What's Happening at the CBA
The College of Business Administration (CBA) has received a second grant to support the new Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) program. The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation has awarded the CBA $22,500, which will be used for course development and materials to enhance coursework. The grant monies come from the Robert P. Ashlock Memorial Fund, which was established in memory of the former president and CEO of Assurex Global, an exclusive partnership of the world’s premier independent insurance agents and brokers.
Each year, the Young Professionals Network’s 30 For the Future Award recognizes 30 young professionals (ages 25-39) who live and/or work in the Greater Akron Region and who have made an impact on the region through dynamic leadership and community service. This year, The University of Akron was well represented with honorees including alumni Bryson Davis (Chemistry and Post-Bacc), Erick Chojnacki (BA, Business and Organizational Communication Activities and Societies), and CBA graduates, Trevor Chuna (BBA, Finance), Karen Cheong (MTax, Taxation), David P. Miller (Marketing and Sales Management), Christopher Teodosio (MBA Management), and Pat O’Neill (BS. Accounting). Also honored were current CBA Director of the Institute for Leadership Advancement, (pictured), and UA alumnus and faculty member Anoo Vyas.
Senior Accounting major, Megan Young, paints an exciting picture of the accounting profession, based on her internships and experiences at the CBA: “It’s not just doing taxes and filling out returns. It’s a lot of research, a lot of client interaction, too. That’s a misconception about working in taxes; that you just sit in your cube and grind out tax returns, when there’s really a lot of client interaction, and a lot of interaction with the audit department and the federal tax group, too.”
This year, recent College of Business Administration graduate and entrepreneur, Kaylon Alexander, will be taking part in the StartUpBus competition, described by some as “Shark Tank on Wheels.”
The College of Business Administration’s Risk Management and Insurance degree program, which launches this fall, has been awarded an $11,000 grant by the Westfield Insurance Foundation. The grant will support a “Risky Business” event this fall for freshmen and sophomore students to learn more about the insurance industry as a potential career path, and a scholarship program for students pursuing a degree in Risk Management and Insurance here.