2014 Educators Conference


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 8:15-9:30 a.m. 
     Preparing Your Accounting Students with Technology Skills for Success
John H. Higgins, CPA, CITP, CPA Crossings

This session will feature a review of the steps you can take to educate your accounting program students on how to leverage the powerful software tools that are used by CPA firms and businesses every day. The challenge that employers’ face on an ongoing basis is transitioning new graduates into the workplace effectively as well as how to apply their knowledge into practical business processes that they will encounter on a day-to-day basis. Higgins will provide you with practical ideas for how you can get your students better prepared for this transition before they graduate. The focus will be on practical tax and accounting software applications and related technologies.

9:30-9:45 a.m.-Networking Break
9:45-11:15 a.m.-Professional Issues Update
  Gary M. Bolinger,
CAE, Indiana CPA Society

In a lively and to-the-point manner, Bolinger will give attendees an update on latest news and information in the CPA profession. His presentation quickly and concisely covers thought-provoking topics, developments and trends.

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 
  Accounting Students Ethical Sensitivity
Roger L. Stichter, CPA, CGMA, DBA, Grace College

In this session, Dr. Stichter will share his recent research findings of the effect of demographics on the ethical sensitivity of upper-level accounting students. This research combined a demographic survey and an accounting scenario asking students to identify significant issues in the scenario. Students from two state universities and two private universities were administered the instrument. After sharing the results of this study, participants will discuss ways to improve the ethical sensitivity of our accounting students.
12:15-1:15 p.m.-Conference Luncheon 
1:15-2:45 p.m.
  Academia and the Profession: A Conversation with Partners
Moderator: Robin DeProspero, Profyle Tracker
Panel: Steve Eichenberger CPA, CGMA, BGBC Partners, LLP, John Leemhuis CPA, FLMI, Petrow, Leemhuis, Vincent & Kane, PC and Gregory Chester CPA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

This panel of Indiana CPA firm partners will discuss a variety of issues relating to students and academia. Panelists will offer insights into the profession, what they’re looking for in interns and new hires, what educators should spend more time on and the skills that new hires are lacking. Prior to the conference, attendees will be asked to submit questions they have for the panelists.

2:45-3 p.m.-Networking Break 
3-4:30 p.m. 
  Challenges in Teaching Financial Accounting: Interactive Discussion of Strategies and Creative Solutions
James M. Wahlen, Indiana University

Wahlen will facilitate an interactive discussion forum on the major challenges we face in teaching financial accounting. What are your biggest challenges? What are your students’ biggest challenges? How do we use the undergraduate Financial accounting course to prepare them for Intermediate and Advanced accounting? Come prepared to share these challenges. Also be prepared to share creative ideas and solutions. What strategies have worked well, and not so well? This discussion session is intended to create an open forum for dialogue and sharing ideas.

4:30 p.m.-Adjourn