September 20, 2016

School of Accountancy Inducts Mendlik into Hall of Fame

The School of Accountancy at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business Administration held its inaugural Celebration of Excellence at the Lied Commons on September 15. Paul M. Mendlik received the honor of induction into the School of Accountancy Hall of Fame at the event.

Bryan Slone, executive in residence and assistant professor of practice in accountancy, presented Mendlik with the award. He noted the unique nature of Mendlik’s abilities and career as a testament to his place in the Hall of Fame.

Crabtree presents Mendlik with Hall of Fame award
Crabtree presents Mendlik with Hall of Fame award
“Paul’s career embodies all the traits of the people already inducted into our Hall of Fame,” said Slone. “He graduated from Nebraska and began his career at Deloitte & Touche where he advanced to a partner within nine years. He has served private and public companies as an audit partner, and is known as an exceptional technician and team builder. Those skills ultimately led him to become head of audit for Nebraska and Iowa. For most people in our profession that’s a career, but he started a second one after 25 years by launching a new career as chief financial officer at West Corporation.”

Mendlik’s community service record includes being active with charitable organizations such as the Board of Trustees of the Omaha Archdiocese Education Foundation and the Omaha Archdiocese Parish Foundation. He served as both president of the Board of Directors of Happy Hollow Country Club and chair of the CBA Dean’s Advisory Board, and is a member of the FBI Citizens Academy. He credits his success to values instilled in him at an early age.

Mendlik surrounded by family at the event
Mendlik surrounded by family at the event
“My parents taught me to pay attention to detail and make a commitment to doing things right,” said Mendlik. “I believe any job worth doing is worth doing right which still holds true today. My dad set an example through goal setting.

Sometimes it required taking risks of failure to achieve objectives that seemed unreachable. I believe you have to climb that mountain to get to those lofty goals.”

He told the audience one of his great prides was never having an issue with any regulatory agency during his career. Slone echoed those sentiments to the students in attendance.

“The goal of the Hall of Fame is to exemplify how incredible the School of Accountancy graduates really are,” said Slone. “When students read those biographies they realize the contributions our alumni have made are off the charts. It’s a reminder to our students of what they can accomplish. Graduation is just a ticket to what you can achieve professionally, and with your family and the community.”

Tim Christen, chairman of the American Institute of CPAs Board of Directors, also spoke at the event. He stressed the role institutions like the School of Accountancy play in assuring the success of the profession.

“The people that came before us laid the groundwork for us to build upon this profession,” said Christen. “I think about our stewardship in creating a pathway for the people who come after us to have greater success. Events like this celebration play an important part.”

Dr. Aaron Crabtree, director of the School of Accountancy, rounded out the evening festivities with recognition of current scholarship recipients.

Facebook Photo Album of Celebration of Excellence

Scholarship Recipients
 
Alan M. Rosen Scholarship Fund
Slade Manning
 
Allan and Barbara Soshnik Memorial Fund Scholarship
Sophie Lottman
Joseph Paczko
Jasmin Valdez
 
Audley Noel Sullivan, Sr Scholarship
Wyatt Bell
 
Benjamin F. Marshall Memorial Scholarship
Ethan Arp
Brenna Backemeyer
Evan Blom
Bryce Blycker
James Brune
Chen Chen
Randi Clabo
Kayla Cody
Douglas Coons
Peter DeWald
Chengyin Geng
Michael Hadden
Alex Hogeland
John Jarding
Alex Johnson
Xi Kang
James Kruger
Nathaniel Nemer
Audrey Pawol
Jennifer Rivera
Christoph Schindler
Alexis Schneider
Timothy Smith
Bishi Wang
Katherine Warneke
Alec Wesslund
Gabrielle Williams
Chu Wen Wong
Christopher Yant
Xia Zhu
Bailey Zych
 
Bruce Schuett Scholarship Fund
Casey McNealy
 
Charles and Alaire Barkes Shields Scholarship
Amy Demers
Beth Koca
Allison Schlender
Katherine Warneke
 
Charles M. and Gertrude C. Skade Scholarship
Rebecca Adams
 
Conrad Schleich Scholarship
Nathaniel Ramirez
 
David S. McIntire Scholarship
Trevor Burr
Mitchell Higgins
Jennelle Jarrett
Keagan Palmer
 
