2011 Interest Meeting:
Almost 100 students attended this semester’s first
Accounting Society meeting. Our
excellent lineup of upcoming events was discussed by Nasser Mikdadi, the
Society’s new president. Also involved
in this first meeting were Scott Betterly (Vice President), Jennifer Wade
(Treasurer), Steve Wernicki (Secretary) and Dr. Di Ross (Faculty Advisor). Over half of these students joined the
Society as a result of the meeting, which concluded with Gumby’s Pizza for all.
KPMG Amazing Race:
Rather than giving a formal presentation this semester, KPMG
hosted a scavenger hunt for members and friends of the Accounting Society and
Beta Alpha Psi. Five teams of about 11 students
each were given a clue to a location on campus, where a KPMG representative waited
with a trivia question about accounting in general and KPMG in
particular. Teams with correct answers
were then provided with further clues to other locations and additional
questions. This highly competitive and
fun event concluded at Pamplin with prizes and Jimmy John's subs and cookies.
The team hunt was an excellent change of pace and helped Society members get to
know one another.
PwC Culinary Cook Off:
This event took place in Squires, with ten small kitchens set up in the Commonwealth Ballroom. Each
station had its own professional chef who guided accounting major teams in
preparing a chef-suggested dish from the array of provided ingredients. It was a race to the ingredients table, as each
team located ingredients needed to work together to prepare their chosen dish
in less than one exciting hour. Clearly, students enjoyed the challenge of this
cooperative competition. Each finished
dish was judged on taste, appearance, and how well it was marketed. During judging, teams got to enjoy their meals
in comfort while they waited for winners to be announced. This event, in addition to a delicious meal,
provided an opportunity to develop new skills and to network with PwC staff in
a relaxed setting.
Ernst & Young Casino Night:
This event took place in a banquet room at The Inn at
Virginia Tech. Casino night began with a brief networking session, along with
refreshments. Then we were spoken to by a distinguished partner, Rob Arnall, who
gave an informative presentation about how to handle yourself in a business
manner, and how to succeed in the business world. Afterwards, there was an
extended networking session that included an elaborate buffet, as well as
casino games such as craps, blackjack, poker and roulette. It was a very
relaxed setting that made it even easier to network with Ernst & Young
Deloitte Panel and Networking Event:
Deloitte group brought down a variety of empoyees, such as consultants,
forensic accountants, and auditors. This was a joint event with
the BIT club, since Deloitte actively seeks consultants. The
panel was led by recruiter Beth Zellers, who got the students in
attendance comfortable with the 6 employees. Questions answered
included information about Deloitte University, the recruiting process,
on the job training, internships, and lines of services. After
the 30 minute discussion, there was a networking session as well as
food from Jimmy John's.
Grant Thornton Event:At
our October 4, 2011 6:30 pm meeting, Grant recruiter Katherine Bosch
introduced five other members of the firm participating in the session,
including several VT alumni and a December 2011 graduate who recently
interned at Grant. Duane Dobson, a director in Grant Thornton’s
tax practice, gave members a brief overview of the firm, which is
planning to double its revenue by 2015. We then learned
more about effective networking, a set of skills that are valuable
during both the job search process and during one’s career. Following
supper, we quickly composed elevator speeches about ourselves and
participated in a mock speed networking session outside Pamplin 1045,
during which thirty Society members each spoke with three individuals
in a row, each for three minutes. This lively experience then
served as the basis for a discussion of challenges and rewards of
short-term interactions. Both the content of the meeting
and its interactive format were most appreciated by the Accounting
Tuesday, Oct. 18th in Pamplin 1045 at 7 p.m., Defense Contract Audit
Agency (DCAA) senior auditor Bebe Oh and branch manager Jeff Hetrick
discussed their organization. Many Accounting Society members have
interned there in the past, and about half of the employees in the
regional DCAA office are VT alum.
In addition to the experience
gained in internships and employment with DCAA, workload and benefits
are appealing. Mandatory work weeks are limited to 40 hour weeks,
although voluntary overtime is compensated accordingly. Salaries
and raises follow governmental annual promotion schedules. Students can
be offered full time employment without having to go through the
federal application process once they have completed 320 DCAA
internship hours (one
summer) if a 3.5 GPA is maintained.
Otherwise, 640 internship hours (one summer and working during breaks,
or two summers) would qualify for this streamlined hiring process.
Full time positions can be viewed and applied for using the US Government jobs web site (www.USAJOBS.gov).
Our meeting concluded with pizza and the opportunity to network with
DCAA representatives, including senior auditor Marie Godwin.
KPMG International Opportunities Event:On
Tuesday, 11/1/11, KPMG came to speak with the Accounting Society
regarding their international work opportunities. The event took place
in Pamplin 1045 at 7pm. It began with Sal's pizza, and some networking
with the recruiter, Maria Anderson, along with some of the other
employees from KPMG. Then, their presentation started. It was given by
Daniel Atkinson. He spent 3 years working in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He
spoke about how to go abroad to work, some of the difficulties he faced
abroad, and how you know the time is right. After his presentation,
Kaley Hanson, an intern from last summer, spoke about her international
internship in London. Afterwards, the two opened it for questions.
Following the Q&A, there was more time for students to network with
the KPMG employees.
2012 Interest Meeting:
About 100 students attended
this semester’s first Accounting Society meeting. Our excellent lineup
of upcoming events was discussed by Scott Simmons, the Society’s new
president. Also involved in this first meeting were Nasser Mikdadi,
Kevin Righi (Vice Presidents), Jennifer Wade (Treasurer), Steve
Wernicki (Secretary) and Lynn Almond (Faculty Advisor). Many of the
students in attendance will be expected to join the accounting society.
The meeting continued with a presentation from KPMG recruiter Maria
Anderson. She discussed a wide variety of the opportunities KPMG has
for ACIS students at Virginia Tech, including global opportunities,
internship opportunities, full time opportunities and externship
opportunities. The meeting concluded with food from Jimmy John's, and
networking time with KPMG professionals.
EY Game Night
Ernst and Young held a Game Night was held on September
11th in the Inn at Virginia Tech. This was a fun filled event that
began with a buffet of meatballs, fried chicken, and many other finger
foods. Next, we were put into teams and played many different games,
ranging from trivia, to coloring t-shirts, to physical activities like
trying to land a frisbee in a hoop.
This event took place in Owens Banquet Hall on September 12, with nine small kitchens
set up. Each station had its own professional chef who guided
accounting major teams in preparing a chef-suggested dish from the
array of provided ingredients. It
was a race to the ingredients table, as each team located ingredients
needed to work together to prepare their chosen dish in less than one
exciting hour. Clearly, students enjoyed the challenge of this
cooperative competition. Each finished dish was judged on taste, appearance, and how well it was marketed. During judging, teams got to enjoy their meals in comfort while they waited for winners to be announced. This
event, in addition to a delicious meal, provided an opportunity to
develop new skills and to network with PwC staff in a relaxed setting.
PwC Culinary Cook Off:
Deloitte Resume Workshop 9/18/2012
Grant Thornton 11/14/2012