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USF College of Public Health Dean Donna Petersen and Angie Sklenka, vice president and chief human resources officer, join host Tom Woolf for the first episode of "Inside USF: The Podcast."

USF launches new podcast designed for faculty, staff

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The University of South Florida has launched a new streaming program designed to keep the USF community informed and connect listeners to the people behind some of the university’s greatest endeavors. “Inside USF: The Podcast” started May 21, with new episodes available every other Friday.

The first episode features an interview with USF College of Public Health Dean Donna Petersen, who’s also the head of the COVID-19 Task Force, and Angie Sklenka, vice president and chief human resources officer. They discussed the COVID-19 pandemic and how it will shape the future of work at USF. The university is scheduled to resume full in-person operations on June 28.

“Inside USF: The Podcast” is hosted by Tom Woolf, a member of the University Communications and Marketing team and co-editor of USF Magazine. Woolf joined USF in 2017 and brings with him 20 years of experience in higher education, most recently serving as associate director of university communications at Southern Illinois University, located in Carbondale, IL. He previously worked as a newspaper editor and reporter and earned his journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tom Woolf, host of "Inside USF: The Podcast"

Tom Woolf, host of "Inside USF: The Podcast"

“I’ve always believed that internal communication is a vital part of what we do,” Woolf said. “Everyone is busy with their own responsibilities, and faculty and staff may not have the time to learn what a colleague down the hall is working on, much less colleagues across our three campuses. We are providing faculty and staff with an easy way to get acquainted with some of the thousands of employees who share a focus on our students and the communities we serve.”

The podcast will cover a range of subjects, including intimate interviews with the people behind fascinating research projects, upcoming events and institutional news, such as the approaching 25th anniversary of USF football. Not only will it introduce faculty and staff members to their colleagues around the university, it’s also a great way for alumni to strengthen their connections to their alma mater.

“Inside USF: The Podcast” will be available on MyUSF and platforms such as, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Stitcher. Previous episodes will be available on the “Inside USF: The Podcast” website.

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