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EXCELLENCE beyond the numbers 2014

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Accountancy Hall of Fame Gifts that give back Scholarship recipients

"Looking back at the experiences I had at UND, I realized they were made possible by alumni giving back. The only way to continue this tradition is to start giving back."

Remington Zacher

Hometown: Parshall, North Dakota Graduation Year: 2012 Major: Accountancy & Chinese Studies Career: International Tax Consultant | Deloitte - Minneapolis Supports: Deloitte Endowment | Accounting Department

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Accountancy alums and CPAs DeAnn and Perry Mattson pose with daughter Alexis Todhunter. Story page 10 PUBLISHER University of North Dakota Department of Accountancy PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE Division of University & Public Affairs EDITORIAL MANAGEMENT Jan Orvik DESIGNER Madison Anderson PHOTOGRAPHERS Jackie Lorentz Shawna Noel Schill QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS Division of University & Public Affairs 701.777.2731 UND Main Line 1.800.CALL.UND (1.800.225.5863) Content may be reprinted without prior permission for non-commercial purposes. The University of North Dakota is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Welcome to the fourth annual issue of the Department of Accountancy’s Alumni Magazine. The success of our magazine is the direct result of support from our loyal alumni and friends. Once again, the title of this issue is “Excellence Beyond the Numbers,” and this year’s theme is “Giving Back.” The highlights of the magazine are the biographies of our inductees into the Department of Accountancy’s Hall of Fame. All of our inductees achieved renown for their professional accomplishments over the last 40 years. Those selected for induction are: • Stan Hoistad, retired partner with Brady Martz & Associates, • Wesley Johnson, retired partner with KPMG, • The late R.K. Mautz, former partner with Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst &Young), • Carleen Shilling, retired partner with Eide Bailly, and • Mike Vinyon, retired partner with Deloitte & Touche, LLP. These individuals have been leaders in the accounting profession, and each has a unique story about the diverse career paths that are available to members of the profession. On Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., we will hold an induction ceremony to honor these individuals and their accomplishments. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with our Homecoming Alumni Reunion. Please join us for the social: 6-9:30 p.m. at Alerus Center Meeting Room 5 (Hawk Room). The values of the Department have always emphasized high-quality teaching, scholarship, professional and public service, along with strong relationships with our students, alumni, and the accounting profession. The success of these values depends on the willingness of individuals to give back to other people: faculty to students, students to other students and the community, alumni to students, etc. The individuals featured in this issue of our alumni magazine illustrate how willing our students, alumni, and faculty members are to give back to others. The time and effort our students put into helping others is truly astounding – especially when you consider that these students still find time to study and produce some of the highest GPAs in the College and continue to pass the CPA exam at rates far above the national average. Our annual Accountancy Career Fair continues to be a great success, with 174 students in attendance (four from NDSU) at the 2013 Career Fair. The career fair is successful largely due to the time and effort put in by all of our alumni in attendance and by UND’s Career Services staff. And I would be remiss if I did not give a big "thank you" to all of our alumni for their financial generosity in supporting our faculty members and students. Next year we hope to present 80 scholarships to our students – much-needed money, considering the cost of textbooks alone runs $800 - $1,100 each semester! When making donations to the University, remember that if you want the Department of Accountancy to benefit from your contribution, you need to specifically identify the Department as the beneficiary of your donation. The loyalty of our alumni allows our faculty to continue to provide one of the best, most ethical, well-rounded educations possible in the nation. Thank you for your generous donations of time and money. You are the reason why recruiters continue to believe we are one of the top accounting programs in the nation. Steven J. Carlson Professor of Accountancy Kulas Koppenhaver Faculty Professor Chair, Department of Accountancy College of Business & Public Administration

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Mike Vinyon

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting 1959 Partner, Deloitte & Touche, LLP, Minneapolis Retired Minneapolis

Mike Vinyon began his career with Deloitte & Touche, LLP in the Baltimore office in 1959. He transferred to Minneapolis two years later and was admitted to the partnership in 1971. His primary responsibility was as the client service partner for large publicly traded multinational companies, mostly in manufacturing. In addition to audit responsibilities, he participated in corporate acquisitions in the U.S. and abroad. He was also a governmental accounting specialist who headed the government services practice in the Twin Cities, working with cities and school districts. Mike was partner-in-charge of the St. Paul office during the 1970s and early 1980s. He returned to Minneapolis when the Twin Cities offices were combined, and served there until he retired in 1997. Always aware of the opportunity gained from his education at the University, Mike spent years recruiting UND Accountancy majors for Deloitte. He attended many Beta Alpha Psi events and spoke at meetings. “It was always good to go back,” Mike said. “UND recruits did very well at Deloitte.” He especially remembers legendary professors Koppenhaver and Kulas and has fond memories of living in and being president of Budge Hall, where there was just one phone on each floor. He also

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enjoyed hockey games in the unheated “Old Barn.” “You had to be a real fan,” he recalled. “It was fun.” Because of his interest in accounting education, Mike served on the education committee of the Minnesota Society of CPAs. He was also a member of the AICPA, the Government Finance Officers Association, Kiwanis Club, and served on the board of the Hill Farm Historical Society. Born in Los Angeles, Mike moved to a farm near Hillsboro, N.D., when he was 16, and became interested in accounting after taking a bookkeeping class in high school. UND was the only college he considered because of the high quality of the accounting department. He is a member of the President’s Club, and he and Anne support the UND Alumni Foundation. He and two members of his office also set up a fund for UND. Mike and Anne live in Jensen Beach, Fla., and spend summers in Minnesota. They have traveled extensively in Europe, including a trip last year to Estonia, Russia, and Ukraine. They recently went on a safari in Africa. When they are not traveling, Mike can usually be found on the golf course. Between them, he and his wife Anne have five children and 10 grandchildren.

The Department of Accountancy’s Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2014 honors five highly successful individuals. Criteria for inclusion in the Hall of Fame include career achievements as well as service and/or financial assistance to the University. The selection committee of Harold Wilde, Mary Loyland, and Steve Carlson had a difficult time narrowing the number of inductees to five. Congratulations to these new Hall of Fame members and their families.

Stanley Hoistad

Bachelor of Science in Commerce with a major in Accounting 1950 Partner and Shareholder, Brady Martz & Associates Retired Grand Forks, N.D.

