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Ernst & Young Sponsors The 2020 First Year Innovation Challenge
Congratulations to the 1st Place Team: Branding and Marketing - Why EY Swipe?

EY challenged our first-year students to create innovative strategies and tactics that will help ensure the firm's continued success in recruiting and retaining Generation Z employees. Each student developed ideas, joined an innovation team, and proposed strategic recruiting improvements to EY.

At stake was the chance to have an impact, interact with EY leaders, compete for approximately $15,000 in scholarship money and earn a terrific resume line.

Read more about the 2020 First Year Innovation Challenge!

Duquesne Sweeps the Annual PICPA/IIA Case Competition!
Congratulations to the #1 Winning Team!

Photo from left-to-right: Tyler Clayton, David Grimm, Patrick Gannon, Matt Nobers, Adam Kusluch, and Nick Zona.

"I am very proud of our students.  The winning team put the effort in, met with me many times, practiced and the dedication paid off," said Valerie Williams, Associate Professor of Practice in Accounting.

Not only did our students learn about business cycles, controls, fraud risks, internal and external auditing, but they also showcased their skills in front of working professionals and stood out among regional universities.  The students shared prize money of $4,000, co-sponsored by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the PA CPA Foundation.  A total of 103 students, 19 teams and 4 universities participated.

Duquesne students won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place -- beating all other teams.

Supply Chain Management Student Pass the Six Sigma Yellow Belt Exam!

In the Fall 2020 semester 15 former and current students in Dr. Kathryn Marley's SCMG375 Supply Chain Process Improvement class passed the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Six Sigma Yellow Belt Exam!

The American Society for Quality is considered one of the premier National Organizations devoted to Quality Training and products.. They offer certifications applying to all areas of quality including healthcare, engineering, pharmaceuticals and the entire range of Six Sigma Certifications.

To become Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified, the students had to pass an 85 question exam. The exam consisted of qualitative and quantitative questions covering all aspects of Lean and Six Sigma ranging from problem charter development to root cause development and measurement system analysis.

The students are Lauren Boucher, Jacob Burkhardt, Isabella Calla, Delaney Caswell, Akanksha Evatt, Caitlin Fisher, Daniel Gambell, Catherine Lecher, Kimberly Nguyen, Kaitlin Rice, Maura Rost, Jared Sebesta, Nicole Spezialetti, India Turner, and Luke Twerdok!


Duquesne University MAcc students place 1st and 2nd in the annual Spring IIA (Institute of Internal Auditors) Presentation contest!

The annual Presentation contest was held on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Two teams from Duquesne University competed in this year's contest. All teams choose an individual topic to present on. 

1st Place: Impact of COVID-19 on Internal Audit

Team photo of first place winners 
Team members from left to right: Alexis Winkles, Giovanni Scolieri, 
Coach Valerie Williams, Morgan Cuddyre and Scott Lison

2nd Place: Robotic Process Automation & the Impact on the Internal Audit Profession

Photo of second place team members
Team members Alyssa Graciano, Ruikun Wang,
and Alex Pogue with Coach Valerie Williams.

Congratulations to all of our students and Valerie Williams, Associate Professor of Practice in Accounting!