By Timothy Posler – This fall semester at William Jewell College has plenty happening in the Accounting Department. Professor Chris McCullick recently shared some of the highlights.
Coming in November, the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants will be making a special visit to Jewell. Three members are coming for an hour-long panel to the largest class for accounting majors, Intermediate Financial Accounting I. Our MSCPA guests will be comprised of a representative from each of three fields including tax, audit, and private industry. They are visiting to answer any questions Jewell’s future accountants may have regarding accounting careers, as well as give topical information concerning their field. Select other students will be invited to join as well.
In other accounting news, Professor McCullick has a very unique extra credit opportunity he has been working on. He is in contact with Escape Room KC, and is in discussions to develop a special escape room event for accounting students. An escape room is a mental challenge in which participants are “locked in” a room and must solve mental puzzles to exit. Escape Room KC has two locations including Union Station and River Market. Professor McCullick has been working on this project over the fall, and the first groups to pilot this room will be McCullick’s Auditing class and a group of business department faculty.
Kevin Shaffstall, Director of the Pryor Leadership Studies Program, is planning an escape room project, as well. Utilizing the basement in the Pryor Leadership Building, the leadership escape room is expected to be completed next summer.
This fall the Department of Business and Leadership welcomed a new member to the accounting staff, Ashley Minnich. Ms. Minnich is a CPA, and comes with great experience as a past employee of “big four” audit firm KPMG. She currently serves as adjunct professor of accounting and will soon be transitioning to a full-time position. McCullick says, “We are excited and fortunate to have her as a member of our faculty. Our students will benefit from her valuable experience and expertise in the field.”