Maggie Troost, '18

Maggie Troost, '18

Maggie Troost, '18, is an Accounting major with a C.P.A emphasis and a Communication minor. She is a member of the Accounting Society, and an active volunteer for the Economics and Management Department's VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. In 2015, she was awarded through the accounting department an Ernst and Young Scholarship. She is also part of the women varsity soccer team, where the team has won the most community service hours' recognition, along with overall team spirit award. Maggie has individually received the MIAA Defensive player of the week in both 2014 and 2015.

Maggie interned with La-Z-Boy at the World Headquarters in Monroe, Michigan as a credit intern. This experience gave Maggie knowledge of different aspects of business from working over the phone with dealers to viewing financial trends. Currently in her junior year, she is seeking out another internship to gain further knowledge in the accounting field. After graduation, Maggie hopes to gain a career as a Certified Public Accountant.

"Being a student athlete at Albion College gives me so many opportunities that have help me expand both professionally and socially. The class small class sizes also make for a better learning environment to gain knowledge."

Ethan Sutton, '17

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Ethan is a double major in Economics and Management and Mathematics.  He recently served as President of Albion College’s Investment Club working with E&M Department Chair and Professor Dr. Jon Hooks to help manage the club’s portfolio of securities valued at over $20,000. He is the past President of Delta Sigma Phi social fraternity.  Ethan is also an E&M Tutor and a Database Programing Intern for the Albion College IT department. The summer of 2015 he interned at Fifth Third Bank in their Mortgage Banking Division in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“My favorite thing about Albion is the close relationships you can build with your professors. Working side by side with PhDs in their field has been an incredible learning experience for me and something my friends that go to larger public universities could never dream of. The professors here want to see you do well and if you are willing to put forth the effort they will help you grow as a student and person.”

Ethan will be spending summer 2016 interning in Detroit for Ernst & Young on its Technology Advisory team.  The internship will expose him to the increasingly innovative technology that plays a massive role in today's business world.  His coursework in business and mathematics along with some extra help from alumni helped him land the position at the Big Four accounting firm.

 "I was competing against students from a lot of prestigious large universities like Brown, NYU and Michigan for the posititon, but Albion's coursework prepared me for the more technical aspects of the interview and internship, and the network of alumni gave me the extra edge in landing the internship offer.  I'm very excited for this opportunity to put what I have learned to the test in a real-world business environment."

Will Pearl, '15

PearlW220x240Major:Economics & Management
Minor:History
Internship: NCA Group
Activities: Treasurer of Sigma Chi Fraternity, captain of the Men's Tennis Team, advisor for the Albion community farmer's market.
Career: Analyst for NCA Group


In a nutshell, what do you do?

I project personnel requirements for natural disasters insurance adjusters. Additionally, I'm involved in recruitment and assignment of resources. 

Why do you love what you do?

It's a fast-paced job and no two days are the same. It requires focus and good communication skills.

What did you like most about Albion?

I enjoyed playing four years of tennis, which is a sport that I love. 

How did Albion help you get there?

For me, Albion got me where I wanted to be by giving me the opportunities and the confidence to tackle complex problems and to effectively communicate solutions.

Kyle Alsheskie, '15

AlsheskieK220x240Major: Accounting - CPA emphasis
Internship: The League of Chicago Theatres, Chicago, IL
Activities: Albion College Men's Soccer, Sigma Chi Fraternity, Omicron Delta Epsilon
Career: KPMG starting August 2015

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I am an associate auditor where I work with different clients, making sure that all of their financial statements are correct.

Why do you love what you do?

I love the puzzle aspect of accounting. Some people think accounting is boring, but it's like a mystery that needs to be solved and all of the pieces fit perfectly together. I also like meeting and working with a lot of different people.

What did you like about Albion?

I liked the atmosphere and the relationships you could make with professors. I liked all of the people that I got to know. You become a family while here during your four years. It was hard to leave them, but you make lifelong connections with the friends you make.

How did Albion help you get there?

Albion helped me just by getting me out of my comfort zone. I learned a lot about myself and the kind of person I was going to be once I left college.

For me, Albion ...

... was a perfect transition from high school to the real world. You build a network here that can only be built at a small school and that has really helped me get to where I am today.

