Aaj Solanki, Accounting

When he was evaluating his college options, part of the reason Aaj Solanki chose USF was the opportunity to be a part of the inaugural cohort for the Business Honors Program.  He was excited about the opportunities that this invitation-only program would provide.  Now that he has been here for a year, he has been able to examine case studies and exercise critical inquiry.  He has also been introduced to data mining and other tools that will help him prepare a thesis on airline network structures, which will contribute to future research on what makes an optimal network sustainable.

Though only a sophomore, Solanki is also involved with Beta Alpha Psi, an honors organization for accounting students, and was offered to serve as an intern with CBIZ Kirkland, Russ, Murphy, and Tapp but accepted an internship position at Marubeni Specialty Chemical and HighStreet Financial instead.

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Silvia Soto Avella, Management Information Systems

For the past five years Silvia Soto Avella has been involved with Community Tampa Bay, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote dialogue and respect among all cultures, religions, and races.  During its award-winning summer program, “Anytown,” Soto Avella is able to connect with local young adults by facilitating workshops on diversity and conflict solution with more than sixty teenagers per session.

Soto Avella is also involved with the national “Latinas Learning to Lead” program, which fosters the development of young women for the 21st century workforce.

At USF, she was a cast member for the USF Feminist Student Alliance production of the Vagina Monologues, a show that collected more than $10,000 for The Spring, Florida’s largest and busiest domestic violence shelter.  She also participated in the USF Dance Marathon, raising funds to serve families of All Children’s Hospital.  Continue reading “Silvia Soto Avella, Management Information Systems”

Frank Territo, Finance

Frank Territo started his college career at St. Petersburg College, a full-time student who was also working full-time as a technician for Firemaster, a fire suppression system and equipment franchise based in Clearwater, FL.

He soon graduated from Pasco-Hernando Community College with a 4.0 grade point average and was recognized as PHCC’s “Honor Graduate,” a designation given to the student with the highest grade point average in the graduating class.

In 2009, Territo launched his own small business.  Three years later, he has been able to see how his business studies, particularly in the areas of accounts receivable and accounts payable, play out in the real world.

After transferring to USF, he immersed himself in the USF community without allowing his focus on academics to wane:  he currently has a 3.99 grade point average. Continue reading “Frank Territo, Finance”

Michael Tomaino, Accounting

Michael Tomaino was chosen as a 25 Under 25 honoree thanks to his academic performance, his participation in professional development programs, and his leadership outside of the classroom.

Double-majoring in finance and accounting (with a minor in economics), Tomaino is no stranger to homework. A member of the USF Honors College who has appeared on the dean’s list numerous times, Tomaino has received several academic awards, including the Accounting Achievement Award.

Outside of the classroom, Tomaino serves as a USF Ambassador, a presitigious appointment that allows him to represent the university at high-profile events and to work with the USF Alumni Association on a variety of projects.

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