Accounting

accounting

Accounting is referred to as "the language of business." It is the vehicle by which business activities are translated into meaningful financial results. 

As such, a solid understanding of accounting is vital for business leaders and intrinsic to the success of any company. That, in turn, makes an accounting degree and the skills that come with it highly desirable in the global marketplace.

The professors in the accounting program at Saint Michael's draw on their professional experience to ensure their students a clear understanding of accounting systems and their importance in leading organizations.

Business and non-profit organizations are looking for graduates who can: 

  • Communicate effectively
  • Work with others from diverse backgrounds
  • Think critically and strategically
  • Understand their organization's place in the global market

An accounting degree, complemented by the liberal arts core curriculum, fosters these skills and provides the foundation for career-long success.

The required courses in the accounting program build steadily on one another, culminating in a research-based seminar. Classmate and community partnerships are an integral part of our accounting discipline, as are the development and application of presentation skills.

To become a Certified Public Accountant (i.e. licensed to practice accounting professionally) will require a Bachelor's degree and a total of 150-academic credits in all states. Although there is some variation among states as to specific courses needed within the 150 hours, the accounting major curriculum at Saint Michael's can be readily augmented by existing courses to meet the content specifications. To accumulate additional credit hours toward the 150 hour requirement, some students use advance placement credits from high school, summer course work/summer internships performed for academic credit, etc. Others pursue a one-year Master's degree in accounting or business in graduate school after receiving their Saint Michael's Bachelor's degree. Saint Michael's has agreements with a number of graduate programs to set up potential graduate pathways for our accounting graduates.

There are also many other accounting-oriented career opportunities in corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations that do not require licensing as a CPA and are therefore not subject to the 150-credit hour requirement.

Accounting Learning Outcomes

Sample Four Year Plan for Accounting Majors

First Year
AC 141 Financial Accounting
AC 143 Managerial Accounting
EC 101 Principles of Macroeconomics
EC 103  Principles of Microeconomics 
ST 120  Elementary Statistics 
Sophomore
AC 221 Intermediate Accounting I
AC 223  Intermediate Accounting II
AC 243 Cost Management
Junior
AC 321  Finance
AC 415  Federal Income Taxation 
Accounting electives
Senior
AC 450  Seminar in Accounting 
AC 451  Auditing 
BU 496 Organizational Consulting 
BU 498 Internship
   
Accounting majors may fulfill their experiential learning component by taking either BU 496 or BU 498 or studying abroad.

Steven Doyon, M.B.A., CPA, CGMA

Instructor of Business Administration & Accounting

Contact Professor Doyon

Jeanmarie Hall 149B
802.654.2748
sdoyon@smcvt.edu
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M.B.A. University of Vermont

B.A. in Accounting: Saint Michael's College
Vermont licensed Certified Public Accountant 

Courses I Teach:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Auditing
  • Seminar in Accounting

My Saint Michael's

I practiced in public accounting for 14 years, serving as an auditor for one of the "Big 4" firms. I audited the financial statements of publicly traded and privately held firms in a variety of industries.

I have taught at Saint Michael's College since the fall 1995 semester, initially as a part-time instructor and full-time since the fall of 2008.

In that time, I have instructed 11 different courses within the accounting, business and finance curriculum. 

I serve as Faculty Advisor for our Saint Michael’s College Chapter of Sigma Beta Delta (International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration).

Karen Popovich, DBA

Chair/Associate Professor Business Administration & Accounting

Contact Professor Popovich

Jeanmarie Hall 149D
802.654.2696
kpopovich@smcvt.edu
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B.B.A., M.B.A., D.B.A. Cleveland State University

Areas of Expertise:

My doctorate is in operations management with a specific focus in strategic enrollment management for higher education. My background includes technology, strategy, management, and data analysis.

Since 2002, I have been honored to teach at Saint Michael's College and in the Department of Business Administration and Accounting (DBAA) where I have the opportunity to teach large and seminar classes, work one-on-one with students as a mentor and advisor, integrate teaching and research, and contribute to a team of involved educators who help students achieve academic success and personal growth.

Courses I Teach:

During the academic year, I have been teaching Business Strategy. As an upper-level integrative course students further develop skills in identifying, analyzing, and solving business problems through assignments which represent the “real world.” Our course includes readings, discussion, case analysis, experiential learning and presentations. Our course is writing intensive. 

During the summer, I enjoy teaching in our Accelerated Summer College Program (www.smcvt.edu/academics/summer). For the last several years, I have been teaching Management and an Excel-based MIS course. In summer 2019, both my classes moved to the online portion of the program. It has been a great opportunity to expand my teaching experience and make online feel personal and like a regular class.

For me, teaching in a business program at a liberal arts institution is about shaping future graduates who bring their heads and hearts to work and recognize the value of being a life-long learner. I learn from my students as much as they learn from me. It’s not just about critical analysis and technical expertise, but developing effective communication skills and formulating intellectual and ethical decisions. 

To foster lasting educational experiences, my classes encompass small and large collaborative assignments, case discussions, experiential and simulated assignments, exams, classroom and off-campus visits with community leaders and business owners, academic research and personal reflection. My goal is to have students assess their situation, define a problem or acknowledge a complex problem from a variety of viewpoints, offer recommendations or make decisions and continuously evaluate their efforts to know they are not only doing something right, but they are doing what’s right in a larger context. 

