florida officials have announced that a men's basketball coach who was accused of making inappropriate comments to players will not return to the team.

Associate head coach Tom Herrion had been placed on administrative leave in March while he was being investigated for making what was termed at that time as "racially charged" comments.

The University of South Florida has received eight different approaches to develop its forest preserve, with proposals that range from affordable housing to a football stadium.

In April, the university released a controversial request for information about how the 769-acre plot of land just north of the Tampa campus could be used to generate revenue.

The University of South Florida is asking developers to submit proposals for a project on 769 acres it owns near the Tampa campus. The area includes a golf course and nature preserve. Environmental students started a petition about a week ago to protect the land, and have already garnered more than 7,600 signatures as of Monday night.

USF Prof. Mark Rains Named As State’s Chief Science Officer

Mar 30, 2021
Mark Rains (left) and Kai Coshow Rains (right).
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Mark Rains, director of the University of South Florida’s School of Geosciences, was named Tuesday as Florida’s chief science officer. 

Davide Tanasi taking 3D digital images at Tolomato Cemetery in St. Augustine.
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In coastal cities like St. Augustine, historic sites are facing modern threats - climate change and sea level rise. Now historians and preservationists are turning to technologies like 3D imaging as they look to protect those cultural resources for future generations.


Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee says Charlie Christopher Bates, a suspect in a series of sexual assaults, died at Tampa General Hospital from wounds he received in a gunfight with law enforcement attempting to capture him this afternoon.

At a news conference, Gee said that Bates died at 1:21 p.m. after being shot multiple times by sheriff's deputies and Tampa Police officers. He added that they will have to wait for an autopsy by the medical examiner to determine exactly how many times Bates was hit.

VIDEO: Researchers Dig For Remains At Dozier School

Sep 3, 2013

University of South Florida anthropology assistant professor Erin Kimmerle talked to reporters as exhumations began at the Boot Hill cemetery at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla. on Saturday. USF researchers are exhuming dozens of graves at the former Panhandle reform school in hopes of identifying the boys buried there and learning how they died.