COB Business: Transforming Minds
Newsletter | February 2012
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Sport & Entertainment Management MBAUSF, Tampa Bay Lightning Partner for MBA Program

The USF College of Business, in partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning, is launching a new Sport and Entertainment Management MBA program that will begin in August. Read more

To view photos from the formal announcement, click here.
MBA Program Curriculum Changes Underway

Changes to the MBA program are underway. This fall, students may have two different paths to earning an MBA in the College of Business. Read more
Graduate Students Compete in Intercollegiate Case Competition

A group of College of Business graduate students were runner-ups in the 10th Annual Florida Intercollegiate Case Competition. Read more
25 Under 25 LogoProgram Recognizes Outstanding Undergraduate Students

The 25 Under 25 program recognizes outstanding undergraduate business students for their achievements in leadership, professional development, community service, and academics. Find out how to be selected for this highly coveted honor. Read more
Elevator CompetitionIn Other News...

USF's College of Business will host an elevator competition - actually held in an elevator - to help students practice giving a one-minute speech describing their education, skills, and aspirations. Why? Because first impressions matter. Scholarship prizes will be awarded to the top three graduate and top three undergraduate students. Participants must attend at least one workshop (March 17, 19, and 22) to participate. For more information, click here.
Demelza Hays 2Student Spotlight: Demelza Hays

Last year, business student Demelza Hays was chosen as one of 12 students - from more than 6,000 applicants - to receive the Critical Language Scholarship. Today, she is a finalist for the prestigious Fulbright Program grant and the Critical Language Enhancement Award to study the Punjabi language in India. Read more
Alumni Tim McMurryAccomplished Alumnus: Tim McMurry

Executive MBA alumnus Tim McMurry credits the College of Business with helping him develop the skills necessary to increase his company's assets and profability. Read more
Alumni Notes

Jacqueline Pope (90, MAcc) was promoted to the position of vice president at BB&T in Tampa. She specializes in mid-market equipment finance for Florida businesses. She was previously an account executive at Siemens Financial Services, Synovus Capital Finance, GE Capital, and ITT Commercial Finance.

Brian Killingsworth
(02, MBA) recently accepted the position of vice president of marketing and brand strategy with the St. Louis Rams. He was formerly the senior director of marketing and promotions with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Ryan Spellins
(11, finance) recently accepted a financial analyst position with the Controllers Division of Goldman Sachs in the Salt Lake City office. Spellins was a 2010-2011 USF College of Business honoree.

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Faculty and Staff Notes

Stacee Bender recently joined the College of Business as an academic advisor for graduate programs. Prior to coming to USF, she worked as an advisor at Hillsborough Community College.

Dipayan Biswas
an associate professor in the Marketing Department, published "What Do These Clinical Trial Results Mean? How Product Efficacy Judgments are Affected by Data Partitioning, Framing, and Quantification" in Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes. 

Balaji Padmanabhan
, an associate professor in the Information Systems Decision Sciences Department, published "From Information to Operations: Service Quality and Customer Retention" in Transactions on Management Information Systems. He has the following articles forthcoming: "From Business Intelligence to Competitive Intelligence: Inferring Competitive Measures Using Augmented Site-Centric Data" in Information Systems Research and "Discovery Periodic Patterns in Sequence Data: A Variance Based Approach" in INFORMS Journal on Computing.
In This Issue
USF, Tampa Bay Lightning Partner for MBA Program
MBA Program Curriculum Changes Underway
Graduate Students Compete in Intercollegiate Case Competition
Program Recognizes Outstanding Undergraduate Students
In Other News...
Student Spotlight: Demelza Hays
Accomplished Alumnus: Tim McMurry
Alumni Notes
Faculty and Staff Notes

Dates to Remember


Graduate Programs Information Sessions

March 3 & 20, 2012


Two graduate programs information sessions will be held in March. The March 3 session will take place at 11 a.m. in the College of Business, in BSN 115. On Mar. 20, the session will be held at the Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore. To register, click here.


NASBITE International Trade Certificate Program
April & May 2012
The Small Business Development Center will host a series of NASBITE International training programs to teach individuals how to conduct business on a global level. The cost is $350 for seven modules. For more information, click here
Murthy Visit
May 14, 2012


N.R. Narayana Murthy, a co-founder and chairman emeritus of Infosys, will visit USF. During his visit, there will be several opportunities to meet with Murthy and hear him speak. Stay tuned; more details will be available in the coming weeks. 

Accounting Circle CPE Conference
May 17& 18
USF's Accounting Circle will host its annual CPE Conference at the Tampa Convention Center. The conference qualifies for 16 CPE credits. 11 of the credits meet the accounting and auditing requirement. The cost is $375. For more information, click here.

USF College of Business in the News


Adjunct Professor Walter Andrusyszyn discusses the college's new National and Competitive Intelligence program.


 Kaushal Chari, chair of the Information Systems Decision Sciences Department, talks about the increase in technology jobs in Tampa Bay. 


Associate Dean Charles Kroncke pens an article about the importance of healthcare reform from a business perspective.


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