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Endless Opportunities UND accounting alumni soar


IN THIS ISSUE from the chair

Welcome to the 2017 issue of the annual University of North Dakota Department of Accountancy Magazine. Once again we are excited about a new academic year, Homecoming Week, the Accounting Hall of Fame events, and the fall Accounting Career Fair. The Accounting Hall of Fame induction ceremony and related events are a highlight for faculty, students and friends of UND Accountancy. This year we will be inducting four remarkable individuals: Brent Kukla, Werner Nistler, C.J. Whalen, and Nancy Zmyslinski. The profiles of the inductees describe some of their outstanding accomplishments and shed light on their personal character and commitment to service. The profiles also illustrate the breadth of professional careers available to accountants. In this edition of the magazine we celebrate the valuable foundation that accounting provides for success in many career paths. The variety of the paths that UND Accountancy graduates take in building successful careers and in making contributions to society is truly remarkable. UND Accountancy





alumni can be found excelling at the highest levels in almost every type of enterprise from public accounting, to energy cooperatives, health care, banks, government, high technology companies, olive ranches, and even the NHL. Patrick Dirk’s comment in one of the magazine’s articles sums this up so well that I will repeat it here, “There are so many things you can do with accounting as a great foundation.” We continue to build our accounting program on the foundation of rigorous and relevant


technical skills. Our students continue to excel on the CPA exam and achieve success in national competitions. In response to the rapidly changing technological landscape of accounting and business, we are working to incorporate more data analytics throughout the curriculum. This year the college’s Information Systems faculty will join our department, and we welcome the opportunities for synergies in research and teaching. The success of our program, however, depends on much more than classroom instruction and course content. We pride ourselves on our community, and with the support of alumni and recruiters, we offer students a wealth of opportunities for professional interaction, career development, internships and experiential learning. Our students are among the most active on campus, and our vibrant accounting student organizations provide opportunities for personal growth, teamwork, networking, and leadership. With the introduction of a Living & Learning Community within the UND Housing system and the reactivation of our Master of Accountancy program, we can offer students opportunities to be engaged members of the UND Accountancy community from their first moments on campus through the completion of the master’s program. As freshman students moved into their dorms in August, they were greeted by faculty and accounting majors who answered questions, helped carry things in, provided cold water and treats, and welcomed them to the UND Accountancy community. We look forward to watching some of these students graduate with a Master of Accountancy degree five years from now. We will be proud to see them become new alumni, and

contents Hall of Fame..................................................................................................................................................................................... 4 Honoring the 2017 Accounting Hall of Fame Inductees

Matt Mason’s Accounting Career Takes Flight..........................................................................12 Matt Mason combines aviation and accountancy

From Public Accountant to Kroy to Troy.............................................................................................16 Patrick Dirk encourages lessons in accounting for all areas of business

embark on any number of career paths that build on the technical capabilities, work ethic, and inter-personal skills that they developed at UND.

UND Alumnus Scores a Career Touchdown.................................................................................. 20

As I enter my third year as chair of the Department of Accountancy, I feel more privileged than ever to hold this position and follow in the footsteps of legendary faculty. We continue to build our foundation of excellence, and recognize that UND Accountancy’s

Alex Cariveau shares how one risk results in an unbelievable gain

current successes are shared by the multiple generations of UND faculty, students, staff, alumni, recruiters and friends who have

The Power of UND Relationships................................................................................................................. 22

built, sustained and enhanced UND Accountancy. Your engagement and financial generosity create opportunities for students

Karen Thingelstad attributes success to accounting faculty’s support

and faculty that truly transform lives. I appreciate all that you do for the department, our college, and the University. Please continue to visit classrooms, mentor students, host field trips, make presentations for student organizations, and recruit our students for internships and jobs. Your advice, encouragement and engagement are essential for our continued success. Please feel free to contact me ( if I can be of service.

Honoring Al Royse................................................................................................................................................................ 26 UND Alumni Association and Foundation recognizes Royse with the 2017 Sioux Award

Sincerely, U N D A C C O U N TA N C Y


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riginally from Scranton, N.D., Brent Kukla has committed his time, talent, and treasure in advancing the accounting pro-

fession and supporting aspiring accountants at the University of North Dakota.

Hall of fame Recognizing individuals for outstanding career accomplishments and service contributions to the Department of Accountancy, the University of North Dakota, and society.

After graduating from UND with a Bachelor of Accountancy in 1996, Kukla joined Ernst & Young’s Minneapolis office. He has served in EY’s assurance and advisory practices for more than 21 years in multiple locations, including Minneapolis, Washington, D.C. and New York City. Kukla was promoted to partner in 2010. In 2003, Kukla took a brief hiatus from public accounting to serve as a fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). During this prestigious fellowship, Kukla assisted the OCC in the formulation of bank supervision policy and


capital standards for the financial institutions supervised by the OCC.


Upon completing his fellowship, Kukla rejoined EY and served for three years in EY’s National Professional Practice Group in New York City, where he served as a subject matter specialist and consultation resource on vari-

Senior Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, Minneapolis, Minn. Bachelor of Accountancy 1996

topics. Since returning to Minneapolis in 2008, Kukla has been part of EY’s Financial Services Office (FSO), and he has worked with a number of the firm’s largest U.S. and global banking clients in an audit and advisory capacity. In addition, Kukla is the FSO Financial

UND PROUD “Brent is a terrific young man who I am very honored to call my friend. He was a student in my accounting class, traveled to London with me and my husband, and was a recruiter for EY. Brent actually met his wife, Heather, while on the London trip. Brent is always professional, he is kind, has a steady persona, his hair is always the same length, and in the 23 years I have known him, he never ages! I am also honored that he, Heather and Deb Ebling started the Mary and Art Loyland Accounting Scholarship.” – Dr. Mary Loyland, Associate Professor Emeritus of Accountancy

ous banking industry and financial instrument

I am honored and humbled to be considered for this recognition and to even be considered with the past inductees. Each has made a significant and lasting impact on the UND accounting program, and a number have had a direct impact on my career. The UND Department of Accountancy was instrumental in preparing me for the opportunities and challenges I’ve encountered during my career. While many things have changed since my time on campus, the department’s focus on preparing students to be successful in business and life

