UNI accounting graduate receives Elijah Watt Sells Award as one of nation's top 10 on 2004 exam

Posted on Sunday, August 28th, 2005

Marty Wartick, UNI acting head and associate professor of accounting, (319) 273-2394
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Olya Stuber, a 2004 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a master of accounting (M.Acc.) degree, has been named a recipient of an Elijah Watt Sells Award for 2004 from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She is one of 10 in the nation, from more than 50,000 examinees.

The award was established in 1927 to honor outstanding performers on the Uniform CPA Examination and, for 2004, is being given to the 10 individual high scorers on the exam who completed all four parts of the exam during the 2004 calendar year. There is no designation of where the 10 individuals score relative to each other.

'The accounting faculty is pleased that Olya has received this significant honor, but not at all surprised at her achievement,' said Marty Wartick, UNI associate professor and acting head of accounting. 'Olya was an outstanding student in all of her classes, and we all knew that she would continue to excel upon leaving UNI.'

Born in Russia, Stuber received a bachelor's degree in international business from the Far East State Academy of Economics in Vladivostok, Russia, in 2000. She worked for an insurance company there, before coming to the United States to pursue her accounting degree. She also worked as a member service representative, and then internal auditor, for John Deere Community Credit Union while pursuing her UNI degree.

Stuber is working in the international tax services group of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Minneapolis.

'My goal was to pass the CPA exam, not to receive an award, ' says Stuber, adding, 'The fact that so many UNI graduates consistently score high on the CPA [exam] only shows how good the UNI accounting department is. The dedication and enthusiasm of the professors inspired me to study hard and, at some point, even made me think that accounting can be fun.

'I see the results of my education at my work every day, and I am grateful to the UNI accounting department for opening so many opportunities for me.'