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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

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.

December 2017 Spartan Spotlight
Joshua Murphy ’08

Josh Murphy
Joshua Murphy ’08

Inspired by his church and parents, Joshua Murphy ’08 has always had a passion for nonprofit work. In his first year after graduating from UT, Murphy landed a position in the AmeriCorps, working with an inner-city school in Washington, D.C.

For the past five years, Murphy has worked for The Rockefeller Foundation in New York City.
As the associate director of external affairs, he works closely with the president to confirm all their operations are directly tied to the foundation’s mission to “promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world.” Murphy’s favorite part about this job is travelling to meet their beneficiaries, whether the grantees doing hands-on work or the people being impacted. Through the foundation, he has travelled to Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya, to name a few. For the past couple of months, Murphy’s focus has been on strategies for the foundation to focus more on jobs and economic opportunities in the U.S. He has been building trips, events and engagements to learn more about this issue and to raise awareness.

Through this, Murphy recently joined a new organization called Co-Impact, a group of philanthropists focused on education, health and economic opportunity. The group was incubated by The Rockefeller Foundation, which remains a core partner to Co-Impact.

During his time at UT, Murphy was involved in Student Government, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Student Productions and ELITE. He challenges freshmen to go outside of their comfort zone and take classes which may not be directly tied to their major. Additionally, he hopes graduating seniors take the time to find themselves in their first year out of college and to decide about what issues they really care.