Mount professor embraces international learning

November 07, 2013

Newburgh, NY -

CPA Panel

Left to right: Mount alumni Michael Hood ‘11, Sean Glander ’06, and Magda Reyes ’10 discuss their jobs in the accounting field for Mount professor Tracey Niemotko’s classes.

Mount Saint Mary College accounting professor Tracey Niemotko recently invited three successful local alumni to speak in her classroom – and later, brought her classroom to Russia with video chat.

Niemotko presented to law students at the Volgograd State University in Russia via Skype, on the topic “Anti-Corruption Laws and Remedies in the United States.” She discussed the evolution of legal measures implemented in the United States to prevent and punish corruptive practices.

Skype with Russia

Tracey Niemotko, a Mount Saint Mary College accounting professor, Skype chats with Volgograd State University in Russia.

“I always enjoy the opportunity to connect with you,” said Niemotko, to the Russian students and professors. They are impressed with US legal system.

Niemotko is no stranger to international academics; she has been collaborating with Olga Lomakina of Volgograd State University for years. The partnership has blossomed into Skype presentations, and a visit from Nietmoko to the Russian university on the 20th year jubilee of the Volzhsky Institute of Humanities.

While in Russia, Nietmoko also spoke to Volgograd economic and law students on “American Businesses: The Challenge to Remain Competitive in the Global Economy.”

Closer to home, Niemotko’s students learned from the local pros when three Mount alumni certified public accountants visited her classes: Sean Glander ’06, MBA ‘07, a senior accountant at the Newburgh-based Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni, & Weddell, LLP; Michael Hood ‘11, a staff accountant at Judelson, Giordano & Seigl, CPA, PC in Middletown, NY; and Magda Reyes ‘10, a plant accountant at Anheuser-Busch, InBev in Newburgh, NY.

The CPAs discussed their work responsibilities and encouraged the students to strive for excellence.

Hood suggested that students begin networking as soon as possible. “Sometimes getting a job interview is about who you know,” he said.

Reyes and Glander gave students tips on preparing for the rigorous Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination.

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Left to right: Michael Hood ‘11, Sean Glander ’06, Mount accounting professor Tracey Niemotko, and Magda Reyes ’10.

At the Mount, business students develop critical thinking and communication skills to use in fields including accounting, management, finance, economics, and marketing. Their real world experiences are a further foot in the door to a world of opportunities.

The business programs are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

The college also has accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the New York State Education Department, and the National Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.