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Swimmers Nominated for Academic All-Big 12 Team

Charles Moore and Grant Rogers 2014 Academic All-Big 12 Conference Swim TeamCongratulations to MPA 4th-year Charles Moore and 3rd-year Grant Rogers for their nominations to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 Conference Team. This is the third time for Charles to receive this nomination and the second for Grant.

Texas landed a league-leading 14 student-athletes on the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 Conference Team, the league announced Tuesday. Texas placed 12 student-athletes on the first team and two on the second team. Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services, the men's swimming and diving Academic All-Big 12 Team consists of 24 first-team members and seven second-team selections. First-team honorees have maintained a minimum 3.20 grade-point average, while second-team members have maintained a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

Team of BBA/MPA Students Wins EY Beam Abroad Case Competition

McCombs Beam Abroad 2013 1st Place WinnersMcCombs took first place at the second annual EY Beam Abroad Case Competition held November 1st in Dallas. The team consisted of Leo Chen (MPA ’16), Robert Ma (BBA ’16), Sean Shen (MPA ’16), Shannon Wey (BBA ’16) and Janet Zhou (BBA ’16). They took home the grand prize of $5000 for the team and a trip to London over spring break.

Reflecting on their accomplishment, Sean shared the secret to their success. "Winning the competition was an amazing experience. It has been a blessing to work alongside such talented friends and fellow McCombs students who knew winning was about more than just themselves. We were able to win by recognizing that all of us were part of something bigger than ourselves."

The Beam Abroad Case Competition focuses on cases requiring an understanding of United States and international accounting issues as well as the ability to demonstrate a global mindset. The teams are given a week to prepare their presentation. The first round of competition is campus-wide with each five-person team presenting to a panel of EY judges. The winning team at each campus receives $1000 to be split amongst them and a trip to the final round event in Dallas.

Congratulations to the winners and special thanks to team mentor Anne Marie Ratliff!

The Department of Accounting awarded the 2014 Excellence in Accounting Award to Candice DiPaolo (BBA ’14). Candice is the first recipient of this yearly award, given to a BBA student based upon their academic excellence.