ACC601 - Accounting Capstone - Emerging Issues A&A

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Accounting Capstone is designed to help students transition to professional life.  In addition to studying the latest developments, the course includes:
  - preparation for the CPA Exam
  - requirements for registering for the CPA Exam
  - considerations for graduate school
  - field trips to experience various business settings
  - in-class speakers who are professionals in the field to add insights about the world of professional public accounting

SPRING 2014 Preparing for the Profession Speaker Series


Jesse & Amy Ligo '82 '84 - Owner/Operators - Drove Pasture Farm, hosted accounting seniors and guests for a farm tour and lasagna dinner.  In spite of the rainy conditions, students enjoyed food, fellowship, and recalled many memories of their past four years at Westminster.


Abigail Schulz '13 - Audit Associate - Grossman Yanak & Ford LLP, advised senior accounting majors to utilize a mentor/coach in their workplace since this person will be their advocate as well as a career path adviser to guide them in deciding both short and long term goals.  Pizza lunch was provided by the PICPA.  Abby, who passed the CPA exam and will earn her license after one full year of working, had helpful advice on how to study for and pass the exam.


James Pearson '76 - Senior VP & CFO - FirstEnergy Corp, gave an overview of FirstEnergy Corp and the climate of the energy industry as well as describing his career path with them.  He provided students with multiple aspects of professional advice including the importance of gaining a deep knowledge of your company, understanding the business reason when providing an accounting response, and respecting that your boss may have more information than you do.   Jon Taylor - VP, Controller, and CAO - FirstEnergy Corp, also provided insight about public versus corporate accounting.


Richard Tice, CPA/ABV '83 - Partner McCall Scanlon & Tice, LLC, explained the importance of business valuations and how and why they are conducted.  He stressed that being honest and direct with clients and business owners, although sometimes difficult, is the accountant's responsibility.  Under promise and over deliver.


Louis Simeone, CPA '09 - Senior Accountant - CONSOL Energy, joined the senior accounting majors to help them understand the attributes needed to be successful including willingness to work hard, to continue learning, as well as demonstrating initiative and care for the company.


Mary Patterson - Field Marketing Specialist - Becker Professional Education, said, "According to the AICPA, 75% of today's CPAs will retire over the next 15 years.  That is a GREAT job market for today's accounting students!"  


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