Closing Time: The Last Term

How is it already the fourth term?!  The MAcc students are just seven weeks away from graduation!  With this last term comes new, exciting classes, and here they are:

AMIS 7784 – Tax Research:

That’s right – one last tax class!  This course will allow us to take all of the knowledge we’ve gained the past three terms on corporations, trusts, estates, etc., and apply it to research questions.  We’ll be developing research skills and using different tools provided by the IRS and other sources to answer realistic tax questions from all kinds of different parties.  This will certainly be applicable to many of us in the class that will be starting our careers in tax.

BUSMHR 7230 – High Performing Teams:

After having a wonderful experience in managerial negotiations with Dr. Tracy Dumas, I’m taking another one of her courses on building and leading effective teams.  Many of us MAcc students will be working in roles in public accounting, where it’s very important to be able to perform well in teams.  This class actually reminds me of some of the activities we participated in at Summit Vision all the way back at orientation.  One of the activities (pictured below), required trust, listening, creativity, and many other skills we’ve already begun to talk about in this course.  I’m excited to learn more about how I can perform effectively in a team setting and motivate others to do so as well.

My Summit Vision group working on our team-building skills. It’s crazy to think how far we’ve come this year!

AMIS 7250 – Government and Non-Profit Accounting:  

I can already tell that this is going to be a great class!  We started out with an overview of non-profits and then began learning about the differences between for-profit and non-profit accounting.  We read an interesting article on Livestrong, formerly the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and the conflicting public perception of the non-profit organization and actual use of donations.  It’s important for people to understand how the money that they are donating to charities and other organizations is being used, and we’re learning how accountants can help with that process.  We’ll also cover governmental accounting later on this term.

After a short first week, it’s already spring break!  I’m off to Arizona for some spring training with the Chicago Cubs and then heading back east to Chicago for the B1G Tourney.  Plenty of stories from this packed week to come!



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