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interviewed by Danielle E. Riley.
Tampa, Fla. :
University of South Florida Tampa Library,
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USF 50th (2006) anniversary oral history project
Interview conducted February 6, 2004.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Yvonne Nowak discusses her personal and academic achievements at USF, both as a student and through freelance work after graduation.
University of South Florida.
Riley, Danielle E.
University of South Florida Libraries.
Florida Studies Center.
Oral History Program.
University of South Florida.
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1 USF Florida Studies Center Oral History Program USF 50 th History Anniversary Project Narrator: Yvonne Nowak Interviewer: Danielle Riley Current Position: USF Alumnus Location of Interview: Tampa Campus Library Date of Interview: February 6, 2004 Abstractor: Jared G. Toney Editor: Danielle E. Riley Final Editor: Jared G. Toney Date of Edit: March 30, 2004 TOPICS OF DISCUSSION Coming to USF She attended community college in St. Petersburg before transferring to USF as a mass commun ications major in 1982. She chose USF largely because of the location, and was able to live off campus with a friend's family for a "very reasonable rate." While at St. Petersburg Community College, she worked backstage at a place called the Showboat Din ner Theatre, where she was able to meet such famous performers as Don Adams, Cesar Romero, and Sid Cesar among others. She did a lot of cartooning and creative scenery work there, while dabbling in other theatrical engagements. Initial experiences at USF She had been visiting the campus for years prior to her enrollment because her brother was also a student at USF. Because the campus was "absolutely beautiful," she would spend a great deal of time walking the university grounds, a tradition she continues with her husband to this day. She was also able to get financial aid, "which was a big thing," and found a job on campus as a student assistant at the media center which was located in the basement of the College of Education at that time. Her job in th e media center provided her with the opportunity to work with a number of different student organizations on campus who came to the center to take advantage of mimeograph machines to print signs and flyers. Academics As a student, she remembers doing a l ot of her studying outside under the trees near the advertising and marketing building (College of Business). "It was a great experience. I loved going to this school and I still support it." Her first class was Advertising I with Professor Bagley, after w hich she remembers thinking, "Boy, if all my classes are like this, this is going to be fun!" She thought very highly of Dr. Bagley, and attributes her love of advertising partly to her experiences in his classroom.
2 Extracurricular activities The only at hletic activities she recalls the school having were soccer and basketball, a few events of which she attended. "In between my job and my studies and my classes, I didn't have a whole lot of free time." Art and advertising Her father was an architect, an d her mother had artistic talent as well, so she was naturally inclined toward the arts from an early age. She recalls participating in a project as an advertising student where Busch Gardens approached the department enlisting help in developing a campa ign to promote their new water theme park Adventure Island. Though the park did not use their suggestions, she felt it was a valuable experience for her and her colleagues. Brahman Man When she was working in the media center, she met Linda Ramsey, a Un iversity Police officer, who told her about a UP sponsored contest for the promotion of crime prevention as well as the police department's image and presence on campus. Because Nowak was artistically gifted, she decided to enter the contest, creating a fi ctitious crime fighting student named Mat A. Dor who at night assumed his identity as "Brahman Man." Her colleagues at the media center were all pulling for her, and she soon learned that she had been selected as one of three finalists. On the day of the c ontest, she was announced as the winner in front of a crowd at the University Center and awarded with a ten speed bicycle. About a month after her graduation, the UP hired her to work in a free lance capacity for the department, designing signs and flyer s that incorporated Brahman Man fighting crime around campus. The figure became popular and well recognized among students at USF, and for a while the university bookstore was even selling t shirts with images of the campus crime fighter. She remembers a c ostume being made as well, and was dawned by a university policeman at various events and functions around the community. She continued doing work for the university for a couple of years after graduation. After graduation After college, Nowak worked in advertising for ten years with the Eckerd Corporation, developing a successful campaign for the company. Unfortunately, as a result of the pressures of the job, she developed an ulcer and had to find another line of work. Because she had always enjoyed wor king at the university's media center, she decided to get a job at a library, where she has been working for the past ten years. Continuing involvement at USF She continues to be involved with the university informally, spending time at the campus on t he weekends and attending football games whenever possible. "I'm really proud that I went to this school. I was proud of it then and I'm proud of it now I wouldn't change a thing."
3 Future of the university She believes that in time USF will gain the na tional recognition that it deserves. "I just wouldn't change a thing. I think it's a great school to go to." End of Interview