Mount Aloysius Business Students Net Accounting Interviews

Posted on: October 3, 2013

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Cresson, Pa. – Three Mount Aloysius College business students earned interviews through the recent Accounting Consortium held late last month in Pittsburgh.  One hundred and fifty students from 11 area colleges took part in the Accounting Consortium.  Held in Pittsburgh’s Embassy Suites, several top accounting firms select area business students for interviews based upon resumes.  The interviews were held to staff either full-time positions or accounting internships.  The Mount Aloysius College students walked away with several interview opportunities each.

Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley noted that MAC business students continue attracting attention for strong fundamentals and solid team skills.  “Last semester two Mount Aloysius student business student teams comprised of accounting and business administration majors, finished among the top 10 percentile in an international competition call the CAPSIM Capstone Business Simulation.   At CAPSIM,” noted MAC President Foley, “our students performed very successfully, competing with the “best of the best” in simulations that tested their decision making, production, inventory management, finance, cash-flow, human resources and marketing skills.  I think Mount Aloysius business students offer employers an n exemplary work ethic coupled with the ability to think critically and problem solve.  Our goal is have Mount Aloysius grads enter the workforce well-prepared.  We are pleased that their skills prove attractive to professional accounting firms.”

Chair of the Business Department, Professor Kim Asonevich reported that the three Mount Aloysius interviewees include: senior Danielle McKnight of Reedsville, Pa., an accounting student with a minor in business administration; senior Alexandra Mezza from Englewood, NJ, a forensic accounting major; and Altoona native Rebekah Dean, a senior accounting major.  All three students now have an opportunity to put their skills to work for a top-flight firm.

To be eligible to participate, students needed 3.0 GPA and must have completed at least 60 credits of undergraduate coursework.  They also needed to be an accounting student at one of the 11 participating colleges.

Students applied for consideration by contacting their respective Career Services Offices.  Applicants completed an online registration form and submitted resumes for employer review. Employers selected students through their resumes.  College Career offices notified accepted students.

The Accounting Consortium’s web site lists statistics regarding student success.  The site—AccountingConsortium.org—cites studies showing U.S. corporations favoring graduates from private values-based liberal arts schools.  They cite the communication, leadership and creative skills these students bring to the workplace.

Consortium member colleges can offer employers over 200 qualified and pre-screened accounting students per year.  The site also notes that students from private values-based liberal arts institutions have a strong sense of community, value involvement beyond the classroom, learn critical thinking and problem solving skills and are able to express themselves clearly.

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Caption: Chris Mingyar, assistant professor of business; MAC students Rebekah Dean, Danielle McKnight, and Alexandra Mezza; Kim Asonevich, assistant professor and chairperson of the business department and Kristy Magee, career services coordinator.