Flying Bison Brewery Tour with MBAA

Flying Bison Brewery Tour with MBAA

From the new Netflix show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

 

 

 

Candy sounds like a great dinner during this stressful Finals Week!

 

 

I wanted to catch you up on the great events that have been happening this semester!

Even though the MBA Alumni Association is an organization for those who have graduated from the MBA program at Canisius, students are welcome to attend their events which are held throughout the year.  From networking to presentations, the events are great for the professional development of the Canisius MBA community.

Flying Bison Brewery Logo

On Thursday, April 16th, the MBAA Association held a networking event and fundraiser for their MBA scholarship fund at Flying Bison Brewery.  This event was great because we got to tour the brewery and see how Flying Bison craft beer is produced locally in Buffalo!  With the recent economic growth of WNY, there has been a surge of local craft breweries.  Being able to learn, first-hand, from the Brewery Owner’s son on how they make their beer was fascinating!  I took a Biochemistry course during my year of post-baccalaureate studies (back when I thought I would be an OBGYN and go to a DO school to study medicine).  For the laboratory portion of the course, we spent six weeks fermenting grape juice with various sugar and yeast concentrations to understand the fermentation process.  Since beer is made with a very similar fermentation process, it was exciting to see the commercial applications of what was learned in Biochem lab!

Brewing Tanks

This event was the second to last event for the school year for the MBA Alumni Association.  Next week will be the Graduate Business Programs and MBAA Annual Mixer, which will include a silent auction and the Annual Awards presentation to several notable Canisius community members.  If you’re looking to network more with the Canisius business community as a student (or prospective student or alumni) I would totally suggest you come to the Annual Mixer on Friday May 8th so make sure to get your tickets to the event!

Since I’ll keep this censored (so many funny videos involving alcohol that would be totally inaprorpo), here is a funny clip about candy!

Why an MBA in Professional Accounting?

Why an MBA in Professional Accounting?

Superbowl  Halftime’s Left Shark Stole The Show!

Yay! MBAPA!!

But why switch careers to accounting?

 

 

 

The MBA in Professional Accounting is a great program for those who want to change their careers!  Students in the program could have undergraduate degrees ranging from Education to Biology.  Personally, my undergraduate degree was in Sociology with a minor in Human Resources Management (and almost a second minor in Psychology, but was a class short by the time I graduated).  I began my career straight out of undergrad in human resources, but found it was not the right place for me. So, when I was re-evaluating my career path, I found the exciting field of accounting!

The MBA in Professional Accounting at Canisius is one of the best programs in the country.  Through this program, you are able to sit for the CPA exam after you graduate and will also acquire an MBA.  There are multiple accounting graduate programs for non-accounting undergrad applicants, but most will get you a Masters in Accounting (MAcc) without the management skills.  Having the MBA combined with the CPA will make you an ideal candidate to future employers!  Plus, if one day you aspire to achieve a management level position in accounting, your MBA will keep you a step-ahead of the competition. And don’t forget, Canisius College is ranked # 1 for 2013 CPA exam pass rates for New York State in the large school category! (60 or more of first-time grad and undergrad test takers)

The scores don’t lie.  Canisius College is a great accounting school.  But be prepared to work for the degree!!  It’s not all paper-writing and concept-synthesizing like in an undergraduate Sociology course. Also, IT IS GRAD SCHOOL and grad school is tough!  The MBAPA program has an option to take day courses with the undergraduates, but you still have extra assignments as an MBA student.

Accrual! Get it?? Ha. ha. haaaa

At the end of the day, the MBAPA is a rigorous graduate program that produces bright accounting students.  The full-time day program takes about 2.5 years to complete due to the sequence of courses you need to take, and would be longer for the evening or part-time program.  The program is current;y 70 credit hours, which is more than the 48 credit hour Evening MBA and the 51 credit hour One Year MBA programs.  But in the end, you are coming out with a solid background in accounting.  Canisius College has a welcoming atmosphere and the small-school vibe with the big-school reputation.  When deciding on a school, I chose Canisius College for a variety of reasons and you should consider Canisius College and the MBAPA program too!

 

PS: As the weather outside is frightful, here’s a funny snow scene from The Office

 

Volunteering With VITA

Volunteering With VITA

 

Ben Wyatt of Parks and Rec

 

Accountants may be “bad to the bone”, but we do love to give back to the community!

 

 

 

Even as an accounting student, you can volunteer your time to help your community.  This year will be my first year with volunteering with VITA.  VITA is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offered through the IRS.  The program offers free tax basic income preparation to low-to-moderate income wage earners, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English speaking taxpayers.

 

The VITA program that I am volunteering through is organized by the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers Inc., which provides tax and financial assistance to the Buffalo community all year long.  The Free Tax Preparation offered through their eight local sites prepared over 8,500 federal tax returns last year.  Those tax returns resulted in $13.5 million in tax refunds and $5.4 million in Earned Income Tax Credits brought back into the local economy.  Thus, volunteering with VITA is a great way to help the local community and economy.

