University of South Florida Muma College of Business
August 2016

Sport & Entertainment Management Professor Mike Mondello will use analytics to work with Rays senior management on long-term issues critical to the success of the organization. Mondello will be the first faculty extern for the college, where faculty take time away from teaching and research to help businesses find creative solutions to the issues they face. Read more.
As part of a White House initiative to close a skills gap in the tech workforce, the University of South Florida's Muma College of Business will partner with CareerSource Tampa Bay on a $3.8 million Department of Labor grant to train young adults in Tampa Bay to fill technology roles. Read more.
USF Muma College of Business partners with Jabil to offer Citizen Data Science program to employees
St. Petersburg supply chain and contract manufacturing firm Jabil, which reported near $18 billion in revenues in 2015, and the USF Muma College of Business, known internationally for its faculty expertise in analytics and big data, teamed up to solve that skills gap with a new non-degree "citizen data science" program. Read more. 
Muma Insights: What is Creativity?
As the half-life of business knowledge continues to shrink and the speed of innovation continues to accelerate, creativity is becoming vital to both personal and business success. Learn more about improving creativity at the organizational and individual levels with Muma Insights: Creativity 102. 
Many USF business students maintain that their education equipped them with the knowledge and skills they needed to succeed. For Mohamad Ali Hasbini, that assertion continues to ring true - so much so that he returned to the USF Muma College of Business to earn a third degree more than 35 years after completing his first one. Read more. 
USF Professor Jerry Koehler will be teaching executives in the former Soviet Union about business next year, thanks to a Fulbright award to Belarus. Koehler will teach at the School of Business at Belarus State University in the Executive MBA Program there, starting Feb. 1, 2017, and continuing through the end of May. Read more.
Join us for a conversation with Ken Feld, the CEO of Feld Entertainment, best known for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey productions. He will share the lessons he has learned as a CEO and his leadership principles. 

The event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 8:30 a.m. For more information, email Melody Hardy.


Business and health researchers will be able to study whether a group of commonly used drugs affects the onset of Parkinson's disease, thanks to a new grant partnership between the University of South Florida and HealthAxis Group. The grant is part of the Florida High Tech Corridor Matching Grant program, which is used to help fund the development of commercially applicable technologies. Read more.
Sheila C. Johnson has been a powerful force in the hospitality and entertainment industries for more than 35 years. The CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, Johnson is also the vice chair of Monumental Sports & Entertainment.
A powerhouse in the entertainment industry, she is a woman of firsts. For those reasons and more, she is the honoree for the Celebration of Free Enterprise 2017, being held March 8 in Tampa. Find out more about the event on our website.
Get a sneak peek into the USF Doctor of Business Administration classroom. The DBA is designed for CEOs, seasoned executives, and other high impact leaders, allowing them to earn doctoral degrees in business without interrupting their careers. Many retired or soon-to-be retired military also take part. The program is accepting applications now.

Alumni Notes

  • Rick Von Pusch ('85, Management) has been named the first chief revenue officer of Modernizing Medicine, Inc. He previously was senior vice president of sales, marketing and operations for Dealertrack, and vice president of US retail sales for Reynolds and Reynolds.
  • Meiko Dukes ('10, MIS) has been promoted at Microsoft. She is now a delivery project manager.
  • Zoe Knapke ('16, Finance) has accepted a commercial banking analyst position with JPMorgan Chase. She provides credit, cash management, capital markets and corporate finance advisory solutions to companies with annual revenues between $20 million and $500 million.

Faculty and Staff Notes 
  • Don Addison joined the ISDS faculty.

  • ISDS Staff Assistant Maricetas Avergonzado and Finance Office Assistant Jackie Hawley will be moving to the Muma College of Business Financial Management team.

  • The 2015 Regional Employee Awards at the SBDC at USF were announced recently. SBDC Consultant Javier Marin was the Consultant of the Year; Dean's Office Fiscal and Business Analyst Natalie Matches was the Employee of the Year; and Dean's Office Communications & Marketing Specialist Hilary Lehman was involved in the Student Project of the Year.  
More updates here. 
  Upcoming Events

Aug. 26: USF Muma College of Business Scholarship Luncheon

August 31: New Student Transition Day

Sept. 28:
Conversation with a CEO, Kenneth Feld 

Oct. 3-8:  USF Homecoming

March 8: 
Celebration of Free Enterprise honoring Sheila Johnson

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