Currently, I am the accounting program chair for region six at Ivy-Tech Community College which includes the Muncie, Anderson and Marion campuses. As the program chair, I am responsible for scheduling the accounting classes, hiring and assigning qualified adjunct faculty, making text book selections, advising accounting students, addressing accounting student concerns, and teaching a wide array of accounting.
The best thing for me about the Falls School of Business was my advisor/instructor, Cindy Peck. I take great pride in being the best instructor/advisor possible and many of my current advising and classroom styles are similar to Cindy’s. Cindy was a great advisor and someone I felt very comfortable around to discuss classroom work, career opportunities, or any topic for that matter. Some of her best qualities, which I try to incorporate in my position, were being very reliable, trustworthy, and offering a classroom that was challenging yet fair and consistent. I found her insight invaluable and still call upon her at least once a semester about various topics or simply to catch up.
During the 2007 tax season, I started VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) at the Muncie Ivy-Tech campus for the first time. The late Dr. Osh ElNaggar introduced me and my accounting peers to this program and it stuck with me. This program provided a low stress hands on experience as well as a way to give back to the community by preparing tax returns for the low income and elderly for free. I felt this was a vital learning experience and wanted my accounting students to have this experience. The volunteers had the opportunity to prepare real tax returns without the pressure from a busy CPA office during tax season.
I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to attend AU and I know that I wouldn’t be where I’m at now without it. If I could give a few pieces of advice upon looking back: Enjoy college, engage in as many social activities as possible, only be in your dorm room to study and sleep, get to know as many faculty members as possible, and strive to really learn all you can instead of just memorizing text for exams.
- Kevin Veneskey, Accounting Program Chair at Ivy Tech Community College, Region Six