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The University of Tampa

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Established 1931
Type Private
Endowment $20,264,151 (2006)
President Ronald Vaughn
Undergraduates 5,300
Location Tampa, Florida, USA
Campus 100 acres, urban
Colors Red and Gold
Mascot The Spartan
Website www.ut.edu

The University of Tampa, or UT, is a private, co-educational university in downtown Tampa, Florida. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2006, the University commemorated its 75th anniversary. UT offers over 100 undergraduate degree options, along with master's degree programs in business administration, accounting, finance, teaching, marketing, innovation management, and nursing. UT’s John H. Sykes College of Business is one of 45 schools that The Princeton Review is adding to its annual best business schools guide this year, selecting it for inclusion in the 2007 edition of Best 282 Business Schools (Random House/Princeton Review Books). The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... Private schools, or independent schools, are schools not administered by local, state, or national government, which retain the right to select their student body and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition rather than with public (state) funds. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Tampas skyline For alternate meanings, see Tampa (disambiguation) Tampa is a city located in Hillsborough County on the west coast of Florida. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... The city of San Francisco, an example of an urban area. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... A private university is a university that is run without the control of any government entity. ... Nickname: Cigar City, The Big Guava Location in Hillsborough County and the state of Florida. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is a regional accreditor for over 13,000 public and private educational institutions ranging from preschool to college level in the Southern United States. ... The Princeton Review (TPR) is a for-profit American company that offers private instruction and tutoring for standardized achievement tests, in particular those offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), such as the SAT, GRE, and GMAT. They also offer courses for the LSAT and MCAT, as well as many...

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Students

UT is a private university with approximately 5,300 students, including at least one from every state. Many students come from northern and northeastern states, attracted to UT by the warm weather, the nearby beaches, and its beautiful campus. UT's students from Florida make up over half of the student body. Over a hundred countries are represented within the student body, giving it a rich cultural diversity. Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ...


Academics

One of UT's many minarets.
One of UT's many minarets.

UT offers nearly a hundred pre-professional programs and areas of study for undergraduate and graduate students. The graduate school offers nine masters-degree programs and seven concentrations, and is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). An evening school is also offered for students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. All classes are kept small and taught by faculty members. UT employs no teaching assistants. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (960x1280, 314 KB) Summary One of the legendary minarets at the University of Tampa. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (960x1280, 314 KB) Summary One of the legendary minarets at the University of Tampa. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2592x1944, 1636 KB) Taken and uploaded by AndonicO. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2592x1944, 1636 KB) Taken and uploaded by AndonicO. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) - is the USA based body which awards accreditation following a review of the quality of degree programs delivered by Management Schools. ...


The University operates two distinct schools, the John H. Sykes School of Business and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. These have been UT’s mainstay offerings to the community. As of 2006, the graduate school had a separate dean and budget, essentially allowing it to operate independently from the more-undergraduate-focused programs.


Some of UT's most popular majors include communication, management, criminology, and a four-year nursing program.


To aid students in the pursuit of a degree, the University offers several learning communities. The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) provides students with free tutoring in a variety of subjects by students who have passed those classes with an A grade and also have passed a rigorous competence exam in their chosen tutoring area. The Saunders Writing Center provides students with a free editing service for documents ranging from research papers to resumes. In addition to these services, UT was one of the first schools to implement a two-semester freshman orientation program. These “Gateway” classes are taught by UT professors who volunteer an hour each week, covering topics from time management and study tips to the history of UT and the Tampa Bay area. In addition, each student's Gateway professor helps him or her schedule second- and third-semester courses, and select a personal advisor, also a professor, for guidance throughout college.


Finally, the University of Tampa offers a host of international study-abroad options led by UT professors. UT is also an associate member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) The European Council of International Schools is an association of international schools founded in 1965. ...


Sports

UT's Athletic Logo.
UT's Athletic Logo.

The University of Tampa competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Sunshine State Conference (SSC). The University's mascot is The Spartan. UT is among the top schools in the SSC numbering student-athletes named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll. Image File history File links UTSpartan. ... Image File history File links UTSpartan. ...


Spartan teams have won NCAA II titles in men's soccer (1981, 1994 and 2001), baseball (1992, '93, '98 and 2006), golf (1987 and '88), and most recently women's volleyball (2006). UT fielded a men's football team from 1933 to 1974, and was the original team playing in Tampa Stadium. In addition to varsity sports, UT also competes in crew events around the nation. Every spring UT hosts a crew regatta, attracting teams from across the United States. Houlihans Stadium in Tampa opened in 1967 as Tampa Stadium (later changed when the Glazers acquired the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and renamed the stadium after a family-owned restaurant), and saw a number of major sporting teams and events grace its fields over the years. ...


