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Zicklin Students Place as Top Finishers in Deloitte & Touch LLP's Annual Audit Innovation Campus Challenge

Team will head to national competition in April 2019 

(From l to r) Syed Hussain, Brittany Plotnikov, Eimi Ogura, Ruby Dong, Ellis Hamabuchi, and Derek Lee

(From l to r) Syed Hussain, Brittany Plotnikov, Eimi Ogura, Ruby Dong, Ellis Hamabuchi, and Derek Lee

A team of six accountancy students from the Zicklin School of Business were one of two top finishers in the northeast regional competition in Deloitte & Touch LLP’s annual Audit Innovation Campus Challenge held in Boston on November 16.

Baruch placed in the top spot, along with Rutgers University, competing against northeast accountancy programs from Boston College, Fairfield University, Fordham University, Pace University, Providence College, St. John’s University, Villanova University, and the University of Connecticut.

The team will head to Dallas Texas in April, 2019 as one of 12 schools competing at the national competition at Deloitte University.

“The Zicklin students had the creativity, intelligence and drive to come out on top in a very competitive challenge,” said Thomas Ray, distinguished lecturer in the Stan Ross Department of Accountancy. “Our entire college can be proud of their success and I am thrilled to serve as their faculty advisor.”

This year’s team was comprised of Ruby Dong, Ellis Hamabuchi, Syed Hussain, Derek Lee, Eime Ogura, and Brittany Plotnikov.

The Challenge

Deloitte’s Audit Innovation Campus Challenge, which is sponsored by the firm and The Deloitte Foundation, provides students with an opportunity to leverage their skills and experience through practical application by responding to an innovative audit challenge statement.

This year’s challenge was to show how Deloitte could further capitalize on its attributes, including independence and technical competence, to broaden its assurance services in connection with less traditional, non-financial subject matters.

According to Ray, Baruch’s team developed and presented an innovating set of services to assure that a company’s privacy policy is in compliance with relevant laws and regulations and that it actually is in compliance with its policy, on a real-time basis.

“This is not the first time Baruch College has come on top at this competition,” added Ray. “Our teams from two previous competitions also placed at the top of the regional events.”

For details about Deloitte’s Audit Innovation Campus Challenge, go here.


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