Jan. 22, 2004

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Contact: Allen Ford, School of Business, (785) 864-7523.

Taxing contest: KU students compete in Deloitte Foundation regional fall event

OVERLAND PARK -- Eight University of Kansas business students competed in the Deloitte Foundation National Tax Case Study Competition at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park. The competition was one of eight regional contests held during the fall 2003 semester.

Allen Ford, KU professor of business, coordinated the KU teams of undergraduate and graduate students. Approximately 60 undergraduate and graduate teams from 40 colleges and universities competed in one of the eight regional events. The top six undergraduate and top six graduate teams advanced to the national finals.

The teams of up to four students had five hours to complete a complex tax case study based on a hypothetical client by preparing portions of returns, drafting letters to the client to explain alternative courses of action and reviewing past returns.

The Deloitte Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1928 that supports teaching, research and curriculum innovation in accounting, business and related fields in the United States.

Others participating in the KU regional were student teams from the University of Denver (graduate), University of Iowa (undergraduate), University of Missouri-Columbia (graduate), University of Northern Colorado (undergraduate) and the University of Oklahoma (undergraduate). The teams from the University of Denver and the University of Oklahoma advanced to the national competition.

KU students who competed in the regional, their hometowns, year in school, parents' names and high school alma mater (if available) are:

BARTON COUNTY
From Great Bend
April M. Hawthorne, master's degree student in accounting and information systems, daughter of Vi Weller, Great Bend, and Jim Hawthorne, Larned; Great Bend High School graduate.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Lenexa
Mario G. Wickramaratne, master's degree student in accounting and business administration, son of Bandula and Ellen Wickramaratne; Shawnee Mission West High School graduate.

From Shawnee
Matthew E. Van Denabeele, master's degree student in accounting and information systems, son of Karen and Terry Kitterman; Gardner High School graduate.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Derby
Douglas Ryan Briggs, master's degree student in accounting and business administration, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Briggs; Derby High School graduate.

Justin Michael Smith, master's degree student in accounting and business administration, son of Dale and Debra Smith; Derby High School graduate.

From Wichita
Lauren Hunter Alexander, master's degree student in accounting and information systems, daughter of Phil and Jeanine Alexander; Maize High School graduate. Laura N. Hays, senior in accounting and business administration, daughter of James and Sheryl Hays; Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School graduate.

WYANDOTTE COUNTY
From Kansas City
Rachel Ann Sawyer, master's degree student in accounting and information systems, daughter of Vearl and Linda Jones; Sabetha High School.

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