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Accounting Club Honors Outstanding Alumni and Students

Michael J. Gallagher ’58 and Keith R. Bachman ’88 Receive Pinnacle Award

Bethlehem, Pa., April 26, 2010—The Accounting Club at Moravian College honored three outstanding alumni on Sunday, April 25 at its Annual Accounting Club Student & Alumni Awards Dinner. Michael J. Gallagher ’58 and Keith R. Bachman ’88 and were presented with the Pinnacle Award, given to business or accounting alumni who have achieved outstanding business success. Michael A. Caffrey III ’05 received the Young Accountant Alumni Award.

Gallagher has been a certified public accountant since 1962 and is now a partner with ParenteBeard, LLP (formerly Beard Miller Company).  Bachman, CPA, CVA, is also a partner at ParenteBeard, which serves Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware and Texas. Caffrey, CPA, is the audit supervisor at McGladrey & Pullen, LLP.

Awards and scholarships were also formally presented to accounting majors. Alessandra Valdetara ’10, Butler, N.J., received the PA Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Outstanding Senior Award, while juniors Hongbo Hannah Yang ’11, China, Erinn L. Hess ’11, Bethlehem, Pa., and Allison DeNuzzie ’11, Stewartsville, N.J., were granted the Lehigh Valley PICPA Scholarships.  Other honored seniors included Douglas C. Miller ’10, Leesport, Pa., awarded the Outstanding Senior Award from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA); Philip M. Spence ’10, Lafayette, N.J., the Outstanding Senior Award from the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA); and Michael Bishop ’10, Nazareth, Pa., the Grossman Accounting Award to Outstanding Senior. The Lucas Accounting Award, given to juniors, went to Chrystie Giangiobbe ’11, Bethlehem, Pa., Taylor Sperduto ’11, Oldwick, N.J., Gregory Rittenhouse ’12, Easton, Pa., and Christopher Y. Youn ’11, Yardley, Pa.  Mary K. Kearney ’11, East Stroudsburg, Pa. was named the Becker CPA 2010-11 Campus Representative, following last year’s representative Alessandra Valdetara.

The Moravian College Accounting Club was chartered on March 16, 1993 as a Student Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants. The club is committed to advancing the academic and professional careers of students. Students better understand the accounting profession and business through guest speakers, field trips, and other programs. The club also helps non-accounting students by giving them exposure to business and shows them how they can be successful in their future career through a number of talks relating to career opportunities.