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.

Fall 2021 Meeting Dates/Times

All meetings will be held in Eberly Auditorium or via Zoom at 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Date Company Topic
September 9, 2021 PNC Professionals from Independent Risk Management
September 15, 2021 Accounting & Finance Career Day Lunch Speaker:  Gleason (Forensic Accounting), Anthony Maticic (2019, BS-Accounting, BA-Economics), Senior Consultant
September 30, 2021 PPG Industries & American Eagle Outfitters Jennifer Brand (2017, BS-Accounting), Staff Auditor, Katie Swauger (2018, BS-Accounting), Senior Tax Analyst
October 14, 2021 (zoom meeting) Financial Accounting Standards Board Sue Cosper (1992, BS-Accounting), FASB Board Member
November 2, 2021 Greenhill & Co. (Investment Banking) Cory Ireland (2013, BS-Accounting and Finance), Investment Banking Associate
November 16, 2021 Sisterson Dee Palaschak, Tax Partner.  Kimberly Miller (2002, BS-Accounting), Tax Director

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.

Officers and Chairs Fall 2021

Title Name Email
Advisor Dr. Kim Anderson
President Shelby Lowery
Senior Vice President Alexis Diehl
Vice President Sandra Shanshala
Vice President of Finance Brandon Boyer
Social Media Chair Edward Williams

Member Quotes about the Value of the Organization

"The SAA gave me connections that have helped me foster an incredible professional network that had already helped me in securing my first professional opportunity."
Samantha Adams, SAA Career Day Chair 2019

"Joining the SAA has had an extremely positive impact on my success as an accounting major. To me, the greatest benefit of joining the SAA is gaining an unparalleled number of opportunities to connect with accounting professionals every single semester. The relationship that I have been able to build by participating in the SAA have played a direct role in ensuring that I have a job lined up as soon as I graduate."
Matthew DeCesare, SAA President 2019