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Arthur A. Volk Symposium

The Arthur A. Volk Symposium is sponsored annually by Beacom School of Business to bring together students, academicians and business leaders for discussion of current topics of interest.

The Symposium is named in honor of Professor Emeritus of Accounting Art Volk who gave 36 years (1948-84) of service to USD as Professor of Accounting and Director of the Business Placement Bureau. Through the generosity of many donors, this Symposium has been established with the USD Foundation to perpetuate the memory of Volk's outstanding service to students.

Recent Volk Lecturers:
Mark Kelly Apr. 10, 2013 - Capt. Mark Kelly, astronaut and retired U.S. Navy Captain. Kelly's keynote address was titled, "Endeavour to Succeed".
Will Keim Sept. 27, 2012 -- Will Keim. "Leadership for the 21st Century". Keim is founder of The Character Institute and president of Will Keim Speaks! Inc., and has authored more than a dozen books.
Frank Abagnale Apr. 16, 2012 - Frank Abagnale (Catch Me If You Can). One of the World's Most Respected Authorities on Forgery, Embezzlement and Secure Documents. Event Details>
Christopher Cox Oct. 26, 2011 - Christopher Cox was the 28th chair of the SEC where he brought ground-breaking cases against a variety of market abuses. He will speak on "The American Economy: Front and Center on the Global Stage".   Event Details>
Anthony J. Dowd, Volk Symposium Lecturer 2011 - Anthony J. Dowd, Chief of Staff and the Special Asst. to Chairman Paul Volcker (President's Economic Recovery Assistance Board). He spoke on "Financial Reform."
 Cynthia Cooper 2010 - Cynthia Cooper, an expert on business ethics, shared the story of how her team unraveled the fraud at WorldCom – the largest fraud in U.S. history. Cooper previously served as the chief audit executive for MCI and she worked in public accounting in Atlanta, Ga., for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte & Touche.
Chuck Gallagher 2009 - Chuck Gallagher, a former CPA and senior VP in a public company spent time in federal prison. He spoke on the topic of business ethics.   
Barry Melancon 2008 - Barry Melancon, CPA, the President and CEO of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), spoke on "Current Issues in the Accounting Profession."
Kim Wallin 2007 - Kim R. Wallin, CMA, CFM, CPA, served as chairperson of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) in the 2003-04 term. In 2006 the American Women's Society of CPA's named her the nation's "Women CPA of the Year".
Thomas Linsmeier 2007 - Thomas J. Linsmeier, Ph.D., was appointed as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in July, 2006. He is an award-winning teacher and researcher with particular expertise in financial reporting for derivatives and risk management activities.
Walt Pavlo

2006 - Walter Pavlo. While at MCI Telecommunications, Pavlo began a scheme, resulting in $6 million in fraudulent wire payments. Pavlo plead guilty to wire fraud and money laundering and entered federal prison. Pavlo shared his story of corrupt dealings within a large corporation and the motivations of white-collar crimes.

Peter Peterson 2005 - Peter Peterson, an international business leader and a significant political figure during the Nixon administration.