Students and local companies get together at the sixth annual Bulls in Biz job fair Wednesday.

Bulls Notebook: USFSM hosts ‘Bulls in Biz’ job fair

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: October 07, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 07, 2016) Accounting major Seeta Giannone came to the sixth annual to Bulls in Biz job fair on Wednesday with an armful of resumes, ready to talk about job possibilities.

The USF Sarasota-Manatee senior who graduates in December showed up eager to discuss how her skills and abilities can translate to an accounting firm, but mostly she came to hear from the firms themselves, about their culture and corporate values.

She was eager to land something, she explained, but didn’t want to jump into a position too hastily without learning more about the companies represented.

Bulls Notebook: USFSM hosts ‘Bulls in Biz’ job fair

Accounting major Seeta Giannone takes a breather at Wednesday’s Bulls in Biz to hang with Rocky.

“Everyone was very nice and easy to talk to. They were all very professional,” she said. “I’ve talked to three accounting firms so far. That, to me, was really impressive, the level of employers they have here.”

Giannone was like many of the hundreds of USFSM students who attended the fair, eager to discuss their skills and education, but curious about what the companies can offer potential employees.

More often, companies are turning to college job fairs like Bulls in Biz, looking for talented young people on the cusp of graduation or eager to fill internships. Last year, 27 companies attended Bulls in Biz. This year’s event saw 35 companies setting up tables to meet the students, including many clad in business attire.

“This is something that a lot of our alumni like to attend as well,” Jay Riley, program director for student alumni engagement, said of the fair. “It’s a time when alumni can meet with our students and students can meet with our alumni, and in some cases these alumni can potentially fill the role of mentor, friend or even an employer.”

Career Services Coordinator Toni Ripo said she noticed several new attendees among the mix – including health care companies such as CAE Healthcare, which looked to fill a variety of positions, from marketing to customer service.

Also in attendance were hospitality companies, tech companies, banks, insurers, accounting firms, real estate companies, non-profits, governmental agencies – including Sarasota County and the U.S. Probation Office for Florida’s Middle District – and several other types of business.

“So far, the people I’ve met seem very bright and energetic,” said Michelle Raines, human resources business partner for CAE Healthcare, which supplies medical training devices to hospitals, medical schools and other clients. “They all seem very polished.”

The event ran from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Usually held in the courtyard, this year’s event was brought indoors because of weather concerns.

“This is my first time here,” junior finance major Brian Wilson said. “I like the variety of companies.”

Jeremiah Robinson, a senior hospitality management student, said that while he was happy with his part-time activity coordinator position at a non-profit, he was looking to trade up to a full-time job.

He met with a human resources representative from a luxury hotel chain and picked up a flyer describing several available positions. The front desk one caught his eye.

“It’s pretty impressive,” he said of the fair. “They have something for everyone here. I think they represent every major.”

Gender rights conference to be held

The issue of women not being paid the same as men isn’t just national problem, it’s a global issue and one of the many gender-based discriminatory issues that panelists hope to address this month at a conference entitled “Gender Rights at Human Rights: Where are we in 2016?”

The conference, set for Oct. 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., includes an impressive array of panelists including Elizabeth Scott Osborne, advocacy director for U.S. National Committee for UN Women, Gulf Coast chapter; Dr. Jody McBrien, associate professor in USFSM’s School of Education; Leen al-Fatafta, a Jordanian sociology and gender studies student at New College of Florida; Noelle Polk Clark, advocacy director for the United Nations Association, Tampa Bay chapter, and the rape crisis manager at Suncoast Center, Inc.; and Dr. Phillip Wagner, director of general education at USFSM’s School of Education.

The discussion is free and includes refreshments. It includes remarks by each panelist and a Q&A session with audience members.

The event will be held at USFSM’s Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Dr. Ali joins editorial boards

Kudos to Dr. Faizan Ali of USFSM’s College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership.

Dr. Ali has recently been named to the editorial teams of two prestigious hospitality journals: the “International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management,” where he will serve as co-editor, and the “International Journal of Hospitality Management,” where he will work as the coordinating editor.

“Congratulations Faizan,” Dr. Pat Moreo, dean of the College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership, wrote in an email announcing the appointments. “We are proud of you and happy for us!”

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