Beta Gamma Sigma this year inducted 21 USFSM business students.

Bulls Notebook: USFSM students inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: April 14, 2017

SARASOTA, Fla. (April 14, 2017) – Twenty-one USF Sarasota-Manatee students this week were formally received into the nation’s top honor society for business students.

In a brief ceremony Thursday afternoon at Selby Auditorium, the students were presented certificates and a pin signifying their acceptance into Beta Gamma Sigma.

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Dr. James Curran

“These are the highest performing students in the College of Business,” said Dean Dr. James Curran, who urged the students to include their BGS membership on their resumes.

The nation’s elite honor society for business students, BGS dates to 1913 and is recognized with chapters worldwide. Only 10 percent of business students nationally are invited to join the elite organization.

“Anybody familiar with business colleges will recognize BGS immediately,” Dr. Curran said.

Tara Alford, 21, said was pleasantly surprised when told this year her grades merited entry into BGS.

Bulls Notebook: USFSM students inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma

Tara Alford

“It feels really good and it’s nice to be recognized,” the accounting major said, adding, “It’s a little bit mind-blowing.”

Gabriela Macias, 29, also an accounting major, was likewise pleased.

“It validates the effort I put into my education,” she said. “It’s nice to know you’re in that small percentage.”

In addition to Alford and Macias, who are both seniors, also admitted to BGS were:

Undergraduate students

Kailey Fischer

Jennifer Jeronimo

Claude Johnson

Annie Landry

Jordan Laterreur

Shannon McNamara

Shannon Perkins

Nancy Romero

Raul Sabino Jr.

Barbara Shore

Shea Slawson

Alicia Whitworth

Ross Wiemken

Colin Wong

Graduate Students

Allyson Hanson

Sarah Kitlowski

Maria Ryff

Jeana Schmidt

Deborah Vaughan

Thinking about USFSM? Attend ‘A Taste of USFSM’

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Admissions Office is again preparing for A Taste of USFSM scheduled Saturday, April 22.

This year’s event offers a two-part experience: The first, the Admitted Student Reception welcomes students who’ve already applied and been admitted to USFSM.

The second event, the Future Bulls Roundup, is for students who want to learn more about USFSM’s exciting programs and campus culture.

Both events run concurrently from 9 a.m. to noon at USFSM’s main campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

“What students and their families will see is a good taste of what it’s like to be at USFSM,” said Brandon Avery, assistant director of admissions. “They will have time to go into classrooms, talk with professors and just enjoy our beautiful campus.”

Signup for both events is free. For students who want to attend the Future Bulls Roundup, visit Those interested in the Admitted Student Reception can visit

Dr. Black busy as ever as speaker

Dr. Kathy Black USF Sarasota-Manatee USFSM

Dr. Kathy Black

USFSM’s Dr. Kathy Black continues to be in high demand as a speaker.

The professor of aging studies and social work, who also heads the local non-profit Age-Friendly Sarasota, was at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Sarasota this week to address city officials and members of the Downtown Sarasota Condo Association.

The DSCA held a Thursday luncheon, “Optimal Living in Sarasota,” that touched on topics important to Age-Friendly Sarasota, in particular around housing, transportation and the need for walkable neighborhoods.

“These are issues important to everybody,” said Dr. Black, noting that while Sarasota enjoys a sizeable boomer population, all generations benefit from walkable communities that are also easily accessed by public transportation.

“The promotion of intergenerational relationships and the consideration of people of all ages will always be important if we want to create communities that welcome all people,” she said. “To me, it’s about the social level of planning. We need to plan for longevity so that people can remain in their homes as they age.”

Next Friday, Dr. Black visits Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater to address representatives of area agencies on aging from Pinellas and Pasco counties. She’s the keynote speaker at this luncheon and will address officials from local, state and federal governments.

To learn more about Age-Friendly Sarasota and its programs, including research and recent surveys, visit

New members to Student Government elected

Congratulations to all new members of Student Government.

The annual transition of power was again peaceful, although closely contested this year. Elected to Student Government were:


Barry Callahan

Vice President

Anthony Alibro


Edward Becht

Gustavo Delgado

Matthew Gilbert

Zouhair Hamidi

J.P. Parisi

Pablo E. Tamayo

Jeanie Ziven

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