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 2016-2017 Chapter Highlights

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Our Chapter year comes to an end on May 31st, so we want to take this opportunity to highlight our Chapter’s 2016-2017 successes.  On May 15, 2017, our chapter turns 60.  We will celebrate our 60th anniversary on May 11th at Greenwood Winery at our annual social event.  This event is free to all members and is sure to be a great opportunity to network with others.  Watch for pictures of the fun in the September Dispatch!

The Chapter’s Academic Relations Committee promotes a better understanding of the practice of internal auditing to  students and educators.  During the 2016 – 2017 Chapter year, we presented a total of $700 in Academic Achievement awards to five students from Utica College, Le Moyne College, and Syracuse University.  In addition to the academic awards, the students also received a free one-year membership to the IIA.  The Le Moyne College IIA Student Chapter Officers also received awards for their service to the student chapter.  In December 2016, Chapter member Tom Dwyer gave a presentation on Fraud to the Le Moyne student chapter and in April 2017 two speakers from Ernst & Young gave a presentation on Internal Controls.  We continue to work with the Le Moyne College student chapter to provide not only students, but also our Chapter members, with exciting learning opportunities. 

From September 2016 through April 2017, our members have had the opportunity to earn up to 27 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits at nine events.  The CPE credits have varied in categories from Auditing to Specialized Knowledge to Advisory Services/Professional Development.  Our Hospitality, Meeting, and Attendance Committee worked throughout the year to find new venues to hold our meetings.  We’ve received great comments on the new venues from the more than 450 members and non-members who have attended this year’s events.  Our events continue to be a good value, a great way to earn CPE credits, and network with auditors from a wide variety of industries.                

In February 2017, we asked our members to pick their favorite Dispatch newsletter from 2016 for submission to the IIA’s annual Chapter Publications Contest.  The April 2016 newsletter was the winner selected by those who participated in the survey.  We also received good feedback on the newsletter and are taking the suggestions for improvement into consideration.  Your participation in member surveys and program evaluations is important for us to continue to improve your member benefits.

This year we had four members who were certified in various disciplines by the IIA.  For more information on certifications with the IIA, visit their website at  Anniversary milestones were recognized at our March event with 21 members celebrating their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 30th and 40th year anniversaries with the IIA.  Our Chapter Achievement Program (CAP) Superstars were also recognized in March for their contribution to and support of our Profession & Chapter.  We have once again achieved the highest designation, Gold, for this Chapter year and maintain our status as a Ruby Chapter.  Special thanks to our CAP Committee for tracking our CAP points and helping to ensure we reach Gold each year.

May is Internal Audit Awareness Month.  “As an internal audit professional, you play an important role in raising awareness and elevating the profession. Whether you are actively involved in your local chapter, new to the field, part of an extensive audit team, or the sole practitioner at your organization, there’s something you can do to elevate the profession” (IIA Building Awareness Toolkit).  For ideas on how you can help to promote the profession, please visit the IIA’s website at On behalf of your Chapter’s Officers and Board of Governors, thank you to all of you, our members, for your continued support of the IIA and your local Central NY chapter. 

Congratulations to Sarah Pickering, Zackary Singer, Suzanne Isgro, and Julie Moran on their appointment as our Chapter’s 2017 – 2018 Officers.  The Board of Governors will continue to support you in your new roles and wish you every success. Cheers!

Megan Bushneck

2016 -2017 Central NY IIA Chapter President