University of South Florida College of Business
Young bulls in the big city
Business Bulls are taking New York by storm -- and succeeding.

New York City: It's one of the great cities of the world, the epicenter of the American Dream. But with its fast-paced lifestyle and high cost of living, it also has a reputation for chewing newcomers up and spitting them out. As the saying goes, if you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere.  


Some young alumni of the College of Business have ventured to New York City to try their luck in the Big Apple -- with impressive results. Whether advertising, marketing, sales, finance, media, or analytics, these Business Bulls are making their mark on their chosen industry. Read more. 

ISDS ranking reflects program's excellence 
Bloomberg Businessweek ranks undergrad information systems program 25th in the nation.

Undergraduates in the College of Business Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department now have confirmation of what they believed all along: USF has one of the best information systems programs in the country.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek's 2013 rankings of undergraduate business schools, USF's College of Business is ranked No. 25 for the information systems specialty. Read more.  


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Young Bulls in the City
ISDS ranking reflects program's excellence
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USF's Peru program offers unique opportunity
The dual business degree offered by USIL in Lima is the only such program in South America.

Growing up in Peru, José Fernández Álvarez always enjoyed his English classes. And two years ago when his university, Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Lima, announced the opportunity to earn a double degree in business administration with both a Spanish and English program, he jumped at the chance.


When USF partnered with USIL in 2011, they were the first -- and are still the only -- university to offer an English business degree in Latin America. The degree, a Bachelor's in Business Administration with concentrations in marketing and international business, is the same degree students earn at the university's Tampa campus. Peruvian students have the opportunity to study for a semester at the Tampa campus, and Tampa faculty travel to Peru to teach classes in English. In December, the first cohort graduated from the program with their USF Bachelor of Science in business administration, with 20 students earning the degree. Read more.  


Watch: USF Corporate Mentor Program
USF Unstoppable: Corporate Mentor Program
USF Unstoppable: Corporate Mentor Program


The USF College of Business Corporate Mentor Program matches high-achieving first generation college students with professionals from throughout the Tampa Bay region. The program provides the students with an up-close and personal look at how business operates at the highest levels, while providing the mentors the satisfaction of shaping the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Student spotlight: Jessica Liles
The accounting major says USF helped her find her niche.

Not many students would use the words "fell in love with" to describe their accounting courses, but senior Jessica Liles does.


Liles, who came to USF planning to study architecture, originally took on business as a double major. But when she took her principles of accounting class with Jennifer Cainas, she was hooked. Read more.





USF Beta Alpha Psi, advisor receive top awards
Jennifer Cainas received an Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award and USF was a gold chapter.

Accounting instructor Jennifer Cainas and accounting honor society Beta Alpha Psi received top awards at the national  Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting recently.


Cainas received the Outstanding Faculty Advisor award, and USF's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi was named a KPMG Gold Chapter for the fifth consecutive year -- one of only two schools internationally to have received this honor since the award's inception in 2009. Read more. 







Sport & Entertainment MBA students give back
The service day at Pinellas Hope was the second annual service event for the program.
For the second year, USF's MBA in Sport & Entertainment Management teamed up with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Majestic Athletic to organize a day of service at Pinellas Hope, a tent shelter for the homeless in Clearwater.

About 150 students and other volunteers worked alongside residents sorting donations, mulching, painting, scrubbing, and clearing outdoor areas. Read more.

USF marketing professor studies sustainable solutions
Rob Hooker examined corporate attitudes toward sustainability and its implementation.

"Sustainability" has become a catchphrase in business with the rise in public environmental consciousness. But the truth is, for a company to be truly sustainable, it takes more than just the corporate equivalent of turning off the lights before leaving the house.    


Companies tout themselves as being sustainable, and consumers want convenient products that don't contribute to the decline of the environment. But what does being a "sustainable" business actually mean? And how do companies go about being more sustainable, not only in their own business but through their entire supply chain?


Executive MBA students learn international business firsthand
The students studied abroad in China this summer and met with corporate partners there.


This summer, USF Executive MBA students learned the realities of how international business operates -- from seeing the smog and rapid development in Beijing to hearing stories of international entrepreneurship.


The trip was designed to increase the students' understanding of how the global economy affects their industries and jobs. They visited Beijing, Tianjin, and Shanghai, touring local branches of international companies such as KPMG, Nielsen, Jabil, FE Sourcing, MedEq, and Qualcomm, and seeing the local sights. Read more.  



Helping small businesses win 
Two award-winning clients highlight the value of USF's Small Business Development Center to businesses and entrepreneurs.

Up-and-coming entrepreneurs who visit the SBDC find Assistant Director Yanina Rosario and her staff ready to become allies - the kind who have useful information about all the steps along the way - from business planning, to marketing, to financing. The center focuses on training and consulting, in cooperation with the USF College of Business, with the goal of providing the tools and strategies for success.

Two of the center's clients recently received recognition from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the agency's 2013 Small Business Week celebrations. Read more.

Alumni notes


  • Ernest Clark (finance, '79) was appointed by the East Aurora School Board to be the director of business.
  • Stephanie E. Goforth (business management, '82) was appointed head of Northern Trust's west region of Florida, from Naples to Tampa Bay.
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Faculty and staff notes
  • ISDS Professor Anol Bhattacherjee received a USF Creative Scholarship Grant, "Lagged Effects of Information Technology in the Healthcare Industry."  The grant will study how long it takes hospitals and healthcare organizations to realize returns from the tens of millions of dollars they spend every year on information technology investments, and whether the magnitude of effects vary with the types of investments.

  • Marketing Associate Professor Dip Biswas and Marketing PhD student Courtney Szocs recently received a USDA grant to study how sensory factors influence healthy food choices for children. This grant is funded by the USDA and administered by the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs. The research holds promise to influence USDA's policies on school lunch programs across the U.S.

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