Student Accounting Association Career Fair A Great Success

Posted on 10/4/2017 8:51:18 AM

On September 20, 2017, the IUP Eberly College of Business and Information Technology’s Student Accounting Association, in collaboration with the IUP Career and Professional Development Center, held their annual Accounting Career Day at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Accounting Career Day is a career fair for accounting majors.

2017 SAA Accounting Career Day at KCAC-over 100 IUP accounting students and 78 recruiters from 34 organizations participated.This year’s event attracted 76 accounting professionals (most of whom were IUP accounting alumni) from 34 organizations who were interested in talking to accounting majors about summer leadership programs, summer internships, permanent positions, graduate school, CPA exam review courses, and membership in professional accounting associations. Just over 100 IUP accounting majors took advantage of this opportunity to network with employers and to learn more about the accounting profession. In addition, 70 accounting students from 11 surrounding universities participated.

Companies represented included 17 public accounting firms, three banks, four government agencies, three MBA programs, four accounting professional associations, an executive search firm, a CPA review company, and a large health care company.

The Accounting Career Day is organized into three segments: a two-hour morning session open only to IUP students, a 90-minute buffet-style lunch, and a two-hour afternoon session open to both IUP students and accounting students from surrounding universities. The SAA prepared a resume book for the recruiters which included over 80 IUP accounting majors’ resumes. Accounting and safety science are the only majors on campus that host their own career fair every year.

In addition to the 76 professionals, 79 accounting majors and 13 IUP faculty and administrators attended the lunch held in the KCAC’s PNC room. Each accounting major was seated at a table with three to five accounting professionals. Following the buffet lunch, the SAA Institute of Internal Auditors chair, Kylie Hissem, spoke about the SAA’s mission and the importance of accounting majors being involved in the SAA.

2017 SAA Accounting Career Day-Jan Shellenbarger of IUP's Career and Professional Development Center-instrumental in organizing the Accounting Career Day.Hissem also recognized the efforts of Jan Shellenbarger of IUP’s Career and Professional Development Center, and Kim Anderson, the SAA faculty advisor, for their help in organizing the event.  Shellenbarger and Anderson worked closely with the SAA vice president, Clayton Treible, and the SAA Career Day co-chairs, Katelyn Cramer and Quinn Cunningham, to make this year’s Accounting Career Day one of the best ever.

According to Shellenbarger, “The Accounting Career Day is one of the most impressive career fairs on campus, since we can always count on enthusiastic employers who know a good product when they see one, and students who show up clearly prepared for the event.”

The lunch program continued with SAA Mentoring Chair Anthony Maticic, who thanked the IUP Accounting Department faculty members and administrators in attendance for their support. Maticic introduced Robert Camp, dean of the Eberly College of Business. Camp thanked the group for their attendance and indicated how proud he was of this event, the accounting majors, and our alumni.

Next, SAA Vice President of Finance Justin Palaschak introduced the keynote speaker, Nicole Miller, a 2014 IUP accounting alumna. Miller is currently a senior associate with EY, one of the Big 4 international public accounting firms, in their Pittsburgh office, where she has worked for three years. Miller spoke about the importance of her involvement in student organizations while at IUP, particularly her leadership roles in the SAA and participation in the IUP women’s soccer team. Her involvement in the SAA eventually lead her to her current position with EY. In fact, she was introduced to the key campus recruiter at EY at the Accounting Career Day lunch when she was a student! SAA President Katie Swauger concluded the lunch by thanking everyone for participating in this important event for IUP accounting majors.

2017 SAA Accounting Career Day-Heather Albert '95, Jennifer Huff '14, Rebecca Soder '13 with Kim Anderson, SAA faculty advisor.Baker Tilly professionals and IUP accounting alumni: Heather Albert ’95, senior tax manager; Jennifer Huff ’14, senior accountant, and Rebecca Soder ’13, senior accountant, shown with Kim Anderson, SAA faculty advisor, who had all three of these women as students in her accounting classes.

2017 SAA Accounting Career Day-Students and professionals during lunch.Students were seated with professionals during the lunch. This table included Justin Palaschak, SAA vice president of finance; Nicole Miller, 2014 IUP accounting alumna and senior associate with EY; Kelly Kumetis, sophomore SAA member; Charles Oshurak, 1999 IUP accounting alumnus and partner with Carbis Arnett & Toothman; Anthony Maticic, SAA mentoring chair; and Kylie Hissem, SAA Institute of Internal Auditors chair.

2017 SAA Accounting Career Day-Kenneth Steffy '03 and IUP senior accounting major, Lenny Williams.Kenneth Steffy, 2003 IUP accounting alumnus and senior manager with Army Audit Agency, spent time discussing career opportunities with IUP senior accounting major Lenny Williams.

2017 SAA Accounting Career Day-Allie Thompson and Quinn Cunningham sign in participants at the registration table.Senior accounting major and SAA member Allie Thomson and SAA Career Day co-chair Quinn Cunningham helped sign in students and faculty at the registration table.