Aticles of the week:


  • Position: Full-time Positions at EY
  • Location: Kansas City, Missouri
  • Description:Ernst & Young is looking to hire coming-graduates with either a finance or accounting background for positions in Assurance or Advisory. These are excellent opportunities for rapid, upfront advancement and experiences that will have currency wherever one's career may lead.
  • If interested, e-mail your cover letter and résumé to Quint Hall, FSO - Insurance Ernst & Young LLP, at For more information, visit EY's career page or call Quint Hall at 1-816-474-5200.
  • Posted: Nov. 3, 2014

  • Position: Business Valuation Group Internship at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
  • Location: West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Description: The internship would be in the business valuation group, and would mainly entail assisting the company with data entry, valuation modeling (mainly Excel based) and report writing (mainly Word based). The intern may also have the opportunity to work in some litigation support projects. The company looking for someone who could commit at least 16-hours a week. If you can work one full 8-hour day included (like a Friday), that would be a big plus.
  • Qualification: Junior or Senior in Finance or Accounting
  • If interested, send your cover letter and résumé to Sahan Totagamuwa, CPA/ABV, CFE Senior Manager Forensic and Valuation Services, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Ph. 515-222-4400, E-mail: For more information, visit CliftonLarsonAllen LLP's career page.
  • Posted: Nov. 3, 2014

  • Position: Summer 2015 Credit Internship (Paid)
  • Location: Johnston, Iowa
  • Description: John Deere (Deere & Company - NYSE:DE), a Fortune 500 company, is making use of the latest technological breakthroughs to produce exceptional equipment and provide first-class customer service. The company is the world's leading provider of advanced products and services for agriculture and forestry and a major provider of advanced products and services for construction, lawn and turf care, landscaping and irrigation. John Deere also provides financial services worldwide and manufactures and markets engines used in heavy equipment. Since it was founded in 1837, the company has extended its heritage of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation around the globe. The company treats people with respect and offer competitive compensation and outstanding benefits, such as medical and dental coverage, life insurance, 401(k) and tuition assistance. The Internship Program is for students enrolled in finance and accounting that align with full-time employment opportunities at John Deere. Students may enter the program during undergraduate or graduate studies. The majority of the internship experiences are offered in the summer months, usually lasting 13 weeks. John Deere Financial is one of the largest equipment finance companies in the U.S. for agricultural, construction, forestry, lawn and turf care, landscaping, commercial, and consumer equipment purchases, as well as revolving credit and operating loans. The company is continually growing to serve customers around the globe and in many industries, providing retail, wholesale, and lease financing solutions that fit their business needs. The company is looking for eager professionals who are passionate about the opportunities and rewards of financial services.
  • Responsibilities: The John Deere Financial credit team is responsible for underwriting credit and managing credit relationships through dealer channels and directly to Deere customers. The team gathers information, analyzes credit requests, and decisions credit to support the sale of John Deere equipment. As a Credit intern at John Deere Financial you will:
    • Work in various areas of Credit to understand the basis for underwriting decisions, the importance of maintaining strong dealer/customer relationships and the credit processes within the department.
    • Lead various projects within the Credit team.
  • Qualification: Finance or accounting major with 2.8 minimum GPA (GPA of 3.2 or above desired).
    • Demonstrated Leadership Skills
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
    • Basic Accounting courses as well as other typical Finance and Business Management coursework.
    • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office products.
    • Demonstrated teamwork and leadership through school organizations, volunteer organizations or previous internship experiences.
  • If interested, apply online at Applications accepted until November 04, 2014.
  • Posted: Oct. 30, 2014

