Friday, April 8, 2011
Spring banquet offers networking, learning, celebrating for accounting and finance students
For the 28th year in a row, the finance and accounting student organizations in OU's School of Business Administration brought together finance and accounting students and faculty, recruiters from area businesses and other individuals interested in supporting student education and success for the annual spring Finance and Accounting Banquet.
In early April, more than 170 people attended the banquet sponsored by Beta Alpha Psi (OU's professional accounting fraternity), the Financial Management Association, NABA (National Association of Black Accountants), OASIS (Oakland Accounting Students Information Society) and SAIFE (Society for Applied Investing and Financial Education) where students received scholarships, and all attendees had a chance to network with business professionals and gain insight from speakers.
As keynote speaker, Thomas J. Hoisington, president, Public Affairs Associates, whose expertise as a key lobbyist strategist and advisor was recently recognized by Inside Michigan Politics, the state's leading political trade journal, spoke to the group about individual skills needed to succeed in a professional services firm. While all graduates are expected to have the requisite accounting skills, he stated that they must also have determination, integrity, and awareness of client needs to be able to better serve them.
Twenty SBA students received scholarships at the banquet thanks to the generosity and support of organizations and individuals who recognize that their gifts create life-changing opportunities for future business leaders. Congratulations to the following recipients:
Jon & Gwyn Hartman Scholarship
Dicron Tafralian Merit Scholarship
Professor Ronald M. Horwitz Outstanding Finance Student Endowed Scholarship
Accounting & Finance Advisory Board Scholarships
Andrew Gustafsson (Accounting)
Eric Tawney (Finance)
Robert Uptegraff Sr. Scholarship
Robyn L. Wertman
Bud Kulesza Family Endowed Scholarship
Doeren Mayhew Scholarship
Derderian, Kann, Seyferth & Salucci Scholarship
Jeffrey A. Marr Jr.
T.M.B.K.S Scholarship Award – Accounting
Clayton & McKervey International Scholarship
Ernst & Young Accounting Scholarship
PricewaterhouseCoopers Accounting Scholarship
Plante & Moran Golden Rule Scholarship
The Rehmann Award
Beta Alpha Psi
Michigan Accountancy Foundation Fifth/Graduate Year Scholarships
D’Lorean Bell, John Butler, Edward Stern
FEI (Financial Executive International) Award Recipients
Graduate – Christopher Williams/Undergraduate – Elena Popova
Beta Alpha Psi ceremony
In a private ceremony just prior to the banquet, next year's officers for Beta Alpha Psi accepted their new responsibilities and six Beta Alpha Psi candidates were initiated as new members. The new members welcomed were:
The banquet would not have been possible without the outstanding support of the following firms and individuals:
Alvarez and Marsal
Clayton & McKervey
Derderian, Kann, Seyferth & Salucci
Ernst & Young
Jon & Gwyn Hartman
Plante & Moran
SBA Accounting & Finance Advisory Board
For more information about the SBA's Accounting and Finance program, visit the department's webpage here.