On Top of Their Game - USF Alumni Association



On Top of Their Game - USF Alumni Association
july - 2008
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On Top of Their Game
Jordan Zimmerman, `80 & MBA `84, and Craig Spencer, `83,
are Players in Business and Sports
Q&A with Philip J. Motta
The Art of Healing
Life Member Honor Roll
The well-known “shark-bite professor” Two artist-alumni explore the link
Many thanks to the generous
says sharks don’t mean to eat people. between physical, mental and spiritual benefactors who support the
health in their work. PG 15
PG 9
Alumni Association. PG 20
Completing the Circle
“My degrees from USF changed my life. They were
the credentials I needed to start my own company.
I feel it’s my duty to pass that opportunity along!
There are so many ways you can make a difference:
become a Life Member of the Alumni Association,
get a Bulls license plate, endow a scholarship….
You can change people’s lives. It really is as simple
as that.”
Angie Brewer
B.A. `82, M.S. `84
Learn more about how you
can make a difference. If
you’d like to become more
involved, please contact:
Ron Sherman, `74
USF Alumni Association
(813) 974-1891
[email protected]
W W W. U S FA L U M N I . O R G
15 The Art of Healing
In their work as professional artists, Loren Ellis, `74,
of New York City, and Kathy Iwanowski, `94, of
Tallahassee, explore the synergy that links artistic
expression to one’s physical, mental and spiritual
26 Call Him Crazy
Jordan Zimmerman, `80 & MBA `84, is co-owner of
the NHL’s Florida Panthers and built the nation’s 14th
largest advertising agency from scratch. He says the
key to that kind of success is “insanity.”
28 Soul Man
Philly Soul co-owner Craig Spencer, `83, developed
some of the finest hotels in the country as founder of
The Arden Group. Now he’s bringing his magic touch
to the Arena Football League, in partnership with rock
star Jon Bon Jovi.
President’s Message
News Roundup
USF Spotlight
Letters to the Editor
Where’s Rocky?
8 Member Benefit
9 Q&A
Chapters & Societies
Blast From the Past
That Was Then; This is Now
Life Member Honor Roll
Class Notes
Alumni Voice
USF Alumni Association
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president’s message
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Communications & Marketing
Contributing Writers in this Issue:
• Mia Faucher
• Kathy L. Greenberg
• Jeffrey Jones
• Mary Patrick Walker
Alumni Association Contact
Executive Director: John Harper, `76
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Hello Fellow Alumni,
I look forward to serving as your Alumni Association president for the next fiscal year. It has been 29 years since my
graduation and I feel more connected to the University today than when I was a student. That connectivity is due to
the immense sense of satisfaction and pride that I receive
as a member of the Alumni Association.
As alumna, I am one of over 200,000 graduates of USF. We are the only PERMANENT members of our institution. Students, faculty and administration will
all come and go, but throughout time, the alumni will always remain consistent. Therefore, it’s up to us to build our legacy. The mission of the Alumni
Association is to connect alumni, support students and strengthen USF. Think
about that for a minute.
As members of the Alumni Association we impact the lives of students every
day. We are stewards of alumni-funded student scholarships that enable the
best and brightest of today’s youth to fulfill their dreams of a college education. Through our nationally recognized Legislative Intern and Directed Study
programs, we help students gain invaluable government experience. The Ambassador program is honing the leadership skills of a uniquely talented group
of student representatives – the finest USF has to offer.
Because of the involvement of alumni like yourselves who donate your time,
treasure and talent, these students (and future alumni) thrive. By paying it
forward you are helping in more ways than you will ever know. Thank you
for continuing to stay involved. Those of you who’d like to become more
involved in building our legacy can take the first step by visiting
www.USFalumni.org or calling 813-974-2100 or 800-299-BULL (2855).
In Bull Pride,
Michele Norris, `79
Spalding, `87, and Charley Harris, `87; treasurer Marie Edmonson, `88 &
MACC `90; co-treasurer Brad Kelly, `79; and secretary Pat Poff, `92.
The board of directors sets policy and guides the direction of the Alumni Association, working in partnership with a paid, professional staff that implements the Alumni Association’s programs, services and communications.
The magazine you’re reading, Alumni
Voice, earned a Platinum Award
from Hermes Creative Awards for
the January 2008 issue featuring
couples who met at USF, married and
stayed connected to the University
through the USF Alumni Association.
Other Platinum winners in the Hermes
contest included 3M, American Kennel
Club, Lockheed Martin and T. Rowe
Price, among others.
Save the Date for SuperBull XII
It’s official. Homecoming 2008, also known as SuperBull XII, will be Oct.
18. Your USF Bulls will play the Syracuse Orangemen at Raymond James
Stadium. We don’t know yet if it will be a daytime or evening game, but we
do know that it’ll be the party of the year.
The weekend starts with a little business, followed by a lot of fun. On Friday,
Oct. 17, the USF Alumni Association presents our annual Distinguished
Alumni Awards, followed by an Alumni Association Board of Directors
After that, it’s party time. Bring your lawn chairs and watch the Homecoming Parade from the best bead-catching seats on campus – along Alumni
Drive in front of the Gibbons Alumni Center. Stay after the parade to watch
students burn the Syracuse mascot in effigy at the annual bonfire.
The Alumni Association’s monthly e-newsletter, AlumNews earned a Gold
in the Hermes competition and the Homecoming 2007 campaign earned an
honorable mention.
A postcard promoting the 2007 football tailgates earned a Bronze Award in
the Summit International Awards. The panel of judges for this competition
included professionals from internationally acclaimed organizations such
as Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather, LXB Communication Marketing and
Game day, on Saturday, Oct. 18, starts with Bulls Roast – the Alumni Association’s biggest party of the year. Our Get Your Game On Tent will be
stocked with free pom-poms, tattoos and special-edition commemorative
beads for Alumni Association members. (Be sure to bring your membership
card!) There also will be games, giveaways, music and guest appearances
by President Judy Genshaft, Rocky, the Herd of Thunder, USF cheerleaders
and the Sun Dolls. Tickets for Bulls Roast will go on sale in August.
Details are still in the planning stages, so be sure to check for updates at
New Alumni Board of Directors
The 2008-09 Board of Directors for the USF Alumni Association assumes
office this month, with Michele Norris, `79, of Lutz, as your new president,
and Roger Frazee, `71, as president-elect.
A New Alumni
2008 Alumni Directory
Find the old friends you promised
you‘d never forget in the new USF
Alumni Directory. This new directory,
published in collaboration with Harris
Connect, is the first one in more than
a decade. This valuable resource
includes personal, academic and
business information about all of our
graduates. To reserve your copy, call
Other officers on the 27-member volunteer board are past presidents Jeff
New USF Treasurer
Join the Alumni Army
Fell Stubbs was promoted to USF treasurer
from associate treasurer upon the retirement of the University’s first treasurer, Eric
Walden. In addition to serving as treasurer,
Stubbs continues to serve as executive
director of the USF Financing Corporation
and the USF Property Corporation. These
two separate but complementary entities
are the financial structures through which
the University acquires, constructs and
manages property.
As an alumnus of the University of
South Florida, you have a stake in the
issues that impact your alma mater,
especially in these dire financial
times. It’s your right and privilege to
make your voice heard to the federal,
state and local legislators whose
decisions affect its future.
Stubbs received an MBA from the
University of Denver and a B.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado.
Prior to joining USF, he served as senior vice president and CFO of Bank
One Colorado, senior vice president and CFO of United Bancorporation of
Wyoming; vice president of Wells Fargo Colorado, CFO of a semiconductor
manufacturer in Arizona, and he managed pension funds for the University
of the West Indies.
Toward that end, the USF Alumni Association has compiled an Advocacy
Guide to serve as a primer on how to effectively communicate with your
elected representatives and the media in a productive manner.
Let your lawmakers know that USF alumni demand a say in the
future of their University. You can find the Advocacy Guide at
Correction: Michael Hoad is vice president of University Communications
and Marketing. Michael Pearce is vice president of Information Technology.
Their titles were incorrect in the April issue of Alumni Voice. We regret the
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Presidential Historian & Pulitzer Prize Winning Author
Friday, October 3, 2008 • Hyatt Regency Downtown
Proceeds for this event support USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy, a
program that provides opportunities for women to grow as community leaders
and philanthropists and influence USF’s future by supporting the university’s
educational, research and public service mission.
For sponsorship or ticket information, please contact Laura Heruska by email at
[email protected] or by phone at 813-974-6996.
USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy
4202 E. Fowler Ave., PRS100 • Tampa, FL 33620
University of South Florida
Alumni Association
Board of Directors
Communications Council
A cornerstone of the Alumni Association mission is the fostering of a lifelong relationship
between the University and its alumni. By
engaging alumni in a dialogue about matters
of interest and concern to them, the association completes this connection. The Communications Committee provides guidance to
the board and the association on all matters
related to this dialogue with alumni: from research and planning to messaging and branding; from evaluating the relative effectiveness
of available media to offering feedback on
graphics and content. The committee and its members help keep
the association staff apprised of developments in communications
theory and technology, especially as they relate to current or future
Michele Norris, `79 Marketing
Roger T. Frazee, CFP, CLU, ChFC, CPA, `71 Finance & Accounting
Patrick Poff, `92 English
Marie Edmonson, `88 Accounting, MACC `90 Accountancy
Brad Kelly, `79 Accounting
Immediate Past President
Jeff Spalding, `87 Computer Science & Engineering
Board Members
Brandon Aldridge, `88 Communication
Jan Ash, `87 Engineering Science, `89 M.S. Civil Engineering
Gene Balter, `77 Engineering
Angie Brewer, `82 Management, M.S. `84 Management
Bill Eickhoff, `69 Business & MBA `73
James Gossett, `98 Business
Gene Haines, `97 Criminology
Elizabeth Harmon, `82 Mass Comm.
Charley Harris, `87 Business
Richard Heruska, `99 Business
Anila Jain, MD, `81 Biology
Mike LaPan, `81 Management
Mark Levine, `74 Psychology
Victor Lucas, `85 Management
Diana Michel, `88 Business
Jim Ragsdale, `81 Management
Carla Saavedra, `87 English
Jim Weber, `77 Finance, MBA ‘82
Derek Williams, `00 Finance
Christi Womack-Villalobos, `92 English
Areas of Responsibility:
The Communications Committee provides guidance, advice and
professional expertise to the association board and staff in a number of ways, including:
• Reviewing communications research and planning
• Providing input on messaging and branding
• Evaluating the effectiveness of various communications vehicles
• Reviewing vendor proposals as requested by staff
• Applying technology developments to Association
• Suggesting content for print and electronic media
Communications Council Members (from left): Ryke Cordisco,
USFAA graphic artist; Christi Womack Villalobos, `92; Rita Kroeber, USFAA communications director; Diana Michel, `88, council chair; John Harper, `76, USFAA executive director; Rachel
McVety, `88, Vincent Osborne, `66; Katy Parsons, `06; Colleen
Chappell, `88 and Dan McLean, `03.
Non-Voting Members of the Board
Judy Genshaft, University of South Florida President
John Harper, `76 Mass Comm., Alumni Association Executive Director
Leslie “Les” Muma, `66 Mathematics, USF Foundation Board
of Trustees Chairman
Elizabeth Pitts, USF Ambassadors
Jeff Robison, University Advancement Vice President
to the
It’s Good to Be Green & Gold
As a USF graduate in the mid-80s, I never thought I’d see the
day that this city would be awash in Bull Pride. Now everywhere I go – restaurants, parks, malls, wherever – I see USF
bumper stickers, T-shirts, flags and tags. I’ve always been
proud to be a Bull and it’s nice to see that everyone feels this
way. I can’t wait to take my son to the football games this fall.
