Asked why he picked St. Bonaventure, Peterson responded with two simple words: “Bona Pride!"
St. Bonaventure is proof that big things come in small packages, he said.
Peterson decided to pursue a career in accounting after separating from the Air Force. “My decision to become part of the accounting program was a long one,” he said. “I spent many years bouncing from one job to the next trying to find a career that suited me.” He read about the renowned accounting program at St. Bonaventure and knew he'd found his career path. “Accounting is a specialized degree that opens a tremendous number of doors to opportunity,” he said.
Peterson credits the professors in the School of Business for preparing students for successful careers. The professors do more than teach, he said; “They take an active role in how students’ studies progress during their time here at Bonaventure.”
Peterson has been an intern with The Iroquois Group in Allegany since this past summer. On campus, he is active in the Student Veterans Association, which provides a network for veterans on campus to support each other with their special needs as non-traditional students.
The best advice Peterson has for incoming freshmen is to “be active, volunteer, and engage with fellow students. We are defined by the experiences we share, so experience the world outside of your dorm room,” he said.
“I chose St. Bonaventure because of the way former students talked about the university," said Charles. "Everyone I talked to expressed how special St. Bonaventure was…When I came for my visit, it did not take me long to understand why everyone found it so special."
Charles said she chose accounting because of St. Bonaventure's top-rated program and the versatility the degree offers. She also praised the accounting faculty for doing "everything in their power to help their students in any way possible,” noting that a meeting with a professor to discuss possible internship opportunities resulted in a summer internship lined up with a Big Four accounting firm.
Charles was a four-year member of the women's soccer team and was co-captain her senior year. She has served an accounting internship with Schiciano and Schiciano CPA in Ohio and another with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ audit department in Columbus, Ohio.
Charles has accepted a full-time position with PwC for the fall of 2016, upon completion of her internship.
“The best advice I can give to an incoming freshman would be to get involved in as many things on campus as you can," she said, so as to create a diversified network of friends and associates. "You never know when you will cross paths with someone again, she said.
“I originally picked Bona's out of impulse,” said Cimmino. Looking back on that college choice, he now proclaims: “It’s one of the best impulse decisions I ever made.”
Uncertain about a career path, Cimmino said family members steered him toward accounting. “Now, with everything the accounting program has to offer from the 5-year MBA to the ease in earning a Big 4 internship, I’m glad I took this path," he said.
Cimmino has served as a teaching assistant (TA) for the courses Financial Principles of Accounting and Advanced Taxes. He sat in on classes, ran extra-help sessions, proctored exams, graded coursework, and assisted professors with research. He was also involved with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Cimmino was active in intramurals as a participant and a coordinator, the latter a paid position in which he scheduled, ran and refereed intramural leagues throughout the academic year.
He spent the summer of 2014 as an intern with Marks Paneth LLP, an accounting firm based in New York City, and the summer of 2015 as an intern with Big Four accounting firm Ernst & Young. Cimmino has served internships with companies in the vicinity of campus as well, including the Iroquois Group in Allegany.
He has accepted a full-time offer from Ernst & Young for the fall of 2016, upon completion of his summer internship.
“The best advice I have for incoming freshman is to get involved," said Cimmino. He recommends that incoming students take advantage of the various activities and programs offered at SBU, noting they'll build lasting friendships in the process.
“After talking to people during my first visit to campus, I instantly knew that St. Bonaventure was a great fit for me," said Green. "The values and kindness towards others that I had been researching on the Bonaventure website were on display through the people I met."
Green decided on St. Bonaventure’s accounting program after a high school accounting course stimulated his interest in the field. Upon his enrollment at SBU, he was happy to find himself immersed in a program with tight-knit group of students and faculty. “Everyone in the accounting department works together as a support group with two goals in mind: graduation and finding a job," he said.
Green is involved in ENACTUS, VITA, Bona Buddies, and The Warming House. ENACTUS is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that promotes partnership between leaders in business and university students in an effort to make a difference in their local communities. Green served as the club treasurer and this year is the graduate assistant for the club. He has gone on three trips to the Bahamas with the program. “In the Bahamas, I presented at evening business seminars to Bahamian entrepreneurs, and I worked as the director of a consulting and business seminar team," he said. He also presented in the ENACTUS National Expo, where the SBU team placed in the top 16 in the nation.
Green worked in the summer of 2015 as an assurance intern with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Rochester, N.Y. Upon completion of his internship, he accepted the offer of a full-time position in the fall of 2016.
“Always be confident," is his message to prospective students. "Be confident in what you know and in what you don’t.”
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After attending a local community college, Wangelin decided to transfer to St. Bonaventure. “Once I heard of the incredible business school, my decision was very clear to me," he said.
He immediately decided on accounting as his major, and he would go on to earn The Outstanding Transfer Student in Accounting Award at Commencement.
“The program had great reviews from former and current students as being a great path to a successful career,” he said, noting the easy transfer process ensured he did not start from behind.
Wangelin echoes many of his classmates by citing the active professors on campus and the care they show for each individual student. “It’s not odd to have a professor stop you just to see how you are doing, and if help is needed they make sure the proper help is provided," he said. In addition, he noted that professors “have an abundance of real world examples that they intertwine into class for better understanding.”
Wangelin volunteers as a part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program on campus. He also was a recent McQuade accounting intern at SBU, which he lists as one of his favorite Bonaventure memories so far. “I was able to better my skills and knowledge, which is a great part of an internship,” he said.
Wangelin now works for Dresser-Rand in Olean.
"My advice to incoming freshmen and transfers is to be actively involved in class discussion,” he said. "For me, the more actively I participate the better I understand the material; and the more focused you are the more knowledgeable you become.”
Maureen Wells, a 5-year BBA/MBA program 2012 graduate chose St. Bonaventure because it was the alma mater of both her mother (’76) and grandfather (’50). It also gave her the opportunity to play college softball. “I had other meaningful ties to the school which made it that much easier to fall in love with the campus when I visited.” Maureen was instantly attracted to the 5-year accounting program. “I really liked the fact that I could be a part of a master’s program that was only 1 additional year to earn the credits I needed to sit for the CPA exam.”
On campus, Maureen was a member of the St. Bonaventure Softball team. “I was a member of the softball program at Bonaventure for all four years, and then continued as the graduate assistant during my 5th year.” Maureen also was a member of the Bonaventure Accounting Association for 2 years. Some of her favorite memories she has of St. Bonaventure were with her 5-year accounting program classmates. “I built friendships with them that I hold very dear to my heart.” Maureen even stated that every Thursday evening after class, every single in the program would go out on the town together to unwind from a week of class.
Currently, Maureen is a staff accountant at WithumSmith+Brown with work assignments including both tax and audit. “The managers and partners at my firm are much like the professors at Bonaventure--always willing to help and bring my career to the next level.” Maureen noted that it is usually not an easy transition entering into the working world, but having a support staff at work that mirrored the one she had at Bonaventure helped make the transition easy.
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