Students' Giant Canned Food Sculptures Will Feed Tampa's Hungry

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2008) – University of South Florida students will compete to build the most imaginative giant sculptures out of canned goods during the seventh annual Charit-a-Bull event Monday, Oct. 13 to kick-off Homecoming: SuperBull XII.

Homecoming teams join 75 University Experience classes to create between 75 and 100 sculptures in the Marshall Center Ballroom from 9 to 11 a.m. A panel of faculty, staff and students will judge entries on the basis of creativity and size. First, second and third place winners will be announced at the noon kick-off ceremony. All food is donated to Metropolitan Ministries.

“We collected 12,000 pounds of food last year surpassing the 7,500 pounds the previous year,” said Amy Simon, associate director of the Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement. “Some of the most imaginative Charit-a-Bull sculptures demonstrate USF spirit. We’ve had Rocky the Bull, the USF logo and Raymond James Stadium for subjects. The most satisfying part though for everyone is knowing the food will feed the hungry in Tampa”

Charit-a-Bull is co-sponsored by USF Homecoming and the USF Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement. Visit the center online at USF Homecoming officially kicks off Monday, Oct. 13 at noon at the Marshall Student Center Ballroom. For more information, go to

For more information on Metropolitan Ministries, contact Ana Mendez at (813) 209-1264 or go to

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 campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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