Ohio Dominican University Students Make History, Advance in National Competition

The New Dealers


Columbus, OH (43219) – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) made history once again by advancing one of its student teams to the semi-final round of the 2012 American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Accounting Competition. The AICPA made the announcement today. 

This is the third year of the AICPA’s competition and the third year an ODU team has advanced to the semi-final round. No other college or university in the state of Ohio has achieved this distinction. The University of Texas, Dallas is the only other college or university in the country with this accomplishment 

Only 20 of the 138 teams – representing 101 schools – that submitted proposals to this year’s national academic accounting competition moved on to the semi-final round. They now will compete for the top three spots. 

“I think having a team in the semi-finals for the third year in a row speaks to the quality education our students get in all their classes here at ODU,” stated Assistant Professor Bob Osborne, ODU’s AICPA faculty advisor. “We are proud of the students for participating in this competition. It’s a great way for them to use the lessons we’ve taught them in the real world.”  

ODU’s team, The New Dealers, represent cross disciplines. Members are Accounting majors Yorsalam Kidane, Paula Rogers and Team Captain Elizabeth Sparks; and History major Kelly Litt. Their assignment is to advise a presidential candidate – hypothetically – on either the deficit, income tax or social security. The top three teams will travel to Washington, D.C. to make their presentation. The team with the strongest strategy earns first place and $10,000. 

In 2010, two Ohio Dominican University teams competed in the AICPA competition. ODU was the only college or university in Ohio to make it to the finals, and the only college or university in the United States with two teams in the top 10. One of the two teams finished third in the competition. In 2011, ODU was the only college or university in Ohio to advance a team to the competition’s top 10. To learn more about the AICPA competition, click here. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.