All majors in the department feature a capstone seminar course in which students synthesize material learned over the previous four years as they prepare for their careers. Each spring, we celebrate student learning through final presentations in these courses.
This year, the senior management students presented their work in Emerge@Simpson business incubator: Complete Access, a smartphone based ID app; Carribbean Cultivation, a non-profit supporting agricultural development in the Dominican Republic; SC Press, a new Simpson based publishing hub for three independent book projects; and PlayTagger, a sports recruitment platform. The students present to a panel of business advisors from the community the work they’ve completed during the semester and the plan moving forward for the next team to take over. The business advisors have the chance to give feedback on presentation skills as well as advice on the project itself.
The senior accounting students also have final cumulative presentations in the spring. This semester, the students presented their research on a variety of accounting topics to a panel of three professional judges: Mike Martins (Partner KPMG), Scott Gillespie (Senior Manager Deloitte), Lance Dieleman (Tax Associate at Schuring Uitermarkt). The three groups presented research on Corporate Governance, the Affordable Care Act, and Fair Value and the Future of Accounting. After each presentation the judges and faculty present asked questions of the group and shared their own experiences on the topic from their professional experience.
As these students move forward to the professional work environment, they will bring with them this experience working as part of a team, managing a project and presenting to professionals. Their time at Simpson has prepared them for success