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Tim Ogden, chair, Department of Accounting and Business
Tim Ogden, chair, Department of Accounting and Business

New Award Named for Arthur Gilbert


Professor Arthur L. Gilbert, as pictured in the 1961 Aurora. Prof. Gilbert taught at Manchester from 1958 to 1998.

The department honored many students at the Accounting and Business Club banquet on May 1, including James Tyner, a senior majoring in management and economics, who received the Senior Comprehensive Evaluation Award and the prestigious L.D. Ikenberry Award. The evening culminated with the presentation of a new award: The Arthur L. Gilbert Award for Excellence in Accounting. The award was presented to David Brown, a senior accounting major from Granger, Ind. A plaque for this award now hangs with the L.D. Ikenberry plaque outside the department lounge. It will bear the names of the Gilbert award recipients as well as the names of those students who previously received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award. The plaque reads as follows:

Arthur L. Gilbert Award for Excellence in Accounting
Arthur L. Gilbert, professor emeritus of accounting, spent decades developing one of the finest accounting programs in the Midwest. His vision led Manchester College to pursue opportunities others did not foresee, and he held students to the highest standards of performance. This award honors Professor Gilbert by recognizing a senior accounting major who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and the potential to make significant contributions to the public accounting profession.

Jan Fahs, associate professor of accounting
Jan Fahs, associate professor of accounting

More Accounting Interns Available in 2008

Each year, senior or fifth-year accounting students intern with CPA firms from January to April 15. At this spring’s meeting to prepare students for next year’s internship program, 22 students expressed interest in spring or summer 2008 accounting internships. Everyone profits from these internships: students get “real-world” experience, firms get much-needed staff, and faculty see tremendous growth in the students when they return. This year, again, I was struck by how much students can change during a couple of months in an internship—they are older and wiser when they return. It is a joy to have them in class after these experiences.

CPA firms play an important role in the College’s success at developing accounting graduates, and many firms have been long-time supporters, including Alerding & Co., LLC; BKD LLP; Baden, Gage & Schroeder, LLC; Blue & Co.; Bucheri, McCarty & Metz; Crowe Chizek and Co. LLC; Ent & Imler; Ernst & Young; Greenwalt Sponsel & Co., Inc.; Hull & Knarr; Insight Business Solutions; Katz, Sapper & Miller; Kruggel Lawton & Co.; Mannia Green LLP; PricewaterhouseCoopers; RSM McGladrey; Stauffer & Co.; and H.J. Umbaugh & Associates. We invite firms to campus to interview our accounting majors in October. If you would like to schedule a day to interview potential interns, please contact me at jkfahs@manchester.edu or Betty Butterbaugh at bjbutterbaugh@manchester.edu.

Department Graduates Earn High Honors

Gunnerson and Harper

Sam Gunnerson ’64 and Bill Harper ’66 each received honorary degrees from Manchester College at this year’s commencement ceremony. Gunnerson retired from a healthcare and retirement facility development organization, and Harper retired from the position of vice president and controller for Clark Equipment Company. Both have provided significant leadership to the College’s Board of Trustees and are most deserving of this honor.

In addition, Anita (Weaver) Sherman ’79 was selected by CPA Magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Practitioners, a high honor, indeed.  She is an audit partner at Greenwalt Sponsel & Co. in Indianapolis, and she will become the chair of the Indiana CPA Society in July.


Additional Alumni News

Darrian Ainsworth ’98 has served in the Marine Corps since 2000 and lives in Quantico, Va. He currently holds the rank of captain and is a Lockheed Martin KC-130 aircraft pilot. 

Mark Baer ’91 of Powell, Ohio, has been a partner at Crowe Chizek & Company LLC for five years.

Jared Clark ’97 has been a business banker at KeyBank in Granger, Ind., for 14 months.

Pam Eckart ’00 currently resides in Greenwood, Ind., and has served as assistant controller at Comfort Systems USA since March of 2007.

Jonathan Eller ’01 of Kokomo, Ind., has served as an accounting manager at Merrell Brothers, Inc. for almost two years.

Roland Fink ’77 currently resides in Montrose, Calif., and is sole proprietor of Roland W. Fink, CPA.

Ann Hill ’83 resides in Sioux City, Iowa, and has been a CPA for 17 years. Ann currently works at Nichols, Rise & Company.

Paul Kinney ’82 has been assistant director of the U.S. Government Accountability Office for 10 years. He recently testified before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform about the federal government’s use of managerial accounting information. 

Doug Kroll ’93 taught math and accounting in the Upward Bound program at the University of Notre Dame this past summer and has recently been appointed to the Upward Bound Advisory Board. Also, Doug has taught several accounting classes at Saint Mary’s College and is currently the director of finance & administration at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Linda (Williamson) Kroll ’93 resides in South Bend, Ind., with her husband Doug Kroll ’93 and has served as the director of university budgeting & financial planning at the University of Notre Dame for nine years.

Lindy Laub ’04 has served as an internal auditor at Patrick Industries in Elkhart, Ind., for nine months.

Chris Lehman ’93 was recently promoted to human resource manager at Federal-Mogul Corporation in South Bend. The plant has 450 employees and manufactures aluminum pistons.

Craig Saylor ’91 of Horton, Mich., has served as president of Litchfield Landscape Elements for the past six years.

Tony Shepard ’02 is regional sales manager at Skyline Corporation. Tony currently resides in Goshen, Ind., with his wife Kari and their two daughters, Khylin and Kacelin.

Jeffrey Sizemore ’93 resides in Franklin, Wisc., and has been a mortgage banker at Mortgage 2000, Inc. for five years.

Gene Stebbins ’56 taught high school business for four years and later received a Ph.D. in speech and drama from The Ohio State University. Gene retired in 1999 from Kent State University where he taught for 30 years.

Craig Yahne ’88 of Goshen, Ind., has been a senior manager at Crowe Chizek & Company LLC for three years.

Summer Interns Begin Work

The department has interns working this summer at DePuy (marketing), RSM McGladrey (accounting), Walgreens (management), First Federal Savings Bank (accounting), Merrill Lynch (finance), and Cedar Point (management).


Alumni Golf Outing Updates

Don’t miss this year’s Accounting and Business Alumni Golf Outing on Aug. 16. We are moving the event to a new course this year in the hope that the Fort Wayne location will be more convenient, and we will join alumni from the natural sciences (though your contribution will still benefit the Department of Accounting and Business). Mark your calendar and register now. Recent alumni and current students may participate at discounted rates.


Please Help Fill in the Blanks

We are missing the names of some recipients of the department’s Centennial and Outstanding Graduate Student awards. Please help us if you can so that we can update the award plaques.

The Outstanding Graduate Student Award
1991    Steve Mishler, Craig Yahne
1992   
1993   
1994   
1995    Scott Price

The Centennial Award
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993    John Goebel
1994
1995    Lance Miller


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Please take this opportunity to update your profile, and if you have news to share with alumni and friends of the department, please send us that information, too. We want to hear from you! In addition, please indicate your interest in participating with the College in other ways. (If you have already expressed your interests, there is no need to respond again unless your preferences have changed).

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