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  • 2021 Chair's Message

    Greetings and welcome to the Accounting Department’s annual newsletter. 2020 has been a year of tremendous change and challenges, but also one of resilience and innovation.

  • An Interview with Dean Ed Grier

    Amanda Williams, an accounting student who works in the Dean’s office, recently had a sit-down interview with Dear Grier. She asked Dean Grier questions about his previous experience, most memorable experience so far as the Dean, plans for the school, and advice for prospective students.

  • Meet the Firms

    The SCU Accounting Association (SCUAA) hosted the annual Meet-the-Firms Night on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 from 5 - 7 PM. Due to Covid considerations, this accounting career fair was held outside on the Mission Garden lawns.

  • Bronco Send Off for Neal Ushman

    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!

  • Back to Campus Fall 2021

    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.

  • AACSB Accreditation

    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.

  • Sophomore Accounting/A&IS Career Fair

    The Accounting Department hosted its annual Sophomore Accounting/A&IS Career Fair on Tuesday, February 16 and Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 6:30-8:30 PM, virtually via Zoom.

  • Accounting Information Night

    The Accounting Department hosted the 21st annual Accounting Information Night on Wednesday, February 2, 2021 from 7:00-8:30 pm, virtually via Zoom.

  • Annual Meet the Firms Merges with Career Center Fall BASH 2020

    This year the SCU Accounting Association (SCUAA) merged its annual Meet-the-Firms Night with the virtual Career Center Fall BASH held on Tuesday, September 30, 2020 from 12 PM to 4 PM. The event was open to all SCU students including undergraduates, graduates, and CAAP students.

  • New Analytics Course Fall 2020

    In response to the increasing demand for accountants equipped with analytics skills, AICPA has incorporated data analysis and emerging technologies content into the CPA exam. To prepare our students for this fast-changing business environment and the changes in the CPA exam, our faculty has added a new Accounting Data Analysis and Visualization course and also revamped the existing AIS course.

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

    On Saturday, June 13, 2020 Santa Clara University hosted a Virtual Conferring of Undergraduate Degrees to celebrate the class of 2020. Congratulations to our Accounting and Accounting and Information Systems graduates!

  • Accounting Professor of the Year 2020

    This year, SCUAA is pleased to present the Accounting Professor of the Year award to Professor Neal Ushman. This professor needs almost no introduction for most Accounting majors because his class, Intermediate Financial Accounting II, is known to be challenging. However, this makes his Professor of the Year award all the more impressive.

  • Poets & Quants "Best & Brightest"

    As a top business school, the Leavey School of Business was asked by Poets & Quants to select two undergraduate students (2020 graduates) as the LSB "Best and Brightest" for this year's feature. Congratulations to Caitlin Colbert and Sarah Tatley!

  • CAAP News 2020

    The Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP) program continues to be one of the most time-effective and affordable accounting programs in the country and is offered in two formats.

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

    The Accounting Department hosted the Third Annual Senior BBQ at Adobe Lodge on the last day of class, Friday, June 7, 2019. Over 50 accounting and A&IS graduating seniors attended the BBQ

  • Fall On-Campus Interviews

    During the 10 days ending Oct 19, professionals from 17 CPA firms and consultancies conducted 431 on-campus interviews of accounting & A&IS majors for full-time and internship positions.

  • Resume Critique Nights

    Students are provided with the opportunity to network with professionals from several different accounting firms and consultancies.

  • Accounting Information Night 2017

    The Department of Accounting recently held its annual Accounting Information Night, during which accounting professionals met with over 225 sophomore business students to discuss career paths and opportunities in the accounting profession

  • 2018 Donor Recognition

    The Accounting Department would like to thank all of our generous donors who help make things possible.

  • SCU's Annual Meet the Firms Night

    Each fall quarter, the SCU Accounting Association hosts Meet the Firms night where students are able to talk with representatives from accounting firms looking to hire students for either internships or full-time positions.

  • Recognizing Academic Achievement

    Accounting & AIS students were presented with scholarships and awards for their hard academic work at a dinner and ceremony held on May 24, 2018.

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

    In 2017, LSB began celebrating its senior Accounting and A&IS majors with a BBQ where students are able to recognize each other's success as they prepare for graduation.

  • Annual Accounting Information Night

    As an opportunity to learn beyond the classroom, Accounting Information Night is meant to give sophomore students taking introductory accounting courses the venue to learn more from accounting professionals.

  • Business Faculty Awards

    Business school faculty are recognized for their impact and contributions to the School and the University community.

  • CAAP News

    Eighty students graduated from the CAAP program in 2017 and many of this year’s graduates were hired before they completed the program.

  • Chair's Message

    I want to thank all of you who contribute time and financial support to our program.

  • 2017 Donor Recognition

    The Accounting Department would like to thank all of our generous donors who help make things possible.

  • Congratulations, Accounting Class of 2017!

    The Accounting Class of 2017 includes students who graduated in the Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 or Summer 2017 with a major in Accounting or Accounting and Information Systems.

