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Professor Debra Snyder achieves Chartered Global Management Accountant certification

On Saturday, March 15, 2014, Dr. Debbie Snyder, Professor of Accounting, achieved a milestone by passing the new Chartered Global Management Accountant exam in a pilot program sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and thus became one member of a small group of individuals to achieve this new professional designation in the United States.

The Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) is a professional management accounting designation as of January 2012.  The certifying body is a joint venture owned by the AICPA and CIMA and advances the global discipline of management accounting.  The CGMA demonstrates management accounting expertise as well as determination and commitment to achieving sustainable business success.  Dr. Snyder had been invited to work with the joint CMGA team to develop the training materials for the CGMA certification examination and attended the work session in New York March 14 – 16 during which she experienced and passed the exam.

The Calvin College Business Department added the Bachelor of Science in Global Management Accountancy (BSGMA) major to its accounting curriculum in the Fall of 2013.  The major requires 58 credit hours in the Business Department and prepares students to take the exam and become certified Chartered Global Management Accountants.  Please contact Professor Snyder if you would like more information about the BSGMA major and certification.

Student Human Resource Management Conference: Professor Brian Cawley and four students concentrating in Human Resource Management attended the Human Resource Management Conference at Michigan State University in East Lansing on February 21, 2014. The day-long conference included workshops, networking and outstanding speakers from Ford Motor Credit Company, Chrysler Group LLC, Marathon Petroleum Company, IBM, Dow Chemical, PepsiCo, and Shell Oil.

SAHRM conference

Business students in Peru

Laurel Ackerman, a senior majoring in Business (HR concentration) and Spanish, and Jamie Cheeney, a senior majoring in Business (HR concentration) with a minor in Spanish and International Development Studies, both wanted to improve their Spanish language skills. Options available to them included a semester in Spain or Honduras, but for a variety of reasons, the Calvin semester at the Universidad Catolica de San Pablo, Arequipa, Peru, worked best for them. Students attended a wide variety of classes which included Hispanic literature and history, Peruvian Culture, Sociology, Theology and more.  All classes were in Spanish and each student was housed with a host family in Arequipa.

In addition to sharpening their Spanish language skills, making new friends, eating tasty food, learning a new culture, and adapting to a different way of dealing with day to day living, both Ackerman and Cheeney said the experience greatly enhanced their faith journey.  “I had some great times and some rough times,” said Cheeney.  “But all those together was what made it worth it. I step out with a little less fear because I know what it feels like to have God go with me.”

“When you live overseas, you need help understanding how to behave, how to react, how to interact with those living there, and how to succeed as a foreigner,” Ackerman said.  “All of that requires a lot of energy and it takes a lot to be patient with yourself and others.  However, with God’s strength, that’s all possible.”

Expanding your horizons through personal relationships and viewing the world through a different lens is what makes a study abroad experience so incredibly special.  Cheeney summed it up, “My favorite place in Peru is not Machu Picchu; it’s a kitchen table in a Cerdo Colorado household.”

For more about Calvin students' global experiences, see the article in the Winter 2013 edition of Spark

Calvin students in Peru


Professor Voskuil talks about the Accounting Program
The Fall 2013 semester saw the introduction of enhancements to the Calvin Accounting program. A new major and three new courses have been added. Read Prof. Julie Voskuil's discussion of the curriculum changes.

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