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Business Students Win Manuscript Competition

May 10, 2007

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MACOMB, IL -- Three Western Illinois University business students recently won the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) National Student Manuscript competition.

Accountancy majors Megan Dailey, a senior from Lewistown (IL), and Devin Buswell, a sophomore from Ipava (IL), along with finance major Sean Sutton, a junior from Shoreview (MN), co-authored the article, "Starting SCIMA: A Great Idea." The trio's winning submission will be published on the IMA's Strategic Finance magazine's website (

Their submission was based upon their experiences in WIU's Student Chapter of the IMA (SCIMA) and interviews with alumni Lucas Macklin of Deere & Company; Justin Novotney of Grant Thornton, LLP; and Casey Shaw of Illinois Division of Insurance. Novotney and Shaw helped start Western's SCIMA organization in 2001.

Sutton will accept the award on the team's behalf at the 88th Annual Conference & Exposition in Phoenix (AZ) in June.

According to Amy Ford, WIU accountancy instructor and SCIMA adviser, this was the first time Western students had entered the IMA National Student Manuscript Competition.

"It's an honor for our team to be selected as the winner from an outstanding group of candidates," Ford added.

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