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Success Stories

November 2013

Congratulations to Winners of Student Entrepreneur Competition 2013

In the fifth Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration at St. Thomas University, students competed in the Student Entrepreneur Competition by presenting their business ideas. The participants’ presentations, display boards, and business plans were evaluated by a panel of judges. This year’s judges included; Ben Chen from Chen Moore Associates; Cynthia Ow and Jorge Mesa from Vizcaino, Gitlin, and Zomerfeld, LLP; Brenda Laguisamo from Social Biz Members; and Neal Waugh, an independent social entrepreneur. St. Thomas University would like to congratulate our Student Entrepreneur Competition 2013 winners:

New Entrepreneur
1st Place: Lamott Croom, Funktional Hippies Clothing
2nd Place: Jorge Callejas & Diana Carrasco Landauer, Recycle Unlimited
3rd Place: Mori Russell, O’Amor Boutique

Developing Entrepreneur
1st Place: Dulce Sicle & Mauricio Laniado, The Juntos Shoe. Look Good. Do Good.
2nd Place: Hassan Hankir, Artistii
3rd Place: Haminy Silva, Fox Hunt Records

The Economics Club wins First Prize in the International Mass and Culture Day 

The newly formed Economics Club was one of 17 University clubs and organizations on campus that competed in the Culture Day competition. The contest required each club to represent a country and to communicate the relationship between the individual country and the selected theme of the club. The Economics Club officers and the members worked very hard and did a truly excellent job representing the country of France.

Congratulations to the club officers Ariel Listo, Beatriz Murillo, Yaima Fernandez Torres, and Natasha Astudillo; the club members, Max Mayca, Gabrielle Bongiovanni, Marcos Castilo, and Jamie Spruill; and their Student Advisor, Dr. Srabana Gupta.

October 2013

School of Business student partners with LINQ Financial Group to obtain FINRA License
Andres Altamiranda, School of Business student and Senior Vice President of Alanjosons Financial Group finalize a strategic partnership that allows agents to receive their FINRA license, adding value to their salesmanship and also the company portfolio. Alanjosons Financial Group is an independent contracting firm of financial advisors offering services for products including; life insurance, health insurance, annuities, and property/casualty insurance. Andres advises all students to take advantage of the opportunities available to them by obtaining their FINRA license. Andres explains that “contacting one of the firms to have the license sponsored is a major advantage to everyone on campus.”


School of Business student receives a scholarship from the Florida Institute of CPA’s Educational Foundation
Luis Mendoza, a School of Business student in the BBA in Accounting program, was been selected as the recipient of the Florida Institute of CPA’s Educational Foundation Scholarship. St. Thomas University would like to congratulate Luis Mendoza on his accomplishments and thank the Florida Institute of CPA’s and it’s Foundation for its continued support of our students!

September 2013

School of Business student wins the Florida Institute of CPA’s Educational Foundation Scholarship

On behalf of St. Thomas University, we are pleased to announce that Kiara De Jesus has been selected as the recipient of the Florida Institute of CPA’s Educational Foundation Scholarship.

St. Thomas University would like to congratulate Kiara De Jesus and thank the Florida Institute of CPA’s and its Foundation for its support of our students!


School of Business student interns with the Consulate General of the United States in Milan, Italy

“Over the summer of 2013, I was privileged to serve as intern with the Department of State of the United States of America. Being able to represent the United States in Milan, Italy was an incredible experience difficult to forget. From meeting many interesting people to witnessing how the consulate was managed, I surely witnessed the American diplomatic mission in Italy. Lucky enough, Italy is one of the most beautiful and interesting cities I have ever visited; living in Milan for a considerable amount of time surely gave me a chance to discover secrets and appreciate the city more than an average tourist would. Perhaps the most important lesson of all the ones I learned is to never settle for average opportunities but to seek and strive only for the best.”

 – Roberto A Diaz-Maldonado, BBA in Management