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Top Students Recognized During Tobin's Ninth Annual Academic and Service Awards Convocation

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Tobin College of Business’ Department of Accounting and Taxation recognized the academic achievements of its diligent students during its Ninth Annual Academic and Service Awards Convocation on Friday, May 16, 2013, in the D’Angelo Center on the Queens campus. 

Certificates of Academic Excellence were presented to graduate and undergraduate students on the platinum, gold, silver and bronze levels based on their cumulative grade point averages. In addition, Certificates of Recognition for Service awards were distributed to individuals who had held cabinet positions within the accounting student organizations. 

During the convocation, department faculty acknowledged several recipients who were awarded scholarships throughout the academic year from prestigious accounting and taxation organizations. 
•    Thomas Cunningham received the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Scholarship for demonstrating an aptitude and high ethical standards in accounting and auditing. The PCAOB, established by Congress as part of the The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, provides external and independent oversight of auditors of U.S. public companies Hiteshita Bhasin, first honors, and Thomas Cunningham, second honors, were awarded the Institute of Internal Auditors’ Scholarship. The IIA’s mission is to provide dynamic leadership for the global profession of internal auditing, promoting the value that internal audit professionals add to their organizations. 
•    Brendan Petersen won the Federation of Schools of Accountancy Graduate Plaque for Academic Achievement. This award is given by the organization to promote graduate professional education in accounting. 
•    The NYSSCPAs Superior Scholars Award was earned by graduate student Bhakee Naahanathan and undergraduate student Daniel O’Leary. The New York Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) is one of the largest state accounting organizations aimed at maintaining high standards of integrity and character among certified public accountants. 

Deliotte FanTAXtic Competition and the PricewaterhouseCoopers CHALLENGE Competition teams were celebrated during the evening. 

The Tobin College of Business faculty and administration would like to join the Department of Accounting and Taxation in congratulating all of the students on a job well done.