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 2015 Preparing for the Profession Speaker Series


Jesse & Amy Ligo '82 '84 - Owner/Operators - Drove Pasture Farm - Senior accounting majors shared a homemade lasgna dinner and an agricultural tour of the Ligos' farm.  Students were encouraged to be "crazy, smart, then lucky" as they pursue their dreams. Stop by and talk to Professor Ligo for more details on how to succeed by being crazy, smart, and lucky!  Best wishes to the class of 2015!


Chris Wright, CPA - COO/CFO - St. Paul's - Regarding the CPA exam, Chris advised the students of the two most important ways to prepare. 1) Know your learning style and study accordingly, putting forth the necessary effort.  2) While taking the exam, slow down, read carefully, comprehend what is being asked, don't get frustrated and overwhelmed.  His words encouraged everyone.


Kelly Nord '01, CPA - Senior Manager Healthcare Services, Arnett Carbis Toothman LLP - Kelly explained the importance of developing the following skills, among many others, to be successful in your career: 1) Be self disciplined.  2) Focus on details and always check your work. 3) Learn to delegate.  4) Work hard and be prompt.  5) Understand "urgency" by asking questions and meeting deadlines.


Gene Natali, MBA, CFA - Senior Vice President, C.S.  McKee, L.P. and author of The Missing Semester provided three financial rules to always remember: 1) Financial choices have consequences. 2) Never be afraid to say, "I don't know."   3) We are responsible for our choices.  Additionally, Gene stressed the incredible benefits of a Roth IRA and youth when it comes to investing!


Sam Becherer '12, CPA - Internal Audit In-Charge, Schneider Downs - Sam described several characteristics beneficial for new staff accountants:  1) Ability to balance when to figure out a question independently or ask for help.  2) Strong Excel skills.  3) Great communication is imperitive at all levels.


Mary Patterson - Account Manager, Becker Professional Education - "According to recruiters, the top three most important tips for accounting majors:  1) Leadership matters - while in college hold leadership positions in sports and organizations.  2) Communicate professionally (especially electronically)- use full sentences, correct punctuation, and leave the ":)" to send to your friends!  3) Do not "friend request" recruiters or company execs on LinkedIn or Facebook during the recruiting process; wait till you are hired."


Archives of Past Accounting Capstone Speaker Series