COBA Student Event with the Alabama Society of CPA's

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An ASU student participating in COBA's Balance Sheet Bash (photo credit: David Campbell/ASU).

ASU’s ‘Balance Sheet Bash’ Promotes Diversity in Accounting
-Inaugural events held in Montgomery, Birmingham and Huntsville; sponsored by Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants.
By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU
Alabama State University participated in an event titled "Balance Sheet Bash" that is an inaugural program sponsored by the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA), in cooperation with ASU. The event’s goal was to help uplift accounting students at Alabama’s community of Historic Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) while promoting diversity and equality in accounting for ASU and other HBCU students. The Balance Sheet Bash offered motivational speakers, leadership training, and networking with representatives of the Nation's "Big-Four" accounting firms, as well as other firms doing business in Alabama. The event consists of on-site interviews, which could lead to future employment for participating students.
  The dean of Alabama State University's Dr. Percy J. Vaughn College of Business Administration (COBA), Dr. Kamal Hingorani, shared that the  "impactful series" was held in two different Alabama cities to date: Birmingham and Montgomery; with a future event to be scheduled for Huntsville.
"The University's accounting students or any student with a College of Business major, who is interested in learning more about accounting, was invited to participate in the free event that was held in Montgomery at the headquarters of the Alabama Society of CPA's," Hingorani said. "We were very pleased that we had over 70 ASU students who pre-registered to attend.”
Hingorani stated that students from Stillman College, Trenholm State Community College, the University of Montevallo, Miles College, Athens State University, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, also are involved in the program with a goal to extend diversity in the accounting profession. 
The money raised from corporate CPA partners is underwriting the various events so students and schools may attend at no cost.
"Alabama State is fortunate to be close to and to have a great working relationship with the membership of the Alabama Accounting Society and is thankful to its membership for all they have done and do for the University's students, many of whom in the past have been employed upon graduation by its members. The Society and we at COBA have as our goal, more inclusiveness among the state's accounting profession by Black graduates," Hingorani stated. 
News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.