  • Meet the Firms 2017

    Each Fall, the SCUAA organizes an accounting career fair for SCU students seeking full-time and internship positions at CPA firms and Silicon Valley corporations.

  • Stepping into Retirement: Professor Jim Sepe

    Longtime professor Jim Sepe will be retiring at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year. Even for accountants who specialize in collecting and summarizing information, it is difficult to list all the contributions Jim has made to our accounting department and more broadly to accounting education.

    Longtime professor Jim Sepe will be retiring at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • 2017 Outstanding Graduates

    The Accounting Department awarded the 2017 Outstanding Graduates at the 17th Annual Accounting Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 25th in Locatelli Hall at Santa Clara University.

  • Introducing New Faculty Members

    The Accounting Department welcomes two new tenure-track faculty members, Amanda Badger and Hyungshin Park, to the accounting family. Both of them will begin teaching undergraduate accounting courses in 2017-18.

  • Advisory Board News

    The Accounting Advisory Board has added 3 new members, please help welcome James Lynch, Kim Mc Cormick and Jeff Nishita. The Advisory Board is a group of business leaders and accounting professionals who provide advice to the Accounting Department to better prepare our students for career challenges.

  • 2019 Donor Recognition

    The Accounting Department would like to thank all of our generous donors who help make things possible.

  • 2019 Alumnus of the year: Jim Sepe

    This year’s annual Accounting Scholarship and Awards banquet was held on May 23rd in Benson Center. At the event, Jim Sepe, Class of 1969, received the SCU Accounting Alumnus of the Year Award.

  • Featured Faculty: Wendy Donohoe

    This year’s featured faculty is Wendy Donohoe! Read more about what she has to say about her role at Santa Clara University's Accounting program!

  • 2020 Donor Recognition

    The Accounting Department would like to thank all of our generous donors who help make things possible.

  • 2020 Chair's Message

    Greetings and welcome to the Accounting Department’s annual newsletter. 2020 has been a year of tremendous change and challenges, but also one of resilience and innovation.

  • PCAOB Scholars Program

    After being nominated by the Accounting Department Scholarship Committee, Karlise was selected by the PCAOB Scholars Program to receive a $10,000 scholarship. Congratulations Karlise!

  • Accounting Professor of the Year 2021

    This year, SCUAA is pleased to present the Accounting Professor of the Year award to Professor Jane Ou. Ultimately, the fact that Professor Ou successfully overcame the virtual teaching challenges presented during the past year, we are especially grateful for her continued positive impact on her students both in and out of class.

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

    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!

The Santa Clara University Accounting Association successfully hosted many virtual online events last spring and started the 2021 academic year with an in-person Meet the Firms held in Mission Gardens.  Additionally, SCUAA invites a CPA exam review company to present on the latest CPA exam guidelines and hosts mock interviews with CPA firms and professionals to allow students to practice their interview skills.  Read more about the 2021 Accounting Association officers below:

Chloe Scocimara (Senior Officer, President) -  I am from Menlo Park, CA and attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH. I chose to come back to Silicon Valley because of the ever growing market and the opportunities that it presents. I am an Accounting and Information Systems major with a Business Analytics minor. I chose accounting because of the combination of math and interaction with people. I love being able to interact with different industries to understand more about companies. I am also focusing on information systems and data analytics because they are new skills that companies are looking for especially in the Bay Area. I interned at Deloitte in their audit practice in San Francisco during the 2021 summer and accepted my full-time offer at the end of my internship. In my free time I love to travel, cook, read, and hangout with my friends. On campus I am also involved in CHAARG (female fitness club), Alpha Phi, and ZiM (Zero-interest Microfinance).

 

Jack Hirsch (Senior Officer, Treasurer) - I was born and raised in San Diego, CA and attended Francis W. Parker School for elementary through high school. I am an Accounting major and am graduating this spring. I chose Santa Clara University because of its strong presence in the Silicon Valley, its emphasis on ethics throughout its curriculum, and the wealth of experience available after graduation. I have a passion for technology and thus there is no where else better in the world to go to college. This past summer, I interned with Deloitte in San Jose in the audit practice. After the internship, I accepted an offer within the Risk & Financial Advisory practice of Deloitte’s San Jose office. I have a passion for travel and will be exploring Italy after graduation, hopefully rounding off a great college experience at Santa Clara University.

 

Gustavo Gutierrez (Senior Officer, Events) - I grew up in a little town called Rohnert Park, where I attended Rancho Cotate High School. I chose to go to Santa Clara because of its prime location in the heart of Silicon Valley along with the highly respected accounting program. I am currently on the path to become the first person in my family to graduate with a 4-year degree. I chose accounting as my major because I look at it as being a puzzle that I need to solve. Accounting is also in the service industry and seeing my parents work in the restaurant industry providing service to people, made me want to combine my love for puzzle-solving with providing a service to people. Throughout my time at SCU I have tried to make the best of my experience by having an on campus job, joining the professional business fraternity (AKPsi), going in Into The Wild trips, tutoring students in accounting, and being an Orientation Leader. I will graduate with an Accounting Major and be returning to PwC where I have been completing my internships since sophomore year. I start work with PwC in the Fall of 2022 under the line of service of Audit!

