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  •  Accounting Scholarships Awarded at Annual Banquet

    Wednesday, Jun. 3, 2015 9:30 AM

    The Department of Accounting recently held their 15th Annual Accounting Awards Banquet to celebrate and honor the work of current students. Faculty, staff, students and their families gathered at the Locatelli Center on SCU’s campus, where over 20 scholarships were presented to rising junior and senior accounting students, multiple graduating seniors received awards, and an alumni of the year was recognized. Between all of the scholarships, over $73,000 were awarded.

    Congratulations to all who were recognized at this annual event. Your hard work and dedication are appreciated and rewarded.

    Those honored this year are listed below:

    Accounting Department Junior Scholarship Awards*: Leonie Phoa, Charlene Shiao, Monica Van, Walter Yu
    Accounting Department Senior Scholarship Awards*: Brendan Haggerty, Nicole Jokom, Elaina Obradovich, Jaron Sakamoto
    Alumni of the Year Award: Betsy Rafael, Class of 1983
    Armanino Scholarship: Claire Arbios
    BDO Scholarship: Connor Liston
    Burr Pilger & Mayer Scholarship: Emily Koon
    CalCPA Scholarship: Nicole Orban
    Charles F. Louie Scholarship: Jaclyn Kavanaugh, Brooke Vasconcellos
    Deloitte Leadership Scholarship: Andrew Wright
    EY Accounting & Information Systems Scholarship: Monica Lam
    EY Diversity Scholarship: Sophia Avila
    Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP Scholarship: Andrew Becker
    Grant Thornton Scholarship: Brendan Cooke
    James F. Sepe Endowed Accounting Scholarship: Nick Cascaccia
    KPMG Community Service Scholarship: Carrie Reisenauer
    Lautze & Lautze Scholarship: Marissa Cagle, Clarissa Hayes
    McGladrey Scholarship: Courtney Yang
    Moss Adams LLP Scholarship: Justin Bautista, Taylor Beatty
    O. Robert Anderson Award: Tuyet-Anh Ta
    Outstanding Accounting & Information Systems Award: Jessica Huang
    Paul Locatelli, S.J. Accounting Scholarship: Tiffany Iskandar
    PCAOB Scholarship: Jaclyn Kavanaugh
    PwC Leadership Scholarship: Emily Uffenheimer
    Seiler LLP Scholarship: Nicole Schulz
    Sensiba San Filippo LLP Scholarship: Dalton Moore
    Thomas Maier Memorial Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement: Nick Cascaccia
    Accounting Association Outgoing Senior Officers: Eric Angle, Ryan Chew, Kevin Krautscheid, and Lydia Ku
    Accounting Association Incoming Senior Officers: Kristi Ikeda, Tiffany Iskandar, Diana Ng, Amanda Tam

    *Sponsored by the Big Four – PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, EY, KPMG



  •  Grand Reopening Celebration for Small Businesses in the Washington Alma Neighborhood of San Jose

    Friday, May. 29, 2015 10:10 AM

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. May 29, 2015  -- On May 30, Santa Clara University undergraduate business students,  students from San Jose’s Center for Employment Training (CET) and four small businesses in San Jose’s  Washington neighborhood will unveil the results of an unusual business-improvement collaboration between the groups. 

    The event will take place May 30 at 11 a.m., outside La Mejor Taquería, at 102 Willow St. in San Jose.  It will include complimentary burritos from La Mejor Taquería and a live mariachi band.

    Speakers including San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Santa Clara University business school Dean Drew Starbird and CET CEO Hermelinda Sapien will describe the success of the project, funded by a $25,000 grant from Wells Fargo Bank’s Santa Clara Valley Region.

    The project, in its fourth year, brings ideas from SCU business-school students together with construction and other technical skills from CET, to help business owners in the low-income, primarily Hispanic community surrounding Washington Elementary School make improvements most fitting for their needs and customers. 

    The students and business owners have spent the last 20 weeks building relationships, overcoming obstacles, and deciding on the best improvements each business would like to make, such as new point-of-sale technologies, or lighting or display improvements. 

    Jeff Rademann of Wells Fargo Bank, whose funding made the project possible, will speak, and students from CET and SCU, as well as the business owners, will be available to talk about their experiences. 

    The four businesses that were the focus of the project were La Mejor Taquería, Sidhu Market, Amigo Wireless, and Perfumería Jimena.

    The project is part of Santa Clara University's Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative, a program through the university's business school that focuses on small businesses in the Washington Neighborhood. 

    About Santa Clara University
    Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering; master’s degrees in business, education, counseling psychology, pastoral ministry, and theology; and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

    About the Center for Employment Training
    Center for Employment Training (CET), a 501©(3) Community Based Organization, is a national skills training and human development program that helps prepare workers in various occupations and assists them with placement in jobs that pay living wages and offer career opportunities and growth. CET Students from the Green Building construction program in San Jose have participated in renovating small business establishments in the Washington Community, in partnership with Santa Clara University.

    Media Contacts
    Deborah Lohse | SCU Media Relations | | 408-554-5121
    Leticia Dominguez | CET |  | 408-534-5421

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