Accounting Advisory Services practice lead for EY’s Central Region. Kukla continues to remain actively engaged with UND and leads EY’s campus recruiting efforts. Kukla visits campus regularly, participates in department events, serves on the department’s advisory board, and generously contributes his time to both faculty and students.

and good corporate and community citizens has not. - Brent Kukla


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ntegrity and values have been at the center of Werner Nistler’s business philosophy and personal life as he has established and developed

a variety of businesses over nearly four decades. Born in Beach, N.D., Nistler learned the value of education and work ethic through the support of his parents. After earning his B.S. in Accountancy, Nistler did a two

year Army tour before earning his CPA and completing his Master of Accountancy degree at Arizona State University. Nistler started his business career in public accounting at Arthur Andersen. He then worked at a small retirement community company. His work eventually led to

C.J. was the most professional person in our entire department. He was professional at all times socially, and professionally, as well as representing his firm with his sons, or as a tax expert. I can’t say enough good things about him, he was a terrific colleague.” - Rodney Medalen Associate Professor Emeritus of Accountancy

the formation of Computran, a medical charting software company serving over 750 nursing centers. Nistler’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to

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establish a variety of businesses including Beaverton Banking Company, that later became part of U.S. Bank.

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and he continues to serve as Chairman. Touchmark develops and operates fullservice




nine states and one Canadian province. Touchmark’s mission is to enrich people’s lives, and each community provides a

Founder, Chairman, Shareholder of Touchmark BS in Accounting 1968 MS in Accounting, Arizona State University

UND PROUD As those being from North Dakota and Minnesota and those graduating from the University of North Dakota know, there is no substitute for a positive attitude and hard work, traits that have always served me well. I am very proud of my heritage and living these traits. I am also very proud to have had the opportunity to attend UND, not only in receiving an excellent education, but also in forming friendships with the university family of professors and fellow students who helped me in becoming the best person I can be. I am very grateful to receive the Accounting Hall of Fame Award. Thank you. 6

In 1980 Nistler founded Touchmark,

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broad range of services and a continuum of care for residents. Nistler also founded the Touchmark Foundation, a public charity dedicated to enhancing the well-being of seniors.

I was privileged to have a personal tour of the new Touchmark community under development in Portland. Werner is attentive to every dimension of the residents’ experience, from the driveway into the property to the view from each window. At Touchmark, no detail is too small for careful attention, yet the details do not obscure the focus on fulfilling the overarching mission. Werner has an extraordinary ability to integrate business acumen, an understanding of people, personal values, and visionary leadership. – Kate Campbell, Professor and Chair of Accountancy


Whalen Emeritus Professor of Accounting University of North Dakota BS in Accounting 1951 MS in Accounting 1957


enowned faculty member, R.D. Koppenhaver, always thought teaching was a calling for UND Alumnus, C.J. Whalen. When Koppenhaver discovered that

Whalen had resigned from his position as tax manager at Arthur Andersen and was teaching at Bowling Green State University, Koppenhaver got on the phone and immediately invited Whalen to teach tax at UND. While working on his master’s degree, Whalen served as a graduate assistant in the UND Department of Accountancy. When he graduated in 1956, Whalen had

UND PROUD A joy for teaching became the catalyst to later guide his career. Whalen was a professor at UND for 24 years with expertise in tax accounting. He was the first in the department to teach FORTRAN and COBOL computer languages. He has many wonderful memories of his colleagues and students during his tenure. His sixty-three year marriage to Kathleen was blessed with eight children, twenty-one grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

teaching offers from the University of Notre Dame and Michigan State University, but he decided to give public accounting a try. After eight years at Arthur Andersen and a stint teaching at Bowling Green State University, Whalen began teaching at UND in 1966. This was the start of a 24 year-long distinguished teaching career at UND. Whalen retired with the status of Emeritus Professor of Accountancy in UND 1990. Accounting

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“Nancy Zmyslinski has had a remarkable career, rising to senior executive levels in the government sector. She has been very supportive of the UND accounting program, bringing DFAS on campus to recruit our students. We are immensely proud of Nancy’s accomplishments and grateful for her support. She has truly been an ambassador for the UND accounting program!” – Dee Ann Ellingson, Associate Professor of Accountancy

After graduating from UND, Nancy Zmyslinski put her accounting degree to good use. With a career in




spanning 35 years, Zmyslinski held a variety of positions, culminating in leadership roles at both the Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).


fan, as both her father and grandfather have degrees from UND. As a child, Zmyslinski attended many events at the university and fell in love with the campus and its spirit. “My first and only choice for college was UND because of the tradition and the variety of available academic majors,” said Zmyslinski. Zmyslinski started her career with the Federal


Government in 1980 as a management analyst and accountant at the Defense Depot, Memphis, Tenn. In 2004 Zmyslinski was appointed as

Zmyslinski Retired Management Advisor, U.S. NATO BSBA in Accounting 1980 MBA, Ohio Dominican University

the Director of Accounting Services for DFAS Columbus, where she was responsible for the day-to-day operation of a $80 million complex and more than 3,000 federal employees. In 2008 Zmyslinski was appointed as the Deputy for Strategic Business Management for DFAS. In this role Zmyslinski was responsible for developing and implementing the agency’s strategy, leading its strategic business activities, and leading the DFAS transformation. In December 2011, Zmyslinski assumed the Management Advisory role for U.S. NATO where she served as the principal advisor on

UND PROUD I am UND PROUD because the students I recruited from UND were amazing and made me proud of the accounting program! The DFAS managers were complimentary of and impressed with the UND students’ knowledge, abilities and work ethic. The new hires from UND not only had the technical skills needed to perform in a complex accounting environment, but more importantly, they had the necessary attitudes, collaborative skills and initiative to be successful in a large organization. My own experience at UND gave me those same skills and had a tremendous impact on my own career. I was able to gain a solid academic foundation and develop a strong work ethic at UND that greatly contributed to my success. 8

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management issues to the U.S. Permanent Representatives to NATO. Zmyslinski recently retired to Fargo, where she and her husband are building a new home. Over the course of her career, Zmyslinski led DFAS campus recruiting at UND and mentored many UND accounting students and alumni. Zmyslinski remains actively engaged with the department and accounting students, and she has become a student favorite as a speaker and participant in events including Beta Alpha Psi banquets and the Morrison Leadership Summit.

