Current Students and Alumni
"I like the variety of accounting classes you can get, and of course as with most classes at Lyon, the approach by the professors that considers each student's needs as much as possible. I'm in Intermediate Accounting and Accounting Systems this semester, and each is a small class; you get an idea of each person's strengths and weaknesses in the subject, and can help each other out along with the professor inside the class. It feels personal and it's very helpful to the learning process for everyone to me. I also like we're being prepared for practical application. Even when it deviates a bit from the material, professors will drop some useful, relevant information about on-the-job accounting or the CPA exam for example, as well as spend the most time on topics we need to know the most about for an accounting career.
I feel that Accounting Systems so far has been particularly helpful. As a project-based course, its main focus has been on us getting down to the details of the accounting cycle by running a simulated company for each project. We had to handle journals, ledgers, orders, receipts, financial statements, and various other documents in the last project. It was difficult keeping track of everything at times, but I felt like I got a much greater understanding of how a company operates, especially on the accounting side. I've also received a lot of practical tips and advice; while Lyon is an excellent college Dr. Creighton will admit that we very likely won't pass the CPA exam the first try - hardly anyone does! Still, we've been given tips on how to proceed with it and resources to find out more outside the classroom, which is helpful.
As a transfer student I've only had two accounting professors so far, but I think they've both been very helpful. Dr. McNamee is my adviser and teaches Accounting Systems, and Dr. Creighton is my Intermediate Accounting professor. They both work very hard to make sure we enjoy and understand the material and try to be available and helpful as possible, even if its not their office hours. They also both have a strong spirit for teaching, which stands out. They're also both genuinely nice people who take a real interest in their students."
— Matthew Stephenson, '15
Joe Rugger, '03 — Joe is currently the Director of Finance and Administration at Jonesboro Prosthetic and Orthotic Lab.