USF to receive $3 million gift to support writing and communication students

The University of South Florida announced a $3 million gift to the USF Foundation that will support programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The gift from Honey Rand, a USF alumna, local public relations practitioner and author, will establish a creative writing retreat in the college’s Humanities Institute and support students who are studying writing and communication.

“We are extremely grateful to Dr. Honey Rand for her generous gift in a subject area that will benefit students studying at the University of South Florida in a wide range of academic disciplines,” said Rhea Law, president of USF. “Creative writing fosters critical thinking and future innovation and the works produced by these writers are crucial for cultivating understanding, connection and progress in our global community.”

Rand’s gift is a deferred contribution that will primarily go toward creating the annual Honey Rand Creative Writing Retreat. It will also support the Saw Palm, USF’s Florida-themed literary magazine crafted by students in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, as well as establish the Honey Rand Endowed Fellowship in Communication, which will support doctoral students in the Department of Communication, where Rand earned her doctorate.

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