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2022 Spring Commencement

Congratulations to our Spring 2022 graduates. The group featured 11 undergraduate students earning a perfect 4.0 GPA. Richard Gonzmart, the president and caretaker of Columbia Restaurant Group, received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration. Watch a graduation photo slide show featuring our Baccalaureate and Master's graduates. Read more.

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The USF Muma College of Business signed partnership agreements with campus dining giant Aramark and Mainsail Lodging and Development to provide student fellowships at Mainsail hotel properties and dining facilities that will give hospitality students on-the-job professional experience.

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The University of North Florida's Board of Trustees selected Lynn Pippenger Dean Moez Limayem to become UNF's seventh president. The president-elect must be confirmed by the Florida Board of Governors. The vote to confirm the appointment is set for June 29-30. 

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Frank Nunez, a Muma College of Business student in the entrepreneurship program, won the Judge's Choice award and $500 at the Florida Blue Health Innovation Challenge. His business, Mind Box, is a virtual reality tool for mental health therapy. Two other USF students took top spots.

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Russell Clayton, an assistant professor of instruction in the School of Marketing and Innovation, was voted 2021-2022 Professor of the Year for the Executive MBA program by the two current cohorts. He teaches MBA courses on managerial communication.

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A joint study between USF's Supply Chain Innovation Lab and Jabil

has concluded that customers and suppliers support a more visible supply chain network where they could check to see where a product is in production.

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From homeland upheaval to financial hero: USF Muma College of Business alumnus Meshal Alothman talks about the pivotal moments in his life that brought him to hold one of the top financial posts in Kuwait's government. Read More.

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The Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance launched a new podcast called Getting Down to Business. Tune in to hear the latest in career and professional development advice. Guests will share career tips, internship leads, and much more. 

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Believe it or not, Tampa is a frequent punchline for television writers. Dipayan Biswas, the Frank Harvey Endowed Professor of Marketing, shared his thoughts on the reasons why in a Tampa Bay Times story about Tampa being a favorite comedy target.

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Nominations for the 2022 USF Fast 56 awards close on May 28. The award identifies, recognizes, and celebrates some of the fastest growing USF Bull-owned or Bull-led businesses. To view the nomination criteria, click here

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Undergrads with 4.0 GPA are King O'Neal Scholars 

The King O'Neal Scholars from the Muma College of Business for Spring 2022 were Caroline Hansen, Vanessa Hossler, Kaylynn Kennedy, Meghana Nelluri, Roshani Patel, Bridget Shelestak, Gustavo Spangher, Madison Vail, Olivia AndersonTu H. Cao, and Linh Ho.

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Fintech industry members say thank you for $14M

Members of the fintech industry explained why they are thankful for the $14 million gifts from St. Petersburg philanthropists Kate Tiedemann and Ellen Cotton that will boost fintech education at USF. Watch more.

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Business Bulls receive USF Golden Bull Award 

Four Muma College of Business students were recognized with the Golden Bull Award, one of the highest honors given to USF students who epitomize the spirit of USF and have excelled in academics, leadership, and service to USF. Read more.

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Seasoned C-suite leaders thrive in DBA program 

Current and former students in the USF Doctor of Business Administration degree program talk about the reasons for getting a DBA and how they are incorporating the lessons into their professional careers.  

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International DESRIST conference set for June 1

The 17th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST) will be held at the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance on USF's St. Petersburg campus. View the program.

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Student Spotlight: Abraham Villa

Accounting student Abraham Villa represents many firsts in his family. As a first-generation Mexican American, Villa will be the first in his family to graduate with a Master's of Accountancy from the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy,  Read more.

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Alumni Spotlight: Christina Russell

Christina Russell, the CEO of Radiance Holdings and an alumna of the USF Executive MBA program, talks about her biggest accomplishments and the advice she would give to the next generation of female leaders in this Q&A with Women in Retail. Read more.

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DEI in the Workplace class wins USF Impact Award

The Muma College of Business received an Impact Award for its innovative Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace certificate program at the 2022 USF Inclusive Excellence Awards. The awards highlighted outstanding efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion across USF. Read more.

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Students pitch personal brands in competition 

Three Muma College of Business students, Nia Lynch, Xiomara Montes Gil, and Ivanna Lizardi, took the top three spots in The Pitch, a competition where students showcased their personal brand and skillsets. The event was held at the Bellini Center for Talent Development. Read more.

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Faculty Spotlights

Tom Smith, the Grant Thornton Professor who teaches financial accounting, was interviewed in a WTSP-10 Tampa Bay story about the sale of Twitter and any benefits to the state's retirement fund. 

Christine Andrews and Kerry Myers, both associate professors of instruction in the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy, co-wrote an op-ed in Accounting Today titled “Enhancing your career with a certification.” 

Dezhi (Denny) Yin, an associate professor in the School of Information Systems and Management, was quoted in stories about his research comparing average ratings versus top-ranked reviews in Science Daily, Consumer Affairs,, and His research was also the focus of a Human Factors Cast podcast episode titled “How Top Reviews Help Sway Consumer Decisions.” 

Steven C. Currall, a professor in the School of Information Systems and Management and former president of USF, had an article titled “Fostering Innovation to Strengthen U.S. Competitiveness Through the National Science Foundation” published in Issues in Science and Technology.

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Alumni Updates

Kareika Wharton (’16, BS, Marketing and Management, ’18, MBA, Digital Marketing) started as a social media and digital marketing manager at Genesis.

Paul Robertson (’12, BS, Finance) landed a new job as director of business architecture and strategy at software company SAP. He is a former USF Muma College of Business 25 Under 25 honoree.

Ben Golson (’10, BS, Marketing) was promoted to vice president of digital marketing and e-commerce, spearheading e-commerce, digital marketing and revenue generation strategy and implementation across the McKibbon Hospitality portfolio.

Betsy Bennett (’84, MAcc, accounting) was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay Hall of Fame.

Kendall Brown (’91, Marketing) was promoted to vice president of sales and operations for Universal Window Solutions in Sarasota.

Matthew O’Neal (’16, Management Information Systems) was inducted into the USF Athletics Hall of Fame.

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In Other News

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Volunteers from the Florida SBDC at the University of South Florida participated in a quarterly community service project organized by United Way Suncoast. Staff members spent the day sorting donations for Radiant Hands of Tampa.

Jerrin Joyson and Cole Crosier both received Kerkering Barbario scholarships at the USF Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy Spring 2022 Scholarship Banquet.

Upcoming Calendar


• May 19 and 20, USF Accounting Circle CPE Conference, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., online. Register here.

• June 1-3, 17th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, USF's St. Petersburg campus. Register here.

• September 9, Conversation with a CEO featuring Helen Wesley, president of Peoples Gas. The event will be held at CAMLS, 124 S. Franklin St., Tampa. 

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