Accounting Hall of Fame RECIPIENTS

Zmyslinski likes to say she was raised a UND

John C. Berg (Deceased) Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, 1975 Master of Science in Accounting, 1977 Senior Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers


Henry Herr Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, 1968 Master of Science in Accounting, 1971 Retired founding investor of Healthways, Inc. and AmSurg Corporation

Shirley Martz (Deceased) Bachelor of Science in Commerce with a major in Accounting, 1945 Co-founder of Brady, Martz and Associates, P.C.

Richard J. Peters Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, 1969 Master of Science in Accounting, 1976 Retired Vice President and Regional Controller for Latin America, Cargill

Rodney Medalen Bachelor’s Degree, Mayville State University, 1960 Master of Education Administration, UND, 1965 Master of Science in Accounting, UND, 1967 UND Associate Professor Emeritus of Accountancy

Darold Rath (Deceased) Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, 1967 Retired CEO, Eide Bailly LLP

2012 Merlin Dewing (Deceased) Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, 1956 Masters in Accountancy, 1958 Honorary Doctor of Laws, 1988 Retired Chairman of KPMG Baymark, New York City Gaylen Ghylin Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, 1969 Executive Vice President, Tiller Corp. Mike Hendrickson Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, 1965 Master of Science in Accounting, 1967 Retired Assurance Partner, Price Waterhouse Gerald VandeWalle Bachelor of Science in Commerce with Accounting Department honors, 1955 Juris Doctor, 1958 Chief Justice, North Dakota Supreme Court

Robert Watson Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, 1969 Master of Science with a major in Accounting and minor in Management, 1972 Retired PricewaterhouseCoopers and CBIZ MHM

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

2015 Wayne Dewald Bachelor of Accountancy, 1973 Retired Partner, Deloitte R.D. “Kope” Koppenhaver (Deceased) Master of Science in Commerce, 1938 Professor of Accounting and Department Chair Ludwik Kulas (Deceased) Bachelor of Science in Commerce, 1943 Juris Doctorate, 1951 Professor of Accounting and Department Chair Sara Lord Bachelor of Accountancy, 1998 National Director of Assurance Services, McGladrey

2016 2014 Stanley Hoistad Bachelor of Science in Commerce with a major in Accounting, 1950 Retired Partner and Shareholder, Brady Martz & Associates Wesley Johnson Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, 1963 Retired Partner, KPMG R.K. Mautz (Deceased) Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Accounting, 1937 Former partner with Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young)

Thomas Clifford (Deceased) Bachelor of Science in Commerce, 1942 Juris Doctorate, 1948 Master of Business Administration, 1957 UND President and Professor of Accounting Jeff Gendreau Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, 1990 Partner and Regional Attest Practice Leader, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP Al Royse Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting, 1972 Master of Science in Accounting, 1973 Juris Doctorate, 1976 Retired Senior Partner, Deloitte

Sally J. Smith Carleen Shilling Bachelor of Science in Business Bachelor of Business Administration with a Administration, Accounting, 1979 major in Accounting, 1973 President and CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings, UND Accounting Excellence 2017 Edition 9 Retired Partner, Eide Bailly Inc.


C o m pe t i t i o n s UND students extended their classroom

widely reported on locally, that was



not the focus of our discussion. Our

competing in two national ethics case



task was to act as a non-partisan think

competitions during the 2016-2017

tank presenting our ethical analysis

academic year.

and recommendations to the Assistant

ics instructors, and the University as a whole,” said Simonson. “It makes it clear that our college takes ethics instruction seriously.”

Secretary of the Army and her team,”

Back in October 2016, the team of

In each competition, teams were given

said Simonson. “It not only involved a

Enrique Balderas, Rachel Funkhouser,

a short case describing a decision that

thorough ethical analysis of the DAPL

and Stephen Grazier competed in the

managers faced. The teams then had

crossing, but also the legal and financial

Eller Collegiate Ethics Case Competition

about three weeks to research the topic,

implications of our recommendation.”

at the University of Arizona.

explore the ethical implications, and prepare a presentation and executive

The topic of that case was the request


to Apple from the FBI for assistance in unlocking the mobile phone used by from

the San Bernadino shooter. Although

competing universities were placed

the specific incident had been resolved,

in brackets, and each presented their

the teams were required to formulate

analysis and recommendations to a

a strategy regarding how Apple should

panel of judges. The teams were also

respond to similar requests from

required to answer questions regarding

governments worldwide in the future.

their recommendations, as well as a

The UND team competed against 24

series of questions regarding the issue.

other teams from invited universities,

The finalists in each bracket presented

including the University of Washington,

again to a second panel of judges.









University of Illinois. In March, the UND CoBPA team of Celina Thompson and Kyle Simonson



“Although the concept of an ‘ethics

won the Templeton Business Ethics

team consulted with several CoBPA

competition’ may seem rather odd, these

Case competition at Stetson University,

faculty, including Accountancy’s Mike

are great opportunities for students to

topping a field of 13 teams from other

Hendrickson and Management’s Duane

test their critical thinking, persuasion,

universities, including the University

Helleloid, who teach ethics classes at

and presentation skills,” Helleloid said.

of Florida, Auburn University, Clemson

the undergraduate and graduate levels.

“As a faculty member, I get to see

University, and the U.S. Naval Academy.

