Hundreds Gather for 25th Annual Accounting Banquet

Keynote speaker and alumnus Jason Handel ’04 address the Betty Tipton Room crowd.

The Accounting Program at Eastern Connecticut State University hosted its 25th Annual Accounting Banquet on April 25. With more than 200 students, faculty and alumni in attendance, the event included an award ceremony and keynote speech by alumnus Jason Handel ’04, CPA and vice president of finance for Jacobs Vehicle Systems.

It is the personal and professional connections made or celebrated in this room tonight that make this an amazing group,” said President Elsa Núñez of the networking opportunities offered by the Accounting Program. Speaking to program coordinator Mohd RuJoub, she added, “Through Dr. Rujoub’s leadership and the inspiration of our founders, this accounting community is truly a family.”

 

A highlight of the evening was an awards ceremony in which 11 outstanding students were awarded scholarships by Accounting Program alumni and dignitaries. The RuJoub Family Scholarship awarded six scholarships. One scholarship each was awarded by the firm BlumShapiro, presented by Frederick Hughes ’87; the firm PFK O’Connor Davies, presented by Katherine Patnaude ’10; the firm Fiondella, Milone & LaSarcina, presented by Amber Tucker ’04; and Founders of Accounting, presented by Professor Emeritus William Sisco.

Keynote speaker Jason Handel’s address was titled “Transitioning from Public Accounting to Private Accounting.” He spoke on his experience in the field and offered advice to students.

Written by Bobbi Brown