Accounting Students attend International Accounting Conference
For the past 15 years, Robert Kirsch, professor of accounting, has accompanied SCSU School of Business students as they take part in the International Learning Platform for Accountancy (ILPA) Conference, held annually in Europe. This past October, Kirsch and four students — Yenny Bayas, Wildalyse De La Cruz, Jailene Febles, and Carissa Wasikowski — traveled to Vannes, France, to attend the week-long conference. The Southern students were the only delegation from the United States invited to attend the conference. “These women did a great job of representing the school and the country. I am proud of all four of them,” says. Kirsch.” Other countries represented at the ILPA conference include Austria, Greece, Germany, Romania, Spain, Lithuania, the United Kingdom, Hungary, and Italy. The students worked on four case studies: Financial Statement Analysis, Auditing, International Finance Reporting Standards, and Social Accounting. These case studies “are designed to address all the competencies that are needed for emerging accountancy professionals,” according to ILPA’s website.
Support for the trip was provided by local accounting firm Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala as well as alumni donations. A member of Southern’s Class of 1991, Mike Ganino of Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, says “My firm enthusiastically supports SCSU's participation in the ILPA and applauds the efforts of the School of Business to bring this opportunity to its students. This trip is another rung in the ladder of success that SCSU puts forth for its students, which we continuously see in the skill, character, and dedication of SCSU Business School graduates.”
The students, too, appreciated this opportunity. De La Cruz remarks that the trip was an “unforgettable experience and one that I’d recommend all accounting students be able to experience. Thanks to the generous donors I was able to go on the trip comfortably knowing that everything was paid for.” Team member, Febles agrees: "Between experiencing the French culture, building my knowledge and skill level in international accounting, and making unforgettable friendships with students all around Europe, ILPA 2016 was so eye-opening and a trip I will never forget. Thank you to Dr. Kirsch and everyone else who made the trip possible." Wasikowski adds, "Not only did I learn more about accounting, but being able to interact with students from around the world was an amazing experience. I am so happy I applied and decided to go!"