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									Raj Soin College of Business students brought home an
unprecedented fifth national championship from the Fourteenth
Annual IMA National Student Case Competition Finals in Boston this
June.

Dr. John Talbott, CMA, professor of accountancy, is the student
advisor for the teams that has advanced to the final four. “The IMA
Case Competition,” Talbott stated, “transcends the regurgitative
knowledge characteristic of today’s testing and places students in the
real world where they will spend the rest of their working lives.”

Employing the topic of earnings management in financial reporting,
the case competition confronts the complex ethical issues faced by
financial managers today. The teams will make a live presentation to
a panel of judges and then provide a response to the judges’
questions this summer.

Team 1 is composed to five College of Business seniors; Scott
Christy, Sheena Lambert, Kevin Locker, Kendra Newman, and
Shannon Sinclair.

Christy, an accountancy major, will begin the Masters of Accountancy
program at Wright State after graduation. Christy’s career goals are
largely due to the emphasis that Dr. Talbott places on the importance
of attaining degrees and certifications. Christy also emphasized the
importance of team work during case preparation.

Lambert, a dual accountancy and finance major, is a student member
of IMA. Lambert, a current intern with the Air Force Audit Agency
(AFAA), has accepted full time employment at AFAA after graduation.
She also plans to get her MBA from Wright State. “Working on the
case will provide great benefits in my future career and educational
pursuits,” Lambert said.

Locker, a dual accountancy and finance major, is currently employed
at EBS Asset Management, where he plans to seek employment as a
financial analyst following graduation. Parallel with his career goals,
Locker is a candidate for the Level I CFA examination, which he will
take in June.
Newman, a dual accountancy and finance major, is also currently
interning with Lambert at AFAA. Se will be transferring to Nellis AFB
in Las Vegas after graduation. Newman feels the IMA student case
competition helped her to “gain the real world experience that is
needed to work through complicated business problems and
determine a solution.”

Sinclair, a dual accountancy and finance major, is a student member
of IMA. Sinclair will begin the Masters of Accountancy program at
Wright State this summer. Sinclair works as an intern with the
Internal Auditing Department at Wright State. Sinclair plans to have
passed the CMA and CPA prior to starting her full-time career with
Deloitte and Touche in 2006.

Team 2

Team 2 is composed of five College of Business accountancy
seniors; Ashley Bussen, Chad Fast, James Holm, Sravan Reddy, and
Andy Valerius.

Bussen is a financial analyst intern at Wright Patterson Air Force
Base. Bussen plans to begin the Masters of Accountancy program
this summer and has accepted full time employment as an auditor at
Ernst & Young beginning in September 2006. Bussen stated,
“Working on the IMA case has helped me develop my time
management skills in a more effective manner.”

Fast, a student IMA member, slated to begin full time employment
with Deloitte and Touche in January 2007 after finishing his Master of
Accountancy program at Wright State stated, “This competition has
allowed us to utilize the abilities that we have developed in classroom
settings and apply them to business situation, better preparing us for
life after graduation.”

Team member James Holm is a financial analyst intern at Wright
Patterson Air Force Base. Holms will finish his MBA with a
concentration in Finance at Wright State next spring. After earning
his graduate degree, he will begin full time an auditor at
PricewaterhouseCoopers in the summer of 2006. He feels “real
world experiences are invaluable in comparison to textbook material
and this case has given our entire team an idea of the problems we
will be dealing with as accounting and business professionals in the
workplace. Teamwork is essential in almost any type of professional
employment, and the IMA case has enabled us to understand the
benefit of teamwork with multiple minds developing a plethora of
alternatives and choosing the best solution.”

Reddy will begin the Master of Accountancy program at Wright State
this fall. In September 2006, Reddy will begin full time as an auditor
at Ernst & Young. “The opportunity to work on the IMA case was
very beneficial,” Reddy stated. “The ability to think creatively in order
to solve a complex case mirrored issues that consultants face in their
daily jobs.”

Valerius, also a student member of IMA, is Wright State’s Student
Ambassador to the Ohio Society of CPAs. After graduation, Valerius
will begin the Master of Accountancy program at Wright State. In
September 2006, he will begin working at Ernst & Young in Tax
Minimization. “This case has allowed me the opportunity to further
develop my abilities in analytical thinking and presentation skills.
These skills will help me as I finish school and enter a career in
accounting.”

								
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