They're Golden!

Students epitomizing USF values will receive Golden Bull awards at April 21 dinner.



By Jenna Withrow


TAMPA, Fla. (April 19, 2010) – They come from different walks of life, with different interests and goals. But 20 University of South Florida students have something in common – something golden.


USF's Division of Student Affairs will recognize the winners of the Golden Bull award at a formal dinner Wednesday.


“This award recognizes students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to the university and the community,” said Jennifer Espinola, director of USF's Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. “These students exemplify the values of this institution.”


Award recipients epitomize the values of the university through their community leadership, public service and academic achievement. The students also demonstrate a commitment to respect, integrity and civility.


Each applicant submitted essays illustrating their integration of USF values, impact on the university and personal growth and development.


Out of 62 applications, 20 undergraduate and graduate students were selected to receive the high honor. Winners include: Jesse Arbuckle, Tony Singh Brar, Amberly Carter, Ammar Chaudhry, Eileen Dabrowski, Nicholas DeVito, Jenna Dionisio, Matthew Dolson, Letha James, Ryan Kania, Mara Levitt, Bernice Lopez, Nicole Marchman, Jordan Markel, Michael Montuno, Tiffany Piquet, Rachel Silverman, Sara Surgeon, Lauren Tolbert and Daniel Turk.


This is the fourth year the CLCE has given out the Golden Bull awards.


Beginning this year, recipients of the Golden Bull will be recognized on a plaque titled “Leaders of Distinction.” The plaque will be displayed next to the Marshall Student Center (MSC) information desk beginning this summer.


Winners will receive a bronze bull statue at a formal ceremony in the MSC ballroom on Wednesday at 6 p.m. USF President Judy Genshaft and Head Football Coach Skip Holtz will speak at the event.



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.