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The Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA)announced last week that the Society has presented two Connecticut accounting educators with their2016 Educator of Excellence awardsat the organization’s Recognition Reception held in Plantsville.

The CTCPA created the Educator of Excellence awards - more commonly-known as “The Eddys” - to recognize Connecticut accounting professors who have had a significant impact on the lives and careers of their students. Students nominate their professors, and winners are selected by a panel representing a cross-section of CTCPA membership and the Connecticut business community.

Awards are presented in two categories: Four-Year College/University Professor and Two-Year College Professor.

Ross Riskin,assistant professor of accounting and finance at Albertus Magnus College, was the 2016 winner under the Four-Year category. Riskin is also vice president of Riskin & Riskin, PC in Orange and managing member of Riskin Advisory, also in Orange. He holds a B.S. in accounting from Fairfield University and a Master Personal Financial Planner Certificate and M.S. in taxation from Bentley University. He resides in Orange.

The following is an excerpt from Professor Riskin’s winning nomination, per the CTCPA:

"Professor Riskin was incredibly dynamic and engaging and delivered the perfect combination of personal experience and teaching from the book.  It became clear to me very early on that we (the class) had the pleasure of having a professor who was not only knowledgeable about the topic, but also extremely passionate about it and wanted to share that passion with others. I can honestly say that in my college career, Professor Riskin was one of the most engaging, well-rounded professors I’ve had.”

Jennifer Oliver, professor of business & accounting at Quinebaug Valley Community College, received the Eddy under the Two-Year College Professor category. Oliver holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of Connecticut and resides in the greater Willimantic area.

The following is an excerpt from Professor Oliver’s winning nomination, per the CTCPA:

 “She is kind, thorough, and very intelligent. She’s able to give insight using her many experiences, and makes the work feel fun with her upbeat attitude, keeping her students engaged. She works diligently to ensure that her students understand the material properly, and that they enjoy it. If she has taught me anything, it’s that accounting can be fun if you have the right attitude toward it! I know that if I continue with her influence, I will lead a long, happy career in accounting. I can’t imagine that anyone else would deserve this award more than her and I can’t praise her enough.”

Formed in 1908, the CTCPA currently has a membership of almost 6,000 professionals across public practice, business, government, and education. The Society seeks to advocate on behalf of the accounting profession, foster a community among CPA professionals, and provide continuing education opportunities for CPAs in Connecticut.

For more on the CTCPA, head to the Society'ssite here.