Corwin on Campus

Popular conservationist Jeff Corwin is appearing at USF as part of the University Lecture Series.


By Laura Kneski

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 15, 2012) – Animal and nature conservationist Jeff Corwin will be speaking at the University of South Florida Tampa campus tonight as part of the University Lecture Series.


The event, at 8 p.m. at the Marshall Student Center ballroom, will feature live animal species native to Florida’s ecosystems, which Corwin will showcase during his presentation.


Corwin is most widely known for his television career, having hosted his own shows such as The Jeff Corwin Experience, Corwin’s Quest and Going Wild with Jeff Corwin. In each of the shows Corwin would project a message to his viewers about the importance of ecosystem and biodiversity preservation, incorporating the goal with examinations of individual species and chuckle-worthy quips along the way.


Before he gained such popularity, though, Corwin had to work for his significant position. Having attained Bachelor’s of Science degrees in both Biology and Anthropology from Bridgewater State College, he went on to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where he attained his M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation. Corwin has even been awarded an honorary doctorate in Public Education from Bridgewater State College.


ULS Executive Director Romel Boiser said Corwin was asked to lecture because his message of conservation ties in with a name that people recognize. Visitors will be able to watch Corwin speak and say, “Alright, I can relate to him because this is my childhood idol who’s saying this.”


First-year USF student Evan Goodwin can definitely relate. He says that he is planning on going to the lecture for the real-factor—seeing someone that he grew up watching on television in real life. Goodwin watched the show for the variety of animal species that Corwin incorporated into the program, and even today admires Corwin’s choice of career.


“If I could do that as a full-time job, I would definitely be him,” Goodwin said.


Boiser wants people to be inspired by what Corwin has to bring to the table. As someone who has traveled to every continent aside from Antarctica during his years in environmental exploration, Corwin has taken the repeated textbook statements regarding species protection and ecosystem conservation and applied them in the real world. He is using his first-hand experience as a tool to share with students and other attendees the importance of this global awareness.


“They’re going to be inspired to make a difference, honestly,” Boiser said.


Prior to the event, ULS staff members will be handing out 100 free t-shirts, thanks to the 1,850 likes that they received on Facebook (which was more than 1,000 likes over their original goal.) They will also be announcing their spring semester line-up of guest speakers during this time.


Jeff Corwin will be speaking at 8:00p.m. in the MSC Ballroom.


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