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Alumni Spartan Spotlight

We are proud of our University of Tampa alumni and want to tell their stories and celebrate their successes. So many of our alumni stand out either for their professional accomplishments, contributions to their communities, or for being dedicated and enthusiastic ambassadors for the University. Each month, we’ll spotlight a new UT graduate. Know someone who should be featured? Email us at alumni@ut.edu.

May 2018 Spartan Spotlight
Reed Adelson ’07

Reed Adelson
Reed Adelson ’07

Reed Adelson graduated from The University of Tampa in 2007 with a degree in history. Throughout his time at UT, Adelson worked at the famous Bern’s Steakhouse in Tampa to gain experience in the restaurant industry. His ultimate goal actually had nothing to do with history – he wanted to open his own restaurant.

After graduation, Adelson was offered a position at Charley Trotter’s in Chicago as a dishwasher. Although it may seem crazy to move across the country with a valuable college degree to essentially polish silverware, Adelson knew it was the right career move for him. He knew he couldn’t wake up one day and own a restaurant – it would take years of working his way up in the industry and developing his skills. Eventually, Adelson became the restaurant manager for Charley Trotter’s in Las Vegas.

Fast forward to today, Adelson has finally reached his goal of owning his own restaurant. After moving to New York City and working at a few prestigious restaurants, notably Robert De Niro’s Locanda Verde, Adelson finally found the perfect location to call his own. Named after his mother, Virginia’s is a modern-American bistro located in the East Village with a strong emphasis on service while using organic, local and seasonal ingredients.

Adelson’s advice to current UT students? Don’t expect to land your dream job right out of college. It may take some time, but if you work hard enough, you’ll end up exactly where you’re supposed to be.

April 2018 Spartan Spotlight
Kim Fellman ’06

Kim Fellman
Kim Fellman ’06

In December 2015, Kim Fellman took a risk and applied for a position with her dream company, Pinterest. In the perfect combination of “good timing and good networking,” Fellman became a design producer for the company. In this position, she had the opportunity to work with a variety of people from designers to researchers to engineers.

After about a year and a half, Fellman was promoted to her current position of design manager. Her goal is to continually challenge her employees to help them grow as designers. She works to bring them new inspiration, like through a regular speaker series, and focuses on design strategy in order to maintain and evolve designs.

Fellman’s favorite part about her job is her coworkers. She said she appreciates Pinterest’s fantastic company culture, which makes even the hardest work worth it.

At UT, Fellman was very involved in the performing arts. She was a founding member of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity. She attributes her success as a performing arts major to professors Gary Luter and Noelle Rogers, and challenges current students to discover and do what they love.

March 2018 Spartan Spotlight
Daniel Bucheli ’10

Daniel Bucheli
Daniel Bucheli ’10

In spring 2010, Daniel Bucheli spent his final semester at The University of Tampa in Washington, D.C., interning for The Washington Center. Because of this experience, Bucheli was hired as a staff assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives, and thus began his career in politics.

Born in Quito, Ecuador, Bucheli was nine years old when his family moved to Tampa. He attended Hillsborough Community College before transferring to UT, where he spent a lot of time involved in the Honors Program and the Student Association for Political and International Affairs. Looking back, Bucheli fondly remembers UT for the many networking opportunities and small class sizes. In 2010, Bucheli earned his degree in government and world affairs and in 2013 he received his master’s degree in public policy from John Hopkins University.

Fast forward to today, Bucheli has found his niche in Hispanic outreach. As the current deputy chief of staff and communications director for Rep. Mike Coffman from Colorado, Bucheli works in specialty media, translations, interviews and Spanish language coaching. His favorite part about his job is translating and explaining the D.C. current events and complex topics to his constituents back in Colorado.

Bucheli urges recent UT graduates to find mentors to guide them on their career paths. He is so grateful for the people who took the time to help him at the beginning of his career, he makes sure to always help those who are following in his footsteps.

February 2018 Spartan Spotlight
Brianna Mooney ’17

Brianna Mooney ’17
Brianna Mooney ’17

Throughout her college career at The University of Tampa, Brianna Mooney, a musical theatre major, only dreamed of one day performing on stage professionally. After years of hard work, Mooney got a call which made this dream come true. During her final semester at UT, she was offered a position as a lead female singer on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Oceana Regatta.

Right after graduating in May 2017, Mooney packed her bags and headed to Fort Lauderdale, FL, for safety training and rehearsals. The performers only had one month to learn and rehearse six different shows ranging from “Good Lovin’,” a musical including all the hits from the 1960s, to “Broadway in Concert,” a concert performance with all the Broadway classics.

Throughout this eight-month journey, Mooney travelled to three different states in the US and 13 different countries including Indonesia, Australia, and multiple countries in Central and South America. Without having travelled much prior, her favorite part of this entire experience was meeting different people from all over the world.

During her time at UT, Mooney was an active sister in Delta Zeta Sorority and was very involved in the Speech, Theatre and Dance Department. Additionally, she was a co-lead for Relay for Life and worked as a teaching aid for Paul Finocchiaro, associate professor of theatre, who became a very important mentor to her. Mooney is currently in the process of moving to New York City, in further pursuit of a career on stage. Her advice to current musical theatre students at UT: go outside of your comfort zone in order to experience the most growth as a person and performer.

January 2018 Spartan Spotlight
Craig Warzecha ’14

Craig Warzecha
Craig Warzecha ’14

Even before Craig Warzecha’s first year at The University of Tampa, he knew he wanted to turn his love for baseball into a career. Florida was the perfect place for him to do so, being in the heart of Major League Baseball spring training grounds. He took a job with the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field (formerly Bright House Stadium) in the box office, answering phones and working the window during his freshman year. As he became more involved in the organization, he gained more experience and knowledge, and added a six-month internship to his resume with Minor League Baseball, whose headquarters are located in St. Petersburg, FL.

At UT, Warzecha was the president of the Sports and Entertainment Management Society (SEMS) and was also involved in Athletic Marketing and Student Government. From the connections he made in these organizations and networking during his time in college, he landed a position with the Pittsburg Pirates as a sales coordinator. About a year ago, he was promoted to assistant general manager of the Bradenton Marauders, while also managing ticket sales for the Marauders and the Pirates’ spring training games. Through this, he also works with sponsorships and promotions. He loves working with a small staff and getting the organization involved in the community.

A New Jersey native, Warzecha said he came to Florida thinking he would return to the northeast after graduation. However, he now sees himself staying in Florida for as long as possible.