They also received suggestions from a

how our top students match up against

The topic of the case was the Dakota

team of accounting students who had

carefully selected students from highly

Access Pipeline (DAPL), and how the

competed in the Eller Collegiate Ethics

ranked undergraduate business schools

Army Corps of Engineers should consider

Case Competition in October.

from across the country. I could not



be more proud of the hard work and

the conflicting views of many different stakeholders. “When the topic was released, we

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knew it would require quite a bit of research. Although the protests were

“It was a great accomplishment, being recognized out of 13 other universities. I think it speaks volumes to the quality of the CoBPA, the Accounting and Management Departments, its eth-

thoughtful preparation that went into both teams’ work, and I look forward to working with teams this coming year.“

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Mat t Mason’s Accounting Career Takes


New Hampshire native Matthew Mason chose to attend the

After college, Mason started working with a temporary agency

University of North Dakota in 2011 for its world-renowned

in New Hampshire. The agency helped him land a tempo-

aviation program.

rary position with Elbit Systems of America, LLC., a leading provider of high performance products and system solutions

“The program is great and it’s a very affordable compared to

focusing on the defense, homeland security, commercial avia-

a lot of the other schools I was looking at. It’s fantastic, it’s a

tion and medical instrumentation markets. While Mason works

beautiful school really. The professors are great, and it has a

out of New Hampshire, the parent company is based in Israel.

nice campus,” said Mason. “I really liked this company, so I asked them to hire me. After Mason wanted to work for the airlines, however, as he got fur-

some back and forth, they finally did,” said Mason.

ther into the program, he realized it wasn’t quite the right fit. Mason currently works as a Cost Accountant for Elbit. The “I was trying to find a new major, so I took an accounting class.

company has also granted him an additional opportunity that

I loved the professor, so I switched to accounting.”

allows Mason to utilize some of his aviation knowledge. While Mason is in the office, he works as a cost accountant. However

The rest was history.

he uses his aviation background in a second role when he serves as the company’s chief drone pilot out in the field.

Mason graduated from the UND College of Business & Public Administration (UND CoBPA) in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree

“I don’t know that another company would have taken some

in Accountancy and a minor in Aviation.

kid who’s in cost accounting and said, ‘Oh you know how to fly an airplane? Let’s give you control of this incredibly complex

Department of Accountancy Chair and Professor Kate Campbell

and expensive system for this program that we’re running,’”

recognized Mason’s strengths early on.

said Mason. “I think this company has really been good to me in that way. They’ve given me an opportunity to try a lot of

“Matt came into accounting with a different background and took advantage of a lot of different opportunities at UND. He was an analytical thinker and just excelled in so many areas,” said Campbell. “He had interests outside of accounting; he worked over at the Alumni Foundation’s call center and broke fundraising records there.” “Matt is a history buff, and at one point he thought about looking for a financial position in museums. He participated in the college’s Business and Government course and the trip to Washington, D.C. That was a really great experience,” she added. “Matt kept exploring and taking advantage of opportunities. It was clear he appreciated accounting, but he wasn’t going to take the standard path. He didn’t take the standard path at UND, so why would he take the standard path in an accounting career?” After making his way back to New Hampshire, Mason started studying for the CPA exam. It was then he realized public accounting wasn’t the route he wanted to take. “Dr. Kate Campbell helped me think outside the box a little bit (with my career choices),” said Mason. “She really helped me look outside of the public accounting world and helped me self-evaluate.” he added. Matt Mason


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different things.” Mason feels he’s been very lucky on his career path. “I think there’s a stigma around temp agencies. As much as I didn’t like being a temp, it did get me this position. So, I’ve been really happy with it,” said Mason. Mason says his best piece of advice to UND students getting ready to graduate is to keep an open mind. “I think that when I left I was very unsure of what I wanted to do, and I just sort of let the world take me where it did, and it turned out great. So, I think students should just be willing to try new things.” Mason said. Though far from home, Mason says he is glad he chose to stay at UND after deciding to change his major to accounting. “I’m glad I stuck around,” said Mason. “It’s a great University, and it was a great experience. Accounting at times is painful, but I got through it,” he added with a laugh.

RUNNETH OVER U niversity of North Dakota College of Business &

Public Administration Department of Accountancy alumnus Carter Rowney is a Stanley Cup champion.

The Pittsburgh rookie forward became the latest UND product

to hoist the Cup after his Penguins defeated Nashville 2-0 in Game 6 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. Rowney was even on the plus/minus and had one hit in 7:40 of ice time in game six and was a regular on a Pittsburgh penalty-killing unit that went 4-4. He played 2:24 of his 7:40 while the Penguins were shorthanded. It was the 18th time a UND player has won the Stanley Cup, and Rowney became the 13th alum to do so. “It’s a dream,” Rowney told CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada following the game. “It’s been a long road and to get it my first crack at it and be a champion at the end, it’s pretty unbelievable.” Rowney appeared in 20 games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs and was plus-3 with three assists. He tied for second in the NHL with 80 hits during the playoffs, a total topped only by Nashville’s Austin Watson (106). A native of Sexsmith, Alberta, Rowney became UND’s first undrafted free agent to win the Stanley Cup since Ed Belfour with Dallas in 1999 and its first alum to win it as a rookie since Geoff Smith did it in 1989-90 with Edmonton. Rowney played at UND from 2009-13 and amassed 32 goals and 41 assists for 73 points in 150 career games. He made his NHL debut this season at age 27 after having spent parts of five seasons in the American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League. Rowney and his wife Danielle (Luetzen), a former UND volleyball letter winner, celebrated the birth of their first child, son Anders, in May. “I can’t wait to put him inside that Cup!” said Rowney.


