Wednesday, April 18, 2012
A final decision on just how much courses will cost hasn't been made.
Hitting the books at the University of South Florida and other state schools is likely to cost more next year. When Gov. Rick Scott signed the state’s $70.8 billion budget yesterday, he left in a 5 percent tuition hike for USF and other state schools. How much this will translate to for students has yet to be decided. According to WUSF News, USF President Judy Genshaft said the school’s budget can’t be finalized just yet. “Students' tuition for next school year won't be known until the Board of Governors and USF's Board of Trustees weigh in,” WUSF News reports. How will the tuition hikes hit your budget? Overall the budget is a mixed bag for USF with some projects, such as the USF Heart Health Institute, receiving funding and others …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Temple Terrace citizens protested to support the University of South Florida Tuesday afternoon.
Temple Terrace residents gathered at the corner of Fletcher Avenue and 56th Street Tuesday afternoon to show their support for the University of South Florida, which could lose $103 million in funding from the state. The rally was organized by Phil Lentsch, president of the Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce. Protesters wore green and gold and waved signs, flags and foam fingers. Passing motorists honked their car horns to show their support. The funding cuts will have to be approved by the Senate, the House and Gov. Rick Scott before they become official.
Friday, February 17, 2012
The show of support for the beleaguered university will now take place Tuesday.
Today’s rally to show support for the University of South Florida in light of a proposed $103 million funding cut from the state has been canceled due to rain. According to protest organizer Phil Lentsch, the event will still take place. It’s just going to be held on the corner of 56th Street and Fowler Avenue at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, instead. Lentsch, the president of the Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce, organized the protest against the budget cuts after it was announced USF faced up to $128 million in funding reductions from the state. Cuts to USF’s funding are part of an overall $400 million funding reduction for the state’s university system. USF, however, faces the largest cut in the system. Earlier this week, the …
State Sen. JD Alexander and USF president Judy Genshaft will discuss the proposal to slash $103 million from the university’s budget.
As University of South Florida supporters plan a protest today, the school’s president is preparing for a trek to Tallahassee to discuss the Florida Senate’s proposal to cut funding. According to The Tampa Tribune, president Judy Genshaft is scheduled to sit down with State Sen. JD Alexander on Monday. Alexander is the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, which recently approved cutting funding for USF by $103 million this year. Alexander, a Republican from Polk County, is an outspoken critic of Genshaft. He has lobbied to have USF Polytechnic in Lakeland spun off from the Tampa campus as its own standalone school. In the past, he has accused USF officials of holding back the potential of the Lakeland university in favor of the larger …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Temple Terrace's Phil Lentsch invites others to proudly wear their green and gold Friday.
Temple Terrace business owner Phil Lentsch of Office Dynamics will be at the corner of 56th Street and Fowler Avenue Friday to protest proposed budget cuts that the Florida Senate Budget Committee has approved for the University of South Florida. Lentsch, who owns Office Dynamics, is inviting everyone to wear their USF gear and join him at 4 p.m. “I ask you to come and support USF with me,” he said. “I'll have signs for people to hold.” Although the committee reduced the proposed budget cut Wednesday, USF’s funding would still drop to $75 million from the current level of $178 million. Sen. Jim Norman, a Republican from Tampa, spoke in favor of USF during a committee meeting in Tallahassee Wednesday. He questioned whether USF was being …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Business owner Phil Lentsch will wave signs at the corner of 56th Street and Fowler Avenue on Friday. Resident Jamie Robe is encouraging others to write to Gov. Rick Scott.
Phil Lentsch was wearing a USF polo shirt at today’s Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. Lentsch, who owns Office Dynamics and is president of the chamber, said he wants to support University of South Florida in the wake of reports that the institution is facing steep budget cuts under a proposal in the Florida Senate. If the plan is accepted, USF's funding would drop to $74 million from the current level of $178 million. “USF is our neighbor,” Lentsch told chamber members. He said he would be at the corner of 56th Street and Fowler Avenue at 4 p.m. Friday waving USF signs, and anyone is invited to wear their USF gear and join him. “I ask you to come and support USF with me,” he said at the luncheon. “I'll have signs for …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The cuts amount to more than 58 percent of state funding for USF Tampa alone.
The University of South Florida is facing steep budget cuts under a proposal in the Florida Senate. Last week, the state Senate submitted its proposed budget, which includes about $400 million in cuts to the state university system, including a $104 million budget cut for the University of South Florida, a USF news release said. Under the Senate proposal, USF's funding would drop to $74 million from the current level of $178 million. Budgets at other state universities would also receive significant cuts, according to the Senate proposal. According to USF, the budget cut for the entire system balloons to $128 million once other factors are taken into account, including loss of funding for the pharmacy program, loss of funding for USF …