 

The tax preparation for volunteers is completely free!  The IRS and United Way sponsors the program offered through the BFNC, so all of the course materials and training courses are free.  As a volunteer, you can be a greeter, screener, tax preparer, or quality reviewer with basic tax prep certification through the IRS.  You are also encouraged to certify (passing the tests at above 80%) as advanced, military, and international if you wish to learn more. Don’t worry, the BFNC has site coordinators and site supervisors who will be certified in the most current year and there to help you when in the field!  As a volunteer you can give as much or as little of your time to the program.  Of course, the more the better since there is such a large need for the assistance.  The training and certification happens now and the volunteering begins during Tax Season of January to April.  The volunteer sites have various times that they will be open, and the site coordinators are willing to work with your availability as a volunteer.  This is great for busy students and those with full-time jobs to still volunteer!

 

 

As a student new to the accounting world in the MBAPA program, I highly suggest volunteering your time with VITA.  Even if you are an undergraduate student or considering an MBA in a non-accounting field, you are just as encouraged to volunteer.  VITA is a great way to gain professional experience and people skills.  Plus, you’re giving back to the community and encouraging the growth of the Buffalo economy.  There’s still time to sign up for VITA volunteering for next year!

 

 

You can call 716-362-0744 or go fill out an interest form or contact the BFNC for more information. 🙂

 

PS: An adorable cat video for your enjoyment. Awwwww!!

Strategic Blogging

Strategic Blogging

 

Hello All! I hope your week has been going well. This week’s entry will delve into a project we are currently tasked with in our Strategic Management class. This class is unique because it is spread over two semesters. The course starts at the midpoint of the spring semester and continues until the end of the first summer session. It is a capstone course that requires the fulfillment of a project and many case studies. There are no exams! This week marked the due date of our first case study. The case study detailed the history of the video game industry. We had to write a paper explaining what we thought was the biggest issue currently facing the industry. It was a very interesting assignment.

In regards to the capstone project, the One-Year students were split into groups and each one picked a different company to work worth. The goal of the assignment is to help the chosen company with whatever business guidance they need. My group chose the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo. This is a highly diversified Catholic elementary school ranging from Pre-K to 8th grade. The school has been steadily increasing its academic standing amongst its peers. However, they need some marketing assistance to pull new students into their institution. We had our initial meeting with them on Thursday and are very excited to help them excel.

We are getting pretty close to the end of the semester. The wheels are in motion and every week feels like a triumph. Next week is cut short due to the holiday and we have a four day weekend! For those of you who will graduate after this semester, I wish you all the best. Keep up the hard work it’s almost over! Next week will be my last entry for the semester, but I’ll be back for the summer.

Concentrate on Concentration

Concentrate on Concentration

 

The college experience is truly a fantastic thing. One of the biggest and most important aspects of earning your degree is deciding what you will major in. What is the subject you could see your career revolving around? This could be an incredibly easy decision for some and a terrible nightmare for others. The key is to not get too worried and let the motivation come to you. In time, your major will find you without you even knowing it! This week I’ll mostly discuss how I chose my undergraduate major and what led me to pursue the One-Year MBA program.

I have always had a thing for numbers and puzzles. I was always good at problem solving and math. I wanted to major in accounting because it is fundamentally a combination of both of these areas. This desire led me to my undergraduate degree. Upon completion, I felt that I needed more. I grew fond of the business world throughout my first four years of college. Instead of attending graduate school to further my accounting degree, I wanted to develop a broader range of business expertise. After conducting a ton of research I found that an MBA was my best option. The program at Canisius was especially unique because it allowed me to achieve my degree in one year. That is how I ended up in the One-Year Program.

What is great about an MBA is that it opens opportunities for practically any undergraduate degree. There is a wide variety of students in our class with very different backgrounds. These include Philosophy, Theatre, and Law. Don’t be discouraged if you have an undergrad degree that isn’t business related. Another week has concluded as the semester steadily approaches an end. Good luck studying and look forward to next week’s blog!

Projects

Projects

The time is upon us. The semester has progressed far enough where we are past the introductory stages of our courses. This week marks the transition from learning new material to applying said knowledge. Yes my readers, we have stumbled onto several projects this week in the One-Year MBA program. This blog will mainly focus on projects given to us in our Finance and Marketing classes.

In regards to Finance, we have been assigned a substantial spreadsheet project in which we must manipulate mortgage rates. The spreadsheet needs to be built in a way that either rejects or accepts a client based on a few financial criteria. This project really makes you think outside of the box and apply what we have learned over the past few weeks. Marketing however, has given us a substantially different assignment to complete. In teams, we must choose a product offered locally in this area and create a marketing plan to introduce this product to Cleveland, Ohio. The assignment is to be completed in sections throughout the entirety of the semester. We have only begun the marketing project but it will be interesting to complete. I am currently enrolled in a Taxation course and we must complete a sizable tax return project as well.

This has been a strenuous week but there is light at the end of the tunnel. We get both Monday and Tuesday off next week due to a holiday break. A mini vacation will be very relaxing and much needed. In two weeks I have four exams within two days! Due to this I will most likely not submit an entry for the next two weeks. However, I’ll return right after that with a description of our contributions to a local ethics competition. Enjoy your long weekend and good luck with your studies!