Frequently Asked Questions
The Accounting Society is a Fredonia State University chartered group that supports and promotes interest in the accounting profession.
To become a member of the Accounting Society you must either attend more than one-half of the bi-weekly speaker meetings, coordinate an event or activity funded by the Society or serve as an executive board member.
Membership to the Accounting Society is not limited in any way. You may become a member every semester while attending Fredonia State University.
Benefits of becoming a member of the Accounting Society are that: you will obtain valuable information regarding accounting and business careers, you will receive the annual member benefit (if you are a member both in the fall and spring semesters) and it will look GREAT on your résumé.
Any faculty, staff or student of Fredonia State University can attend the meetings, you DO NOT have to be an accounting major to attend.
The speaker meetings are usually held bi-weekly throughout each semester and there are typically 4-6 meetings.
The meeting locations vary per semester. However, each meeting is held in a sizable room equipped with Smart room technology. For the specific location of a meeting, look for our announcement flyers, emails or it will be announced in your class by your professor.
After some brief announcements by the President and other officers and coordinators, the guest speaker is introduced by the Program Chair. The presentation, which ends with a Q&A period, usually lasts for approximately twenty minutes. Afterwards, refreshments are served. A meeting RARELY exceeds an hour.
Speakers talk about their place of business, their position in it and their personal experiences involving their day-to-day activities on the job. Students hear in detail about what's expected of employees in various accounting positions in public, private and government accounting organizations. Other topics include career development resources and internship opportunities available on campus.
In addition to various fundraising and community service events, the Accounting Society holds the following annual events:
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program - Since the 1982 tax season, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program has been co-sponsored by the Accounting Society and the Internal Revenue Service. Volunteers must complete an extensive online course to be certified to prepare federal and NYS tax returns in order to help the elderly and low-income residents of Dunkirk and Fredonia file their federal and state income tax returns. Help sites are held at different locations throughout the Dunkirk and Fredonia area.
Business Etiquette Dinner - The Accounting Society's Annual Etiquette Dinner has been held every spring semester since 1991. Its purpose is to teach attendees the appropriate behavior expected of professionals while doing business in a social setting and to give them a low-stress environment to practice what they have learned. Topics covered as a part of this educational experience include appropriate behavior and discussion topics at the cocktail hour, during dinner and at other social engagements. Some years an invited guest speaks to students on topics, such as, cultural differences, fashion, wine selection, and lunch interviews.
CPA Firm Trips - Students have the option of visiting local and regional CPA Firms. Here, they have the opportunity to speak to experienced Certified Public Accountants about their day to day life at the office.
Elected positions include the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Appointed board positions include Public Relations Chair and Program Chair.
You can become a member of the executive board by either running for an elected office or by volunteering to serve as an appointed board member.
Duties of the executive board members require a time commitment of a few hours each week. This commitment includes both weekly one-on-one meetings with the faculty advisor and weekly board meetings where the board discusses and organizes the meetings, events and activities of the Accounting Society.
Executive board officers are elected during the last speaker meeting during the Fall semester to serve a one-year term from January to December.