Oct 29

Getting Started with Forensic Accounting

Hi Everyone!

My name is Jon Corona and I am currently a student in the Forensic Accounting program here at Canisius College.  To avoid repeating information, I will refrain from writing an “about me” section in this post.  Although for those readers who are itching to know more about the author, be sure to check out the about the author section!

This is my first semester as Forensic Accounting student as well as my first semester as being a blogger (so please bear with me!).  This blog will be about my experiences throughout the year as a student in the program and I hope that those who read the posts will learn all that this unique and exciting program has to offer.

To get things started, I figure it is fitting to describe how I got started in the program.  The past four years I have spent here at Canisius as an undergraduate student at Canisius in the Accounting program seeking to fulfill the requirements for the CPA exam and find a career in public accounting.  Canisius’ great success with the CPA exam was one of the reasons that I choose the school.  In fact, last year (2013) graduates taking the exam ranked first in New York State in pass rates!

Learning how to Discover Frauds

What originally grabbed my attention in accounting is the idea of preventing and detecting white-collar crimes.  Fortunately, what I learn in my forensic accounting program is exactly that; the knowledge needed to combat such crimes.  Not only am I learning this specific and in demand skill set, I am also fulfilling CPA exam requirements.  Specifically, the CPA exam has an educational requirement which includes at least 150 credit hours of classes, among other requirements.  As a result, many students looking to eventually earn their CPA license will be enrolled in a five year program at their respective school.  In other words, the classes I am taking as part of the Forensic program are giving me a unique skill set while allowing me to fulfill my educational requirement.  Talk about a “win – win” situation!

Looking forward, my future posts will focus on the many highlights of the program as I attempt to summarize all of the great experiences of a student in Canisius’ Forensic Accounting program.  Feel free to ask any questions you may have!

Stay tuned and thanks for reading!

Oct 28

GET READY FOR THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!!!

 

 

“Ebola has struck again!”

In other words, time for Humans Vs. Zombies!

 

Graduate school is not just about classes and studying.  There is still time for fun!  Next week, Canisius will be hosting their FIRST EVER game of Humans Vs. Zombies (Or Griffs Vs. Zombies, since we are the Golden Griffins!)  sponsored by Student Programming Board!

It will be a week-long event taking place on campus, with missions being held at various times each day.  The object of the game is to be the last human to survive the zombie invasion and make it to the extraction point, like many of those zombie movies and video games.  For the Canisius game, we will be playing in the main campus area, including parts of the tunnels and residence halls.  The out of bounds will be in areas where administration is working and across street towards Lyons hall (we don’t want players getting hurt by cars or tackling non-playing faculty).  The humans are trying to not get tagged by the zombies, and can “freeze” the zombies by throwing a sock or stress ball at them.  No Nerf guns or swords are allowed in the Canisius version as to promote campus safety.  If you’re currently a Canisius student, I highly suggest you to sign up on the website!

Griffs Vs Zombies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weapons (Nerf Guns) Drop!

 

I’m going to be helping as one of the game’s moderators this semester.  So it will be lots of fun!  Last year, I started the Humans Vs. Zombies game at D’Youville College, where I did my post-baccalaureate studies in biology.  I founded the Math and Natural Sciences Club on their campus, and the HVZ game was sponsored by the club and the Math and Natural Sciences Department.  I was invited back to help with their game that my club’s predecessors held last night for the D’Youville students.

 

 

Human Tackled By Zombies!!

Humans Teaming Up!

Running From Zombie

Frozen Zombie

Ebola attacks again!

D'Youville HvZ Players

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The D’Youville game was a bit different because they still have not gained permission to have it on campus.  The game was held at their new soccer field near their campus and had over 60 students play!  The style of the game was more like a version of the childhood game called Manhunt, with the last survivor winning the game.  The humans wore bright orange streamers on their arms that had to be pulled off as a “zombie bite”.  The games started with a “patient zero” original zombie and the theme was an Ebola outbreak that has hit the D’Youville students.  They could defend themselves from the zombies by hitting them with Nerf gun bullets (Nerf guns supplied by the club).  This game was great fun for all of the science majors because it modeled the spread of a communicable disease and how an epidemic would spread from the first reported outbreak.  Of course, in real life you wouldn’t want to shoot someone affected by Ebola because coming in contact with their blood could infect you.

Human Vs. Zombies has been gaining popularity throughout the country as a game hosted on many college campuses with each having a unique version to the game.  Even as a graduate student, it is fun to be able to play games like this on campus and I highly recommend it! Especially if you’re an avid Zombie movie and The Walking Dead fan!

PS: Here’s a funny zombie video!

