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Peek Named Academic Mentor of the Year

April 21, 2008

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MACOMB, IL -- George Peek, accountancy professor and Student Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (SCIMA) academic mentor, has been named the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Academic Mentor of the Year.

The award recognizes Peek's commitment to promoting the profession and supporting students. He has worked with WIU's SCIMA chapter throughout the years, including serving as adviser for the student video case competition, which Western won in 1993 and 1998 and was a national finalist in 1997, 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2006. During his tenure as adviser, SCIMA has been awarded the Silver Award from IMA in 2002-2003 and Gold Awards for four consecutive academic years (2003-2007). The chapter has also been named an Outstanding Student Chapter for two consecutive academic years (2005-2007), and won the student manuscript competitions in 2004 and 2007.

Peek, who joined Western's faculty in 1987, was nominated for the Academic Mentor of the Year Award by SCIMA adviser and accountancy instructor Amy Ford, who was once Peek's student. SCIMA President Sean Sutton and former President James Kveton joined Ford and Diana McCabe, the first SCIMA faculty adviser, in nominating Peek for the award.

"George's support has been the backbone for the success WIU has achieved in the past
15 years with IMA," Ford said in her nomination letter. "I first met George as a student at WIU. We did not yet have a student chapter of the IMA, but had active student groups, with the Accounting Society and Beta Alpha Psi chapter. He supported these groups and the Accounting Society became a student chapter of IMA. Without his efforts, I do not believe we would have been able to accomplish that task.

"One pervasive theme is that George is always there for our students. His commitment to helping our students is unprecedented," Ford added. "I am proud to call Dr. Peek our IMA academic mentor."

Peek will be recognized at the IMA National Conference this summer.

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