COUNTING ON SUCCESS
Clark Harris , Personal Financial Planning Graduate, 2012
When I started school at UVU I wanted to earn more than a degree, I wanted more than just a piece of paper. After dabbling in the insurance industry and changing my major a couple of times I realized that I needed set myself apart in a crowded job market.
AN AMBASSADOR FOR ACCOUNTING
Erin Thompson, accounting major
When I came to UVU from Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, I wanted to find myself in a program where I would not only be successful, but one that would lead me to great job opportunities. The accounting program at the Wo
odbury School of Business has provided me with these opportunities. Great faculty such as Sheldon Smith and Joshua Cieslewicz are committed to UVU and the success of their students. As Beta Alpha Psi President and UACPA Campus Ambassador I planned a mini-conference for accounting students in December and all of my professors were very supportive.
I have been able to work with top students and professors. It’s been an intense learning experience and great for my resume. Joel Helquist, the faculty advisor for BAP and Stan Jenne, the faculty advisor for the UACPA campus ambassador program have both been very supportive while I’ve served in these roles.
The Woodbury School of Business provides so many opportunities for students to get to know business and accounting professionals in the community and sets up students for success when we apply for internships and jobs. Very recently I accepted a position with PEG Development in Provo, as their assistant controller and I love the job. Over the next couple years, I also plan on working towards CPA licensure. My dream job is to be the controller of a company. I love the variety of doing several accounting functions for one company.
SERVICE LEARNING FOCUSED
LaRae Bellows, human resources major
My name is LaRae Bellows and I am a student at the Woodbury School of Business emphasizing in human resources. I have enjoyed the enthusiasm of the students and professors here as I have worked with them on projects within the community. This has increased my learning as I gain the benefit of others' experiences.
The service learning projects have been my favorite part about being in the WSB. They have given me the opportunity to put what I have learned to the test in the real world. I have also had great advisors along the way. Specifically, I have enjoyed being in classes with Bernd Kupka, Johnathan Westover, and Tammy Huffman. Each of these professors has an engaging teaching style that instills excitement about learning and a desire to apply yourself to the best of your ability. These advisers are knowledgeable about the subjects they teach and even more important they know how to coach us through an excellent project.
I intend to use my Human Resource emphasis to begin a career with a company that will benefit from my knowledge, skills, and abilities. My previous experience has been enhanced through the UVU Business programs and I am looking forward to getting back into the working world. I will graduate at the end of this summer; however, I have been granted an exemption to walk with the graduates this spring. I'm excited to be able to participate, even if I do get to return for one more semester.