Key and Peele: Bad Zombie Actors

 

Oct 28

“The Good”

Hi all,
Welcome to the second part of what I’m going to call my “self harm series!” I am doing this in order to increase my own knowledge about self harm and to create awareness.

When I was in 8th grade, I was introduced to this concept of “cutting.” There was a popular young adult book out at the time called “Cut” which I read and enjoyed. But since then, I knew the issue of cutting and self harm existed, but I was very naive to many things. I think up until this semester, I never understood WHY people self-harmed. I had never seen it in the many students I’ve worked with until now. NOW I see it as a whole other piece to mental health.

I know I mentioned this last week, but I just wanted to reiterate this again. Young men self harm too! In my recent work at my internship, I am seeing this daily. We just assume that girls are the only ones. But this is not the case.

To people who self harm, there is “good” in their choice to self harm.

1) They are able to express their feelings and emotional pain that they are unable to express with words.
2) It is a way for them to have control over their body because they feel that they cannot control anything else.
3) Self harm is a way for them to feel something. Instead of feeling nothing.
4) They receive a sense of relief and they feel less anxious.

While to people who self harm, these are “benefits,” counselors, caring friends and family want those who self harm to express their emotions and cope in a more healthy, less harmful way. Encouraging people to go to a trusted friend to “talk” and express their feelings is a great first step. Journaling, exercise, meditation, spending time with family and friends, and going outside are all ways to encourage those who self harm to express their feelings healthily.

On the flip side…

Relief from self harm is short lived and feelings of shame and guilt are possible. People struggle with keeping their self harm a secret and often feel isolated and lonely. Self harm (cutting, burning) can be severely damaging and life threatening to the body. Those who cut could hit a nerve and cause serious damage. Suicide, depression, and substance use could follow behaviors of self harm. Self harm can be ADDICTING. People enjoy the feeling of release that they get. Just like many enjoy the release of exercise. It’s the SAME for those who self harm.

While this topic is everything but happy and uplifting, I leave you with this. Love yourself. Take care of yourself. Seek help from a loved one. Help those in need. Be thankful.

Go Griffs!

Oct 24

Papers! Papers! and More Papers!!

Hello All!!!  My name is Dan and I am a first year graduate student in the College Student Personnel Administration program here at Canisius College. I am a Resident Assistant on campus and I am also a supervisor of the study center and a academic mentor for the Griff Center.  Why the headline, Papers, Papers, and more Papers? Why thats quite simple: As a student in this grad program there are many papers attached to this program that you have to write and it is never ending. However, with these papers there are learning outcomes attached to this as well. Life in this program has its intrinsic rewards. What’s special about this program is you get the hands on experience and apply theories that you learn in class and actually apply them to your everyday settings. I am learning lots and writing lots at the same time but in the end you are benefiting other students to help them be successful in their academic endeavors. Student Affairs is forever changing and will continue to do so for many years to come.

We need to take students where they are at and help guide students that gives them purpose for everyday life. As a working student affairs professional, there are a lot of challenges facing college students today and I am here in this program to help students adjust to these issues and help them move forward toward a better future and make them realize their potential. I wake everyday writing all these papers because I am passionate and show compassion when working with my residents. I wake up everyday realizing I am going to spend the rest of my life working with college students because I am dedicated to my RA position and my academics in grad school. Therefore, I would like to end my first post with a funny pun about student affairs and why it is essential on college campuses everywhere.

 

Oct 23

Technology In Our Schools

Think about this question for a minute:  How old were you when you got your first cell phone?  If you thought about it, and you are like me, and you got your phone sometime while you were in high school you are in good company.  Most of our generation remembers life before cell phones and smart phones were a common commodity, I even remember having to use a pay phone in high school before getting a cell phone.  It dawned on me today that kids and students these days don’t know a life without technology.

While substitute teaching at a local high school this past week I caught a glimpse of how different the interaction between kids, technology, and education is now a days.  Back when I was in high school if you were lucky enough to have a cell phone it had to be shut off, in your locker, and out of sight.  If a teacher or an administrator caught you with it, forget about it, the phone was taken and locked up and you weren’t allowed to have it back until the end of the school day.  Having to retrieve the phone wasn’t an easy task either and it usually involved a lengthy conversation with that particular teacher on why we don’t use cell phones in school.  Today, however, my students were all roaming the halls with their phones in their hands texting and checking Instagram.  When they came into class many of them had ear buds in listening to music.  It is up to the teacher’s discretion to create a rule about technology (cellphones, tablets, iPads, and computers) in the classroom.  While teaching U..S. History I had to remind my students several times that just because I was a substitute that didn’t mean that the policy changed; phones had to be put away until the lesson and all work was completed.  A far cry from “If I see your phone out I am gonna take it.”

