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!

Nom Nom Nom Pho

Nom Nom Nom Pho










Mmmmm Food! 

I’m really hating this weather.  As a kid I used to love it!  Loved skiing and sledding! (and making jumps to fly over) But now, I miss the beach.  Maybe after all of this grad school I’ll go move to the south of France or a nice island in the Caribbean.

Anywho, I wanted to dedicate this post to staying warm.
And I’m such a foodie, so let’s talk about staying warm with food! (MBAPA Students need to eat sometimes!!)
My favorite food in this chilly weather is Pho!  (even though I can never pronounce this right)
It is a Vietnamese soup of rice noodles, broth, meat, and herbs.
I have a few go-to places for it and all have been “Good Eats” so far! 

Loved this show growing up! Now, love watching Cutthroat Kitchen that Alton Brown hosts!

In Rochester, my most favorite version is at Han Noddle Bar. If you’re ever in Roc City, I totally suggest checking this place out. They have my favorite food in the world too: pork belly steamed buns!
(I know. I know. It’s Chinese and not Vietnamese. But I LOVE that place!)

Han Noodle Bar
687 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY

Since most of us don’t want to drive that far in this frozen wonderland, there are three great places for pho in the city that I totally recommend (They’re all pretty great, so these are in alphabetical order instead.)

Pork Belly Steamed Buns from Han Noodle Bar (photo form Yelp)

Roast Duck Noodle Bowl from Han Noodle Bar (a bit different from Beef Pho, photo from Yelp)

Pho Dollar
322 West Ferry Street, Buffalo, NY

Great broth and large portions.  Open and comfortable dining space with friendly staff.  Lots of customers love getting their take-out too.

Beef Pho from Pho Dollar with Sriracha (photo from Yelp)

Pho 99 (99 Fast Food Restaurant)
3396 Bailey Ave, Buffalo, NY

Casual dining that reminds you of a fast food place, but friendly staff and lots of great menu options beyond pho. Truly Vietnamese food and no hybrid options, but they make awesome dishes!  Broth and noodles and beef options are plentiful.

Beef Pho from Pho 99 (photo from Yelp)

Sun Restaurant
1989 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY

Their version of Pho is quite interactive if you get it with the rare beef slices. Yummy broth and garnishes to add to it as well. More of a high-end atmosphere but still affordable.

Beef Pho from Sun Restaurant (photo from their website)

The video below is from this week’s Cutthroat Kitchen After Show, where Alton Brown spoke to the show’s latest guest judge about the sabotages that the contestants had to endure.  (The judge doesn’t know of the sabotages when picking the best dish each round.)

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!!

Beginning of the End

Beginning of the End

It’s crazy to believe, but there’s only one summer course standing between me and the end of my career in the Canisius MBA in Professional Accounting program. It seems like just yesterday I was walking up the stairs in Old Main for my graduate school orientation.

Although my time at Canisius has flown by, it is incredible just how much I have learned in these past two years. Inside the classroom, I developed an understanding not only of the basic material of the courses, but how that material will be applicable in real world situations, which I find to be an invaluable part of the curriculum of the Canisius accounting program. I feel as though my classes have prepared me extremely well for both the CPA exam and for the work world.

In addition, I learned a lot outside of the classroom. For instance, at events like Meet the Accountants Night, career panels, and various other presentations, I became familiarized with the incredibly vast amount of career opportunities that are available to accounting students, especially students coming from Canisius’s well-known program. Furthermore, the countless events held at Canisius really helped me learn how to network and socialize in a business setting.

Last but surely not least, I developed such great relationships at Canisius; very quickly, my classmates became friends, and my professors became mentors. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with these students as well as with the professors at Canisius, and I have learned so much from both. True, the MBA in Professional Accounting program at this school is extremely rigorous, but I strongly believe it offers the most well-rounded education in the area. Although I am looking forward to starting my career, I will certainly miss my Canisius family and am so thankful for the opportunity to learn and grow at such a wonderful institution.

Summer Courses

Summer Courses

Spring break already?? Wow, this semester is flying by! It’s hard to believe that in less than two short months, we will have completed final exams for the semester, and some of us will be getting ready to start summer classes.

For Canisius’s MBA program, summer classes are divided into two six-week sessions. Although it is definitely not easy to pack an entire course into six weeks, summer classes are a fantastic way to get courses completed quickly and enable students to stay on track with their coursework. I always find it very impressive how many classes are actually offered and how many professors are willing to dedicate their time to teaching in the summer. For example, this summer, 19 MBA courses are offered in the first session and 12 MBA courses in the second session. Six extra weeks of vacation is a lot, so the fact that so many course instructors give up their time during the precious summer months in Western New York certainly doesn’t go unnoticed.

Although the idea of summer classes doesn’t always sound like fun, as a student in the MBAPA program, they have been essential to allowing me to complete my requirements on time. In fact, since I began the MBAPA program in Summer 2012, I have taken classes every summer and will conclude my coursework for the program this coming June upon completion of a summer course. I am very thankful that Canisius has offered the breadth of courses that they have during summer months as it has allowed me to complete the 70 credit hour program in just slightly over 2 years! I highly recommend Canisius’s summer courses to any student looking to complete the MBAPA program in a timely manner or to those who are looking to lighten their course load during the regular school year.