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April 20, 2006

Tippie Students Win Accounting, Technology Awards

Two groups of Tippie College of Business students recently won awards at competitions recognizing achievements in two fields: accounting and information technology.

The UI Alpha Pi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) won first place in two presentation competitions at its Missouri Valley Regional BAP conference on April 7-8 at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.

"The Promise and Pitfalls of Online Investing," was the topic for the team of Brad Hepfer, Ting Ting Hui, Sveltana Murphy and Tyler Todd, which won first place in the student presentation competition.   

Another team consisting of Molly Carpenter, Mary Ann McCartan and John Williams, presented in the Best Practices competitions. Their presentation was entitled "Strategic Planning: Improving the Chapter Awards Program." They won first place in their competition and were invited to present at the Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., this August.

Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals. There are 263 chapters on university and college campuses.

Tippie College students from the Business & Technology Association (BTA) won a top award at the Association of Information Technology Professional's (AITP) National Collegiate Conference March 30 to April 1 in Dallas, Texas. In the student Web site competition, their portal won the first place award of $500 after being named one of eight finalists.

The BTA students presented the site to a panel of judges and other conference attendees. The panel used several criteria, including functionality, navigability, usefulness, layout and graphic appeal, to determine the top web sites.

BTA faculty advisor Yvonne Galusha attended the conference along with students Cole Grolmus, Matthew Klein, Mike Wender, Kaelin Kuhn, Colin Stamler, Joe Danzer, Josh Rasmussen and Zach Sanderson.

There are over 400 AITP student chapters nationwide. AITP offers opportunities for information technology leadership and education through partnerships with industry, government and academia.

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