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Dr. Stuart Silverman
Dr. Silverman came to USF in 1970 after earning a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Yeshiva University. In the spring of 1987 he became USF's second Honors Program Director. The Honors Program became The Honors College in the spring of 2002, and Dr. Silverman was appointed Dean in December 2002. "The past 25 years have been the most rewarding of my professional career. Working with Honors students is challenging and satisfying. Being able to watch and help students grow and develop intellectually, socially and emotionally makes my job the best there is. I try to ignite students' passion to learn, to think and to create; they ignite my passions to teach and to mentor."
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Dr. Georg Kleine
Dr. Kleine oversees Honors teaching. Born in Germany in 1940, he studied at the Universities of Tuebingen and Vienna , and earned his Dr. phil. degree in 1967 at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg . An expert on 19th and 20th century German history, he joined USF's Department of History in 1968, where he is now a Professor Emeritus.
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Dr. Linda Lucas
Director, Office of National Scholarships
Linda E. Lucas is Director of the National Scholarship Office. She has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Hawaii and an undergraduate degree in economics and government from the University of Texas at Austin. Her recent book, Unpacking Globalization: Markets, Gender and Work (2007, Rowman and Littlefield) documents the experiences of workers all over the world under global economic change. She has held Fulbright Professorships in Mexico City and Kampala, Uganda; been a Visiting Scientist with the National Marine Fisheries Service, a Visiting Professor of Economics at Thammasat University and Resident Researcher at the Thailand Development Research Institute in Bangkok, Thailand and Economic Policy Research Institute in Kampala, Uganda and an East-West Center fellow in the Pacific Islands Development in Honolulu, Hawaii. She loves working with scholarship applicants.
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Dr. Sondra Fogel
Director Special Programs
Dr. Sondra J. Fogel is Director of Special Programs. She has a Ph.D. in social work from the University of IllinoisUrbanaChampaign, a MSSW from Columbia University, and a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research interests include homelessness and poverty over the lifespan and macro social work education practices. She has published in a wide variety of academic journals and has recently published a coedited book on implementing evidenceinformed practice in social work services. Dr. Fogel holds various leadership positions in her profession. As an associate professor in the School of Social Work, Dr. Fogel has taught in the Honors College and served as an Honors College thesis mentor the past several years.
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Ms. Judy Kane
Director of Development
Judy Kane leads the development effort for The Honors College as part of the USF Foundation advancement team. Ms. Kane connects individuals with a passion for supporting education to Honors College priorities including academic scholarships, studying abroad, and research projects. Whether to discuss an annual donation or planned gift for the future, Ms. Kane and the academic leadership of the Honors College are readily available at 813-974-1246 or email@example.com. Prior to returning to her alma mater in the fall of 2005, Ms. Kane worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay for 15 years as Vice President of Development and continues to volunteer for the organization as a Big Sister to Little Brother Brandon. After graduating from USF with a B.A. in Mass Communications (Public Relations and Advertising) Ms. Kane spent 13 years in the NFL at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Player Personnel.
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Ms. Sharon Geiger
Director of Academic Support Services
Ms. Geiger is the senior member of the Honors advising staff and Director of Academic Services. She earned her bachelors degree in American Studies from USF. Ms. Geiger, a USF employee since 1979, says that the Honors students, faculty and staff make this the best job in the world.
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Ms. Celeste Lazzara
Mrs. Lazzara joined the academic advising team in January 2000, after working in the Office of Admissions for 12 years. Mrs. Lazzara holds a masters degree in counseling from the University of Florida.
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Mr. Reginald Lucien
Mr. Lucien joined the Honors staff in August 2006. Prior to joining the Honors College Mr. Lucien was the director of a not-for-profit community technology center in Miami, Florida. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Communication from Florida State University and his Master’s degree in Education from the great University of South Florida.
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Ms. Cayla Lanier
Mrs. Lanier first joined the Honors College as a student in 1999. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, she earned an MA in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin. Her prior work experience includes directing a scholarship program for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas and advising online students at Everest University. Mrs. Lanier joined the Honors College staff in October 2008 and is happy to be back at USF.