See you there!
Kevin Jackson, `85 | Tampa
More than 1,000 alumni responded to our request to ask the
Florida Legislature to pass a bill allowing the transfer of the
Johnnie B. Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute to USF. Here are a few of
their replies. – Ed.
Parking Problems
I am very proud and honored to have gotten my MPH from
USF. I am also proud and honored that my eldest son received both his B.A. and M.A. from USF. Two of my other
sons are current USF students. I am voicing a concern as a
parent and an alumnus: It seems that there exists a severe
parking shortage on campus which needs to be addressed.
My sons have decals but insist there is nowhere to park on
many occasions. I did not believe them until I tried, myself,
to find parking. I had gone with a group of my high school
students to get them started on the Dual Enrollment process
and it took me over 20 minutes to find a space. I appreciate your review of this issue and hope for much success for
USF and its alumni.
Magda Elkadi Saleh, MPH `95
Principal, American Youth Academy | Tampa
The new Richard A. Beard Parking Facility on Alumni Drive
is expected to open any day now bringing 2,000 new parking
spaces to a central location on campus. – Ed.
Merging the Byrd Institute with USF
I am asking the Legislature to allow the Johnnie B. Byrd
Alzheimer’s Institute, located on USF’s Tampa Campus, to
be transferred to USF. Alzheimer’s research is very near and
dear to my heart because it has struck every woman on my
mother’s side of the family. Alzheimer’s drastically affects the
family members just as much as the person with the illness.
We must provide funding and work towards a cure for this
horrible disease. Can you imagine coming home to your
spouse or a family member and them not knowing who you
are or anything about themselves or their lives? Just think
where your life would be if you couldn’t remember a thing
about yourself or anyone else. This is why we need to keep
working towards a cure.
Cassandra Junker, `05 | St. Cloud
Don’t Use Tax Dollars
I don’t believe that centers paid for with public funds should
be named after Senators. If Johnnie wants a center named after
him or his father he needs to pony up the funds. Otherwise,
I believe it should be the USF Alzheimer’s Institute ... or the
Reagan or whomever had Alzheimer’s that has provided public
service by giving of themselves ... or suffered from Alzheimer’s, or has enough money to provide a chair endowment.
L.A. Richard, `72 | Treasure Island
Don’t Forget Other Causes
I support this research, but what is USF doing to make sure
Africana Studies and other programs are not cut? We should
fight just as passionately for this discipline as we do our
Brittany Osbourne, `07 | Deltona
If Rocky looks cranky, it’s
because it was freezing when he and alumnus
Mark Hafen, M.A. `92 & Ph.D `01, visited the
historic Multnomah Hotel in Portland, Ore. in late
April. The hotel opened in 1912 and encompasses
an entire city block. It was recently renovated by
Embassy Suites and is one of the largest hotels in
the Northwest.
Bulls Under the Sea
ever let it be said that Bulls don’t like the water! These three USF alumni make their living sharing the beauty of the
deep blue sea with the public. And there’s no place better to explore the wonders of the underwater world than The
Florida Aquarium, where USF Alumni Association members get a $4 discount on regular-priced daily admission and a 10
percent discount on certain memberships.*
atrick Mayer was an aquarium
volunteer for 10 years before he
earned a Bachelor’s in Biology in 2005.
Now he’s the principal biologist for the
birds at the aquarium. Patrick helped
establish the Hawk Flight demonstration and is responsible for the care
and training of the facility’s feathered
residents. He’s pictured here with his
favorite, Hootie, the great horned owl.
hen Courtney Phillips was a
little girl, she petted a nurse
shark and discovered her professional
passion. Courtney, 23, graduated in
December 2006 with a Bachelor’s
degree in Marine Biology and now
works at The Florida Aquarium as the
assistant instructor of public programs.
She helped to develop “Shark Feeding:
Behind the Scenes,” in which participants learn about and feed the sharks.
She also trains volunteers for the
education department. Courtney takes
great pleasure in helping people get to
know the often-misunderstood shark.
fter graduating with an English
Literature degree from in 1994,
Tom Wagner cut his teeth working
for the university in the Public Affairs office. An avid SCUBA diver, he
joined the aquarium as public relations
manager in 2006, following stints at
the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Busch
Gardens. “Spending time in the exhibits with our animals is amazing! Guests
are often surprised to learn they, too,
have the chance to dive with the
sharks or swim with the fishes.”
See it all at http://www.flaquarium.org/
*Membership discounts are on individual, couple, party-of-four
and party-of-eight categories. Must be purchased online.
Philip J.
Motta Ph.D
By Kathy L. Greenberg, Class of 1993
Philip J. Motta, a professor of Biology at USF, is
a noted authority on sharks and bony fishes.
Since 1990, Motta has collaborated with Mote
Marine Laboratory in Sarasota and currently
is part of a research program on whale sharks
directed by Mote Marine and the Mexico-based
conservation group Project Domino. In April,
he discussed the feeding and sensory apparatuses in the hammerhead shark’s head on
“Explorer: Shark Superhighway” for the National Geographic Channel. Motta also has made
appearances on “Animal Planet” and “The
Today Show.”
Q : Why sharks?
A : Because [sharks] are fascinating animals.They
are uniquely adapted to their environment.They
are great to study in terms of form, function and
evolution. I knew I was going to be an ichthyologist when I was 17 years old. I did my first shark
research as an undergrad at Duke University.
Q : What evolutionary changes have sharks undergone since prehistoric times?
A : Sharks are a conglomeration of ancestral and
derived fixtures.There are numerous things that
have changed and numerous things that have not
changed.The feeding apparatus and feeding structure of the head have changed slightly.Their jaws
have become more mobile. But their general body
form, internal workings and physiology have not
changed much.
Q : Tell me about your current research.
A : We’re involved with numerous projects, but all
of our studies focus around the feeding biology of
fishes. I’m studying the feeding and biology of whale
sharks in Mexico with Mote Marine Laboratory and
the Georgia Aquarium. I work with my students on
the form and function of hammerhead sharks, the
evolution and feeding of stingrays, the biomechanics
of shark teeth and bite force in large predators, like
barracuda and bull sharks.
We’re studying why the teeth have changed slightly.
Over hundreds of millions of years, shark teeth have
gone from being more pointed and needlelike for
penetrating to cutting-like with very sharp edges.
We’re looking at the mechanics of cutting, how the
teeth formed, how they have changed and how they
perform. We work with engineers at USF and use
their machines to measure the force to cut different
types of prey.
Q : How many species of sharks do we know to
A : There are about 500 known species.
Q : Have environmental changes affected shark
A : There’s no evidence of that yet. However, one
thing that may be affecting Florida’s bull sharks is
changes in the freshwater influx into our rivers. In
many rivers they change the amount of fresh water
released into the waters. In some cases they open
the dams and let in a huge slug of fresh water. At
other times of the year they dam the rivers and let
less fresh water in. We [humans] control the influx
of water.
the sharks mistake [a person] as baitfish.You have a
greater chance of dying from a bee sting than from
a shark attack.
Bull sharks like medium salinity.Young bull sharks
move into fresh waters and stay up there to feed
away from the adults, because they’ll prey on them.
When you let a large slug of fresh water into the rivers, it drives the young bull sharks into the Gulf of
Mexico. By controlling the water flow, you change
the distribution and abundance of bull sharks.
Q : Are people today more interested in or aware
of shark preservation?
A : I think the public is more aware of ecological balance. Floridians are more into the balance of
nature. Look at all the letters in newspapers about
preserving endangered land in Florida. Wildlife is
extremely important to Floridians.
Q : Tampa Bay is home to the great hammerhead.
Should we be concerned?
A : Not with any recreational activity. Tampa Bay
has great hammerheads, small bonnetheads and
bull sharks. Most of these sharks feed on fish and
stingrays. But use correct judgment when you swim
in the bay. Don’t swim in schools of baitfish. Don’t
swim across the bay – it’s not a swimming pool.
Some people train for marathons and swim the
length of the bay. I don’t think any shark biologist I
know of would do that.
The highest incident of shark attacks is on the east
coast of Florida because there are so many people
in the water in conjunction with sharks. Shark bites
are usually a case of mistaken identity. In most cases,
Q : Which waters have the largest shark popula-
A : Some places in the Indo-Pacific and places off
South Africa.They’re small places with a concentration of sharks.
Q : How do you feel about the way sharks are
portrayed in the media?
A : After “Jaws” came out, shark fishing skyrocketed.Twenty or 30 years ago, the only good shark was
a dead shark.That’s really turned around now. Everybody is sympathetic with the victim, but if you read
some of the reports of the shark attacks, you’ll see
Floridians, especially, saying that this is part of the
price of living in this ecosystem. On the east coast
of Florida, many of the surfers and boogie boarders
who’ve been bitten say it won’t deter them.This is
the risk they take in a large population of sharks
that are feeding.
Q : If you could be a shark for a day, which one
would you be?
A : A hammerhead. It’s an evolutionary oddball.
Why does it have this bizarre head? Why is it shaped
that way? We currently have a National Science
Foundation grant to study their head.Three universities and four different researchers are working on
this project.
Q : Have you ever been bitten by a shark?
A : No.They eat fish and small prey.They’re not
really interested in humans.
Q : What can we learn from sharks?
Measuring the bite of a bonnethead shark.
A : How ecosystems work and the balance of
them. In terms of Florida, what is the role of sharks
in the ecosystem and how important are they? Why
have some sharks changed and some haven’t in evolution? What selective pressures have made them
change? How do teeth work? There is little information about how teeth cut.
More important than that is taking young minds
and training them in scientific endeavors. [Shark
research] is a great tool because it sparks so much
interest. Also, antibiotics have been isolated from
sharks.There is some endocrinology work being
done on sharks and for cancer research they’re
studying the biochemical properties that prevent
blood vessel formation.
Filming a television segment for National Geographic.
Q : What is it like to be known as the shark bite
A : We get a lot of queries from the media. Almost
every week we get emails.The public is especially
interested in bite force. We spend a lot of time with
public relations. It brings awareness of sharks to the
When we get right down to it in the lab, our focus
is just pure research. My primary focus is education. My goal is quality education for graduate and
undergraduate students. It’s not about ‘I’; it’s ‘we.’ It’s
about our students getting involved in research and
the community of shark experts who study [these
animals]. If we don’t educate, it’s a waste of time.
Studying the feeding biology of whale sharks with the Mote Marine
Laboratory and the Georgia Aquarium.
& societies
No matter
where you
live, you’ll
always be
a Bull!
Brian Campbell
[email protected]
The USF Alumni Association has alumni chapters
all over the country. We
also have college and
special interest societies
for like-minded alumni. It’s
easy to get involved. Just
email the contact person
of the group you’d like to
Education Alumni
Freda Abercrombie
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Architecture Alumni
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Black Alumni
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Business Alumni
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Engineering Alumni
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Geology Alumni
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Honors Alumni
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Jewish Alumni
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Kosove Alumni
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Jerry L. Miller
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Marine Science
Bruce Barber
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Louis B. Richardson
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Jim Johnson
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Ellen Rosenblum
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John Carpenter
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Ross Allen
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Barbara Lyn
Ruben Matos
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Sara DuCuennois
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Carlos Rodriguez
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Fort Myers
Sanjay Kurian
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Belinda Nettles
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Monroe (Key West)
Kristen Condella
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Kathleen & William Bellamy
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Master of the macabre, Stephen King, and his
protégé Lauren Groff flash the Bull horns after
an appearance at USF Sarasota-Manatee in
March to discuss their new novels.
