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Members of Penn State Brandywine’s Accounting Club recently participated in the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants “Casino Night” student networking event in Conshohocken. Pictured from left to right are students Sophia DiBerardo; Antonio Schiano di Visconte; Karen McDougal, Assistant Professor of Accounting and Club Faculty Adviser; and Michael Abatangelo.

— Photo by Penn State Brandywine

Led by Penn State Brandywine faculty adviser and assistant professor of Accounting, Karen McDougal, members of the university’s accounting club recently participated in the “Casino Night,” a student networking event hosted by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PIPCA).

“The Accounting Club is in its second year at Brandywine,” McDougal said. “They regularly sponsor events to promote the interests of students looking at accounting and business careers.”

Held in Conshohocken at the Philadelphia Marriott West, the event provided students an opportunity to network with recruiters from area accounting firms, staff from CPA-exam review programs, and representatives from local graduate schools.

“I definitely went for the networking component, but it was well worth staying for the festivities — much more fun than I anticipated,” said Jameson Pownall, a junior majoring in accounting.

“I spoke to a few recruiters during the meet-and-greet about careers after college — and later that night, those same people were playing cards with us at the table.”

More than 20 companies and universities participated in the event including HBK CPAs & Consultants, Pennsylvania Department of Revenue – Bureau of Audits, Cabrini University, and Surgent CPA Review. The Penn State Brandywine contingent represented the largest student group from one university.

“The exhibitors commented to me on how professional our students were,” said McDougal.

Founded in 1897, PICPA is the second-oldest CPA organization in the United States and the largest CPA association in Pennsylvania with more than 20,000 members including practitioners in public accounting, industry, government, and education.

Through its Schools and Colleges Committee, the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of PICPA builds relationships with high schools, colleges, and universities; promotes the accounting career track and the CPA credential; recruits PICPA Student Affiliates; and promotes accounting scholarships. Events like “Casino Night” help further the organization’s mission.

“It’s wonderful to see for myself how valuable accounting is — that it’s something that is being actively recruited in the working world,” said Pownall.

“You never know if handing someone your resume or talking at a table for 10 minutes will lead to that future career.”

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