The Cal Poly Accounting Club donated $5,400 to Jack’s Helping Hand, a Central Coast nonprofit organization that provides assistance and programs to children with cancer and special needs.
The club raised the money at its third-annual Orfalea College of Business Olympics held Saturday, Sept. 30 — the group’s biggest philanthropy event of the year. The recruiting and networking event brought together more than 100 students, alumni and accounting industry recruiters, who casually tackled obstacle courses and relay races on Cal Poly’s sports fields.
The club has raised nearly $12,000 for charitable organizations since 2015, including the Alzheimer’s Association and Heifer International, a global nonprofit working to eradicate poverty and hunger through sustainable, values-based holistic community development.
The accounting club provides a vital link between Cal Poly’s Accounting Area, which is recognized as a significant source of top accounting graduates in California, and industry professionals. The club hosts career fairs, professional development events, leadership opportunities and networking opportunities for its roughly 400 members.
For more information on the club, visit http://www.polycpac.com.
When Julia Switzky first arrived at Cal Poly, she was unsure of the direction her career would take. However, that all changed when she discovered the Cal Poly Accounting Club. After getting her undergraduate degree in economics with an accounting concentration, Switzky went on to obtain her Master of Science in Accounting in the Orfalea College of Business graduate program. Graduating from the program this spring, Switzky will be working for PricewaterhouseCoopers full-time in Los Angeles.
When searching for what path she should take in her college career, Switzky began attending the Cal Poly Accounting club meetings during her sophomore year. When she discovered that the club, its materials and people riveted her, Switzky then went to every meeting. During this time, she attended the club’s community service and social events and gained personal relationships with the executive board members.
“I looked up to them,” said Switzky on the Cal Poly Accounting Club’s Executive Board members. “This inspired me to pursue a career in accounting.”
After discovering her drive for accounting, Switzky applied for the club’s Executive Board and held the position of Director of Publicity during the 2015-2016 year. While working with the rest of the Executive Board, as well as the board’s advisor, Sheri Boscaro, Switzky learned how to debate ideas, turn her skills into strengths, and make hard decisions for the club’s future.
Switzky saw a vision for the Cal Poly Accounting Club. While in her position, Switzky worked tirelessly to rebrand and promote the club by leading all outreach and communications with students through social media, emails, posters and digital signage. Through Switzky’s efforts, the club saw a significant increase in its presence on campus and events and also doubled club membership.
During the summer of her undergraduate junior year, Switzky interned for PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the Big Four auditors and the second largest professional services firm in the world. During her three-month internship, Switzky worked with entertainment, media, communications and technology clients and enjoyed networking with as many people as possible.
When her undergraduate education was near complete, Switzky knew she wanted to continue her education. She then applied to the Orfalea College of Business Master of Science in Accounting program and was accepted. Throughout her one-year intensive masters program, Switzky has gained insight into the larger environment in which accounting operates and has built essential experiences in critical thinking, effective writing, presenting, and other technical skills. She also tutored Intermediate Accounting I and II classes for the college in order to help students reach their full potential.
While her time at Cal Poly may be coming to an end, Switzky will continue her passion for accounting by working full-time for PwC as an Assurance Associate. Her impact on the Cal Poly Accounting Club will live on and soon she will show the accounting world what she has to offer.
Anthony Mojica has been taking advantage of all that the Orfalea College of Business has to offer since his first day. Hailing from Rancho Cucamonga, Mojica — a business administration student concentrating in both accounting and finance — joined the Cal Poly Accounting Club (CPAC) during his first week at Cal Poly. There he found both a mentor and a friend, and his college experience grew on that strong foundation.
Jon Prince, a senior in CPAC, helped Mojica and his fellow freshman, Chris Childers, gain the confidence to pursue leadership opportunities.
Mojica went on to become a peer advisor and an Orfalea Student Ambassador during his years at Cal Poly, branching out and overcoming his previous aversion to public speaking.
Despite aligning himself with the accounting side of the college early on, Mojica will be going on to a finance position after graduation.
“I found that my professional interest was aligned better with finance positions rather than in public accounting. I think this is due to the nature of finance being utilized in industry as a forward-looking arm of companies, where employees are focused for the most part on the strategy of how to manage money going forward.”
Mojica will be joining Apple, Inc. as a Finance Development Program Associate. He interned this past summer in Cupertino with Apple, Inc. which lead to his full-time offer.
While his ultimate dream job is to become the front man of a successful rock band, Mojica also dreams of becoming the head of a finance sports franchise.
“Basketball and football are some of my biggest passions in life and I feel like I could become very invested in a job like that.”
To the freshmen entering this fall, Mojica advises them to set goals, work hard to achieve those goals and find people at Cal Poly who will help them become the best version of themselves.
