University of South Florida College of Business
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Newsletter | August 2011
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Sally FullerFuller Named Interim Chair of the Management Department

Sally Riggs Fuller, an associate professor in the College of Business, is replacing Alan Balfour, who is stepping down as department chair to return to the classroom.  Read more

Ron RutherfordResearch Examines Trends in Price per Square Foot Between "Non-Distressed" and "Distressed" Homes

Real Estate Professor Ron Rutherford's research finds that the average price per square foot of a foreclosure or short sale home, otherwise known as a "distressed" home, in Hillsborough County has dropped.  Read more

Grandon GillISDS Professor Receives Federal Grant for $170,000   

Information Systems Decision Sciences Professor Grandon Gill, along with five other researchers, will use the National Science Foundation grant to develop a capstone course for an undergraduate management information systems program.  Read More

Stock with studentsMarketing Expert Lauded for Contributions to Supply Chain and Logistics Management Field

James Stock, a professor in the Marketing Department, is being honored internationally for the third time in his 35-year career for his achievements in supply chain and logistics managment.  Read More

Fintech 2011Fintech Business Plan Competition Gives Students the Opportunity to Launch Businesses   

Students aspiring to start their own business had the opportunity to win up to $7,500 to jump-start their product and company.  Read More

Beta Alpha Psi Excels When It Comes to Student Success
Video: Beta Alpha Psi Excels When It Comes to Student Success

Honored with superior status 36 years straight - the longest of any chapter worldwide - USF's Beta Alpha Psi helps transform accounting students into accounting professionals.  Watch Video

Business of MedicineUSF Business of Medicine Boot Camp Creates a Bang    

Medical students learn the business skills needed to be a successful physician in the constantly changing field of medicine.  Read More
Brian LambUSF Trustee and College of Business Alumnus to Head Fifth Third Bank   

Accounting alumnus Brian Lamb is named the new market president for Fifth Third Bank in Tampa Bay.  Read More
In Other News... 


Congratulations to incoming student Sarah Arnold for receiving the non-profit scholarship for the College of Business Executive MBA program. The $21,250 scholarship covers roughly half of the cost of the 20-month accelerated program. Arnold works as the construction director for Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County. She is responsible for all construction-related activities, including land procurement, site design, infrastructure, permitting, and new construction.

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A group of eight USF business students participated in the "Know Europe" study abroad program, recently joining students from five other United States universities in the month-long program. Hosted by Ecole de Management de Normandie in France, the educational program required students to design a marketing plan. This year's top award went to the team that selected Cigar City Brewery in Tampa. Kudos to Courtney Coton, a USF marketing major who was part of the wining team.  
Ali BesharatStudent Spotlight: Ali Besharat     

Ali Besharat, a marketing doctoral student in the College of Business, investigates why consumers tend to behave irrationally when it comes to financial decision making despite knowing the consequences.   Read More

Alumni Notes

John W. Long ('82, business management) was named University of South Florida's chief operating officer. Long is a U.S. Air Force veteran who previously ran day-to-day support activities at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.


Kim During ('92, accounting) was nominated for the 2011 Tampa Bay Business Journal's BusinessWoman of the Year award. During is founder, president, and CEO of K.Tek International Corp., a holding company for 17 national and international diversified companies with interests including technology, retail, international real estate, and venture capital.


Vanessa Armas ('11, international business) accepted a position as an operations analyst for Citi in Tampa, Fla. She will spend eight weeks in New York City, training at the firm's Wall Street offices.


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Ninon SuttonFeatured Faculty: Ninon Sutton   

Growing up in a Mississippi college town within a family of academics, Ninon Sutton understood what being a professor meant. Wanting to examine the different areas of business from a practical, quantitative viewpoint, she chose to follow in her father's steps of finance.  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
Fuller Named Interim Chair of the Management Department
Research Examines Trends in Price Per Square Foot Between "Non-Distressed" and "Distressed" Homes
ISDS Professor Receives Federal Grant for $170,000
Marketing Expert Lauded for Contributions to Supply Chain and Logistics Management Field
Fintech Business Plan Competition Gives Students the Opportunity to Launch Businesses
Video: Beta Alpha Psi Excels When It Comes to Student Success
USF Business of Medicine Boot Camp Creates a Bang
USF Trustee and College of Business Alumnus to Head Fifth Third Bank
In Other News...
Student Spotlight: Ali Besharat
Alumni Notes
Featured Faculty: Ninon Sutton
Faculty and Staff Notes

 Dates to Remember   



MBA and Executive MBA Information


August 9, 2011 - College of Business Atrium

August 30, 2011 - Sheraton Suites Westshore


USF College of Business will hold MBA and Executive MBA information sessions at 6 p.m. To register for an event, click here.

SBDC Florida Export Series

August 16, 23 & 30, 2011


Join the Small Business Development Center for a three-part series on international trade and export markets. To register, click here 



First Day of Fall Semester Classes

August 22, 2011  


Just a reminder, fall classes begin August 22. The last day to drop or add a class without penalty is August 26. 


Week of Welcome Event

August 24, 2011


 USF College of Business will host its fall Week of Welcome event: Welcome Business Bulls! Mingle with fellow business bulls and enjoy music provided by a DJ from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the BSN covered walkway. There will be FREE food - served by the dean and department chairs - and College of Business t-shirts (while supplies last). For more information, click here.



Scholarship Luncheon

August 26, 2011


The annual Scholarship Luncheon will be held at the USF College of Business from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the College of Business atrium. The event allows donors to meet students who benefit from their generosity. Attendance is mandatory for all students receiving a business scholarship. Contact Sue RiCharde at for more information.  


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