Student Accounting Association

  • Mission of Organization

    The mission of the IUP Student Accounting Association shall be to further interest in the field of Accounting through educational meetings on options within the industry, to unite all IUP students studying accounting and those interested in learning about the profession, and to provide students with the opportunity to network with potential employers.

    How to Join

    The SAA accepts all business majors and all university students who share enthusiasm and passion for the field of accounting. Membership into the organization shall be open throughout the year, and the first step to join is to attend and sign in at a meeting. To ultimately become a member, interested students must earn five membership points.

    How to Earn Membership Points

    Active membership in the SAA is not based on paying membership dues; it is based on earning membership points. Once a student earns five points, they become an active member for the current semester. In order to maintain membership in the SAA, students must continue to earn five points every semester. Points can be earned by attending the meetings and events.

    List of 2016–17 Meeting Dates/Times/Locations

    • Wednesday, September 14, 2016
      4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Eberly Room 410
      Guest Speaker: Caleb Moore, VP/Credit Systems. First Commonwealth Bank
    • Tuesday, September 27, 2016
      5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Eberly Auditorium
      Guest Speaker: Caroline Quinn, Campus Recruiter, KMPG
    • Tuesday, October 4, 2016
      6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Eberly Auditorium
      Guest Speaker: Mike Vasil, CFO, Heritage Hospice LLC
    • Monday, October 17, 2016
      5:0 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Eberly 211
      Guest Speaker: Kelly Berfield and Anna Monyak, Smith, Lewis, Chess & Company, LLP
    • Thursday, November 3, 2016
      6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Eberly Auditorium
      Guest Speaker: Dee Palaschak, Tax Partner, Sisterson & Company
    • Wednesday, November 15, 2016
      5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Eberly Room 312
      Guest Speaker: Catie Cohn & Casey Quinn, Grant Thornton

    All accounting majors and minors and business majors with an interest in accounting are encouraged to attend. A student officially becomes a member by earning at least five points.

    List of Events/Activities

    • Career Day 2016
      Monday, September 21, 2016
      9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex
      Group Business
    • 2016 Statewide CPA Week of Service Event
      Friday, September 23, 2016
      12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Murraysville
      Community Service
    • Holiday Party 2016
      Thursday, December 8, 2016
      6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Coney (642 Philadelphia St.)


    Member Quotes about the Value of the Organization

    "I owe so much of my success to the Student Accounting Association. I would not be where I am today without the help of this organization. Not only has the Student Accounting Association given me so many great opportunities, but it has helped me grow into a better student and person."
    Alison Rykaczewski, SAA President 2015

    "My goals for college were to meet great people, understand the business world, network with professionals, and ultimately graduate with my dream job. The Student Accounting Association is helping me to accomplish all of those... and more!"
    —Lisa Fletcher, Recognition Dinner Chair 2015

    “The Student Accounting Association has helped me to discover many of the answers to the questions that I have been asking myself."
    —Victor Sipe, Community Service Chair 2015 

    Officers and Chairs
    Advisor Kim Anderson
    President Alyssa Schaard
    Senior Vice President Lisa Fletcher
    Vice President Sarah Zbur
    Vice President of Finance Victor Sipe
    Social Media Chair Justin Palaschak
    Tutoring Chair Zack Kinger
    Recognition Dinner Chair Nicole McCourt
    Community Service Chair Katie Swauger
    Career Day Chairs Quinn Cunningham &
    Brittany Spitzer
    Resume Chair Clayton Treible
    Social Events Chair Sara Bertram
    Publicity Chair Gina LaRocca
    COBSAC Chairs Lindsey August &
    Justin Palaschak
    Mentoring Chair Jennifer Brand
    Field Trip Chair Lexi Murin