Lynsie Ulrich

If hard work indeed pays off, Lynsie Ulrich felt rewarded for finding work before she left college. The Summa Cum Laude honors student, a business administration major with concentrations in accounting and management, graduated from Dominican in May and immediately secured a full-time position as an auditor with KPMG LLP in the Financial District in San Francisco next summer after completing her MBA.

It is one of the five internship positions Lynsie served during her time at Dominican.

“In each internship, I have been able to refine my business communication skills and have learned how to work in a professional business environment,”says Lynsie, who received a Financial Women of San Francisco Association (FWSF) Scholarship. “The moment that best illustrates my growth as a professional is when I was offered a full time employment position in the accounting industry … I knew Dominican was the right university for me, because throughout the whole application process I had support from the faculty and staff.”

While at Dominican, Lynsie also worked as accounting intern in the University’s business office. She volunteered three times at TaxAid, a non-profit that files taxes for free for low-income taxpayers.

In addition, Lynsie has been a member of Dominican’s Accounting and Financial Association (DAFA), Future Business Leaders of America, plus and a founding member of the Business Bakers Club on campus. She is a graduate of Dominican’s LeaderShape program and served as an ambassador host for the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS).

“Throughout my four years at Dominican, I have developed a new passion for the field of accounting and finance,” Lynsie says. “In addition, I have learned about the different employment opportunities that these fields can offer. Faculty members played a critical role in this process.”

Lynsie particularly thanks ILS founder and executive director Dr. Denise Lucy, and Elizabeth Capener, assistant professor of Accounting, for their impact. She cited the small class sizes at Dominican for allowing her to establish close relationships with faculty.

“I have been pleasantly surprised to discover that not only has this environment aided me academically, but also on a more personal level,” she says. “During the past four years at Dominican, professors have gone above and beyond their teaching duties and have become inspiring role models … Altogether, the faculty and staff have made me feel like an individual versus just another statistic and have been one of the most meaningful aspects of my education.”

Lynsie, who entered the BA-to-MBA 4 +1 program in the Andrew P. Barowsky School of Business at Dominican, plans to complete her MBA by May of 2015.