Georgia Southern University to Host 2015 Essentials of Fraud and Forensic Accounting

The School of Accountancy at Georgia Southern University will host a one-week seminar Aug. 3-7, 2015, for individuals wishing to explore Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting. The seminar is open to potential graduate students interested in pursuing a Master of Accounting with a concentration in Forensic Accounting, along with accountants, attorneys and law enforcement professionals seeking continuing professional education (CPE) credit. The seminar will allow professionals to register for two-hour blocks of CPE.

The five-day seminar will be taught by faculty members who have been assigned for years to the Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting programs at Georgia Southern University. The seminar will cover:

  • Introduction to Fraud Examination
  • Fraud and the Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • The Top 20 Fraud Schemes and
  • Forensic Interviews and Interrogation.

“We are looking forward to offering this seminar to anyone interested in exploring how to investigate and resolve allegations of fraud and white collar crime,” said Don Berecz, director of the Center of Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business and a retired FBI agent. “Our accounting and law faculty have decades of experience fighting and researching fraud and forensic accounting. We are excited to host this seminar and hope to motivate participants to become Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) and continue on as graduate students in our Forensic Accounting Master’s program.”

The seminar is open to educators, students, the general public and professionals seeking CPE. Participants will earn a certificate and fulfill the prerequisites for entry into the Georgia Southern School of Accountancy Forensic Accounting Master’s program. Registrants may earn up to 36 hours of CPE credit for the entire seminar, with the option to register for single or multiple two-hour blocks of instruction. Those completing the entire seminar will earn a certificate of completion. It is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate and transfer students seeking admission into the school’s graduate-level accounting program.

The event will be held on the campus of Georgia Southern at the College of Business Administration in Statesboro, Ga. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. The accounting firm of Porter Keadle Moore is sponsoring the event. For more information, pricing and registration visit or contact Don Berecz at (912) 478-0259 or

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125-degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education.

College of Business Team Competes in 6th Annual FastPitch

fastpitch2015On Thursday, March 5, the Creative Coast held its 6th Annual FastPitch competition at the Creator’s Foundry in Savannah, GA. The Georgia Southern University winners from the 3 Day Startup (3DS) event, Advinup, represented the College of Business and Georgia Southern.

The day started at 8:00 a.m. and consisted of twenty participants pitching their products and/or services to a panel of six judges and three panelists who asked three minutes of follow-up questions after each presentation.  The three categories were service-based, product-based, and student entrepreneurs. Each pitch was evaluated on innovation, impact, structure, and delivery.

Advinup, a viral video competition application designed by Tyler Brown, competed in the student entrepreneur category against students from SCAD and Armstrong State. College of Business student and Advinup team member, John Nwosu , pitched the viral video competition concept, explaining likes become currency and users compete in different categories to win iPhones, travel opportunities, and more.  “Tyler Brown and the entire AdvinUp team are a group of students who are humble, hungry, and smart. They are exceptionally talented and tenacious in their pursuit of making the most of this start-up experience,” states Steve Stewart, PhD, professor of entrepreneurship, faculty advisor to Advinup, and Advinup Advisory Board Member. “They’ve surrounded themselves with excellent people, availed themselves of the resources of the Entrepreneurship program, the Business Innovation Group, and 3DS, and have learned from every experience. They exemplify what the Entrepreneurship and Innovation program and the College of Business at Georgia Southern are about–excellent students engaged in an outstanding student experience in the context of a world-class university environment.”

At the end of the day, Andy Cabistan, a graduate student at Armstrong State, won the student category for his pitch on a peer-to-peer phone and web application called Turbee, which allows for short distance, in-person deliveries. Lara Neece’s invention, the Bicycle Wrap Skirt, won first place in the product-based category and was the overall winner.  Lea Lynch proposed the idea of FosterFit, winning first place in the service-based category and runner up overall.

Georgia Southern University MBA to Hold MBA Info Session

MBAnewsletterThe Georgia Southern University MBA program will hold an info session on Wednesday, April 8 from 4:00­—7:00 PM at the Coastal Georgia Center (305 Fahm St., Savannah, GA). This will be a drop in event for those looking to advance their careers by furthering their education with an MBA from Georgia Southern.

