Deloitte and John Cook School of Business Collaborate on Accounting Systems Course in Spring 2017


As part of an ongoing collaboration to foster the next generation of business and technology leaders, John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University is partnering with Deloitte and the SAP® University Alliance for the accounting information systems course.

Led by Managing Director Merry Kweiter and Manager Juan Manuel Garcia, the Deloitte team built upon the experimental lectures conducted during the fall of 2016 involving more than 70 students of various business majors including accounting. The fall 2016 experimental series featured SAP technologies in business process improvement, profit center and cost center management, and capital budget management.

The spring 2017 series keeps these features with enhanced support for homework practices after lectures and additional highlights on the technological impact regarding SAP transformation and assurance and risk management practices in accounting from a consulting practice perspective. With Deloitte’s deep connections across the practice, the accounting students gain insights from experts with real-world experience leveraging SAP technology in a wide range of industries and geographies. 

The experimental guest lecture series gained acceptance from students. Based on surveys conducted throughout the fall of 2016 most students appreciated the Deloitte presentations and how they related to what they were learning in class. Many students appreciated the real life experiences. 

“This collaboration has had a positive impact on our students, and we are pleased that such an important firm as Deloitte continues to partner with the Cook School to provide added value to our courses while enhancing opportunities for our students outside of the classroom,” said Mark Higgins, Ph.D., dean of the John Cook School of Business. 

Deloitte has achieved 100 percent acceptance rate for its internship and full-time employment offers given to SLU students in recent years. Partners in Deloitte highly praise the effort to collaborate with the SLU accounting programs.

“The opportunity to come back to the classroom and make an impact for those studying at SLU by sharing more about SAP and our day-to-day experiences enables paying it forward while giving us  another channel to identify talent,” said Merry Kweiter, managing director at Deloitte.

The SAP coursework increased our students’ appeal to employers, and has had a positive impact on their career growth. As one student commented, “When I was in the accounting information systems course with Professor Wang learning about SAP, I was not able to fully comprehend how completing the exercises would benefit my future career, but it did. I had an interview with Anheuser-Busch for an IT internship, and during my group interview we were asked about SAP and if we had been exposed to it.  I was the only one out of the group to not only explain the system, but to also share how I was working toward my SAP certificate.  I was selected for the internship, and I used SAP almost every day.”

As the students’ SAP experiences grow, Saint Louis University is very appreciative of the time and expertise contributed by the Deloitte guest lecturers:

merryMerry Kweiter, an alumna of Saint Louis University, is a Managing Director from the Chicago office primarily focusing on leading large scale global SAP transformations. She specializes in the retail industry.juanJuan Manuel Garcia, a manager from the Chicago office specializes in consumer products and financial services industries. He has led global merger projects and projects that are large scale, complex, global enterprise finance transformations enabled by SAP.annAnn Cacciottoli, a specialist master from the St. Louis office has worked across numerous industries and led SAP transformations from classic to new GL for large and small enterprises, and special assignments to resolve foreign currency configuration & corporate consolidations.ernestoErnesto Cepeda, manager in Chicago specializes in consumer products, financial services, and retail industries. He has led projects that are large scale, complex, global enterprise transformations enabled by SAP (full suite, finance, order-to-cash, purchase-to-pay, Financial Planning).yasminYasmin Khan, a manager in the Chicago office specializes in consumer and industrial products/ aerospace and defense industries. She has led finance transformation projects enabled by SAP and SAP Implementation for mergers and acquisitions.hariHari Veeriah, a manager in the Houston office who specializes in consumer and industrial products. He has led finance transformation projects enabled by SAP and SAP implementation for mergers and acquisitions.


About the Deloitte SAP practice

With more than 16,300 practitioners dedicated to SAP solutions in its global network, Deloitte operates at the intersection of innovation, diversity, and value. Through a wide range of talent development programs, including the SAP University Alliances program, Deloitte remains focused on fostering a workforce that reflects the diversity of its clients and that provides fresh ideas for delivering value through SAP®.

To learn more about Deloitte’s SAP experience, please visit www.deloitte.com/SAP.

About the John Cook School of Business

Founded in 1910 with Father Joseph Davis’ vision to create a flourishing school of finance and commerce, the John Cook School of Business is the oldest business school west of the Mississippi River. Rooted in a rich history of values-based business education, for the past century Saint Louis University’s business school has continuously sought to define business education.  

Accredited by AACSB International the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University is home to top-20 programs in entrepreneurship, international business and supply chain management, and top-25 program in accounting. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Cook School one of the top-100 business schools in the country. To learn more, visit business.slu.edu

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