Friday, September 13, 2013
Abraham Lincoln once said, “I will prepare and some day my chance will come.” Recently, Accounting major Frank Kellogg ’14 took a more active approach to President Lincoln’s words of wisdom.
Kellogg, who serves as the New Jersey secretary for Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), the collegiate arm of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), was a top-10 finalist in June at the FBLA’s national Financial Concepts competition in Anaheim, Calif. Kellogg punched his ticket to the national competition by placing third while representing Rider in the statewide contest in February.
After transferring to Rider from Ocean County College in Toms River, N.J., as a Criminal Justice major, Kellogg sought to complement his passion for law enforcement with a degree program involved his other interests, as well. He discovered that Rider allowed him to pursue an Accounting degree in a program that also prepared him for a career as a forensic accountant.
“It was important for me to find a college that understood what I wanted from a career in both accounting and law enforcement,” Kellogg said. “Rider’s Accounting program offered me exactly what I was looking for with classes like Fraud Examination and Business Forensics.”
He was also drawn to the University by its strong career-development support, its long tradition of business excellence, and its proximity to home.
“Frank is a wonderful example of what students can accomplish when they go off to college,” said Dr. Tim McGee, associate director for Faculty Development and the faculty adviser for PBL. “He’s able to apply the principles he learns in the classroom in other settings, including some highly competitive environments.”
Kellogg, who began the PBL chapter at Ocean County College, successfully reactivated the chapter at Rider once he arrived. He is not the only member at Rider to find success in statewide competitions, either. Chapter President Christina Yasay ‘XX claimed first place in the Business law category the New Jersey PBL competition. As a group, they ran three successful events, which included a pizza party in support of the March of Dimes, a career fair, and a dinner with professionals event.
“We increased membership by approximately 50 percent,” said Kellogg, who encouraged interested students to join Rider’s PBL. “We also raised approximately $200 to help the March of Dimes.”
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