Monday, May 13, 2013

Whitworth accounting students surpass expectations


Ashley Sievers, '15, is one of four Whitworth students
selected to attend 2013 Navigate Your Career
Four Whitworth accounting students were selected for the 2013 Navigate Your Career (NYC) Summer Leadership Conference. The conference, run by Moss Adams, an accounting firm, is highly selective, with only 30 spots available throughout the Inland Northwest.

“Receiving four of those spots this year is an incredible accomplishment and a true testament to the hard work, commitment, and exceptional performance being demonstrated by students during this process,” says Heather Rogers, associate professor of accounting and chair of the business and economics department at Whitworth.
Hunter Arno, ’15, Whitney Madden, ’15, Gerhard Muelheims, ’15, and Ashley Sievers, ’15, were chosen for the NYC leadership conference, which will take place July 10-12 in San Francisco.

“I was very impressed with many of my interviews on Whitworth’s campus for our 2013 NYC Summer Leadership Conference, says Ali Marshall, human resources and campus recruiter for Moss Adams. “To see such high caliber sophomore-level students come through the accounting program is very exciting.” In addition to being selected for the NYC conference, Sievers, a sophomore majoring in accounting and economics with a minor in mathematics, was also chosen as the recipient of the Moss Adams Foundation Scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship is for students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in accounting.

“I am very excited to receive this scholarship,” says Sievers. “I have worked hard in my classes and outside groups over the last two years, and it is nice to see a reward for that. It is thrilling to know that businesses are interested in what we are doing here at Whitworth.”

Sievers says that at the conference, she is looking forward to meeting other students from other schools, comparing experiences and learning from each other. She also sees this conference as an opportunity to figure out what area of accounting she wants to specialize in, such as public or private accounting, and if she chooses private accounting, what kind of industry to work in.

“Whitworth’s accounting professors are fantastic,” says Sievers. “They are always willing to help and are genuinely interested in how we are doing.”

Founded in 1913, Moss Adams is a nationwide organization of certified public accountants and business consultants. It employs more than 2,000 personnel and has more than 260 partners.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.