Calendar and Events
Our first meeting, where we will organize and elect officers, will be in BST 219 at 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM on Wednesday February 13th. After the election we can discuss what events appeal to members and who will perform what tasks to make the semester successful.
Wednesday March 6th, Kate Phelps will come to speak about her experiences being a student at IVC, going on a CPA office tour, being hired by that CPA firm, passing the CPA Exam, and her life as a professional. Kate originally graduated as a finance major and when she later decided to become a CPA she came to IVC to obtain additional course work. Hope to see you there at 5PM in BST 219.
We have scheduled a tour of Ells Certified Public Accountants & Business Advisors Tuesday April 30th in Santa Ana. It will probably be at 4:30 PM at their offices. Please email Nathan Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org .
• On September 18th we will host Andrew Tinseth, the head of internal audit at Western Digital Corporation. He will speak to us about what a career in internal auditing is like. Since the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, internal audit has increased tremendously in importance. It is one of the fast-track career paths that students should consider. This will be in our usual meeting place, i.e., BST 120.
• On September 19th we may have someone from the California State Board of Accountancy speak to us about the new education requirements needed to become a CPA. These take effect in 2014. Check this page to see if that materializes. If it happens, it will be in Room A307A (this is different from the BST Building where we normally hold events).
• On September 25th we will host a panel consisting of professionals working in the three main areas of employment in the accounting profession, i.e., public accounting, government, and private industry. Most of their time will be answering questions from the audience. It is hoped this will help students understand the differences between these career alternatives and make better choices about their future. This will be in our usual meeting place, i.e., BST 120.
• On October 2nd Hoda Hessaramiri will speak about the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. We plan to have lots of VITA events on the IVC campus. Do something good and get tax preparation experience at the same time. Room BST 120 at 5PM.
• We have been invited on a tour of the offices of Kushner, Smith, Joanou & Gregson, LLP (a CPA firm), to be conducted at 5:00 PM on October 9th. You may indicate your interest in going on tour by emailing email@example.com. They are willing to host up to 25 students on the tour. If you want to participate, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• On October 16th we will host a representative from Becker CPA Review. Learn about the CPA exam, including the new education requirements, test taking strategies, and how to prepare for the exam.
- Tuesday, February 14th, a representative from Becker CPA Review is coming to speak about their course. There will be free pizza and soda for attendees. Come and get it.
- Next Tuesday: Mark Merriman from Kieckhafer Schiffer & Company, a local CPA firm near IVC, will come Tuesday January 24, 2012, to speak to the Accounting Society about what it is like to work in a smaller firm. He will address hiring and promotion, type of work, the business model, and comparison to larger firms. Please stop by BST-101 at 5:00 PM to learn more about the profession of Accounting.
- For VITA Tax Preparation
- February 18,March 3, 24, and 31,April 7 and 14 (9:00 AM to 2:00 PM)
- On September 21 we have a tour of the offices of Ells Certified Public Accountants & Business Advisors. You can find out more about them athttp://www.ellscpas.com/ .That is Wednesday at 4:30PM in their offices. Come to the next Accounting Society meeting,September13th inA307A,to sign up for this tour.
- October 4th, there will be a panel discussion with representatives from the three major career alternatives in accounting, i.e., public accounting, private industry and government. They will describe the career path and take questions from students. This might help you focus on a career choice that is right for you.
- October 11 or 18 we will have someone from the Institute of Internal Auditors speak about the CIA certification (Certified Internal Auditor) and careers in internal audit. This career path usually involves significant travel since, generally, only large companies have an internal audit department and their function is to audit all significant locations each year. Because of the travel, there is less competition for some of these jobs. Travel is something you can do more easily when you are young and starting out. Also, internal audit can provide audit experience toward CPA certification also. Learn more about the CIA at http://www.theiia.org/certification/and have your questions ready.
- October 13th the Business Leaders Society will host a transfer information event. This has been highly successful in the past
and featured representatives from many colleges of interest to our business transfer students.
- On September 19th we may have someone from the California State Board of Accountancy speak to us about the new education requirements needed to become a CPA. These take effect in 2014. Check this page to see if thatmaterializes
- October 25th Michael Rodriguez, Vice President and CFO of Clarient, Inc., a General Electric Company, will speak about the events leading up to the sale of the company he worked for to a publicly held company and the first implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.
- On September 6 Neal West, the president of the local chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants, came to our meeting to speak about the CMA designation (Certified Management Accountant).Approximately 30 students came to hear the talk and there were many questions afterward.
- We have a third CPA firm tour scheduled for November 16th.The firm is Poole, Foster & Dul in Santa Ana. There website is http://www.poolefosterdul.com/home.asp?uri=1000&frst=1000.The firm is over 45 years old with three partners and a well rounded practice in tax, audit and consulting. Seats will be limited so sign up early by contacting Paul Lee at email@example.com.
- We have a second tour of CPA firm offices arranged for this October 20th at 4:30 M.Th. firm is named Singer Lewak and their website is http://www.singerlewak.com/.The firm will host the tour for both CSUF and Irvine Valley College Students. Only a limited number of students may participate so contact Paul Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org request a spot. Their office is located on Main Street in Irvine.
- Irvine Valley College Business School Transfer Night
- Accounting Society members will be given an office tour of the CPA firm Glenn M. Gelman & Associates in Santa Ana on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 5:30 PM.We are limited to 20 attendees and it is a joint tour with some students from Chapman University.If you wish to know more about the firm you may visit their web site at www.gmgcpa.com.We will discuss this at our next meeting on Tuesday of next week.Also next week we will start taking pictures for the officers section of this website.
