Featured Stories January 2021
No stones were left unturned in the Tampa Bay Partnership's Regional Competitiveness Report and the USF E-Insights Report released this month in a virtual forum. Researchers from the Muma College of Business helped gauge how the Tampa Bay region stacks up against other cities of similar size and demographics. Read more.
The face of student internships has changed, but sometimes things work out. Alyssa England just landed an internship with NBCUniversal and if not for the virtual nature of the job, she may not have been able to do it over the summer. Such internships are increasing in availability. Learn more.
2020 seemed to last forever, but there were many positive happenings mixed in with a pandemic, social injustice protests and an acrimonious presidential election that stuck until the new year. Here is a look back at some of the good things that went on at the Muma College of Business in 2020. Learn more.
With insurgents storming the Capitol earlier this month, the nation struggled to understand what was happening. The tumultuous events rocked everyone, but Wall Street remained focused in spite of the upheaval. Bob Tiller, a finance instructor, talks about the impacts on the stock market, investments and wealth management. To learn more, click here.
Dean Sri Sundaram of the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance has been named board chair of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. He will help guide the chamber and the local business community through a pandemic that has impacted the economy, while also tightening the bonds between business and education in the city.
The Women and Leadership Initiative is sponsoring a series of conversations on race, gender and ethical leadership. The group is launching a series titled "I'm Speaking" on Feb. 10 with three women talking about challenges they have faced as professional women of color. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.
While we could not gather in person, we celebrated -- virtually -- the achievements of our graduates at a December commencement ceremony. Students, parents, siblings, classmates, mentors and friends of USF Muma College of Business graduates all celebrated at a distance. They even got a shoutout from Steve Harvey. Learn more.
Alumnus Spotlight: Jonathan Ebberhart
graduated from in May with a degree in finance. Before that, he interned with the J.P. Morgan Private Bank, which led to a full-time job offer, in which he creates personalized wealth plans for individuals, families, endowments and foundations. To read the full spotlight, click here.
Faculty Spotlight: Dan Bradley has been with USF since 2008. He teaches in the MBA, Executive MBA, and PhD programs and has always been interested in financial analysts, their behavior and potential conflicts of interest. He currently is researching non-deal roadshows and possible violations of the law. Learn more.
Certificate Program to Help Hospitality Industry Emerge from COVID-19

The University of South Florida’s recent certificate program to help hotels, restaurants and other hospitality businesses navigate COVID-19 and pivot to a post-pandemic environment attracted thousands of hospitality professionals worldwide.

The free seven-week online series, offered by the USF School of Hospitality and Tourism Management within the Muma College of Business, wrapped up last month after attracting more 5,700 participants from 116 countries. Of those, about 4,390 attended all of the modules to earn course certificates.

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Students on the Sarasota-Manatee Campus Visit Local Brewery to Learn about the Business of Brewing Brews

USF students on the Sarasota-Manatee campus recently field tripped to the Motorworks Brewery in Bradenton to chat with brewers and discuss what goes into making a successful business.

They examined multiple industry issues over the semester, including how brewers can make beer using clean energy, achieve lower distribution costs and extract clean water from mash and other byproducts to reduce water consumption.

“The class is designed to help students understand not only the science behind beer making but also the business side of the industry, from branding and marketing to distribution and energy usage,” said Joe Askren of the Muma College of Business' School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Read more.
Muma College of Business Research Team Lands $100,000 in Matching Funds for a Digital Supply Chain Management Project

Researchers in the Muma College of Business Center for Supply Chain Management and Sustainability recently received a $100,000 matching grant to fund research titled "Forging the Pathway for Jabil's Digital Supply Chain Transformation." The award is from the Florida High Tech Corridor and matches Jabil's cash and in-kind contributions. The project now is funded for $301,750, said Donna Davis, marketing professor and one of three researchers on the team that includes Seckin Ozkul and Alison Watkins.

"A nice way to start spring term," Davis said.
Muma College of Business Faculty in the Top 100 for Work Published in Top-Tier Journals

Researchers with the USF Muma College of Business continued to rank high on a nationwide survey of scholarly publications in 24 of the nation’s leading business journals. The rankings, compiled and released by the University of Texas-Dallas, included articles published in 2020 and showed USF business professors ranking No. 38 among public universities in the United States.

Overall, Muma College of Business researchers were No. 61 on the list of the top 100 colleges. Learn more.
Want Better Election Forecasts? Allow People to Place Wagers on Them

Allowing the public to bet on elections — currently illegal in all states — could provide more accurate forecasts, writes Murad Antia, an instructor in the Muma College of Business' Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance in an op-ed piece published in the Tampa Bay Times recently. Not only should it be allowed, it should be encouraged by permitting all the brokerage houses to serve as conduits for betting. You should be able to sign into your brokerage account and place a bet, he writes.

Why would this result in more accurate forecasts? "Because people do their homework when they put their own money at risk," he writes.