So what are teachers supposed to do in an age where students have access to technology, instant gratification, and answers 24/7?  Many teachers are struggling to answer that question.  Technology, such as, cellphones has become a distraction in the classroom because students are trying to check notifications without being caught and tuning learning out.  while reading an article for one of my graduate classes at Canisius, I was given an unexpected answer to the technology question; it essentially being “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”  The article offered the answer that by incorporating technology into classroom instruction we will get students excited about learning again.  They will be given the opportunity to work with and use the resources that they love and are familiar with.  By incorporating technology into the classroom students will be excited to show off their knowledge and skills, and will be motivated to do more school work and learning.

Teachers might be thinking  “How can I incorporate technology into my classroom?”  The good news is- it is extremely easy!  It can be done through unit based webquests, student created podcasts on virtually any topics, or even a simple exit text where students can tell what they learned that day or a teacher can ask a specific question for the students to answer.  There are many different websites and resources for teachers to use to implement this technology into their classrooms, as well as, teach the teachers how to use it.

The moral of the story is you can’t fight the use of technology in schools but teachers can teach students how to use technology in an appropriate way that promotes learning, not a struggle for control.

 

Quote of the Week: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” -Nelson Mandela

Oct 22

How did I end up in grad school?!

How did I end up in grad school?!  I received my undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Buffalo State in 2011.  I clearly remember saying I was SO happy to never be going back to school again! And then I found myself at the beginning of 2014 thinking about going back to school.

I currently work as a nutritionist in a community nutrition program for women and children.  I really enjoy the community setting, and being able to help people learn more about health, and how they can help themselves and their families live happier, healthier lives.

I started thinking I would like to do more.  I googled health graduate programs in Buffalo NY, and stumbled across all of the allied health programs at Canisius.  I read about the different programs, what they entailed, and what to expect.  Of course the nutrition program jumped out at me at first, but after reading and re-reading about the school and community health program I realized that everything that the program involved was things i worked with everyday in my career, and were things I was truly interested in learning.  An open house was coming up so I decided to attend.

When I attended that grad school open house, I was nervous! I had not been on a college campus since 2011, and I felt like the new kid at school.  Right away I was greeted, and told where to go to learn about the programs I was interested in.  Everyone made me feel very comfortable, and no one was pushy at all.  They welcomed all of my questions, and I felt like I had at least 500 questions.

I’m pretty sure my mind was made up that day that I would be applying to Canisius, and I have not regretted it since!  I am halfway through my second semester, and have found all of my classes to be so interesting so far.  Everything has been something I deal with on a daily basis at work like health promotion or something that comes up in (almost) daily conversation like universal health coverage.

In my program, semesters are split into two sessions.  The first session of this semester is wrapping up this week, and I start two more that will run the next 8 weeks.  Because they split the semester like this I should be receiving my masters in just over a year, which is awesome!  I’m looking forward to beginning my next two classes, and sharing my experiences in grad school with you!

Oct 21

Allons-y!

As the Tenth Doctor would always say..

 

 

Allons-y!

 

 

I feel like I should start this post with a Dr. Who gif, as I am writing this after watching the latest Dr. Who episode that just aired tonight! Happy Who Day!

 

 

 This may only be my first blog post, but the semester is already chugging along!!

First, let me introduce myself.  I am a second semester student in the MBA in Professional Accounting program.  It’s a great program for students like me, who have an undergrad degree in a COMPLETELY different major.  I have my Bachelors from St. John Fisher College in Sociology with a minor in Human Resources Management (Go Cardinals!).  So…this is my first semester of ever taking an accounting course and it has been a blast!

I am also a Program Advisor and Graduate Assistant in the Richard J. Whele School of Business.  Being a graduate assistant can be fun and challenging.  Our latest event for the School of Business was the Forty Sixth Annual Business Awards Dinner on Tuesday night, October 14th, at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.  The dinner was to bring together community business leaders, alumni, faculty, staff, and students in order to celebrate the achievements of two award winners.  Ronald J. Tanski of National Fuel Gas Company was awarded the Business Executive of the Year Award, and Michael J. Edbauer MBA, DO, received the Dr. Bernard L. Martin Award.  Both award winners have made tremendous contributions to the WNY area and have achieved great executive success.

As a Graduate Assistant, I helped to organize the event along with the other graduate assistants in the Dean’s Office.  The dinner was very successful with having surpassed our goal of over 25 tables of attendees.  This was a must-go type of event for business students, with many business leaders to connect with and network!  In this modern time, networking gives you a leg up on the competition for internships and job hunting.  Plus, the raspberry cheesecake dessert was yummy!

Me, Olena Spencer, Dr. Shick, Nick Krzemien, Billy Craven

Happy Studying!

