About Us

Meet the Staff

Rick Garcia

Rick Garcia

Rick serves as a Coordinator of New Student Connections. He earned his Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and his Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from the University of Florida. While earning his master’s degree, Rick worked as a graduate assistant for student organizations and major events, responsible for advising student organizations and student leaders while also planning student and family programs. Additional areas of higher education Rick has worked in include orientation and transition programs as well as multicultural affairs. Outside of work, you can find Rick staying creative by drawing or crocheting and spending quality time with friends and family.


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Brontë Phillips
Communications & Marketing Specialist 
Brontë Phillips serves as the Marketing and Communications Specialist for New Student Connections and Parent & Family Engagement. She is a USF alumnus with dual Bachelor’s degrees in Art History and Humanities & Cultural Studies with a Certificate in Visualization and Design. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in History with a focus on the preservation of visual and material culture.  During her undergraduate career, she found her passion for marketing and communications in various positions around campus with a focus on student engagement, graphic design, and branding. Outside of work and school, you can find her exploring museum collections, attempting DIY projects, hanging out with her pets, and trying to find the best bakery in the Bay area!
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Taylor Turner
Program Coordinator 

Taylor will serve as the Visiting Program Coordinator for New Student Connections and will focus on serving USF’s 2nd-year student population. Taylor attended Florida Gulf Coast University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She recently graduated from the University of Florida where she received her master’s degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education. She is a proud first-generation college graduate and loves spending time with her dog – Ivy!

New Student Connections works closely with the Parent & Family Engagement team. Click here to meet the PFE Team!

USF St. Petersburg Campus
Meet the COMPASS Student Experience team who provide programs and services to students enrolled on the St. Petersburg campus, and their families.

USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus
Meet the Department of Student Support team who provides programs and services to students enrolled on the Sarasota-Manatee campus, and their families.