Being a CPA runs in the genes of Stanley Hoistad’s family. He, both his sons, and his granddaughter make three generations of UND CPAs. Stanley grew up in Enderlin, N.D., and attended Dakota Business College. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during WW II. After his discharge from military service he attended Concordia College in Moorhead for two years, and then transferred to UND. He remembers great instructors in the accounting program, especially Professors Kulas, Koppenhaver and Jack Staples, as well as Tom Clifford, who taught business law and later became President of UND. One of his favorite memories is standing in line to attend UND hockey games at the “Old Barn.” In 1950, Stanley began his accounting career in Grand Forks at Edward W. Brady Co., now Brady Martz & Associates. He retired from Brady Martz in 1984 after 34 years. However, he has never quit working, and recently completed his 64th year of doing federal and state tax returns. He was active in the North Dakota Society of CPAs and has served as president and received its Public Service Award. When his children were younger, Stanley served

as president of the Lewis & Clark School PTA and on the Board of Governors of the North Dakota PTA. He has served on the boards and as treasurer of Calvary Lutheran Church, Valley Memorial Foundation, South Forks Lions Club, several bowling leagues, the Grand Forks Senior Citizens Association, Agassiz Health Systems Agency, the Grand Forks County Council on Aging, and BPOE in Grand Forks. He has received several awards from Concordia College, was a 55-year member of the American Legion, and served the State Health Insurance Council and Tax Counseling for the Elderly. He and his wife Dorothy, who also worked at Brady Martz, have four children, all UND graduates, and they began establishing scholarships after putting their children through college. “I attended UND on the G.I. Bill, and probably paid $30 per semester,” Stanley said. “I knew that many students needed help.” “UND has been a big part of our lives,” Stanley and Dorothy said. Season ticketholders for hockey, football, and basketball, they have held season hockey tickets since the first Ralph Engelstad Arena was built in 1972.

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Wesley Johnson

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting 1963 Partner, KPMG Retired Prosper, Texas

When Wesley Johnson entered the accounting profession in 1963, firms offered accounting, auditing, and tax services. Now, firms are more diversified and offer consulting services that assist clients to be more efficient and profitable. “I enjoyed seeing the profession grow,” Wes said, adding that the improvement in accounting education, licensing and regulation, and the demand for a strong ethical code have helped the CPA profession flourish. He lobbied for many of those improvements at both the state and national levels. Wes grew up in New Rockford and Maddock, N.D., and graduated from high school in Bismarck. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1959, where he was assigned to the medical group at Lackland Air Force Base. He attended Bismarck Junior College before transferring to UND, and graduated magna cum laude in 1963. Wes and his wife Elsie lived in the “tin huts” on campus and remember digging their way out of the snow in winter. They had two young children, and Elsie worked as a lab technician at what was then St. Michael’s Hospital, now the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. From June 1963 until July 1998, Wes practiced public accounting with KPMG LLP, working in Albuquerque, Baltimore, Montvale, N.J., and Washington, D.C., with clients in financial services, health care, higher education, and other industries. As a partner, he helped to grow the financial institutions practice in the Baltimore Office. In 1995, Wes represented KPMG at The Accountants Coalition and worked with the coalition to pass legislation placing limits on frivolous litigation and providing protection for

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personal assets through limited liability partnership laws. After retirement, he continued to work for KPMG as a consultant to the Government Affairs Group, responsible for state government affairs, and represented the firm at The Accountants Coalition until 2001. Wes was active in the CPA profession in Maryland and held a variety of leadership positions, including President of the Association and chair of a task force that developed an aggressive response to the Sarbanes Oxley Act to help restore public confidence in the profession. He was appointed to the Maryland State Board of Public Accountancy in 1995, and served as chair from 1997 to 2000. Also, beginning in 1995, he served the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy in numerous leadership positions, including chair. One achievement included a task force to help state boards change laws and rules to permit crossborder practice by CPAs, now adopted by almost every U.S. jurisdiction. Community activities included leadership positions at Goodwill Industries, on the Board of Trustees of Maryland State Universities and Colleges, Operation Smile, the Girl Scout Council, and others. Wes and Elsie have two children and seven grandchildren. He still maintains his CPA licenses in North Dakota, New Mexico, and Maryland, and recently concluded his years of volunteer service for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. He enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren and trying to improve a large golf handicap.

Carleen Shilling

Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting 1973 Partner, Eide Bailly Retired Phoenix and Rapid City, S.D.

As she looks back on her nearly 40 years in the accounting field, Carleen Shilling says she feels fortunate to have enjoyed her work and the people she worked with. She spent the first 10 years of her career in Bismarck as a tax accountant. In 1984, Eide Bailly LLP, known then as Eide Helmeke, expanded into Phoenix, and Carleen and her family transferred there. The prospect of a backyard swimming pool was a major enticement for Ken and Carleen’s children, and she remembers that fall, when North Dakota had its first freeze of the season, the family had only recently stopped spending time in the pool. She found the work transition easy, since most of the business clients were closely held companies. The firm, which then had just 18 partners, named Carleen its first female partner in 1985. For the next 25 years, Carleen continued her career, focusing on tax law and taking advantage of firm-wide leadership opportunities. In 1996 she was named the first female partner in charge of a local office. She was the first woman elected to Eide Bailly’s board of directors in 2006, and accepted additional leadership appointments, including chair of a tax strategy committee, which led to the formation of Eide Bailly’s National Tax Office. She also chaired a nationally recognized committee that provides opportunities for women within the firm and profession. Carleen grew up on a farm west of Keene, N.D., near Watford City, which then had a population of

just 2,000. Recent activity in the oil fields provided an opportunity for her to move to Eide Bailly’s Bismarck office to service business expansion there. Her experience with business acquisitions and sales, along with family business succession planning and implementation, provided additional resources in the Bismarck office. And success in reaching out to the Williston business community resulted in the addition of an Eide Bailly office there. “I was welcomed back to the Watford City area,” Carleen said. “It’s been a privilege to serve western North Dakota and to be a resource when everyone is so overwhelmed.” Throughout her career, Carleen recognized the importance of supporting community. In Phoenix, she was active with the Chamber of Commerce, food banks, and performing arts. She was active in professional organizations, and in 2008 was recognized by Arizona Business Magazine as one of the state’s most influential accountants. “I was taught from an early age that it’s important to give back to the community we serve, sharing our time, talents, and resources.” she said. She retired from Eide Bailly in April 2014 and plans to continue to assist family businesses through volunteer activities and advisory boards. She and husband Ken reside in the Rapid City area and will also spend time in Arizona where their two children live. She enjoys remodeling homes, paper crafting, and creative activities.