Theresa Henscie , '16

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Theresa is an Accounting major with a C.P.A Emphasis and a Business & Organizations minor. She is a member of the varsity Cross Country and
Track & Field teams, an Accounting tutor, and a volunteer for the Economics and Management department’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Outside of Albion, Theresa is a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. She has been serving for four years and currently holds the rank of a Corporal.

Theresa interned with Ernst & Young at their Detroit office in the Assurance department. Through this experience, she learned how the foundation she built
at Albion will propel her to success. She accepted a full time position with Ernst & Young and will start July 2016.

“The professors at Albion in the business department cannot be matched. I came to Albion with a business direction and found where I belonged because of my dedicated professors and their challenging courses. Success is earned, never given, and through persistence, dedication, and discipline anyone has a chance
to reach their goals.”

Elena Luce, '17 (2)

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Elena is an Accounting CPA emphasis major with a Business and Organizations minor. She had a finance internship with Dow Corning in Midland where she worked on an internal control project. Last year, she was awarded two accounting scholarships, the Robert Hetler Scholarship and the Ernst and Young Scholarship. In addition, she also was a recipient of the Morley Fraser Scholarship and a P250 Scholarship.

“Albion is the best example of ‘big things come in small packages.’ I am truly grateful for having spent my best years at Albion College, and I have made amazing relationships and connections along the way. You will get out exactly what you put in, and I couldn’t express my thanks enough to those who have helped me in my college career.”

Elena is involved in multiple different groups and organizations; Gerstacker Institute, Honors Program, Student Ambassadors, Softball, Delta Sigma Pi, Alpha Xi Delta, FYE Mentor, Accounting Tutor, and Tour Guide. She also enjoys volunteering at the local elementary school and as a referee for the Special
Olympics tournament. After graduating in May, she hopes to start her career in
Grand Rapids, MI, as a Certified Public Accountant.

“Albion is my home away from home.”

Danielle Nelson, '17

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Danielle is a double major in Economics and Management, and Public Policy with a French minor. She is a member of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service. Her Economics classes are a great way to build on and improve the depth of her studies in Public Policy. She has a passion for urban planning and urban studies and is looking forward to taking urban economics classes at the Philadelphia Center next spring.

The Albion community is very important to her and she has found her niche in working in city government. She just completed an internship with Albion’s new City Manager this past semester where she organized special projects, developed new policies, worked on economic development programs and strategies, organized a series of community forums, and will be volunteering her time creating a community engagement strategy to gather public input to rewrite the Comprehensive Plan. Danielle also just accepted an internship with the City Manager of Springfield, MI for the summer where she will be working side-by-side with the City Manager on rewriting the Master Plan and the Future Land Use Plan and developing a community engagement strategy. She will also be spending her summer analyzing potential routes to complete sections of the Iron Belle Trail and the Great Lake-to-Lake Trail in the tri-county area and developing a public policy model to help communities like Albion move from opportunity to intentionality when trying to complete their sections of these trails.

She has held a number of positions on campus but her favorite is being a First Year Experience Mentor. Danielle enjoys guiding first-year students through their first semester at Albion and helping them build a community within their class and discover the path that is best for them. Her favorite thing about Albion College is the relationships that she has built with so many of her professors. She says that without the help and support of her professors, she would not have had such incredible opportunities. Not only have they helped her discern the path that is best for her but they have also created classes such as “Sustainable and Innovative Cities” to allow her and students like her to explore topics that truly fascinate them.

Lauren Epple, '15

EppleL220x240 Majors: Accounting and Business and Organizations
Internships: Winter 2014 at PwC and Summer 2014 at Level One Bank
Career: Analyst for Ernst & Young in Advisory Services
Activities:While at Albion I was a part of Omicron Delta Epsilon
Honor Fraternity, a member of Alpha Xi Delta, and an employee
at the Dow Recreation Center.
Current:I will be working for PwC in the Private Company Services
audit department. 

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I will be working for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in their Private Company Services assurance branch in Detroit. I will be working alongside a team of PwC employees on performing audits for various clients. The work I do will contribute to the formation of an opinion of the fairness of our client’s financial statements.

Why do you love what you do?

