Orzumand Khodiev, Marketing-Supply Chain Management

Orzumand Khodiev is set to graduate in May and has a job offer from FedEx Freight. Khodiev is studying supply-chain management and is working as a global procurement intern with Bristol-Myers Squibb. He believes he may get an offer from that corporation as well.

He credits his education at the USF Muma College of Business for putting him in the desirable position of having at least one job offer – possibly more – waiting in the wings. He holds an overall GPA of 3.7 and is a candidate for a dual degree in both marketing and political science. He frequently has been named to the dean’s list and has been the recipient of an USF Honors College scholarship along with an INTO USF scholarship.

He is a candidate for the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and participated in the global banking boot camp sponsored by Citi Bank. He was involved with the USF Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement and served as a student leader for INTO USF. He joined the Global Citizens Project and participated in the USF Model United Nations Conference.

To further his leadership skills, Khodiev founded the Association of Central Asian Students with a goal to connect all Slavic-speaking students to support one another. Over six months, more than 40 students joined the association.

Peter Kivuva, Finance

Peter Kivuva’s future appears to be set. In November, seven months before graduation, he received an offer from Goldman Sachs to join its New York City office in July. The Goldman Sachs offer is a dream job for Kivuva, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in finance in May.

He has worked as a finance and accounting intern at the International Transport Workers Federation in London last year. He was responsible for processing maritime income, sales ledger receipts in several foreign currencies and creating excel models for the company. He is one of the first people in his family to go to college and says academics have been the cornerstone of his values and the catalyst that changed his life. He serves as the assistant dean of pledge education for Delta Sigma Pi and is the alumni ambassador for USF Education Abroad and the American Institute for Foreign Study.

Last summer, he took a job as a seasonal au pair in Madrid, teaching English to three young children while teaching himself Spanish at the same time. He says the experience was extremely rewarding and that he feels he made a significant impact on the children’s lives.

He is currently a mentee with the Corporate Mentor Program and also tutors for several accounting and finance courses. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Accountancy Achievement Award and in 2016, he was named a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar.

Angelica Nguyen, Finance

Angelica Nguyen is already advising students on how best to present résumés and write cover letters. She is a career peer advisor with USF Career Services and counsels up to 20 students a week. She also guides students in job searches and conducts presentations to student organizations and classes to promote and market the center.

Nguyen will graduate in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. She has an overall GPA of 3.97, is a USF Honors Scholar and the recipient of a number of academic scholarships and awards, including the USF Presidential Award. She is a mentor and social committee chair of the Bulls Business Community, where she acts as a positive role model for mentees and plans events and programs supporting the short- and long-term goals of the organization. She also serves as vice president for the USF Student Finance Association.

With a long-term goal of becoming a financial analyst, she has established relationships with professionals in the financial field and has attended events and taken part in programs on and off campus. She has accepted a summer internship at Honeywell.

Nguyen is a member of the USF Honors College and is involved with its Student Council Volunteer Committee. Last year, she traveled with other students to Peru to help plant and harvest crops that were delivered to families in poor mountain communities.

Aleksandra Anna Olearska, International Business

Aleksandra Anna Olearska‘s ambition is simple: to help children in developing countries gain access to education. To get to that goal, she has chosen a route that includes an international business degree from USF.

Olearska, will graduate in May with an overall GPA of 4.0. While academics are a big focus for her, she also sets aside time to volunteer. She serves as the volunteer chair of the USF Center for Student Involvement, site leader for the Stampede for Service and ambassador with the USF Global Citizen Project. She also is a study-abroad ambassador, a member of Toastmaster’s International and the Bulls Business Network.

Olearska also managed a volleyball team and took part in a soccer tournament as part of the USF intramurals. She has served as student leader of INTO USF and as a section supervisor for Aramark, a position in which she manages teams of up to 20 members.

All these endeavors helps Olearska develop her interpersonal and leadership skills. Fluent in Polish, Spanish, German and English, she is a member of the dean’s list for every semester she has completed at USF. She has received the USF Green & Gold Presidential Award and the International Baccalaureate World Scholars Award, all while taking time-consuming piano and guitar lessons at the USF School of Music.

Maithilee Pagay, Finance

Maithilee Pagay is passionate about equity capital markets. That’s a good thing, because she aims to become a successful investment banking analyst. Arriving at these set career goals took some time, starting with her moving to the United States from India three years ago and enduring the culture shock and lack of direction.

The finance major has an overall GPA of 3.93 and is on the dean’s list. She is a member of the USF Honors College and Beta Gamma Sigma. She has been a corporate and executive services intern for Raymond James for two semesters and is an equity research analyst with the USF Student Managed Investment Fund, in which students pitch stocks to a panel of professional investors. In her leadership roles, Pagay has served as a peer advisor leader for New Student Connections. She also was a member of the TEDxUSF 2017 Event Logistics Committee, managing efforts to present 10 speakers.


Pagay has been the recipient of the CFA Program University Student Scholarship and the Lee and Dorothy Stokes Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence. She was a finalist last year for the Muma College of Business Elevator Competition and has received the USF Presidential Green and Gold Award for Academic Excellence and the Raymond James Employee Endowed Scholarship. She is fluent in English, Hindi and Marathi. 

Kirby Powers, Business Management

Kirby Powers is a USF student athlete. She is on the track and field team and has achieved an overall GPA of 4.0, a remarkable feat alone, without having to squeeze in 20 hours a week of training and practice. She is set to graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in management.

She has participated in the Selmon Mentoring Program, which develops student athletes professionally so that they may more easily transition from campus life to their chosen career fields. Powers says the program has boosted her networking and public-speaking skills. She has been on the dean’s list for the past four semesters.

She currently is an intern at Investors Title and Settlement Services, where she gains experience through communication with both banking and real estate officials. She also credits the experience with improving her writing skills. She is a member of the USF Student Athlete Advisory Committee, where she helps coordinate the Stampede of Champions, Athletes 4 Athletes and other community opportunities that involve athletes. She twice has been named to the All-Academic list of the American Athletic Conference.

She also volunteers with the Paralympic Sports Club of Tampa Bay. There, she takes part in coordinating various Paralympic sport activities including track and field, basketball, tennis and golf, which helps her more fully understand the struggles of these athletes.

Gabriela Rigaud, Marketing

Gabriela Rigaud has flourished after arriving at USF, seeking a greater challenge. She has made the dean’s list throughout her educational career and is set to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a minor in mass communications. She has an overall GPA of 3.91, speaks five languages and is a member of the USF chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Rigaud studied abroad in Florence, Italy and now works with the Global Citizens Project to recruit, inform and mentor future project participants. Additionally, she serves as the vice president of communications for the USF American Marketing Association and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House, putting in more than 300 hours working on event planning for fundraising efforts. She also has served as site leader for Stampede of Service at USF.

She serves as a marketing assistant for USF Campus Recreation and now works as a marketing intern for Bristol-Myers Squibb, developing communications strategies for internal marketing within the biopharmaceutical giant.

Rigaud is the recipient of the International Student Scholarship and the Premier Member Award, offered by the USF American Marketing Association and holds a tutor certification, awarded in November 2017. She received a marketing research certification last year and participated in the USF Marketing Mentorship Program through Raymond James in the spring of 2017.