Accounting Students Attend Professional Conference

BLOOMSBURG— The Bloomsburg University accounting department sent 21 students to Hershey for the 10th annual conference of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (PACFE).

Of the 21 students attending, all but one are accounting majors. Many of the students are pursuing a minor in fraud examination, and four of the students are in the Master of Accountancy program.

The PACFE conference is a professional conference rather than an academic conference. Those in attendance were either students or professionals in the accounting and/or fraud examination fields. The conference gave students a unique opportunity to network with potential employers and professionals in their field.

The keynote speaker for the event was Andrew Fastow, consultant and former CFO of Enron Corporation. His lecture was titled “The Enron Story: Rules vs. Principles.” Other speakers at the event included James A. Dill, president, Innovative Technology and Investigative Solutions, William Ebersole, special agent, FBI, and John Sancenito, president, Information Network Associates.

Thanks to Crystal Skotedis, president, and Melissa Gallagher, treasurer of PACFE (both BU alumni) and the entire Board of Directors, the rate of attendance was reduced for BU students. Also, thanks to Nathan Conroy, director of Alumni Engagement, and Professional U for covering nearly $1,000 in costs for the trip.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.