Accounting & Information Assurance

Lecturers for Smith School Business Ethics Series Share Story of White-Collar Crime and Living on the Ethical Edge

The Robert H. Smith School of Business kicked off its Business Ethics Lecture Series on October 6, with a riveting talk on white-collar crime and living on the ethical edge delivered by guest lecturers Alfred and Joan Porro. The Porros spoke of the personal and professional upheaval caused in their lives after they were sentenced to more than 45 months in prison for white-collar crimes. They held an audience of university undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff spellbound as they openly shared their experiences and lessons learned.

University of Maryland Business Professor Lawrence A. Gordon Invited to Join National Infrastructure Advisory Council Study Group

College Park, Md. September 28, 2005 The University of Marylands Robert H. Smith School of Business today announced that Lawrence A. Gordon, Ernst & Young Alumni Professor of Managerial Accounting and Information Assurance Director, has been invited to join the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC)s Study Group on Risk Management Approaches to Protection. The study group supports the work being conducted by NIAC.

Ernst & Young Foundation Presents $37,000 Gift to Smith School

The Ernst & Young Foundation presented a matching gifts check for $37,073 to Dean Howard Frank on May 5, 2005 to the Robert H. Smith School of Business on behalf of University of Maryland alumni partners, retirees and staff. Of the total amount, $28,323 is designated for the Ernst & Young Education Excellence Fund, $7,500 to the Dando Scholarship Fund and $1,250 to the Lamone Fund.

When combined with individual alumni contributions, the check from the Ernst & Young Foundation brings the organizations total gifts to the Smith School over the past year to $71,446.

Scholars from Around the World Unite to Discuss Financial Information Systems and Cybersecurity at Smith's Annual Forum

Can an individual computer user be held liable for neglecting to update their virus protection? How much is enough for a firm to spend on information security? What can be done about the free-rider problem?

These were among the questions explored by a group of scholars from around the world at the Second Annual Forum on Cybersecurity held at the Robert H. Smith School of Business on Thursday, May 26, 2005.

Smith's Doctoral Candidates Take Posts at Business Schools Worldwide

The Robert H. Smith School of Business doctoral program may not make headlines each month, but it does each May, marking the end of another rigorous academic cycle. By the end of August, the school will graduate nine students for the 2003-2004 academic year. To give a sense of the global nature of the positions being accepted by these graduates, below is some information, including their dissertation titles, on four of the doctoral candidates:

Senator Paul Sarbanes Talks Ethics with Graduating MBA Students

The Smith School's thought leaders, under the helm of Stephen Loeb, Ernst & Young Alumni Professor of Accounting and Business Ethics, just wrapped up their annual MBA experiential ethics course with a field trip to prison to meet inmates convicted of white-collar crimes. On Friday, May 7, just days after the prison visits, almost two hundred second-year MBA students listened even more intently as Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-Maryland) spoke about business ethics, corporate governance, and the progress made since the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Undergraduate Awards Banquet Honors Students and Professors

The Smith School community gathered on April 29, 2004, to honor exceptional undergraduate business students and professors at the Fourth Annual Undergraduate Awards Banquet, held at the University of Maryland University College Inn and Conference Center.

"Tonight we celebrate the talent and energy of some of the leaders in the Smith School community" said Dean Howard Frank. "Please join me in congratulating them.."

Milton T. Matthews '68, vice president and chief customer officer of Hershey Foods Corporation, served as the master of ceremonies for the event.


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