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UND’s STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS: Year Player Team 1983-84 Gord Sherven Edmonton Oilers 1985-86 Craig Ludwig Montreal Canadiens 1989-90 Geoff Smith Edmonton Oilers 1990-91 Jay Caufield Pittsburgh Penguins 1991-92 Jay Caufield Pittsburgh Penguins 1995-96 Troy Murray Colorado Avalanche 1998-99 Ed Belfour Dallas Stars 1998-99 Tony Hrkac Dallas Stars 1998-99 Craig Ludwig Dallas Stars 1998-99 Rick Wilson (AC) Dallas Stars 1999-00 Brad Bombardir New Jersey Devils 2005-06 Mike Commodore Carolina Hurricanes 2009-10 Jonathan Toews* Chicago Blackhawks 2011-12 Matt Greene Los Angeles Kings 2012-13 Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks 2013-14 Matt Greene Los Angeles Kings 2014-15 Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks 2016-17 Carter Rowney Pittsburgh Penguins * - indicates Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP

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From public accountant to Kroy to Troy






University of

In the last forty plus years, things have certainly changed

North Dakota College of Business & Public

for Dirk. He now serves as the active CEO and founder of

Administration (UND CoBPA) in 1972 with both

Troy Group Inc., a company headquartered in California but

a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accountancy,

founded 35 years ago in Stillwater, Minn. Troy Group Inc. has

as well as earning his CPA certificate, Patrick

two primary operations: a security printing solutions company

Dirk was fortunate to receive an offer from every firm in the

and Pasolivo, an olive farm on the central coast of California.

Big 8. “They’re both very fun businesses,” said Dirk. Dirk was married with four children, so money was tight. He

said Dirk. “We’ve won many international awards. We just won

me your passion later. I’m fulfilling my passion, but I didn’t go

selected Peat Marwick Mitchell because they agreed to give

Troy Security Printing Solutions started with just five employ-

several at the most recent Los Angeles international competi-

after my passion first. You don’t know until you’re out there,

him his bonus before he left school.

ees. Now, the company has 150 employees and products in

tion, with over 750 companies entering. In addition to several

and you’re working. Life happens to you, and you’ll have dif-

130 countries. They provide companies and governments with

golds, our lemon was selected as best in class.”

ferent experiences. But if you have a good, strong background,

“Peat Marwick—what’s now KPMG— gave you a bonus back

security printing capabilities through software, inks, toners

then when you completed your CPA certificate. I convinced

and specialty printers. Example uses include checks, tempo-

After 35 years of business, Dirk attributes his success to his

them to give it to me before I arrived, so I could buy clothes

rary identification cards, college diplomas, birth certificates,

company’s core values: excellent customer service, outstand-

to wear to work,” said Dirk. “I needed to buy sport jackets, suits

college transcripts, passes, and many other kinds of security

ing quality, professionalism, and innovation. He’s also thankful

Dirk says his story is a perfect example of how you never know

and ties.”


for his UND Accountancy mentors, Ludwik “Louie” Kulas and

where you might end up after college.

you’re going to be able to work and see all of the opportunities around you,” said Dirk.

R.D. “Kope” Koppenhaver, as well as his education. Dirk worked for the firm in Minneapolis for a year and a half.

Located in Paso Robles, California, Pasolivo is a 132-acre home

While there, he worked in audit, tax and consulting.

to 6,200 olive trees. Once picked, the olives are crushed to make olive oil. In addition to a store on the property, Pasolivo.

“Excellent experience,” said Dirk. “But with four kids and a wife,

com has over 6,400 club members.

we needed to make some money. I needed more than what a junior accountant was getting paid.”

“I left UND thinking I was going to be a partner at a CPA “The background I received from the UND Department of Accountancy was incredible,” said Dirk. “I just had so much confidence when I left. There are so many things you can do

firm. But life does what it does, things come along, you make

with accounting as a great foundation.”

an opportunity.”

When asked his best piece of advice, Dirk says it’s to “know and

Dirk was “a guy who had six family members, six bicycles, six

understand your costs. That never changes.”

dorm beds and a U-Haul full of dreams,” back in 1972. With hard work and perseverance, Dirk turned those dreams

changes,” said Dirk. “But if you’re prepared and excited about every new challenge, I would say change is a challenge and

“We have the same issues as any farm has, but instead of wheat, we grow olives,” Dirk said.

Dirk left Peat Marwick to become the controller at Kroy Inc. Four years later, he was the division manager; two years later,

Born in Carson, N.D. and raised in Bismarck, N.D., Dirk is no

he became president of the company.

stranger to farming.

And to get an accounting degree.

“Things moved really fast for us,” said Dirk.

“Since the beginning, we focused on improving the farming,”

“I advised my grandkids to get an accounting degree and tell

into reality.


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is back! Through the support of visiting Assistant Professor of Accountancy, Ken Bulie, accounting students at UND brought the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program back to campus in spring 2017. This program offers free tax help to people who make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limitedEnglish speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. At the start of the spring semester, Bulie, recruited 13 UND accounting students to participate in the program. These students completed training with the IRS before joining thousands of others in assisting their communities by preparing taxes free of charge. Jared Urbach, May 2017 Department of Accountancy graduate, was one of the students who participated in the program.

UND Expands its Beta Alpha Psi Engagement UND’s Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) chapter is increasing its engagement with the national organization. During the 2016-2017 each of which supported innovative programming on campus. The chapter developed a proposal for an Ethics Trivia Night and used a grant from the Beta Alpha Ethics Award, sponsored by Grant Thornton, to host the event at the Gorecki Alumni Center. With support from the Beta Alpha Psi Inclusive Leadership Award sponsored by EY, UND’s chapter organized and hosted an event promoting inclusiveness by bringing BAP members together with members of student organizations affiliated with UND’s Multicultural Student Services. In the 2017-18 academic year, UND’s engagement with BAP will be further extended through alumni involvement. Kasey Bosch, a 2017 accounting alumna, has been selected as a

“VITA was a great opportunity to gain some experience and apply all the knowledge you have gathered over the years to real world situations,” said Urbach. “I believe UND should continue this program and grow the number of students involved. It is not only a great resume builder, but it is also a way to give back to the Grand Forks community.”

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academic year, UND’s chapter won two national BAP grants,

Beta Alpha Psi Regional Alumni Representative. As one of nine regional representatives, Bosch will represent 25 Beta Alpha Psi chapters in the Missouri Valley region and serve as a liaison between the chapters and the national organization. Bosch will also be part of the BAP Alumni Taskforce and will work to establish new and exciting events for BAP at the regional and international levels.


