University of Southern Indiana

USI team wins national accounting competition for fourth time

USI team wins national accounting competition for fourth time

6/27/2013 | University Communications

A team of students from the University of Southern Indiana won first place in the national Student Case Competition sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

This was the fourth year for a USI Romain College of Business team to take first place and the seventh year for USI to qualify for the national finals. Accounting teams from universities across the country entered, including finalists from Culver-Stockton College, University of Vermont, and Wright State University. Finalists presented at IMA's 94th Annual Conference and Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana, and received an award of $3,000. As the national champion, the USI team received an additional $2,000.

“The sustained exceptional performance of our students in this national competition exemplifies their commitment to excellence and the caliber of their professional skills,” said Dr. Mohammed Khayum, dean of the Romain College of Business. “Students participating in case analyses at this level are an illustration of a life-changing professional experience.”

Team members were accounting majors Taylor Atkins of Oakland City, Indiana; Katie Cassin of Evansville; Aaron McCullough of Flat Rock, Illinois, and computer information systems major Kelsey Welp of Celestine, Indiana. Faculty sponsors were Jeanette Maier-Lytle and Jamie Seitz, both instructors in accounting. “I’m always amazed by the number of hours the students are willing to devote to the development of a creative and practical solution for the case,” said Maier-Lytle.

To prepare for the live presentation, the team practiced with managers and staff at Harding, Shymanski and Company, P.S.C. and BKD, LLP. Former team members now employed with these firms also attended and gave advice. “The IMA case study allowed me to apply my knowledge of managerial accounting to decisions and issues that many companies face,” said Atkins.

The IMA conference, held June 23-26, provides students with the opportunity to network with business colleagues and remain current with the latest professional standards and trends. During the conference, Dr. Brian McGuire, associate dean of the Romain College of Business and professor of accounting, was recognized as chair emeritus of the organization’s board of directors for 2012-13. He also served as chair from 2011-2012.

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