Students Relish Opportunity to ‘Meet the Accounting and Finance Pros’

September 19, 2014

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  • Meet the Accountants
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Students in the College of Business Administration were invited to the annual Meet the Accounting and Finance Professionals Night, held in the Castellani Art Museum on Tuesday, Sept 16.

The event gave accounting and finance students the opportunity to meet and network with representatives from local accounting firms, banks, insurance companies, government agencies, and many more business professionals to discuss potential career opportunities. Everyone in attendance was professionally dressed.

The event, hosted by Career Services and the College of Business Administration, featured opening remarks from Dr. Tim Downs, provost and chief academic officer.

Attendees were catered with a diverse display of prepared foods and beverages from hospitality services. Foods featured at this event included roasted lamb chops, blackened sea scallop, stuffed new potato with bacon, olive crostini, and smoked salmon. Dessert featured petite fours and strawberries on a skewer, and small Kaiser rolls. Beverages included soda, water and coffee services, along with a beer and wine bar for those of age.

Phil Anthony, a regional director for CPAexcel, has much admiration for this event. “This is my favorite event I attend because of the how professional it is. The students, catering and interactions – nothing can beat this.”

Caton Charleston, a junior accounting major, viewed the event as a great way to assess the job market while still an undergraduate.

“I am looking for the chance to meet accounting employers to further my aspirations, whether by an internship or job. I also want to make sure they remember my name from our interactions so that if an opportunity opens up, they can remember me.

“Freed Maxick definitely separated themselves from other firms because their recruiting director got me very interested in their firm and answered all of my questions,” Charleston added.

The recruiting director he spoke with was Shawn Frier, who talked about the partnership that Niagara University has made with Freed Maxick over the past few years.

“Our firm has hired more students from Niagara than any other school or organization during the past three years. We have developed a partnership with this university that will continue to grow.”

Sponsors of Meet the Accounting and Finance Professionals Night included Alliance Advisory Group, Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner, LLP, Freed Maxick CPAs PC, and GEICO.

Article and photos by Chris Cornier, a junior communication studies major at NU.