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AIB College of Business

Apr 30, 2013


DES MOINES – Stephanie Adam of Fairfield has been nominated by AIB College of Business for the 2013 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”

“Stephanie was nominated based on academic achievement, participation and leadership in activities, service to the community and potential for continued success,” said AIB President Nancy Williams.

“There are minimum requirements set by ‘Who’s Who’ as to who can be nominated, but we set our requirements even higher,” said Jessica Hansen, director of academic advising at AIB.

AIB’s nominees must be full-time students with cumulative grade point averages of 3.75 or higher and either 72 credit hours earned toward an associate degree or 36 credit hours earned toward a bachelor’s degree.

In addition to receiving the academic excellence award, nominees are eligible for scholarship opportunities from ‘Who’s Who’ totaling $10,000.

Adam is earning an associate in applied science degree in accounting at AIB.

Adam also recently received an Accounting Academic Achievement Award at AIB.

To be considered for the recognition, Adam and other honorees were required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher in all their classes – not just accounting – during the course of the previous year. Eligible students were reviewed by the accounting faculty.

The students’ accomplishments were celebrated at a reception attended by AIB faculty, staff and students.

Accounting faculty member Amanda Daugherty commended the students on their success, saying, “Your strong work ethic will carry you far in your careers.”

Students were encouraged to consider internal auditing as a career choice, as auditors from Wells Fargo, Wellmark and GuideOne Insurance presented information and anecdotes about the profession. One advantage noted was freedom from the stress and long hours other accountants experience during tax season. Another advantage – according to the 2013 Robert Half Salary Guide for Finance & Accounting – is a starting salary in the range of $45,000 to $60,000.

Accounting was listed as one of U.S. News & World Report’s 25 Best Jobs for 2012, with the field expected to add more than 250,000 jobs during the current decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. CPATrendlines.com reports earnings for all employees at CPA firms have risen more than 9 percent during the last five years, despite the recession.

“There’s a reason you find an accounting program in most schools in Iowa, and that’s because there are jobs in accounting,” said Professor Larry Murphy, AIB accounting department chair. “Every company needs an accountant or an accounting department.”

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