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WIU SCIMA Chapter Wins National Competition

May 2, 2008

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MACOMB, IL -- Five students from Western Illinois University's Student Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (SCIMA) have been named one of the four finalist teams in the IMA Student Case Competition. The team will go for the national title at the IMA Conference in June in Tampa, FL.

According to Amy Ford, SCIMA adviser and accountancy instructor, the case competition challenges the students to prepare a 15-minute videotaped solution to a case published in Strategic Finance. This year's case focused on the budgeting process of a not-for-profit healthcare company. The students solution used a creative board meeting setting to solve the questions from the case.

"This unique team of accountancy, finance and marketing students was highly effective in presenting their case solution," Ford noted.

Members of the WIU case team include Erin Austin, a senior accountancy major from Warsaw (IL); James Kveton, a senior accountacy major from Sandwich (IL); Greg Piotrowski, a junior accountancy major from Chicago; Bernard Potkanowicz, a senior marketing major from Geneva (IL); and Sean Sutton, a senior finance major from Shoreview, MN.

In addition to the case competition, Western's student chapter competed in the student award of excellence competition, where SCIMA was named "Outstanding Student Chapter" for the third consecutive year. According to Ford, this prestigious award recognizes the top three student chapters nationwide. SCIMA also won a Best Practices Award for Best Newsletters.

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