Summer 2018

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46th Annual Accounting Awards Banquet

By Jani Medeiros

Bruce Koch with students from his spring 2018 Intermediate II class


Koch with students from his spring 2018 Intermediate II class pose at the 46th Annual Accounting Awards Banquet

(photo by David Pham)

The 46th Annual Accounting Awards Banquet was held Friday, June 8, in Campion Ballroom.  The banquet is one of the longest standing traditions at Seattle University and a strong testimony to the vitality of our accounting program.  At the banquet, 24 students received scholarships and three received awards for their work in Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting academic honorary. 

Those attending the banquet included over 90 accounting students, faculty, staff, advisory board members, accounting mentor program mentors, and representatives from the professional community.  The event is impressive in demonstrating the strength of our accounting students and the support our program receives from the profession. 

Each year, the Chair's Award goes to a student, staff member, faculty member, or professional who has provided exceptional service to the accounting program.  This year's recipient was Li Tan, who represents Shape Technologies on the department advisory board.  This award is very well deserved as Li has been an accounting mentor all 15 years of the program’s existence and has also served on the advisory board for the last three years, providing exceptional support to our program.  Congratulations and thank you to Li! 

New at the Banquet this year was a “photo booth” opportunity!  At the close of the program, attendees were invited to pose with props for a photo with their favorite professor, with colleagues, and with students.  (Please see photo above.)  Also new for the last two years is a poster session highlighting some of the amazing scholarship, community service, and educational experiences in which faculty, staff, and students have been participating over the course of the academic year.

Perhaps the most exciting development this year was the generous table sponsorship donation in the name of Dr. Bruce Koch.  A recent graduate, who wishes to remain anonymous, as she wants her gift to be “all about Dr. Koch,” donated $1,000 to purchase a table in his name.  Other tables were sponsored by Bader Martin, EY, and Kate and Justin Nikbakhsh/Weyerhaeuser.  Many thanks to our table sponsors and to all of the donors to the Accounting Associates Fund who make these student scholarships possible.

If you are interested in donating to the scholarship fund, please click on the following link -  Make sure to choose “Accounting Associates Scholarship Fund” from the “Designation” drop down menu below “Gift Amount.”  If you are interested in sponsoring a table at the 47th Annual Accounting Awards Banquet in 2019, please contact Jani Medeiros at

Revenue Recognition, Leasing, and Networking!


Dear Albers Accounting Alumni, Board Members, Accounting Mentors and Friends of the Accounting Program!

You are cordially invited to a presentation by Microsoft Group Finance Managers Julia Fairchild and Lee Mills, along with Finance Manager Thy Le, on the new revenue recognition (ASC 606) and the new lease (ASC 842) standards. Microsoft was an early adopter of both these standards. Listen to their experiences with ASC 606 and ASC 842 and the challenges they faced. We will have a brief question and answer session followed by a networking session after the talk.


Friday, September 14, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., in Pigott 100

Appetizers, Wine, and Beer will be served.

Only $30 to attend - all proceeds will go to the Albers Accounting Associates Scholarship Fund.

Continuing Professional Education Credit available.


Please RSVP to Jani Medeiros at by August 31, 2018.


Julia Fairchild, Group Finance Manager, Microsoft Corporate Accounting Team

Julia is a Group Finance Manager in the Revenue Assurance team within Corporate Accounting responsible for developing and leading a team focused on defining policy, implementing accounting guidance, consulting on revenue recognition controls and policies, and analyzing and reporting consolidated financial results to ensure that revenue associated with all products and services is reported in accordance with US GAAP.

She was a key contributor to Microsoft’s evaluation and implementation of the New Revenue Standard focused on the assessment of complex accounting interpretations, leading the assessment and implementation of external disclosure requirements and providing training to key stakeholders on the impact of adopting the Standard. Prior to joining Microsoft, she worked at Deloitte & Touche from 1999 to 2013 in Seattle, Washington, and Barcelona, Spain, where she served Fortune 500 companies in the technology, manufacturing and retail industries, including Microsoft, The Boeing Company, Starbucks, Blue Nile, General Motors, Bic, and Coty-Lancaster. Julia is a graduate of the Universitat de Girona, Spain, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting.

Thy Le, Finance Manager, Microsoft Corporate Accounting Team

Thy is a member of Microsoft's lease accounting team and is primarily responsible for technical accounting issues, SOX compliance, policy implementation, as well as financial reporting. Prior to joining Microsoft, she started her career in EY's audit practice. During her six-year tenure, she served a variety of clients in the technology and financial services industries. She has extensive SEC, GAAP, and statutory experience serving companies of varying sizes ranging from public multinational corporations, mid-market regional entities to start-ups. Thy is a graduate of Tufts University, a certified public accountant, and a member of the AICPA.


Lee Mills, Group Finance Manager, Microsoft Corporate Accounting Team

Lee is the senior member of Microsoft's lease accounting team, having also been a part of the original ASC842 transition/adoption team within Microsoft. Currently his scope is managing the EMEA-based office leases, and helping to drive key initiatives within the Corporate and Lease Accounting teams. He is passionate about using his technical skills and experience to develop creative solutions, and doing everything he can for team and business partner success. Prior to joining the lease accounting team, Lee held a number of finance and accounting roles within Microsoft -- supporting Treasury, Office, Cloud & Enterprise, Office365, and Real Estate & Facilities. Before Microsoft, he spent 10 years working at BankAmerica in the Retail Banking and Finance divisions. Lee obtained his BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington, and has earned the Certified Managerial Accountant designation. However, he also has ties to Seattle University, given that his father, the late Dr. Everald Mills, was a member of the Computer Science faculty for many years.