University of South Florida College of Business
COB Business: Transforming Minds
Newsletter | September 2011
Featured Articles
Puzzle GlobeCollege of Business Receives New Grant Promoting Intelligence Careers 

A $720,000 grant will help provide training to students interested in pursuing careers in the intelligence community.  Read more
Fountain and Students in AtriumUSF Center for Entrepreneurship Program Ranked Among the Best in Nation    

Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine rank USF's interdisciplinary program among the top 20 programs in the United States
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Video: Scholarship Luncheon      

Nearly 170 business students were recently awarded $350,000 in scholarships. 
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USF AmbassadorsBusiness Students are USF Ambassadors    

Nearly one third of the students chosen to represent the university as USF Ambassadors are business students. 
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Sarah ArnoldExecutive MBA Scholarship Awarded to Sarah Arnold

Executive MBA student Sarah Arnold, the construction director for Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County, receives a scholarship worth $21,250 - roughly half the tuition of the accelerated program.  
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Khouri, Jenkins AwardStaff Members Receive Inaugural College of Business Performance Award 

Michelle Jenkins, undergraduate program director, and Nadia Khouri, office manager for the Information Systems Decision Sciences Department, are honored for their dedication to the College of Business and its students.   Read More

In Other News... 

The College of Business hosted its annual fall Week of Welcome event during the first week of school. Sponsored by Tech Data and Delta Sigma Pi, the event featured free hot dogs, chips, water, and limited-edition College of Business t-shirts and water bottles. It drew nearly 1,000 students. To view pictures, click here
Omar BhangiaStudent Spotlight: Omar Bhangia

Thanks to his former career as a cruise line auctioneer, non-traditional student Omar Bhangia has traveled to more countries than most people will visit in their lifetime. After a 10-year hiatus from school, he has returned back to the classroom to study finance and management information systems.  Read More
Kimberly RossAccomplished Alumna: Kimberly Ross   

After living in Europe for 10 years, Kimberly Ross ('92, accounting) is moving back to the United States to serve as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Avon, one of the world's leading beauty companies. 
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Alumni Notes 

Dr. Jerome "Jerry" S. Osteryoung 
('67, MBA) was appointed to the Judicial Qualifications Commission. Osteryoung is the director of outreach services for the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at the College of Business at Florida State University.

Calvin Hagins ('86, finance) accepted a position at PricewaterhouseCoopers as director in its financial services regulatory practice in McLean, Va. Previously, Hagins was with the U.S. Treasury, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for 23 years.

Ryan Wesner ('01, marketing) was named associate director of industrial brokerage services at Cushman & Wakefield's Orlando office. In his new role, he will be responsible for client advisory, business development, and brokerage services for the industrial team.

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joni jonesFeatured Faculty: Joni Jones

Joni Jones, an associate professor in the Information Systems Decision Sciences Department, has been named the new director of the Business Honors Program.  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
College of Business Receives New Grant Promoting Intelligence Careers
USF Center for Entrepreneurship Ranked Among the Best in Nation
Video: Scholarship Luncheon
Business Students are USF Ambassadors
Executive MBA Scholarship Awarded to Sarah Arnold
Staff Members Receive Inaugural College of Business Performance Award
In Other News...
Student Spotlight: Omar Bhangia
Accomplished Alumna: Kimberly Ross
Alumni Notes
Featured Faculty: Joni Jones
Faculty and Staff Notes

  Dates to Remember


MBA and Executive MBA Information Sessions

October 15, 2011

October 25, 2011

November 15, 2011


The USF College of Business will hold an MBA and Executive MBA information session in the College of Business atrium on October 15 at 11 a.m. The information session on October 25 will begin at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Suites Westshore, and the information session on November 15 is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. To register, click here.


USF Homecoming

October 17-22, 2011


Homecoming "Superbull XV" kicks off Monday, October 17 at 11:30 a.m. at the Marshall Student Center Amphitheater and culminates with the USF vs. Cincinnati football game at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, October 22. For more, click here.


Corporate Connections

October 27, 2011  


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 to graduate students. For more information, contact Pavla Ozkul at


Basic Economic Development Course

October 31-November 3, 2011 

USF's Small Business Development Center will lead a three-day course for economic developers who are preparing for the International Economic Development Council certification exam. For more information, contact Kris Manning at

USF College of Business in the News
MBA Student Excels on the Football Field, on the Stage, and in the Classroom

Accounting Alumna Awarded Beta Alpha Psi Medal of Inspiration

MBA Student Selected as One of 13 Florida Gubernatorial Fellows

Associate Dean Charles Kroncke Pens a Guest Column on the Role of Government in the Lakeland Ledger
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