Local minority high school students to learn accounting is more than a game at UB

By Jacqueline Ghosen

Release Date: June 29, 2009

When is balancing the books like being on a game show? When you're playing "Accounting Jeopardy" at the University at Buffalo.

"Accounting Jeopardy" is just one of the tools accounting professionals from the UB School of Management and the Foundation for Accounting Education of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants will use this week to introduce minority high school students to career opportunities in the field of accounting.

"The goal of the program is to increase awareness of the many opportunities that an accounting education and career can provide," says Ann Burstein Cohen, associate professor of accounting.

Great summer business feature! Students will play "Accounting Jeopardy" from 2:30-3:30 p.m. today (Monday, June 29, 2009) in the UB School of Management's Alfiero Center.

Some 30 students are expected to attend the program, called Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession, being held through Friday in the UB School of Management's Alfiero Center. The program will offer a series of sessions designed to provide minority high school students with insights into accounting.

But this isn't going to be all work and no play for the students who have just begun their summer vacations. In addition to "Accounting Jeopardy," participants will hear presentations and panel discussions by area accounting firms and make off-site visits to several companies. They also will learn a variety of professional skills important to the field. The goal is to show students that the accounting profession offers a variety of interesting opportunities.

Press arrangements: Jacqueline Ghosen in the UB School of Management at 645-2833 and onsite at 479-2890.