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WHERE PEOPLE SUCCEED

Jennifer Woolard Jennifer Woolard, 2004 recipient of the $1,750 Byron Bird Scholarship. This award is given to one accounting major in the State of Kansas each year by the Kansas Society of CPAs.  The criteria for the award include academic excellence and a record of community, professional, or public service.
   
Katie Smith
Katie Smith, 2003 CoSIDA Academic All-American, Volleyball. During the 2003 season, Katie recorded 97 kills and 262 digs to help the Gorillas to a 26-8 season and advance to the South Central regional for the first time in school history.  She has a 4.0 GPA as an accounting major.

We have had a tremendous tradition of outstanding student-athletes at PSU and in the Department of Accounting.  Since 1990, PSU has had 63 Academic All-Americans, more than any other Division II school. Of the 63, 13 were accounting majors or minors, more than any other department at PSU!  For a complete list of recipients from our department click here.


Sarah Bloesser

Sarah (Bloesser) Sisseck, Gold Key Award winner for earning one of the three highest scores in the State of Kansas on the May 2003 CPA exam.

Sarah is a recipient of a $1,500 Award of Excellence from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (www.phikappaphi.org) to support her graduate study at PSU in 2003-2004. Sarah is also the recipient of a $2,000 national scholarship and a $500 local chapter scholarship from the American Society of Women Accountants (www.aswa.org)



Matt Barberich

Matt Barberich, Gold Key Award winner for earning one of the three highest scores in the State of Kansas on the November 2002 CPA exam.



CIA Academic Outreach Award 2002

2002 recipient of the Institute of Internal Auditor's (IIA) CIA Academic Outreach Award in recognition of our IIA Student Chapter's excellence in promoting the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam.  Pictured are the 2001-2002 student officers from left to right:  Jonathan Wiltse, Mandy Frasco, Shawn Blancho, Misty Button, and Nate Beyeler.



CIA Academic Outreach Award 2001

2001 CIA Academic Outreach Award.  Pictured are the 2000-2001 student officers of the IIASC from left to right:  Jeremy Helt, Robyn Edmonds, Matt Barberich, Nate Beyeler, and Matt Gleason.



All-Americans

2002 GTE / Verizon Academic All-Americans.  From left to right, Mandy Frasco, Minor in Internal Auditing, Ryan Bevins, Double Major in Finance and Accounting, and Matt Barberich, Accounting Major and MBA Candidate.



Matt Gleason

Matt Gleason, 2002 recipient of the $1,750 Byron Bird Scholarship. This award is given to one accounting major in the State of Kansas each year by the Kansas Society of CPAs.  The criteria for the award include academic excellence and a record of community, professional, or public service.

Matt was also a 2002 recipient of a $1,000 Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). The ACFE annually awards 15 scholarships to students throughout the United States. Matt was featured in the November-December 2002 issue of the Association's publication, The White Paper.



Lindsay Pfister

Lindsay R. Pfister, highest student score in the world on the May 2001 Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam. Lindsay is pictured receiving the  William S. Smith Award at the Institute of Internal Auditor's International Conference in Washington D.C. in June 2002. Lindsay was a Biology major with a Minor in Internal Auditing. She also completed our Endorsed Internal Auditing Program (EIAP).  



Kate McNeil

Katherine (Bryant) McNeil (BBA 1998, MBA 1999), Gold Key Award, High Score in the State of Kansas on the November 1999 CPA Exam. Kate is a native of Topeka and was a transfer student from Neosho Community College in Chanute. She is now a Senior Staff Auditor