Spring 2014 News
CBA's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program had a very successful tax season. Sixty accounting students underwent training and became certified in January. Students had the opportunity to interact with representatives from the Board of Equalization and Internal Revenue Service. This free program primarily serves low to moderate income individuals and families, as well as the elderly, non-residents, and students with income under $51,000. What sets CSULB's program apart is that it is one of only two CSU campuses certified in non-resident tax returns. From February to March 28, student volunteers prepared over 930 tax returns, and refunded more than $590,000 back to Long Beach community members! Under faculty advisor Sudha Krishnan, the program also secured $3920 IRA funding for next year spring 2015. Many thanks go Accountancy student Jennifer Mae Formeloza, who was VITA Coordinator for Spring 2014 and Accountancy Professor Sudha Krishnan, who was VITA faculty advisor. They were key to the success of this program.
Marketing Professor Terry Witkowski received an Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence as an Outstanding Author Contribution for his chapter, "The Visual Politics of U.S. Gun Culture," published in the 2013 edition of Research in Consumer Behavior: Consumer Culture Theory. The research applies key visual theory concepts to investigate a selection of political representation made by gun rights advocates. It fosters understanding of core U.S. gun culture and how it promotes its political ideology through visual means. Selected for the award by editors Russell W. Belk, Linda Price, and Lisa Penaloza, this was the only chapter so honored.
The Department of Marketing has been recognized by the Office of Academic Affairs for both “High Achievement in Student Success” and “Improvement in Student Success” (April 2014). The Department is one of 12 departments across campus recognized for its (1) high graduation rates and (2) large retention rates for native and transfer students. These student success outcomes were made possible in part because of how the department schedules courses to help student graduation. In addition, the Department’s graduation rate is higher than that of the University, the College, or other CBA departments. By winning both awards, the Department will receive $20,000.
Accountancy Professor John Lacey has been reelected to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Governing Council. Professor Lacey is also newly elected to the California Society of CPAs (CalCPA) Governing Council. While having attended the CalCPA Council meetings as a non-voting observer because he was one of the elected representatives that represents California on the AICPA Council, Professor Lacey was separately elected to be a voting member of CalCPA Council. Both positions are for three year terms. These are the bodies that set policy for our professional organizations. Founded in 1887, AICPA is the national professional organization of CPAs, and CalCPA was founded in 1909. Few academics involved in professional governance in Accounting and we are proud that Professor Lacey has been selected to represent the academic community on these councils.