UND accounting students travel annually to visit firms throughout the Minneapolis area, creating valuable networking experiences and future career connections.


ND’s annual Accounting Field Trip to Minneapolis

bus and set off on the field trip. Office visits form the back-

is always a much-anticipated event. The field

bone of the trip, but networking and social interactions are

trip is an opportunity for accounting students,

part of every visit.

especially those who are relatively early in

their academic programs, to learn more about professional

Accounting major Emma Johnson participated in the Spring

opportunities and to network with UND accounting alumni,

2017 field trip and commented, “For me, the accounting field

recruiters, and friends. For many students, this is a an impor-

trip provided a great setting to network with firms and UND

tant introduction to public accounting firms and professional

accounting alumni. Being able to go to offices and see what

accounting environments that both inspires and helps prepare

each firm is all about gave me a better feel of their culture

them for internship and full-time job interviews.

and what it would be like to work there. This trip does a great job with mixing professionalism with fun and creates a good

This year, 41 students, 4 faculty members and the Director of

networking environment for students!”

the college’s Pancratz Career Development Center boarded a

“I wanted to be an alumni representative because BAP has been an extremely important part of my college years, and I want to give back to the organization that has given me so much. It has helped shape me into the person I am today. My goal for this position is to build connections between individual chapters and the organization at-large, to become an effective advocate for these chapters, to come up with solutions to the challenges that the chapters may face, and create meaningful events at the Regional Meeting.” – Kasey Bosch, 2017 Accounting Alumna 2017 Accounting Field Trip 18

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“I was a little overqualified and I knew it,” said Cariveau. “I took the chance and I said, you know, it’s a sports team and I really enjoy sports; football is my favorite sport. I decided I would take the job with the stipulation that I had a six-month probationary period. I wanted to go full-time and I wanted to make sure they knew that. If they didn’t hire me full-time after six months, I was going to leave.” Luckily for Cariveau, they did. “It was about two and a half months and they hired me fulltime,” said Cariveau. “I went from part-time there to full-time staff accountant. I was in that role for about two years, and my boss, my senior accountant, moved on to Amazon. I was a

ALEX CARIVEAU scores a career

natural fit for senior accountant. About two years after that, I moved on to become the finance manager and held that role for about a year.” In the spring of 2017, Cariveau was promoted yet again—this



time, to director of finance for the Seattle Seahawks and CenturyLink Field. CenturyLink Field is one of the most attended facilities in the country. An average of 2.2 million people come through the door each year for roughly 200 different events.

“Every business needs an accountant. There are many opportunities; it’s just wide-open what students can do with an accounting degree. There are a lot of opportunities career-wise and community-service wise as well.” – Dee Ann Ellingson

After graduating from the University of North Dakota College of Business & Public Administration in 2010 with degrees in

“We have a lot going on,” said Cariveau. As the Director of Finance, Cariveau manages the master lease agreement with the city, as well as budgeting for events, event revenues, expenses, food, and beverages. “Essentially, I manage all stadium event and contract finances,” said Cariveau. He also manages the budgets for 120 full-time staff and 2,500 part-time staff. Though busy, Cariveau says he loves his job, and it comes with great perks.

accounting and finance as well as earning his CPA certificate, Alex Cariveau decided to take an untraditional path—literally. “I’ve been to the Super Bowl twice. They took me, my brother Cariveau packed his car, and drove out to Seattle.

and my dad to the Super Bowl in New York and Arizona. You put all that time and work into the team, and it’s paid off by

“I just decided, what the heck, my cousin lives out in Seattle,” said Cariveau with a laugh. “So, I just drove out here without a job.

getting to go to the Super Bowl,” said Cariveau with a laugh.

My cousin had a room open for me so I stayed there.”

“For the New York one, I actually have the Super Bowl ring, the

way it did. “I started part-time, but I wouldn’t be in this place if I didn’t accept the job,” said Cariveau. Cariveau encourages students to think outside the box when it comes to the accounting profession. “When I was going through school I knew I didn’t want to do public accounting. It’s good for kids to understand that there’s way more out there than public accounting,” said Cariveau. Associate Professor in the UND Department of Accountancy, Dee Ann Ellingson agrees with Cariveau. “I’ve told my students many times, public accounting is not the only route to go,” said Ellingson. “Every business needs an accountant. There are many opportunities; it’s just wide-open what students can do with an accounting degree. There are a lot of opportunities career-wise and community-service wise as well,” she added. Cariveau, a Grand Forks native, says he got a great education at UND. He says some of skills he learned through the accounting program, like how to use Excel, definitely set him apart with the Seahawks. He says his education and where he grew up played major roles in his success. “It’s my hometown, I have a lot of pride in my hometown,” said Cariveau. “I’m proud to say I’ve lived in a smaller town and came out to a bigger city and have excelled here. I think that was a key to my success.”

same one issued to the players, with my name in it. So that’s a Once in Seattle, Cariveau started the job-search. He somehow ended up stumbling onto a posting for a part-time internship

pretty cool little take-away.”

with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. Though untraditional, Cariveau is glad his path led him the


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“I’ve had some pretty different experiences in the last three years,” said Ripplinger. They’ve definitely invested in me since day one, which is nice. It’s a company that views their power as their people, not the power plants. It’s a place that matches

the power of und relationships

my values and is just all-around a great place to work, I would say,” he added.

