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Students from MC's Case Studies in Business class presented $4,500
to representatives of The Beaman Home

Seniors stretch themselves and Grow Green
Tim Ogden, chair, Department of Accounting and Business

Every student majoring in the Department of Accounting and Business must complete a senior-level capstone course called Case Studies in Business. The class is intended to help students from all majors integrate what they have been studying for four years. A number of years ago, the department added a significant project to this course, namely requiring the students to develop a business and operate it during the semester, with all earnings donated to a nonprofit organization of the students’ choosing. Until this year, the students focused on products intended to appeal to the College community—t-shirts, shorts, blankets, hats, and similar items. This year, the students chose to branch out and to focus on a green theme.

Their organization, Grow Green, had two components. The students worked with the local ethanol plant, POET, to educate independent gas station owners and others in the community about the benefits of ethanol, and the company paid the students based on the number of presentations completed. In addition, the students purchased approximately 2,000 pounds of organic fertilizer—worm castings—from a company in New York, and they repackaged it and sold it under their Grow Green label. The students chose to donate their earnings to The Beaman Home, a shelter for battered women, located in Warsaw. At the end of the semester, the students presented representatives of The Beaman Home with a check for $4,500. Though the group’s work this semester is complete, you may learn more about the project at the class’s website. To date, the Case Studies classes have donated over $28,000 and 4,400 hours of service to area nonprofits.

Survey update

Last summer, we distributed an online survey designed to help with long-range planning in the Department of Accounting and Business. As a result of your help, we gathered a great deal of valuable information that we are using as we develop a five-year plan. While much of what we learned confirmed what we already suspected, it is good to have quantifiable data to support the decisions we are making. To all of you who participated, thank you for your assistance.

Case competition team successful—again

The department entered a team in the Indiana CPA Society Case Competition again last fall, and Manchester’s students represented the College well. The topic of the case was “Future Alternatives to the Current CPA Firm Business Model.” After an intense 10 days of research and writing, seniors Marci Mickelini, Mark Moon, Sara Oszuscik, and Stephanie Taylor submitted their written report, and once again, Manchester’s team earned a position as a finalist and was invited to Indianapolis to present the case orally to a panel of judges. Ultimately, the group received Honorable Mention recognition. Professor Heather Twomey served as the faculty advisor to the group.

Additional alumni news

Bradford Aquino ’98 recently relocated to Singapore with his wife Andrea Kling ’98 Aquino and their four children. Brad serves as the vice president of finance for Zimmer’s Asia Pacific Division.
Wendell Capes ’62 of Hendersonville, N.C., has owned Howard Tax Service for 35 years.
Robyn Carr ’02 lives in Washington, D.C., where she is an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP.
Allen Castle ’05 recently completed the Professional Golf Association of America (PGA) Professional Golf Management (PGM) Program, resulting in his election to PGA membership. He is a PGA professional at Hunting Creek Country Club in Louisville, Ky.
Dana Clousing ’06 lives in Brownsburg, Ind., where she works as a staff accountant at Ernst & Young, LLP.
Kelley Collins ’84 of Granger, Ind., celebrated 10 years with the University of Notre Dame and was recently promoted to officer assistant.
Blake Collinsworth ’00 lives in Normal, Ill., where he has been the district sales manager at Transworld Systems, Inc. for eight years.
Jonathan Evans ’87 lives in Indianapolis, Ind., and he is the director of business operations at Integrity Health, LLC.
David Finney ’93 resides in Plymouth, Ind., and is the division operations manager at Praxair Distribution, Inc.
Evan Follas ’75 currently lives in Fishers, Ind., where he is the regional business development executive at PA Labs.
Jenniffer Freel-Ebbinghouse ’98 of Larwill, Ind., has been with DePuy Orthopaedics for nine years and is currently the communications associate for hip marketing. She and her husband had their second child in June 2008.
Vicky Fry ’89 of Logansport, Ind., has decided to go back to school to become an elementary school teacher. She attends Indiana University- Kokomo and intends to graduate in May 2011.
Kristen Caldwell ’07 Gardner lives in Fort Wayne, Ind., and is the assistant product director at DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.
Rachel Inks ’00 Vaerewyck was married in May 2008 and currently lives in Tacoma, Wash. She works as a financial accountant at Fiduciary Counseling, Inc.
Gary Kerns ’83 lives in Worthington, Ind., and has purchased two local convenience stores over the past eight years.
Amber Carr ’04 Kocher lives in Franklin, Ind., with her husband Lyle Kocher. She currently works with the health care audit team at Blue & Co., LLC in Indianapolis, Ind.
Joan LeValley ’57 resides in Park Ridge, Ill., where she has been an accountant and tax preparer at JCL & Company for over 30 years. Over the years, she has been appointed to serve on numerous IRS advisory councils.
Christopher Lude ’84 of Denver, Colo., has been the owner of ASP Internet Professionals for five years.
James McKinney ’66 of Marion, Ind., is retired from the Marion Community Schools where he worked for 34 years.
Ron Miller ’84 of Indianapolis, Ind., earned an MBA degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in May 2008. He is currently serving as vice president of Crystal Food Services.
I. Tufan Obuz ’95 lives in Washington, D.C., and is the CFO of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI). He is the father of twins born in April 2008.
Amy Purdy ’02 lives in Indianapolis, Ind., and has been the manager of SportClips for three years.
Alicia Osterlund ’02 Redinger of Elkhart, Ind., received an MBA degree from Indiana University in May 2008.
Lara Reinoehl ’93 currently lives in Golden, Colo., and is working in the tax department at Tompkins, a global engineering and manufacturing group.
Barbara Rush ’76 of Indianapolis, Ind., is the CFO of Sagamore Institute for Policy Research.
Christine Rust ’94 resides in Plymouth, Ind., and is a chiropractic assistant at the Bremen Chiropractic Center.
Christine Sands ’83 resides in Syracuse, Ind., where she is the owner of Sands Accounting, Inc. which recently purchased the accounting practice of Samuel Patton in Ligonier, Ind.
Christa Schuneman ’94 Lyons lives in Framingham, Mass., and has been the office manager of ECS Publishing Corporation for 14 years.
Steve Shumaker ’71 resides in North Manchester, Ind., where he has been the business manager for Manchester Community Schools for five years.
Jeffrey Sizemore ’93 lives in Franklin, Wis., and has been the senior mortgage consultant at Mortgage 2000, Inc. for five years.
Mark Stockslager ’75 lives in Alpharetta, Ga., and has been the CFO of SunLink Health Systems, Inc. since January 2007.
Kim Bargerhuff ’05 Sutherland lives in New Haven, Ind., where she is the executive recruiter for Creative Financial Staffing which is affiliated with Crowe Horwath and Company. Prior to recruiting, she was an auditor with Ernst & Young in the Fort Wayne, Ind. office.
Jeff Webb ’92 resides in Rensselaer, Ind., and has been the vice president of financial services at the Jasper County Hospital for seven years.
Chuck Winger ’67 of Loveland, Ohio, recently retired from Duke Energy.
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