Impressive “Firsts” for Fairfield Dolan Students

Impressive “Firsts” for Fairfield Dolan Students

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With their business degrees in hand, four Dolan graduates are putting their skills to work in some unexpected ways this year.

Accounting and international business major Carly Yon ’20 of Pittsfield, Mass., is the first Dolan graduate to join the Peace Corps directly after graduation. She’ll be serving in Panama, although the pandemic has made her departure date uncertain. “I’ve thought about joining the Peace Corps for years, and pursued several service trips as well as participated in the Peace Corps Prep Program once I got to Fairfield,” she says. Her work in the country will draw on her business skills, helping farmers grow and market their businesses. While she waits to leave, she’s studying for the CPA exam and working as a tax associate for RSM, where she did an internship.

In other “firsts” for Dolan students, marketing major Anne McDermott ’20 has joined the NYC Corps of Teach for America. Though she’s had three internships in marketing and advertising and loved them all, “when I met the Teach for America folks at the career fair, I just knew I had to apply,” the East Lyme, Conn. native says, adding that she’s worked with special needs children over the years. For now, she’s keeping her long-term career goals open. “I may very well go into marketing after my commitment is over,” she says. “Teach for America has a very extensive alumni network and people have gone on to land great jobs after their experience.”

For the first time ever, two MSA graduates were awarded prestigious and highly selective assistantships with the Accounting Standard Setting Boards, notes Rebecca Bloch, PhD, CPA, chair and associate professor of accounting. “These are the entities that set U.S. accounting standards for public and private companies as well as not-for-profit organizations. Only a handful of students from across the country are selected for these assistantships each year, and to have two of our students chosen in one year is quite an honor.”

Sean Stiso '19, MSA’20 was selected as a Governmental Accounting Standards Board Postgraduate Technical Assistant (GASB PTA) which sets the accounting standards for governmental entities. He couldn’t be more pleased. “Governmental accounting became my passion after I took the government and nonprofits class with Dr. Bloch,” he says. “I realized then that I wanted to focus on that area, and with this assistantship I’ll be directly involved in writing and revising standards and seeing what goes into the procedures dictating how agencies need to operate.”

Fellow MSA student Alec Melotto '19, MSA’20 landed a position with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), which sets accounting standards for public and private companies and not-for-profit organizations. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’ll be placed in the heart and soul of modern accounting, working with the smartest minds in the field,” he says. Melotto plans to work in public accounting once the assistantship is over, and has an eye towards teaching one day.

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Last modified: 06-05-20 7:41 AM

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