University of South Florida Muma College of Business
May 2015
Muma College of Business students honored at commencement
This spring, among the many students receiving their degrees, three Muma College of Business Students were recognized as King O'Neal Scholars - USF's designation for those who have earned a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout their studies. Finance student Giampiero Fuentes, accounting student Jordan Cosentino, and finance student Nghi Nguyen were each honored at commencement.
We are so proud of all our students who graduated this month. You can see photos from the college's graduation receptions on our Facebook page. 
Entrepreneurship fundraising event tonight in Ybor City. 

If you are passionate about supporting the future entrepreneurs of the Tampa Bay Area, join the USF Alumni Society of Entrepreneurs tonight at 7 p.m. at CL Space in Ybor City, 1911 N. 13th St., Suite W200. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online or at the door. For more information, email

USF marketing professor's research impacts classroom, business

Do heavier or lighter glasses make champagne taste better? What lighting encourages students in public school cafeterias to make healthful choices? Do different scents in hospitals impact patient recovery times? Marketing Professor Dipayan Biswas can and has answered all of those questions in his research on sensory marketing. But aside from his prolific research and publishing record, the USF professor's students also say he has transformed the way they think about marketing.  Read more.


Medical modeling company wins 7th Fintech Business Plan Competition

A medical 3D printing company came out on top in a "Shark Tank" style competition at the Muma College of Business, taking home $15,000 for the company. Visualflo produces models from diagnostic scans that can help physicians diagnose problems and enable patients to visualize the scans better. Read more. 

Sports & entertainment professionals talk data at USF analytics conference

Whether sports teams want to connect with fans, entertainment companies work to develop a ticket pricing structure, or are trying to figure out the peak time to hold a hot dog race in order to sell more hot dogs, big data and analytics can hold the key. Read more.



Moffitt physician, MBA alumnus, reduces waste for cancer center

Physician Tim Kubal helps cancer patients fight their disease at Moffitt Cancer Center. But that's just his "day job" as a doctor. In his other role at Moffitt, the 2013 USF MBA alumnus works to help patients spend less time in the waiting room and more time getting the life-saving medical attention they need. Read more.

Alumni Notes
  • John Roy ('75, Management) joined the bank of Tampa as a senior vice president and talent management director.
  • Brenda Jacobsen ('01, MBA) was featured in the Tampa Bay Business Journal for her accomplishments as CEO at Lakeside Occupational Medical Center in Central Florida. She previously served as Lakeside's chief's financial officer.
  • Joseph Nestor ('15, Business Administration) is going to work full time as an operations analyst at JPMorgan Chase in Tampa starting in July.

Faculty and Staff Notes 
  • Finance Department Chair Scott Besley will be stepping down as department chair at the end of this summer and will be remaining with the department as a faculty member. Finance Professor Dan Bradley was announced as the new department chair.
  • Accounting Assistant Professor Bei Dong's paper, "Priority dissemination of public disclosures," was accepted for publication in the November 2015 issue of The Accounting Review.
  • ISDS Professor Grandon Gill has been named a Fulbright Scholar for his proposed research work in South Africa.
  • Cyndy Sanberg joined the dean's office as internship director.
More updates here.

 Upcoming Events


Tonight: USF entrepreneurship fundraiser luau, CL Space in Ybor City. Tickets available at the door and online.

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