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Summer 2008 • Volume 14, Issue 3  


Institute of Internal Auditors partners with BU

by Abby Wilson ’10

Becky Quigley Zastrow

BECKY QUIGLEY ZASTROW ’97 addresses Dr. Simon Petravick’s internal auditing class. She works for State Farm Insurance’s internal auditing department and serves on the Department of Accounting Advisory Board and the Central Illinois Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) recently named Bradley’s accounting department to provisional partner status in its Internal Audit Education Program (IAEP). The IIA, the leading international organization for internal auditors, partners with universities around the world in their IAEP programs to further the education of students interested in internal auditing.

SUSAN MEINERT ’87 MSA ’97, a former member of the local IIA’s Board of Governors, contacted Bradley’s Department of Accounting on behalf of the local IIA chapter a few years ago to discuss the possibility of starting an internal audit program. The accounting faculty offered a course in internal auditing and 25 students took the initial class. The department continued to offer the course and develop others, and eventually applied for membership in the IAEP. The department was accepted at the provisional partner level in December 2007.

HELEN YOUNG ’78, president of the local IIA chapter, says, “Participation in the IAEP program would better assist Bradley in developing knowledgeable and competent graduates with unrivaled internal audit education.”

According to Dr. Simon Petravick, associate professor of accounting, most schools are admitted at the basic level, the first of three levels. Bradley, however, was admitted at the second level. Petravick sees the higher entry level as a direct result of the programs the department had already implemented. “We wanted to make sure it would be a good fit for us and our students,” says Petravick. As the program continues to grow, the IIA will accept Bradley to full partner status.

In order to apply for the partnership, the accounting department made a five-year plan outlining its intentions for the internal audit program. The plan includes possibly adding an internal auditing minor or concentration for accounting majors, as well as adding more courses. Petravick says the department hopes to take a group of accounting students to Atlanta for the international IIA meeting in two years.


French philosopher Jean-Luc Marion

French philosopher encourages giving

French philosopher Jean-Luc Marion spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at the Marty Theatre on April 10. A professor of the philosophy of religion and theology at the University of Chicago, Marion has earned global acclaim for his many published works on love and “the givenness.” He shared his theories regarding the “gift” in his lecture. “To some extent, there is nothing we know better than to give,” Marion said. “We give — because all our behavior is about giving.”