The David LaMarche ’69 Chair in Business was established by Mr. and Mrs. Edmund J. Cashman, a Saint Michael’s graduate of the Class of 1958. Mr. Cashman also served as a trustee of the College from 1985-1999. He and his wife, Susan, are the parents of three children, two of whom also graduated from Saint Michael’s College. The Chair has been dedicated to honor David LaMarche, Class of 1969, who was a professor, Department Chair and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Saint Michael’s College from 1974 to 2004. In his Saint Michael’s career, Professor LaMarche not only practiced the highest standards of superior teaching, but also demonstrated consistent dedication to the Mission of Saint Michael’s as envisioned by the founders of our College, the priests of the Society of Saint Edmund. Professor LaMarche, an academic leader, exemplified to generations of students that excellence is synonymous with values and appreciation of one another. In July 2008, Dennis Voigt was appointed to the David LaMarche Chair in Business.
Chair: Associate Professor Robert Letovsky
Professors: William Anderson
Associate Professors: M. Birger Benson, Richard Kuklis, Roger Putzel, Dennis Voigt, Norman Walker, Diane Lander
Assistant Professors: Francis Farina, Tamara Mullarky, Melinda Micheletto, Karen Popovich
Instructors: Paul Olsen, Joanne Scott
Visiting Instructor: Steven Doyon, John Ambrose
The Department offers majors and minors in accounting and business administration, and minors in finance, information systems, international business, management and marketing. These courses of study prepare students to work in administrative positions in business, government, and service organizations, or to enter an advanced degree program.
The business administration major is a well-rounded, general business major which exposes the student to each of the functional areas of business. It emphasizes the nature, function, and social role of the business organization and stresses that administration is both an art and a science. In keeping with the College’s liberal arts mission, requirements for the major are comprehensive but recognize the unique opportunities that the liberal studies foundation affords our students. The major also includes components that help students understand the interface between businesses decisions and the conduct of a moral/ethical life. All business administration majors will have an experiential component as part of their program of study. In addition, the major requires that students pursue in-depth study of a field of their choice. This requirement is met by completing a minor or second major, either from those offered within the department or from any other department on campus.
The accounting major prepares students for careers in a variety of organizations including public accounting firms, business enterprises, governmental and non-profit organizations, and service organizations. In addition, the coursework is sufficiently broad and deep to prepare students to continue their studies in graduate programs in accounting or business administration. The relationship between the accounting major and preparation for the CPA exam is explained later in this section.
Accounting Majors and CPA Requirements
Requirements to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam vary by state. Certain states require specific electives and/or additional courses. Other states require CPA candidates to have completed 150 credit hours of college courses prior to sitting for the CPA exam. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants requires all new members to have completed the 150 hours. To accommodate these variations, Saint Michael’s College offers many undergraduate electives as well as a Master of Science in Administration (MSA) which provide an opportunity to fulfill the 150 hours education requirement. In addition, the Clarkson 4 +1 Program and other similar programs provide students with the opportunity to meet the requirements. As students progress through the accounting program, they are advised to contact both the appropriate state Board of Accountancy for specific requirements and their academic advisor develop a plan to meet those requirements.
The Department’s curriculum and program aim to ensure that our graduates attain the following learning goals and outcomes:
Conduct themselves and their businesses in a way that is informed by the central themes of the mission of the College. This includes an understanding of what it means to lead a moral/ethical life and an ongoing commitment to the service of others.
Possess basic competencies necessary to operate and lead in an organizational environment. This includes the areas of group dynamics and operations, financial and quantitative applications and analysis, technology, and problem solving.
Develop an in-depth understanding of either one of the core areas of business or another discipline.
Be able to effectively research, write, present and defend concepts and proposals related to business, administration and/or accounting issues;
Develop a sensitivity for how external factors including global political, economic, social, technological, and ecological trends can impact a business’ or nonprofit organization’s plans and operations;
Develop a commitment to “lifelong learning” and pursue opportunities that contribute to that objective including employment, graduate or professional school and other post-baccalaureate learning opportunities.