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Jason Pierre-Paul Among USF Outstanding Young Alumni Award Recipients

The USF Alumni Association is recognizing 10 young alums next Friday night. Today’s the last day to get your tickets - don’t miss it!

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USF’s Outstanding Young Alumni program honors distinguished alumni of the University who are 35 years old and under. (I somehow failed to win this award before aging out of consideration.) This year’s honorees include a couple of very recognizable names to USF sports fans.

An awards ceremony and reception will be held for this year’s honorees next Friday, May 19, at the Gibbons Alumni Center on campus. As it turns out, today is the last day to RSVP for the event, which you can do here. Tickets are priced at $50, which includes a cocktail reception.

Here’s the press release from the Alumni Association.

Ten University of South Florida alumni under 35 years old will be recognized as Outstanding Young Alumni for their exceptional professional achievements.

The award recipients boast an array of accomplishments, from a Super Bowl champion to a legislator who became Florida’s youngest elected official at 18 to a physician-attorney who donates medical and legal services to the underserved. Recipients will receive their awards on May 19, 2017, at a special reception and ceremony in Tampa.

They are:

Eric J. Biel, ’13 & MBA ’16, co-founder and COO of Tembo Education, a social enterprise that brings early childhood education to children around the world via text messages

Florida Rep. Daniel Wright Burgess Jr., ’08, a city council member at 18 and a mayor at 26, he’s a state legislator, captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and a lawyer with Lucas Magazine

Stephenie Davis, ’15, president and CEO of Davis Industrial (formerly BMG Conveyor Services of Florida), which has received numerous awards, including Inc. 5000 and finalist for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Small Business of the Year

Iris A. Elijah, ’08, assistant general counsel for the State University System of Florida, Board of Governors, she’s the board’s first black attorney and the youngest in its history

Amanda Evora, ’12, USFSM, a pair ice skater who competed in the 2010 Olympics and earned medals in five U.S. championships, she helped coach a group of skaters who became national champions

Ryan Gilliam, attended ’05-’08, a former Bulls football player who is COO and co-owner of Pediatric Behavioral Services, managing partner of Creating Success Associates and author of The Cost of Greatness

Brad Kendell, ’03, a medalist in several world sailing competitions, including a silver at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio and a gold in the Para World Sailing Championship in the Netherlands, and senior project manager and estimator for KHS&S Contractors

Amy Martz, ’04, co-owner and vice president of Martz Creative, Inc. and award-winning artist and photographer whose work is featured in the four-star hotel Le Meridien and the City of Tampa’s permanent art collection, and has been exhibited at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

Jason Pierre-Paul, attended ’09, a defensive end for the New York Giants since becoming their first-round draft pick after his junior year as a Bulls football player, he has helped his team to a 2012 Super Bowl championship and has been selected to two NFL Pro Bowls

Dr. Dorothy M. Russ, ’05, a physician, lawyer and medical director of The Russ Group primary and urgent medical care provider, she donates both medical and legal services to the underserved

The 2017 USF Outstanding Young Alumnus Awards are sponsored by NorthStar Bank. The award was established in 2004 to annually recognize young alumni for their professional accomplishments and engagement with the university. For more information, visit