King, a part-time resident of the
Sarasota area, recently released
Duma Key, a mystery set in
central Florida that features
some familiar Bay area
landmarks. Groff’s novel,
The Monsters of Templeton, is a favorite of King’s.
Jerald “Jerry” Grimes
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St. Lucie
Frank Pennetti
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Kevin Krause
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Tara Klimek
[email protected]
Palm Beach
Scott Teich
[email protected]
National &
Braden Schivalli
[email protected]
Denise Dimbath
[email protected]
Pensacola/Spanish Fort/
Nick Kessler
[email protected]
Lisa Sortevik
[email protected]
Audrey Gilmore
[email protected]
Randy Dotson
[email protected]
USF Alumni board member
Dr. Anila Jain, `81, left, and Alumni Affairs
officer Jay Riley, right, met Gov. Charlie Crist at the Florida
Women’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony in March. USF
benefactor Dr. Pallavi Patel was inducted during the ceremony.
Brad Heath
[email protected]
Junior Browne
[email protected]
Gov. Charlie Crist’s press
secretary, Sterling Ivey, `97, center,
took a few minutes from his busy
schedule to speak to students participating in the Tallahassee Intern Program
sponsored by the Alumni Association,
the College of Arts & Sciences and USF
Student Government.
Florida CFO Alex Sink,
center, and two of her top staffers, Tara Klimek, `01,
and Michael Carlson, `90, far right, and Florida Rep. Ron Reagan, `77,
far left, also made time to talk to the students in the
Tallahassee Intern Program.
& societies
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Los Angeles
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Portland, OR
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Columbia, SC
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D.C. Regional
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Denver Mile High
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New York
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Raleigh, NC
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San Francisco
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Seattle/Tacoma, WA
Jared Capouya
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St. Louis
Mark Greenspahn
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Engineering Alumni
Society President Gene Balter, `77, gets a taste
of whipped cream pie on his face during the
annual craziness that is Bullarney, a fundraiser for engineering scholarships. This is
the first year the Engineering Alumni Society
organized and produced the event, which sold
out in advance.
Rob Smith
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Dan McLean, `03,
Matt Dalhquist, `09 expected, and
Nathan Kerr, `02 found a creative outlet for their Bull
Pride while vacationing in Cape San Blas, FL. The trio
sculpted a 12-by-12-foot USF logo in the sand.
USF Ambassadors Jon Moore
and Peggy O’Connor met former U.S. Senator
and Florida Governor Bob Graham, right, who
spoke as part of the Institute for Public Policy and
Leadership’s Civility and Democracy series held at
the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. The series was
held in partnership with the Gulf Coast Community
Foundation and the Collins Center.
Feature Story
By Mary Patrick Walker
Excerpt from “Butterfly in South of France” by Loren Ellis.
s a teenager, Loren Ellis
was eager to immerse
herself in the world of art.
Even then, she was aware
of the power of art to heal
and transform life’s harsh realities into
something sublime.
“I couldn’t wait. I skipped my senior
year at King High School to attend USF
early,” said Ellis, who now works as an
artist in New York City. She received her
high school diploma after finishing her
first year at the University. “From my
first quarter – we had quarters and not
semesters then – I knew I was an art
Her passion is summed up neatly
in a quote from George Bernard Shaw:
“Without art, the crudeness of reality
would make the world unbearable.”
“That,” Ellis said, “says it all. I love
this quote.”
In conjunction with her career as an
poets that was hosted by Ellis’s brother,
artist, gallery director and former teacher Mark Ellis, at his European Tile and
in Manhattan, she is founder and direcFloor store in Pinellas Park. Art for Healtor of a nationally registered nonprofit
ing NYC also hosts an annual exhibit at
organization, Art for Healing NYC. The
the Ryan Chelsea-Clinton Community
organization focuses on showing how
Health Center in Manhattan. This year’s
exposure and education in the arts is
show, which ran from April through
therapeutic for everyone: artists, patrons
June, featured mixed media works by
and patients. It also crosses over into the more than two dozen artists, some of
field of art therapy, as well.
which are still on display at John Barry’s
Ellis, who earned a B.A. in Studio
Arts in 1974, said the nonprofit has a
fluid approach toward accomplishing
its mission.
“There’s no one answer of how
we work,” she said. “We help visual
and performing artists share the
healing power of their art with our
community by offering consultation,
offering our gallery for free usage,
fiscal sponsoring of projects and
fundraising benefits.”
For five years, the nonprofit has
held continuous exhibits at Ellis’
Manhattan gallery. The organization
recently helped fund a benefit for
Loren Ellis in her NYC studio with mural “Purify Air.”
Tampa Bay artists, musicians and
Feature Story
“Bird in Paris” by Loren Ellis
restaurant in Manhattan.
“I believe all illness starts in the
mind,” Ellis said. “When one is healed
spiritually, they are healed mentally and
physically. Creating art – which includes
music, dance, writing, theater – definitely has a healing effect on the artist and
also on the audience.”
Ellis’ belief is beginning to be
validated by an increasing amount of
research in the past decade on the
therapeutic value of artistic expression.
But she doesn’t need numbers to tell her
what she’s experienced firsthand.
“The day after 9/11, when New
York stood still and I was afraid to call
anyone, I buried myself in my studio
and created a huge series about my feelings about 9/11,” Ellis said. “I also wrote
poetry. Creating art was healing for me.
It always is.”
The healing power of art can be
applied to the environment as well, she
said. Ellis recently received a grant from
the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, which she used to
create new art focusing on the connection between spirituality, humanity and
“I was honored to be invited by
Dr. Blanca Greenberg, a healer, to use
her spiritual center as my venue for the
exhibition. I also taught art workshops
in conjunction with the exhibition,” said
Greenberg is a certified spiritual
counselor, Reiki Master and author
whose Spiritual Path Holistic Center is
based in Staten Island. Ellis’ collection of
photographic paintings, called “Ecology:
The Human Element,” was on display
there in May.
Ellis’ pursuit of artistic spirituality is
grounded in the structure of her years at
USF, where she learned that, in addition
to being creative, an artist must also be
“The art department was very demanding,” she said. “The school was of
course smaller, but the professors were
very professional and accomplished in
their respective fields.”
After completing her degree at USF,
she earned a Master’s degree in Fine
Arts from Florida State University, and
then moved to New York City. It was
there that she began to incorporate photography into her drawings and paintings.
“I enjoy perspective, light and
shade,” Ellis said. “In my photographic
paintings, as I term my work, the juxtaposition of the various images creates
the statement. I am a Romantic, and believe art can be beautiful and still have a
meaningful message.”
Teaching has long been a component of Ellis’ professional life. She has
taught at USF and also counsels artists in
her Art for Healing program.
“Teaching is very rewarding to me.
I spend a lot of time guiding artists and
encouraging them to create their art in
what is always a difficult climate,” said
Nothing is as difficult – or as transforming – as making art, she said.
“Creating art is sometimes exhausting emotionally and physically,” said
Ellis. “I try to not base my new art on
experience and base my end results on
feelings, thoughts and desires that are
often not easily expressed in words.”
Learn more about Art for Healing
and Loren Ellis at www.ArtforHealingNYC.org and www.LorenEllisArt.com.
athy Iwanowski is both a
nurse and an artist. The
two fields, she believes, are
connected in ways many
people might not realize.
Art is an important part of the healing
“I have had the chance to personally and professionally witness the
positive effects of the arts on healing,”
said Iwanowski. “The first time, on the
personal side, was when I painted my
way through an episode of burnout
from nursing.
“Then, on the professional side, I
am reminded over and over again in experiences with individuals and groups,
with and without disabilities of all kinds,
how powerful the association between
self-expression, self-awareness and
self-confidence really are for all human
A growing body of evidence tends
to support Iwanowski’s belief in the
healing power of art. She felt so strongly
about its transformative powers that,
although already a practicing nurse, with
Iwanowski during Camp Alegria
Iwanowski working with client during her CARD residency
a degree from the Wesley-Passavant
School of Nursing in Chicago, she also
earned a Bachelor’s degree in Studio
Arts from USF in 1994.
At the time, she had no idea how
the two degrees would merge into her
life’s work. Today she offers creativity consulting for both businesses and
individuals, helping them to make the
connection between good health and
creativity. She has taken some inspiration from Mary Rockwood Lane of the
University of Florida’s College of Nursing and other nurses who have found
the value of artistic expression in the
healing process.
“I have been pleasantly surprised by
what has transpired,” said Iwanowski,
who recently moved from Dunedin to
Tallahassee. “The more I moved into the
world of art, the more I found my nursing experience to support my work in
strange and wondrous ways.”
One of those ways is through the
International Association of Nurse Artists, which Iwanowski founded with
other nurses. The goal, she said, is for
the group to work with people before
they are ill, or “wellness nursing.” Part of
the plan is showing people the connection between art and health – something
that is needed to combat the stress of
the modern work environment.
“Stress is not only draining people
of the energy to work for their companies but also of their hopes and dreams.
In the end, this is leading to more
disease – physically, emotionally and
mentally,” Iwanowski said. “The fact that
many companies have stopped offering pension plans and, in some cases,
profit sharing, has increased the amount
of stress and also created
negative working conditions
for many people.”
She believes that by
coaching people to vent
their stress via art, she can
help them lead healthier,
happier lives.
Another of Iwanowski’s
projects, Breastplates &
Other Artful Armor Against
Cancer, is also inspired by
her personal experience.
“The exhibit was inspired by the deaths of my grandmother,
Daisy, who was a cancer survivor when
she died, and my mother-in-law, Sharlot,
who died of metastatic breast cancer,”
Iwanowski explained.
She also drew from the “many other
courageous and inspirational patients I
cared for as a cancer and hospice nurse
for almost 20 years.”
She asked other nurses and artists who had been affected by cancer
to participate in the exhibit, which was
first presented as a work in progress
to health educators at a conference of
Cancer, Culture & Literacy in Clearwater.
They created a powerful collection of 18
paintings, sculpture and mixed media
works that offer a hopeful, yet unflinching, view into coming to terms with
breast cancer.
Breastplates & Other Artful Armor
Against Cancer debuted in its finished
form in October 2006 in the lobby of
the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. In
2007, it morphed into a traveling exhibit that was shown across Florida in
all sorts of venues, from the College of
Nursing at Florida Atlantic University to
a biker bar.
“It was designed to be shown to
all types of audiences, mostly in places
other than galleries, which can be so
intimidating,” Iwanowski said.
Currently seeking her Master’s in
fine arts from Goddard College in Vermont, Iwanowski is now exploring the
theories behind using art to cope with
the grieving process.
“What I hope to accomplish on this path is
the ability to work through
the grieving process with
visual art, music and writing in the future, with
soldiers and others who
have experienced all types
of losses, not from an art
therapy perspective, but
rather from the therapeutic
Iwanowski process of the arts.”
And she plans on
continuing to help make art and
creativity an everyday experience for
more people.
