2014 – 2015 Honorees

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Alexandra Bogovic, Marketing

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Bogovic_WP (Erikas pick)Nearly every 25 Under 25 honoree has learned how to balance work, school, and life responsibilities. Alexandra Bogovic is no an exception. She has earned a 3.80 GPA as a full-time student who works part-time and juggles internships and increasingly responsible campus leadership roles.

Bogovic, who help led USF’s American Marketing Association to silver chapter status, is a well of energy. As a freshman, she helped plan the chapter’s case event with Chevrolet. She later co-directed an AMA campaign to increase awareness of the importance of organ donation amongst college students. Bogovic learned how to lead a project, start to finish, and was later AMAs lead on a partnership to create an awareness campaign for USF Botanical Gardens. Bogovic is now president of AMA, which was named a Top 15 chapter in 2015, besting more than 353 chapters nationally. More

Amanda Atanga, Accounting

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Atanga_WPAn international student from the African nation of Cameroon, Amanda Atanga has worked tirelessly to get the most out of her American college education.

Contrary to what Atanga says is the perception of education in Africa, she realized university education in the U.S. was about more than getting good grades: being involved outside of the classroom also mattered. Atanga originally attended a small private university in Virginia, where she worked as a student assistant for the school’s International Student Services office and served as treasurer for the international student organization. However, she had always dreamed of earning a degree from a large institution with a well-recognized accounting program. She transferred to USF in 2013, where she joined Alpha Kappa Psi and became a business calculus tutor at USF’s Academic Success Center. More

Amber West, Accounting

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West_WPThroughout her life, Amber West has filled her time with organizations such as 4-H and the Tampa Bay Children’s Chorus. Looking back, she can see she wasn’t only learning about dog shows or proper singing techniques — she was developing  skills in leadership and communication that continue to serve her well.

A servant-leader at heart, West continues to volunteer with those same organizations, hoping to impart some of those same learning opportunities that were so meaningful to her. She is a member of the Hillsborough County 4-H Dog Project Committee and helps plan events, judge dog shows, and lead training seminars. Working with the Tampa Bay Children’s Chorus, she used her business acumen to organize nearly three decades’ worth of sheet music into a searchable database. She has also been a worship team leader at Southside Baptist Church for the past three years. More

Anika Hasan, Finance and Economics

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Hasan_WPComing from a society where the expectation of women is to get married and have a family, Anika Hasan aspired to make a name for herself outside of “Mr. Hasan’s daughter.” At USF, as a senator, an honors student, a committee vice chairwoman, a mentor, and a teaching assistant, she has achieved that goal and many more.

Hasan, a native of Bangladesh, has pursued opportunities at the Muma College of Business that have helped her develop professionally, academically, and personally. She is a teaching assistant for a required business and economic statistics course, where she helps grade papers, deliver lectures, and proctor exams. As a USF Student Government Senator, Hasan is also vice chair of the senate committee for appropriations and audit and a primary voting member of another committee. Both are responsible for budgeting $14.6 million of student funds. She attended USF Day at the Capitol in 2014, when students went to Tallahassee to lobby for USF. More

Ashley Pierson, Accounting

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Pierson_WPAshley Pierson is only a sophomore, but she has already achieved higher levels of involvement than many students do in four years.

As part of her Business Honors Program service project her freshman year, she decided to volunteer with Junior Achievement, a Tampa nonprofit that helps low-income children reach their potential and teaches them economic principles and planning skills. She enjoyed working with the organization so much that she continued even after completing her service requirement. This fall, she recruited more than 70 students from USF to volunteer for Junior Achievement. Pierson says Junior Achievement opened her eyes to the fact that many children don’t see going to college — or even graduating from high school — as a reality. She says she has seen how three hours of time from a college student can change a child’s life. In addition, Pierson recently served as a site leader for a Bulls Service Break to New Orleans. More

Bethany Dawson, Accounting

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Dawson_WPBethany Dawson works hard to empower others. The Muma Scholar mentors first year students and encourages them to attend professional development events hosted by the highly selective Bulls Business Community. She says the BBC gave her opportunities such as a corporate tour at Deloitte, where she spoke with recruiters who gave her valuable career advice. Additionally, as a member of the Business Honors Program, Dawson was part of a committee to create a Casino Night charity event that raised more than $500 for the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

Dawson has always been passionate about community service. After her father conquered cancer, she participated in Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society several times. Through her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, she volunteered at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K, handing out medals and pink ribbons to survivors who crossed the finish line. Dawson contributed to her sorority’s annual “Stepping for a Cure” philanthropy event that helped raise more than $20,000 for breast cancer education and awareness. More

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