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RK Mautz

Bachelor of Science in Commerce with a major in Accounting 1937 Former partner with Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young)


Chair’s Note: Robert Kuhn Mautz served as director of the Paton Center for Accounting Education and Research of the University of Michigan. A professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, he was past president of the American Accounting Association and former editor of The Accounting Review. A retired partner of the firm of Ernst and Whinney, RK served on the Cost Accounting Standards Board, the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council, and the Council and Board of Directors of the AICPA.

In the world of accountancy, RK Mautz was a rare person: one who combined a strong theoretical background with extensive professional practice. Born in Fort William, Ontario, RK graduated from Grand Forks Central High School. His lifelong passion for accounting was ignited at UND, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1937. He then enrolled at the University of Illinois, where he earned his master’s degree in 1938 and his doctorate in 1942. By 1940 he was also certified as a CPA. “The country was still in the Great Depression,” he once said. “My interest was in getting a job, and a business background looked like the best bet.” Following graduation, he joined Deloitte Haskins & Sells in Chicago as a staff accountant. After about a year with the firm, he volunteered with the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II as a bomb disposal officer in Europe. After military service, RK returned to Deloitte Haskins & Sells and in 1946 joined Alexander Grant & Co. to gain more experience. He joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in 1948,

where he taught until 1972, when he left to become a partner with Ernst & Whinney. In 1978, after reaching the firm’s mandatory retirement age, he became the director of the Paton Center for Accounting Education and Research at the University of Michigan. He retired from the university in 1985 as the Weldon Powell Professor of Accountancy. As a longtime member of the AAA, AICPA, Illinois Society of CPAs, and Ohio Society of CPAs, he served as president of the AAA, editor of The Accounting Review, and founding editor of Accounting Horizons. His book, The Philosophy of Auditing, written with Hussein A. Sharaf, became a classic. He also served as a consultant to the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) and was the first accountant appointed to the Public Oversight Board. He received the AICPA’s Gold Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service, was named to the Accounting Hall of Fame, named an Outstanding Educator in the American Accounting Association, and received the U.S. GAO Award for Public Service. In his leisure time, RK enjoyed photography, tennis, sailing, hiking, camping, jogging, and reading. He was active in his church and went on multiple mission trips with his wife, Ruth. RK and Ruth raised three children and enjoyed 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He passed away June 2, 2002, in Oakton, Va. -Information courtesy of University of Illinois and The Ohio State University. Photo courtesy of University of Michigan.


The induction ceremony, which will be held as part of UND Homecoming 2014, is set for Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., Alerus Center.

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Bachelor of Accountancy 1995

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Political Science, Jamestown College, 1977

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Computer Science 2001 Corporate Controller, Intelligent InSites Fargo, N.D.

Holding degrees in both Accountancy and Computer Science is rare, and it’s paid off for Deb Eblen. “My career path is nothing like I anticipated – it’s much better!” she said. “Every job has provided unique experiences that have prepared me for my next role.” Deb grew up on a farm near Page, N.D. After graduating from UND, she joined Arthur Andersen LLP in Minneapolis, and then Eide Bailly in Fargo. She later returned to UND and obtained a computer science degree. In 2004, she joined Eide Bailly Technology Consulting in Fargo as a Great Plains Software consultant and then worked for Microsoft Business Solutions in Fargo in the IT group supporting the accounting team. After her husband Bob, a former farmer, earned his degree, they moved to Kansas City where she spent three years as the accounting manager for Hallmark Cards, Inc. A former co-worker then contacted her about an opportunity to join a healthcare technology startup, Intelligent InSites, Inc. in Fargo. “I’m excited to help however I can to grow the company,” she said. She currently commutes between Fargo and Kansas City, splitting time between locations. One constant throughout her career has been giving back, whether it’s time, talent, or treasure. She was a featured speaker at the 2006 Hultberg Lectureship and keeps in touch with Accountancy Professor Mary Loyland. “Mary was not only an instructor, but someone I came to trust for guidance and advice,” she said. “To this day, I still enjoy keeping in contact and bouncing ideas off her. I know that I can always count on some great perspectives and honest answers.” Deb enjoys connecting with and mentoring young business professionals. “Simply making yourself available to younger professionals can have a huge impact,” she said. “Listening, letting them know of the lessons you’ve learned and stumbles you’ve had, and helping them blaze their own professional career can be an incredibly fun and rewarding experience.” She and Bob have enjoyed volunteering at the Christmas in October event in Kansas City, where they rehabilitate and improve the homes of elderly, low-income, and disabled homeowners. They are also active volunteers at their sons’ school as parent readers, for field day, and class trips. Deb appreciates that she was able to attend a university that was supported by a network of generous alumni. “I was fortunate enough to have received numerous scholarships and was able to graduate without a huge amount of debt,” she said. “Without the contributions that helped fund those scholarships, my path may have been quite different.” She and Bob have two sons and are avid sports fans. They follow UND hockey and watch their boys play baseball. She enjoys music, playing piano, and being outdoors.

Master of Science with a major in Accounting, UND, 1984 CEO, Basin Electric Power Cooperative Bismarck, N.D.

