On the evening of April 20, the Accounting Club welcomed over 50 alumni, current students, and accounting faculty to the Founders Hall Parlor for a celebration marking 25 years since the Athens State IMA Student Chapter (The Accounting Club), officially began.
At the event, Dr. Kim LaFevor, Dean of the College of Business, welcomed the alumni and students and encouraged everyone to continue in their successes as Athens State graduates. Professor Emeritus Linda Hemingway, who started the student chapter in 1992 and oversaw the club for over 20 years, spoke words of remembrance, gratitude, and inspiration to current and former students. Since 2000, Professor Hemingway has led club members to earn numerous awards through the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). Current club faculty advisor, Professor Emily Corzine, expressed appreciation to other accounting faculty members for contributing toward the many accomplishments of the club in recent years. Special recognition was given to Stacie Hughes – alumnus, professor and Accounting Department Chair – who has played a vital role in the club for many years. Also in attendance were current accounting faculty members and fellow alumni, Dr. John Berzett, who served as president of the club when he was a student at Athens State, and Dr. Diann Hammon.
After a time of mingling and enjoying the reception, Professor Corzine conducted the annual awards ceremony by recognizing the 2016 – 2017 club student officers and scholarship recipients. Professor Hughes presented the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA) Accounting Achievement Award to Jeffery Vernon. Vernon is a current student, club President, and accounting lab tutor. Awards were also given for the “Longest Drive,” which was awarded to an alum currently residing in Florida, and “Longest Time Since Graduation,” which went to one of the club’s first presidents. The Accounting Club would like to thank the Alumni Association for its support of this memorable event.
Professor Emily Corzine, current Accounting Club faculty advisor, traveled to Birmingham with four accounting students on April 21 to present two hours of continuing professional education to the IMA GulfSouth Council as part of their professional development program. Student club officers Jeffery Vernon, Stephanie Baldwin, Jacob Perdue, and Matthew Andrews presented on the topic “Meetings To Go,” explaining how to host meetings in a web-conferencing format. Their presentation included information on how to perform these meetings, tools available for hosts, participant requirements, platforms, costs, and best practices for online meetings. The Accounting Club students did an outstanding job speaking to the group of professionals, demonstrating various technology platforms, and even answering many complex questions from council members.
In addition to presenting, the students were able to listen to and learn from six hours of other CPE presentations by various speakers. Topics covered included business crisis management, corporate governance, and file management for staying in compliance with the Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service.