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New Center Hosts Fraud, Ethics Conference


October 2, 2003 :: No. 59

What: Cal State Fullerton’s newly formed Center for Corporate Reporting and Governance will host an Oct. 17 conference on “Fraud, Ethics and Changes in the Accounting Profession.” Co-hosting the event is the campus chapter of Beta Alpha Psi.
Speakers: Mark Dauberman, first vice president of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants
Kendall Merkley, audit partner of Corbin & Co. of Irvine
Patrick Kuhse, business ethics consultant
When: 7:30 a.m.-noon, Friday, Oct. 17
Where: Wyndham Hotel, 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa
Registration: Cost for the breakfast workshop is $125 per person (includes 4 hours of CPE credit), $60 without credit. Group discounts available. Contact is Laura Atwell, latwell@csiteks.com
Background: The Center for Corporate Reporting and Governance was established earlier this year to disseminate information on current financial reporting issues and interpretations of financial rules, as well as to publish the results of studies sponsored or conducted by the center. Training seminars for corporate executives, audit committees and boards of directors are planned, as well as workshops and other events to enhance the financial literacy of investors.

“Our goal is to serve as a resource for the business community in Orange County by promoting ethics, as well as good governance and reporting practices — and disseminating this information to the investing and professional community,” said Vivek Mande, CSUF professor of accounting and center director.

“We look forward to our 2004 Corporate Reporting and Governance Conference in January, when SEC regulators, nationally recognized academics and leading business leaders and accountants will share their views on improving corporate reporting and governance as a means to restoring investor confidence in markets,” Mande added.

Additional: Mande, a 2001-02 Academic Accounting Fellow at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Economic Analysis in Washington, D.C., teaches courses in financial accounting and auditing. His research on auditor
independence and earnings quality have been published in numerous journals, including Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy and International Journal of Accounting. An associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Mande earned his doctorate in accounting from UCLA and previously taught at City University of New York, University of Arizona and the University of Nebraska.
Internet: More information on the center can be found at http://business.fullerton.edu/ccrg/about.htm.
Media Contacts: Vivek Mande, director of the Center for Corporate Reporting and Governance, 657-278-7659 or vmande@fullerton.edu

Pamela McLaren, Public Affairs, 657-278-4852 or

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