5/22/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - The Ohio CPA Foundation, the charitable affiliate of The Ohio Society of CPAs (OSCPA), has expanded its successful Student Ambassador Program to include Ashland University.
Dr. Kris Parsons, chair of the department of accounting and information systems at Ashland University, said the Student Ambassador Program is built around the concept of peer-to-peer networking and counseling. The goal of the program is to encourage students to consider majoring in accounting and becoming CPAs by exposing them to the wide array of career opportunities in the CPA profession.
“A current accounting student from each participating campus is selected to plan events to reach high school students and undecided college students to dispel misconceptions and outdated stereotypes about what CPAs do,” Parsons said. “They want students to understand that accountants don’t just sit behind a desk crunching numbers all day.”
Ashland University senior, Nick Kemmerle, has been selected to serve as the ambassador for the 2013-14 year. Kemmerle is enrolled in Ashland University’s accelerated BSBA/MBA in accounting program and is planning to sit for the CPA immediately upon graduation.
He has explored career options by completing internships with the Auditor of the State of Ohio, the Gorman Rupp Co. and Grant Thornton, LLP.
“I am very excited to be the new ambassador for The Ohio Society of CPAs,” Kemmerle said. “I think the partnership with Ashland University and IMA will prove to be most beneficial.”
According to Parsons, the Student Ambassador Program extends the relationship that Ashland University has developed with OSCPA and its Foundation.
“Students at Ashland have been participating in the FETCH (Financial Education Teaches Children Healthy Habits) program,” she said. “This initiative uses an interactive board game to teach fifth and sixth grade students about financial literacy.”
Ashland University also has been co-sponsoring a high school career day with OSCPA. Last year, the Criminal Investigative Unit of the IRS gave the high school students an opportunity to experience surveillance techniques used to solve white-collar crime.
The Ohio CPA Foundation currently sponsors the Student Ambassador Program at 15 Ohio universities. More information about this and other Foundation initiatives can be found at www.ohiocpafoundation.org.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###