 

Karlise Loza (Senior Officer, Firm Relations) - I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA and attended San Marcos High School. I participated in my school’s Entrepreneurship Academy, so I chose to come to Santa Clara because of the business school’s strong reputation in Silicon Valley. Since I’ve always loved numbers and paying attention to details, I chose to be an Accounting and Information Systems major as a first year student. In the summer following my first year, I attended Discover EY, which is a diversity externship in Dallas, TX. I also interned at Integrated Procurement Technologies in Santa Barbara to gain administrative and organization skills. The following summer I completed EY’s Launch Internship, which is also for students from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in accounting. In the summer of 2021, I interned with Deloitte in their audit practice. It was very valuable to join a few different teams and get a taste for what my future will be like. I’m looking forward to starting with Deloitte San Francisco full time in September of 2022. In my free time, I enjoy dancing, cooking new recipes, and playing guitar. I hope to continue pursuing my interests and developing my career next fall. 

 

Haley Wilson (Senior Officer, Student Relations) - I was born and raised in Bellingham, WA and attended Sehome High School. When I started looking at colleges, the California sun was too tempting to pass up! I chose Santa Clara University because of its strong business program, small class sizes and tight-knit community. This past summer, I had the opportunity to work as an Audit and Assurance intern for Deloitte in their San Francisco office. I am very excited to be returning to work for Deloitte full-time after graduating in Spring 2022. Aside from serving as an SCUAA officer, I work on campus in the Business School Dean’s Office and am also involved in off-campus greek life. In my free time, I love hiking, camping, exploring new places in California, and spending time with family and friends. Being an officer for the Accounting Association has been extremely rewarding and I’m very thankful for everyone I’ve met through this experience. It’s crazy to think my time at SCU is coming to an end so quickly but I couldn’t have asked for anywhere better to spend the past four years! 

 

Andrew Amerio (Junior Officer) - I was born and raised in the Pasadena, California area where I attended Saint Francis High School. I chose Santa Clara because of its great location in the Silicon Valley and the many opportunities the business school offers. I declared Accounting as my major sophomore year and expect to graduate in 2023. This past summer I interned at PwC and will be returning as a Financial Due Diligence intern next summer in the San Francisco office. Throughout my time at SCU, I have been an LSB Peer Advisor, am a member of the Men’s Club Volleyball team and have liked playing on different intramural sports teams. 

 

Bethany Candler (Junior Officer) - I am from San Mateo, CA and attended Hillsdale High School. I ultimately chose Santa Clara University due to the prime location in the Bay Area, and I knew I wanted to attend a school that valued a strong community through smaller class sizes. Studying accounting was ultimately the best fit in the business school for me because I am able to combine my interest in business along with gaining critical skills that will be applicable in a variety of business contexts. In the future, I hope to be able to combine my interest in accounting with my real estate minor. I am currently involved as a Peer Educator for a Managerial Accounting class and a member of both the Leavey Scholars and University Honors Programs. In summer 2022 I completed an Audit internship with PwC in their San Jose office. Between my internship and the Accounting Association I have been able to connect with fellow accountants at school and the local community. Most importantly, I have been able to apply in class content to real life scenarios. I have accepted a full time offer with PwC and will be joining the San Francisco office after graduation.

 

Melanie Cooper (Junior Officer) - I was born and raised in San Mateo, CA, and attended Hillsdale High School. I chose to attend SCU because I love the Bay Area and I really value the opportunity the Silicon Valley brings. The strong sense of community and professor engagement were very attractive when choosing Santa Clara. I chose Accounting because of the variety of opportunities in the field and I have really enjoyed it so far. Aside from accounting, I am on the Executive Board of Peer Advising for LSB. I love anywhere with a beach and am always living out my side passion for fitness and health. I love to hike and enjoy the outdoors. This past summer, I had the opportunity to work as an Audit and Assurance intern for Deloitte in their San Francisco office.

 

Isabelle He (Junior Officer) - I was born in Canada and spend my elementary school years in Chengdu, China. I attended high school in Seattle and San Diego. I chose Santa Clara University because of its exceptional Accounting & Information Systems program and close-knit campus community. Beside SCUAA, I am also a peer tutor for the accounting department. I enjoy learning about database management systems and the underlying reasons for accounting rules. Next summer, I will intern with Ernst & Young in the Assurance branch. In my free time, I like to read and take my dog on hikes.

