350 Daughters and Sons on Campus April 23

TAMPA, Fla. (April 15, 2009) – The University of South Florida Tampa campus will open up a world of possibility and opportunity to a large contingent of 350 children ages 8 to 18 for “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” April 23.


Children of USF employees will explore a myriad of career options available in a university setting.  After the kickoff event with prominent USF personnel, the children will spend the day observing and interacting with USF professionals at their work sites followed by tours, breakout groups, workshops and entertaining interactive sessions.  Children will also have an opportunity to spend time learning more about their parents’ careers through job shadowing.


Each child will receive a special event t-shirt, along with refreshments and a pizza lunch.  There’ll even be a visit from Rocky the Bull.


The event starts at 8 a.m. in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom.  The itinerary includes:


8 – 8:45 a.m.                 Check-In

8:45 – 9 a.m.                 Ground Rules/Information for the Day

9 – 9:15 a.m.                 Welcome/Kickoff – President Judy Genshaft

9:15 – 9:25 a.m.            Eric Eisenberg,

                                    Interim Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

9:25 – 9:35 a.m.            Coach Ken Eriksen, USF Women’s Softball Team

9:35 – 9:45 a.m.            Chief Tom Longo, USF Police

9:45 – 9:55 a.m.            Dr. Steve Klasko, Senior Vice President of USF Health

10 – 10:10 a.m.             STRETCH WITH ROCKY

10:10 – 11 a.m.             Career Workshop

11 – 12:30 p.m.             Breakout Sessions (see list below)

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.          Lunch

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.            Special Activity

1:45 p.m.                      Parents/Guardians

                                    Return to Marshall Student Center Ballroom

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.            Showcases / Presentations by Participants

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.            Wrap-Up – Jennifer Meningall,

                                    Vice President of Student Affairs

2:30 – 3 p.m.                 Children picked up by parents/guardians


Each child will have the opportunity to select a breakout session designed to provide greater insight into a specific career field.  Children were provided with the following breakout session selections:



Culinary careers – get behind the scenes with USF Dining/Aramark!  Tour the back of the house" at the Food Court and Beef O’Brady’s, and learn more from a discussion of careers in the culinary field at USF.



What is a career like in Athletics?  The world of professional athletics is more  than the game on the field or court.  Come learn about the many different roles that make collegiate sports work.  You will visit the weight room, training rooms, and study rooms. 


Campus Recreation     

Working in a gym looks like fun … is it?  Well, come and find out!  You will learn about various careers that can be found in a gym or health club setting and you will hear from trainers and group fitness instructors. You will also learn more about outdoor recreation pursuits.


College of Business    

This is your chance to meet with business students in the Bulls’ Business Community and find out what it’s like to prepare yourself for a successful career in business.  These students are looking for jobs and getting ready to head out into the “real world.”  Learn more about what they are discovering!


College of Nursing Simulation Center

See what it might be like to step into an emergency room using Human Patient Simulators to learn!  This Session will include “hands on” activity with the simulators along with an opportunity to learn more about a career in nursing.  You will see for yourself if the ER really looks and operates like the television show!


College of Public Health

Ever wonder who helps keep people healthy and safe in a natural disaster, like a hurricane or during an epidemic, or who sponsors the “Truth Campaign” commercials on TV?  If you attend this session, you will learn much more about the many different careers in Public Health – and will soon discover that the sky is the limit!


College of The Arts/Art & Art History

Discover careers in Art and Art History.  During this session, you will have the opportunity to explore behind the scenes what artists really do as you explore art at USF.


College of The Arts/Theatre

What goes on backstage in a theatre?  You’ll have a backstage tour of Theatre I and Theatre II, and will take a look at theatre stage operations.


Health – CACL

Is the medical field for you?  Come find out by exploring this incredibly fascinating human robot medical simulation lab!  You will be absolutely amazed by this demonstration!  “CACL” stands for the Center for Advanced Clinical Learning.


Health – Student Diversity & Enrichment

Medicine 101 has never been so exciting!  You will gain a better understanding into what it takes to become a doctor or medical professional. If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a doctor, come find out how to make that dream come true!


Information Technology

Tour one of the classrooms outfitted with video production technology. You will be able to operate a camera and use the instructional technology via touch screen panel.  You may even be featured in front of the camera in a short, 30-second snippet – how cool is that?!  Come find out more about the types of careers involving the use of technology at USF.


Marshall Student Center

Learn about how special events are planned and set up at the Marshall Student Center.  This session will include insights into scheduling, room selection, set up and successful event execution.


Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Research Center (NNRC)

You will experience a tour of the facility containing state-of-the-art measuring instruments and sophisticated fabrication equipment. Researchers in physics, chemistry, biology, pharmacology, medicine, cancer diagnosis and virtually all disciplines of engineering are making great strides in developing new devices, materials and processes based on nanotechnology.  The billions of dollars in research that are spent worldwide each year in these areas are producing new, innovative, cost effective products that benefit healthcare, transportation, computers, construction, national security, sports and recreation, apparel and communications.  


USF Police

Explore a career in law enforcement.  Participants will have the opportunity to see theUltimate Police Vehicle” and USF’s Police Boat, as well as hear more about a “typical” day in the life of a law enforcement officer.


USF Preschool for Creative Learning

Do you think that a teaching career is in your future?  If so, come explore the USF Preschool for Creative Learning!  The preschool’s program is designed to meet the developmental needs and interests of young children to allow children to further their thinking, gain independence, build self-confidence, foster creativity and prepare for the challenges of tomorrow. 


WUSF TV & Radio       

Lights … Cameras … Action!  Step behind the scenes of TV, radio, and a busy newsroom. Discover what a career in public broadcasting is all about.


This event is part of the national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.  To film the festivities or for more information about this event, contact USF News Director Lara Wade.  Additional information can be found at http://usfweb2.usf.edu/HR/Events/TODS-day.html.

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.