  • Position: Financial Analyst - Treasury and Corporate Finance, Full Time
  • Location: Des Moines, Iowa
  • Salary Level: $51,300 - $86,700
  • Description: MidAmerican Energy Company, Subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, is seeking an analyst to support the treasury and corporate finance function. The analyst position will be under MidAmerican Energy Company in the organization structure, but will primarily work on projects and analysis for Berkshire Hathaway Energy. MidAmerican Energy Company and Berkshire Hathaway Energy is committed to developing and training high performing college graduates and providing them with plenty of opportunities to be challenged. The size of Berkshire Hathaway Energy and exposure to senior management provides analysts with the prospect to grow in a company with significant opportunities.
  • Responsibilities: The financial analyst will have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution on a wide variety of opportunities, including the following:
    • Acquisitions of generation assets and corporations
    • Corporate debt issuances and project debt issuances
    • Rating strategies for Berkshire Hathaway Energy companies and projects
    • Cash management strategies
    • Ad hoc projects as requested by executives
  • Qualification: Finance or accounting major with 3.5 minimum GPA (December 2014 or May 2015 graduates). The ideal candidate will have the tenacity to develop the following skills:
    • Finance: Understands the core concepts of time value of money and can apply it to a wide range of analysis
    • Modeling: Highly proficient in Excel and can apply complex modeling techniques
    • Accounting: Has a fundamental knowledge of accounting and tax
    • Communication: Can take highly complex issues and present the analysis in a simple and easily understood manner
    • Fulsome Approach: Understands the purpose of the assignment and does what is needed to satisfy the requirements of the assignment
  • If interested, submit your résumé to Career bluePrint by Oct. 16, 2014. (Interview Date: Oct. 22, 2014 / MidAmerican Energy does not sponsor international students.)
  • Posted: Oct. 8, 2014

  • Position: Research Associate - Principal Global Equities US Mid-Cap and Blue Chip Team, Full Time
  • Description: Principal Global Equities US Mid-Cap and Blue Chip Team is a team with a very successful long-term track record. The investment strategy can be classified as long-term, bottom-up, fundamental investing. The team is based in Des Moines and Chicago and is focused on delivering superior returns to clients over the course of an investment cycle. The Research Associate is a high potential role which will provide the opportunity to develop into an analyst on the team.
  • Responsibilities: As a Research Associate, you will conduct fundamental equity research and provide analytical support for Portfolio Managers and Analysts. The position will involve doing fundamental research on companies, monitoring portfolio holdings, and making recommendations to Portfolio Managers and Analysts consistent with the team’s investment philosophy and process. This position will also include operational aspects of supporting the Portfolios and Portfolio Managers, including cash management, monitoring client accounts, and partnerships with operations/trade support.
  • Qualification: Bachelor's degree with emphasis in finance, economics, or accounting and a 3.5 or higher GPA The ideal candidate will have the tenacity to develop the following skills:
    • Strong economic and financial analytical skills required.
    • CFA or progress towards.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential.
    • Ability to prioritize and effectively manage time is critical.
    • A demonstrated attention to detail for operational aspects of supporting the portfolios.
    • Ability to efficiently and effectively research and summarize information, and communicate persuasive recommendations, required.
  • Success in this position requires the ability to make effective, well-informed decisions and recommendations. Candidates must have a very high level of self-initiative, be able to work independently within a collegial structure, and be comfortable taking educated risks. Candidates must enjoy asking questions, expressing opinions, and actively engaging in internal discussions regarding investment strategy and recommendations. If interested, please visit and navigate to the Careers page and job posting #216563.
  • Posted: Oct. 8, 2014

Harshwal & Company, LLP - a regional CPA firm operating out of San Diego, California and Albuquerque, New Mexico - is offering career opportunities for students in Accounting/Finance or similar field who might be interested to pursue a career in public accounting. Harshwal is open to hiring foreign students who are on OPT and would also be willing to sponsor work visas for hired candidates, contingent upon performance.

For current openings, check out the career page at: For more information, please contact Mr. Sundar Ramaswamy at 858.939.0017 or

Annual FEI–Drake Lecture

“Berkshire Beyond Buffet”
by Lawrence Cunningham, Henry St. George Tucker III Research Professor of Law, George Washington University

7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 6, 2014, Sheslow Auditorium, Old Main

Lawrence Cunningham is a leading authority on Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway and on corporate governance and culture. Since 1997, he has been the editor and publisher of The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, the thematically arranged abridgement of Buffett’s shareholder letters which Buffett supports and endorses. Cunningham selfpublished the book and made it into an international best-seller, now available in a dozen languages and achieving what the book trade calls “long-seller” status.

