Catawba College School of Business Profiles
Rafal Baran '16
Business Graduate (Accounting); International Student; Member of the Men's Swimming Team; Member of the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), DAS, International Club, and Business Honor Society
"I traveled 5,000 miles to get an education from the Ketner School of Business and I have never regretted that. A tailored curriculum, together with classes made of individual and group work, perfectly prepare one for graduate school and for professional life. The amazing accounting program, which I have been concentrating on, allowed me to get my first-choice internship and be accepted into every graduate school I applied. Thank you KSOB!"
Shannon Morton '17
Double Major in Accounting and Economics & Finance
Shannon is currently employed at Goodman Millwork, is traveling to Cambodia (Phnom Phen) and also worked for the non-profit U-Belong in the area of microfinance.
She did her research for her honors thesis in the area of microfinance.
Brad Smethurst '16
International Accounting major with a double minor in Information Systems and French; Four-year varsity athlete on the Catawba College Tennis Team
“Professor [Darin] Spencer [Chair and Assistant Professor of Accounting at Catawba] has such belief and confidence in his students that they will achieve amazing things. It’s hard for that not to rub off on you. He’s unwavering in his belief and his support. I began talking about grad school in my sophomore year, and he was very encouraging and supportive. He always wants people to shoot for the stars and reach their maximum potential.”
Brad is currently employed as an Associate in the Assurance Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Toronto, Canada while taking additional college-level courses to prepare him to sit for the CPA exam.
Jevgenij Gamper '16
Economics & Finance and Mathematical Finance Graduate; Member of the Men's Swimming Team; International Student; Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges; Kappa Mu Epsilon; Creator of the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF); Jevgenij is continuing his studies at University of Warwick to earn his Master's and Ph.D. in Mathematical Systems.
"At Catawba, I was able to realize my full potential in learning, reasoning, creating, and developing ideas of my own and of others. This is essential for running your own business or for being an employee. Being focused on a career in finance, the Ketner School of Business and the Math Department faculty did an outstanding job in preparing me for a career in financial engineering."
Christian Crifasi '13
Business Graduate (Economics); Cross Country Team Member
"I chose Catawba because of the small atmosphere and the personal attention that you get from the professors. I've always had a passion for business and the quality of the professors in the School of Business is what really drew me in."
Christian finished his first three years of service as a Naval Supply Officer and is now in San Diego on a 3-year rotation.
Josh Hill '16
Accounting and Economics & Finance Double Major Graduate; Graduated with College Honors; Honors Council; Dead Athenian Society (DAS); Alpha Chi; Student Managed Investment Fund, (SMIF).
Josh Hill was the only one in his 2016 graduating class to complete an honors thesis and graduate with College Honors. A double major in Accounting and Economics & Finance, Hill’s thesis was titled "SOX with Holes: An Investigation of the Loopholes and Omissions in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act." He said of his thesis:
"This was the most academically challenging and emotionally satisfying project of my academic career. It was the perfect ending to my Catawba experience that has prepared me for the start of my professional life."
Josh was president of the Honors Council, vice president of the Dead Athenian Society (DAS), treasurer of Alpha Chi National Honor Society, and one of the co-founders of the Student Managed Investment Fund, (SMIF). He won the Alpha Chi National Council 2016 Regional III Scholarship, and was the recipient of the Whitener Medal and the Milliard F. Wilson Award for Excellence in Business.
He has accepted an offer for a graduate fellowship at N.C. State University to further his education in Accounting. That fellowship guaranteed Hill’s employment at a big firm of his choice upon completion of his master's degree.