The Sports Hall of Fame at UT includes former New York Yankees Lou Piniella and Tino Martinez, and former NFL players Fred Solomon of the San Francisco 49ers and John Matuszak of the Oakland Raiders. Matuszak was also an actor and participated in the World's Strongest Man competition. As an actor, he is probably most remembered as Sloth in The Goonies (1985). Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Lou Piniella, as manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, August 28, 2005. ... Constantino Tino Martinez (born December 7, 1967 in Tampa, Florida) is a retired first baseman in Major League Baseball. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager none Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division (1946... John Daniel Matuszak (October 25, 1950 - June 17, 1989), nicknamed Tooz, was an American football player in the NFL who later became an actor. ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black, Da Raidahs Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Michael Lombardi League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC... The official logo of Worlds Strongest Man The Met-Rx Worlds Strongest Man is the best-recognized annual international event in strength athletics. ... The Goonies was a hit movie in 1985 directed by Richard Donner, with the screenplay written by Chris Columbus from a story by Steven Spielberg. ...


Campus

A view of Plant Park. Plant Hall is in the background and the Sticks of Fire sculpture can be seen to the left.
A view of Plant Park. Plant Hall is in the background and the Sticks of Fire sculpture can be seen to the left.

The University's buildings are heavily steeped in Moorish influences, and serve as a leading example of Moorish architecture in the southeastern United States. The school's newspaper is named The Minaret, a reference to the spires adorning many UT buildings. Plant Hall, formerly the old Tampa Bay Hotel, is a national historic landmark built in 1891 by Henry B. Plant. It serves double duty as UT's main building and as the Henry B. Plant Museum dedicated to the hotel’s glory days. It regularly holds special exhibits, often highlighting the late-19th century. The campus also includes the old Tampa Auditorium, built in the 1920s and remodeled in the late 1990s. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2048x1156, 339 KB) Plant Park looking back to Plant Hall. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2048x1156, 339 KB) Plant Park looking back to Plant Hall. ... Year 1891 (MDCCCXCI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Henry Bradley Plant, developer and railroad builder on Floridas west coast. ... The Henry B. Plant Museum is located in the south wing of Plant Hall (formerly the Tampa Bay Hotel) on the University of Tampa’s campus, at 401 West Kennedy Boulevard. ...


The UT campus is relatively small for a school with over 5,000 students. On its east side is the Hillsborough River (Florida), and Kennedy Boulevard is to the south. Recent expansions have seen the campus grounds move northward and eastward following purchases of sections of Tampa Preparatory School and vacant lots across the east-side railroad tracks. The Hillsborough River is a river located mostly in Hillsborough County, Florida. ... Tampa Preparatory School is a private non-denominational school located in downtown Tampa offering classes to students in 6th grade through 12th grade. ...


Although the University is located in a major metropolitan area, palm trees, stately oaks, rose bushes, and azaleas can be found in abundance on campus. UT’s grounds include Plant Park, named for railroad tycoon Henry B. Plant. The park is a landscaped, palm-tree-lined, riverside area in front of Plant Hall's main entrance. The park is open to students and Tampa residents at all hours, and features cannons from Tampa’s original harbor fort and the Sticks of Fire, a large sculpture that serves as a gathering place for many campus organizations. Banana trees and majestic oaks are scattered throughout the park. It also is home to the oak tree under which Hernando de Soto supposedly met the chief of the local Native-American tribes on first coming ashore at what is now Tampa. Finally, the campus incorporates the former Tampa fairgrounds, where legend has that Babe Ruth hit a home run of 630 feet, the longest of his career. Look up Palm in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Oaks is the name of several places in the United States: Oaks in Missouri. ... Species Between 100 and 150, see list Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Rosa A rose is a flowering shrub of the genus Rosa, and the flower of this shrub. ... Azaleas are flowering shrubs making up part of the genus Rhododendron. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Hernando de Soto. ... For the eponymous band, see Babe Ruth (band). ...


