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Accounting department awards night celebration

The UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics’ accounting department held its annual Awards Night Celebration at the University Center on April 27, 2017. Thanks to support by generous donors and sponsoring firms, as well as the university, the department awarded more than $153,000 in scholarships and graduate assistantships this year.

Over 171 students, faculty and firm representatives attended the 2017 Accounting Department Awards.

More than 171 students, faculty and firm representatives attended the 2017 Accounting Department awards.

Bill Tatman, master of ceremonies for the evening, began the program with faculty recognition and by sharing special words for Carol Normand, who is retiring from the Accounting Department in the summer of 2017. Normand has been with the department for 15 years, and teaches and conducts research in accounting information systems and fraud and forensic accounting.

Department Chair D’Arcy Becker took the stage to share a department report. She was pleased to update attendees on progress toward achieving separate accounting AACSB accreditation. The department’s application has progressed to the point of an on-site visit, which will occur in conjunction with the college AACSB visitation process in spring of 2019. Becker related that this prestigious accreditation has been attained by only two other universities in Wisconsin: UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee.

AACSB accreditation is helping shape the department’s plans and processes, including ramping up the use of advanced technology in upper division and MPA-level courses. Examples include advanced Excel (leading to Excel certification), IDEA analytics software and Tableau data visualization software. These advances help ensure students are learning the latest techniques used by accountants. Separate accounting accreditation will increase the program’s public profile and help with recruiting future faculty and students for UW-Whitewater.

The highlight of the evening was the award of scholarships. Seventy-eight scholarships and four graduate assistantships were given out for a total of $153,625. Sponsors and accounting firms had the opportunity to introduce scholarships, as well as the student recipients. Time after time, firms complimented accounting faculty on the quality and character of UW-Whitewater accounting interns.

Though most of the evening was celebratory, there was pause for more somber reflection. Bill Mayer of RitzHolman CPAs of Milwaukee presented the Clenton Hall and Katey Pasqualini Memorial Scholarship to Joshua Hintz. Alumni Hall and Pasqualini, along with RitzHolman colleague Kim Radtke, were killed on November 2, 2016 when their car was struck by a drunk driver. Hall and Pasqualani were remembered for being kind, caring, helpful and hardworking. Their family members attended the banquet for the inaugural award of the scholarship.

Bill Mayer of RitzHolmen introduced the Clenton Hall and Katey Pasqualini Memorial Scholarship.

Bill Mayer of RitzHolman introduced the Clenton Hall and Katey Pasqualini Memorial Scholarship.

The evening concluded with special thanks to the Accounting Advisory Board Members. The board meets twice each year to provide the department with information and advice regarding program content and delivery, curriculum planning, and technology advances, among other topics.

Firms complimented the character and quality of UW-Whitewater interns.

Students had the opportunity to network with faculty and firm representatives before and after the award ceremony.

Students had the opportunity to socialize with faculty and firm representatives before and after the award ceremony.

There are currently about 900 students enrolled in the accounting program. The Master of Public Accountancy program has about 100 students and 1,200 master’s students have been conferred degrees to date.

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1 Response to Accounting department awards night celebration

  1. Noir CPA says:

    This is amazing to see how many students were able to be helped by the generous donors. It’s somewhat unbelievable that over $150,000 of scholarships were awarded. Congratulations to the recipients! Your future contribution to the profession will be immeasurable.

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