Current News and Events
Two accounting majors awarded scholarships by the FICPA Educational Foundation. Upon the recommendation of the Accounting and Finance faculty, the FICPA (Florida Institute of CPAs) Educational Foundation awarded scholarships of $2,000 each to Hudson Sauls and Patience Constance. The FICPA is a long-time supporter of the University. Additional information about the FICPA is available on their website: www.ficpa.org.
Beta Alpha Psi students meet with mayor of Pensacola. UWF Beta Alpha Psi students Heather Emrick, John Andrew Swisher, and Grace Camas, met with Mayor Ashton Hayward. The students volunteered this spring for the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program), which is sponsored by the United Way. Heather Emrick took on the responsibility as site coordinator, and the three of them worked many hours preparing tax returns.
Three UWF students are gaining hands-on experience participating by working as volunteers in the audit of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Milton. Johnny Crane, Konstantin Shterev, and Kaoru ("Koal") Yuki are helping in the audit of St. Mark's for the 2011 and 2012 year ends. They are supervised by CPA Jean Rognstad and are working about 5 hours per week on Saturdays for much of the Spring 2013 semester.
Beta Alpha Psi students are again involved with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Through Vita students are helping low income taxpayers complete their tax returns at no cost. Student Heather Emrick is serving as UWF's VITA coordinator. Accounting majors John Swisher and Ban Kuan Franks, and finance major Grace Camaz are also volunteering their time on this effort. The students are available in the University Commons on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through April 15.
The Department of Accounting and Finance awarded four $1,000 scholarships to current students in Spring 2013. The University and the College of Business have numerous scholarships available, but the Department faculty vote on these scholarships that are awarded to current deserving students. Finance major Nadejda Revencu was awarded the Accounting and Finance Faculty Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship honors former UWF finance professors Hite Bennett who served at the University from 1969 to 1988. Accounting major Elizabeth Burns was awarded the O'Sullivan Hicks CPA Scholarship. O'Sullivan Hicks is one of the prestigious local CPA firms that has evolved to the current Warren Averett O'Sullivan Creel. Accounting major Allison Frederick was awarded the Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund Scholarship. The Saltmarsh CPA firm is a longtime supporter of the University. Accounting major Olga Lewis was awarded the Lisa Wallace Geise Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship honors Lisa Wallace Geise, a former accounting student at UWF, who disappeared in 1989. You can find out more about the disappearance at www.solvelisacase.com.
Steve Riggs, a partner at Carr, Riggs and Ingram, spoke to Beta Alpha Psi about the hard facts of the rewarding, but touch accounting profession. Mr. Riggs visited the group in January.
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Previous News and Events
Ron Jackson, president of Saltmarsh, Cleaveland and Gund, spoke to the Beta Alpha Psi organization about his career in public accounting. Mr. Jackson visited the group in October.
Beta Alpha Psi and the Department of Accounting and Finance held the annual Meet the Firms night in September at the UWF Conference Center. Approximately three dozen firms set up booths to meet with prospective graduates. The Meet the Firms event allows students to network with businesses and to land both internships and permanent positions.