Accounting Forum Banquet Draws "Big Four" Sponsors and Top Regional Firms April 29

Annual Spring Dinner Event to Include Scholarship Announcements, Recognition of Graduating Seniors
April 25, 2016

Rohnert Park, California - The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the Spring Banquet dinner for the Accounting Forum, the largest academic club on campus, is scheduled for April 29 at the Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park. The program includes a networking reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., and presentations of scholarship winners and acknowledgment of graduating seniors at 8 p.m. The annual event is designed to provide current and prospective students and companies an opportunity to gather and interact in advance of the fall recruiting season.

Participating accounting firms include local partners Moss-Adams, Burr Pilger Mayer, G&J Seiberlich, Crowe Horwath, Dal Poggetto & Company, Linkenheimer, Zainer Rinehart Clarke, Pisenti and Brinker, and others. The Big Four auditors, including Deloitte, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Ernst and Young, and KPMG, will also have officers and executives in attendance as sponsors of the event. Five student scholarships will be presented, including three scholarships awarded by Crowe Horwath, and one scholarship each awarded by Becker Professional Education, Roger CPA Review, and Moss-Adams.           

"Sonoma State University places more than 100 students each year into high-quality accounting positions. The caliber of our students and reputation of our programs have made us a target for recruiting among the Big Four and top regional firms. Many of our alumni are now partners at these major firms and return each year to help make this banquet a success," Joe Standridge, Professional Faculty in Accounting, Advisor to the Accounting Forum, and six-time winner of the Students' Choice Award said.

The Accounting Forum is designed to maximize job opportunities for students, promote self-development, and cultivate a sense of responsibility and professionalism among its members. Its annual Spring Banquet draws up to 200 attendees each year, including approximately 100 alumni in accounting careers. Cost to attend the event for interested firms is $825 per table, and $600 for an additional table.

"The strong success of the Accounting Forum is an important example of the kind of direct positive impact that our programs have on student growth, professional development, and career success. Now more than ever, ethical financial competence is required to move businesses, communities, and our economy forward. I applaud and thank Joe for his work and success in developing these programs and partnerships on behalf of our students," Dr. William S. Silver, Dean of the School of Business and Economics said.

For more information regarding the Accounting Forum's April 29 Spring Banquet, including how to sponsor or participate, please contact Joe Standridge at For information regarding degree programs in the School of Business and Economics, please visit or contact (707) 664-3477.