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April 2016

Tuesday April 19, 2016
Developing Soft Skills in Today's Accounting graduates    - Student Night
Dinner will be held at Gwynedd Mercy University upstairs in the Waldron Center. 
Park in Lot F or H
We will walk to the auditorium for the meeting.
(see attached campus map)
1 Hr CPE - Other

 Carlo Silvesti, MBA, CPA - Assistant Professor, Accounting and Business - Gwynedd Mercy University
 Ron Bruce, MBA - Associate Professor Accounting - Gwynedd Mercy University


Carlo and Ron will discuss the skills needed by students during their first job search which may not have been learned in the classroom.  We will also have a Q&A session on what employers look for in new candidates and where they can improve.

Carlo Silvesti
Assistant professor of accounting and business, Carlo J. Silvesti has been a member of the GMU faculty since 2006.  He teaches courses in all aspects of Accounting, including Principles of Management, and Economics.  He earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from St. Joseph's University and his master's degree in business administration from Temple University.


Prior to teaching at GMU, Professor Silvesti served as a financial officer for 35 years in several middle market size businesses and taught accounting courses at Cabrini College as an Adjunct Professor.  He served as President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), and serves on the chapters Colleges and Universities Committee and the Accounting and Auditing committee, and the Nominations Committee.  He co-chairs the PICPA state Colleges Committee, and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs.  


Professor Silvesti serves on the board of directors for St. John Vianny, a psychiatric facility of Catholic social services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  His areas of expertise include individual taxation, managerial accounting and business planning.

Ronald Bruce is an Associate Professor in the School of Business  at Gwynedd Mercy University, a position he has held for more than 30 years. Mr. Bruce is the professor for both accounting and statistics courses, as well as instructor for technology courses in the curriculum.  He has been recognized by the University as an outstanding educator being awarded the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2004.

Mr. Bruce’s primary research interests have been two-fold: 1. Using educational technology to improve teaching and learning for students in the business and accounting curriculum, and 2. Applying the principles of Cognitive Apprenticeship to teaching and learning in statistics education. He has authored scholarly research in providing support to learners engaged in educational software programs, and has designed software that has been used to teach accounting and statistics.