Celebrating Accounting Educators of Excellence: “The Eddys” The first-ever Educators of Excellence: “The Eddys” event recognized and thanked Connecticut accounting educators for the vital work they do in preparing the next generation of CPAs and CTCPA members. Full-time, part-time, and adjunct professors representing 19 of Connecticut’s two- and four-year colleges and universities gathered at Cascade in Hamden for a fun evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and mingling. The evening’s highlight was the presentation of the Educator of Excellence awards to outstanding accounting professors. Congratulations to the Eddy Award Winners! Excellence The Educators of Excellence awards (“The Eddys”) were created to recognize Connecticut accounting professors who have had a positive influence on the lives and careers of their students by excelling in teaching and/or mentoring, inspiring students to reach beyond the ordinary, and making a difference by going the extra mile for their students. Current and former students nominated their favorite professors online. Winners were selected by a panel representing a cross-section of the CTCPA membership and the Connecticut business community via blind review (see panelists on next page). Excerpts from each winner’s nomination appear below. unable to attend Adjunct Professor Housatonic Community College “He uses real-life examples to help us understand the accounting terms described in the book. When we have a hard time comprehending, he always finds better ways to explain and always ensures we learn the material.” 8 www.ctcpas.org Two-Year College Professor Four-Year College Professor Paul DePietro, CPA Edwin R. Muenzner, CPA Three Rivers Community College “The stories he shares in class of making a difference for his clients has enabled me to visualize what it means to be an accountant and inspire me with a passion to do the same.” Marie G. Kulesza, CPA University of Saint Joseph “She has a clear passion and excitement for teaching in general, but also for the accounting industry as a whole. This comes out in every class as she lectures with enthusiasm, energy, and a smile on her face.”