 

Bryce Otsuka (Junior Officer) - I was born and raised on the island of Oahu in Honolulu, Hawaii. I attended Maryknoll High school for the entirety of my high school career and chose to attend Santa Clara University for its exceptional academics, campus life, and career opportunities. I found my interest in accounting through its diverse set of lines of service, work force flexibility, and financial stability. This past summer, I worked as an Assurance intern for PricewaterhouseCoopers. I learned so much about the work life and culture at PwC and hope to continue to gain ample experience to further my expertise within the accounting field. I joined the SCU Accounting Association to surround myself with peers who not only have the same interests that I have, but also more experience in the field than I do, all while helping my fellow students with their accounting opportunities. In my free time, I enjoy going to the gym, learning about video editing through Adobe Premiere Pro, and hanging with friends.

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  • CAAP News 2021

    The Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP) program continues to be one of the most time-effective and affordable accounting programs in the country.

  • 2021 Donor Recognition

    The Accounting Department would like to thank all of our generous donors who help make things possible.

  • Justin Ebner Endowed Accounting Scholarship

    To honor Justin Ebner's memory, an accounting major who tragically passed away during his junior year at SCU, the Justin Ebner Endowed Accounting Scholarship has been established.

  • Accounting Information Night

    The Accounting Department hosted the 22nd annual Accounting Information Night on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 from 7:00-8:30 pm, virtually via Zoom.

  • 2022 Accounting Awards Banquet

    The Accounting Department hosted our Accounting Awards Banquet on May 19, 2022 outside in the Lucas Hall Courtyard from 5:00-7:30pm.

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

    The Accounting Department hosted a dinner for the accounting and A&IS seniors in Mission Gardens to celebrate the Class of 2022. Congratulations to our Accounting and Accounting and Information Systems graduates!

  • CAAP News 2022

    The Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP) program continues to be one of the most time-effective and affordable accounting programs in the country.

  • Faculty Research Workshops 2021-2022

    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 projects at Santa Clara University.

  • Accounting Leadership Series 2022-2023

    The Accounting Department at the Leavey School of Business created the new Accounting Leadership Series program for the 2022-2023 academic year to engage all business students. Hosted by Dean’s Executive Professor, Chris Paisley, the program is an exciting opportunity for students to meet executives in the industry who are SCU Accounting alums.

  • Anthony Menendez visits SCU

    The SCU Accounting Department and Accounting Association had the honor of hosting Mr. Tony Menendez, best known as the "Accountant Who Beat Halliburton" for a campus tour and presentation on "What it takes to Do the Right Thing in Corporate America."

  • 2022 Donor Recognition

    The Accounting Department would like to thank all of our generous donors who help make the wonderful things the Department offers possible.

  • 2022 Alumnus of the year - Jack Lazar

    This year’s Accounting Scholarship and Awards banquet was held on May 19th outside in the Lucas Hall Courtyard. At the event, Jack Lazar, Class of 1987, received the SCU Accounting Alumnus of the Year Award.

  • 2022 Chair's Message

    Despite a brief period of online instruction in Spring 2022 due to the spread of Omicron, the Broncos returned fully to campus and took classes in person during AY 2021-2022. It has been so exhilarating to welcome everyone back and resume our on-campus events and activities.

  • 2022 Meet the Firms

    The SCU Accounting Association (SCUAA) hosted the 41st annual Meet-the-Firms Night on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 from 4:40-7:00 PM, outside on the St. Ignatius Lawn.

The Santa Clara University Accounting Association successfully hosted many events last spring and started the 2022 academic year with an in-person Meet the Firms event held in Mission Gardens.  Additionally, SCUAA invites a CPA exam review company to present on the latest CPA exam guidelines and hosts mock interviews with CPA firms and professionals to allow students to practice their interview skills. 

Read more about the 2022 Accounting Association officers below:

 

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Andrew Amerio (Senior Officer: Firm Relations) - I was born and raised in the Pasadena, California area where I attended Saint Francis High School. I chose Santa Clara because of its great location in the Silicon Valley and the many opportunities the business school offers. I declared Accounting as my major sophomore year and expect to graduate in 2023. This past summer I interned at PwC and will be returning as a Financial Due Diligence intern next summer in the San Francisco office. Throughout my time at SCU, I have been an LSB Peer Advisor, am a member of the Men’s Club Volleyball team and have enjoyed playing on different intramural sports teams. 

 

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Bethany Candler (Senior Officer, President) - I am from San Mateo, CA and attended Hillsdale High School. I ultimately chose Santa Clara University due to the prime location in the Bay Area, and I knew I wanted to attend a school that valued a strong community through smaller class sizes. Studying accounting was ultimately the best fit in the business school for me because I am able to combine my interest in business along with gaining critical skills that will be applicable in a variety of business contexts. In the future, I hope to be able to combine my interest in accounting with my real estate minor. I am currently involved as a Peer Educator for a Managerial Accounting class and a member of both the Leavey Scholars and University Honors Programs. In summer 2022, I completed an Audit internship with PwC in their San Jose office. Between my internship and the Accounting Association I have been able to connect with fellow accountants at school and the local community. Most importantly, I have been able to apply in class content to real life scenarios. I have accepted a full time offer with PwC and will be joining the San Francisco office after graduation.

