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Mornings unPHILtered - It's 'CSI' with GSU's forensic accounting
    On Monday's “Mornings unPhiltered,” both of host Phil Boyum's guests were professors from Georgia Southern University.
    The first guest was Don Berecz, director of the Center for Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business. Berecz is also an instructor, teaching classes in Forensic Interview & Interrogation, White Collar Crime, and Financial Accounting.
    Berecz leads GSU's graduate program of a Masters in Accounting with a Concentration in Forensic Accounting. Berecz described forensic examiners as the bloodhounds of bookkeeping.
    Berecz worked with the FBI previously. Using his connections, Berecz has arranged for a dozen Forensic Accounting students to accompany him to a FBI Field Agent Training seminar in Washington, D.C., in which they will see just how forensic work is being done.
    Berecz spoke about the most familiar case of accounting fraud when members of the Arthur Anderson accounting firm “imploded” with the Enron Corporation scandal. Anderson was caught red-handed by United States regulatory agencies that discovered the breadth and scope of their financial misdeeds concerning the business affairs of Enron.
    Forensic accountants investigate all aspects of 'white collar' crime and fraudulent activity in the business environment. Berecz went on to say that they work alongside private investigators, forensic document investigators and attorneys. These experts regularly testify in court proceedings as experts in the forensic field concerning financial fraud and negligence in business and marital disputes.
    Boyum's second guest was Lissa Leege, PhD., of the Center for Sustainability, which is part of GSU's College of Science and Technology. According to Dr. Leege, the creation of the new department comes at an important time. Energy costs are soaring, and the benefits of 'going green' are becoming ever more evident.
    Leege stated that “being sustainable is not only good for the environment, but it helps us to use our resources more efficiently.” She described her job as making sure the frog does not drink up all the water in the pond. As part of the sustainability effort, Dr. Peter Blaze Corcoran will speak Tuesday at the Lance Center for Continuing Education on “The Urgency of Mainstreaming Sustainability in Higher Education: An Ethical Perspective.”
    Dr. Corcoran is a professor of Environmental Sciences and Education at Florida Gold Coast University and director of the college's Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education.
    Also, on Oct. 31, GSU's Center for Sustainability will hold its second annual “Sustainability Fair and Farmers Market” at the Sea Island Bank Parking lot across from the courthouse.
    Leege stated that at GSU the College of Science and Technology is leading the way in Statesboro and Bulloch County, creating the new College Center for Sustainability (COS), whose sole mission is to ensure that resources are used most wisely and economically across the GSU campus. One of their recent activities was installing new energy compact fluorescent light bulbs all around campus.
     “Mornings unPHILtered” airs live Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on and also simulcast on WWNS-AM 1240 on the radio. You also can listen anytime at on
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