No one could ask for a better career, said Paul Sukut of his 35 years in the energy industry. The Ellendale, N.D., native spent four years at Eide Bailly LLP starting in 1979, and moved to Basin Electric Power Cooperative as an audit manager in 1983. In 1988, he was named Vice President for Finance and Administration at Dakota Gasification Company when it was purchased by Basin Electric. He returned to Basin in 2001, where he rose through the ranks, and was named CEO January 2014. Basin Electric Power Cooperative is a consumer-owned generation and transmission cooperative with 137 member systems in nine states. The co-op employs more than 2,100 people in eight subsidiaries and operates more than 5,000 megawatts of electric generation. The co-op is projected to grow by a third over the next few years, mostly due to oil development in the Bakken Shale Formation in western North Dakota. Paul is a board member for the Bismarck Chamber of Commerce, where he served as chair and on the executive committee; the Fort Mandan Lewis & Clark Foundation; and the Bismarck Mandan Development Association. He also serves on the board of trustees for Jamestown College and the Missouri Valley YMCA, and as treasurer of the Bismarck/Mandan Tournament Committee. He was recently named co-chair of the 2014-2015 Bismarck-Mandan United Way annual campaign. Both in his position as CEO and as a community leader, Paul works to get younger people involved. “I like to see younger people coming in,” he said. “They are dynamic, smart, and it’s exciting to work with them. I like to see them grow and take the throttle – they help make Basin Electric a better place.” Paul believes that it’s important to employ and keep younger workers. “We need to keep our youth here,” he said. “That’s where I want to give back.” Paul has also returned to UND to visit with Accountancy students. “I had a great time doing it,” he said. He keeps in touch with Mary Loyland, and went to graduate school with her. In fact, just after he began his master’s program, he ended up harvesting for her late husband on their farm. “I consider UND such a huge factor in my success,” he said. “I want to pay back what I have been given, and I will always have an affinity for UND.” He and his wife, Colette, have one daughter, Lizzie. He enjoys gardening, running, and hunting. University of North Dakota 9

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Sometimes things just click. For the Mattson family, accounting, music, and giving back have formed the foundation of their family and professional lives. Perry and DeAnn Mattson and their daughter, Lexi Todhunter, are all UND Accountancy graduates; their other daughter, Abigail, is a UND music major who was also Miss Grand Forks this year. Perry is a partner with Brady Martz & Associates, P.C., a large regional firm with offices in Grand Forks, Bismarck, Dickinson and Minot in North Dakota, and Thief River Falls, Minn. He works with middle market companies doing tax accounting and consulting, and also maintains his Accredited in Business Valuation Credential. “I can’t remember the last day I was bored,” Perry said. “No two days are alike. Numbers are secondary to consulting and helping people with business and life decisions.” Perry and DeAnn each earned their Bachelor of Accountancy degrees and sequential CPA certificates in 1991. And the accounting profession has enabled them to do the things they love, from networking to volunteering, which is DeAnn’s passion. DeAnn, who serves as controller for Skip’s Budget Drug, Century Electric, and Millennium Systems Technology, likes the flexibility that accounting offers. “I have the best of both worlds,” DeAnn said. “I am able to pursue my career, yet have the time and energy to pursue other things that I love. I am so thankful for the flexibility the profession allows. I was able to work and still be at home to raise our children.” Volunteering brings her joy. “I’m an encourager by nature,” she said. “I enjoy young people and helping people who are struggling.” She is active in her church and as a youth leader, serves as a mentor mom for Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), volunteers at the Women’s Pregnancy Center, has taken part in a mission trip to the Czech Republic as an English teacher, and volunteers for school functions. She also enjoys exercise, piano, Bible study, tennis, and bicycling.

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Perry, too, is an active volunteer, adding that he plays a mean lead guitar at church, where he also serves on committees. He has served as a team host for the North Dakota State High School hockey tournament, serves on the UND Accountancy Department advisory board, and on other boards. Perry especially enjoys networking with students and spends a lot of time on campuses talking to students and recruiting them to work for Brady Martz. “There are a lot of people who would like to come back, and there is a lot of opportunity at Brady Martz,” Perry said. “DeAnn and I came back.” Perry had accepted a job with Deloitte in the Twin Cities area after graduation. He traveled a lot, and he and DeAnn wanted to return to North Dakota. In 1992 he accepted an opportunity with Brady Martz. “Grand Forks is great – it has a lifestyle that’s unique for raising a family,” they said. “Coming back allowed us incredible opportunities,” Perry said. Lexi has a passion for music and originally majored in choral education at UND on a vocal scholarship. But she didn’t enjoy it as much as she thought she would. Her parents suggested accounting, so she took a class and was hooked. “Accounting took everything I liked about numbers and problem solving and provided a realistic and exciting career path,” she said. Lexi interned with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Minneapolis and accepted a position with them after she graduated in 2013. “I really wanted to work here,” she said about PwC. “I love the people I

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work with and am getting good experience.” And though the generations have changed, the Mattson family said that the accounting program hasn’t. “The faculty is an extended family of uncles and aunts,” DeAnn said. “They are passionate about teaching and invested in our lives. That hasn’t changed – we saw that with Lexi.” DeAnn credits former faculty member John Gillette for his CPA review course. “He prepared us to pass,” she said. She also appreciated retired faculty member Rodney Medalen. “You knew he cared,” DeAnn said, adding that Medalen helped her land an internship with KPMG Peat Marwick in Dallas. “It was my best winter ever,” she said. “The faculty at UND made such a difference in my experience,” said Lexi. “They were always willing to help after class, motivate us to attend professional events, encourage us to interview, and to bring fantastic job opportunities to us in Grand Forks,” she said. Lexi still loves music, and plays piano and sings on her worship team. “I’ve always connected with music and like to share that love with others.” She enjoys tennis and is an active volunteer through PwC, including an angel tree project, wrapping Christmas gifts for needy children, making tie blankets for the homeless, and assembling school supplies kits through United Way. “I think it’s important for everyone to serve others and give back,” Lexi said.

