St. John Fisher College is considering using a $1 million donation for technology ae scholarships for the accounting program of its School of Business.
John Almeter, a 1971 St. John Fisher graduate, and his wife, Carol, a 1974 graduate, donated the funding, the school said.
The donation will support two separate funds for the program. The John and Carol Sloan Almeter Accounting Scholars Fund will help accounting students offset tuition, allowing the school to attract the “best and brightest” students to the program. The John and Carol Sloan Almeter Fund for Accounting Innovation will allow the School to invest in technology and resources in areas such as data analytics, accounting information systems and forensic accounting. It will also support faculty training and curriculum development, executives-in-residence who can bring important expertise and networks to the program, guest speakers, software and technology acquisitions, and faculty and student training.
“In our professional lives, we have seen what innovation and technology can enable someone to accomplish, and we know that the body of knowledge required of today’s students is growing rapidly,” said said John Almeter. “Through this donation, we hope to open doors in the fields of analytics and artificial intelligence and fund resources that will enhance analytical thinking and creativity for faculty and students.”
The Almeters, who met while volunteering at an alumni telethon in 1978, have long supported the College.
They opened their home for alumni and student gatherings in the Atlanta, Georgia area. They have also served as presidents of the Fisher Alumni Fund; were co-captains of the Southeast region during the College’s Vision 2020 fundraising campaign; and are founding members of the Spire Society, the College’s leadership society.
In 2018, the School of Business presented John, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and retired construction executive, with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the accounting profession and his continued support of the College.
“We cherish the fundamentals of accounting and business education we received, as well as the lasting relationships we have built through Fisher,” said Carol Almeter.
A “trailblazer in her own right,” Carol Almeter was among the first women to graduate from St. John Fisher College and is now a licensed real estate agent in the Atlanta area.
“We hope these donations will support learning and growth through technology resources and provide training in Fisher accounting to those who will benefit most,” she added.
“We are very grateful to John and Carol for offering their support to the Fisher Forward campaign and the School of Business,” said Gerard Rooney, president of St. John Fisher College. “Thanks to their generosity, the accounting program, which has been a source of immense pride and distinction for the College and for our alumni, will have the resources to evolve and continue to provide cutting-edge training for future Fisher accountants. This will build on our tradition of excellence in accounting education and in graduate practitioners who will become leaders in the field. Additionally, the donation will allow us to provide access to students who will be better served by our AACSB-accredited accounting program. »
Over the past decade, more than 530 students have majored in accounting at St. John Fisher and nearly all accounting graduates are employed before graduation and/or accepted into graduate school. or they find full-time employment within three months of graduation.
Fisher’s accounting alumni network includes graduates working at companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers; Deloitte; Ernest and Young; and KPMG, as well as Bonadio Group, Harris Corporation, Paychex, Constellation Brands and Insero & Company, the school said.