Never underestimate what you can do if you work your hardest and

Both Thingelstad and Ripplinger attribute a great deal of their success to their time at UND. Thingelstad said what she loves most about the UND accounting program is that the professors go above and beyond for their students.

have passion about

“I had two kids and was widowed when I was going to school

what you can do. You

at UND,” said Thingelstad. “The Department of Accountancy

will far exceed your expectations. – Karen Thingelstad

Chair at that time, Hans Hanson, knew that I wanted to graduate in August so my kids could start school where they were going to be. There was a class I should have been able to take in summer school that wasn’t offered for whatever reason. I kind of freaked out. And Hans said, ‘it’s okay, it’s okay. I know your plan, I know you want to do things the way you’re doing them, we’ll just substitute a different class.’ But the substitute wasn’t offered either. And then he said, ‘you know


what, you haven’t had fund accounting, we can substitute fund niversity of North Dakota alumna and Northwood,

“There are lots of jobs in industry, or in consulting, or whatever

accounting.’ But that wasn’t offered either. So, he said, ‘Here’s

N.D. native Karen Thingelstad’s life changed 24

it is you’re passionate about,” said Thingelstad. “I think that’s

the deal, we’ll get six or seven students and I’ll teach it this

years ago by simply opening a local newspaper.

the key: you have got to have passion about what you do in

summer so that you can graduate.’ He ended up getting 22

order to be good at it.”

students for the class that summer. To me that shows me how people at UND go above and beyond teaching the classes.”

“I opened the paper and there was the job; there was an

outstanding faculty, it is also home to a faithful alumni base. Ripplinger said he realized he wanted to work on the more private-side of accounting after listening to other UND alumni experiences. They gave him a great piece of advice: “Work is life, they shouldn’t be two separate things,” said Ripplinger. “You should want to work and represent a company that you truly believe in.” Ripplinger says he won’t be leaving Minnkota Power Cooperative any time soon, if ever. However, he will be leaving his current building, as the company is building a completely new headquarters facility on 32nd Avenue in Grand Forks. It’s on track to be completed the first week in November.

advertisement for a Minnkota Power Cooperative accountant.

A 1989 graduate of UND College of Business & Public

I just happened to see it the day after I decided to leave my

Administration’s (UND CoBPA) Department of Accountancy,

career in public accounting after four-and-a-half years. They

Thingelstad says she enjoyed helping fellow UND alumnus

Thingelstad and Ripplinger will just keep plugging away at

only advertised one day for the job, so it was just meant to

Jakoby Ripplinger find his passion within the field.

jobs they have a passion for, with a company they love.

Not only is the UND Department of Accountancy home to

Until then, Minnkota Power Cooperative employees like

be,” said Thingelstad. While pursuing a double major in human resource management

“Never underestimate what you can do if you work your

Twenty four years later, Thingelstad has worked her way up

and accountancy at UND, Ripplinger was referred to Minnkota

hardest and have passion about what you can do. You will far

the ranks at Grand Forks based Minnkota Power Cooperative.

by Professor Sandy Braathen. Ripplinger ended up working for

She now serves as the vice president and chief financial

Minnkota in more than one capacity, first as an accounting

officer of the electric cooperative.

intern and second as an intern in the procurement department. After graduating in December 2016, Ripplinger was hired on

As the VP and CFO, Thingelstad handles all of the financing

as a full-time energy marketer.

and corporate services. She oversees each of the groups that provide services to the company’s other operational areas

“I think it’s great when you can keep someone like that

including finance and accounting, procurement, HR, the print

who has so much knowledge about your operation,” said

shop, fleet management, safety and security, and buildings


and grounds—Different responsibilities from her position in public accounting.


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“Work is life, they shouldn’t be two separate things, you should want to work and represent a company that you truly believe in.”

exceed your expectations,” said Thingelstad.

– Jakoby Ripplinger

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Kathy Lund, director of the Pancratz Career Development Center, and

former Associate Professor of Accountancy,

Robert Dosch delivered the class for the first time in the fall of 2016. Pancratz Career Development Center staff led


rofessional communications skills, developing resumes, and navigating the recruiting process are all essential tools for students preparing to launch their careers. Through a new course

developed by the Department of Accountancy in partnership with the Pancratz Career Development Center, accounting students can hone these essential skills while earning class credit.

sessions focusing on resume writing, cover letters, researching recruiters, as well as developing a plan for visiting company representatives at the career fair. In addition, tools such as Career Connect, LinkedIn, and InterviewStream were introduced. “Some companies use digital interviews for their first round of interviews, or conduct them through Skype, so students need to know how to present themselves to potential employers

”Public accounting firms are routinely interviewing sophomores for summer experiences that lead to internships, and some firms are inviting freshmen to participate in case competitions. In the past, students had time to develop professional skills gradually as they progressed through the accounting program, engaged with faculty and alumni, and got involved with professional student organizations. I realized that we needed to find a way to systematically prepare students for interviews and professional interactions much earlier in the program. The Pancratz Career Development Center was a natural partner, and Kathy Lund enthusiastically agreed to help when I approached her with the idea.” - Dr. Kate Campbell

when using these technologies,” said Lund. Students gained valuable networking experience through sessions instructed by Emeritus Associate Professor of Accountancy, Dr. Mary Loyland. She organized mock networking socials, where students learned proper etiquette including handshakes and eye contact. Loyland also led sessions on dining etiquette. Accounting student, Olivia Geiwitz learned about the class through her advisor and thought it sounded like a great opportunity to learn some essential skills and how to prepare for a career in accounting.

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“Dr. Dosch went over classes and how they apply to the CPA, which helped me determine what classes to take each semester. He also taught me the ins and outs of the CPA exam,” said Geiwitz. One of Geiwitz’s favorite aspects of the course was the student panels. “It was great hearing students share a variety of different experiences and ask questions student to student,” said Geiwitz. Accounting firms such as EY have also noted the benefits of this class and provided Skype sessions for students regarding the do’s and don’ts of interviewing.

Trenton Egan, FSO Assurance Services at EY, was pleased to see this type of course evolving. “Building your own unique personal brand, practicing interviewing skills and perfecting resumes and cover letters is an invaluable investment in your future. In addition, it was also evident that the class is paying off for the students as each candidate that I recognized from the class came well prepared to interviews,” said Egan. The Fall 2017 class enrollment is more than double the first semester enrollment. The Department of Accountancy has found a successful way to introduce career building skills into the curriculum to prepare students, as they enter the field of accounting.


