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News Fall 2015

The David Ganz Classroom will be a Centerpiece of Anheuser-Busch Hall

The College’s Anheuser-Busch Hall will open in 2017.  Among its centerpiece classrooms will be a room named in honor of UMSL Accounting’s David Ganz.  UMSL Accounting alumni and other friends of Dave provided generous gifts totaling over $1,000,000 in support of this fitting tribute to Dave’s impact on UMSL students over his great career.    

UMSL Accounting Students win Best Practices Competitions

UMSL’s Gamma Psi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi flourished under the leadership of Professor Traci Hodges for several years and now continues to grow under Professor Johnna Murray.  The chapter has earned “Superior Chapter” status for several years running and has won two prestigious awards.  In 2013, our Gamma Psi Chapter was awarded first place in its region in the Deloitte Best Practices competition for its work helping students understand the financial information profession.  The team (Sharon O’Shaughnessy, Keith Black, Tyler Lawson, Brandon Hanlon, and Alisha Barnum), led by Professor Traci Hodges, developed a presentation and delivered it to community colleges across the region.  In 2014, our chapter won Ernst & Young’s national award for best practices in inclusive leadership.  Their project was a “passport to global leadership” in which students obtained their “passport” and an inclusive leadership award via participation in activities highlighting international leadership.  Between the many events the chapter sponsored, 36 chapter members (78%) participated.  The leadership team for this project included then Chapter President Mike Sneller, Aly Weismiller, Patrick Flynn, and Will Difani.  This team was also led by Professor Traci Hodges.

VITA Completes another Record Year

UMSL once again sponsored and staffed the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  Under this program, UMSL students prepare federal and state tax returns free of charge for area citizens who cannot afford a paid preparer.  During the 2015 tax year, UMSL students completed over 1,000 federal returns and over 1,100 state returns.  These services saved area citizens approximately $280,000 in preparation costs and generated tax refunds totaling over $1 million.  Once again, the chapter’s efforts were led by Professor Linn Chew.  Professor Greg Geisler provided training to the student volunteers.  UMSL students also manage the staffing and day-to-day operations at the various sites around the metropolitan area.  Managers and site leaders in 2014 and 2015 were Brittany Basler, Tonya DeClue, Cydney Gehner, Nathan Karlov, Allyse Lobonc, Jim Parrot, Arthur Sullivan, and Jimin Yeo.

UMSL Students Win Elijah Watt Sells Award

UMSL is on the short list of accounting programs that had multiple students win the prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Award for excellence on the CPA Exam in recent years.  This award is granted annually to candidates that achieve a cumulative average above 95.5 on all four parts of the exam.  This feat is accomplished by about 30 to 60 of the more than 90,000 candidates that sit for the exam each year.  Chris Leon started the UMSL student roll by winning the award in 2008.  Chris now serves as a Senior Financial Analyst at UniGroup in St. Louis.  UMSL students went “back to back” in 2011 and 2012 as Nguyen Ngo won the award in 2011 followed by Brighton Ranney Samet in 2012.  Nguyen currently serves as a Senior Associate for PWC in their San Francisco office and Brighton as an associate at Tax Strategies, a division of Moneta Group located in Clayton.  Brighton recently married fellow UMSL Accounting alumnus Jeff Samet.

Congratulations New CPAs

UMSL students continue to successfully complete the CPA exam at rates significantly higher than national averages.  Over the most recent year, the following students accomplished this career milestone:  Brittany Basler, Jeewan Bastola, Daniel Bonebrake, Sarah Budde, Chi Chen, Jeffery Corns, Jeremy Covey, Anthony DiFatta, Chad Gornicz, Scott Hammack, Richard Harkins, Kelly Harrell, Kathleen Hart, Albert Jones, Nathan Karlov, Michael Kennedy, Tracy Lee, Paige Leible, Michael Lovelace, Aliya Mauch, Marlon McDaniels, Rob Mizell, Jim Parrot, Lisa Sanford, Shawn Strange, Andrew Sykes, Quynh Thai, Ryan Vandermus, Brent Wartick, and Rachel Webb.  If you completed the CPA Exam outside of Missouri, please let us know so we can add you to our list.

Accounting Advisory Board Update

The 2015-2016 Accounting Advisory Board is chaired this year by long-time board member Ken Marx.  A retired BKD partner, Ken now serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Washington County Community Hospital.  Current board members include Rex Carter, Ryan Dodson, Matthew Doyle, Christine Figge, Dave Ganz, Greg Geisler, John Goessling, Ryan Hollrah, Nathan Karlov, Audrey Katcher, Beth Krumm, Tracy Lee, Stacey Massa, Steve Moehrle, Jim O’Hallaron, Sue O’Leary, Mike Prost, Jeff Smith, Kevin Varty, and Dale Woods.    Under Ken’s leadership, the Board has been restructured into four committees:  the Student Engagement Committee chaired by Stacey Massa; the Curriculum Committee chaired by Matt Doyle; the Professional Engagement Committee chaired by Jim O’Hallaron; and the Development Committee chaired by Rex Carter.  In recent months, the Advisory Board has sponsored and conducted an Ethics CPE session, a Professional Skills Workshop, and the Accountants’ Networking Night.  These three activities benefited all of our great UMSL accounting students.  The Board members also provided a prominent role in the UMSL Accounting AACSB reaccreditation process.

UMSL Accounting Group on LinkedIn

Did you know that UMSL Accounting has an active LinkedIn page with over 600 members?  Follow the link below to join us for exciting updates from the UMSL Accounting faculty and Advisory Board.

Introducing the UMSL Accounting Young Alumni Group

Under the leadership of recent graduate Nathan Karlov, a vibrant young alumni off-shoot of the Advisory Board is flourishing.  Founders of the group also include Eric Conway, Allyse Lobonc, Stephanie Parrish, Jon Ralston, and Matt Rich.  Their mission is to have fun while giving back to UMSL students by creating new programs and enriching existing activities aimed at helping students enter the profession.  To this end, the group holds periodic meetings/happy hours and participates on behalf of UMSL Accounting in various recruiting and student development activities.  You can get on their mailing list by emailing Nathan Karlov at