Facilities

One of Plant Park's walking paths, a common place for students to clear their minds
One of Plant Park's walking paths, a common place for students to clear their minds

About 70% of all UT students live on the University's main campus. UT is known among its students and visitors as having some of the better residence halls in the region. All but three of the nine on-campus residence halls have been built since 1998, with one just completed in 2006, and another currently under construction. All residence halls are co-ed and wired for broadband Internet access and cable television. Two dorms, Straz Hall and Rescom, offer apartment-style living with each student having a private room but sharing a bathroom, kitchen, and common area with three others. Five dorms, Smiley, McKay Hall, Boathouse, Austin Hall, and Vaughn Center, offer more-traditional dormitory arrangements, with two or three students in a connected suite sharing bathroom and open living areas. One hall, Brevard, currently offers a hybrid package with students sharing a common area but without a kitchen. A small room sleeps one or two students and opens into a common area and restroom area with another small room. The residence hall under construction, Stadium Center, will have a similar arrangement. Finally, Kennedy Place provides students with what is essentially a studio apartment, a private suite consisting of a bed, closet, kitchenette, and restroom. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2048x1536, 829 KB) One of Plant parks many wooded paths I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2048x1536, 829 KB) One of Plant parks many wooded paths I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ...


Vaughn Center also serves as the campus student union. Located on the first two floors of Vaughn is a full-service cafeteria called the "Caf" by students, with multiple dining stations, each with a particular style of cooking. Also in Vaughn is large two story dining area and lobby that offers an Internet cafe and the Spartan Club. This area is collectivly known to the students as simply "The Grill." The "Grill" includes a fast food grill, a Chick-fil-A, a salad shop, a Einstein Bros. Bagels and a Freshens smoothie shop; The Spartan club located on the second floor overlooking the Grill features pool tables arcade games and a convenience store. The club and grill has music chosen by students playing at all times and also features several TV’s and a big screen projector. Also on the second floor of Vaughn Center a full theater can be found where movies are shown every Friday night, and which hosts student government meetings on Tuesdays. All student-related offices are also located on the second floor, such as those for Student Activities, Student Government, and Greek Life. Finally, the second floor of Vaughn Center has a full-service commuter lounge with a big-screen TV, lockers, and desks. Chick-fil-A (IPA pronunciation: ) is a fast-food restaurant chain headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, that specializes in chicken entrees. ... Einstein Bros. ...


Other UT dining options include a Boar's Head Deli and the Empire Grill, a short order diner style grill serving breakfast and lunch in the Rathskeller. The Rathskeller or the "Rat" is an old-style pub located in the basement of Plant Hall and now converted into a game room and study area. Stadium Center will have a Dairy Queen and an Orange Julius, as well as a new, and somewhat novel, dining establishment in which students can sit and be waited on by professional servers. Boars Head Provision Company (also, ) is a supplier of delicatessen meats and cheeses. ... Rathskellar (German: meeting cellar) is a name in German-speaking countries for a bar below street level. ... Dairy Queen, also known as DQ is a fast-food restaurant franchise and ice-cream shop in the United States and Canada that was founded in 1940. ... An Orange Julius stall outside Liat Towers, Orchard Road with Dairy Queen being housed together. ...


UT has about thirty computer labs and about seventy wireless zones around campus; an interesting UT feature is its free-printing policy. The University also has a fully-equipped library with computer terminals and viewing rooms available to students. The John Sykes School of Business, in addition to housing a computer lab, has a Stock Market Lab, equipped with terminals and plasma screen TVs for teaching finance majors the intricacies of the stock market.


For recreation there is an on-campus aquatic center with an Olympic-size pool and a deep swimming section for scuba classes, all open to students at various times. For drier recreation, the UT campus offers sand volleyball, basketball courts, softball fields, tennis courts, a ropes course, a soccer field, a running track, a baseball field, a multi-use intramural field, and a fully-equipped gym that underwent a major renovation in 2005.


The University of Tampa Theater Department also hosts student produced and acted plays across Kennedy Blvd. in the Falk Theater. Falk also hosts large academic gatherings, student productions and music shows and freshman convocation. In 2003 Falk theater was featured as a setting in the film The Punisher The Punisher is a 2004 movie, based on the Marvel Comics character, starring Thomas Jane as Frank Castle and John Travolta as Howard Saint, the gangster who orders the death of Castles entire family. ...


Fraternities and sororities

Dome of Plant Hall's Fletcher Room.
Dome of Plant Hall's Fletcher Room.

UT has a vibrant and thriving community of sororities and fraternities, currently overseen by the Director of Greek Life, Casey Stevens. The history of UT and its Greeks is a somewhat contentious one. The first Greek groups appeared on campus in the early 1950s and by the 1970s they had developed a thriving culture that included the tradition of having a rock on campus with the organizations' letters on it. However, by the late-1970s all Greeks were removed from UT and all Greek housing was destroyed or converted for other uses. In fact, the City of Tampa, with the University's support, even went so far as to pass a law banning more than three unrelated people of the same sex living together. This was an attempt to stamp out UT Greek life, and the ban remains in place. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2048x1223, 305 KB) A view of the Fletcher rooms dome on Plant Halls north side I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2048x1223, 305 KB) A view of the Fletcher rooms dome on Plant Halls north side I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU...


