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Accounting Alumni Appreciation Day at MTSU set for April 29

The 19th annual Accounting Alumni Appreciation Day at Middle Tennessee State University will be held Thursday, April 29, from 7:30 a.m. until 4:50 p.m. in the State Farm Lecture Hall in the Business and Aerospace Building.

              The event is targeted to those interested in accounting, auditing, taxation and computer training. The fee will be $100 for MTSU alumni and $150 for all others. Lunch and breaks are provided. All profits from the event are for accounting scholarships.

              Participants will earn eight hours of continuing professional education credit, and have the opportunity to visit with alumni and former professors and see how the campus is changing.

             Wynne Baker, who is with KraftCPAs in Nashville, will open the conference with a session on the state of community banking. Following this, Dr. Paula Thomas, MTSU accounting professor, will present a session on the Financial Accounting Standards Board update. Angie Hoke, of Ernst and Young, will complete the morning with a session on audit update.

            The afternoon is filled with breakout sessions and one general session.  The breakout sessions include:


  • Dr. Tim Koski, MTSU accounting professor, will discuss issues in taxation;
  • Dr. Lara Daniel, MTSU professor of business law, will discuss the constitutionality of Sarbanes Oxley;
  • Dr. Mary Phillips, associate professor of accounting, and Dr. Tammy Bahmanziari, MTSU assistant professor of accounting, will be making a presentation on XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language);
  • Dr. Jeannie Harrington, MTSU associate professor of accounting, in the area of corporate sustainability and environmental reporting;
  • Rick Murray, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Commerce Union Bank, will make his usual presentation on an information technology topic;
  • Dr. Pat Wall, MTSU associate professor of business law, will provide an employment law update; and
  • Dr. G. Robert “Smitty” Smith Jr., chair of MTSU Department of Accounting, will make his usual Governmental Accounting Standards Board update presentation.

The final session of the day will be by Dennis Dycus, director of municipal audit for the State of Tennessee, who will discuss why auditors fail to detect fraud.   

              Seating is limited, so participants should register early. To do so, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/accounting.  For more information, call Angie Easter in the MTSU Department of Accounting at 615-898-5306.