The Orfalea College of Business hosted its Senior Awards Ceremony May 13, handing out awards for student, faculty and club excellence. Join us in celebrating this year’s winners:
Club Member of the Year
These students are selected by their club’s leadership for outstanding engagement and service.
Cal Poly Investment Banking Society — Morgan Kavanagh
Financial Management Association — Matthew Yardley
Hispanic Business Student Association — Ilianna Salas
Alpha Kappa Psi — Daniel Papp
Cal Poly Accounting Club — Maddie Newton
Women in Business — Kayla Lake and Jessie Goodrum
Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards
Selected by each concentration’s faculty, these students exemplify academic excellence, career readiness and service to their community.
Accounting — Nicole Mogg
Economics — Kevin Griest
Entrepreneurship — Kaitlyn Henry
Finance — Gregory R. Ledford
Industrial Technology & Packaging — Patrick Salibi
Information Systems— Courtney Jacobson
Management & Human Resources — Megan Sullivan
Consumer Packaging Solutions — Andrew Babb
Marketing — Jenna Hoffman
Scholastic Achievement Awards
Presented to all Orfalea College of Business seniors graduating with a 3.85 cumulative GPA and above.
Academic Excellence & Delta Sigma Pi Award
Presented to the Orfalea College of Business graduating senior with the highest cumulative GPA.
Nicole Mogg (Accounting)
College and University Awards
Contributions to the Objectives and Public Image of the College — Karissa Ramage
Contributions to the Objectives and Public Image of the University — Jordan Willis
Service to the Off-Campus Community — Vishal Venkitachalam
Distinguished Service Award — Jon Peck
Dean’s Award — Courtney Jacobson
Leaders in Innovation — Cal Poly Accounting Club
Leaders in Campus Involvement — Financial Management Association
Leaders in Community Outreach — Alpha Kappa Psi
Leaders in Professional Development — American Marketing Association
Club of the Year — Women in Business
Outstanding Faculty in Accounting — Trisha Anderson
Outstanding Faculty in Economics — William Lindsay
Outstanding Faculty in Finance — Larry Gorman
Outstanding Faculty in Industrial Technology & Packaging — Eric Olsen
Outstanding Faculty in Management & Human Resources — Jean-Francois Coget
Outstanding Faculty in Information Systems — Barry Floyd
Outstanding Faculty in Marketing — Brennan Davis
Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award — Sharon Dobson and Sisi Pouraghabagher
Emeritus Faculty of the Year Award — Jason Lepore
Cal Poly Accounting Club Continues to Grow
The 2015-16 academic year has already set off to a strong start for the Cal Poly Accounting Club (CPAC), with membership doubling from 144 to more than 300 students. The club hosted a successful Fall Symposium in early October, giving students of all ages a chance to connect with the Big Four accounting firms as well as other small and medium-sized companies. This year’s event also included a panel discussion about recruiting moderated by Dean Scott Dawson.
The day after Fall Symposium, CPAC hosted the first-ever OCOB Olympics, which brought together students, faculty, and professionals from 13 different accounting firms for an afternoon of games and casual networking. It provided a friendly environment for students and professionals to form relationships while raising money for a great cause, the Alzheimer’s Association.
CPAC also hosted its annual Careers in Accounting Day, an event geared toward underclassmen as they explore potential job and internship opportunities. In addition to a recruiting fair, the day featured a panel discussion from industry veterans, including several Cal Poly alumni, about what it’s like to work for firms, private companies and government agencies. More than 300 students attended and 37 companies recruited at the event — the most attendance in CPAC history.
Looking ahead, CPAC president Jonathan Peck says they have a number of new events to enrich professional development for the club’s members, including industry tours at LinkedIn, an internship panel with upper-division students, and an alumni panel with graduates across industries.
CPAC is also encouraging their alumni to mentor Orfalea College of Business students. The college is building new opportunities for alumni to mentor locally in San Luis Obispo and remotely via Skype.
CPAC will also be hosting its annual Day in the Park event on Saturday, May 14, 2016 on O’Neill Green. The event is a chance to connect past and present accounting students over a fun, casual afternoon of food and recreational activities. Although Day in the Park is not a recruiting event, more than 100 industry professionals and recruiters will be attending to interact with students in a friendly, conversational environment.
Later that day, the Cal Poly Accounting Area will host its annual Spring Banquet where junior scholarships and senior accolades will be awarded. Students will be able to network with the firms who invest in the program. Any alumni who would like to attend the event should contact Sheri Boscaro firstname.lastname@example.org.
CPAC is also planning events to reunite past board members. Past CPAC leaders are encouraged to join the LinkedIn group dedicated to those events and help the group reconnect.