The Georgia Southern MBA in Savannah is designed for the working professional. It emphasizes knowledge and skills that complement any career, focusing on current administration and management principles while applying these principles to managerial and executive decision-making. With an applied focus, the program allows students to immediately apply the knowledge gained in the classroom.

Courses are offered at the Coastal Georgia Center, and the Georgia Southern MBA is competitively priced. Students in Savannah enjoy access to the same services available to the students in Statesboro. Advance your career in 15 months without putting your personal and professional life on hold.

Drop by the Coastal Georgia Center on Wednesday, April 8 from 4:00­—7:00 PM to learn more about this program. Georgia Southern also offers an Online MBA program. For more information, please call 912.478.5767 or go to

The Georgia Southern University College of Business Administration is accredited through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, offering 8 majors with 4 minors and 3 Master’s degrees in 4 fields. Visit:

Students Compete in the Georgia Southern University Business Innovation Group’s Second Annual 3 Day Startup

The Georgia Southern University Business Innovation Group (BIG) held its second annual 3 Day Startup (3DS) on February 20-22.

3DS is a world-renowned program that creates a living entrepreneurship laboratory bringing together individuals from various backgrounds and provides students with the tools they need to start successful companies.

This intensive weekend event was filled with activity including workshops, business idea generation, customer engagement sessions and pitching the ideas to the judges. Winners from 3DS will be moving to the Fast Pitch competition in Savannah on March 5. Suzanne Hallman, Georgia Southern Business Advisor states, “3DS was a great success again this year. I couldn’t be more proud to be an Eagle. We had some of Georgia Southern’s finest students who gave up their entire weekend to work on startups whether it was their idea or not.”

Six teams pitched ideas in this year’s 3DS. They were:

The Move – an anonymous location based event app
Book Biz – a college student book swap app
Spark – a nonprofit event planning and promotions business
Design a Date – an app to help make date night planning frustration free
Wherebuy – a location based retail inventory app
Advinup – a reward based viral video competition, unifying the world through competition.

The team that will be moving on to the Fast Pitch competition is Advinup. Team members are: Co-Founders – Tyler Brown and Brook Tesema, John Nwosu, Phillip Johnson, Chris Jones, Stephen Johnson, and Nnamdi Obodoechine.

The Georgia Southern University Business Innovation Group prides itself on its commitment to empower and equip entrepreneurs. 3DS is an example of the commitments BIG makes to create more businesses and jobs in order to sustain the economy. For more information, contact Suzanne Hallman, business advisor, at, or visit

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 125 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education. Visit:

WebMAcc Program Ranked 12th by Online Accounting Degree Programs

Badge-Online-Accounting-Degree-Programs-2015-300x300The Georgia Southern University Online Accounting program (WebMAcc) was ranked 12th in the Top 30 Online Master’s in Accounting Degree Programs 2015 by In its second year of existence, the WebMAcc offered within the Georgia Southern College of Business Administration School of Accountancy helps students earn a graduate degree without much interruption to their personal and professional lives. based the rankings on AACSB accreditation and the level of recognition the school has received from three of the most respected college ranking authorities, Forbes Top 100/300/700, U.S. News Ranking/Online Business/Regional, and Academic Ranking of World Universities Business/Economics Top 100/200.

Ranking higher than Texas A&M University and Florida Atlantic University, the Georgia Southern WebMAcc uses a team-based approach to online learning, placing students on teams of four to five students. These teams work together throughout the 30 semester-hour program/ six semesters and provide motivation, help, and strive for a common goal of graduating from an AACSB accredited accounting program. The online courses are identical in content to the traditional courses, with the benefit of a flexible, online delivery system.

“We believe the recognition reflects the quality of our program, faculty, and students,” says Gordon N. Smith, director of graduate business programs in the Georgia Southern University College of Business. “Our online and campus graduate accounting programs deliver for our students and their companies.”

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