The UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economicsâ€™ 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 thanÂ $153,000 in scholarships and graduate assistantships this year.
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. NormandÂ has been with the department for 15 years, and teaches and conducts research in accounting information systems and fraud and forensic accounting.
Department Chair Dâ€™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 departmentâ€™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 departmentâ€™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 programâ€™s public profile and help with recruiting future faculty and students for UW-Whitewater.
The highlight of the evening was the awardÂ 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.
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.