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CSB Career Day 2017: The Accounting Panel

By Elsy Perez– During the CSB 2017 Career Day, several disciplinary and industry focused  panels were part of the rich and informative sessions available to attendees. Accounting was one of the various disciplinary focused panels that had four experienced and exceptional professionals share their experiences in the accounting field and offer advice to those currently…

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A Fresh Perspective: My Internship at EY

By Natalie Guillen—Upon beginning my internship with Ernst and Young, I was both eager and apprehensive. The prestige associated with the firm instilled a sense of pride and excitement in me, but it also meant I had higher expectations. Along with starting at a reputable firm, I was enthusiastic to apply all of the knowledge…

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Adding Balance to Teaching

By Dr. Margaret L. Shelton— “Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them”– Thomas Kinkade Financial Accounting is my passion and my focus in my academic teaching and research career. My great good fortune is be teaching…

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Thinking Inside the Box

By Dr. Mark Turner—-When you think of the stereotypical accountant, does the word creativity come to mind? Are accountants as a group more or less creative than non-accountants? Drew Boyd and Jacob Goldenberg, authors of Inside the Box, A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results argue “creativity is a skill that can be learned…

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The Role of Non-financial Information in Detecting Financial Statement Fraud

By Evgeniya Sukhova—- INTRODUCTION In order to detect material misstatements in the financial statements of a company, auditors perform numerous analytical procedures, including analysis of relationships between financial and nonfinancial information. Inconsistency between financial and nonfinancial information can be a symptom of financial statements fraud. This type of fraud is most often carried out by…

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Don’t Just Dream About Success: Stack the Odds in Your Favor

By Ramon Fernandez — I just finished reading a new book by Joe Ben Hoyle entitled Don’t Just Dream About Success: Stack the Odds in Your Favor. It’s a motivational advice book about how to achieve success and attain the goals that you set for yourself. The author writes from experience as a successful CPA,…

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The Fraud Triangle: Reducing Fraud

Fraud is a serious issue, and while there is no way to guarantee it will not happen, it is important to try to understand why people commit it to try to prevent it. The fraud triangle simplifies the complicated structure of fraud by breaking it down to three elements: pressure, opportunity, and rationalization. When all…

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LONGEST-RUNNING SERVICE LEARNING PROGRAM AT UST: CSB VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX PROGRAM

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program was begun nationwide in 1969 as an IRS-sponsored program to provide free tax assistance to persons who cannot afford professional tax help. The Accounting Department at the Cameron School of Business has been involved in this program since January 1984, making it UST’s longest-running service learning program. In…

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What Do You See?

What does accounting have to do with 19th century impressionistic art? At first glance, probably nothing. But if one stops to observe, question, think, evaluate, analyze, or imagine, maybe more than you expect. In the Wall Street Journal article “How to End the Age of Inattention” (June 1, 2012), Holly Finn wrote about a now…

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