Trip to Germany 'builds relationships

Seventeen MBA students visited Germany for 10 days this spring, getting an insider's look into business, culture, and the condition of modern Germany.

It was an "insider's" look because their guides were Dr. Dietrich Schaupp and Dr. Christian Schaupp, professors of management and accounting, respectively. They know Germany because Dietrich was born there and Christian studied there several times and has traveled extensively through Europe.

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Moot court helps elevate renowned Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination program'

All you have to do is read the news to know thatWest Virginia University's Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination (FAFE) is in high demand. White collar, financially related crime has skyrocketed. And when your program is one of the most recognized in the country, it is important to keep standards high.

When Dr. Richard Riley was designing the FAFE program for the WVU College of Business and Economics (B&E), he included a moot court component — a session where students would be prepared and coached by real attorneys. After this preparation, students would then take the witness stand in a moot court exercise designed to simulate what a forensic accountant or fraud examiner would experience in an actual courtroom.

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Sheila York, 1979 finance grad, auto industry finance pioneer

Sheila York, a 1979 finance graduate from Rockville, Md., has been in the automotive industry for 28 years. She's served in leadership positions including Director of Group Operations at Performance Inc. at ADP Dealer Services and Chief Operating Officer at March/Hodge Auto Group.

In 2005, she was honored as one of the Top 100 Women in Automotive News, North America's leading automotive industry publication. She even went into business for herself, establishing a successful aftermarket company that grew for eight years.

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Management prof: Social media is important for hospitality sector

Dr. Ajay Aluri recently joined the College of Business and Economics Hospitality Management Program and is already representing the institution at national shows related to the field.

In May he attended the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, during which he was part of an educational panel session that discussed Engage & Integrate: Social Media Tactics for Restaurants.

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B&E Helps State Auditor's Office Present 'Finance University'

A recent survey by Capital One and ING DIRECT USA found that only 17 percent of teens believe they know a lot about how to manage money, and nearly a quarter don't know the difference between credit and debit. The survey also revealed that 15 percent of teens ages 15 to 17 said no one at home helps them manage their money.

If you find these statistics alarming, you can have some piece of mind knowing that the WVU College of Business and Economics (B&E) is instrumental in Finance University, an annual conference that has been recognized as a "Best Practice" for teacher training programs by the U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission.

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Accounting major eyes job with FBI

For now, landing a job with KPMG — one of the "Big Four" accounting firms — in Washington, D.C., is a great move for 2012 accounting graduate Derica Fletcher, but down the road she's looking at the FBI.

Fletcher, a May accounting graduate, will be working at KPMG for the firm's federal auditing section, which will certainly test her accounting background. But she also earned a certificate in forensic accounting and fraud examination (FAFE) this summer and hopes that she will be able to use those additional skills in the future.

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