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Summer Accounting Institute showcases career opportunities

VERMILLION, S.D. -- High school sophomores and juniors interested in an accounting career or majoring in business can register now for the University of South Dakota 2012 Summer Accounting Institute.

Students from the region are encouraged to attend the five-day Institute, which is July 15-19. Under the direction of Erin Cornelsen, M.P.A., an accounting instructor at USD, the accounting institute will address educational, career exploration, and professional opportunities in accounting, including a field trip to a nationally-recognized public accounting firm and various regional businesses. Additional activities include faculty presentations, educational videos and fun events such as Frisbee golf, swimming, movies and more. Participants will also have an opportunity to meet national, regional and local employers who hire USD accounting graduates. Students attending the weeklong institute are also eligible for scholarships to attend the accounting program at the Beacom School of Business.

Past sponsors of the Summer Accounting Institute are Deloitte; Eide Bailly, KPMG, McGladrey & Pullen Certified Public Accountants, The South Dakota CPA Society, Ernst & Young, Daniel & Jennifer Meyer, Casey Peterson & Associates, Ltd., Dereck & Deidre Budahl, Jones, Kramer & Haber, LLP, Daktronics, Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, USD Beacom Opportunity Fund, Shull and Co., Ketel Thorstenson, LLP, and Williams and Company, PC.

For more information about the 2012 Summer Accounting Institute or to download a registration form, please go to . Cost to register is $75; however, the registration fee is waived for students who are ranked in the top 10 percent of their class. These students need to include a letter from their high school principal or guidance counselor to verify their class ranking. Students can also earn one college credit upon successful completion of the Institute. The deadline to register is May 18. For more, please contact Erin Cornelsen,, (605) 677-5499 or Lynne Roach,, (605) 677-5559.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News