Take a Look at 25 Under 25 Honoree Luqmaan Dawoodjee’s New Venture: Createch







Luqmaan Dawoodjee came to the University of South Florida as a marketing and business student with a dream of finding other like-minded students on campus. After recognizing a need for an organization, Dawoodjee, along with Jamaal Taylor and Meredith Bollinger, founded the Web Developer Network at USF. His plan, which was to “find and execute web development projects that provide students with the opportunity to build their useful skill sets, while having fun,” was so successful, that it evolved into one of the fastest-growing and most successful student organizations on campus — Createch at USF — and a consulting and design business that bears the same name.

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WUSF University Beat: 2011 25 Under 25

USF’s College of Business has once again picked its “25 Under 25,” a collection of students who excel both inside and outside of the classroom. University Beat on WUSF TV introduces you to some of these incredible undergraduates at a ceremony recently held in their honor.


25 Under 25 On the Radio WUSF 89.7 FM

From a young Haitian woman who graduated college at the age of 20 to a rock-climbing billboard model to an opera-singing football player, USF’s College of Business has honored some of its outstanding students with a program called “25 Under 25.” University Beat on WUSF 89.7 FM introduces you to some of the honorees and tells you which one was named the “most remarkable” student.

25 Under 25 On the Radio

Frank Cabano, Economics

Frank Cabano partners with USF Athletics and says the volunteer experience has allowed him to connect with his university and hometown in a way few could. Participating in numerous events per month, Cabano most recently assisted with Stampede of Service, Spring Sprint for Autism, Gasparilla Distance Classic “Too Good for Drugs,” and many more. Continue reading “Frank Cabano, Economics”

Ashley Ciccarello, Accounting

Ashley Ciccarello likes to stay busy.  A sophomore who aspires to become a Certified Public Accountant, Ciccarello is involved with 11 different activities or organizations, all while maintaining a spot on the Dean’s List.  Among those activities:  she is a mentor to three freshmen in the Bulls Business Community and serves as an Orientation Team Leader.  She recently helped organize and develop a new student organization, the Women in Business Society, which now boasts 97 members.  In addition, Ciccarello is enrolled in six classes, works part-time in the Dean’s Office as an accounting student assistant, and volunteers at the Tampa Police Department headquarters. Ciccarello has also been appointed as a Resident Assistant for the BBC starting next fall.  She is also captain of the BBC’s Relay for Life team. Continue reading “Ashley Ciccarello, Accounting”

Luqmaan Dawoodjee, Marketing

Luqmaan Dawoodjee turned an idea into reality when he founded one of the largest technology and business oriented student organizations at USF.  Passionate about web and graphic design, Dawoodjee co-founded The Web Developer Network, an organization that provides computer science and information systems students with the opportunity to learn programming development and “soft skills” not taught in the classroom. Continue reading “Luqmaan Dawoodjee, Marketing”

Makis Denis, General Business

A member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and a student whose name is frequently on the Dean’s List, Makis Denis knows how to study.  He realizes that not every student has mastered this skill, so he serves as a volunteer tutor for several business students, leading study sessions to help his colleagues learn how to learn, instead of simply completing the lesson at hand. Continue reading “Makis Denis, General Business”

Kari Ferguson, Accounting

A full-time student, with a full-time job, and one who also maintains a 3.78 GPA, Kari Ferguson understands time management. No matter how busy her schedule gets, she always finds time to give back and get involved in the community. Ferguson has been volunteering for the Special Olympics since 2002, as well as participating in heart walks and breast cancer walks, and volunteering for Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, and many other activities. Continue reading “Kari Ferguson, Accounting”

Hefgine Fils-Aime, Accounting

Coming to America from Haiti as a 14-year-old high school junior, Hefgine Fils-Aime’s first year in America was spent learning to speak English, attending high school classes taught in English, studying for the FCAT, and preparing to apply for college as a 16-year-old.  It was a tough year, one Fils-Aime points to when asked about accomplishments that she is most proud of. Continue reading “Hefgine Fils-Aime, Accounting”

Demelza Hays, International Business

Demelza Hays was chosen as one of 15 of students – from more than 6,000 applicants – to receive the Critical Language Scholarship from the United States State Department.  Already fluent in Spanish, Hays will use the scholarship to study the Punjabi and Hindi languages abroad in India for two months this summer. Continue reading “Demelza Hays, International Business”

Samantha Hill, Marketing & Management

In addition to being involved in a variety of extracurricular activities and holding a variety of leadership positions, Samantha Hill, a double major in marketing and management, has maintained a 3.87 GPA.  Hill, who has been honored as a Dean’s List recipient on several occasions, is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Golden Key, both international honor societies. Continue reading “Samantha Hill, Marketing & Management”

