UPAA Game Night: 4/16/18

At the April 16th Meeting of UPAA, members broke into teams and played a Pictionary tournament. The winning team received a gift card and this was an excellent opportunity for members to de-stress before finals while meeting other students. This was the final meeting of the 2017-2018 school year!


Service Event 4/9/18

At the April 9th UPAA meeting, members engaged in a community service event that benefitted children from UPMC. Members created cards for patients with various Spring designs on them that will be sent to children in hospitals within the UPMC network. The next UPAA meeting will be held on April 16th.

Becker Professional Education 4/2/18



At the April 2nd meeting of UPAA, Maria Simon from Becker Professional Education came to talk to members about the CPA exam. Maria helped to explain the preparation necessary to pass all four parts of the exam, the details regarding each section, and testing availability. She also provided UPAA members with a visual navigation tour of the Becker website. The next UPAA meeting will be held on April 9th.

BDO 3/26/18


At the March 26th meeting of UPAA, three tax associates and an audit intern from BDO came to talk to club members about the firm. They discussed BDO’s company culture and their experiences with a mid-size accounting firm. During the meeting, members also engaged in ‘BDO Bingo’ to spark an informal conversation about what to expect when entering the working world. The next UPAA meeting will be held on April 2nd.

Alumni Panel 3/19/18

At the March 19th meeting of UPAA, two Pitt Business Alumni, Marisa Diehl and Matt Levy, came and answered questioned from members. Since Marisa and Matt are both recent Pitt alumni, they were able to provide excellent undergraduate academic advice and tips for taking the CPA exam. Marisa works for UPMC in their corporate finance department and Matt is a graduate student at Pitt pursuing his Masters in Accounting. Their varying experiences gave members a greater insight into professional and academic life after graduation. The next meeting of UPAA will be March 26th.

UPAA Meeting 3/12/18: PwC


At the March 12th meeting of UPAA, Pitt Alumni Mark Monocello and Alex Hom spoke to club members about PwC’s Risk Assurance practice. In the presentation, UPAA members got a better understanding of a lesser known area of accounting. Mark highlighted that Risk Assurance is the security side of audit and is very client based. He discussed working with a variety of clients and some specifics of his work. During the presentation, Mark and Alex also discussed what makes PwC so special and how their experiences at Pitt prepared them for work after graduation.  The next meeting of UPAA will be held on March 19th at 9:15 PM.

Member Networking 2/26/18

At the February 26th meeting of UPAA, members participated in an Accounting Association networking event. Students were able to get to know other members of the organization and make connections with E-Board and chair members. The next UPAA meeting will be held on March 12th.

Service Event 2/19/18

At the February 19th meeting of UPAA, members participated in a service project that will benefit elementary school children with special needs. Members assembled “texture books” to help children express their sensory skills. Students were able to design and assemble their own books using a variety of materials. The next meeting of UPAA will be February 26th.

EY: Building a Better Working World


    At the February 12th meeting of UPAA, Mary Beth Allen, the recruiter from EY, gave a presentation to club members focusing on the three lines of service that EY provides. Two assurance and one advisory professional attended and were able to provide information about their experiences within EY. They shared experiences both on the job and regarding their transitions from college to professional life. Mary Beth also described EY’s vision, called Vision 20/20, which displays the plan for success of both the company and the firm’s employees. Firm programs are driven by growth, momentum, and opportunity within EY. As a firm, EY provides a challenging, fast-paced environment where employees are continually learning. Each intern and full-time hire receives a counselor, who serves as a mentor and career coach throughout their time at EY. Potential interns have the opportunity to choose from a number of lines of service. EY will be hosting an Emerging Leaders Program for rising juniors, and the deadline to apply is February 16.

Grant Thornton: Public Accounting Experience 2/5/18

At the February 5th meeting of UPAA, President John Gray talked to club members about upcoming Pitt Business events, including Target’s Day of Service on February 16th. This week’s club meeting highlighted a presentation from Melissa, a tax partner at Grant Thornton. In her presentation, she gave an overview of the public accounting career path at Grant Thornton from Associate to Partner. She answered questions and gave personal testimony about the different service lines and career opportunities in accounting. A key point discussed at tonight’s meeting was the idea that learning is a continued process, every day on the job will be a learning experience.