University of South Florida Muma College of Business
June 2016
Congratulations, Business Bulls! 
Congratulations to our Muma College of Business spring graduates! They included Zoe Knapke, who received a shout-out at commencement from President Judy Genshaft as the winner of the 25 Under 25 program's most remarkable designation. Knapke has committed to a job as a commercial banking analyst with JPMorgan after graduating in just three years. 
In addition, accounting student Phuong Can received the King O'Neal Scholar Award, which recognizes graduates who have earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in their college coursework. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receiver Vincent Jackson graduated from our undergraduate program as well, which you may have read about in the Tampa Bay Times
View photos from commencement and several of our graduation receptions on our Facebook page.
Muma Insights: helping you understand today's issues in business
Muma Insights is a thought-leadership initiative from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business. Our expert faculty can give you the recipe for understanding issues essential to putting your business on the cutting edge: analytics, creativity, consumer behavior, forensic accounting, and more. Volume I of Muma Insights by Information Systems Decision Sciences Professor Balaji Padmanabhan examines how businesses can use "big data" and analytics to make decisions and better understand their customers. Read the full white paper on our website. 
Business alum Brian Lamb elected Board of Trustees Chair
Brian Lamb will serve as the new chair of the University of South Florida Board of Trustees, following his election by board members during a meeting on Thursday. Lamb, a USF alumnus who is also working toward an Executive MBA, has served as the board's vice chair since 2014.  He succeeds Harold "Hal" W. Mullis. During Thursday's meeting, Jordan Zimmerman was also named the board's vice chair. Read more. 

USF accounting grad among top performers on 2015 CPA exam
A USF accounting grad is among 75 certified public accountant candidates nationwide honored for their scores on the CPA exam. Bei Ye, who graduated in 2014 from the undergraduate program at the USF Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy, was one of the recipients of the 2015 Elijah Watt Sells award. Read more.
Recent USF alumna establishes $10,000 scholarship
Some people find success by chance. Some people find it by choice. Some people, like USF grad Ashley Washington, find it with a little bit of both.
In light of her career success, Washington is giving back to USF by establishing a $10,000 scholarship. The 25-year-old is the youngest alumna to fully fund a business scholarship on her own. Read more.
Alumni Spotlight: USF alumna and PSCU executive travels all seven continents in under a decade
Sheila Porter brings the same tools she uses in her project management career to plan her world travel expeditions - using spreadsheet organization, financial management, and people skills - with a level of attention to detail that explains how she has been so successful at both.
A graduate of USF's MBA program (1992), she said her USF education helped her develop many of those skills. Read more.
Eye disease diagnosis, hand sanitation, and self-powered battery take top prizes in Florida Healthcare Innovation Pitch Competition
A UCF student's idea for a tech platform to diagnose eye disease took first place in the most recent Florida Healthcare Innovation Pitch Competition on April 6 - a Shark Tank-style event sponsored by Florida Blue and hosted by the USF Center for Entrepreneurship. The competition gives students from universities across Florida a chance to compete for $20,000 in cash and prizes by pitching their idea for an innovation in healthcare. Read more.
Faculty and Staff Notes 
  • Marketing Professor Dipayan Biswas has a forthcoming paper in the Journal of Marketing Research, "Shining Light on Atmospherics: How Ambient Light Influences Food Choices," which has garnered significant national and international media coverage, including Food & Wine Magazine and the Huffington Post
  • Carlin Nguyen, a marketing doctoral student, won the 2015-2016 Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching by a USF Graduate Student.
  • Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy Professor Pat Wheeler was selected as incoming senior co-editor of the Journal of Information Systems.
Alumni Notes
  • Dennis Adamovich ('87, Marketing) was appointed as chief executive officer of The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience in Atlanta. He previously launched DA Brand Activation Group LLC in 2015 to develop entertainment promotions and solutions for clients seeking high-touch activations across multiple platforms. 
  • Luisa Igargiola ('96, Finance) was appointed to the Board of Directors at COPsync Inc., which operates the nation's only law enforcement in-car information sharing and communication network. She will serve as chair of the Audit Committee of the COPsync Board of Directors and as a member of the board's Compensation Committee. She is also the chief financial officer for Magne Gas, which converts liquid waste into a hydrogen-based fuel.
  • Jed Lippincott ('14, Marketing) was appointed to chief operating officer of Seafood Shack Enterprises. He was previously the company's controller and prior to that was the former accounts manager for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC. 

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