Accounting Awards Honor Alumni and Students

From top: Karl H. Butz '80, Pinnacle Award recipient; John P. Whitehead '88, Pinnacle Award, with accounting professors John Rossi and Barbara Vinciguerra; and Rosa Fernandes '03, Young accounting Alumni Award, with Professor Vinciguerra.

The Moravian College student chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (accounting club) hosted its annual awards dinner in the HUB Pavilion Sunday, April 19. Accounting alumni were celebrated throughout the evening for the role they play as mentors, employers, and financial supporters.

Accounting as a major has grown in popularity at Moravian in recent years, with many of the program's graduates finding employment even before graduation day. Students have the opportunity to experience a range of "real world" activities beyond the classroom—visiting local employers, attending national accounting and student leadership conferences, and traveling to the headquarters of the Financial Accounting Standards Board, for instance—thanks largely to alumni support.

"Our alumni are critical to the success of the accounting program at Moravian," said John Rossi, associate professor of accounting. "But we tap only a small percentage of them. Imagine what we could do if half of you think about our program after you leave College. That's why we've invited more alumni this evening, and why we are honoring them tonight."

The club honored three alumni who have not only excelled in their careers, but who also have demonstrated exemplary character. Karl H. Butz '80, a shareholder of the accounting firm Abraham, Borda, Corvino, Butz, LaValva & Co., PC, and John P. Whitehead '88, executive vice president and chief financial officer of USI Affinity, both received the Pinnacle Award. It was the first time the award was given. Rosa Fernandes '03, financial analyst with Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., received the Young Accounting Alumni Award.

Fourteen student awards and scholarships were presented, as well. The Grossman Accounting Award was presented to seniors Sandra F. Tress and Ryan D. Muth. The Lucas Accounting Award, recognizing outstanding junior accounting majors, was given to Erinn L. Hess, Hongbo Hannah Yang, Christopher Boyle, and Jonathan Lee Ritter. For a complete list of student award recipients, click here.      

Moravian future accountants, parents, and alumni attended the Annual Student and Alumni Awards Dinner April 19.