On Oct. 10, 2015, the Department of Accounting and Information Management sponsored the 40th annual Warren Slagle Accounting Day at the Knoxville Marriott, an annual event that draws alumni and students alike. Hosted by the Beta Alpha Psi honor society, this year’s gathering featured guest speaker Holly Warlick, head coach of the Lady Vols basketball team, who shared the challenges and joys of her job.
“Our number one priority is to make sure these women get degrees,” Warlick (HCB ’81) said. “We want to make sure they leave with character, respect, and discipline.”
AIM hosts a different speaker for each Accounting Day, inviting talks on a wide variety of topics. This year, more than 300 alumni and faculty attended. “This is a unique event for UT,” says Beta Alpha Psi faculty advisor Izabela Vandeest. “Our alumni base attendance always makes this successful for us and very special to our chapter.”
At this year’s gathering, AIM department head Joe Carcello gave a report on the state of the department and named the 2015 Distinguished Accounting Alum Award honoree, David P. Jones. He also announced a new Distinguished Professorship in honor of professor emeritus Dick Townsend. “Accounting Day is the largest departmental alumni event at UT,” Carcello said. “It has clearly stood the test of time.”
The event remains one of Beta Alpha Psi’s top fundraising events. Funds from the day benefit the chapter and supplement travel costs to national and regional meetings, as well as an annual trip to the New York Stock Exchange.