University of South Florida College of BusinessFebruary 2013
CEOs Impart Wisdom
Women business leaders, part of the Committee of 200, spent the day sharing experiences and ideas with USF students. 

 Whether students came to the event hoping to gain networking opportunities, wisdom for their own careers, or simply interact with women who have led fascinating careers, the C200 Reachout met each of those needs. The CEOs and business leaders spoke to a largely female group of students, who exchanged their usual casual classroom attire for business suits, about the achievements and challenges they had experienced in the workplace during their expansive careers. Read more.  



Former professor gives $100,000 to Business Honors Program
Professor Emeritus Dick Dutton said he wanted to be a part of a new program that could make its mark on the university. 

The Business Honors Program at the USF College of Business, the only program of its kind in Florida, recently received a donation that will further its mission of recruiting top high school students and providing them with exclusive educational opportunities and professional experience. Read more.  



Fintech Business Plan Competition seeks student entrepreneurs
The first-place prize of $15,000 gives USF students chance to make business plans reality.    

USF student-entrepreneurs looking for cashflow to get their startup companies off the ground don't have to look far.


The fifth annual Fintech Business Plan Competition offers all currently enrolled USF graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to compete for a first-place prize of $15,000. Submissions are due March 28 by 5 p.m., and the competition will take place April 5 from 8 a.m. to noon at the College of Business. Read more.



USF School of Accountancy receives top rank in accounting information systems research
USF now ranked first in the nation.

The University of South Florida's School of Accountancy is ranked first in the nation in the accounting information systems field, with its faculty leading the way in research at the intersection of accounting and information technology. Read more. 


Watch: 25 under 25 open for applicants

The College of Business "25 Under 25" Recognition Program is now accepting applications. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on March 4, 2013. For more information, visit and watch this video.  
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Research Spotlight: Randy Kuhn
The former auditor, along with others, found that auditors can spot a risky narcissistic client.

  It's a story that happens so often it's almost a cliché: the self-infatuated leader of a top company, with trophies all over the office and pictures on his desk of him posing with a 20-year-old bombshell on a yacht, commits fraud, cheating the company and investors out of millions.

USF Assistant Professor of Accounting Randy Kuhn, in a study with faculty members from Indiana University, the University of Wyoming, and West Virginia University, found that auditors are able to pick up on the signs if the head of a company is a narcissist. Read more.

SBDC receives $50,000 grant to help businesses
The SBDC was one of six local recipients of the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT grant.

Local businesses with at least five employees and more than $500,000 in annual sales have a new opportunity to succeed, thanks to a grant received by the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida. Read more.  



Student Spotlight: Allison Fernandez
The finance senior credits the Corporate Mentor Program for her success.

Allison Fernandez spent three years at USF as an architecture major, but after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and an injury put her plumber father out of work, she decided to pursue a more practical career path. Read more.  






10th Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics sparks faculty discussion
Faculty from across the nation discussed their role in the future of college sports.

  More than 50 faculty representatives from various universities recently sat down at USF with officials from the NCAA and worked to ensure that college athletics don't detract from the university's academic mission. Read more.

In This Issue
CEOs Impart Wisdom
Former professor gives $100,000 to Business Honors Program
Fintech Business Plan Competition seeks student entrepreneurs
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March 4: 25 Under 25 applications due, 11:59 p.m.
March 7: BBC Open House, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Juniper Poplar
March 20: Center for Entrepreneurship and Sport & Entertainment Management Open House, College of Business
April 5: Fintech Business Plan Competition, 8 a.m. to noon, College of Business
April 6: Elevator Competition , 8 a.m. to noon, 100 N. Tampa Street

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Alumni Notes

Mitchel J. Laskey (72, BA accounting and marketing) was appointed to the board of directors as chairman of IZEA, Inc., the pioneer of social media sponsorship.


Ron Sanders (73, BA) was recently promoted to be vice president of the strategy and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. In addition, he has been named to two prestigious "blue ribbon" commissions: a National Academies of Science Panel on professionalizing the nation's cyber workforce and a congressionally mandated panel of the National Academy of Public Administration assessing the impact of the STOCK Act.


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Faculty and Staff Notes

Management Instructor Mike Bowen is the newly elected chair of the Coalition on  Intercollegiate Athletics, which met at the College of Business in February to discuss reform and governance.

Three new advisers recently joined the undergraduate advising team: Shaun Gonzalez, Shannon Parfitt, and Nadine Samardzija.
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