Students in my MS Accounting MGA 617 Advanced Managerial Accounting Seminar course are engaged in a service learning project with an area nonprofit organization to complete an agency-requested project. We have worked with Goodwill Industries of WNY Inc.; Greater Niagara Frontier Council (Boy Scouts); Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York Inc.; Arts Services Initiative of Western New York; Westminster Economic Development Initiative Inc.; Harmonia Chamber Singers; and the University at Buffalo Internal Control department.
An IRS program that utilizes volunteers of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honor organization on campus for which I am faculty advisor, to help provide free tax preparation services to low-income taxpayers. These services are provided on behalf of the University and School of Management at the South Campus and North campus and at external sites, such as the Goodwill Industries of WNY. Additionally, we offer free electronic filing services to qualifying taxpayers. In 2014, we completed over 1,000 returns for the WNY community. Additional location: Amherst, N.Y.
One-week enrichment program for minority high school juniors with sessions allowing them to interact with accounting professionals and field visits to business organizations, along with professional development sessions on business communication and interviewing skills. The program is run in partnership with the NYS Society of CPAs to raise minority students’ awareness of the opportunities provided by an accounting degree.