Smeal MAcc Ambassadors

Introduction to the Smeal MAcc Ambassadors, a group of current Smeal MAcc students who are available to connect with prospective students to answer questions and offer insights

Smeal MAcc Ambassadors are available to connect with prospective students to answer questions offer advice and guidance, and provide insights from the perspective of a current student.

Smeal MAcc Ambassadors Class of 2021
Portrait Name/Email
 Portrait of Michael Caldwell.

Michael H. Caldwell
Hometown: Hummelstown, PA
Undergrad Institution: Penn State University
Undergrad Major: Accounting
Planned Concentration(s): Taxation, Governmental Accounting, Wealth Management
Send an email to connect with Michael

"The best advice to anyone who is starting to look at MAcc programs is only apply if you want the degree. Many undergraduates I have encountered initially viewed the MAcc as an easier and quicker graduate degree compared to an MBA. While it may be quicker, viewing it as easier is inaccurate. I choose the MAcc to further enhance my accounting and business skills to prepare for the modern workforce.  Additionally, it continues to prepare me and my classmates for the CPA exam with its advanced classes. The MAcc should be viewed as a technical program that equips you to identify, analyze, and complete modern accounting issues. If accounting is your career passion, I would highly recommend inquiring as soon as possible."

Portrait of Jacqueline Fortney. 

Jacqueline Fortney
Hometown: Bellefonte, PA
Undergrad Institution: Universidad Nacional San Agustin de Arequipa, Peru
Undergrad Major: Accounting
Planned Concentration(s): Auditing/Taxes
Send an email to connect with Jacqueline

"My favorite part of the MAcc program are the courses in communication skills and technology. They complement my accounting background and will make me a more well-rounded professional. I also enjoy all of the support from the professors and coordinators. They really care about the students and are committed to helping you succeed."

 Portrait of Jahyeok Jeong.

Jahyeok Jeong
Hometown: Yesan, South Korea
Undergrad Institution: Penn State University
Undergrad Major: Accounting
Planned Concentration(s): Audit Field
Send an email to connect with Jahyeok

"I chose Smeal for my MAcc degree because Penn State has the largest alumni network and I completed my undergraduate degree at Penn State. I enjoyed my time as an undergrad at University Park and wanted to continue this great relationship with the University."

Portrait of Michael Lewis. 

Michael Lewis
Hometown: Hershey, PA
Undergrad Institution: Penn State University
Undergrad Major: Accounting
Planned Concentration(s): Auditing 
Send an email to connect with Michael

"I chose Smeal because of the easy transition from undergrad to graduate school. I had already known most of the peers and professors that I would be working with. Each of these professors are willing to take the time to sit down with you and provide any help that you need. Another reason I chose Smeal is because my brother graduated from the program and told me how beneficial it can be. Finally, you can complete the Smeal Macc degree in one year, which is amazing."

Portrait of Grace Veltri.

Grace Veltri
Hometown: State College, PA
Undergrad Institution: Penn State University
Undergrad Major: Accounting with an Information Systems Auditing Certificate
Planned Concentration(s): Auditing 
Send an email to connect with Grace

"While I was in high school, I decided that I wanted to work for a Big 4 firm one day. Throughout my time as an undergrad, my professors would always tell me how much they valued the Smeal MAcc program and how it has many ties to prestigious firms, including the Big 4. When the COVID-19 hit, I realized that now was the time to get my master's and achieve my dream."