LEGACY OF GIVING - Kate Menzies, student writer

Two brothers share a love of accounting and giving back

When it comes to giving, the Bjerkes get down to business. After brothers Ian and Tanner Bjerke enrolled in the University of North Dakota’s Accountancy program, they knew they wanted to use their degrees for a greater purpose—to help those less fortunate. From a young age, their parents instilled in them the importance of serving others. Add to that their strong Christian faith and you’ve got a recipe for giving. Ian’s involvement in summer Bible camps spurred his love of giving back and teaching children. Since graduating from UND, he started a small group for younger boys that meets weekly to learn about the Bible and various life lessons, and to expose them to different activities such as sports, camping, fishing and various community service activities. Tanner is also very active in his church. He has had the opportunity to be a counselor and help prepare a weeklong kids camp each summer. He also serves in the Air National Guard. As a senior airman, Tanner was able to help in the Minot flood fight of 2011. “It was cool because I was able to help others the same way we were helped in 1997,” said Tanner. This spirit of giving was reflected in the education these brothers received at UND. Both Tanner and Ian described the vast amount of dedication and respect UND faculty have for students. “The professors in the accounting program do a very good job, and I appreciate how they truly care about helping us achieve our career goals,” said Tanner. For Tanner, Dr. Mary Loyland of the UND accounting program had the greatest influence on him. “Dr. Loyland taught my first higher level accounting course, and she did a good job preparing me for what I should expect in these tougher classes,” said Tanner. “It is very obvious how much she cares about her students, and I know she’s helped many students get on their desired career path.” Ian was the one who influenced Tanner to pursue a career in accounting. The certainty and stability the accounting route offers appealed to him. “With accounting there is no ambiguity. When a balance sheet balances, you know you’re right, and I want to know it's right,” said Tanner.

Crunching the numbers, the Bjerkes consider their UND experience to be a very worthwhile investment. Ian graduated from UND in 2011 with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree and is currently employed at the Drees, Riskey & Vallager, Ltd. accounting firm in Grand Forks. He hopes to someday assist non-profit organizations by donating accounting/financial expertise. Tanner plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree and work for a regional accounting firm. He is currently interning with the FDIC, a government agency that regulates banking and insures bank deposits. He hopes one day to be able to give back to UND in the form of a scholarship fund. Both Ian and Tanner have established a legacy of giving back to the University and community that has given so much to them. There’s no accounting for where these brothers’ passions and philanthropic efforts will take them.

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STUDENT PROFILES As a triple major in Accountancy, Finance, and Chinese who will graduate in four years with two internships, a study abroad experience, and who is active on campus, Andrew Leizens takes organization to a new level. Andrew is a marathon and 5K runner who has served as treasurer of the Business Advisory Council, is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society, has served as president of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, served as a student senator and the state president of Phi Beta Lambda, and is active with College Republicans. “The first few years I was really organized and didn’t sleep much,” he said. “I wanted to experience as much as possible. Now I choose what I like to do and get my sleep.” He’s also served as chief financial officer of the Student Managed Investment Fund, was selected to go to New York City and ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and served as a conference coordinator for Phi Beta Lambda. Andrew, who was born in Rome, N.Y., and grew up in Grand Forks, has completed internships at PricewaterhouseCoopers and with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. He said that majoring in Chinese actually made his Accountancy program easier. “Learning Chinese symbols helped me to see patterns,” he said, and credits Colleen Berry, associate professor of languages, as a great influence. “Colleen encouraged me to study abroad in China. I have never met someone filled with so much energy and optimism,” he said. Andrew, who was admitted into Beta Gamma Sigma and selected to attend the 2012 Student Leadership Forum, has placed several times in national Phi Beta Lambda competitions. In his spare time, Andrew is training to qualify for the Boston Marathon. He was active in UND’s Hip-Hop Club and served as a teacher’s assistant for ballroom dance. He also enjoys cooking. He hopes to one day run his own consulting or accounting firm.

As Alison Anderson progressed through the program, she realized that accounting isn’t as much about the math as it is about people. And she looks forward to working closely with talented people as part of a team that works to serve others – the clients. She has especially appreciated opportunities to visit with accounting professionals and recruiters who visit campus. “National, regional, and local firms recruit on campus because of the outstanding reputation of the program,” she said. “It’s fun to sit down with them and have them ask about professors and classes.” She remembers last fall, when one firm organized an indoor kickball game. “One minute I was defending third base, ready to make a catch for the out. Before I knew it, I was stumbling to the left after being hip-checked off the base by Dr. Mary Loyland!” Alison has taken advantage of the recruiting and networking opportunities, and will have completed three internships – with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, Deloitte, and Edgewood Management Group – when she graduates. A UND Presidential Scholar who received a number of scholarships, Alison grew up in Valley City, N.D. She chose accounting because she enjoys math and was impressed by the opportunities and tradition of excellence the program offers. “This is not an easy program,” she said. “I think the general consensus among students is that you can get through any challenge in life if you can get through Intermediate Accounting. The faculty really do care about the success of their students.” Alison is also in the Honors Program, and is involved in an after-school program for underprivileged children. “I served for nearly two years as the UND Honors Program service project coordinator for the after-school program,” she said. She coordinated volunteers and has logged more than 80 hours of service. After graduation, Alison plans to pursue a career in public accounting as a tax consultant in the Minneapolis metro area and to earn her CPA. She enjoys watching sports, especially college basketball and UND hockey, and spending time with friends and family. 14 Department of Accountancy Alumni Magazine - Summer 2014

Whether it’s taking the "Polar Plunge" for Special Olympics in subzero weather or running a 5K for charity, Josh Nelson likes fun ways to give back to the campus and community. “I think it’s important that the University has a good relationship with the community,” said Josh, who this year organized Accountancy students to take part in The Big Event, when students perform service work in Grand Forks. “And even though I have a lot of time limits, I have more time than money. So that’s what I give.” Josh is a member of Phi Beta Lambda, which sponsors a food drive and raises money for the March of Dimes. He’s also a Student Ambassador, where, among other projects, he was an orientation team leader during Welcome Weekend. “This is one of my favorite events. I had the opportunity to be one of the first people to influence incoming freshmen,” he said. “I really loved to see the overwhelmed looks on their faces change as they realized they made the right decision to attend UND.” Josh, who has lived in Grand Forks for 20 years, was born in Oklahoma and lived in Georgia, Idaho, and Illinois before coming to Grand Forks. He has a degree in auto body repair, and worked for Rydell’s Auto Center in Grand Forks and part time at Little Caesars in the Ralph Engelstad Arena. After he was promoted to manager at Little Caesars, he enrolled at UND to earn a business degree and chose Accountancy. “The ability to approach faculty is one of my favorite things about the program,” Josh said. “I have had multiple professors stop what they were working on just so they could focus on talking with me, whether it was about the course material or even just life advice.” He also likes the opportunity to visit with alumni when they return to campus. Josh continues to manage TCBY and Little Caesars at the arena, and enjoys running, walking, reading, movies, and scuba diving. During Spring Break last year, he proposed underwater to his girlfriend. She said yes!

