TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 18, 2016) — The University of South Florida Alumni Association has named three fall 2016 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 following honorees will be recognized at USF Commencement ceremonies at their respective institutions Dec. 9-11.
Stephanie Radu, BS Biomedical Sciences, has compiled an award-winning academic resumé at USF Tampa while also working in research at the USF Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute and Tampa General Hospital; volunteering for charitable organizations on and off campus, and competing on the USF surf and equestrian teams. A student without family financial support, she did it all while working as a waitress and despite undergoing heart surgery in her sophomore year. Radu is graduating with a 3.89 GPA and has been invited to interviews at top-ranked medical schools, including Harvard. Among her charitable works, Radu trains abused rescue horses to increase their chances of finding new homes and created Hope for the Homeless, a group that raised $3,000 in its first year. She is currently pursuing a Rhodes Scholarship and ultimately plans to become a physician scientist specializing in fetal surgery to prevent and reverse genetic diseases in utero.
Albert Moreno III, BA English, arrived at USF St. Petersburg in 2012 in search of a fresh start. Medically discharged by the U.S. Army six years earlier and the only surviving member of his squad, he suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. A combination of challenges and circumstances ultimately led to his incarceration — a four-year prison sentence. Upon his release, college became his new beginning. Moreno quickly became involved in student life, playing club baseball, becoming a work study student at the Military and Veterans Success Center, and being elected to serve on the USFSP Student Government Senate. As secretary of the Student Veterans Organization, he helped guide several community volunteer projects to success. He’s now drafting legislation he hopes will create opportunities for convicted felons and reduce recidivism. Moreno, who earned a 3.83 GPA, starts grad school in January and will continue his research and work promoting criminal justice system change.
Jennifer Caba, BS Accounting, dreamed of becoming a great leader and took advantage of every opportunity to develop the necessary skills at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Soon after joining the first freshman class in 2013, she took on a part-time job – her third – as a student assistant in the Office of Student Services. Her experiences there led her to realize she needed to work even harder to realize her ambitions. She became founder and treasurer of USFSM’s Habitat for Humanity chapter and worked with Habitat both in Sarasota and during study abroad in Pszczyna, Poland. She was a founding member of the Latin America Student Association, serving first as its treasurer and then president. And as a member of the elite USF Student Ambassadors, she served as a liaison between USFSM students and alumni. Throughout, Caba maintained a 3.5 GPA. She plans to pursue a career in accounting while obtaining a master’s in adult education.
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