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Pittsburgh, August 19. 2010– Mark Dawson, associate professor and chair of the accounting department at La Roche College, recently received the 2009-2010 Outstanding Educator Award from the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA). He was announced as the recipient at PICPA’s Accounting Education Idea Exchange conference in Hershey, Pa., in July.

Dawson, who resides in Cranberry Township, Pa., was nominated for the award by Bob Henkels, CPA, who was a colleague of Dawson’s when they both taught at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

“His students speak so highly of him,” Henkels said. “His teaching style is fluid and current.”

Dawson, who is also a certified public accountant, is constantly speaking with other CPAs to get the latest news on the accounting profession and to find out what his students should know to be successful in the working world. In addition, he donates extra time to students with special needs.

The Outstanding Educator Award recognizes a full-time Pennsylvania college or university accounting educator who is actively involved in the accounting profession. Educators from nearly 100 Pennsylvania colleges and universities are eligible to win the award. The winner is selected by a small panel of PICPA members.

The Outstanding Educator Award winner is automatically nominated for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award.

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