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 three 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 three points, they become an active member for the current semester. In order to maintain membership in the SAA, students must continue to earn three points every semester. Points can be earned by attending the meetings and events.

    Spring 2021 Meeting Dates/Times

    All meetings will be held via Zoom. Links will be sent out prior to the meeting.

    January 25       
    5:00 p.m. IRS Criminal Investigation Services, Bob Eliaz ’99, Special Agent, US Treasury
    February 17
    4:00 p.m.
    Schneider Downs, Todd Lucas ’02, Senior Audit Manager
    March 3
    4:30 p.m.
    RBaker Tilly, Susan Maloney ’85, Firm Director
    March 18
    4:00 p.m.
    BKD CPAs & Advisors, Brittany Jellison, Campus Recruiter
    March 31
    4:30 p.m.
    Fowkes Rodkey, Elle Gandolfi ’17, Associate Attorney
    April 12
    4:00 p.m.
    Rotating Machinery Services Inc., Tia Gambler ’03, Vice President of Finance 

    Fairmount Supply, Steve Bruckner ’06, Vice President of Finance

    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 three points.

    Officers and Chairs Spring 2021

    Title Name Email
    Dr. Veronic Paz
    Dr. Kim Anderson
    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