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ACIS students compete for top prize in national sustainability competition

August 15, 2011 12:00AM

A student team from Pittsburg State University has made it to the final round of a national accounting competition.

Late last week, four students in Rebecca Casey's Accounting Technology and Information Systems course were named one of the top 10 teams in the nation competing in the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Sustainability Contest. Known as "Team Gorilla," students Peter Kipp, Rocky Hartpence, Blake Hartman, and Joel Spencer are competing against nine other teams from schools including The Citadel, University of Texas at Dallas, San Jose State University, and the University of Tennessee. The top 10 teams were selected out of 64 that entered.

The competition required teams to submit an executive summary discussing the need for creating sustainability in business operations. Their plans all focused specifically on a real business, the luxury Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary, North Carolina. After submitting their winning summaries, the top 10 teams were sent video cameras by the AICPA in order to tape and turn in video proposals on which viewers can vote. Videos from the teams are posted at

The top three teams will be flown to New York for the final phase of the competition, which will include a $10,000 prize for the first place team, $5,000 for second place, and $2,500 for third.

"This affirmation of the ability of our students to compete on a national level and against large research universities speaks volumes to prospective employers," said Casey, chairperson of the Department of Accounting and Computer Information Systems.

For more information, contact ACIS at 620-235-4561.

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