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

Doug Murphy
Doug Murphy

Newsletter under new leadership

When the Department of Accounting and Business first developed this electronic newsletter, we hoped to use it as a means of keeping all of our alumni and friends up to date about what is happening in the department, but I have done a poor job of communicating with you on a regular basis. For that, I apologize.

In an effort to remedy this problem and as part of a restructuring of the Accounting and Business Club, we now have a publications assistant who will be responsible for developing and distributing Nexus more regularly. Doug Murphy, a senior accounting major from Ossian, Ind., applied for the position and, after an interview with the Accounting and Business Club's executive cabinet, was offered the job.

Doug will work in conjunction with the Club's marketing committee, and the department is pleased to have him leading this important effort.

Balancing athletics and academics
Matt Mest
Matt Mest

Manchester College has a long-standing history of encouraging its students to participate in athletics. Participation in college athletics requires discipline and a drive to succeed, both on the playing field and in the classroom. The Department of Accounting and Business has many talented individuals that work hard to balance academics and athletics on a daily basis. One such student-athlete is sophomore Matt Mest.

Matt is working on a degree in marketing with a minor in psychology, all while competing in both cross country and track and field. Matt has to balance his rigorous training regimen with his academic schedule every day and uses the challenge to his advantage. He says that his schedule motivates him to get his work done in a timely and efficient manner and is an asset in preparing him for life after college.

Matt is one of many intelligent and talented students representing the department that continue to build the legacy of Manchester student-athletes.

A passion for politics
Nick Barbknecht

Nick Barbknecht

Everybody has hobbies and interests that they like to pursue outside of the workplace. Sophomore accounting major Nick Barbknecht's passion is politics. Nick has been involved in politics in many capacities over the past few years as a frequent contributor to, a political blogging site and in helping to create a student political organization at the College.

Recently, he served as the Northern Indiana Political Director for an Indiana Secretary of State candidate. In a position that required excellent organizational and communication skills, Nick's duties included organizing volunteers, working with party chairs of 35 counties, and creating direct mail products to promote his candidate's campaign. He said that working in politics has been an exceptional way to network with individuals in the accounting and business profession, which is one reason why he would like to continue to do this in the future.

Nick's experience outside of the classroom will surely benefit him as he progresses toward graduation and beyond.

Alumni news

Kurt Adams '76 is self employed at Adams Consulting in Bellevue, Wash.
Mike Blosser '05, a branch manager and loan officer at INterra Credit Union, was married in 2008 to Stacy Lemler.
Theresa Brown '86 is currently employed at Three Rivers Federal Credit Union in Fort Wayne as a controller.
Mary Lou Carver '83 works as an accounting manager at ESET, LLC in San Diego, Calif.
Amber Chance '05 Markov lives in Indianapolis and is the director of finance and administration for Truly Moving Pictures.
Criss Edwards II '91 resides in Chicago and works for Caterpillar Inc.
David Finney '93 represents Prazair Distribution, Inc. as the Division Operations Manager, where he is responsible for all operations activities in the Great Lakes division.
Chris Frankum '09 is employed by Biomet Orthopedics as an associate product manager and currently resides in Warsaw, Ind.
Jan Good '04 is an accountant for Standard Industrial Supply and lives in Winamac, Ind.
Dave Haist '73 currently lives in Grabill, Ind., working as the COO for Do It Best Corp.
Michelle Hapner '89 of Brook Park, Ohio is a senior product planning analyst for Sherwin Williams.
Karin Heckman '85 Nelson is a partner with Vicenti, Lloyd & Stutzman and resides in Chino Hills, Calif.
Joe Koch '84 lives in Rochester, Ind., and is the CFO at Fulton County REMC.
Chris Lehman '93 recently was promoted to manager of human resources at Federal-Mogul Corporation in South Bend, Ind.
Karrie Leonard '02 is the membership development manager for the Girls Scouts of Singing Sands Council.
Holly Locke-Mize '03 works for Shorewood Packaging of Indianapolis as a staff accountant.
Lisa Makowski '87 lives in Granger, Ind., and is the vice president of finance at Fortis Plastics LLC.
Stephanie Meadors '00 currently resides in Brookston, Ind., working as a Financial Analyst at Kirby Risk Coporation.
Randall Miller '80 of Ashland, Va., is a database developer for Ocasio Miller Solutions.
Kendall Overmyer '79 is a real estate broker with Century 21 Bradley Inc. in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Michael Owens '80 is living in Tarzana, Calif., and is employed by Braemar Country Club as the director of tennis operations.
Jason Reinoehl '02 is working for the University of Dayton as the systems associate director.
James Rode '93 is a law partner with Sunderman & Rode, LLP.
Tom Rogers '72 works at the University of Notre Dame as a procurement specialist.
Jill Simcoe '98 is employed at Community Link FCU as a loan officer.
Tammy Stouffer '05 of Fishers, Ind., works on the Senior Audit Staff for Crowe Horwath.
Thad Stout '02 is currently a staff accountant at Starr CPA & Associates LLC.
Lisa Updike '03 is an associate attorney at Barnes & Thornburg LLP and currently resides in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Chris Walda '90 works as the internal audit manager for Parkview Health.
Daniel Waninger '05 lives in Indianapolis and is employed by BKD as a staff auditor.
Ryan Weaver '95 is employed by Johnson & Johnson/DePuy as the worldwide finance director and resides in Flemington, N.J.
Brenda Westfall '03 is an AMP manager for Freeport Housing Authority.
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