 

Thomas Van Dzura, M.S., Administration

Instructor of Accounting

Contact Professor Van Dzura

Jeanmarie Hall 149H
Box 38
802.654.2314
tvandzura@smcvt.edu
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B.A., Accounting, Saint Michael's College
M.S., Administration, Saint Michael's College

Areas of Expertise:

Managerial Accounting
Nonprofit Accounting
Internal Management Reporting
Fiscal Stewardship

Courses I Teach:

Managerial Accounting
Managerial Ethics
Cost Management

Prior to joining the St. Michael’s College faculty full-time during the 2015-2016 academic year, Tom served as the CFO for the Society of St. Edmund, the founding, Non-Profit Religious Order of St. Michael’s College.  Previously, Tom spent nine years at National Life Insurance Company (Montpelier, VT) holding various positions within the Treasury and Financial Reporting departments.  Tom has also served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Business Administration and Accounting at St. Mike’s during 2007-2010.

He is a 1989 graduate of St. Michael’s College (BS in Accounting) and completed his graduate studies there as well in the college’s MSA (Masters of Science in Administration) program in 2003.  In 2016, Tom earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Business Administration from Walden University. Tom holds the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified in Financial Management (CFM) designations sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), of which he is a member. With regard to outside volunteer activities, Tom has served as the Chair of the Mater Christi School (Burlington, VT) Finance Committee and a member of its full board.  He also served on the Finance Council of St. Pius X Church in Essex, VT, the Audit Committee of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, VT, and the Band Boosters at Essex High School.

Tom and his wife Brenda (also an ’89 St. Mike’s graduate) live in Essex with their three sons, Kyle (22), Darren (20) and Joseph (18).  All family members enjoy running, are sports fans, appreciate the gift of each day, and spending quality time together, while not taking themselves (or life) too seriously and regularly embracing laughter. 

Alicia Norris, MAcc, CPA

Instructor of Business Administration and Accounting

Contact Professor Norris

Jeanmarie Hall 149E
Box 38
802.654.2628
anorris@smcvt.edu
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B.A., Economics, Metropolitan State University of Denver
MAcc, University of Vermont
Certified Public Accountant

Areas of Expertise:

Management Accounting
Financial Accounting 

Courses I Teach:

Managerial Accounting
Financial Accounting
Cost Management
Intermediate Accounting I
Business & Accounting Internship

Professor Norris is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a Master’s degree in Accounting from University of Vermont. Her undergraduate degree was in Economics from Metropolitan State University in Denver, CO. She has over 20 years of professional experience and countless hours of educating people in many different roles including corporate training and college classes. Professor Norris strives to apply real life examples to bring variety and application to the learning process. She has a passion for education and the field of accounting and is looking forward to helping students achieve their highest potential at Saint Michael’s and beyond. 

Professionally, Professor Norris has taken on many challenges. Following her MSU graduation, she started working for Charles Schwab as a customer service representative and achieved several promotions to broker, team lead and ultimately manager of a team of brokers. In addition to managing personnel and risk to the firm, she delivered training to new hires and brokers on technical subjects including margins and options trading. She worked for Charles Schwab in Denver, Co and Austin, TX in the 1990’s. She returned home to Vermont in the early 2000’s and worked as a financial advisor for retirement plan benefits to Vermont State Employees. She appreciated the detail-oriented nature of financial planning and accounting and went on to earn her Master’s degree from the University of Vermont. To gain experience in the field of accounting, Prof. Norris interned at Dealer.com and worked as a Cost Accountant at Autumn Harp in Essex Junction. For the last 5 years, Professor Norris worked at a local CPA firm preparing personal, small business and non-profit income tax returns. She also returned to her true passion and started teaching courses at Champlain College and the University of Vermont. 

In her free time Professor Norris enjoys hiking, running, reading and mountain biking with her family. She has coached basketball, soccer and Girls on the Run, and has volunteered for many organizations including Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life.

Develop and apply the lessons and skills you learn in the classroom by being the financial leader in student organizations or a teacher’s assistant or tutor in the accounting program. Small class sizes, particularly in upper level courses, contribute strongly to student development and the close personal relationships between professors and students.

MBA 4+1 Program

To provide post-graduate opportunities for students in both Business Administration and Accounting, the Department has developed a number of agreements with colleges and universities (e.g., Clarkson, Syracuse, Northeastern, Boston College) that will allow facilitated admission for our alumni into MBA and MSA programs. Contact Professor Steve Doyon for details.

Study Abroad

Our business administration program offers excellent opportunities to gain experience in the global marketplace through overseas study. Typically, about 30% of accounting majors study abroad.

After graduation, our majors go on to careers like:

  • Accountant
  • Audit Associate
  • Tax Associate
  • Audit Services
  • Accounts Payable Representative
  • Investment Administrator

The accounting program at Saint Michael's prepares students for careers in a broad cross-section of organizations, including public accounting firms; small and large corporations; government and non-profit organizations; and further study in accounting and business. The coursework, along with the student’s advisor and other support services at Saint Michael's, guides students through a rigorous and gratifying program that will help them realize their ambitions.

Graduates of the Saint Michael's accounting program can be found as partners in national, regional and local public accounting firms, as chief financial officers for large and small businesses and non-profit organizations, as internal auditors in businesses and governments, lawyers practicing corporate, tax and estate law, as accounting teachers and professors, and as successful professionals in many other related positions.

Our recent accounting graduates are employed at firms like:

  • AIG Insurance Management
  • Aon Corporation
  • BDO
  • CBIZ
  • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Hanover Insurance Group
  • Idea Nuova Global
  • KPMG
  • National Life
  • New England Federal Credit Union
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • Riperian
  • RSM
  • Sapers & Wallack
  • State Street Corporation

The accounting program has a long history of successful internship placements with local organizations and accounting firms and uses its network of well-placed alumni to find excellent opportunities with larger market accounting firms for its students.  Internship sites for accounting students include:

  • Aon Capital Group 
  • Burton Snowboards
  • Keurig Green Mountain Coffee
  • Morphotrust USA
  • McGladrey/RSM
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Pandora Media
  • UBS Financial

 

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