CSU Accounting Team Places Third in Statewide Auditing Competition

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A three-student team from Columbus State University took third place in a recent auditing competition organized by the Atlanta Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

“The competition was tough, but our students did an outstanding job representing Columbus State University,” said faculty advisor Yvonne Ellis, an assistant professor of accounting in CSU’s Turner College of Business.

Members of CSU’s team, each receiving $300 in prize money, were accounting majors Pavla Melkova, Rob Jones and Kenneth Cordell. About 35 teams participated in the third annual Internal Audit Case Competition, which was open to all Georgia colleges and universities.

This year’s month-long competition required participants to advise a hypothetical company on resolving a suspected incident of fraud by the company’s chief financial officer. In the first part of the competition, the schools were required to submit a four-page paper answering questions about the case.

Columbus State’s team was one of 10 invited to Atlanta to present to a panel of judges and answer questions about the case. The team presentation involved a role-playing scenario that portrayed a meeting among three of the company’s key stakeholders. 

This was CSU’s first year to participate in the competition.

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