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USD Accounting and Finance Division Presents Awards to Alumni and Students

VERMILLION, S.D. — The University of South Dakota’s Accounting and Finance Division in the Beacom School of Business on Thursday honored three alumni and recognized the outstanding academic achievements of current students at its annual recognition and awards dinner.

Alumni receiving the outstanding service award: Murray Drescher, chief financial officer at TransAm Trucking Inc. in Olathe, Kansas; Scott Luecke, partner at Ernst & Young LLP in Minneapolis; and Deborah Peters, state senator, certified public accountant and small business owner from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The students who received top performance awards:

  • Wondimagegn Abri, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Kassitti Balomenos, Sioux City, Iowa
  • Erin Bruce, Vermillion, South Dakota
  • Courtney Clark, Yankton, South Dakota
  • Tanner Comp, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Vonda Cotton, Vermillion, South Dakota
  • Angela Farrier, Owatonna, Minnesota
  • Kristi Johnson, Vermillion, South Dakota
  • Laura Kelderman, Canton, South Dakota
  • Amanda Kellen, Granville, Iowa
  • Madison Koehler, Rock Valley, Iowa
  • Daniel Kositzke, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Rhys Leonard, Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Sean Meyer, Mitchell, South Dakota
  • Nicholas Monahan, Wayne, Nebraska
  • Stacey Nielsen, Madison, South Dakota
  • Hollie Pommier, Florence, South Dakota
  • Amanda Rausch, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Daniel Rausch, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Jessica Sandbulte, Steen, Minnesota
  • Dustin Santjer, Aberdeen, South Dakota
  • Brittany Schermann, Moville, Iowa
  • Hunter Serfoss, Aberdeen, South Dakota
  • Elizabeth Smith, Huron, South Dakota
  • Abigail Trieb, Gary, South Dakota
  • Karlie Vande Hoef, Hinton, Iowa
  • Austin Wagner, Whitewood, South Dakota
  • Carrie Wintle, Iroquois, South Dakota


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