An accounting major, Yonatan Tamir makes it his business to look at the numbers. So, as he approached a college career, he did his homework and attended a community college to keep the costs down. During that time, he worked 30 hours a week in retail, while maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average under a full-time course load. He has continued his academic excellence after transferring to the Muma College of Business and he expects to graduate with a 4.0 grade-point average in May 2017 when he will earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
He has developed strong relationships with his classmates and the faculty and put together a study group that has nearly tripled its membership since then. Tamir is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting honors society, where he serves as the reporting officer. He also participates in the Corporate Mentor Program.
He was granted an internship with Ernst & Young’s Media & Entertainment Division in 2016 and worked there full time for a semester, while maintaining a half-load of courses at the Muma College of Business. While at Ernst & Young, he accompanied an accountant on a business trip to New York City, where he received top marks for his capabilities in client services.
After graduation, Tamir plans to pursue a master’s degree in accountancy, while completing his Certified Public Accountant and Certified Information Systems Auditor certifications. He hopes to continue his education by earning a master’s degree in accountancy.
Jean-Christian Meiller’s potential in his academic work plays just a partial role in the overall passion he carries as a young student. With a drive for learning, sharpness of intellect and ability to lead, he has exceeded expectations across his professional development process.
Throughout the community, Meiller has participated in several projects, including being the kickboxing coach and president of Combat Sports Club, which he took over and brought back from being shut down. There, he has led both the executive board and boxing team to success, and has gained leadership and team-building experience. Meiller also is a member of the honors accounting organization Beta Alpha Psi.
With an overall grade-point average of 3.83 as an accounting student, Meiller has been granted several scholarships, including the National Association of Industry and Parks Award, USF Scholars Award and Florida Bright Futures. His ability to comprehend what enhancements can be made and act upon them landed him the position as the marketing chairman for USF’s Globull Ambassador Program. Since his freshman year, Meiller has volunteered for Junior Achievement, where he’s taught first and second graders about business and how it affects them on a personal and a community level.
Working as an accounting intern at the Orlando Utilities Commission, as well as being an administrative assistant/social media marketer at the Learning Center of Dr. Phillips, has shown him a career path he envisions for himself, which is to begin in public accounting and eventually become a forensic accountant for the FBI.
Sehrish Ladhani’s parents immigrated from Pakistan to America five years ago with one main goal: to provide the best education possible for their children. It was her parents’ hard work that has motivated Ladhani to excel in the academic world. She has earned a 3.82 grade-point average at USF and will graduate in August 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Throughout her university career, she frequently made the Dean’s List and is often recognized for her academic abilities and leadership qualities.
She expects to continue her education and hopes to earn a master’s degree in accounting in December 2018. Besides her studies, community service is a priority with Ladhani. Her most memorable project came during the spring breaks of 2015 and 2016. While other students hit the beaches across Florida, Ladhani made her way to Guatemala with Masons on a Mission. There, she helped build brick and mortar stoves for native families.
In the summer of 2016, Ladhani was awarded the JLM Industries Endowed Scholarship and was one of 25 students at the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy to receive a study abroad scholarship. Ladhani used these resources to further her education and immerse herself in a foreign culture by participating in USF’s study abroad program in London.
Closer to home, she has emerged as a leader on campus. She is a former vice president of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and former fundraising chair of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, where she led a successful campaign for the First in the Family Scholarship Fund, an effort that was ranked among the best in the nation. She has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, including the Accounting Circle’s Student Excellence Grant and the Presidential Honors Scholarship.
She currently serves as the mock-interview co-chair for international accounting fraternity Beta Alpha Psi’s Delta Gamma chapter and works as an accounting associate for Sam’s Club.
Alessandra Deiorio’s career path is clear. She intends to meld a business degree with medicine and perhaps go into hospital administration or medical sales. She has maintained a 4.0 grade point average since enrolling at USF two years ago and has been recruited into honor societies such as Phi Eta Sigma, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Golden Key International. All these organizations require members to be in the top 10 percent of their class.
Deiorio hit the Muma College of Business running, as she took 46 college credits while in high school, and while she has been here, she has taken a wide variety of courses, receiving top grades in whatever class she takes, including chemistry and financial accounting. She expects to graduate in the spring of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in general business administration. She is working toward an award in the Global Citizens Project and will study abroad in Florence, Italy, this summer
Deiorio is a member of the National Honor Society where she was once the secretary, as well as the captain of the USF women’s club soccer team, serving as the fundraising and volunteering coordinator. In 2016, the club logged the highest number of community service hours.