 

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Noah Chak (Junior Officer) - I am from Anaheim, CA and attended Fairmont Preparatory Academy. I knew Santa Clara was the school for me because of its strong business program and it’s well known and respected presence in the Bay Area. The class sizes and the relationships with professors that I have been able to build here are something I would not have gotten anywhere else. Accounting as a major was an easy choice because as a subject it uses a lot of critical thinking and logic. Santa Clara’s strong program and staff also allowed me to feel comfortable making my decision. I am involved with the school as a Peer Educator for a Critical Thinking and Writing class, VP of SCU Golf Club, and a Junior Officer for SCUAA. After my junior year, I will be interning with Deloitte San Francisco as an audit and assurance intern in Summer 2023. With SCUAA I hope to expand my network and build camaraderie between students here at Santa Clara. 

 

Melanie Cooper (Senior Officer: Student Relations) - I was born and raised in San Mateo, CA, and attended Hillsdale High School. I chose to attend SCU because I love the Bay Area and I really value the opportunity the Silicon Valley brings. The strong sense of community and professor engagement were very attractive when choosing Santa Clara. I chose Accounting because of the variety of opportunities in the field and I have really enjoyed it so far. Aside from accounting, I am on the Executive Board of Peer Advising for LSB. I love anywhere with a beach and am always living out my side passion for fitness and health. I love to hike and enjoy the outdoors. This past summer, I had the opportunity to work as an Audit and Assurance intern for Deloitte in their San Francisco office.

 

Isabelle He (Senior Officer: Treasurer) - I was born in Canada and spent my elementary school years in Chengdu, China. I attended high school in Seattle and San Diego. I chose Santa Clara University because of its exceptional Accounting & Information Systems program and close-knit campus community. Outside of SCUAA, I am also a peer tutor for the accounting department. I enjoy learning about database management systems and the underlying reasons for accounting rules. Next summer, I will intern with Ernst & Young in the Assurance branch. In my free time, I like to read and take my dog on hikes.

 

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Megan House (Junior Officer) - I grew up in Cupertino, CA and attended Cupertino High School. I chose to attend Santa Clara because of its well established business school and prime location in the Bay Area. After taking Accounting 11 and learning more about the major, I knew accounting would be a good option for me because of the opportunities, stability, and structure. At the end of sophomore year, I declared Accounting and Information Systems as my major to develop a more diverse set of skills by mixing business with technology. I recently interned in audit at KPMG and I am looking forward to my audit internship at PwC for summer 2023. I enjoy baking, weight training, and watching TV (especially comedies). I look forward to meeting new people through the Accounting Association.

 

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Bryce Otsuka (Senior Officer: Events) - I was born and raised on the island of Oahu in Honolulu, Hawaii. I attended Maryknoll High school for the entirety of my high school career and chose to attend Santa Clara University for its exceptional academics, campus life, and career opportunities. I found my interest in accounting through its diverse set of lines of service, work force flexibility, and financial stability. This past summer, I worked as an Assurance intern for PricewaterhouseCoopers. I learned so much about the work life and culture at PwC and hope to continue to gain ample experience to further my expertise within the accounting field. I joined the SCU Accounting Association to surround myself with peers who not only have the same interests that I have, but also more experience in the field than I do, and to help my fellow students with their accounting opportunities. In my free time, I enjoy going to the gym, learning about video editing through Adobe Premiere Pro, and hanging with friends.

 

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Belle Yei (Junior Officer) - I was born and raised in Taichung, Taiwan, where I attended a local high school and began my bilingual journey. I chose Santa Clara because of its location in Silicon Valley. I did not start my academic journey as an accounting major. However, as time passed, the school’s highly respected accounting program attracted me to be part of the family. I chose accounting as my major because, as a child of a factory owner, I have understood the importance of accounting from a very young age. I wish to one day be able to give my family a hand in our business as we thrive together. As for the future, I am very excited that I will be able to join EY as a Tax intern in the summer of 2023.

 

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Sydney Yuen (Junior Officer) - I was born and raised in San Mateo, CA, and attended Hillsdale High School before coming to Santa Clara. I chose to come to SCU because my older sister graduated from here and shared how incredible the Leavey School of Business is and the opportunity to build and strengthen connections with professors.  My Dad is a CPA and always encouraged me to major in Accounting because of the critical thinking and problem-solving skills it teaches you. I ultimately decided to declare my major as Accounting and Information Systems because of the impact of technology in the Accounting world and it will allow me to understand the relationship between the two and make outdated processes more efficient. Outside of SCUAA, I am currently involved in the professional co-ed fraternity Alpha Phi Omega where I participate in community service events around SCU and on a national scale. In my free time, I love reading, spending time with my family, and trying new food! This past summer I interned at Deloitte’s San Francisco office as a Discovery Intern where I was able to build my networking skills and apply what I’ve learned from my Accounting classes. Next summer I am excited to work as an Audit Intern and apply the new skills I’ve learned this summer and through my time in SCUAA!

