University of South Florida Muma College of Business     September 2019
CHEERS, TEARS MAKE THE SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON A SUCCESS
These socks? Made for walkin'
More than $600,000 in scholarships was awarded to nearly 300 deserving students at the annual Muma College of Business Scholarship Luncheon last month. To view the photo gallery, click here. To watch the video, click here.


INAUGURAL USF ESPORTS SUMMIT TO DRAW NATIONAL EXPERTS
Pulling back the curtain on esports
Want to get a feel for what's really going on in the world of video gaming, where tournament winners are rock stars making millions? The summit has some answers about the emerging industry, including ...


WEEK OF WELCOME BRINGS STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF TOGETHER
Welcome new and old students
Besides the free hot dogs, chips and drinks; and besides the swag available all over the atrium and besides the free T-shirts for business majors, there was a lot of fun going on at the popular Week of Welcome. 


USF WELL REPRESENTED IN ANNUAL FLORIDA BLUE PITCH CONTEST
Aigerim Ibraimkhanova and Nasibakhon Khodieva
New and innovative ways to help those suffering from diabetes, obesity and heart disease will be pitched to a panel of health care industry judges later this year, and USF has fielded five of the 12 teams in the competition that awards a $15,000 top prize. Ideas to be tendered include an app that can ... 

NOOK NAMED FOR NICK VOJNOVIC, LITTLE GREEK PRESIDENT 
Accordo firmato
Nick Vojnovic was in the house Friday attending an EAC meeting, but also to take part in a celebration of his generosity in the naming of the area outside the multi-purpose room ...  


NEW BBC, ZAP STUDENTS GATHER TO CHAT, POSE, EAT HOT DOGS
BBC, ZAP, BBQ
More than 200 students of the Bulls Business Community and the Zimmerman Advertising Program settled into the atrium to mingle, eat some dogs and pose for group photos ... 


FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: SECKIN OZKUL KNOWS HOW FREIGHT MOVES
Seckin Ozkul
Seckin Ozkul studies ways to move freight from Point A to Point B and how to do it efficiently, quickly and safely. His expertise has been recognized by the state, which appointed him as an adviser for the Florida Department of Transportation's logistics planning effort ... 

NEXT CONVERSATION WITH A CEO: NESTLÉ USA'S  STEVE PRESLEY
Steve Presley
Nestlé USA CEO Steve Presley is next up on the Conversation with a CEO schedule. Seats are going fast for the Sept. 19 morning event to be held in the Center for Advanced Medical Learning Simulation, 124 S. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa. To register click here.



STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: TIM BOYNTON NAMED ON 40 UNDER 40 LIST 
Tim Boynton, 40 Under 40
Tim Boynton, an MBA student who is vice president of development and chief public relations and communications officer at Lakeland Regional Health, was named to the 40 Under 40 list of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, an international organization that ...

NOMINATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED TO HONOR STUDENT VETS
Nominations accepted until Oct. 11 
The USF Office of Veteran Success is again sponsoring the Honor-A-Bull Student Veteran Award and is looking for nominations of those who have demonstrated strong academic performance and ...

NASA'S ISS DESTINATION STATION SLATED TO TOUCH DOWN AT USF
The interactive NASA ISS Destination Station will land at USF in November, spending two days in the Muma College of Business' breezeway offering break-out sessions and exhibits detailing the stuff of space, entrepreneurial opportunities and more ... 

FACULTY/STAFF NOTES
* Kaushik Dutta, professor in and chair of the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department; Shivendu Shivendu, an associate professor in the ISDS Department and Kiran Garimella, an adjunct professor in the department, have written a white paper on the topic of blockchain that has been published in the AACSB blog. To read the article, click here.

* Ron Satterfield was named director of the weekend Executive Business Analytics and Information Systems program. He was the founding director of the program and replaces Kaushik Dutta, who is now chair of the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department. Satterfield received the "best professor award" in the program, given by the fall 2018 graduates.

* Joni Jones, associate professor in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department, has been named director of the MS Business Analytics and Information Systems program.

* Triparna de Vreede , the academic director of the MS in Management program,  was named associate chair of the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department.

* Tony Kong, associate professor in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department, has been named director of the BS in Management program. Kong was hired in the fall and prior to his appointment here, was a tenured associate professor of management and leadership at the University of Houston's Bauer College of Business.

* Janelle Wells, assistant professor, and Michelle Harrolle, director of the Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management Program, have published a book titled  The Business of Esports: The Wild, Wild West on Fire.


ALUMNI NOTES

* Eric Blankenship ('99, Marketing) has been named chief marketing officer for The Heights District, Armature Works and the Tampa-based restaurant group, BE-1 Concepts. He previously served as vice president of marketing for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment and Amalie Arena.

Eric Lund ('10, Finance, Marketing, Management) is now director of recruiting at EMIDS. Previously he worked as a recruiting manager with Cognizant.

* Michael Friedman ('16, Business Economics) has accepted an associate underwriter position with First American Title. The former 25 Under 25 honoree previously served as a legal intern for the firm, while attending law school at the University of Florida.

* Amber West ('15, Accounting) has started a new position as business consultant in the Business Analysis & Reporting Department at Publix Super Markets. Previously she served as senior audit associate with KPMG and was a financial accounting teaching assistant at USF. She is a former 25 Under 25 honoree.

* Brian Deligero ('15, MBA) has been promoted to business analyst with The Walt Disney Company. He has been with the company since January 2018.

* Mariana Castaneda ('12, Marketing) has started a new position as social media coordinator at Little, Brown Laboratory, Hachette Book Group in New York City.

* Daniel Dorman ('15, Finance) is now senior financial analyst with PepsiCo. As a student he was in the Applied Securities Analysis program.



* Sept. 18, noon until 5:30 p.m., the inaugural USF eSports Summit, hosted by the Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management Program takes place in the Muma College of Business atrium. The event features speakers and panel discussions about the emerging esports industry. Admission for USF students faculty and staff is free. For more information,  click here.  

* Sept. 19, 8:30-10 a.m., the Muma College of Business Conversation with a CEO 
featuring Steve Presley, chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA, will take place at the Center for Advanced Med ical Learning Simulation, 124 S. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa. Presley is a USF alumnus who earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance. To register, click here.

* Oct. 10, 8:30-10 a.m., the Muma College of Business Conversation with a CEO with Rich Hume, chief executive officer with Tech Data, will be held in the Center for Advanced Medical Learning Simulation, 124 S. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa. To register, click here.

* Oct. 11, 5-8 p.m. the Muma College of Business Homecoming Parade Watch Party
takes place in the atrium and in the breezeway with free eats and giveaways topped off with a front row seat to watch the annual Running of the Bulls Homecoming Parade, which begins at 7 p.m. This year, the party is billed as the Taste of Muma, which features restaurants owned by alumni coming to the Muma College of Business offering samples of their tasty fares. To view a university-wide homecoming schedule, click here.

* 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's ISS Destination Station visits Tampa and will land 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? An info session is set for 5:30-6:30 p.m., Sept. 17 in BSN 221. Learn more about the alumni society and opportunities and register by emailing Samantha Fitzmaurice at sfitzmaurice@usf.edu  RSVPs are not necessary, but appreciated.
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