The University of Findlay’s accounting program is expanding in numbers and offerings, faculty explained at an Oct. 22 breakfast for students involved in its mentoring program.
According to Dan Yates, Ph.D., associate professor of business and chair of the Quantitative Global Studies Department, the number of students declaring accounting as their first major has risen 21 percent since 2012. He attributed it to leadership’s proactive efforts to provide more opportunities for students.
“A few years ago we didn’t have a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) track or an honors society,” Yates pointed out.
The CPA Track and Mentoring program are both entering its sixth year of operation. Representatives of both attended the breakfast.
On Thursday, 30 accounting students and professional mentors were matched. Junior and senior students will be mentored by outside mentors, while freshman and sophomore students will be mentored by upper classmates. According to Patricia Abels, DBA, CGMA, CMA, CPA, associate professor of business and chair of MBA and Degree Completion Programs, “the dedication and commitment of alumni to the accounting program continues to be strong, which has enabled almost all students to have an outside professional mentor.”
The CPA track allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with an MBA in Organizational Leadership in five years, and pairs the student with regional professional mentors for additional coaching, learning and internships. Ten students were accepted into the CPA track program this year, which represents the largest group thus far. The students are Sean Bingham of Findlay, Ann Frieders of Quincy, Adam Inniger of Williamstown, Shuang Lu of Lakewood, Nathan Owen of Adrian, MI, Divyang Patel of India, Jarmin Patel of India, Vikas Potu of India, Shelby Warner of Elida, and Zachary Washington III of Farmington Hills, MI.
In April, The University began a chapter of the IMA Accounting & Finance Honor Society, which includes 29 charter members. Inducted at the breakfast were Bryse Cirjack of Burton, Joseph Eller of Van Buren, and Tyler Shoemaker of South Vienna, Ohio.
Wesley Corbin of Findlay and Taylor Trice of Louisville, Kentucky are this year’s Buchenroth Scholarship recipients. Those eligible to receive the scholarship must be accounting majors with a 3.3 GPA or higher.