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Posted 5.14.07

Weatherheadlines recently sat down with BS/MAcc student Matthew Hurley, '07, to learn about the joint degree program he recently completed, his favorite class, and his great movie recommendations.

Q: In which degree program are you enrolled and what year are you?
I am in the joint Bachelor of Science in Accounting / Master of Accountancy program and am graduating with my MAcc on May 20.

Q: From where do you originally hail? What brought you to Case and/or the Weatherhead School?
I grew up in Old Hickory, TN (an eastern suburb of Nashville). I ended up at Case on somewhat of a fluke. I was traveling with my mom looking at colleges and she said that I should take a look at Case. I loved the campus and Case was academically the type of school I was looking for with great opportunities.

Q: What has been your favorite class or professor at the Weatherhead School?
I’ve been lucky and taken several classes that I've really enjoyed. My favorite class was probably Accounting 444 -- Advanced Auditing with Professor Pearson. He has such great experience in the field and the class was challenging and provided me with knowledge that is going to be very useful in my future career.

Q: I understand you are in the joint BS/MAcc program. Would you please tell us a bit about the program and how it works?
The program is fantastic. It allows a student to graduate from Case with an advanced degree and the required hours and courses necessary to take the CPA exam. While most people take 4 ½ to 5 years to complete the program (including a semester off for an internship) if you know going into school that accounting is for you, the program can be completed in four years. You start off with your basic undergraduate courses, but once you obtain 90 credit hours, you apply to the program. Then you begin taking a mixture of graduate and undergraduate level courses. Since Masters programs within accounting are nearly all one year programs, it is a great way to build strong relationships with the faculty, take advantage of undergraduate scholarship money for an advanced degree, and take care of all of your educational requirements for the CPA exam before entering the working world.

Q: What has been the best part of being a student at the Weatherhead School?
The faculty is amazing. I have friends in a variety of different programs across the country and all are amazed when I tell them stories about how helpful and friendly the faculty is or what things they are involved in outside of the classroom. Nearly all of them are envious of the relationships that are able to be built and connections made with such a great faculty.

Q: Have you accepted a post-graduation position yet?
I will be starting with the Cleveland office of Deloitte in their Assurance & Enterprise Risk Services practice this coming fall.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time? Are you involved in any campus activities/clubs?
Schoolwork has managed to keep me very busy, but having been at Case for five years now, I've been involved in many different campus groups. I've been most heavily involved in Greek Life and Residence Life during my time here. Now that I'm graduating, I'm starting to explore some other areas of interest such as cycling, returning to playing tennis, and watching movies.

Q: Do you have a movie that you would like to recommend?
Most people who know me well know that I have seen more movies than I can count. It's so hard to pick a favorite as there are so many different genres and styles within genres. Right now, if I had to pick a favorite, it would probably have to be Arlington Road. But two movies that most people haven't seen (or haven't heard of) that I've been recommending lately are The Battle of Shaker Heights and The Heart of the Game. Both are entertaining, feel good movies with good messages, and films that are just well done.

Q: If you could invite one famous person (living or dead) to dinner, who would it be and why?
I think it would be very interesting to sit down to dinner with Abraham Lincoln. I would like to hear a first-hand account of his leadership style with the challenges he faced in leading the country that was so bitterly divided.

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