Accounting and Finance Club Links with Area Businesses and Alumni

by Thomas Allen ’12 | Jun 06, 2012


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The fall semester was a busy one for the Accounting and Finance Club. Five speakers presented to the club, and four of those five were alumni. Dr. Michael Gallagher also escorted a group of students to a PICPA Casino Night and Networking event in Conshohocken, PA on October 13.

At the first event, held on September 26, the Accounting and Finance Club invited three accounting alumni to discuss their experiences and provide advice to business students. The alumni were diverse in their backgrounds. Tom Pany ’11 is currently working at Concannon, Miller & Co., a local accounting firm in the Lehigh Valley. He discussed his work experience after his May 2011 graduation and the steps he took toward getting a job.Tom explained what it is like to make the transition from school to working life. 

Nick Staats ’10 provided the students with information about working at ParenteBeard, a regional accounting firm, and how to acquire a few years of experience. Both Tom and Nick talked about preparing for and taking the CPA exam while also working a full- time job. 

The final speaker of the night was Frank Mancuso ’04, manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Frank told club members what to expect after several years of working and about his experience working at a big four accounting firm.

The Accounting and Finance Club hosted Becker Professional Education on October 12; this firm periodically visits the club to inform students on how to prepare and take the CPA exam. Jen Rodriguez and our Division Head, Dr. Christopher R. Cocozza, were the presenters. They gave a brief overview of the format and make-up of the four CPA exams. In addition, they explained ways students should prepare for the exam. Becker is the county’s largest CPA exam prep-courses, so they also discussed the various ways Becker helps students to prepare for the exams.

The Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs (PICPA) hosted a Casino Night Networking event in Conshohocken, PA.Dr. Michael Gallagher and six students attended the event. Numerous accounting firms also attended and accepted résumés and spoke to students who were seeking jobs and internships. After students had a chance to network, the PICPA provided dinner and a fun-filled night of casino games. At the end of the night there was a raffle and Michael Lindenfelser ’12, won a free Becker review course.

Francis M. (Skip) Bedics ’85, a special agent for the U.S. Treasury Department, met with the Accounting and Finance Club on November 10. He discussed his Criminal Justice and Accounting degrees from DeSales and how they’ve helped him. 

Bedics was filled with exciting stories and opened students’ eyes up to the field of forensic accounting. “If you want to sit behind a desk and play with numbers, this isn’t the job for you. You can’t be afraid to get in people’s faces,” Bedics told the students. He explained that everything he has gotten to do in his career is a result of his accounting degree. 

Arrangements were made in spring for a tour to local accounting firm Concannon, Miller & Co., P.C., which gave club members a snapshot of what it is like to work at an accounting firm. A few employees at Concannon – including a few DeSales alums – presented on how to successfully apply to, and interview for, a job. The firm generously provided students with dinner where they were able to casually talk to the employees about any topic.

In March, club members traveled with Professors Cocozza and Barnhorst and took a guided tour of the Yuengling Brewery, where they learned about the operations and history of Yuengling. Students over 21 years old were also able to try some of the Yuengling products. 

The highlight of the year occurred in April when students took a trip to New York City and visited the New York Stock Exchange. Students were presented with information about the workings of the exchange. They were also able to briefly walk around the trading floor and get a close look at the action. 

Everyone had a chance to see the television set for “Squawk on the Street” with co-anchor and television personality, Jim Cramer, who also hosts CNBC’s “Mad Money.” Later in the day, the club attended a Yankees game for some fun and entertainment.

The Division of Business would like to thank our DeSales University alumni and business individuals who have taken time to return to campus and meet with the Accounting & Finance Club. Students enjoy these meetings and walk away with more confidence after they hear first hand about what to expect after graduation. 


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DeSales University
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