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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.

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.

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.