Daughters & Sons Go to Work

TAMPA, Fla. (April 16, 2010) – Employees at the University of South Florida will take part in Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day, April 22, for the second year, emphasizing this year’s national theme, “1 youth, 1 dream, 2morrow’s leaders.” Participating children, ages eight – 18, will spend the day interacting with USF professionals in a number of university settings to gain a sense of the myriad of careers available to them.


The day starts with signing in at 7:45 a.m., followed by breakfast and a kickoff. After a welcome address from USF President Judy Genshaft and a pep talk from Head Football Coach Skip Holtz at 8:45, Rocky the Bull will lead everyone in stretching exercises from 9:30 to 9:45 a.m. to prepare for the workout ahead – the tours, breakout groups and workshops designed to keep the children interested and engaged until 2:30 p.m. The children will also get a chance later in the day to shadow their own parents and see what keeps them busy every day.


Most sessions take place at the Marshall Student Center, Plaza Room, 2708. Archeologists and staff from University Communications and Marketing will explain how they dig into the past, in the first case and dig up stories to share with the media in the last case. USF Dining/Aramark will take the children behind the scenes to see how they feed the thousands of people who work and live on campus. The young visitors will have an opportunity to tour WUSF and meet USF’s police officers and ROTC staff as well.


Others take place at USF Health and the USF School of Nursing for a look at health care training in action, at the College of The Arts for interactions with actors, dancers and fine artists, and the College of Engineering’s Center for Assistive & Rehabilitative Robotics Technologies. The USF Athletics and Campus Recreation departments will introduce the children to the professional side of sports and fitness.


“The whole USF community is eager to make this an exciting, informative and fun-filled day for our co-workers’ children,” said Sandy Lovins, associate vice president of the Division of Human Resources.



The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.