January 18, 2011

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Five undergraduates will represent Bucknell University this week in New York City as xTREME Accounting Game finalists.

They join four other teams — Emory University, Indiana University, the University of Illinois and the University of Texas — in PricewaterhouseCoopers' ninth annual xTREME Games. Using teamwork, creativity and problem-solving skills, teams develop and present solutions to actual tax and accounting issues.  

Representing Bucknell at the Jan. 20-21 competition are accounting majors Kimberly Butt, Class of '13, Jay Knaub '12, Katherine Kromka '13, management major Theodore Mottola '13 and economics major Suzanne Polan '12.

Three-stage event
"The competition is a three-stage event — school, region, nationals — in which teams compete," said Michael Johnson-Cramer, associate professor of management and co-director of the School of Management. "To give you a little context, three of the other finalist universities are in the top 10 of U.S. News & World Report's ranking of undergraduate accounting programs: Texas is first, Illinois second and Indiana seventh. Emory's general undergraduate business program is ranked seventh by BusinessWeek."

The latest xTREME competition began with a series of local campus events held last fall at 84 schools across the country. More than 4,500 students competed in five-person teams for the chance to represent their schools at the national level.

The Games are held in two divisions: xTAX for "Extreme Tax" and xACT for "Extreme Accounting." The five best in each division advance to the finals, earning $10,000 each and an additional $5,000 for their faculty advisors. To date, nearly $2 million in prize money has been awarded.

xTAX finals
The five schools that will be represented at the national xTAX finals Jan. 27-28 in Washington, D.C., are: Brigham Young University, Bryant University, the University of California — Berkeley, the University of Houston and the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill.

"We continue to be impressed by the caliber of students participating in the games," said Jennifer Kennedy, National xTAX Partner Champion at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  "Each year, these students find new ways to demonstrate their poise and creativity. They clearly have the skills to be successful in today's job market, and I look forward to seeing their presentations at the national finals."

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