MAHA Takes KPMG-ALPFA National Championship

DePaul’s chapter of MAHA–The Midwest Association of Hispanic Accountants–took its second national title at this year’s KPMG-Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) Student Case Competition, held in Anaheim, CA, August 7, 2011. Team MAHA topped 27 teams from universities throughout the nation, including the University of Texas at Austin and 2010 winner, University of Southern California.

 Team MAHA 2011 KPMG-ALPFA national champions Villagomez,Tellez, Banos and Khandwala

Team MAHA 2011 KPMG-ALPFA national champions Villagomez,Tellez, Banos and Khandwala

The team was composed of Jasmine Villagomez, Karen Tellez, Evelyn Banos and Jahagir Khandwala. Three of the team had just completed their first year of studies at DePaul, and the fourth only the second.

“I am so proud of our DePaul MAHA team,” said an understandably proud and very happy Prof. Elizabeth Murphy, who served as team coach throughout the months of preparation for the finals, and as faculty moderator of the chapter. “They have represented DePaul and the School of Accountancy at this national venue in an incredible way–a well-earned victory after putting in so much time and effort for this accomplishment.”  DePaul’s MAHA chapter has taken national first place in the KPMG-sponsored program four times: 2002, 2003, 2006. and this year. Prof. Murphy has the distinction of coaching three of our four national championship teams.

Both team and coach can boast an enviable record: DePaul’s MAHA chapter has appeared in the eight-school final competition nine of the last eleven years, finishing first place in four of the nine appearances.

The competition in DePaul’s region included Bentley University, Baruch College (City University of New York), Massachusetts, Florida, St. John’s (New York City), Florida International and Pace University. DePaul’s having won the regional propelled Team MAHA to the August finals, and to top national honors.

“This win is not only exciting in itself,” adds School Director Kevin Stevens, “but it shows so much of what DePaul is: a dedicated faculty leading talented, determined students to professional opportunities provided by one of our strongest supporters, KPMG– and everyone benefits. This was truly a team effort, and we could not be happier.”

Ledger & Quill members can take some measure of satisfaction, too: we are an active sponsor of DePaul’s MAHA chapter, and team member Evelyn Banos, attracted to DePaul by our L&Q Scholarship program, holds one of our prestigious Howard & Roberta Goss Scholarships.

Read more at the DePaul University Newsroom

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