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Mr. Arnaldo Mejias
Since joining the Honors staff in 2005, Mr. Mejias has served a variety of roles including coordinator of the Early Admission/Dual Enrollment programs and national scholarships coordinator. In the latter role, he prepared students for prestigious awards, such as Goldwater, Truman, and Rhodes scholarships. He came to USF after serving as an advisor for seven years at the State University of New York New Paltz. Mr. Mejias earned a B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Philosophy, from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. A lifelong learner, he completed advanced graduate work in student development at the University of Rhode Island, earned an M.A. in Adult Education at USF, and is currently working on a Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Ethics through USF's Morsani College of Medicine. Mr. Mejias is a lifetime member of Psi Chi The International Honor Society in Psychology, an Honorary Member of Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, and was recently 2011 recognized with the Excellence in Service to Students Award by USF's chapter of The National Society of Leadership Success.
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Ms. Danielle Locke
Ms. Locke joined the Honors College staff in December 2010. First joining the Honors College as a Graduate Assistant serving the Jenkins Scholars in 2008, she advised and assisted her scholars in academic and personal development. Ms. Locke earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida. Ms. Locke also spent some time on the Health Professions Advisory Committee in Summer 2010, working with students and colleagues enabled her to sharpen her skills as she advises students interested in health professions. She is happy to continue working with the students and staff within the Honors College at USF.
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Ms. Amanda Cutchens
Amanda Cutchens earned her B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida in May 2007. She moved to Tampa in 2008 and worked as a graduate assistant to the Holcombe Scholars in the USF Honors College for two years while pursuing her graduate degree. In May 2010, she graduated with her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and a concentration in College Student Affairs. She rejoins the Honors College staff now as an Academic Advisor, after a brief period in the Transitional Advising Center working with conditionally admitted students. She works with the Honors Engineering students, the Honors College Student Council (HCSC), and looks forward to the many opportunities that the Honors College offers students and staff at USF. Go Bulls!
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Ms. Amy Sturrock
Ms. Sturrock served as an Honors College Coordinator and Academic Advisor for 10 years before moving to Central Asia in fall 2010. She returned to Honors in summer 2012 after working as an advisor at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Ms. Sturrock earned her bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama and her masters degree in Criminology from USF. She is excited to be back in the Honors College community.
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Ms. Lauren Schumacher Chambers
National Scholarships Advisor
Ms. Schumacher Chambers joined the Honors College in December of 2008. She is now the National Scholarships Advisor in the Office of National Scholarships. Her previous role was Research Advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Research. Ms. Schumacher Chambers received her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Florida. Ms. Schumacher’s previous research experience includes an assessment of grief support in north central Florida, evaluating accessibility in an urban setting and reducing pediatric obesity in rural communities.
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Ms. Joan Field
Academic Services Administrator
Ms. Field joined the Honors staff in January of 2005. She assists Dr. Kleine with Honors College class scheduling, faculty communications, student permits, thesis paperwork, and works with Cathy on payroll and fiscal/budget matters, and with Ms. Geiger in hiring and directing Student Assistants. Ms. Field worked for over 12 years at a private school for gifted and talented students with the last five years spent as school administrator. Ms. Field earned her Bachelor's degree in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing from the University of Florida.
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Mr. Mark Friday
Mr. Friday is the Honor's Staff Assistant. He is in the main Honors office, ALN 241, and will be the first person to greet you. Mr. Friday answers and directs incoming calls, distributes mail, and assists the staff. Most importantly, he has the most up-to-date copy of Dr. Silverman’s schedule.
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Ms. Cathy Hsieh
Business & Fiscal Analyst
Ms. Hsieh joined the Honors staff in December 2010. Prior to joining the Honors College, she worked in the Anchin Center as a fiscal specialist. She received her Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of West Florida. Ms. Hsieh handles business support services and fiscal requirements for Honors College.
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Mr. Wei Lue Tong
Project Manager, Honors Technology Team
Tong is the project manager for the Honors College IT Department. He is currently an undergraduate student majoring in Biomedical Sciences and Computer Science. Outside of school and work, he is an officer for the Association for Computing Machinery and also actively engages in scientific research in enhancing cognitive abilities.
