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Accounting and Finance Division at USD Hosts Recognition Dinner

The accounting and finance division of the Beacom School of Business hosted a recognition dinner. The Beacom School of Business's accounting and finance division hosted a recognition dinner honoring several alumni and current students.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The accounting and finance division of the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota hosted a recognition dinner Thursday, Nov. 1. The event honored several alumni and the academic achievements of current accounting and finance students at USD.

Alumni honored at the dinner included Steve Schacht of Ketel Thorstenson, Julie Norton of Avera Health and Brett Durick of Goldman Sachs. All three individuals were recognized for their career accomplishments and outstanding service to the accounting and finance division of the Beacom School of Business.

Students recognized for their academic performance for the 2017-2018 academic year were nominated by accounting and finance faculty after submitting applications and resumes for top performance awards consideration. Award winners were selected based on their academic achievements as well as community involvement, including active membership in USD’s accounting and finance organizations, and by participating in community service activities.

Students receiving top performance awards included:

  • Derek Bierschbach, Madison, South Dakota
  • Levi Blanchard, Worthington, Minnesota
  • Ashlynn Blenner, Holstein, Iowa
  • Hallie Downs, Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Haley Duffield, Browns Valley, Minnesota
  • Marshall Freideman, Woonsocket, South Dakota
  • Bridget Geerts, Long Lake, Minnesota
  • Clark Haugen, Crooks, South Dakota
  • Gage Hillberg, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Kate Katterhagen, Yankton, South Dakota
  • Tam Minh Le, Hochimihn, Vietnam
  • Jacob Leiseth, Crooks, South Dakota
  • Sophia Lima, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Keely Mehling, Huron, South Dakota
  • Rachel Meinders, Pella, Iowa
  • Jacob Michel, Lodi, Wisconsin
  • Alex Nelson, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Benjamin Newman, Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Spencer Olson, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Nicholas Page, Madison, South Dakota
  • Zachary Renken, Spirit Lake, Iowa
  • Alexis Ritzman, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Logan Schiebout, Orange City, Iowa
  • Ryan Scholten, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Megan Thomas, Milbank, South Dakota
  • Carson Zubke, Waubay, South Dakota

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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 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News