Zachary Engle will graduate in December, but he already has one foot in the corporate world. He works 70-hour weeks during the summer at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania. There, he oversees the day-to-day operations of six game stands and the newly remodeled arcade, supervising two assistant supervisors, two foremen and about 45 clerks.
Engle is majoring in management with a human resources concentration and has an overall GPA of 3.92. He is an Eagle Scout and staffed his council’s National Youth Leadership Training course for two years. He also joined Alpha Phi Omega during his first semester at the university, performing 245 hours of service for the Tampa community over the eight semesters he has been at USF, in addition to the hours spent working with his parents in a food pantry in Mount Dora, Florida.
Community service is a big part of Engle’s life. His efforts have included feeding the homeless, caring for veterans, tutoring Boy Scouts and helping out with local animal services. His commitment to the community, he says, yields the reward of seeing the positive impact it has on others.
He has served as Alpha Phi Omega’s Tau Mu chapter’s president for three terms as well as service vice president and corresponding secretary. He holds a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt and is being honored with the fraternity chapter’s Distinguished Service Key for outstanding service to the fraternity over an extended period of time.
Juliana Farcheva earned a B in a business and economic statistics class, and it ruined her perfect 4.0 GPA, something that turned out to provide inspiration rather than discouragement. The lesson she took from it: As long as she continues improving herself, she does not have to be 100 percent perfect all of the time.
Farcheva is on track to graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a minor in accounting. She has an overall GPA of 3.96 and has made the dean’s list since the fall of 2015. She works as a finance and accounting intern at Erwin, Inc. and in the past has served as an accounting intern at Health Management Systems, where she prepared month-end fiscal reports; and a summer office management intern at Renewable Energy Electric, where she worked on obtaining permits from governmental offices. Both internships were in Las Vegas.
The accounting internship sparked her interest, giving her insight to the daily lives of accountants. She got a chance to post daily accounting entries, handle customer refund checks and help with auditor payroll.
Closer to home, Farcheva is vice president and financial officer for Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions, an environmental group on campus, which encourages the university to participate in sustainability initiatives. The group also started a community garden, which donates crops to the needy around Tampa Bay.
Alexandra Florescu came from a small town in Transylvania and met her self-confidence challenges head on. Set on achieving the American Dream, she is set to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business analytics and information systems in May with a 3.96 overall GPA. But it wasn’t always an easy journey.
Among the challenges she conquered is public speaking, something she always feared. A course in public speaking, to her dismay, was among the first she took at USF and it opened up a new world to her. She discovered the foundations of her self-confidence and even though her first few speeches were sloppy, she ended up in the top 10 percent of the class.
While her studies are Florescu’s top priority, she also gives back. She has volunteered over the past three years both on and off the USF campus, starting with the Stampede of Service, where she served as site leader. She also became a mentor for a group of five high school students competing in the Teen Business Challenge hosted by the Computer Mentors group. Her group took second place. She also has served as president of the Business Honors Service Association and vice president of the Global Citizens Project Student Association.
Florescu is an executive intern at the USF Federal Credit Union where she hones her customer service, cash-transaction and troubleshooting skills at the student-run financial center at which business students provide much of the workforce. She is a member of the Business Honors Program, the Bulls Business Community and the USF Honors College.
Kellie Furey is in the last few months of her college career and already has much of the experience she needs to make it in the real world of business. She will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in management. Her graduation date will mark her two-year anniversary as executive director of the University Lecture Series at the USF Center for Student Involvement.
Her duties there include leading the communications with multiple lecture agents and speakers, whom she handles throughout the day of the event. She interviews lecturers, including Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis, best-selling author R.L. Stine, “Orange is the New Black” actress Jackie Cruz and activist Harry Belafonte. She also is involved in employee hiring for professional and student staff and also is the board chairman for the Global Conversation Series, which brings influential speakers with global perspectives to campus.
Last year, Furey landed a human resources internship with an NBC affiliate in Philadelphia, where she reviewed and edited on-air talent contracts and oversaw programs for intern professional development. She counts among her skills event planning, public speaking, strategic management, communication and creativity.
She has participated in Stampede of Service and volunteered for Junior Achievement in an effort to help young people in the Tampa Bay area achieve success.
Anaely Guerrero once took a job as a marketing intern with a Shakespearean company where she built, implemented and presented the marketing plan for four stage productions performed in the Czech Republic. Her work in Prague bumped ticket sales by 10 percent through management of the stage company’s social media sites.
Guerrero will graduate in May 2019 with bachelor’s degrees in global business and mass communications with a concentration in advertising. She also is minoring in marketing. She was invited to the Honors and Awards Banquet of the Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications and is an active member of the Phi Sigma Theta student body chapter at USF, an organization that offers leadership training and opportunities to students.
She also gives back to the community, volunteering at Lakeland Regional Medical Center and Family Fundamentals, a social-service organization in which she worked at a Santa’s Workshop. While at Family Fundamentals, she established a connection to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home where she helped families in need. In 2013, she was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for addressing some of the pressing needs in the community.
In 2014, she received the Polk State College Outstanding Community Service Award for more than 1,000 hours of volunteerism.
Anaida Hasan has overcome the gender bias that is predominant in her native Bangladesh. The first-generation international student now counts herself as a global citizen. She will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in May 2020 and intends to go to law school to become a tax attorney.
Hasan was brought up in a society where a woman’s identity was the culmination of her father’s reputation, her societal status and family values. With the help of her parents, she broke the bonds of bias and headed to USF. Hasan participates in the Corporate Mentor Program, the University Conduct Board and the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy Student Advisory Board and is the treasurer for the USF Accounting Society. Last year, she interned with the Rupayun Group Limited, one of the largest real estate companies in Bangladesh. This year, she will intern with USF’s Federal Credit Union.
A mantra of “Learn, earn and return” now steers Hasan. The Bulls Business Network member has been on the dean’s list and was awarded a USF Green and Gold Director’s Scholarship, a GTE Foundation Scholarship and was named a Sandler Scholar.
Through it all, Hasan, who is fluent in English, Bengali, Hindi and Urdu, has built strong relationships and is confident of her path ahead as a global citizen. Her sister, Anika, was a 25 Under 25 honoree in 2015.
Avery Horvath’s passion for business and refusal to fail will propel her forward after she graduates in May with a bachelor’s degree in finance. She plans to immediately enroll in graduate school at USF, seeking an MBA. Her overall GPA is 3.75.
Her interest in business pushes her toward an MBA, which, she says, would further enhance her professional development and give her a competitive advantage in the workplace. Horvath already has held impressive internships, including a business development position at Jabil. She worked with account and department managers to improve efficiency in multiple processes. She also served as an anti-money laundering analyst intern at Citi where she was one of 37 summer interns chosen from a field of over 2,000 applicants.
Horvath was a financial representative intern for Northwestern Mutual where she was responsible for prospecting clients in a cold market through strong communication and interpersonal skills. She recently accepted a summer financial planning and analysis internship at Equinix, a cloud technology firm.
On campus, Horvath participated in the USF Undergraduate Case Competition and is a member of Kappa Delta. She is the recipient of the Global Citizen Award, a member of the Bulls Business Network and the Women in Business Club. She also found time to volunteer as a financial analyst with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, using her coursework experience to assist the CFO with various financial needs.