To read the piece, click here.
Elizabeth Carlson, Accounting Instructor on the Sarasota-Manatee Campus, Reveals Financial Resolutions for 2021

Elizabeth Carlson, an instructor in the Lynn Pippinger School of Accountancy and owner of her own consulting business in tax, accounting and litigation support, gave WalletHub her 2021 financial resolutions.

To read more, click here.
Conversation with a CEO's Next Guest: Brian Butler

Brian Butler, president and CEO of Vistra, a Tampa Bay-based integrated marketing and communications company, is set to be the guest of honor at the February Conversation with a CEO. Butler is a retired career military officer, serving as a communications counsel, policy director and spokesperson, and he will meet, virtually, with Muma College of Business Dean Moez Limayem in an informal chat to discuss his life and career.

The event, scheduled from noon until 1 p.m. on Feb. 25, is free of charge, but guests must register. To register, click here.
ReliaQuest Cybersecurity Training for Students to be Offered this Spring

Are you interested in a career in cybersecurity?

The Muma College of Business, in partnership with ReliaQuest, is offering an opportunity to participate in free training and receive a Cybersecurity Certificate from ReliaQuest.

The first program was launched in the fall of 2018 and it was highly successful.
While the program is highly technical, no prior technical skills or technical knowledge is required. For more information, click here.

All training for the spring of 2021 will be virtual. Only current students are eligible to participate. Candidates will attend an Information Security Boot Camp from 2-5 p.m. on Jan. 29, via Teams.

To sign up, click here. Selected students will complete one pre-session in February and four subsequent sessions. Students who successfully complete the program may be invited to interview for limited internship openings or a full-time position with ReliaQuest.
Faculty Spotlights
Alumni Careers
Triparna de Vreede, G.J. de Vreede and grad student Naif Alawi recently won the "best paper award" in the Collaboration Systems & Technology Track at the HICSS Conference. The paper is titled: "Achieving Success in Community Crowdsourcing: Lessons from the Field."
Eileen Rodriguez, regional director of the Florida Small Business Development Center at USF, was tapped to give predictions for the new year in a Tampa Bay Times story. To read the piece, click here.

Avijit Sengupta, instructor with the School of Information Systems and Management, was the runner-up for the best dissertation proposal award at the WITS 2020 Conference. The proposal is titled "Designing a Health Coach-Augmented Health System for the Secondary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease."

Balaji Padmanabhan, professor in the School of Information Systems and Management, and Kaushal Chari, former associate dean of the Muma College of Business, contributed to a study that found systems using AI in matching medications to patients could cut prescription costs. Read more.

Lin Jiang and Dezhi Yin received the 2021 William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement for an Academy of Management Journal paper published a year ago. Read more.
David DeLeon (‘14, Marketing), an intelligence officer in the Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, was named an Outstanding Young Alumni by the USF Alumni Association. DeLeon has given more than 400 hours to multiple charitable organizations and created a mentorship program for USF ROTC cadets.
Anthony “Tony” Morrison ('11, General Business Administration) is a senior social media producer for ABC’s Good Morning America and owner of Anthony Morrison Photography. He recently was named an Outstanding Young Alumni by the USF Alumni Association. Morrison is the recipient of two Daytime Emmy Awards and two Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Bob Wisler (’89, Management and Information Systems) was named chief information officer and director of the Management Information Center at Vincennes University in Indiana and serves as principal consultant of Wisler & Associates. Prior to that, Wisler served as chief information officer for more than 17 years at Northwood University in Michigan.

Shannon Ciesluk ('05, Accounting; '14 MBA) Accounting Circle board member, has been promoted to director in the Forensic & Financial Services Department of CBIZ in the Tampa office. She previously served as senior manager and has been with CBIZ for 16 years.
In Other News ...
A long-standing tradition at the USF Alumni Association is to recognize annually outstanding alumni and community leaders, including one non-alum, who have made a significant contribution to the university and the community. For a list of awards click here. The deadline to make nominations has been extended to Jan. 29. To nominate someone, click here.
What better way to learn the complexities of business than to study the model of Dunder Mifflin. Join USF alumni in a fun filled and educational trivia night in which all the questions will be drawn from The Office. Test your knowledge of beet farming, paper industry regulations, and Jim's pranks. Grab your fellow Office fans and join us for an evening of fun at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26. USF prizes will be awarded to the winning team and the most creative team name on the Zoom call. Participants can play Trivia with one device, but if you’re playing virtually with your team, you may want a second device for communicating, such as via text or FaceTime. To register, click here.
Dates to Remember
Most In-person events planned for the near future have been canceled or postponed because of the threat of spreading COVID-19. Here are some events scheduled in the near future:

  • Jan. 10-18, Week of Welcome for all incoming students. This year, the celebration will be virtual. To find out more, click here.

  • Jan. 29, 2-5 p.m., Cybersecurity Boot Camp, sponsored by ReliaQuest for students seeking a cybersecurity certificate. Registrations are being accepted. To enroll click here.

  • Feb. 25, noon until 1 p.m., Conversation with a CEO will feature Brian Butler, president and CEO of Vistra, a Tampa Bay-based integrated and marketing communications company. The event will take place in a virtual format. To register, click here.