On Thursday, October 5, 2017, over 200 students, faculty, alumni and friends of the department gathered at Gordon Dining and Event Center to celebrate the Department of Accounting’s 49th annual Awards Banquet. Ally Haen, President of the Sigma Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi welcomed the group.
After enjoying dinner and welcomes from Terry Warfield and Dean Anne Massey, Professor Brian Mayhew introduced Distinguished Alumna Carrianne Basler. Knowing Carrianne on a personal level, Brian gave some insight as to her selection as a distinguished alumna, concluding that she has succeeded at the highest levels both personally and professionally and is well deserving of the honor.
Carrianne addressed the group, which included her family, and shared some excellent advice with the students who will be transitioning to their professional lives in the coming years.
- Be confident! Demonstrate your confidence and be your own best advocate. Carrianne reminded the students that nobody knows their skill set and qualifications better than they do. Carianne provided examples of how this has helped in her own career.
- Build a strong support network of people who inspire, support and mentor you. Also, pay it forward and mentor/support others.
- Build your own personal brand. Consider what you want people to say about you and work backwards to achieve that. How can you demonstrate your abilities – she reminded the group that people will always “Google” you when doing their research – think about what you want to pop up on that search! Carriane shared that her personal brand includes her allegiance to the Badgers and Packers!
Carrianne concluded with the reminder that students should take calculated risks because an “oops” is better than a “what-if.”
The evening wrapped up with the presentation of awards by Professor R.D. Nair when he introduced the outstanding graduating seniors (top 10 by overall GPA) and the teaching awards for PhD and MAcc students.
Finally, Terry Warfield announced the many scholarship recipients along with the generous donors. It was a wonderful evening celebrating the accomplishments of our students, generosity and success of our alumni.