 



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  • An Interview with President Julie Sullivan

    SCU Accounting Association officers, Melanie Cooper, Andrew Amerio, and Noah Chak recently had a sit-down interview with President Julie Sullivan. They asked President Sullivan questions about her previous experience, most memorable experience so far as the President, plans for the school, and advice for prospective students.

  • Faculty Research Workshops 2022-2023

    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 projects at Santa Clara University.

  • 2023 Alumnus of the Year - Brian Baer

    The May 18, 2023 Accounting Scholarship and Awards banquet was held in the Lucas Hall Courtyard. At the event, Brian Baer, Class of 1985, received the SCU Accounting Alumnus of the Year Award.

  • Chris Paisley Recognized in Poets & Quants

    Congratulations to Accounting Professor Chris Paisley for being recognized as one of the “Favorite Business Professors of the Class of 2022” in the Poets & Quants for Undergrads.

  • 2023-2024 Advisory Board News

    For the 2023-2024 academic year, the SCU Accounting Advisory Board convened in October 2023, January 2024 and in May 2024 for a joint meeting with the Young Alumni Board.

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2023!

    The Accounting Department hosted its annual dinner for graduating accounting and A&IS majors on the last day of classes, Friday, June 9, 2023. Congratulations to our Accounting and Accounting and Information Systems graduates!

  • 2023 Accounting Awards Banquet

    The Accounting Department hosted our Accounting Awards Banquet on May 18, 2023 outside on the Lucas Hall Courtyard from 5:00-7:30pm.

  • Sophomore Accounting/A&IS Career Fair

    The Accounting Department and SCU Accounting Association (SCUAA) co-hosted the annual Winter Accounting/A&IS Career Fair on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 from 2:00-5:30 PM in Mission Gardens.

  • Accounting Information Night

    The Accounting Department hosted the annual Accounting Information Night on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 from 7:00-8:30 pm in Locatelli Center.

The Santa Clara University Accounting Association (SCUAA) successfully hosted many events during the 2022-2023 academic year, including in person career fairs and monthly SCUAA meetings  hosting various accounting firms.  Additionally, SCUAA assists students prepare for career fairs by hosting pre-event interactive workshops and also invites a CPA exam review company to present on the latest CPA exam guidelines.  

Read more about the 2023-2024 Accounting Association officers below:

 

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Noah Chak (President - Senior Officer) - I am from Anaheim, CA and attended Fairmont Preparatory Academy. I knew Santa Clara was the school for me because of its strong business program and it’s well known and respected presence in the Bay Area. The class sizes and the relationships with professors that I have been able to build here are something I would not have gotten anywhere else. Accounting as a major was an easy choice because as a subject it uses a lot of critical thinking and logic. Santa Clara’s strong program and staff also allowed me to feel comfortable making my decision. I am involved with the school as a Peer Educator for a Critical Thinking and Writing class, VP of SCU Golf Club, and a Junior Officer for SCUAA. After my junior year, I will be interning with Deloitte San Francisco as an audit and assurance intern in Summer 2023. With SCUAA I hope to expand my network and build camaraderie between students here at Santa Clara. 

 

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Megan House (Senior Officer) - I grew up in Cupertino, CA and attended Cupertino High School. I chose to attend Santa Clara because of its well established business school and prime location in the Bay Area. After taking Accounting 11 and learning more about the major, I knew accounting would be a good option for me because of the opportunities, stability, and structure. At the end of sophomore year, I declared Accounting and Information Systems as my major to develop a more diverse set of skills by mixing business with technology. I recently interned in audit at KPMG and I am looking forward to my audit internship at PwC for summer 2023. I enjoy baking, weight training, and watching TV (especially comedies). I look forward to meeting new people through the Accounting Association.

 

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Belle Yei (Senior Officer) - I was born and raised in Taichung, Taiwan, where I attended a local high school and began my bilingual journey. I chose Santa Clara because of its location in Silicon Valley. I did not start my academic journey as an accounting major. However, as time passed, the school’s highly respected accounting program attracted me to be part of the family. I chose accounting as my major because, as a child of a factory owner, I have understood the importance of accounting from a very young age. I wish to one day be able to give my family a hand in our business as we thrive together. As for the future, I am very excited that I will be able to join EY as a Tax intern in the summer of 2023.

 

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Sydney Yuen (Senior Officer) - I was born and raised in San Mateo, CA, and attended Hillsdale High School before coming to Santa Clara. I chose to come to SCU because my older sister graduated from here and shared how incredible the Leavey School of Business is and the opportunity to build and strengthen connections with professors.  My Dad is a CPA and always encouraged me to major in Accounting because of the critical thinking and problem-solving skills it teaches you. I ultimately decided to declare my major as Accounting and Information Systems because of the impact of technology in the Accounting world and it will allow me to understand the relationship between the two and make outdated processes more efficient. Outside of SCUAA, I am currently involved in the professional co-ed fraternity Alpha Phi Omega where I participate in community service events around SCU and on a national scale. In my free time, I love reading, spending time with my family, and trying new food! In the summer of 2022, I interned at Deloitte’s San Francisco office as a Discovery Intern where I was able to build my networking skills and apply what I’ve learned from my Accounting classes. In the summer of 2023, I worked as an Audit Intern.  I am excited to apply the new skills I’ve learned this summer and through my time in SCUAA!

