The McMullen Hall project provides a permanent and prominent location for the College of Business, with a contemporary teaching environment and state-of-the-art resources.
The first comprehensive campaign in the history of the College of Business, the $8.6M addition and renovation of McMullen Hall ensures the success of our students while anticipating and preparing for changes on the horizon.
A Tribute to Wallace M. “Wally” Evans, M.B.A., D.C.S.
Despite his unimposing stature and unassuming nature, Wallace M. Evans became a giant in the accounting field at St. Ambrose. Mr. Evans graduated from Goshen College in 1922 with an accounting degree, and received his M.B.A from Harvard University in 1925. Mr. Evans started his St. Ambrose career in 1948 until his retirement in 1974.
Mr. Evans was best known for bringing the "Big 8" international accounting firms to, the then, St. Ambrose College campus. Mr. Evans took pride in showcasing his accounting students to both large and local firms, and encouraged his seniors to participate in the on-campus interviews. "Wally was confident his students would perform as top talents. Success in hiring top performers is what kept the firms coming back to St. Ambrose." said Jack Kearney, a 1969 accounting graduate. "He knew what the firms would be looking for when hiring. Topics in class focused on developing those skillsets."
Mr. Evans was not only an engaged accounting professor, but he also guided students as a career counselor. He consistently attended programs that focused on highlighting attractive career paths for accounting students from colleges and universities. He wanted to be able to offer different kinds of employment opportunities to his students who were not interested in starting their career at a CPA firm. As an example, the 1961 Annual Report of the Comptroller General of the United States mentioned Mr. Evans as a program attendee and listed the number of college graduates, by school, who were employed by the agency. St. Ambrose was favorably reflected in that listing.
In May 1967, "in recognition of his work in bringing our accounting department into the status of a university," St. Ambrose awarded Mr. Evans an honorary degree of D.C.S. (Doctor of Commercial Science) as documented in the 1968 Oaks yearbook. The 1968 yearbook was dedicated to Mr. Wallace M. Evans "to express pride in the knowledge that this (accounting) department is second to none in its field." It is clear that he set a standard for academic excellence in the Accounting program at St. Ambrose throughout his career as a professor. The college and the accounting program benefited from Mr. Evan's commitment and perseverance.
In 1973, before Mr. Evans retirement, the student body also recognized Mr. Evans' work with a plaque that stated "The students of St. Ambrose College wish to thank: Dr. Wallace Evans for 25 years of dedicated service. Through his efforts, the St. Ambrose Accounting Department is rated as one of the most outstanding in the State of Iowa. We, as a student body, wish Dr. Evans the very best of luck always.
To continue this recognition, accounting alum, Jack Kearney, is honoring Wally Evans by making a lead gift to name a classroom after him in the newly renovated home of the College of Business, McMullen Hall. Jack is inviting his fellow accounting graduates to make a leadership gift in honor of Mr. Evans.
Jack's Call to Action - If you are an Accounting Alum, specifically from the 50's, 60's and early 70's, Jack would like you to join him in honoring Wally Evans, who was instrumental in your success as a graduate of St. Ambrose's accounting program, by making a leadership gift to name a McMullen Hall classroom in Mr. Evan's honor. "Wally, as Chairman of the Accounting Department, developed a curriculum that gave me the tools to be competitive in my chosen profession, and the opportunity to interview with quality organizations where I could pursue personal, professional and financial success." said Jack. "St. Ambrose is a source of pride for me as an alumnus, and I am honored to be able to give back. "