Member Spotlight

Jourdan Rivera

Major: Accounting Minor: Economics Expected Graduation: June 2018, MAcc June Spring 2019 Career Interests: Public Accounting with a focus in the sports industry or internal accounting for a professional sports team or league Fun Fact: I was on the math team in elementary school for 4th-6th and we would compete with other elementary schools Extracurricular Activities: I am on the finance subcommittee of the Warsaw Sports Business Club. I also work in the accounting office for the UO Athletics Department I grew up in Anaheim, CA and something I’ve always been very passionate about is sports. Though I was never the greatest athlete, I always had fun and the way it unifies such diverse people is very meaningful to me. Beta Alpha Psi has played a huge role in my professional career, as it has guided me on how to get to where I want to be, as well as provide real life experience. This past summer I attended the National BAP Conference and represented our Beta chapter in a case competition. I worked on team of 4 to come up with the best short-term plan for a local nonprofit, Bolsa Chica Conservancy. Our team won 1st place, out of six. It was an absolutely amazing experience that taught me lessons not only in nonprofit accounting, but things like how to work with a team of people (that I had never met) to come up with a plan that can help out such an incredible organization.  

Major: Accounting
Minor: Economics
Expected Graduation: June 2018, MAcc June Spring 2019
Career Interests: Public Accounting with a focus in the sports industry or internal accounting for a professional sports team or league
Fun Fact: I was on the math team in elementary school for 4th-6th and we would compete with other elementary schools
Extracurricular Activities: I am on the finance subcommittee of the Warsaw Sports Business Club. I also work in the accounting office for the UO Athletics Department

I grew up in Anaheim, CA and something I’ve always been very passionate about is sports. Though I was never the greatest athlete, I always had fun and the way it unifies such diverse people is very meaningful to me. Beta Alpha Psi has played a huge role in my professional career, as it has guided me on how to get to where I want to be, as well as provide real life experience. This past summer I attended the National BAP Conference and represented our Beta chapter in a case competition. I worked on team of 4 to come up with the best short-term plan for a local nonprofit, Bolsa Chica Conservancy. Our team won 1st place, out of six. It was an absolutely amazing experience that taught me lessons not only in nonprofit accounting, but things like how to work with a team of people (that I had never met) to come up with a plan that can help out such an incredible organization.

 


 

Past Spotlights

 

Samantha Scallion

Major: Accounting Minor: Economics Expected Graduation: Spring 2018, MAcc in Spring 2019 Career Interests: Public Accounting Fun Fact: Rain is my favorite kind of weather. Extracurricular Activities: 3+1 Accounting Pathway, Pathway Oregon Peer Leadership Team, Pathway Oregon Peer Mentor I was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. I’ve been a lifelong Duck fan, and I always knew that I wanted to go to UO. When I’m not in class or attending BAP meetings, I love to spend time with my dog, Hannah. She is nine years old and is a dachshund/ basset hound mix. My other hobbies include golfing, playing Scrabble, and of course binge-watching shows on Netflix. Last year I became involved with BAP’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program which was an incredibly rewarding experience. I entered into it having never filed a tax return before, and by the end of the tax season I learned more than I ever imagined I would. After spending many Saturdays in Lillis, I earned an award for preparing the most tax returns. I’m excited to be even more involved with the program as this year’s VITA Chair. I also serve as BAP’s Tutoring Coordinator and am responsible for organizing and overseeing the tutoring groups for the introductory accounting courses.

Major: Accounting
Minor: Economics
Expected Graduation: Spring 2018, MAcc in Spring 2019
Career Interests: Public Accounting
Fun Fact: Rain is my favorite kind of weather.
Extracurricular Activities: 3+1 Accounting Pathway, Pathway Oregon Peer Leadership Team, Pathway Oregon Peer Mentor

I was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. I’ve been a lifelong Duck fan, and I always knew that I wanted to go to UO. When I’m not in class or attending BAP meetings, I love to spend time with my dog, Hannah. She is nine years old and is a dachshund/ basset hound mix. My other hobbies include golfing, playing Scrabble, and of course binge-watching shows on Netflix. Last year I became involved with BAP’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program which was an incredibly rewarding experience. I entered into it having never filed a tax return before, and by the end of the tax season I learned more than I ever imagined I would. After spending many Saturdays in Lillis, I earned an award for preparing the most tax returns. I’m excited to be even more involved with the program as this year’s VITA Chair. I also serve as BAP’s Tutoring Coordinator and am responsible for organizing and overseeing the tutoring groups for the introductory accounting courses.


Matthew Dean

Major: Accounting
Minor: Economics
Expected Graduation: June 2019
Career Interests: CPA
Fun Fact: Studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Extracurricular Activities: Alpha Tau Omega, Safe Ride Dispatcher

I was born and raised in Portland, OR. Growing up, I spent many summers sailing around the Caribbean and hope to go many more times in the future! When not studying, I enjoy watching the Seattle Mariners and fishing.


TJ Reardon

Major: Accounting
Minor: Economics
Expected Graduation: Winter 2017
Career Interests: I have no idea what I want to do, but I’m starting out with Public Accounting and seeing where it takes me.
Fun Fact: My Bitmoji and I are doppelgängers (See for yourself in his picture!)
Extracurricular activities: Business Honors Program; Student Director for the UO Ambassador Program (the branch of Student Orientation Programs in charge of campus tours)   

I grew up in Boring Oregon, which is about 30 minutes east of Portland. It was kinda lame because it’s in the middle of nowhere, but it is very close to the amazing hiking trails, waterfalls, and generally beautiful scenery of the Columbia River Gorge.

In high school I was very involved in Speech and Debate, both on the local and national circuits. Speech and Debate was a great opportunity because it helped me to develop my leadership, critical thinking, and communication skills all while making new friends and building a network through competitions across the country. I held leadership roles on the team for my sophomore-senior years, including vice president and president. I was also on Student Council and held leadership positions in Key Club and National Honors Society.

When I’m not in class or at work, I really enjoy some much needed down time with my friends, going for a nice drive to the coast or hiking in the forest, or catching up on TV shows. I’m currently focusing my attention on Scandal, The Golden Girls, and getting through The Office for the 4th time, but I’m looking forward to House of Cards Season 5 on May 30th.

I’ll be starting as an Audit Associate at PwC in Portland this fall.