Dania Gonzalez
Dania Gonzalez has been a direct beneficiary of her tenure as president of Florida International University's chapter of the Financial Management Association (FMA). When she graduates, Gonzalez will go to work for national accounting firm Ernst & Young. Her job came about because the FMA routinely invites firms such as Ernst & Young to send recruiters to speak at its monthly meetings.

It was at just such a session that Gonzalez met with an E&Y recruiter, submitted her resume, and will now attend the University of Virginia to get an MBA, courtesy of her new employer.

Gonzalez's experience is typical. In fact, three out of the four members of the executive board of FMA have job offers in hand. Other members of the group do also.

In addition to getting to meet with recruiters, members attending regular meetings have heard talks by representatives from brokerage firms Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch as well as from representatives of the Federal Reserve.

However, facilitating recruiting of its members is only one aspect of FMA's mission on campus. The group, including its honorary society Phi Mu Alpha, has undertaken a wide range of humanitarian efforts as part of its regular activities. This fall, Phi Mu Alpha participated in a toy drive as part of a campus-wide effort by honors groups to donate toys to children at Christmas. Before Thanksgiving, FMA coordinated a canned food drive. And members of the organization regularly volunteer for Habitat for Humanity's projects.

The group has 75 regular members, 35 of whom are in Phi Mu Alpha. Dr. William Welch, associate professor of finance and department chairman, acts as advisor. For more information about FMA, visit the group's web site.