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    A team comprised of five University of Scranton students were selected to the national final four round of Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Case Competition. The four student teams selected from across the country presented at the IMA’s Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas in June. Pictured at the conference are, from left: University student Emma Boyle, who was sponsored to attend the IMA Annual Conference as part of the Jimmie Smith Student Leadership Experience; University of Scranton final-four team participants, Russell Young, Andrew Faulkner, Marissa Angelo, Claudia Pitts, and Matthew Earley; Ashley Stampone, D.B.A., case competition team faculty advisor and assistant professor of accounting at Scranton; and IMA Community Relations Associate, Julianna Napalit, a 2003 graduate of The University of Scranton.

    Students Advance to Final Four in National Contest

    A team comprised of five University of Scranton students were selected to the national final four round of Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Case Competition. The four student teams selected from across the country presented at the IMA’s Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas in June. Pictured at the conference are, from left: University student Emma Boyle, who was sponsored to attend the IMA Annual Conference as part of the Jimmie Smith Student Leadership Experience; University of Scranton final-four team participants, Russell Young, Andrew Faulkner, Marissa Angelo, Claudia Pitts, and Matthew Earley; Ashley Stampone, D.B.A., case competition team faculty advisor and assistant professor of accounting at Scranton; and IMA Community Relations Associate, Julianna Napalit, a 2003 graduate of The University of Scranton.
    August 1, 2022

    Five students from The University of Scranton Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Student Chapter were selected as one of the final-four teams for the national IMA Case Competition held in Austin, Texas in June. Marissa Angelo ’22 of Dickson City; Matthew Earley ’23 of Perkasie; Andrew Faulkner ’23 of Randolph, New Jersey; Claudia Pitts ’22 of Scranton; and Russell Young ’22 of Charleston, South Carolina; presented in front of a live audience during the IMA Annual Meeting. The team offered their strategic recommendations on how to maximize customer value for a fictitious indoor futsal facility based on various economic, financial, cultural and industry factors.

    For the competition, student teams from around the country submitted their analysis in early February, and after multiple rounds of a blind submission and judging process, the final-four teams were selected in late April. At the final four competition, The University of Scranton student team presented against three student teams from The University of Nevada—Las Vegas, with one of those being named the winner. Just for making it to the finals, the University of Scranton team received a cash prize of $2,000 and their trip was sponsored by the IMA.

    This is the first time that a student team from Scranton was selected to present at the annual meeting since the student chapter’s inception in 2017. Last year, a Scranton case competition team made it to the elite-eight in the judging process. In addition, The University of Scranton’s student chapter was named as one of just five IMA Outstanding Student Chapters for three consecutive years. Ashley Stampone, D.B.A. ’10, G’11, DBA’ 20, assistant professor of accounting, served as the faculty advisor for the final-four team and the student IMA chapter at the University.

    Angelo graduated this past May earning her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. She was a member of both the Business Leadership Honors Program and the Kania School of Management Business Honors Program. At commencement, she received the Outstanding Senior Award in Accounting and Frank J. O’Hara Awards for General Academic Excellence, which is given to students with the highest GPA in each of the University’s three undergraduate colleges. She also among the just 253 students in the nation selected to receive a 2021-2022 Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) scholarship. Angelo is currently completing an assurance internship with E&Y in their Philadelphia office. She will pursue her Master of Accountancy at The University of Scranton this fall.

    Earley is a rising senior majoring in finance with business leadership and computer science minors. He is a member of both the Business Leadership Honors Program and the Kania School of Management Business Honors Program. He is the recipient of the University’s full-tuition Presidential Scholarship. He is currently a corporate development intern with Dorman Products in their Colmar office.

    Faulkner is a senior majoring in accounting. He is a member of the Kania School of Management Business Honors Program and he will begin pursuing his Master of Accountancy at The University of Scranton in the spring.

    Pitts graduated this past May earning her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. She was a member of both the Business Leadership Honors Program and the Kania School of Management Business Honors Program. She is currently completing an assurance internship with E&Y in their Iselin, New Jersey, office. She will pursue her Master of Accountancy at The University of Scranton this fall.

    Young also graduated this past May earning his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with a minor in business analytics. He was a member of the Kania School of Management Business Honors Program. He will pursue his Master of Accountancy at the University of South Carolina this fall.

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