Business Honors Program
Leadership and Ethics Retreat - October 1-2, 2017
The freshman and junior BHP cohorts recently participated in our annual BHP Leadership and Ethics retreat which was located at Lakewood Retreat and took place on October 1st and 2nd. The retreat is something the students attend as freshman and then again as juniors in order to allow them to bond with students from other cohorts as well as develop skills and knowledge about how to be ethical leaders in the business world today. Oftentimes "ethics" can be a difficult concept to define and the BHP wants to make sure that when our students graduate, that they are able to understand and practice honest and ethical business practices in order to be the best leaders possible. We also use the retreat as an opportunity for the juniors to act as mentors towards the freshman cohort and allow them to complete team-building activities that strengthen the program as a whole. The activities completed by the students range from learning to utilize personality tests like "true colors" to completing low ropes courses. All in all, the retreat was a memorable bonding experience and we can't wait to take the incoming 2017 on their first Leadership and Ethics retreat next year!
Exceptional Ethical Scholars Award Winners – October 20, 2016
Every year the Business Honors Program allows BHP students to apply for the Exceptional Ethical Scholars Award. The Business Honors Exceptional Ethical Scholars Award is one of the most prestigious awards for Business Honors Students as it recognizes academic excellence, leadership and ethical accomplishments, and societal achievements.
The Business Honors Exceptional Ethical Scholars Award is sponsored by the Dean of the College of Business and awards $2,500 each year to one exceptional continuing Business Honors student in each cohort. Students were asked to submit multiple documents with their application including a resume and two letters of recommendation. All documents were evaluated by an awards committee selected by the Dean of the College of Business and consisted of chosen faculty, prominent business executives, the Senior Director of the Undergraduate Program and the Dean of the College of Business.
Although it was difficult for the judges to select the winner from each cohort due to many outstanding applications, we are proud to announce that the winners of the 2016 Exceptional Ethical Scholars Award are:
- Cohort 2015 (Sophomore) – Alexandra Florescu
- Cohort 2014 (Junior) – Duane Driskell II
- Cohort 2013 (Senior) – Gabe Patil
We are very proud of all who applied for this prestigious award and would once again like to formally congratulate the winners of the 2016 school year!
In addition to receiving the $2,500 scholarship, the winner of each cohort is also invited to attend a special luncheon at Top of the Palms on October 27th, where members of the award selection committee will be in attendance as well.
Business Honors Program Leadership and Ethics Retreat
On the weekend of April 2 we took our 2015 and 2013 Business Honors Program cohorts to Lakewood Retreat for our annual Leadership and Ethics Retreat. At the retreat, the students participated in fun activities to test and build their knowledge of leadership and ethics practices, which included everything from high trust falls to workbook sessions. The students also participated in a high ropes course, designed to test their drive and teamwork. At night, the students warmed up around a campfire where they roasted marshmallows and sang songs with their fellow Business Honors Program comrades. The next morning, the students showcased what they had learned from the day before in a fun and creative performance before loading onto the bus and returning to campus. We are definitely looking forward to the next Leadership and Ethics Retreat, scheduled to take place fall of 2016!
Mary Babcock and USF Team Wins Deloitte FanTAXtic Competition
Mary Babcock, a sophomore Business Honors student and her team made up of Ben Ignacio, Pamela Bennett, Sara Winston and Luke Richardson took FIRST place in the Deloitte FanTAXtic regional case competition in Miami. Mary and her team mates from the Muma College of Business were chosen to represent USF at this competition. Their win is even more notable as it was the first time USF has been invited to participate. After series of simulation exercises on tax cases and panel presentations, the USF team clinched victory beating regional institutions such as FIU, UM and a host of others. FanTAXtic - Deloitte's student tax case study competition challenges college students to solve issues-based business tax scenarios. The USF team will be advancing to the Nationals at Deloitte University in January 2013.
Congratulations to Mary and her team and good luck at the National level.
Inaugural Business Honors Program Ice Cream Social
08/23/2012 The inaugural Business Honors Ice Cream Social marked the beginning of the academic year. Business Honors students welcomed the new cohort and shared their study abroad and summer internship experiences, as well as their plans for the school year while enjoying an ice-cream sundae.
State & National FBLA Phi beta Lambda Champions
Sean McNulty and Huzzatun Iqra participated in the 2012 Phi Beta Lambda leadership competition. They won prizes in two categories and were selected for the organization's national competitions.
Iqra competed in the Business Decision Making category and took first place among all Florida students. She says the business cases and concepts discussed in the Honors Professional Development II (example management issues, culture clashes etc.) course helped her team prepare for the competition.
McNulty competed in the National competition over the summer and finished first place in Accounting Principles. He credits his passion for accounting and the business cases discussed in his Business Honors courses as being instrumental to his preparation for the National competition.
A Year in France
Lindsay Berstling (2010 Cohort) received the prestigious French government award to study abroad in Rennes, France. She is currently in ESC Rennes and will spend the next year studying international business. When she returns to USF to finish her studies, she will earn two degrees, one from USF and one from ESC Rennes. Berstling was selected for in the Muma College of Business 25 Under 25 roster for 2011-2012 and was also honored with USF's prestigious Golden Bull award, which recognizes students who reflect USF's values and commitment to academic excellence, leadership, and community service.
She is a writer for USF's Going Places blog.
BHP student interns with Goldman Sachs
Shivam Patel recently completed the Goldman Sachs Summer Internship Program for 2012. Goldman Sachs was so impressed with his work that the firm has extended an offer for him to return to the Wall Street firm as an intern during the summer in 2013. He is one of the students in the inaugural cohort for the Business Honors Program and also a founding member of Noble Guides – a student volunteer organization geared towards providing academic and environmental assistance to communities in the Tampa Bay region.