The second time proved to be the charm for the Baruch College chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). After failing to earn a place in last year’s KPMG National Student Case Study Competition, the team clinched the number one spot this year, besting NABA teams from nine other colleges and universities nationwide. For its effort, Baruch’s NABA team earned an automatic berth in next years’ competition, and each team member received $500 in prize money.
The challenge is held during NABA’s annual nationwide convention, which took place this year in New Orleans. Accounting students get an opportunity to resolve case studies based on real public accounting companies, and to work closely with KPMG professionals. Teams are comprised of undergraduate students who have a minimum 3.2 GPA. They have from February until June to prepare their assignments. The solutions are then presented before a panel of judges at the NABA convention.
Representing Baruch this year were: Chanee D. Bridgewater, Charlene S. Fessal, Barbarah Gellin, Nyla Samuel and Janelle A. Shillingford. Their KPMG advisors were Baruch alum Antony Murithi (‘02), a senior manager at the company, and Sanjaye Thomas, a manager at the firm. Team captain Shillingford said, “We were happy to represent not only Baruch College, but KPMG NY in this competition.”