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The News of the College of Business

Student Spotlights

Christopher Brown MBA Student

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Chris’ paper, coauthored with Dr. Watkins and Dr. Frank Greitzer of PsyberAnalytix was titled “Predicting Insider Threat Risks through Linguistic Analysis of Electronic Communication.” This paper represented a continuation of work Chris began as an undergraduate at USFSP, for which he was recognized by the Council on Undergraduate Research. In addition to a forthcoming publication in the e-Service Journal, Chris has also been asked to present his research at the 2013 Workshop on Research for Insider Threat. 





Teddi Barber MBA Student

Current Employer: Shriners Hospitals for Children, Staff Writer, Public Relations Department 

The University of South Florida -- St. Petersburg has become much more than a "university" to me. As a transfer student from the Florida State University, my decision to finish the remaining portion of my undergraduate degree was one of the best decisions I  have made in my life. It is the professors that have made my experience at USFSP invaluable. While many courses across university systems remain the same, it is the professors at USFSP who challenge their students to think creatively about new perspectives, engage their students to express opinions and provide opportunities to excel beyond their greatest expectations. One such professor and Dean that have made a significant difference in both my academic and professional life are Professor Nicole F. Stowell, Esq. and Dr. Alison Watkins. Aside from their established roles, Professor Stowell and Dr. Watkins became a cornerstone in my achievements at USFSP. It is individuals like this that adorn the classrooms of USFSP on a daily basis and transform the lives of their students, making USFSP a true gem by the ocean.  

 As a graduate of USFSP (undergraduate) and a student of the esteemed M.B.A. program, I have been able to develop a competitive advantage over the saturated labor market. Unfortunately, many students are graduating from college in a time where employment opportunities are scarce and entry level positions are being filled by previous executives with over ten to twenty years of experience. The availability of employment is one of the most terrifying aspects of graduating from college.

As a graduate from USFSP, I felt an extreme sense of pride and confidence that I possessed the knowledge and creativity to stand out from others in my position. USFSP has provided me with a platform to think creatively about issues concerning business, developing the skill set to solve these issues, and have the confidence in defending my position; attributes which become invaluable in the workplace.


TBTF Flourishes

Tampa Bay Technology Forum Student Chapter at USFSP flourishes with help of committed business leaders

The newly formed Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) Student Chapter at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg is taking off with the commitment and energy of community business leaders.

The recent regional study by the Tampa Bay IT Workforce Project surveyed 64 regional businesses. Among their findings was a gap between workplace technical skills needed and graduates training.  Their recommendation to create TBTF Student Chapters to market area businesses and internship opportunities to students is launching with a blast at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

The TBTF Director of Workforce Initiative, Pat Gehant, will be hosting CEO Chuck Egerter of Eagle Datagistics at the next meeting being held on February 27th at 5:15 pm at the Student University Center, 2nd Floor Ocean Room.

Chuck is currently focusing on high end and remote Database Services as an Oracle Gold partner. His extensive experience includes working  as an Electronic Commerce Consultant at WellCare Health Plans, Inc.,  Project Manager for AT&T Wireless Oracle Portal implementation, Consultant for Outback Steakhouse International and  Project Coordinator at Lockheed Martin Corporate.

USFSP Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to attend.

Contact: Faculty Advisor  Cherie Collins

 Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) Student Chapter


Address: USF St. Petersburg College of Business

140 Seventh Ave South,  PNM 101C

St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Father Son Duo Praises USFSP


Today I am one of the Owners/Principal Agents of MazzaBaker Insurance & Financial Services.  We offer a wide variety of risk management and financial services.  With over 30 years of combined experience in the industry, we make sure businesses have the best insurance program in place, while managing their total cost of risk.  We also look for any gaps in coverage and make recommendations to the owners. 

MazzaBaker Insurance & Financial Services offers business insurance products such as workers' compensation, general liability, property, fleet, umbrella, Professional Employers Organizations (PEO/leasing) services, group medical/health insurance, payroll services, tax credits, and much more. My agency offers any business a free consultation to review their current insurance program.   

I feel honored that I have passed down the USFSP tradition to my oldest son, Nicholas Mazza.  Nicholas attended the Centers for Advanced Technologies (C.A.T.) program at Lakewood High School and graduated Summa Cum Laude.  He is now attending USFSP in the honors program.  Some of the same faculty and staff I had are now helping my son toward his goal of becoming a Child Psychologist.  He is currently majoring in Psychology with a minor in Entrepreneurship. USFSP was one of his top selections for Universities and I am honored he is following in my footsteps and starting his own legacy.  He enjoys his courses, the faculty, and the beautiful campus environment. Nicholas is maintaining a 4.0 G.P.A. and is also active on campus. 

I have such fond memories of USFSP and have made friendships that will last a lifetime.  I am truly honored to have attended such a wonderful University. 

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December 2012 Issue

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MBA Update

Alison Watkins, PhD Associate Dean for Graduate & Certification Programs

This Fall 2012 semester, the College of Business welcomed 52 new graduate students to the USFSP MBA. The program continues to grow in size as students are drawn to the flexible course offerings ideal for working professionals, including the new Online MBA option. There are currently about 160 active students in the program in total, a 25% increase over the active student population a year ago.

Looking forward, the October MBA Open House was another large success, bringing close to 100 prospective students to the USFSP campus seeking information about the program and its admissions requirements.

The Fall 2012 GMAT Prep course is currently in session will continue through November 17th with all day Saturday sessions. Those students that submit a complete application to the USFSP MBA after the prep course, can have the cost of the course rebated to them. This has proven to be both an effective recruitment tool for the program as well as a great opportunity for prospective USFSP MBAs.
We're excited to be sending a group of MBA students to Guatemala over Spring Break 2013. The focus of the trip is to engage MBA students directly with local Guatemalan businesses in a consulting relationship. This study abroad opportunity will help develop real world skill sets for our MBAs that are crucial in today's global business environment.








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