Many UT students formed local Greek groups developing traditions and rituals anew. Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich attended UT for two years. A gift of $10-million by the family in 1997 was followed by one for $28-million in 2000, thought to be the largest such gift to a Florida university at the time. The first Greek groups appeared on campus in the early 1950s and by the 1970s they had developed a thriving culture that included the tradition of having a rock on campus with the organizations' letters on it. As of 2006, the graduate school had a separate dean and budget, allowing it to operate independently from the more undergraduate-focused programs. Thank, Back when the streets were crowded in Chinatown an, Today was not my day. Template:Coord/dec2dms/dExpression error: Unexpected >= operator. Articles with dead external links from September 2010, Commons category template with no category set, Educational institutions established in 1931, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities members, Universities and colleges accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Buildings and structures in Tampa, Florida, Universities and colleges in Hillsborough County, Florida, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, European Council of International Schools, File:Dome of Plant Hall's Fletcher Room.jpg, Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, "University of Tampa – University Profile", "Tampa Wins Second Straight Baseball National Championship", http://tampaspartans.athleticsite.com/article.asp?articleID=451, http://www.tampaspartans.com/profile.asp?playerID=142, The University of Tampa – News – UT to Break Ground on New Residence Hall, "University of Tampa – Macdonald-Kelce Library", "University of Tampa lands $28-million gift", http://www.sptimes.com/News/012800/TampaBay/University_of_Tampa_l.shtml, "Illinois Governor Attended University Of Tampa In 1970s", http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/dec/09/illinois-governor-attended-university-tampa-1970s, The Edwards Affair: The Mysterious Other Woman, Rielle Hunter – Scandals & Feuds, Elizabeth Edwards, John Edwards, Template:Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, Template:Sunshine State Conference navbox, https://americanfootballdatabase.fandom.com/wiki/University_of_Tampa?oldid=141400. Ronald Vaughn, who was then Dean of the College of Business, was selected to bring the school out of the red. By the time the campaign ended, UT had raised 83 million dollars. Curci was officially hired as the replacement for Sam Bailey as head coach on January 25, 1968, from the Miami Hurricanes, and he won his first game as head coach on the road against UC Santa Barbara. The University of Tampa was a mostly white football team on an eight-game winning streak. Once these projects were underway, Dr. Vaughn launched the "Take UT to the Top" campaign. Lagging attendance caused the university to lose money on the program, and it was terminated at the end of the 1974 season. Located on the first two floors of Vaughn is a full-service cafeteria called the "Caf" by students, with multiple dining stations, each with a particular style of cooking. To aid students in the pursuit of a degree, the University offers several learning communities.  Two students typically stay in each room, which is equipped with two double beds, a bathroom, and closet space. Two halls, Brevard and Stadium Center, currently offer a hybrid package with students sharing a common area but without a kitchen. It is included in Forbes' 2012 fifth annual ranking of America's Best Colleges; in Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians, and Writers (2008) where it is one of seven universities in the Southeast for its creative writing program; the Sykes College of Business has been named by The Princeton Review as an outstanding business school for the seventh year in a row- and one of the 296 best business schools in the world, as well as the MBA Marketing program listed as one of the top 15 programs in the country; in 2010 the National Council of State Boards of Nursing named UT a No. The club and grill has music chosen by students playing at all times and also features several TV’s and a big screen projector. In other words, a 1090 places you below average, while a 1250 will move you up to above average. Some of UT's most popular majors include communication, biology, international business, management, criminology and nursing. Despite these obstacles, Greeks resurged on campus in the mid-1980s. Also on campus primarily for athlete use is a 600 seat baseball stadium.