Fireman's Challenge / USF Nursing B.E.A.R.S. Program

Fireman's Challenge

Members of USF’s Greek community recently competed to determine who has the best firefighting skills – and while they didn’t have to put out a fire, they had to complete some of the other physically demanding tasks that real firefighters have to do. See what charity benefited on University Beat on WUSF TV.

USF Nursing B.E.A.R.S. Program

Being stuck in the hospital for the holidays is tough for anyone, but it’s especially hard on young people. Students and faculty at the USF College of Nursing are reaching out in a small, but heartfelt way, by handing out teddy bears to 800 young patients in Tampa Bay area hospitals. University Beat on WUSF 89.7 tags along on one of their deliveries, which was only missing Santa and his reindeer.

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USF Nursing BEARS Program Makes Holidays Happier with Teddy Bears

USF Nursing BEARS Program
The holidays may be just a bit happier for some children thanks to the USF College of Nursing and its B.E.A.R.S. program. University Beat on WUSF TV tags along as participants hand out some of the 800 furry friends the program is delivering to young people at Tampa Bay area hospitals. (Airs on WUSF TV starting 12/23/13)

More Information: 

Fireman's Challenge
Pi Kappa Alpha Fireman's Challenge 2013 Facebook page
Friends of Tampa Firefighters Memorial webpage
USF Nursing - B.E.A.R.S. Program
B.E.A.R.S. (Bulls Encouraging and Assisting through Research and Scholarship) website
$50 to send one child in a Bay area hospital a bear, or a basket of 12 for an entire floor for $500.
Contact Don Snyder ( or 813-974-2570 for more information

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Mark Schreiner

Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.

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