Despite these obstacles, Greeks resurged on campus in the mid-1980s. Many UT students formed local Greek groups developing traditions and rituals anew. After these homegrown groups had established a campus presence, many lobbied national organizations, particularly those on campus before the ban, to assimilate them. In this way, Greek life returned to UT and with many of the same fraternities and sororities of the past. Today UT boasts seven nationally-recognized fraternities, one colony of a national fraternity, and three more fraternities scheduled to colonize the campus within 2 years. Ten sororities also call UT home, with one more sorority scheduled to colonize the campus in the future.


History

The University of Tampa, was established by Frederic Spaulding in 1931 as Tampa Junior College, and was founded to serve as an institution of higher education for Florida’s west coast. In 1933 UT moved to its current location, the then defunct Tampa Bay Hotel. With the move, and the additional room it provided, Mr. Spaulding decided to expand the scope of the junior college to a full university and the University of Tampa was born. In 1941 the city of Tampa signed a 99 year lease on the hotel with the school for a dollar a year. The lease excluded the south east wing of the hotel to allow for the housing of the Henry B. Plant Museum. The University prospered for the next few decades, becoming a well-respected institution of learning in the Tampa Bay area. In 1951 the University received full SACS accreditation. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is a regional accreditor for over 12,000 public and private educational institutions ranging from preschool to college level in the Southeastern United States. ...


However, in the early 1990s financial troubles hit the school. The University’s endowment was lost to bad investments, high salaries for professors, and declining student enrollment. The University's President resigned, faculty left for better opportunities, and the University was a step away from dissolving.


In 1994, the Board of Trustees was forced to elect a new president to lead the school out of its troubles and prevent bankruptcy. Ronald Vaughn, who was then junior member of the Board of Trustees, was selected to bring the school out of the red. His initial efforts were aimed at bringing the campus up-to-date with new dorms and a major renovation to the business school. Once these projects were underway, Dr. Vaughn launched the "Take UT to the Top" campaign. This major financial initiative aimed to return the University to financial stability, and then to raise the University’s profile to that of an elite school. The project focused on fundraising in the alumni community and among the business people of the Tampa Bay area, who so heavily rely on UT graduates.


The "Take UT to the Top" campaign's goal was to raise 70 million dollars in 10 years, and to restore the University's endowment. By the time the campaign ended, UT had raised 83 million dollars. A major reason for this success was the generous contributions of the John H Sykes family of Tampa, Florida. A gift of $10-million by the family in 1997 was followed by one for $28-million in 2000, thought to be the largest such gift to a Florida university at the time. These generous gifts were all the more impressive since no one in the Sykes family had ever attended the University of Tampa. More details of the Sykes family's gifts can be found in this news story. John H. Sykes is a prominent Tampa Bay area business man and founder of Sykes Enterprises Incorporated (NASDAQ listing SYKE). ...


The additional funds raised by the financial campaign have been used to purchase new land and to implement a faster-paced building program. They also have been used to hire additional faculty, permitting the University to expand its student body’s size and still maintain a 17:1 student-to-professor ratio.


Noted alumni

Dick A. Greco (born September 14, 1933) is a businessman, career politician, and civic activist from Tampa, Florida. ... Joan Marie Joanie Laurer (born December 27, 1969 in Rochester, New York) is an American actress and retired professional wrestler. ... Robert Bob Martinez (born December 25, 1934 in Tampa, Florida) was the fortieth governor of Florida from 1987 to 1991. ... Constantino Tino Martinez (born December 7, 1967 in Tampa, Florida) is a retired first baseman in Major League Baseball. ... John Daniel Matuszak (October 25, 1950 - June 17, 1989), nicknamed Tooz, was an American football player in the NFL who later became an actor. ... The Goonies 2001 cast reunion The Goonies was a hit movie in 1985 produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Richard Donner. ... Paul Orndorff (born October 29, 1949 in Brandon, Florida) is a former National Football League player and former professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation throughout the 1980s as Mr. ... Pete Peterson Douglas Brian Pete Peterson (born June 26, 1935 in Omaha, Nebraska) was a US Air Force pilot who spent over six years (September 10, 1966-March 4, 1973) as a prisoner of the Vietcong after his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War. ... Lou Piniella, as manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, August 28, 2005. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... Christopher Daniel Sullivan (July 14, 1870 - August 3, 1942) was a United States Representative from New York from 1917 to 1941. ...

External links

  • Official website
  • University of Tampa's student newspaper The Minaret Online

     
     

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