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What is The Network?


The Network is designed to help new students make connections to the campus community and to help students successfully transition to the University of South Florida (USF.)  New students register for a “network” that meets regularly throughout the first part of the semester and is led by an upper-class student called a “Network Leader.”  Each group is themed around an interest, passion, or hobby. This program provides a flexible opportunity for students to develop meaningful connections to their peers and successfully transition to college and the Bull lifestyle.


For a glimpse of what The Network does, check out these photos from a recent event and this video clip from Fall '13 The Network Kickoff!

 

Would you like to receive more information on the Network?  Drop by the Office of New Student Connections in the Marshall Student Center (Room 3200)!


 


Why Join a Network?

 

 

  • The Network allows new students to develop an immediate connection with other students who share a similar interest, passion, or hobby.
  • The Network makes a large university like USF feel like a smaller community in a student’s first semester.
  • You will have conversations and learn skills that will help you successfully adjust to college life at USF.
  • The Network will provide new students with the opportunity to get involved with a variety of campus activities, clubs, and organizations.
  • The Network will provide you the opportunity to make a connection with a successful upper-class student who can serve as a guide, mentor, or coach in your first semester.

 

 

How do I register?

 

Missed EMERGE: The Network Kickoff but still want to register for The Network?  You still can!  Stop by New Student Connections (Marshall Student Center, Room 3200) between 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday to fill out your registration forms and officially register for a Network!  For questions or concerns, please contact Lauren Gress, Coordinator of New Student Connections, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

Fall 2014 Networks

 

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Arts and Theatre Network

Network Leader: Rochelle Etienne ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

The Arts & Theatre Network will explore worthwhile performances within USF and the Tampa Bay community! Whether you're a performer, enjoy a great show, or are looking for your first experience within the arts, this network is for you. The network is open to exploring art galleries, plays, musicals, slam poetry and anything extraordinary that comes to our area. Celebrate the magic of the arts in the Arts & Theatre network!

 

 

 

 

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Culture Network

Network Leader: Alyana Zabat ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Do you love exploring and experiencing new locations? Do you love traveling and seeing new and exciting places? The culture network seeks to get new students involved by emerging them in a new culture. Learn something fun about how someone else thinks and meet new people!

 

 

 

 

 

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Community Service Network

Network Leader: Gladys Castillo ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Do you want to help the local and campus community through direct and indirect service? The Community Service Network is focused on helping others while also enjoying time together! Participate in USF’s Community Plunge and Ghandi Day of Service, find local organizations that interest you, develop your leadership style and have fun!

 

 

 

 

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Music Network

Network Leader: Naomi Adeyefa ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Do you absolutely love and appreciate music? Are you interested in learning about different types of music and emerging genres? Then join the “Music Scene” Network! As part of the network, you will attend exciting events such as a tour of Bulls Radio, local concerts in Tampa, playing Music Bee, and Karaoke Night! Sign up now and unleash the music enthusiast inside of you!

 

 

 

 

 

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Outdoor Adventure Network

Network Leader: Chris Atteridge ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Do you love being outside and exploring the world? Does being outside excite you? The Outdoor Adventures network group seeks to new students who love to be active in the great outdoors and trying new things. Meet new people with similar interests as you and get active!

 

 

 

 

 

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Sports Network

Network Leader: Fernando Perozo ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Do you love sports? Working out? Or simply being active? Well if you do, you would love New Student Connections’ brand new network group “Let’s get active”!  Some of the activities this group will attend will include USF football and soccer games. We will participate and watch intramural sports, and have a BBQ at USF`S Riverfront park! By joining the “Let’s Get Active” group you will have the opportunity to meet other first –year students who love being active just like YOU!

 

 

 

 

calvin headshotTaste of Tampa Network

Network Leader: Calvin Clarke ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Do you love discovering new restaurants? Exploring exotic cuisine? Or simply enjoy a good meal? Well if you do, you would love New Student Connections’ brand new network group “A taste of Tampa”. Throughout the fall semester this group will travel around the USF campus and Tampa, experiencing a wide variety of cuisine! We will eat together at Champions Choice dining hall, take a trip to eat a Tijuana Flatts, Hibachi Buffet, and USF`s own Beef o Brady’s. Finally, we will have a BBQ and cookout at a local park! By joining the group a taste of Tampa you will have the opportunity to meet other first-year students who love discovering all that the Tampa food scene has to offer!

 

 

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Traditions Network

Network Leader: Lauren Richard ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Do you love tradition and want to be part of USF’s many campus traditions?  Then look no further, this group is for you!  Designed to both teach new students about USF traditions and participate in them as well, this Network is a great way for new students to meet others who share a passion for being a student at USF.  We’ll go to campus traditions like the Week of Welcome, Homecoming, and many more!  Get excited and GO BULLS!

 

 

 

 

taylor headshotWorkout and Wellness Network

Network Leader: Taylor Collier ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Do you enjoy working out? Are you interested in learning about personal wellness? Well if you so, you would love the Workout and Wellness Network. Some of the activities this group will attend will be regular visits to the USF recreation center and wellness center. You will also have the opportunity to meet other students who love working out and wellness! You don’t want to miss out on this awesome group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions?

 

Check out our FAQ for answers to common questions. For all other questions that cannot be answered online, please feel free to contact Jordan King, Assistant Director in New Student Connections at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via telephone at 813-974-2896.