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UH AWARDS BANQUET and SCHOLARSHIPS

Now that the academic year is coming to an end and students prepare for their upcoming internships or summer classes, this is the time where students, faculty and staff are recognized for their leadership, academic performance and contributions.

The Houston IIA is honored to attend and participate in the University of Houston’s 14th Annual Accountancy & Taxation Advisory Board (AAB) Awards Banquet held on April 19th at the Houston Racquet Club.  In attendance from the IIA included Jay Qatato, VP of Academic Relations and Cynthia Baldwin, incoming VP of Academic relations along with other students, IIA members and faculty. 

Two members of the UH Internal Audit program were recognized and received Scholarships to continue their Certification of Internal Audit from UH’s IA Center of Excellence, one of seven in the world.  The two students were Joselin Lopez and Hieu Dac Do (pictured below). Congratulations to both of them.  Mr. Do was also recognized for his student leadership and achieving a 4.0 Grade Point Avg. 

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Clockwise: Hieu Dac Do (UHIA Student), Dan Ramey, UH Adjunct Professor, Joselin Lopez (UHIA Student), Jay Qatato, VP of Academic Relations and Rubia Zaheer (UHIA Student).

TEXAS A&M INTERNAL AUDIT

Texas A&M formed their IA program in 2015 based on the IIA’s “Foundation Level” curriculum and was recognized in 2016 as a “Comprehensive Level” program.  The program is led by Tara Blasor, CPA, CIA and formerly with PwC prior to her joining the faculty at Texas A&M.  Enrollment in the program has grown from 30 students in 2015 to 43 students in 2017.  The program began to issue a Certificate in Internal Audit to students in 2017 and formed an advisory board in the same year.  The advisory board is made up of members include Texas A&M Faculty Industry, Public Accounting Firms, Government Entities and Consulting organizations.  It is comprised of 19 members including a number of members from the Houston, Dallas, San Antonio IIA and other areas.

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Below is a picture of those on the Texas A& M advisor board along with a list of names.

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Table: List of Texas A&M IA Advisory Board Members

Name

Organization

Pictured

Tara Blasor, Lecturer

TAMU (IA program faculty)

Yes

Michael Head, Lecturer

TAMU (IA program faculty)

No

Tim Torno, Executive Professor

TAMU (IA program faculty)

No

John Isenberg, Director

KPMG

Yes

Courtney Hebert, Director

Arch

rock

No

Jordan Reed, Managing Director

Prot

iviti

No

Liz Logan, Partner

EY

No

Charlie Hrncir, Chief Auditor

TAMU System

Yes

Ma

uri Myers, Senior Director

Wal

mart

Yes

Mike Royal, Director

Anadarko

Yes

Clifton Mulkey, Manager

Anadarko

Yes

Colby Ton, Director

Pepsi

Yes

Bruce Orr, Director

Grant Thornton

Yes

Mandy Schaefer, Senior Risk and Compliance Coordinator

TAMU Agrilife

Yes

Robert Stevener, Assistant VP

USAA

No

r

Calpine

Yes

Geoff Woodbury, Director

PwC

Yes

CJ Brennan, Senior Manager

Deloitte

Yes

Brett Nabors, Senior Manager

Weaver

No

 


HOUSTON IIA DONATION TO UH

The Houston IIA Board has unanimously voted to contribute $25,000 to fund UH Scholarships for Internal Audit Students for the 2018 – 2019 academic year.  UH has one of eight globally recognized Internal Audit Centers for Excellence in the world.  There are five in the United States and two internationally.  UH is one of two in the State of Texas.  Go Cougars! 

GOODMAN FINANCIAL – DONATION TO UH

Goodman Financial donated $1,080.65 toward the University of Houston’s Internal Audit Association used to support UH Internal Audit Students Scholarship.  Goodman donated the prior year as well for a total contribution of $2,580.65.  Thank you Goodman Financial and Charlotte Jungen, CPA for all of your support!


​VOLUNTEER OPPPORTUNITIES

To volunteer for opportunities in academic relations, feel free to send an email to Matthew Marcinek, VP of Memberships, at matthew.marcinek@rsmus.com.

There are many opportunities to speak at The University of Houston and share your experience as an Internal Auditor to Influence others.  

​Calpine Speaks to Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), Accounting Society, Management Information Systems Student Organization (MISS) and the Internal Audit Student Association (IASA)

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 “If you want to be the kind of leader that people want to follow, you will have to settle the issue of servant hood.” – John Maxwell

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