SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — From the moment students decide to pursue a career in management or accounting, the Wittenberg University Department of Management places them on a path geared for success. Jessica Seivertson, class of 2005, came to campus knowing she wanted to major in management and that accounting was a career possibility for her. She met with Department Chair John Fenimore to talk about what courses would be necessary to make her dream a reality.
“From that point he took me under his wing and guided me along the right path,” she said. “He gave me great advice, and all the professors in the management department were encouraging and supportive.”
Combining her academic program with student employment in the Wittenberg University controller’s office for two-and-a-half years also gave her hands-on experience and taught her invaluable skills.
“It was a great experience that gave me a better idea about my future career,” Seivertson said. “All the people in the business office supported me completely.”
During her senior year the management department faculty nominated Seivertson for The Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award, which she won and received at Wittenberg’s Honors Convocation last spring.
After graduating from Wittenberg, Seivertson was offered a job with the Columbus office of Ernst & Young, an international services firm. During her first year with the firm, she was selected to attend the Master of Science in Accountancy program at the University of Notre Dame. Seivertson will complete her degree requirements in the summer of 2006 and will continue to work for Ernst & Young as an auditor.
“This is amazing. This wonderful opportunity was made possible by those who gave me so much support while I was at Witt,” Seivertson said. “I am about halfway through the program, which has a work/study component. Currently, I am working with audit clients at Ernst & Young as a staff auditor and soon will return to Notre Dame to complete my masters.”
According to Fenimore, when Jessica decided she wanted to be a CPA, he explained the requirements she needed to fulfill in order to hold this professional license. The opportunity to attend Notre Dame and obtain a master’s degree was a wonderful opportunity for her to complete the remaining educational requirements.
“There’s a great demand for accounting graduates who have a master’s degree,” Fenimore said. “Jessica is a wonderful example why taking management in a liberal arts college is a great combination. She developed a connection to the arts and the community that is so important for a much broader view of the world,” he said. “Our students leave Wittenberg with the tools they need to become successful in their careers,” Fenimore said. “I am sure Jessica will be a success in whatever she chooses to do.”
- Phyllis Eberts