Chaz Hine, Management

Chaz Hine is passionate about sports.  Hine earned a spot on the USF football team as a walk-on in 2007.  His work ethic soon had him starting at offensive guard as coaches and players alike call him a mentor and leader on the field.  Named to the Big East All-Academic team in 2009 and ESPN Academic All-District team in 2010, the guard devotes hours to practicing, traveling, and playing with the team. Continue reading “Chaz Hine, Management”

Eric Holland, Economics


The first in his family to attend college, Eric Holland credits the Bulls Business Community with helping him grow as a professional from his first moments on campus.  A highly involved student, he took part in nearly every program offered at the BBC, from improv and etiquette lessons to tours and networking sessions.  Holland was selected to serve as a BBC resident assistant in 2009. Continue reading “Eric Holland, Economics”

Stephanie Howard, Marketing

Passionate about Best Buddies International, an organization that facilitates friendships between intellectually and developmentally challenged individuals and their non-disabled peers, Stephanie Howard saw a need to expand the program at USF.  She became President, and since, membership has doubled. Howard brought Best Buddies’ national “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign to USF in March, aiming to make students aware of the hurtful effects the word “retarded” has on disabled citizens.  As a result, more than 1,000 students pledged to stop using the word. Continue reading “Stephanie Howard, Marketing”

Christina Jena, Marketing

A member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society and repeated Dean’s List scholar, Christina Jena maintains her scholastic accomplishments.  She does so while balancing a part-time job, internship, and leadership role in the American Marketing Association.  Starting as an active member, Jena was elected as vice president of regional conference.  Under her leadership, she organized, planned, and promoted the annual conference, which was attended by more than 160 people. The revenue from the event surpassed the organization’s profit goal. Continue reading “Christina Jena, Marketing”

Chelsey Kamen, International Business

Chelsey Kamen has embraced international business, spending a semester abroad in France, followed by a summer program in Italy.  Attending classes and working side-by-side with students from all over the world has given her the opportunity to expand her global knowledge and see first-hand what companies mean when they say the boundaries of business are blurring. Continue reading “Chelsey Kamen, International Business”

Sean McCaskill, Accounting

One bachelor’s degree was not enough for Sean McCaskill.  After graduating in 2009 with a finance degree, he came back to USF to pursue a degree in accounting.  He has immersed himself in extracurricular programs offered by the School of Accountancy, so much so, in fact, that he has been invited to serve on its student advisory council. In addition, McCaskill, who has received two Student Excellence Grants, worked as a teaching assistant for two semesters. Continue reading “Sean McCaskill, Accounting”

Ross O’Bryan, International Business & Economics

Four years ago, Ross O’Bryan started climbing the walls.  An avid rock climber, O’Bryan is a member of USF’s Rock Climbing Club, currently holding the positions of treasurer and secretary for the club.  Elected to serve as president for the coming year, O’Bryan is spearheading the group’s effort to build a rock-climbing wall on USF’s Tampa campus. Continue reading “Ross O’Bryan, International Business & Economics”

Wilnelly Ortiz, Marketing & Management

Serving as an intern, Wilnelly Ortiz spent the summer of her junior year abroad in Panama City, Panama, working for the National Secretary of Energy.  During her time in the Central America, Ortiz was responsible for exploring the potential for Florida businesses that supply alternative sources of energy to penetrate the Panamanian market. Continue reading “Wilnelly Ortiz, Marketing & Management”

Sarah Reynolds, Finance

From the moment she stepped onto USF’s campus, Sarah Reynolds knew she wanted to be a part of something big.  She has been a member of Delta Delta Delta, a social sorority, since her freshman year.  She has held various leadership positions in the sorority, such as the vice president of finance, where she was responsible for managing a $120,000 budget, making sure that accounts receivable were collected and checks were sent to local businesses.  She now serves as the vice president of chapter development.   In addition to her involvement in Delta Delta Delta, Reynolds has served as a panhellenic recruitment counselor for the USF Greek system. Continue reading “Sarah Reynolds, Finance”

Paul Robertson, Finance

Aspiring for a career in corporate law, Paul Robertson knows that internships that will help him in his future career.  He currently serves as a legislative intern for Congresswoman Kathy Castor, where he is responsible for helping constituents gain access to aid and drafting responses to congressional matters.  He has also served as an intern for the Orlando-based private law firm Anderson and Anderson P.A., where he shadowed a board certified attorney. Continue reading “Paul Robertson, Finance”

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