“It is quite amazing to see the
transformation that occurs when,
through creativity and play, one can
safely solve problems on one level –
such as trying color combinations that
appeal to the eye on canvas – and
transfer that accomplishment of seeing
something in a different light to other
more risky areas of our lives,” she
Learn more about Kathy Iwanowski’s work at
A Blast from the Past !
U.S.PRESIDENT: John F. Kennedy
VICE PRESIDENT: Lyndon B. Johnson
IN SCIENCE: Michael E. DeBakey
implants artificial heart in human for
first time at Houston hospital; the
first commercial nuclear reactor goes
online at the Jersey Central Power
Company; quasars are discovered by
U.S. astronomer Maarten Schmidt.
IN THE NEWS: President John F.
Kennedy is assassinated; Vice President Lyndon Johnson assumes the post within hours; the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech at a civil rights rally in Washington, D.C.; U.S. Supreme Court rules no locality may require
recitation of the Lord’s Prayer or Bible verses in public schools.
IN THE ARTS: Poet Carl Sandburg performs a reading of his works at USF; Betty
Friedan publishes The Feminine Mystique;
Beatlemania hits the U.S. with the release
of “I Want to Hold Your Hand/I Saw Her
Standing There” and “Meet the Beatles”.
At USF: President John Allen refutes findings of a
John’s Committee investigation, saying there are no
subversives on campus; USF announces that it has
stocked fallout shelters in the Chemistry building,
University Center and Library; Some 325 degrees
are conferred at the University’s first graduation.
By Mia Faucher
Class of 2010
With the date for the presidential
election of 2008 fast approaching, the push
to be politically involved and aware is
never more practical or important. While
you may think that this new era of Internet
blogging, technological overload and the
heavy focus on entertainment may be
breeding more political apathy from college students than in
times past, there are still many who thrive on being informed
citizens and spreading that fervor to others.
Robin Roup, incoming vice president of USF’s College
Democrats, is just such an individual, using her love of politics
to spark positive change in our country to get it through these
trying times.
“Our country is in a bad state: we’re in a recession, we’re
in a pointless war, our currency isn’t worth anything and we’re
losing our place in the global hierarchy,” Robin says, adding, “I
want to get behind any candidates that want to make a change
to get us out.”
But Robin realizes that it’s not only up to those running for
office to turn the state of affairs in our nation around.
“If you want change, you have to get out there and do
something. Things won’t get done unless people are out there
fighting for it,” she says.
This is not a new idea, as you well know. All throughout
history, people in our country, some of whom may be reading
this right now, have come across ideas, feelings and legislation
that they saw as unjust and in need of serious revamping. USF
has a history of political activism, from the fight against the
John’s Committee search for “anti-American activities” in the
early sixties, to the repeated student protests of the Vietnam
War, culminating in the infamous Fowler Avenue blockade in
As media ethics professor Dr. Larry Leslie so aptly puts it, “If
it is to be, it is up to me,” meaning that reforms must start with
an individual who is willing to work towards change.
While some people see the new media technology as an
impediment to political awareness, recent USF graduate Robert
Armstead feels such developments were largely responsible for
the increase in young voters and college students over the past
10 years.
“All the candidates have MySpace and Facebook pages that
lend their platforms to much larger participation from that
demographic,” he says.
Robert added that, “just having an opinion is a good
start, especially with college students who may have a more
educated opinion,” on political matters. An opinion, he feels, is
the first step towards any potential action on anyone’s part.
Both Robin and Robert came to the conclusion that if they
neglect to get involved, then they have no reason to complain
about what goes on around them.
“I don’t think some people realize that politics and
government affect everything – they affect the roads you drive
on, how much you get paid at your job, how much you pay for
school, whether the air you’re breathing is clean – everything,”
Robin says, adding, “I just don’t get how you can live in a
political battleground state like Florida and not be into politics.”
I would add that not only to be in Florida, but to be in
college at USF, an immense arena of free and independent
thought and the opportunity to exchange such ideas with
others, and not be involved, or at least aware, is a terrible
waste. It’s uplifting to know that students today are just as
active and becoming more resolute in their political beliefs as
they were years ago.
Excerpts of memories from
members of the USF Alumni Association.
One of my fondest memories is being invited to join Fides, a
local sorority which later led to becoming a member of Tri
Delta. I met my best college friend, Daphne Evans. She was
so full of ideas that we could talk for hours. Also, when a
professor put my poem in The Oracle, I was thrilled.
Susan Banks Baker, `67 / Annual Member
I have great memories of my major professor, the late Dr. Larry
Doyle, USF St. Petersburg campus, Marine Science. He taught
us the little things to be successful in life, not just at college.
Stephen Szydlik, `80 / Annual Member
One of my best memories was doing a stage performance
of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in my Performance
Communications class with Jay Baglia. We were a mixture of
football players, frat guys, sorority girls, honors students, etc.
and we all meshed and had so much fun!
Kristen Cabot Brady, `02 / Life Member
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On Top of
Their Game
Panthers Co-Owner
Prowls with
the Big Dogs
By Jeffrey Jones, Class of 2007
hen Jordan Zimmerman graduated
from USF in 1980,
he was full of ambition and ready
to make a name for himself in the real
world. And why not?
Zimmerman, along with a group
of his Mass Communications colleagues, created and delivered one
of the most famous anti-drug slogans
ever: “Just Say No.” It was part of a national contest won by the USF advertising program. They were awarded a
trip to Washington, D.C. to present the
campaign. They were big time.
But much to Zimmerman’s dismay, that national recognition and a
B.A. in Mass Communications weren’t
enough to impress the industry big
shots when he started looking for
“We created (the slogan) and I
took it to New York, but I couldn’t get
a job,” Zimmerman said. “I went to 10
interviews, and I went 0 for 10 – so I
went back to school.”
That’s where he learned about
the “funnel system” while getting his
MBA from USF. The basic premise of
the funnel system is that you have to
be aware of a brand in order for the
brand to be profitable. Zimmerman
disagreed with that concept. He be-
That kind of success doesn’t come
lieved the funnel to be inverted, that a
easily. Zimmerman started out in a
profitable brand creates awareness on
small office in Fort Lauderdale repreits own.
senting local brands and expanded,
“So right after school I wrote a
first regionally, then
business plan, and
nationally, according to
started Zimmerman
his business plan. His
with $10,000 dollars
clients now include big
and turned it into a
names such as Nissan,
$2.4 billion dollar
Pep Boys, Crocs, Papa
agency,” he said.
John’s, Friendly’s Res
It is now the
taurants and Mattress
14th largest adverFirm.
tising agency in the
“For the first 12
United States – the
years, I had to worry
largest outside New
about cash flow, and
York City. Zimit wasn’t until about
merman is also
1993 that I didn’t,” said
part owner of the
Zimmerman, who was
National Hockey
a competitive body
League’s Florida
Panthers. He is
Jordan Zimmerman, `80 & MBA `84 builder and former “Mr.
awash in awards and
Zimmerman now lives in a beautiaccolades, including his recent inducful home in Boca Raton, where he
tion into Nova Southeastern Univerentertains dignitaries such as President
sity’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of
Business and Entrepreneurship’s Entre- George W. Bush. He collects Bentpreneur Hall of Fame. The USF Alumni leys and Ferraris and summers in the
Hamptons. But even in the early years
Association named Zimmerman as a
when times were tight, Zimmerman
Distinguished Alumnus in 2007 and
never gave up, because of a value he
the School of Mass Communications
still holds dear: insanity.
recently inducted him into the Kappa
“You’ve got to be insanely comTau Alpha Hall of Fame. In 1991, he
mitted to whatever you do,” he said,
was named USF College of Business
without a trace of irony. “If you want
Entrepreneur of the Year.
to be great in business, you have to
have an insane commitment to differentiate yourself.”
He brings that same zeal to his
work with the Florida Panthers. When
Wayne Huizenga sold the team in
2001, Zimmerman was one of the
investors who formed a partnership to
buy the team.
“We all came together, some
friends, and we thought it would be
an interesting investment, and we also
didn’t want the team leaving,” he said.
For the first five years, Zimmerman helped run the day-to-day business of the team and attended every
game. Now he’s able to take a more
behind-the-scenes role and enjoy their
games as a fan, as well as an investor. His favorite sport is football, but
hockey has grown on him.
“Having ownership in a professional sports team is going to drive
your interest, and your
commitment, and make
your desire to win even
greater,” he said.
The Zimmerman family, clockwise from
right: Jordan Zimmerman, daughters Cara
and Jordana, sons Jett and Chase and wife
Denise, center.
In addition to valuing insanity,
Zimmerman, a New Jersey native, also
believes in remembering one’s roots.
In the fall of 2005, he began the Zimmerman Advertising Program (ZAP)
at USF, and in August 2006, gave the
School of Mass Communications the
largest donation in the history of its
program – $1 million dollars to help
fund the ZAP program.
The gift provides the means to
enhance the advertising program at
USF and make ZAP one of the premier destinations for aspiring executives from all over the United States,
he explained.
“You get the opportunity to
learn under a relevant new program
that was created by one of the fastest growing agencies in the country
today, and be taught by Zimmerman
executives and some of the finest
professors in the country today,” Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman’s son Chase, 19, is
a freshman at USF who is following
in his father’s footsteps as an honors
student in the college’s advertising
program. Zimmerman and his wife
Denise have three other children,
Cara, 12, Jett, 5, and the youngest,
Jordana, who is 3-years-old.
In addition to the agency and
the hockey team, Zimmerman is also
chairman and CEO of NTDS Holdings, Inc. and INCO Holdings, Inc. He
was named as one of the “100
Most Powerful People in South
Florida” by South Florida
CEO magazine in 2004.
If that’s what insanity can do for a person,
then Zimmerman is crazy
like a fox.
On Top of
Their Game
Philly Soul
Co-Owner Works it
like a Rock Star
By Jeffrey Jones, Class of 2007
raig Spencer has always
been interested in real
estate. As a child, instead
of daydreaming about
being a football hero and
winning the Super Bowl, Spencer had
aspirations of being a player in the
field of finance.
“When I was growing up, as much
as I played and loved sports, I just
always thought I would be in the real
estate business, and be a real estate
developer – I don’t know why, I can’t
tell you,” he said. “Never crossed my
mind to be a professional athlete of
any kind.”
Spencer followed the path of his
youthful intuition and became a successful businessman. The USF Class
of `83 alum founded the Philadelphiabased Arden Group in 1989, which
has purchased and developed over $1
billion in real estate since its inception.
“We primarily focus on luxury hotels and residential, typically combined
and branded,” Spencer said. “For
instance, we’re involved in six RitzCarlton hotels and resorts that have a
big residential component.”
But Spencer, who admits to being
very opportunistic, managed to find
a way to intertwine his love of sports
with that of the business world: He
acquired a pro sports franchise in 2004
– the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena
Football League.
two men discovered they had more
After his first attempt to buy an
similarities than differences – and soon
NBA franchise didn’t pan out, Spencer
a partnership was born.
learned of the AFL through a friend
“Jon is one of the
and decided to take
smartest guys I’ve
a look for himself by
ever been around in
catching a few games
my life,” Spencer said.
on TV.
