University of South Florida College of BusinessAugust 2014
Entrepreneurship professor researches how women start businesses

USF Assistant Professor Diana Hechavarrķa, who focused her research on female entrepreneurs, found that women start businesses, but they often emphasize the social and ecological value of creating a business over traditional profit-based concerns. Read more. 


USF alumnus experiences Disney magic firsthand 

Brian McComak, the former vice president of Human Resources for Christie's Auction House and 1997 College of Business alumnus has entered a new dimension of human resources, and it's a magical experience: McComak recently joined The Walt Disney Company in Los Angeles as director, Enterprise Human Resources. Read more. 


Global experiences contribute to business savvy for USF student

Giampiero Fuentes has lived in the United States for only the past five years, but he has learned English, started two businesses, hosted a local Spanish-language TV show, earned an associate's degree, and started studying finance at USF.
Read more.




USF Launches New Doctor of Business Administration Program 

The USF College of Business is launching the DBA, designed exclusively for C-suite executives and business leaders with at least a dozen years of upper-level industry experience - and is accepting applications for the inaugural cohort that will begin in January 2015. Read more.
High-schoolers learn data analytics in half-day bootcamp

Data analytics is an in-demand skill in most industries, with businesses looking to hire employees who can help make sense out of numbers. The USF College of Business offered these high school students the chance to get a head start -- for free. Read more.

You can view the future workshop schedule on our website. 


Watch:  Leadership at Deloitte

Shot mostly at USF, this brief video gives you a glimpse into Deloitte leader (and USF grad) Jamil Jones' "double life." You can get an idea of the firm's culture and spot some current USF students in the video, too. Click here to watch.


Sport MBA inaugural grads receive diplomas

USF's dual-degree MS/MBA in Sport & Entertainment Management gives students much more than a broad-brush overview, and students from the inaugural cohort say the program's residencies, faculty mentors, and industry partners are the reasons why. Read more. 
In Other News
 Alumni Notes
  •  Ram Kancharla ('85, '87, Business Administration, MBA) has been appointed to the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. Kancharla is currently the vice president of planning and development for Port Tampa Bay.
  • Brian Lamb ('98, Accounting) has been elected vice chair of USF's board of trustees.

Faculty and Staff Notes 
  • Marketing Associate Professor Andy Artis and Marketing Professor Paul Solomon coauthored an article, along with others, that was accepted for publication in the Journal of Marketing Channels: "Impact of Perceived Organizational Support on Self-Directed Learning in Sales Training."
  • Former College of Business Dean Robert Forsythe has accepted a dean position at Wayne State University.
  • Gigi Laird Hawn has joined the College of Business as associate director of development.
  • Accounting Instructor Celina Jozsi retired in July after 35 years of service to the university. Congratulate her on our Facebook page. 

More updates here.


 Upcoming Events


August 9: Summer commencement
August 12: Building the Ultimate Business Plan, SBDC Port Tampa Bay building, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
August 25:
College of Business Week of Welcome event, 10:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
August 25:
First day of fall classes
August 29: College of Business Scholarship Luncheon



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