Kaitlin Bezdicek originally chose UND because of its low tuition. She stayed because of the high-quality faculty and students. "I had thought about a private school," Kaitlin said. Then her dad, an accountant, gave her a balance sheet that listed how much debt she would take on. She chose UND and says the real decision came down to faculty and community. "I really enjoy taking classes with a group of dedicated, highly motivated students," she said. "I have been so blessed to meet so many genuine people and am grateful for how enjoyable college can be." She especially appreciates the ways that students help each other learn, both in study groups and as tutors, and she is now helping underclassmen with Accounting 200 and 201. "It feels good to give back when other students have helped you," she said. Kaitlin, who is originally from Minneapolis, had planned to study political science and journalism. Then she took an introductory accounting course, where she was impressed by the faculty. "The professors here are welcoming and love their jobs," she said. "I stopped in for help one day and my professor was ready to leave for the day, but stayed to talk, saying, 'I'll always have time for you." Kaitlin spent this summer interning in the audit department at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Minneapolis. On campus, she works in the Financial Wellness office as a peer educator to help students understand money. "It's fun to apply what I've learned from accounting to help students," she said. She explains loans, budgeting, and taxes, and does in-class presentations. Active on campus and with her church, Kaitlin has been involved in the Honors Program, College Republicans, the Dakota Student newspaper, Beta Alpha Psi, and UND Catholic organizations. She has completed service projects with St. Joseph’s Food Pantry and the North Dakota Museum of Art, and served as an intern in Sen. John Hoeven's Grand Forks office. She enjoys spending time with friends, playing cards, politics, and being outdoors. University of North Dakota 15


MARY LOYLAND Associate Professor of Accountancy

Mary Loyland wants her students to succeed. That’s why she’s legendary for two things: the difficulty of her Intermediate Accounting class and for matching students with great internships. “I like to be out and about, and to get to know people,” Mary said. Active in the community, Mary has served on several boards, including Valley Memorial Homes and the Greater Grand Forks Community Foundation. She makes connections with community and business leaders, and often persuades them to offer accounting internships. Once a business hires a UND intern, they often continue to do so, and then recommend interns to colleagues and other businesses. And she keeps in touch with graduates, many of whom are able to provide internships across the country. “It just works out,” Mary said. “It’s fun to see students blossom – it’s why I do it.” Students often say that if you can pass Mary’s Intermediate Accounting class, you can do anything. “You have to work hard if you’re an accountant, and it’s better to learn that in school than on the job,” she said. "Too many students tell me it’s the first class they had to study for. You should have to study from your first day on campus.” Mary is also legendary for her softer side, especially her open-door policy for listening to and helping students. “I want them all to be successful,” she said. Mary grew up in Grand Forks, where her parents were active in the community. She earned bachelor’s and master’s

degrees in math from UND and taught high school math for five years in Grand Forks. She returned to UND to earn her master’s in accounting and practiced public accounting for five years. “Louie Kulas, then the department chair, called me three consecutive years and offered me a job teaching at UND, and the third time I said yes,” Mary recalled. “I loved it.” She earned her doctorate in accounting from Nebraska, and has been with UND since 1981. “I found my niche,” she said. “I surround myself with smart people every day. Our accounting department has great, smart, hard-working students, and the faculty is fun to be with. I look forward to coming to work every day.” “I always tell my students that it is important to give back either in time or money,” she said. “We all want to live in a healthy, safe community, so it is up to all of us to make it so.” Mary is teaching her five grandsons the importance of giving by starting the Loyland-Asbury Grandson Fund. When they do work for her, she pays them $5 more if they will give $3 to the fund. Students appreciate Mary, and when her husband, Art, died unexpectedly, three students anonymously started the Mary and Art Loyland Accounting Scholarship. Her son and his family now run the farm; her daughter and her family live in Pittsburgh. In 2013, Mary married Don Berntsen, a UND graduate.

THE LITTLE THINGS ADD UP There’s no accounting for how far members of the UND Accounting Club will go to volunteer – they went “big” to volunteer for The Big Event. The Big Event is a student-led volunteering effort in which more than 1,000 UND students spend a Saturday each spring and spread out across Grand Forks to help community members and organizations. Some of the club members felt so passionately about participating in The Big Event that they left Minneapolis in the middle of the night so they could make it back in time to take part. Members of the club, who had spent Thursday and Friday (May 1 and 2) networking with Accountancy alumni and touring accounting firms in Minneapolis, left the Twin Cities at 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning instead of coming back that evening as scheduled. Despite their lack of sleep, the club members showed up ready to work.

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- Amy Halvorson, student writer

The Accounting Club was assigned to volunteer at the Salvation Army, where they were greeted by Lindy Beauchamp, Director of Social Services, and given a list of tasks that included washing windows, cleaning out window wells and gutters, raking leaves, sweeping, and picking up trash. “It makes a tremendous difference. We can’t hire out things like that, and it’s a great effort on the part of UND and UND students choosing to go the extra mile,” said Beauchamp. And the students couldn’t agree more. “It’s important that UND has a good relationship with the community, and The Big Event is a great way to do that,” said Josh Nelson, a member of the Accounting Club. Nelson also said that many of the larger accountancy firms encourage employees to volunteer, and events like these are excellent opportunities for students to get out and show their commitment to the community. “It’s nice giving back to the community and helping out,” said Eric Antonson, Accounting Club member.