 

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Mark Aquilio (Junior Officer) - I was born and raised in San Bruno, CA, where I attended Capuchino High School before coming to Santa Clara. I decided to come to Santa Clara because of the great reputation the business program had as well as the countless opportunities the location offered. I decided to major in accounting late into my sophomore year after enjoying Accounting 11 and having already enjoyed working with numbers. Outside of SCUAA, I’m involved in the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi and am an events associate in the Sports Business Club. This past summer, I interned at Deloitte’s San Francisco office in audit as a Discovery Intern where I was able to learn more about the day-to-day work of auditors and connect with other professionals. In my free time, I enjoy watching sports, exploring new places, and hanging out with friends!

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Brendan Arias (Junior Officer) - I am from Chatham, NJ where I attended Chatham High School. I originally chose SCU because of the prospect of combining business and technology into my education, along with the prime location of Silicon Valley. I chose A&IS as my major as it seemed like the perfect combination of my interests. I am involved in the school as a peer educator in the Accounting Department and as the first University's Risk Management Assistant. This past summer 2023, I completed an internship at Tandym Group on the internal Finance & Accounting team in the NYC office. Next summer, I plan to be a Digital Assurance & Transparency intern at PwC in the NJ office. With SCUAA, I hope to both increase my engagement in the Accounting space and also lead a group of accountants-to-be in the SCU community!

 

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John Marrack (Junior Officer) - I grew up in Hakalau, HI, and attended Hilo High School. I chose to attend SCU due to the small and intimate classes, and the business school’s strong reputation. After taking ACTG 11 and attending various accounting events, I chose to major in Accounting and Information Systems because a career in accounting is highly flexible and I enjoy its puzzle-like nature. Next summer, I am excited to join PwC as a Tax Intern. In my free time, I like to read fantasy, bodyboard, play soccer, and run.

 

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Maia Murphy (Junior Officer) - I am from Newcastle, Washington and I am an Accounting major with an Entrepreneurship minor. I love playing pickleball, cooking/baking and hanging out with friends! I chose SCU because I wanted a school that had great weather, small class sizes and a reputable business school. I have had a great experience here so far and have especially loved the accounting program. I found a passion for accounting in ACTG 11 when I learned how logical accounting is. I also loved talking to the professionals at the SCUAA's Meet the Firms last year which ultimately helped me decide that accounting is the right major for me! This summer (2023), I am interning for Costco's Accounting Department as a corporate tax intern and next summer (2024), I will be interning at EY in Seattle as an audit intern.

 

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Jessica Pu (Junior Officer) - I was born in Cupertino, California and had the opportunity to live abroad in Shanghai, China for high school. I chose SCU because of its location near home in Silicon Valley, as well as its well-known business school. Accounting never stood out to me until I took ACTG 11, and from there, I tried to get more involved with the department and gain a better understanding of accounting, leading me to join SCUAA. Outside of SCUAA, I’m an active member of the co-ed business fraternity Phi Chi Theta and will be VP of Service. I’m also a violist and have been playing individually and as part of ensembles for more than 10 years; in my free time, I also enjoy creative writing. During Summer 2023, I worked with Cedar Fair as an Internal Audit intern, and I look forward to joining PwC as an Audit Intern this coming Summer 2024.

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Accounting Leadership Series 2023-2024

    The Accounting Leadership Series program engages all business students to hear about career experiences that have shaped our industry executives’ views on leadership.  The series offers students an opportunity to hear from industry executives who are SCU alums. 

  • Faculty Research Workshops 2023-2024

    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 projects at Santa Clara University.

  • 2023 Donor Recognition

    The Accounting Department would like to thank all of our generous donors who help make the wonderful things the Department offers possible.

  • 2023 Meet the Firms

    The SCU Accounting Association (SCUAA) hosted the 42nd annual Meet the Firms on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 from 2:00-5:00 PM, outside in the Mission Gardens on the SCU campus.

  • 2024 Accounting Information Night

    The Accounting Department hosted the annual Accounting Information Night on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 from 7:00-8:30 pm in Locatelli Center.

  • "Meet the Alumni” is a Hit!

    On February 22, 2024, the SCU Accounting Association and Young Alumni Board held a “Meet the Alumni” pizza social event in the Benson Parlors BC for the Accounting and A&IS majors. 53 students attended.

The Santa Clara University Accounting Association (SCUAA) successfully hosted many events during the 2024-2025 academic year, including in person career fairs and monthly SCUAA meetings  hosting various accounting firms.  Additionally, SCUAA assists students prepare for career fairs by hosting pre-event interactive workshops and also invites a CPA exam review company to present on the latest CPA exam guidelines.  