“To me he’s a busi
“I liked what I
ness guy who just
saw, my kids loved
happens to play music
it, and I started dofor a living.
ing my homework,”
“For two people who
Spencer said. “I
come from totally
decided not only
different worlds, we
that it was a really
have become very
interesting game, but
close friends and
the ownership had
haven’t had a single
changed dramatidisagreement in five
cally from mom-andyears.”
pop owners to very
Craig Spencer, `83 Spencer is not only
wealthy entrepreco-owner of the
franchise, he is also vice-chairman of
With the help of a sports consulthe Soul’s board of directors, and a
tant, Spencer projected that the league
board member and co-chairman of the
was poised for a dramatic take off. He
Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundacontacted the AFL with intentions to
buy the Soul, but was surprised to dis- tion, which works to fight poverty in
the area.
cover there was another offer already
In addition to the business aspect
in place.
of the football team, there is also the
Rock star Jon Bon Jovi had confamily factor, which makes being the
tacted the league three weeks earlier.
owner of a pro sports franchise all the
Instead of an all out bidding war, the
more enjoyable.
league commissioner decided it was
“We go to all the games and
in the best interest of both parties to
they love it, because it’s their football
form a partnership.
team,” Spencer said of his family. “It’s
Spencer was hesitant at first, but
a great way to spend time with your
agreed to meet with Bon Jovi. The
Soul co-owners Craig Spencer and Jon Bon Jovi during pre-game festivities.
family and for them to bring their
Spencer is the father of four very
athletic children: the boys, Jake, 6,
and Max, 12, are both into multiple
sports, including football, baseball and
basketball. Older sisters, Taylor, 15,
and Arielle, 18, followed their father’s
footsteps. Arielle has four straight high
school tennis titles while Taylor recently won her first title as a freshman.
Before Spencer attended USF, he
went to the University of Florida for
three years and played on the men’s
tennis team. Before his senior year
at UF, Spencer decided he needed to
make a change in order to complete
his goal of graduating and attending
law school.
“I had way too many friends and
knew way too many people, and went
out way too much,” said Spencer, a
Sarasota native.
So he moved to Tampa and transferred to USF. He says it was the best
decision he could’ve made.
“I remember it was a great campus, with great professors, great atmosphere, and very conducive for me to
study and do very well,” Spencer said.
“I have very fond memories, because
I got out of it what I wanted, which
was a chance to really focus on my
academics and make sure I got into
law school.”
Spencer did quite well his senior
year, making all A’s, then graduating
as a Bull with a B.A. in Finance. He
then earned a law degree from Georgia State University College of Law.
During his senior year there, he met
his wife of 20 years, Barbara NiponSpencer. They now live with their four
kids in Gladwyne, Pa.
True to his roots, Spencer has
advice for future and recent graduates from USF: “You’re going to have
a lot of people who are going to tell
you that you can’t, you shouldn’t, and
don’t, but if you believe in it, and
you work hard enough, there is really
nothing you can’t achieve today.”
The Spencer family, from left: Barbara J.
Nipon-Spencer, daughter Arielle, sons
Taylor, Max, Jake and Craig Spencer.
Richard Oppel, `64, is one of two
USF alumni who are members of the
prestigious Pulitzer Prize Board, the
panel that determines the annual winners of the famed prize established by
journalist Joseph Pulitzer in 1917. Oppel earned a
degree in Political Science from USF. He was named
editor of the Austin American-Statesman in 1995,
and is responsible for news and editorial content.
After serving in the Marine Corps, he graduated
from USF and began his career with The Tampa Tribune. He worked for The Associated Press and The
Detroit Free Press before becoming executive editor
of the Tallahassee Democrat in 1977, and then editor of The Charlotte Observer in 1978. During his 15
years in Charlotte, the Observer won two Pulitzers,
both gold medals for meritorious public service,
and shared a Pulitzer with The Atlanta Constitution
for editorial cartoons. Oppel has been the National
Press Foundation’s Editor of the Year, president of
the American Society of Newspaper Editors and
president of the North Carolina Press Association.
He and his wife Carol have two children, Richard Jr.,
a New York Times reporter; and Shelby Oppel Wood,
a Portland Oregonian reporter. He became a Pulitzer
board member in 2000 and is a 2008 co-chair of the
Suzanne Wadley Jaworski Rhodenbaugh,
`66, recently held a poetry reading at the Brandon
Regional Library with USF faculty member Jay
Hopler and two other poets, accompanied by a jazz
Karl Olander, M.S. `68, received the
Semiconductor Environmental Safety
and Health Association’s (SESHA) Life
time Achievement Award in March. He
earned a Master’s degree in Chemisty
at USF, followed by a Doctorate from the University
of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 1972.
JoEllen Carlson, `69 & M.A. `72,
earned a Grant Professional Certification (GPC) from the American Association of Grant Professionals (AAGP). The
GPC credential validates knowledge
of and competency in the grants profession. She is
on staff at the Institute for Instructional Research
and Practice and the Institute for At-Risk Infants,
Children, Youth and Their Families.
Doug Kaye, `69, played Candy in a play based
on John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, that
was performed in April at the Shakespeare Tavern,
Atlanta. Doug was a mainstay of Theatre USF back
in the 1960s, and that training and experience led
to nearly continuous acting jobs since then. He has
been with the Tavern for the past 12 years and is
a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union
of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the
United States.
Lydia M. Acosta, `70 & MLS `73,
joined Nova Southeastern University
(NSU) as vice president for Information
Services and University Librarian in
May. Acosta is responsible for setting
the strategic direction and managing the daily
operations of the NSU library system. She joins NSU
after directing the East Baton Rouge (Louisiana) Parish Library comprised of a main library, 12 branches,
a bookmobile and two outreach service centers.
She oversaw the completion of four new community branches and the development of the building
program for a new main library. Acosta also led
successful fundraising efforts for new library programs, and initiated monthly library cable television
programming. Acosta began her library career at the
University of Tampa. She worked at the university
for more than 20 years, serving as library director
for 18 of those years. Acosta then became dean
of library and learning resources at Chicago State
University. Following her tenure at Chicago State,
she was appointed as director of the Fountaindale
Public Library District in the Chicago suburbs, the
position she held before moving to the East Baton
Rouge Parish Library system.
Julie M. Janssen, `70 & Ed.D `01, was named
interim superintendent of Pinellas Schools in May.
Janssen, the district’s top deputy since 2006, will
be the first female superintendent in the 96-year
history of Pinellas public schools. She graduated
from Boca Ciega High in 1966 and joined the district
in 1970 as a teacher at Perkins Elementary, but soon
left for Belize, where she taught for nine years. She
came back to Pinellas in 1981 and taught at Morgan
Fitzgerald Middle, Pasadena Elementary and Pinellas
Technical Education Centers. By 1983, she was a
math teacher at Lakewood High, and in 1991 she
became an assistant principal. She became principal
at Countryside High in 1998 and moved to St. Petersburg High as principal in 2004. Janssen is a Treasure
Island resident with four grown children.
Mike Pride, `72, is one of two USF
alumni who are members of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize Board, the panel
that determines the annual winners of
the famed prize established by journalist Joseph Pulitzer in 1917. Pride graduated with a
degree in American Studies. He has been editor of
the Concord Monitor since 1983. Prior to that, he
served as its managing editor. Under his editorship
the Monitor has won the New England Newspaper
of the Year Award 19 times, as well as numerous
national awards for excellence. The paper has been
cited by Time magazine and the Columbia Journalism Review as one of the best papers in the country.
Before joining the Monitor, Pride was city editor of
the Clearwater Sun and the Tallahassee Democrat.
He served as a Russian linguist in the Army during
the late 1960s and began his journalism career as
a sports writer at The Tampa Tribune. Pride was a
Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1984-85. He
won the National Press Foundation’s editor of the
year award in 1987 for directing the Monitor’s coverage of the Challenger disaster and later the Yankee
Quill Award for contributions to New England
journalism. In 2004, Pride was Weinstein scholar-inresidence at Gettysburg College, where he co-taught
a course in presidential politics. He has also been a
lecturer and tour guide at the Civil War Institute at
the college. In 2005, he was a Hoover media fellow
at Stanford University. Pride is a former chairman of
the Small Newspapers Committee of the American
Society of Newspapers Editors and also served
on the society’s writing awards board. He is the
co-author of My Brave Boys, a Civil War history,
and Too Dead to Die, the memoir of a Bataan Death
March survivor, and the co-editor of The New Hampshire Century. He became a Pulitzer board member
in 1999 and is a past chair of the board.
Otis Anthony, `73, is director of diversity for Polk
County Schools and hosts a Sunday morning radio
show called “Sunday Forum” on WMNF-FM. As
the Polk district’s director of diversity, Anthony is
charged with addressing the needs of minorities,
creating opportunities for minority students to succeed and instructing school staff and administrators
on issues of sensitivity to those needs. Three years
into his job, the Tampa native and divorced dad,
whose passions run from performing at poetry slams
to collecting African art, has implemented several
new initiatives that hold parents more accountable for student performance and are designed to
raise FCAT scores for black and Hispanic youths.
Anthony has hosted “Sunday Forum” on WMNF for
four years. He was chairman of the Black Student
Union at USF in the 1970s and completed a Master’s
degree in Urban Administration through the National
Urban Fellows program at Bucknell University in
1982. After graduating USF, Anthony served as
housing and civic education coordinator for the nowdefunct Tampa-Hillsborough Urban League. With a
grant from the Hillsborough County Museum and
Hillsborough Community College, Anthony wrote the
history of African Americans in Tampa, a project that
included taped recordings of residents reliving that
history. Anthony’s work is now part of USF’s Special
Collections Department. Early in his career, Anthony
took a job with the Justice Department’s Office
of Communications in Miami to help assess the
aftermath of the deadly 1980 riots in the Liberty City
and Overtown communities, and assemble federal
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resources. Anthony left that post and returned to
his hometown to take a series of jobs that led to
a position as an aide to then-Tampa Mayor Sandy
Michael L. Crowley, `74, was
elected 2008 president of the San
Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association (SDCDBA). He takes over
the leadership of the organization
consisting of more than 200 public defenders and
private attorneys who have devoted their careers
to criminal defense. In 2005, Crowley was honored
as the Top Trial Lawyer by the San Diego Criminal
Defense Bar Association along with colleagues Jerry
Coughlan and Michael Pancer. The three were the
defense attorneys in the city council “Strippergate”
criminal trial, which ended in verdicts against City
Councilmen Michael Zucchet and Ralph Inzunza.
Crowley’s client, David Cowan, the former council
aide to the late Councilman Charles Lewis, was
acquitted. Crowley holds Bachelor degrees in Journalism and Political Science from USF and earned
a J.D., cum laude, from California Western School
of Law in 1984. A member of the California, United
States District Courts and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals bars, the 54-year-old El Cajon resident started
his legal career in 1984 as an associate in the law
offices of current San Diego City Attorney Michael
Aguirre. He has been a solo practitioner with offices
in downtown San Diego and El Cajon since 1986. In
addition, he has taught Constitutional Law, Constitutional Litigation and Criminal Motions as an adjunct
professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He
is currently teaching a California Evidence class.
His past Bar activities include: director, treasurer
and secretary of SDCDBA; president of the Criminal
Defense Lawyers Club of San Diego; co-chair of
the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference; chair of the
Lawyer Referral and Information Service of the San
Diego County Bar Association (SDCDBA); co-chair of
the Federal Courts Committee of SDCDBA; co-editor,
Bar Briefs (SDCDBA); editor‑in‑chief, DICTA Magazine (SDCDBA); executive editor, California Western
Law Review and currently a member of the SDCDBA
Ethics Committee and a board member of the Private
Conflicts Counsel Advisory Committee for SDCDBA.
