Anson Angail, Accounting

Often, exceptionally high-achieving students forgo extracurricular involvement or community engagement.  This isn’t the case with Anson Angail.  He was the valedictorian of his high school as well as a member of two varsity sports teams, the president of National Honor Society, and a volunteer coach.  Thanks to Advanced Placement and dual-enrollment programs, he started college with 57 credit hours under his belt.

He has continued to be a highly engaged scholar at USF.  Here, he is a member and peer mentor of the USF Honors College, the Business Honors Program, and the Provost’s Scholars Program.  All three of these rigorous opportunities require students to conduct research alongside faculty and to participate in learning programs with like-minded, goal-oriented students.  Continue reading “Anson Angail, Accounting”

William Bakos, Finance

Will Bakos is an excellent student, evidenced by his 3.90 GPA and frequent appearance on the dean’s list.  He has been awarded five academic scholarships at USF, and, during his junior year, he was invited to join Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society.

A former resident of the Bulls Business Community, Bakos served as a resident assistant for USF Housing during the 2009-2011 academic year.  He helped coordinate special programs and mentored younger students who were struggling to balance social opportunities with academic responsibilities.

As a result of his outstanding academic performance, Bakos was selected to participate in the invitation-only Applied Securities Analysis course, a rigorous class where ten students manage a $210,000 portfolio.  The long-term goal of the course is to teach the best students how to research, pitch, and manage stocks while growing the fund to $2 million in order to provide scholarships for business students.  Continue reading “William Bakos, Finance”

Petr Bambasek, Business Advertising

 A native of the Czech Republic, Petr Bambasek went to high school in Prague where, much like their American counterparts, many students spend their free time playing video games and sports.  Bambasek, however, spent his free time mastering Adobe Creative Suite programs such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Flash.

Admitting that he was as addicted to his pen tablet as his friends were to their video games, Bambasek soon became well-versed in user-focused web design.  He began providing services to a local construction company and clients such as the University Sports Club Prague.  Last year, Bambasek was hired by USF Student Government to produce multimedia promotions.

Bambasek has a 4.0 GPA yet he doesn’t spend all of his time studying.  He is an executive board member for several student organizations and volunteers for Createch USF, where students who are skilled in web programming, development, and graphic design host free training sessions for fellow students.  He also served as the communications/social media chair for USF’s Advertising Club.  Continue reading “Petr Bambasek, Business Advertising”

Jessica Barber, Finance

When Jessica Barber arrived at orientation before beginning her first classes at USF, students leading the session made it clear that involvement is the key to success.  Heeding their advice, Barber immersed herself in student organizations.  She joined the Building Council in her residence hall, working with her peers to plan events for residents.  She spent time honing her leadership skills and just a year later, was selected to serve as a resident assistant in the dorms.  She also began serving as an orientation team leader herself, helping USF’s newest Bulls become acclimated to campus and sharing the engagement messages that resonated with her a year before.

Today, Barber serves as a USF Ambassador, representing USF at presidential events, community programs, and other important events attended by national and international dignitaries. In the College of Business, Barber serves on the executive boards of several student organizations, including the International Business Board. She helped organize the highly successful Florida Student Summit on Global Business.  Continue reading “Jessica Barber, Finance”

Lindsay Berstling, International Business

Lindsay Berstling is an inaugural member of USF’s Business Honors Program that blends rigorous coursework with research and applied learning opportunities. Participants complete honors courses in research to become familiar with current topics as well as learn how to design and execute an honors thesis. Berstling will examine the characteristics and business strategies of successful cruise lines during the economic recession.

Aiming to work in international trade, Berstling is an avid participant in study abroad programs. In 2010, the French government awarded Berstling a scholarship to study international relations for a week in Paris. She will study in Florence with her peers in the Business Honors Program this summer. At the conclusion of that experience, Berstling will spend two semesters at École Supérieure de Commerce de Rennes, a French business school in Brittany, followed by a short internship. As a result, Berstling will graduate with an international business degree from both USF and ESC Rennes.  Continue reading “Lindsay Berstling, International Business”

Megan Blizard, Marketing and Management

The adage “if you want something done, give it to a busy person” certainly applies to Megan Blizard.  A strong, dedicated, and caring individual, Blizard works part-time, has held several leadership positions in her sorority, juggles two internships, and is enrolled in five classes.

Previously the secretary and president of Zeta Tau Alpha, an 80+ member Panhellenic sorority, Blizard currently serves as the community manager for USF’s Greek Village.  This position allows her to serve as a liaison between the ZTA National Housing Corporation as well as USF Housing.  Continue reading “Megan Blizard, Marketing and Management”

Matthew Casey, Finance and Accounting

Matt Casey excels academically, doing so while taking part in the rigorous, two-semester Applied Securities Analysis course that is required to participate in the Student-Managed Investment Fund.  This highly selective program allows motivated, well-prepared students the opportunity to participate in simulated financial management as well as to manage ‘real money in real time.’

A member of the Tau Sigma National Honors Society, Casey’s academic success does not come at the expense of extracurricular involvement.  He is captain of the USF Rowing Team, a senator representing the College of Business in USF Student Government, and a member of Beta Alpha Psi (a student organization for accounting honor students).  He is a participant in the College of Business Corporate Mentor Program.  Continue reading “Matthew Casey, Finance and Accounting”