University of South Florida College of Business
COB Business: Transforming Minds
Newsletter | November 2011
Featured Articles
CA Technologies Case CompetitionUSF Takes Second in CA Technologies International Case Competition 

USF was one of just three universities in the nation invited to compete in the 2011 CA Technologies International Case Competition Finals, and a team of three MIS students took second place among ten other global universities.  Read more

Tampa Bay Rays President Matt Silverman Speaks to Executive MBA Students

Executive MBA students recently got the chance to meet and listen to Tampa Bay Rays President Matt Silverman speak on the his career and his role as the president of the Rays baseball team.  Read More

Internship ArticleLanding an Internship 

Students and leaders offer tips on how to land an internship in today's economy. Read More

Video: Executive Training at the USF College of Business  

Every year, global companies, including Mosaic, take advantage of the top-notch business classrooms and first-rate research faculty at the College of Business.  Watch Video

Video: Taking Lessons Learned in the Business Classroom to Help Those in the Tampa Bay Community

A USF student took what he learned in the business classroom and used that knowledge to help homeless men and women.   Watch Video

American Marketing Association Students "Unite 4 the Fight" with Vinny Lecavalier  

American Marketing Association students come up with a clever idea to raise money for pediatric cancer research: texting.  Read More

In Other News... 
  • A group of graduate students, including David Adeleye Adetutu (MBA), Syeda Sundas Bokhari (MBA), Pejman Mahmoudi (MBA), Brian Rabelo (MBA), and Chad Wiltz (Executive MBA) recently competed in and won the College of Business Graduate Business Case Competition. The winning team will represent USF in the 10th Annual Florida Intercollegiate Business Case Competition in February. During the competition, the group, which was one of six groups to participate, had 24 hours to solve a business case and present their analysis and recommendations to judges. 
  • Kudos to Jonathan Conde (management), Erin Potter (general business), and William Pullin (management & marketing) for earning spots on this year's USF Homecoming Court. Special congratulations to Conde for being named homecoming king.
Daniel GonzalezStudent Spotlight: Daniel Gonzalez   

Daniel Gonzalez was recently honored as a USF Successful Latino Student, a recognition that requires nomination by faculty and stuff. A marketing major, Gonzalez participates in many leadership and service opportunities through Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity and the Division of Student Affairs.  Read More

Accomplished Alumnus: HCSO Major Curtis Flowers   

Major Curtis Flowers ('00 MBA), who manages Hillsborough County's Orient Road Jail, spoke to 40 students about the business of running a detention center.  Read More

Alumni Notes 


Dr. Michael J. Sweeney ('94, Executive MBA for Physicians) was recently hired as the chief medical officer of Amerinet Inc., a leading national healthcare solutions organization. Sweeney is a vascular and general surgeon with nearly 20 years in private practice.

ernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis ('06, management; '11, MBA) has announced his intent to run for sheriff in 2012. Nienhuis had more than 21 years of law enforcement experience before he was elected sheriff of Hernando County at the beginning of January.


Stephanie Wagenfohr ('10, accounting) recently accepted a position with KPMG as an audit associate.


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Adam Craig HeadshotFeatured Faculty: Adam Craig   

Using neuroscience techniques such as functional MRI brain scans, marketing professor Adam Craig attempts to understand the hidden drivers in the consumer decision-making process, including why consumers make irrational choices and how they recognize deceptive advertisementsRead More

Faculty and Staff Notes 

Dipayan Biswas, an associate professor in the Marketing Department, will be joining the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Consumer Psychology.


Sam Bulmash, an associate professor in the Finance Department, recently presented "Further Revisiting the Impacts of Factors like CEO Experience or Age or Compensation have on Corporate Performance" at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Financial Management Association International in Denver, Colo.


Wendy Jennings, office manager for the Marketing Department, recently received the Quiet Quality Award from the USF Staff Senate. Recipients are recognized for their conscientiousness, professional manner, positive attitude, work performance, responsibilities, and ability to make useful suggestions in the workplace. 


In This Issue
USF Takes Second in CA Technologies International Case Competition
Tampa Bay Rays President Matt Silverman Speaks to Executive MBA Students
Landing an Internship
Video: Executive Training at the USF College of Business
Video: Taking Lessons Learned in the Business Classroom to Help Those in the Tampa Bay Community
American Marketing Association Students "Unite 4 the Fight" with Vinny Lecavalier
In Other News...
Student Spotlight: Daniel Gonzalez
Accomplished Alumnus: HCSO Major Curtis Flowers
Alumni Notes
Featured Faculty: Adam Craig
Faculty and Staff Notes

Dates to Remember


USF vs. Miami 

Football Game

November 19, 2011

Watch the USF Bulls take on the Miami Hurricanes at Raymond James Stadium. For tickets, click here.



December 9, 2011


 St. Pete Times Forum

401 Channelside Drive. For directions and parking information, click here 


MBA and Executive MBA Information Sessions

January 17, 2012


USF College of Business will hold an MBA and Executive MBA information session at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Suites Tampa Westshore on January 17. To register for an event, click here.

USF College of Business in the News


Michael Fountain, director of the USF Center for Entrepreneurship, highlights the center and its successes on WUSF's University Beat.


 General Business major Erin Potter publishes an article on the university's Homecoming in USF's Alumni Voice. 


Accounting doctoral student, and former IRS investigator, Jason Rasso talks about the IRS in the Tampa Tribune.


Eileen Rodriguez, director for USF's Small Business Development Center, comments on women entrepreneurs on WFTS-TV ABC Action News.


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