Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Name: Kathy Koval
Position: Assistant Dean, Director of Business and Public Management Programs
Name: Cindy Cheyney
Position: Assistant Dean
Name: Laurie Christie
Position: Administrative Assistant to the Dean
Name: Danah Allen
Position: Communications and Impact Coordinator
Name: Julie Ferris
Position: Administrative Assistant
Why did you choose WCU and/or CBPM?
"I decided on WCU around my sophomore year of high school. I was heavily involved in band, specifically the Drum Line. When I was a sophomore, we had a competition in West Chester, and I saw WCU's marching band, and I was just so impressed by them. I knew right then that I wanted to come here.
I was always into math. My mom was an actuarial science major, and my sister was a business major, so I guess it runs in my family. I knew I wanted to get involved in business when I got to WCU. I heard that accounting was the language of business, so I tried it out and really enjoyed it."
What professor has had the biggest impact on your time at WCU and why?
"Honestly, there are so many professors here that have had a huge impact on me, but in the College of Business and Public Management there are three that come to mind.
I had Professor Brad Allen my freshman year when I took the entry level accounting class. He really helped me get to where I am today. He's a retired partner at PwC, which is where I've interned the past three summers. He made that initial connection between me and the recruiters. I attribute a lot of my success to him.
Dr. Peter Oehlers has also had a large impact on my life. From what I've seen, he's the advisor for almost every accounting organization on campus. Even if he's not the advisor on paper, he always has students in his office and is always willing to help people. That goes a long way.
Finally, Dr. Derstine has really influenced me. Just by the way he teaches intermediate accounting, you can tell that he loves it and has a lot of experience. Overall, he's a great professor who in really in touch with his students."
What is your favorite thing about WCU and/or CBPM?
"My favorite part of WCU is all of the organizations that you can get involved with. I have reaped many benefits by being involved. It also gives you a good opportunity to learn outside of the classroom. I've been able to get a pretty diverse experience here.
CBPM specifically does a great job of promoting the students and holding us to a higher standard. I've interned with kids from some of the top schools in the nation, and even if West Chester University's name doesn't have the perceived pedigree of, say, Penn, it certainly holds water in comparison. It's more affordable and it's accredited. Even since I've been here, CBPM's name has grown. Three of the four big accounting firms have a real presence at WCU and are active here. Behind the scenes, they've done a lot of great work which I'm really thankful for."
What groups/organizations are you involved with on campus?
"Currently, I am President of the Friars Society, Treasurer for LEAD, a Leadership Consultant and a member of the Drumline in the Marching Band. I'm also a member of Beta Alpha Psi, and HSA (Honors Student Association). Throughout my time here, I have tried to get as involved as possible."
Have you had an internship? If so, where and what was that experience like?
"Like I mentioned, I've been interning with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for the past three summers. For the first two summers, I was working in Human Resources, but this summer I got the opportunity to be in the Forensics Practice. I'm under Advisory Risk Consulting. We do a lot of anti-bribery and anti-corruption solutions for companies and corporations, which I really enjoy. Ultimately, we're helping companies solve problems and fighting corruption, and we're making the world a better place. It's been a great experience."
What do you plan to do after graduation?
"I just got an internship offer from PwC for next summer. The goal is that, once I finish this coming spring semester and complete the internship, I'll get a full-time offer from them, finish up my final semester and graduate in December of 2017. After I graduate, the fun continues with the CPA exam. I'm looking to finish the exams right after I graduate."
What would you tell students considering CBPM?
"Go for it. It's a very strong program. The accounting major in particular is very competitive. We're branded for it. We have our own career fair called Meet the Firms Night, just for accounting majors. I've really enjoyed my time here, and I'm looking forward to the next year and a half."
Where is your favorite place to eat on campus?
"For me, it's Lawrence. It's quick and has healthier options. It's so easy to manage what you eat, and you get more food for your money."