November 07, 2013
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
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.
Tracey Niemotko, a Mount Saint Mary College accounting
professor, Skype chats with Volgograd State University in
“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.
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
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