DONNA ALTEPETER Instructor, Accountancy

Every spring, Donna Altepeter and the dean and associate deans don academic robes (or their Harry Potter outfits, as they tell students) to visit classrooms and “tap” the best students in the business school, inviting them to join Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Honor Society for business students. Membership is very selective, and it’s one of Donna’s favorite parts of advising the group. Donna has served as the advisor for BGS since 1999, and was named the National Outstanding Chapter Advisor this year. Last year, she received a North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award, which recognizes significant contributions in teaching, research, and service. Donna has been with UND for nearly 30 years, teaching Accounting 218, Accounting 200 and 201, along with an Accounting 201 online course. She is also the advisor to the Accounting Club. “How can you not love working with people who are here because they want to learn?” Donna said when asked what she enjoys about working at UND. Her goal is to help students succeed and to set them apart from students from other schools. Her Accounting 218 class, Advanced Spreadsheet Applications, is notoriously difficult, and taking the advanced Excel course, which requires hours of homework each week, makes entry into the career easier for students. Donna grew up on a farm near Selz, N.D., and graduated from UND in 1972 with a major in journalism and social studies and a minor in education. She always wanted to be a

teacher, and had a great student teaching experience under Ray Holmberg, who has served in the North Dakota Senate since 1977. However, there was an abundance of history teachers in the area, so Donna worked in bookkeeping for the next 10 years and enjoyed it so much that she came back to UND and earned her Master of Accountancy degree in 1986. She passed the CPA exam the same year. Donna credits accounting professor Mike Bader, a pioneer who recognized early the impact that PCs and electronic spreadsheets would have, for her love of working with spreadsheets. He was passionate about installing computers in Gamble Hall, and organized a class to teach students how to use spreadsheet programs. After he retired, Donna took over his courses. Along with teaching, Donna has always worked in the accounting profession and currently works part time for Business Specialties, a small CPA firm in Grand Forks. “It’s interesting to see businesses in operation, and see how accountants often play a big role in helping businesses grow and be successful,” Donna said. She helps clients develop business plans and does the sales tax reporting for clients at the CPA firm. “Accounting is such a diverse field, and accountants play so many roles. Along with being a trusted business advisor, they can often become very close friends with their clients.” When time permits, Donna is an avid reader and enjoys playing tennis. Her husband Roger farms, and they have three children and one granddaughter born in May.

NOT JUST STUDENTS: members of the Grand Forks community.

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Alumni ties yield new scholarship endowments

NILES FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT UND occupies a special place in the hearts of Bob and Peggy Niles, both Mandan natives who first met in a calculus class on campus. “I enjoyed UND from the start,” Bob said. “I met a lot of friends and my wife, and enjoyed the accounting department and business school. Professors Koppenhaver and Kulas had incredible reputations, and I had the sense that they really wanted students to succeed.” He also fondly remembers Stu Lundberg and DuWayne Wacker. After graduating in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, Bob worked in public accounting at the Denver office of Arthur Young & Co., and then with real estate development firms in the Denver area. He joined the finance team at American Television & Communications (ATC) in 1977. The company was one of the fledgling cable television businesses, and, after being acquired by Time, Inc. became known as Time Warner Cable. The industry was embarking on the reinvention of the television business, and Bob was part of the phenomenal growth that followed. In 1983, he was named to oversee the operating division in Kansas City. He retired in 2002 as president of the Kansas City Division of Time Warner Cable. “It’s often said that understanding business is much easier if one understands the finances of business,” Bob said, “and the world-class accounting training from UND certainly was key in that regard for me. The UND accounting background is the foundation upon which my career was built.” He recalls that after moving to Arizona, he met Jack Kibler, who hailed from Fargo and graduated from the UND accounting program in 1949. “We had common interests, and he regarded the UND culture and atmosphere the same way I did,” Bob said. Bob and Peggy, who worked in the insurance industry, have one son and one grandchild. They make their home in Oro Valley, Ariz., and enjoy playing golf and bridge. They established the Niles Family Scholarship Endowment as a way to give back. Four of the six members of Bob’s family graduated from UND, and the endowment is focused on helping accounting students from North Dakota who need financial assistance. “We hope we can make a positive difference in the lives of young people pursuing an education in accounting,” they said. “Our good fortune is confirmation of the difference a solid education can make.”

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HERR FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT Building and sustaining a culture of excellence is difficult. That’s why Henry Herr’s experience in co-founding and managing two successful, publicly traded healthcare companies has given him a deep appreciation for the supportive culture of the Accountancy Department. Henry, who earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting in 1968 and a master’s degree in accounting in 1971, began his career at Arthur Young in Portland, Oregon and other locations, and then moved to a proprietary hospital management company. He remained in the healthcare field, living throughout the south before settling in Nashville in 1978. In 1981, he was part of a group that founded what is now Healthways, a large public company which works to promote health and maintenance of chronic diseases. He served as chief financial officer and on the board of directors, and retired in 2001. The group also founded Amsurg, a nationally recognized leader in the development, management, and operation of outpatient surgery centers. Henry still serves on that board. “I’ve been working with the same people since 1978,” Henry said. “We have the same ethics, goals, and integrity. I have been very fortunate in my career and life, and recognize that a significant portion of that good fortune is due to the professional accounting program at UND.” Henry has returned every few years to meet with students and faculty and to speak in classrooms, and has a strong attachment to the Accountancy program. He remembers professors R.D. Koppenhaver and Ludwik Kulas fondly, and worked for them in their private accounting practice as well as a workstudy in the Accountancy Department. While serving in the military, Henry knew he wanted to go to graduate school after completing his service, but was unable to take the Graduate Record Exam, which is required for entrance to any program. “Kulas and Koppenhaver pulled some strings, got me in, and gave me a job as a graduate teaching assistant,” he said. They allowed him to take the GRE after his military discharge. Henry is interested in student challenges and faculty needs, and likes keeping up with the department. “When I talk to students today, they have the same feeling that I had,” he said. “I really appreciated that culture, which offered a lot of support.” He and his wife Judee, who live in Nashville, have two grown children and one grandchild, and enjoy traveling. Henry remains actively involved in the changes currently happening in healthcare, and he also still reads the Bismarck Tribune and Grand Forks Herald.

RICK & LORI LEE SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT Rick and Lori Lee are proud graduates of UND and have no doubt that their achievements are largely because of their experiences at the University. Rick, a Jamestown native who attended college on a wrestling athletic scholarship, met his future wife, Lori, also of Jamestown, on campus. “The successes in our personal, academic and professional lives would not have been possible without the assistance that was offered me beginning with that first year of college,” Rick said. “Early on, we hoped we would someday be able to pay it forward.” Pay it forward they did, with an Impact athletics scholarship for hockey and football. “It has been so rewarding,” Rick said. “We love that we know who we are helping and that we are making a positive difference in their lives. To watch ‘our’ athletes compete on the ice or on the football field and know that we played a part in their academic and athletic life is a great feeling.” Once they began offering the athletic scholarships, they also established an endowed scholarship for the Accountancy program. Rick, who is a partner with Eide Bailly in Williston, earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accountancy in 1978. He and Lori moved to Williston that June when Rick was hired by the CPA firm of Zine, Hoover & Wiedeman. Over the next several years the firm’s name evolved to Voller Lee & Suess, and in December 2012, the company joined with the regional CPA firm of Eide Bailly, LLP. Lori graduated from UND in 1976 with an Associate of Arts degree in Executive Secretarial. After she and Rick married, she worked in the personnel office at UND while Rick finished school. She said that what she learned in the business school has benefited her, and led to her current position as executive assistant to the President of Mercy Medical Center in Williston. Rick and Lori have three sons and two grandchildren, and enjoy traveling and golf. They have season hockey and football tickets, and travel from Williston to Grand Forks a dozen times a year to attend games and other events. “UND is a great place to get an education, to network and form connections,” Rick said. “I still see former classmates and athletes, and still have connections there.”

