2015 was another stellar year at Warrington as the College celebrated many inspiring successes.
So which stories of inspiration got your attention in 2015? Take a look back at 10 of the most popular Warrington moments as seen on social media.
Kaupe (right) and ZinePak co-founder Brittany Hodak braved treacherous waters when they appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank in April. But it was the up-and-coming entrepreneurs who came away with the biggest bite. Kaupe (BSBA ’08) and Hodak secured a $725,000 investment from Sharks Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec. More than 5,000 people read about Kaupe’s big win.
When Bruce (BSBA ’84) and Laura (BSBA ’84) Gross contributed “Gator Ubiquity,” the 8x6-foot, 1,500-pound bronze statue located outside Heavener Hall, the couple hoped it would become a popular spot for students and alumni to take photos. They were right. Warrington’s biggest Gator has been very popular since arriving in July, and alumni everywhere was interested too. More than 3,000 people took a closer at the photo revealing the statue.
In October, UF MBA shot up 22 places in The Economist’s “Which MBA?” full-time rankings. The 22-place improvement was the largest by any school in this year’s ranking. The Warrington community was happy to hear the good news as nearly 2,000 of them shared it on Facebook.
Some of Warrington’s most successful alumni returned to campus in February to take part in the inaugural Gator100 Awards. The Gator100 honored the 100 fastest-growing, Gator-owned or Gator-led businesses. The first Facebook post from the day of the awards reached nearly 40,000 people.
Entrepreneurship professor Bill Rossi is retiring this month after 15 years of innovative and passionate teaching. The news touched many alumni who used social media to thank him for inspiring them.
Eager undergraduate students made their annual pilgrimage to the Reitz Union to connect and network with the Heavener School’s top student organizations. The event, hosted by the Business Administration College Council, was another success. And the Warrington community was interested as well as there were more than 7,200 photo views from the event.
At only 20 years old, Samantha Miller has a published article in a peer-reviewed journal to her credit, and a confidence to challenge the status quo. Her partnership with Professor Jane Douglas was an inspiring example of the amazing outcomes that result from collaboration.
Sometimes, all it takes is a simple message to get people talking. On the first day of Fall classes, we asked the Warrington community if they were ready for another exciting year. Apparently so as more than 3,000 people “liked” the photo of our familiar friend, Gator Ubiquity.
Excited students, proud parents and distinguished guests gathered at The Swamp in May to celebrate one of the year’s most special days with Spring Commencement. Students and alumni relived the day’s highlights browsing through Warrington’s commencement photos on Facebook.
Business Gators are always happy to welcome one of their own back to Gainesville. Alfonso Guerrero-Villa (MIB ’08, MSM ’08) moved back to Gainesville this past summer and opened a new coffee shop, Know Where Coffee, just a short walk from the Warrington campus. Five hundred people “liked” the post giving Alfonso a warm welcome.