Fredonia State University
(Frequently Asked Questions)
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What is the Accounting Society?
How do I become a member?
Is membership limited in any way?
What are the benefits of membership?
Who can attend the meetings?
When are meetings held?
Where are meetings held?
How long do meetings last?
What kinds of topics are covered by guest speakers?
What other activities are there besides speaker meetings?
What board members are elected?
How do I become an board member?
What are the executive board members' duties?
When are board members elected?
Who are the current board members?
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- What is the Accounting Society?
- The Accounting Society is a Fredonia State University chartered group that supports and promotes interest in the accounting profession.
- How do I become a member?
- 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.
- Is membership limited in any way?
- Membership to the Accounting Society is not limited in any way. You may become a member every semester while attending Fredonia State University.
- What are the benefits of membership?
- 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.
- Who can attend the meetings?
- Any faculty, staff or student of Fredonia State University can attend the meetings, you DO NOT have to be an accounting major to attend.
- When are meetings held?
- The speaker meetings are usually held bi-weekly throughout each semester and there are typically 4-6 meetings. For specific dates and times, see the Accounting Society Group on ANGEL
- Where are meetings held?
- 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, see the Accounting Society Group on ANGEL
- How long do meetings last?
- 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.
- What kinds of topics are covered by guest speakers?
- 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.
- What other activities are there besides speaker meetings?
- In addition to various fundraising and community service events, the Accounting Sociaety 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.
- Educational Field Trip - Since the fall semester of 1990, the Accounting Society's annual Educational Field Trip has taken students to either Toronto, Ontario or New York City to explore the operations of stock exchanges and large corporate organizations.
- Business Etiquette Dinner - The annual Business Etiquette Dinner, held every spring semester since 1991 at The White Inn here in Fredonia, teaches attendees the appropriate behavior required of professionals while doing business in a social setting. Topics covered include appropriate behavior and discussion topics at the cocktail hour, dinner and other social engagements. Some years an invited guest speaks to students on topics, such as, cultural differences, fashion, wine selection, and lunch interviews. But, always, "Mr. Manners" hosts this elegant and educational event.
- What board members are elected?
- Elected positions include the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Appointed board positions include Public Relations Chair and Program Chair.
- How do I become an executive board member?
- 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.
- What are the executive board members' duties?
- 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.
- When are board members elected?
- Executive board officers are elected during the last speaker meeting during the Fall semester to serve a one-year term from January to December.
- Who are the current board members?
- Please feel free to visit the Executive Board page to view the current officers.