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UND Alumni Association Honors

Al Royse


l Royse built a major career in Deloitte’s tax industry programs and has become a recognized leader in service and the nonprofit sector. A native of Mandan, N.D., Royse is a 1972 graduate

of the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, 1973 Master of Science in Accounting, and 1976 Juris Doctorate. He is a graduate of the Executive Program of the J.L. Kellogg

The UND Alumni Association and Foundation will recognize accounting alumnus Al Royse by honoring him with the Sioux Award during Homecoming 2017. The Sioux Award is the highest honor given by the Alumni Association and Foundation for achievement, service, and loyalty. Since its inception in 1962, the Sioux Award has been presented to distinguished leaders in government and business, high achievers in various professions, and alumni who have dedicated their lives to serving others.


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Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and earned his Master of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University. Royse spent the majority of his career at the global accounting, tax, and consulting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP, where he retired as a Senior Partner in 2010. While at Deloitte, he served as the Deputy National Managing Partner for tax services, the global and national leader for Deloitte’s tax industry programs, and the Partner-In- Charge of Deloitte’s technology, media and entertainment, and telecommunications practice. Royse is actively involved in the nonprofit sector. He has served on the boards of a number of nonprofits, including his current role as the chair of the national board of the American Heart Association. He is a member of the College of Business & Public Administration Advisory Council, past Chair of the UND Foundation, and currently serves a number of other northern California charities.

2017 Sioux Award Recipient

BSBA ’72, MS ’73, JD ‘76

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a. Accounting Field Trip 2017 - Visiting Baker Tilly b. 2016 Accounting Magazine spotted at Wipfli c. Al Royse and Kasey Bosch at Accounting Hall of Fame 2016 d. Accounting Faculty with President Kennedy at President Kennedy’s Inauguration e. Beta Alpha Psi Scholarship Ceremony 2016 f. Spring 2017 Accounting Graduates! g. Career Fair 2016-CoBPA Alumnus Remington Zacher & Molly McClurg, Alumni with Deliotte h. UND Alumnus Andrew Leizens with Phi Beta Lambda Faculty Advisor Cullen Goenner i. Alumni Trenton Egan and Taylor Ruebke with EY

YEAR IN REVIEW Accounting alumni show their pride in UND wherever they go!

See photos of great achievements and high impact experiences our students took part in during the 2016/17 academic year.



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2016-2017 Accountancy Scholarship Recipients

Do you remember your favorite Professor?

$120,238 awarded in scholarships Bernt Anderson Memorial Scholarship Britten Croves

Lori and Mike Hendrickson Scholarship Enrique Balderas

Niles Family Scholarship Paige Diede

Clifford Anderson Scholarships Lindsay Tyrrell Rachel Funkhouser

Mike and Lori Hendrickson Scholarship Eric Antonson

Ochoco Lumber Bruce Daucsavage Scholarship William Bata

Meinhardt “Mike” Bader Memorial Scholarship John Storebo Baker Tilly Virchow Krause Scholarships Zsofia Barandi Daniel Johnson

Ludwik (Louie) Kulas (‘43, ‘51) Emeritus Professor of Accounting and Department Chair

Bob and Joan Bender Scholarship Daniel Mykleseth John C. Berg Memorial Accounting Scholarships Paul Butler Lindsay Heller Donald Bertheuson Memorial Scholarship Kyle Simonson Brady Martz Scholarships Emma Johnson Danielle Schroeder Robert and Cassie Brostrom Scholarship Luis Calvo

UND Accounting Legacy Professorship Endowment Please consider providing support to this endowment that honors our extraordinary faculty and their contributions.

Learn more about giving opportunities to include faculty, scholarships, and program support at:

James B. and Phyllis Carlson Memorial Scholarship Chelsea Moser

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Director of Development 701.777.5819 |

Richard J. Peters Scholarship Zsofia Barandi

Stan and Dorothy Hoistad Scholarship Vanessa Burkel

Emil and Audrey Stoltz Scholarship Trevor Ferguson

Kukla Family Scholarship Paige Diede

Iver and Margaret Strande Family Scholarship

Kelsey Lee

Ludwik Kulas Scholarships Stephen Grazier Rebecca Birdsell

Jerry and Marie Topp Family Scholarship

Lianna Slabodnik

Rick and Lori Lee Scholarship Ian Ballantyne

DuWayne Wacker Memorial Scholarship Eric Christensen

Ernest Lindstrom Scholarship Mason Crowley

Neil J. Wells Memorial Scholarship Gregory Zebro

Leonard and Carmel Cherlet Scholarship Danielle Kloek

North Dakota Society of CPAs Foundation Scholarships Danielle Call Trevor Ferguson Vanessa Flanagan Lindsay Heller

Eide Bailly Scholarships Hannah Hasbargen McKinzie Molde Lianna Slabodnik

Diana and Harold Randall Family Scholarship

Eldon H. Reinke Memorial Scholarship Sasilak Suriwong

Mary and Art Loyland Scholarship Erica Anderson

Deloitte Scholarships Rebeeca Birdsell Kass Longie Peter Simon Sasilak Suriwong Reid Taubenheim

PriceWaterhouseCoopers Scholarships Bradley Engels Declan O’Higgins Madeline Smith

Ryan Walstad

KPMG Scholarship Holly Anderson Luis Calvo Jordan Mayer Daniel Mykleseth Gregory Zebro

Floyd B. Case Memorial Scholarship Daniel Johnson

Drees, Riskey & Vallager Scholarship Trevor Ferguson

Kim Woods, ’82

Herr Family Scholarships Danielle Schroeder Paul Butler Paige Vetter Macy Anderson Hunter Jerome Rebecca Hackenmueller

Jake Wambsganss Memorial Scholarship Madeline Smith

Stuart Lundberg Memorial Scholarships Patrick Grutzner Eric Christensen Andrew Lieser

C.J. and Kathleen Whalen Scholarship John Simonson Wipfli Textbook Program Awards David Fewster Dylan Foley Hannah Hasbargen Kass Longie Sarah Strube

Rodney Medalen Scholarship Sierra Serhienko

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