I love the variety the job offers. I love that I can be in my office one day and then at my client's office the next day. I'm able to work on different parts of each audit, which teaches me a lot about how different companies operate. Public accounting is a challenging job, but I'm constantly learning and adapting, which helps it to never get boring.

What did you like most about Albion?

The people. I have met so many wonderful people on this campus that have helped me grow in numerous ways. Albion is a small, close-knit community which has allowed me to get really close with a lot of people. I also have really enjoyed getting to know the faculty at Albion. At a large school I think I would blend in with the crowd, but here my professors know me and are able to spend time working with me when I need the help. 

How did Albion help you get there?

Albion provided me with the flexibility of figuring out what I was interested in. When I got here I had no idea what I wanted, but I was able to take numerous business courses to find the best fit for me. On top of allowing me to have flexibility academically, it also gave me many opportunities. I was able to join different groups that have helped me gain knowledge outside of the classroom, and many networking opportunities to connect with Alumni or other successful individuals. 

For me, Albion…

...has become my home. It is a place where I was able to make lifelong friends, explore my interests, learn, and reach my professional goals. It has helped me feel prepared for anything that life may throw at me.

 

Tram Hoang, '15

HoangT220x240 Majors: Economics & Management - Economics Emphasis and Mathematics & Computer Science
Activities: Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honorary Society,
Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honorary Society, Phi Beta Kappa
Current:
Attending Michigan State University's Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics Ph.D. Program this fall.

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I will be studying and researching in the field of International Development Economics.

Why do you love what you do?

I think that Development Economics can have a positive impact on developing countries like my own, Vietnam.

What did you like most about Albion?

The professors are extremely nice and supportive, and they give their students a lot of individual attention. In my case, it was Dr. Saltzman and Dr. Li.

How did Albion help you to get where you want to be?

Albion gave me the opportunity to study at the London School of Economics and to pursue my research interests through FURSCA and a senior thesis.

For me, Albion...

...is the first place I have been to outside of Vietnam. It is a sweet little town that opened me to the world and where I met great people, some of whom have had a life-long impact on me.

Alex Decker, '15

DeckerA220x240 Majors: Economics & Management - General Business 
Internships: Ernst & Young and Target
Career: Ernst & Young - Detroit, Assurance Practice

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I'm part of a team that works to audit clients' financial statements to ensure accuracy, as well as compliance to any applicable regulations.

Why do you love what you do?

Every new client presents a new set of challenges. Doing this kind of contract work for some of the biggest, most recognizable brands is extremely exciting. Add to this, the clients that are tomorrow's next great company, and it makes for very exciting work and valuable experiences.

What did you like most about Albion?

To think that some of my most valuable personal connections at Albion are with professors and staff points to the commitment of the faculty to students.

How did Albion help you get to where you want to be?

Preparation, preparation, preparation. Everything from mock-interviews, meet-and-greets with successful alumni, and opportunities build my resume with amazing experiences such as Sup de V.

For me Albion…

...stands alone because of its genuine commitment to the success of its students. I know my professors have lost sleep or time at home to mentor me. I'm extremely grateful because that has helped me reach my goals and set new, more ambitious ones.

Eric Guindi, '16

Eric is a Finance major and a Business and Organizations minor. He is interning with DTE Energy this summer at their nuclear power plant in Newport, Michigan with their business/finance department. While at Albion, Eric has been a member of Delta Sigma Phi. He has also played for two years on the varsity tennis team and was awarded First Team All-MIAA Honors.

“The Economics and Management Department at Albion College is second to none, and the faculty and staff do an outstanding job of maintaining its reputation.”

Eric hopes to get a few years of useful work experience before obtaining his MBA.

Jonathan Gurnee, '16

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Jonathan is a Finance major and a business and organizations minor. As a junior, he is currently abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science studying economics and management. Jonathan interned at Chemical Bank last summer, and has recently signed his offer letter to work as a financial analyst intern at Univar, a private chemical distribution company based out of Downers Grove, IL, for Summer ’15.

The campus, small class sizes, and numerous opportunities to be involved with the school attracted Jonathan to Albion. He is a member of the Men’s Tennis Team, Mortar Board, the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, and has been an economics tutor in past semesters.