PS: Here’s a funny video I found on youtube this weekend!!!!

Marcel The Shell With Shoes On, Three

 

 

Oct 18

Self Harm

Hi all,
I usually don’t write about sad topics on my blog, but this week I was INSPIRED to write about self harm. And I’m hoping to develop a series of blogs on this topic that I have a new found passion for.

This week at my internship, I heard of an incident where a student was cutting herself and I had a student in my office who admitted to burning himself. So one male and one female. Oftentimes, society stereotypes only females to engage in self harmful behavior, but this also impacts men as well.

Why do people want to harm themselves? Based on my experiences, one of the reasons is that people have HURT another person and instead of dealing with the EMOTIONAL pain, they want to PHYSICALLY cause pain to themselves. Another factor is suicide. Whether it is suicidal thoughts or attempts, self harm is often a first step. The thing about self harm is that people are often are not experiencing PHYSICAL pain, they are experiencing EMOTIONAL pain.

Taken from pinterest.com

There are three other reasons that people self harm:
-The physical pain allows them to FEEL something. People who are hurting, feel emotional numbness or disconnection from their world. When they experience physical pain, they temporarily gain that feeling back.
-Cutting (specifically), but also other forms of self harm, releases endorphins, stress and emotional pain. This is stated by cutters.
-For young people, self harm is a way of fitting in with their friends.

What are ways people harm themselves? In my recent experiences, people cut themselves with knives, razors, or sharp objects or they burn themselves intentionally as a physical release of pain. Other ways of self harm include: scratching or pinching oneself until blood is present or marks or left on the skin, banging or punching objects to cause bleeding or bruising, and hair pulling.

As I was on Pinterest (my favorite website for any type of inspiration). I came across a list of words that are associated with self harm that I would like to share.

Depression. Hurt. Anorexia. Bullied. Broken. Death. Cutter. Self-Harm. Depressed. Suicidal. Sad. Bulimia. Paranoia. Anxiety. Panic. Eating Disorder. Voices. Lost. Self Hate. Misunderstood. Alone. Drugs. Hard. Judged. Alcohol. Cigarette. Panic. Recovery. Alive. Help. Strong. Cry. Life. Addiction. Pills. Bad. Hope.

To you, some of these words will be more powerful than some, but each person experiences pain differently and the words that do not stick out to YOU, stick out to someone else.

There is HELP. There is HOPE.

*Canisius College offers counseling to ALL currently enrolled students. Visit their website for more information. http://www.canisius.edu/counseling/

Oct 18

Missed flights, ten page papers, and roller coasters?

Well, welcome to my first post! My name is Kaileigh and I am a second year graduate student in the College Student Personnel Administration program at Canisius. I also have a graduate assistant position in International Student Programs and International Admissions (and an internship in Fraternity and Sorority life, GO GREEK!).  I’m sure you are wondering what missed flights, ten page papers, and roller coasters have to do with each other…

As a graduate assistant in International Student Programs, we work to provide students with activities and programs to get them acclimated to American culture and promote international friendships. Our students come to campus a week before the rest of the college moves in (this is where the missed flights come in) and we give them important information about being an international student but also do fun local activities. We have taken students on sunset cruises on Lake Erie, we’ve played Lasertag and gone go-carting, we take a trip to go on the Maid of the Mist, and most recently we took students to Six Flags Darien Lake (roller coasters).

 

Maid of the Mist Tour!

While my job is rewarding and enjoyable, I also have to remember I am a student after all (ten page papers). The CSPA program is very unique. The classes are directly applicable to what I am experiencing in my job and internship which makes the classes much less like work. The CSPA program is also a cohort program. I appreciate my cohort every day, especially on Tuesday’s when we have to get through 8 hours of class fueled by Tim Hortons, Starbucks, and our inside jokes. It makes school and work that much better when you can experience it with people who are going through it as well.  We also have a lot of fun together outside of class when we have holiday parties or go out for happy hour after work.

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you check back in with my blog posts as the semester continues!

International Students on Sunset Cruise

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International Students at Lasertron

Oct 07

Being Thankful.

I know it’s really soon to be writing (or thinking) about Thanksgiving. But being thankful spoke to me this week.

Things I am thankful for.

1) My family- My parents and sister have always been there for me. But especially in tough times. I find comfort and love in their words, even though I am far away from them.

2) My closest friends- I can always rely on them for a laugh, a smile, and a hug. They have always been there to listen to me, both in person and while we are apart.

3) My education- Not everyone is fortunate to make it to where I am today. If you had asked me 3 years ago, if I would be receiving a Masters degree, I would have said no. I have been blessed with so many great professors who love and care about me and my colleagues. Both as people and students.

4) My students- They may be crazy, but their humor really keeps me going.

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