- The Irvine Valley College Accounting Society had a very successful first meeting of the fall 2010 semesteronTuesday, September 7th, between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM in B101 (not in the BST Building).We electedofficers and began planning semester activities.
- ·Therewas a special meeting on May 11th in BST 120 at 5:00 PM.Dr. Betty Chavis, Chair of the Accounting Department at CSUF will speak about their new five year program for Accounting Majors.Starting in January of 2014, 150 semester hours will be required to become a CPA.CSUF has designed a special program that will conform to that standard.People going through the program will receive first a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and then a Master's Degree in Accounting.Previous to this program, CSUF Accounting Majors generally received a Business Administration Degree with an Emphasis in Accounting.The last year in this program would substitute for one of the two years of experience required for CPA certification.It should be an interesting discussion, particularly for those students wishing to transfer to CSUF.
- ·Dec 1Tuesday- From 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM we have scheduled an office tour of a local CPA firm, Wertz & Company, LLP.This is an established local firm that offers a variety of services.This tour gives us a chance to get a first hand look at an important career option and hear from people who work there about what they do and their experiences in public accounting.You can check them out at http://www.wertzco.com/ .They are near the corner of Jeffrey and Trabuco.Please email Kate Phelps at K8Phelps@gmail.com if you want to participate.We will meet at Wertz & Company,LLPinstead of our usual meeting location.
- Dec8thTuesdayBST 116 -- From 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Meeting to elect new officers for the spring semester.May have a speaker from H&R Block.
- Nov 17TuesdayBST 116 - From 5:30 PM to 6:30 PMCynthia Taylor, the branch manager of Robert Half,spoke to us about career topics like resumes, what employers are looking for, interview techniques, etc.Check out their salary calculator that is based on their annual salary survey at: http://www.accountemps.com/HiringInTheUS?rhisg_action=startover
- October 1 - Accounting Society membersattended the Transfer Night from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the IVC Performing Arts Center.They learnedfrom representatives of the various colleges about their business programs and what was necessary to transfer into those programs.Colleges participatingwere University of La Verne, UCLA, CSUF, Pepperdine, UCR, University of Phoenix, Concordia and Chapman.Sounds like a great opportunity!
- May 6 - Free Ethnic Food Day
- The Accounting Society is planning to participate in an event with other clubs to provide free food.We have chosen to featurePhilippine cuisine.
- April 30th - CPA firm tour
- We went on a tour of the CPA firm White, Nelson & Co., LLP in Irvine.The tour was conducted on April 30th between 4:30 PM and 6:00 PM.California State University Long Beach students were also there.Attendees found it interesting and informative.More such tours will be scheduled if possible.With finals coming up, though, it may be fall before another one is possible.Some of us will be busy over the summer planning such activities.
- April 23, 2009- Bowling and Accounting!
- CalCPA will be hosting Young and Emerging Professionals Night at Lucky Strike on Thursday April 23. All are welcome to come meet accounting professionals as well as young and new accountants! Cost will be $20 for bowling from 7:00pm-9:00pm which also includes shoe rental, 2 drink tickets, and great food. Registration starts at 6:30pm. Questions?Contact Nancy Wilson at (714) 545-6717 or click here for more details.
- ·March 3, 2009 Melinda Haffey from Deloitte, one of the Big 4 CPA firms, will be speaking to us about the profession of public accounting. This will be from Noon to 1pm in BST-119 (see campus map at http://www.ivc.edu/maps/pages/campus_map.aspx). She will discuss what kinds of professional services are provided, how that might be different from working for a corporation, what kinds of clients are served, andwhat are some of the different opportunities in public accounting. Melinda has worked in the tax services at Deloitte and now has gotten into student recruiting. This is a global organization serving clients all over the world and it will be an interesting look at one of the major career paths available.
- February 10th the Accounting Society hosted a speaker from The Lucus Group. Senior Accountant and Finance Recruiter, Suzie Hoang gave tips about writing a good resume and how to land the interview you want. We thank all to those who attended.
- Officer nomination and elections were finalized. Positions will be posted shortly.
- The Accounting Society hosted speakers Michael and Susanfrom Macy's to discuss tips for employment success, as well as employment opportunities within Macy's. Michael, recruitment manager, and Susan,human resources manager, offered invaluable insider insight regardingtheinternal complexities of operating a large retail store, detailing the roles of support assistants, loss prevention agents, administrative assistants, sales associates, fitting room associates, and human resource assistants.Held November 25, 2008.
- These are scheduled days and times for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance at Irvine Valley College in the computer lab area formerly known as the Media Resource Center.
Thursday, October 7, 2010, 5:30 P.M. – 7:15 P.M.
Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center (PAC)
Here are the colleges that should be represented
• Azusa Pacific University (APU).
• Biola University (BU).
• Cal State University Fullerton (CSUF).
• Cal State University Long Beach.
• Chapman University
• Concordia University.
• University of California – Irvine (UCI)
• University of California – Riverside (UCR)
• University of Redlands.
• University of Phoenix.
The Irvine Company
550 Newport Center Dr.
198A, Conference Room A
Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach (across the street from 24 Hour Fitness)
We have to limit the number of people so contact email@example.com if you want to be on the list.If you park in the lot by the office building you can get your ticket validated.Weusually have a Toastmasters sign just outside the door.For more information about Toastmasters go to http://tic.freetoasthost.us/