He is also a frequent local media commentator on
legal issues.
Bill West, `75, is the new president and CEO of
The Bank of Tampa. He follows Jerry Divers, the only
person who had held those jobs since the current
ownership assumed control of the bank in 1984.
West, 56, is a 15-year veteran of the bank and was
previously executive vice president.
Ellie Potts Barrett, `76, recently received the 2nd
Annual Central Florida Dance Award presented by
the University of Central Florida Conservatory Theater. In April, she debuted Barrettwerks, a program
showcasing her diverse choreography, including
a 12-minute dramatic dance based on the story of
Opal Petty, a Texas woman who was committed to
a mental institution for 51 years for dancing against
the wishes of her fundamentalist family. Also on the
program were Cantata Sonata, Yet Another Tango
and Two for Tutu. The performances were held in the
Johnny Holloway Theatre at the Harwood-Watson
Dance Studio in Orlando. Barrett, who grew up in
central Florida, lives in St. Augustine with husband
Ken Barrett, a photographer, and is also on the
faculty of Flagler College in St. Augustine and the
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville. She returns to teach weekly at the School of
Performing Arts in Fern Park. She works in both
modern dance and commercial and musical theater.
She studied modern dance at the Boston Conservatory of Music in the 1970s, but left to play Mary
Magdalene in the first national tour of “Jesus Christ
Superstar.” She later finished her dance degree at
USF. She co-founded central Florida’s first modern
dance troupe in the 1980s, created dance sequences
for Disney World and SeaWorld, and choreographed
productions of “Grease,” “Urinetown” and “Rent” in
Seoul, South Korea. Her first feature-film choreography credit was for the 2006 John Travolta/Salma
Hayek movie “Lonely Hearts,” filmed in the St.
Augustine area.
J. Michael Swinden, `80, has written a book,
Sirgen and Katheren: A Dragon’s Love Story, that
was published in February by Pleasant Word Books.
It is a children’s book with a Christian theme that
began with a story Swinden told to entertain children
at a church fundraiser. After graduating from USF,
Swinden worked in a variety of law enforcement
and security positions. Currently, he is a truck driver
and is battling a rare form of leukemia. He lives in
Greenville, S.C., with his wife Jill.
Jordan Zimmerman, `80 & MBA
`84, was inducted into Nova South-
eastern University’s H. Wayne Huizenga
School of Business and Entrepreneurship’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in
April. Zimmerman is the founder and chairman of
Zimmerman Advertising, which is the nation’s 14th
largest advertising agency. With more than 1,300
associates and 22 offices, Zimmerman Advertising
reaches virtually every retail sector. South Florida
CEO magazine recently named Zimmerman among
its “100 Most Powerful People in South Florida.” He
is also part-owner of the NHL’s Florida Panthers. He
is a USF Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni
Award winner and a generous benefactor of the
University’s Mass Communications department.
Gordon Gillette, `81 & MSEM `85, chief finan-
cial officer for TECO Energy, Inc., was named Tampa
Connection’s Citizen of the Year. He is a former
president of the board of directors for the Children’s
Museum of Tampa and past chairman of the board
of the Hillsborough County Education Foundation.
He currently serves on the boards of the Tampa Art
Museum and University of South Florida Foundation.
He is also a Tampa Connection alumnus.
Mike Pardee, M.A. `81, senior
vice president of research at Scripps
Networks, joined the board of directors
of the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF), the premiere advertising
industry association for creating, aggregating,
synthesizing and sharing the knowledge required
by decision makers in the field. Pardee’s three-year
appointment began in April. The ARF board consists
of senior level executives representing a wide array
of segments in the advertising industry. Trained in
applied anthropology, Pardee has been an active
member of the marketing and media research community for more than 25 years. He graduated from
the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s degree in
Anthropology and later earned a Master’s degree in
Applied Anthropology from USF. He joined Scripps
Networks in 1998 to head up audience and market
research for the newly created division of The E.W.
Scripps Company. Before joining Scripps Networks,
Pardee served as vice president of research for
Denver-based Your Choice TV. Prior to that, he
spent nearly 15 years in progressively responsible
positions with Nielsen Media Research. Pardee
has been recognized with the Distinguished Alumni
Award from USF’s Anthropology Department and by
the Cable and Telecommunications Association for
Marketing with a Research Case Study award and
the TAMI award.
Dale R. Sisco, `81, has opened a
boutique law firm concentrating on civil
and criminal litigation. In addition to
his litigation practice, he is a certified
circuit and county court mediator.
He is also certified to mediate cases in the U.S.
District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Dale
recently purchased, and Sisco-Law now occupies, a
renovated 1920s building in downtown Tampa.
Kathy A. Cormier and Harry H. Rabb III, both
`82 Business grads, have merged their local ac-
counting firms into the firm of Cormier & Rabb CPAs.
The partners purchased the 30-year Clearwater
practice of Hicks, Frankenberg & Associates. The
College of Business classmates have been certified
public accounts for more than 25 years in Florida.
Their firm is now located in the Whitney Bank Building in Clearwater, and offers services in accounting,
tax and financial and management consulting.
Ann Liguori, `82, a WFAN 660AM
golf correspondent, sports talk show
host, author and television personality,
was selected as one of 20 in the U.S.
to attend Literary Feast 2008 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, March 13-15. Ann was recognized
for her latest book, A Passion for Golf: Celebrity
Musings About the Game, a collection of interviews
and stories with some of the top personalities in
sports and entertainment whom she golfed with,
including Brett Favre, Jim Brown, Pete Sampras,
Matthew McConaughey, Celine Dion, Samuel L.
Jackson, Joe Pesci, Vince Gill and Kevin Costner.
Ann also hosts the weekly “Sports Innerview with
Ann Liguori” radio show, heard every Saturday
morning on WLIU 88.3FM, in The Hamptons and
throughout Long Island, Westchester and southern
Connecticut. Ann recently interviewed Greg Norman
for a new book she is contributing to called Nature
of Golf, in which she interviews the designers of 16
environmentally-friendly courses. For more information on Ann, visit www.annliguori.com.
Barbara Sparks-McGlinchy, `83
& M.A. `91, received a President’s
Women’s Leadership Award from USF’s
Women’s Status Committee & Diversity
and Equal Opportunity Office. SparksMcGlinchy has a Bachelor’s degree in Business
Management and a Master’s degree in Guidance
and Counselor Education from USF. She is senior associate director of Athletics at USF. She has worked
tirelessly on behalf of women in athletics and
serves both on the USF Title IX Committee and as
the primary person responsible for oversight of Title
IX compliance. She played a key role in adding new
opportunities for women athletes at USF, including
the addition of women’s cross country, track & field,
soccer, and sailing, during her tenure.
Hank Fowler, `84, has written The Whole Armor
of God – Volume 1 – Foundations of Christianity,
which was published by Dorrance Publishing Co.,
Inc. in May. Through Biblical citation and analyzing
its text, Fowler’s book offers support to readers who
are spiritually defeated. Since graduation from USF,
he has worked in facilities engineering management
in hospitals in Florida and Illinois. He and his wife
Cynde currently reside in the small Midwestern
town of Murphysboro, Illinois, where he works full
time at the local hospital. Hank and Cynde often
lead praise and worship and produce a quarterly
Christian newsletter. He is a member of several
professional groups including NFPA, IFMA, ASHE,
and SICHE. His hobbies are gardening, hunting,
woodworking, motorcycle riding and playing guitar.
His inspiration to write this book stems from his
experience as a born-again Christian since 1975.
Douglas Trueblood, `85, was named general
manager, marketing & sales, for Universal Studios
Singapore. He will assist in the development of a
studio similar to the one in Orlando for the next two
Myrtice P. Young, `85, is the new
public relations director for Southeastern University in Lakeland. Young
has an extensive marketing and public
relations background and has been
recognized for her professional achievements which
include Distinguished Alumnus Award from Polk
Community College; Distinguished Service Award
from USF Lakeland; Women of Distinction Award
from the National Association of Women Business
Owners Lakeland Metro; and the Bartow Chamber
Leadership George W. Harris Leadership Award. As
the public relations director, Young serves as the
public information officer for Southeastern University. Her responsibilities include developing and
managing a comprehensive public relations program
for the university including, media relations, community relations and issues and crisis management.
Young currently serves on the board of directors of
Bartow Chamber of Commerce, the Community Advisory Board of Bartow Regional Medical Center and
the Bartow Marketing Partnership Advisory Board.
She is a participant of Polk Vision Leadership Class
I and is a member of the Florida Public Relations
Renee Hedsand, `86, has joined the staff as a
manager at Wipfli LLP, a CPA and consulting firm
with offices in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Hedsand’s
area of expertise is small businesses.
David L. Mearns, `86, was a partner and search
director in the discovery of the missing Royal
Australian Navy light cruiser HMAS Sydney, which
was lost in action with all hands during November
1941. The HMAS Sydney II was lost in the Indian
Ocean off western Australia with its entire crew of
645, following a battle with the German raider HSK
Kormoran. In March, both shipwrecks were located
a little more than 100 miles off the coast of western
Australia. As search director, Mearns determined
the area to be searched, known in the industry as
the “search box,” which resulted in the location of
the two ships, lost for more than 65 years. He also
filmed the shipwrecks for documentary purposes.
The discovery was a major news story in Australia,
announced by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
For a chronicle of the search, photos and videos,
visit www.findingsydney.com.
Wendy A. Beck, `87, joined the leadership council
of Domino’s Pizza as executive vice president and
CFO. Beck, 43, joins the company with a broad range
of finance and restaurant experience. She was most
recently chief financial officer, senior vice president
and treasurer of Whataburger Restaurants based
in Corpus Christi, Texas. Before that, she was CFO,
vice president and treasurer for Checker’s Drive-In
Restaurants. Beck has been a CPA since 1992 and
serves on the board of the Women’s FoodService
Heather Highouse, `87, joined the Western
Michigan University Career Center at the Hawthorne
College of Business as a career advisor. She will
provide career-advising and job-search services for
the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
She had been a contracted career counselor in the
university’s TRIO Student Success Program. She
earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology
from WMU.
C. Richard Mancini, `87, recently
joined the Fort Myers law firm of Henderson Franklin. He will be located in
the firm’s Bonita Springs office. Mancini
has more than nine years of commercial
litigation experience, focusing in securities and
investor-related litigation, arbitration and mediation.
Mancini graduated with honors from St. Thomas
University School of Law in 1998. Prior to law
school, he was chief executive officer for a public/
private economic development alliance in Alabama
and formerly vice president of the Greater Brandon
(Florida) Chamber of Commerce. Mancini is an active
member in the community, serving on the board of
directors for the Foundation for the Developmentally
Disabled and the Great Dock Canoe Race. He is active in the Foster Care Council of Southwest Florida,
coaches the Gulf Coast High School Mock Trial
Team and serves as an adjunct professor at Hodges
University, teaching paralegal courses in contracts,
property, ethics and other courses.
Fon Silvers, `87, M.M. `89 &
MBA `97, has written Building and
Maintaining a Data Warehouse, which
was published by Auerbach. Based on
a foundation of industry-accepted principles, the book provides an easy-to-follow approach
to warehousing data that is cohesive and holistic.
