University of South Florida Muma College of Business     October 2019
NASA, ISS DESTINATION STATION SLATED TO TOUCH DOWN AT USF
Time to suit up
The interactive Destination Station of NASA and the International Space Station National Lab will land at USF in November, spending two days in the Muma College of Business' breezeway offering sessions and exhibits detailing the stuff of space, entrepreneurial opportunities and more. Students, to register for Nov. 5, click here; Business community, for Nov. 6, click here

AFTER FIVE YEARS, IT'S STILL A HONEYMOON AROUND HERE
Pam and Les Muma cut the cake
It's been a half decade since Pam and Les Muma donated $25 million to USF resulting in the renaming of the business college in their honor and things could not be better because of it. Thanks to their generosity, new programs have been implemented, faculty hired, scholarships awarded and the trajectory of the college and its programs have soared. To learn more, click here.

USF ESPORTS SUMMIT FLUSH WITH GAMERS, EXECS, INVESTORS
Video gamers testing their skills'
The inaugural USF eSports Summit drew hundreds to the atrium last month and featured speakers and panelists discussing all aspects of the emerging trend of video gaming for fun and profit, but mostly profit. The summit also was ...


FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: MARVIN KARLINS PENS PHILANTHROPIST'S BIO
ISDS Professor Marvin Karlins, who has published dozens of books, has turned to biography, writing the life story of Tony March, who rose from poverty to become a multimillionaire and now volunteers preparing food for the homeless. The book is set for release in ...


USF STUDENTS MAKE THEIR MARK IN FLORIDA BLUE PITCH CONTEST
Winning students raked in more than $20,000 in prize money
Teams from a number of Florida universities competed for cash prizes at the annual Florida Blue Health Innovation Competition in Orlando last month. And the winners are...
 
HOMECOMING WATCH PARTY FEATURES EATS, SEATS FOR PARADE
Homecoming: always a blast
Hundreds gathered at the breezeway this past Friday to celebrate USF's Homecoming. Alumni-owned or supported restaurants brought their food to sample. And then, there was the parade. To view a photos gallery, click here.


PUSH FOR CENTER FOR REAL ESTATE STUDIES GAINS MOMENTUM
Real estate interest on the rise
Student interest in the business of real estate, beyond home sales, is growing at the Muma College of Business with the efforts to establish the Center for Real Estate Studies. There is more to the industry than hawking houses and ...


STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: TOMAS YEATTS RUNS WITH THE ALPACAS 
Tomas Yeatts
Tomas Yeatts, a 21-year-old finance student, grew up in Bolivia and is familiar with how alpacas wander the mountains and come in to be sheared when the summer begins. He's now combining that know-how with his business education to create a startup called ILLIPACA, which features all that alpaca wool woven into elegant ...


ALUMNI SPOTLIGHTS: BETTY VIAMONTES, SIMON CANASI HONORED
Betty Viamontes, Simon Canasi
Two business graduates recently were honored by Tampa Hispanic Heritage for their dedicated work and contributions to the community. Betty Viamontes and Simon Canasi both are immigrants from ...



FACULTY/STAFF NOTES
* Sunil Mithas, a World Class Scholar and professor in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department, is the recipient of the USF Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award, which recognizes exceptional research productivity during the 2018 calendar year. Judges took into account preeminent awards received, grants and/or publications in premier journals.

* Jennifer Cainas, an instructor in the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy, earned the American Institute of CPAs 2019 Teaching Innovation Awards honorable mention, recognizing her efforts on a team of educators who taught students how to collect and interpret data and to make informed decisions for business management.


ALUMNI NOTES

* Tom Andriola  ('96, Management) has been named vice chancellor of information technology and data at the University of California, Irvine. He also chairs the board of directors for CENIC in Los Angeles.

* Kim Hill (18, MBA) was named to the Tampa Bay Business Journal's 40 Under 40 list. She currently is associate vice president of public relations and communications at USF.

* Amit Sharan ('05, MBA; '03, Marketing) is now vice president of marketing at Tatari. Previously he worked as a product marketing communications manager at Facebook.

* Leonard Burke ('05, Finance), director of asset management with the Tampa Housing Authority, was named to the Tampa Bay Business Journal's 40 Under 40 list. 

* David Staples ('17, MAcc; '15, Accounting) has been promoted to advisory senior at Ernst & Young. He started his career with the Big Four firm as an assurance intern and joined the company as an assurance associate in 2017.

* Eniola Akinrade ('11, Management) has joined Live Nation Entertainment as an associate counselor dealing in labor and employment issues. She previously worked in employment law with Reed Smith and Littler.


* Nov. 5-8, the Florida Small Business Development Center at USF will host its 43rd USF Basic Economic Development Course, which allows registrants who successfully complete the program to sit for the Certified Economic Developer examination. All classes will be held at the USF Embassy Suites, 3705 Spectrum Blvd., on the Tampa campus. For more information, click here.

* Nov. 5-6, NASA and the International Space Station National Lab will bring their Destination Station, an interactive exhibit, to Tampa, landing at the Muma College of Business over two days. For more information, click here.

* Jan. 9, the State of the Region, hosted by the Muma College of Business along with the Tampa Bay Partnership, is scheduled to take place at the USF Marshall Student Center. Watch for details.
CALLING ALL BUSINESS ALUMNI: TIME TO BUILD CONNECTIONS
Reconnect, offer support
Interested in joining a group of alumni committed to building lasting connections, supporting students and strengthening the Muma College of Business and the USF Alumni Association? There is a lot of interest in forming a business alumni society.  Learn more about the effort to establish an alumni society and the opportunities. Register by emailing Samantha Fitzmaurice at sfitzmaurice@usf.edu 
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