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Summer Accounting Institute at USD showcases career opportunities

VERMILLION, S.D. -- High school sophomores and juniors interested in accounting as a career or a business major can register now for the University of South Dakota 2013 Summer Accounting Institute.

Students from the region are encouraged to attend the five-day Institute, which is July 14-18. 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.; Jones, Kramer & Haber, LLP; Daktronics; Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company; USD Beacom Opportunity Fund; Ketel Thorstenson, LLP; South Dakota Investment Council; and Williams and Company, PC.

For more information about the 2013 Summer Accounting Institute or to download a registration form, please go to . Cost to register is $75 (registration deadline is May 17); however, the registration fee is waived for students 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. For more, please contact Erin Cornelsen,, (605) 677-5499 or Lynne Roach,, (605) 677-5559.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


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