Before the end of spring semester, the first 2017 NOVA Accounting Symposium was held on the Annandale Campus on April 28. Led by Thomas Marsh, assistant dean of the business and public services division and associate professor of accounting, and sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the mid-day event was held in the Mark R. Warner Student Services Building.
“It was a tremendous success,” stated Marsh, “with over 60 NOVA students attending and six educational, professional organizations, and accounting firms participating.” Annandale Associate Professor of Accounting Jill Mitchell and Woodbridge Associate Professor of Accounting Nauri Ahmed were also in attendance.
The symposium provided NOVA students interested in an accounting career with information on academic preparation, career opportunities, CPA licensing and benefits, as well as an opportunity to network with representatives of AICPA, the Virginia Board of Accountancy (VBOA), the Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA), and the accounting firms Ernst & Young and Baker Tilly.
Dr. Mark Ingram, George Mason University accounting professor, and students from the Mason accounting program also made presentations to help prepare students seeking to transfer to four-year institutions.
The AICPA sponsored the symposium as part of its Academic Champions initiative, a nationwide program of select academic institutions in which NOVA is currently the only community college participating in the program.
“We thank the AICPA and all of the professional and academic organizations for taking part in this exciting event,” Marsh said. “We plan to hold a similar symposium again next spring.”