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Ms. Kelly Brabant
Content Manager Honors Technology Team
Kelly is currently a second year student at USF majoring in Social Science Education and plans on becoming a high school U.S. Government teacher in the future. She started working at the Honors College as a student assistant in the Fall of 2011 and is now working with the Honors Technology Team as Content Manager to help with the maintenance of the website. She also helps with the organization of the Honors College Commencement ceremonies in the Fall, Summer and Spring.
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Mr. Mohammad Samy
Developer, Honors Technology Team
Samy is a Web Developer for the Honors College. He is currently an undergraduate student majoring in Biomedical Sciences. Outside of work, he plans on entering into the 7-year BS/MD program and pursuing his career as a physician.
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Mr. Sean Motta
Consultant, Honors Technology Team
Sean is largely responsible for the Honors College migration to a completely paperless system, and was the main architect and designer of the Honors College Student Information System, an online data management suite that the college uses to manage all aspects of a student's academic progress with the Honors College. Sean managed the team responsible for this system for many years. Sean has a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as dual Bachelor's degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration. Having recently accepted a position as a Mechanical Engineer with Duke Energy, Sean's role has changed to one of remote technical support and consultation. Sean has been with the Honors College since 2005.
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Ms. Lauren Townsend
National Scholarships Assistant Advisor
Lauren is a national scholarships advisor who first joined the Office of National Scholarships in 2009 as a student assistant. She is a USF Honors College graduate with her BA in Philosophy.
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Ms. Catherine Negron
Jenkins Scholars Graduate Assistant
Katie earned her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice from BethuneCookman University in May 2011. Upon graduation, she worked as a Prevention Specialist within the counseling center at BethuneCookman University. She is now pursuing her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs, while also working as a Graduate Assistant to the Jenkins Scholars in the USF Honors College. She is extremely excited for what USF has to offer alongside being a GA in the Honors.
Ms. Laura Reiser
Holcombe Scholars Graduate Assistant
Laura earned her B.A. in Sociology with minors in Political Science and Economics from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in June 2011. Upon graduation, she worked as the Deputy Director of Finance for Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman during and after his 2011 reelection campaign. She is now pursuing her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs, while also working as a Graduate Assistant to the Holcombe Scholars in the USF Honors College. She is excited to work with students again and take advantage of all the opportunities that USF and the Honors College have to offer.
Mr. Bradley Samore
National Scholarships Graduate Advisor
Bradley earned his B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Music and a Certificate in India Studies from the University of South Florida in 2013. In the summer of 2012, he participated in an internship in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the Madres de Plaza de Mayo-Línea Fundadora where he researched and compiled databases regarding information pertaining to the disappearances of people during Argentina’s last dictatorship. Bradley received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach in Malaysia for 10 months in 2014.
Ms. Lauren Shumate
National Scholarships Graduate Advisor
Lauren A. Shumate attended the University of South Florida on a full athletic scholarship to join the USF Women's Varsity Tennis team graduating magna cum laude in December of 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Criminology and Minor in Political Science. During her tennis career at USF, Ms. Shumate served as a team captain, participated in the NCAA Championship Tournament, and was selected to the Big East All-Academic Team for three consecutive years. In her senior year, Ms. Shumate was selected for a Fulbright ETA Scholarship to Serbia. While in Serbia, she taught English at the University of Nis, Faculty of Philosophy, served as a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Law, assisted with various U.S. Embassy Programs, and conducted tennis clinics for local elementary and middle school children. Ms. Shumate is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Political Science at the University of South Florida focusing on areas of comparative constitutional and international law.
Ms. Christine Simone
HLLC Graduate Assistant
Christine graduated from the Honors Program at Florida Southern College with her B.S. in Communication- Journalism in April 2011. After graduating, she worked as a Hall Director in Community Living at Florida Southern and as a copy editor at a daily newspaper. She is pursuing her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs. Christine is looking forward to working with Honors students in the LLC and is excited to be joining USF. Go Bulls!
Ms. Viktoria "Tori" Sisto
Student Council Graduate Assistant
Viktoria earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida in May 2011. Upon graduation she worked as a researcher at UF’s College of Medicine, before beginning her graduate degree at USF. She is now pursuing her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs, while also working with the Honors College Student Council (HCSC). She is excited for everything which USF has to offer and her involvement in HCSC!
