As the campus community prepares for commencement May 10-11, the Office of Marketing & Communication Services is featuring a series of articles about the Class of 2014 as they prepare to become Heidelberg graduates and alumni. We hope you enjoy the “Countdown to Commencement.”
Dorion Kempf first looked at Heidelberg because his brother was a student, but chose it for other reasons. “I really liked the small town feel,” he said. “And the business program was exactly what I wanted.”
Heidelberg’s School of Business offered Dorion a broad experience, and he ran with it. He double majored in accounting and business administration and was heavily involved with the Dean’s Student Advisory Board.
“I was introduced to a lot of aspects of accounting,” he said. “I know that my interests are in taxes and financial accounting.”
This past February, Dorion was a member of the CFA Investment Challenge team. The team consisted of four senior business majors and they competed primarily against graduate students from much larger institutions including the University of Toledo, Western Michigan, Grand Valley State, and BGSU.
“It connected everything I’ve learned over the last four years,” he said. “It was a very rewarding experience and I think we represented Heidelberg well.”
Dorion was also active outside of the School of Business. He is a member of Rho Eta Delta fraternity, worked two off campus jobs at the Tiffin license bureau and the YMCA, played on intramural teams, and was a four year varsity tennis player.
His involvement on the tennis team consisted of not only competition, but also teamwork, friendships, and fun. It was an experience he really values. “That’s what’s great about Division III,” Dorion said. “I received a great education and played a sport I love.”
With graduation around the corner, Dorion has the next chapter of his education set up. He will be attending Bowling Green State University this fall to earn his Master of Accountancy. As the winner of the Berg Falcon Master of Accountancy Scholarship, he earned a full tuition scholarship with a GA stipend. During the one year program he will select a focus of taxes, auditing, or advanced accounting, He will then have enough credits to sit for the CPA exam to become a certified public accountant.
While Dorion is ready for the next step, graduation brings bittersweet thoughts.
“I’ll miss my friends,” he said. “You develop relationships with students and professors during your time here. There are a lot of people who have helped me along the way.”
Great friendships, rewarding experiences, and a burgeoning career are all hallmarks of a Heidelberg education.