University of South Florida College of Business
COB Business: Transforming Minds
Newsletter | January 2011
Featured Articles
Beyond the BooksBeyond the Books 

Excelling in the classroom matters, stepping outside the classroom and applying those concepts to real-world applications allows USF students to shine.  Read more

Student Managed Investment Fund 

High pressure stakes: A group of upper classmen are responsible for investing and managing $180,000 worth of real-life money in the stock market.  Read More

Ryan Kania GraduationBusiness Alumnus is Awarded Fall 2010 Outstanding Graduate 

The USF Alumni Association names one Outstanding Graduate each semester. Ryan Kania, an inaugural honoree in the College of Business 25 Under 25 program (who also holds a frequent spot on the Dean's List and founded a non-profit organization) receives this year's honor.  Read More

Case Competition Fall 2010Students Tackle Business Case in 24 Hours 

Pulling an all-nighter, while chock full of caffeine, teams of graduate students compete against each other to solve a real life business case.  Read More

Corp Connections Fall 2010Coca-Cola Refreshments Connects with Business Students 

Networking through the eyes of an employer: Coca-Cola Refreshments shares tips on how to get hired in today's economy.   Read More

FBLA CroppedFostering Success Through Small Communities 

The USF College of Business does more than simply share knowledge. The College is shaping business thinkers and equipping students with the skills and knowledge to take leadership positions in business and society.  Read More

CMP Fall 2010Area Business Leaders Spend One-on-One Time with Students 

Getting through school can be tough, let alone experiencing it as the first one in your family to go to college. That's where the Corporate Mentor Program bridges the gap, pairing students with business executives in the community.  Read More

Ashley CiccarelloStudent Spotlight: Ashley Ciccarello 

Seven classes, a mentor to three students, positions in various student organizations, and a student employee in the Dean's office: Ashley Ciccarello likes to stay busy.  Read More

Kerryann KauffoldNew Alumni Spotlight: Kerryann Kauffold 

Working for Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is just one Kerryann Kauffold's accomplishments. She recently completed her second master's degree last month and hasn't ruled out going back to school in the future.  Read More

Michael KotarinosStudent Spotlight: Michael Kotarinos 

As a five-year-old, Michael Kotarinos was interested in stocks and bonds. Now, he's into economics and statistics. On top of that, this whiz kid is slated to publish his first research article very soon.  Read More

Carl LumFeatured Alumnus: Carl Lum 

Carl Lum gets to visit Busch Gardens every day. As the park president for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA Virginia, he is responsible for all operations and strategic planning for both parks.  Read More

Lou SacoFeatured Alumnus: Dr. Louis Saco 

The CEO and Chairman of Watson Clinic since 2002, Dr. Louis Saco provides the secret to success during a presentation to undergraduate students.  Read More

Derrick WarrenFeatured Alumnus: Derrick Warren 

"When was the last time you did something for the first time?" It's just one mantra Executive MBA alumnus and former model Derrick Warren lives by.  Read More

Alumni Notes 

Taurean Barnwell ('06, international business) is now a diplomatic assistant in the Japanese embassy in Washington. Barnwell spent a semester in Japan on behalf of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. Before this experience, Barnwell says he was shy and wary of new, particularly foreign, experiences. He says the trip to Japan changed his life and his self-esteem so much that he returned there after graduation to teach English.


William Woeltjen ('84, accounting and '97, MBA) was promoted to chief financial officer at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. Woeltjen, who previously served as Sarasota Memorial's treasurer, has been serving as the interim CFO since July 2010. Woeltjen is responsible for all financial matters related to the health care system, including financial reporting, financial planning, revenue cycle, reimbursement, debt management and managed care contracting.


Traci Malik ('02, accounting and '03, Macc) has been named a partner at Jones & Company CBP's, Trinity. Malik, who joined the firm in 2002, became a Certified Public Accountant in 2004 and is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


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Uday MurthyFeatured Faculty: Uday Murthy 

Uday Murthy's expertise in accounting information systems, and his national reputation as one of the most productive researchers in this field, is making an impact on both professional and individual investors.  Read More

Collins at Taj MahalFeatured Faculty: Rosann Collins 

Rosann Collins didn't take the usual path to a business PhD, going from fine arts to library science, and ending up in management information systems, but she says becoming a professor is her dream job - satisfying her need to know, learn, and discover.  Read More

Sean LuxFeatured Faculty: Sean Lux 

Sean Lux, a veteran of the U.S. Army, discovers a correlation between corporate political activity and boosting a company's bottom line.  Read More

Faculty and Staff Notes 

For more information regarding faculty and staff additions, honors, publications, and moves within the College of Business, click here.

In This Issue
Beyond the Books
Student Managed
Investment Fund
Business Alumnus Named
Fall 2010 Outstanding
Students Tackle Business
Case in 24 Hours
Coca-Cola Refreshments
Connects with Business
Fostering Success
Through Small
Area Business Leaders
Spend Time with Students
Alumni Notes
Faculty and Staff Notes

 Dates to Remember


Week of Welcome Event

January 12, 2011


 USF College of Business will host its spring Week of Welcome event: Welcome Business Bulls! Mingle with fellow business bulls and enjoy music provided by a DJ from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the BSN covered walkway. There will be FREE food and College of Business t-shirts (while supplies last). For more information, log on to


MBA and Executive MBA Information Sessions

January 18, 2011

Februay 5 & 22, 2011

March 8 & 19, 2011


USF College of Business will hold MBA and Executive MBA information sessions at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Suites Tampa Westshore on January 18, February 22, and March 8. The information sessions on February 5 and March 19 are scheduled for 11 a.m. in the College of Business, BSN 115. To register for an event, click here.


Goldman Sachs Information Session

January 27, 2011


Goldman Sachs will hold an information session from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Robert L. Andersen Exective Boardroom in the College of Business. For more information, contact Pavla Ozkul at


USF Career Networking Fair

February 2 & 3 , 2011


USF will host a Career Networking Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center. The fair is open to all majors on February 2; accounting, finance, engineering, and computer science majors are invited to attend February 3. For more information, log on to


Florida Summit on Global Business

February 11, 2011


The International Business Board will host the Florida Summit on Global Business from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center. The event, which is free and open to all majors, will feature speakers and exhibits from roughly 40 companies from throughout the state. For more information, visit



February 11, 2010

The USF American Marketing Association will host its 10th Annual Golf ScramBULL beginning at 11:00 a.m. at MacDill Air Force Base's Bay Palms Golf Complex. The golf tournament, USF-AMA's largest fundraiser of the year, is $50 per student and $80 per non-student. For more details, visit


 Corporate Connections

February 24, 2010

USF College of Business will host its Corporate Connections event from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the College of Business atrium. The reception-style networking event is catered towards graduate students. For more information, contact Pavla Ozkul at

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