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Message from the Chapter President, Andreas Udbye

Members and Friends of IMA's Mt. Rainier Chapter:

September, 2020:
I hope you are enjoying our "Indian Summer", despite the home-office work situation for most of us. I have 70 students this semester, but have yet to meet any of them in person. They are all online, mostly sitting at home somewhere in one of the Western states. Teaching accounting and international business remotely is a new experience, and I'm trying to do my best to ensure that my students get the most out of it.   
We are offering two online events this fall: October 7th and November 16th. Please check the events section for more details. The October event is career and workplace focused and features a panel of four participants, while the November event will provide us an update on the national and regional economy, including a forecast. Both events qualify for CPE hours. 

Here is information about the virtual IMA Student Leadership Conference on November 13:  https://www.imastudentconference.org/
For students, it is an extremely good deal: Free for student members and only $20 for student non-members. The Mt. Rainier chapter will sponsor the fee for non-member students, so it will be free for them, too. I encourage fellow accounting faculty to grant extra credit to students who attend this conference packed with content and great speakers. 

I continue to encourage you to take a look at the frequent webinars offered by IMA centrally: https://www.imanet.org/education-center/webinars?ssopc=1

June, 2020:
I hope you are staying healthy and safe. Your local chapter board, in collaboration with AFWA, are planning an online event towards the middle of June. We will e-mail you more about that later this week.
We have started the planning of our programs for the 2020-21 season, so hopefully things will be back to more normal conditions soon.  
Meanwhile, the IMA central organization is offering free webinars (with CPE credits) for its members. These webinars are held almost on a weekly basis. Here is a link to their current offerings: https://www.imanet.org/education-center/webinars?ssopc=1
As you can see, over the next few weeks the following sessions are offered: 
  • Storytelling Skills for Management Accountants
  • Consumption Taxes and E-Commerce in the Post-Wayfair Environment
  • ASC 842: Get your leases ready!
  • “Reperspectivizing”: Adjusting to Our New Normal
  • Embracing Diversity and Inclusion
  • Future of Finance: Maintaining Trust and Confidence in Audited Financial Statements

I hope you might be interested in joining one or more of them. 

January, 2020:

Happy New Decade to everybody!  Both our December and January joint IMA/AFWA meetings were quite successful, with good networking, conversations, and very engaging speakers. In December, Curt Rosengren gave us some hints on how to become less perfectionist, and Shawn Mattingly briefed us on what's new and different in tax during our January meeting. She compressed a four hour presentation into an hour and a half, so it was satisfyingly intense! 

There are three upcoming items to keep in mind:

February 13: We are volunteering at a food bank in Puyallup in the afternoon of Thursday the 13th. Please see the column on the right for more info and to register.

February 27-29: IMA's REST conference in Reno, which will provide you with 22 CPE hours. You may want to apply for a scholarship to cover the $500 registration fee. Information about the conference here: http://rest-ima.org/  If you are interested in applying for the scholarship (application deadline February 1), please use and submit this form: IMA_REST_Scholarship_2020.docx 

April 25: We are again working on the program for a four hour Saturday morning session at the University of Puget Sound. Two hours will cover the annual ethics requirement. Please reserve that morning (yes, it is a Saturday, but many people found that to be advantageous last April) and look for more information to be posted here or e-mailed to you. 

For those of you involved in tax preparation and end-of-year closures, stay strong!  

Sincerely,

Andreas Udbye, Ph.D., MBA
University of Puget Sound
info@mtrainierima.com




 

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