USF Golden Bull Awards Honor Student Spirit and Values April 23

TAMPA, Fla. (April 21, 2008) – One of the University of South Florida’s top student honors, the Golden Bull, will be awarded to 20 students at a special banquet April 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the USF Sam & Martha Gibbons Alumni Center, Traditions Hall.

“The undergraduate and graduate students who exemplify USF’s spirit and have shown exceptional leadership and community involvement – on and off campus – are the ones we take special note of with this award,” said USF President Judy Genshaft. “We’ll be joined by parents, friends and the university community in a formal dinner to let them know just how special they are to us and how much we appreciate them.”

USF’s Division of Student Affairs supports programs, services and activities that help enhance students’ out-of-the-classroom experiences. These include leadership development trainings, community service projects and peer education programs, to name a few.

“When students are engaged in learning outside of the classroom, they are exposed to leadership opportunities, service and community building; they accomplishment this through partnering with staff to create a whole and integrated learning experience,” said USF Vice President of Student Affairs Jennifer Meningall. “Integrity, personal potential and public service all count as much as academic achievement as we decide who to single out to receive the Golden Bull. The recipients constitute a truly impressive and inspiring group of individuals.”

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. 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 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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