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USF Muma College of Business Newsletter        October, 2016
stock markets like baseball cards
As a kid trading baseball cards, Jared Williams spotted a few similarities between his hobby and his dad's career as a stockbroker.  As a card collector, he tried to obtain cards that he thought would go up in value and trade away ones likely to go down in value. He saw that in the market, brokers had similar goals.  

Today, the USF finance professor is still interested in the similarities between baseball card trading and the stock market - but now, he's doing it as a researcher trying to explain complicated patterns and theories in finance.  Read More
In 2014, Forbes called Kenneth Feld the hardest working man in show business. The son of an entertainer who bought a circus, Feld grew up under the big top and took over the family business in the 1980s.  And built an empire. 

On Sept. 28, Feld opened the "Conversation with a CEO" event by saying he didn't set out to build an empire, but today Feld Entertainment employs 3,000 people and puts on 5,000+ shows a year in 78 nations.  Guests attending the lecture found that out how it happened.   Read More
USF's online MBA develops analytical skills and creative abilities while promoting collaboration with experienced and diverse classmates. Students complete a common set of core courses and choose electives according to their career aspirations. 

Concentrations are available in cybersecurity, data analytics or compliance, risk and anti-money laundering.  The program can be completed in as few as four semesters (full-time) or three years (part-time). Get started this spring  Read More
football _ futbol image
Two national influential leaders in the professional sports industry - the chief operating officer of the National Football League and the commissioner of Major League Soccer - will discuss their experiences in the business of sports as part of a lecture series.  

Presented by Fox Sports Florida, the Tampa Bay Lightning, and USF's Sport & Entertainment Management program, the Oct. 26 lectures will take place in the USF Sun Dome.  NFL COO Tod Leiweke will speak at 5:30 p.m. and MLS Commissioner Don Garber will take the stage at 8:00 p.m.  The free lectures are open to the public but RSVPs are required.   Read More
homecoming lecture 2016
About 225 students and alumni had a great time at the Oct. 10 homecoming lecture, reception, and parade watch party.  After USF Muma College of Business dean shared his tips on negotiation, guests enjoyed great food and beverages from alumni-led businesses such as Holy Hog BBQ, the Brew Bus, and Little Greek, as well as a popular mashed potato bar created by Aramark.  View photos

Because organizers want to plan events that interests alumni, we have a brief survey about the event and would like your opinion.  Click here to take the survey.
The Tampa Riverwalk is one of the most successful, up and coming attractions in the downtown area, spanning 2.4 miles and acting as home to restaurants, nightlife, parks, and more. 

The non-profit organization Friends of the Riverwalk, which helps attract residents and tourists alike to the area, challenged a select group of Muma College of Business graduate students to devise a plan to improve the Tampa Riverwalk, using real-world partnerships, to bring more visitors to the downtown area.  Read More
A former Bulls Business Community resident and 25 Under 25 honoree, Anthony Morrison says his understanding of business and technology helped him get a foot in the door, but it was his creative thinking, ability to think on his feet, and understanding of the importance of networking that helped him land a job that didn't exist just a few years ago.  

The 27-year-old MIS graduate is a social media producer for Good Morning America.  He also owns a photography business where he shoots Disney Fairy Tale Weddings, New York Fashion Week and executive events.  Read More
When we hear the word forensic, we usually think of popular TV shows such as CSI, NCIS, or Law and Order, where a crime is committed and savvy investigators use forensic techniques to solve the crime, usually within 60 minutes! On the other hand, the word accounting reminds us of debits, credits, financial statements, and auditing. 

The connection? Forensic accounting melds special scientific and mathematical skills in accounting, auditing, risk analysis, quantitative methods and research with investigative techniques, law, courtroom procedure and digital forensics.  
Volume III of Muma Insights looks at why businesses need forensic accounting and how individuals can gain the skills and training to become forensic accountants. Read More
USF's Doctor of Business Administration program, which debuted just two years ago, is already building an international reputation for excellence. And its students are garnering research awards early in their academic careers, too.  

Students say that the mix of research, outstanding faculty and a strong cohort filled with seasoned business leaders from a variety of industries is a big part of the reason why.  Read More
Four years ago, William Sutton made the drive back to Orlando from Tampa. He had been invited to discuss the possibility of upstarting a Sport and Entertainment graduate program at the University of South Florida, being the first of its kind at the school. Although he already had a prestigious academic job at the University of Central Florida in the Sports Management program, Sutton knew he could not pass on the opportunity to build something from the ground up. Read More
  • Preston Callison ('08, Marketing) was named COO of Wilson Medical Center, a 294-bed hospital located in Wilson, NC, serving Wilson and surrounding counties. 
  • Jamie Kenney ('11, International Business) has been appointed business head - digital for Broadcast Audience Research Council India.  His career in digital measurement includes product rollouts in 18 nations across Asia, Europe, Latin America and South America. Kenney is a former 25 Under 25 honoree.
  • Bob Matala ('99, Finance/Management) joined Symmetry Partners, LLC as a regional business consultant in Glastonbury, Conn. Matala previously worked as the vice president and regional wealth consultant at Envestnet.  
  • Denise Stufflebeam ('07, Accounting) has been promoted to senior director of business administration and finance at Port Manatee. 
  • Sport MBA professor Michelle Harrolle received USF's Hispanic Pathways Award, recognizing, in particular, her scholarly inquiries into barriers and motivations for Latinos to sport participation, sport spectatorship, and recreational behaviors.  
  • Finance Professor Jared Williams' research, "Stock Market Anomalies and Baseball Cards," was recently featured in a Fox 13 story. News articles about this research appeared earlier on Reuters and St. Louis Post Dispatch. 
These events are open to all students, alumni, and friends of the college.
Oct. 25, 6:00 p.m.,Graduate Business Programs Networking Event, a social event for graduate students and prospective graduate students at the Centre Club, 123 S West Shore Blvd #8, Tampa, FL 33609

Oct. 26, 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Football & Futbol (Sport MBA Lecture Series),  influential leaders in the professional sports industry - the chief operating officer of the National Football League and the commissioner of Major League Soccer - will discuss their experiences in the business of sports at the USF Sun Dome. 

Nov. 17, 8:30 a.m., Conversation with a CEO: Tech Data's Bob Dutkowskyconnect with younger alumni and business executives at the "Conversation with a CEO" series, which provides guests with a chance to learn business and life lessons from respected executives in the C-suite.  Reservations are required.  This conversation will take place at the Centre Club, 123 S West Shore Blvd #8, Tampa, FL 33609

Nov. 30  Deadline to nominate an alumnus for the USF Alumni Association's Outstanding Young Alumni Awards.  This program recognizes alumni age 35 or younger who have demonstrated emerging and unique innovation, creativity
and success in their chosen careers.  Awards will be presented at a reception and ceremony on May 16, 2017 - but the deadline to nominate a young alumnus is Nov. 30!

Mar. 8, 6:15 p.m., Celebration of Free Enterprise Honoring Sheila C. Johnson, The Celebration of Free Enterprise brings together 400 business, government and community leaders to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the free enterprise system - and to raise funds for student success initiatives.  A celebration in every sense of the word, this not-to-be missed event is fun and always includes special entertainment. 
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