Inter-Term: Green Mountain Coffee

Posted on March 15, 2014 in Highlights by Hannah

Many thanks to MSA student Kate Johnson for her great reflections on Spring inter-term! This week offers several exciting opportunities for students and industry leaders to collaborate on cutting edge projects while networking with fellow MSAs and MBAs. Read below about Kate’s experience with Green Mountain Coffee:

The MSAs at Notre Dame have two weeks of Spring Break, beginning with an inter-term week. During inter-term, students can elect to spend a week on campus in a course of their choice, where they work hands-on with Professionals and current MBA students at Notre Dame for one credit of a general elective. Over the past week, I had the privilege of being one of 5 MSAs who were given the opportunity to spend their inter-term week with Christopher Stevens, who currently serves as vice president of Corporate Relations of Keurig. Chris was one of the four people to develop and launch the Keurig Premium Coffee Systems in 1998. It was such a remarkable experience, as each team was given two and a half days to come up with recommendations on where Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters should focus its product development efforts and/or what acquisitions Green Mountain should make. These recommendations were presented to the class on the final day of the course.

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Kate with Professor Chris Stevens

On the first day, Chris presented company details and information relative to our research and laid out his expectations for our presentations. The teams of five were then given the rest of the day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to work together to present a written recommendation and a PowerPoint presentation. On Thursday, each team presented their ideas. While I definitely think having three Keurig machines fully stocked with every K-cup imaginable was definitely a perk of being on this inter-term project, the best part about all of each teams’ hard work was that every presentation was sent to Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig corporate, who would carefully consider all of our ideas as a possible decision for Keurig. Throughout the week, Chris remained stationed in the Mendoza College of Business so that if anyone had questions about anything in the company, they could directly ask him. The opportunities given to us in the MSA program at Notre Dame are absolutely remarkable and are definitely a unique feature to the MSA program at Notre Dame. Having the ability at such a young age to be immersed in projects with MBAs and ultimately having my ideas considered by some of the most successful individuals in business was an honor and an experience I will never forget.

Snowy South Bend

Posted on February 18, 2014 in Snapshots by Hannah

Midterms Are Coming.

Posted on February 13, 2014 in Highlights by Hannah

It’s pretty unbelievable that midterms are already around the corner! This semester is flying by, so I thought I would take a few minutes to give you the big updates/highlights of Spring term thus far:


For those of us on the assurance track, this semester is characterized by a couple required classes: Valuation and M&D (measurement and disclosure…think of it as Intermediate Accounting III). Our valuation course requires each of us to spend the semester studying and valuing one specific company, so I spend a good portion of my time learning about General Motors. M&D is a case-based course, which is extremely practical and a huge help for real life audit team assignments. Prof Fuehrmeyer’s 27 years of experience with Deloitte make him the perfect teacher for the course, and I know my memo writing and codification research skills are already drastically improving thanks to those cases. For my electives, I am currently studying Multinational Finance (an MBA course), Business Law II, and Academic Research in Accounting. The academic research class is a unique offering of Notre Dame and one that I highly recommend to prospective MSA students. Professor Ricchiute gives students a behind-the-scenes look at what it means to be an academic in the field of accounting. Several of my classmates are considering PhD’s, and this class definitely provides much needed background on how to approach research studies, academic journals, and the PhD process in general.


The MSAA is already busy planning grad week activities and organizing other events for the remainder of the semester. We kicked off the new term in January with a dinner in the Joyce Center to welcome the new Spring starts and hosted an MSA lunch just this past week to provide a good meal and a casual time for students to socialize with the professors and MSA staff. Our next event is the upcoming Relay for Life, where we are partnering with BAP to raise money for the American Cancer Society – looking forward to some creative fundraising (I believe a bake sale is in the works) and a great event!


This may not seem like a crucial update, but for someone who spent the last four years in Texas, this is a big deal. I will admit the cold temperatures and constant snow are a little rough, but we did enjoy a couple snow days (more like ice/extreme cold days) and it seems like we are finally approaching the last of the snow storms (fingers crossed).

Well, those are all my big updates for now. Wish us luck on midterms! Spring Break is just around the corner…

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Posted on January 19, 2014 in Highlights by Hannah

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Interterm Reflections

Posted on January 19, 2014 in Study Abroad by Hannah

Back in December, we got to hear a little bit about the China study abroad program from Pat. Thanks to Sarah Smith, we now get another opportunity to hear about this awesome opportunity for ND MSA’s. Sarah attended the Fall Break/Interterm trip to China along with other MSA’s and MBA’s from Notre Dame, and she has some great memories and pictures to share. Enjoy!

