After an 18-month absence, Santa Clara’s campus finally sprung back to life in September 2021 as we welcomed students back into the classrooms for in-person instructions. The Broncos have started a long-waited transition to normalcy with a high vaccination rate of over 98% for nearly 10,000 community members and robust safety measures such as indoor face coverings requirements and mandatory testing in the first two weeks for the on-campus residents.
Stacey recently earned her PhD in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting from the University of Southern California. She received her masters and bachelors degrees in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin. Stacey previously worked as a Director in the Provost Office at the University of Cincinnati and as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte. Stacey is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Texas. Read more > >
Professor Neal Ushman taught his final Actg 131 classes in Winter 2021. Our department is forever grateful for the legend and legacy of Neal Ushman. Congratulations and best wishes to Professor Neal Ushman on his retirement! Read more >>
Accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is an important “seal of approval” for program quality and continuous improvement. The SCU accounting program is one of the only five AACSB-accredited programs in California and the only accredited accounting program in Northern California. Read the full accreditation article here.
The Accounting Department continues to host research workshops as part of our commitment to support faculty research. We invite nationally and internationally recognized scholars to present their research works at Santa Clara University. These workshops provide opportunities for SCU faculty to interact with leading-edge scholars in the field and to present their own early-stage research to solicit valuable feedback. Read more > >
The Department offers seminar series in the Fall and Winter Quarters for students who are interested in developing a broader understanding of accounting-related business issues. These seminars introduce students to current issues in accounting that may not be included in the regular curriculum. Read more >>
Dean Ed Grier joined the Leavey School of Business in Summer 2021. He recently served as the Dean of the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University after a successfull 29 years with Walt Disney Company. One of our accounting students, Amanda Williams ('22), works in the Dean's office and recently had a sit-down interview with Dean Grier about his previous experience, plans for the school, and advice for students. Read the full article here.
The Accounting Department hosted the 21st annual Accounting Information Night on Wednesday, February 2, 2021. The event started with a panel discussion, co-moderated by Lewis Chew (CFO, Dolby) and Ryan Chew (Senior Financial Analyst, Intuitive Surgical) followed by two breakroom sessions and open Q&A. Read More > >
The Accounting Department hosted the annual Sophomore Accounting/A&IS Career Fair on Tuesday, February 16 and Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 6:30-8:30PM virtually via Zoom. Over 60 students registered to meet with sixteen firms. Read More >>
The SCU Accounting Association (SCUAA) hosted the annual Meet-the-Firms Night outside in the Mission Gardens on September 28, 2021. Over 100 students registered to attend and converse with the sixteen professional accounting and consultancy firms. Read more >>
Over 200 students attended the fifth annual Corporate Accounting Career Panel Discussion, virtually, on November 3, 2021. Jack Lazar (’87), Board Member/Advisor and former CFO of multiple Silicon Valley companies, moderated a panel featuring four SCU alumni. Read More >>
After a year and half of virtual lectures, SCU sprung back to life with in-person learning in Fall of 2021. Returning to campus came with anxieties, excitements, and new experiences. Read more here > >
The Accounting Department recognized 35 students for academic achievement through awards and scholarships made possible by generous contributions and grants from accounting organizations, alumni, faculty, public accounting firms, and Silicon Valley companies. Read more here >>
In memory of Justin, the Justin Ebner Endowed Accounting Scholarship has been established to provide assistance for accounting majors who show a love of accounting and work to help and inspire others. Read more here >>
Keith Christine Agcaoili, accounting major class of 2022, was selected as a Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) scholar and received a $10,000 scholarship. The PCAOB Scholarship is awarded through a nomination process submitted by the Accounting Department. Read More > >
Santa Clara University hosted both an in-person graduation on Friday, June 11, 2021 and a virtual graduation on Saturday, June 12, 2021 to celebrate the class of 2021. Congratulations to our Accounting and Accounting and Information Systems graduates! Read More > >
Accounting Advisory Board
The Accounting Advisory Board has welcomed three new board members this year.
Ricardo Martinez is an audit partner at Armanino. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a BSC in accounting in 1998. He is the member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the Accounting Principles and Assurance Services subcommittee of CalCPA. Prior to joining Armanino, Ricardo worked for KPMG’s audit group where he had over 12 years of experience conducting audit and advisory services. Ricardo also spent time in KPMG’s global methodology department revising the global firm’s audit and internal control methodologies. Ricardo will chair the Strategic Planning Committee of the Board.
Alison Barr, an audit partner at KPMG, joined the Board in 2021. She graduated from Santa Clara with an accounting degree in 2003 and is the leader of the Silicon Valley Chapter of KPMG’s Network of Women. Alison has extensive experience in the software and software-as-a-service sectors and is also a national instructor of audit methodology and accounting technical topics for KPMG partners and professionals. Alison will chair the Recruiting Guidelines Committee of the Board.
Kathy Ryan, Chair and co-Founder of RoseRyan, has extensive CEO and CFO experience working with over 50 Bay Aare startups. She was director of finance at Quantum and tax manager at Price Waterhouse before starting RoseRyan with a colleague. San Francisco Business Times named Kathy as an influential woman in Bay Area business in 2015 and in 2012, the San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal named her one of the most influential women in Silicon Valley. Kathy holds a BS in accounting from Santa Clara University and is a founding member of FINACA, an association of similar consulting firms across the country. Kathy will serve on the Coordinating and Membership Committee and Events Committee of the Board.
Board member departure and retirement:
Chantal Adam, who joined the Board in 2013, left KPMG to join Salesforce.com. She served as President of the Board from 2017-2019.
Dan Bowen, an audit partner at Armanino, joined the Board in 2009 and served as President of the Board from 2015-2017. Dan retired from the Board in 2021.
Kristine (Tina) Caratan, a retired partner at Moss Adams and an executive lecturer at San Francisco State University, retired from the Board this year. She graduated from SCU with a degree in accounting in 1974 and joined the Board in 2005.
Katy Yeager is a retired senior consultant and business development director from RGP. She joined the Board in 2004 and served as President from 2009-2011. Katy graduated from SCU with a degree in accounting in 1989.
SCUAA is honored to recognize Jane Ou as the 2020-2021 Professor of the Year. Jane successfully overcame the virtual teaching challenges and students are especially grateful for her positive impact both in and out of class. Read more >>
This year the Accounting Association managed virtual events in the spring and successfully hosted an in-person Meet the Firms career fair in the fall. The team, consisting of five senior officers and five junior officers, continues to plan a variety of events to prepare accounting majors for professional success. Read more > >
The Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP) program continues to be one of the most time-effective and affordable accounting programs in the country. Our program graduated another group of 47 talented students this year. Many of the students attained jobs through CAAP connections and through recruiting events such as the Meet the Firms event (hosted by the SCU Accounting Association) in the fall or the summer CAAP Career Fair. Read More > >