After graduating, Jonathan plans to work in the financial services industry, in addition to obtaining a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Heather Vogt, '16

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Heather is a double major in Accounting CPA emphasis and Business & Organizations, hoping to pursue a career in public accounting. On campus Heather participates in Delta Sigma Pi, a business fraternity, and the Accounting Society. She is on the Women's Tennis Team, and is active in VITA, a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program run through the Economics and Management department . This past year she was an accounting tutor for Professor John Carlson.

Heather completed an internship with Rehmann in the tax department, where she worked on hundreds of tax returns from various areas.  She was given the opportunity to work in many different areas of tax.  At Thomson Reuters, her second internship, she was able to help current customers over the phone with their accounting software.  She was able to troubleshoot solutions to their problems. 

“What I love most about Albion is the small class sizes. They are more personal and provide a better learning environment. This enviroment is much like the office environments I was involved in where there are lots of interoffice interaction and communication.  I also appreciate how the professors make time for students whenever it is needed, whether it is classtime or not."

Elena Luce, '17

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Elena is an Accounting CPA emphasis major with a Business and Organizations minor. She had a finance internship with Dow Corning in Midland where she worked on an internal control project. Last year, she was awarded two accounting scholarships, the Robert Hetler Scholarship and the Ernst and Young Scholarship. In addition, she also was a recipient of the Morley Fraser Scholarship and a P250 Scholarship.

“Albion is the best example of ‘big things come in small packages.’ I am truly grateful for having spent my best years at Albion College, and I have made amazing relationships and connections along the way. You will get out exactly what you put in, and I couldn’t express my thanks enough to those who have helped me in my college career.”

Elena is involved in multiple different groups and organizations; Gerstacker Institute, Honors Program, Student Ambassadors, Softball, Delta Sigma Pi, Alpha Xi Delta, FYE Mentor, Accounting Tutor, and Tour Guide. She also enjoys volunteering at the local elementary school and as a referee for the Special
Olympics tournament. After graduating in May, she hopes to start her career in
Grand Rapids, MI, as a Certified Public Accountant.

“Albion is my home away from home.”

Randolph Kardas, '16

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Randy is an accounting-C.P.A. emphasis major with two minors in Business & Organizations and French Language. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and was recently appointed President of I-Space. Randy started a new business called, "Webmisters LLC", a website creation and computer repair firm and has a deep passion for business development. He worked in the summer for the Information Technology department on campus.

“There are countless opportunities for growth here at Albion College. You have the campus faculty and administrators standing beside you ready to aid you on your endeavors.”

Randy is also member of the Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management and hopes to one day own his own private equity investment firm. His future plans are to earn his MBA after gaining experience in the accounting field.

Katie Strunk, '15

Katie Strunk, '15 Majors: Economics, Management and Mathematics
Internships: NorthPointe Capital (Summer 2014)
Activities: The British Eighth Marching Band, Albion College Actuarial Club, Investment Club, Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program, QSC Tutor
Current Job: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Why do you love what you do?

I love to challenge myself to find new ways to solve problems.

What did you like most about Albion?

I loved the closeness of the classrooms and the availability of professors.
Some of my best friends I met taking classes for my major.

How did Albion help you get to where you want to be?

I was able to get my first internship through an alumni connection, and my second internship through the club that I started during my senior year.

For me, Albion...

...taught me to question everything I know and to think critically in order to solve problems.

Economics and Management Major

In Economics and Management: We Mean BUSINESS

The Albion College Economics and Management (E&M) Department provides students with business knowledge, skills, and experiences to succeed in college, a career, and in life.  Economics and Management graduates are tomorrow’s business leaders.

We offer courses that will prepare students for careers in:

  • Economics
  • Management
  • Mathematics/Economics
  • International Business & Economics
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • General Business

Our majors are prepared to enter careers in the field of business upon graduation.

We address both the immediate application of problem-solving techniques and the conceptual basis for those techniques. Our curriculum includes more economic theory than is typical in undergraduate business programs, providing solid preparation for those who aspire to attend a selective M.B.A. program or to advance into jobs requiring strong analytical skills.

We also offer more courses related to business than is typical in undergraduate economics programs, making Albion College a top choice for students who want to experience a small liberal arts college environment while also improving their prospects for a good job in business immediately after graduation.

