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Divya Kumar - Higher education and Nonprofits reporter

Higher education and Nonprofits reporter

I cover nonprofits and higher education and want to hear the stories, big and small, that make up these worlds. I got my start in journalism at King High School's student newspaper and the University of South Florida's The Oracle. I joined the Times in 2016 after earning a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Is there something about a nonprofit, college, university or higher education related issue you think people should know about? I'd love to hear from you.

  1. Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran speaks during an August 2020 roundtable discussion at Winthrop College Prep Academy. Corcoran's candidacy to become the next president of Florida State University ended on Saturday when he was not selected as one of the three finalists.
  2. Los estudiantes caminan por el campus de Tampa de la Universidad del Sur de Florida en septiembre, cerca del comienzo de un año escolar que será recordado por sus restricciones contra la pandemia. Las autoridades universitarias dijeron el jueves que esas restricciones se levantarán a partir de finales de junio. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | CENTRO Tampa ]
  3. Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran is one of nine shortlist candidates to be the next president of Florida State University.
  4. Walkways at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg were free of students on a Tuesday in October, during a school year defined by pandemic restrictions. The school, along with other colleges and universities, received another round of federal aid funds this week.
  5. The entrance to Ruby Diamond Auditorium on the Florida State University campus, where a search committee is deciding on a successor to president John Thrasher.
  6. Kashari James, 25, of Tampa, who received her master’s degree in criminology, gets help from her mother, Janie James, before the University of South Florida's first in-person commencement ceremony since the pandemic. The ceremony was held at Tropicana Field on Saturday, “I’m just glad all the graduates get to celebrate each other since we have all been online,” James said.
  7. Students walk on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus in September, near the start of a school year that will be remembered for its pandemic restrictions. University officials said Thursday that those restrictions will be lifted starting in late June.
  8. Nova Southeastern University now recommends, but does not require, vaccines.
  9. Norma Alcantar, 50, of Tampa, stands near a Prickly Pear cactus (opuntia ficus indica) at the USF botanical gardens Tuesday. A USF professor of chemical, biological and material engineering, Alcantar was inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of fame with 22 patents, with much of her work focused around using cactus plants for water filtration.
  10. A man was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries after a crash between a jet ski and boat.
  11. Students walk in front of Saint Leo Abbey on the campus of Pasco County's Saint Leo University, where faculty members are challenging the school's decision to no longer recognize their union.
  12. Students walk the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, one of several state schools that have been sued over tuition and fees during the pandemic.
  13. Members of the University of South Florida presidential search committee listen to candidate Jeffrey Vitter in 2019, part of a process that led to the selection of Steve Currall. A proposal making its way through the Florida Legislature would obscure the early stages of university presidential searches from public view.
  14. Signs advising students on ways to stop the spread of the coronavirus were placed throughout the University of South Florida last year, including at this location on the St. Petersburg campus. Since January, the school has also offered a limited number of vaccines.
  15. Hinks and Elaine Shimberg at a theater event in 2007. The couple met in 1960 and were married the following year. “I took one look at her and knew she was special,” Hinks Shimberg said of his wife, who died on Wednesday at age 84.
  16. The USF Forest Preserve, north of the university's Tampa campus, is home to a cypress flood plain. Critics of a plan to seek developer interest in the preserve say the habitat is important for clean drinking water, flood mitigation and greenhouse gas emissions storage in Tampa Bay.
  17. A new study will attempt to explore the reasons people experience severe allergic reactions to the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines.
  18. Rev. Randall Meissen distributes Holy Communion at a Mass for graduating seniors in Abbey Church at Saint Leo University. He said of ministering to college students: “It no longer works to simply ring the church bells and hope that young people come through the doors.”
  19. The University of South Florida campus in Tampa, where officials on Tuesday announced a $44.4 million federal grant to study the impact of an experimental treatment for various types of dementia.
  20. Nova Southeastern University opened its Tampa Bay Regional Campus in September 2019. The school announced Friday that it would require all students, faculty and staff to get a COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus this fall for in-person classes.
  21. Bishop Gregory Parkes announces on Wednesday that the obligation for Catholics to return to mass will resume the weekend of May 22, with exemptions for certain groups.
  22. Century Tower sits at the heart of the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, where researchers are looking for 1,000 student volunteers to help find out if COVID-19 spreads after people are vaccinated.
  23. Florida State University was among state schools with top-rated graduate programs in U.S. News & World Report's latest rankings.