On May 16, 2019, over 200 professionals and students gathered at the inaugural School of Accountancy (SOA) Alumni & Friends Lunch to raise funds for the School of Accountancy Advancement Fund.
In partnership with the Shidler Alumni Association (SAA), the SOA raised funds to support student accounting clubs, provide faculty support and develop continuing education courses and conferences, including the annual Hawaiʻi Accounting Research Conference.
“I’m grateful to the SOA alumni, SOA Advisory Board and the local accounting community for their generous support and commitment to the School of Accountancy,” said Vance Roley, dean of the Shidler College of Business. “Their participation and investment in SOA will not only enrich our students' lives but will ensure an excellent accounting program for future generations."
“The event was a success,” said Hamid Pourjalali, Donald A. Corbin Distinguished Professor in Accounting and Director of the School of Accountancy. “It fostered the relationship between the SOA faculty, students and the Hawaiʻi business community, and provided the means for our program to continue expanding professional and academic opportunities.”
The event featured students, faculty and professionals who have been impacted by the SOA, and concluded with opportunities for attendees to network and win draw prizes.
The event was made possible by presenting sponsor Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants, and supporting sponsors American Savings Bank and Hawaiʻi Pacific Health.