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Ernst & Young gift funds NMSU accounting communications course

A New Mexico State University course that will help master's of accountancy students be better-prepared for the communication demands of their field is being supported by one of the international Big Four professional services firms that employs a growing number of those graduates.


Ken Bouyer of Ernst & Young, left, and NMSU Accounting and Information Systems Department Head Kevin Melendrez.
Ken Bouyer, EY Americas director of inclusiveness recruiting, left, talks about the value of good communications training for accounting students at the New Mexico State University College of Business as Accounting and Information Systems Department Head Kevin Melendrez looks on. Bouyer was on hand to present a $30,000 gift to the college in support of the EY Accounting Communications course for master's of accountancy students. (NMSU photo by Amanda Bradford)
Ernst & Young representatives give a $30,000 check to College of Business Interim Dean Kathy Brook and Accounting and Information Systems Department Head Ke
Representatives from Ernst & Young visited New Mexico State University's College of Business Oct. 9 to present a $30,000 gift to the college in support of the EY Accounting Communications course for master's of accountancy students. From left to right are EY representatives Emily Perry and Ken Bouyer, Accounting and Information Systems Department Head Kevin Melendrez, College of Business Interim Dean Kathy Brook, and EY representative Sarah Clifford. (NMSU photo by Amanda Bradford)

The master's-level accounting communications course will be funded by gifts from the Ernst & Young Foundation totaling $30,000 over the next three years. Representatives from EY visited the NMSU College of Business on Oct. 9 to present the $30,000 check to the college.

Kevin Melendrez, head of the college's Accounting and Information Systems Department, said having a class that's targeted toward communication in an accounting context is crucial for graduate students - especially those who intend to sit for their Certified Public Accountant exam in Texas, as many NMSU accounting graduates do. But effective written and verbal communication skills are a must in the field no matter where new graduates intend to begin their careers, he said.

"This course will allow students to be prepared for their careers in accounting, which involve extensive communication with clients and professionals in the business community," Melendrez said.

Being able to guarantee the course each semester through the accounting department, with the help of the EY Foundation gift, will ensure that all graduate students who need it are able to take it, Melendrez said.

Ken Bouyer, Americas director of inclusiveness recruiting for EY, which has more than 700 offices in 140 countries, said the firm places great value on the communication skills of its employees, so it makes sense to invest in programs that produce graduates who are prepared to interact effectively with their clients and peers.

"We believe that communication is absolutely critical to these students - it's a survival skill they need to succeed in this field," Bouyer said at Wednesday's check presentation. "EY is pleased to continue to partner with NMSU on such an important program. Our investment here is an example of our commitment to helping students become leaders in our profession."

The EY Accounting Communications Course, listed as ACCT 510, will be offered beginning in the spring 2014 semester, and will be open only to master's of accountancy students.

For more information on the master's of accountancy program, visit http://business.nmsu.edu/academics/accounting-is/accounting-programs/master-accountancy.