Eric Dratnol ’14, accounting, applied mathematics and business administration–management information systems
Academic All-American in football; completed internships at Deere & Company, Moline, and Grant Thornton, Chicago; M.S. in accounting, Wake Forest University, full-ride fellowship; CPA; accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Chicago
“Augustana’s accounting department allowed me to build the foundational accounting knowledge I have needed. In both internship and graduate school environments, I’ve relied on that foundation to compete with a growing pool of talented peers from schools across the country. The faculty teaches in a way that allows students to retain information and apply it when new issues arise. Between the opportunities provided at internships and graduate school, and the knowledge I had when I left the program, I can truly say Augustana’s accounting department has given me the tools I’ve needed to confidently enter the wider professional world.”
Austin Zarbuck ’14, accounting and business administration–marketing
Completed internship with Grant Thornton, Chicago; M.S. in accounting, Ohio State University, full-ride fellowship; accountant with Grant Thornton, Chicago
“The accounting program at Augustana has truly shaped my career path for the better, and I am so proud to call myself an Augie graduate. Starting with the personal attention in the classroom, to setting me up with the right connections, I would not be where I am today without the help of my accounting professors. The curriculum balances the technical knowledge with how to think like successful professionals. The department also has strong ties with a wide array of public accounting firms, private companies and graduate schools, to set students up for that next step. On top of all this, what sticks out most for me about my experience is that the faculty were personally invested in my success and pushed me to reach my full potential.”
Kimberly Olson ’13, accounting and business administration
Currently an auditor at Seldon Fox, LTD, Oak Brook, Ill., and pursuing CPA and CFE designations
“Originally, I was going to be a secondary education and English major, but I started to realize that I was meant to do something else. I switched to accounting and business, and I loved it from the very beginning. The faculty were amazing, and the opportunities were abundant. I realized what I am truly passionate about… and that is auditing and fraud investigation.
“My internship with State Farm in Bloomington, Ill., opened my eyes to what my majors had to offer and it developed me professionally. I also met some amazing people at State Farm, and will cherish those contacts for many years to come.”
Kevin Waibel '13, accounting and business administration-marketing
Currently a tax consultant employed at Deloitte & Touche, Davenport, Iowa; CPA
"When I came to Augustana, I knew I would do business and accounting, but there is no way I envisioned being where I am. The accounting department and basketball program gave me so many opportunities, including my internship at Deloitte. I am thankful for the faculty at Augustana for being flexible and helping me succeed."
Matt Pelton '10, accounting and business administration; M.A., international relations, IE University, Spain
Currently MBA Program Manager, African Leadership Unleashed (ALU), Mauritius, Africa
"After completing a one-year postgraduate program with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), I began a career in accounting advisory in KPMG's San Francisco office. At GASB, I was exposed to some of the brightest and most influential people in business and accounting today. It was humbling at times, but also satisfying that Augustana had prepared me to interact with those people and to contribute to their conversations and processes. I was confident I could comprehend and analyze complex accounting issues and, when I had questions, to communicate with others effectively.
I am extremely grateful for the sincere willingness of the professors to help their students progress as accountants, secure employment opportunities, and develop as people."