Comedian Vickie Shaw Headlines Scholarship Event

TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 17, 2008) – The University of South Florida Alumni Association's LBGT Society presents comedian Vickie Shaw Dec. 5 to raise funds for scholarships for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. The evening starts with an hors d’oeuvres reception from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by the show from 7 to 10 p.m. in the new Marshall Center Ballroom on the Tampa campus. Short films provided by Clip Film Festival will be shown and Shaw will perform and field questions in a Q&A session afterwards. Tickets are $50 for alumni and friends, students with valid ID pay $20. For more information, to register or purchase tickets, visit http://usfalumni.net and click on events, or contact Tyrone Gray at (813) 974-1936 or tgray@admin.usf.edu

“This event is not only about building a scholarship fund for our LGBT students, which of course is very important in and of itself,” said Karen Berkman, chair of the President’s Committee on Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity at USF. “ But we also want to encourage our future LGBT community leaders by letting them know there is a vibrant and supportive community open to them.”

Sponsors include the USF Alumni Association’s LGBT Society, Ciccio and Tony’s Restaurant, the Sunbelt Title Agency, The Lime, Clip Film Festival and the USF LGBT Presidential Advisory Committee.

After eighteen years of marriage and three children, Shaw decided to become an stand-up comedian and to come out as a lesbian at the same time. The Texas-born and raised Shaw is well-known for her appearances on Comedy Central and from doing stand-up comedy for gay and straight audiences all across the U.S.

“We were very fortunate to be able to bring Vickie Shaw to USF for this major fundraiser, and we hope she will attract a huge and diverse crowd,” said Berkman. “We know our guests are going to get more than their money’s worth in entertainment, but more importantly we want to make a strong statement of support for our LGBT students.”

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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