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UCR Business Students Called to Account for Their Skills

UCR Business Students Called to Account for Their Skills

A team of six will go to Boston in August to compete in a case study contest related to audit, tax and advisory services.

(May 27, 2009)

The team gathers before the competition to prepare.Enlarge

The team gathers before the competition to prepare.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – Students studying business at the University of California, Riverside will have the opportunity to move from classroom to real-world auditing and accounting as they participate in the 10th annual KPMG - Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting (ALPFA) Case Study Competition.

The event will be held August 9 and 10 in Boston. The team’s expenses will be paid by KPMG, a firm that provides a broad range of audit, tax and advisory services.

The UCR team, with coaching from Professors Michael Moore, Barry Mishra, Erik Rolland, and Ted Mock, consists of five undergraduate students majoring in business administration, and one MBA student from the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management.

Students participating in the contest are George Moreno, Erin Peach, Ismaele Perez, Jacqueline Ugalde, Lawrence Zhang, and Jose Hernandez.

“This is a good example of how we prepare our students for the real world,” said David Stewart, dean of the business school. “As a result of a collaborative relationship with business, initiated by Professor Michael Moore, we are able to offer our students this opportunity to work with KPMG advisors, get a better understanding of the rewards and demands offered in the auditing and accounting profession and to network with finance and accounting professionals across the nation.”

ALPFA is the leading professional association dedicated to enhancing opportunities for Latinos in the accounting and finance-related professions.

The KPMG/ALPFA competition has become a popular event that presents accounting students with the challenge of resolving real-world auditing and accounting issues in a collegial and competitive environment.
The entire team in front of Anderson Hall at UC RiversideEnlarge

The entire team in front of Anderson Hall at UC Riverside

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