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April 1, 2010; Issue 2

Matt Pelton awarded GASB internship

Dr. John Delaney, left, and Matt Pelton.

Senior accounting major Matt Pelton recently was notified by the Financial Accounting Foundation that he has been offered a year-long postgraduate internship with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). Matt has accepted the offer and will be starting with the GASB in June 2010.

The GASB internship is one of the most prestigious accounting internships available to students in the United States.

Matt will graduate in May with majors in accounting and business administration (finance and international business concentrations) and minors in economics and Spanish. Currently he carries a 3.92 grade point average. Additionally, Matt was named to the ESPN - The Magazine Academic All-American team in men's basketball as a third team selection and one of just 15 players nationwide named to the elite squad.

A Dean's List student, Matt has been a member of the academic all-conference team each of the previous three seasons and will make it again this season. He was a member of Augustana's Emerge leadership program and is the winner of both the Harold and Louise Swanson Scholarship from the Augustana Business Department and the S. James Galley Scholarship from the Accounting Department.

Matt has been nominated for the Jostens Award, which goes to the top player in NCAA Division III and is given to the student-athlete who best combines athletic, academic and community excellence. He also is a nominee for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Matt is the third Augustana student to be awarded an internship through the Financial Accounting Foundation. Barbara Ruane (class of 2007) previously interned with GASB, and Curt Hurd (class of 2007) previously interned with the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

Matt is the 132nd student-athlete in Augustana history to win Academic All-American honors. Currently, Augustana ranks sixth in the nation in the number of Academic All-Americans produced. The top 10 is as follows: (1) Nebraska - 271; (2) Notre Dame - 213; (3) Penn State - 162; (4) M.I.T. - 161; (5) Stanford - 140; (6) Augustana - 132; (7) Bucknell - 119; (8) Texas - 118; (9) Emory - 114; (10) UCLA - 113.

He is the first Augustana men's basketball player to win the honor since Aben Cooper in 1992-93.

Matt is the son of Chris Pelton of St. Louis, Missouri and Colette Pelton of Houston, Texas.