The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship at Drake University
Fall 2014 Speaker Series

September 16: Derek Wilson
Topics: The Scottish Referendum on Independence: Bravehearts or Faint Hearts?
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Derek Wilson is a law professor at the University of Nantes, France and Assistant Director of the Drake Law Summer in France Program. During the fall of 2014, Wilson is serving as Global Practitioner-in-Residence in the Drake Law School. He graduated from Glasgow University with a LL.B. degree.

October 7: Diego Zavala
Topic: Interactive Documentary: Halfway Between Big Data and Filmic Narrative
Location: Sussman Theater
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Professor Diego Zavala is a member of the the Department of Communications and Digital Arts, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Guadalajara campus, where he teaches courses in film studies, screenwriting, and TV and film production. For the past three years, he has also served as Coordinator of the Media Convergence and Innovation Research Group at Monterrey Tec, working closely with other scholars on individual and collaborative research projects.

October 8: Khalil al-Anani
Topic: Upended Path: The Rise and Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Khalil al-Anani is a leading academic expert on Islamist movements, Egyptian politics, and democratization in the Middle East. He was a Resident Senior Fellow at The Middle East Institute, and also served as a scholar of Middle East politics at the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, UK, as a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and as a senior scholar at Al-Ahram Foundation in Cairo.

October 15: Heartland Global Health Conference
Topic: Climate, Nutrition and Health
Location: Parents Hall, Olmsted Center
Time: 8:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

The conference will featuring two distinguished keynote speakers: Dr. James Hansen and Dr. Carlos Dora. In addition to presenting a keynote address at the conference, Dr. Hansen will be doing a public lecture that evening (free and open to the public; registration for the evening talk is not required). Also, students are invited to submit proposals for posters related to issues in global and public health. More information about posters can be found at the conference web site:

Please register to attend the conference (lunch provided) at:

October 15: James Hansen
Topic: Tenant Farming to White House Arrests: A Scientist's Perspective on the Unfolding Climate Crisis and Opportunity
Location: Sheslow Auditorium
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

James E. Hansen is an American physicist known for his research in the field of climatology and his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the climate change issue. Hansen formerly headed the NASA Institute for Space Studies in New York City, which is a division of Goddard Space Flight Center's (Greenbelt, MD), Earth Sciences Directorate. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University.

October 21: Jim McCaughan, Indraneel Karlekar and Robert Blecker
Topic: Panel Discussion on Trade
Location: Sussman Theater
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Jim McCaughan is chief executive officer of Principal Global Investors. He also serves as president of global asset management for the Principal Financial Group. Jim graduated with a degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge (Pembroke College) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. His career began in 1974 as an actuary with Lane Clark & Peacock, London. Currently, Jim oversees investment activities across asset classes and market regions, with primary responsibility for the strategic development of Principal’s asset management business globally.

Indraneel Karlekar is head of Global Research for Principal Real Estate Investors. Karlekar has held senior research positions at a number of real estate investment management firms, including Cole Real Estate Investments, ING-Clarion and AIG Global Real Estate. Prior to AIG, he worked as an economic analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit. After graduating from St. Stephens College in India, he received his Masters of Business Administration at Jawaharlal Nehru University in India, and later earned his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in England.

Robert Blecker is a professor in the Department of Economics at American University. Blecker’s research interests include international trade, open economy macroeconomics, the value of the dollar and the US trade deficit, economic integration in North America, the Mexican economy, the limits to export-led growth strategies in developing countries, and U.S. trade policy. His teaching fields include international economics, macroeconomics, history of economic thought, and political economy.

October 28: Anna-Britt Coe
Topic: Swedish Youth Activists and Public Health Advocacy
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Anna Britt-Coe is a principal research engineer at the Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umea University, Sweden.

October 30: Tang Sui-Wa
Topic: Hope from hopelessness: The Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong Now
Location: Reading Room, Cowles Library
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

After completing her secondary education at Queen Elizabeth School, Tang Siu-wa attended the Chinese University of Hong Kong where she graduated from the Department of Chinese Language and Literature with a final-year dissertation on the local writer Yau Ching. She later received an MA from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s Division of Humanities where she completed her master’s thesis on the Mainland Chinese writer Wang Xiaobo. A multiple-award winner, including a first prize (prose) and a second prize (new poetry) at the Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese; and a first prize (new poetry) at the Intervarsity Creative Writing Competition. She is a founding editor of the literary magazine, Fleurs des Lettres and remains a member of its editorial board.

