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With interests in business and technology, one of my favorite courses in college was accounting information systems. I was drawn to the overlapping content areas (i.e., business, computer science) emphasizing both big picture and detail. I grew up at the cusp of analog and digital as my parents purchased our first computer when I was in high school. My brother and I would tear apart out of curiosity and to upgrade.

During my junior year, I took a course requiring us to record transactions and complete business documents manually (i.e., bills of lading, purchase, orders, invoices) on columnar, green bar and carbon copy paper during the first half of the semester. For the second half, we were charged with creating an electronic system to record and present results. Assembled into teams, I led our group in a new direction. We were the first to build an Access database rather than use Excel. ODBC relationships just seemed to make more sense.

While exploring various universities to pursue graduate and undergraduate degrees, I had visited West Lafayette having completed a collegiate connection (dual credit) course through Purdue Fort Wayne (formerly IPFW). Only fitting that I have the opportunity to serve the university in Fort Wayne 22 years later as faculty having practiced as an accounting systems consultant for 8 years.

Accounting information systems embodies the interconnectedness of accounting, auditing, computer science, management information systems, and other business disciplines including marketing. It is the framework empowering business leaders and owners to make informed decisions. Both a language and quantitative, it tells a story. The interpretation and presentation of data analytics paints a picture.

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