Monthly Archives: December 2014

Wong Leaving USFSP

Dr Julie WongDr Julie Wong will be leaving the University of South Florida St Petersburg. Dr Wong has served USFSP as associate regional vice-chancellor, and has worked tirelessly on behalf of our students. Dr Wong has been offered and has accepted the position of Vice-President for Student Affairs at California State University East Bay.

While I am sad to see Dr Wong go, I am at the same time delighted for her as she pursues this new opportunity. I wish her every success.


Stuffed Animal Drive

Dr Phil TrocchiaBuilding on a 11 ydeaer old tradition, Kate Tiedemann College of Business marketing professors Dr Phil Trocchia (pictured above to the right) and Dr Mike Luckett (pictured below) again led their students in a drive to collect new and gently used teddy bears and stuffed animals for community organizations. The two organizations who benefited this year were Happy Workers Day Care in South St Petersburg who have an income-based variable fee to allow low income, working parents affordable day care, andDr Mike LuckettCASA, a shelter for battered women. Previous beneficiaries have included the A.S.A.P. Homeless Shelter, the YMCA, Salvation Army, Red Cross, St. Petersburg Police Department, and Toys for Tots, among others.

Our thanks of course go out to Drs Luckett and Trochia and their students.


Mary Anne ReillyOn December 13, USF St Petersburg held its fall commencement ceremony. Some 400 students graduates and some 300 took part in the ceremony.

During the ceremony, USFSP recognized the King O’Neal awards to Heather Lee and Jesse Daw, both of whom graduated with a 4.0 GPA, and awarded the outstanding graduate award to education major Angela Wilson for her extraordinary service to the university and the surrounding community and doing all this while maintaining a very high GPA.

Finally, USFSP awarded its most prestigious honor, the annual Chancellor’s Award for Civic Leadership, to Tampa Bay accounting executive, Mary Anne Reilly (pictured to the right). Reilly, a founding shareholder in the firm of Reilly, Fisher & Solomon, P.A., is a long standing member of the Kate Tiedemann College of Business Advisory Board. She also serves on the boards of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, the Foundation for a Drug-Free America, Bayfront HERO, and the Florida Holocaust Museum.

There is a video of the ceremony at

Congratulations are of course due to all graduates, and the recipients of the various awards. Thanks are also due to Yoli Lanuza for again making sure that the ceremony was joyous and ran smoothly.

St Pete Conference on World Affairs Nominated for Award

St Petersburg Conference on World Affairs LogoThe St Petersburg Conference on World Affairs ( has been nominated for the Khaladjan Award. The Khaladjan Award is awarded by the American Association of University Administrators ( for an international educational initiative. The third St Petersburg Conference on World Affairs will be held February 26-28 on the USF St Pete campus. The conference is a collaboration between the Honors Program at USF St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay Times, and a group of civic-minded citizens of Tampa Bay.

Congratulations to the organizers of the conference.

Education Student Kylie Rolle to begin Graduate work at the University of London

Kylie Rolle presenting her researchEducation student, Kylie Rolle’s has been accepted by University College London in its MA program in Comparative Education. Rolle graduated in Fall 2014 from USF St. Petersburg, with a Bachelors of Science in Education in Elementary Education (K-6) and Exceptional Student Education (K-12) with endorsements in Reading and ESOL. The University College of London Institute of Education is one of the leading institutions for education and applied social science. The program that Rolle has enrolled in takes an international look at educational policy as it relates to specific cultures and societies.

Congratulations to Ms Rolle.

Student Research Presentations

On December 9th, the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library hosted the last USF St Petersburg Student Research Colloquium. Stang Beulah, an undergraduate student in the College of Education, gave a presentation entitled “Does Think Through Math Enhance Student Achievement?”, while Salem Fekadu, a student in our journalism program, gave a talk entitled “Redesigning”

Congratulations to Stang and Salem, and their faculty mentors.

Accounting Undergraduate Program Ranked Amongst Most Affordable

Accountant at WorkAccounting Degree Review recently published its rankings for the most affordable undergraduate programs and the USF St Pete accounting program ranked as the 14th most affordable program in the US and the most affordable in Florida. Accounting Degree Review only considered U.S. institutions with accounting accreditation from AACSB, if which there are around 170 in the United States, as AACSB accounting accreditation is generally regarded as the best indicator of the academic quality of the program. More details about the ranking can be found at

Congratulations are of course due to all faculty in the Kate Tiedemann College of Business, and in particular to the accounting faculty.