Economics, Finance and Accounting Graduates in the World 

Rocky Baalmann (2008)
Plainview, TX

I work with cattle payments, cash sales, account reconciliation, journal entries, capital projects, accounts payable, and record retention. At FHSU, I ran indoor and outdoor track and field, was involved with Accounting club and helped with BITA Tax preparation. I participated in a three-month internship for Cargill in Plainview. Being active in sports helped me gain various social skills, teamwork skills and more. Also, by completing an internship, I was able to show Cargill how dedicated I am as an individual and it paid off when they offered me a full-time position at the end of my internship.

Meagan M. (Schmidtberger) Wellbrock (2007)
Certified Public Accountant
Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chtd.
Hays, KS

My duties include client management, tax preparation, bookkeeping and auditing. I use the accounting and financial knowledge gained at FHSU daily when consulting with clients, preparing tax returns and journal entries, or auditing. At FHSU, I was active in Accounting Club, Phi Kappa Phi and intramurals and was coordinator for VITA. I completed an internship with Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chtd. Through these activities I gained experience dealing with individuals and in performing duties necessary to fulfill my position as a CPA.

Addie Basye (2011)
Audit Associate
Grant Thornton, LLP
Wichita, KS

As I was going through the CPA testing process, I couldn’t help but think how incredibly lucky I was to have such good teachers and classes at Fort Hays. I felt more prepared than a lot of my peers and found studying to be more of a review than anything. I caught onto and retained everything very easily because I had such a good foundation at FHSU.

Stephanie Larsen (2007)
Staff Accountant
Lindburg Vogel Pierce Faris, Chtd.
Hutchinson, KS

I prepare individual, partnership, s corp and cap returns. I also am responsible for auditing non-profit, government and business entities. I use the accounting and tax prep skills I learned at FHSU to perform my job duties. At FHSU I helped with VITA tax preparation and was an accounting tutor. The VITA program helped to increase my tax knowledge and the tutoring helped reaffirm my basic accounting skills.

Bridget Brown (2007)
Woods & Durham, Chtd.
Salina, KS

I am responsible for payroll, monthly accounting, research and taxes. The accounting skills I gained at FHSU have helped me to properly execute journal entries and to follow guidelines. At FHSU I was active in Accounting Club and VITA tax preparation. I interned with Simons Tax, Accounting and Financial Services. These activities helped me realize that I wanted to work in the tax field.

Lacey (Ptacek) Davis (2007)
General Manager
Check Recovery Solutions, LLC
Hays, KS

I oversee all operations of the business. Our main goal is to help clients generate income and cash flow back into their businesses. We also assist members of the community with payment options and in setting goals to become debt free. My academic experiences have played an important role in my current job. FHSU’s finance department enhanced my awareness of the time value of money as well as the concepts of financial planning, accounting and banking.

Kasiah Rothchild (2006)
Finance Administrator
Thomas County Health Department
Colby, KS

I am responsible for payroll, human resources, accounts payable, budgeting, and grant writing. I am puling form the finance classes to apply those skills in the health department setting. The familiarity of ideas and lessons are good to have when researching. At FHSU, I was active in Alpha Kappa Psi and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and was a Student Government senator. I completed an internship at Main Street Securities in Hays. These activities helped me learn to deal with people and understand the dynamics of meetings and how to network.

Mallory H. Padilla (2008)
Staff Accountant - Private
Allied Cementing Co. LLC
Russell, KS

I prepare monthly financial statements, oversee accounts payable and accounts receivable clerks, payroll, multi-state sales tax filing, and fixed asset management. Although many college graduates claim to not use their education once they enter the work force, that is not the case for me. My accounting and finance technical skills learned at FHSU are put to use every day in my career. At FHSU, I was active in FMA/Finance Club, Accounting Club, Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa. Through these, I formed leadership skills that greatly help me to excel in my current job. My superiors quickly recognized the responsibility and dependability skills I learned in college.

Ryan Vavricka (2008)
Financial Services Professional
New York Life Insurance Co.
Hays, KS

My duties include meeting with clients, designing solutions to solve their financial needs, and monitoring their financial plans on a regular basis. My academic experiences at FHSU provided me with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills to better serve my clients. At FHSU, I participated in Finance Club, FFA, FMA, Tiger Investment Group and the Amerprise Financial Planning Team. I had internships with the FDIC and New York Life. These activities and internships allowed me to network with other professionals, gain real world experience, and to experience things that I may never have been able to do otherwise.

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