Read more about the 2024-2025 Accounting Association officers below:

 

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Mark Aquilio (Senior Officer) - I was born and raised in San Bruno, CA, where I attended Capuchino High School before coming to Santa Clara. I decided to come to Santa Clara because of the great reputation the business program had as well as the countless opportunities the location offered. I decided to major in accounting late into my sophomore year after enjoying Accounting 11 and having already enjoyed working with numbers. Outside of SCUAA, I’m involved in the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi and am an events associate in the Sports Business Club. This past summer, I interned at Deloitte’s San Francisco office in audit as a Discovery Intern where I was able to learn more about the day-to-day work of auditors and connect with other professionals. In my free time, I enjoy watching sports, exploring new places, and hanging out with friends!

 

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Brendan Arias (Senior Officer) - I am from Chatham, NJ where I attended Chatham High School. I originally chose SCU because of the prospect of combining business and technology into my education, along with the prime location of Silicon Valley. I chose A&IS as my major as it seemed like the perfect combination of my interests. I am involved in the school as a peer educator in the Accounting Department and as the first University's Risk Management Assistant. This past summer 2023, I completed an internship at Tandym Group on the internal Finance & Accounting team in the NYC office. Next summer, I plan to be a Digital Assurance & Transparency intern at PwC in the NJ office. With SCUAA, I hope to both increase my engagement in the Accounting space and also lead a group of accountants-to-be in the SCU community!

 

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Ingrid Chou (Senior Officer) - I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan where I attended an international program at Wego Private Senior High School. I chose to attend SCU primarily because of the strategic location in the midst of Silicon Valley, as well as the prestigious business school. I decided to major in Accounting and Information Systems due to the combination of my interests in data analysis and a promising career path in accounting. After completing ACTG 11 during my sophomore year, the class's clear explanations sparked my interest in the major and made me realize it was the right fit for me. In my leisure time, I am passionate about music, running, and reading novels. I am currently involved in the school as a peer educator within the Accounting Department. For the future, I am excited to join EY as an Audit Intern in the summer of 2024.

 

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John Marrack (Junior Officer) - I grew up in Hakalau, HI, and attended Hilo High School. I chose to attend SCU due to the small and intimate classes, and the business school’s strong reputation. After taking ACTG 11 and attending various accounting events, I chose to major in Accounting and Information Systems because a career in accounting is highly flexible and I enjoy its puzzle-like nature. Next summer, I am excited to join PwC as a Tax Intern. In my free time, I like to read fantasy, bodyboard, play soccer, and run.

 

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Maia Murphy (Senior Officer) - I am from Newcastle, Washington and I am an Accounting major with an Entrepreneurship minor. I love playing pickleball, cooking/baking and hanging out with friends! I chose SCU because I wanted a school that had great weather, small class sizes and a reputable business school. I have had a great experience here so far and have especially loved the accounting program. I found a passion for accounting in ACTG 11 when I learned how logical accounting is. I also loved talking to the professionals at the SCUAA's Meet the Firms last year which ultimately helped me decide that accounting is the right major for me! This summer (2023), I am interning for Costco's Accounting Department as a corporate tax intern and next summer (2024), I will be interning at EY in Seattle as an audit intern.

 

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Jessica Pu (President, Senior Officer) - I was born in Cupertino, California and had the opportunity to live abroad in Shanghai, China for high school. I chose SCU because of its location near home in Silicon Valley, as well as its well-known business school. Accounting never stood out to me until I took ACTG 11, and from there, I tried to get more involved with the department and gain a better understanding of accounting, leading me to join SCUAA. Outside of SCUAA, I’m an active member of the co-ed business fraternity Phi Chi Theta and will be VP of Service. I’m also a violist and have been playing individually and as part of ensembles for more than 10 years; in my free time, I also enjoy creative writing. During Summer 2023, I worked with Cedar Fair as an Internal Audit intern, and I look forward to joining PwC as an Audit Intern this coming Summer 2024.

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 1, 2024
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  • 2024 Winter Accounting/A&IS Career Fair

    On January 31, 2024, 43 students met with representatives from 20 firms and a professional auditing society at SCU’s annual Winter Accounting/A&IS Career Fair.

  • PCAOB Scholarship Awards 2024

    Congratulations to Emily Bachman (A&IS '25) and Maia Murphy (ACTG '25) for receiving the PCAOB Scholarship for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • 2024 Alumnus of the Year - Joe Allanson

    The May 15, 2024 Accounting Scholarship and Awards banquet was held in the Locatelli Center. At the event, Joe Allanson, Class of 1985, received the SCU Accounting Alumnus of the Year Award.

  • Hut Night Social 2024

    On Thursday, May 23, 2024, the SCU Accounting Association and the Young Alumni Board hosted a social event for Accounting and A&IS students at the Hut.