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April 22, 2013

Mondor named 2013 College of Business Outstanding Senior

Josh MondorJoshua Mondor, a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire accounting major from New Richmond, WI, has been named the 2013 College of Business Outstanding Senior by the business college faculty and staff. Mondor, who has over a 3.8 grade point average, will graduate summa cum laude in May 2013. He will begin his professional accounting career in the Minneapolis office of McGladrey, LLP, the largest U.S. provider of assurance, tax, and consulting services to the middle market, with more than 6,500 professionals and associates in 75 offices nationwide.

Mondor was nominated for the College of Business Outstanding Senior award from a pool of College of Business students that included August 2012 and December 2012 graduates, and May 2013 graduation candidates. All individuals earned a GPA of 3.2 or higher. The student who receives the award demonstrates great promise and outstanding achievement in his/her chosen field. Personality and involvement in university activities are also important attributes.

“I am extremely grateful to receive this recognition for all my work, experiences, and opportunities I have had during my academic career,” said Mondor.

Mondor will be recognized at the 2013 University Student Excellence Awards reception on Wednesday, May 8 at 5 pm in the Davies Center Ojibwe Ballroom (Room 330). The reception is hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, UW-Eau Claire Foundation, and UW-Eau Claire University Centers.

Meet Joshua Mondor, 2013 College of Business Outstanding Senior

“In my five years here at UW-Eau Claire, Josh is one of the top students I have had the privilege to work with,” said Dr. Bill Miller, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of accounting. “Josh is well liked and respected by his peers, his professors and everyone he meets. I cannot think of a person more deserving of this honor than him.”

Mondor will graduate summa cum laude with a GPA of at least 3.8. In addition to his accounting degree, he has completed a certificate in advanced business communication.

“Josh has a maturity well beyond his years,” continued Miller. “He takes his academics very seriously, but he also takes time to have fun, too. He is an extremely well rounded person.”

Last summer, Mondor was a member of a research team led by Miller that travelled to the United Kingdom to learn how the adoption and application of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) has impacted both university accounting programs and businesses. The research team, which also included accounting seniors Matt Chybowski and Tyrell Wirkus, conducted over 30 interviews with Big Four Partners, senior executives, regulators and academics. Mondor and his team have been invited to present their findings at the 2013 Provost’s Honors Symposium.

Active in many student organizations, Mondor is a board member of Beta Upsilon Sigma, where he is responsible for recruiting, leading, and working with new members. He is also a member of the Student Accounting Society and three honorary societies: Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Golden Key International Honor Society, where he served as chapter president.

Previously, Mondor was vice president of competitive events and career services for DECA, a position he held for two years. While in DECA, he participated in several competitions including the banking financial services event and the financial statement analysis team event. Mondor captured titles in both events at the district and state level which qualified him to compete at the international level where his financial statement analysis team placed 3rd.  

Mondor has completed two internships in public accounting—one with Abdo, EIck & Meyers in Edina, MN, and a second one with McGladrey, LLP in Minneapolis, MN. He has accepted a full time position with McGladrey, LLP which he will begin in fall 2013.

“Josh came out of both internships with full time job offers,” according to Miller. “That speaks volumes about him.”

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