Ms. Christa Beck
Christa is a sophomore at USF, majoring in mass communications with a concentration in advertising. She began working as a student assistant at the Honors College in the fall of 2011 and is grateful for the opportunity to work alongside such a wonderful staff. She enjoys being a part of the Honors Living Learning Community and participating in campus events. Recently, she produced a music video for incoming freshmen highlighting the Honors LLC.
Ms. Jessica Dorsey
National Scholarships Student Assistant
Jessie is a Freshman double majoring in Theatre Design and Interpreting for the Deaf. She joined the Honors College in fall of 2012 and joined the staff in spring of 2013. Jessie spends most of her time volunteering in her neighborhood and at her old high school or the guard, teaching the children and singing on the choir at church, and reading. Jessie has also self-published a book, "Hell On Earth (And Other Supernatural Events)". She hopes to teach American Sign Language in high school, and one day Interpret and work backstage for Broadway, or become a world-renown author.
Mr. Roberto Infante
National Scholarships Student Assistant
Roberto is a junior majoring in chemical engineering. He joined the honors college in fall 2011 as a student, and the staff in the summer of ’13. Roberto is participating in ERP/P300 research, has volunteered at Moffit, has participated and presented research of the “Muisca people”. He participated in a medical service mission to Nicaragua, and since then has been certified mental health first aid, and found his calling. He hopes to go backpacking after earning his medical degree while helping communities in rural areas with healthcare in ways which fit their cultural perspectives.
Ms. Amanda Koslow
Amanda is a junior with a double major in Deaf Studies and Organizational Communication. She joined the Honors College as a student in fall of 2011 and joined the staff in summer of 2013. Amanda was the Vice-President for Honors College Student Council for the 2012-2013 school year and now continues to be the New Member Educator for Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. She hopes to study abroad to England within the next two years, and ultimately wants to become an event planner.
Ms. Katlyn Kurtz
Katlyn is a first year student at USF double majoring in biology and philosophy. She joined the honors staff in the summer of 2013 and works as a student assistant. After graduation she hopes to go to dental school and study oral surgery. She enjoys volunteering her time at a local food bank and participating in clubs and organizations that provide support for those in the community that are in need. She plays intramural soccer, is involved in the fencing club and is a proud member of the Andros 1 Resident Assistant staff.
Ms. Sara Madiedo
Sara is currently a junior at USF majoring in Mass Communications, specializing in Programming and Production. She joined the USF Honors College both as a student and a student assistant in the Fall Semester of 2010. She is a member of the USF Womens Rugby Football Club, as well as various other student organizations on campus. Sara assists Ms. Lanier with the preparations for the Honors College Orientations, and also assists the Honors College staff with everyday tasks.
Mr. Marco Nardiello
Marco is an honors freshman at USF, majoring in business. He joined the Honors College Staff in the spring of 2013 as a student assistant. He hopes to earn his bachelor’s degree and then pursue a master’s in Business Administration. In his spare time, he enjoys participating in intramural sports and attending on-campus musical events and philosophy lectures. As a student assistant Marco directs phone calls, schedules appointments, and performs various other office related tasks.
Ms. Jasmine Paulino
National Scholarships Student Assistant
Jasmine is currently a junior majoring in Mass Communications, specializing in Telecommunications. She hopes to become an investigative news reporter for TV. Jasmine joined the Honors College staff in August 2010 as a freshman student assistant at the front desk. She now works as a front desk student assistant for the Office of National Scholarships. Outside of school and work, Jasmine is the vice president of both the USF Scuba Club and Silver Wings, an organization dedicated to bridging the gap between Air Force soldiers and civilians while providing community service to our troops.
Mr. Cody Porter
Cody is a junior majoring in Microbiology and Philosophy. He currently works as a Resident Assistant in the Honors Learning Living Community in Juniper Hall and primarily works with freshmen students. Cody joined the Honors staff as a Student Assistant in Summer 2012. While in the Honors College you can find him answering phone calls and scheduling advising appointments!
Ms. Mekiayla Singleton
Meki is a junior double majoring in Psychology and Gerontology. She plans to earn her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She has been an active member of the Honors College since Fall 2010. She was an Honors LLC mentor for the fall semester of 2011 and is currently the Director of Finance for the Residence Hall Association. She began working for the Honors College in the fall semester of 2011 and helps assist the staff, answers phone calls, and schedules appointments for students.