University of South Florida College of Business
COB Business: Transforming Minds
Newsletter | March 2011
Featured Articles
Professors Teaching GloballyBlurring Boundaries: Teaching in a Global Business Environment 

USF faculty are in high demand across the globe - teaching in countries such as Peru, Singapore, and Russia. By expanding their global reach, faculty are able to bring back lessons learned in a global business environment to students in the College of Business. Read more

Students Consider USF's MBA Program Unrivaled 

With its highly acclaimed professors, small class sizes, and bustling metropolitan location, students deem the MBA program at the College of Business as highly regarded. Hear what our students have to say about USF's MBA program. 

25 Under 25 LogoDo You Have What It Takes? 

The 25 Under 25 program recognizes outstanding undergraduate business students. Find out how you can apply for this highly coveted honor. 

Dean Forsythe with StudentsDean Forsythe Announces Change in Direction  

College of Business Dean Robert Forsythe announces he will step down as dean after the 2011-12 academic year. Read More

WOW! A Kick-Off to the Spring Semester

Students, faculty, and staff started the semester off with a little fun during the annual spring Week of Welcome event in the College of Business. Watch Video

In Other News...

To find out what else is happening in the College of Business   click here.

Octavia Lloyd and Susan CookStudent Spotlight: Octavia Lloyd 

Kon'nichiwa! A marketing major and military brat, Octavia Lloyd, spent nearly a third of her life living overseas learning the language and culture of the Japanese. Understanding the importance of an education, she has worked hard and received the Bo Cook Memorial Scholarship. Read More

Maria ValentinoStudent Spotlight: Maria Valentino 

Information Systems and Decisions Sciences major Maria Valentino decided to go back to school for a variety of reasons, but it wasn't until an MIS study abroad trip to India that she really relished her decision to go back. Read More

Chip WhitworthStudent Spotlight: Chip Whitworth 

Three days a week, Executive MBA student Chip Whitworth can be found rowing down one of Tampa Bay's waterways, practicing for dragon boat racing competitions. Juggling a career, school, and family, he hopes to advance in the electric utility industry. 

Sinan GurmanAccomplished Alumnus: Sinan Gurman 

Sinan Gurman ('03, MBA) has come a long way since selling sea shells off the Mediterranean Coast of Turkey. He now works as a senior principal consultant for Infosys, one of the world's leading IT consulting companies and outsourcing firms. Read More

Elaine MyrbackAccomplished Alumna: Elaine Myrback 

President and CEO of EMS Consulting-Intelligent Chaos, Elaine Myrback ('84, information systems and business administration) turned her $10,000 start-up company into a million dollar venture. EMS-IC is a leader in providing integrated, innovative technology solutions to their clients' enterprise and service oriented architecture needs. Read More

Alumni Notes 
Jeffrey Sawyers ('78, accounting) was hired as Sanwire Corporation's chief financial officer and treasurer. Sawyers has more than 30 years of diversified financial management experience. Most recently, Sawyers served as the corporate controller for Tijuana Flats, where he was responsible for all the external financial accounting and reporting systems, audit and tax management, and banking relationships.  Sawyers is a certified public accountant and a certified management accountant.


Dawn Richards, ('91, marketing) managing partner for Outback Steakhouse, recently completed an 18-day trip to Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan as a volunteer with Operation Feeding Freedom VIII, an annual mission sponsored by OSI Restaurant Partners LLC. Operation Feeding Freedom is part of OSI's ongoing commitment to support the troops. Richards has been with Outback Steakhouse for nearly six years, three of those years in as managing partner. 


Michelle Heystek ('10, management) was hired by Minor League Baseball to serve as a staff accountant Heystek will prepare journal entries, budget variance analysis, and a variety of financial schedules, as well as assist in employee benefit administration, budget preparation and year-end audits.  Heystek joins MiLB after spending 15 years as a bookkeeper for the Pinellas County School Board. Heystek also served in the military as a Navy reservist, Petty Officer. 


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Cynthia CohenFeatured Faculty: Cynthia Cohen 

Take a class with management professor Cynthia Cohen and you risk the chance of dancing around the classroom like a bowl of jello. Cohen, who teaches theatrical improvisation for business students, believes it can enhance student success, in both their careers and in their personal lives. Read More

Delroy HunterFeatured Faculty: Delroy Hunter 

Well-known in his native country of Jamaica for his political activism, finance professor Delroy Hunter once considered becoming a politician but was inspired to become a professor after a mentor at his undergraduate university demonstrated how research can have a great impact on people. Read More

Anne MagiFeatured Faculty: Anne Mägi 

Originally from Sweden, marketing professor Anne Mägi decided to come to the United States because she wanted to teach at one of its top-notch universities. During her time at the College of Business, she has enjoyed conducting research on consumer behavior, retailing, and marketing. 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
Blurring Boundaries: Teaching in a Global Business Environment
Students Consider USF's MBA Program Unrivaled
Do You Have What It Takes?
Dean Forsythe Announces Change in Direction
WOW! A Kick-Off to the Spring Semester
In Other News...
Alumni Notes
Faculty and Staff Notes

 Dates to Remember


MBA and Executive MBA Information Session

March 19, 2011


 An MBA and Executive MBA information session is scheduled for 11 a.m. in the College of Business, BSN 115. To register, click here.


National Association of Black Accountants: What Can I Do Besides Public Accounting?

March 23, 2011


NABA will host a panel discussion to give accounting students a glimpse into the various career opportunities available besides public accounting. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center, MSC 3708. For more information, click here.


Small Business Development Center Healthcare Conference

March 24, 2011


The USF SBDC will host its Healthcare Conference from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel at 3705 Spectrum Boulevard in Tampa on March 24. The conference will focus on such topics as emerging trends in healthcare and medical practice process and improvement. The cost is $195. For more information, click here.  


Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting Regional Student Symposium

March 26 , 2011


ALPFA will host its annual Regional Student Symposium from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Stetson's Tampa Law Center at 1700 North Tampa Street. The event will feature professional development workshops and a career fair including such companies as Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, and MetLife. For more information, click here


Management Information Systems Society: Raymond James Database Administration

March 31, 2011


The MIS Society will host Chad Miller, senior manager of database administration at Raymond James (and a USF alumnus) at a meeting open to all IT students. He will be discussing the role of database administration in business. The event will be held from 4:20 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Marshall Student Center, MSC 4103. For more information, click here


Elevator Competition

April 2, 2011  


USF College of Business will host its 3rd Annual Elevator Competition from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 100 North Tampa in downtown Tampa. During the competition, students will have the length of an elevator ride to convince judges they are the right person for a job. Prizes will be awarded to the top three students. For more information, click here. 


Small Business Development Center International Trade Certificate Program

April 21, 2011  


The USF SBDC will begin its International Trade certificate program in April. The program, taught once a year, will help prepare individuals for the Certified Global Business Professional exam. The cost is $350. For more information, click here.


Accounting Circle CPE Conference

May 12-13, 2011  


USF's Accounting Circle will host its annual CPE Conference at the Tampa Bay Convention Center. The conference qualifies for 16 CPE credits. Nine of the credits meet the accounting and auditing requirement. The cost is $350. For more information, click here.

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