CPA Experience receives top educational award
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) bestowed one of its top curriculum awards to DSU’s CPA Experience. Recognizing the program’s innovative teaching practices, the CPA Experience received the 2014 George Krull/Grant Thornton Teaching Innovation Award — one of only three accounting curriculum awards bestowed annually by the 127-year-old AICPA. The organization is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 400,000 members in 145 countries. DSU accounting faculty Ashley Stark, Scott Hanson and Amy Kass lead the accounting program in a stimulated office environment while encompassing 13 upper-level accounting classes throughout the academic year.
Nearly 200 students from three states attend Northern Great Plains Festival
Students from the Canadian border to Lemmon, South Dakota traveled to DSU’s 57th Annual Northern Plains Music Festival Nov. 7 – 8. Participants included 18 high schools from North and South Dakota as well as Montana. Joining DSU fine and performing arts faculty in running the event included guest artist Dr. Mitchell Lutch, director of bands at Central College in Iowa who led the honor band; Stephen Versaeve, director of percussion studies at Montana State University who guided the percussion ensemble; Dawn Hagerott, assistant professor of voice at Bismarck State College who headed the women’s choir. Also, Dean Jilek, conductor of the men’s chorus at the University of North Texas, led the mixed choir.
DSU recognizes 435 nontraditional students
D.C. Coston, president of DSU signed a proclamation recognizing 435 students during Nontraditional Student Week Nov. 2-8. Twenty-nine percent of DSU’s student population is 24 years of age or older. The university’s Students Other Than Average (SOTA) club participates in volunteer projects such as the Angel Tree, collecting nonperishable goods for Harvest Home, recycling aluminum cans for the Best Friends Mentoring Program, and hosting the Soup Kitchen. Currently, SOTA members are collecting new and gently-used clothing to donate to the emergency room at St. Joseph Hospital in Dickinson.