Beverly Carbaugh, M.A. `89 &
Ph.D `96, is principal of Tomlin Middle
School in Plant City. She earned a Master’s in Educational Leadership in 1989,
followed by a Doctorate in Educational
Leadership in 1996. She is also an adjunct professor
in the College of Education’s Educational Leadership
Department and teaches Administrative Analysis
of Change and Educational Leadership. She was
recently featured in a Q&A in The Tampa Tribune.
Dr. Kenneth Cory, `89, was named to the board
of directors for EPCOR Power Services. Dr. Cory
is currently executive vice president for finance
and administration for EPCOR Utilities. He was
appointed executive vice president of finance and
administration in December 2007 and is responsible
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for the creation of EPCOR’s corporate strategy, longterm plan, financial strategy, and the oversight of
numerous functional areas. In addition to his B.A. in
Finance from USF, he also holds a Ph.D in Strategic
Management from Texas A&M University, where
he also served on the faculty. Dr. Cory has over 12
years of industry experience in strategy and financial
management that includes serving as the head of
strategy for two Fortune 500 power companies,
Calpine Corporation and TXU Corporation, and as
a strategy consultant with Deloitte Consulting. He
comes to EPCOR after serving as chief executive
officer of V3 Technologies, a start-up renewablepower generation company.
Natasha Tamaskar, M.S. `89, is
vice president of Product Management
and Marketing for NextPoint Networks,
where she is responsible for working
across R&D and product management to define product and technical strategy and
requirements, and product architecture/direction for
NextPoint’s solutions. Prior to NextPoint, Natasha
served as director of IMS Development for Reef
Point. In this role, she built and launched Reef
Point’s IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) product portfolio. She was instrumental in defining Reef Point’s
IMS product strategy, project planning, and overall
product delivery. Prior to Reef Point, Natasha was
the R&D lead for Nortel’s Enterprise Secure Edge
Router program. Earlier, she held several technical
leadership positions with Mei Technology, which
was acquired by MATCOM in 1999. Natasha holds
a Ph.D. in Computational Physics from the Liquid
Crystal Institute at Kent State University; an M.S. in
Physics from the University of South Florida; and a
B.S. in Physics from the University of Delhi, India.
Walter Chason, M.A. `90, earned a
Grant Professional Certification (GPC)
from the American Association of
Grant Professionals (AAGP). The GPC
credential validates knowledge of and
competency in the grants profession. He is on staff
at the Institute for Instructional Research and Practice and the Institute for At-Risk Infants, Children,
Youth and Their Families.
Seth Gissen, `90, and Sean Zawyer, `91, run
one of Florida’s largest process serving firms, Gissen
& Zawyer Process Service, Inc., based in Miami.
They are a full-service process serving firm, offering
county, statewide and nationwide service, skip
tracing, fully computerized billing, Internet status of
all subpoenas/summons and a paperwork database.
Their firm was recently featured in The Miami
Bob McKee, `90, M.A. `92 & `93, is the deputy
executive director of the State of Florida Department
of Revenue.
David C. Zaperach, `90, graduated with a degree
in Finance and is currently a director within the
Department of Enforcement at the Financial Industry
Regulatory Authority (FINRA). After spending eight
years at the FINRA headquarters in Washington
D.C., he moved to Boca Raton when a new office
opened there in 2005. As a director within the
Department of Enforcement, he manages numerous
large-scale securities investigations of potentially
serious sales and trading practice abuses which are
national in scope, as well as possible violations of
FINRA rules and the federal securities laws.
Mark Wentley, `91, and his wife
Lambryne, recently welcomed their
daughter Sophia Maria Wentley, born
April 15, in Chicago, Illinois, weighing
7 lbs 5 oz. She was 20.5 inches long.
Roberto Ferrari, `92, MLA `94 & MLIS `97,
was recently notified that his first novel, Pierce,
is a finalist for the 20th Annual Lambda Literary
Awards in the category of Men’s Mystery. The
Brooklyn resident was recently interviewed about
the novel by Gaydar Nation, based in the UK. He is
currently working towards his Ph.D in art history.
His articles have appeared in the Journal of Library
Administration, Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies,
and Notes and Queries, and his fiction in the Louisiana Review. To learn more, visit his website at
Anh-Vu Nguyen, `92 & M.D.`96,
celebrated his second wedding anniversary to Marissa Myers on April
20. Nguyen just recently finished his
third book, Medical Misperceptions.
His first two books, Learning from Medical Errors:
Clinical Problems and Learning from Medical Errors:
Legal Issues, are found in medical and legal libraries
worldwide and the former has been translated into
Korean. Nguyen was also named the 2008 Florida
Academy of Family Physicians Volunteer Preceptor of the Year. He is an international presenter of
medical lectures.
Brad Ward, MLIS `92, was named 2008 Florida
Library Association Leader of the Year. Brad is the
executive director of NEFLIN, a multitype library
cooperative serving over 500 libraries in northeast
Florida. Brad and his wife Marilyn live in Orange
Park, FL, and are the proud parents of a girl and boy,
ages 1 and 2.
Phil Connor, `93, is director of Business Develop-
ment at IAB Solutions LLC, a first-party accounts receivable outsourcing provider. He is based in Clarks
Summit, PA, where he lives with his wife Lisa, two
sons, Christopher and Ethan, and daughter Kiera.
Jerry Koleski, M.D. `93, recently returned from a
4 1/2 year tour as a medical missionary at Hospital
Vozandes del Oriente in Ecuador. He is moving to
Indiana for one year to work as a visiting assistant
professor at the Indiana University Department of
Family Medicine. In July 2009, he plans to move to
Malawi, Africa, to work as a medical missionary
with HIV/AIDS patients.
Mark Gordon, MBA `95, was named president
and general manager of Onity, a leading global
provider of electronic door locks that is a subsidiary
of UTC Fire & Security. Prior to joining Onity, Gordon
served as managing director of Smiths Detection,
a division of Smiths Group, a global technology
company that provides advanced integrated security
solutions. Previously, he held a variety of sales,
marketing and operations leadership roles with
Amphenol RF, Thomas & Betts and Square D Company. Gordon holds a Bachelor of Science degree
in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State
University, as well as an MBA from USF and an M.A.
from Harvard University.
Don Mammoser, `95, has written The Photographer’s Guide to the Colorado Rockies, featuring more
than 100 of the most breathtaking sights within the
mountain range, as well as tips to help people capture perfect shots year-round. The instructions, maps
and details in the book are accompanied by dozens
of Mammoser’s photographs taken during his many
years as a Colorado resident. Mammoser is a professional nature and wildlife photographer who also
authored the Wildflowers of Colorado Field Guide
and contributed to National Geographic Adventure
as well as many other publications. He and his wife
Shelly and their family live in Bailey, Colorado.
Jennifer Blount, `96, earned a Doctorate of
Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida in
May. She will move from her position as an analyst
for Publix Supermarkets into the role of pharmacist.
Matt McDonough, `96, is the communications
coordinator for FMQAI, the Florida End Stage Renal
Disease Network. After completing his B.A. degree
at USF in 1996, he earned his M.S. in Communications from Utah State University in 2006. Matt
joined FMQAI in 2006 as a senior technical writer,
and now manages marketing, training, and communications projects for FMQAI’s Quality Infrastructure
Group. He lives in Tampa with his wife Deborah,
`92 & M.A. `98, and their two children, Calvin and
Dr. Jennifer O’Flannery, M.A. `96, was recently
named as the president & CEO of United Way of
Broward County. O’Flannery is currently chief of staff
and trustee liaison for Florida Atlantic University.
During her tenure at FAU, O’Flannery organized
Frank Brogan’s installation as the university’s fifth
president, oversaw the planning and coordination
of board meetings and retreats, and, most recently,
organized the Republican debate at FAU. She also
was instrumental in the planning, oversight and
construction of FAU’s Baldwin House, an events
and reception facility, as well as private residence
for the president and family. After graduating from
USF in 1996 with an M.A. in Mass Communications,
she earned a Ph.D in Public Administration from the
College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs at
Holly Atkins, `97 & M.A. `04, is a Doctoral
student and the recipient of the Graduate Student
Achievement Award presented by the Graduate
Professional Student Council in March.
Jennifer Anna Gonzalez, `97 and
Shannon Michael Gonzalez, `98
& M.S. `04, welcomed their first
child, Layne Michael Gonzalez, born on
March 26, weighing 7 lbs 2 oz. Shannon and Jennifer are Life Members of the Alumni
Association and current season ticket holders to
Bulls football games. They have attended all three
bowl games and hope to attend their first BCS bowl
game with Layne later this year. Jennifer earned a
J.D. from Stetson Law in 2005. Shannon’s father,
John Michael Gonzalez, `73, passed away on
Feb. 8, 2006. Mr. Gonzalez was an avid outdoorsman, a devout Christian, and also the owner and
president of Florida’s Nature Coast Publishing, which
operated three real estate advertising publications
in west-central Florida. He was a member of the
TKO fraternity at USF and is survived by many loving
family members.
Clay and Christi (Williams)
Hildebrand, `97 & `98, respectively,
work for the Coweta County School
District in Georgia. Christi is a school
improvement assistant principal at
Evans Middle School and coordinator of testing and
school improvement for the Coweta County school
system. She began teaching in Florida schools in
1998, as a first-grade teacher at Philip Shore Magnet School. Later, she was a technology resource
teacher at Dunbar Technology Magnet School and
also served as a national staff development consultant for International Learning Systems. She came
to Coweta County’s Smokey Road Middle School as
a Title I coordinator and was named as an assistant
principal at Lee Middle School in 2006 before
becoming Evan’s school improvement specialist last
year. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education
from USF and a Master’s of Educational Leadership
from Nova Southeastern University in 2001. Clay
was one of 10 finalists for Georgia’s 2009 Teacher of
the Year Award. He was the Smokey Road Middle
School Teacher of the Year and the Coweta County
Teacher of the Year. He teaches sixth grade math.
Clay and the other finalists were honored at the
state Teacher of the Year Awards Banquet in May at
the Georgia Aquarium.
Michelle Weston, `97, recently completed a
two-book children’s fantasy series, The Elysian
Chronicles. The first book, A Prophecy Forgotten, debuted in March 2007 and will be followed this summer by Out of the Shadows. The series chronicles
the struggle of cherubian warrior Major Davian to
protect a little human boy who could be the answer
to the Universe. Weston, a USF accounting grad
who lives in Naples, is also a radio talk show host
and a professional speaker who holds seminars,
workshops and writer’s conferences.
Tonald “Ed” Spinks, `97, has
opened the law firm of T. Edmund
Spinks, Esq. P.L., located in the historic
Hutchinson House in Hyde Park in
Tampa. He represents families who
have been injured due to another’s negligence. With
over 20 years of military service, he also focuses
on military and veteran law cases involving claims
against the government.
Chad Dickey, `98, M.S. `02 & Ph.D `04, is a
medical researcher who was the lead author of a
study that found what may be a link between cancer
and Alzheimer’s Disease. Working with researchers
from the Mayo Clinic and the Moffitt Cancer Center,
the scientists discovered that a protein related to
Alzheimer’s is similar to a protein found in cancer
patients. The study was published online in February
in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
Brian D. Lamb, `98, was featured
in the April issue of Tampa Bay Illustrated, in an article titled “The Perfect
10,” about the Tampa Bay area’s most
fashionable and charitable men. Lamb
was noted for the Eugene Lamb Jr. Foundation,
which he started in his father’s name. The foundation raises funds for Lamb’s hometown of Midway,
FL, and the recreation center there that was named
for his father. Lamb, former captain of the Bulls
basketball team, was recently promoted from
CFO to senior vice president and head of business
banking in Tampa Bay for Fifth Third Bank. He holds
board positions at the Greater Tampa Chamber of
Commerce, the USF Foundation and was Tampa Bay
Business Journal’s 2006 Minority Business Person
of the Year.