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PASS RATES Our graduates continue to excel on the CPA exam. In the last two testing periods, 34 UND alums finished the exam, with great results. Our pass rates compared to the national and regional averages over the last three years are: EXAM SECTION

The numbers reflect the continuing excellent performance of our graduates



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ELIJAH WATTS SELLS AWARD In the last 27 years, Department of Accountancy graduates have earned the prestigious Elijah Watts Sells Award nine times. This award was created in 1923 and annually recognizes the top 10 candidates in the nation who earn the highest cumulative scores on the CPA exam. Each year, between 75,000 and 100,000 individuals sit for the CPA exam. Finishing in the top 10 is truly an outstanding achievement and indicates the high-quality alumni produced by our undergraduate Accountancy program. The award is named after Elijah Watts Sells, one of New York’s first CPAs and one of the primary forces behind the establishment of what is now the American Institute of CPAs. To the right is a list of UND graduates who have received this award.

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Steve Opdahl

Spring 1986

Fargo South, N.D.

Dave Eberly

Spring 1986

Minot, N.D.

Brenda Zent

Spring 1987

Mott, N.D.

John Schell

Spring 1989

Minot, N.D.

Jeff Kersten

Spring 1990

Newburg, N.D.

Kory Schimke

Fall 1990

Harvey, N.D.

Melissa Derrig

Fall 1993

Fargo North, N.D.

Patricia Kalil Margarit

Fall 1993

Williston, N.D.

Chris Rohrich

Spring 2004

Fargo South, N.D.

UND is a great investment that provides a lot of opportunity. The faculty are just amazing – they provide tools and resources for the future, and they want you to succeed. My education prepared me for my first tax season. The classes, which are really hard, prepare you for life – they teach you to work hard. I got great advice from graduates and older students, and now I’m paying it forward. I keep in touch with students who are still in school and help answer their questions. I really like doing that.

-Ashley Sundre

Sundre just completed her first tax season at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Minneapolis as a tax associate. A native of Petersburg, N.D., she earned her bachelor’s degree in Accountancy in May 2013.

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2013-2014 Accountancy Scholarship Recipients FALL 2013 $45,900 IN SCHOLARSHIPS Bernt Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Alivia Sterton

Clifford Anderson Acct 200/201 Scholarships

Alexander Benson Stephanie Pastir

Bob & Joan Bender Scholarship

Derek Seedorf

Donald Bertheuson Memorial Scholarship

Christiana Chresand

Robert & Cassie Brostrom Scholarship

Laura Grabanski

Herr Family Scholarships

Alison Anderson Paige Biederstedt Kristin Canham Taylor Erickson

Stan & Dorothy Hoistad Scholarships

Tanner Bjerke Nathan Rich

Richard J. Peters Scholarships

Eldon Reinke Memorial Scholarship

Mary & Art Loyland Scholarships

Emil & Audrey Stoltz Scholarship

Dallas Dupey

Leonard & Carmel Cherlet Scholarship

Natalia Mazur

Hamilton Keefe

Ernest Lindstrom Scholarship

Stuart Lundberg Memorial Scholarships

Lori & Mike Hendrickson Scholarship

Ochoco Lumber Bruce Daucsavage Scholarship

Benjamin Doda

Ludwik Kulas Scholarship

Floyd B. Case Memorial Scholarship

Adam Christianson

Kaitlin Bezdicek

Katherine Krumholz Taylor Ruebke Taylor Siverson Caleb Tesmer

Taylor Erickson Laura Grabanski

Aaron Lundquist

Rodney Medalen Scholarship

Andrew Leizens Christian Wolfe

Glenn McDaniel Scholarships

Chelsey Enderle Ashley Freeberg Aaron Lundquist AJ Majidian Derek Rood

Anna Rutherford Elizabeth Rabon

DuWayne Wacker Memorial Scholarship

Robin Hutchinson

Jake Wambsganss Memorial Scholarship

Spencer Rea

Neil J. Wells Memorial Scholarship

Chelsey Enderle

SPRING 2014 $27,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS Clifford Anderson 200/201 Scholarships

Brady Martz Scholarships

KPMG Scholarship

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause Scholarships

Deloitte Scholarships

North Dakota Society of CPAs Foundation Scholarships

Christopher Seeba Shelby Varnson

Alison Anderson Elizabeth Rabon

John C. Berg Memorial Accounting Scholarships

Alexander Benson Trenton Egan

NDSCPAs Board of Directors Scholarship

Dylan McDaniel

Hamilton Keefe Melissa Roller

Katherine Krumholz Kelsie Leintz Madison Porter Caleb Tesmer

Eide Bailly Scholarships

Samantha Ritten Alivia Sterton

Lori & Mike Hendrickson Scholarship

Taylor Erickson

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Brandon Myhre

Kaitlyn Ferguson Laura Grabanski Hamilton Keefe Kelsie Leintz Melissa Mager Spencer Rea Melissa Roller

PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholarships

Kristin Canham Dana Kraus Taylor Siverson

Change the lives of students in the UND Department of Accountancy, like those who participate in the Student Managed Investment Fund, and reap the benefits of giving back.

“The generosity of donors is astonishing to me. Scholarships provide a major relief to the cost of an education and I am greatly appreciative. I look forward to the day when I can repay the favor for another student.”

—Russell Crary (pictured in center) | Senior, Accounting and Investments | Edson and Margaret Larson Scholarship recipient

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