Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A clean sweep for accounting students

Accounting students (from left) Kara Notvedt, Morgan Shapiro and Adam Baker.

KU business students cleaned house at the ConocoPhillips Accounting Challenge last week, taking home prizes for first, third and fourth place.

Students were divided into teams of three, each student from a different university, to compete in the challenge. The three winning teams included business school students Morgan Shapiro (first), Kara Notvedt (third) and Adam Baker (fourth). Notvedt attributes her success to vital skills she learned from KU courses and professors.

“I felt prepared going into the case competition because the accounting program and business school at KU hold their students to a higher standard,” Notvedt said.

Both Notvedt and Morgan Shapiro strongly encourage KU business students to seize opportunities like the accounting challenge.  It’s important for students to network early on in their careers and it will end up paying off, Shapiro said.

“I gained more confidence talking with people that held powerful positions within a company,” Shapiro said.  “Not only did I get to network with the employees of ConocoPhillips, but I also had a lot of fun at their offices.”

The business school congratulates Shapiro, Notvedt and Baker and encourages students to participate in opportunities like the ConocoPhillips Accounting Challenge.

by Mackenzie Leander