November 5: Saidu Yusuf Yakubu
Topic: Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution in Nigeria
Location: Meredith 101
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Saidu Yusuf Yakubu is a peacemaker and a Medical Doctor by profession. He was born in Kano, Nigeria and attended Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria where he obtained an MBBS Degree in 1997. He served as the Coordinator of Education Program of National Gamji Club, as House Officer, ABU Teaching Hospital (Ahmadu Bello Univ, ABUTH), as Medical Officer at Multi-Clinic Nigeria Ltd. and Medical Officer General in the Out Patient Department, ABUTH. Currently, he is a Registrar and a Resident Doctor in the Department of Anaesthesia ABUTH, Kaduna, National Deputy Chancellor of the International Association of Educators for World Peace Nigeria Chapter, Member Conflict Resolution Stake Holders Network of Nigeria and the Coordinator of a peace NGO named Action for Religious Tolerance & peace (ART & PEACE Kaduna).

November 6, Gerard Gallucci
Topic: Keeping the peace in the 21st Century: The US and the United Nations
Location: Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Jerry Gallucci has more than 30 years of experience as a foreign affairs professional. He held various senior management positions with the State Department throughout his career, including chief of mission in Brasilia and Khartoum. He also served at the White House in the National Security Council as director for South and Central America. His most recent assignment as chief of staff for the U.N. Mission in East Timor ended in June 2010. He retired from the U.S. Senior Foreign Service in June 2005 and immediately began service with the U.N. Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo. As the U.N. Regional Representative for the Mitrovica Region, he was responsible for helping maintain the peace along the Ibar River that divided Serbs in the north from Albanians in the south.

November 12: Ronald McMullen
Topic: The Pivot Deferred: How Middle East Turmoil Undermines Asian Rebalancing in US Foreign Policy
Location: Meredith 101
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Ronald McMullen, currently Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, served as U.S. Ambassador to the State of Eritrea. Ron has over 30 years of diplomatic experience and has lived, worked, or traveled in 91 countries. In Burma he worked closely with Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and pro-democracy groups. While posted in Fiji he helped prevent civil conflict after an armed takeover of parliament. He was shot at during a riot in Sri Lanka and helped train mongooses to detect heroin. He survived a voodoo curse in the Dominican Republic and took Hillary Clinton on a tour of South Africa’s Robben Island with Nelson Mandela.

November 18: Zachary Nunn
Topic: Cyber Power as State Power: The Role of Cyber as an Instrument of National Influence
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Zachary Nunn served as the Director of Cybersecurity Policy on the National Security Council, White House, where he helped author two Presidential Policy Directives on cyber response options for the US Government. A career intelligence officer, Nunn stood-up the Director on National Intelligence's Counter-Intelligence Office for Cyber - prioritizing US resources against hostile foreign state actors. Nunn is now a cyber entrepreneur - helping 500 public-private partners find creative solutions to security challenges 'on the internet.' Zach's hometown is right up the road in Altoona, Iowa. After graduating Drake University in 2002, he earned a master's with distinction at the University of Cambridge.

December 4: Saidu Yusuf Yakubu
Topic: Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution in Nigeria
Location: Sussman Theater
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Saidu Yusuf Yakubu is a peacemaker and a Medical Doctor by profession. He was born in Kano, Nigeria and attended Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria where he obtained an MBBS Degree in 1997. He served as the Coordinator of Education Program of National Gamji Club, as House Officer, ABU Teaching Hospital (Ahmadu Bello Univ, ABUTH), as Medical Officer at Multi-Clinic Nigeria Ltd. and Medical Officer General in the Out Patient Department, ABUTH. Currently, he is a Registrar and a Resident Doctor in the Department of Anaesthesia ABUTH, Kaduna, National Deputy Chancellor of the International Association of Educators for World Peace Nigeria Chapter, Member Conflict Resolution Stake Holders Network of Nigeria and the Coordinator of a peace NGO named Action for Religious Tolerance & peace (ART & PEACE Kaduna).


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