TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 30, 2015) — The University of South Florida Alumni Association has named three fall 2015 Outstanding Graduates, one for each regional institution of the USF System. Outstanding Graduates embody leadership, school spirit, academic excellence, community involvement and a love for USF.
The newest honorees will be recognized at USF Commencement ceremonies at their respective institutions Dec. 11-13.
Mary Babcock, BS Accounting, strived to take advantage of the many extracurricular opportunities for personal and professional growth at USF Tampa while serving, leading and maintaining a 3.86 overall GPA. And she did it all as she worked part-time jobs to finance her education. Babcock completed internships at Deloitte & Touche LLP and the non-profit Metropolitan Ministries; served as two-term president of the Association of Latino Professionals’ Tampa Bay chapter; worked as the resident assistant for an international campus community of 300 students; worked and volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters; was a lead mentor in the Bulls Business Community; participated in the Corporate Mentor Program; and taught English to impoverished children in Guatemala. She’s a USF Golden Bull Award recipient and a Muma College of Business “25 Under 25” honoree. She has accepted a full-time position at Deloitte & Touche and plans to pursue a master’s degree and launch a non-profit promoting business development in Central America.
Rachel Gordon, BS economics and BA global business, combines her passion for education with a commitment to service, leadership, and connecting USF St. Petersburg with the community. Gordon, who has minors in Spanish and Latino studies, has a 3.98 overall GPA and successfully completed USFSP’s 4-year Honors Program. Her academic excellence has been recognized with inductions into four national and international honor societies. As president of USFSP’s Honors Program Council, she launched the annual Donations Drive for Pet Pals Animal Shelter, a coordinated effort by council members to collect donations for a local animal shelter. She tutored students in Spanish, math, economics and other business classes at the Debbie Nye Sembler Student Success Center and participated in business and language clubs. Gordon maintained her academic standing and school involvement despite being stricken with a debilitating illness midway through her college career. After graduation, she plans to focus on her health and entrepreneurial opportunities and eventually pursue graduate degrees in economics.
Ashley Metelus, BA Interdisciplinary Social Science, found her passion at USF Sarasota-Manatee — in research to advance humanitarian causes. Already accomplished in the rigors of her field, she won honors for her work at two USFSM research symposiums, which led to presenting at two national conferences. Her thesis on the motivations of Haitian-American college students with low-income parents is scheduled to be published in a respected academic journal. Metelus, who has a 3.80 overall GPA, has participated in numerous research projects, including two in Uganda, where she also volunteered teaching former child soldiers and working with an organization helping street children. At home, she has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and tutors fellow students in statistics and research methods. An enthusiastic advocate for USFSM, she is a member of the USF Ambassadors, a group of student leaders who represent the USF System on campus and in the community. Metelus plans to pursue her doctorate in research methodology and statistics.
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