Taylor Moody, Accounting


Taylor Moody has had a passion for golf since she was a child and today she proudly represents USF as a student athlete. She does not leave her passion and dedication on the course though.

Moody is the representative for the golf team on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and serves as secretary and chair of the organization’s campus involvement committee. She was tapped into the Order of the Golden Brahman when she was a sophomore and continues to strive to promote and preserve the values of the university.

As a member of the golf team, Moody participates in the Great American Teach-In where she mentors elementary-school children and shares with young students the steps she took to get where she is today.

Through the skills she has garnered at the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy, Moody has held internships with the Shinn & Company accounting firm and will have a tax internship this summer with KPMG. She will graduate this May.

Moody gives back to her community through her volunteer work with Stampede of Service, The Special Olympics and Metropolitan Ministries in downtown Tampa and is an exemplary model of a USF student athlete.

Jacob Edens, Marketing


A senior majoring in marketing, Jacob Edens not only excels in his education but also his leadership and professional development. Edens, having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, accredits his experiences in the Boy Scouts with providing him the leadership skills and perseverance he needed to succeed in school and his career.

His leadership abilities have helped him manage many projects including community service activities, philanthropies and entrepreneurial ventures. He achieved first place in the Muma College of Business Elevator Pitch Competition and ranked fourth in the Tampa Building Entrepreneurship Around Tampa competition.

Edens started his own company, Metabology, in 2015. The company offers services of a weekly meal preparation focused on providing healthy foods in the Tampa Bay area. The company is growing and plans to achieve six figures of revenue by the end of the year. Metabology is considered one of the premier businesses developed on USF campus and was invited to participate in the Second Annual REEF Governor’s Cup of Florida Business Model Competition.

As the company continues to grow and develop, Edens has become even more enthralled with the nature of entrepreneurship. He looks forward to creating businesses to help individuals stay healthy and all the other opportunities awaiting him.

Yi Su, Accounting


One of Yi Su’s primary goals was to master English upon her arrival to the United States of America. A skill that was quickly mastered according to her mentors. She then focused on learning cultural and societal norms.

Despite the lifestyle changes she went through, Su accomplished making the Dean’s List of Scholars for Academic Excellence during her freshman year, following the acceptance of a certificate for achievement in financial accounting. With ambition boiling in her blood as a young Bull, Su was ready to take on the world.

After deciding that accounting was not enough, she picked up a minor in management information systems, both of which would become a passion of hers. As an accounting major attending Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy, she has worked hard to maintain a 3.67 grade-point average on a track to graduate in May 2017. She worked as an accounting intern at Rogerge Poskus International, where she specialized in tax preparation.

Su serves as the Beta Buddy Committee Chair for Beta Alpha Psi Delta Gamma chapter, a mentor for the Accounting Society Mentoring Committee and an ambassador for USF’s GloBull committee. She was recently accepted into the USF Master in Accountancy Program starting this summer. Although it hasn’t been easy, with hard work and courage Su continues to excel and is confident that her investment in knowledge at USF will pay off.

Luiz Barduco Setti De Arruda, Finance


To Luiz Arruda, a first-generation student growing up in a small town in Brazil, attending a renowned American university was a distant dream. However, through his hard work, he was admitted to USF and received the Latin American and Caribbean Scholarship.

A senior graduating in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a minor in economics, Arruda has maintained an overall grade-point average of 3.89 and an in-major GPA of 4.0. He is also a member of the Corporate Mentor Program.

Arruda has served as an equity research analyst for the University of South Florida’s Student Managed Investment Fund where his responsibilities include identifying attractive investments and pitching stocks to an advisory board comprised of seasoned investment professionals. He is also a student leader for INTO at USF, guiding international students to complete their orientation duties and mentoring and supporting them through their transitions into the university.

In addition, Arruda spent a year-and-a-half performing research with the history department at USF, where his group received the Research in Excellence Award.

After graduation, Arruda plans on pursuing a master’s degree in finance and investments and attaining a Chartered Financial Analyst certification. He is expected to graduate in May 2017 with an overall grade-point average of 3.9.

Vilas Ramachandran, Finance


Vilas Ramachandran values education, diversity and community service. He has achieved a perfect 4.0 grade-point average while at USF and is looking to graduate in the spring of 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a minor in economics.

A Provost Scholar, Ramachandran has made the Dean’s List every semester he has been in the Muma College of Business. He is a member of the Sigma Beta Rho fraternity, a multicultural organization that places a high value on academics and community service. 

Ramachandran was accepted into the Muma College of Business Leadership Program, a two-year professional development program designed to help students become better leaders on campus and beyond. He also participated and placed first in the Future of Florida summit where he drafted an amendment which will be voted on by millions of Florida voters in the 2018 election. He has also been selected to be in the Future of Florida’s organizing committee to help coordinate next year’s summit.

When he’s not studying or participating in fraternity projects, Ramachandran volunteers each week at the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, which offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay and support during treatments. There, he helps coordinate events, but more importantly he assists patients as they go through difficult times. Working with patients, he says, motivates him to do his part in making the lives of others better. Ramachandran looks forward to a summer internship with Lockheed Martin.

Stefan Whiting, Business Management


Stefan1Throughout his experience at USF, Stefan Whiting had two components that left a major impact and influence on the person he’s become: his personal drive and determination to succeed scholastically, and the focus on his continued commitment to serve the community.

From an early age, Whiting has known that he wanted to pursue business management. While applying for USF, a university he knew would challenge him academically, he also applied and got accepted into the Bulls Business Community as well as the Business Honors Program. He challenged himself with five to six classes a semester, taking courses during summer and winter break, including a study abroad in Florence, Italy. He is set to graduate in May 2017, a four-year process that was shortened to three. He has maintained a 3.88 grade-point average.

Long before he began college, Whiting realized that giving back to the community was not only important but essential. He was inspired by his mother, who worked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, to help the less fortunate. Since then, he has participated in several service projects, such as Relay for Life, the Humane Society, and Random Acts of Kindness.

He also served at soup kitchens and helped inner-city kids through Junior Achievement. Recently, Whiting participated in a pilot project called the Service Learning Experience, in which he analyzed the Hillsborough County Department of Aging Services and provided a summary and recommendations for improvements.

Estefania Read Elizalde, Marketing/Management

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Estefania Read Elizalde’s goal of maintaining a global vision while making a local impact was never more on display than when she took a study abroad excursion to Thailand last year. She had planned to study in Bangkok one semester, but decided it wasn’t enough. So she became full-time intern during a second semester at Kasetsart University, where she assisted the dean and led seminars in English about culture, business and education.

Still, she felt there was more to do, so she became a bi-monthly volunteer at Bangkok Remand Prison where she visited Latino prisoners to give them messages from their families overseas, bringing hope to the inmates and well wishes from loved ones so far away.

When her second semester was finished, she was offered an internship in Fukuoka University in Japan for a month during the summer. There, she worked with foreign students studying in Japan, helping them to understand the sometimes rigid culture.

Elizalde returned to USF in August 2016 to resume studies in her senior year at the Muma College of Business. She is getting ready to graduate in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a concentration in supply-chain management. She has an overall grade point average of 3.64.

She was accepted into the Student Innovator Incubator program and successfully pitched a business idea of an online clothing store that follows the one-for-one model of selling one item and donating one to a person in need.

Recently, Elizalde accepted a job offer for a full time Area Manager position at one of Amazons fulfillment centers. She will start in June.

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