Dennis and Margaret Johnson Support Fund
Jasmin Valdez
 
Dr. Edward B. Schmidt Memorial Scholarship
Eric Nielsen
Austin Sabaliauskas
Gabrielle Williams
 
Dr. R. Lynn Galloway Scholarship
Morgan Dinkel
 
Eugene C. Reed and Kathryn Slaughter Reed Memorial Scholarship
Tyler Hergott
 
Forrest C. Blood, Jr Scholarship
Emily Manos
 
Freda Ann Brittenham Excellence Scholarship
Kaylee Bahun
 
Genevieve Sack Phillips CBA Scholarship
Wyatt Bell
Casey McNealy
Kaitlyn Nohrenberg
Ashley Quiring
Austin Sabaliauskas
 
Gilbert and Mary Ellen Kufahl Scholarship
James Brune
Samuel Stevenson
Alec Wesslund
Anthony Zoucha
 
Herbert and Evelyn Casey Scholarship
Sydney Taylor
 
Hupka Family Student Support Fund
Michael Gushard
Brianna Thies
Mariah Ward
Trey Wilson
 
Jack B and Marcia Cohen Scholarship
Morgan Dinkel
 
Jacob H. Imig Scholarship in Public Accounting
Sydney Taylor
 
James L. Tassler Memorial Scholarship
Caleb Dostal
Jennelle Jarrett
McKenna Kime
 
Judson O. Burnett Scholarship
Ashley Quiring
 
Karl Arndt Memorial Scholarship
Peter DeWald
Michael Hadden
Ryan Kirby
Nathaniel Nemer
 
LaVerne A. Cox Memorial Scholarship
Juana Paramo
 
Mark T. and Margaret Lowe Seacrest Scholarship
Cody McCain
 
Marvin Gilman Scholarship Fund
Mason Koch
 
Max Ebeling Memorial Scholarship
McKenzie Hurley
 
Merle D. Bauer and Miriam Caldwell Bauer UNL CBA Scholarship/Fellowship Fund
Laurel Preuit
 
Morris I. Bervin Scholarship
Debra Seeley
 
Nebraska Society of CPAs Accounting Scholarship
McKenzie Balfany
Kathryn Berning
Douglas Coons
Amy Demers
Jennelle Jarrett
McKenna Kime
Mitchell Higgins
Andrew McIntosh
Jordan Pethoud
Wyatt States
Allison Schlender
Katherine Warneke
 
Nebraska Society of CPAs 150 Hour Scholarship
Riley Linder
 
Nebraska Society of CPAs Arnold Magnuson Scholarship
Ashley Quiring
 
Nebraska Society of CPAs $3,000 Society Award Scholarship
Emma Mabry
 
Nebraska Society of CPAs $3,500 Society Award Scholarship
Hanh Tran
 
Ned B. Eastlack Memorial Scholarship
Keagan Palmer
 
O.N. Magee Memorial Scholarship
Tyler Hergott
 
Paul and Patricia Mendlik Scholarship Fund
Matthew Hall
Vien Nguyen
 
Peter and Elizabeth Sommerhauser CBA Scholarship
Mason Koch
 
Phillip G. Johnson Memorial Fund Scholarship
Yi Xie
 
R. Parker and Marcia S Eastwood SS/FS - CBA Scholarship
Kaylee Bahun
Claire Frevert
Thomas Haller
Jordan Hoeft
Taylor Hoyt
Nathan Jurgensmeier
Elizabeth Koenen
Kelli Leachman
Slade Manning
Kathryn Shehan
Wanchun Yu
Pengyun Zhao
 
Richard Becher Scholarship Fund
Erica Yound
 
Richard D. Hanzel Scholarship for Business
Gabriela Ritz
 
Richard E. Kinman Scholarship in Business and Economics
Weiya Wang
 
Richard L Hofmann Scholarship
McKenzie Balfany
Seth Barkley
Anna Koeneke
Eric Oman
 
Robert and Gayle Jones Scholarship for CBA
Sophie Lottman
 
Robert and Lorane Phillips Scholarship
Debra Seeley
Yi Xie
 
Robert and Josephine Koudele Scholarship
Fares Afshoonkar
Megan Gray
Matthew Hall
Ryan Kirby
Bryan Kirkebak
Cody McCain
 
Robert Chalmers Graham Scholarship - CBA
Patricia Altenbach
Benjamin Kiolbasa
 
Wallace Robertson Memorial Scholarship
McKenna Kime