When I was applying to Notre Dame, one of the things I was the most excited about was the China study abroad program. I was then lucky enough to participate, and spent the fall break in China! It was a great time and a great learning experience. We visited many different businesses and learned about the history, economy, and business in China. China is very rich in history and culture, and is growing a lot in the world economy today; we learned some of the many cultural differences to be aware of when doing business there. It was also interesting to see some of the huge contrasts present there – the Western influence in the big cities combined with the old Eastern culture, the differences in education, and the standard of living from the city to the countryside. Overall, it was a great learning experience, and very fun!

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Student Profiles: Meet Andrew

Posted on January 18, 2014 in Student Profiles by Hannah

[Andrew Swint]

Hometown: Fort Mill, South Carolina

Undergraduate Institution: University of South Carolina

MSA Track: Financial Reporting & Assurance Services (FRAS)

Why did you choose to attend Notre Dame MSA?

Truth be told, I did not want to leave the University of South Carolina at all (mainly because of the hockey team and friends), but I could not be happier with my decision to attend Notre Dame. When they say, “Welcome to the ND family,” I truly believe they mean it, and I know anyone would end up feeling the same way if they came here.

Which class do you enjoy the most this semester?

Advanced Assurance Services with Professor Ricchiute. While all of my professors have thoroughly impressed me, Ricchiute does so every class period with his extensive wealth of knowledge about real life events that relate directly to my interests in auditing.

What is one of your favorite experiences in the program thus far?

As a teaching assistant, my professor gave me the opportunity to teach multiple sections of an introductory accounting class. Although this opportunity may be rare, it shows the opportunities available here and how Notre Dame can and will take you seriously even as a graduate student.

What are your postgraduate plans?

I will be working for Deloitte in their audit practice in Charlotte, North Carolina.

What was one highlight from your public accounting internship experience?

One of the things I enjoyed most was the amount of different clients I had. I was able to work on clients in different industries such as oil and gas, manufacturing and health care, showing the endless opportunities in public accounting. Work aside, the kickball event within the firm was definitely a highlight!

Fun fact:

I actually have had plastic surgery. When I was a kid, I decided to think outside of the box and thought it would be fun to use my tongue to honk the horn on a tricycle toy. It turns out that I was not the brightest tool in the shed and had to get plastic surgery on my tongue when it ended up getting stuck.



Christmas Flashback

Posted on January 18, 2014 in Highlights, Holidays by Hannah

A few photos from our MSA Christmas party…Sad to say goodbye to our December graduates, but excited for the new semester ahead!

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Posted on December 16, 2013 in Highlights by Hannah

We have approximately 48 hours until the end of finals. Time for some serious studying and plenty of procrastination too! (And lots of coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.)


Student Profiles: Meet Carl

Posted on December 4, 2013 in Student Profiles by Hannah

[Carl Brinker]

Hometown: Portland, OR

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MSA Track: Financial Reporting and Assurance Services (FRAS)

Why did you choose to attend Notre Dame MSA?

Prestige played a huge part in my decision. Coming from Notre Dame undergrad, I especially knew the power of a Notre Dame degree – It is recognized nationwide and extremely reputable. The program also offered a very competitive scholarship, so coming back for a fifth year in South Bend was an easy decision.

Which class do enjoy the most this semester?

I really enjoyed my Behavioral Finance course. The MSA program definitely helps quantitative skills, but it was really great to take a class through the MBA program that focused on the qualitative and psychological factors of investment.

What is one of your favorite experiences in the program thus far?

We had an MSA bowling event last month, and that was a lot of fun. It was a great way to hang out with friends and also branch out to meet some of my other classmates that I had not gotten to know as well.

What are your postgraduate plans?

I will be working in audit for KPMG in Portland. In the long run, I’m considering going back to school for a PhD.

What is one of your favorite places to visit around campus? Any recommendations for students new to South Bend?

Main Street Pub! They have great food specials, and it is one of South Bend’s best kept secrets.

Fun fact:

I am blue-green color blind (Turquoise just appears grey to me). I also really enjoy camping and mountain climbing.




Happy Thanksgiving from ND MSA!

Posted on December 2, 2013 in Admissions, Community Service by Hannah

I know I am a few days behind on this, but….Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoyed a few days of rest and lots of great food with your family. I was lucky enough to return home for the holiday, but now my classmates and I are back in Mendoza and getting ready for that lovely, terrifying time of year known as finals. Excited for lots of coffee, finance problem sets, and plenty of tax review! While the students and professors gear up for exams, the MSA office continues to receive applications for next year’s program, and we love welcoming the new MSA Class of 2015. Keep the applications coming, and please feel free to email or comment if you have any questions at all for the office and/or current students.

Below are a few photos from our MSA Thanksgiving Dinner Drive. We partnered with a local elementary school and were able to collect enough food items to provide a great meal for 3 families this holiday. Thanks to all the students that donated, packed, and delivered the meals!