Tervis CEO Joins Board of Trustees

Rogan Donelly, Tervis Tumbler Company CEO and a USF business alumnus, was appointed to the USF Board of Trustees by Gov. Ron DeSantis. A USF Outstanding Alumni Award recipient, he joined Lynn Pippenger Dean Moez Limayem for a virtual sit-down in this Conversation with a CEO event last year. Watch more to learn about his leadership and business philosophy.

Box on postponement of State of the Region

The 2022 State of the Region, originally set for Jan. 21, has been postponed due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in the Tampa Bay region. The new date is April 13 and event-goers need to re-register.

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The online MBA program at USF's Muma College of Business is continuing its upward trajectory among the nation's top programs. See where the program landed in the latest ranking by The Princeton Review.

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Student Spotlight - USF Muma College of Business student Giselle Vazquez-Soto is a senior majoring in finance who has big career dreams that land somewhere between the dynamic worlds of business and health care.

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Jacqueline Reck, associate dean of financial management and academic affairs, has been appointed to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. Reck will start a five-year term on July 1.

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Tony Kong, an associate professor in the School of Information Systems and Management, was invited to join the editorial review board of the Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes journal.

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Lin Jiang, an assistant professor of entrepreneurship, was featured on a FOX13 Tampa Bay news story about how students are using NASA patents to develop new business ideas.

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Triparna De Vreede, the associate chair of the School of Information Systems and Management, was interviewed in a Miami Herald story about the surge of online employee monitoring.

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Rob Hooker, an associate professor in the School of Marketing and Innovation, was featured in a Tampa Bay Times story about supply chain disruptions and its impact on the cat food shortage.

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Giti Javidi, a professor in the School of Information Systems Management, was selected by the Sarasota-Manatee student body to receive the Fall 2021 Outstanding Professor Award.

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Applications Open for Cybersecurity Training Lab

The Spring 2022 ReliaQuest Cybersecurity Labs is seeking USF students interested in a hands-on training session in the cybersecurity field. If you want to try your hand at stopping hackers or preventing security breaches, apply now.

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Esports Summit Features Gaming Tournament

The USF Muma College of Business' Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management Program will h the third annual USF eSports Summit on Feb. 3. The event features speakers and panel discussions about the high-growth esports gaming industry. It will conclude with a collegiate Rocket League tournament. Students get in free with this registration code: SSD2022.

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Student Spotlight: Jack Luba

Jack Luba's goal was always to find a job during his junior year. As a finance major in the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance, Luba started focusing on that on day one. This summer, he heads to Raymond James in Chicago as an investment banking intern.

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Alumni Spotlight: Ken Welch Breaking Barriers

Ken Welch ('85, Accounting) was sworn in as St. Petersburg's first Black mayor. Learn why the political milestone holds so much weight.

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FinTech|X Accelerator Accepting Applications

Tampa Bay Wave, Inc. is accepting applications for its 2022 FinTech|X Accelerator program for pre-Series A fintech startups in the U.S. and abroad. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28 and the program kicks off April 11.

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Business Honors Program Debuted in St. Petersburg

The first cohort of the USF Business Honors Program on the St. Petersburg campus debuted in Fall 2021. Organizers deem the semester a success, filled with growth and learning opportunities.

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USF Fast 56 Alumni Award Nominations Open

The Fast 56 Alumni Award recognizes the world's fastest-growing USF Bull-owned or Bull-led businesses. Know a business that fits the criteria? Let us know. Submissions for the prestigious award close on May 28.

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Faculty Spotlights

Russell Clayton, an instructor in the School of Marketing and Innovation, was quoted in a Telegraph Magazine article about whether it’s worth it to take a pay cut and change careers in 2022.

Seckin Ozkul, director of the Supply Chain Innovation Lab, was featured in a WFTS-Tampa Bay news segment about pandemic inflation and one about Omicron's impact on the supply chain.

Han Reichgelt, a professor of information systems and decision sciences and director of USF's Institute for Data Analytics and Visualization, served as a co-principal investigator on a research team examining the impact of systemic racism in the city of St. Petersburg. The team completed its research and the five recommended action steps were approved by the city council in December.

Rob Hooker was featured in a WFTS (ABC) news story on supply chain issues and how inflation is impacting holiday shopping

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Alumni Updates

Matt Kelsey (’14, BS, Marketing) started a new position as CEO and president of Deployed Capital Group. Kelsey is a former USF Muma College of Business 25 Under 25 honoree.

Angela Martin (‘10, Management) started a new position as director of recruiter delivery – Orlando delivery center – applications division at TEKsystems. Martin is a former USF Muma College of Business 25 Under 25 honoree.

Matt Joyner (‘98, BA) took over as CEO and executive vice president of Florida Citrus Mutual. Joyner joined the company in 2018 and has spent the last three years as the director of government relations.

German Lizandro (’13, BS) co-founded one of the biggest organic superfoods companies in Peru. He finished studying Mandarin Chinese and Russian, adding two more languages to his resume.

Malinda Renfroe (‘01, BS, MBA) is the new vice president of marketing at Publix.

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In Other News

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Casting Call: This Is My Brave

If you have an engaging story to tell, auditions are open for a spot in "This Is My Brave - College Edition, a OneUSF Production." Producers are looking for student storytellers from all colleges to audition with a creative piece about their lived experience with mental health and/or addiction. To sign up for an audition spot, visit This Is My Brave.

Upcoming Calendar


• Jan. 17, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, USF closed.

• Feb. 3, 11 a.m. USF esports summit, Marshall Student Center, USF Tampa campus. Register.

• March 14-20, Spring Break

• April 13, State of the Region Tampa Bay 2022, USF St. Petersburg Campus Student Center. Register.

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