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USF Esports Summit Draws Gamers and Industry Experts

Gamer and content creator Jeremiah Woodward gave the keynote address at the third annual USF Esports Summit on Feb. 3. What advice did the 23-year-old give on building and keeping more than hundreds of thousands of YouTube fans and Twitch followers? Read more here. Also, watch the Fox13 Tampa Bay news segment on the USF esports summit.

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The USF Muma College of Business hosted students from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties as part of the 3DE Schools by Junior Achievement program. Read how 3DE transforms high school education through the lens of equity and economic opportunity.

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The college appointed Michael D. Wiemer as director of the new Fintech Center at the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance. The center serves as a hub for research, teaching, business outreach, and innovations around financial technology.

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An annual survey by U.S. News and World Report on the 2022 Best Online Programs ranked USF's online MBA program as No. 31 in the nation and No. 25 among public universities. The program is one of the country's top distance education MBA programs.

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Elizabeth "Liz" Lindsay, a Sarasota philanthropist and long-time champion of USF, passed away in January. She was a member of the inaugural Executive MBA class and served on the college's Executive Advisory Council for many years.

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Trishna Mistry, an assistant professor in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management on the Sarasota-Manatee campus, co-authored a piece in The Conversation about the record number of workers quitting hospitality jobs.

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Adelee Le Grand, CEO of HART, discussed the importance of mobility and visibility as it relates to the Hillsborough County public transit system at the Feb. 4 Distinguished Speaker Series held at the USF Muma College of Business.

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The Tampa Bay region's most influential leaders were announced in the 2022 Power 100 list by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Congrats to Lynn Pippenger Dean Moez Limayem for being among the honorees.

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The 2022 USF Sport & Entertainment Analytics Conference is returning for its eighth consecutive year in March and features guest speakers from the global sport and entertainment industry..

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Business students from all three campuses can apply for the college's 25 Under 25 award program, which recognizes students who excel in community service, academics, leadership, and professional development.

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Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy Names Kerkering Barberio Fellows

Three accounting faculty members, Patricia Gaukel, Luke Richardson, and Ildiko Toth, were named 2022 Kerkering Barberio Fellows for their continued excellence in undergraduate teaching. Read more.

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Director Establishes DEI Scholarship Honoring Dad

DBA Program Director Matt Mullarkey and his family announced they have started the Jerome E. Mullarkey DEI Annual Student Scholarship to honor their father. "It's a small start for a great cause with a great example to follow," said Mullarkey. Read more.

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Florida Blue Grant Funded Big Data Analytics Class

A one-year big data analytics program for health care providers gave practicing physicians the chance to learn how big data analytics and machine learning could help heal the patients they see every day. Read more.


Florida Supply Chain Summit Returns in March

The Florida Supply Chain Summit is scheduled for March 21-23 at Hotel Alba in Tampa. The three-day event will bring together the state's leading supply chain management experts to advance Florida as a global trade hub. Read more.

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Faculty Spotlight: Giti Javidi

Giti Javidi, a professor of cybersecurity in the School of Information Systems and Management, has built a career in encouraging girls and young women to explore science, technology, engineering, and math careers. Read about her continuing push in cybersecurity. Read more.


Alumni Spotlight: Timothy Moore

Timothy Moore, a marketing grad, has been named a 2022 USF Outstanding Young Alumni. Moore is the co-founder and CEO of Vū Studios, North America's largest virtual studio network. He is a three-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and virtual production industry innovator. Read more.

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Grads Create Ripple Effect

Julius Davis ('14, MBA), the founder of architectural engineering firm Volt Air, was recently featured in USF Magazine's winter 2021 edition. "I learned so much at USF. When I got my MBA, that has directed me in the way I do everything from my financials to legal documents. That knowledge is my foundation." Read more.

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Green & Gold Gala Set for The Florida Aquarium

Get your tickets now for the Green & Gold Gala at The Florida Aquarium on March 5. It’s an evening of live music; unlimited food and beverages; surprise guests including Coach Jeff Scott and Apaporis the sloth; a silent auction; aquarium exhibits; and so much more! Proceeds benefit the USF Alumni Association’s programs for students and alumni. Get Tickets.


Faculty Spotlights

Tina Yang, associate professor of finance at the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance, and Steven Miller, director of the School of Risk Management and Insurance, had a paper published in the Journal of Corporate Finance.

Balaji Padmanabhan, a professor in the School of Information Systems and Management, spoke to Fox13 Tampa Bay for two stories about a Realtor selling a house as a non-fungible token, or NFT, at an auction.

Irwin J. Katz, an instructor in the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy, received the Outstanding Paper Award from the American Accounting Association.

Jong Chool Park, an assistant professor in the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy, received an outstanding award for his co-authored paper at the 2022 International Accounting Section Midyear Meeting.

Lei Wedge, associate professor in the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance, was quoted in a WTSP news story and in a Tampa Bay Times story on the area's rental and housing market. 

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Alumni Updates

Calvin Hagins (’86, Finance) is the deputy assistant director for originations at the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection and received the Leadership Excellence Director’s Mission Achievement Award, the highest honor given by the bureau.

Karina Rao (’19, International Business) has a new role as a senior associate for PwC’s firmwide marketing economic buying team. “I’m excited for this next chapter of my career and I look forward to working and growing with PwC,” she said. Rao is a former USF Muma College of Business 25 Under 25 honoree.

Reuben Pressman (’11, BS, Entrepreneurship) is the chief product officer at Modern Campus and was appointed to USF's St. Petersburg campus advisory board.

Ken Clinebell (’82, Accounting) is the chief financial officer at Corestream and was named a 2021 CFO of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Jodi McFarlane (‘14, Management and Organization) will be a content strategy manager at ConnectWise, an application software provider for the IT services industry. She is a former Muma College of Business 25 Under 25 honoree.

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In Other News

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Congratulations to Shawn Sachdeva, a senior accounting student on the Sarasota-Manatee campus, who has been named the winner of this year's Robert P. Bartz Memorial Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship award was announced during the Manatee Chamber of Commerce’s 59th Annual Dinner. The Bartz annual scholarship is named for the former president of the chamber, who passed away in 2017.

Upcoming Calendar


• March 14-20, Spring Break.

• March 21-23, Florida Supply Chain Summit, at Hotel Alba, Tampa.

• March 23-24, Sport Entertainment Analytics Conference, USF Alumni Center. Register.

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

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