Additional information on the Economics and Management major can be found in this pdfprogram flyer (PDF).

Finance Major

Finance is a professional business major designed to prepare you for a career in various disciplines of finance. Finance consists of managing money, whether for individuals, institutions, organizations or other areas. Majoring in finance will lead you to learn about how money works, and about financial instruments, stocks, bonds and the markets. This information will then allow you to determine important information and advice for institutions regarding the management of their finances. An understanding of financial concepts and practices along with the knowledge of the instruments and participants in financial markets is essential to sound decision-making.

Building a Foundation for a Career in Finance

Albion’s courses in finance provide an excellent foundation for those interested in financial planning, commercial banking, and investment banking, and for national certification examinations including the National Association of Securities Dealers Series 7 stockbroker’s license exam and the Chartered Financial Analyst exams. Our finance curriculum includes relevant aspects of economic theory that deepen student’s understanding of financial markets and financial management. Students often take additional course work in accounting and math to enhance their preparation for a career in finance.

Many of our majors find jobs in finance departments of firms, investment banks, consulting firms, commercial banks, credit unions, mutual funds, and other kinds of financial institutions; or in government or some kind of charitable organization.

Investment club

Students manage an investment portfolio, buying and selling real stocks. Profits are used to fund a scholarship for E&M majors. Investment Club members take an annual trip to Chicago to meet Albion alumni working in finance.

Accounting Major

Albion's accounting program includes every course needed to be eligible for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Our accounting students develop strong analytical skills, preparing them not only for their first job after graduation, but also for advancement into increasingly responsible positions in the field. As a result, many of the nation’s top accounting firms recruit at Albion College.

The accounting faculty encourages you to pursue internships where you take on full professional responsibilities as if you were in a job. Lots of training and support ensure your success. Albion college accounting students are recruited by the nation’s top accounting firms along with small private companies in Michigan.

Work and learn side by side with professors who are CPAs with real world experiences.

Professor Bedient has the professional accounting and auditing experience to help students perform well in that environment. He managed a small town daily newspaper for 10 years. That experience helps him show students the value of an accounting education as applied in business. Professor Bedient’s courses his focus is on using accounting to solve business problems. He uses audio and visual technology so that his help and advice are available from computers and mobile devices.

Professor Carlson worked in public accounting, manufacturing, and not-for-profit industries for 25 years before coming to academics and brings those experiences into the classroom. In Professor Carlson’s courses, he creates “real-world” accounting and tax projects using Excel or tax software for his classes.  He is actively involved as an advisor with various national student accounting competitions and enjoys the opportunity to work with students on their business research projects.

American Institute of CPAs

AICPA competition Albion students work as a team, tackling current topics, using their critical thinking, research, writing, and presentation skills. Albion was selected to present in Washington, D.C., and won second place in the nation. Accounting Society- banquet, field trips.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

VITA tax program Albion College student volunteers are trained by E&M accounting faculty to prepare income tax returns for low-income residents of the city of Albion and nearby communities. Students prepare about 200 returns each year—helping the community and gaining valuable experience working on actual tax returns.

Michael Davis Jr. '13

Michael Davis Jr. '13 Major: Economics and Management with emphasis in Economics
Current: Pursuing a Masters in Urban Planning at the University of Michigan

What I like most about Albion?

It is a place where you can connect with students who share your intellectual curiosities. Albion has given me a wide range of knowledge and has really allowed me to shape my education in ways that are truly mine. I was able to be a member of Albion's Fed Challenge teams in 2011, '12, and '13. Our 2011 team went to Nationals in Washington D.C. and went up against teams from Harvard, Rutgers and North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The highlight of this final round of competition was the opportunity to meet several leaders of the Fed including Ben Bernanke, the former Federal Reserve chairman. I was a teaching assistant in E&M for economics, past president of the Macroeconomics Club, and worked closely with the department’s staff and faculty to create a new marketing brochure for future students.

How did Albion help you get there?

I appreciated the careful feedback faculty provided on research projects and papers. The personal relationships that were created with the faculty were incredible.

For me, Albion…

…has provided good networking opportunities for finding a career.

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