Leslie C. Parkins, `99, earned a Doctorate in
Higher Education Administration in April from North
Carolina State University. A former USF Ambassador, Parkins (formerly Kirk) is the associate director
of the APPLES Service-Learning Program at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives
in Durham, N.C., with her husband, Grant and their
dog, Dixie.
Rachel and Jack Lazinsk, both `02
Business alums, welcomed their new
son, Paul Stephen Lazinsk, born Oct. 7,
2007, weighing 6 lbs 8 oz. He was 19
inches long.
Natalie Salmon, `02, was in Cali, Colombia, for
three months as part of her job with Colgate-Palmolive’s Global HR Rotational Leadership Program. After
USF, she earned an M.A. in Social Organizational
Psychology from the Teacher’s College at Columbia
Helena Wallenberg, M.A. `02,
finished her M.Ed at the University of
Cambridge in 2006 and is now working
on her Ph.D at Swarthmore College.
Melissa Booth, `03, recently opened Lost Stone
Empire Granite Countertops in Sarasota with partners Wilson and Nelson Almeida. The company fabricates and installs marble and granite countertops
for indoor and outdoor kitchens, baths, fireplaces
and waterfalls. They also make granite sculptures.
Ricky Keck, `03, has published his
second novel, Bound by Honor, the
sequel to Critical Response. The novels
chronicle the adventures of a fictional,
privately-funded, global emergency
response team. Keck’s background as a U.S. Navy
bomb disposal technician and consultant for civilian
response teams helps him with his novels’ plots and
adds an element of realism to his work. He is currently a grad student at Eastern Kentucky University.
Steven White, `03, was named B Shift EMT of the
Year for the City of St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue. He
has been with the department since June 2004. He
is currently stationed at the Oak Park Fire Station.
White received an exceptional performance letter
for his assistance with two back-to-back significant
trauma alerts. He earned Run of the Month recognition for saving a life during a cardiac arrest. White
is a CPR & First Aid instructor and is nationally
certified through the American Council on Exercise
as an ACE peer fitness trainer for the department as
well as being a personal trainer.
Karen Brown, M.A. `04, and a
Ph.D candidate in Creative Writing,
was profiled in the St. Petersburg
Times in March about her work, Pins
and Needles, and her impressive array
of literary prizes, including the O. Henry Prize for
“Unction,” one of the stories in the Pins and Needles
anthology. Another story in the collection, “Galatea,”
won the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize and was chosen by
novelist Salman Rushdie for the 2008 edition of Best
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American Short Stories. Pins and Needles also won
the 2006 Grace Paley Prize for short fiction.
Sarena Castorino, `04, was the 2008 Orange
Grove Middle Magnet School of the Arts Teacher
of the Year for the Hillsborough County, FL school
Cosme Herrera, `04, a NYC-based artist, was
featured in a recent issue of the online magazine,
Valerie J. Kimball, `04 & MBA `06, and Kimberly Martyn, `04 & MBA `07, were published
in the February 2008 issue of The CPA Journal, a
refereed publication that is venerated by practicing
CPAs, educators and other accounting professionals.
Their article was the cover story, titled “Government Procurement Fraud.” It reviewed the different
types of procurement fraud dealt with by the U.S.
government and analyzes the steps that are being
taken to prevent and discover fraud. Both women
are grad students at the USF St. Petersburg College
of Business.
Larissa McCoy, `04 & M.A. `06,
was the 2008 Alonso High School
Teacher of the Year for the Hillsborough
County, FL school district.
Jeffrey Oliveira, `04, returned in January from a
15-month tour of duty in Iraq. He is currently a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves and works as a senior
purchasing analyst for Publix Supermarkets.
Jennifer Gedeon, `05, and her business partner
Christine Wilhelm, opened J & L Birds of Tampa.
They bought the former TLC Birds at the beginning
of April and plan to expand the inventory soon. The
shop offers wing clipping and claw and beak trimming. The store also sells cages, food and toys.
Troy Paolantonio, M.M. `05,
recently won first place in the Atlanta
Flute Club Young Artist Competition. In
addition to prize money, he has been
invited to present a solo recital for the
Atlanta Flute Club later this year. Troy was also a
winner in the 2008 Advanced Master Class Competition for the Florida Flute Association. He performed
for Jim Walker’s master class. While at USF, Troy
studied with Dr. Kim McCormick and played principal
flute in the USF Symphony Orchestra.
Sharon G. Waldrum, Ph.D `05,
is an assistant professor at North
Carolina Agricultural & Technical State
University. She received her Ph.D in
Curriculum and Instruction, Adult Education with a cognate in Measurement, in August of
2005. In January 2007, Dr. Waldrum returned to her
alma mater, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical
State University, as an assistant professor of Adult
Education in the Department of Human Development and Services in the School of Education. She
has started a Distance Learning cohort in Richmond
County, North Carolina, for which she received a
grant to put two classes online. Among the classes
she teaches is the Adult Education Practicum, the
capstone class for this program. In this class, she
is the university supervisor for up to 15 students
who serve as adult educators in various agencies
and institutions of higher learning. In the past year,
Waldrum has presented research at Clark Atlanta’s
3rd Annual National Teaching and Learning for
Empowerment Conference: A Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference for Minority Serving
Institutions and Institutions Serving Minorities. She
also presented at the Association for Gerontology and Human Development in Historically Black
Colleges & Universities, Inc.’s 28th Annual Meeting
and Conference/Symposium. She was elected as
treasurer of this national organization. Additionally,
she is collaborating with Dr. Rosemary Closson, of
USF COEDU on her research: “When the Majority
is the Minority: White students’ social adjustment
when in the minority.”
Jennifer Barry and Lee Kornhauser, both `06 alum, were married June
21, 2008, at Embassy Suites in Boca
Raton, Florida. He is currently working
for the Broward Sheriff’s Office while
pursuing a career in crime scene investigation.
She is a 3rd grade teacher and pursuing a Master’s
degree at USF in Gifted Education. The couple lives
in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Yoko Nogami, MFA `06, received the Pinellas
County Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Grant for
2008. It will supplement her residency at Vermont
Studio Center this summer, along with the 2007
Florida Cultural Affairs Artist Enhancement Grant.
She is an adjunct instructor at USF’s School of Art
and Art History.
Lisa Peake, M.Ed. `06, received the 2007
Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics
and Science Teaching. She and 99 other honorees
met Vice President Dick Cheney,had breakfast in
the U.S. Capitol, dined at the State Department and
won a $10,000 grant. Peake teaches Chemistry at
Wesley Chapel High School. The presidential award
is administered by the National Science Foundation. Peake’s six-year career was graded by a panel
of scientists, mathematicians and educators. They
evaluated her as a professional: her master’s degree
from the University of South Florida; her presentations to the National Science Teachers Association
and the American Chemical Society; and her published articles. They looked outside the classroom:
she mentored teachers and tutored students, she
reviewed textbooks, applied for grants and became
head of Wesley Chapel High’s science department.
And they looked in the classroom: grading her teaching philosophy and a video of her labs. At 28, Peake
is one of the youngest teachers to win the honor and
the only Florida teacher to win.
Jason Allgair, `07, band director at Wharton
High, recently conducted the Wharton High School
band in a tribute concert to his late father held in
his hometown, Palmetto Bay. All 44 members of the
band traveled to the Miami area from Tampa for the
performance. Allgair’s father, Jeff Allgair, recently
passed away after a battle with lung cancer. Attending the concert were Jason’s former neighbors,
seventh grade band director, numerous band parents
and former classmates from Coral Reef Senior
High School, where Jason was a band captain. The
students also performed a special composition, “Lux
Aurumque,” which band members learned on their
own while Jason was attending his father’s funeral.
Chase Clark and Peter Murphy, both MBA
`07, are co-founders of Home Encounter, an Ybor-
based real estate consulting firm. They publish the
“Tampa Bay Residential Real Estate Report,” an
analysis of the regional real estate marketplace
which is covered on a monthly basis by local media
outlets. To read more about Home Encounter, visit
www.homeencounter.com/. Murphy and Clark also
recently co-founded www.TheTenantList.com, a
landlord information sharing web site. The site has
been rolled out in over 40 states, and was featured
on Bay News 9 in Tampa.
Donald Gibson, `07, reviews music, books and
films for assorted publications and is a regular
contributor to Blogcritics Magazine. He also blogs at
Hollie Rybak, `07, has joined Liggett Stashower (L.S.) as an account
coordinator. She is responsible for
assisting in day-to-day client services.
Before joining L.S., the North Jackson
native completed internships at Stars Are Born
(SAB) Records in Tampa and the London Chamber of
Commerce and Industry in London, England. Liggett
Stashower, based in Cleveland, OH, is one of the
region’s largest communications firms.
In Memoriam
Charles Beck, `06, March 13
Gina Carini-Murray, `06, February 4
Peter Foley, `88, May 29
Marlene Young, `80, May 22
Bulls by the Numbers
Sports teams live and die by their stats, so here’s a few more for you to mull over:
in action
20 Pinellas Alumni Preseason Tailgate Party, 2 p.m., Capogna’s Dugout,
1653 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Free.
2 USF Night with the Rays, 6 p.m., Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg.
$14 - $25. Visit www.USFalumni.org>Events for details.
9 Summer Commencement, 9 a.m. & 1:30 p.m., Sun Dome,
Tampa Campus.
25 Fall Semester begins.
30 USF vs. Tennessee Martin, TBA, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
1 Labor Day. All campuses closed.
6 USF vs. UCF, 7 p.m., Bright House Networks Stadium, Orlando. Visit www.GoUSFBulls.com>Order Tickets or www.Ticketmaster.com for details.
7-8 Botanical Gardens Gesneriad Gala, 9 a.m., USF Botanical Gardens, Tampa Campus. Free. Visit www.cas.usf.edu/garden for details.
12 USF vs. Kansas, 8 p.m. Raymond James Stadium, Tampa. Visit
www.GoUSFBulls.com>Order Tickets or www.Ticketmaster.com for details.
20 USF vs. Florida International University, TBA, Miami. Visit
www.GoUSFBulls.com>Order Tickets or www.Ticketmaster.com for details.
27 USF vs. N.C. State, TBA, Raleigh, N.C. Visit www.GoUSFBulls.com>Order Tickets or Ticketmaster.com for details.
2 USF vs. Pittsburgh, TBA, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa.
17 USF Alumni Association Awards & Board of Directors Meeting.
17 Homecoming Parade, TBA, Tampa Campus.
18 Bulls Roast Tailgate Party, 3 hours prior to kickoff, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa.
18 USF vs. Syracuse Homecoming Game, TBA, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa.
25 USF vs. Louisville, TBA, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY
30 USF vs. Cincinnati, TBA, Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
Event dates and details are subject to change. Please visit the Alumni Association
website at www.USFalumni.org for the latest information.
USF Alumni Association
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University of South Florida
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Tampa, FL. 33620-5455
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