Senior Spotlight: Jessica Vasquez

Jessica VasquezSince entering Cal Poly as a freshman in the Orfalea College of Business, Jessica Vasquez has been busy. Originally from Bakersfield, Ca., Vasquez became involved with the Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA) her freshman year. Now a senior, Vasquez has served on its executive board for three years as Director of Finance, Vice President, and President. Shaped by her experiences with the HBSA, mentors and faculty of the Orfalea College of Business, Vasquez has become an effective leader and is excited to explore her internship with Moss Adams LLP in San Francisco before starting the Cal Poly Master’s in Accounting Program in August.

As a freshman in the dorms, Vasquez knew she wanted to get involved but was unsure of what to join. Brimming with questions, Vasquez sought help from her dorm’s Residential Advisor. Vasquez would soon discover both a mentor and a confidant in her advisor, who would ultimately help push Vasquez to becoming so involved. As a freshman, Vasquez joined the Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA), which is an Orfalea College of Business organization aimed at fortifying student academic and professional interests by unifying and empowering students. When positions on the HBSA Board opened up at the end of her freshman year, Vasquez’s advisor encouraged and motivated her to run for the Director of Finance position.

Three years later, Vasquez has now been involved with the HBSA every year she’s been at Cal Poly. After holding the position of Director of Finance, Vasquez eventually ran and held the position of Vice President, then President after that. With the help of Justin Gomez, Academic Advisor and Success Coach in the Orfalea College of Business, Vasquez always knew she could receive countless advice and direction. Throughout her time with the HBSA, Vasquez was able to directly impact both students and the HBSA, as well as gain invaluable lessons on working with teams and becoming an effective leader.

Vasquez also found guidance from others during her academic journey at Cal Poly. After taking a financial accounting course her freshman year, Vasquez was excited by the subject and decided to pursue an accounting concentration. It was after declaring her concentration that Vasquez found support from Sheri Boscaro, Executive Director for Accounting Excellence. Through Boscaro’s dedication to Vasquez and Cal Poly students, Vasquez was able to uncover her passions and gain support in her development.

While her time as an undergraduate student will soon be over, Vasquez didn’t let that slow her down. With help from advisors Justin Gomez and Yovani Alexander, and with guidance from Sheri Boscaro, Vasquez was able to secure both an internship and an acceptance into Cal Poly’s graduate program. This summer, Vasquez plans to explore the Bay Area while interning with Moss Adams LLP in their San Francisco office. After, Vasquez will return to San Luis Obispo to begin the Cal Poly Master’s in Accounting Program. When looking towards her future, Vasquez hopes to continue her lessons learned from the Hispanic Business Student Association by encouraging high school students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue higher education.

50 Accounting Students Receive Scholarships

Cal Poly Accounting StudentsThe Accounting Area celebrated its annual Day in the Park event with alumni, students and faculty on O’Neill Green on Saturday, May 20. Later that evening, supporters gathered for the program’s Spring Banquet, where more than 50 top accounting students received scholarships thanks to alumni and industry supporters.

Andersen Tax: Julia Stern
Andersen Tax: Maya Rotman
Apercen Partners LLC: Dana Lynn Haserot
Armanino LLP: Sophia Alicia Jimenez
Armanino LLP: Steven Johnson
Armanino LLP: Lauren Ludlow
BDO USA LLP: Madeline Camilleri
BDO USA LLP: Tyler Toft
Becker CPA: Bruce Benton
BPM: Keri Reinbolt
C & D LLP: Thomas Edward Soto
CBIZ MHM, LLC: Matthew Rosengarten
Central Coast Chapter of CalCPA: Kristina Kong
Central Coast Chapter of CalCPA: Ashley Nicole Cope
Chevron Corporation: Halim Choucair
Chevron Corporation: Jesse Wang
Crowe Horwath: Jane Legrama
Damitz, Brooks, Nightingale, Turner & Morrisset: Hannah Maccoux
Damitz, Brooks, Nightingale, Turner & Morrisset: Zachary Voltmer
Deloitte.: Brooke Begun
Deloitte.: Meghan Boyle
Deloitte.: Cori Bynum
Dr. Earl Keller: Bruce Benton
DZH Phillips: Duncan Barnard
EisnerAmper: Margaret Mikhailova
Ernst & Young: Melanie Logan
Ernst & Young: Alexander Sola
Fluor Corporation: Anny Tang
Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP: Cole Simpson
Glenn Burdette: Shannon Riley
Grant Thornton LLP: Hyo Jin (Julie) Park
Grant Thornton LLP: Cheyenne Tucker
Hayashi Wayland: Matthew Lem
KCoe Isom: Sam Ogee
KCoe Isom (Accounting Minor): Kayce Murray
KPMG: Jenna Butler
KPMG: Gary Chan
Moss Adams LLP: Colton Merrill
Moss Adams LLP: Courtney Benner
Moss Adams LLP: Jacob Shubin
Moss Adams LLP: Katrina Strawick
Navolio & Tallman LLP: Breannah Yeh
PricewaterhouseCoopers: Michelle Chen
PricewaterhouseCoopers: Kshitij Mehta
PricewaterhouseCoopers: Mallory Skye Muehlbauer
Radakovich, Shaw & Blythe: Jemin Chakkalakal
RINA Accountancy Corporation: Alison Denton
Robert W. Hill: Jun Bang
Roger CPA: Brent Hamparzoomian
Seiler LLP: Shelby Funk
Seiler LLP: Kyle Jeffrey Poppinga
Sensiba San Filippo LLP: Nicola Jeanne Mayer
Stephen C. Mansfield: Yun Ling Ng