Deiorio gives back to the community, having volunteered for the Savage Race, the Stampede of Service, the Multi-Race Triathlon and Surfing for Autism. Her penchant for volunteerism dates back to when she helped her mother at a non-profit organization that assisted disabled people find jobs in Marion County.
For Rebecca Mesiner, business is an outlet for creativity and personal growth. Enrolling in the Muma College of Business has opened up to her a world of unique and driven individuals. Her experiences here have allowed her to go beyond what’s comfortable, to take some risks that prove to be beneficial.
A senior majoring in international business with a minor in Spanish, Mesiner from the start immersed herself in the program. She joined the Bulls Business Community as a freshman and later served as lead mentor for the Living Learning Community. She has connected with other like-minded students and has been inspired to start two of her own businesses, selling organic coffee scrubs and custom swimwear.
She served as a USF Ambassador and now is the director of administrative affairs with that program, making her the primary point of contact for executives and nonprofits seeking USF representation.
Outside of classes, she has worked as a barista at Starbucks, where she spiked revenue by establishing weekly community coffee tastings.
She became involved in politics during the 2016 presidential campaign and founded a campus campaign group to raise awareness about the issues. She organized voter registration drives, rallies and debate watch parties. She even volunteered for an independent voter mapping project in Hillsborough County.
Mesiner, who has a 3.56 grade-point average, has become proficient in Spanish, a language she says she will need for an international business career, and has completed two summer study abroad programs in Spain. She expects to graduate in December 2017.
Under Clayton Werner’s leadership, USF’s American Marketing Association Chapter has soared. He joined the organization as a freshman to immerse himself in his marketing major and to establish a network of classmates and professional contacts. Since then, the chapter has been ranked among the top 4 percent of chapters in North America.
Werner serves as president of the chapter, but he has also put time in as creative consultant, vice president of professional development, chapter liaison, executive vice president and he sat on the executive board for the Tampa Bay American Marketing Association. He planned a conference that includes speakers from the Tampa Bay Lightning, Enterprise and the Ronald McDonald House.
He contributed to three case competition teams that placed in the top 16 of all American Marketing Association chapters and placed third out of 98 teams in a marketing strategy competition this March.
Werner will graduate with bachelor’s degrees in marketing and management in the spring of 2017 and has been accepted into the USF Sport & Entertainment Management program. He currently maintains a 3.47 overall grade-point average.
He also has helped collect more than 300 cell samples for Be the Match, a bone-marrow registry that works to find cures for bone and blood diseases and matches patients with donors across the nation. He has also helped to fundraise nearly $42,000 to send American Marketing Association members to the AMA International Collegiate Conference over the last three years.
Whether she’s working as a government affairs intern in Washington, D.C., or staffing the reception desk in the Muma College of Business’ Dean’s Suite or offering encouragement to a first-grader as a Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer, Erica Gloyd gives the same amount of enthusiasm and energy.
A member of the Business Honors Program, she will graduate in the spring of 2017 with bachelor’s degrees in finance and economics and a minor in public administration. She has a grade-point average of 3.72 and already has been accepted into a top-ranked law school, an opportunity that comes with a substantial academic scholarship offer.
While at the Muma College of Business, Gloyd has participated in scholarship, leadership, professional development and community service and she has established herself as a young professional on the rise.
Among her high-achieving accomplishments is an internship with Grant Thornton in Washington, D.C., where she got insights into what skills are needed to be successful in whatever endeavor she chooses.
On the community involvement side, Gloyd helped stage an event with the Business Honors Service Association that raised money for the Wounded Warriors Project and as part of her Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, she helped collect donations that totaled more than $7,000 for the Arthritis Foundation.
And as part of her involvement in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, she has found time to visit her “little sister” at her elementary school once a week, helping with academics and hoping to build a long-lasting relationship.
The 25 Under 25 program recognizes outstanding undergraduate students from the University of South Florida’s College of Business. Students selected for this honor are individuals who are under 25 years of age and have demonstrated excellence in at least two of the following four areas: scholarship, professional development, leadership, and community/campus service.
The goal of this program is to highlight the positive impact students have on campus as well as in the regional community and to recognize their leadership and academic achievements.