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Firms to honor SMC students

Alison Nickerson | Wednesday, October 1, 2003

National and local accounting firms honored five accounting majors and one alumna from Saint Mary’s College Sept. 22 for the excellence they demonstrated in their field of study.

College faculty selected the award winners. Prizes ranged from $500 to $2,000. Each of the women honored had the highest grade point average in the course that corresponded with her award.

Molly Welton of Chelsea, Mich. received the Bridget Anderson KPMG Principles of Accounting Award. Anderson, a 1980 Saint Mary’s graduate, is the first woman from the College to become a partner in a national accounting firm. Kimberly Gans of Edwardsburg, Mich. was the recipient of the Intermediate Accounting Award from McGladrey & Pullen. Kristen Bell of Scaly Mountain, N.C. and Bridget Jones of Colorado Springs, Colo. received the Crowe Chizek Personal Income Tax and Corporate Income Tax Awards, respectively.

Senior Kelly Frantz of Sydney, Ohio was presented with the Ernst and Young award. This award is presented each year to the senior voted “most likely to succeed” in the public accounting field by the College’s accounting faculty.

Ellen D. Crowley, a 1986 graduate, was the fourth alumna to receive the Outstanding Accounting Award. This award is given to an alumna who has made a significant impact on the accounting profession while exemplifying the spirit and traditions of the College. Crowley is an independent financial planner for high-income individuals in St. Louis, Mo.