The annual accounting get-together is later this month.

Accounting Event Yields Countless Benefits

First, let's run the numbers.

Number of people who attend the annual Accounting Club Student and Alumni Awards Dinner:

About 80.

Number of times the dinner's been held:

At least twenty; unfortunately, in the early years of the tradition, no records were kept.

Value to the Economics and Business department, and Moravian college:

Priceless.

If there's a central concept that John Rossi, assistant professor of economics and business at Moravian, tries to impart to his students, it might be described like this: there's more to accounting than just numbers.

"The hardest thing for students to understand is that the soft skills are as critical as hard skills," he says. "They expect to fill their brains with knowledge, but I tell them that in today’s world, nobody pays just for knowledge." What makes a successful career, he says, is the ability to achieve results. "And that takes people skills, communication, and an ability to think outside the box."

The accounting club's annual awards dinner is one way of demonstrating the truth of that notion, says John. The awards given to the students are based not solely on scholarship, but also on campus involvement and community service. And the alumni who attend offer a chance for networking and mentorship. "It brings students in contact with alumni, who can share their insights and talk about how they achieved their success," John says. "To my knowledge, it’s the only on-campus event of its kind that includes both students and alumni."

The dinner also cements the bond that accounting graduates have with the faculty, the accounting program and the College as a whole, John notes. "Our graduates keep coming back, and that includes some of Moravian's most successful alumni. They help our students get jobs and internships." The Young Alumni Award singles out recent grads who've demonstrated commitment to their college; the Pinnacle Award spotlights successful alumni who can be role models to the students.

And, it's a fun evening. The social aspects of the event shouldn't be overlooked. "It's kind of a last hurrah for our graduating seniors, so they won't forget about us," says John. "And students are welcome to bring parents or family members, so it's a chance for them to come to campus and meet the teachers." In fact, he notes that the camaraderie created by the event may be its biggest benefit. "It helps people build relationships. And that's important."

The 2007 accounting club awards dinner will be held on Sunday, April 15, beginning at 5:30 in the HUB pavilion. This year's award winners:

Lucas Accounting Award (Outstanding Junior Accounting Major)
Rebecca Angstadt
Sara Atkins
James Azar
Timothy Pagano
 
Institute of Internal Auditors Outstanding Senior Award
Margo Kokolus
 
Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Outstanding Senior Award
Emily Miller
 
Institute of Management Accountants Outstanding Senior Award
Alison Whalen
 
Becker CPA Review Scholarship
Alison Whalen
 
Pinnacle Award:
Ray S. Bishop '81
Randal R. Dietz, CPA '78

Young Accounting Alumni Award
Robert Thear '98