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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.

November 2018 Spartan Spotlight
Melissa Morin ’11

Melissa Morin
Melissa Morin ’11

Melissa Morin '11 is the senior program manager at Wells Fargo where she works on their marketing initiative to promote financial literacy in the Central Florida region. She says what keeps her most excited about her career is “helping the community grow in financial capacity.” Morin enjoys working with families starting from ground zero and seeing the journey they go on. “Seeing families buy their first homes or students getting loans approved to be able to attend college, that’s what I love.”

Morin started working with Wells Fargo as a teller while she was a junior at The University of Tampa. By 22, she held a management position within the company, and after graduating she became a branch manager. Ever since, Morin has been excelling in her career to get where she is today.

As for her time at UT, she says that “any event there was on campus, I was there supporting other organizations." Morin received a Bachelor of Arts in government and world affairs and international cultural studies. She also joined the sorority Sigma Lambda Gamma and is still very involved with them to this day. She loves to go back, see her sisters and hold workshops to help them be prepared for their post-graduation endeavors. Today she is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and on the Board of Directors for Tampa Hispanic Heritage Inc.

The biggest thing she took away from The University of Tampa was getting involved and networking. She feels it is crucial for students to learn these skills and has always been impressed with how supportive the University has been. She has kept in touch with the friends she made during her time at UT and says they all rely on each other for professional advice.

Morin’s advice to current UT students? “Your attitude determines your altitude. Don’t feel underprepared. There is no perfect time to start an internship. Just go for it, and you can be amazed with the outcome.”

October 2018 Spartan Spotlight
Bill Schaudt ’00

Bill Schaudt
Bill Schaudt ’00

Bill Schaudt ’00 is the vice president and software developer of Zeus Concepts, a Northbrook, IL, company that specializes in software programs designed for auto dealerships. Schaudt graduated from UT with a bachelor’s in photography while also being a part of the rowing team as the coxswain.

Having been shy in high school, Schaudt said the coxswain position gave him the chance to develop his own style of leadership and be a part of a team of people who stuck together. Since graduating, Schaudt came back to UT as the head coach of the men's rowing team from 2001 to 2006. He then went on to coach the freshmen rowing team at Northwestern University and now privately coaches master rowers when he’s not working or with his family. He loves the feeling of serenity while being on the water, and considers rowing to be one of his greatest passions.

Schaudt thinks back fondly to the UT campus he was familiar with back in the late 1990’s, and the good friends he made on his floor in Howell Hall.

“I remember when they introduced Subway on campus down in the Rat, and people were so excited because it was our first chain restaurant at UT.”

Schaudt, who returned to campus for the Rowing Reunion this past February, said he spent a lot of his time in the Boathouse, but now thinks the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center is one of the coolest buildings on campus.

“I’m extremely proud of where UT is now from when I started,” he said. “When I came to UT, they had just hired President Vaughn, and ever since it seems the success of the University has just been increasing.”

September 2018 Spartan Spotlight
Sara Hokin Rubin ’06

Sara Hokin - Spartan Spotlight
Sara Hokin ’06

Sara Hokin Rubin ’06 is the national director of operations for Game On! Sports 4 Girls, where she has her hands in all aspects of the operation including programing, management and business development. Rubin, who got her degree in sports management with a minor in psychology, attributes much of her success to the well-rounded UT curriculum that allowed her the opportunity to learn a broad range of subjects which she uses every day.

Sara Hokin - Spartan Spotlight
Sara Hokin ’06

During her time as a student, Rubin was a member of the softball team and a leader with Hillel, where she served as the organization president and the president of outreach. Sports and leadership were always a key part of her life, and her time at UT fortified the importance of both. After graduating, she worked for a professional sports team in Chicago, but the position lacked the impact she was seeking. She began coaching youth softball and became connected to a new camp that was just launching. She was hired by Game On! Sports Camps 4 Girls to be its softball director and found the job with the impact she needed – passing on the gift of sports to young girls while also leading and inspiring a team of coaches. Today Game On! is celebrating its 12th year in operation, and Hokin has been with them each year overseeing summer camps and school-year programming in Illinois, Colorado and Ohio. At Game On!, Hokin and her team strive to empower girls through sports by building their confidence and teaching skills and values crucial to their growth as an athlete and person. In September 2018, Game On! was recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the recipient of their Rings of Gold Award.

Hokin's advice to current UT students? Find something you are passionate about. Make it your career and go for it. If you are passionate about what you do, then others will see it and want to be a part of it. Believe in your mission, stay true to your brand, put in the effort and you will have success.

August 2018 Spartan Spotlight
Stephanie Will 16, MBA ’17

Stephanie Will - Spartan Spotlight
Stephanie Will ’16, MBA ’17

Stephanie Will ’16, MBA ’17 could have never imagined the impact UT would have on her life the day she began as a student. Now, as a staff member of the Office of Development and University Relations, she recalls several instances during her years at UT that helped shape her as a person.

“I remember being a first semester sophomore and telling my professor that I really wanted to be a business major, but I was nervous about taking higher level accounting classes. He encouraged me to overcome that fear and follow my heart, letting me know that he would personally be a support if needed.” It was the amazing professors and mentors she had that pushed her to complete the MBA 4+1 program at UT.

After graduating, Will pursued her passion for volunteerism and joined AmeriCorps as a special events coordinator for the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County in Colorado.

Will is now the assistant director of Alumni and Parent Relations at UT, which will allow her to connect with alumni from all different years, and to oversee the Family Association Board. She will travel to Atlanta, Chicago and Boston to hold alumni receptions and meet with alumni one-on-one. “I am really passionate about community engagement. What I love about UT is that our community is not limited to geographic boundaries. We have alumni all over the world, and they all have their own stories to tell.”

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.